22 May 2017
MSc IT & International Business student Kumba Musa is among the 60 young people from around the Commonwealth who are being recognised as exceptional leaders in their community.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Award, which will be presented by Her Majesty The Queen in London in 2017, is part of The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme that celebrates the achievements of young people who are taking the lead to transform the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.
This year’s Award winners are leading projects tackling global issues in education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disabilities equality.
Kumba Musa has been recognised for her work to encourage more women to seek out careers in the sciences and mathematics. As an engineer, Kumba became disheartened at the lack of other females working in her field so in 2015 she founded Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Women Sierra Leone (STEM Women). The organisation motivates girls to pursue STEM careers and improve STEM education in Sierra Leone.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme was established in 2014 by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. Over the next three years the Programme will support thousands of young people to achieve their goals.
UPDATE 29 June 2017: Kumba attended the presentation by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and was interviewed on BBC's The One Show by Alex Jones, Matt Baker and Sir John Major: