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Kolawole, THISDAY Editor, named Young Global Leader

LAGOS — The Editor of THISDAY newspaper, Mr. Simon Kolawole, has been selected as a Young Global Leader, YGL, 2012, a prestigious honour bestowed by the World Economic Forum, WEF, each year to recognise the most distinguished young leaders from around the world.

The letter announcing the honour was signed by Founder of WEF and Executive Chairman/Founder of The Forum of Young Global Leaders, Klaus Schwab, and Senior Director, Head of The Forum of Young Global Leaders, David Aikman.

The letter read in part: “The Selection Committee, chaired by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, chose you after carefully screening the profiles of thousands of young leaders from every region of the world and from a myriad of disciplines and sectors.

“Your nomination is in recognition of your record of professional accomplishments, your commitment to society and your potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through your inspiring leadership.”

Past YGLs include UK Prime Minister, David Cameron; Anchor and Managing Editor, Wall Street Journal Report, CNBC, USA, Maria Bartiromo; Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, Esther Duflo; Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Google, USA, Larry Page; and Chief Executive Officer, SOHO China, People’s Republic of China, Zhang Xin.

Kolawole was appointed Editor of the Saturday newspaper of THISDAY in August 2002. He became Editor of the daily newspaper in June 2007.

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