ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations. 69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT MATHIAS CHARLES YABE, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology | Kumasi, Ghana | Advancing SDG 1 & UNAI 1

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" The Millennium Fellowship has been a game changer for me. As a young social entrepreneur, being part of this global network of Changemakers has enhanced my cross cultural competency, offered me capacity building opportunities to take bold steps in my career and a platform which enabled me to collaborate and work with other fellows on some social impact projects globally. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Refinement Hub

Refinement Hub reaches out to poor people in rural communities to improve the lives of these people by empowering them with skills and financial knowledge in order to become successful and responsible. We visit villages with inhabitants who still live on less than $1.25 a day and organize free intensive skill training which aims at empowering these people (especially women) with skills and financial knowledge using eco-friendly methods. Participants are taught how to use immediate resources including waste materials in their environment to produce finished and semi-finished goods in order to generate income to fend for themselves, children and the aged in the community.

In 2019, Mathias organized free skill and financial training programs reaching 500 people (especially women), targeting 2 villages with inhabitants who still live on less than $1.25 a day.

About the Millennium Fellow

Mathias Charles Yabe is a food systems hero and a technology enthusiast, working to make food systems stronger, fairer and more sustainable in local communities in Ghana. Mathias has mentored and assisted over 1,200 young people in Ghana, creating more opportunities for others to realize their dreams.

Since 2018, the young entrepreneur’s mission has been help make food systems resilient through the introduction of climate-smart solutions in local communities to help improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers through his Agritech solution, AkoFresh (www.akofresh.com).

At the 2022 Global Solutions Summit in Berlin, Mathias received the first prize of the inaugural Young Global Changers Recoupling Award for launching an outstanding youth-led initiative that is actively working towards aligning (“recoupling”) economic prosperity or political activities with social and environmental needs.

In September 2021, Mathias was recognized by the World Economic Forum as Top Innovator in the Generation Restoration Youth Challenge.

Mathias is an awardee of the Ford Motor Company Fund Covid-19 College Challenge and the Community Prize winner in the 2021 TechStyle for Social Good International Competition by The Mills Fabrica in Hong Kong.