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January 01 2008

Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant Selected by the World Economic Forum as Financial Literacy Expert for New Global Agenda Council

Silver Rights Entrepreneur Travels as Guest of Dubai Government This Week to the United Arab Emirates for Week-Long Talks With 1,000 Leading Global Experts on Agenda for the 21st Century

LOS ANGELES, CA-- November 8, 2008  -- John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and chief executive officer for Operation HOPE, vice chairman of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy and chairman of its Committee on the Under-Served, traveled to Dubai this week to help shape the global agenda as a member of the World Economic Forum's new Council focused on financial empowerment. Bryant is also a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum and co-founder of Global Dignity, also associated with the Forum of Young Global Leaders.

"The current global economic crisis simply underscores how dependent the global economy is on the relative health and financial confidence of the consumer. It points to a now undeniable need for financial literacy education, financial literacy empowerment, and a much broader global silver rights movement at almost every level of society around the globe. We are all interconnected." Bryant continued, "When the consumer in North America gets a headache, someone is going to get financial pneumonia in Asia, Latin America, Africa or somewhere else in the world. We are connected. There are few better places to frame global solutions for the future than the World Economic Forum. I am honored to serve on the Global Agenda Council." Bryant has been working to empower under-served communities for the last 17 years.

Bryant's international efforts are supported through his Los Angeles-based nonprofit's international arm, HOPE Global Initiatives. The role of HGI is to promote and advocate the benefits of "silver rights," the organization's movement to promote education, financial literacy, self-reliance, economic empowerment, and dignity as tools for improving the quality of life in developing countries.

Hosted by the World Economic Forum in partnership with the Government of Dubai, the inaugural conference will convene November 7 - 9, 2008. The event brings together the world's best minds to advance solutions to the most critical challenges facing humanity.

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

The Forum of Young Global Leaders
The Forum of Young Global Leaders is an independent, Geneva, Switzerland-based foundation whose mission is to build a unique, multi-stakeholder community of the world's most extraordinary leaders under the age of 40 and give them a platform to collaborate and shape best practices for the future of the world. Each year, we identify and mobilize a new group of 200 exceptional men and women in business, politics, academia, the media and civil society from every region in the world. Together, they form a powerful international force for the global common good. For more information about the Young Global Leaders, please visit the website at