Russia's Vkontake Founder Joins 2017 Class of 100 Young Global Leaders

PHOTO by Pavel Durov / Vkontakte
The young leaders are selected annually from more than 5,000 candidates

Pavel Durov, founder of the Russian social network VKontakte and the Telegram messenger application, and Maxim Oreshkin, Russia’s Minister of Economic Development, have both joined the 2017 class of 100 young global leaders at the World Economic Forum, or WEF, the Vedomosti newspaper reported.

Durov was listed as a representative of Finland while Oreshkin is included as a representative of Russia. In addition to them, Ekaterina Bereziy, the Russian CEO of ExoAtlet, has joined the class as well.

Her company develops medical equipment that is “changing the lives of those with spinal cord injuries” and that “uses cutting-edge exoskeletons to enable people to walk again.”

The WEF’s website noted that the young leaders are selected annually from more than 5,000 candidates engaged in various cultural, social and economic activities in all regions of the world.

Since its founding in 2004, the club of young global leaders counts 800 people as members, among them owners and managers of companies, politicians, Olympic medallists and Oscar winners. The chosen leaders can take part in the club’s activities for six years.