Nexus Obasanjo
It was with sheer excitement that I read the email from Abby Flottenmesh, Chief Development and Engagement Officer, Atlas Corps, asking Fellows to apply for nexus summit slated for July 24-26, 2013 in New York! Last year Nexus Summit aimed at increasing and improving philanthropy and social investment by convening diverse communities of youth. The Summit brought together young wealth holders, social entrepreneurs and allies from around the world for a series of inspiring and thought-provoking conversations exploring the most pertinent social issues, the most innovative approaches to creating change and the most impactful ways to learn and collaborate together. Nexus 2012 was a huge success and a great platform for me to network with change makers around the world. In addition to volunteering and partaking at interesting sessions during the summit, I had the opportunities of speaking on a global issue panel titled: Transformational Global Health. Members of my panel included Ari Johnson, Founding Director, Project Muso, Dr. Muhammed Abdalla, Atlas Corps Fellow, Susan G Komen, Dr. Ahmed Hassoon, Atlas Corps Fellow, International Relief & Development and Joya Banerjee, Co-Founder of the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS. In the first half of this session, we discussed the values and priorities for the next generation of transformative global health work. The second half of the session involved two case studies of transformative global health interventions in resource limited settings across the world. The session was invaluable to philanthropists, practitioners, social entrepreneurs, and those seeking to make impact in the lives of millions of the world’s poorest citizens.

Through the Nexus network, I made new friends, connected with satellite Atlas Corps Fellows, and enjoyed amazing night life in the Big Apple. Most memorable moments included meeting with a distinguished English Artist George Lewis and subsequently my former President, Olusegun Obasanjo. I simply look forward to Nexus again!

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