The Forum of Young Global Leaders, an affiliate of the World Economic Forum, has named Ekta Kapoor, Creative Director, Balaji Telefilms Ltd, as Young Global Leader 2006. Kapoor is one of the 40 Asians chosen to become Young Global Leaders 2006, joining 175 leading executives, public figures and intellectuals as part of a global community now including 410 leaders from all regions and stakeholder groups.
The 2006 class of Young Global Leaders includes over 60 business leaders, more than 30 government leaders, and several scholars, media and NGO leaders from all over the world. Kapoor is in august company from 90 countries that includes Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google; Mikhail Saakashvili, President of Georgia; Kumi Naidoo, Secretary-General and CEO, Civicus: World Alliance for Citizen Participation; Brazillian singer Daniela Mercury; and Michelle Guthrie, CEO, STAR Group.
Kapoor, who began working at the age of 19 and has created more than 50 soap operas for 10 major Indian networks, has earned a name for herself in the Indian television industry. The most notable of her soaps include Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, Hum Paanch, Kavyanjali, Mano Ya Na Mano, Koshish - Ek Aashaa, Kudumbam and Itihaas.
Kapoor was also named among Asia’s 50 Most Influential Communicators by Asiaweek magazine in 2001 and was the first woman entrepreneur to receive the coveted ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award in India. Other awards coming her way include one for Corporate Excellence from Bharat Petroleum and the Rajiv Gandhi Award.