March 24, 2019

Kirsty Coventry named among 127 Young Global Leaders in 2019

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Zimbabwe’s Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Kirsty Coventry has been named among 127 young global leaders in 2019 by the Forum of Young Global Leaders.

Coventry is one of ten young leaders in Africa on the list. Her profile on the website reads: Kirsty Coventry has won more individual Olympic medals than any female swimmer in history. She is also Africa’s most successful Olympic athlete. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Coventry won a gold, silver and bronze medal; 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing she won a gold and three silver medals.

She has also held five world records. She is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and in early 2018, was elected the chairperson of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, the body that represents all Olympic athletes worldwide. Since September 2018, Coventry is the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation in the Cabinet of Zimbabwe.

Others on the list are:


Kamissa Camara

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and International Communication of Mali, Mali

Kirsty Coventry

Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Ministry of Sport, Arts and Recreation, Zimbabwe

Wanuri Kahiu

Film Director, AFROBUBBLEGUM, Kenya

Aminata Kane Ndiaye

Chief Executive Officer, Orange Sierra Leone., Sierra Leone

Bogolo Joy Kenewendo

Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry of Botswana, Botswana

Anta Ngom Bathily

Managing Director, Groupe SEDIMA, Senegal

Umra Omar

Founder, Safari Doctors, Kenya

Tolu Oni

Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa

David Moinina Sengeh

Chief Innovation Officer; Head, Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI), Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation, Government of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone

Adebola Williams

CEO, Red Media Africa, Nigeria

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