5 Nigerian Global Shapers Selected To Attend The Climate Reality Training With Former VP Of The US, Al Gore In Los Angeles

The Climate Reality Project has selected 5 Nigerian Global Shapers to participate in a training program to learn about the climate crisis and solutions from the Founder/Chairman of Climate Reality, former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate, Al Gore.

The Climate Reality Project is a diverse group of passionate individuals who’ve come together to solve the greatest challenge of our time. It is a network of influencers, activists, cultural leaders, organizers, scientists, and storytellers committed to building a sustainable future together. Founded in 2006 after Gore got the world talking about climate change with the Academy Award-winning film “An Inconvenient Truth”. Its goal is to move the conversation forward and turn awareness into action all across the Earth.

Annually, the Climate Reality Project host trainings in different locations including Germany, South Africa and The United States of America. During these events participants learn how to address climate challenges from Gore and a diverse set of expert speakers.

The event is an opportunity for selected participants across the world to build skills in communications, leadership, community outreach, learn about the science of climate change, clean energy solutions and gain the storytelling and media skills to inspire audiences everywhere to take action especially in their home countries.

All trained participants are to return to their various countries and become members of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, a global network of influencers who are committed to fighting the climate crisis around the world and already building a powerful movement for solutions in almost 150 countries.

Below are the 5 Nigerians Global Shapers selected along with other 80 Global Shapers around the world to attend this training scheduled to hold from Tuesday, 28th August – Thursday 31st August 2018 in Los Angeles.

1. Raquel Kasham Daniel 
Global Shaper, Lagos Hub

Raquel is a development expert working directly with children in marginalized communities in Nigeria focusing on education and empowerment for girls through Beyond the Classroom Foundation.

She is a graduate of the University of Lagos and has received numerous awards including: the 2016 Honour Nigeria Community Development Award by Trinity House, the 2015 Young Women of Change Award and 2014 Le Roche Exemplary Leadership Award by the present Governor of Lagos, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode. 

Raquel is a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum with the Lagos Hub in Nigeria and a 2018 Advisory/Personal Mentor of the Queens Young Leaders Program UK.

She currently doubles as the Executive Assistant to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry Trade and Investment and serves as the Admin/HR lead at the Secretariat of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC).

Raquel is a passionate educator, recognized philanthropist, author and a gifted communicator who brings enormous expertise, insight, and energy to all her projects.

2. Kamal-deen Kassim
Global Shaper, Lagos Hub

Kamal-deen is the Lead, Engineering and Field Operations at the Nigeria branch of Project Gaia Inc. (PGI), a multi-national renewable energy organization involved in supplanting the over-dependence of kerosene and wood fuels to sustainable biofuel. 

He studied chemical engineering and graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 2015. Kamal-deen served as the 17th Nigeria ambassador of Tunza Eco-generation, an environmental platform that brings young and passionate people together to discuss and develop solutions to environmental issues such as climate change and environmental pollution. 

He is a LEAP Africa alumnus and involved in volunteering activities that focus on educating youths on becoming effective and inclusive leaders. He is also an alumnus of Young African Leaders Initiatives (YALI), and a 2018 Unleash Innovation Lab multi-awardee. 

Kamal-deen is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper with the Lagos Hub. He is committed to working in the environment and energy sector in his country, Nigeria, in the context of advocacy, engineering and field research.”


  1. Abubakar Sani Bunza 
    Global Shaper, Kano Hub

Abubakar is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper with the Kano Hub in Nigeria. He holds a first degree in Education Economics from Usman Danfodiyo University Sokoto, two masters degrees from Bayero University Kano, in Business Administration and also in Business and Commercial Law. 

Abubakar has 9 years work experience in the Telecommunications industry and currently works with 9mobile Telecommunication Nigeria, as Manager Experience Center.

He was actively involved in the 2018 World Environment Day celebration on the 5th of June in collaboration with Bayero University Kano, where over 1,000 students were sensitized on the impact of climate change and the need for environment protection.

Abubakar is passionate about community development and the environment, and is an Oracle Database 10g Administrator certified Associate Professional.

4. Jake Okechukwu Effoduh 
Global Shaper, Abuja Hub

Jake is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper with the Abuja Hub in Nigeria. He is the Assistant Director of the Council on African Security and Development (CASADE), an expert think tank advising African governments, ministries, agencies, universities, and international organizations. He is a human rights lawyer and an environmentalist with a demonstrated history of working in the field of human rights and regional community law. 

In 2015 he obtained a Masters degree in International Law from the University of Oxford and in 2017 he obtained another Masters from the Osgoode Hall Law School in Canada after conducting research on environmental justice causes in West Africa.  Prior to legal advocacy, Effoduh anchored 2 of Nigeria’s most popular radio programmes which aired on over 150 stations with more than 35 million Nigerians tuning-in weekly. He earned several local and international awards for his activism on radio. 

He is passionate about human rights and technology transfer mechanisms for climate change adaptation and mitigation in Africa.

5. Amanda Archibong
Global Shaper, Abuja Hub

Amanda is an International Development Professional, currently Managing Partnerships for the African Union’s African Risk Capacity (ARC), an innovative solution to assist AU Member States to better plan and respond to the effects of weather-prone disasters through Financial mechanisms including Risk Transfer and Insurance. She fosters partnerships with technical, political and international development Partners, to hone the Disaster Risk Financing mandate of ARC.
Prior to this, Amanda worked on implementing Aid for Trade initiatives in Africa as well as in the Pacific region. Her work included supporting the ECOWAS Commission to efficiently implement a Free Trade Scheme in West Africa, evaluating Trade Negotiation support projects in Fiji and Vanuatu and working on cross-regional Trade Facilitation learning initiatives between East and West Africa.
Amanda is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper with the Abuja Hub where she served as grants manager on the AMANA initiative; bridging the communication gap between security officials and civil society in Northern Nigeria. She currently serves as strategic team member on the Open Africa project, a cross-hub initiative dedicated to advocating for easier travel and open borders on the continent. In May 2017, Amanda was selected by the World Economic Forum as a speaker at its annual meeting on Africa.

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