Once again the World Economic Forum is hosting its Annual Curators Meeting for its Global Shapers Community in Geneva, Switzerland from 19th to 22nd October, 2016 and Ghana is ably represented by six young Global Shapers who are doing exceptionally well in their various community to shape Ghana.
The Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, is a global network of local communities (hubs) developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, achievements and drive to make a contribution to their communities.
The Global Shapers Community is unique in its reliance on empowered young people to shape and lead their Hubs under the guidance of a community charter. Each Hub is organised in an autonomous way under a curatorship. The Curator is the functional lead of the Hub for one year.
The Annual Curators Meeting (ACM), brings the current curators together to energise and strengthen the Global Shapers Community. The values, vision and culture of the community is the main focus of the Annual Curators Meeting and it aims to ensure the success and sustainability of each Hub and the greater network. Curators exchange their perspectives on global issues in sessions designed to generate insight. Curators are brought together from over 150 countries also for the purpose of granting the curators an opportunity to exchange best practices on relevant issues and insights with the World Economic Forum colleagues on varied regional issues and pressing world challenges.
MEET THE GLOBAL SHAPER FROM GHANA
These six Global Shapers are young people with diverse backgrounds, driven by the passion to make change and are exceptional in their potential, achievements and drive to make a contribution to their communities.
D,K Anguah Jr (Cape Coast Hub), Emmanuel Marfo, (Sunyani Hub), Jorge Appiah (Kumasi Hub), Emmanuel Gamor (Accra Hub), Yussif Abdul-Mumin (Tamale Hub) and Alan Akakpo (Ho Hub), are the shapers heading to the Annual Curators Meeting in Geneva on 19 – 22 October, 2016.
DK ANGUAH JR.
DK Anguah Jr, Curator for the Cape Coast Hub of the Global Shapers Community, is a Social Change Advocate and a social entrepreneur and a child rights activist. As part of his social change advocacy, he founded Children Are Reason Enough, an organization based on the United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child, to advocate for and protect the rights of children with the help of his legal background.
Anguah Jr is also a co-founder of MUJI BEH (Ga phrase for “no dirt”), a social enterprise to advocate for climate and environmental empowerment and also to provide jobs for former street children. Anguah Jr has been on forums including the World Bank Youth Forum and the Young CEOs Summit, and is the Vice Curator a TEDxWomen event ; TEDxSpintexWomen. Anguah Jr lives in Ghana and envisions a world where all children regardless their backgrounds, including full opportunities for personal development, enabling them to take charge of their own future and believes in a new “Afrikan” story to be written and that he is on the path of writing his chapter to the making of the “new Afrika”.
Emmanuel Marfo is the Founding Curator for the Sunyani Hub. He is a Nexus Ghana Outreach Ambassador, a social entrepreneur and a philanthropist with a passionate commitment to helping empower youth and young innovators through education, leadership, social entrepreneurship and sustainable project development. He is a youth mentor and coach. He is the Founder of the Global Alliance for Development Foundation (GADeF), a youth philanthropy and social entrepreneurship network that supports innovative young people and community-driven development efforts and promotes sustainable community development through capacity building, network building, social investment and grant-making. He has been a workshop leader and mentor for UNEP’s TUNZA Children and Youth Conference and the coordinator at the 4th African Youth and Governance Conference.
He was a representative at the 4th World Summit of Mayors and Leaders from Africa and of African Descent and joined the 2nd, 3rd and 5th African Youth and Governance Conference. He is also a co-founder of Phinklife Institute, a social enterprise that focuses on next generation of social entrepreneurs in Africa and diaspora. The Institute works to create sustainable economic and social entrepreneurship and personal development opportunities for young social entrepreneurs through innovations, start-up supports and incubation.
Emmanuel has a BA in Publishing Studies from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. He holds diplomas in Public Relations and Business Management and Administration from the Institute of Commercial Management (UK). He holds a certificate as a Project Management Professional. He is pursuing his Master’s degree programme in Development Management. He is the co-chair and convener of the African Youth in Philanthropy Conference and sits on the IDEAS for Us board, serving as African Regional Director.
Emmanuel is currently a secretary of the Rural and Urban Development Committee of the Millennium Excellence Awards which honours Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize (LAAP) Laureates. The accolade celebrates the outstanding achievement and excellence of Ghanaians, Africans and citizens of the world who have sacrificed, toiled tirelessly and served the continent relentlessly to advance its socio-economic development.
Jorge Appiah is the current curator of the Global Shapers Community – Kumasi Hub. He is driven by passion for development and empowerment of youth as a techpreneur and innovator, Jorge is creating platforms to help promote local innovations tackling critical challenges in our communities and also to promote youth entrepreneurship. Jorge believes in local innovations and manufacturing as a way forward for developing Africa. He is the Co-founder/CEO of Kumasi Hive; is a multi-space innovation place for rapid prototyping of ideas, budding local innovations, impact start-up support and promoting youth entrepreneurship as a way of addressing critical social economic and developmental challenges.
It provides affordable spaces including co-working spaces, Makerspace, Training space and event space to support start-ups and the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Kumasi.Kumasi Hive also happens to be the only tech hub in the country that provide technical, business and financial support to hardware innovations and start-ups in addition to the mainstream software and social start-ups.
Jorge is also the founder/Executive director of Creativity Group (Cg), an interdisciplinary community of student innovators, makers, entrepreneurs and change makers who are using innovation and technology as a tool, to solve problems in our communities and in Ghana for social interventions and sustainable development. Creativity Group currently have 5 chapters across the major universities in Ghana with over 600 memberships. Cg provide supporting platforms for students who seeks to turn their ideas into prototypes, then assist them further with business development and financial literacy training to help them create business around their skills and innovation.
Emmanuel Agbeko Gamor | Founding Executive Director, Urithi Labs
He holds a B.A. Political Science, Leadership & Photojournalism from the University of Florida and a Harvard Business School Executive Education candidate. Emmanuel Agbeko Gamor is the director for Digital and Design Innovation at the BBG Innovation Lab at Impact Hub Accra. He has worked with Google, YouTube, Now Available Africa, Global Media Alliance; and executed on projects for Nestle, Millicom and Samsung. He was invited as a “Digital Revolution” panelist at the 2015 World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town South Africa and was a moderator for the West Africa Delegation at the 2016 Sankalp Conference on Social Enterprise in Nairobi, Kenya.
Emmanuel Gamor is the curator of the Accra Hub of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers community and volunteers as an active Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Accra Ring-Road Central.
Abdul-Mumin Yussif, Curator Global Shapers Tamale Hub, is a Development Consultant, Researcher & Leaner, Speaker and Agripreneur who never doubts the power young people to change the world. He enjoys nature, outdoor activities and interested in the inter-linkages between climate change, agribusiness and food nutrition security.
He founded United Force for Development (UFFD) in 2006, with its focus on youth & women empowerment on climate smart agriculture techniques, agribusiness and food nutrition security in Northern Ghana, member of the Advisory Board of African Youth Initiative on Climate Change.
He holds Commonwealth Diploma in ‘Youth in Development Work’ and Bachelors of Arts (Psychology and Adult Education) from the University of Ghana.
Alan Akakpo is the Ho Hub Curator. Alan is a development activist with a nascent career in research and advocacy to promote public sector reforms for the betterment of economic governance and regional trade.
He is passionate about SMEs development and serves as projects development consultant at Africa Web Consult.
He serves as General Legal Counsel on the National board of Junior Chamber International Ghana where he chairs the 2016 constitutional review committee of the organisation.
He is an effective, result-oriented young leader. Under his leadership as Local President of JCI Accra Royale, his organisation conducted sustainable social impact projects and received several awards including the JCI best United Nation Millenium Development Goals project for JCI Ghana and the Jci best local empowerment project for Africa and Middle East.
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