Namatai Kwekweza is 22 years old with 5 years of experience in community organizing, social entrepreneurship and human rights advocacy, mainly focusing on youth and women's rights. She is a disruptive thought leader and consultant who currently serves as the Executive Director of WELEAD Trust, an organization that she founded at age 18 in 2017, which is focused on youth leadership development and advocacy. Namatai is an awardee of the WalkAbout Prize, a Fellow at the School of International Futures, a Rotarian and an award winning professional public speaker under Toastmasters International in Southern Africa. She holds an Executive Certificate in Diplomacy, Protocol, Etiquette and Professional Branding as well as a Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy and International Relations from the Zimbabwe Institute of Diplomacy. Namatai is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws Degree at The University of South Africa and aspires to be a constitutional and international human rights lawyer. She also hopes to advance herself in the fields of war studies, strategy and politics . Namatai is a futurist and foresight practitioner who is passionate about advancing human potential, human empathy, chaos theory, game theory, complex problem solving, design thinking, systems thinking and leadership development in Africa.
The Next Generation Foresight Practitioners (NGFP) programme exists to accelerate the transformation of the next generation of changemakers using foresight as a key tool to envision inclusive and equitable futures globally. It supports them by driving their integral role in agenda-setting and connecting them with today’s decision-makers. With over 350 members from 69 countries across 6 continents, the NGFP network is one of the largest global networks of future-alert activists and practitioners in the world. The awards and programme were established to explicitly address a lack of representation of young, non-western, future-alert activists in decisions, conversations and changes that are taking place in communities around the world, whether at a global, regional or local level. The conversations generated by this panel will focus on the importance, power and impact that the new generation of foresight practitioners, change-makers and leaders in different fields and sectors have made in reimagining and shaping desirable futures. We will particularly focus on the journey and success stories from the NGFP fellows, as well as the new and exciting NGFP programmes highlighting and strengthening the voices of the next generation of foresight thinkers around the world.