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January 01 2009

Young Global Leader and “Silver Rights� Entrepreneur John Hope Bryant In Jordan to Help Frame the Global Economics Crisis from a Social Context to another Generation of Leaders

Operation HOPE Founder joins The President of Slovenia, the Archbishop of Dublin, and the Founder and CEO of the World Economic Forum to scrutinize values-based leadership and moral concerns

AMMAN, JORDAN – May 17, 2009 – Operation HOPE Founder and Chairman and CEO, John Hope Bryant extended his participation in the Young Global Leaders Summit at the Dead Sea to include a role alongside World Economic Forum (WEF) leaders in a panel to examine the impact that moral concerns play in the current economic crisis. 

Bryant’s panel included critical participation and dialogue from: Danilo Turk, President of Slovenia, Office of the President; Diarmuld Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, Ireland; Daniel Shapiro, Director, Harvard International Negotiation Initiative, Harvard Law School; Reem Badran, CEO Kuwaiti Jordanian Holding; David Rosen Chair, International Jewish Committee for interreligious Relations; Zainab Salbi President and CEO Women for Women International; and Klaus Schwab Founder and Executive Chairman WEF.

Bryant, who received his nomination to become an YGL in 2004, 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 Council for the WEF, as an advisor on financial literacy and financial empowerment. Through his financial literacy nonprofit’s international division, HOPE Global Initiatives; Bryant is able to share 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.

This conference marks the fifth Young Global Leaders Summit. Nearly 200 YGLs convened at the Dead Sea, Jordan, from May 13 – 17, 2009 for an intense and interactive experience focused on addressing gaps in the international system created by the current economic crisis.

Under the auspices of the WEF, the YGL community continues to focus its unparalleled, globally diverse network and proven experience in collaborating across traditional divides to develop innovative and sustainable solutions for world issues.


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 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 to go or