Four UAE residents are Young Global Leaders

World Economic Forum in Dubai. (Ashok Verma)

The UAE continued to lead the Mena region in World Economic Fourm’s (WEF) Young Global Leaders (YGLs) list with four making into it for the year 2012.

The honour, bestowed each year by the Forum, recognises up to 200 outstanding young leaders from around the world for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.

For 2012, the Forum has selected 192 YGLs from 59 countries and all sectors of society (including business, civil society, social entrepreneurs, politics and government, arts and culture, and opinion and media). The new class originates from East Asia (38), South Asia (19), Europe (46), Middle East and North Africa (15), sub-Saharan Africa (18), North America (37) and Latin America (19).

The young leaders from the UAE are Sultan Ahmed Jaber, CEO of Masdar; Sami Khoreibi, CEO of Enviromena; Dalia Mogahed, Executive Director and Senior Analyst at Gallup Center for Muslim Studies; and Ohood Al Roumi, Director-General at Office of the Prime Minister of the UAE.

Last year also saw four people making into the list. They were Badr Jafar, Executive Director of Crescent Petroleum; Rima Maktabi, Head of Inside the Middle East programme at CNN; Sultan S Al Qassemi, Chairman of Barjeel Geojit Securities; and Ziad Daoud Al Siksek, Chief Executive Officer of Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (Haad) have been named Young Global Leaders by World Economic Forum.

According to WEF's 2012 list, the UAE was followed by two each from Egypt, Jordan and Palestine. One each was selected from Yemen, Tunisia and Morocco.

Google’s Mena Marketing Manager Wael Ghonim and Envio Co-Founder and Managing Partner Ayman Ismail were nominated from Egypt.

None from any other Gulf country could make into the list of Young Global Leaders’ list.