Today, IGD announced the 2014 Jennifer Potter Emerging Leaders Fellow, Adeshola Komolafe. This fellowship supports the rise of African business leaders as a way to ultimately reduce poverty through investment in the developing world.
As part of the fellowship, Adeshola is traveling to the U.S. for the first time to meet with a variety of high-profile business, media and nonprofit leaders. Her first trip is to Seattle, the birthplace of IGD, where she will have the opportunity to meet Jennifer Potter, the founding CEO of IGD, and the namesake of Adeshola’s fellowship. She will also meet with business philanthropists and several founders of IGD, including Bill Gates, Sr. and Bill Ruckelshaus.
The highlights of Adeshola’s time on the West Coast will include an IGD breakfast with supporters of the fellowship, as well as a media training roundtable discussion with some of the top media experts in Seattle. She will also make a special guest appearance on “New Day Northwest” on King 5 TV, one of the most popular Seattle TV news stations.
Adeshola will also be interviewed by Rainmakers TV and the Humanosphere news site, where she will share her perspectives on some of today’s most urgent topics, such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the missing girls in Nigeria. Along with that, she will also be discussing life as a young female entrepreneur in Nigeria and the importance of female leadership in Africa, media’s role in promoting open governance, the uses of ICT in youth development, and more. As a media expert who has traveled to some of the most remote areas of Nigeria to cover the insurgency Adeshola has many unique stories to share with American audiences.
One of Adeshola’s many incredible achievements has been helping to found Save Our Future, a non-governmental organization that focuses on introducing young people in less privileged educational environments to technology and using it to enhance the entrepreneurial skills of young women. She will meet with prominent leaders of nonprofit organizations in Seattle such as Global Washington and World Justice Project to relate her experience as a young social, business, and media leader in Africa.
To learn more about Adeshola, read her bio.