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Indian-origin women named among WEF's Young Global Leaders

The newly elected young leaders were chosen as a token to celebrate change makers.

Fagun Thakrar (left) and Roopa Dhatt (Right)were included in 2023 Young global leaders by World Economic Forum (Image - World Economic Forum)

The World Economic Forum's 2023 cohort of Young Global leaders (YGL), includes British-Indian Fagun Thakrar and Indian American Roopa Dhatt. The group consists of the world's most impactful and promising leaders, who tackle the most important issues facing the globe and foster innovation for positive change in civil society, the arts, culture, government, and business, under the age of 40.

Fagun Thakar, a renowned British-Indian actor, writer, director, founder, CEO, social entrepreneur, and international ambassador, has appeared in various Hollywood and international films alongside Academy Award winners.  She currently serves as the CEO of Purpose Cinema Studio, which specializes in producing socially conscious content and tackling pressing issues that engage and inform her audience.

The humanitarian took to her social media and said, "It is such a privilege and a great honor to be selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader of 2023. Joining brilliant minds and extraordinary leaders from around the world. Very humbled by this. I look forward to driving greater positive change around the globe. Thank you WEF and YGL."

Indian American Dr. Roopa Dhatt, executive director, Women in Global Health, is a fierce proponent of gender equality in global health and a prominent figure in the push to address the gender gap in leadership positions in the field Based in Washington, D.C. Dhatt is especially dedicated to addressing the power, privilege, and intersectionality challenges that prevent many women from holding leadership positions in the field of global health and to creating spaces where women's perspectives can be heard.

Dhatt co-founded Women in Global Health in 2015 with the goal of transforming the opportunities available to women in leadership roles in the health sector. She was acknowledged in the 2019 Gender Equality Top 100 list of the most significant figures in world politics.