African young leaders to bag Dangote fellowship at WEF
Thirteen from among the Nineteen Africans recognised as Young Global Leaders (YGL) by the World Economic Forum (WEF) may benefit from the Dangote Fellowship instituted by the Dangote Foundation.
The African youngsters were part of the 214 young leaders from 66 countries honored for leadership and service to society by the WEF; 109 are women; 19 are from subSaharan Africa.
The Dangote Fellowship, created by the WEF and Aliko Dangote, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Group, was designed to increase the quality and quantity of young African leaders across the continent by supporting the engagement of African YGLs in the community, such as those from small enterprises or the non-business sector.
The Fellowship helps YGLs from Africa attend YGL and World Economic Forum events and funds the organisation of an YGL Africa Education Module.
Dangote said the institution of the fellowship award was his own way of contribution to the intellectual development of exceptional young people of African descent.
The YGLs come from diverse backgrounds and bring a range of expertise to the community from across the world. Over 50 per cent of the new intake are women, half come from the private sector and half from the public sector, including academia, arts and culture, civil society, government, media and not-for-profit organizations.
The YGL Class of 2014 included 49 individuals from East Asia, 46 from Europe, 16 from Latin America and the Carribean, 18 from the Middle East and North Africa, 49 from North America, 17 from South Asia and 19 from sub-Saharan Africa.
Meanwhile, the entrepreneur also announced the reconstitution of the Foundation’s board, naming members of the new board to include Sani Dangote, Halima Aliko Dangote, Olakunle Alake, A. B. Mahmoud, SAN, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Angela Adebayo, Hajara Adeola, Yvonne Ike and Adhiambo Odaga, Managing Director to grow the Foundation team.