Kofi Annan Changemakers 2021
The first-ever cohort of Kofi Annan Changemakers was chosen in 2021, representing a diverse set of talented, passionate young leaders from 11 countries around the world. Learn more about them!
Abdul empowers women in rural areas of Ghana who work in the production of Shea and its processing. He aims to raise women above the poverty line and to make the production of Shea more sustainable for the planet.
Chmba helps create young leaders who will transform their communities, break toxic cultures and make Malawi, Africa and the world a better place. Co-founder of Tiwale, Chmba creates safe spaces for young women, girls, and members of the LGBTQ+ community to flourish.
Through her organization Kichini Gardeners Initiative, Irene teaches, and connects children and youth to environmental conservation through sustainable gardening practices. Her goal is to empower children and young people to become drivers and agents of change.
Sebastián seeks to empower rural youth to develop their communities, specifically through the transformation of food systems. He believes that rural youth can transform agriculture and develop their rural territories at the same time.
Junbert helps to rehabilitate young offenders, known as Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL). Using a holistic development program implemented by the World Organization of the Scout Movement, he seeks to transform lawbreakers into peacemakers across the Philippines.
As chief operating officer at Women of Will (WOW) Lakshwin empowers women through community development programmes. These programmes provide women entrepreneurs in rural areas with essential training in business management while also giving them micro-credit to kickstart their work.
As Director of the Young Leaders Program at MCW Global, Leon creates opportunities for discussion between young leaders and equips them with the skills necessary to create change within their communities.
Lourence is the Founder and CEO of Beyond Three Billion (B3B), a non-partisan youth-led organization that develops context-based programs to end the marginalization of young people in elective and appointive decision-making spaces across all levels of governance.
As co-founder of Charity Drive Zimbabwe, Sharon works to improve rural education and teach about the right to education. She aims to put human rights in the national curriculum and give all children in Zimbabwe equal access to education regardless of their gender or socioeconomic background.
Sohaila is passionate about education, peace, and gender equality. She founded the Young Emerging Leaders Programme to ensure high-quality education and eradicate illiteracy for girls and women in rural areas. Through this programme, she wishes to empower youth and women to help build a peaceful future in their communities.
Sophiyat works with girls in Lagos to build their capacity in STEM subjects and digital technology. Through her organization, Auxillium, she runs multiple workshops for girls on various STEM subjects. She hopes to create a world where young girls can fully participate in the digital economy, regardless of their socioeconomic background and gender.
Zeinorin works with indigenous farmers from the Tangkhul Naga community in Manipur, India. Focusing on indigenous heirloom seeds, Zeinorin aims to ensure food security and reduce poverty through sustainable farming practices.