Adebola Williams, CEO of RED | For Africa recently joined Egypt’s Minister of Tourism, Rania Al Mashat; BUA CEO, Kabir Samad; ORASCOM CEO, Naguib Sawarisamong other global decision-makers to discuss African Leadership at the Choiseul Africa Business Forum in France.
Held yearly at the heart of the French Riviera, Choiseul Africa Business Forum is a key event dedicated to investment and business opportunities in Africa and with Africa.
Mr. Williams also featured as a panelist for the World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum in Geneva, Switzerland on 8 October, 2019.
Themed ‘Trading Forward: Adapting to a Changing World,’ the event offered a platform to discuss the role of the next generation in shaping the future of the global trading system to meet their hopes and expectations.
In his submission, Mr. Williams emphasized the role of partnerships and cross-fertilization of ideas and opportunities across continents.
“It is becoming increasingly important for our global preservation that leaders and decision-makers across the world come together to take advantage of under-exploited synergies and analyze new areas of partnership for the benefit of shared growth,” Mr. Williams said.
“Both forums were extremely insightful and I am looking forward to the implementation of our discussions over the next couple of years,” he added.
Adebola Williams is the co-founder of RED | For Africa, the continent’s largest portfolio of media brands engaging the youth. He is a Mandela Washington Fellow; a World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader and was named among the United Nations 100 Most Influential Persons of African Descent.
About Adebola Williams
A pioneer at the intersection of media, democracy and social change, Adebola has been profiled by Forbes and CNN as the man who helped elect a trifecta of Presidents in Africa. he co-founded and runs RED Africa, Africa’s largest portfolio of youth media brands engaging the continent’s youth with leading brands like Red Media Africa, StateCraft Inc, The Future Awards Africa and YNaija.com.
His journey in media and television began with advocacy for youth and good governance. He co-founded EnoughisEnough (EiE), Nigeria’s foremost civic participation platform and a premier voice for young people on politics. He resigned after leading EIE’s board to steer the rebranding of the current Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari. He pioneered a realigned national discourse and optimised media engagement, changing longstanding perceptions and swaying the elections. A consequent success in Ghana helped the opposition candidate win the presidency on his third attempt, and Adebola currently consults in other regions in the continent.
Adebola inspires hope and faith from Africa to the world with his message of enterprise and leadership, routinely received by a social media audience 200,000 people strong. His 2017 cross continental speaking tour included several conferences and top ivy leagues schools Harvard, Columbia, Yale & Oxford. His address during the 2017 Obama summit went viral and earned a rare standing ovation from the former president of the United States of America, Barack Obama.
Adebola is a Mandela Washington Fellow, a member of the African Leadership Network, a British Council global changemaker. He was awarded an ArchBishop Desmond Tutu Fellowship and named by the UN as one of 100 Most Influential People of African Descent he sits on the boards of Africa Business Brain Trust and chairs the Young Entrepreneurs Network board.
He’s been named by Forbes as one of Africa’s best entrepreneurs under 30, and recipient of the CNBC Young Business Leader of the Year award.