One of the founders of Andela – a company training African developers and hiring them out to global tech companies, Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, has been invited to join the World Economic Forum’s community of Young Global Leaders.
Aboyeji, who is the Chief Executive Officer at Flutterwave, a digital payments platform designed to make it easier to do business across the continent, which he co-founded, joins 99 other promising artists, business leaders, public servants, technologists and social entrepreneurs, who are under-40. The list includes Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, 39.
The 100 are joining a community and five-year programme that will challenge them to think beyond their scope of expertise and be more impactful leaders.
According to WEF, they were nominated because of their ground-breaking work, creative approaches to problems and ability to build bridges across cultures and between business, government and civil society.
The WEF established the Forum of Young Global Leaders to foster leaders in public-private cooperation and forge a new model of global governance for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Every year, the Forum honours 100 outstanding and uniquely accomplished individuals who are committed to building a peaceful and prosperous shared global future. In return for the honour, the Forum enlists these diverse technologists, teachers, entrepreneurs and innovators in a process of discovery, to achieve more collectively than they could on their own.
Through a five-year journey underpinned by principles of generosity, respect, authenticity and impact, this select group is exposed to opportunities that build their expertise and extend their influence. The journey focuses on cultivating public leadership skills and scaling impact. In fact, more than 80% of Young Global Leaders say that their interest in public service stems from a desire to improve or transform society, according to a recent survey. More than half cited the opportunity to serve as a driving force.
This year’s cohort of 100 comprises an equal number of business and not-for-profit leaders, more than half of whom are from emerging economies. Not for the first time, the majority are women.
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