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Deloitte partner selected for World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders 2011


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Thursday, 10 March 2011: The World Economic Forum (WEF) announced today its Young Global Leaders (YGLs) for 2011 with Adelaide based partner from professional services firm Deloitte, David Hill, selected as one of only six young leaders chosen from Australia.

The WEF recognises and acknowledges 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 2011, the Forum has chosen 190 Young Global Leaders from 65 countries and all stakeholders of society (business, civil society, social entrepreneurs, politics and government, arts and culture, and opinion and media).

Deloitte CEO, Mr Giam Swiegers is delighted with the appointment of David Hill who works for Deloitte in Adelaide.

“David’s appointment demonstrates his outstanding ability and capability to be a key shaper in the business environment across all geographies. This accolade will position David as a committed business person trying to improve and make a difference in the broader global community.

“The partners across Deloitte are delighted he has been selected as one of the outstanding young leaders to contribute to work collectively for a better future” said Mr Swiegers.

David Hill has worked with Deloitte for 16 years and has been a partner in the Corporate Finance area, concentrating on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, management buy outs and initial public offerings. At 28, David became the youngest Partner in the history of Deloitte Australia and the youngest Partner of Deloitte worldwide at the time.

“I am delighted to be selected as a Young Global Leader for WEF. I look forward, with eager anticipation, to meeting and working with the other honourees, and to be inspired by their contributions to society.

“I am going to be learning a great deal from their combined extraordinary experiences. It’s a privilege to be in the company of so many who have made a difference to the world already,” said Mr Hill.

David’s contributions to the community span the globe including helping to fund several projects in Kenya and the Solomon Island and runs local marathons to raise funds for muscular dystrophy research, among other activities.

Through his ongoing pro-bono work, David exhibits a relentless passion to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship among students and educational institutions and actively engages with professional organizations such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Financial Services Institute and the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia.

David has also been a mentor and judge for numerous entrepreneurship programs conducted by universities and industry associations, including the World IT Congress.

The new YGLs represent all regions: East Asia (50), South Asia (18), Europe (42), Middle East and North Africa (13), sub-Saharan Africa (14), North America (37) and Latin America (16). This year’s selection has more gender parity than ever, with 44% women. Within the WEF community, the Young Global Leaders represent the voice for the future and the hopes of the next generation.

Mr Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, noted that the challenges faced by the next generation of leaders are more daunting and intractable than ever and cannot be mastered with the current set of strategies, institutions, standards and attitudes.

“In order to address these challenges in a meaningful and sustainable way will require fresh thinking, multi stakeholder engagement and dynamic new ways of collaborating to develop innovative solutions that are truly global,” said Mr Schwab.

Drawn from a pool of almost 5,000 candidates, the Young Global Leaders 2011 were chosen by a selection committee, chaired by H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and comprised of respected international leaders from business, government and media.

The 2011 honourees will become part of the broader Forum of Young Global Leaders community that currently comprises 668 outstanding individuals. Young Global Leaders are actively engaged in the community, integrating into events organized by the World Economic Forum, holding events of their own as well as launching and leading a number of innovative initiatives and impactful task forces.

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Name:
Jane Kneebone
Company:
Deloitte Australia
Job Title:
Director, Corporate Affairs & Communications
Phone:
Tel: +61 3 9671 7389, Mobile: +61 416 148 845
Email
jakneebone@deloitte.com.au
Name:
David Hill
Company:
Deloitte Private
Job Title:
National Managing Partner
Phone:
Tel: +61 8 8407 7056
Email
dhill@deloitte.com.au

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