“We are becoming increasingly aware that solutions to our global challenges must purposefully engage youth, at all levels – locally, regionally, nationally and globally. This generation has the passion, dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit to shape the future.”
Professor Klaus Schwab World Economic Forum Founder and Executive Chairman
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The Global Shapers Community is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievement and their drive to make a contribution to their communities.
Shapers are highly motivated individuals who have a great potential for future leadership roles in society. They are selected on the basis of their achievements, leadership potential, and commitment to make a difference. Through the Global Shapers Community, Shapers are provided with opportunities to connect with the worldwide network of Global Shapers, to network with other World Economic Forum communities, and to represent the voice of youth at World Economic Forum events. Shapers are united by a common desire to channel the members’ tremendous energy and enthusiasm into building a more peaceful and inclusive world.
The Global Shapers Community is one of several multi-stakeholder communities at the World Economic Forum. Other communities include the Young Global Leaders, the Global Agenda Councils, and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.
To learn more about the Global Shapers Community and to apply or nominate a Shaper, please go to Globalshapers.org
The founding partners of the Global Shapers Community provide intellectual, promotional and financial support based on their belief in the power of youth to shape a more positive future for the world. Working closely with the World Economic Forum, they help guide the programme to generate fresh insights, bridge generational divides and ensure tangible positive impact.
At a decisive time for the region and with the full support and presence of Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al Abdullah, the World Economic Forum’s Middle East and North Africa meeting 2015 is convening over 800 key leaders from government, business and civil society to support a comprehensive and forward-looking vision for prosperity and peace.
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