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World Economic Forum recently announced the new class of the Forum of Young Global Leaders.

Each year the World Economic Forum elects a class of innovative, enterprising and socially minded men and women under the age of 40 to join the Forum of Young Global Leaders. They are scientists, entrepreneurs, activists and investors who are tackling some of the world’s most complex and pressing problems. The five-year program creates a community of leaders that break down traditional silos and build bridges across cultural divides. The class of 2016 includes groups in nine different regions of the globe who have completed a rigorous selection process. They will join the ongoing 5-year program that has already seen successes in many areas.  Some examples are:

Beyond Tomorrow: Helping Japanese youth that were orphaned or otherwise affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Evidence Action: Deworm the World: Developing a simple, safe way to eliminate the risk of parasitic worm infection for more than 600 million school age children worldwide.

Table for Two: In our world of 7 billion, 1 billion suffer from undernutrition, while another 1 billion suffer from obesity. TABLE FOR TWO has served millions of healthy meals to both sides of the “table.”

Thirst: Tackling the world’s water scarcity crisis by educating and engaging the next generation of global consumers.

What is the WEF Forum of Young Global Leaders?

An independent, founda­tion, the Forum of Young Global Leaders is an integral part of the World Economic Forum. A peer network that challenges members to be better leaders in both their personal and professional lives, the Forum of Young Global Leaders has three objectives:

Collaboration: to build a diverse global community of peers, committed to engaging in events and interactions that look for innovative solutions to problems

Learning: to further Young Global Leader leadership development through personal and professional experiences that build skills, knowledge and better understanding of global, regional and industry agendas

Action: to generate positive impact on global challenges by engaging Young Global leaders in initiatives, workstreams and collaborations related to issues they have identified collectively