50% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION IS UNDER 27

The majority of them live in urban areas. We are becoming increasingly aware that solutions to our global challenges must purposefully engage youth, at all levels – locally, regionally, nationally and globally.

This generation has the passion, dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit to shape the future.

They are the Global Shapers.

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GLOBAL SHAPERS

The Global Shapers Community is a network of dynamic, entrepreneurial and socially-engaged young leaders aged between 20 and 30 from across the world.  Since 2011, when the community was first founded, more than 3,000 Global Shapers have joined the Community. They are organized into city-based Hubs and have committed to working together to make a positive and tangible impact through local projects in over 300 cities. So far, more than half of all Hubs have established local initiatives aimed at tackling some of the most pressing problems in their communities.

WHAT MAKES A GLOBAL SHAPER?

Young extraordinary individuals with great potential for future leadership roles in society

Between 20 and 30 years of age at the time of nomination

Possessing unique qualities that set them distinctly apart from the mainstream

Entrepreneurial track record, having already initiated and delivered a major project or founded a company or organization, exceptionally contributing to serving society at large

Ready to deeply engage in the community, reinforcing its mission and objectives and supporting fellow shapers in their individual and professional development

WHAT DO THEY DO?

Global Shapers undertake events and activities that generate a positive impact within their local community. The community is vitalized by the manifold interactions generated inside each hub, between hubs and on a global level. Global Shapers will have an impact by catalysing and enhancing, individually and collectively, fresh ideas and entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

THE 50 WHO WILL SHAPE DAVOS 2014

Every year since 2011, some of the youngest people to attend the Davos conference are part of the Global Shapers network. 50 of the best young minds in the world will get together with the most influential people in the world and help Shape a better world. It's time to meet them.

25 MEN

25 WOMEN

37 COUNTRIES

50 HUBS

70% FOUNDERS OR TOP PERSONS

will bring extremely diverse insights into problems that range from healthcare to wearable computers and ecosystem diversity

the Global Shapers that will be attending the Davos conference this year come from 4 continents and hubs like Kuala Lumpur, Almaty, Barranquilla  and Madrid

over 70% of the Global Shapers in Davos are founders, co-founders or top executives in their organisations

EUROPE

6 global shapers

MIDDLE EAST

AND NORTH AFRICA

6 global shapers

SOUTH ASIA

6 global shapers

EURASIA

6 global shapers

LATIN AMERICA

AND THE CARIBBEAN

6 global shapers

NORTH AMERICA

6 global shapers

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

7 global shapers

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

EDUCATION

TECHNOLOGY

HEALTHCARE

is the main interest of this year's young participants, with 17/50 declaring it as one of their main areas of expertise

education came in a close second, with 10/50 Global Shapers having an active interest in the field

is the third most popular interest, with 10/50 people looking for ways in which it could improve our lives

is tied with technology for the third place in the top interests of the 2014  Shapers Team

SHAPING THE GLOBE

This year's top 50 Global Shapers come from a diversity of places, from Pakistan to Tanzania, from Portugal to China. Explore the map and find out more about the young men and women that will shape tomorrow.

PUTTING A FACE ON THE FUTURE

While studying to become a medical doctor, Umar has founded Bahria Medics, a student- run welfare organization. Ayman is a young Palestinian entrepreneur who evolved a university project into the first Palestinian company providing cutting-edge touch-technology products to various industries and business sectors. Ding Jie is an Executive Director of Liaoning TV Station, founded in 1959, one of the five most established stations in China covering around 200 cities and 560 million people. Find out more about the people that will shape tomorrow.

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