BroadbandTV CEO is Named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum


VANCOUVER, March 11, 2014 (ADOTAS) – Shahrzad Rafati, founder and CEO of BroadbandTV, has been named a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Rafati (pictured), who was selected by the WEF and the broader Young Global Leaders community, joins a community whose members include top founders of technology companies as well as respected philanthropists and politicians. She was handpicked by the chair of the Selection Committee, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, out of thousands of nominees. She joins the ranks of other Young Global Leaders Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, Sanjay Gupta, Marissa Mayer and Wyclef Jean.

“It’s a real honor to join this diverse group of people having a positive impact on the world,” said Rafati. “Despite being incredibly busy professionals, all of these leaders work very hard to make a difference; being recognized like this spurs them on to work even harder.”

The honor, bestowed each year by the Forum, recognizes outstanding young leaders in various industries from around the world for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.

“Young Global Leaders are not just exceptional people in their own right: they are leaders that already have a track record in improving the state of the world,” said David Aikman, Managing Director and Head of the New Champions at the World Economic Forum. “We welcome the Class of 2014 into our community and look forward to collectively engaging them to deliver change of genuine global significance.”

Rafati will be invited to a Young Global Leaders summit in September; to Davos, Switzerland for the yearly World Economic Forum; as well as to a series of Young Global Leaders events throughout the year.

For more information on Rafati and BroadbandTV, please visit

About BroadbandTV

BroadbandTV is an innovative media and technology company that drives success for online video creators by leveraging its proprietary technology and massive online reach. BroadbandTV is one of the world’s largest entertainment networks on YouTube with more than 15,000 network partners amassing more than 1.5 billion impressions per month.  The company lives by its core values of Creativity, Collaboration, Care and Drive to foster entrepreneurship among independent content creators, and to advance the online video industry.


  1. I don’t think BBTV drives success for online video creators by leveraging its proprietary technology and massive online reach. I would translate these buzzwords into: They support video creators with API web software. But the online reach stays where it is; for the advertisers.

    A content partner can receive a .PDF from them. Containing their Google AdSense earnings. And they are open for questions about video thumbnails, tags, and descriptions.

    I’m surprised the The World Economic Forum would even have this company on their radar.


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