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Two Alumni, One Firm Member Named to WEF’s Young Global Leaders Class of 2018
May 15, 2018

"Our Young Global Leaders confound traditional sectoral divisions and confront the status quo . . . These enterprising young leaders stir our ambitions for the future. We are proud to invest in their continued and significant successes." - The World Economic Forum

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The World Economic Forum has announced the Young Global Leaders Class of 2018, which includes two alumni and a current Firm member. Each year, the World Economic Forum selects one hundred of "the most innovative, enterprising and socially minded men and women" under the age of 40 for the five-year program.

The WEF site says that this year’s cohort comprises an equal number of leaders from the private and nonprofit sectors, with more than half of whom coming from emerging economies. During their tenure, Young Global Leaders are expected to work on three main objectives: collaboration, learning, and action. 

Here are the two alumni and Firm member who were named to this year's class:


Nadiem Makarim (JAK 06-11), founder and CEO at Go-Jek. The Indonesia-based transport, logistics, and payments startup began life solely as a motorcycle ride-hailing app, but has branched out into other services. Now valued at $5B, the company was recently praised by IMF's Christine Lagarde.


Solveigh Hieronimus, current Partner, Munich Office. Solveigh, who is an expert in long-term unemployment and the future of work, also leads the Firm's work on refugees and migration.


Michael Faye (NYO 09-14), co-founder and President at GiveDirectly, U.S. Fast Company recently recognized the nonprofit Give Directly as one of the 10 most innovative finance companies. The WEF says he is "challenging historical international aid models." Michael is also co-founder and President of Segovia Technology, which provides software to manage bulk payments and cash transfer programs in the emerging markets. 

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Click here for the list of alumni who were selected for the 2017 class of Young Global Leaders.

Click here for the list of alumni who were selected for the 2016 class. 

Click here for the 2015 class.

Click here for the 2014 class.

Click here for the 2013 class.


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