Enternships founder named Young Global Leader 2012

Prestigious accolade is “truly humbling,” says Dey

The founder of enternships.com, Rajeeb Dey, has been named as a Young Global Leader (YGL) for 2012 by the World Economic Forum.

The 26-year-old entrepreneur – whose start-up arranges internships for students and graduates to shadow up-and-coming entrepreneurs – was the youngest of the 192 YGLs chosen for this year’s intake, from a selection encompassing nearly 60 countries worldwide.

Dey said yesterday that he was deeply moved by the accolade, adding: “To be recognised as a YGL by the World Economic Forum, and to be the youngest honouree globally, is truly humbling.”

The honour, bestowed annually by the Forum, recognises up to 200 outstanding young leaders for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to change the world.

The class of 2012 – which were selected by a panel led by Queen Rania of Jordan – included 46 young role models from Europe and 33 from North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East combined.

They will now join alumni which includes David Cameron and Larry Page, co-founder and CEO of Google – who were awarded the accolade in 2006 and 2005 respectively.

It is not the first time Dey has been affiliated with the prime minister, as the young entrepreneur also co-founded the StartUp Britain initiative – which was launched by Cameron in March 2011.

He added that he now hopes to work with other young leaders to create opportunities for the next generation, saying:

“With the alarming levels of youth unemployment around the world I look forward to engaging with fellow YGLs to explore solutions to help young people access employment opportunities and also highlight entrepreneurship as a viable and rewarding career path.”

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