Khaled Bin Braik (PwC) selected for prestigious Young Global Leaders

20 March 2023 3 min. read
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The World Economic Forum has unveiled its 2023 class of Young Global Leaders, with PwC’s Khaled Bin Braik one of just four consultants worldwide – and the sole in the region – to be admitted into the prestigious group.

Since 2004, the World Economic Forum (WEF) every year assembles a group of people which the forum believes constitute the “world’s most promising leaders under the age of 40”.

Every class brings together around 100 people from all corners of the world and all professions, with the 2023 class including politicians, government officials, CEOs and executives, top athletes, media personalities, TV stars, and more.

Khaled Bin Braik, Partner, PwC

“I am honoured to join the Young Global Leaders Class of 2023 and to collaborate with my peers in shaping an inclusive, resilient and sustainable future for the next generation,” said Khaled Bin Braik, who is a Dubai-based partner at PwC, one of the world’s largest accounting and consulting firms.

Bin Braik joins three other consultants in the list: Felipe Valencia-Dongo (managing partner at Grupo Estrategia Consultores in Peru), Shelley Stewart (senior partner at McKinsey & Company in the US), and Smriti Kirubanandan (engagement director at Tata Consultancy Services in the US).

“The Young Global Leaders class fosters the world’s most prominent and trailblasing leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers and visionaries under the age of 40,” said Wadia Ait Hamza, Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders. “We commend the 2023 class for their outstanding commitment to addressing pressing global issues – their extraordinary achievements inspire us all and we are confident that their leadership will pave the way for a better future.”

In the case of Bin Braik, he owes much of the recognition to his pioneering role in the Middle East’s consulting industry. At PwC, he became the first homegrown Consulting partner in the UAE, setting an example for other Emirati leaders that have since followed in his footsteps.

Building on his own experiences, Bin Braik spearheads PwC’s Emiratisation programme ‘Watani’, which empowers Emirati graduates to succeed in business.

In his consulting work with clients, Bin Braik advises government officials on human capital development strategies, economic and social reform, labour market dynamics, and civil service modernisation. He also has extensive experience in strategic planning, organisational restructuring, governance and transformational leadership.

In the region, Bin Braik has already received considerable praise for his track record. The UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation named him ‘Leader of the Year in the Private Sector’, and selected him as a participant of its ‘Impactful Leaders Programme’, a leadership development programme for top performing public and private sector leaders identified to advance the sustainable development of Dubai.

But the acknowledgement by the WEF – one of the globe’s top think tanks – notably takes the plaudits for Bin Braik to an entirely different level. He now joins a global community of around 1,400 leaders that includes Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, former Formula 1 champion Nico Rosberg, and Dubai’s Deputy Ruler Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum – who also is a member of the 2023 class.

As part of their appointment, Bin Braik and his fellow 2023 class members will help “address and shape some of the world’s most pressing problems” according to the World Economic Forum. In support of their leadership impact, they will receive a three-year leadership development programme and a platform to collaborate with community peers.

“The challenges we face around the world are great, but so are the opportunities. I’m confident that together we can turn these challenges into opportunities to deliver sustained outcomes and fulfil our region’s pledge to the world,” concluded Bin Braik.