Razan, Sarah, Alisha, Rayan, Tamer, Faisal

Geneva: Three Saudis and one UAE national have been selected to join the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders (YGL) class of 2018.

Razan Al Mubarak, Secretary General of the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi, Sarah Sahimi, the first woman to chair Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange, and Chief Executive Officer of NCB Capital, Faisal Abbas, Editor-in-Chief of Arab News, and Rayan Fayez, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Banque Saudi Fransi, were among 100 of the world’s most promising artists, business leaders, public servants, social entrepreneurs and technologists under the age of 40 to invited to join the World Economic Forum’s community of Young Global Leaders.

The list also includes Alisha Moopen, Executive Director at Aster DM Healthcare, UAE, and Tamer Makary, Founder at Ethica Partners, UAE.

The aim is to enable them to shape an inclusive and sustainable future for the world, the World Economic Forum (WEF) said as it announced the international list of the members of the YGL class of 2018 who will join a community and a five-year programme that will challenge them to think beyond their scope of expertise and make a stronger impact as leaders.

“They have been nominated because of their creativity and innovation, their ability to build bridges across cultures and between business, government and civil society, and their pioneering work in arts and culture, business, design, energy, health, public policy, sustainability and technology,” WEF said.

Over half of the YGL Class of 2018 are women, and the majority of the cohort are from emerging economies.

Together, they represent the very best potential of their generation and are advancing new models of sustainable social innovation.

“We are challenging these 100 women and men to do more and be more. They will join a community of enterprising, socially minded leaders working as a force for good, and highlight the potential for innovation to correct the shortcomings in our economies and societies,” John Dutton, Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum, said.