Thirteen Africans recognised as Young Global Leaders (YGL) by the World Economic Forum (WEF) are to benefit from the Dangote Fellowship instituted by the Dangote Foundation.
The African youngsters were part of the 187 young leaders from 66 countries honored for leadership and service to society by the WEF.
The Dangote Fellowship, created by the WEF and Aliko Dangote, President/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 organissations.
According to John Dutton, Director and Head of the Young Global Leaders Community at the World Economic Forum, “The World Economic Forum has announced the leaders under 40 who are shaping the future of industry and society. About half of the new class of Young Global Leaders (YGLs) come from emerging economies with 17 from sub-Saharan Africa. The list of YGLs has a strong representation from women leaders and is split 50-50 between business and non-profit sectors (academia, arts and culture, civil society, policy and government, media and social entrepreneurs)”.
The class of 2015 joins a community which has been growing in significance since it began 10 years ago. Current and former YGLs include 11 heads of state and government, 10 heads of Fortune 500 companies, 15 UN Goodwill Ambassadors, six Guinness World Record holders, four Oscar winners, three Olympic gold medalists, two Nobel Prize winners and an astronaut.
He said: “The YGLs include the world’s most pioneering, next-generation leaders who have developed in their journey to produce positive, tangible impacts in their countries, industries and societies. The class of 2015, together with the community over the past 10 years, shows how the future of business and public leadership is becoming more geographically diverse, more varied in its expertise, more gender-equal, and is challenging established ways to get things done.”
The community provides its members with a peer network that challenges them to not only do more, but to be more. Being part of the YGL Community is a transformational experience, where leaders turn their personal success into global significance and positive impact in their countries, industries and areas of expertise
The class of 2015 includes 23 people from East Asia, 17 from Greater China, 39 from Europe, 13 from Latin America, 16 from the Middle East and North Africa, 44 from North America, 18 from South Asia and 17 from sub-Saharan Africa.