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January 01 2008

Operation HOPE Founder and Young Global Leader John Hope Bryant Visits Latin America to Advance Silver Rights

Hosted by Mexico President Felipe Calderon, the World Economic Forum Focuses on “New Leadership in The Americas” While Seeking Ways To Identify And Sustain Prosperity

LOS ANGELES, CA – April 15, 2008 – Joining over 500 top leaders focused on Latin America’s role in the global arena, Operation HOPE Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant traveled to Mexico this week in his capacity as a Young Global Leader (YGL) to further the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) mission to improve the state of the world.

Under the theme “Securing a Place in an Uncertain Economic Landscape”, the World Economic Forum held in Cancun highlighted business opportunities brought about by the successful execution of a priority reform agenda identifying Latin America’s emerging global presence.

Bryant hopes to cross-pollinate ideas from HOPE Global Initiatives (HGI) that focus on solutions to poverty and promote global dignity. “Each meeting is an opportunity for Operation HOPE to act as a catalyst and platform for world change. In 2005, along with fellow YGLs HRH Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway, Pekka Himanen, Professor of Philosophy, University of Art and Design Helsinki and HGI, we created and launched Global Dignity (GD) to inspire solutions to world problems by recognizing everyone’s right to live a dignified life. It is the basis for constructive communication,” said Bryant.

During the April 15 – 16 conference, international, regional and industry agendas were studied with the goal of promoting the economic as well as the social benefits of micro-finance services. Co-hosted by the Government of Mexico and under the patronage of President Felipe Calderón, the event was built around five core pillars that include:

--Global Trends and Economic Shifts
--Asia and Latin America
--Merging Business and the Environment
--Growth through Critical Investments
--Enhancing Innovation in Business and Social Issues

In addition to the participation of President Felipe Calderón, there was strong engagement by key Mexican ministers and policy-makers including: Luis Téllez Kuenzler Secretary of Communications and Transport; Amalia Dolores García Medina, Governor of Zacatecas; and Eduardo Sojo Garza-Aldape, Secretary of the Economy.

From abroad, prominent public figures include: Karel De Gucht, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium; Jaques Wagner, Governor of Bahia, Brazil; Sérgio de Oliveira Cabral, Governor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Ivan Ramalho, Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade of Brazil; Carlos Eduardo de Souza Braga, Governor of Amazonas, Brazil; Luis Guillermo Plata, Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism of Colombia; Elias Antonio Saca, President of El Salvador; Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris; Manuel Zelaya Rosales; President of Honduras; and Wang Jinzhen, Vice-Chairman, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), People's Republic of China among others.
Bryant shares his extensive experience as a social ‘silver rights’ entrepreneur and his unique perspective for building bridges between corporations, governments and communities through programs that facilitate global change. Continuing the work as the former first goodwill ambassador to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, HGI funnels Operation HOPE’s increasing role in promoting and advocating the benefits of ‘silver rights’—the campaign to promote access to resources and global dignity, as a tool for promoting a better world.

A WEF subsidiary organization, YGL strives to reach their objectives through a set of initiatives targeted at improving the state of the world by 2030. While YGL has its own distinct autonomous governance structure, it acts in close cooperation with the WEF. Each year the WEF nominates around 200 YGLs to be engaged for a period of five years, ultimately forming a community of 1,111 by 2009.

HOPE’s work to shape a better world is supported by partners that include Citigroup and E*TRADE Financial, the New York Stock Exchange, and JPMorgan Chase. Bryant’s role as a delegate began in 2004 when he accepted his nomination as an YGL.

The Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGL)
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  

About HOPE Global Initiatives (HGI)
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