The World Economic Forum has honoured veteran broadcaster and producer Funmi Iyanda as a 2011 Young Global Leader. In receiving this honour, Funmi Iyanda joins the ranks of Oprah Winfrey, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Mandla Mandela, MP South African National Congress.
Each year, the World Economic Forum recognizes up to 200 people under the age of 40 for “their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world,” The 190 YGL honourees for 2011 were selected from a pool of over 5000 candidates from 65 countries and all segments of society.
They reflect different kinds of leadership in different parts of the world.
From amongst these candidates emerged Nigeria’s own Funmi Iyanda who said: “I am extremely humbled and honoured to receive this award. Along with my fellow honourees, I look forward to sharing our unique challenges, and creating opportunities for interaction, the exchange of ideas and best practices and a roadmap for a better future.”
Other Young Global Leaders for 2011 include CNN’s HalaGorani and award winning author David Eggers.
Funmi is the CEO of Ignite Media, producers of television program Talk With Funmi, a show that has traveled around Nigeria, capturing the conversations of its people.
She recently completed production on “My Country: Nigeria” a three part documentary on Nigeria celebrating the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence. The production aired on the BBC World Service in 2010.
Funmi is an African Leadership Institute Tutu Fellow, an ASPEN Institute ALIWA fellow and a participant of the ASPEN Institute’s Forum for Communications and Society.