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January 01 2006

Operation HOPE Founder Participates in the World Economic Forum as Young Global Leader

Operation HOPE Founder participates in the World Economic Forum as Young Global Leader



John Hope Bryant attends conference in after visiting



( Cape Town, ) – Thursday, June 15, 2006.  After meeting with President Kagame and various community leaders in , Operation HOPE founder, John Hope Bryant flew to Cape Town for the World Economic Forum on Africa .  There he joined over 650 leaders from 39 countries to participate as a Young Global Leader.  As part of the WEF’s 2005 commitment to “Year of Africa”, Bryant participated in a committee focused on defining issues that prevent the growth of Africa, assessing new opportunities and addressing the challenges necessary for the resurgence of Africa .  



The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a community of extraordinary leaders under the age of 40 whom are given the opportunity to work with one another toward a better future.  Each year, a new group of 200 exceptional men and women in business, politics, academia, the media, and civil society from every region in the world are identified.  At the Forum Bryant discussed Operation HOPE’s Global Initiative to call attention to the award winning program, Banking on Our Future, in order to promote self-reliance and Global Dignity in .  The Forum of Young Global Leaders working along side the World Economic Forum, an independent non-profit international organization, forms a powerful force impacting the global future.




At the World Economic Forum on Africa a number of suggestions to aid the further development of Africa were made.  From that the members of The Forum of Young Global Leaders committed to:



  • Sponsor a film series on African Success Stories


  • Launch a financial literacy program in


  • Establish leadership development institutes throughout Africa



Attending leaders stemmed from business, government, and academia discussing the continent’s unprecedented growth rate of 5.3 percent in spite of unemployment, disease, and poverty. The discussion focused on the impact of trade with China and India; building credibility and positive perceptions of the continent and infrastructure development of transport, energy, water, and social education both health and civic.



About The Forum of Young Global Leaders


The YGL consists of outstanding leaders from 68 countries around the world, aged 40 years or younger, who are committed to improving the state of the world. For more information and a detailed list of all Young Global Leaders, please visit  For additional information on the World Economic Forum visit