Leadership Lessons: A video series by Obama Foundation x OYW

Obama Foundation One Young World Promised Land


The greatest threat to progress is a lack of effective leadership in our world. To address the challenges confronting us globally, we must lift and support the leaders who are driving forward change in the service of their communities. Join the Obama Foundation and One Young World as we hear from those who have led inclusive action and meaningful impact.

Episode 1: People, Planet and Profit Post-COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically shifted and challenged the way companies and people alike prioritise the needs of those around them. A clear desire to rework systems has inspired a new wave of commitments to protect individual rights, preserve local ecosystems and secure livelihoods. But will the economic downturn brought by the pandemic put these new pledges under threat? Join as The Obama Foundation and One Young World speakers address how the private, public, and third sectors realign their priorities in the 'next' normal.

Panelists include: 

  • Vanessa Paranjothy, Co-Founder, Freedom Cups, Obama Scholar
  • Renzo Guinto, Chief Planetary Doctor, PH Labs, Obama Leader
  • Brianne West, Founder, Ethique, Obama Leader, One Young World Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner
  • Rufaro C.E. Mudimu, CEO, enke: Make Your Mark, Obama Leader, One Young World Ambassador

Moderated by Sinéad Burke, Academic, Writer, Advocate and One Young World Counsellor 

Episode 2: Pursuing a Career in Foreign Policy



Released on 23 November

Panelists include:

  • Bernadette Meehan, Chief International Officer, The Obama Foundation
  • Fatima Zaman, Diplomat and Advocate at the Kofi Annan Foundation, Obama Scholar, One Young World Ambassador
  • Daisry Mathias, Advisor to President Geingob of the Republic of Namibia, 2019 Obama Foundation African Leader
  • Alan Wu, Senior Regional Coordinator, Open Government Partnership, Obama Leader


Moderated by Liz Rebecca Alarcón, Founder of Pulso, One Young World Ambassador

Episode 3: SDG Implementation in the New Normal


Released on 4 December

Panelists include:

  • Fiona Mavhinga - Director, CAMA, CAMFED, Girls Opportunity Alliance Member, One Young World Ambassador,
  • Kirsten Brosbøl - CEO and Founder, 2030beyond, Obama Foundation Scholar
  • Isaiah Owolabi -  Co-Founder & Project Director, HACEY Health Initiative, Obama Foundation Scholar, One Young World Ambassador
  • Aïssatou Dosso - Gender and Fragility Consultant at the African Development Bank, Obama Foundation Leader
  • Khavi Homsombath - Head of Experimentation, UNDP Accelerator Lab, Obama Foundation Leader

Moderated by Antonio Zappulla - CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Founder, Openly