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3 Pinoys among Asia's top young leaders for 2018

Three Filipinos have been included in this year's top young leaders in Asia list by the prestigious nonprofit organization Asia Society.

Jam Acuzar, Xyza Cruz Bacani, and Paul V. Rivera were named as part of Asia Society's Asia 21 Young Leaders Class of 2018 and will represent the country for the 13th Annual Young Leaders Summit in Manila. [Click here for complete list]

Acuzar founded Bellas Artes Projects and leads Bellas Artes Outpost, non-profit organizations and spaces that promote experimental and accessible art through residency programs, community projects, and art library.

Bacani, on the other hand, is an OFW turned award-winning photographer whose work on labor migration and human rights earned her a spot on the BBC’s 100 Women of the World 2015, 30 Under 30 Women Photographers 2016, Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2016, and a Fujifilm Ambassador.

Rivera, meanwhile, is the CEO and Co-Founder of recruitment technology startup Kalibrr, a company with a focus on solving the problem of recruitment and underemployment in the region.

Asia Society President and CEO Josette Sheeran said these Filipino leaders and the rest of the 2018 Class of Asia 21 Young Leaders are already reshaping the region with their work.

Their nomination to the Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative will give them a platform to connect to more than 900 influential professionals under the age of 40 from 40 nations to help them create a positive impact on both local and global levels.

“They are a remarkable and truly diverse group — and Asia 21 provides a platform for these young leaders as they tackle the most vexing challenges in the region, one connection at a time," she said. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News