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Clayton Cosgrove Designated Global Leader By WEF



2 December 2001 – World Economic Forum Founder and President, Klaus Schwab, announced the annual selection of 100 young leaders for the Foundation’s Global Leaders for Tomorrow (GLT) programme 2002. Clayton Cosgrove the Member of Parliament for Waimakariri (NZ Government – Labour Party) has been selected as one of these 100 young leaders of 2002.

The community of GLTs represents a dynamic group of nearly 600 individuals from 100 countries around the world. The class of 2002 represents the new generation of global leaders from business, government, politics and civil society who have demonstrated responsible leadership and commitment in addressing issues beyond their immediate professional interest vis-à-vis society, the environment and socially responsible business.

Each year members, constituents and collaborators of the World Economic Forum nominate 100 new GLTs. The successful candidates must:
- be younger than 37 in the year of their nomination;
- have achieved a position of considerable influence and responsibility;
- have shown commitment to public affairs;
- have demonstrated leadership in addressing issues beyond their immediate professional interest;
- have demonstrated commitment to the principles and objectives that guide the World Economic Forum.

In line with the Forum’s commitment to building partnerships between business and society to improve the state of the world, the GLT initiative was started in 1993 to provide an informal, efficient framework for an ongoing exchange of opinions on strategic issues of concern to this younger generation of decision-makers.

Active task forces and initiatives that have grown out of the GLT activities range from environmental sustainability, the changing face of healthcare and the future of Europe to the prospects of leadership and service, and the social impact of new technology.

The first gathering of the class of 2002 is scheduled to be held during the next Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in New York.

Information on the GLT Nominee: One of this year's distinguished Global Leaders for Tomorrow is Clayton Cosgrove, the Member of Parliament for Waimakariri (NZ Government – Labour Party). A former advisor to World Trade Organisation Director-General, Mike Moore, during his time as Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister and New Zealand Prime Minister, Mr Cosgrove was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1999.

A highly qualified professional, he has run his own business and also managed communications and public affairs for major Australian and New Zealand companies such as Macraes Mining Company Limited and telecommunications company, Clear Communications Ltd.

A member of the New Zealand Government’s E-Commerce project Mr Cosgrove is at the forefront of building bridges between the public and private sectors in advancing new technology for common good goals.

Mr Cosgrove said he was grateful for the opportunity to join the GLT Class of 2002. He would use the networks and linkages he had established to advance his interest in international trade and business, and promote new economic opportunities for New Zealand based on new technology and public/private sector partnerships.

Mr Cosgrove achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree - triple major, together with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree during his formal study at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. A key component of these qualifications was a formal study of international trade and politics together with strategic business development.

He was also the one of the first New Zealand politicians to have formally studied and written on the potential impact on business of the introduction of Mixed Member Proportional voting to New Zealand.

Mr Cosgrove is the first New Zealand politician to be nominated as one of the World Economic Forum’s 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow.


The World Economic Forum (, based in Geneva, Switzerland, is an independent organization committed to improving the state of the world. Funded by the contributions of 1,000 of the world's foremost corporations, the Forum acts in the spirit of entrepreneurship in the global public interest to further economic growth and social progress. The Forum serves its members and society by creating partnerships between and among business, political, intellectual and other leaders of society to define, discuss and advance key issues on the global agenda.

Incorporated in 1971 as a foundation, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit, and is tied to no political, partisan or national interests. In 1995 the Forum was awarded NGO consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.


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