2022 Y.I.L Fellows.

Africa's Young Innovation Leaders


We selected people that have shown a track record of excellence in their personal development, career, and academics.


Our fellows have some level of mastery in a hard skill. Beyond getting a university/ polytechnic education, they have obtained further training in some skill.


Our fellows are graduates of various institutions, from diverse disciplines. In this edition, we have participants from Nigeria, the Gambia, Benin Republic, and Ghana.

Godwin Kugblenu is an Emerging Public Leaders Fellow working with the Ministry of Finance in Ghana. He studied Land Economy and graduated with First Class Honours. Godwin is a sustainability enthusiast and a Programmes Manager at PropIntel LLC, where he oversees the Ghana Sustainability Leadership Academy, which aims to train 1,000 young graduates in developing and building sustainable skills and businesses. He volunteered as an organizer for the Ada Students Union, where he was responsible for organizing rural education and health outreach programs for 1500 students. Godwin served in several leadership positions, including Deputy Judicial Council Chairman of the Faculty of Built Environment Students Society. Godwin has the goal of becoming an advisor to African governments on financial innovation in the face of transitioning to a green economy and leading climate talks and negotiations on behalf of African governments.

Tagbor Simon Gabriel is a young Business School graduate from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. In 2021, Simon finished at the top of his class with First class honors in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. He is currently working at World Trade Center Accra where he spends his time collaborating with his team across key projects. Simon has a deep interest in technology and design. He is skilled in web development and UX Design. Simon is keen on using his tech skills and his passion for design to create a startup to solve problems he is passionate about. 

Atta Odoom is a passionate Agribusiness enthusiast, an entrepreneur, and an emerging project manager. He holds a degree in BSc Agribusiness Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. He is currently pursuing an associate degree in Project Management from Kenner University, USA. He is the founder of Artifacts, an extensive African art collection unit established to sell and portray indigenous artifacts to the world. His commitment to the UN SDGs has seen him volunteer and embark on outreaches to sensitize deprived communities, especially in Northern Ghana where he is based. His passion for a sustainable agriculture revolution has seen him participate and enroll in the Global Thought for Food challenges, Agripreneurship summits, Ki-Hub incubation program, the Young African works, and Crossroads Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies. Atta Odoom wants to introduce cutting-edge solutions to solve Africa’s prevalent Agriculture issues with the help of his business, KingFarms. He envisages an environmentally friendly, business-oriented approach, and society-focused Agriculture production through his innovation. 

Elizabeth Adwoa Dwamena-Asare is an environmentalist and a published author. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources Management from All Nations University. Her novel, ‘The New Normal,’ was shortlisted for the Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) 2020 Anthology of Short Stories. As an ENACTUS alumnus, Elizabeth served as an Opening Round Judge for the ENACTUS National Level Competition in 2021. She won the Best Author/Writer of the year at the 2022 Central Entertainment and Business Awards. Through the World Literacy Foundation, she embarked on a practical reading initiative as a former World Literacy Ambassador for Ghana, where she inspired over 700 youths to read regularly. Elizabeth is interested in promoting literacy among youths to enable them to build their vocabulary, unearth their purposes and apply their skills effectively. 

Otoo-Quansah Sarah is a young Business Administration graduate of the University of Education, Winneba where she served as the SRC Treasurer in the 2019/2020 academic year and also a past queen of Face Of South, UEW Campus. She has held a lot of leadership positions such as CAMFED Mfantseman District Vice-Chairperson, Anomabo Cluster Chairperson, and also a founder of EDSA-GYE NYAME FOUNDATION where she impacts lives positively with the aim of making the World a better place.

Deborah Koryoe Osei is a young, disciplined graduate of the Koforidua Technical University, where she placed first among all students who graduated from the Secretaryship and Management Studies School in 2017 with distinction in her academics. She is someone who is willing to go above and beyond what is necessary to ensure that her employer constantly stays one step ahead of its competitors. She is imaginative, creative, adaptive to change, quick to pick things up, and willing to take risks. She is able to quickly identify employees’ talent and potential so as to provide adequate training to help workers develop their skills. She one day hopes to be the Human Resource Director in her Department, planning and developing new recruitment strategies, supervising employee benefits, and more. She loves playing indoor activities and watching cartoons. 

Darkwa Sandra is a graduate of the KNUST(GHANA) with a degree in Culture and Tourism with Distinction and numerous academic and leadership awards. She works in a prestigious private hospital in Ghana (Nyaho Medical Centre) as a Customer Experience Executive. She is a YALI fellow (Cohort 39), A YALI Accessor and Volunteer, and A fellow of the Ghana Internet School of Governance. A member of ISOC(Ghana Chapter), A member of EGIGFA (E-Governance and Internet Governance Foundation for Africa), A Savvy Fellow, a McKinsey Fellow, Maternal Health Advocate. Sandra is passionate about maternal and child health leading her to co-found The SaveMama Foundation, an NGO that provides free online antenatal lessons for over 200 pregnant women. She wants to be a Health Advocate using cutting-edge tools, skills, and technologies to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges, particularly in maternal and child mortality. She enjoys reading, enjoying the beauty of nature, and loves to watch reality shows as well.

Uthman Khadija is a final year student of the University for Development Studies, studying Bachelor of Arts Integrated Business Studies, Accounting Major in Ghana. She has passion and interest in working in an innovative and inclusive environment that impacts the lives and livelihoods of others. Over the course of my studies and career, I have been proud to achieve a few milestones. In 2019, I secured a scholarship from Education pathways International due to my persistence in achieving high academic performance. In 2017, I emerged fourth in the SDG youth essay competition. I am currently a proud YIL fellow.

Jacqueline Baidoo is a young agribusiness researcher. Her research interest is in profitability studies. She has done research in the agriculture, floriculture, and forestry industries. She has been a tutor at the Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture and is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Ghana. 

Felix Yeboah Agyemang is passionate about how to use data to inform decisions, STEM education for less privileged children, social justice, women empowerment, career development, and financial literacy. He seeks opportunities that combine the worlds of computational, logical, and strategic thinking in the realm of career, finance, and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a BSc. Development Planning. As a goal-oriented person, he didn’t allow his academic background to be limited. He took himself and studied in other fields which match his career goals and this is not the end.

Mohammed Abubakari Sadik holds a Diploma in Social Change Communication and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the same course at the University for Development Studies-NYANKPALA campus. His motivation and desire to contribute to making society a better place for all have driven him to serve as a volunteer for the past six months in the capacity of a Community Liaison Officer for Northern Girls Initiative (NGI). Mr. Abubakari Sadik is a selfless leader and a great team player who is very enthusiastic about community service. He has an impressive track record in the field of social activism and is a very robust experience in planning, event coordination, and youth mobilization. He is currently the convener for the Tolon District Youth Network, a position he assumed in 2018, and a peace ambassador for the Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA). He was also made the speaker for the Tolon Youth Parliament and president of the Tolon Youth Centre due to his urgency in response to youth matters. As a volunteer with NGI, he is very instrumental in implementing all activities of the organization in Tolon District. He was part of the team that developed the 2022 strategic plan and annual budget for the organization. He is considered one of the greatest team members. He dreams to become a philanthropist in society to make life a better place for the deprived and marginalized.

Ibrahim Khalilulahi Usman is an award-winning young journalist who focuses on stories that impact the masses. He is the creator of Ghanaian Streets, a new media company highlighting the contributions of young people and entrepreneurs in Ghana while also documenting the daily challenges of Ghanaians. By volunteering for numerous mentorship programs and youth activities, he uses his expertise to make a difference in young people. Due to his abilities and thorough knowledge of several subjects, Khalilulahi’s effect is multifarious. He is the founder of Students Opportunity Hub, a platform that connects students with opportunities and provides them with counseling support. Through his Think Thank Africa Centre for Global Citizenship and Education Research, he has actively involved more than 1000 students since 2016 in SDGs, leadership, media, GCED, volunteering, and globalization. His drive for knowledge and character has made him outstanding. He is devoting the upcoming year to working on his initiatives and volunteering to teach in a local school.

Adjei Francis is a young Industrial Chemist graduate, researcher, and innovator from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He is a 2021 Stanford Design Challenge and African German Entrepreneurship Competitions finalist and received the 2021 Stanford Design Challenge prototype Award. He has made it into various seedbed programs including the EIT Seedbed program by the European Union. He is currently the Quality Control Manager of Dorothy Kani Company Limited, Ghana, a food processing company. He has 5 scientific publications to his name in Elsevier, Taylor, and Francis, and Journal of Oleo Science journal outlets. He has also served as a reviewer for journals in Wiley, and Taylor and Francis journal outlets. Francis is also the co-founder of Didi-Aston Enterprise, a company that deals with the research and development of products made from locally available materials. Francis loves to inspire young and upcoming scientists. He aims at becoming a Professor in his area of study and also an astute businessman who will build companies through research and development. He enjoys spending time with family and friends. He loves to watch/play football, basketball, and volleyball. 

Arthur Joyce is a teaching and research assistant, an emerging social innovator, and a Beacon of Excellence. She holds a first-class degree in accounting from the University of Cape Coast and is currently a student at the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana. She was a learner guide and a transitional facilitator at CAMFED Ghana. She is a 2020 vice-chairperson of the Camfed Association Members for her cluster where she led in the planning and implementation of social impact projects. Joyce has undergone so many leadership, fellowships, and training such as the Central Leadership Program, Change Makers Congress, etc. She is passionate about SDGs (1, 4,9,13). She hopes to see a world where children from rural communities strive to actualize their dreams and aspirations against all odds. This passion led her to establish the JARAB Foundation. She aspires to be a development engineer to lead, initiate and manage innovation to contribute to solving African problems. 

Abdul Kudus is an Emerging Public Leaders Cohort 4 Fellow at the Ministry of Finance, Ghana. He graduated from the University for Development Studies with First Class Honors in BSc Land Management in the year 2021. In his year group, he emerged as the Overall Best Student in the Department of Real Estate and Land Management. He also emerged as the Overall Best Student in the Faculty of Planning and Land Management and a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Best Graduating Male Student in the Faculty of Planning and Land Management. He is also the 2022 recipient of the Prestigious Surveyor Prof. John Tiah Bugri Award for Academic Excellence, awarded by the Ghana Institution of Surveyors, and received the 2022 YIL Scholar Award. Abdul Kudus aspires to further his career in Land Administration, particularly in the policy formulation space, to create endless opportunities to aid humanity to sustainably tap into the infinite pool of resources that land has to offer.

Dekpe Christiana is a marketing graduate from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Beyond her interest in child advocacy, she is passionate about creating an enabling environment for child and youth development in rural communities leading her to introduce innovative solutions to sanitation and education challenges in her community. She wants to become a developmental entrepreneur using improved methods to impart to rural communities holistic transformation. She loves nature and enjoys singing.

Abdul-Rahman Mohammed is an educated and experienced youth who has a strong background in System Analysis, Research, and  Green Computing. He is keen on researching and exploring new ideas and approaches to solve problems more effectively and efficiently. He holds a Higher National Diploma in Computer Science from Sunyani Technical University and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Technology in Computer science at the same University. Mohammed is the Community, Communication, and Technology Director of Suncity Hub in Sunyani, Bono Region of Ghana. He believes in hard work to achieve excellence and progressively continues to help establish systems to help people and humanity in their everyday lives. He is also an emerging exciting entrepreneur with the primary objective of providing solid sincerity of putting smiles on the faces of society. He has a track record of creating and coordinating businesses and social impact programs. His most recent program is the NEIP-YEA soft skills training program, where he actively helps run and coordinates the training of 300 youth employment agency applicants in TVET skills along with entrepreneurship training. Mohammed is a passionate Adventurous and social voluntarist and he loves exploring communities and villages to experience the lives of people and their living situations. He desires to improve the living conditions of Africans in rural areas. He believes strongly in youth empowerment.


Gertrude Akosah is a beneficiary of the Mastercard Foundation scholarship, a daytime engineer, and a writer by night. She pursued a bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Currently, she works at the Ministry of Roads and Highways as a National Service Person under the Emerging Public Leaders Ghana. Her knowledge and personal work experiences allow her to assist and deliver quality outputs on projects that support Ghana’s infrastructural needs. As a daily learner, she has undertaken several certificates and short courses such as Urban Drainage Master Planning, Google Data Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence (Machine Learning) amongst others. Driven by her zeal and passion for women’s empowerment, she became the President of Women in Engineering (WinE) in 2019/20. She doubled as the Women’s Commissioner for the Ghana Engineering Students’ Association (GESA) at KNUST. During this period, Gertrude created the WinE Representative Group and organized the Maiden Edition of the Face of GESA. Both projects provided hands-on leadership training and built women’s confidence to claim responsibility in a male-dominated field. As a member of the ENACTUS club, she was a part of the Recoplast project, which sought to recycle plastics by mixing them with cement. In her community, she started the Girl-child Survival Movement, a project which leverages young women with applicable skills such as beading. To advance her career, Gertrude undertook internship opportunities with the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Ines Ruhengeri Soil Laboratory in Musanze, Rwanda under the African-German Entrepreneurship Academy (AGEA) and a borehole drilling exercise at the Geological Engineering Department at KNUST. She is the Project Supervisor for the Network of Entrepreneurship and Young Leaders Foundation (NEYL), which focuses on bringing out innovative and creative potential among the youth. Gertrude Akosah aspires to be a part of the people who make the world a better place, both as a female engineer and a writer.

Abdelkerim Saleh Abdelkerim is a young graduate of General Business Administration at HEC-TCHAD University. He is an emerging leader of the United Nations Association for Chad, a volunteer of the NGO ACIEDD, and a series A4 bachelor in 2016. Beyond his keen interests in Business Administration, Abdelkerim is passionate about the expansion of opportunities for less privileged students to have access to a transformational and civil society-leading education, which led him to engage as a volunteer in various civil society associations among which the association of the United Nations for Chad an association that offers professional orientation and supports the Sustainable Development Goals in Chad. He wants to be an administrator and innovator using cutting-edge tools, skills, and technologies to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges, particularly in Administration and Sustainable Development. He loves to hike and enjoy the beauty of nature and loves to read.

Parfait Jean de la Croix is an SMS Marketer at Burkina24 and a YALI Accra Alumni. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Bilingual Executive Assistantship and is currently enrolled in a Masters’s of Marketing and Commercial communication. As an aspiring entrepreneur, he is a member of the Association of YALI Alumni Chapter of Burkina Faso. He currently takes part in the activities and meetings of the alumni association. In November 2020, he successfully organized a community service in a medical center called Ouaga Clean Up, gathering people around for a clean-up day in Ouagadougou. In March 2022, he successfully participated in a leadership-certified training program with Aspire Institute Program. In addition, He organized national volunteerism from March 2021 to June 2021. He aspires to implement a social enterprise that will positively impact society and solve societal issues.


BIKIE EMINI Joel Landry is a young Power System Engineering graduate of the University of Buea where he finished among the top 2% of the 2021 batch. He was selected in 2021 to take part in the Bio-Innovate Bootcamp in Nairobi Kenya and is a laureate at the “2021 Challenge Physique expérimentale Afrique” a competition organized by the “Association pour la Promotion Scientifique de Afrique”. He is a young rising Cameroonian entrepreneur taking part in the Youth Entrepreneurship Symposium and also a Fellow of the competitive “Project d’Excellence en Production d’Innovation Technologique en Agro-Industrie de L’université de Ngaoundéré: PEPITA-UN”. He works actively to provide sustainable solutions to vulnerable communities with his partners but beyond his keen interest in Innovation and Sustainable Development, Bikie is passionate about renewable energy and international and development studies where his vision is to link Innovation and Technology as a backbone for a better Governance in Africa. He loves to watch/play football.

Monju Grace Mbum is an administrative assistant in Trinity Bilingual School, Douala Cameroon, and a 2nd-year master’s student in Banking and Finance at the University of Bamenda. She is a holder of a BBA in management and entrepreneurship and a BSc in management obtained from the University of Bamenda. She is a 2021 YALI(RLC) an emerging leader in Business and Entrepreneurship and a fellow in the SME growth lab acceleration program. Beyond her active interest and participation in community development projects, Grace is passionate about expanding growth opportunities to small businesses and empowering youths with dynamism for career development which is why Grace is at the edge of creating the MGM-tech Business Consultancy. She wants to be an advanced leader in business administration and an entrepreneurial innovator using advanced tools, skills, and technology to solve advanced projects that seek to provide for the needs of the community thereby contributing to community development.

Acho Sandra N. is a Geography and Planning graduate of the University of Bamenda. She is equally a Web-Mastering graduate of the Don Bosco Professional Institute, Yaounde, 2021. She is a finalist in the 2021 ECRANS Noir 10-day for Film Competition. She is a freelance web designer, Content Creator/Editor, Environmental Researcher, Poet, and Script Writer. This has led her to start up AS-SmartInk Arena (ASSA), a digital service that seeks to ensure quality information and content – clearly written- to make it into print or to online websites. Beyond her keen interest in IT and Environmental Research, Sandra is passionate about expanding opportunities for less privileged youth to get access to transformational IT education. She is working on a project to train children and less privileged youth, especially girls to gain digital transformation skills. Sandra pictures a society where the less privileged have access to and are empowered with high-income digital skills. She is passionate about reading, writing, football, and singing. 

Jarvis kou Ndong is a 29years old young dynamic Cameroonian with a passion to serve his community and the world at large. He is currently the training and communication officer for the Duke of Edinburgh’s international award Cameroon, a certified youth envoy for peace and democracy by the network for solidarity Empowerment and transformation for All (NewSETA) and National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in the US, he is a project manager for gender, culture, and Peacebuilding for the Cameroon Youth Network, Founder and coordinator of Youth Impact and Peace Advocacy center (YIPAC). He is vision oriented, working towards harnessing untapped leadership qualities in the young and equipping young people for life. Jarvis is an electrical engineer from the University of Siantou however, his passion for leadership, has bent him to change the common narrative amongst the youth of ‘what has the government done for us?’ and rather build to become job creators. He is a changemaker and has held multiple leadership positions in his journey as a youth leader such as; president of YCS Obili( young Christian students), YCS communicator for the Yaoundé sector,center regional counselor for Cameroon youths network (Réseau des jeunes du Cameroun RJC ), volunteer unit leader for the Duke of Edinburgh’s international award Cameroon

Emmanuella Amihere is a purpose-driven intellect and a graduate of the University of Ghana who majored in Education with a specialization in Chemistry. She devotes an aspect of her life to aiding youth and her colleagues in coming up with ideas to defeat problems around them. She also works as a social media manager for some businesses like Namax Beauty Salon and Kepties Afric. She has worked with Action Progressive Institute, a senior high technical school as a teacher as well as an intern for the Ghana Revenue Authority. Emmanuella is an amicable person and seeks to establish an institute that will aid the younger generations to identify their potential and massively use it to its maximum height.

Magaji Yakubu Yuguda is a young Lecturer,  Biochemist who graduated from Gombe State University in 2018 and currently doing his M.Sc. in Biotechnology at Bayero University, Kano. He is a Member Nigeria Society of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (NSBMB) and a Member Nigeria Bioinformatics and Genomic Network (NBGN). Apart from his research and publications, he is also deeply involved in tackling food scarcity, creating job opportunities through research, innovations, and Agricultural practices, Continuing medical education, Basic Life Support (BLS) provider, Adult, and Paediatric Life Support Provider, AED, CPR, First Aid Provider, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Provider, and Mental Health Awareness. He wants to be a Novel Prize winner as a result of his innovations that will solve most of the diseases and conditions that affect our society and the world at large. He enjoys giving to charity, helping people to progress, reading, and traveling.

Oladipupo Edward Opeyemi is a recent graduate of Agricultural Economics at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, and is currently self-learning the skill of Data Science to help businesses make productive business decisions with data-driven models to increase profit in a sustainable and replicable manner. As a social innovator, he has in the past worked on personal projects like  “Biogas as an economic cooking fuel”,  “Microbial fuel cell”,  “Geopolymer cement”, and “Plastic recycling into construction interlocking tiles and blocks”, and currently working with his team on a  “Green hydrogen production and energy generator” project,  all these efforts to provide affordable, environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions to meet the unmet basic needs of underserved citizens in marginalized communities. He hopes one day he will be able to make a significant impact in Nigeria and across the African continent.

Eniola Oni is a multipotentialite in Leadership and Administration, Social Impact and Advocacy, Mentorship, Oration, and Marketing (Communications, Performance & Growth). She is the winner of Future Brand Idol’20, earning a scholarship to study in the best brands communications school in West Africa, and graduating as the best strategist. An alumnus of the MCN/UNAI where she was Campus Director, she advocates SDG 4 & 5. Out of the desire to help African females see the need to break out of societal stereotypes, develop the right mindsets, and add value to themselves, she founded Dear-Lady-360°. She also works as a Communications Manager at SprinNG, an organization for the Promotion and Improvement of Nigerian Gen-Zs’ writing. In the future, she hopes to become the COO of billion-dollar start-ups and sit on boards that will enact laws against Gender-based violence.

Zuliehat Ohunene Abdullahi is an Environmental Activist, an SDG advocate, an educator, and a serial volunteer with six years of working experience. She has also interned for industries such as the Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited and she is currently an educator at a prestigious school in Kaduna State. From the youthful age of 16, she got admitted to the prestigious Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger State, where she received a bachelor’s in technology honors (Urban and Regional Planning, school of environmental technology). She was also the assistant state leader for the coca-cola mission zero plastic initiative in Kaduna state whose aim is to recycle 18,000 000 tons by 2021. She works at the Accountability Lab Nigeria where she hopes to address the issue of insecurity that affects her community and support people with disabilities as well. Zuliehat believes PWDs should be given equal rights which is their fundamental human right and also be given an opportunity for their voices and opinions to be heard.

Momo Jr. James MPH is a young public health practitioner and researcher who strongly desires to build a career within the academic and public health sectors. He is a graduate of the James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University. He is currently African Methodist Episcopal University’s youngest lecturer in the Department of Public Health. He is the founder of Health Torch Liberia, a research-based organization that aims to unveil health issues and provide context-specific solutions. In the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, he served as a Case Investigator in Liberia. He works as a research officer at the Ministry of Health and has contributed significantly to a series of research and interventions that helped communities in promoting optimal health. As a member of the AMR Technical Working Group, he contributed to validating the Liberia Health Facility Antimicrobial Stewardship Guideline and its rollout in 2021. He aspires to become a professor and pursue a Ph.D. in Public Health with a focus on antimicrobial resistance while inspiring the lives of other young people.

Buji Francisca is a geography graduate of the University of Buea where she served as the Auditor of the University of Buea Geography students association and finished as the (2021) best graduating female student with distinction and leadership awards. She is an environmental activist, a Sexual and Reproductive Health and rights advocate, a peace and equality ambassador and Girls Advisor at Comagend Cameroon, president and Branch leader of the skylight association, a conscript of the Cameroon National Civic service agency for participation in Development, a first aider and Frontline, a 2021 finalist and received the evo-inovators’ award. Beyond her key interest in areas of gender management, environmental sustainability, and advocacy, Buji is passionate about expanding opportunities for Adolescent girls and young women to be economically empowered and become digital literates leading her to start a Business Brand that aims at creating employment opportunities and Co-found STAR Association which serves as an incubator for AGYW to make their voices relevant in today’s world. She is currently working on creating a platform to train girls to be digitally literate. Francisca pictures a society where Adolescent girls are economically empowered with income generation skills and included in key positions of leadership. She enjoys carrying out research, dancing, and visiting natural and beautiful environments.

Buh, Joycelyne Esah is a young business administration graduate of the University of Buea where she finished as one of the 2021 best graduating students with upper second-class honors and numerous academic and leadership awards. She received the 2022 YIL Scholar award. Beyond her keen interests in accounting, finance, and research, Esah is passionate about business consultancy, leadership in all spheres, and agricultural development, leading her to co-found The Farmer’s World Association Common Initiative Group and Youth Empowerment Program, an organization that provides farmers and youths with career guidance/expansion and mentorship for youths. She aspires to become a Business consultant-Innovator using cutting-edge tools, skills, and technologies to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges, particularly in business administration and leadership. She enjoys traveling and loves to play football.”

Iheme Gideon Onyedikachi is a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU) Nigeria. He is actively inclined toward all aspects of nutritional sciences research/practice, public health advocacy, and data science/machine learning application. Gideon’s laudable research track record is evident in his attainment of over 25 publications in high-impact journals, and research communication at international conferences such as the American Society for Nutrition, International Congress of Dietetics, International Congress of Nutrition, etc. He also has peer-review/editorship obligations with several international journals. He is the principal investigator of a nutrition research consortium and has won/attracted several research awards/grants in his independent and collaborative research engagements. Gideon has also led/participated in nutrition and health-focused programs/projects by co-founding, volunteering, and partnering with non-governmental organizations/civil societies, academic or professional institutions, and the government to improve nutrition and health.

Ojo Oluwafemi is a climate activist, renewable energy enthusiast, and environmental journalist. He is the Team Lead at Pale Blue Dot Initiative (PaBDI), which he founded as a response to the dearth of awareness on climate change in Africa. He currently serves as an Editorial Associate in the Media and Messaging Team of Extinction Rebellion UK. In recognition of his environmental journalism, he was selected amongst 100 young journalists globally to attend the Future News Worldwide 2022 Conference organized by the British Council. He is a final-year student of Economics at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and a CFI-certified financial analyst. Oluwafemi was recently appointed as a Local Chapter Leader in Nigeria by the Foundation for Climate Restoration as part of his vision for an Africa that is carbon-free. He participated in the 3-day Future of Sustainability Conference organized by Old Mutual Insurance in South Africa and was part of the team that came 3rd at the 2022 edition of the Dystopia Research and Presentation Competition. He is passionate about Sustainable Development Goals and the volunteers freely with organizations that are committed to their actualization.

Okoronkwo David John is a Research and Data Analyst, and Social Entrepreneur. He specializes in Agricultural Extension, where he strives to build climate resilience and sustainable livelihood among rural farmers by harnessing the potential of agricultural innovations, technologies, and nature-based farming models to deliver a sustainable and equitable agri-food system transition. He has co-authored  9 peer-review journals and conference papers, which has strengthened his writing, analytic and problem-solving skills. He has led and co-led several projects in the agri-food system nexus. Notably, the GreenChef project, Convergence Teach Climate Hackathon challenge, and Young catfish farmers, among others. He is the founder of Upskill Naija, a grant-winning company, and also co-founder, of Youths Organizing for Sustainability in Agriculture (YOSA)”. He marks his excellence with his emergence as  First Class Honors in 2021, and the overall best student in the Department and the entire Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). Currently, he is a research intern at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Abuja, Nigeria.

Boboye Israel Oluremi is a researcher and development professional, with over three years of experience in project management, data analysis, monitoring, and evaluation in the non-profit sector. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Demography and Social Statistics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Israel has his focus on Monitoring and Evaluation, which he started during his Master’s program. Currently, as the M&E Lead, Israel manages the M&E system, where he successfully developed an OKR system that keeps project activities and output in check. The system has recorded over 60% increase in project productivity, helped to successfully track regular progress, made more effective and informed decisions, and achieved measurement, accountability, transparency, and impact. He also currently supervises an Investment project that focuses on media reporting of Health, Agriculture, and Gender stories across Nigeria. He has also been involved in several proposal writings, funded by international organizations, and had recorded success.

Omotosho Gloria Oluwafunmibi graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA), Ondo State. She’s an evangelist, baker, digital product creator, motivational speaker, coach, mentor, serial entrepreneur, and author. She’s a passionate seeker of God, committed to raising a generation that seeks God, fulfills its purpose, and influences society. She’s the founder of Dove Baking Academy, an offline and online baking academy that empowers youths with baking skills at an affordable price. She has trained over 300 youths across Africa. She’s the founder of Digital Creators Hub, a platform that guides people on how to turn their knowledge, skills, potential, or experience into a digital asset that gives them passive income and also impacts lives, thereby reducing purposelessness, poverty, and unemployment globally. Her dreams are to be a great business mogul and digital product creator who has a great impact on society and individuals.

Ibitomi Ibiwumi Otunola is a young History graduate of the University of Abuja and is currently the community relations manager of Street2School foundation, where he has helped launch the first mobile school in Nigeria, located in Zamani, Abuja FCT. He is the recipient of the 2021 Roddenberry foundation catalyst grant, a UPG sustainability leader, and the winner of the MICC essay competition. Beyond his keen interests in education, technology, and research, Ibitomi’s future plan is to use community ideas and research to develop community-centered solutions. Ibitomi is also the program coordinator of the Ile-Iwe project, an initiative aimed at bridging the digital divide in low-income Nigerian homes. He wants to be a Researcher-Digital education innovator, using cutting-edge tools, skills, and technologies to solve some of Nigeria’s pressing challenges, particularly in education and community development. He enjoys meditation and traveling and he is a global citizen.

Adedayo Adedayo Yisah is a young Nigerian pharmacist and active change maker. He graduated from the University of Ibadan in 2021 and holds a National Diploma in Science Laboratory Technology from The Polytechnic, Ibadan. His core values include hard work, humility and service. Adedayo is a fellow of many reputable local and International organizations. He is a 2018 fellow of Young African Leadership initiative Accra, Ghana, a 2022 Ayoka fellow, Leap Africa Youth Leadership program participant and a winner of presidential candidate for the 2022 Young Innovation Leaders Fellowship. In 2015, he won the award for best graduating student in science laboratory technology from the polytechnic Ibadan in 2015, he won best position paper at the 2020 Ibadan Model United Nations and 2022 Leap Africa Young Leadership program social impact grant. Adedayo is on a mission of building a formidable pharmaceutical services delivery chain across Nigeria and probably Africa.

Iyanuoluwa  Adeyemo is a First-Class Law graduate from Obafemi Awolowo University, where she received the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria JV Award. Iyanuoluwa had an undergraduate internship in the Tax Division of KPMG. In 2020, she received the Award of Academic Excellence, as the Best Graduating Maritime Law Student in Nigeria. A professional freelance writer and editor, Iyanuoluwa offers services to local and international clients in several niches. In 2021, Iyanuoluwa facilitated the Freelance Writing Session at the LEAP Africa International Youth Day of Service. As an advocate of personal and professional development, Iyanuoluwa has published LinkedIn articles to motivate Nigerian youths on building a strong professional online presence. She runs a newsletter platform, “Letters by Iyanu” where she connects with young females on her growth process, and engages in personal and professional conversations. Iyanuoluwa enjoys African fiction and self-help books. She also volunteers for causes which matter to her.”

Dzakpata koffi is known as Dzakpata Raymond on social networks. Global Youth Ambassador-GYA, Koffi is a blogger and editor in the news agency SANTE-EDUCATION. In 2018, he was a winner of the “Ecrivain en Herbe” competition in Benin. Also an alumnus of the Yali Dakar Civic Leadership program in 2019 and a social activist as co-founder of the JDCC (Jeunes pour le Développement Citoyen et Culturel) association, writing is for him a way to bring everything to life. A member of Theirworld in London, International Youth Society (IYS), he also volunteers with several NGOs to promote quality education. Today, it aims to be a key player in the digital world. Acquire digital skills to bring innovation that will enable concrete solutions for a better and sustainable world. He is passionate about literature, nature, travel, and football.

Alabi, Mutiyat Taiye is a medical doctor with an interest in interventional radiology and Artificial intelligence. She is passionate about solving problems faced by the health sector in Nigeria. Her undergraduate degree was obtained from the University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria in 2018, where she recorded numerous successes in her tenure as president /executive member of various committees, steering the activities on campus forward. Mutiyat did not only focus on academics but also volunteered in community services via a series of medical outreaches, orphanage visitations, and mentorship of junior colleagues in her department. She received an award of excellence as the hematology course representative of her set. She was recognized as the best in mathematics in her Freshman year. Going forward, she’s on the lookout for various opportunities to explore in detail the realities of the deteriorating status of healthcare delivery in Nigeria, thus building her curiosity and morale. Meanwhile, she remains resilient in developing her skills in the field of medicine, radiology, AI, and leadership.

Douda BAH is a young Malian. Douda Bah holds a degree in geology from the Faculty of Science and Technology of Bamako in Mali. Evolving in a mineral laboratory, very passionate about issues related to climate change, good governance, and citizenship, He also campaigned in community life to highlight the culture of change and the advancement of democracy and the state of rights in our States from the smallest scale to the top of the pyramid of our States. A very active member of the Democracy Tech Squads Network, The Citizen Engagement Group, and Mali Awakening. These sets of youth networks in Mali contribute greatly to raising collective awareness, especially participatory, for good governance. In 2018, during the presidential elections, he was a data manager for electoral offices, having trained more than 200 young people in data reporting techniques. In 2019,  he piloted an extensive awareness and reforestation campaign for organizations to plant more than 2000 tree feet across the country. Having participated in several awareness campaigns: election campaigns, on the COVID-19 pandemic, on GBV, sanitation, citizenship, equal opportunities, peace, cohesion, living together, etc.


He received  the Young Innovation Leadership (YIL) program scholarship for 2022. 

Ugwoke Simon is a focused and purpose-driven researcher passionate about reducing to the nearest minimum the effect of heat stress orchestrated by climate change on farm animals. He is a 2021 graduate of Animal Science from the University of Nigeria where he emerged as the best graduating student from his Department. He has volunteered for a lot of organizations including the Noma-wealth consults Human Resource Development Center, Youth organizing for sustainability in agriculture (YOSA), and National Primary Health Care Development Agency. Simon has also participated in several groups in different community development projects including a sensitization program on the need for each family to have a garden and/or pen titled “GarPens” all in the fight against food insecurity and climate change. He is looking to take this fight nationwide by constantly looking for avenues that will improve his leadership and innovation skills.

Obiorah Jennifer Uchechukwu is a graduate of Economics from the National Open University of Nigeria. She was awarded as the 2020 best graduating Economics student at Awka Study Centre. She is currently a Climate Actor Accelerator Fellow, a 2022 Whitefield Foundation grant awardee, a Savvy Fellow, and a member of the World Youth Alliance Africa Summit. She has the pleasure of working with various organizations. She has expertise in education, climate change, human resource management, volunteer management, human rights, peace, and conflict resolution. She has directed a weekend mentoring program serving 20 to 30 elementary school pupils and 10 secondary school students. As a peacemaker, she has attended several seminars and workshops on human rights, human life, and leadership. She has served as the president/leader of various religious organizations. She loves creativity, reading, and traveling. She aspires to become a renowned Social Innovator, a certified Climate Change Actor, a Researcher, and a great Entrepreneur.

Nwaka Emmanuel is a graduate of Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Technology where he finished with distinction and numerous academic and leadership awards. He is a 2019 MTN Foundation Scholar, a 2020 Commonwealth100 Alumnus, a 2021 LEAP Africa Alumnus, and has recently received the 2022 YIL Scholar Award. He was awarded a scholarship to study Entrepreneurship by the Jim Leech Fellowship at Queen’s University Canada. As a Content Marketing Specialist, he uses customer psychology to attract, engage and convert prospects into customers. His exemplary leadership has made him serve as an Executive Member in top organizations like the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Block Degree, and SkillUp Nigeria. He has been featured in top publications like HackerNoon, Bootcamp, and Illumination. He wants to be a Management Consultant using relevant expertise to solve the world’s most pressing challenges, particularly in business growth. He enjoys playing the piano and traveling.

Richard Agbroko is 33 years old and a graduate of the University of Hertfordshire, the UK where I hold a bachelor’s degree in economics and human resources and a postgraduate certificate in international business. Also, I hold other certificates which include; the Nigerian national youth service corps certificate and the University of Hertfordshire’s training and key skills certificate. In my past work experience, I was opportune to work for some companies on varied contracts during my undergraduate degree, firms which included; FedEx and royal mail among others. further, on completion of my first degree, I worked as a teaching assistant for ugborikoko secondary school for my NYSC, a school in delta state, Nigeria. My most recent position of responsibility was during my time as a trainee in the Tony Elumelu foundation entrepreneurship program from April 2021 to August 2021. My hobbies include; traveling, cinema, writing, and music. I am currently a writer and researcher.

Apabiekun Timileyin Micah is an experienced Project manager, with 3 years of experience focused on developing new business ideas and leading high-impact projects with experience delivering some of the biggest human capital developmental projects in Nigeria. I have working experience in the aviation, telecommunications, and human capital development industries. Over the years, I’ve garnered experience and skills in project management, and web development, and taught over 300 people across different skill areas with both soft and technical skills and I am looking forward to applying my knowledge and experience in project management in human capital development & Telecomms and learning new techniques as I serve in a team to deliver set objectives and achieve business goals. These are my aspirations everywhere I find myself and I also love football and support Arsenal.

Afuye, Raymond Olasunkanmi is a First-Class honors graduate, from the department of Computer Engineering, Ekiti State University, where he received an Award as the best student in the department, he was also the President of the largest student fellowship (RCF) on campus.  He is passionate about research and the development of technology in Africa, He was a volunteer with Start Codon ltd. Uk(Cambridge University), where he joined a team of Young researchers across Africa to research Biotechnology startup firms in Africa. He is currently undergoing his NYSC in Delta state Nigeria, serving at Bigt Infotech Solutions LTD, as a robotics Trainer. He is currently a member of the Data Science Nigeria Research group, where he is being mentored on the publication of his research work in embedded systems, He is an aspiring machine learning engineer, aspiring to solve some health care, industrial and economic challenges.

Elijah Abbey Adodo is a highly motivated family physician in training with an interest in leadership, management, and technological innovations in achieving sustainable growth in Africa. He had his medical training at the University of Ibadan as an Agbami Medical and Engineering professional scholar. He also has an additional certificate in leadership and healthcare management. Elijah is passionate about seeking innovative ways to promote healthcare awareness and creating more opportunities for affordable and quality healthcare accessible for all. He also has a keen interest in promoting leadership education among youth, making him volunteer with the FAME Initiative team in promoting leadership values among secondary school students in Nigeria. This is to help these young leaders facilitate sustainable developments in their personal lives and communities. He wants to raise a generation of transformational and innovative leaders in sub-Saharan Africa, and also help individuals, organizations, and nations improve performance and become more productive.

Wilson Inemesit Imoh is a student medical physiologist at the University of Uyo where she is currently setting the pace as the best student in her department, with an excellent academic track record. She is a 2021 International Congress of Medical Sciences Ambassador, a 2021 Millennium Campus Network fellow, a 2022 United People Global Sustainable Leader, a 2022 United People Global Biashara Entrepreneur, 2022 The Platform Young Professionals fellow, a 2021 Academic Director of the Student Physiological Association of Nigeria – Uniuyo, a recipient of her Head of Department award for best student in 300 level class and the founder of a start-up enterprise, Bookvest. Aside from her academics, Inemesit is a devoted advocate for SDG3, which has driven her to execute various health-led projects and awareness campaigns in her community and beyond. When she is not ruminating on ideas that could evoke positive transitions in the world, she loves to listen to music and write micro-fiction/poems.

Dangana Muazu Muhammad is a first-class graduate of human anatomy from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria where he finished in 2020 as the second-best graduating student in the department. He was a recipient of the shell petroleum development company undergraduate scholarship award and also the Federal Government of Nigeria’s scholarship award for academic excellence. He has served as a project manager for an NGO called Community Health Development Initiative. He currently owns his own tech store and works part-time as a call center agent for the National population commission of Nigeria. He is passionate about learning and building new networks. He wants to be a Tech Mogul developer. He enjoys reading and purpose-driven conversations.

Chagga Jonathan Taro is a young Nigerian graduate of linguistics at the University of Abuja where he finished in the 2018 academic and leadership awards which include the best

entrepreneur for the Nigeria Fellowship of Evangelical Students(NIFES). He was also the General Coordinator of Community development service, Chagga is presently a student with the African center for leadership development (center LSD) Abuja. Chagga has a diploma in human resource management from udemy 2022 and also a certificate in data skills in 2022. He has served in various capacities as a leader including Zonal outreach coordinator at Nives Abuja Zonal. Chagga was a Call center agent with Integra networks Abuja.

Adetula David Oluwatimilehin is an emerging Dental Surgeon. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) degree in Botany from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He is a member of the Committee on Dental Education and Health (CODEH) in his institution where he regularly volunteers for health outreaches to communities with limited access to oral healthcare. David believes some of Africa’s biggest healthcare problems could be solved if each country’s public health functions appropriately. This is where he hopes to focus after graduation. As a published writer on both local and international platforms, David’s excellent writing skill has earned him several recognitions and accolades including emerging as a Finalist, in the 2021 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) National Essay Competition, an invitation from the Royal Commonwealth Society to serve as a Judge in the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2021. David is currently a Writing Fellow at African Liberty and Students for Liberty (SFL).

Nwobodo Juliet Chidera has over 3 years of experience in the development space. Currently works as the communications assistant at Bridge Connect Africa Initiative where she focuses on drafting advocacy campaigns and communications strategies that help promote sexual reproductive health and rights, speak against gender-based violence, and harmful traditional practices, and encourage girl child education. She has also been involved in numerous policy advocacies. Juliet is committed to ensuring that young people in society have equal access to the opportunities needed to explore their full potential and are safe from harmful norms. She is a 2022 Fellow of the ONE Champion Nigeria, An SRHR advocate, and a content creator.

Okonmah Esther is a 5th-year Pharm.D candidate and former Editor-in-chief, the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria Students (PANS), University of Benin, Edo State. She was the Marketing Mentee, among over 700+ applicants in the first-ever mentorship program by Clorets Nigeria, a subsidiary of Mondelez Group in 2021. Esther enjoys volunteering in health and social impact activism. A one-time Executive Assistant and Vice President (Admin) at Chronic Disease Mate For Africa (CDMA), a youth-led, nonprofit health organization, committed to curbing fast-rising cases and deaths by chronic and Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa. She’s currently serving as 1 of the 81 youth African leaders and the 24 members of the Nigeria Youth Task Team, launched by Restless Development and Youth Opportunity & Transformation in Africa (YOTA) with funding from the Ford Foundation. A slightly off but happy dancer, Esther divides her free time between reading autobiographies & writing stories.

Asiegbu Chimdiya Charles is a policy, research, and data analyst with over six years of professional experience in policy, research, administration, and development. He currently works as a policy research analyst at the NexTier Group, an international development consulting firm that helps shape evidence-based policies, programming, and performance evaluations. At NexTier, he has managed projects for clients like the European Union, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the British Council, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Central Bank of Nigeria. An essential part of his work in NexTier is to lead the two-year-old NexTier SPD Violent Conflict database, where he scrapes, analyses designs, and publishes the Nigeria Conflict Trend. The database tracks local and international media-reported security incidents in Nigeria. This project’s importance is using data on violent conflict occurrences around Nigeria to give insights in an easy-to-understand way. He is a member of three (3) impactful professional fellowships in Nigeria and the world. First is the Open Minds, Young Voices fellowship (OMYV) organized by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Nigeria. Second is the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG). The third is the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) Presidential Fellowship. Charles is also a founding member of the Young Professionals in Policy and Development (YouPaD). This youth-led non-governmental organization equips young people with the right tools to progress in governance, climate change, entrepreneurship, and overall development. He is currently volunteering to help implement the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung-funded Agora by YouPaD. This dialogue series brings young professionals together to discuss topical issues and advocate for a better society. His research interests include governance, democracy, public policy, security and peace, international relations, youth inclusion, SGBV, and CSO advocacy strategies.

Abdulmudallib Ibrahim is a first-class graduate of Statistics from Taraba State University, Jalingo, and is currently a master’s degree student at Modibbo Adama University, Yola. He was the best graduate of his class while at the university and also the best graduating student at Hassan Bappa Education Foundation (Computer Training School) Jalingo, Class of 2010. He is a very experienced data analyst and data collector who has analyzed and collected data for individuals and organizations, which includes the Institute of Public Health (iph), Obafemi Awolowo University, and Ile-Ife. He is also a member of the Professional Statistician Society of Nigeria (PSSN) and the International Association for Statistical Computing-African Members Group (IASC-AMG). He also belongs to some non-governmental organizations that provide free services to orphans and less privileged ones. He loves reading, researching, and traveling. He aspires to be a role model for the younger generation as a young academic.

Israel Chigozirim is a visionary leader, Entrepreneur,  Writer, and Author of 3 published books. He is the founder of Food run Technologies, Rowe Technologies, and The Circus Academy. He is a fellow of the United States Institute of Peace. Israel provides direct and indirect mentorship to thousands of youths globally, through Peer-to-peer mentorship, and other platforms such as Startup Without Borders and Savvy Fellowship. Israel is passionate about people and Africa. He is a social entrepreneur who solves social problems in Agriculture, Peacebuilding, and Education. His vision is to influence the world and to change erroneous social narratives, through Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, and Venture Capitalism.

Adebiyi Sefiyat Odunola is a young Veterinary doctor with an interest in leveraging biomedical research and tech to improve health in Africa. She bagged her DVM degree from the University of Ibadan and graduated with several distinctions and awards. Sefiyat is keen on leadership, innovation, and social entrepreneurship and has thus held many leadership positions over the years. She is a 2022 RISE selector and a 2021 Harvard business school crossroad emerging leader.  Asides from her interest in biomedical research and health. Sefiyat is also interested in addressing Nigeria’s climate change challenges, which motivated her to develop a tech-based solution idea for waste management in Nigeria. With this Idea, she emerged as the winner of the Ignite Innovation for Climate challenge in 2021 and was a finalist at the Social Shifter Innovation Challenge in the same year. Sefiyat is currently working on developing the MVP of the idea and moving it to the marketplace. In a couple of years, Sefiyat sees herself as a missing piece in providing solutions to health and climate change challenges in the world.

Fiase Deborah Terkuma-Iwuese is a young law graduate of Benue State University, She graduated in 2021. She is a Multilingual top performer with a love of learning and a deep passion for Policy, practice, and social innovation, which has led her to become an intern with Non-governmental organizations such as Manoach mission, Church on the street, and recently Benue State House of Assembly to further foster understanding of the sector and provide her with tools for better sustainability building.  Beyond her profound interest in policy and social innovation. Deborah has a genuine passion for creating unique experiences for underprivileged children by making learning fun and accessible and providing necessities such as clothing, food, and health services. And intends to do this through her reach-out program called the thrive tribe, which would create sustainable learning environments for children from Ages 3-15. Her goal is to combine her passion for writing, industry knowledge, communication skills, and a sunny disposition in the public sector with the use of social innovation where she can carve out policies that create exceptional and thriving environments for Nigerians and the world. She enjoys reading African literature, spending time with family, and traveling.

Emmanuel Dinatu Ishaku is a Health Literacy Expert, a graduate of Bayero University Kano, and an MSC student of Health Education at Bayero University kano. She is a fellow Of Ethics from the University of Georgia 2021, Peace Promoting Fellows of Equal Access International. Fellow Active Citizen, Fellow Youth in Motion, Fellow Female and More, Fellow YALI RLC. She is a fellow of the Young Innovative Leaders, and Fellow African Civic Engagement Academy(University of Georgia). Dinatu is a nominee for the Health and Wellness Award of  The Future Africa Award 2022. She was awarded as the most outstanding Young African Leader among 76 participants from 9 west African countries YALI RLC cohort 39. She is an awardee of the Active Citizen in Gender Equality (Nigeria) by Noble Mission. She is the founder/Executive Director of Kasham Girls Women Youth and Community Development Network a registered NGO, youth-led that has been in existence since 2016. She has through her engagement for over 14 years in the Humanitarian sector impacted countless lives and mentored over 2000 girls and women. She is known for her intelligent initiative and creativity. Her enthusiasm, resilience, and critical thinking ability always make her stand out. Her organization has partnered with both National and International organizations. She is passionate about building the capacity of girls, women, and youth to be better persons for themselves and society. She loves reading, traveling, and meeting people.

Ekpe Anaga Smart is an entrepreneur and a young innovator, a passionate environmentalist, and a  2017 graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Minna Nigeria where he graduated with Second Class Honors (Upper division) in Chemical Engineering. His passion for clean alternative energy sources propelled him to work on a project in the production of biodiesel from non-edible seed oil (Jatropha seed oil) which was later published in the Research Journal of Engineering and Environmental Science (RJEES) journals for its novelty. In 2021, he proceeded to obtain a master’s degree in Gas, Refining, and Petrochemical Engineering from the NLNG Center for Gas, Refining, and Petrochemicals, University of Port Harcourt. As part of his postgraduate studies, he interned at Notore Chemical Industries where he acquired 6 weeks of intensive on-job work experience in the various chemical engineering processes. He is a registered fellow of the Associates of Environmental Professionals (AEP), Nigeria Renewable Energy Program (NREP). Aside from his strong passion for a clean environment and alternative green energy, Anaga is also passionate about herbal skincare and dermatology. He is the co-founder of Herbal Luxe-glow Secrets, a business specializing in formulating skincare products for all skin types from herbs and other organic products. Above all, he wants to use innovative skills and tools to proffer solutions to common challenges in his environment such as the energy crisis. His hobbies include listening to music, enjoying the serenity and beauty of nature, watching football, and playing scrabble.

Arinze Maduabuchi Kingsley is a First Class Mechanical Engineering graduate of the University of Nigeria Nsukka. During his undergraduate, he emerged as the Outstanding Legislator of the Year 2021. He demonstrated great leadership abilities as an Honorable Member of the Engineering House of Representatives. He is a 2021 Finalist of the WIPO Essay Contest, and a top 10 (8th position) candidate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) Essay Competition 2021. He is passionate about Climate Change and has participated in Climate Actions through his membership at Grey2Green Movement: a youth-led climate justice and air-quality advocacy movement. Maduabuchi is a co-founder at Modrelaff, a renewable energy-oriented team. He envisions becoming a Serial Innovator as he looks forward to proffering solutions to the problem of energy generation and transmission in Nigeria. He likes writing, product designing, and watching football.

Christiana Sarah Macarthy is the Head of Marketing, News reporter, and camera operator at the Africa Young Voices Media Empire (AYV), in ensuring we get adverts and news, which involves in-depth communication with our customers. She holds a Bachelor of Art Honors Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Makeni. She served in different capacities as a Community Animator for Mankind’s Activities For Development Accreditation Movement (MADAM) with the UK’s department for international development (DFID) in 2019 and as a Social Mobiliser for ABC- Development/ Trocaire in 2017. Christiana is a willing learner who loves to take challenges and is very much interested in a bigger position that challenges her skills and abilities. She is highly determined, competent, well-organized, outgoing, and a good communicator. As a journalist,  she is very passionate about serving humanity as the profession demands.

Valentine Olajide Coker is a Clinical Health Officer who graduated from one of the prestigious Universities in Sierra Leone Njala University. In 2014, he graduated with distinction in Clinical Medicine. He, however, specialized in sexual and reproductive health. He is currently one of the Medical Center Managers at Mariestopes Sierra Leone and also the CEO and Founder of a registered Community-Based Organization (CBO)” Powered to Enforce Sustainable Development – Sierra Leone” (PESD-SL). In October 2019, He participated in the Young Africa Leaders Initiative Program Cohort 11 and was awarded a certificate of merit, and became one of the 100 most influential persons in his country. He has, however, been nurtured to become an Obstetrician due to the alarming rate of maternal death in his country.

Musa Bangura is an Entrepreneur, Researcher, Climate Reality Leader, YALI Regional Alumni, and Kectil Alumni who is the Executive Director of the International Youth Summit Sierra Leone. Whose work centers on youth empowerment-related activities in organizing workshops, seminars, and conferences to educate young people about conflict resolution, public speaking, diplomacy, Leadership skills, climate education, communication skills, and the replica of the Model United Nations programs to solve community and world challenging problems and other themes. He is organizing Career Development training workshops for young people and has empowered over three hundred (300) young people in Sierra Leone through civic engagement to provide them with the necessary skills needed to access the labor market and create job opportunities for themselves. He received the 2022 YIL Scholar award and wants to see himself as a change-maker who has contributed positively to the lives of young people in Sierra Leone.

Christiana Mary-Magdalene is young women and girls advocate for STEM and TECH In the rural part of Sierra Leone called Waterloo, she is a graduate of Imatt College where she holds an associates degree in Procurement and Logistics Management, a diploma in Development studies at Obasanjo college, diploma in nursing patients care and pharmacy form Alison University Ireland and other numerous certificates in Leadership, innovation, and community services. Christiana Mary-Magdalene is the Regional Coordinator for Youths Hub Sierra Leone,  a YALI regional Leadership conference Accra cohort 40 Participant,  a fellow of Amazon leadership Initiative west Africa caucus, compass Global member and partner base in Nigeria, a member of salon adolescent Network and Purposeful, 2021 YIC leadership and entrepreneurs fellow, a 2019 & 2021 30 most influential awardee, a 2019 best female media personality, and 2022 Safe sister Digital Fellow Sierra Leone. She has over 10 years of experience in volunteering and community work as she has worked with a lot of INGO, NGOs, and CBOs in her community and country, she is the focal point for Media Matters For women Sierra Leone, a Community monitor for the campaign for good governance Sierra Leone, Community representative for IPAs Sierra Leone, A Broadcaster, the District coordinator for young women in politics Network Western Area rural, member of Africa Young Women leadership network and a Nasser Youths Member. Christiana Mary-Magdalene Bangura’s goal is to be an innovator that will proffer solutions to cut down on the high rate of unemployed and unskilled youths within her community and also cut down on the gender stereotypes gap in TECH and STEM in job creation and guidance. She likes adventure, hiking, and traveling to different places to know about culture and nature. She loves to be around career-focused people to learn, unlearn and relearn new things every day.


Raqibatu Zukaneni is a diligent and dynamic professional with growing experiences in Business Design, Digital Transformation, and Strategic management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Extension from Ambrose Alli University. She was selected as one of the five Leaving the Tarmac Mentored Interns by Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede (former CEO of Access Bank and Chairman of Coronation Group) under Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation. She currently works with Trium Limited, a venture capital and private equity that is focused on transforming Africa’s Entrepreneurial landscape using innovative technologies. She also won the Product Management scholarship award sponsored by Ingressive4good with Entry Level and African Advanced Scholarship with Udacity. Raqibat is passionate about leveraging innovative and emerging technologies to create efficiency. Beyond this, she has a keen interest in bridging the gap in access to digital technologies in underprivileged communities. She is an avid mental and physical health and lifestyle practitioner and advocate. 

Abeni, Ogah Paul is a Chemistry graduate of the Benue State University, Makurdi where he finished as the (2018) third-best graduating student with Distinction in his Department. He is a (2017) Federal Scholarship Board Scholar. His research work on prototyping a smart and highly efficient electric vehicle engine (the Switched Mode Power electric motor) that provides exceptional range performance for electric cars earned him the stage as one of the speakers in the (2020) Edition of the International Conference on Green Chemistry and Renewable Energy held in Tokyo, Japan. Beyond his keen interests in clean energy, Ogah is passionate about Leadership in Business and entrepreneurship. In (2019), he Founded Isunder Green Technology Services, an organization that aims to provide assembling and maintenance services for electric cars in Nigeria. He wants to be an Environmentalist, Scientist, and Innovator.

Florence Nkiru Onyeji is a digital marketer and graphic designer with an academic background in education and economics. Florence has gone ahead to immerse herself in the marketing space with practical knowledge of brand design. She’s the phenomenal face behind the flolight creative brand, which is centered on helping startup companies to communicate their business value and build a good relationship with their customers through effective graphic designs. Florence is an advocate for quality education and believes every child irrespective of social status should be given equal opportunity to a quality education which is the #goal4 of the sustainable development goals for a better world. She has been featured in international blogs that are globally recognized. She got awarded the Young Influencer of the year in (2021) from Crystal edge professional services. 

Udekwe Uche Kenneth is a social entrepreneur and CEO/Founder of Natal Cares. Uche is a graduate of Project Management from the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA). He is an EDC (Enterprise Development Center), YALI, and Leap Africa Fellow. Uche has excellent human relations and communication skills. He can speak (6) major Nigerian languages (English, Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, Pidgin, and Sign Language) fluently. He is very passionate about using Technology and Low-Cost Innovations to combat maternal and Infant Mortality in Nigeria. In recognition of his outstanding impact on reducing maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria through NATAL CARES, Uche was awarded the prestigious Future Awards Africa, YALI Leadership Award in Health and Well-Being, The AFRICA 35.35 Award, The President of Ghana Award, the LEAP Africa Outstanding Fellow Award, The 2021 Active Citizen Award (Health Category) and The JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award. 

Awoyemi Oluwatomisin Olamoorin is a graduate of OAU, where she studied Agricultural Economics. She is a digital marketer and the founder of MorHub – a digital agency that helps provide businesses with innovative digital solutions. With a passion for helping businesses and individuals build their online presence and become the brands and personalities they aim to be, she joined The Ganglion Initiative as the Media and Communications Manager, an organization that provides career guidance and mentorship for students in secondary schools throughout Nigeria. Oluwatomisin has worked with businesses in various niches to build their online presence and generate leads. She strives for growth at every stage of her life and has a strong desire to become an innovative leader who not only impacts those around her but the world also.

Sayedi Umar Mohammed is a final-year student of Applied Chemistry, at Usmanu Danfodiyo University in Sokoto, Nigeria. He is a certified Business Manager from the European Business University of Luxembourg. Sayedi is the CEO and founder of GreenLITE Solution and Glowsum cosmetics. He is also a campus reporter at Vanguard Press UDUS and Director of Graphics at Drug-Free Club UDUS. As an advocate of a greener society, he founded GreenLITE solution; a startup firm that focuses on recycling plastic waste and peanut husk waste into a wooden-like material known as PHP composites, to replace wood and reduce deforestation and plastic waste. Sayedi was a 2021 NSVP finalist, a 2022 Hultz prize on-campus winner, a 2022 SOSF finalist, and a participant in the Innovation Challenge in Sustainable Chemistry and Waste. He aspires to be an innovator and to build a conglomerate business that upholds all social responsibilities and the majority of SDGs.

Akinade, Oluwatimilehin Amos studied English Education and graduated with Second Class Upper Division from the Tai Solarin University of Education in (2021) and Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) from Federal College of Education, Abeokuta in (2016). Timmy has carried out Exploratory Action Research, a classroom but international research with publication fully coordinated by the British Council. Recently, he participated as a speaker in a Global Online Event on English Connects Action Research alongside eighteen other teacher-researchers from Ethiopia, Sudan, and Nigeria at the British Council Secretariat, Lagos. He is the founder of GBP Digital World, a registered photography and videography firm, that has been nominated under the Education Category for a maiden award in his local government, the Ijebu North Youth Award, (2022). As a trained and registered teacher and photographer with a keen research interest, his passion is geared towards proffering solutions to educational problems as an Edupreneur. With this, challenges faced by teachers, learners, and institutions in education would innovatively be tackled.

Ngugi Ann Wangui is a talented chemical engineer intrigued by science and engineering and its role in enhancing the quality of life. She is currently an R&D specialist at Sanergy, a waste upcycling company applying circularity to solve urban sanitation challenges. She holds a first-class honors degree in chemical and process engineering from Moi University where she graduated top four in her class. Notable achievements in her career include G.E. registration with the Engineers Board of Kenya, certification in six sigma, participation in the Forward Program, and YLP coaching by McKinsey & Company. She’s also championed several improvement projects in the pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors. In paying it forward, Ann joined Girls First Finance to mentor young girls. In the future, she hopes to take part in building sustainable solutions in engineering and beyond.

Elias Munezero is a social entrepreneur passionate about animal feeds production. He is a leader, an innovator, and a project manager. He is the founder of Anim-health Boost, an enterprise operating in the slums of Bujumbura, Burundi, and co-founder of Goshen Maggot farm which aims at producing larvae from black soldier flies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Crop Production from the University of Burundi in 2016 where he was the best graduating student in his department with a First-Class Honors degree. Elias has worked as a customer care advisor in telecommunication companies and as a coffee washing station manager. He is currently a final year student pursuing MSc. in Agri-enterprises development at Gulu University in Uganda under MasterCard Foundation (TAGDev Project) through RUFORUM, since March 2021. He is a fellow in the MFAI  cohort 2, 2022 funded by the US embassy in Kampala, and as well a fellow of the YIL fellowship 2022. He would like to lead the conduction of research in waste management and establish partnerships with other players in Burundi to push the formulation of practical policies on environment conservation through animal feed production.

Asnake Amelo is a 2021 medical school graduate from Hawassa University. He received a full scholarship from the UN summer academy. He is a semifinalist fellow of the Aspire Young Leaders Program from Harvard University. He has won a full scholarship to attend the World Youth Forum 2021 in Egypt. He’s focused on the emerging fields of medicine such as molecular medicine, genomic medicine, robotic medicine, and cancer research, and believes to play a pivotal role in the transformation of medicine. He is highly passionate about health equity and justice. He aspires to be a Research/innovator/physician with lustrous accomplishments that would tackle the major challenges of health and medicine

Lois Jagero is a second-year student at Tangaza University College pursuing a degree in Social Communication. She recently completed a diploma in the same institution. Currently, she is the institute leader of her faculty, officiating roles in planning events, chairing meetings, and resolutions to help grow the institute’s collective participants. In (2019), She wrote various articles which resulted in her making headway in a foremost magazine firm. Lois is passionate about becoming a great leader that inspires many through her various skills, abilities, gifts, and godly principles and also solves many problems affecting people. In the long run, She aspires to become a seasoned entrepreneur, author, and mentor to her nation’s emerging leaders

Motanya Charity Kwamboka is a Pro-bono Advocate at HOPE Worldwide Kenya and the National Empowerment Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya(NEPHAK), non-governmental organizations that advocate for the welfare of the key populations and other vulnerable populations to ensure the promotion and protection of their rights. She participates in legal aid clinics with the view of supporting the key populations with legal advice on HIV and TB-related human rights issues, and also undertakes litigation for cases of violation to ensure the promotion and protection of the rights of key populations. Charity is a human rights enthusiast, and policy analyst and has a strong interest in issues around good governance where she endeavors to promote and ensure democratic governance and social empowerment in the governance institutions of developing countries using cutting-edge tools, skills, and technologies. In 2016, she championed for and pushed the government of Kenya to formally recognize and document the undocumented, stateless people of the Makonde ethnicity. Through participating in peaceful demonstrations with organizations such as Amnesty International in Kenya, this was realized. She has also been recognized as a United People Global (UPG) Sustainability Leader 2022, a champion for positive citizen leadership on sustainability. Charity earned her Law Degree in 2018 from the University of Nairobi and a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law in 2021. She loves to travel and enjoys running.

Robin Kinuthia Kariuki‘s professional experience is drawn largely from being the Founder and Chairman of the Mombasa Environmentally Conscience Organization (MECO) which is a youth group aimed at the creation of a platform for youth with innovations in the environmental space to build on their ideas and translate them to real-world solutions that can be used to serve the local community. As Chairman, I have been privileged to lead a team of very innovative youth to win the first-ever Mombasa Circular Economy Hackathon where we presented one of our flagship innovations, we participated in the Mombasa Solid Waste Hackathon co-hosted by the county government as well as numerous private sector stakeholders where our presentation as MECO gained high praise and pledges for support. In addition to innovations in plastic waste recycling, I have led community development forums where we had a mutual understanding with the community members to develop a mangrove ecosystem restoration project owing to the increasing degradation of these natural resources. I was invited to attend a public participation meeting to review a SESA report prepared by the Nuclear Power and Energy Agency as a youth representative and leader. Recently I participated in the On The Road to Stockholm +50 Hackathon where my team and I presented the winning policy brief.

Brayan Ngacha’s heart feels at home when it comes to the sector’s environment and Internet Technology. His determination is driven by the desire to create, design, and uniquely solve things. Luckily He is obsessed with staying organized and making people’s life easier. It brings such a genuine joy to his heart to take up challenges of others and I always up my game to do nothing but the best. That’s why he says “Do the work others aren’t willing to do and you’ll get the things others will never have.

Anceita Jepleting is a chemical and process engineering graduate of Moi University where she finished in the year 2021 with First Class Honours. She is a co-author of a research review paper ‘check out for REN-005-20 in the book of abstracts at excellencecenter.mu.ac.ke‘. She was also awarded for presenting the second best project during the Technology Students Association contest. Beyond her keen interests in renewable energy and research, Anceita is passionate about environmental protection in this era of rapid industrialization. She wants to be an engineer-Scientist-Innovator using cutting-edge tools, skills, and technologies to solve societal most pressing challenges, particularly those relating to engineering and the environment. She enjoys traveling, browsing, loves to socialize, and making new friends.

Uwizerwa Rachel is a young social innovator, holding a bachelor’s degree in development studies with honors in peacebuilding and conflict studies with more than 5years in projects of peacebuilding and social-development programs working as an employee, and internet, and volunteer, worked with both national and international organization. She is a PBI, DOT youth street team, YCTP alumni, Co-founder, and managing director of Hope for the future; She was recently working in the search for common ground as a community outreach assistant, and she worked as the founder of Ngoboka project. In addition, she worked with Humanitarian and Development Capacity building organizations like CARSA and Never Again Rwanda and through these experiences, she developed strong project coordination and implementation skills. She enjoys focusing on the topics of peacebuilding and development and has a strong passion for women empowerment and community positive change.

Abdulkarim Hadija Rehema is a field personnel with an interest in Non-profit organizations and a passion for community development and with a strong ability to work and achieve targets even through difficult situations. She participated in the Transformative Leadership And Effective Communication by YALI Kenya, Robotics and 3D printing by S.T.E.M Kenya, Mentorship by KONRAD ADENAUER STIFTUNG from Germany and was awarded the 2022 YIL scholarship award. Beyond her interests in community development,  she is a young skillful, and self-driven person with a zeal to learn new methodologies and takes on challenges outside of her comfort zone. She aspires to be in a top leadership position in a reputed institution where she could expound her knowledge and experience. Rehema is an active member of youth initiatives in Kenya and loves transparency in everything she does.

Brian Otieno Tabu is a young diplomat, the best graduate in 2020 with First class honors in International Relations and Diplomacy with French from Rongo University. He has verse experience working as an active intern in Kisii county government as a protocol officer where he successfully managed to accomplish his role in coordination and organization of Governor’s county visits, official visits, and invites. Brian also successfully managed to be the custodian of instruments of power till transition, a position that required the uttermost trust and commitment. Moreover, he had engaged with METI -Japan government as an active intern in the Department of Cooperation and Trade where he was a Research Assistant and he has wide research skills, in collection and presentation, and analysis. Brian volunteered with the Kenya Red Cross as an assistant Tracing officer, where he was mandated in all humanitarian processes and uniting of the separated families, a function he performed with uttermost integrity and commitment. He also worked with Rapido CBO as a data enumerator where he was mandated in data collection for the community health workers and plotting the best ways to recruit more in our community. Brian has been awarded a Humanitarian award due to the excellent job done in Kenya Red Cross, Swahili facilitations awards, and Basic First Aid award having participated and trained in basic First Aid. Moreover, he is endowed with Research skills, entrepreneurship skills, Diplomacy skills, computer skills, and Facilitation Skills. His hobby is reading philosophical and innovative books, volunteering, and playing volleyball.

Cheryl Anyango Ouma participated in the RedBull basement innovation challenge 2021 in Kenya, in which her team of (2) emerged 4th place in the finals of the competition. She is the founder of an upcoming mental health club called Students Connect. She graduated from KamiLimu on May 28th, 2022 as the mentee with the most outstanding performance, and most community engagement. She is currently the 2022 KamiLimu Valedictorian. After realizing her passion, a year ago, Cheryl decided to focus on innovation, writing, and public speaking. She is a technical writing intern at Podii Consultants Ltd. Her ultimate goal is to innovate, inspire, travel the world, and speak to millions of people.

Ruth Kimani is a multi-passionate student of life. She chooses a life of service and aligns her purpose to elevate humanity. She is a passionate speaker on purpose and thought leadership with an aim to challenge and disrupt the status quo. She believes that in every individual lies greatness and speaks to transform and awaken the greatness within. She is a People Strategy consultant at Rensyl Integral where she works with individuals and organizations to foster trusting teams and good work environments enabling growth. She is also the Founder and Creative Director at Rumann Craft where she uses design to express and inspire boldness through fashion. She is an Event host/Moderator who envisions conversations as the spark to drive change and rethink paradigms. In her spare time, she is a poet, science communicator, and environmental conservationist.

Abdullahi Liban Mahad is a passionate social entrepreneur and freelance digital creator with over 6 years of experience working in Corporate and nonprofit sectors and whose aim is to empower and inspire young people in East Africa to take modest steps toward making big strides. He graduated with a BA in international relations and diplomacy from the University of Somalia, and he is currently the general manager of Cadaani Ltd. where he is responsible for the company’s management, including its operations, administration, and human resources. In addition to his work at Cadaani, Mr. Liban is a co-founder of Tayo Training and Recruitment Agency, a company that offers vocational training while also connecting talented young people to employers. In 2020, Liban won the SYTF award for Somalia’s best youth entrepreneur. He has dedicated his life to inspiring and assisting young people in Africa to start small and become big through social enterprises that focus on solving social problems.

Daniel Mogere is passionate about creating simple, ingenious, elegant solutions to business and socio-economic problems. He is highly adaptive and multifaceted; you’d count on him to talk to people (convincingly) and still will be at home working with numbers behind a computer screen. Daniel has a degree in Actuarial Science from Egerton University, Kenya. He has worked before with Pula Advisors, an Agri-Insurtech startup in Kenya, and now has a presence in over 13 countries spread out across Africa, S.E Asia, Brazil, and Nepal. At Pula, he helped the innovation team to build digital products for smallholder farmers to improve their access to financing by providing microinsurance and also provide agronomic tips via mobile phone, Whatsapp, and field training. Daniel is passionate about solving problems using data and hence is highly skilled in working with big data sets to derive insights, analyze data, and build models guided by data science techniques. When he is not behind a computer screen, you’d be sure to have him join you for a hike, playing or watching soccer, or a book date.

Seblewongel Girma Bayu is a passionate, hardworking mentor and coordinator of “Make a Mark Africa youth development program” in South Africa. She is also an ambassador to the best diplomats united nations simulation conference and the best delegation winner in 2022 as a country in Istanbul, Turkey. She was a delegate to Botswana on 4th March 2022. Seblewongel is an honorable delegate award winner to the Model African Union Ethiopia simulation conference in 2022. She was also a delegate to Uganda on 21 May 2022. Seblewongel is a networker in digital marketing and very passionate about mutual benefits in business. She gives volunteering services to NGOs and institutions working with children and is very passionate about bringing the Africa we all want by working on the youth as a vehicle for the social, economic, and political development of Africa.

Wembi Denis is a passionate, agile, self-motivated, and results-oriented leader with experience in community and youth engagement aiming at becoming a community development specialist and lobbyist so that he can effectively promote ideas and issues that matter to young people- creating a safe world, free of discrimination, that enables young people to learn, earn and thrive in the diversely changing world. He has published over 45 articles on travel and social issues: governance, education, and giving youth and people with disabilities a voice—attracting 20,000+engagements. He also participated in the Goi Peace Foundation Essay Competition, and his essay made it to the best 50 articles and was honored with a certificate. Currently, Wembi facilitates and instigates direct communication online between customers and different brands in Uganda. He is aiming at building a strong community of leaders in Africa.

Kevin Ouma is a  Master’s in Film Studies student and part-time lecturer at Kenyatta University, having completed his undergraduate studies in 2019 at the same university. He is an award-winning filmmaker, for the Best Student Film ‘JIJI’ in the Kalasha 2019 awards. He is passionate about digital marketing and creating opportunities for young people. He looks forward to impacting more lives, especially students interested in filmmaking. Kevin is a lover of soccer and films.

Elam Igirubuntu is a young Burundian passionate about bringing innovative solutions to the technology sector in order to help the community. He’s the vice president of IRIHO ARTS, a platform that gathers young talented people from all over the country, with different backgrounds, but who have a single vision of putting their voices together to create a better Burundi through art. He’s also a member of WIKIMEDIA USER GROUP BURUNDI. He participates in different clubs where he trains younger generations in music and takes the opportunity to create safe fun spaces where everyone can feel loved and welcomed as they are. Elam’s biggest dream is to inspire his peers and younger generations to love their country and to innovate in order to bring solutions that push their country and Africa to get long-lasting change.

Meckawy Rehab is a Public Health and Community Medicine demonstrator at Alexandria Faculty of Medicine. Rehab is a Scholar Alumna of Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE) and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University (ASU) with a Master’s degree in International Health Management (MIHM) in partnership with the School of Population Health, University of New South Wales (UNSW). As a public health demonstrator, Rehab is passionate about leveraging my leadership, organizational, and teamwork skills to help boost preventive medicine in both developed and underprivileged communities, advocating for competent healthcare systems that offer high-quality efficient services. Rehab is the Outstanding Graduate Student Leader winner at ASU’s tenth annual Pitchfork Award. Also, she is a co-founder of an Egyptian educational student organization and winner of the Change Maker Award for Group Service. Eventually, her health-related Prototype #SavvyCare is a finalist at the Universitas 21 RISE Awards 2022, upon UNSW nomination. “RISE (Real Impact on Society and Environment) is an international showcase of student achievement in sustainability and social innovation”

Ayoub Chqoubi is an ambitious and driven MSc graduate from Mohammed V University (Rabat, Morocco), where he finished as the 2021 class valedictorian with many distinctions and awards. He’s the 2020 runner-up winner of the Africa Leadership Program (organized by ShARE in association with EDF and BNP-PARIBAS) and a 2021 ClimateLaunchpad national finalist. Ayoub has a deep interest in environmental sustainability, circular economy, and innovative R&D. During his internship at MAScIR (Moroccan Foundation for Advanced Science Innovation and Research) he worked on several R&D projects addressing the valorization and recycling of waste. Beyond his keen interests in sustainability and research, Ayoub Chqoubi is passionate about volunteering work, he’s a member of Lions Club International and the club treasurer, where he worked on many projects tackling social and environmental issues. He believes that change begins with him & he aspires to be the change he wants to see in the world. His hobbies include reading, coding, discovering new cultures, and enjoying the beauty of nature.”

Kamtambe Zione Esther is a young Malawian innovative project manager with broad experience managing projects in the public and private sectors. Her expertise extends to data management, monitoring and evaluation, and grant writing. She also possesses a proven track record of leading teams and communicating project expectations to team members and translating project vision to reality. She is also an entrepreneur who founded 21st-century business solutions, a WASH (water supply, sanitation, and hygiene) specialist, a content creator, and an author of the book “The heroic Journey of Shiloh which is also available on Amazon Kindle.” In addition, she is an International writers council fellow, menstrual hygiene management champion trained by WSSCC, and a participatory safe water management specialist in African countries trained by JICA. She graduated from the University of Malawi, the Polytechnic with a BSc in Environmental Health, and she received DR David Livingstone’s merit-based award before graduating.

Pedro Kulevala  Chande is a young lawyer, who graduated with distinction in Law from Instituto Maravilha and supervised the chair of Public International Law. He’s also a scout, founder-member, and general secretary of the NGO called Law Student Organization for Citizenship. In 2015, aided by his university colleagues, he realizes a deficit of legal culture that exists in his community and because of that, co-founded the Law Student Organization, so that all levels can provide free legal support. His achievements landed him opportunities for training and events such as the Italian school–COSPE, and YALI/ARASA, both in South Africa. Pedro Chande wants to continue in this dynamic, hoping to leave the world a  better place he dreams of belonging to the legal or human-rights commission of the AU/UN. Pedro’s a great lover of football, nature, and human rights.

Susan Mwandila is an emerging entrepreneur passionate about education and Youth Empowerment. Equipping them with the necessary skill and knowledge to enable them to contribute to the economic development of the Country,  she is doing this through her start Larn Innovation HUB, which is an edtech startup teaching children in primary school STEM lessons and equips them with character competencies such as collaboration, problem-solving and critical thinking. She is a beneficiary of various incubation programs among them the Tony Elumelu Foundation Programme, African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperation (AWEC), and Standard Chartered Women in the Technology incubation program, and is a graduate of the DLN entrepreneurship institute.

Lebogang Priscar Metsileng is is “A Tswana queen in her own revolution”. She holds a BCOM Honors in Industrial Psychology, from the University of Johannesburg (UJ). She is a certified people’s operation specialist. She had the opportunity to lead a student representative Council in UJ and has actively participated in the community of Alexandra as a community lead for ‘The community organizing working group-COWG’ during the COVID-19 pandemic, she had the honor of being part of the ‘ASRI-Future Leaders Program’ a program that challenged her perception of leadership. She founded the ’22 and Touching 22 Lives’ initiative which was a sanitary towel drive for young people from her alma mater primary school. She is a young woman with many hats but would love to be seen as an entrepreneur. She is a ‘Junior Achievement South Africa alumni for an Accelerated Entrepreneurship program.  She is also the founder of ‘Tutored by Gomora’ which focuses on academic mentorship for learners of all kinds. She seeks to make an impact in her community by empowering others and helping them see the greatness that lies in them. She is a firm believer in entrepreneurship and Its capacity for economic stability.

Tinokunda Natalia Chimhowa meaning ‘we conquer ‘  in the native Zimbabwean language is a forth year Regional and Urban planning student. She has a Drone and Data Technology certification from the African Drone and Academy, which she got from a scholarship from  Unicef Malawi. A drone specialist who is enthusiastic about drone technology and its implementation in the African community. She has a drone pilot license from the Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International from the USA and another remote license from the Department of Civil Aviation, Malawi. Tinokunda has participated in the World Bank Youth Summit 2022 as a delegate working on solutions to inclusion in growth using technology. As a child growing up she’s always had the heart to enhance growth and technology, this opportunity to grow and to be mentored by experts will help her enhance her skills and knowledge. She’s currently exploring Machine Learning and OpenStreetMap data-related technologies which will enhance her cartography skills and artificial intelligence knowledge.

Takudzwa Maweto is a young Boilermaker and a new entrant in the mechanical Industry. He is a trained apprentice at the National Railways of Zimbabwe. He is also the co-founder of Destiny Child Foundation which is an organization that focuses on building capacity in young Entrepreneurs through quality mentorship programs. His ultimate goal for his home country is to be able to create a self-sustaining society that will make his people thrive.

Runyararo Tembani is a master’s degree holder in Child Sensitive Social Policies and a BSC Degree holder in Psychology. She also has a Certificate in Project Management, Monitoring, and Evaluation. She is a 2021 cohort member of the World Young Women Christian Association (WYWCA), 2019 Young Women Christian Association of Zimbabwe (YWCAZim) Champion under the State of the African Women Campaign, 2017 South African Institution of International Affairs (SAIIA) Young Leaders Conference (YLC) Delegate. She has three years of professional experience in HIV/AIDS programming and sexual reproductive health and rights education for young people. Runyararo is proficient in psychosocial support and diversified skill sets including project management, leadership, social media, interpersonal, writing, and communication abilities. She is passionate about social change, volunteering, leadership, human rights, and advocacy. She is on a mission to be a menstrual health innovator, solving issues around menstrual health and reducing period poverty.

Jessica Chonzi is a Human Resources Practitioner by profession. She holds a BSc Honors in Psychology, Masters in Business Administration. She has 7 years of experience in Human Resources in the Mining industry. Currently, she is working at Mimosa Mining Company, one of the largest platinum producers in Zimbabwe. As an aspiring Human Resources Business Partner, she is skilled at driving the company strategy through HR systems, fostering and reinforcing culture change, building a high-performance culture, talent management, and change management. She is an advocate for Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace, especially in male-dominated industries. As an advocate for Diversity and Inclusion, she spearheaded the Women in Mining Forum which supports women in Mining in their careers and advocates for the attraction, recruitment, and retention of women in the Mining industry.


As a YIL fellow she aims to come up with innovative systems and initiatives for Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace across Africa.

Naldo Arnaldo Baptista is a Philosophy graduate, Young Human Rights Defender, Youth Engagement, Communicologist, Speaker, and Social and Environmental Activist. She has strong communication skills, project management, facilitating training and adaptation to more than 5 international programs in the areas of governance and leadership, education and its challenges, communication, international relations, human rights, the environment, and technologies.

Chirindja Emerson Luis has a degree in chemical engineering from Eduardo Mondlane University, he currently works as a process operator in a Mozambique brewery and he is a volunteer coordinator at the association of widows and single mothers, He organizes all events and reports. He participated in programs offered by the Petroleum Engineers Association on workshops and drilling problems and their remedies and Chemical treatment of oil, gas, and water. He also participated in Total’s MOOCMOZAIC, the path of digital training in math, science, and the LNG industry. Last year, he participated in the Africa Young Leaders Program (Africa Scholarship Program for Young Energy Leaders) where he had the opportunity to develop his knowledge of renewable energy and his skills as a leader. As John F. Kennedy says, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”, He also had the opportunity to develop business skills, and today, he has robust knowledge in the area of business and business management.

Palesa Mlangeni is a visionary that hails from Emalahleni, South Africa, she is an active force in the youth development space. At the tender age of 19, she co-founded a youth development center called Kuyenzeka Youth Center which gave birth to her other endeavors. She has been the provincial chief mentor for the Department of Social Development in 2019 and became a youth delegate for Unite 2030. Through that global opportunity, she has been part of Ubuntu Leaders Academy, she is a member of the SDG 4 UNESCO network, and she attends various ECOSOC conferences. She is an avid advocate for SDG 4 in the global context and applies that as a leader who implements that by initiating, developing, and executing programs for her center and the teams she leads in accordance with the relevance in her community. These are some of the global opportunities that have shaped her mind that is rooted in the belief in collaboration for the greater good, servant leadership, and lifting others as you rise yourself.

Rebaone Marcia Swartland has A Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Sociology, and Heritage Studies from Sol Plaatje University and it was conferred to me in 2021. She had the honor of being part of the participants of the Enke 2015 Trailblazer program that was hosted by the Department of arts and culture and Love Life. Also, was awarded a Peer Educator by Sol Plaatje University in 2020, where she worked closely with the campus clinic and was responsible for facilitating health sessions. Moreover, she prides herself on civic leadership and community development, so she is part of this amazing youth forum in her community, where they encourage and support youth through sports and arts. Further, in 2019, she was the Facilitator of Sol Plaatje University’s Nokuthula Simelane and Sarah Baartman exhibition and the Gender-Based Violence exhibitions and campaign. She is passionate about helping other people realize their potential and discover themselves and she enjoys watching movies with family and dates with friends.

Malama Lovemore is a Medical Doctor, entrepreneur, and innovator with a passion for problem-solving for the benefit of humanity. He is a 2022 young graduate from the University of Zambia where he bagged two bachelor’s degrees; BSc in Human Biology and a BSc in Medicine/Surgery. As a 2020/21 Global Changemakers grant winner, he ran a project ‘Zero NCDs’ that aimed to address Non-communicable diseases using an integrated method of mobile health outreach programs and Telehealth. With a zeal for knowledge acquisition, he possesses certificates in project management, digital marketing, NIDA best clinical practice, and data science( python programming) among many other academic accolades. Currently, he is participating in the ALX software engineering as a means of acquiring further digital skills necessary for innovation in global public health and medicine. Due to his passion for problem-solving, he founded Elmore Evenly Care, a non-profit organization that seeks and utilizes innovative means in solving community problems in health and education. He has experience volunteering in international and local NGOs with exposure to profit-making industries. As a diligent and hardworking young man, he has a keen interest in technologies and innovations leading to excellence and success. He aims to contribute to building and offering scalable innovations that propel the facilitation of development in health, medicine, and education.

Sanelisiwe Mabaso is a freelance journalist with experience working with radio, print, and online publications. She is passionate about advocating for human rights and environmental rights. Currently, she is a member of the United Nations Population Fund South Africa Youth Advisory Panel, a Global Youth Ambassador for the world, the African youth ambassador for the World Youth Alliance and serves as a volunteer on the communication caucus of the African Women Leadership Network. She has a degree in journalism which she obtained with honors and a full-ride scholarship from the National Research Fund. As a student, she received awards for academic excellence and served as the chief editor of the university’s online publication. She believes that the media is a powerful tool, and it is important to utilize its power to advocate for human rights and promote social cohesion. If she isn’t spending her time outdoors, she enjoys reading and watching movies.

Jack, Nonyameko Dimpho is an aspiring Psychologist. She is honest, hardworking, and always thrives to excel in anything that she does. Her focus is on mental health accessibility and affordability for young professionals and people at large, both of which she believes are crucial for Africa’s transformation. Realizing the struggles, she has faced, especially as a student and not having the right information and facing challenges with affording therapy sessions, she wants to create an affordable and easy-to-access space for learners and university students. She is a Digital Customer care Consultant by profession at Multichoice South Africa. Miss Jack has worked with Telesure Investment Holdings and is currently working with Multichoice as a consultant. In 2019, she enrolled at the University of South Africa to further her studies as her passion to help was always at the forefront of everything she did. In May 2022, she took part in the Great Kei Unemployment Hackathon with The Empire Partner Foundation where she was awarded the Nyara Youth Development award for her work and participation in the hackathon. In her free time, she loves to read, write, think, and listen to good music.

David Alinaswe Sensenta is a goal-driven, Biochemist, that sees a future in which scientific contribution from Africa is well recognized and respected. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry, he is an aspiring candidate for a master’s and Ph.D. in the same field of study.  A successful participant in the 2019 Next Einstein Forum, a subsidiary member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, passionately motivated entrepreneurial scientist, who believes  “the only change that one wishes to see, is that which he makes”. This statement drove him to launch SciRech-solutions, a research organization that helps STEM university students in their research. He aims to one day use this platform to change and shape the face of Africa. Currently working at one of the leading tertiary education institutes in the country, he is gaining skills in knowledge delivery and interpersonal relations, shaping the next group of scientists at every opportunity he has.

Chanda Steven holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Certificates in Psychosocial Counseling and Therapeutic Arts, Project Management, and Entrepreneur Mentorship and will be completing his Medical Degree next year. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Empowerment for Sustainable Change, a non-profit organization that empowers communities through academic sponsorships, vocational skills training, financial empowerment, mentorship, and mental health services provision. In volunteering, Steven is the Head of the Medical and Counseling Team at Mother of Millions Foundation, a Project Manager at Lushomo Initiative, a Global Youth Ambassador at Theirworld, an Entrepreneur Mentor at German Sparkassenstifung for International Kooperation (DSIK) Southern Africa, and a Counselor at Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Zambia. He is passionate about empowering communities and thus continues to think about innovative ways of scaling up the projects currently being done as well as the implementation of new ones.