Dunola Oladapo, Royal Holloway – Economics Graduate
My name is Dunola, I am 22 years old with a 1st Class degree in BSc Economics from Royal Holloway University of London. I currently work as an FX trade support Analyst at Morgan Stanley, London. I am also a Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassador and I sit on the leadership board of the #iWill Fund.
I completed the Elevation Networks Leadership Programme in 2016, where I designed a social project at my university called ‘Our Lost Stories’. This was essentially a series of talks highlighting the ‘lost stories’ of struggles around the world such as the race inequality amongst lecturers in the UK and the ongoing deliberate land pollution in Delta State, Nigeria. My team and I hosted notable speakers such as Professor Gloria Agyemang and UN Human Rights activist Dr Lazarus Tamana.
I applied to be an ambassador at the G(irls)20 Summit because I am passionate about increasing female labour force participation in my communities, which happens to perfectly correlate with the impetus of the summit. The application process included writing 10 essays, providing references, and then sending a video response to the question ‘how do you empower others to be the best version of themselves?’.
As embarrassing as I find it now, I will make public my answer video on YouTube for the viewing pleasure of only the readers of this article via this link (do feel free to thank me personally with exotically flavoured teas!).
The shortlisted candidates were interviewed (2 per country). Besides the actual summit itself which is taking place on the 21st June 2017, I will join fellow delegates from all over the world to attend workshops delivered by organisations such as Bain and Co and Norton Rose Fulbright. We will get to sight-see and discover Munich and of course, together we will deliberate on and create a communique document to be presented to the G20 world leaders.
I am looking forward to engaging with young women with like minds from all over the world – I cannot wait to exchange ideas, experiences and knowledge. I will blog throughout and document my experience so please do feel free to follow me on social media. After the summit is when my real work as an ambassador will begin; I will relaunch my organisation ‘Our Lost Stories’ – perhaps with a new name – which will be aimed at empowering and motivating young women in the UK to achieve their highest career and personal aspirations. Watch this space!