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Adebola Williams named Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum

By Nkem Egenuka on Thu, 14/03/2019 - 16:59

The co-founder and chief executive officer of RED, Africa’s leading Omni-media company, Adebola Williams, has been chosen to join other change-makers in the Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGL), an independent organization under the World Economic Forum (WEF).

According to Mariah Levin, Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum, “The Forum of Young Global Leaders recognizes the world’s leading change-makers under 40, every year. Our role is to further cultivate their ability and influence to improve the state of the world,”

Adebola Williams acknowledged the importance of driving economic advancement collectively, especially by recognizing specific issues in different African communities and addressing them through global collaborations and sustainable projects.

He stressed that “to build a continent that is ready for the future, there has to be strategic investments in young leaders who would in turn invest their talent, time, and energy to address critical challenges and achieve global relevance”

Young Global Leaders was founded in 2004 by Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum as a way to help the world meet increasingly complex and interdependent challenges.

The YGL class of 2019 includes Wanuri Kahiu (Kenya) Adebola Williams (Nigeria), Kamissa Camara (Mali), Mamuka Bakhtadze (Georgia), Aminata Kane Ndiaye (Sierra Leone), Kirsty Coventry (Zimbabwe) amongst others.

Some of the past Young Global Leaders include former UK Prime Minister, David Cameron; co-founder and chief executive officer (Google) Larry Page; Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg; co-founder and executive chairman of the Alibaba Group, and others.


About Adebola Williams

Adebola Williams is Co-Founder of RED, which is home to several well-known brands including The Future Awards Africa and Ynaija.com, amongst others. He was recently named by the UN as one of 100 Most Influential People of African Descent and profiled by Forbes as the man who helped three Presidents win elections consecutively in Africa.

He was named CNBC Young Business Leader of the year, Forbes Under 30, and BusinessDay Under 40. In 2017, he was named “Evangelist of The Future” at the businessC4F Davos Award.

Adebola co-founded EnoughisEnough (EiE), one of Nigeria’s foremost civic participation group and premium voice for young people on politics. As a member of Lagos state Gallery of Entrepreneurs and pacesetters , he crusades on Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Impact Change with a focus on youth across the world.

He has been invited to speak at conferences in London Business School, Wharton, Stern, ALF NewYork, WIMBIZ, AU conferences, UNFPA conferences, and most recently went on a tour of IVy Leagues schools; Yale, Columbia, Oxford and Harvard.

An alumnus of the London School of Journalism and the Pan African University, Adebola is a member of the African Leadership Network, a British Council Global Changemaker and sits on the boards of Slum to School Africa and Chairs the board of Young Entrepreneurs Network.

Adebola’s profile recently earned him the position of the first entrepreneur ambassador for leading telecoms Line in Africa, Globacom.







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