Grace Ihejiamaizu

Grace Ihejiamaizu

Grace is a Social Entrepreneur, Educator and Mandela Washington Fellow working to promote quality education and empower the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs. She is a University Lecturer as well as the founder of iKapture Networks, a center for youth development that provides afterschool education and services to students and out-of-school youth in Nigeria using creative learning methods and ICT. Since inception, iKapture has reached over 3000 young people. She is also the founder of OpportunityDesk.org, the largest online platform that shares relevant opportunities for youth across the world.

Grace is committed to shaping a world where young people have unlimited access to quality education and opportunities. She volunteers her time to mentor young people especially women. In 2015, she coached a team of young girls to develop a mobile app to solve a problem in their community. The group, Team Charis, represented Africa at the Technovation World Pitch in San Francisco where they emerged global winners. Grace has since become a Technovation Master Educator fellow to get more girls into technology.

Her passion and dedication to the development of youth has won her several awards including being named one of Google’s 12 brightest Young Minds in 2011 and a Global Changemaker in 2012. She was one of the Honorees for the 2013 Future Awards Africa Young Person of the Year Prize and in 2016, became a Mandela Washington Fellow of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

Grace has spoken and facilitated sessions at international conferences including the 2015 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions, the 2015 UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris and 2016 OpenCon in Washington DC. She is studying for a Masters in Sociology, and holds Certificates in Civic Leadership from Kansas State University and Social Entrepreneurship from University of Connecticut, USA.

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