Alexander De Croo named Young Global Leader


Alexander De Croo, the Federal Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services, has been named one of the Young Global Leaders of 2015 by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The Forum of Young Global Leaders was founded eleven years ago by the WEF as a network of leading figures in the world of economy, technology and international cooperation.

Over the next five years, as Young Global Leader within the WEF, Alexander De Croo will focus mainly on international development issues, human rights and inclusive economic growth. He will also focus on the importance of digitization within the development agenda, a theme that is closely linked to his competences in the fields of Development Cooperation and the Digital Agenda, and which Belgium will proactively promote internationally.

De Croo has already been involved in the WEF for two years, as vice chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Ageing, the WEF's think-tank and discussion group focusing on the opportunities brought about by an ageing population. He has also taken part in a number of WEF meetings in Geneva and Dalian (China).

As Young Global Leader this member of Open Vld follows in the footsteps of his fellow party member Vincent Van Quickenborne. Dries Buytaert, the founder of Drupal, and Queen Mathilde are also Belgian alumni of the Young Global Leaders Forum.