Saturday 21 July 2018

Taoiseach included among list of world's brightest leaders under 40

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: PA
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: PA
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has been included in the World Economic Forum’s list of 100 of the world’s “brightest” leaders under 40.

The Young Global Leaders is described as “one hundred of the world’s most promising artists, business leaders, public servants, technologists and social entrepreneurs”.

“They are joining a community and five-year programme that will challenge them to think beyond their scope of expertise and be more impactful leaders,” the World Economic Forum has said.

Those on the list were nominated “because of their ground-breaking work, creative approaches to problems and ability to build bridges across cultures and between business, government and civil society”.

Mr Varadkar is listed as politician whose election as Taoiseach “marked many firsts”.

“He is the openly gay son of an Indian immigrant and a former medical doctor who became Ireland's youngest-ever Prime Minister in 2017,” the blurb from the forum reads.

“He also served as Minister for Health where he introduced free general practice care for all children under six and seniors over 70 years as well as publishing Ireland's first ever National Maternity Strategy.”

His inclusion comes just weeks after he made Time magazine’s People of the Year 2018 list - alongside Donald Trump and Meghan Markle.

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