Dubai education group chief wins WEF honour
Dubai, March 14, 2013
The World Economic Forum has selected Vikas Pota, the CEO of Dubai-based Varkey GEMS Foundation as a 'Young Global Leader,' a honour bestowed each year to recognize the most distinguished leaders under the age of 40, nominated from around the world.
Young Global Leaders (YGLs) represent the future of leadership, coming from all regions of the world and representing business, government, civil society, arts & culture, academia and media, as well as social entrepreneurs.
These young leaders are proposed through a qualified nomination process and assessed according to rigorous selection criteria
Klaus Schwab, the WEF founder & executive chairman said: "The forum of YGLs provides a unique effort to engage the younger generation into the management of global affairs, working together and being integrated into the larger Forum community. The Young Global Leaders have an exceptional opportunity to improve the state of the world."
Commenting on the honour, Pota said: "I am absolutely thrilled to have been nominated and selected to join the WEF's 'Forum of Young Global Leaders'. Our world faces huge challenges and the one I have committed to concerns supporting the capacity of teachers to become more effective in the classroom."
"Knowing the magnitude of this task, I hope to use this forum to learn more about our world, and by doing so hope to inform how we achieve our aim to improve education outcomes for the most needy," he remarked.
Past YGLs include Larry Page, co-founder and CEO of Google, US; Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook; Abdulla Bin Ali Al Thani, VP of the Qatar Foundation; Salman Khan, the founder & executive director of Khan Academy; Marissa Mayer, the chief executive officer of Yahoo! Inc; Enrique Pena Nieto, the president of Mexico; and David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the UK.
Sunny Varkey, the founder trustee of the Varkey GEMS Foundation lauded Vikas for the achievement. "Vikas is an exceptional person who deserves this accolade. Knowing him well, this platform will serve to motivate him further in his pursuit of improving the state of our world," he added.
The Varkey GEMS Foundation is the philanthropic arm of GEMS Education which has a global network of award-winning schools providing high quality education to 130,000 students globally.-TradeArabia News Service
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