Nashon Adero is a youth mentor, a thought leader and speaker with international exposure. Among the many awards he has won is the African lecturers’ prize for winning ideas on addressing youth unemployment through higher education curriculum improvement (DAAD/ACCESS Idea Competition, 2020). Drawing on his multifaceted work experience cutting across government, industry and academia, Nashon identified mentorship as a critical missing link in the training of most African youth, leaving wide gaps in communication and employability skills. Based on the core values of diligence, excellence, and intergenerational responsibility, he has since 2014 been mentoring youth on career development, culminating in founding his youth-centric Impact Borderless Digital brand. He is a Youth Mentor under Kenya’s Presidential Digital Talent Programme. He was featured the Personality of the Week on January 17, 2020 by the Nation Media Group. Leveraging his thought leadership and mentorship skills is his membership in key expert groups such as The Global Academy (SDGs), System Dynamics Society (SDS), The Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship (FORCE11), and Elsevier Researcher Academy. He is a regular columnist on matters of education and skills development for The African Executive, a weekly think tank bulletin.
Nashon is a geospatial expert and lecturer at Taita Taveta University, School of Mines and Engineering. He graduated from the University of Nairobi’s School of Engineering and later studied Resources Engineering and Mine Surveying in Germany at MSc (Karlsruhe) and PhD (Freiberg) levels, respectively. He has been trained in mentorship and public policy research & analysis at the Kenya School of Government and the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA). To enhance his soft skills, he has undertaken more than twenty support courses including Working in International Teams, Leadership and Intercultural Communication, and International Project Management under the “Empower Good Governance Programme” (TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany).
Volunteerism for impacting youth:
Having identified critical gaps in employability skills and digital fluency among most youth in Africa, Nashon has been organising and delivering a series of career development activities to empower the youth in these key areas of global competitiveness. He volunteers as a Mentor under Kenya’s Presidential Digital Talent Programme, an appointment he received under the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs in July 2019.
Invited by the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC), he represented Africa at the Inaugural Pacific Skills Summit in June 2019 as a speaker and panellist on “Going Digital: Pacific Skills and Literacy for Thriving in a Digital World”. As Secretary-General of the Network of Africans in Freiberg, Germany, he used his 2018 – 2019 tenure to network with academic and political leaders, acquiring a solid understanding of leadership, internationalisation, and institutional governance matters in developed economies.
He is a member of the global #TVETChat team offering thought leadership on online discourse around education and skills development. On April 11, 2019, he moderated a global online discussion on TVET education under the topic: TVET for Least Developed Countries: A Game Changer? He involves his mentees and students in these online debates.
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