The World Economic Forum has just published its annual list of Young Global Leaders, recognizing “between 200 and 300 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”.
The list of honorees, besides celebrities like Coldplay’s Chris Martin and F1 legend Michael Schumacher, includes a good number of people from the technology and Internet industry, so here’s a quick run-down of the names you might know:
Mark Zuckerberg – founder and CEO of Facebook
Kevin Rose – founder of Digg
Chad Hurley – co-founder and CEO of YouTube
Josh Silverman – CEO of Skype
Michael Birch – founder and CEO of Bebo
Premal Shah – President of Kiva
Lisa Huddleson – Corporate Foundation Executive Director at Dell
Vinny Lingham – CEO of Synthasite
Paul Bassat – CEO of Seek
Suranga Chandratillake – co-founder and CEO of blinkx
Michael Cannon-Brooks – co-founder of Atlassian
Andrej Nabergoj – co-founder and CEO of Noovo
Matias de Tezanos – founder of HealthCare.com
Kamal Quadir – founder of CellBazaar
Ashok Vemuri – Senior VP, Banking and Capital Markets at Infosys Technologies
Habib Haddad – co-founder of Yamli
Josh Spear – founding partner of Undercurrent
For the full list, click here (PDF).
Drawn from a pool of almost 5,000 candidates, the Young Global Leaders 2009 were chosen by a selection committee (PDF), chaired by H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, comprising 31 eminent international media leaders.
The recently published list of active YGLs includes names like Sergey Brin and Larry Page (Google), Tony Fadell (Apple) Marc Benioff (Salesforce.com), John Battelle (Federated Media), Peter Thiel (Clarium Capital), Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), Uday Khemka (Sun), Tariq Krim (Jolicloud), Philipp Justus (PayPal), Lila Ibrahim (Intel), Esther Duflo and Kristin Forbes (MIT), Jack Ma Yun (AliBaba), Jorge Blanco (Avaya), Bill Nguyen (LaLa), Tero Ojanpera (Nokia), and Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook).