The World Economic Forum (WEF) announced on March 9 List of 2011 Young Global Leaders (YGL) Honorees and among 11 Chinese youth winning the special honor, there are Associate Dean and Professor of Law Goodwin Liu at UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), Chairperson Liu Yingxia of Harbin Xiangying Group, Managing Director Annabelle Long of Bertelsmann China Holding, CEO and Founder Pan Haidong of Hudong.com Inc., Secretary-General Wang Yong of Brand China Industry Union, actress and UN 2010 Champion of the Earth Zhou Xun.
Out of nearly 5,000 candidates nominated this year, the judge panel chose 190 YGLs from 65 countries to recognize their professional achievements, contributions to the society, and the potentials to shape the future world. They are elites from different trades of business, politics, academics, media, non-profit organizations, arts, and culture. All the candidates have extensively recognized achievements, strong sense of social responsibility, global vision, and profound understanding of the world. The applicable criteria include outstanding accomplishments, social influence, leadership, strong will of serving the society and solving the most challenging issues with their talents.
Among 190 Young Global Leaders recognized this year, 50 are from East Asia, 18 from South Asia, 42 from Europe, 13 from Middle East and North Africa, 14 from Sub-Saharan Africa, 37 from North America, and 16 from Latin America.
The serving term of each YGL is five years and you can find in its long list such prestigious names as Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, CEO Chad Hurley of YouTube, co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, and Tony Fadell from Apple. Some of the Chinese winning the special honor are MBA star Yao Ming, Chairman and CEO Ma Yun of Alibaba, CEO Cao Guowei of Sina.com, Director Jia Zhangke, CEO Ding Lei of 163.com, CEO Zhang Xin of SOHO China, Chairman and President Pan Gang of Yili Group, Chairman and President Feng Jun of Aigo, and CCTV news anchor Rui Chenggang.
Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum said that the mission of the Young Global Leaders Forum initiated in 2004 was to create a more proactive, peaceful, and prosperous society by engaging the youth in global affairs. They represent the voice of future and the hope of next generation. He also mentioned that the YGL structure this year features the most diverse in its history.
The 2011 judge panel is chaired by Queen Rania of Jordan and the members are authoritative figures from business, politics, and media communities.