Young, Gifted and Empowered to Act – World Economic Forum Initiative Led by ‘Millennials’ Reaches 200 Cities Worldwide

World Economic Forum News Release

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  • More than 1,500 young entrepreneurs, academics and activists have committed to shaping their communities in 200 cities worldwide
  • As part of their role in shaping the global agenda, a group of 50 Global Shapers will join a conversation with world leaders at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland
  • Global Shapers are 20 to 30 years of age and represent the future of leadership. For more information about the community or to apply to become a Global Shaper, visit

Switzerland, 6 December 2012 – The Global Shapers Community, a major initiative launched by the World Economic Forum to engage young people to deliver local and global change, today reached 200 cities worldwide.

The latest Hub, which opened in Bujumbura, Burundi, brings the number of young people that are part of the Global Shapers Community to over 1,500 worldwide. This includes 58 Hubs in Africa and the Middle East, 54 in the Americas, 48 in Asia (including 17 in China and six in India) and 40 in Europe and Central Asia.