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Forum of Young Global Leaders

Event Date: 
July 8, 2008 - 10:46 - July 31, 2008 - 17:00

Nomination Deadline: 31 July 2008

The Forum of Young Global Leaders has established a comprehensive selection process for identifying and selecting the most exceptional leaders 40 years of age or younger.

Every year, thousands of possible candidates from around the world are proposed and assessed according to rigorous selection criteria. Only the very best candidates are selected and all efforts are extended to create a truly representative body.

The shortlisted candidates are evaluated by the Selection Committee, which is chaired by Her Majesty Queen Rania of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and includes eminent international media leaders. The Selection Committee aims to assemble a group of nominees that is diverse, geographically balanced and representative of a wide range of professions, talents and perspectives.

Reflecting the diversity of stakeholders, the Young Global Leaders include leaders from the worlds of politics, business, civil society, academia, and arts and culture across the seven geographic regions. Together they form a unique community that can dramatically affect the lives of future generations and craft innovative responses to address global and regional challenges.

Selection criteria

Potential candidates for Young Global Leaders are selected based on the following criteria:

* He/she is 40 years of age or younger at the time of nomination (to be eligible for the 2008 nomination process, the candidate must have been born on or after 1 January 1968);
* He/she has a recognized record of extraordinary achievement and a proven track record of substantial leadership experience, typically this means 5-15 years of outstanding professional work experience and a clear indication of playing a substantial leadership role for the rest of his or her career;
* He/she have demonstrated a commitment to serve society at large through exceptional contributions;
* He/she must have an impeccable record in the public eye and good standing in his/her community;
* Candidates from the Business Sector must be responsible for the full operation of a qualifying corporation or division and must hold one of the following titles: President, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director, Managing Partner or Publisher, or equivalent of any of the above. If the company is a member or partner of the World Economic Forum, the candidate requires the approval of the CEO or Chairman of the Board of the respective company;
* Companies, organizations and entities can only nominate one candidate from the qualifying company every two years.

Nomination Process

Nomination Deadline

31 July 2008

To qualify for the 2008 selection process, all nominations must be received in the Foundation’s office by 31 July 2008, at:

The Forum of Young Global Leaders
World Economic Forum
91-93 Route de la Capite
CH – 1223 Cologny/Geneva

All applications received after that date will enter the 2009 selection process.

Nomination Form
Nomination forms can be completed online or downloaded in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Eligible nominations are submitted from nominators who are well acquainted with the nominated leader and can attest to his or her qualifications. The nominator must be someone other than the nominee or a family member. Nominators do not need to collaborate with the nominee in putting forth the nomination package, neither do they need to keep the submission confidential.

Please note that only complete nomination forms will be considered.

Supporting Documents
To complete the nomination package, please include a current CV of the candidate as well as a confidential letter of recommendation, which outlines the reasons for supporting the nomination of the candidate and provides information on the candidate's commitment to serve society at large. Please feel free to also include optional information such as a recent photo, citations, articles and dated newspaper clippings of the candidate.

The 2009 nominees will be invited to join The Forum of Young Global Leaders in January 2009. Given the large number of applications, we will only notify the candidates who have been selected by the Selection Committee. The complete list of Young Global Leaders 2009 will be announced through a global media launch in April 2009.

World Economic Forum
91-93 Route de la Capite
Cologny, Geneva


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