A Westminster Business School student and social entrepreneur has been named as a 2012 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Benedict Carandang, 30, is one of the youngest selected for the prestigious honour from thousands of nominees across the world.

The Young Global Leaders are selected by the World Economic Forum each year to recognise the world's most distinguished leaders under the age of 40. This year, the Forum has honoured 192 young leaders from 59 countries for their outstanding leadership, professional accomplishments and commitment to society.

Carandang, a Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening Scholar, was born in the Philippines but is currently in the UK studying a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Westminster Business School. He was nominated for the Young Global Leaders scheme for his work promoting the creative industries in his home country.

At just 24 he co-founded Tuldok Animation Studios, a social enterprise that aims to promote creative talent in the Philippines through animation. Since then, he has become a champion of the country's creative industries and has been recognised for his work through awards in 2008 from the British Council's International Young Creative Entrepreneur for Screen scheme and in 2009 he was awarded the Most Inspiring Young Entrepreneur by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship. Most recently, he was the recipient of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office' prestigious Chevening Scholarship award which enabled him to pursue his postgraduate studies in the UK.

Of the Young Global Leader title, Carandang said: "It is a big honour for me and for my country to be selected among thousands of nominees from all over the world. This will give me the platform and the credibility to convince my government and other stakeholders to invest in the Creative Economy and empower the youth, so that we can combine talent and entrepreneurship to create more economic opportunities for our people and at the same time preserve our culture and heritage. Hopefully, we can replicate this idea of creative entrepreneurship in other countries as well."

Carandang is now hoping to use his knowledge from the Westminster MBA to continue his work to help support his social enterprise and as part of his commitment to helping to shape the global future with the Young Global Leaders community around the world. 

About Westminster Business School

Westminster Business School, a School within the University of Westminster, is one of London’s leading centres for professional business education. The School has a large and diverse academic body with extensive business, consultancy and research achievements. The School offers a wide range of postgraduate programmes including MBA, professional and executive education courses.


World Economic Forum – Young Global Leaders 2012

The Forum has honoured 192 young leaders from 59 countries for their outstanding leadership, professional accomplishments and commitment to society in 2012.

Young Global Leaders are selected from a variety of sectors such as business, government, academia, media, non-profit organizations and arts and culture, and from all regions of the world.

Young Global Leaders engage in initiatives that address specific challenges of public interest with the objective of shaping a better future

Past YGLs include David Cameron, UK Prime Minister.


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