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Suranga Chandratillake, CEO of blinkx, Nominated Young Global Leader 2009 by The World Economic Forum


Geneva, Switzerland, 25 February 2009 – The World Economic Forum has announced the Young Global Leaders (YGL) 2009. The honour, bestowed each year by the Forum, recognizes and acknowledges 200 outstanding young leaders from around the world for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.

The Young Global Leaders 2009 include among others: Andrej Nabergoj, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Noovo, Slovenia; Chad Hurley, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, YouTube, USA; Deng Yaping, Olympic Medallist, China; Alexander Stubb, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland; Antoine Arnault, Chief of Communications Louis Vuitton, France; Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, Germany; Karl-Theodor Zu Guttenberg, Minister of the Economy of Germany; Frida Giannini, Creative Director, Gucci, Italy; Chris Martin, Lead Singer, Coldplay, UK; Tiger Woods, USA; Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and Chief Executive Officer Facebook.

The Forum has nominated Young Global Leaders from 71 countries, including business leaders, as well as leaders from government, academia, non-profit organizations, media and society. The new class represents all regions: East Asia (54), Europe (58), the Middle East and North Africa (12), North America (45), South Asia (24), sub-Saharan Africa (20) and Latin America (17). For a list of YGLs honoured in 2009, click here.

Drawn from a pool of almost 5,000 candidates, the Young Global Leaders 2009 were chosen by a selection committee, chaired by H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, comprising 31 eminent international media leaders. For a list of the selection committee, click here.