Dr. Kimmie L. Weeks Bio


Dr. Kimmie L. Weeks has worked to alleviate poverty and human suffering in Africa and around the world since he was fourteen years old. Kimmie was born in Liberia 1981. When he was nine, Kimmie came face to face with civil war, human suffering, and death.  

Over the years, Dr. Weeks has formed partnerships and led organizations that have provided education to thousands of students in West Africa, lobbied the disarmament of over 20,000 child soldiers, and provided health care and recreation supplies to children.

In 1998, Kimmie Weeks went into exile from Liberia and started living in the United States.   Once he came to the United States, Kimmie Weeks established an International organization called Youth Action International to support the needs of families living in post war countries.  In 2008, Youth Action International’s programs benefited close to 150,000 people in six post war African countries. 

Kimmie Weeks is the recipient of the 2007 Golden Brick Award which honors young people under 25 years old who are working to change the world.   Also in 2007, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf presented Kimmie with Liberia’s highest honor by decorating him Knight Grand Commander in the Humane Order of African Redemption.   Kimmie is the youngest recipient of this honor. He is also featured in the new book Peace in Our Lifetime as an international peacemaker, along with Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr.  In 2008, MTV Canada and Discovery Chanel International profiled Kimmie’s work as part of a new reality series called 4REAL.   In 2009, CNN International Profiled Kimmie Weeks on the program called African Voices.  More than 200 million people in over 250 countries viewed the show.

Dr.  Kimmie Weeks received his bachelors from Amherst College and his Masters from the University of Pennsylvania. He also was awarded an honorary Doctorate Degree in May 2011.

He currently serves as Executive Director of Youth Action International, Chief Corporate Communications Strategist at Cellcom GSM, and as The Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) since 2011.  He also serves as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council and the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. Distinguished Ladies & Gentlemen, I’m pleased to present Dr. Kimmie L. Weeks.