Nigerian Maersk employee selected for global youth summit

A Nigerian employee of the world’s largest shipping company, Maersk Line, Mr. Olawunmi Akinyemi, has been selected to attend this year’s One Young World Summit holding in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Akinyemi, a Manager at Maersk Nigeria Limited, is attending the Summit, the fourth edition of the annual event, which draws notable figures from around the world, alongside 13 other Maersk Group employees chosen from various parts of the world.
The annual event held by the charity, One Young World, mixes political leaders like Kofi Annan and Sir Bob Geldof with aspiring members of the next generation of global leadership.
On his expectations at the global summit, Akinyemi, 30, said: “I want to network with people of similar passions and interests i.e. driving change in our sphere of influence; understand what is important to other young people from other parts of the world and get key insights from the major speakers at the summit.”
Akinyemi started his career at Maersk in 2005 and has gone through the Maersk International Shipping Education (MISE) in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The One Young World summit is a valuable opportunity for Maersk to develop and inspire would-be leaders, especially in growth market countries where competition for the business, and for the talented people needed to drive it, is strong. In Africa alone, the Group employs more than 10,000 people – and would want to attract even more.

“The Maersk Group has been doing business in Africa for more than a century, and has operations in almost every country across the continent. We aim to reflect the communities in which we operate and attract talent from the broadest pool possible. We would like to build our diversity further,” says Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Deniz Kirdar True, from the Maersk Group.
The Maersk Group likewise sees value in exposing the talent to One Young World as a way to further broaden their horizon:
“We encourage our aspiring leaders to be curious about how things are done in other companies, industries and markets. As a Group, we can benefit by seeking out other perspectives and being open to challenging traditional approaches – and I believe that One Young World offers such an opportunity,” True says.
The additional 13 Maersk participants represent several different Maersk businesses and countries, including India, Brazil, South Africa, Guinea, Morocco, Philippines, China, Pakistan and Jordan.
This year’s One Young World summit, holding from 2nd to 5th October, 2013, will focus on a number of issues, including education, youth unemployment, human rights, global business, leadership and government, and sustainable development.
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