13 leaders from MENA join World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Class of 2021
The world’s most driven researchers, innovative entrepreneurs, activists and promising political leaders between the ages of 30 and 40 are joining the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders (YGL) Class of 2021. The class of 2021 is gender equal and has representatives from 56 countries including 13 from the Middle East and North Africa. Members will take part in a five-year programme, which offers executive education courses, expeditions and opportunities to collaborate and test ideas among a trusted network of peers.
YGLs are active in the most exciting and dynamic fields and focus on impact. In the past year they have worked on more than 30 COVID-19-related initiatives, including expanding the use of free public digital health services, launching data challenges to build an ecosystem that can help tackle the pandemic, creating mobile intensive care shelters, opening mental health support platforms and working on vaccine development.
“The YGL Class of 2021 is comprised of thoughtful and courageous leaders who will shape a more sustainable and inclusive post-pandemic era,” said Mariah Levin, Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders.
“We are delighted to welcome the class of 2021 at a time when cultivating responsible leadership is needed more than ever to steer us through the multiple challenges the world is facing,” said Nicole Schwab, Board Member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders.
Meet the 2021 YGL Class from the MENA region:
Academia and Research
Dalal Saeb Iriqat, Vice-President for International Relations, Arab American University-Palestine, Palestinian Territories
Arts, Media and Sports
Faouzi Khlifi (known as El Seed), Artist and Founder, El Seed Studio, Tunisia
Claudia Vergueiro Massei, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Oman, Oman
Dana Juffali, Business Development Director, Khaled Juffali Energy and Utilities, Saudi Arabia
Mohamed Al Hashemi, Country Head, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Majid Al Futtaim Group, Majid Al Futtaim Retail, United Arab Emirates
Esraa Al-Buti, Partner, EY, Saudi Arabia
Sanae Lahlou, Director of the African Business Unit, Mazars Maroc, Morocco
Alanoud Bint Hamad Al-Thani, Managing Director, Qatar Financial Centre Authority, Qatar
Fawaz Farooqui, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Culture of Saudi Arabia
Gadeer Kamal-Mreeh, Member of the Knesset, Israel
Vera Daves de Sousa, Minister of Finance, Angola
Elham Al Qasim, Chief Executive Officer, Digital14, United Arab Emirates
Kira Radinsky, Co-Founder, Diagnostic Robotics, Israel
The Forum of Young Global Leaders was founded in 2005 by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, to create a world where leaders take responsibility for a sustainable future, while meeting increasingly complex and interrelated challenges. Today, there are 1,400 members and alumni from more than 120 countries.