LONDON, JANUARY 17 – Italy’s youngest diplomat, 25 years old Diego Cimino, works currently at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was included in the Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2017. The list honors 30 young stars from the arts to diplomacy, from finance to industry. “It was great news. The list is an incubator of young people with a future and it’s an honor to be part of it”, Diego said when the list was launched in London: “The message is important. You can make it, you can succeed, only if you try”.
Before joining Italy’s Foreign Office, Diego Cimino founded Catania 2.0–a civic movement to bring out voters to local Sicilian elections. Cimino was also representative to the U.N. as a part of the United Network of Young Peacebuilders, where his team achieved the first ever UN Security Council Resolution on Youth, Peace and Security.
From Brexit to the Italian Referendum, it has been a tumultuous year for European politics: “But these young voices – Forbes stated – are already shaping and will continue to shape policymaking from both the public and private sectors as the world navigates these uncertain times”.
The members of this year’s 30 Under 30 list are the result of months of reporter research and thousands of online nominations. A shortlist of candidates, compiled by editors and reporters, were reviewed by an expert panel of judges: Josef Janning of the European Council on Foreign Relations; Richard Youngs of the Carnegie Endowment Europe; and Brigid Laffan of the European University Institute. The youngest face to join the Law & Policy Class of 2017 is Josh Browder, 20, who founded DoNotPay whilst attending Stanford University. He created a ‘robot lawyer’ that advocates on behalf of motorists with parking tickets using algorithms typically used for chatbots.
An extension of the original United States-centric franchise, which celebrated its 2017 edition earlier in January, the Europe list honors 30 young stars in 10 categories from finance to the arts to industry. There’s Pablo Vidarte, 20, co-founder and CEO of Bioo, a Barcelona-based upstart turning the energy plants create through photosynthesis into electricity. There is also Emily Forbes (no relation), the 29-year-old Brit behind crowd-sourced video startup Seenit. And there’s Jill Xiaozhou Ju, born and educated in China, Ju, 28, now runs Greystar’s £1 billion portfolio of U.K. student housing.