Tendulkar, Bhupati among 14 Indian WEF young global leaders

Fourteen Indians were chosen by the World Economic Forum as the 'young global leaders' (YGL) 2009, which recognises and acknowledges 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 honour, bestowed each year by the Forum, has nominated young global leaders from 71 countries, including business leaders, as well as leaders from government, academia, non-profit organisations, media and society.

The new class represents all regions: East Asia (54), Europe (58), the Middle East and North Africa (12), North America (45), South Asia (24), sub-Saharan Africa (20) and Latin America (17).

Drawn from a pool of almost 5,000 candidates, the young global leaders 2009 were chosen by a selection committee, chaired by Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, comprising 31 eminent international media leaders.

The young global leaders (YGL) 2009 reflects regional and stakeholder diversity.

They include Anies Baswedan, president, Paramadina University, Indonesia; Shireen Bhan, anchor, CNBC-India, India; Omar Ghobash, ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Russian Federation; Priya Haji, CEO and co-founder, World of Good, USA; Chad Hurley, co-founder and CEO, YouTube, US; Paula Santos, CEO and co-founder, Vesta Technologies, Brazil; Brent Stirton, photographer, South Africa; Stephan Wrage, CEO, SkySails GmbH & Co. KG, Germany among others.