Major honour for Sydney businessman

March 20, 2013 by J-Wire Staff
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Jeremy Balkin’s Give While You Live initiative has won him a place in the 2013 prestigious Young Global Leaders Class of 2013…a division of the World Economic Forum.

Jeremy Balkin

Jeremy Balkin

Jeremy Balkin [rt] with Bob Geldof

Jeremy Balkin [rt] with Bob Geldof

Included among the Sydney businessman’s fellow awardees are daughter of former President Will Clinton Chelsea Clinton and Nate Silver who correctly predicted the results of the last U.S. presidential election in 50 out of 50 States.

There were several thousand candidates seeking to be become one of the 200 YGL honorees. The initiative was created in 2004 and is a unique multistakeholder community of the world’s most extraordinary young leaders who dedicate part of their time to jointly addressing global challenge” according to the blurb published by the parent body, the Geneva-based World Economic Forum.

Balkin and his fellow 2013 honorees will become part of the 756-strong Young Global Leaders community when they participate in the annual summit in Myanmar in June.

Speaking from Switzerland where the successful honorees were announced, Balkin told J-Wire: “It’s a huge honour to join this very special group of under-40 achievers and a privilege to represent Australia and be selected to the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in Banking. Part of the selection involves attending the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University on a Scholarship studying Leadership and Public Policy which I’ll be attending on April 1 in addition to a bunch of other conference around the world during my 5yr term.”



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