Saif Al Gaddafi was appointed as a Young Global Leader at a time when it appeared that he represented the potential for a future Libyan government that was more progressive, more concerned for human rights and more open to the possibilities of political reform.
When there were doubts about his position, earlier this year, we decided not to act or to suspend his membership in view of the very difficult Swiss-Libyan relations during the last two years, to which we did not want to give further cause for deterioration.
After the events of the last days in Libya and his direct intervention, it is clear that potential has not been fulfilled and that it is impossible for him to continue as a member of our community.
We are therefore suspending his membership in the YGL Community with immediate effect.
The Forum of Young Global Leaders will continue to make the tough calls on the future of leadership – both in the selection phase or in suspension of membership – to protect the integrity of this values-driven community.
Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders