Each year, WEF identifies young promising leaders across the globe who are under 40 years of age. Young leaders are selected from various sectors including civil society, arts, culture, government, and business. WEF allows them to join, connect with each other and invests further in their leadership abilities.
On WEF ’Young Global Leaders for 2020’ are 115 influential leaders under 40 years of age, dedicated to changing the world for the better. Some young global leaders named this year are Megan Rapinoe, co-captain of the US women’s soccer team who has gained popularity for being an advocate for gender equality, equal pay and speaking out on inclusion and diversity.
There is also Sanna Marin, Finland Prime Minister who started her political career at 27. At 34 years, she is among the most influential young leaders in the world. Since her appointment as Prime Minister, she made impressive reforms including increasing maternity and paternity leave to 14 months.
Larry Madowo, BBC Africa Business Editor was also named for launching 6 business TV shows for English, Swahili and French speakers and being an on-air correspondent for BBC Radio and Television in more than 40 countries.
There is also, Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, a US-based movement fighting against police brutality, racism, violence on black people. Other influential young leaders on the list are Yetnebersh Nigussie, an Ethiopian human rights lawyer and Jesus Cepeda, CEO of OneSmart City, an artificial intelligence and blockchain company.
Ingabire was appointed as Minister of ICT and Innovation in October 2018. She holds a high school diploma in Maths and Physics and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Rwanda, former KIST. She also graduated in 2018 with a Master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Prior to her appointment as Minister of ICT and innovation, Ingabire served as head of the ICT department at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB).