The team of Young Politicians and Leaders Network consist of accomplished and successful youths across all facets of life. They are passionate individuals who had encountered the same challenges youths in Africa are currently facing but had managed to achieve success. Their goal is to address the factors that are inimical to youth development and create an enabling environment for youths to thrive and make a meaningful impact in the society.
Below are the professional profiles of the present executives of the organisation;
EMMANUEL ADDO | FOUNDER, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Completed the University of Ghana, holds Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Mgt. & Leadership, Master of Business Administration and a Doctorate degree.
He is currently studying Law.
Emmanuel characterises energy, integrity, result oriented, passion and ground breaking service in each detail of strategic management, change management, stakeholder management, leadership and activism.
His passion for politics and his believe that the politics of the old that has produced the same old results that has seen the African continent still unable to stand on its own is what drives him to find sustainable and realistic solution.
Emmanuel believes part of Africa’s problem is apt leadership and a culture that needs radical transformation.
His quest to drive this change and see a total transformation in the body politics and leadership, provide a platform for young politicians and aspiring politicians/leaders and young entrepreneurs to engage in productive mentorship, continuous training & development and high level networking initiatives is what led him to found the World Leaders Network and the Young Politicians & Leaders Network-Global.
JOANNA IDOKOGI | VICE PRESIDENT IN CHARGE OF PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES (EUROPE)
Joanna Idokogi is a recent graduate from the University of Manchester where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations.
She is a Co-founder of AYAL- Aspiring Young African Leaders, Manchester’s first African Leaders society whose aim is to motivate students to get involved in the affairs of the continent and to use their education to build a better Africa. There, she was involved in creating a series of debates, workshops and projects as well as the organisation of their annual AYAL Talks.
Her time as an intern at the Vienna Tourism Board helped her to perfect her organizational skills. She conducted research to prepare, gather and proof briefing materials, agendas and decks for all executive-level meetings.
Due to her extensive travelling and living in different communities she has acquired a broad knowledge of the politics, culture and social relations of the countries she has visited.
Volunteering in Orphanages and Schools in Jamaica and South Africa has further enriched her with the know-how of what the under privileged youths in ‘majority world’ countries need in order to progress.
These experiences have sparked her passion for International Development with a focus on Africa as well as the need to address major issues such as youth development, empowerment, and education. She also enjoys foreign affairs as well as learning about new cultures and speaks German, English and Spanish.
FRANCESCA ONYINA | VICE PRESIDENT IN CHARGE OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & PARTNERSHIP (EUROPE)
Miss Francesca Onyina is a postgraduate student studying Medicine at The University of Sheffield.
She also has a degree in Biomedical science.
As the President of The African Affairs Network (AAN) at The University of Sheffield she has helped to organise events with a political undertone.
AAN aims to discuss contemporary issues pertaining to Africa. It is for anybody who has an interest in Africa with the aim to educate people about topics
that the mainstream curriculum systematically neglects. In her role she was able to educate students on some of the social and political issues facing some African countries.
She lead debate evenings which encourage students to explore some controversial and thought provoking issues.
Within the society, she was also able to partner with other societies and organisations on major events. She enjoys being part of AAN as it allows her to explore how culture impacts people’s lives and controversial issues surrounding it.
As the British Medical Association (BMA) Sheffield student representative she has gained an interest in policy making with a nationwide impact. BMA is a professional organisation and trade union for doctors, established to look after the professional needs of their members. Policies cover public health, medical ethics, science, the design and delivery of healthcare services, medical education, and doctors’ terms and conditions of service.
Policies she is particularly passionate about are those which take into consideration widening participation as well as mental health.
She is a strong believer that the social or financial background of an individual should not exclude them from being able to apply to medical school.
Her drive to pursue a career in mental health has lead her to take on several roles including welfare officer at her medical school and support worker for individuals with learning disabilities.
Her involvement in the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) has allowed her to develop her event planning skills as well as allowing her to express her creative flair. RSM is an independent and a political charity which provides education and learning to the medical professionals.
She is keen on expressing her creativity through art work and graphic design. She continues to integrate her fascination in art and design in all aspects of her work and voluntary roles.
EMILY CAPSTICK | AFFILIATE /UNIVERSITY DIRECTOR, OXFORD UNIVERSITY
Emily Capstick is a second year History & Politics student at the University of Oxford. In 2018 she was awarded the Gibbs Prize for exceptional achievement in Politics, and she is also a recipient of the Holbeck Charitable Trust Scholarship and the William Ackroyd Foundation Scholarship.
Emily has a passion for equality of opportunity in all its manifestations: In 2017 she founded UN Women Oxford, a UN affiliated student society that advocates gender equality across the national student community. Her organisation holds events on topics ranging from Female Genital Mutilation to the empowerment of female voices within academic scholarship and is currently working on holding its first national conference.
Emily also seeks to empower her peers directly as the undergraduate student body (JCR) President at her college, Merton. So far, she has used her term to focus on improving access for all socioeconomic backgrounds during the Merton admissions process, and also on ameliorating mental health support for students attending the college at the moment.
In the future Emily hopes to use her skills as a linguist, coder and avid politics student on the international stage. It is this drive which she brings to the role of as Affiliate/Chapter Director, Oxford University for the Young Politicians & Leaders Network.
ABIGAIL PRISCA TALEY FOATY | VICE- PRESIDENT & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER IN CHARGE OF PARTNERSHIPS & STRATEGY- GHANA OPERATIONS
Miss Abigail Foaty is the Communications and Events Manager at the British High Commission in Accra. Abigail’s curiosity and fascination with communication has shaped her determination to build a high performing Communications Team at the British High Commission.
She drives the organization’s media presence and is known for her tenacity and passion for building the GREAT brand in Ghana. She has extensive experience in communications, brand advisory, public relations, social media strategy and event management. She has also gained unparalleled experience as the former Regional Learning and Development Coordinator for West and Central Africa at the British High Commission while establishing herself as a respectable communications consultant.
By day, you will find her curating content, analysing performance of targeted marketing campaigns and doodling over innovative storytelling in the context of public diplomacy and media engagement.
Influenced by her education in Economic Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, international communications skills training from the chartered institute of public relations and chartered institute of marketing under the UK Government’s Communication service-she has developed a well-rounded skillset and unique perspective when it comes to communications in the diplomatic sector and empowerment. A former alumnus of AIESEC; a member of the Ghana UK-Based Achievement Awards – GUBA and TEDx Spintex Women, she has a seasoned perspective and interest in girl child education and advocate for ending violence against women.
She is specifically attuned to the challenges of women and more importantly, their potential to impact societies and organizations when their authentic, empathetic and intuitive skills are overlooked.
IGNATIUS KOBBINA YANKEY | CHIEF LIAISON OFFICER & ACTING HEAD OF RESEARCH- YOUTH EMPLOYMENT & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Mr. Ignatius Yankey is a versatile and highly motivated person with the “can do spirit” who applies enthusiasm towards achieving any set goal. His desire to impact his generation feeds into whatever he does.
His academic and professional interests lie in Hydropolitics, Natural Resources Security (Water and Energy), Middle East Politics and Global Politics.
As an Energy Security and Hydropolitics expert, he presented a paper on “Ghana’s Energy and Great Powers Interest” in the Center for Africa Strategic Studies (AFSAM)- Turkey. He is currently working on Ghana’s Water Relations with Burkina Faso over the Volta River.
In 2013, Mr. Yankey worked in the capacity as the Research and Statistics Clerk in the Monitoring and Controlling Department of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority during his national service. He also worked with the Geo Gabbro Mining Consult as the Social Responsibility Officer where his passion to serve and to ensure youth empowerment and engagement in community development fructified.
As a student leader, Mr. Ignatius Kobbina Yankey served as the Deputy Speaker of Legon Hall Congress of the JCR and a member of the Maintenance Committee. Also, he has served diligently with passion in many capacities, for instance, as the Coordinating Head of the African Students Representative (H U- Ankara). He is also a Coordinating member of the Ghanaian Students in Turkey.Mr. Ignatius Yankey’s hardwork, resilience and determination earned him a first class honours in his bachelors, he had close to perfect GPA in his postgraduate studies.
Currently, he is the Public Relation Officer of the Ahanta Tertiary Graduates for Development (TEGRAD).
His peer reviewed articles include “” Yankey, lgnatius. (2018). The Arab Spring in The Arab World: Is Islamism a Factor? A Case Study of Tunisia. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH, 12(2), 2819-2827. Retrieved from https://cirworld.com/index.php/jssr/article/view/7492””
GODFRED KWADWO REINDORF | CHIEF RELATIONSHIP & PERFORMANCE OFFICER- GHANA OPERATIONS
Godfred Reindorf comes on board with over half a decades experience spanning from working for five different banks Namely Procredit Bank ,OmniBank, Consolidated bank ,Republic Bank Ghana and the current being Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited with vast knowledge in Banking, Finance, Strategy, Management, Corporate Finance, Monitoring and Evaluation and Project Management.
Godfred is Currently pursuing an Executive MBA from the KNUST. He is considered by many as a Socioeconomic commentator and entrepreneur, Political Analyst, Policy Analysts, Banker and Financial Analyst . Held several positions including Non-Residents Hall Representative, SRC Planning committee member. He is graduate of the University of Ghana Legon . Godfred is passionate about leadership and governance across the globe .
KENNEY ISAAC DEBRAH | CHIEF PROGRAMMES OFFICER & AG. HEAD, FINANCE- GHANA OPERATIONS
Kenney Isaac Debrah is a young Ghanaian banker and economist by profession. Kenney joined GCB bank limited in the year 2014. Previously he was an ICT tutor at SCI TECH EDUCATION CENTER a basic school in Accra. He successfully did this from 2009 to 2014.
He joined the 2012 team of COMPUTERIZED SCHOOL SELECTION AND PLACEMENT SYSTEM OF THE GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE to do the 2012 placement of basic school graduates into second cycle institutions.
Kenney holds a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Ghana and an MSc degree in Economics from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Kenney is very passionate about youth empowerment and development.
Kenney joined the Young Politicians & Leaders Network as a Programs and Activities Officer and is now promoted to the position of Chief Programmes Officer overseeing all activities of Programme Directors and ensuring the successful implementation of YPLN’s events.
GENEVIEVE PEARL DUNCAN | PROGRAMMES DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF KICKSTART ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE – GHANA OPERATIONS
Genevieve Duncan is an experienced banker with expertise in relationship and wealth management, and managing teams to perform at the highest level. Genevieve manages Fidelity Bank’s A&C Mall branch, where she is responsible for delivering sustained growth in the branch business and contributing to the bottom-line result of the bank.
She is Management-certified by the Cranfield Business School (UK), Harvard Business School and CEIBS China. Genevieve is currently a doctoral candidate at Swiss Business School. She holds EMBA from the University of Ghana Business School, and a Business Administration graduate from GIMPA. Genevieve is an associate member of the Retail Banking Academy (UK), and also a full member of the Chartered Institute of Leadership and Governance, New Mexico (USA).
She is a career planning trainer, a student coach and has passion for entrepreneurial empowerment and capacity building for the youth and women.
PATRICK B. FYNN | PROGRAMMES DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF YOUNG AFRICAN LEADERS SUMMIT- GHANA OPERATIONS
Patrick Fynn is a medical practitioner, writer and social entrepreneur who has over the years committed himself to youth leadership, community development, activism and volunteering.
He is the founder and team leader of Standout Care, a primary non-profit healthcare organisation with special interest in preventive, diagnostic and public health.
Patrick is currently Country Ambassador for Youth Opportunities, a global opportunities discovery platform.
He’s an alumni of the Young African Leaders Initiative and a member of the Young Diplomats of Ghana.
He has been an attendee or speaker at various conferences including the World Youth Forum in Egypt, Mongolia’s maiden Youth Opportunities International Summit, maiden United Nations Youth Summit among others.
Patrick Fynn joins the Young Politicians & Leaders Network-Global as the Programmes Director in charge of Young African Leaders Summit.
RUTH AKOSUA ADDO | PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES OFFICER- GHANA OPERATIONS
Miss Ruth Addo joined YPLN in 2018 as a Programs & Activities Officer. Ruth holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Cape Coast and also holds a Bachelor of Technology with specialization in Accounting with Computing from the Kumasi Technical University, Ghana. She has an impeccable background in sales having worked for Vanguard Assurance Company Limited in Ghana.
She was the Secretary of the Electoral Commission at Kumasi Technical University. She is a product of St. Louis Senior High School.
Ruth is passionate about youth development and empowerment.
CYNTHIA KUMAH | PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES OFFICER- GHANA OPERATIONS
Miss Cynthia Kumah is currently a master’s research student at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration pursuing MSc in Development Management. She is also the founder and director of the NGO, C-Trust Foundation, which solicits funds to assist deprived school children in rural communities and also organizing mentoring programs for children and teenagers.
For years, she has worked on an assortment of research projects on small-scale gold mining in Ghana, working mostly under Professor Gavin Hilson at the University of Surrey, and other renowned Professors at the University of Mines and Technology (Ghana) and Others at the University of Bath. She works as a volunteering officer for the Ghana NGO, Women in Mining Ghana.
Cynthia loves volunteering and mentoring.
ALBERTA A. AMEZIAH | MEMBERSHIP CO-DIRECTOR
Alberta A. Ameziah is the newly appointed Membership CO-Director of YPLN. She is a final year student of the University of Ghana (UG) where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and French. She received her Cambridge Advanced level Certification from The Roman Ridge School in 2013. At UG, she has held several positions. Currently, she serves as the Electoral Commissioner of the Political Science Students Association (POSSA-UG). She was also the pioneering Public Relations Officer of the University of Ghana French Club (UGFC). She also serves as the Secretary General of the Tenth Session of the Ghana International Model United Nations (GIMUN).
PRISCIE D. ADENYIKOR | EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
A graduate of the University of Ghana, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics &
Political Science, Master of Arts degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the
Legon Center for International Affairs and Diplomacy.
Priscie is a young aspiring diplomat and politician who has gained training in both
respects. Priscie is passionate about the youth in political leadership and believes that
the youth need to be conscientized to take up such roles. Again, she believes that the
youth need to be encouraged to take up entrepreneurial roles since entrepreneurship is one of the driving forces of success today.
Passionate about the vulnerable in society, coupled with philanthropic inclination,
Priscie hopes to run several charity organizations in future to address some of the
needs of this group of people.
Priscie joined the Young Politicians and Leaders Network as Executive Secretary.