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ODU Graduate Named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader

The World Economic Forum has named Old Dominion University graduate Shamina Singh, chief operating officer of Citi Global Community Relations, to its Young Global Leaders (YGL) class for 2010. The honor, bestowed each year by the forum, recognizes and acknowledges outstanding young leaders from around the world for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.

Singh, who graduated in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in political science and received an ODU Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008, was selected as one of 197 Young Global Leaders from 72 countries and all stakeholders of society (business, civil society, social entrepreneurs, politics and government, arts and culture, and opinion and media). Other awardees this year include Agatha Sangma, minister of state - rural development (from India), Roger Federer, professional tennis player (from Switzerland) and Evan Williams, CEO of Twitter (from the United States).

"We are exceptionally proud that Shamina has been honored for her leadership skills, professional accomplishments and commitment to service," said Vikram Pandit, chief executive officer of Citigroup. "Like the World Economic Forum, we know that global challenges require global solutions. Shamina represents the best ideals of the Young Global Leaders and I am confident that she will be a credit to Citi and to the United States as a member of the 2010 YGL class."

Drawn from a pool of almost 5,000 candidates, the Young Global Leaders of 2010 were chosen by a selection committee chaired by H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and composed of eminent international media leaders.

Working across Citi and with non-governmental organizations, Singh is responsible for overseeing initiatives that leverage Citi's global depth and breadth to positively impact communities around the world. Issue areas covered by her portfolio have included foreclosure prevention, poverty alleviation, economic development and communications capacity-building within the nonprofit sector.

"The World Economic Forum is a true multi-stakeholder community of global decision makers in which the Young Global Leaders represent the voice for the future and the hopes of the next generation. The diversity of the YGL community and its commitment to shaping a better future through action-oriented initiatives of public interest is even more important at a time when the world is in need of new energy to solve intractable challenges," said Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum.

Singh joined Citi in 2004 after spending 15 years in public service. Among her previous positions, she served in the administration of former President Bill Clinton and with U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She is a Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Institute, serves on the board of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and was recently appointed to President Barack Obama's Military Leadership Diversity Commission.

"I am incredibly honored to be selected by the World Economic Forum to join this dynamic group of young leaders," Singh said. "As an American born to Indian immigrants, I believe boundaries and borders should never get in the way of innovation and collaboration. We simply can't afford it. I look forward to working with my new colleagues to tackle the challenges we face as global citizens."

This article was posted on: March 9, 2010

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