By Daniel Hunter

Women in Technology’s founder, Maggie Berry, is among 192 individuals recognised as Young Global Leaders (YGLs) by the World Economic Forum for 2012.

Recipients of the title have been drawn from a pool of several thousand nominated candidates, with Berry contributing to the large percentage of women acknowledged this year.

Each year, The World Economic 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. Previous recipients of this coveted title include the UKs Prime Minster, David Cameron Google’s CEO, Larry Page and Managing Editor of the Wall Street Journal Report, Maria Bartiromo.

“To be recognised as a YGL is fantastic, and something I am incredibly proud of," commented Berry.

“And to receive such a coveted title alongside some of the world’s most talented leaders really does prove that the work we do at Women in Technology is having a positive effect on female’s across the globe — our ambition when we launched in 2005."

Berry also notes that with a high proportion of women nominated as YGLs this year, progress to eradicate the glass ceiling is certainly gaining pace.

“In order to truly remove the barrier facing so many women across the globe, more certainly needs to be done, and programmes like this that highlight inspirational and talented female leaders are another step in the right direction and will show women what they can achieve regardless of their gender," she said.

Echoing this view, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum — Klaus Schwab commented" “Women account for one half of potential talent base throughout the world and progress depends on how female talent is engaged in leadership roles. Within the World Economic Forum community, the YGLs represent the voice of the future and the hopes of the next generation.”

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