Future Leaders Connect Members 2017 British Council

Connect to the opportunity to develop skills and create positive change through policy making

Through Future Leaders Connect we aim to identify exceptional individuals (aged 18-35) who have the potential to be future leaders of their countries in the fields of politics and policy, and who will be amongst the shapers of global policy making in the years ahead. If you believe you are an emerging leader with an understanding of global issues and policy making then this could be the opportunity for you.

At the British Council we are committed to developing future leaders. To prepare for the world ahead of us the next generation of leaders must be skilled, innovative and globally connected people, able to make and respond to change with effective policy making.

Future Leaders Connect offers its members the opportunity to be part of a long-term worldwide network of emerging policy leaders. You will have the chance to discuss some of the biggest global policy issues in the Houses of Parliament in London, develop your leadership skills, learn from inspirational policy leaders and make positive policy change in your country and beyond.

Out of  11,000 applications received globally, 4,000 was from Nigeria. Six winners emerged who went on for the Future Leaders Connect programme in the UK. These are now members of the Future Leaders Connect Alumni.

During October 2017, 50 Future Leaders Connect members all met in the UK for nine days of activities. Members travelled from Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, pakistan, Tunisia, USA and across the UK to be a part of the global network of emerging policy leaders.  


Meet our 2017 Future Leaders Connect Members from Nigeria

Hauwa Liman

Hauwa Liman


Hauwa Liman  is an inspector with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), a creative entrepreneur and also the founder of the IMPACT NIGERIA PROJECT. A platform that inspires, empowers and mentors youths to realize their full potentials and also impact communities through networking, collaboration and active youth volunteerism. Her vision is to see youth unemployment tackled through intensive early entrepreneurship education and vocational training.



Olaoluwa Abagun

Founder, Girls Pride Circle Initiative

Olaoluwa Abagun is a lawyer & unapologetic gender equality advocate. She was ushered into advocacy at the tender age of 13 as a Senator in the Nigerian Children's Parliament. She is the Founder of Girl Pride Circle, a registered NGO in Nigeria which advocates for girls’ rights and empowers girls to transform their communities. She envisions a Feminist world, where individuals thrive equally across socio-economic spaces regardless of gender. Everyday, this is the world she wakes up to build.

Oladotun Olatunji

Business Analyst, Mobile Money & Special Projects (Digital Channels)

Oladotun holds MSc Sustainable Development from University of St Andrews. His MSc dissertation focused on enhancing market access for rural smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. He dreams of a time when there is collective effort by all global stakeholders, through result-driven actions, in the implementation of pro-poor policies which the poor become economically active, enable generation of sustainable income for households through agriculture and enhance accessibility to quality food.

Blessing Omakwu

Policy Consultant/Blogger, www.blessingomakwu.com

Blessing Omakwu, Esq. works as a Policy Consultant. She has completed projects for The Presidency, The Nigerian Permanent Mission to the UN, The National Planning Commission, The National Human Rights Commission and UNDP Nigeria. She also runs a blog where she explores the intersection of gender equality with public policy, popular culture, religion and literature. Her global vision for change is 'A world where gender equality is achieved and women’s rights are upheld'. 

Seun Tuyo

Research Manager, Kantar TNS

Seun is a certified Project Management Professional. She is admired for her leadership capacities in delivering excellent community services. Recently, under her leadership as CSR Lead for Kantar Nigeria, the business contributed to tackling malaria in its host communities to mark World Malaria Day, 25th of April, 2017 touching over 300 lives. 

Her vision is to create communities whose citizens shall live healthy, happy and productive lives, free from the devastating effects of malaria.

Nwamaka Ogbonna

Researcher, Tony Elumelu Foundation

Nwamaka Chidera Ogbonna works as a Researcher at the Tony Elumelu Foundation focusing on entrepreneurship and private sector development. Nwamaka is passionate about the structural transformation of African economies given the development deficit between Africa and the world. Nwamaka runs a blog where she discusses policy, political and economic issues and volunteers as a Writer for Stears News, providing commentary on the Nigerian economy. She resides in Lagos, Nigeria