Who are Shapers?

Who we Are

A network of young people driving dialogue, action and change.

Born out of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is a network of inspiring young people under the age of 30 working together to address local, regional and global challenges. With more than 7,000 members, the Global Shapers Community spans 376 city-based hubs in 156 countries.

In each city, teams of Shapers self-organize to create projects that address the needs of their community. Projects are wide-ranging – from responding to disasters and combating poverty, to fighting climate change and building inclusive communities. Shapers are diverse in expertise, education, income and race, but are united by their desire to bring about change.

We at Kano Hub

Kano, with its rich history, heritage, culture, and economic activity historically serving not just Nigeria, but much of West Africa, is home to our amazing hub. Kano hub is made of forward-thinking and talented young Nigerians who come from different backgrounds and walks of life. Kano shapers believe in not just improving the state of our community, but also in our own growth, improvement and development as individuals, and as a group and in helping others do the same. Our diversity is definitely one of our strengths and has been a major contributor to our success and growth as a hub.

Our hub has become a key stakeholder in the development of our city, with projects having impact across thematic areas ranging from health, to education, youth capacity building, women and youth empowerment, sustainable fashion, entrepreneurship, water, the environment and climate change; internally displaced persons, among others. Kano hub hosted the first and only national gathering/summit of Shapers from all seven hubs in Nigeria through which Shapers connected and collaborated.

Meet Our Curators

Salihu Tanko Yakasai
Founding Curator
Dr Ruqayya Nasir
Engr. Murtala Baba
Dep. Curator
Ahmad Shuaibu
Outgoing Curator


Education is a universal right and should not be for the privileged few. Although access to education has improved in recent years, more than 120 million young people are still out of school. As society becomes increasingly knowledge-based, innovative approaches are key to providing education for all.

Civic Society

Increasingly, citizens are demanding change and are even influencing decision-making processes through this form of collective action. For Shapers, collective action is central to influencing decision-making


Entrepreneurship is arguably the most fundamental driver of economic value creation in societies. As entrepreneurs unleash the forces of creative destruction to transform industries and create new ones. Entrepreneurs are essential in bringing markets into competitive balance through their creative use of underutilized resources.