Accenture's Lucy Cooper admitted to WEF's Young Global Leaders

15 March 2021 3 min. read
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Lucy Cooper has been named as one of the World Economic Forum’s 2021 cohort of new Young Global Leaders. Cooper is a Managing Director with Accenture, heading up its innovation practice in Europe.

Over the past year, the world has suffered the impacts of a global pandemic, systemic inequalities, discrepancies in its healthcare systems, economic downturns and education shifting to digital, as well as the steady advance of climate change. Leaders around the world are leading by example and paving the way for action on these issues – something the World Economic Forum (WEF) commends each year with the selection of its Young Global Leaders list.

The Forum of Young Global Leaders goes through a rigorous selection process to identify, select and commemorate remarkable leaders under 40, who come from different communities and industries worldwide. The young leaders are said by the WEF to exemplify what the world needs to change society for the better: hope, empathy, authenticity and the drive to develop solutions.

Lucy Cooper, Head of Innovation Europe - Accenture

This year, among the Class of 2021, more than 100 young professionals have been lauded, from across multiple industries. These include a gender justice and human rights activist, a multi-award winning artist and advocate for indigenous literacy, a celebrated leader from the world’s youngest country, and leaders from business, civil society, healthcare and government. One of them is UK Accenture expert Lucy Cooper.

Having joined Accenture in 2017, Cooper has swiftly risen from an Innovation Director to be the Head of Innovation for the consultancy in Europe. This includes representing innovation on our European Management Committee and Global Leadership Council and being the Europe Innovation Lead for Accenture’s Industry X business. She supports client innovation services teams around Europe, oversees Accenture’s Hubs and Centres, and engages with clients in finding value in their business using new ways of working, counter-cultural leadership practices, scaled experimentation, product and service build and innovation-led consulting.

Commenting via LinkedIn, Cooper said of the Young Global Leaders committee, “I am incredibly honoured, humbled and hopeful to announce that today I am welcomed into the 2021 cohort of World Economic Forum - The Forum of Young Global Leaders … I cannot wait to get started on the impact we can have together.”

The Young Global Leaders committee is the second time the WEF has lauded Cooper for her work. Between 2012 and 2017, she was also named a Global Shaper with the organisation. The Global Shapers Community is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities.

Among the 112 other Young Global Leaders named by the WEF in 2021, there were a number of other consultants from around the world. These include Luiza Mattos, Head of Healthcare South America, Bain & Company, Brazil; Esraa Al-Buti, Partner, EY, Saudi Arabia; Sanae Lahlou; Director of the African Business Unit, Mazars, Morocco; Alexis Crow, Global Head, Geopolitical Investing, PwC, US; Megan Greenfield, Partner, McKinsey & Company, US; and Emily Serazin, Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group, US.