Hamzat Lawal (Hamzy!) is an activist who has successfully led grassroots campaigns in over 40 African countries with over nine years’ experience in the non-profit sector. He is also the Founder of Follow The Money, a Pan-African grassroots data-driven movement and leads a team of technology & innovation driven campaigners to amplify the voices of marginalized communities in promoting accountability.
He is currently the Chief Executive of Connected Development (CODE), a local NGO he founded in 2012 dedicated to helping the continent achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He seats on the Executive Board of the largest Youth Movement in Africa: African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) and have influenced policy in his advocacy drive to get young people to run for public office as a Leader of the Not Too Young To Run movement driving youth political inclusion.
He was honoured and recognized on the 2018 and 2019 list of the world’s 100 most influential people in digital government by Apolitical. He was also recognized amongst the 100 most influential people in Africa in 2019. His Follow The Money won the United Nations SDG Action Award as Mobilizer 2019 and he won the 2019 Future Africa Award under the ‘Advocacy’ category.