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The program received a reboot in 2003 to remove difficult participants.

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."[1] The group would hold its own Summits, partially in conjunction with the Annual WEF Meeting in Davos, and most members seem to be active in the community for around five years,

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.[2]

Some of the select Global Leaders for Tomorrow also continued in the The Forum of Young Global Leaders. Presumably those were the ones that didn't rock the boat.

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.[3][4][5][6]

1992 inaugural selection

Full article: WEF/Global Leaders for Tomorrow/1993

In 1992/1993, 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"[3]. 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[3]. For the full inaugural list see Global Leaders for Tomorrow/1993.

Possible participants

In a 2019 talk with Carlos Alvarado Quesada, Klaus Schwab mentioned that Vladimir Putin had participated in the Young Leader program, presumably during his St. Petersburg years in the 1990s[8]. This is not confirmed from other sources. In January 2021, Putin presented a keynote address at the World Economic Forum, where he recalled how he first met Schwab in 1992 and since then had regularly attended events organized by the WEF[9][10].


Related Quotation

Olivier Oullier“In France, the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum held in Davos is too often mistakenly perceived as the place where world leaders secretly decide our future. For a lot of people in my country, Davos seems to embody the “evil capitalists”. This is particularly true in French academia. So much so that, when I was applying for my full professorship, I was strongly advised to hide that the Forum made me a Young Global Leader a couple of months earlier. In many countries this honor would have helped me get the job. Not in France.”Olivier Oullier4 February 2013


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