On March 11, 2020 the World Economic Forum (WEF) announced its new list of 115 Young Global Leaders (YGL), where 5 Indians Byju Raveendran, Gaurav Gupta, Swapan Mehra, Vinati Mutreja & Tara Singh Vachani are named in the list.
- WEF stated that the change makers are using their power of under 40’s to change the world, from reforming health systems to investigating corruption in 52 countries.
- The new YGL class will take part in a 5-year programme which includes- executive education courses, group expeditions & opportunities to collaborate & test ideas with a trusted network of peers.
Gist about 5 Indians
i.Byju Raveendran- He is Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BYJU’S, a Learning App which has helped 42 million students learn better. It is the only startup in Asia which is funded by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife’s foundation- the “Chan Zuckerberg Initiative”.
ii.Gaurav Gupta- He is the co-founder & Chief Operating Officer(COO) of Zomato which is a pioneering food technology start-up.He launched it as a table reservation business & then scaled it up across India, UAE & Australia. He played an instrumental role in launching subscription service Zomato Gold & also scaled it to one of the fastest growing paid membership programs.
iii.Swapan Mehra- CEO of Iora Ecological Solutions Pvt. Ltd. is a global leader in climate action & ecosystem conservation in India. His tech-led work on conserving 10 million hectares of forests is shaping national strategies and policies in India.
iv.Vinati Mutreja- Vinati Mutreja is Managing Director (MD) & CEO of specialty chemical company Vinati Organics,where she applied innovative methods for selecting chemical processes and products that are environmentally attractive.
v.Tara Singh Vachani- She is the MD of Antara Senior Living, which focuses on improving the lives of seniors & is the first Indian venture creating vibrant residential communities that offer lifestyle with lifecare.
In 2004 Klaus Schwab the Founder & Executive Chairman of the WEF, created the Forum of YGL to help the world meet increasingly complex and interdependent problems. YGL are united by the belief that the urgent problems of today present an opportunity to forge a better future across sectors, generations & borders.
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