IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders Selected

Members of the 2021 IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders class will participate in a unique, six-session virtual Boot Camp in August and September, hosted by IFAJ and Alltech. The online program will include workshops on professional development and leadership.

“We are very enthusiastic about this year’s Young Leaders and about the virtual format of the program,” said Addy Rossi, IFAJ secretary general. “The virtual Boot Camp allows us to introduce the Young Leaders to more people, including past Young Leaders from around the world. It’s a great opportunity for IFAJ and for the participants in the program, and it creates an advantage from the resilience of our young journalists.” 

The Young Leaders program was established in 2006 by IFAJ and Alltech to recognize emerging leaders in agricultural journalism and communications from around the world. With the development of a pre-Congress Boot Camp, the program developed into an opportunity to provide leadership training and global networking opportunities to the young journalists, encouraging greater participation in their home guilds and strengthening IFAJ and its members.

Young Leaders, who are 35 years old or younger, are chosen from candidates nominated by their guilds. The 2021 IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders include:

  • Jessica Ahedor, Ghana
  • Emmanuel Ballah, Liberia
  • Wyatt Bechtel, USA
  • Alexander Böck, Austria
  • Seedy Darboe, The Gambia
  • Stephanie Gordon, Canada
  • Clint Jasper, Australia
  • Claire McCormack, Ireland
  • Kisali Simba, United Republic of Tanzania
  • Ruth Wills, Great Britain

“The importance of strong journalism in communicating agriculture’s truth in today’s world cannot be overstated,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. “We are proud to support the next generation of journalists who are passionate about sharing the real stories of the farm and field, and the men and women who work tirelessly to feed our planet.”

The IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders Program (pictured here: Class of 2019) recognizes outstanding journalists and communicators early in their careers.