Accra, GHANA – July 02, 2019 – The GLOBAL YOUTH SDGS ASSEMBLY, an organization aiming to empower and connect the next generation of leaders with opportunities to connect with like-minded peers, trailblazers, and changemakers from across the continent to strive together to create a sustainable world, today announced Ms. Venicia Guinot was appointed to the Board of Directors and will be Head of Partnerships of the Assembly.
“On behalf of the Reset Global Committee and the SDGS Office of the President of Ghana, we are pleased to welcome Ms. Venicia GUINOT to GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT ON SDGS’ Board of Directors,” said Ambassador Kwame A. A OPOKU, Co-Founder of Reset Global People. “For her unparalleled work as media mogul and her relentless passion for Africa and its young people, the Board in consultation with the Office of the President of the Republic of Ghana is delighted to appoint Ms. Venicia Guinot to the Board of the GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT ON SDGS and Assembly as Head of New Partnerships”.
“In the scope of the AfcTA – African Continental Free Trade Area, this is an opportune time to work with a forward looking board and Management team committed to the future success of Africa,” commented Ms. Venicia Guinot. “With increased focus on growth and innovation, I am excited to channel my experience and insights from the broader media industry to help GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT ON SDGs lead and will do everything in my power to help raise the profile of the Assembly to attract new partners for programme development and delivery, by developing local and international business partnerships with both private and public sectors.”
Since March 2010, after a career spanning over 10 years in the media industry, Ms. Venicia GUINOT has become an African Media Powerhouse. Driven by her love for Africa, inspiration to change the African narrative to something more positive as well as drive to make her late parents proud, Guinot has created a name for herself in Africa’s media industry. She is no stranger to the boardroom as she has had access to leadership positions from the youngest age. At 15, she was a recipient of the WINROCK SCHOLARSHIP FOR GIRLS initiated by the former President Bill CLINTON in her native Brazzaville. From age 19, she became a Senior Editor and main Correspondent for the Parisian-based AMINA MAGAZINE in the entire Southern African Region (SADC) as well as represented other various publications such as VENTURES AFRICA (Nigeria), FOLK MAGAZINE (Norway), CUISINE NOIR (United States of America) etc. whilst working towards launching her own publication. At 23 year old, she successfully launched TROPICS MAGAZINE in South Africa which is known as the first bilingual magazine from the African continent serving both anglophone and francophone readership worldwide.
Guinot has held several board positions. She is a Founding Partner of the TROPICS GROUP OF COMPANIES (Pty) Ltd. and since its establishment, she has been serving as an Executive Chairwoman. She has initiated various movements under the TROPICS GROUP including the #AfricanDOers movement and the #TropicsChangemakers Awards. Guinot is the Publisher and Chief Editor of the award-winning TROPICS MAGAZINE, the first-ever English and French publication to ever emerged from the motherland with a global readership including Africa, Europe, America and Southeast Asia. In 2015, Guinot became one of the TONY ELUMELU FOUNDATION alumni who took part in the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program in Nigeria. In 2016, she was appointed Senior Executive Member of the MIRIAM MAKEBA FOUNDATION Board in South Africa.
In October 2017, Guinot hosted the first annual TROPICS BUSINESS SUMMIT & Gala Dinner in South Africa which successfully brought global business on South African soil. Now in its 3rd year, TROPICS BUSINESS SUMMIT – The most important business meeting on investing in Africa, successfully bridging the funding gap between anglophone and francophone markets for Africa’s industrialization.
Guinot has received several awards and recognition, including the “Top 100 Young African Leaders” that every African Head of States should work with and was featured in the MOI PRESIDENT book in Paris ; the “Top 7 – Most Influential African Women in Media” by the United Nations – Regional Bureau of Central Africa (UNOCA) in 2016 as part of the Security Council Resolution 1325 ; the DIVAS OF COLOUR AWARDS – Editor of the Year 2016 in London ; the “Most Creative People of 2016” annual list by C.Hub Magazine in London ; the “Top 50 Africa-Focused Communications Experts” by AFRICA COMMUNICATIONS WEEK 2016 in Brussels ; the CREATIVE AFRICAN AWARDS – Editor of the Year 2017 in London ; the WOMEN ADVANCEMENT FORUM “Thing Gender Awards” – Leading Woman in International Media Award 2017 in Johannesburg ; the #ECAfrica100 – Top 100 Influential African Entrepreneurs 2018-2019 in Johannesburg to name but a few.
About the GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT ON SDGS
At the GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT ON THE SDGS, the sole focus is to activate young people to contribute towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also referred to as the Global Goals and Agenda 2030. Young people are the torchbearers of the 2030 Agenda, and only with their energy, new ideas and innovative spirit will Africa make a difference. Rooted in the belief of youth as problem-solvers, changemakers and leaders,the summit and its initiatives are catalysts for change. The GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT ON SDGs is a full 2-day event which will gather up to 1,000 attendants. The event is hosted by Reset Global People in partnership with the SDGs Office of the President of Ghana, H.E Nana AKUFO-ADDO, and is set to take place in Ghana – November 2019 with follow-up events scheduled in South Africa – April 2020 and Ethiopia – September 2020. For more details on the summit, please visit www.resetglobal.org
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