Around this time last year, Martyn (then CCS Executive Director at Stellenbosch University – South Africa) and I (then its Research Director) were anguished about my field trip to Angola to conduct one of the legs of our project on China-Africa Economic Relations.
We have both, as well as the rest of our team, moved on to other ventures since. But there will always be the memory of a glass of (chilled) Stellenbosch Chardonnay or Chenin Blanc under a oak tree to bring up a smile to our faces. So, I could only smile, while congratulating Martyn, when I got this news:
We are proud to announce that our CEO, Dr Martyn Davies has been selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for 2010. Martyn is also a Faculty Member of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria, South Africa.
The honour, bestowed each year by the WEF, recognizes and acknowledges up to 200 outstanding young leaders from around the world for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. For 2010, the Forum has selected 197 Young Global Leaders from 72 countries and all stakeholders of society (business, civil society, social entrepreneurs, politics & government, arts & culture, and opinion & media). The new class represents all regions: East Asia (43), South Asia (21), Europe (46), Middle East and North Africa (14), sub-Saharan Africa (17), North America (38) and Latin America (18). This year’s selection has more gender parity than ever, with 38% women.
“The World Economic Forum is a true multi-stakeholder community of global decision-makers in which the Young Global Leaders represent the voice for the future and the hopes of the next generation. The diversity of the YGL community and its commitment to shaping a better future through action-oriented initiatives of public interest is even more important at a time when the world is in need of new energy to solve intractable challenges,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.
Drawn from a pool of almost 5,000 candidates, the Young Global Leaders 2010 were chosen by a selection committee, chaired by H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and comprised of 30 eminent international media leaders. The 2010 honourees will become part of the broader Forum of Young Global Leaders community that currently comprises 660 outstanding individuals.
[More details here]