Three young Batswana attended the just ended World Economic Forum on Africa Conference, which took place in Kigali, Rwanda from the May 11- 13, 2016.
Katlego Kolanyane Kesupile and Tsholofelo Mokgoabone, members of the Global Shapers Community Gaborone Hub and Kelebogile Maruapula, who is a Global Shaper based in South Sudan, succeeded in being accepted to join this prestigious conference, under the theme “Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation”.
The 26th World Economic Forum on Africa convened regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society to discuss digital economy catalysts that can drive radical structural transformation, strengthen public-private collaboration on key global and regional challenges, and agree on strategic actions that can deliver shared prosperity across the continent.
Early in 2015, the World Economic forum sent a call to all the Global Shapers Hubs around the world. From those many, few were selected to join in the festivities in Kigali.
Tsholofelo Mokgoabone was a panellist in one of the discussions that addressed “How is technology transforming Africa’s financial services industry whilst Kesupile was coordinating another panel discussion as well.
Kesupile and Mokgoabone said they are “excited and proud to represent young Batswana at such a crucial time in our nation’s history” adding that “Botswana’s development is Africa’s prosperity.”
Spokesperson for the Gaborone Hub, Lesego Barona Otlhabanye, said she is “hopeful that this example of excellence and commitment to service will inspire our peers to be Global Shapers in all walks of life” adding, “especially since we are open, always looking for new young and dynamic people with exceptional potential.”
The Global Shapers Community is a worldwide network of Hubs developed and led by promising young leaders who want to build on their achievements and entrepreneurial drive to make a positive contribution to their communities. Nominated under the age of 30, Shapers form a multistakeholder community and come from a variety of backgrounds including business, government, civil society, journalism, social entrepreneurialism, arts and culture. The Global Shapers Community is an initiative of the World Economic Forum and is independent, neutral, non-political and not for profit.