World Economic Forum (WEF) has brought the leaders of today and the leaders of future together in Davos. There are artists, politicians, executives, members of non-governmental organizations, journalists among the 100 young people chosen for the Global Leaders for Tomorrow (GLT) Program. Turkish people are also among those.
Cansen Başaran, Meltem Kurtsan, Yılmaz Argüden, Mehmet Öz… These are some of the names of the Global Leaders for Tomorrow. They were not chosen by us. They were nominees of other “leaders” and they were chosen among hundreds to participate in the World Economic Forum (WEF) meetings.
The most important leaders of politics, arts, economics and non-governmental organizations were again hosted by WEF in Davos, Switzerland, this year. WEF is bringing the leaders of today and the leaders of the future together under the same roof since 1993. Every year, 100 hundred young people are chosen from the areas of economics, politics, arts and NGOs for the Global Leaders for Tomorrow Program.
To be a nominee, the age limit is 40 and the person’s engagements have to do with something adding value to his/her institution, area of work, and to the society. People having contacts with WEF suggest persons they know with these qualifications. These people are interviewed during long WEF committee meetings. Under the light of these interviews hundreds of people are evaluated and elections are made. Taking male/female rates, countries and occupations into account, 100 hundreds people chosen throughout the world. These people are invited to WEF. They are welcome to attend the Forum meetings for two years and if they do active work, they can go on participating in the Forum for 5 years.
Cem Boyner, Boyner Holding General Manager, Uğur Bayar, Chairman of Privatization, Meltem Kurtsan, President of Kurtsan İlaçları, Cansen Başaran Symes, President of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Turkey, Dr. Yılmaz Argüden, the founder and partner of ARGE Danışmanlık, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Öz, Director of Presbyterian Heart Transplantation Center Newyork-Columbia, have been among the Turkish GLTs till now. Till last year GLTs have only been observing the meetings. In 1999 groups have been formed to work on important projects concerning environment, health, technology, economics.
Dr. Yılmaz Argüden has been visiting Davos for 4 years. He has been elected for the GLT Program last year for the first time. He is now leading the group working on a project concerning education. The objective of the group is to make the scaling and comparison of all education systems possible, and to support the improvement of technological use in education.