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Ebenezar Wikina

Policy Shapers
Ebenezar Wikina has over 11 years of cross-sectoral experience working in media, policy, youth development, community organizing, data science and biomimicry. Ebenezar is the founder of Policy Shapers (www.policyshapers.com), the world's first open source platform for policy ideas led by young people. He is also well known for ‘The Stroll’, an interview series he founded in 2013 with a Nokia feature phone and engaged over 100 world leaders and experts from more than 30 countries.

Wikina sits on the British Council's UK-Africa New Narratives Youth Advisory Board, where he represents West Africa, and the board of trustees of the Sickle Cell Awareness and Health Foundation. He is an international judge of the Association for International Broadcasting Awards (AIBs) based in London and senior category judge of the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay competition, the world’s oldest international writing competition for schools. Ebenezar contributes to research and policy analysis in the Niger Delta region serving as Advocacy Coordinator at PIND Foundation - an initiative of Chevron Corporation. He is also an inaugural member of the Open Government Youth Collective, member of the G20 Civil Society Working Group on Education, and member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network. He had previously worked as policy volunteer at the United States Congress, technical committee member at the Rivers State Government SDGs Office, Curator of Port Harcourt Global Shapers, TEDx Organizer, Pioneer Ambassador of USAID YouthLead, and Guest Lecturer at Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic.

This extensive work has earned him several awards and recognition including; the Mandela Washington Fellowship, the Nigerian Economic Summit Group Bridge Fellowship, the first-ever Soundcity MVP Award for Community Development, Global Investigative Journalism Network fellowship, Future News Worldwide, the inaugural list of 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians, to mention a few. He’s an alumnus of the London School of Journalism, Harvard Kennedy School, and Stanford Center for Professional Development.
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