Project Pakati is thrilled to announce the new Co-Chairs of Project Pakati's Youth Advisory Board for the period of March to October 2020. They are Anankware Paarechuga Jacob and Carol Ndosi. They replace outgoing Co-Chairs Erick Muzyamba from Zambia and Ellen Sia Wongo from Sierra Leone, who we thank for their service. Project Pakati’s Youth Advisory Board is usually co-chaired for a period of six months.

As the project ends in October 2020, an exception has been made for the final term for the new co-chairs for a period of nine months. The co-chairs will support each other to achieve the objectives of the project and it is up to them to decide how they will collaborate and delegate tasks between themselves.

Project Pakati is an African Leadership Institute (AFLI) initiative that seeks to harness the collective influence of Africa’s young leaders by building a networking platform and a community in greater numbers that affords young leaders the ability of reaching a critical mass to impact the issues that Africa faces. AFLI will be working with leadership organisations across Africa to build this networking platform and community to be able to collectively have a greater impact for good. "Pakati" is a Bantu word – Shona, Ndebele and Zulu - that means the 'centre' and aptly captures the objective of the project, which is to make young leaders more visible in this journey.

b2ap3 large Carol NdosiCarol Ndosi is a Tanzanian media personality with more than seven years’ media experience. She has experience as a freelance events planner and manager and in government relations. In 2011, Carol started her own events management company, Alta Vista Events. Her company is the sole proprietor of the largest barbecue festival in East and Central Africa, The Nyama Choma Festival. The platform has encouraged and promoted entrepreneurship and inclusion of SMEs and local brands, giving them greater visibility and providing opportunities for employment throughout the value chain. Carol is a 2016 fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative-Mandela Washington Fellowship Program Cohort, where she completed the Business and Entrepreneurship Track at the University of Texas, Austin.

In 2017, she joined the Tanzania Data Lab, a project under Millennium Challenge Corporation MCC with the US State department. Quite the data enthusiast, Carol has since been on several panels advocating for sustainable development goals, data literacy, and bridging the digital divide. Carol is the Co-Founder of a digital solution called Kilimo Uza, an application and website connecting farmers through SMS. She has also co-founded The Launch Pad Tanzania, which is a non-governmental organisation, is working at the intersection of sustainable development goals and education, gender equality, decent work and economic growth, and partnerships.

Carol is a Global Goals Champion with the United Nations and uses her platforms to speak about collective responsibility and sustainable development goals. Carol was voted as a ‘Woman of Influence’ for the Malkia Wa Nguvu Awards 2018. She was also listed as one of the 25 Young Emerging Female Leaders by Amazon’s Watch Magazine in 2017. She is a facilitator, moderator and speaker on Gender, Youth, Development and ICT for Development. She also serves as a board director on the Kilimanjaro Project.

b2ap3 large Dr Jacob Paarechuga Anankware Dr Jacob Paarechuga AnankwareJacob Anankware Paarechuga PhD is a 33-year-old Ghanaian scientist, entrepreneur and a budding politician. Jacob is Africa’s first entomophagical entomologist with more than eight years of experience in research and business. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Energy and Natural Resources and the Founder and CEO of AnePaare Farms where he focuses on entomophagy (Human consumption of insects) for food, feed and nutrition. Jacob received his BSc. (Applied Biology), Master’s (Entomology) and PHD (Entomology) from the University for Development Studies, at the University of Ghana and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology respectively.

He was a post-doctoral scholar at the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health and a Mandela Washington Fellow at Purdue University. His disruptive innovation and business approach has helped fish, poultry and pig farmers produce their own protein from insects to augment/replace fish meal and soy-bean meal in animal feed and also for human consumption. This has drastically cut down farmers’ expenditure on imported feed.

In 2018, he completed his second post-doc at the Humboldt University in Germany, working on biological control of storage pests. Jacob has over 25 peer reviewed publications to his credit. He is a Board Member of Neat Eco Feeds Ltd, a founding member of the Entomological Society of Ghana, a reviewer of several scientific journals, and a former parliamentary aspirant for the largest opposition party in Ghana.

Funding for Project Pakati is provided by the Ford Foundation.