Thirty-three-year-old Indian-origin businessman here, Mr Vivek Salgaocar has joined the coveted list of Forum of Young Global Leaders Class of 20 for playing a defining role in conserving natural resources, connecting refugees to the global economy, and addressing global health issues.
Forum of Young Global Leaders Class of 2020 was started in 2004 by the World Economic Forum (WEF) founder Klaus Schwab. Alongside Salgaocar, 113 other activists, academics, and political leaders from 51 countries also join the list.
Speaking on the news of joining the forum, Mr Salgaocar, Director, Vimson Group, said “It’s an honour to be included among such an illustrious global community of young leaders. The group reflects a confluence of industry, policy, and advocacy that will go a long way in making the world a more liveable place”. Vimson group is a family-owned enterprise with interests in mineral resources, real estate and financial services.
“I wish to make a positive, sustainable impact on the mining and natural resources industries so that they are utilized with efficiency for the benefit of humankind,” he added.
Mr Salgaocar will join the new class in a five-year programme, from March 2020. The programme will have executive education courses, expeditions and opportunities to engage experienced people.
The Forum of Young Global Leaders has over the years grown into a membership of more than 1,300 members and alumni.
Forum of Young Global Leaders has been aligned with the World Economic Forum’s mission to spur public-private cooperation to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest.
The forum now represents more than 100 nationalities. The Young Global Leaders firmly believe that the urgent problems of contemporary times present an opportunity to forge a better future across sectors, generations and borders.
Tech titan Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba, Mr Jimmy Wales, founder of online encyclopedia Wikipedia, and actor Leonardo DiCaprio have been earlier honoured by the Forum. Other notable alumni include Nobel Prize winner in economics, Dr Michael Kremer and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.
The WEF said that the Class of 2019 had travelled to Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp to provide entrepreneurship training to refugees. They had also managed to secure a US$80 million (S$111 million) grant to improve the livelihoods of nine million people in emerging markets.
Mr Chew Shou Zi, president of international business for electronic giant Xiaomi, Ms Grace Natalie Louisa, co-Founder of the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI), and Mr Muhammad Hammad Azhar, a minister from Pakistan were among this year’s diverse group from Asia.
Mariah Levin, head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders at WEF, hopes that these young leaders would create positive impacts that will benefit the international community.