Khaldoon Tabaza designated as a Young Global Leader in 2006

Published January 15th, 2006 - 07:39 GMT

The Forum of Young Global Leaders, an affiliate of the World Economic Forum, has announced that that Khaldoon Tabaza, Chairman and Managing Director of Riyada Ventures based in Jordan, has been named a Young Global Leader 2006. He is one of 16 new Young Global Leaders from the Middle East and North Africa, to join a global community that now includes 410 leaders from all regions and stakeholder groups.

Established in 2004 by Professor Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, the Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique, multi-stakeholder community of the world’s most extraordinary leaders who are 40 years old or younger and who are ready to dedicate a part of their time and energy to jointly work towards a better future. YGL members engage together in the 2020 Initiative, a comprehensive endeavour, to understand current and future trends, risks and opportunities both at global and regional levels, formulate a positive vision for the world in 2020 and put forward concrete strategies to translate their vision into action.

Each year around 200 YGLs are selected for a five year membership, ultimately forming a community of 1,111 by 2009. The new members were chosen from among 3,500 candidates by the Forum of Young Global Leaders’ Nomination Committee, featuring 28 international media leaders, including Carl-Johan Bonnier of Bonnier AB in Sweden, Arthur Sulzberger, the publisher of the New York Times, Tom Glocer, chief executive of Reuters and Rui Chenggang, Director and Anchor of China Central Television in the People’s Republic of China. The Committee is chaired by Her Majesty Queen Rania of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The Young Global Leaders of 2006 includes over 60 business leaders, more than 30 government leaders, and dozens of scholars, media and non-governmental organization leaders. They come from 50 countries ranging from Argentina to Zimbabwe. Khaldoon Tabaza joins a community representing 90 countries that includes Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google; Mikheil  Saakashvili, President of Georgia; Kumi Naidoo, Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer, Civicus: World Alliance for Citizen Participation; Daniela Mercury, Singer, Brazil and Michelle Guthrie, Chief Executive Officer, Star Group.

During their first meeting in Zermatt, Switzerland and throughout 2005, Young Global Leaders formed task forces to address global challenges for 2020 in the areas of development and poverty, global governance and security, environment, education, and health. In addition, a delegation of Young Global Leaders visited the earthquake-affected areas of Pakistan in December 2005 in an effort to support disaster relief and long-term reconstruction. The Young Global Leaders will meet as a community at their Annual Summit in Vancouver, Canada, 9-12 June 2006.


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About The Forum of Young Global Leaders
The Forum of Young Global Leaders is an independent, Geneva, Switzerland-based foundation whose mission is to build a unique, multi-stakeholder community of the world’s most extraordinary leaders under the age of 40 and give them a platform to collaborate and shape best practices for the future of the world. Each year we identify and mobilize a new group of 200 exceptional men and women in business, politics, academia, the media and civil society from every region in the world. Together, they form a powerful international force for the global common good.


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