WEF/Global Leaders for Tomorrow
The Global Leaders for Tomorrow was an award by the World Economic Forum for successful decision-makers under the age of 38 who are "committed to social, environmental and economic issues in society." The group would hold its own Summits, partially in conjunction with the Annual WEF Meeting in Davos.
The program has been reconstituted in 2003 as The Forum of Young Global Leaders. According to economist Richard Werner, who was selected in 2003, the program was closed down and rebooted as a more controllable group because there started to be too many people asking difficult questions in the forum.
Some of the select Global Leaders for Tomorrow also continued in the The Forum of Young Global Leaders.
This is a collection of people who are known to have participated in the World Economic Forum's Global Leaders for Tomorrow program. The list is not complete, since the membership is not easily available and has to be gathered from miscellaneous sources.
1992 inaugural selection
In 1992, the WEF launched a new community, the Global Leaders for Tomorrow (GLTs), composed of 200 young leaders from business, politics, academia, the arts and the media, all of them under 43 years of age, and, as the WEF claims, "well established through their achievements and positions of influence". This claim is simply not true, as the selection is extraordinary prescient, given that many of these people were totally unknown at the time. Angela Merkel, for example, was a nobody from the former East Germany incorporated into united Germany in 1991.
Among those nominated in the first year were many individuals (indicated below with their titles at that time) who would later assume key responsibilities or distinguish themselves further in their fields.
- Martine Aubry, Minister of Labour, Employment and Vocational Training of France
- José Maria Aznar, President, Partido Popular, Spain
- José Manuel Durao Barroso, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal
- Tony Blair MP, Shadow Cabinet Minister, United Kingdom
- Gordon Brown, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, United Kingdom
- Yuriko Koike, Senator, Japan New Party, Japan
- Anne Lauvergeon, Deputy Secretary-General, Elysée Palace, France
- Yo-Yo Ma, Musician
- Angela Merkel, Federal Minister for Women and Youth of Germany
- Nicholas Sarkozy, Assistant Secretary, RPR, France
- Lawrence Summers, Vice-President and Chief Economist, World Bank, Washington DC
- Louise Blouin Canadian editor
- The Last American Vagabond - Richard Werner Interview - Covid Measures and the Central Controls over the Economy (somewhere in the middle of the interview)