In the forum’s list is young Jordanian businesswoman Malak Jehad Al-Aiekly, founder and president of the Golden Wheat Company for Trade that sells basic commodities in Jordan.
Al-Aiekly is considered an inspiration to a new generation of businesswomen in Jordan.
Those chosen to join the WEF Young Global Leaders community are young people from various walks of life who work in various economic sectors. They launch initiatives that bring countless benefits to societies and overcome obstacles that stand in the way of progress.
The current and previous Young Global Leaders lists included heads of government, directors of companies, individuals who received Nobel and Oscar awards, UN goodwill ambassadors and pioneers of social work. New members will be asked to work during the next five years to come up with solutions for some of the most difficult challenges that the world faces.
Women form 54 percent of the Young Global Leaders for 2017 while the majority of chosen leaders are in emerging economies.
The list also includes a number of young Arabs namely Jamila Abbas – founder of M-Farm who aims to empower small farmers in Kenya, Eyad Alkassar – co-founder and managing director at Rocket Internet Middle East, Samar Ali – American lawyer of Syrian/Palestinian origin, consultant in anti-terrorism crimes and was a member of the Obama Administration, Omar Hamad Al-Madhi managing director and board member at Abdul Latif Jameel Industrial Development Company in Saudi Arabia, Mona Hammami Hijazi – director of the Office of Strategic Affairs at Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court and Ramzi Jabir – co-founder of the Visualizing Impact.