Ebenezar Wikina is the founder of Policy Shapers, a civic tech organization that mainstreams youth in policymaking in Nigeria through policy ideation, dialogue, and advocacy. He has over 12 years of experience working with more than 30 organizations across multiple sectors and currently serves as Advocacy Coordinator at PIND Foundation, funded by Chevron Corporation and other esteemed partners in the Niger Delta.
Mr. Wikina is a World Economic Forum Expert, Senior Category Judge of the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, the world’s oldest international writing competition for schools, and International Judge of the Association for International Broadcasting Awards (AIBs) based in London. Ebenezar is also a Trustee of the Sickle Cell Awareness and Health Foundation, a pioneer member of the British Council’s UK-Africa Youth Advisory Board, and a founding member of the Open Government Youth Collective. He’s currently leading the #ReformIELTS campaign, seeking policy reform to the English language test requirement by the UK government, which could save Nigeria up to 5 Billion Naira annually.
His work has been recognized by the U.S. Government through the Mandela Washington Fellowship endorsed by President Biden. He’s also the recipient of the first-ever Soundcity MVP Award for Community Development, the Royal African Youth Leadership Award by the Ooni of Ife, the NESG Bridge Fellowship, Civic Hive Fellowship, the Global Investigative Journalism Network fellowship, and Future News Worldwide, to mention a few. Mr. Wikina is an alumnus of the International Institute of Journalism Abuja, London School of Journalism, Harvard Kennedy School, Wayne State University, and the Stanford Center for Professional Development.