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Paleontologist named global leader

1 March 2007

A Bristol graduate is among this year’s 250 young global leaders honoured by the World Economic Forum.

A Bristol graduate is among this year’s 250 young global leaders who have been honoured by the World Economic Forum for their professional accomplishments, and for their potential for contributing to shaping the future of the world. 

Dr Louise Leakey (BSc 1995), a paleontologist at the Koobi Fora Research Project, leads expeditions to the fossil-rich regions of Lake Turkana in search of evidence of human origins. Extraordinary discoveries have included a new human species, Kenyanthropus platyops, whose existence extended diversity in the hominid family record back to 3.5 million years ago.

Drawn from a pool of over 4,000 candidates, the Young Global Leaders nominated in 2007 were chosen by a committee of 34 eminent international media leaders, including Arthur Sulzberger, chairman and publisher of the New York Times and Tom Glocer, CEO of Reuters.