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In the first year of the Lab in 2020, fellows benefitted from the following resources:​

1. Participation as Cultural Leaders in the 2020 Annual Meeting in Davos
2. Ongoing access to a dedicated mentor and to the Lab Artistic Director​
3. A six-month online Leadership Course
4. Targeted introductions to business leaders, policy makers and media influencers​
5. A coordinated social media, media and documentation strategy​
6. A $15,000 stipend

The Online Leadership Course

The programme in 2020 was divided into 3 modules:

1. Women in Leadership: Increasing your Impact

  • Meet the Leader: Shamina Singh​
  • Lessons from the Mentor: Jin Xing​

2. Communicating with Leadership: Navigating the Media Landscape​

  • Meet the Leader: Mina Al-Oraibi​
  • Expert Masterclass: Charlotte Hume​
  • Lessons from the Mentor: Angelique Kidjo​

3. Negotiating in Leadership: Building your Narratives​

  • Expert Masterclass: Lynette Wallworth​
  • Lessons from the Mentor: Platon​


Thando Hopa (Fellow) and Angelique (Mentor)

Thando Hopa, Diversity Advocate and International Model, Thando Hopa Media, South Africa; Cultural Leader and ngelique Kidjo, Musician and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, USA; Cultural Leader, hugging during the session The Beauty of Inclusion at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 22nd of January. Congress Centre - in  Betazone Copyright by World Economic Forum/Jakob Polacsek

Context: In comparison to other communities with longer histories of social progress, Hopa has less of an archival base to rely on previous generations of people with albinism, having instead to blaze a trail for inclusive representation with limited access or resources.

Fellowship Goal: Hopa will be supported by Angelique and the Lab family in her development as a leader in advocating for more inclusive representation in media to benefit and support all bodies and identities.

Rena Effendi (Fellow) and Platon (Mentor)

Rena Effendi, Photographer, National Geographic, Turkey; Cultural Leader, and Platon, Photographer and Founder, People's Portfolio, USA; Cultural Leader speaking in the session Seeing the Other at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 22 January. Congress Centre - Betazone. Copyright by World Economic Forum/Ciaran McCrickard

Context: Effendi is poised for her work to generate more impact coinciding with the emotional effect of her storytelling; however, she does not yet possess the know-how to connect narrative with action and to call for accountability from targeted audiences.

Fellowship Goal: Effendi will be supported by Platon and the Lab family in her quest to combine powerful storytelling with real-world impact through the creation of multi-stakeholder coalitions.

Wanuri Kahui (Fellow) and Jin Xing (Mentor)

Wanuri Kahiu, Filmmaker, Afrobubblegum, Kenya; Young Global Leader, Cultural Leader and Jin Xing, Choreographer and Founder, Jin Xing Dance Theatre Shanghai, People's Republic of China; Cultural Leader, speaking in the
Image: World Economic Forum / Boris Bal

Context: Kahiu has been thrust into the national spotlight in the debate on creative rights and freedom of expression, however she does not have expertise nor the networks or resources to advocate effectively.

Fellowship Goal: Kahiu will be supported by Jin Xing and the Lab family in navigating the legal landscape and developing the narratives that will empower artists in Kenya and beyond to advocate effectively for their freedom of expression.

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