Global Shapers Launch Luxembourg City Hub


A World Economic Forum initiative, the Global Shapers Community is a worldwide network of more than 300 city-based hubs led by young leaders working on grassroots initiatives in their communities

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02/07/2014 | Inauguration
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    The Luxembourg City Hub of the Global Shapers Community's Advisory Board members.

The Luxembourg City Hub of the Global Shapers Community was officially launched today together with its recruitment campaign at the University of Luxembourg by its Founding Curator, Carolina Parisi – ArcelorMittal and its first selected Global Shaper, Patrick Rahme – All Square with the full support of its stellar Advisory Board members: Rolf Tarrach - Rector of the University of Luxembourg, Jill Griffin – Dressed for Success & Stop AIDS Now, Michel Wurth - President of the Chamber of Commerce, Luisa Peres – Economic Advisor of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Guy Harles - Partner Arendt & Medernach, Jan Glas – Luxinnovation, Ralph Schroeder – Youth Ministry, Lydia Gryszkiewicz – Innovation researcher at Public Research Centre Henri Tudor, Jean-Michel Gaudron - Chief-Editor Paperjam/Maison Moderne and Maria Mateo Iborra - SES Satellites Tech. Com

After packing the space with laughter and energy, the Hub's organisers - Carolina Parisi and Patrick Rahme - gathered people around to explain the Hub's formation with 5 key questions: what is the Global Shapers Community and why it was created, why does Luxembourg need a Global Shapers Community, what makes a Shaper and what a Shaper do?

What is the Global Shapers Community and why it was created?
50% of the world’s population is under 27 years old and recent events have shown the power of young people. Through technology, information and their mobilization they brought change around the world to places that we never thought was possible.

The World Economic Forum saw it as a wonderful opportunity to bring young people together, and have them seat at the table with leaders in dialogue to shape the future of this world in a way that it really reflects the needs of the current generation.

The Global Shaper Community is the first truly global youth network that focus on improve the state of the world. It is an incredibly diverse, innovative, extraordinary group of people who are working hard on their personal lives to make a change for a particular cause and it brings them together.

Why Luxembourg Needs Shapers
Luxembourg is a microcosm of the world in many ways: it is the seat of several institutions of the European Union, a thriving hub of social & finance innovation, and cultural livelihood, but also suffers from e.g. deep problems of socio-economic inequality and educational gaps.

Luxembourg certainly has other bustling young professional groups. Some are intentionally diverse, others have global links, and there are those united by a resolve to act. But no single existing group combines all three, and our city needs that tri-focal lens. Luxembourg's challenges are visible on the world scene; our city can set an example by tackling challenges with creative thinking and persistence. That's why our Global Shaper Hub is here: to help our next leaders’ generation, from all backgrounds and all walks of life, to develop themselves and to address and bring solutions to these challenges.

What makes a Global Shaper

  • Young extraordinary individuals with great potential for future leadership roles in society
  • Between 20 and 30 years of age at the time of nomination
  • Possessing unique qualities that set them distinctly apart from the mainstream
  • Entrepreneurial track record, having already initiated and delivered a major project or founded a company or organization, exceptionally contributing to serving society at large
  • Ready to deeply engage in the community, reinforcing its mission and objectives and supporting fellow shapers in their individual and professional development

What Global Shapers do?
Global Shapers gather to find the challenges in their communities and work together to address it. To add true value to the Luxembourg community, our Shapers will help each other on their respective projects, create new initiatives that reach across sectors and disciplines, and build strong bonds around crucial conversations about real, pressing problems facing our city and our generation, worldwide.

The Luxembourg City Hub of Global Shapers is inviting for nominations and applications from potential Shapers. These can be submitted online until 22 July 2014 at

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