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Meet the 2017 Johnson & Johnson One Young World Scholars


Eight aspiring young leaders (aged 18-30) from across the globe have been selected by One Young World (OYW) as the 2017 Johnson & Johnson One Young World Scholars and will be attending the 2017 OYW Summit in Bogotá, Colombia in October where they will have the unique opportunity to engage with global thought leaders and to debate, formulate and share innovative solutions for some of the world’s most pressing issues with their peers and with J&J delegates.

The J&J OYW Scholars (see photo above)
Top row from left to right:
Abdul Samed Zurak, Founder & CEO, Zurak Cancer Foundation, Ghana; Dr Charles Akhimien, Co-Founder MOBicure, Nigeria; David Medina Andrade, CEO, Fundacion Qubo, Colombia; Jack Hisard, Founder & Executive Director, Mama Clinic, Kenya
Bottom row from left to right:
Kaleigh Heard, Co-Founder, CEO, The Unmentionables, Canada; Minh Tuan Ta, Founder & CEO, HELP International, Vietnam;  Patience Osei, Product Development Manager Ebola PPE, John Hopkins University/Jhpiego, Botswana; Umar Kabanda, Prison Project Volunteer, African Prisons Project, Uganda

Johnson & Johnson has partnered with OYW since 2013 sending over 45 J&J young leaders to a One Young World Summit to date, with 35 J&J delegates from across the globe attending this year’s Summit. The Johnson & Johnson One Young World Scholarship Program was launched in 2017 to further expand and strengthen the OYW partnership, and to help build health leadership capacity externally across the globe.

In total, over 2,200 applications were received from more than 160 countries for the Johnson & Johnson One Young World Scholarship Program which was open to young leaders on the front lines of delivering care, including health care professionals, family care givers, individual leaders and others working or involved in the health/care giving arena.

As part of the Scholarship Program, the eight scholars will also receive coaching from J&J senior executives to help scale up their initiatives, and will be buddied with the J&J delegates attending this year’s Summit to further build collaborations and to share best practice. 

“The eight Johnson & Johnson / One Young World Scholars have been selected as outstanding delegates to the One Young World Summit 2017 on the basis of their capacity for leadership, concern about global issues, ability to generate and articulate impactful ideas, teamwork and evidenced commitment to driving social change. These eight inspiring young leaders have a proven track-record of delivering care to vulnerable people, their families and communities. One Young World is very proud of the work done to bring these scholars to the Summit with Johnson & Johnson’s support and advocacy“: Kate Robertson. Founder, One Young World

Read more about J&J scholars and the One Young World partnership here.

About the OYW Partnership

The One Young World partnership is managed by the Johnson & Johnson Global Community Impact Group whose vision is to support and champion the people on the front lines who are at the heart of delivering care. We believe that changing the trajectory of health for humanity requires putting people first so that communities and health systems have the ability to address the health needs of the world’s most vulnerable people.


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