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Meet our Kruger Cowne Rising Star finalists!

After a year-long search and applications from over 90 countries, Kruger Cowne and partners One Young World and Spaceship Earth Grants have selected our three finalists for our influential Rising Star Programme. With social media engagement, candidate profiles on the Rising Star website, video content and initial applications playing a deciding role, 30 shortlisted semi-finalists have been whittled down to three impressive future leaders.

Freeman Osonuga from Nigeria, Hussain Manawer from the UK and Keren Jackson from Ireland have been named as the programme’s finalists and will fly to the One Young World Summit in Bangkok this November for the final, taking to the stage to deliver a five minute keynote speech in front of 1,300 One Young World delegates and a star panel of judges. The final will appear as part of a special session at the global Summit, which will be live-streamed across the globe, providing the opportunity for nations to get behind their candidate and follow their journey from start to finish. Exploring topics that impact the global community, the prominent judges who will be selecting the champion are Sir Bob Geldof, Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne co-founder and MD of Kruger Cowne, David Jones, co-founder of One Young World, Fatima Bhutto and celebrated astronaut Ron Garan.





With astronauts, global leaders and entrepreneurs from the Kruger Cowne roster offering mentorship, the chosen young leader will be managed and positioned to develop powerful connections and given a platform to engage with a global audience and develop solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues.

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