Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, – The World Economic Forum has announced that Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu , founder and managing director of trailblazing footwear brand soleRebels , has been selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) for 2011. The honor, bestowed each year by the Forum, recognizes and acknowledges outstanding young leaders from around the world for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.
“I was deeply honored when notified about my selection by the Forum. This represents a recognition of the power of our core aim at soleRebels : to show that development and trade go hand in hand , and that delivering world class products to the global marketplace is a potent key to creating real and sustained prosperity in the communities of developing nations,” stated Bethlehem .
With her selection Bethlehem joins a distinguished list of executives from companies and non profits from around the globe who have won this award including co-founders of Google Larry Page and Sergey Brin ; Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook; actor Leonardo DiCaprio ; CNN television journalist Anderson Cooper ; Evan Williams, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Twitter ; YouTube founder Chad Hurley ; Skype CEO Josh Silverman ; Yahoo founder Jerry Yang ; Business News TV star Maria Bartiromo; Wadah Khanfar, Director-General, Al Jazeera Satellite Network and Newsweek columnist Fareed Zakaria.
“The World Economic Forum is a true multi-stakeholder community of global decision-makers in which the Young Global Leaders represent the voice for the future and the hopes of the next generation. The diversity of the YGL community and its commitment to shaping a better future through action-oriented initiatives of public interest is even more important at a time when the world is in need of new energy to solve intractable challenges,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.
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Drawn from a pool of more than 5,000 high level global candidates, the Young Global Leaders 2011 were chosen by an elite selection committee of global business and media leaders , chaired by H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan .
As a 2011 honoree Bethlehem will become part of the broader Forum of Young Global Leaders community that currently comprises 660 outstanding individuals. The YGLs convene at an annual summit – this years will be in Dalian, People’s Republic of China 12-16 September- as well as at World Economic Forum Forum events and meetings throughout the year. These events enable YGLs to build a strong and diverse community, to engender a better understanding of the global and regional agendas and to engage in initiatives to address specific challenges of public interest .