Global superstar and recording artist Akon is lending his star power to a cause that is dear to his heart-providing power to the millions of people who lack access in Africa. Almost most 600 million people-representing close to half of the world’s people who do not have access to power. Through his Akon Lighting Africa Foundation, the Senegalese American singer is working with governments and private sector players to deliver electricity solutions in low income rural communities in Africa. Akon and his two co-founders of the foundation believe in using market based approaches, rather than charity, in delivering solutions to Africa.
SISTER ROSEMARY NYIRUMBE
Long before the world came to know about the atrocities of Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) through the viral 2012 Kony Campaign, Sister Nyirumbe had been taking care of the survivors of the cruelties of the rebel group. In her work ,Sister Nyirumbe encourages women who have undergone cruelties such as rape and violence to make a living for themselves. A passionate advocate for education, she has helped educate over 2000 girls
Sometimes controversial. Often unorthodox. Zambian born and Oxford trained Economist Dambisa Moyo has emerged as a global thought leader on the global macro economy. A prolific author and thinker, Dambisa has penned influential books which have made the New York Times bestsellers list. Dambisa is the author of Winner Take All, How the West was Lost, and Dead Aid. Her publication of Dead Aid ignited a global debate on the role of aid in African development. The ensuing conversations and debates have led to a fundamental rethinking of the role of aid in the African development story. For many African policy makers, a shift towards weaning their economies from dependence on aid has become an important policy priority. Dambisa is also the founder and CEO of the Mildstorm group, an advisory firm that specializes on the global macro economy, financial markets, and investment strategies.