Misan Rewane

Co-Founder and CEO, West African Vocational Education (WAVE)

Focus Area: Youth Unemployment

Misan Rewane is co-founder and CEO of WAVE. Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Misan is no stranger to the challenges of education and social mobility. When her parents, unable to ignore Nigeria’s broken education system, were compelled to send her to the U.S. for university, she resolved to help transform Nigeria’s education system. After graduating from Stanford University, she worked with The Monitor Group, TechnoServe, and the Center for Public Policy Alternatives. As an MBA student at Harvard Business School, she partnered with fellow West Africans who were passionate about tackling youth unemployment and launched WAVE in 2013.

WAVE tackles youth unemployment by identifying motivated but underserved West African youth, training them on crucial employability skills, and connecting them to entry-level job opportunities. By turning motivated young talent into reliable human capital for local businesses, WAVE inspires positive change in employer attitudes, creating a fairer and more inclusive labor market.

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