Hamzat Lawal (Hamzy!), is an activist who has successfully led grassroots campaigns in over 40 African countries with over nine years of experience in the non-profit sector and specializes in practical issues associated with Climate Change, Open Data, advocacy campaigns, and development policies as it affects rural and deprived grassroots communities.
Hamzy! 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 voices of marginalized communities in promoting accountability as it affects the utilization of public funds focusing on specific communities across Africa.
He is currently the Chief Executive of Connected Development (CODE), under his leadership CODE won the ONE Africa 2016 Award which recognizes, rewards, and advances the exceptional work of Africa-based organizations; dedicated to helping the continent achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Hamzy! seats on the Executive Board of the largest Youth Movement in Africa: African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC), advising on communications strategies and campaigns using technology tools in shaping and actualizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has joined his voice on different platforms and policy influencing coalitions across Africa such as the Not Too Young To Run movement which drives youth political inclusion.
Before his role at CODE, he was an Executive with the International Centre For Energy, Environment & Development (ICEED) working on high-level advocacy for Nigeria’s energy needs and climate actions.
Hamzat was honored 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 2019 joining Amina J. Mohammed, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Aliko Dangote. Hamzat’s Follow The Money won United Nations SDG Action Award as Mobilizer 2019 and he won the 2019 Future Africa Award under the ‘Advocacy’ category.