The World Economic Forum Wednesday named its Young Global Leader honorees of 2011, and we’re excited to share that Mashable CEO and founder Pete Cashmore has been named one of the Young Global Leaders.
The distinction is given each year to a handful of people younger than 40 to recognize their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through inspiring leadership.
“The Young Global Leaders represent the voice for the future and the hopes of the next generation,” said the World Economic Forum’s founder and chairman Klaus Schwab, who established Young Global Leaders in 2004.
The selection committee — led by Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan — selected 190 people from 65 countries from various sectors, including business, civil society, social entrepreneurs, politics, government, arts, culture and opinion and media. Other honorees include Nike executive Jayme Martin, CNN International anchor Hala Gorani, TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie and Max Levchin, vice president of engineering for Google, among others. Here’s the full list of 2011 honorees.
Pete and the other honorees can now participate in the Forum of Young Global Leaders, which will convene at an annual summit in China in September. The forum says past Young Global Leaders are actively engaged in the community.
The World Economic Forum, based in Geneva, Switzerland, is an independent international organization that aims to improve the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas. They host an annual conference in Davos that brings together top businesspeople, politicians, influencers and media to discuss global issues and solutions.
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