ROLE PLAYERS 2017 - Martin Fernando Jakobsen

Martin Fernando Jakobsen

Turning Tables

Martin Fernando Jakobsen is the founder and CEO of Turning Tables that is the leading global social enterprise working to empower socially, politically and economically marginalized youth by providing them with the means to express their grievances, hopes and dreams in music and film. We build creative environments through inspiration, learning and transfer of technology that enable artistic self-expression in spaces where this would otherwise have been thought impossible.

Turning Tables' programs are providing marginalized youth with a platform to voice their travesties and visions of a better tomorrow in a non-violent manner. Thus we create both individual empowerment and collective awareness rising and change on community, national and international level. Our unique approach where we tap into using music as a universal language for youth communication has proven itself to be very effective in areas where simply reaching out to marginalized youth is often wrought with obstacles and dangers. This approach has granted us access to even the most critical, vulnerable and oppressed youth who traditionally shuns aid workers and has served to soften tensions in conflict prone communities.