Two Australian women have been named among the world’s most promising young global leaders, in a long-running program that counts prime ministers, global tech founders and changemakers among its alumni.
The first Australian woman to be named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders is carbon utilization expert Sophia Hamblin Wang (pictured above), chief operating officer of Mineral Carbonation International.
The second is Caroline Blanch Israel, managing director and partner of the Boston Consulting Group.
The World Economic Forum unveiled its shortlist of 108 young people chosen for the 2022 cohort on Wednesday evening, highlighting individuals from 42 countries and a class that spans a variety of sectors including green energy, health equity , refugee rights and education reform.
Hamblin Wang and Blanch join a growing alliance of 1,400 members and alumni representing a total of 120 nationalities.
“It is a true honor to join this stellar group of young global leaders in 2022, working at the forefront of creating fair and just outcomes for the world,” Hamblin Wang said of the achievement.
“I look forward to this valuable opportunity to amplify our leadership potential, with the help of the World Economic Forum.”
Hamblin Wang said the Young Global Leaders program would enable her to unlock her leadership potential and strive for excellence.
“Participating in this initiative greatly aligns with MCi’s values to advance a more sustainable and inclusive world,” she said.
During the World Economic Forum selection process, Hamblin Wang was supported by mentor Brian Schmidt, Nobel Laureate and Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University.
“ANU graduates are truly making a difference on a global scale. Sophia is a shining example of that,” Schmidt said.
“I [am] very proud of Sophia’s leadership in building a global company with a mission to build a more sustainable future…[I] look forward to Sophia and her company Mineral Carbonation International, turning the vision of a more sustainable planet into reality.
Hamblin Wang is a leading voice in the carbon utilization sector and wants to facilitate youth voices in the fight against climate change. She has appeared on ABC’s Q&A program, Australian Financial Review, New York Times, TEDx and TIME Magazine.
She was named one of Australia‘s 100 Green Energy Players and served as Australia’s representative at the UN Youth Climate Summit. She was also a panelist at the World Economic Forum in Davos.