Kenyan among 55 young global entrepreneurs on training in London

From right : Tim Kipchumba, Christine Mwangi, Simon Ndirangu, Simon Wanda, Lucy Radoli, Victoria Mwiricha and CEO Gillian, Moller Centre /Cambridge University at kings college Cambridge

A young Kenyan business entrepreneur is among fifty five other global youths that have just finished a week-long mentorship in the United Kingdom.

Mr Tim Kipchumba was among the young world leaders attending the British Council Future Leaders global forum in London.

The Future Leaders Connect is a global network of exceptional individuals’ age between 18-35 forming a pool of emerging policy leaders.

During the tour, Billionaire Sir Richard Branson led them together with the elders on the walk to freedom to remember great elders as Nelson Mandela. Also present were Mandela’s widow, former United Nation secretary general Kofi Anan, Ban Ki Moon and retired Mexican President Ernesto Zedilo.

They were celebrating 10 years since the formation and choose to walk on the Trafalgar Square where Nelson Mandela’s bronze statue stands commemorating the long walk to freedom.

Speaking during the group’s tour of Trafalgar Square before the end of the end of the programme, Kipchumba said that the future of the young people lay in the right policy designs for them.

“We spent 6 days at Cambridge university learning about policy making and designs. We also learnt how to draft policies and engaged stake holders. We discussed about good policy making. 

According to Kipchumba,  they used designs like good thinking, to discover the policies that can help those who want to achieve and policy making with the  other members from the UK, US, Mexico, Nigeria, India, Morocco, Tunisia, Pakistan and Indonesia among others.

Under the instruction of the Cambridge professors, Kipchumba said that they also visited the houses of commons and the Lords and Trafalgar Square elders walk during the last session of the UK tour.

“At Cambridge we had drafted some policy position that we brought to parliament on Monday where we met with legislators, speakers of both houses of the commons and the house of Lords, foreign secretary and we visited Buckingham Place. An engagement with them helped us understood the application of a policy,” said Kipchumba.

Kipchumba a graduate of IT at Strathmore University and a shareholder with questworks company said that the great challenge in the next decade is connecting young people to job opportunities.

“Every year in Kenya there are 500,000 school leavers and the formal employment is less than a fifth of them absorbed into gainful engagement,” said Kipchumba currently an entrepreneur who runs a construction firm that currently employs 100 people.