Meet The WEF Young Global Leaders Class Of 2022

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum 2020 in Davos, on January 22, 2020.

The World Economic Forum has published a list of new Young Global Leaders. This list features the world’s most driven researchers, innovative entrepreneurs, activists, and promising political leaders between the ages of 30 and 40.

They are set to join The World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Class of 2022. WEF Young Global Leaders shape future leaders who are equipped to take responsibility for creating a more sustainable and inclusive world.

Since its inception in 2005, the program has over 1,400 members and alumni from more than 120 countries across the world. Notable YGL alumni include prime ministers Jacinda Ardern and Sanna Marin, President Carlos Alvarado Quesada of Costa Rica, entrepreneurs Iyinoluwa Aboyeji and Rhea Mazumdar Singhal, peace activist Victor Ochen, and economist Esther Duflo.

Founder of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab at the opening of the Davos Agenda virtual sessions in Cologny near Geneva. Photo: AFP

This year, WEF is welcoming 109 new names from 42 countries in the community of the Forum of Young Global Leaders. These young leaders are all under 40 and making a positive impact in the world. They are actively involved in activities from green energy and health equity to refugee rights and education reform.

Big names in the list include Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov, business executive Radhika Gupta, Professor Yoichi Ochiai, musician and composer Wissam Joubran, health justice advocate Jessica Beckerman, and NGO founder Zoya Lytvyn.

In 2022, WEF selected three names from Kenya for this program namely: Dominic Wadongo(Group Head of Operational Risk at Equity Group Holdings Plc), Eva Otieno(Principal, Africa Strategy at Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Ltd), and Cherehani Africa’s CEO Nasreen Ali Mohamed.