Bajan youth for economic forum
A Barbadian has joined the class of the world’s Young Global Leaders of 2014 chosen by the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
He is Niel Harper, senior manager of Next Generation Leaders in Barbados, who is among 214 young leaders worldwide selected by the Economic Forum, a leading global organisation noted for independent economic and financial analyses and its close monitoring of the global economic and financial trends.
Two other young “leaders” from the Caribbean, Monique Pean of Haiti, who is the founder of the Vanessa Pean Foundation in the Creole-speaking nation of ten million, and Mariam McIntosh of Portland Private Equity in Jamaica, were also chosen by the Forum whose annual gathering of finance ministers, central bank governors, economic experts and private sector executives attracts global media attention.
As the Forum sees it, Harper, Pean and McIntosh and the other 211 leaders are drawn “from all walks of life, from every region of the world and every stakeholder group in society.”
They were nominated for selection through a carefully designed process and “assessed according to rigorous selection criteria that creates a diverse and truly representative body while accepting only the very best leaders who have already demonstrated their commitment to every society at large.”
This year’s class comes from 66 countries across seven regions – 49 from North America; 16 Latin America and the Caribbean; Europe 46; South Asia 17; sub-Sahara Africa 19; Middle East and North Africa 18; and East Asia 49.
In addition to the three from CARICOM, others across the Western Hemisphere came from Brazil, Argentina, Canada, the United States Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru and Mexico. The Sub-Sahara contingent came from South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana. India and Pakistan had several leaders on the list and so did the United States and Canada.
“The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique, multi-stakeholder community of more than 900 young leaders,” the Forum pointed out. “Bold brave, action-oriented and entrepreneurial, these individuals commit both their time and taken to make the world a better place.”
The YGLs, as they are called, were described by the Forum “triathletes,” people who possess the skills and exceptional experience to be successful across private, public and civil society organisations.”
To qualify, the leaders must be under 40 years of age.