World Economic Forum – Young Global Leaders Class of 2022

Deadline: 30 April  2021
Open to:
candidates who are 38 years old or younger at nomination with 5-15 years of recognized achievements, leadership and outstanding professional work experience
five-year leadership program


Do you know a leader under 40 who is making an impact on the world and innovating towards the greater good? Nominate them to join the Young Global Leaders Class of 2022.

The mission of the Forum of Young Global Leaders is to create a dynamic global community of exceptional people with the vision, courage and influence to drive positive change in the world. Over the past 15 years, Young Global Leaders have gone on to lead their countries, serve their communities, launch groundbreaking initiatives, expand access to resources, and shake up traditional ways of doing business. They are always looking for exceptional leaders to join their community.


  • The candidate must be 38 years old or younger at nomination.
  • Has 5-15 years of recognized achievements, leadership and outstanding professional work experience.
  • Demonstrates a personal commitment to serve society at local and global levels, has an impeccable record in the public eye, good standing in their community, self-awareness and a desire to learn.
  • Candidates from the business sector must manage 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 officer or chair of the board of the respective company.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.


Becoming a YGL is an opportunity and a commitment. Each new class embarks on a five-year leadership journey that mobilizes their collective talents and accelerates action aimed at tackling societal, political and environmental challenges.

How to apply?

Individuals preparing to apply should take note of the following dates:

  • April 30, 2021: Nomination period ends. Nominated candidates may be invited to submit a short application and will be notified of the outcome in the weeks following their nomination.
  • June – July 2021: The World Economic Forum shortlists candidates for further review.
  • September – December 2021: The selection committee and Young Global Leaders Advisory Group reviews top candidates.
  • March 2022: A press announcement is released for the new class of Young Global Leaders.

For more information please visit the official website.