Silver Rights entrepreneur travels as guest of Dubai Government this week to the United Arab Emirates for

week-long talks with 1,000 leading global experts on agenda for the 21st century

Los Angeles – November  xx, 2008 – John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and chief executive officer for Operation HOPE, vice chairman of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy and chairman of its Committee on the Under-Served, traveled to Dubai this week to help shape the global agenda as a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) new Council focused on financial empowerment. Bryant’s is also a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum and co-founder of Global Dignity, also associated with the Forum of Young Global Leaders.

"The current global economic crisis simply underscores how dependent the global economy is on the relative health and financial confidence of the consumer. It points to a now undeniable need for financial literacy education, financial literacy empowerment, and a much broader global silver rights movement at almost every level of society around the globe. We are all interconnected." Bryant continued, "when the consumer in North America gets a headache, someone is going to get financial pneumonia in Asia, Latin America, Africa or somewhere else in the world. We are connected. There are few better places to frame global solutions for the future than the World Economic Forum. I am honored to serve on the Global Agenda Council." Bryant has been working to empower unserved communities for the last 17 years.

Bryant’s international efforts are supported through his Los Angeles-based nonprofit’s international arm, HOPE Global Initiatives. The role of HGI is to promote and advocate the benefits of "silver rights" the organization’s movement to promote education, financial literacy, self-reliance, economic empowerment, and dignity as tools for improving the quality of life in developing countries.

Hosted by the World Economic Forum in partnership with the Government of Dubai, the World Economic Forum Inaugural Summit on the Global Agenda will convene on November 7 – 9, 2008. The event brings together the world’s best minds to advance solutions to the most critical challenges facing humanity.

About the World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas and the parent organization of the YGL. Incorporated as a foundation in 1971, and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is not tied to any political, partisan or national interests.

The Forum of Young Global Leaders
The Forum of Young Global Leaders is an independent, Geneva, Switzerland-based foundation whose mission is to build a unique, multi-stakeholder community of the world’s most extraordinary leaders under the age of 40 and give them a platform to collaborate and shape best practices for the future of the world. Each year, we identify and mobilize a new group of 200 exceptional men and women in business, politics, academia, the media and civil society from every region in the world. Together, they form a powerful international force for the global common good. For more information about the Young Global Leaders, please visit the website at

About Operation HOPE

Operation HOPE is America’s leading nonprofit social investment banking and financial literacy empowerment organization. With more than 400 private sector partners, 1500 nonprofit organizations and schools, and 100 government partners serving 68 under-served communities in the U.S. cities as well as South Africa, Operation HOPE has raised more than $400 million in its pursuit of educating, assisting and inspiring the next generation of global "silver rights" stakeholders. Through international initiatives and its principal programs: Banking on Our Future (teaching school children about money), HOPE Coalition America (Mortgage HOPE Crisis Hotline, 1-888-388-HOPE, financial emergency preparedness and disaster relief), HOPE Advisors and the HOPE Banking Center Network (loans, bill pay, computer literacy, understanding banking principles), Operation HOPE has assumed the responsibility of piloting the Silver Rights Movement towards making free enterprise and capitalism relevant to all underserved communities. Civil rights icon Ambassador Andrew Young is the global spokesman for Operation HOPE. More information about the organization can be found at

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