Hopolang Mathaba will wave Lesotho’s flag at One Young World 2019 in the UK

Hopolang Mathaba

On 22 October, young leaders from 190+ countries will descend on London for the One Young World Summit 2019.

One Young World

At the heart of every global threat is a failure of leadership. This new generation is the most informed, most educated, most connected generation in human history.

One Young World identifies, promotes and connects the world’s most impactful young leaders to create a better world, with more responsible, more effective leadership.

The annual One Young World Summit convenes the brightest young talent from every country and sector, working to accelerate social impact. Delegates meet and make lasting connections with peers from almost every industry, sector and country.

Between Summits, the One Young World Community participate in an ongoing programme of opportunities including caucuses, funding, peer-to-peer mentoring, media exposure, and speaking engagements.

Young leaders are selected to attend the Summit via competitive selection processes, based on proven leadership ability and impact. Building a diverse international community is One Young World’s priority with a wide range of scholarship schemes available.

At the end of the Summit, Delegates become One Young World Ambassadors. They return to their communities and organisations with the means and motivation to make a difference, accessing the global network of 10,000+ young leaders to accelerate existing initiatives or establish new ventures.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust Scholarship

Hopolang Mathaba is the recipient of Queen’s Commonwealth Trust Scholarship which will send 53 young leaders to One Young World Summit 2019. The award connects young leaders driving positive social impact in the Commonwealth.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust Scholarship particularly sought to support 53 young leaders who are active in one of the following areas:

  • Achieving change through sport
  • Preserving and protecting the environment
  • Creating healthier communities
  • Increasing access to quality education

He has a demonstrated history of leadership in society that has won him a place to attend the One Young World summit with like-minded young change-makers from around the world.

About Hopolang Mathaba

Hopolang is a Quality Control Assistant at Medigrow Lesotho; a medicinal cannabis Biopharmaceutical company. He is a Forensic Scientist and Biotechnologist by profession.

He graduated from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Scotland, where he completed his Masters in Forensic Science under the prestigious United Kingdom Chevening scholarship.

He is also a fresh alumna of Young African Leadership Initiative Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa (YALI RLC-SA) cohort 17.

Hopolang’s work, impact, and passion

For over five years now, Mathaba has dedicated his free time to voluntary work and coaching a local community athletic club and career hub that fosters a holistic development for youth through sport and wellness.

As an athlete himself, Mathaba has competed locally in national track and field championships, Boleswa intervarsity, and in Scottish University Championships as well as Glasgow Athletics Association Sprint Gala.

Hopolang in action

Mathaba’s main passion lies in scientific research and sports. He is also venturing into entrepreneurship, already being a co-founder of Bold Custom Reviews. At Bold Custom Reviews, they offers services ranging from Literature Review, Research (Academic and Business) reviews to Resume and CV writing.

What being a flag-bearer means

Hopolang was selected to carry the flag for Lesotho at the One Young World 2019 Opening Ceremony on Tuesday 22 October.

Every year, the One Young World Summit kicks off by recognizing every country that is represented and celebrating the rich diversity of nations present. No youth led movement outside of the Olympic Games represents as many nationalities as the One Young World Summit. As a flagbearer, he will be taking part in celebrating this achievement.

One Young World founder Kate Robertson leads the flagbearer draw where she selects who will hold each country’s flag at the Opening Ceremony.