By Ben Simmons

Rajeeb Dey, Founder and CEO of, a website that connects students and graduates to internships in startups and small companies, has been named among the Young Global Leaders for 2012 by the World Economic Forum. At the age of 26, he is the youngest YGL in the world in the 2012 intake.

The honour, bestowed each year by the Forum, recognises up to 200 outstanding young leaders from around the world for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. For 2012, the Forum has selected 192 YGLs from 59 countries and all sectors of society (including business, civil society, social entrepreneurs, politics and government, arts and culture, and opinion and media). The new class originates from East Asia (38), South Asia (19), Europe (46), Middle East and North Africa (15), sub-Saharan Africa (18), North America (37) and Latin America (19).

Dey, who also co-founded StartUp Britain, a government backed campaign to promote entrepreneurship launched by the Prime Minister in March 2011 said: “To be recognised as a YGL by the World Economic Forum and to be the youngest honouree globally is truly humbling. 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.”

Drawn from a pool of several thousand candidates, the 2012 YGLs were chosen by a selection committee, chaired by H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and they comprise respected international leaders from business, government and media. Past YGLs include David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Larry Page, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Google, USA and Zhang Xin, Chief Executive Officer, SOHO China, People's Republic of China.

“In the last few years, the world has seen the biggest recession in almost a century and we now face daunting global challenges,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. “Recovery and innovation will require new, unique ideas and an environment where the best minds, ideas and leadership can thrive. The most important determinant of this will be how we use human talent. Women account for one half of potential talent base throughout the world and progress depends on how female talent is engaged in leadership role. Within the World Economic Forum community, the Young Global Leaders represent the voice for the future and the hopes of the next generation. I am particularly proud of this year's honourees, who I believe will address the challenges we face in a meaningful way through fresh thinking and true multistakeholder engagement.”

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