Shape Africa 2016

Abdullahi Alim, November 216

Shape Africa was a gathering of young leaders from across the Global Shapers Community hosted by the Port Louis Hub in Mauritius.

The regional conference kicked off with a timely address from the President of the island nation, Dr. Ameenah Gurib. Ranked as one of the most influential women in the world by Forbes, she stressed the need to prioritise STEM education across pan Africa, and particularly for young girls who are often discounted from such considerations. In later sessions, it became apparent that African nations that have enjoyed recent economic growth may experience stagnant growth if deficits in science and technology persist.  Gurib also urged leaders to invest heavily in infrastructure to ensure long term opportunities.

On Day 2 Perth Curator, Abdullahi Alim spoke alongside IVLP Fellow, Saffiyah Chady Etoo and Senior Partner at McKinsey & Co., Acha Leke on the role of young entrepreneurs in transforming Africa’s reputation as a recipient of aid into what is commonly referred to as the ‘Silicon Savannah’, a burgeoning market marked by technological innovation and social entrepreneurship. Shapers were later delighted to discussions on sustainable urbanisation and the need to disrupt Africa’s traditional response to climate. Such sessions were appropriately followed by local music and dance at the beach!

On the final day, Shapers discussed the complex nature of governing resources in Africa, and particularly across nations with limited state authority as well as ways to mobilise, increase and measure impact across the region. This final session was moderated by Adeyemi Babington-Ashaye, Head of the Global Shapers Community Director and Chidiogo Akunyili, Community Lead for Africa/MENA at the Global Shapers Community.

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