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January 01 2008

Young Global Leader and Recent Presidential Appointee John Hope Bryant Participates in the 38th Annual World Economic Forum

Operation HOPE founder and “silver rights entrepreneur” travels to Davos for his 4th consecutive visit, convening with world leaders to envision a better world

DAVOS, Switzerland – January 27, 2008 –John Hope Bryant, Operation HOPE (HOPE) Founder and CEO this week joined heads of state and corporate chiefs for the 2008 Annual World Economic Forum, participating as a Young Global Leader delegate in an effort to address world problems.

Bryant, who was recently recognized by President Bush for his financial literacy leadership was appointed Vice Chair of the U.S. President\'s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, shared his vision for alleviating poverty and encouraging development of community and self through ‘silver rights “ – HOPE’s global campaign to empower people and spread dignity.

During the five-day meetings, Bryant shared his ideas on the importance of building partnerships between government officials, neighborhood leaders and big business, “As someone who has been exploring solutions to empower economically starved communities, it is an honor and a social obligation to participate in the World Economic Forum meetings. The world is in economic flux but it is far from hopeless, with hope and dignity, we can shift the power equation. One person can make a difference and through creative partnerships we can provide real solutions to give communities a hand up, not just a hand out.” he stated.

Involvement in the meetings strengthened when Bryant along with fellow YGL’s, HRH Prince Hakkon Magnus of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen co-founded a movement to promote trust and respect for self and others called Global Dignity. Since 2006 thousands of students around the globe have received training in the 5 Dignity Principles.

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.

This year the Forum is being attended by some 2,500 political leaders and businessmen from 88 countries, to tackle global issues under the central theme of “The Power of Collaborative Innovation”. Participants this session include: Bill Gates, CEO Microsoft, U2 musician Bono, former Vice President and Nobel laureate, Al Gore and Henry A. Kissinger, Chairman Kissinger Associates to name a few.

Los Angeles-based global nonprofit, Operation HOPE is a social investment organization providing financial literacy, credit counseling and management, computer training, lending services and inspiration to the economically disadvantaged.

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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 http://www.younggloballeaders.org/

About HOPE Global Initiatives

HOPE Global Initiatives was developed out of the organization\'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 more about Operation HOPE and its programs to go http://www.operationhope.org