Meet the Global Schools Program Ambassadors for 2018

 

Africa

  Ezinne Uche  Lagos, Nigeria  Ezinne is a youth passionate about issues pertaining to inclusive growth, sustainable development, climate change and the enormous transformations taking place in especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. She seeks to earn a doctorate degree in Development Economics and her career goal is to be a development economist in an international development organization.

Ezinne Uche
Lagos,
Nigeria

Ezinne is a youth passionate about issues pertaining to inclusive growth, sustainable development, climate change and the enormous transformations taking place in especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. She seeks to earn a doctorate degree in Development Economics and her career goal is to be a development economist in an international development organization.

  Nancy Kisangau  Nairobi, Kenya  Nancy Kisangau is a fourth year student at Kenyatta University pursuing a Bachelor degree in Law. Prior to this, she worked in the Kenya National Human Rights Commission as an attaché in the Reforms and accountability department. She has also worked in the government sector as an intern in the National Housing Corporation, a state parastatal committed to effectuating housing rights for Kenyan citizens.

Nancy Kisangau
Nairobi,
Kenya

Nancy Kisangau is a fourth year student at Kenyatta University pursuing a Bachelor degree in Law. Prior to this, she worked in the Kenya National Human Rights Commission as an attaché in the Reforms and accountability department. She has also worked in the government sector as an intern in the National Housing Corporation, a state parastatal committed to effectuating housing rights for Kenyan citizens.

  Victor Musa  Abuja, Nigeria  Victor is an Engineer and a problem solver. He is passionate about education and poverty eradication. Victor currently works as Cofounder and facilitator of Tech the girl Child Africa (TGC) an outreach program that seeks to engage over 10,000 girl child, especially in Africa with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).   Victor is also serving as Director of sales and marketing at Mingcart, a company he cofounded in 2016 to unify Africa through culture and traditions.   Victor has received a number of prestigious National Merit Scholarship awards for his dedication to education. He hopes see everyone educated someday.

Victor Musa
Abuja,
Nigeria

Victor is an Engineer and a problem solver. He is passionate about education and poverty eradication. Victor currently works as Cofounder and facilitator of Tech the girl Child Africa (TGC) an outreach program that seeks to engage over 10,000 girl child, especially in Africa with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).  
Victor is also serving as Director of sales and marketing at Mingcart, a company he cofounded in 2016 to unify Africa through culture and traditions.  
Victor has received a number of prestigious National Merit Scholarship awards for his dedication to education. He hopes see everyone educated someday.

 
  Felix Mmeka  Port Harcourt Nigeria  Felix is currently a National Youth Service Corp member serving his country, Nigeria at Ministry of Works, Uyo, Akwa Ibom. He graduated from Swansea University, with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2014 and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2017. Felix developed a strong devotion to Youth Empowerment and giving back to his Community during his time at Swansea University from various leadership roles e.g. Sports Officer and Trustee of Swansea University Students’ Union, Treasurer of 2 societies etc. These experiences gave him an appreciation of how initiatives can significantly impact people’s lives.

Felix Mmeka
Port Harcourt
Nigeria

Felix is currently a National Youth Service Corp member serving his country, Nigeria at Ministry of Works, Uyo, Akwa Ibom. He graduated from Swansea University, with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2014 and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2017. Felix developed a strong devotion to Youth Empowerment and giving back to his Community during his time at Swansea University from various leadership roles e.g. Sports Officer and Trustee of Swansea University Students’ Union, Treasurer of 2 societies etc. These experiences gave him an appreciation of how initiatives can significantly impact people’s lives.

  Harun Momanyi  Nairobi, Kenya  Harun Momanyi is a youth empowerment expert, a socio economic development journalist and an entrepreneur. He is passionate about the SDGs. Originally from Kenya, Harun currently works as the Head of Kenya with Reform Africa Group, a Pan-African organization focusing on creating solutions to help youth realize meaningful employment and tackle life challenges better.  In 2014, he was finalist in the Haller Prize for Development Journalism, became an ambassador for the NUHA Foundation Global Blogging Prize in 2015, a Forbes Africa 30Under30 nominee in 2018 and was shortlisted for the BBC World News Service Komla Dumor Award in 2018.

Harun Momanyi
Nairobi,
Kenya

Harun Momanyi is a youth empowerment expert, a socio economic development journalist and an entrepreneur. He is passionate about the SDGs. Originally from Kenya, Harun currently works as the Head of Kenya with Reform Africa Group, a Pan-African organization focusing on creating solutions to help youth realize meaningful employment and tackle life challenges better.

In 2014, he was finalist in the Haller Prize for Development Journalism, became an ambassador for the NUHA Foundation Global Blogging Prize in 2015, a Forbes Africa 30Under30 nominee in 2018 and was shortlisted for the BBC World News Service Komla Dumor Award in 2018.

 
 

Americas

  Amruta Pujari  Clemson United States Amruta has been passionate about solving environmental issues since a young age. She has a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Clemson University, USA and bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from R V College of Engineering, India. She has been involved with United Nations (UN) Youth Assembly as a delegate, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs as a volunteer, Greenpeace as a volunteer leader, Toastmasters International as the secretary, Rotaract RVCE as the board of director, and, Climate Reality project. She aspires to leave a legacy behind by bridging technology, innovation, psychology, policies and economy to save the deteriorating planet.

Amruta Pujari
Clemson
United States
Amruta has been passionate about solving environmental issues since a young age. She has a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Clemson University, USA and bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from R V College of Engineering, India. She has been involved with United Nations (UN) Youth Assembly as a delegate, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs as a volunteer, Greenpeace as a volunteer leader, Toastmasters International as the secretary, Rotaract RVCE as the board of director, and, Climate Reality project. She aspires to leave a legacy behind by bridging technology, innovation, psychology, policies and economy to save the deteriorating planet.

  Amanda Abrom  Lancaster, Pennsylvania United States After graduating with a BA in Economics and English, Amanda worked for the Chilean Ministry of Education as an English teacher in Chile. While there, she volunteered for an urban development NGO that was carrying out 24 community projects and helped draft Frutillar, Chile’s successful application to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. During her career, she has worked with international youth on educational programs sponsored by the British Council and the U.S. Department of State. She is a former White House intern and an incoming Fulbright Scholar.

Amanda Abrom
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
United States
After graduating with a BA in Economics and English, Amanda worked for the Chilean Ministry of Education as an English teacher in Chile. While there, she volunteered for an urban development NGO that was carrying out 24 community projects and helped draft Frutillar, Chile’s successful application to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. During her career, she has worked with international youth on educational programs sponsored by the British Council and the U.S. Department of State. She is a former White House intern and an incoming Fulbright Scholar.

  Melissa Lee  Philadelphia United States Melissa Lee is the Founder and CEO of The GREEN Program (TGP), an experiential education program for young leaders in sustainable development. For her work with TGP, Lee was recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners as their Environmental Advocate of the Year, and the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Education. Lee is also a U.S. Global Schools Ambassador for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth, and the 2018 Heinz Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh.

Melissa Lee
Philadelphia
United States
Melissa Lee is the Founder and CEO of The GREEN Program (TGP), an experiential education program for young leaders in sustainable development. For her work with TGP, Lee was recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners as their Environmental Advocate of the Year, and the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Education. Lee is also a U.S. Global Schools Ambassador for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth, and the 2018 Heinz Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh.

 
  Rory Mondshein  New York United States Rory Mondshein is the Founder and CEO of the mobile application, Make It Appn, which centralises social services and allows users to book homeless shelters for those in need. A community activist, part-time journalist and member of IAPSS’ research committee, Rory’s research interests include: the economics of exclusion as a case for Human Rights, comparative public policy, technology and human rights, and political communication. Rory’s work has been featured all over the world. She holds her BA in Political Science from Bard College and an Msc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.

Rory Mondshein
New York
United States
Rory Mondshein is the Founder and CEO of the mobile application, Make It Appn, which centralises social services and allows users to book homeless shelters for those in need. A community activist, part-time journalist and member of IAPSS’ research committee, Rory’s research interests include: the economics of exclusion as a case for Human Rights, comparative public policy, technology and human rights, and political communication. Rory’s work has been featured all over the world. She holds her BA in Political Science from Bard College and an Msc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.

  Molly Paul  Chapel Hill United States Molly Paul is an entrepreneur, researcher, and change maker studying chemistry, geology, and biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Chancellor’s Science Scholar. She is curious about the natural world and passionate about bridging the gap between science, policy, and the public. She has conducted research in chemistry and molecular biology. Molly is now working in an isotope geochemistry and geochronology lab with Dr. Drew Coleman.

Molly Paul
Chapel Hill
United States
Molly Paul is an entrepreneur, researcher, and change maker studying chemistry, geology, and biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Chancellor’s Science Scholar. She is curious about the natural world and passionate about bridging the gap between science, policy, and the public. She has conducted research in chemistry and molecular biology. Molly is now working in an isotope geochemistry and geochronology lab with Dr. Drew Coleman.

  Kimberly Anderson  San Diego United States Kimberly Anderson is currently attending California State University, San Marcos majoring in Environmental Studies. In 2016 became the founder and president of the Ocean Conservation Club and in 2017 was elected the Student at Large for Sustainability for the Associated Students Board of Directors. She has been recognized for her achievements through the Tukwut Leadership Awards as CSUSM's most outstanding freshman. Anderson is a proud advocate for climate justice as a Climate Reality Leader and for the sustainable development goals as a global schools ambassador for the United Nations Sustainable Solutions Network Youth Initiative.

Kimberly Anderson
San Diego
United States
Kimberly Anderson is currently attending California State University, San Marcos majoring in Environmental Studies. In 2016 became the founder and president of the Ocean Conservation Club and in 2017 was elected the Student at Large for Sustainability for the Associated Students Board of Directors. She has been recognized for her achievements through the Tukwut Leadership Awards as CSUSM's most outstanding freshman. Anderson is a proud advocate for climate justice as a Climate Reality Leader and for the sustainable development goals as a global schools ambassador for the United Nations Sustainable Solutions Network Youth Initiative.

 
  Jesse Anderson  Baltimore United States 17-year-old Jesse Anderson is the founder and CEO of the award-winning News for Young Advocates Today (NYAtoday), a by youth, for youth news site that aims to engage, excite, and educate youth about issues in the political sphere, and works to involve teens in politics and activism. Jesse is currently creating a global non-profit that gives comprehensive sexual education to women in countries with high rates of domestic violence. Her unwavering passion toward ending injustice remains at the “center of her identity.”

Jesse Anderson
Baltimore
United States
17-year-old Jesse Anderson is the founder and CEO of the award-winning News for Young Advocates Today (NYAtoday), a by youth, for youth news site that aims to engage, excite, and educate youth about issues in the political sphere, and works to involve teens in politics and activism. Jesse is currently creating a global non-profit that gives comprehensive sexual education to women in countries with high rates of domestic violence. Her unwavering passion toward ending injustice remains at the “center of her identity.”

 
 

Asia

  Jessa Rylene Gavilla  Las Piñas City Philippines Jessa is passionate in youth empowerment and rural development in the Philippines. She is actively taking part in projects that give her the opportunity to impart knowledge to others that would further develop youths’ movement and action towards development. She volunteers under organizations that are actively taking part in dialogues with fellow youths to create a better understanding of the SDGs and promote ASEAN awareness through the SDG agenda. Originally from the Philippines, Jessa currently works as a corporate risk and broking analyst at Willis Towers Watson. Jessa is also currently serving as a mentee under the Global Thinkers Forum.

Jessa Rylene Gavilla
Las Piñas City
Philippines
Jessa is passionate in youth empowerment and rural development in the Philippines. She is actively taking part in projects that give her the opportunity to impart knowledge to others that would further develop youths’ movement and action towards development. She volunteers under organizations that are actively taking part in dialogues with fellow youths to create a better understanding of the SDGs and promote ASEAN awareness through the SDG agenda. Originally from the Philippines, Jessa currently works as a corporate risk and broking analyst at Willis Towers Watson. Jessa is also currently serving as a mentee under the Global Thinkers Forum.

  Zaim Mohzani  Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Zaim Mohzani is a community organiser passionate about developing the next generation of leaders in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. He is the Co-Founder & Co-Chairperson of Nation Building School, dedicated to youth development through capacity-building initiatives. He has co-founded 2 NGOs and led 5 non-profit organisations in Malaysia, impacting over 5,000 young people.

Zaim Mohzani
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Zaim Mohzani is a community organiser passionate about developing the next generation of leaders in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. He is the Co-Founder & Co-Chairperson of Nation Building School, dedicated to youth development through capacity-building initiatives. He has co-founded 2 NGOs and led 5 non-profit organisations in Malaysia, impacting over 5,000 young people.

  Hamas Malik  Karachi Pakistan "Hamas Malik a social activist & philanthropist. As a Design Thinking student, his whole idea of living revolves around ""How might we Human make earth a better place for living""...   You often find him working on plenty of different projects at the same time, they may seem unrelated but they all have one thing in common these are the ideas worth try living. He is more of creator who set direction , start new initiatives & make them sustainable enough to continue and then move on to something new"

Hamas Malik
Karachi
Pakistan
"Hamas Malik a social activist & philanthropist. As a Design Thinking student, his whole idea of living revolves around ""How might we Human make earth a better place for living""...  
You often find him working on plenty of different projects at the same time, they may seem unrelated but they all have one thing in common these are the ideas worth try living. He is more of creator who set direction , start new initiatives & make them sustainable enough to continue and then move on to something new"

 
  Varsha Bhambhani  Hyderabad India "Varsha Bhambhani is passionate about the science of nurturing young minds. She has co-founded School of Accelerated Learning, building hybrid learning spaces powered by a proprietary behaviour engineering tech platfor. She has headed Pehlay Akshar, an initiative for educating underserved Indian youth by RPG Foundation.   As a volunteer teacher at Haji Public School, Kashmir and a Coach at RN Podar School, Mumbai she has understood the sector across the socio-economic spectrum. She is an alumnus of Google Teacher Academy and Foothill College, California and a contributor to Indian education publications. Additionally, Microsoft Ed Worldwide has felicitated her work on education for entrepreneurship."

Varsha Bhambhani
Hyderabad
India
"Varsha Bhambhani is passionate about the science of nurturing young minds. She has co-founded School of Accelerated Learning, building hybrid learning spaces powered by a proprietary behaviour engineering tech platfor. She has headed Pehlay Akshar, an initiative for educating underserved Indian youth by RPG Foundation.  
As a volunteer teacher at Haji Public School, Kashmir and a Coach at RN Podar School, Mumbai she has understood the sector across the socio-economic spectrum. She is an alumnus of Google Teacher Academy and Foothill College, California and a contributor to Indian education publications. Additionally, Microsoft Ed Worldwide has felicitated her work on education for entrepreneurship."

  Divyansh Dev  Delhi, India India Divyansh Dev is a journalist turned lawyer from New Delhi, India. He is child advocacy expert and champion of youth inclusion through eight years of volunteering experience. In the past, he has used expressive street-theatre to promote education in slums and shanty towns of Delhi. Under National Literacy Mission of Government of India, he has been recognised to make illiterate children literate. He currently serves on Youth Advisory Council of Child Helpline International, The Netherlands and campaigns actively for care-free childhood. Global Schools Ambassador bolsters his personal and professional commitment towards sustainable development goals through education.

Divyansh Dev
Delhi, India
India
Divyansh Dev is a journalist turned lawyer from New Delhi, India. He is child advocacy expert and champion of youth inclusion through eight years of volunteering experience. In the past, he has used expressive street-theatre to promote education in slums and shanty towns of Delhi. Under National Literacy Mission of Government of India, he has been recognised to make illiterate children literate. He currently serves on Youth Advisory Council of Child Helpline International, The Netherlands and campaigns actively for care-free childhood. Global Schools Ambassador bolsters his personal and professional commitment towards sustainable development goals through education.

  Ashika Jaffar  Bangalore India Ashika is a recent postgraduate currently an intern with Biocon Foundation, India, addressing the marginalized communities on education, health and environmental sustainability. Ashika is a young passionate public speaker who was the Vice President of VIT Community Radio 90.8 FM, she has also worked as a mentor for the anchoring team during her college years. Ashika has undertaken various leadership roles, serving as the student council member during school and college years. Ashika hopes to create a change at the grass root level of problems that afflict the society she belongs to, through her role as a Global School Ambassador.

Ashika Jaffar
Bangalore
India
Ashika is a recent postgraduate currently an intern with Biocon Foundation, India, addressing the marginalized communities on education, health and environmental sustainability. Ashika is a young passionate public speaker who was the Vice President of VIT Community Radio 90.8 FM, she has also worked as a mentor for the anchoring team during her college years. Ashika has undertaken various leadership roles, serving as the student council member during school and college years. Ashika hopes to create a change at the grass root level of problems that afflict the society she belongs to, through her role as a Global School Ambassador.

 
  Md. Sajjad Azim  Dhaka Bangladesh Sajjad has been a development enthusiast since 2010. He worked on the MDGs as a youth leader at The Hunger Project Bangladesh. Sajjad has served on several projects, fellowships and internships on SDGs with organizations including Climate Tracker, British Council, UNDP Bangladesh, Ministry of Science and Technology Bangladesh, Young Sustainable Impact Bangladesh, Dataville Research LLC, Social Business Youth Alliance Global, Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center, and Socio-Economic Resilience Advancement Committee Bangladesh. Sajjad’s team won the ISCEA Ptak Prize 2016 from Bangladesh, a prestigious case competition in supply chain management. Sajjad is a Certified Supply Chain Analyst and has experience in managing small and medium-size projects.

Md. Sajjad Azim
Dhaka
Bangladesh
Sajjad has been a development enthusiast since 2010. He worked on the MDGs as a youth leader at The Hunger Project Bangladesh. Sajjad has served on several projects, fellowships and internships on SDGs with organizations including Climate Tracker, British Council, UNDP Bangladesh, Ministry of Science and Technology Bangladesh, Young Sustainable Impact Bangladesh, Dataville Research LLC, Social Business Youth Alliance Global, Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center, and Socio-Economic Resilience Advancement Committee Bangladesh. Sajjad’s team won the ISCEA Ptak Prize 2016 from Bangladesh, a prestigious case competition in supply chain management. Sajjad is a Certified Supply Chain Analyst and has experience in managing small and medium-size projects.

  Prajna Cauvery Kotera Pooviah  Coimbatore India Prajna Cauvery serves as the Program Director of Sustainability Initiatives at Anaadi Foundation, a social organisation dedicated to inspiring young people lead a self-reliant and sustainable life. She is an Electrical and Electronics Engineering Graduate with Distinction from Amrita University. She co-leads several initiatives on education, rural development and sustainability. She actively connects with educational institutions to create awareness about the SDGs and indigenous solutions. She is also the Head of Learning and Development Division at EduSeva Technologies, where technology enabled education for girls has become her key area of work.

Prajna Cauvery Kotera Pooviah
Coimbatore
India
Prajna Cauvery serves as the Program Director of Sustainability Initiatives at Anaadi Foundation, a social organisation dedicated to inspiring young people lead a self-reliant and sustainable life. She is an Electrical and Electronics Engineering Graduate with Distinction from Amrita University. She co-leads several initiatives on education, rural development and sustainability. She actively connects with educational institutions to create awareness about the SDGs and indigenous solutions. She is also the Head of Learning and Development Division at EduSeva Technologies, where technology enabled education for girls has become her key area of work.

  Muhammad Waseem Sajjad (Mws)  Islamabad Pakistan Waseem is Project Associate at Kaarvan Crafts Foundation, where he works to create a world of cooperation and collaboration where women and men stand side by side as equal participants for achieving 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Previously, he was Research Fellow at Pakistan Institute of Development Economics and worked on The Role of Local Governments in Sustainable Development, and kick started the discussions on the role of local governments for achieving SDGs in Pakistan. Passionate for achieving the SDGs within specify time period, he holds BS (4 Years) in Public Management and M.Phil. Public Policy.

Muhammad Waseem Sajjad (Mws)
Islamabad
Pakistan
Waseem is Project Associate at Kaarvan Crafts Foundation, where he works to create a world of cooperation and collaboration where women and men stand side by side as equal participants for achieving 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Previously, he was Research Fellow at Pakistan Institute of Development Economics and worked on The Role of Local Governments in Sustainable Development, and kick started the discussions on the role of local governments for achieving SDGs in Pakistan. Passionate for achieving the SDGs within specify time period, he holds BS (4 Years) in Public Management and M.Phil. Public Policy.

 
  Faiza Zia  Lahore Pakistan Faiza Zia is a communications and research specialist, currently working with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Lahore, Pakistan. Faiza aims to promote sustainable development as a widely recognized concept in Pakistan. She has worked directly with underprivileged youth in southern Pakistan and strongly advocates youth development as part of the Global Goals. Faiza also has a passion for research and writing and is an equally ardent reader and a travel enthusiast.

Faiza Zia
Lahore
Pakistan
Faiza Zia is a communications and research specialist, currently working with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Lahore, Pakistan. Faiza aims to promote sustainable development as a widely recognized concept in Pakistan. She has worked directly with underprivileged youth in southern Pakistan and strongly advocates youth development as part of the Global Goals. Faiza also has a passion for research and writing and is an equally ardent reader and a travel enthusiast.

  Aditya Kaudan  NOIDA India "Aditya is a youth advocate and an inclusion expert. Aditya is a humanist and a global citizen; believing in global peace and prosperity beyond the horizon of national boundaries. An avid follower of global goals; considering them as lifestyle goals.   Aditya also serves as the UNESCO Youth Leader for ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) and is dedicated to research and formulating local action plans for connecting historical wisdom and knowledge towards planning for the sustainable future.   Aditya is passionate about arts, architecture, culture and cuisines; always on a look-out to find a connection between common wisdom and sustainable lifestyle practices."

Aditya Kaudan
NOIDA
India
"Aditya is a youth advocate and an inclusion expert. Aditya is a humanist and a global citizen; believing in global peace and prosperity beyond the horizon of national boundaries. An avid follower of global goals; considering them as lifestyle goals.  
Aditya also serves as the UNESCO Youth Leader for ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) and is dedicated to research and formulating local action plans for connecting historical wisdom and knowledge towards planning for the sustainable future.  
Aditya is passionate about arts, architecture, culture and cuisines; always on a look-out to find a connection between common wisdom and sustainable lifestyle practices."

  Nurul Hasnat Ove  Dhaka Bangladesh Nurul Hasnat Ove is a youth advocacy and leadership development expert and a champion of youth inclusion, Gender Equality, and Climate Change. Mr.Hasnat is also passionate about Sustainable Development Golas Creativity & Heritage protection. Originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Mr.Hasnat currently works as "President " at the "Leadership Development Association Bangladesh ".Mr.Ove is also serving as the "President" of "World Merit Bangladesh" and has been recognized by many national and international awards and fellowship."

Nurul Hasnat Ove
Dhaka
Bangladesh
Nurul Hasnat Ove is a youth advocacy and leadership development expert and a champion of youth inclusion, Gender Equality, and Climate Change. Mr.Hasnat is also passionate about Sustainable Development Golas Creativity & Heritage protection. Originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Mr.Hasnat currently works as "President " at the "Leadership Development Association Bangladesh ".Mr.Ove is also serving as the "President" of "World Merit Bangladesh" and has been recognized by many national and international awards and fellowship."

 
  Karlo Jayson M. Abila  General Santos City Philippines "Having been a youth leader since he was 14, starting with his election as one of the councilors of his village's Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth Council), Karlo has gained a lot of experience in youth affairs and development. Being a Youth Councilor also inspired him to advocate for and promote inclusive and participatory governance at the grassroots level.   Karlo now serves as the Program Manager of the National Young Leaders' Conference — an annual gathering of young grassroots leaders — which aims to help youth leaders acquire the necessary knowledge and enhance the skills needed to advocate for the United Nations SDG Campaign."

Karlo Jayson M. Abila
General Santos City
Philippines
"Having been a youth leader since he was 14, starting with his election as one of the councilors of his village's Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth Council), Karlo has gained a lot of experience in youth affairs and development. Being a Youth Councilor also inspired him to advocate for and promote inclusive and participatory governance at the grassroots level.  
Karlo now serves as the Program Manager of the National Young Leaders' Conference — an annual gathering of young grassroots leaders — which aims to help youth leaders acquire the necessary knowledge and enhance the skills needed to advocate for the United Nations SDG Campaign."

  Bhupindar Singh  New Delhi India Bhupindar is an avid sustainability architect for Youth inclusion. With roots in India, he's passionate for Environment sustainability, Digital disruption and Policy interlink. At UNESCO MGIEP, he conceptualized a mobile application for Youth that earned him capability to think-out-of-box, conducted nationwide youth survey for revision in National Education Policy. As Researcher to UNESCO IFIP, he explores ICT role in Sustainability education and Peacebuilding for cognitive disruption. Being Deputy Director to EUCLID, he coordinates with online course curriculum on sustainability. Previously designed programmes at Ministry think-tank for Corporate capacity building on Low Carbon. Singh hold's Financial Management Master's from Durham University.

Bhupindar Singh
New Delhi
India
Bhupindar is an avid sustainability architect for Youth inclusion. With roots in India, he's passionate for Environment sustainability, Digital disruption and Policy interlink. At UNESCO MGIEP, he conceptualized a mobile application for Youth that earned him capability to think-out-of-box, conducted nationwide youth survey for revision in National Education Policy. As Researcher to UNESCO IFIP, he explores ICT role in Sustainability education and Peacebuilding for cognitive disruption. Being Deputy Director to EUCLID, he coordinates with online course curriculum on sustainability. Previously designed programmes at Ministry think-tank for Corporate capacity building on Low Carbon. Singh hold's Financial Management Master's from Durham University.

  Zitin Munshi  MUMBAI India Zitin is a sustainability and corporate responsibility professional. She has worked with multinationals and Fortune 500 companies to strategize, execute and communicate their sustainability and corporate responsibility initiatives. Originally from Mumbai, India, she has completed a Master's degree in Development Economics from School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She is a SOAS Masters Scholar and a J.N. Tata Scholar for pursuing her higher education. Zitin is involved in voluntary projects in the area of youth mentoring and waste management. Zitin enjoys travelling, engaging in artwork and playing the Ukulele in her spare time.

Zitin Munshi
MUMBAI
India
Zitin is a sustainability and corporate responsibility professional. She has worked with multinationals and Fortune 500 companies to strategize, execute and communicate their sustainability and corporate responsibility initiatives. Originally from Mumbai, India, she has completed a Master's degree in Development Economics from School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She is a SOAS Masters Scholar and a J.N. Tata Scholar for pursuing her higher education. Zitin is involved in voluntary projects in the area of youth mentoring and waste management. Zitin enjoys travelling, engaging in artwork and playing the Ukulele in her spare time.

 
  Bernard Lim  Singapore Singapore Bernard is a youth advocate and international human rights expert. He is passionate about social and political rights, critical thinking, and blockchain technology. Based in Singapore, Bernard works as a Financial Adviser for High Net Worth Professionals and Business Experts at an investment & insurance company. Bernard also serves as a Young Leader Fellow at Women Deliver, a 6 Degrees / Institute of Canadian Citizenship Junior Fellow, and has represented Singapore in many official high-level conferences abroad. He was recognized by past Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong as a Young Community Leader awardee in 2010 and 2013.

Bernard Lim
Singapore
Singapore
Bernard is a youth advocate and international human rights expert. He is passionate about social and political rights, critical thinking, and blockchain technology. Based in Singapore, Bernard works as a Financial Adviser for High Net Worth Professionals and Business Experts at an investment & insurance company. Bernard also serves as a Young Leader Fellow at Women Deliver, a 6 Degrees / Institute of Canadian Citizenship Junior Fellow, and has represented Singapore in many official high-level conferences abroad. He was recognized by past Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong as a Young Community Leader awardee in 2010 and 2013.

  Lian Sabella Castillo  Davao City Philippines Lian advocates for inclusive education and development. She is a Davao native and currently works with a local organization for the conservation of indigenous culture and natural biodiversity. Her masters dissertation on ICT integration in rural public schools was recently published in an international peer reviewed multidisciplinary research journal. She has also presented in the ASEAN Academic Forum in Tokyo. She was a delegate to the 2017 Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations, which paved way for her affiliation with Global Young Voices and Global Youth Mentorship Initiative.

Lian Sabella Castillo
Davao City
Philippines
Lian advocates for inclusive education and development. She is a Davao native and currently works with a local organization for the conservation of indigenous culture and natural biodiversity. Her masters dissertation on ICT integration in rural public schools was recently published in an international peer reviewed multidisciplinary research journal. She has also presented in the ASEAN Academic Forum in Tokyo. She was a delegate to the 2017 Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations, which paved way for her affiliation with Global Young Voices and Global Youth Mentorship Initiative.

  Sania Haider Shikoh  Islamabad Pakistan "Sania Haider is an active community mobilizer residing in Islamabad, Pakistan. She has a passion for quality education, peace, and sustainable economic development. She is a member of various national and international organisations including The Future Begins Here, Pakistan U.S. Alumni Network and Commonwealth Youth Forum. Sania has also organized Career Counselling Fairs for high school and college students in her community.   Sania was born and raised in Quetta, Pakistan and entered NUST, Islamabad, in 2012 after achieving merit scholarship to pursue Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Subsequently, she was awarded Commonwealth Shared Masters Study Scholarship to study MSc Economic Development."

Sania Haider Shikoh
Islamabad
Pakistan
"Sania Haider is an active community mobilizer residing in Islamabad, Pakistan. She has a passion for quality education, peace, and sustainable economic development. She is a member of various national and international organisations including The Future Begins Here, Pakistan U.S. Alumni Network and Commonwealth Youth Forum. Sania has also organized Career Counselling Fairs for high school and college students in her community.  
Sania was born and raised in Quetta, Pakistan and entered NUST, Islamabad, in 2012 after achieving merit scholarship to pursue Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Subsequently, she was awarded Commonwealth Shared Masters Study Scholarship to study MSc Economic Development."

 
  Harold Bernardo Bueno  Manila Philippines Harold is a scholar in Taylors University-Malaysia taking Ph.D. in Hospitality and Tourism. Served as a module leader and lecturer of sustainable tourism development in the same university. He is a professor and former program head in ITHM at Far Eastern University. He is an advocate of sustainable development focusing on the areas of the food system, farming, tourism, and education. He travels across the Southeast-Asian region to study and promote sustainable farm-to-table. He presented farm-to-table researcher papers in different international conferences. In 2016, he was awarded of an international research grant from “Sumitomo Foundation” for his ongoing research project.

Harold Bernardo Bueno
Manila
Philippines
Harold is a scholar in Taylors University-Malaysia taking Ph.D. in Hospitality and Tourism. Served as a module leader and lecturer of sustainable tourism development in the same university. He is a professor and former program head in ITHM at Far Eastern University. He is an advocate of sustainable development focusing on the areas of the food system, farming, tourism, and education. He travels across the Southeast-Asian region to study and promote sustainable farm-to-table. He presented farm-to-table researcher papers in different international conferences. In 2016, he was awarded of an international research grant from “Sumitomo Foundation” for his ongoing research project.

  Sanju Soman  Alappzuha India Sanju Soman is a social entrepreneur and Sustainability expert with a master’s degree in Climate Change and Sustainability Studies. He currently is Senior Program Officer at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment. He is also Co-founder of Sustera Foundation ([www.sustera.org](http://www.sustera.org)) which works on Climate Change action and research. He also runs a social enterprise named Bhava (wwww.bhavaindia.com) which works on developing eco-friendly alternatives for daily use plastic products for which the manufacturing is being done by Woman from rural regions. He is an ardent cyclist and photographer with a keen interest in design and innovation.

Sanju Soman
Alappzuha
India
Sanju Soman is a social entrepreneur and Sustainability expert with a master’s degree in Climate Change and Sustainability Studies. He currently is Senior Program Officer at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment. He is also Co-founder of Sustera Foundation ([www.sustera.org](http://www.sustera.org)) which works on Climate Change action and research. He also runs a social enterprise named Bhava (wwww.bhavaindia.com) which works on developing eco-friendly alternatives for daily use plastic products for which the manufacturing is being done by Woman from rural regions. He is an ardent cyclist and photographer with a keen interest in design and innovation.

  Rahul Dubey  Udaipur India Rahul is a resourceful, self-motivated and results-driven development professional armed with an experience of 6 years in NGO sector. He is the Vice President of ALFA Educational Society, which is a grassroots level organization in rural India where he joined as an Intern in 2012. His passion and dedication to harnessing the full potential of youth’s energy keep him charged all the time. A gold medalist in Masters, he has extremely good interpersonal, strategic planning, management and mentoring skills. He is an excellent team worker and has an outstanding ability to remain good-humoured and unflappable under pressure.

Rahul Dubey
Udaipur
India
Rahul is a resourceful, self-motivated and results-driven development professional armed with an experience of 6 years in NGO sector. He is the Vice President of ALFA Educational Society, which is a grassroots level organization in rural India where he joined as an Intern in 2012. His passion and dedication to harnessing the full potential of youth’s energy keep him charged all the time. A gold medalist in Masters, he has extremely good interpersonal, strategic planning, management and mentoring skills. He is an excellent team worker and has an outstanding ability to remain good-humoured and unflappable under pressure.

 
  Bhagya Wijayawardane  Balangoda/Colombo Sri Lanka Bhagya is an urban gardener & lecturer by profession who is working to improve food security & the co-founder of ESHKOL Garden Works, which encourages people to grow their own food in their garden/home.It sells products from space-saving vertical gardens to hydroponics, which make it possible to grow plants without soil & most of the products are made using upcycled materials by people living in rural communities. She runs a community center to teach organic vegetable gardening,provide seed starting , composting and delivers programs in schools & youth clubs to teach youth about the importance of fresh produce & provides low-income families with the resources needed to grow food at home for a reasonable price.

Bhagya Wijayawardane
Balangoda/Colombo
Sri Lanka
Bhagya is an urban gardener & lecturer by profession who is working to improve food security & the co-founder of ESHKOL Garden Works, which encourages people to grow their own food in their garden/home.It sells products from space-saving vertical gardens to hydroponics, which make it possible to grow plants without soil & most of the products are made using upcycled materials by people living in rural communities. She runs a community center to teach organic vegetable gardening,provide seed starting , composting and delivers programs in schools & youth clubs to teach youth about the importance of fresh produce & provides low-income families with the resources needed to grow food at home for a reasonable price.

 
 

Northern Europe

  Paula Marcela Olaya Búcaro  Uppsala Sweden Born and raised in Sweden but with parents from both Colombia and El Salvador. Marcela has always been passionate about health and the environment. Therefore she has been engaged in the work of civil society in these fields. Marcela has previously conducted an internship at an NGO in Guatemala but is at the moment working for a pharmaceutical company.

Paula Marcela Olaya Búcaro
Uppsala
Sweden
Born and raised in Sweden but with parents from both Colombia and El Salvador. Marcela has always been passionate about health and the environment. Therefore she has been engaged in the work of civil society in these fields. Marcela has previously conducted an internship at an NGO in Guatemala but is at the moment working for a pharmaceutical company.

  Andreia Rodrigues  Stockholm Sweden Andreia is a jurist born and raised in Portugal, but now residing in Stockholm, Sweden. Following her 4 years of studies and her graduation in Law by the Nova University of Lisbon, she moved to Stockholm in order to work with an international youth organization that promotes sobriety, human rights and an overall healthy environment that allows youth to fully developed to their potential.

Andreia Rodrigues
Stockholm
Sweden
Andreia is a jurist born and raised in Portugal, but now residing in Stockholm, Sweden. Following her 4 years of studies and her graduation in Law by the Nova University of Lisbon, she moved to Stockholm in order to work with an international youth organization that promotes sobriety, human rights and an overall healthy environment that allows youth to fully developed to their potential.

  Weng Ian Che  Stockholm Sweden Ian is currently a second year Master's student majoring in Public Health Epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet. Ian has strong passion on promoting SDGs and global health. Originally from Macau, Ian also works as a digital ambassador of the Swedish Institute and has also served as an Events Manager of the Swedish Organization for Global Heath.

Weng Ian Che
Stockholm
Sweden
Ian is currently a second year Master's student majoring in Public Health Epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet. Ian has strong passion on promoting SDGs and global health. Originally from Macau, Ian also works as a digital ambassador of the Swedish Institute and has also served as an Events Manager of the Swedish Organization for Global Heath.

 

Oceania

  Julia Barnes  Wollongong Australia Julia is an environmental scientist and educator with a background in sustainability consulting, project management and program design. She loves creating opportunities for people of all ages to connect with nature, recognise why the environment is important to them personally and feel empowered to act in their own way to protect and look after our world. She is excited to be a part of the Global Schools Program to foster local action in regards to the UN Sustainability Development Goals, and celebrate the amazing number of people who are acting to make the world a better place every day.

Julia Barnes
Wollongong
Australia
Julia is an environmental scientist and educator with a background in sustainability consulting, project management and program design. She loves creating opportunities for people of all ages to connect with nature, recognise why the environment is important to them personally and feel empowered to act in their own way to protect and look after our world. She is excited to be a part of the Global Schools Program to foster local action in regards to the UN Sustainability Development Goals, and celebrate the amazing number of people who are acting to make the world a better place every day.

  Nina Greig Towers  Melbourne Australia Nina is a 21-year old who works with leaders at the forefront of ethical and sustainable business. Nina is the Co-Founder Future Business Generation where she now is an Advisory Board Member. Nina is also Marketing and Public Affairs Manager at Future Business Council, where she advocates and supports businesses that are creating a new sustainable economy for Australia. Nina is Founder and CEO of Youth Talk'ers’, an agency that places young people in speaking roles to create more diverse discussions. Nina, she is currently in her last year of her Bachelor degree.

Nina Greig Towers
Melbourne
Australia
Nina is a 21-year old who works with leaders at the forefront of ethical and sustainable business. Nina is the Co-Founder Future Business Generation where she now is an Advisory Board Member. Nina is also Marketing and Public Affairs Manager at Future Business Council, where she advocates and supports businesses that are creating a new sustainable economy for Australia. Nina is Founder and CEO of Youth Talk'ers’, an agency that places young people in speaking roles to create more diverse discussions. Nina, she is currently in her last year of her Bachelor degree.

  Tanvi Oza  Melbourne Australia Tanvi is currently an Advanced Science Research Student at Monash University, Melbourne Australia. She is passionate about environmental research and sustainability. She has vast experience undertaking various research projects in areas of environmental significance across Melbourne and internationally, such as in the Cinque Terre, Italy. Tanvi has a high degree of involvement in education through mentoring and coaching secondary students and through her role as a Science Ambassador. She is also a professional dancer and flautist and is currently pursuing these passions through collaboration and teaching.

Tanvi Oza
Melbourne
Australia
Tanvi is currently an Advanced Science Research Student at Monash University, Melbourne Australia. She is passionate about environmental research and sustainability. She has vast experience undertaking various research projects in areas of environmental significance across Melbourne and internationally, such as in the Cinque Terre, Italy. Tanvi has a high degree of involvement in education through mentoring and coaching secondary students and through her role as a Science Ambassador. She is also a professional dancer and flautist and is currently pursuing these passions through collaboration and teaching.

 
  Sophie Mckellar  Wellington New Zealand "Sophie McKellar, aged 21 studies in Wellington, New Zealand's vibrant and diverse capital city. After spending two years abroad she is now working towards her degree in Education and Development Studies at Victoria University.   Before embarking on her studies Sophie spent time working with children, exploring and volunteering in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Germany. During this time she embraced the opportunities to learn about, explore and immerse herself in different cultures and communities and continues to do so back in New Zealand. Sophie is always planning the next adventure and enjoys spending time with children, cooking, yoga, cycling and hiking."

Sophie Mckellar
Wellington
New Zealand
"Sophie McKellar, aged 21 studies in Wellington, New Zealand's vibrant and diverse capital city. After spending two years abroad she is now working towards her degree in Education and Development Studies at Victoria University.  
Before embarking on her studies Sophie spent time working with children, exploring and volunteering in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Germany. During this time she embraced the opportunities to learn about, explore and immerse herself in different cultures and communities and continues to do so back in New Zealand. Sophie is always planning the next adventure and enjoys spending time with children, cooking, yoga, cycling and hiking."