David Sengeh, the Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education in Sierra Leone and the Chief Innovation Officer at the Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation, has been named one of the 100 Most Impactful Change Makers for this year, alongside Ariana Oluwole, another Sierra Leonean.

The annual list by Humanitarian Awards Global recognizes Africans who are passionate about making a difference and challenging the status quo, and who are inspiring the next generation of leaders on the continent.

Sengeh has received praise for his work in implementing Sierra Leone’s Free Quality Education Program as the Minister of Education.

He is also a renowned innovator and scientist who has been recognized for his contributions to prosthetic limb technology.

On the same list are notable figures such as Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former President of Liberia, Vusi Thembekwayo, a South African entrepreneur, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Chouchou Namegabe, a Congolese women’s rights activist, and Fatima Mohammed Habib, a Nigerian environmentalist.