For the ninth consecutive year, the World Economic Forum, in conjunction with World Link, has nominated 100 talented men and women as Global Leaders for Tomorrow (GLTs). Drawn from around the world, the class of 2001 brings together bright and talented individuals under the age of 40 working in a variety of fields, from the Internet sector to the media and arts. Several are doing sterling work in pioneering non-governmental organisations and non-profit groups, while others are showing promise as government ministers. The Global Leaders for Tomorrow initiative is made possible with the help of partners BP, Coca-Cola Company, Ernst & Young, and Volkswagen AG.

Omar Abdullah

Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, India

Born 1970. Although formally responsible for India’s trade relations with west Asia and Africa, Abdullah has taken it upon himself to promote trade in other regions as well. In the 15 months since his appointment as minister, Indian trade with Latin America has increased sharply. Latin America, he says, is “one of the regions that I have been aggressively promoting in the commerce ministry”. Abdullah, who has worked extensively for the uplifting of children, was first elected to the Lok Sabha, India’s lower house of parliament, in 1998. Representing the constituency of Srinagar in troubled state of Kashmir, he ran on a promise to address the problem of unemployment in the state. He was instrumental in developing a technology park for his constituency.

Victor Olusegun Adeniji

Managing director, Denham Management, Nigeria

Born 1964. Adeniji started his career in finance with First City Merchant Bank in Lagos. His career took on an international dimension when he joined the World Bank/IFC resident mission in Nigeria. From there he moved to Denham Management, a Nigerian firm specialising in portfolio management and financial advisory services. The firm recently launched a N2 billion ($17.4 million) unit trust scheme together with Crédit Lyonnais Asset Management. Adeniji serves as an honorary secretary of the US-Nigeria Economic Council.

Thomas Ades
Pianist and composer, UK

Born 1971. Adès’s rise to international prominence has been swift. He has produced a series of well-received works, including The Origin of the Harp and These Premises are Alarmed with the Halle Orchestra, and the much-acclaimed Living Toys for the London Sinfonietta. He won worldwide recognition for the chamber opera Powder Her Face and his first large-scale orchestral piece, Asyla, earned him the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for 2000. Having written America for the New York Philharmonic, he is working on a new opera for London’s Royal Opera House. Adès, who cites Chopin and techno music as key influences, has been compared to a number of composers, from Beethoven to Britten. His own place in musical history seems assured. The New Yorker magazine said in a profile of him that he has “become one of the most imposing figures in contemporary classical music.”

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