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WFP’s Canadian Ambassador Against Hunger Honoured By WEF

WFP Ambassador, George Stroumboulopoulos in Port au Prince, Haiti, where WFP and its partners are helping to fight malnutrition among some of those made homeless by the disaster. Copyright: WFP/ Michelle Marrion

The World Economic Forum has named WFP’s Canadian Ambassador Against Hunger, George Stroumboulopoulos, a Young Global Leader for 2012. The award is further recognition of the popular journalist’s commitment to humanitarian issues, and hunger in particular.

One of Canada's most popular and respected journalists, 38-year-old George Stroumboulopoulos is a leading voice in the fight against hunger, with an extensive humanitarian track record. He became one of WFP’s national Ambassadors Against Hunger in March 2011 and has used his visibility to draw attention to hunger as an issue, often through TV shows such as CBC Television's George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight .

In late 2011, almost two years after Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake, ‘Strombo’ travelled to the Caribbean island  to see what had happened in the country since the disaster and to meet with aid workers involved in the recovery operation. Learn more

Earlier that same year, he visited WFP operations in Pakistan to witness first hand the destructive effects of the 2010 floods and WFP's food assistance programmes to help families rebuild their lives. In Sindh province, George met mothers whose children receive highly nutritious foods through WFP child feeding programmes.

The YGL award recognizes up to 200 outstanding young leaders from around the world for their professional accomplishments and commitment to society.

For 2012, WEF selected 192 YGLs from 59 countries and all sectors of society including: business, civil society, social entrepreneurs, politics and government, arts and culture, and opinion and media. These Young Global Leaders engage in initiatives that address specific challenges of public interest with the objective of shaping a better future