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UEL chair Anulika Ajufo joins World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders

Black Leadership and Excellence

World Economic Forum programme aims to create a more sustainable future

The chair of the Board of Governors of the University of East London has been selected as one of the world’s influential Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.

Anulika Ajufo, hailed as a “vibrant and inspirational leader in finance and philanthropy”, has joined the exclusive group which aims to accelerate change to create a “more inclusive and sustainable future”.

The new 2021 class of Young Global Leaders are change makers from civil society, arts, culture, government, and business. They join more than 1,400 existing members across 120 nationalities in a movement that aims to create public-private co-operation on some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Ms Ajufo said, “It is a great privilege to join an organisation that has, at its heart, a mission to be a force for good in the world, connecting communities and transforming lives through dialogue and action. I feel incredibly humbled to be part of the World Economic Forum YGL community and to be given the opportunity to have greater impact both personally and professionally. I look forward to forging meaningful and diverse connections with leaders around the world who have shown they can make a difference in their own countries.”

The Young Global Leaders forum was established in 2004 by Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, the leading international organisation for public-private co-operation. The forum, most famously, brings together the most powerful people in the world at an annual conference in Davos to explore solutions to global economic and social problems.

Welcoming Ms Ajufo to its ranks, the Young Global Leaders forum said, “For over a decade, Anulika has developed extensive experience globally, notably in the fields of private equity and venture capital investing.

“She believes in the ability to drive change at scale through socially and environmentally oriented business and has led inclusive investment portfolios with focus across financial inclusion, renewables, healthcare, education and widening access to other basic services for marginalised populations.

“Her philanthropic work with young people in the UK over the past 15 years has also gained widespread recognition.

“As an advocate for economic justice and social mobility, she currently chairs the Board of University of East London – London’s most diverse and inclusive university by race and socioeconomic status.

The University of East London is a careers-first, values-driven institution. Underpinned by its 10-year strategy Vision 2028, it aims to create diversity on the Industry 4.0 talent pipeline, giving students the skills, tools and competencies sought by employers and entrepreneurs in a rapidly changing world.