Ten Ashesi students have been selected to join changemakers and world leaders in Doha, Qatar, for the 2014 Doha GOALS (Gathering of All Leaders in Sports) Conference from 3rd to 5th November 2014.The students, Nana Yaw Akonnor ’16, Kuukua Bartels-Kwadwo ’16, Marilyn Acolatse ’17, Reshma Mawji ’17, Prophet Agyeman-Prempeh ’16, Albert Eyison ’16, Ayeley Commodore-Mensah ‘17, George Ocran ’17, Miriam Odonkor ’16 and Dambuzo Mabuza ‘17, are among some 350 participants from top establishments worldwide attending the conference.
The annual Doha GOALS conference, the premier platform for advancing social and economic change through sport founded under the high patronage of the Emir of Qatar, welcomes leaders from around the globe who come together to discuss youth, innovation and creativity, people empowerment and the role of sport in the Middle East and Africa.
Various CEOs, government officials, NGOs and other key stakeholders in global sports will be present at the forum to tackle pressing social issues through constructive brainstorming and collaboration. Speakers at this year’s event include sports greats such as George Foreman and Oliver Khan, and government leaders such as His Excellency Omar Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon.
The Ashesi student delegation will get to interact with and bring unique African perspectives to a community of changemakers, become members of the global Doha GOALS community and contribute to building progressive initiatives through sports.
“It is a fabulous opportunity to meet people from all around the world, and share thoughts and ideas on what we can do to not only improve the world, but encourage more women to join the conversation,” said Reshma Mawji ’17.
“I think sports provides great opportunities to influence change in Africa,” George Ocran ’17 added. “This forum is allowing me to learn the skills of teamwork and creativity necessary to help make this happen.”
Ashesi is one of twenty universities worldwide (and the only university from Ghana) that participates in the DohaGOALS forum; other participating universities include Harvard University, Yale University and Essec Business School.