ZIMBABWEAN Farai Gundan, the co-founder of AfricaTripDeals and FaraiMedia, and a contributor to Forbes and Forbes Africa magazines was named a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The honour of YGL is bestowed by the WEF each year to recognise the most distinguished leaders under the age of 40 nominated from around the world.
“I am very humbled to have been recognised by the WEF as a YGL. I look forward to working with my peers in the forum of YGL to ensure that issues pertaining to Africa are key priorities for action on the global agenda,” Gundan told Southern Eye Lifestyle.
The selection by WEF is described by the global organisation as recognition of one’s record of professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through inspiring leadership.
Gundan was appointed by the WEF selection committee, chaired by Queen Rania al-Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which screened thousands of potential young leaders from every region of the world and from a myriad of disciplines and sectors.
Gundan is the only Zimbabwean national to be named a YGL for 2015. Included among the 2015 class of YGL are Belgium Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, chief-of-staff of the president of Mexico Aurelio Nuno Mayer, Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, Lauren Bush Lauren (granddaughter of former US President George HW Bush and niece of former US President George W Bush; Elizabeth Holmes, the youngest billionaire and founder of Theranos Inc.
Gundan will become an active member of The Forum of Young Global Leaders, a global network of peers from diverse backgrounds and fields, with the goal of significantly impacting world affairs and shaping the global agenda.
To achieve its mission, the forum of YGL acts as a platform for young leaders to be both a voice for the future in global thought processes and a catalyst for joint action when appropriate.
Together, its community members form a powerful international force for the global common good.
Gundan co-founded FaraiMedia.com, an online and mobile advertising platform and media advisory and AfricaTripDeals.com, an end-to-end travel reservation platform. Both start-ups focus on Africa.
Gundan is the only US-based correspondent for Forbes (US), Forbes Africa and Forbes Woman Africa.
She has been listed as the number one Forbes writer.
She tracks Africa’s wealthy, industry captains, entrepreneurs and Africa’s rising stars.
She produced and wrote the inaugural Forbes Life Africa cover story with Sudanese supermodel and National Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Alek Wek.
Gundan compiles the popular Forbes annual list: “The 10 most powerful men in Africa” and assists with “The 20 young power women in Africa”.
She is the recipient of the 2014 Emerging Leader Award bestowed by Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US.