Ukhrul: Zeinorin Stephen Angkang, 29, a resident of Ukhrul district in Manipur, has been selected as one of the world’s 12 most inspirational young leaders for Kofi Annan Changemakers 2021.

Married to Leiyalon Vashum, the power couple founded Hill Wild Pvt. Ltd., a confectionary company from Manipur in 2017, infusing locally-produced fruits and herbs and engaging with indigenous farmers for better livelihood.

Taking to her Facebook wall, Zeinorin wrote, “I’m elated to announce that I’m one of Kofi Annan Changemakers 2021.”

“I have been keeping this news for two months until the official announcement. This makes me truly believe in the work we do evermore. Our commitment and impact with the indigenous farmers are now recognised by the Kofi Annan Foundation, a leader we truly look up to,” she added.

This young woman entrepreneur from Ukhrul, whose work has been admired and appreciated across sectors, will represent India at the six-month intergenerational dialogue hosted by the Kofi Annan Foundation to strengthen and improve their work.

“I feel elated to be a Kofi Annan Changemaker. I hope to shape my leadership skills and truly bring the maximum impact for the indigenous farmers of my Tangkhul tribe. I have a responsibility to transform my community first,” Zeinorin told EastMojo.

Other countries chosen for Kofi Annan Changemakers in the 2021 dialogue are Ghana, Afghanistan, Colombia, Ghana, Kosovo, Malaysia, Malawi, Nigeria, Philippines, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

The six month-long Kofi Annan Foundation’s intergenerational dialogue for impact will start on June 28, 2021, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The twelve young leaders, who have already demonstrated commitment and impact in their respective fields, will interact with leaders from the high-level network of Kofi Annan and the Kofi Annan Foundation, searching for ways to build their capacity for positive action, said the Foundation.

The initiative has been created to provide an environment where the next generation of leaders can seek counsel from experienced individuals on how to strengthen the impact of their work as they also become torchbearers of Kofi Annan’s values and principles, it added.

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