The Forum of Young Global Leaders - Class 2020 (by World Economic Forum)


NGO & Institutes Trainings & Fellowships Grant

Location (s):

  • Online
  • Switzerland
  • Worldwide


The Forum of Young Global Leaders has established a comprehensive selection process for identifying and selecting the most exceptional leaders. Every year, thousands of candidates from around the world are proposed and assessed according to rigorous selection criteria. Only the very best candidates are selected and all efforts are extended to create a truly representative body. Reflecting the diversity of stakeholders, the Young Global Leaders include leaders from politics, business, civil society, academia, and arts and culture across seven geographic regions.


The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.

The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.

Our activities are shaped by a unique institutional culture founded on the stakeholder theory, which asserts that an organization is accountable to all parts of society. The institution carefully blends and balances the best of many kinds of organizations, from both the public and private sectors, international organizations and academic institutions.

We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive change.

Why nominate?

Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, created the Forum of Young Global Leaders in 2004 as a way to help the world meet increasingly complex and interdependent challenges.

His vision was to create a multistakeholder community of the world’s next-generation leaders to help inform and influence decision-making through the contribution of new ideas, perspectives and energy.


31 May 2019 
Close of nomination period.

Upon completion of the nomination period, nominated candidates may be invited to submit a short application and will be notified in the weeks following their nomination.

June-July 2019
The World Economic Forum shortlists candidates for further review.

September-October 2019
Shortlisted candidates are invited to interview with members of the Young Global Leaders Advisory Group.

November-December 2019
The selection committee reviews the top candidates and selects 100 to be honoured as Young Global Leaders.

January 2020
Successful candidates are informed of their selection as a Young Global Leaders.*

March 2020
A press announcement is released for the new class of Young Global Leaders.

* Due to the large number of nominations received, the Forum of Young Global Leaders only contacts successful candidates. Some candidates may be contacted as part of the due diligence process.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Selection Criteria:

  • The candidate must be born on or after 1 January 1981.

  • They have 5-15 years of recognized achievements, leadership and outstanding professional work experience.

  • They demonstrate a personal commitment to serve society at local and global levels, have an impeccable record in the public eye, good standing in their community, great self-awareness and a desire to learn.

  • Candidates from the business sector must be responsible for the full operation of a corporation or division and must hold one of the following titles (or equivalent): President, chair of the board, chief executive officer, managing director, managing partner or publisher.

  • Companies, organizations and entities can only nominate one candidate from their qualifying company every two years.

  •  If the company is a member or partner of the World Economic Forum, the candidate requires the approval of the chief executive or chair of the board of the respective company.

  • Self-nominations are not accepted.


Deadline: May 31, 2019

Cost/funding for participants:

All costs fully covered. 

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