Global Young Leader was founded by Kate Robertson and David Jones – the inaugural Summit was hosted in London in February 2010. Kate Robertson is the CEO of One Young World, David Jones serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Kate served as Chairman of the Havas group from 2006 to 2015 and as Global President from 2013. Working mainly in global roles, Kate became convinced of the importance of the roles of global institutions and global businesses in the certainty that what unites people is greater than geographical distance and national distinctions.Having grown up in apartheid South Africa, Kate's world view is defined by having witnessed the creation of its new way of life. Awed by the leadership of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kate believes in the limitless possibilities a sense of shared humanity can create. Inspired by her love for the Olympic movement and its values, One Young World should, in Kate's vision, give young leaders a chance to meet their counterparts from every country in the world and resolve to make the world a better place
David Jones has distinguished himself as an industry visionary and proponent of corporate responsibility and social change. He was named Guardian Sustainable Business Leader 2013, following a public vote. He was the youngest global network CEO in the history of advertising, formerly heading both Havas and Havas Worldwide.David was the driving force behind Kofi Annan’s TckTckTck Campaign for Climate Justice, one of the most successful cause campaigns in history with 18 million people signing up as 'climate allies'. He also worked closely with David Cameron and the U.K. Conservative Party from 2007 up to and including Cameron’s appointment as prime minister in 2010.David was a member of the Facebook Client Council. He was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement in 2005, was voted one of the two top executives of the decade by readers of Adweek, was nominated as one of CR Magazine’s 2011 Responsible CEOs of the Year, and was named on the "40 Under 40" lists of both Crain's New York Business and Advertising Age.David is the author of the best-selling book Who Cares Wins: Why Good Business is Better Business, published in December 2011 by Pearson/FT Publishing.David is the founder of You & Mr Jones, the world's first Brandtech group. Its aim is to build brands better, faster and cheaper, using technology.
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