Two from Harvard’s Center for International Development Named Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum

Contact: Doug Gavel
Phone: (617) 495-1115
Date: March 13, 2013

Marcela Escobari and Martina Viarengo, both of whom are affiliated with Harvard’s Center for International Development (CID), have been named Young Global Leaders (YGL) for the World Economic Forum’s Class of 2013. As Young Global Leaders, Escobari and Viarengo will join exceptional leaders from around the world who are working to impact global challenges.  Their nominations build on a long list of previous Harvard selectees.

Young Global Leaders, who are under the age of 40, are selected through a rigorous process from thousands of candidates, and have a wide range of expertise.
These leaders come from 70 countries and have specialties in all segments of society, including academia, arts and culture, civil society, government, media and non-profits. They are united by a shared purpose to realize a better future.

Escobari and Viarengo will be joining other Young Global Leaders of the class of 2013 including Chelsea Clinton and Nate Silver. Other recent Harvard honorees include Sendhil Mullainathan (Faculty of Arts and Sciences), Michael Kremer (Faculty of Arts and Sciences) and Laura Alfaro (Harvard Business School).

Harvard’s two YGL Class of 2013 nominees are exceptionally well positioned to make dynamic contributions to this program. As Executive Director of CID, Escobari sets the strategic vision and growth of the center, and has helped transform it into a leading hub for breakthrough research on growth, governance and evidence-based policy design.

Previously Escobari has worked with developing country leaders on improving export competitiveness in the Colombian tourism industry, Jamaica’s music sector and the Dominican Republic’s industrial sector, among others.  She has worked alongside indigenous communities in Bolivia for the World Bank, and co-authored the book “In the River They Swim,” on closing the global development gap.

Viarengo is a Research Fellow at CID, and an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at the Graduate Institute of Geneva. Professor Viarengo is a specialist in applied microeconomics and development. Her research focuses on comparative public policy, gender and international migration. She has examined education policy, gender gaps and labor market outcomes in the OECD and developing countries to understand how to reduce poverty and inequality. She is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Women's Empowerment and a member of the International Growth Centre in London.

“The Forum of Young Global Leaders provides a unique effort to engage the younger generation into the management of global affairs, working together and being integrated into the larger Forum community. The Young Global Leaders have an exceptional opportunity to improve the state of the world,” said Klaus Schwab MPA/MC 1967, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum.

Honorees from the Class of 2013 will convene at an annual summit in Yangon, Myanmar, and will join more than 700 leaders who comprise the Forum on Young Global Leaders.
The program will include meetings with Myanmar government representatives, the business community and civil society, first-hand experience working with local organizations and communities, as well as workshops and cross-mentorship initiatives.

For more information on Escobari and Viarengo, as well as the other class of 2013 leaders visit:


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