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January 01 2009

Young Global Leader John Hope Bryant in China to Frame Prevention of Financial Backlash During Global Recovery Process

“Silver Rights” entrepreneur and author returns to Dalian where the philosophy of his popular book "Love Leadership" was born

DALIAN, China--(September 11, 2009)--Operation HOPE Founder and Chairman and CEO, John Hope Bryant provides strategic insights and raises awareness around the role of leadership in preventing the next economic backlash during the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2009 in Dalian, China, September 10 – 12. More than 1,300 participants from 86 countries meet to identify the impacts of unemployment, government debt and its global impact to vulnerable segments of society and offer possible solutions as this year’s session focuses on “Re-launching Growth.”

“The best leaders recognize that they are in service to others, and likewise, in service to something higher and more important than self,” said Bryant, who also serves as Vice Chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy and as a delegate of the Financial Advisory Council of the World Economic Forum. “As the global economic landscape continues to shrink, how we deal with crisis from the top down will be the deciding factor between success and failure.”

Bryant’s panel includes critical participation and dialogue from: Margery Kraus, President and CEO, APCO Worldwide; Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Professor of International Political Economy at the Institute for Management and Development International, Switzerland; Ben J. Verwaayen, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent and Mentor of the Annual Meeting of the New Champions; Valdis Zatlers, President of Latvia; Nik Gowing of BBC World News will serve as the chair and main presenter.

Since receiving his nomination to become a YGL in 2004, Bryant continues to play a critical role in moving the agenda forward for the next generation leaders from around the world. His role also includes service on the Global Agenda Councils for the WEF, as an advisor to the Council on Financial Empowerment. Through his financial literacy nonprofit’s international division, HOPE Global Initiatives, Bryant is able to share his extensive experience and leadership perspective as a social “silver rights” entrepreneur and his unique talent for building bridges between corporations, governments and communities through programs that facilitate global change.

While in Asia, Bryant will perform a number of locally organized events in connection with his latest book, "Love Leadership: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World". The book shares the lessons and practices of numerous love-based leaders, as well as Bryant’s own experiences inspired in part by his leadership of Operation HOPE, the USA’s leading financial literacy and empowerment nonprofit.

About the Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGLs)

Established in 2004 by Professor Klaus Schwab, The Forum of Young Global Leaders (www.younggloballeaders.org) is a unique, multi-stakeholder community of the world’s most extraordinary young leaders who dedicate a part of their time to jointly address global challenges and who are committed to devote part of their knowledge and energy to collectively work towards a better future. Together, they engage in the 2030 Initiative, a comprehensive Endeavour, to understand current and future trends, risks and opportunities both at global and regional levels, formulate a positive vision for the world in 2030 and put forward concrete strategies and work streams to translate their vision into action.

About World Economic Forum (WEF)

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a foundation in 1971, and based in Geneva, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests. The World Economic Forum is under the supervision of the Swiss Federal Government. For more information, visit www.weforum.org.

About HOPE Global Initiatives (HGI)

HOPE Global Initiatives was developed out of the US based financial literacy and empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE’s leadership role in hosting Ambassadors and Heads of State visiting Southern California, as well as the founder's former role with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva, Switzerland, as their first ever goodwill ambassador to the United States. The role of HOPE Global Initiatives is to promote and advocate the benefits of education, financial literacy, self-reliance, economic empowerment and dignity as tools for vastly improving the quality of life in developing countries, with a particular focus on developing countries on the African continent. The role has expanded to serve underserved communities throughout the world. HOPE Global Initiatives is a program of Operation HOPE. For information about Operation HOPE and its programs go to www.operationhope.org or www.operationhope.org/blog.