YGL Class of 2013
Every year the World Economic Forum reviews thousands of nominations to find the most accomplished and inspiring young leaders to join the Forum of Young Global Leaders. Every year the task gets even harder, as the volume of outstanding nominations increases due to the growing profile and impact of this amazing community.
All of the nominations go through a rigorous selection process involving internal vetting, independent evaluation by Heidrick & Struggles and finally screening by a selection Committee headed by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Candidates are selected based on their proven track record of professional accomplishments, breadth of their expertise, commitment to society and their ability to overcome adversity, among other criteria.
This year’s class of Young Global Leaders Class is composed of 199 individuals from all walks of life and all sectors of society, with 42% women. They come from 70 countries and have a diverse and rich range of interests and expertise showing the truly global nature of leadership today. The honourees come from East Asia (45), Europe (49), Latin America (16), the Middle East and North Africa (12), North America (40), South Asia (18), and sub-Saharan Africa (19).
The Class of 2013 represents the best of today’s leaders under the age of 40. They will be joining a truly global community of more than 1,000 active YGL members and alumni – a community of diverse perspectives but united in its shared purpose of creating a better world. The YGL community enables leaders to turn their personal success into global significance through the scaling up of ideas that lead to impactful change.