Every year the World Economic Forum (WEF) hosts an invitation-only annual meeting in Davos, the eastern Alps region of Switzerland. In over 500 public and private meeting sessions and forums across five days, this important gathering at the end of January brings together nearly 3,000 of the world’s most prominent CEOs, heads of state and government, economists, celebrities, and journalists to discuss the world’s most pressing and universal issues.
This year’s theme will be “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World,” which aims to give concrete meaning to “stakeholder capitalism”. These discussions at Davos will assist governments and international institutions in tracking progress of the Paris Agreement and the collective Sustainable Development Goals, and facilitate discussions on technology and trade governance.
The World Economic Forum invites members of its young and dynamic community—called Global Shapers—to be a part of the critical discussions taking place on this global stage. The Global Shapers initiative comprises of a network of young people committed to social change, working together to address local, regional, and global challenges. Out of the 10,000 Global Shapers worldwide, only 50 are selected each year to attend the annual meeting in Davos.
Ms. Chinenye Monde-Anumihe, LL.M. is the Nigerian Global Shaper selected to represent the country and Global Shapers Community in Davos. Chinenye has built her career weaving the fields of international relations and human rights with business and development, with years of international experience working in anglophone and francophone Africa, Europe, and the United States across business, government and non-profit organizations. She is a Partnerships for Development (SDG 17) advocate with a passion for building and strengthening public-private-partnerships to solve Africa’s most pressing challenges. Since 2014, Chinenye has worked extensively with executive management and prominent figures in several of West Africa’s largest business, oil & gas, telecommunications, production and manufacturing conglomerates.
As a Global Shaper, I want to shape a world where human beings act with compassion and understanding towards one another regardless of race, gender or creed.
Chinenye is a member of the Global Shapers Lagos Hub Governing Council and also currently serves as Head of Partnerships and Fundraising on the Project Management Committee for SHAPE Africa 2020, an annual regional conference of Global Shapers. She is committed to advancing the Global Shapers 2021 areas of impact, specifically Equity and Inclusion.
I am passionate about ensuring Nigeria’s most undeserved communities have a voice. That is why I fight for fair treatment and equal opportunities for the marginalized.
During her time as Vice Curator, Chinenye fought to address the stigmatization of menstruation plaguing the low-income communities of Lagos Island and preventing girls from going to school. She initiated a project in line with the international #EndPeriodPoverty campaign which aimed to end the stigma and shame attached to girls menstruating. She led the Hub’s partnership with the Lagos Food Bank Initiative with an aim to combat hunger and food insecurity. Chinenye has also advocated for financial literacy, digital literacy, and professional skills development by co-organizing several of the hub’s Business, Vocational and Market-Ready Skills Workshops.
“Many of the discussions that take place at Davos are centered on issues that disproportionately affect the African region such as climate change. However, Africans are among the least represented at Davos. I believe it is important, being from the African region and from Nigeria – the most populous African nation – to participate in these discussions and ensure that an African voice is heard.”
As one of a few African women coming to Davos, and the only Global Shaper from Nigeria, Chinenye is lending her voice to the ongoing conversation about women’s inclusion and representation on a global scale.
I firmly believe that when you empower a woman, you empower a nation. As I prepare for Davos, I leave behind me a community where women are still fighting for equal access to basic necessities and opportunities for them to take care of their families. I can’t help but wonder what my country would be like if every woman was empowered.
She has been invited to speak on panels taking place at Davos, including the Deloitte panel titled “Urgent and collective action to accelerate progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals” and the Royal DSM and UNICEF breakfast titled “Empowering Youth in Africa: Employment and Entrepreneurship in the Food Sector.”
To follow Chinenye’s journey at Davos, connect with her at –
Email – [email protected]
Instagram – @c.l.monde
Twitter – @CLMonde
Facebook – Chinenye L. Monde