Kez Casey | Dec 16, 2016

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk and Uber ride sharing CEO Travis Kalanick have been appointed to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s 19-member Strategic and Policy Forum.

Mr Trump has repeatedly told reporters that fixing the ‘disconnect’ between Government and business is a key pillar in his planned economic reforms for North America and appointing the likes of Musk and Kalanick certainly sends a strong message that youth will also play a big part in the administration post-inauguration in January.

Travis Kalanick is 40 and Elon Musk will turn 46 on 28 January.

Anyone who has read Musk’s biography will know his brilliant mind stretches far beyond Tesla-branded EVs, energy storage systems, and solar panels.

Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi has also been named to join the Forum which will be chaired by Blackstone CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman.

“America has the most innovative and vibrant companies in the world, and the pioneering CEOs joining this forum today are at the top of their fields,” Mr Trump said.

“My administration is going to work together with the private sector to improve the business climate and make it attractive for firms to create new jobs across the United States from Silicon Valley to the heartland.”

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