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Dubai sets up hub to mould young leaders

World Economic Forum launches Global Shapers plan to work on community initiatives

Dubai sets up hub to mould young leaders
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A World Economic Forum initiative led by young leaders working on grassroots initiatives in their communities has been launched in Dubai.

Launched at the Summit on Global Agenda, the Dubai Hub of the Global Shapers community will focus on education and will be led by Yasar Jarrar, partner at Bain & Company and a former executive dean at the Dubai School of Government.

Jarrar brings an expertise on public policy and developing talent by working with 13 Global Shapers on initiatives focusing on education and career choices for young people in Dubai, WEF said in a statement.

Nominated under the age of 30, Global Shapers form a worldwide multi-stakeholder community of promising young leaders who want to build on their achievements and entrepreneurial drive to make a positive contribution to their communities, it added.

Borge Brende, managing director at the World Economic Forum, said: “The UAE is a long-term partner of the World Economic Forum and we are very proud to have a strong Dubai Hub join the Global Shapers Community.

"These young leaders in Dubai have made an admirable commitment to serve their city. They will also be able to influence like-minded leaders who are part of the Global Shapers community in cities across the world.”

The Dubai Hub will focus on amplifying current initiatives with a positive impact on the city.

It will also focus on young people, particularly on aspects related to education and careers.

The Hub is working on a project called “agdr”, meaning “I can”, involving two schools, one public and one private, and provides students with career counselling emphasising sharing the resources available, options and processes.

The objective is to improve young people’s choices after secondary school education.

The Global Shapers launch took place as more than 1,000 of the world’s foremost experts from academia, government, business, civil society and media are descended on Dubai for the fifth Summit on the Global Agenda which took place this week.