Application Deadline: May 31, 2020.
About World Economic Forum – Young Global Leaders
Our growing membership of over 1,300 members and alumni includes public officials, innovators in business, artists, educators, developers of technology, journalists and activists.
In line with the mission of the World Economic Forum, we are seeking to encourage public-private cooperation among these unique actors to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the public interest worldwide. Young Global Leaders, representing more than 100 nationalities, are united in the belief that today’s pressing issues are an opportunity to forge a better future across sectors, generations and borders.
In 2004, Klaus Schwab, founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum, created the Young Global Leaders Forum to help the world cope with increasingly complex and interdependent issues. His vision was to create a proactive multi-stakeholder community to inform and influence decision-making and mobilize transformation among the world’s next-generation leaders.
Through the Young Global Leaders Forum, Klaus Schwab intended to facilitate earnest dialog and cross-cultural friendships to bridge divisions, foster fresh thinking and dynamic new ways of collaboration to shape a more positive, peaceful and prosperous society.
Selection Criteria for World Economic Forum – Young Global Leaders
- The candidate must be 38 years old or younger at nomination
- Has 5-15 years of recognized achievements, leadership and outstanding professional work experience.
- Demonstrates a personal commitment to serve society at local and global levels, has an impeccable record in the public eye, good standing in their community, self-awareness and a desire to learn.
- Candidates from the business sector must manage a corporation or division and must hold one of the following titles (or equivalent): President, chair of the board, chief executive officer, managing director, managing partner or publisher.
- Companies, organizations and entities can only nominate one candidate from their qualifying company every two years.
- If the company is a member or partner of the World Economic Forum, the candidate requires the approval of the chief executive officer or chair of the board of the respective company.
- Self-nominations are not accepted.
Benefits of World Economic Forum – Young Global Leaders
- YGLs are fully involved in the Forum’s meetings, initiatives and research and interact with the Forum’s wider multi stakeholder community.
- YGLs have a powerful role in determining the community’s activities. They are governed by a foundation board of respected leaders and are managed by a dynamic team of young professionals based in Geneva and China.
- Set up as an independent, not-for-profit foundation under the Swiss government, the Forum of Young Global Leaders is an integral part of the World Economic Forum.
Timeline for World Economic Forum – Young Global Leaders
- Summer: The World Economic Forum shortlists candidates for further review
- Fall: The shortlisted candidates are reviewed by Heidrick & Struggles, recognised as one of the world’s leading executive search and leadership consulting firms
- Winter: A Selection Committee reviews the top candidates and selects 100 to be honoured as Young Global Leaders
- January of subsequent year: The candidates are informed of their selection as Young Global Leaders*
- March of subsequent year: The press announcement for the new Class of Young Global Leaders is released