By Asmaa Bahadi
By Asmaa Bahadi
Rabat – The World Economic Forum (WEF) announced on March 16 its annual list of Young Global Leaders.
This year, 121 artists, business entrepreneurs, scientists, government leaders and social activists under the age of 40 made the cut. The 2016 Forum of Young Global Leaders will take place March 20-30 in Davos Klosters, Switzerland.
Each year the WEF nominates “leaders from all walks of life” to participate in the five-year YGL program. This year, more than half of the Young Global Leaders are women.
Khadija Idrissi Janati is an entrepreneur, civil society and political activist and the only Moroccan on the list.
Idrissi Janati graduated from Al Akhawayn University in 2004, with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Relations. She is the founder and CEO of KMK Group, a communication, public relations, media and digital marketing company. KMK Group made All Growth Network’s 2012 “Arabia 500” list of fastest-growing Arab companies.
In addition to running her own business, Idrissi Janati is a member of several NGOs as well as Moroccan and regional associations focusing on women’s economic empowerment through entrepreneurship and mentoring.
Idrissi Janati is also engaged in politics as a member of the National Council of the National Rally of Independents (RNI) and a member of the party’s regional office in Casablanca as well at the RNI’s Regional Women’s Committee. She was a candidate in the 2015 local elections.
Idrissi Janati has participated in several international programs that aim to develop the leadership skills of women entrepreneurs, such as the Future Women in the Mediterranean (FAM) program at Sciences Po Paris and the Global Ambassadors Program 2016 hosted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
In September 2014, US President Barack Obama received Idrissi Janati at the “Obama Initiative Standing with Civil Society,” in recognition of her contribution to civil society work in Morocco. In March 2015, she was named a “New Leader for Tomorrow ” by the Crans Montana Forum.