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The DARE Conference is a two-day conference organised by YouthHubAfrica, which seeks to bring together over 500 young Africans to discuss and benefit from the practical experience of other youth speakers and artists who will share personal life experiences, success stories as well as their vision regarding an end to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Against women and girls in Nigeria and Africa at large.

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Toyosi Akerele


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Toyosi Akerele

Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, a Social Entrepreneur in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Education Technology, Digital Transformation and Public Policy is named by Forbes as one of the 20 most Powerful Young Women in Africa. She is the Founder / CEO of RISE NETWORKS, a Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Powered Learning, Research and Work Readiness Center working to improve the skill set of young professionals for industry fitness in the evolving digital world of work. They leverage deep technologies and disruptive innovation to build progressive Careers and a first-rate National Workforce capable of driving the economic growth for Companies and Countries and we designed and built the first Career Coaching Chat-bot in West Africa. Rise Networks owns The Rise Labs where their trainings, projects & products are centered around Emerging Technologies and Disruptive Innovation in the realms of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Internet of Things & Advanced Analytics. They’re knowledge focused, research and development driven and they teach and create courses in technical skills relevant for the Future of Work and we create and deliver data driven project/product models for private and public sector organizations and institutions for the good and growth of society. They designed and built the first career Job Chat bot in West Africa which was listed as part of the AI Mentoring in the Workplace Working Group of the UN AI for Good Project in 2019. Another of their flagship projects is, which is Sub-Saharan Africa’s most used mobile learning portal with access to curriculum-based education content with standardized assessments and exam review questions in digital format distributed via web and mobile to underserved high School Students and Teachers. Toyosi is an Edward Mason Fellow and Master in Public Administration from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government where she also served as Vice President for International Student Affairs and Chair of the International Affairs Committee. Her 2nd Book, ‘WE HAVE TO BELONG – Why the Poor Majority of my Rich Country cannot wait anymore’ was also launched at Harvard University in 2017. She also studied Strategic Management at Executive Level at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School, has a Certificate in Youth Inclusive Financial Services from University of New Hampshire, holds a Certificate in Media Enterprise from the School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University. She studied Digital Marketing Strategy at the UK Institute of Digital Marketing and received a 2nd Class UPPER Bachelors’ degree in Civil Law from the University of Jos. Toyosi has been honored as a new Leader of tomorrow by Crans Montana Forum in Europe, she’s an Alumni of the International Visitor Leadership Program of the United States Government and she’s been a Judge of the NESCAFE Get Started Africa Entrepreneurship Challenge and a Judge of the Bank of Africa’s African Entrepreneurship Awards. In 2018, she was a Judge on the Young Women Transform Prize organized by USAID, Volvo and Standard Chartered to provide sustained long-term Economic Empowerment for young female entrepreneurs across the World. A recipient of numerous awards including Recognition by This Day Awards for Nigeria’s Women of Distinction, Young Entrepreneur of the Year of Success Digest Entrepreneurial Awards, the Excellence Awards of the School of Media and Communication, Pan African University, The Future Africa Awards for Best Use of Advocacy and the Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards jointly organized by Leap Africa, International Youth Foundation and NOKIA. She has been listed as Top 40 under 40 by Business Day, she is also one of the honorees of the Top 100 Young Leaders’ Recognition by the Federal Government of Nigeria and is a Nigeria Leadership Initiative's Future Leaders Fellow. NLI is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Toyosi maintains Board Positions at the Gamaliel Onosode Foundation, Stay in School Foundation and The Right to Know Foundation, a Non-profit focused on Human Rights, Free Speech and Government Transparency and the Rule of Law. She was appointed a Member of the Presidential Committee on the Victims Support Fund by Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan and in 2020, the Chairman of the VSF, General TY Danjuma, [rtd] GCON appointed her as Chairperson of the VSF Task Force on COVID-19.

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