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January 01 2010

John Hope Bryant Participates in World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader

New York Stock Exchange virtual bell ringing and HOPE Haiti Rebuilding commitment provide the backdrop for Operation HOPE founder and "silver rights" entrepreneur

Davos, Switzerland - January 28, 2010 -
Operation HOPE (HOPE) Founder, Chairman and CEO, John Hope Bryant will speak on "Housing for All" and "Fostering Responsible Capitalism" as examples of his involvement at the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Annual Meeting 2010, January 26-31. In addition, Bryant will ring the bell for the New York Stock Exchange Euronext to highlight the importance of financial literacy live from Davos.

His plan to promote the issue and importance of financial literacy and Global Dignity on the world agenda will be the focus of his discussions. Said Global Dignity co-founder HRH Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway, "Global Dignity is moving forward with steps to advance the work of the World Economic Forum, and align ourselves with the global redesign initiative."

To further the mission of both Global Dignity and the World Economic Forum, a Global Board of Advisors has been created and Global Dignity Country Chairs for Jordan, Mexico, Canada, Finland, Norway and the United States, amongst others, have been created.

Over the next five days, Bryant will share his plan to support Haiti through HOPE Global Initiatives' commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, as well as his ideas on framing "silver rights" as the next civil rights issue tied to improving world economy.

Branded a "whirlwind of ideas" by President Clinton, Bryant joins panel discussions with Irina Bokova, Director-General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris; Howard Kunreuther, Cecilia Yen Koo Professor of Decision Sciences and Public Policy, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA; Dov L. Seidman, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, LRN, USA; Lilia Shevtsova Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Carnegie Moscow Center, Russian Federation; and David Tuckett, Professor of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalysis and Director of the Conference Programme, University College London, United Kingdom.

"The world is in economic flux but it is far from hope, one person can make a difference. It is our commitment to support the people of Haiti by offering them practical support not only now but in the coming years," said the Young Global Leader, John Bryant, whose philosophy around best business practices is outlined in his recent bestseller, LOVE LEADERSHIP. "Two-thousand of the foremost leaders in the world, unified in a belief that every human being has a right to lead a dignified life, can actually change the world."

This year, some 2,200 A-listers worldwide from business, government, international institutions, non-governmental organizations, and universities tackle global concerns, issuing a call to action to "Improve the State of the World: Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild."

Incorporated as a foundation in 1971, and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; and is not tied to any political, partisan or national interests. 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 and the parent organization.

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About HOPE Global Initiatives
HOPE Global Initiatives was created to promote and advocate the benefits of economic empowerment as a tool for vastly improving the quality of life in developing countries, with a particular focus on developing countries on the African continent. Through it Operation HOPE's channels its international efforts. Currently it works to fulfill commitments made to Global Dignity and the Clinton Global Initiative.