Nigeria's Umoru Leads 43 Others to WEF's 2015 Global Leaders List

The World Economic Forum, Wednesday, announced the leaders under 40 who are shaping the future of industry, politics and society.

To join the existing community of Young Global Leaders with 44 from North America and 39 from Europe is 23 YGLs from East Asia, 19 from South Asia, 17 from Greater China, 17 from sub-Saharan Africa, 15 from the Middle East and North Africa and 13 from Latin America.

The fellowship which is an annual event to recognise a new group of exceptional individuals under the age of 40 who “represent the next generation of global leadership” had seventeen young Africans in the 2015 list including Nigeria’s Mosunmola Umoru, Founder and Chief Implementation Officer, Honeysuckle PTL Ventures and her African counterparts from Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

“Current and former YGLs head governments and Fortune 500 companies, win Nobel Prizes and Academy Awards, become UN Goodwill Ambassadors and Social Entrepreneurs. They bridge cultures and have the skills to be successful in private, public and civil society organizations”, David Aikman, Managing Director and Head of the New Champion Communities at the World Economic Forum said.

“This year’s class of 187 YGLs is split evenly between business and non-profit sectors, the latter including science and technology, arts and culture, civil society, policy and government, media and social entrepreneurs. Women are strongly represented in this year’s class, and with half the intake coming from emerging economies, the world’s future leadership is becoming more broad-based in terms of both gender and geography”, David Aikman further stated.