Pamela Akplogan is a Social Sciences and Education Specialist with a background in law from the Republic of Bénin. She is an activist and advocate for education, sport and women rights.
Pamela is an alumnus of the Global Sport Mentoring Program 2016 (Sport United), the prestigious YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship 2018, the Ashoka Emerging Social Innovators Program 2018 and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Young Leaders program 2017.
Former Athlete (basketball, Judo) and Sports Journalist, Pamela believes in the Power of Sports to break stereotypes, transcend barriers and transform societies worldwide. She is the Founder of OLADÉ, an organization driving positive change in Bénin, to enhance women’s and sport role in development.
Enrolled in the Scout Movement as early as 9 years old, Pamela Akplogan has 18 years’ experience in civic engagement including 8 years of youth activism. She volunteer with various organizations and meaningfully contribute to youth engagement in Africa through capacity building.
She is the immediate former Chairperson of the Africa Scout Youth Advisors where she served millions of young scouts in Africa, defending their rights for a better inclusion in decision-making process, scouting governance bodies, youth policies and programmes. Through her work and commitment, she positioned and represented youth voices at various high-level events including the first-ever United Nations World Humanitarian Summit.
She was recently appointed Member the first African Union Youth Advisory Council by His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat. Currently, she is also serving as World Scouting Youth Engagement Unit Lead and elected member of the YALI Regional Advisory Board.
Pamela Akplogan has received several awards and recognition including the Benin 2016 Ten Outstanding Young Persons and 2017 Model of Female Leadership, the 2017 top 100 Phenomenal African Young Woman and The 2017 top 50 Under 30 Most Impacting Young Female Leaders in Africa. She was nominated African Youth of the year 2018, Golden Palm of Scoutisme Béninois in 2018 and chosen as 2019 Face of the year by Plan International Bénin.
Pamela holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences and Education from the National Institute of Youth and Sports (INJEPS), and a Law degree from the University of Abomey Calavi (UAC), both institutions in Benin. She took courses and holds academic certificates from the University of Tennessee, University of North Carolina, Indiana University and the Lilly School of Philanthropy. She has combined 07 years professional experiences in project management, sport journalism, education and is currently gender and youth engagement consultant.
Pamela Akplogan intends to pursue a higher degree and her deepest hope is to see more youth taking ownership of Africa’s development as Change Makers.