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Davos Global Agenda Council on the Future of Africa

I’m the newest and I suspect the youngest member of the Davos Council on the Future of Africa.   I’m headed to Dubai for my first meeting as a Council member.   It’s a terrific honor – other members include Mo Ibrahim , Sam Jonah, Graca Machel, Maria Ramos, Obiageli Ezekwesili, Christopher Khaemba, Nkosana Moyo, and Salim Ahmed Salim.

I have long argued that forums like Davos and G-20 need to be listening to the future of Africa and not the old guard or the Bonos.   Looks like all my noise-making paid off :-)

I am not sure how long I will last on the Council because I will err on the side of being open about my role on the Council and the Council itself, and because I feel that they have been cautious/tentative so far as far their activities given the massive leverage the current members have…but then maybe again it’s the nature of the beast…Davos lends itself more to discussion than action, I think.

In any event, it’s a great honor and I hope I will be able to do my best to represent an often unheard voice.

22 comments to Davos Global Agenda Council on the Future of Africa

  • Ory, you really do us proud! Moving from height to height, congratulations, you deserve it!

  • kama

    you already bitching before you land the gig … i would hate to be in a council with you

  • Ory Okolloh

    @Kama, I have landed the gig. And believe it’s my duty to offer a fresh perspective…I could also just be quiet and enjoy the ride, but that’s not me (which I guess makes me a bitch?).

  • UzoA

    @Kama: do you know what BITCH stands for? let me help you out.

    B = Beautiful
    I = Intelligent
    T = Talented
    C = Creative
    H = Honest

    And something tells me that because you don’t embody any of the above characteristics, you are not a BITCH and you don’t be BITCH-ing.

    So if I were you, I would not concern myself with patting myself on the back for not being on the council with Ms. Ory; I would be worried about getting mines.

    Stop hatting and get a life!

  • Hey this is fantastic – Go step on some toes and step hard :)

  • This is great. Maybe they are learning something afterall? Young people HAVE to be part of the discussion on Africa’s future.

    Will be watching out for feedback.


  • Real

    Congratulations! Congratulations! I look forward to updates and posts on that.

  • M

    Well in! Shake things up!

  • Lisa

    Well done you looking forward to the updates

  • msaniixl

    Congrats Ory…

  • Congratulations to you! We are working on a visit to Kenya. Would love to shoot an episode there….

  • orangasli

    Well done!!
    Any updates from the climate change cluster? I’m concerned about the unfettered expansion of biofuels in Africa. This might also tie in with land grabs around food production.

  • Sijui

    Ory can you please provide an update on what went down?

  • Missbamba

    Congratulations Ory ! It is good enough to be in that space

  • james

    I watched the CNN program jana (22Aug 2010).
    Great job and obviously great brains. This is what we so desperately need at the top leadership of our country.
    We are proud of you.
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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