Meet Wilford Mwanza, the 2017 Enactus Alumni of the Year, Under 30 award winner. Wilford is a 2016 graduate of the University of Zimbabwe and has been active with Enactus for five years. Just a few of Wilford’s notable achievements since graduation include: appointment as a Mandela Washington Fellow in the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI); his 1MW power station building project making it into the final round in an Agenda 2030 competition recently held by Impact Hub in partnership with UNDP; confirmation as a Global Shaper in the World Economic Forum, a network of young individuals creating dialogue, action, and change within their communities; and meeting the Crown Princess of Denmark, Princess Mary.
Wilford believes that through Enactus, he gained a set of skills that set him apart from his competition. He is one of a thousand entrepreneurs selected globally to implement the SDG’s within the UNLEASHLab program. This accomplishment combined with experience attained from working for the US Embassy and Tetrad Bank, helped him launch his business, FordOlutions, an energy initiative which bridges the gap between technical and non-technical individuals to solve an energy shortage faced by people within his community.
Wilford is passionate about providing access to affordable and clean energy solution, Sustainable Development Goal #7. He has taken principles Enactus taught him to influence decision makers within the Zimbabwean business community. With this partnership with the Southern African Trust and the YALI program, he is hoping to integrate energy SME’s into the core values of large corporations.
“Where I come from, we have so much responsibility on our shoulders. As the young leaders of Africa, we are always looking at ways in which we can push the economy forward; we can better the lives of the people back home. And the way things are, we are the ones who are taking center stage in pushing for that agenda,” said Wilford from the stage in London while accepting his Alumni of the Year award during Enactus World Cup 2017.