The World Economic Forum has announced the 2015 class of Young Global Leaders (YGLs). This year’s community is according to the WEF made up of the world’s most outstanding next-generation leaders, and consists of 180+ highly talented professionals, including 10 management consultants.
The Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGLs) is a community of exceptional young individuals who share a commitment to shaping the global future. The Forum of YGLs works in close cooperation with the World Economic Forum to integrate young leaders into deep interaction with other stakeholders of global society. Each year, the Forum welcomes between 150 to 200 new leaders in business, government, academia and the media from around the world – all under 40 years old – into its community, based on a thorough selection procedure from thousands of nominations worldwide.
This year’s class of Young Global Leaders come from 66 countries and equally represent the public and private sector. Out of 187 YGLs honoured, half are women, with the majority based in North America.
Among the new joiners are also ten professionals active in the consulting industry. Three of the new YGLs work at the three renowned US-based strategy consulting firms: Bengi Korkmaz works for McKinsey & Company in Turkey, Ian Walsh serves as Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group in the UK (he also leads the Retail Banking segment for BCG globally) and Prashant Sarin heads the Indian Organisation Practice of Bain & Company. Other YGLs are Lauren Kelley Koopman, a Director at PwC specialised in sustainability advisory, and BCG-alumnus Matthew Tilleard, Managing Partner of CrossBoundary, a firm that provides investment and economic development advisory services in frontier markets and conflict zones.
Greece-based Danae Bezantakou serves as Managing Director of Navigator Shipping Consultants, an advisory firm with a focus on the maritime industry, while Maria Antonia Odelia Arroyo is the founder of Hybridigm Consulting, a biotechnology consulting firm in the Philippines that aims at bridging the gap between biotechnology innovators and venture capitalists / nongovernmental organisations. Edwin Macharia is partner at Dalberg, a social impact advisory firm with 14 offices across the globe, Abdelmalek Alaoui is CEO of Morocco-based Global Intelligence Partners and lastly Pablo Jenkins is founder of Ideas en Accion, a community of advisors in Costa Rica that facilitate social innovation.
“These individuals belong to the world’s most outstanding next-generation leaders. Bold, brave, action-oriented and entrepreneurial, these individuals commit both their time and talent to make the world a better place”, comments the WEF.