• Future Leaders Connect – The global network for emerging policy leaders

Four young Kenyans will represent the country at this year’s British Council global leadership programme in London in October. They were picked after convincing judges that their ideas could make the world a better place.

They include Shamsa Omar, a Member of County Assembly from Wajir County,  who is the Chairperson of Gender, Culture and Community Service committee. Ms Omar pitched her idea around ending incidents of gender-based violence, and especially against women and girls in the northern region. 

Others who were selected include the chairperson of the Kenya Medical Association, Dr Stella Bosire who wants to reduce discrimination against members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities (LGBT) from being denied access to health services due to their sexual orientation.

Desma Natome, a policy analyst with the Kenya Revenue Authority, won over the judges vote with her pitch which focuses on the introduction of a carbon tax aimed at reducing environmental pollution. She advocates for the government to give tax incentives to Kenyans who buy newer cars locally that have less pollution as opposed to old imported cars that pollute the environment more with carbon emission. 

They will be joined by the only man in the contest, Sahil Shah who works with the Kenya Business Guide, whose policy idea revolves around giving small medium enterprises more incentives in order to create more employment opportunities for Kenyans.

The four Kenyans will join other winners The finalists will join other winners from eleven other countries taking part in the programme including Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, USA plus the four nations of the UK: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

They will travel to the UK in October to meet the heads of policy organisations, policy-makers and British MPs. 

Through the scheme, the British Council aims to support a network of emerging leaders whose global visions and values will help them tackle the challenges they face in their regions.

“An international outlook is vital for future leaders of all countries to understand and overcome the challenges our changing world presents. Through Future Leaders Connect we will help a new generation to understand practical policy development by putting them in contact with the leaders of today and helping them to develop the skills and international contacts they need to make positive change.” Sir Ciarán Devane CEO British Council

“We are excited at the opportunity these four young Kenyans now have to horn their policy ideas and to bring change to their country in the areas where they have expressed their passion. We believe the networking opportunities that will open up for them during their trip to the UK later in the year will enable them to showcase their skills, shine and network with their peers around the world and in the UK.” Jill Coates British Council Kenya Country Director

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(From left to right) Sahil Shah, TerryAnne Chebet, Jill Coates, Shamsa Omar, Dr. Stella Bosire, Desma Natome, George Kogolla, Irungu Houghton and David Muriuthi
(From left to right) Sahil Shah, TerryAnne Chebet, Jill Coates, Shamsa Omar, Dr. Stella Bosire, Desma Natome, George Kogolla, Irungu Houghton and David Muriuthi  ©

Brian Obi 

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