Global honour for four young UAE leaders

Reem Al Hashimy (SUPPLIED)

Four young leaders from the UAE have been honoured as Young Global Leaders for 2010, the World Economic Forum announced yesterday.

Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State of the UAE; Najla Al Awadhi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Media Incorporated (the parent firm of Emirates Business); Nabil Alyousuf, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dubai School of Government; and Riyad Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority (Adaa) have been recongnised for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.

They form part of the elite group of 197 Young Global Leaders chosen from 72 countries across the world. The UAE forms the largest representation among the Middle East and North Africa region, which includes two members from Morocco and one each from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Last year, there were two personalities from the UAE who made it to the 2009 list. They were Omar Ghobash, Ambassador of the UAE to Russia; and Dr Yasar Jarrar, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

"The World Economic Forum is a true multistakeholder community of global decision-makers in which the Young Global Leaders represent the voice for the future and the hopes of the next generation. The diversity of the YGL community and its commitment to shaping a better future through action-oriented initiatives of public interest is even more important at a time when the world is in need of new energy to solve intractable challenges," said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

For 2010, the Forum has selected 197 Young Global Leaders from 72 countries and all stakeholders of society (business, civil society, social entrepreneurs, politics and government, arts and culture, and opinion and media).

The new class represents all regions: East Asia (43), South Asia (21), Europe (46), Middle East and North Africa (14), Sub-Saharan Africa (17), North America (38) and Latin America (18). This year's selection has more gender parity than ever, with 38 per cent women.

This year's young leaders have been drawn from a pool of almost 5,000 candidates and were chosen by a selection committee, chaired by Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and comprises eminent international media leaders.

 

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