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From Entrepreneurs to Scientists: Meet the 2022 Class of Young Global Leaders



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The world’s most driven researchers, innovative entrepreneurs, activists and promising political leaders between the ages of 30 and 40 are today joining the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Class of 2022.


The Forum of Young Global Leaders was founded in 2005 by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, to create a world where leaders take responsibility for a sustainable and inclusive world, while addressing increasingly complex and interrelated challenges. Today, there are over 1,400 members and alumni from more than 120 countries. Notable members 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.


YGLs are active in today’s most exciting and dynamic fields and focus on impact. In the past year, YGLs have made bold commitmentsto restore 21 million hectares of deforested and degraded land in India, have come together to establish the first corporate movement for clean air to create healthy communities around the world, and have even launched a $1 billion gender fund to advance global equity and women’s leadership.



The class of 2022 is gender equal and has representatives from 42 countries. Members will take part in a three-year leadership development programme that will help them reach their next level of impact. The programme offers executive education courses, expeditions and opportunities to collaborate and test ideas with a trusted network of peers.


“The leaders celebrated today have demonstrated exceptional ingenuity and vision across their fields. While they represent diverse sectors, regions and issue areas, they are united in their commitment to lead towards a more inclusive and sustainable world,” said Mariah Levin, Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders.



“The World Economic Forum is delighted to welcome this year’s class of Young Global Leaders. Their commitment to improving the state of the world is crucial at a time where collaboration is needed more than ever,” said Nicole Schwab, Board Member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders.


Meet the 2022 YGL Class


  • Amal Enan, Chief Investment Officer, American University in Cairo, United States of America
  • Danae Kyriakopoulou, Senior Policy Fellow, Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
  • James Kwame Mensah, Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana, Ghana
  • Jinxing Zheng, Division Head, Professor, Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, People’s Republic of China
  • Kaitlyn Sadtler, Earl Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator and Chief of the Section for Immunoengineering, National Institutes of Health, United States of America
  • Philip Meissner, Founder and Director, European Center for Digital Competitiveness, Germany
  • Wai-Lung (Billy) Ng, Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
  • Yoichi Ochiai, Associate Professor, University of Tsukuba, Japan


Arts, Culture & Sports

  • Daniel Feldman, Founder & Architect, Zona Industrial Taller de Arquitectura, Colombia
  • Inna Modja, Land Ambassador, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Portugal
  • Manasi Joshi, Athlete, Sports Authority of India, India
  • Sumayya Vally, Founder and Principal, Counterspace, South Africa
  • Wissam Joubran, Composer, Performer, Luthier, Le Trio Joubran, Palestinian Territories



  • Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai, President and Chief Executive Officer, Milaha Group, Qatar
  • Anderson Tanoto, Managing Director, RGE Pte Ltd, Singapore
  • Anne-Laure Malauzat, Partner, Chief DEI Officer Middle East, Bain & Company, United Arab Emirates
  • Bicheng Han, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BrainCo, United States of America
  • Carlo Perez-Arizti, Partner, Baker McKenzie, Mexico
  • Caroline Blanch Israel, Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group, Australia
  • Christer Kjos, Chief Executive Officer, Canica Holding AG, Switzerland
  • Christy Lei Sun, Chief Marketing Officer and Founding Partner, Yatsen Global, People’s Republic of China
  • Claire Cormier Thielke, Country Head, Hines Greater China, Hines Asia Pacific, Hong Kong SAR, China
  • Daniel Zhang Xianming, Vice President, Broad Group, People’s Republic of China
  • Dominic Wadongo, Group Head of Operational Risk, Equity Group Holdings Plc, Kenya
  • Enass Abo-Hamed, Chief Executive Officer, H2GO Power Ltd., United Kingdom
  • Esha Mansingh, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations, Imperial Logistics Limited, South Africa
  • Esra Eczacıbaşı Coşkun, Member of the Board of Directors and Group Digital Transformation Coordinator, Eczacıbaşı Holding, Turkey
  • Eugene Chung, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Penrose Studios Inc., United States of America
  • Eva Otieno, Principal, Africa Strategy, Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Ltd, Kenya
  • Fares Bugshan, Chief Executive Officer, Bugshan Investment, Saudi Arabia
  • Frederic Hoffmann, Board Member, MAVA Fondation pour la Nature, Switzerland
  • Ioana Patriniche, Managing Director / Head of Investor Relations, Deutsche Bank AG, United Kingdom
  • Jennifer (Jen) Auerbach-Rodriguez, Managing Director – MLWM Strategic Growth Markets, Merrill Lynch, United States of America
  • John R. Tyson, Executive Vice-President; Strategy and Chief Sustainability Officer, Tyson Foods Inc., United States of America
  • Joud Abdel Majeid, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, BlackRock Inc., United States of America
  • Kim Hallwood, Head of Corporate Sustainability, HSBC Bank Canada, Canada
  • Lesley Ndlovu, Chief Executive Officer, African Risk Capacity “ARC” Ltd, South Africa
  • Margot Edelman, General Manager, Daniel J. Edelman, Inc, United States of America
  • Mariana Vasconcelos, Chief Executive Officer, Agrosmart SA, Brazil
  • Mark Stoffels, Managing Director, Connected Care North America, Philips, United States of America
  • Matthew Katz, Global Head of Data Science, Blackstone, United States of America
  • Mayank Singhal, Global Head of Private Equity and Venture Capital, Abu Dhabi Growth Fund (ADG), United Arab Emirates
  • Miku Hirano, Chief Executive Officer, Cinnamon AI, Japan
  • Mmaki Jantjies, Head of Innovation, Telkom SA SOC Limited, South Africa
  • Mohammed Alghanim, Group Chief Executive Officer, Hamad S. Al-Ghanim Group, Kuwait
  • Noor Boodai, Chief Executive Officer, TenX, Kuwait
  • Ola Doudin, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BitOasis, United Arab Emirates
  • Orenzo (Perry) Hollowell, Head of Global Equities and Sustainable Investing, CFI Partners, United States of America
  • Peng Shen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Shuidi Company, People’s Republic of China
  • Radhika Gupta, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Edelweiss Mutual Fund, India
  • Ritesh Malik, Founder, Innov8 Coworking, India
  • Sarah Rawson, Regional Head of Business Management EMEA, Swiss Re Services Limited, United Kingdom
  • Sharam Gulzad, Chief Executive Officer/Founder/Investor, Gulzad Group, Afghanistan
  • Siwan (Swan) Lu, Principal, Zurich Global Ventures, Switzerland
  • Sophia Hamblin Wang, Chief Operating Officer, Mineral Carbonation International (MCi), Australia
  • Soraya Djermoun, Entrepreneur, Author, Geopolitical expert, Terza, Algeria
  • Steve Suryadinata, Managing Director, BSA Land, Indonesia
  • Suhail Sameer, Chief Executive Officer, Resilient Innovation Private Limited (BharatPe), India
  • Usman Ahmed, Head of Global Public Policy and Research, Paypal, Inc., United States of America
  • Venetia Bell, Group Chief Sustainability Officer; Head, Strategy, Gulf International Bank BSC (GIB), United Kingdom
  • Vineeta Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Sugar Cosmetics, India
  • Yashovardhan Lohia, Executive Director and Chief Sustainability Officer, Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, Thailand
  • Yeoh Keong Hann, Executive Director, YTL Power Generation, Malaysia
  • Yichen Shen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Lightelligence, United States of America
  • Yousef Yousef, Chief Executive Officer, LG Sonic B.V., Netherlands
  • Yuito Yamada, Partner, McKinsey & Company, Japan
  • Zou Shasha, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, AHA Entertainment, People’s Republic of China
  • Zuriel Naiker, Managing Director, Sales and Distribution, Africa, Marsh & McLennan Companies, South Africa


Civil Society

  • Alaa Murabit, Director, Health (PAC), UN High-Level Commissioner & SDG Advocate, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada
  • Boju Zhang, Secretary General, Ginkgo Foundation, People’s Republic of China
  • Clarissa Delgado, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Teach For the Philippines, Philippines
  • Françoise Moudouthe, Chief Executive Officer, African Women’s Development Fund, Ghana
  • Freshta Karim, Founding Director, Charmaghz Cultural and Services Organization, United Kingdom
  • Ilwad Elman, Chief Operating Officer, Elman Peace HRC, Somalia
  • Irina Lachowski, Chief Executive Officer, RenovaBR, Brazil
  • Jessica Beckerman, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Muso, United States of America
  • Joy Buolamwini, Founder and Executive Director, Algorithmic Justice League, United States of America
  • Luana Génot, Executive Director, Brazilian Identities Institute, Brazil
  • Matt Dalio, Founder and Chair, Endless OS, United States of America
  • Sun Xuemei, Chairperson, Beijing All in One Public Welfare Foundation, People’s Republic of China
  • Vilas Dhar, President and Trustee, The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, United States of America
  • Zoya Lytvyn, Head, Osvitoria, Ukraine



  • Juan Carlos Rincón, Editor of the Opinion Section, El Espectador, Colombia
  • Tom Mustill, Director, Gripping Films Ltd, United Kingdom


Public Figure

  • Bárbara Luiza Coutinho do Nascimento, State Prosecutor, Rio de Janeiro State Prosecutor’s Office, Brazil
  • Bolor-Erdene Battsenge, State Secretary, Ministry of Digital Development, Mongolia
  • Colin Allred, Member of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives, United States of America
  • Eva Maydell, Member of the European Parliament, European Parliament, Belgium
  • Freddy Castro, Chief Executive Officer, Banca de las Oportunidades, Colombia
  • Hamad AlMahmeed, Undersecretary for Research & Projects, Prime Minister’s Office, Bahrain
  • James Mnyupe, Presidential Economic Adviser; Green Hydrogen Commissioner, Office of the President of Namibia, Namibia
  • Maria Eugenia del Castillo Cabrera, Envoy of the Vicepresident of the Dominican Republic, The Presidency of the Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic
  • Mark Boris Andrijani, Minister of Digital Transformation, Government Office for Digital Transformation of Slovenia, Slovenia
  • Mykhailo Fedorov, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, Government of Ukraine, Ukraine
  • Naif Shesha, Chief Strategy Officer, Saudi Space Commission, Saudi Arabia
  • Natalie Black, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, Department for International Trade, Singapore
  • Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work of the United Arab Emirates, Office of the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates
  • Raghav Chadha, Member of Legislative Assembly, Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
  • Saad Hayat Tamman, Member – Strategic Reforms and Implementation Unit, Office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Pakistan
  • Safiya Al-Jabry, Executive Director, Small and Micro Enterprise Promotion Service (SMEPS), Yemen
  • Sahar Albazar, Parliament Member & Deputy Chair of Foreign Affairs Committee, Egyptian Parliament, Egypt


Social Entrepreneur

  • Badruun Gardi, Co-Founder and Chairman, GerHub, Mongolia
  • Jaideep Bansal, Chief Executive Officer, Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE), India
  • Kiah Williams, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Supporting Initiatives to Redistribute Unused Medicine – SIRUM, United States of America
  • Luhui Yan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Carbonstop, People’s Republic of China
  • Mia Perdomo, Co-Founder and CEO, Aequales, Colombia
  • Nasreen Ali Mohamed, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cherehani Africa, Kenya
  • Sara Saeed Khurram, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Sehat Kahani, Pakistan
  • Yanqing (Kenny) Cai, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bottle Dream, People’s Republic of China


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Ghana set the pace again as Ghana Badminton raises Africa’s flag at the World Championships, USA.



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In the fantastic city of Spokane, Washington, where the 2023 BWF World Junior Badminton Championship is taking place, Ghana made history and a name for the country, with the teenagers fighting as if their very existence depended on not giving up the events.

The World Championships also serves as an Olympic qualifier for the Paris 2024 global event. Before this, the Ghana Badminton team participated in South Africa, Nigeria events and a National Open last summer.

A 16-man contingent of players and officials led by Ghana’s Badminton President, Yeboah Evans, is all the motivation the players need to self-motivate themselves, chalking the historic most significant achievement in the Mixed team event by any African country in 23 years of the World Championships.d736f284 9bd4 4446 a621 ac0177d884e3

Over 54 countries are in the United States fighting for honours, with Ghana presenting a few players for the tournament but registering gains that can only inspire a more significant achievement sooner than later.

The young players, with some of them travelling outside the country for the first time, are impressing even officials of their opponents, drawing commendations for having a great future ahead towards the 2023 African Games, 2024 Paris Olympics, 2026 Youth Olympics, and other international open and invitational events.

Ghana became the first African Country to have reached the finals of its Mix Team Group, having lost to Norway in the final stage. Ghanaian Players Andy Amofa and Elvis Osei won the Mixed Team Event’s 4th and 5th best players, whilst Moslena Adu placed 10th in the overall player rankings.

Ghana set the pace again as Ghana Badminton raises Africa's flag at the World Championships, USA.

Ghana set the pace again as Ghana Badminton raises Africa’s flag at the World Championships, USA.

Ghana had to settle for second place in the group match, which nonetheless marked a historic achievement. Amofa committed a rare service error but quickly recovered, delivering a cross-court smash to regain the lead at 11-09. In a crucial moment, Amofa surprised the Norway Aldrin NELSON by returning a shuttle that appeared to be heading wide, but the Norway player managed to keep it close to the net. Amofa returned the shuttle and secured the point with a well-executed backflip to the other side of the court, taking an 11-09 lead. Despite Nelson saving two match points, he failed to return a body smash by Amofa near the net. With a final score of 3-0, Ghana lost the last game and handed Norway a winning match, concluding the Ghanaian players one of their career’s most riveting badminton games.

Ghana performed far better than the earlier 2017 World Championships in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and pole position for the 2024 France Olympics Qualification ranking with four other international matches until the deadline of April 28, 2028,

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DFMI Business Lab announces filmmaking-participants from across Africa



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After receiving a record number of applications for the third edition of the DFMI Business Lab, the Durban FilmMart Institute is pleased to announce 35 participants from 22 countries across the continent. 


The selected participants will undergo a 12-week online business development programme aimed at nurturing and empowering producers with the necessary skills to effectively engage in a global market.


“The Lab is now in its third year. We would like to thank DW Akademie for their continued investment into capacity-building on the African continent,” says Magdalene Reddy, director of DFMI. “In addition to providing filmmakers with the expertise to expand their film career, the lab has created a sense of community between the producers inviting them into a peer-to-peer support system where they are free to share opportunities and learnings as they engage in the film industry.”



The Lab will focus on modules such as Financial management, Business management, Intellectual Property and  Entertainment Law, Distribution, and coproduction led by film and creative industry professionals from Burkina Faso, Canada, France, Kenya, South Africa, and the USA.


DFMI Business Lab participants:

Abdifatah Abdi  (Somalia)


Boi Beatrice Kenneh (Sierra Leone)

Boris Fredy Agblo (Benin)

Chelsea Art (South Africa)

Doreen R. Kilimbe (Tanzania)

Duwayne Murphy (South Africa)


Emil Garuba (Nigeria)

Faith Riyano (Zimbabwe)

Faye Binetou (Senegal)

François Maree (South Africa)

Ghislaine Kanga (Ivory Coast)


Gopalen Parthiben Chellapermal (Mauritius)

Habtamu Mekonen (Ethiopia)

Ian Tarimo (Tanzania)

Ibtissem Labidi  (Tunisia)

Khangelani Mtyhalela (South Africa)


Khanyisile Zondi (South Africa)

Lauren  Scholtz (South Africa)

Limbani Maxwell Teputepu (Malawi)

Madelize De Lange (South Africa)

Manar El-Zohery (Egypt)


Muhammad Taymour (Egypt)

Muhannad Lamin (Libya)

Naseeba Bagalaaliwo (Uganda)

Ndumiso Gumede (South Africa)

Nduruka Njoroge (Kenya)


Omoyefe Majoroh (Nigeria)

Oueslati Ager (Algeria)

Oularé  Momo (Guinea)

Paul Wilo (Zambia)

Pingdewinde Tiemtore (Burkina Faso)


Rugare Ponde   (Zimbabwe)

Sally Ngoiri (Kenya)

Timilehin Adewoye (Nigeria)

Zineb Chafchaouni Moussaoui (Morocco)

The programme is presented in partnership with DW Akademie and supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The online programme will commence in October 2023.


The Durban FilmMart Institute receives principal funding from the Durban Film Office and the eThekwini Municipality.

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Prof. Douglas Boateng-chaired institutions shine at CEO Awards and CIMG Awards



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Two institutions under the leadership of Professor Douglas Boateng, the Minerals Income Investment Fund (MIIF) and Labadi Beach Hotel, celebrated significant wins at the second edition of the Ghana CEO Vision & Awards ceremony, CIMG Awards and HR Focus Awards 2023.

Edward Nana Yaw Koranteng, CEO of MIIF, proudly received the prestigious ‘CEO of the Year’ award in the Minerals category, while David Attu Eduaful, the Managing Director of Labadi Beach Hotel, was honoured with the ‘Excellence in Leadership’ accolade at the Ghana CEO Vision & Awards for skillfully navigating the hospitality giant beyond the challenges of the pandemic.

Labadi Beach Hotel had earlier won the Best HR Management in Hospitality at the HR Focus Awards 2023 and also recently won the CIMG Hospitality Facility of the Year. 

Prof. Boateng, speaking about the awards, stressed the importance of good corporate governance. He believed that winning these awards was proof that following ethical and responsible business practices could lead to remarkable success. “These awards are a testament to the power of proper corporate governance and the remarkable outcomes it can achieve,” he said. 

Prof. Boateng added that when he was given the mandate the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo reminded him that MIIF, especially, was a Ghana and a generational project and not a political party project. To this end, he explained that, there was going to be minimal interference and they have lived up to their promise. 


“It is for this reason why we have managed to create the fastest growing sectorial sovereign fund within record time. I am proud of the work we have done so far and I extend a hearty congratulations to the executive management and the other board members of the fund. We shall continue to do what is in the best interest of Ghana and Ghanaians,” he said.

He also went further to laud Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) and its Director General, Dr. John Ofori Tenkorang and board chair, Elizabeth Ohene, for empowering the board of Labadi Beach Hotel to function with minimal interference. “This is how institutions are best run. When they are allowed to function properly with good boards and corporate governance principles, they flourish,” he said. 

Mineral Rich

MIIF was established as Ghana’s minerals sovereign fund, with the aim of strategically leveraging the mining sector’s value creation potential for sustainable national development. 

Under the tutelage of Prof. Boateng as Chairman and Mr. Koranteng as CEO, MIIF has defied global economic challenges, experiencing rapid growth in just 18 months. Starting at approximately US$125 million in October 2021, when they were appointed, MIIF’s Assets Under Management (AUM) are projected to surpass US$1 billion by January 2024, making it one of the world’s fastest-growing specialized funds during this period.


Prof. Boateng re-emphasized Ghana’s historical significance in West African mining, with the country currently being the leading gold producer on the continent. However, the mining industry had not fully realized its potential to deliver long-term prosperity and opportunities until now.

He was optimistic about the future as MIIF recently announced a US$32.9 million capital investment in Ghana’s first-ever lithium mine, Atlantic Lithium, signalling its commitment to the mining sector’s growth and diversification.

Additionally, MIIF is considering a GH¢300 million investment in the Ada-Songor Salt project operated by Electrochem Ghana Limited, a subsidiary of the McDan Group of Companies, with the potential to become the continent’s largest salt industrial complex.

Labadi Beach Hotel’s resilience and success

Under the guidance of Professor Boateng, Labadi Beach Hotel has continued to thrive despite economic challenges. Earlier this year, the hotel, a key player in the hospitality industry, presented a GH¢10 million dividend to its sole shareholder, the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), for the year 2021. It is projected that the hotel shall declare another dividend to the shareholder. 


This remarkable achievement followed the unprecedented challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and served as another reason to celebrate Labadi Beach Hotel’s 42-year legacy of providing top-quality services to guests and contributing significantly to Ghana’s tourism sector.

The hotel’s growth is evident, having expanded from its original 104 rooms to now offering 164 rooms, including 2 Presidential Suites, 4 Executive Suites, 4 Superior Suites, 5 Bars, 2 restaurants, and a 900-seater multi-purpose conference and banqueting facilities. The facility also boasts a spa, well-equipped gym, lagoon for fishing, and two luxurious leisure and lap pools set in a tropical landscaped garden overlooking the natural Maale Lagoon.

Prof. Boateng highlighted the significance of Mr. Eduaful’s role as the first indigenous General Manager for the hotel, emphasising, “This demonstrates the potential for success in companies led by Ghanaians and sets an example for other institutions to achieve similar heights.”

Professor Douglas Boateng

Professor Douglas Boateng, Africa’s pioneering Professor Extraordinaire for supply and value chain management at SBL UNISA, is a globally acclaimed expert in procurement, governance, logistics, and industrial engineering within the context of supply and value chain management. Holding numerous qualifications, including a Doctor of Engineering from Warwick and various fellowships from prestigious institutions in the UK and South Africa, he has made remarkable contributions to both academia and the industrial advancement of supply chain management on local and international fronts. 


Notably, he received the Platinum Life Time Global Achievers Award in 2016 and a Life Time Achievers Award in 2013 from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Professor Boateng’s expertise in industrial engineering, procurement, and supply chain management in developing countries earned him a Life Time Achievers Award from CEO Titans Building Nations in 2016. He is widely recognized for his pivotal role in promoting strategic sourcing’s significance in Africa’s long-term industrialization and socio-economic development. 

Furthermore, Professor Boateng has been an elected member of the UK’s Institute of Directors for over two decades, lending his expertise in board-level decision-making, accountability, and governance to both local and international organizations and CEOs.