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Global Shapers Hub under the World Economic Forum held in Kandy

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On the 29th June 2014, the Kandy Global Shapers Hub was established and the inaugural meeting was held with the participation of the Founding Curator of the Colombo Hub, Mr.Asanga Abeyagoonasekera Executive Director of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies and the founder members of the Kandy Hub, Prof. Daya Amarasekara , Thusitha Nimalsiri (Deputy Curator), Dakshitha Choliya Bandara, Darshani Chandrasekara, Chamod Dharmadasa, Udara Amarathunga and Pradeepa Anthony. This is the second Hub in Sri Lanka; the Colombo Hub has been in operation since 2012. There are 344 Hubs around the world with 3843 members.

 

During the inaugural meeting, Mr.Abeyagoonasekera congratulated the members of the Hub highlighted the importance of youth connecting with the rest of the world as two third of the world population is below thirty years. He said, “We need to recognise the youth who are ready to improve our society and make the world a better place. Global Shapers is a great platform for the Kandy youth to work with rest of the world”. Prof.Daya Amarasekera said that youth can play an important role to find solutions for the problems the society is facing today, specially by connecting with other youth around the world.

 

The Global Shapers Community is a network of city-based Hubs developed and led by young leaders between age group of 20 and 30 who are committed to develop their leadership potential towards serving society. To that end, Hubs undertake local projects to improve their communities. Shapers are highly motivated individuals who have a great potential for future leadership roles in society. They are selected on the basis of their achievements, leadership potential, and commitment to make a difference. Through the Global Shapers Community, Shapers are provided with opportunities to connect with the worldwide network of Global Shapers, to network with other World Economic Forum communities, and to represent the voice of youth at World Economic Forum events. Shapers are united by a common desire to channel the members’ tremendous energy and enthusiasm into building a more peaceful and inclusive world.

 

The Global Shapers Community is one of several multi-stakeholder communities at the World Economic Forum. Other communities include the Young Global Leaders, the Global Agenda Councils, and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.

 

For more information please visit www.globalshapers.org

 

 

Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies

Colombo

 

01st July 2014


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