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Three alumni named to World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders Class of 2017
March 22, 2017

This year's class of World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders (YGLs) includes three alumni. The 100 YGLs named to the Class of 2017 come from across the globe, and represent the public, private, and social sectors. 

The Forum of Young Global Leaders is an independent, nonprofit foundation functioning under the Swiss government. During the five-year program, YGLs are expected to work on three main objectives: collaboration, learning, and action. Each year, the World Economic Forum selects "the most innovative, enterprising and socially minded men and women" under the age of 40.

"This year’s class of Young Global Leaders gives hope that they are ready to tackle the world’s most complex and pressing challenges," said the World Economic Forum in a statement. "They are invited to join a community and a five-year leadership journey that we believe will help them break down silos, bridge cultures and use their collective skills to get things done for positive impact across private, public and civil society organizations."

A foundation board of respected leaders from across the globe governs the YGLs (board members include Marissa Mayer, Chief Executive Officer, Yahoo!; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Chair, GAVI Alliance; David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, The Carlyle Group; Jimmy Wales, Founder and Trustee, Wikimedia Foundation; H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon Of Norway; Zhang Yichen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CITIC Capital Holdings Limited; and H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan), and WEF teams in Geneva and China also help to manage the program.

Here are the three alumni who were named to this year's class.

Asia Pacific

Hooi Ling Tan (KLA, SFO 06-13), Singapore. Hooi Ling is co-founder of ridesharing app GrabTaxi, one of Southeast Asia's first "unicorns" (a startup valued at $1B). GrabTaxi works with the World Bank on traffic congestion issues, and also focuses on fair driver income and safe transport.


Sercan Celebi (NJE, ISB 06-09, 11-12), Turkey. Sercan is co-founder and former president / spokesperson for Vote and Beyond, Turkey's first and only election monitoring organization.

Latin America

Nadeen Matthews (ATL 07-10), Jamaica. Nadeen is the youngest female executive at National Commercial Bank of Jamaica, the country's largest financial services institution.

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Click here for the list of alumni who were selected for the 2016 class of Young Global Leaders. 

Click here for the list of alumni who were selected for the 2015 class.

Click here for the list of alumni who were selected for the 2014 class.

Click here for the list of alumni who were selected for the 2013 class.

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