Former St John Paul College student Stuart Cook has joined the ranks of the world economic leaders.
Former St John Paul College student Stuart Cook has joined the ranks of the world economic leaders.

One of world's best and brightest got a start on Coffs Coast

ONE TIME Coffs Coast resident and now chief executive of Zambrero, Stuart Cook, is one of five Australians honoured as inductees into the 2015 Forum of Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.

Stuart, 29, went to Bonville Primary School before graduating from St John Paul College in 2003.

Since 2009 he has been chief executive officer of Zambrero, a Mexican quick service restaurant franchise which for every burrito or bowl it sells, donates another to people in need.

More than 4.5 million meals have been donated worldwide since another accomplished young Australian, Dr Sam Prince, founded Zambrero in 2005.

"Like Sam, I'm motivated in business by making a difference in the world," Stuart said.

"The private sector can play a major role in changing things for the better just as the economic policy of global leaders can.

"Joining the Young Global Leaders forum is a chance to surround myself with amazing global minds who are doing remarkable things and contribute to an ideas exchange that increases our collective positive impact in the world.

"One of the feedback points on my selection was that Zambrero is seen to be part of a rare but growing breed of socially minded businesses around the world."

In 2013, Stuart was named CEO Magazine's Young Executive of the Year and in 2014 he moved to Bangkok to lead Zambrero's international expansion.

During his six-year tenure, Stuart will be fully involved and integrated in the World Economic Forum's meetings, initiatives and research and will be invited to summits this year in India, China, Indonesia and Switzerland.