World Economic Forum announces Young Global Leaders for 2022, including fourteen from the MENA region

The world’s most motivated researchers, innovative entrepreneurs, activists and promising political leaders between the ages of 30 and 40 join the World Economic Forum’s Class of 2022 Young Global Leaders (YGL). The class of 2022 is equal and has representatives from 42 countries. including fourteen from the MENA region.

Members will participate in a three-year leadership development program that will help them achieve their next level of impact. The program offers executive education courses, expeditions, and opportunities to collaborate and test ideas with a network of trusted peers.

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

This year’s MENA leaders include:

Arts, culture and sports

  • Wissam Joubran, Composer, Performer, Luthier, Le Trio Joubran, Palestinian Territories


  • Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai, Chairman and CEO, Milaha Group, Qatar

  • Anne-Laure Malauzat, Partner, Middle East, Bain & Company, United Arab Emirates

  • Fares Bugshan, Managing Director, Bugshan Investment, Saudi Arabia

  • Mayank Singhal, Global Head of Private Equity and Venture Capital, Abu Dhabi Growth Fund (ADG), United Arab Emirates

  • Mohammed Alghanim, Group CEO, Hamad S. Al-Ghanim Group, Kuwait

  • Noor Boodai, CEO, TenX, Kuwait

  • Ola Doudin, Co-Founder and Managing Director, BitOasis, United Arab Emirates

  • Soraya Djermoun, Entrepreneur, Author, Geopolitical Expert, Terza, Algeria

Public figure

  • Hamad AlMahmeed, Undersecretary for Research and Projects, Prime Minister’s Office, Bahrain

  • Naif Shesha, Strategy Director, Saudi Space Commission, Saudi Arabia

  • Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work, Office of the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates

  • Safiya Al-Jabry, Executive Director, Small and Micro Enterprise Promotion Service (SMEPS), Yemen

  • Sahar Albazar, Member of Parliament and Deputy Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Egyptian Parliament, Egypt

The Young Global Leaders Forum was founded in 2005 by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, to help shape future leaders who are equipped to both take responsibility for creating a more sustainable and inclusive world, and to meet its increasingly complex and interrelated challenges. Today it has over 1,400 members and alumni from over 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.

Melvin B. Baillie