Trust Chairman, André Hoffmann, speaks about the vision for the Scholarships and Leadership Programme in the Sustainable Development Goals tent (World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland).

Under the panel title, “Young Voices of Hope: Perspectives from the Latest Wave of Emerging Leaders, scholars and alumni shared The most challenging issues facing their countries of origin and how their time at Oxford and within the Leadership Programme, has inspired and equipped them to be the driving force behind solutions. A full video from the panel is available here.

En route to Davos, WHT Scholars met and interfaced with global leaders and changemakers on behalf of the Trust. Pictured here with Nobel Prize Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi , who shares the prize with Malala Yousafzai, “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”.

Joseph Ssentongo (Uganda, 2016, OxfordWeidenfeld and Hoffmann) spoke of the youth unemployment crisis in his home county, “5 out of 6 young people are unemployed – we need to leverage this wasted potential for good”. Another scholar, Dana Qarout (Jordan, 2019, Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann) spoke about the importance of redefining womanhood as more than motherhood in Jordan – and unlocking the power of women in the labour market. Finally, alumni entrepreneurs Atherton Mutombwera (Zimbabwe, 2017, Louis Dreyfus – Weidenfeld and Hoffmann – Saïd), Cedric Maforimbo (Zimbabwe, 2018, Louis Dreyfus – Weidenfeld and Hoffmann) and Irina Fedorenko (Russia, 2016, Hoffmann) retold their own experiences developing rapid diagnostics tests for Africa’s most pervasive diseases, turning weeds in Zimbabwe into pesticides and harnessing drone technology to replant the world’s forests in response to climate change.

WHT Scholars and Alumni pictured with WHT CEO, Alexandra Henderson, upon the group’s return from a successful trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Scholars and Alumni used this opportunity to launch a landmark campaign to raise funds for the Leadership Programme. Read the full press release here.

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Laura Stewart

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