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Global Communities

BCG staff and alumni have been invited to join some of the most innovative communities and make significant contributions. These include the community of TED@BCG talk presenters and the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders, Global Shapers, and Global Agenda Councils.

Young Global Leaders

The World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders are leaders under 40 who are recognized for their achievements and contributions to society. Of the more than 2,000 candidates nominated each year, 100 to 200 are honored annually with the title “Young Global Leader." They are selected from diverse backgrounds and bring a range of expertise from across the world. The World Economic Forum taps the YGL community as a peer network of experts on topics and regions; they share and build ideas—and take action—with like-minded next-generation leaders. Today, the YGL community has more than 900 active members.

Global Shapers

The World Economic Forum recognizes those individuals with the potential for future leadership in society and a commitment to make a difference as Global Shapers. Global Shapers are provided opportunities to connect with the worldwide network of like-minded peers, network with other World Economic Forum communities, and represent the voice of youth at World Economic Forum events.

Global Agenda Councils

The World Economic Forum names to the Global Agenda Councils knowledgeable thought leaders from academia, government, business, and civil society. The councils are charged with challenging conventional thinking, developing new insights, and creating innovative solutions for global challenges.


As part of our overall partnership, TED and BCG jointly curate and create TED@BCG events each year in cities around the world. The speakers selected and trained for these events join the TED Institute's global community of top experts spreading ideas.

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