One hundred of the world’s most promising artists, business leaders, public servants, social entrepreneurs and technologists under the age of 40 - including a number from the Gulf region - have been invited to join the World Economic Forum’s community of Young Global Leaders.
The aim is to enable them to shape an inclusive and sustainable future for the world.
They will join a community and a five-year programme that will challenge them to think beyond their scope of expertise and make a stronger impact as leaders, a statement said.
From the Gulf, the community includes Faisal Abbas, the Editor-in-Chief of Arab News, Saudi Arabia, Razan Al Mubarak, secretary-general of the Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi (EAD), Sarah Al-Suhaimi, the first woman to chair Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange (pictured below) and Rayan Fayez, managing director and CEO of Banque Saudi Fransi, one of Saudi Arabia’s largest banks.
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Also invited are Tamer Makary, the founder of Ethica Partners in the UAE which established Africa’s first not-for-profit eye hospital in Cameroon and Alisha Moopen, executive director of UAE-based Aster DM Healthcare which oversees 85 clinics.
The World Economic Forum said they have been nominated because of their creativity and innovation; their ability to build bridges across cultures and between business, government and civil society; and their pioneering work in arts and culture, business, design, energy, health, public policy, sustainability and technology.
Over half of the Class of 2018 are women, and the majority of the cohort are from emerging economies.
“We’re challenging these 100 women and men to do more and be more. They’ll join a community of enterprising, socially minded leaders working as a force for good, and highlight the potential for innovation to correct the shortcomings in our economies and societies,” said John Dutton, head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum.
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