Once described as “the most exclusive private social network in the world”, world economic forum (WEF) has announced new members of its young global leaders of the organizations that “represent the best of their potential for production and promotion of new models of sustainable social innovation”.
A group of 100 people, all under the age of 40 years and compromised of artists, business leaders, government officials, technologists and entrepreneurs must devote part of their time to jointly address global issues such as environment, education and poverty.
Every year, thousand candidates from all over the world are nominated and evaluated according to strict selection criteria. Only the best from this group will be selected to create a representative body for a period of five years.
Notable alumni include actor Leonardo DiCaprio, founder of Facebook, mark Zuckerberg and Larry page of Google.
WEF said that this year the participants were chosen for their “creativity and innovation; their ability to build bridges between cultures and between business, government and civil society; and their pioneering work in the field of culture and art, business, design, energy, health, public policy, sustainable development and technology”.
More than half of the class of 2018 women, and the majority of the cohort are from developing countries, including Malaysia, Argentina and India.
Actress Priyanka Chopra is also part of the 2018 young global leaders class
Among the most famous names in the list of Leo Varadkar, the Prime Minister of Ireland, Kanika Tekriwal, Executive Director JetSetGo, India’s largest private Jet company is often called the “uber for air travel”, Sarah Alshuhaimi, the first woman, who led Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange, Yang Huiyan, the richest woman in China, and actress Priyanka Chopra.
Many people are involved in charitable initiatives. Former political prisoner Wai Wai Nu-founder, women’s network for peace in Myanmar, which helps women to combat sexual harassment and domestic violence, while American philanthropist Alexander Soros, son of billionaire George Soros, is headed by the Alexander Soros Foundation, which promotes civil rights, social justice and education through grants.
Former “Arsenal” and “crystal Palace” midfielder Mathieu Flamini Pierre part of his environmental work through his GFBiochemicals company that produces levulinic acid, a substance that may become an alternative to gasoline.
John Dutton, head of young global leaders the world economic forum, said, “We encourage these 100 women and men to do more and more. They join a community of enterprising, socially active leaders working as a force for good, and highlight the potential for innovation to correct the deficiencies of our economies and societies”.
Three Britons in class of 2018 Maya FOA, a highly professional lawyer, working in the extreme end to the violations of human rights, Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of DeepMind, the artificial intelligence laboratory, which was acquired by Google in 2014 for £400 million, and Paralympic swimmer Suzanne Rogers, who now serves as a non-Executive Director of the Council of the British athletes Commission (BAC).