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Infosys Young Global Leader
By Shalini Singh

The World Economic Forum describes itself as “an independent, international, not-for-profit foundation. We are striving towards a world-class corporate governance system where values are as important a basis as rules. Our motto is ‘entrepreneurship in the global public interest’”.  Its recent list of Young Global Leaders includes Sachin Tendulkar and an Infosys manager.

The World Economic Forum has sifted through 5000 nominations and has selected what it considers are the Young Global Leaders.  The criterion being “professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world”.

While the list has the likes of cricketing super star Sachin Tendulkar and CNBC star Shereen Bhan, it has a number of techies as well.  The tech types who make it on the list include Mark Zuckerberg (who founded Facebook), Chad Hurley (Co-founder YouTube), Josh Silverman (Skype) and Premal Shah (President of Kiva).  In the past Google founders – Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales have also made it to the list.

The selection committee was headed by Queen Rania of Jordan and comprised 31 eminent international media leaders.  All such awards are subjective and there are unofficial quotas for each continent and country.  Most would agree on many names, but there are some who should have been included as well.

An Infosys manager, Ashok Vemuri, made it to the list of Young Global Leaders. Ashok is a Member of the Executive Council and Senior Vice President and Global Head of the Banking and Capital Markets (BCM) group. He is also a member of the Board of Infosys Consulting Inc. Ashok joined Infosys in 1999 and has performed multiple leadership roles. Earlier, he was the Head of Infosys' Canada and Eastern North America Region.

According to the Infosys site: “Ashok Vemuri has provided leadership to the BCM group since its inception in 2004. The group has grown at a Compounded Annual Growth Rate of over 35% to over US$1 billion dollars in revenue in 2007. Ashok is an astute business leader and is often sought by the media to analyze the state of the banking industry. As a practitioner and observer of global sourcing, he has been widely quoted in leading publications such as The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, American Banker, Wall Street & Technology, Waters, etc. Ashok is also recognized for his thought leadership. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposiums organized by American Bankers Association, Asia Society and Waters. Business Today in 2008 selected Ashok as a member in the league of extraordinary managers and one of the top 25 hottest young executives in India.”

 Ashok holds a degree in Physics from St. Stephens College, Delhi, and a degree in Business Management from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

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