Ashutosh Tiwari, the country representative of WaterAid Nepal and former chief executive officer of Himal Media, has been included in the list of 2011 Young Global Leaders Honorees.
Tiwari is one of the 190 honorees from across the world and the only leader from Nepal to make it to the list.
The forum of Young Global Leaders (YGL), according to the World Economic Forum Website, “is a unique, multi-stakeholder community of more than 700 exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future.
” A part of the World Economic Forum, YGL was established in 2005 comprising leaders under 40 years of age from multidisciplinary sectors.
Talking to New Spotlight, Tiwari said the onus of enlisting him for the award on his “organizational leadership.” Knowing strengths and weaknesses are key traits of a leader,” said Tiwari.
The YGL leaders are selected through a competitive process and include leaders from politics, civil society, academia, and from arts and culture across seven geographic regions-East Asia, South Asia, Europe, Middle East, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, North America and Latin America.
The leaders are questioned on various issues related to leadership such as the characteristics of the next generation of leaders and their challenges and opportunities during the selection process.
According to Tiwari, in the context of Nepal, one of the major challenges facing Nepali leaders-in any sector-is good governance.
Being a part of the 190 leaders from all across the globe in the class of 2011 YGL, Tiwari said he needs to gear up to meet the expectations. According to Tiwari, he will be working toward the Millennium Development Goals and advocate for water and sanitation related issues.
As a founder of Entrepreneurs for Nepal, a network of 3,000 young Nepali entrepreneurs, Tiwari also seeks to help in the growth of social entrepreneurship that he opines would motivate the future generation of leaders to help solve social problems.