Meet the 2018 Leaders: AfricaHailing from 44 countries across the continent, these emerging leaders bring a wide range of skills and experiences to share with one another and the rest of the world. Get to know them below.
Walid is a young Algerian entrepreneur, founder of a Tech Startup specialized in mobile apps development and digital marketing, and occasional blogger and travel vlogger.
Zedilson is a social entrepreneur, working with technology to make the African society more aware and empowered through information.
Victor is the planning and local development officer and secretary-general of the municipality of Boukombe.
Alia is an Egyptian women's right and gender advocate. She works at HarassMap NGO as a marketing and communications unit head.
Mohamed is an entrepreneur, product manager, and cloud and mobile solutions architect, with over 16 years of experience. He is the CEO of Appgain.io and co-founder of iKhair.net.
Sara’s work revolves around documenting human rights violations in Egypt and collecting data on these violations. She gathers testimonies from families of prisoners and former prisoners about forced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, and torture in prisons.
Mostafa is an Egyptian serial entrepreneur and who has built different startups in media, machine learning, and food e-commerce. His venture is called Breadfast.com and they deliver fresh baked products and breakfast to customers' doorsteps every morning.
Yara is a media practitioner with 6 years of experience in campaigning for social change. She earned a BA in mass communication from Cairo University in Egypt and attended an intensive media and digital literacy program at the Lebanese American University.
Hossam Eldeen Abdelfatah
Hossam is a driven and serial entrepreneur who has started various businesses across Africa. Since his graduation from the African Leadership Academy, Hossam has taken it upon himself to empower startups and individuals by providing training and consulting services.
Lunanga Wakilongo Stewart
Democratic Republic of the Congo
In 2007, Lunanga Stewart founded Amani Language Initiative (ALI), a language school in Goma that has trained thousands of locals and international students in English, French, Swahili, and other local languages.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Mugula is leading a security sector reform program which seeks to improve confidence between security services and communities they serve through a series of dialogue and related activities which support participants in jointly identifying and addressing local security issues through a transparent, iterative and participatory process.
Republic of the Congo
Jeremy is a member of Parliament, an entrepreneur, and a global citizen in the crossroads between African, Caribbean, British, and French cultures.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Brown is a lawyer by training and began to work in nonprofit associations in 2001. He has experience in peacebuilding, in human rights, monitoring, and civic engagement.
Sefora is a civic leader and gender specialist with nine years of experience in promoting gender equality. She works in the area of policy development, gender analysis, training, and empowerment of young women and girls.
Keke is a youth educator and an activist for youth rights. She co-founded the NGO I’m a Rad African (IMARA) in 2015 and provides a safe education heaven to Comorian children, adolescents, and adults from all walks of life through different programs.
Emily is the founder/CEO of Denis Miki Foundation and Efeti Ventures. She is a Cameroonian actress and the public relations officer of the Mandela Washington Fellows Cameroon Association.
Pedro Nuno Lopes
Pedro Lopes is Secretary of State for Innovation and Technical Training of Cabo Verde. He is recognized for his work in civil society for leading the youth empowerment organization, B-Bright, and the international license to organize the first TEDx of Cabo Verde.
Francisca is a survivor of human trafficking and modern slavery. She is the founder and director of Survivors Network, a Cameroonian NGO comprised of trafficking survivors.
Atem is a tech/agripreneur who has visited and worked in over 300 communities. Atem has over 10 years of experience focusing on technological solutions to agriculture, social sciences, project development, and management.
Patu Ndango Fen
Patu is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about environmental issues with a bachelor's in environmental science and is pending a master's degree in environmental management and sustainable development.
Candace Nkoth Bisseck
Candace is a six-foot, Cameroonian travel lover who is passionate about empowering people using innovation and digital technology. She works with Stanford University in West Africa, helping SME leaders transform their business through innovation.
Jean is a 34-year-old young African leader from Burundi. He has more than seven years of community work experience throughout NGOs and CSOs in rural and resource-limited settings of Burundi.
Innocent was born in a small refugee settlement in Congo in 1979. His parents had fled tribal conflict in Burundi seven years earlier. He founded “There is Hope,” a nonprofit that provides opportunities for refugees and their host community to escape poverty and become self-reliant.
Captain Kgomotso Phatsima is the Ambassador of Youth in Aviation and Aerospace in Botswana and the Goodwill Ambassador for Aviation and Aerospace for the African Region.
Yaya is the current executive chairperson of Burkina Muslim Pupils and Students Association, which is the largest Islamic youth organization of Burkina Faso at 100 members.
Stephen is a young active citizen, highly motivated development practitioner, and social entrepreneur, with a passion in empowering people, promoting sustainable development, entrepreneurship, and combating poverty.
Mpindi is the CEO and founder of the Media Challenge Initiative, a youth-driven non-profit building the next generation of journalists
Nejat is one of the co-founders of Megenagna, a professional development platform based in Ethiopia that aims to build capabilities for youth.
Simidele is focused on empowering women and leveraging sports as a game changer for societal transformation. As a trailblazing Olympian, visionary business leader, and sport and social justice advocate, she harnesses the power of sport as a unifying and transformative force.
Pamela is an LGBT rights advocate with a passion for storytelling. She is the executive director of The Equality Hub, a non-profit which advances the rights and wellbeing of lesbian, bisexual, and queer women in Nigeria.
Prince Chisom Agbata
Prince is the co-founder of Coliba, an innovative startup termed by Disrupt Africa as the "Uber" of waste management in Africa.
Jean-Luc Kossigan Agboyibo
Jean-Luc is founder and president of Leading Youth, Sport and Development (LYSD). He believes that sports can reach young people in the spaces and places where they already are, speak to them in a language they understand, bring them together, and empower them.
Nicodemus is a presidential appointee in the Transitional Government of the Republic of South Sudan as the commissioner for the Right of Access to Information Commission.
Lara is an e-commerce/FinTech professional who currently serves as the country manager of JumiaPay in Nigeria. JumiaPay enables Nigerians to securely pay for goods and services from their bank accounts using SMS technology.
Dominique is the founder of the leading publishing house in Rwanda that is recognized by the First Lady of Rwanda. She is a social entrepreneur based in Kigali, Rwanda.
Noel Ify Alumona
Emmanuel is the founder and director of Hope for African Children Initiative, a non-governmental organization committed to helping vulnerable children and rural communities to access quality education for sustainable development.
Edith is a dedicated youth advocate, working to uplift the social economic lives of Malawian girls. She has six years of experience in girls education promotion, monitoring, evaluation, and community mobilization.
Francis Xavier Asiimwe
Francis is the CEO at Kaaro Health, an innovative Uganda-based health-tech company that is using software and hardware tools to improve access to high-quality healthcare for underserved communities.
Kehinde is the co-founder of Stutern, which helps employers hire smart millennials in Nigeria.
Taiwo is the co-founder of Stutern, Nigeria's leading online and offline platform that connects young Nigerians to internships and entry-level jobs.
Olamide is the founder of Pearl Recycling, Nigeria's most sustainable and eco-friendly furniture company. Their mission is to protect the environment, reduce the problem of waste management, and create employment for the unemployed.
Issoufa Bachir Bounou
Issoufa is an agro-environmentalist engineer with a Ph.D. in soil science. Issoufa is the research and development officer at NGO CADEL, founder of Agri-Business Consulting Company, and a YALI 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow.
Mohamed Sallieu Barrie
Mohamed is implementing an African Union agenda towards ending child marriage in Lesotho.
Alimatu is a driven young lady who is enthusiastically finding solutions to problems affecting rural people. She does this by leveraging technology.
Seble is a gender and youth adviser in CARE Ethiopia, where she focuses on activities on gender equality, gender-based violence (GBV) and youth empowerment.
Regina loves to help people reach their potential. She likes to create meaningful connections with others and help them break down limitations.
Aminetou is president of Selfie Mbalite, an NGO raising awareness campaigns against unsanitary conditions and promoting ecological development in Mauritania.
Blamo is the co-founder and managing director of Fye Network, a small business that aims to be the premier producer and provider of African inspired entertainment and information for children of all ages, specifically relatable books.
Amanda founded The Youth Citizens Action Program (Y-CAP) in 2009 while working at the non-profit Afrika Tikkun. This was in response to the lack of active citizenship education in schools.
John is the founder of the Young Men Movement (#YMM), who does motivational talks under the theme #VillageBoyTalks. He is a columnist for The Star and Pretoria News and preacher at Kingdom Miracle Harvest Center.
Ayman is the executive director of the UN Global Compact Local Network in Morocco. He works closely with the private sector of Morocco to pursue, based on a principled approach, the SDGs in Morocco, Africa, and globally.
Takunda is the founder of The TechVillage, a collaborative working space and innovation hub for early-stage tech startups.
Willson is the founder and executive director of DREAM Zimbabwe, a youth-led nonprofit. He is convenor of the Zimbabwe Youths for ACDEG coalition (ZIYA), a coalition of hundreds of youth organizations and activists.
Dr. Choonara is a renowned health researcher, bold activist, and the 2017 Woman of the Year in Health, in South Africa. She is also listed as Destiny Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women under 40” in SA and is currently employed as the obesity program coordinator for SA at the Washington based NGO, Global Health Advocacy Incubator.
Chubili is the co-founder and secretary general of the Zambia Deaf Society. His work includes developing and improving national social economic and political policies, conducting, monitoring, and evaluating the organizational activities, and fostering good governance through checks and balances to ensure social equality and equal opportunities for all.
Theresa is a graduate of the University of Sierra Leone Fourah Bay College. She has eight years of experience working in community development, project implementation in education, child protection, governance, gender, and HIV/Aids.
Kwabena is the CEO of Boomers International Ltd, a social enterprise in Ghana that is providing jobs and economic empowerment to young people and women in rural Ghana through the production of bamboo bicycles and accessories.
Marieme Gabar Diop
Marieme is an urban planner from The Gambia and Senegal. She has a passion for raising the standard of living for people in her community.
Ntokozo is a regulation officer for the Swaziland Energy Regulatory Authority. His work includes using his electrical engineering knowledge to ensure electricity licenses comply to the terms stipulated in their generation, transmission, and distribution licenses.
Mohamed is a social entrepreneur and young activist based in Mogadishu, Somalia. He has 14 years of experience in empowering women and youth. He is the country director of Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) and he has implemented youth empowerment programs in Somalia.
Dr. Lubeya Mwansa
Mwansa is a qualified obstetrician/gynecologist, with 10 years post qualification experience as a medical doctor.
Mehret is a public health academician. She has a strong passion for working at grass root level public health management and experience in leading maternal and child health projects.
Paul is executive producer at Well Told Story, Kenya. He heads various media teams to make Shujaaz, a multi-channel communications platform that reaches and creates social and economic value for millions of youth in East Africa.
Moses is the founder of SonoCare, a healthcare firebrand. He is a social change enthusiast/entrepreneur contagiously passionate about transforming the African healthcare landscape, especially in maternal and infant mortality.
Hayat is a Moroccan who re-migrated to my parents' home country of Morocco. She is the founder and owner of Maroc4Invest, which is a boutique firm for foreign investors doing business in Morocco.
Victoria is a leader in international development with a focus in evidence-based policy research, analysis, and implementation.
Sunday is the managing director and CEO of Econergco, an eco-friendly energy company, helping electricity users reduce the high cost of electricity supply and ensure access to cost-effective and reliable clean and sustainable electricity service.
Brenda is an arts manager and professional arts administrator with over 10 years of experience in festivals and theatre. She has served as the producer of Lagos Theatre Festival since 2014.
Fikiri is a recognized human rights activist from Burundi. His work focuses on the protection and promotion of the rights of women and girls in his community and around.
Francis is the executive director for Youth Coalition for the Consolidation of Democracy (YCD, an organization aimed at youth-related civic engagement and promoting good democratic governance in Malawi.
Samatar is an energetic Somali who lives in Hargeisa, Somalia. He has a postgraduate diploma in peace and conflict studies, as well as a bachelor's degree in economics.
Gbovadeh is a God-fearing and loving husband and father of one. He is an African; Liberian to be exact, who loves his peoples, and tries his best to preserve and promote our glorious culture, history, heritage, and traditions to the international community.
Yohannes Tsehai Gezahagne
Yohannes is co-founder and managing partner of Veritas Consulting, a leading policy advisory, investment facilitation, and management consulting firm in Ethiopia.
Faten is a technology and social entrepreneurship enthusiast. She's a software engineer at an American company and the co-founder of Young Tunisian Coders Academy.
Jarius Andrew Greaves
Jarius is a Liberian and African youth development worker with over 10-years of experience in local community and youth engagement and empowerment, entrepreneurship, education, youth policy advocacy, negotiations, and monitoring and evaluation.
Berta was born in a beautiful little town in the Mozambique - Chimoio and is the youngest of a family of 7 children. Her passions include nature conservation, educating girls, and empowering women.
El Hadji Abou Gueye
El Hadji is an entrepreneur and president of the Association Mouvement Citoyen BanlieueUP. His interests are in youth community service and civic engagement.
King is a charismatic person who believes in serving the next generation of changemakers in Africa. After 10 years of professional football in Europe, he is back in Ghana working at the Right to Dream Academy (RTD) to contribute to social and economic change on our continent.
Racha is the founder and president of Not 4 Trade, the first anti-human trafficking NGO in Tunisia. She is also a Fulbright Alumna at the University of Kentucky, a journalist, and a women's rights activist.
Sophia Hamis Assenga
United Republic of Tanzania
Sophia is a leader who loves to inspire others to explore their true potentials to make their lives better.
Nana is a feminist and activist. She founded and currently runs Drama Queens, a feminist and Pan- African theatre organization that seeks to center women's stories through theatre, public conversations, and sex education workshops.
Yassine is a part-time social entrepreneur, selected as one of 60 ambassadors worldwide to represent Africa in the Youth to Youth Summit, and awarded the Leadership Medal by Frances Hesselbein (Forbes World’s 50 Greatest Leaders) in Pittsburgh.
Peace Hyde is the head of digital media and partnership as well as the West African correspondent at Forbes Africa. In her current role, she is responsible for working across the company’s digital platform on revenue and audience growth initiatives.
Amnah Feisal Amin Ibuni
United Republic of Tanzania
Amnah is the deputy executive director of 'Zanzibar Fighting Against Youth Challenges Organization' (ZAFAYCO), a nonprofit dedicated to empowering youth by raising awareness, capacity building, and networking programs.
Ippet Letembet Bernadette Mah
Bernadette is a 29-year-old Malian-Congolese woman. The civil war in the Congo forced her to settle in Mali with her family and made her realize the challenges of life and the importance of fighting for human rights.
Mandla is a public servant. He supports a cabinet minister in the areas of communication, research and policy development. He also writes about politics and development issues.
Temitope is the programs manager at AfriLabs, a pan-African network of more than 90 technology hubs, and co-founder of LYFE.
Siyabulela is a social entrepreneur, socio analyst, speaker, and activist. He is the founder and president/CEO of “Not In My Name South Africa”.
Joan is a writer-filmmaker based in Kenya, an idea factory. She is the founder of Ecila Films a production house that creates Authentic African content that focuses on women, teens and indigenous communities in Kenya and East Africa and aims to transform societies.
Fatmata is a civil engineer and branch manager in the water utility company in her country, responsible for providing water and sanitation services to people in rural part of Sierra Leone.
Linda wants to live in a world where women are the drivers, creators, consumers, decision- makers, and leaders in the field of ICT. She is the co-founder and COO of AkiraChix.
Aminata Fatmata Kandeh
Aminata loves to work in the field, especially in the area of agriculture, because she believes that food is essential to survival. She worked with different organizations that gear toward youth development in diverse ways.
Robert is a social worker working with children in less privileged communities such as slums and remote communities. He uses the game of chess as a platform to restore and transform their lives by awakening the sleeping genius in each of them.
United Republic of Tanzania
Zainab Katimba is a youthful political figure and member of Parliament in the United Republic of Tanzania. Apart from being the vice chairperson of the Tanzania Youth Parliamentarians Union, she is the founder and chairperson of Wezesha Foundation.
Max holds an MA in peace and development studies, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Sierra Leone, and has a fellowship in transitional justice.
Kenyi is a practicing advocate in South Sudan and serves as the executive director of The Advocates for Human Rights and Democracy (TAHURID) in Juba, South Sudan.
Thulile is a lecturer, Ph.D. candidate, and researcher at WITS. Her research is on investigating various DNA based vaccine strategies against HIV-1.
Jonathan is an accounting and marketing graduate from the University of Cape Town with a passion for South Africa and entrepreneurship.
Dysmus is a social entrepreneur working with small-scale farmers in Kenya. His mission is to help them access productive use assets such as solar-powered irrigation and solar-powered cold storage to increase agricultural productivity through climate-smart tools.
United Republic of Tanzania
Irene is an entrepreneur with 12 years of experience in business management, media, public relations communications, and gender and youth empowerment.
Amos is committed to reconciliation and youth empowerment in Uganda. He is the national director and founder of Uganda Unites, a youth-led movement that seeks to connect youth from different religious and ethnic backgrounds across Uganda.
United Republic of Tanzania
Lucky is a storyteller. He is currently working with Well Told Story Tanzania on a multi-media platform known as SHUJAAZ that aims at improving lives and livelihoods of young people in Africa.
Ulala is a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow and the founder and executive director of Girls Network Malawi. This is an organization that focuses on keeping girls in school by addressing the challenges they face in acquiring education.
Venoranda Rebecca Kuboka
Venoranda is the team leader of Youth Changers Kenya, a community-based organization that seeks to promote sexual and reproductive health among young people with a focus on adolescent girls and young women from rural and peri-urban settlements.
Mwisa is a National Civil Affairs Officer in the Peacekeeping mission in DRC ( MONUSCO), with 15 years of experience in the UN.
Loyiso is a business strategy professional in the financial services space with a passion for women empowerment, women career development, and an advocate of equal pay and gender parity.
Shamiso is a water engineer with experience in bulk water supply and hydropower engineering across Africa. She works with the fundamental belief that the removal of water as a development constraint and the ability to harness this resource as a tool to help power Africa will positively change the lives of millions.
Godfrey is the youngest Councillor in the history of Zimbabwe and Masvingo City. His major roles in the city include policy making, representation, and oversight.
Kudzai is the CEO and co-founder of Mobbisurance, a startup that is building an autonomous, satellite imagery based, crop insurance product for smallholder farmers.
Julius is the editor of the Savanna Newspaper, a sub-regional newspaper covering Omaruru, Karibib, Usakos, and Daures in Erongo Region.
Zineb is a program coordinator at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) office in Rabat. She manages a civic education program aimed at empowering university students through a better knowledge of the political climate, the institutions, and the role youth can play in transforming society.
Taryn was born and raised in Johannesburg. She is a third-generation South African Chinese with a BSc and a BSc hons (mathematics) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Kevin’s passions include entrepreneurship and innovation. He has founded and contributed to various technologically dependent businesses, in sectors including FinTech, renewable energy, e-commerce, e-learning, and high-tech.
Racine is an engineer from Senegal, based in France, working for a multinational corporation. He is the founder of a startup which extracts valuable data from satellite images for use in food security and public health sectors, among others.
Richard is the executive director of the Organic Health Response-Ekialo Kiona Center, specializing in development. OHR is a community-rooted intervention organization that adapts, integrates, and diversifies until it finds the right niche.
Lusanda is an admitted attorney and WEF Global Shaper who is passionate about raising the next generation of youth leaders in Africa through education.
Mabatho is the manager of operations for Sepheo, an NGO in Lesotho that integrates children from the streets into families and provides bridging education to those that would never otherwise complete school.
Bwalya is a University of Zambia graduate and an educator by profession with over 7 years of experience. She is also a mentor on the Master Card Foundation Baobab Forum, Coordinator of the Akashimi Kesu Campaign, and a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow.
Upenyu is a journalist and communications practitioner. Her interests lie in digital media and content creation, politics, and movement building.
Yachou is currently working with NGO-Recup, an organization he founded that inspires creativity in youth, preventing conflicts, building peace, and security through youth participation in intercultural and interreligious dialogues.
Chimwemwe John Paul Manyozo
Chimwemwe is a changemaker and writer who specializes in international development, media, and communications. Chimwemwe has established two youth movements, Maphunziro265 and Youth to Youth Empowerment.
Yvette is the founder and managing director of Great Lakes Power Ltd, a for-profit Rwandan Innovative enterprise that imports and distributes solar phone charging and lighting products, including solar kits to people at the base of the local economic pyramid.
Tinevimbo Terry-Anne Matambanadzo
Tine is an altruistic, determined, young community leader in Zimbabwe. She is the founder of As I Am Foundation and Sexual Abuse Anonymous Zimbabwe.
A serial start-up founder, Francis works as CEO at Kukula Fund, a social investment firm that invests in high growth social businesses working to improve the living standard of women and girls in remote communities of Zambia.
Odongo has over 10 years of illustrious diplomatic service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Kenya.
Bryan is an entrepreneur and a writer. Bryan is the co-founder of Lifestores Pharmacy, a chain of disruptive pharmacies focused on delivering low-cost healthcare products and services that empower low and middle-income Nigerians.
Wali is a member of the indigenous Amazigh community. He works on capacity building of civil society organizations of marginalized groups including women, people with disabilities and indigenous peoples.
Dikeledi A. Mokoena is a Ph.D. candidate in political science and one of the youngest faculty members at the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute.
Siphiwe Moyo is youth development officer for the Government of Zimbabwe who has a passion for improving the economic status of youth through various programs that will reduce their vulnerability.
Nqobile Q. Moyo
Nqobile is an innovative peace and development practitioner with extensive experience working on consensus building around key community and youth issues and their meaningful engagement with key stakeholders to ensure they fully participate and influence in national decision making and policy formulation processes.
Tinoda is the founder of Vakoma Trust. Vakoma is a registered trust which works towards the development of youths by offering different educational training packages.
Zukiswa is a senior researcher, senior policy analyst, and scholar-activist who currently works for the government as a director in social insurance schemes for the Department of Social Development.
Regina is motivated by helping people reach their potential. She likes to create meaningful connections with others and help them break down limitations.
Rufaro is a proud citizen of Southern Africa. She is passionate about working with others to achieve social change and creating environments that allow people to define and achieve success and create a better future for themselves, their communities, and their countries.
Andrew is the founder and chief executive officer of Gifted Hands Network, an organization that aims to reduce breast cancer deaths and increases the employability of visually impaired women in Uganda.
Thandiwe is a wildlife biologist and community educator working to protect large carnivores in Zambia with the non-profit organization, Zambian Carnivore Programme.
Chaeli is an ability activist and fighter for the equal treatment of people with disabilities. She works to change perceptions and legislation to view disabled people in a more positive light.
Elizabeth is the CEO and founder of Kyaffe Farmers Coffee. Her passion is to empower women coffee farmers through fair trade coffee and foster leadership within the community she lives in.
United Republic of Tanzania
Josh has worked for various grassroots non-governmental organizations targeting peasants and youth. Mr. Nassari is currently serving his second term as a Member of Parliament (MP) representing Arumeru East Constituency in the Parliament of Tanzania.
Mbugua is a child of Africa but a citizen of the world, he believes in the nascent creative capital that is to be found on the continent; and is honored to be part of the process of seeing Africa become a net producer of value.
Sebenzile is a South African born media practitioner currently working in broadcasting and education publishing. She has a passion for Africa, human rights, and the empowerment of women, girls, and children are particularly close to her heart.
Enock is a development practitioner currently working as the national director for African Children's Mission, a non-profit organization with operations in Uganda and Kenya reaching out to vulnerable children through education.
Antony is the founder and executive director of Governance Pillar Organization (GPO), NGO, an organization that works to foster a flourishing democracy in Kenya and to support youth and women political participation.
Chinenye is the founder of Metrowoman Limited, a multimedia company that provides information, empowerment, and inspiration to the modern African woman.
Gilbert is a humble and self-challenging man. He describes himself as a team worker and eager to learn with 20 years of experience in a variety of fields such as education and community development.
Shikongeni is a liberal, young enthusiastic, and firm on principles. An an economist by profession, Mr. Ntinda holds a master’s degree in economic policy management from the University of Zambia and a Bachelor of Technology degree from Namibia University of Science and Technology.
Peter is the founder of Expressions Global Group‚ a social venture helping rural communities access water and improved food production by providing cost-effective rainwater harvesting products.
Monica is the co-founder and executive director of Girl Up Initiative Uganda (GUIU), which aims to provide young women and girls with opportunities to succeed and thrive as leaders in their slum communities through holistic education and economic empowerment.
Sandra is a lawyer, author, and academic who enjoys learning new things and working with people to solve problems and begin new ideas.
Kennedy is a community organizer working to transform urban slums from urban poverty into urban promise. Kennedy grew up in the Kibera slum, and as a street-boy in Nairobi, taught himself to read and write on the Kenyan streets.
Peter is a disability activist from Uganda. He is the co-founder and chairperson of the Source of the Nile Union of Persons with Albinism (SNUPA), a nongovernmental organization that advocates for the rights of persons with albinism in Uganda.
Paul is the co-founder and director of research and development at HACEY Health Initiative with over 9 years of experience as an international development and public health expert.
Priscilla Naa Aklerh Okantey
Priscilla is the founder of ReachOut World Mission, an NGO in Ghana, which seeks to provide shelter and trains youth in employable and entrepreneurial skills.
During 2007 post-election violence, Eddy founded Ongoza to bring an end to civil violence by enabling youth to become economically independent and champions of peace in Kenya.
Peter is a Nigerian journalist. He recently started AVoice4Us, a civic media project which increases the media reporting on human rights and social justice in Africa.
Scheaffer is an Afro-politico-feminist, international relations, and diplomacy graduate from the University of Nairobi. She is the co-founder and program manager at Siasa Place, a non-profit organization that promotes youth participation in democratic and electoral processes.
In March 2018, Mark was re-appointed as Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget, and Development Partners in Anambra State, Nigeria.
Daniel is a Kenyan-American that lives and works in rural Kenya. He leads agricultural strategy for the One Acre Fund (NGO) program in Kenya, helping to develop and scale impactful agricultural innovations to the ~400,000 farm families served by the program.
Ifeanyi has over eight years of experience in renewable energy systems design, installation, maintenance, business development, project management, GIS-based rural electrification planning, policies/ strategy formulation, and conflict resolution.
Christian is the CEO and co-founder of SynCommerce and graduate of the University of Ghana-Legon in information studies and philosophy.
Hodan is a newly elected Senator representing the Sool Region in the Somalia Federal Parliament. She serves as the secretariat of the Senate Finance Committee, the committee with the largest jurisdiction within the Senate.
Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi
Oluwaseun is a young leader with five years working experience in the development sector. She is the executive director of Stand to End Rape Initiative (STER), an award-winning, youth-led human rights organization advocating to end gender-based violence.
United Republic of Tanzania
Bernard is an advocate of the High Court of Tanzania, a member of Tanganyika Law Society, East Africa Law Society, and the International Bar Association.
Lilian is on the leadership team for one of the largest indigenous NGOs in Kenya, LVCT Health. She is a medical doctor with an MBA in healthcare management.
Manuela is a marketing professional and founder and CEO of The Cradle; Uganda's first ever 24-hour workplace infant and toddler care center.
Naa is the co-founder of Jaynii Streetwise Organisation that takes care of vulnerable children and young people in deprived communities of Ghana; she provides them with a safe place to live, a family to feel part of, and also the skills and education necessary for a productive, happy future.
Miora is the co-founder and head of operations of Chalkboard Education, a mobile learning company based in West Africa. She grew up in Madagascar.
Mokgadi is a South African, Limpopo born young changemaker, humanitarian and social entrepreneur of note. Mokgadi is the CEO and co-founder of Triple Shine Microfranchise Ventures, where she trains and empowers unemployed rural and township women and youth.
Lea is a 26-year-old woman activist working on youth empowerment, the access to education, and health rights of girls and youth in Madagascar.
Rene is a Rwandan social entrepreneur and independent Green activist with 10 years of experience. He works closely with both public-private partnership (PPP) especially with region Independent Power Producer (IPPS) and Region Energy Private Developers (Rwanda-EPD, Tanzania-TAREA, Uganda-UREA, and Kenya-KENREC).
Mushusha is a software developer, founder, and CEO at Footmo Kit, and at Whole Mentorship Organization Limited. Footmo Kit is a handheld device that diagnoses foot and mouth diseases in livestock in hard to reach and underserved areas.
Melene is a versatile and results-driven female professional with a broad skill set. Her career in the legal, governmental, and non-governmental sectors spans for more than a decade.
Basma’s name means smile, which represents her passions. She is a social entrepreneur and mentor leading innovation and partnership within the humanitarian sector in Sudan.
Khadidiatou is a molecular biologist, a STEM educator, and an entrepreneur. She is building a collaborative and innovative hub in Senegal, for learning STEM topics online/offline in local languages starting from a young age, for prototyping ideas, and for launching successful startups.
Joshua is the CEO and founder of Lori Systems, a logistics technology platform that coordinates and optimizes cargo transport across East Africa.
Samuel is a social entrepreneur and Pan-Africanist from The Gambia, who has a passion for environmental conservation and renewable energy.
David is chief innovation officer, heading the Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Government of Sierra Leone.
Paul is a journalist and blogger. He spends his time teaching and training other journalists to hold those in public office accountable and transparent, while championing the rights of women and girls.
United Republic of Tanzania
Clemence is the project director of Tanzania Community Empowerment Foundation (TACEF), a non-governmental organization that works for and is led by transgender people and sex workers.
Adaeze supports entrepreneurs and innovators. She believes entrepreneurship will catalyse African development and emphasizes the need to adopt innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to make real change in Africa.
Veda is a citizen of the beautiful island of Mauritius and has spent nearly 8 years serving the African Leadership (AL) Group.
Femi is a development professional who currently serves as the acting executive director of LEAP Africa- Nigeria‚ a non-profit organization focused on youth leadership development.
Lindiwe is a PhD candidate in sociology at Rhodes University doing research on HIV/AIDS. She is originally from Soweto. Lindiwe is a graduate of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.
Monica is the marketing and managing director at Angaza ltd, a Rwandan eco-brand that creatively reduces waste through upcycling discarded advertising banners into everyday use bags.
Conde Lysa Uwizeyimana
Conde is an environmental engineer and consultant with an interest in climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.
Josef P. van der Westhuizen
Josef is a social entrepreneur and community development activist, whose passion is youth empowerment in the areas of entrepreneurship and education with a desire to get into international relations in the area of conflict resolution, mediation, and negotiation.
Nerima is the executive director of Siasa Place, a youth organization established in 2015 that is dedicated to collaboratively creating an environment that enables Kenyan youth to directly engage with the political mainstream in a meaningful way.
Caren is a certified leadership coach, transformational leadership trainer, democracy and good governance champion, certified 7-Habits of Highly Effective People trainer, writer, and social entrepreneur.
Mlen-Too is the principal advisor to the Minister of Finance and Development Planning of the Republic of Liberia and co-founder of Cookshop.biz, an online food delivery startup in Liberia.
Lesley is the CEO of Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct and believes that living your full potential is a basic human right, regardless of the life you were born into. She strives to create this opportunity through all her work.
Hh serves as executive director for President's Young Professionals Program (PYPP), a youth capacity development initiative. PYPP is an organization that recruits and grooms young and talented Liberian college graduates for public service leadership.
Atnafu is the founder of Zone9, an award-winning blog and activists collective.
Alero is the chief education officer and founder of Sound Her Nigeria Academy, that was nominated in the “Best Idea” category by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization-UNESCO. Her initiative provides a second opportunity for young girls to gain back the education they missed.
Andrew Ishaan Gasnolar
Andrew is a legal and policy specialist working on public transport and infrastructure projects in private and public sector across South Africa, and in emerging markets.
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