The Dangote Fellowship, instituted by the Dangote Foundation, has revealed that 13 out of 17 Africans recognised as Young Global Leaders (YGLs) in 2015 by the World Economic Forum (WEF) will benefit from its fellowship programme.
The African youngsters were part of the 187 young leaders from 66 countries honoured for leadership and service to society by the WEF.
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.
Dangote said the fellowship award was meant to contribute to the intellectual development of exceptional young people of African descent.
Director and Head of the Young Global Leaders community at the WEF, Mr. John Dutton, revealed: “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 YGLs come from emerging economies with 17 from sub-Saharan Africa.
“The list of the YGLs has a strong representation from women leaders and is split 50-50 between business and non-profit sectors.”
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 United Nations goodwill ambassadors, six Guinness world record holders, four Oscar winners, three Olympic gold medalists, two Nobel Prize winners and an astronaut.
“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,” Dutton added.
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.
The Candidates were evaluated according to specific criteria including their proven track record and commitment to society. The YGL Community has more than 900 active members, representing every region of the world.