Tolu Oni, Adebola Williams named Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum

Young Global Leaders, the World Economic Forum’s foundation for remarkable leaders under 40 has announced its class of 2019.

The 127-member class includes the founder of the first app providing advice on contraception in Bangladesh, the managing director of a leading supermarket chain looking to ban plastic packaging, and a female scientist whose work is revolutionising batteries.

In the class are 10 leaders from Africa, including Red Media Africa‘s CEO Adebola Williams and Tolu Oni, an Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

“Every year, the Forum of Young Global Leaders recognizes the world’s leading change-makers under 40. Our role is to further cultivate their ability and influence to improve the state of the world,”

said Mariah Levin, Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum.

Created in 2004 by Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum as a way to help the world meet increasingly complex and interdependent challenges, Adebola Williams and Tolu Oni will join a multi-stakeholder community of the world’s next-generation leaders in influencing decision-making through the contribution of new ideas, perspectives and energy.

Other Africans on the list include: Wanuri Kahiu, Film Director, AFROBUBBLEGUM, Kenya; Aminata Kane Ndiaye, Chief Executive Officer, Orange Sierra Leone., Sierra Leone; Anta Ngom Bathily, Managing Director, Groupe SEDIMA, Senegal; and Umra Omar, Founder, Safari Doctors, Kenya.

The list also includes Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia; Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica; Juan Guaidó, President of the National Assembly of Venezuela; Anton Alikhanov, Governor of Kaliningrad, Russian Federation and Sarah bint Yousif Al-Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, UAE and the Chairperson of UAE’s Council of Scientists.

See the full list and profiles HERE.