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EDD 2016 - Young Leaders Programme

EDD 2016 - Young Leaders Programme

EDD 2016 - Young Leaders Programme

Meet the EDD 2016 Young Leaders

Meet the EDD 2016 Young Leaders

Meet the EDD 2016 Young Leaders

The European Development Days invite young people from around the world to join the debate about development policy and international cooperation.
16 Young Leaders aged 21 – 26 have been selected to share a panel with world leaders, talk about their experiences, present their ideas, and help shape the future of global development. Find out more about each of them!

Sana Afouaiz
Young Leader - Ensuring Accountability: A Shared Commitment
Morocco
2016
Sana Afouaiz
Young Leader - Ensuring Accountability: A Shared Commitment
Morocco
2016
Sana is the Founder of “AYAP”, a youth-led capacity-building platform, which shares knowledge about policy making, an interactive and open space for youth to advocate their rights in Africa and beyond. Thanks to her strong commitment she has led a successful campaign to reform the Moroccan article that allowed rapists to marry their victims and avoid jail. She is Youth Advocate for the meaningful participation of youth within the framework of the SDGs, she has been nominated 10 top Youth to work for Restless Development Organization. Currently Sana works as Consultant for Women’s World Wide Web. Her striving goal to empower youth drove her to travel to more than 20 countries where she spoke and promoted for youth voices in high-level events. She was awarded Ashoka Changemaker Award, Excellence EU METALIC Scholarship; and she has been nominated for 2016 CIVICUS Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Awards.
Hovhannes Aghajanyan
Young Leader - Science, Technology and Innovation (STI)
Armenia
2016
Hovhannes Aghajanyan
Young Leader - Science, Technology and Innovation (STI)
Armenia
2016
Hovhannes holds a Master’s degree in IT Management from Yerevan State University and currently focuses in IT Management and Digital Production. He has more then 6 years working experience in IT industry, Banking and NGO sector. In addition, he has experience in founding and managing IT and Social Startups. Since 2012 he is Co-Founder at Citybugs Social Start-Up, an award-winning citizen-reporting platform. Hovhannes actively engaged in Internet Governance related issues with ISOC AM.
Digital technologies' contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals Armenia
Science, Technology and Innovation (STI)
Ruba Ahmad
Young Leader - Inequalities
Jordan
2016
Ruba Ahmad
Young Leader - Inequalities
Jordan
2016
Ruba shows strong commitment to fighting inequalities in the Arab region, and has interesting professional and personal experiences to support her application. She is currently working with ActionAid’s Global Platform Jordan on Human Rights and Governance, raising awareness and fighting different aspects of inequality and discrimination; against women, refugees, and young people. She runs trainings for disenfranchised youth, empowering them about their rights and engaging them to demand accountability, transparency, and participation in political processes, to enable tangible change. Ruba will speak about the important role of civil society and young people in the fight against inequality on the local level, and in pressuring governments and hold policy makers accountable to respect individual human rights.
An economy for the 1 % Jordan
Inequalities
Marouane Bakit
Young Leader - Inclusive & Peaceful Societies
Morocco / Libya
2016
Marouane Bakit
Young Leader - Inclusive & Peaceful Societies
Morocco / Libya
2016
Marouane founded Makers of Hope for Human Rights, an organisation working on strengthening the capacity building of youth in peacebuilding practices, and advocating for youth participation in peace processes. He leads community workshops and trainings on conflict transformation, working with young people to advocate against violent extremism and educate about human rights and justice. Marouane’s background includes an experience with the organisation Search For Common Ground and taking part in high-level workshops with the UN on Development, security, and peace in context of violent extremism and terrorism.
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 Morocco / Libya
Means of Implementation
Reuben James Barrete
Young Leader - Working with Fragile States
Philippines
2016
Reuben James Barrete
Young Leader - Working with Fragile States
Philippines
2016
Reuben is the founder of the Christian-Muslim Solidarity Network, an organisation that advocates for mutual respect and understanding between various faiths, cultures and communities through concrete social actions and online campaigns. Through his organisation he has set up the Initiative for Peace Project, which builds on the idea that children are the cornerstone to build a peaceful and respectful society. The project consists in peace education classes for young children from marginalised Muslim communities in Manila. His project has reached more than 200 children aged 3-13 so far. Reuben’s involvement is complemented by his studies on Conflict Transformation and his professional experience in the Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process for the President of the Philippines.
Working together in fragile states for better effectiveness Philippines
Working with Fragile States
Ruben Baumer
Young Leader - Circular Economy / Sustainable Consumption and Production
Belgium
2016
Ruben Baumer
Young Leader - Circular Economy / Sustainable Consumption and Production
Belgium
2016
Ruben works as a R&D engineer in Energy and Environment Technology for a Belgian retail group with his main focus on sustainable transport and renewable energy production. He participated from the first days in the newly founded students-led organisation, called Academics for Development (AFD). AFD aims at enhancing social entrepreneurship in developing countries by student projects. Ruben also founded Sénérgie, a social business selling small solar systems in rural area's without electricity, based in Thies, Senegal. This all proves his strong commitment to and knowledge of technological solutions that help face environmental and social challenges. As an outstanding student during his career, he has also participated in the European Youth Parliament providing advice on environmental policy.
Towards a circular economy for sustainable consumption and production Belgium
Circular Economy / Sustainable Consumption and Production
Nestor Dehouindji
Young Leader - Trade, Growth and Sustainable Development
Benin
2016
Nestor Dehouindji
Young Leader - Trade, Growth and Sustainable Development
Benin
2016
Nestor is a young journalist specialised in economy and trade, with strong academic background in the contribution of international trade to development, and an extensive knowledge of the World Trade Organisation: he has participated in several WTO events and shows very strong public speaking skills in his video. He is the Head of the Western Africa Block for the World Youth Government Ministry of World Trade. Nestor would like to become an international expert in trade and development topics.
Ayesha Durrani
Young Leader - Gender
Pakistan
2016
Ayesha Durrani
Young Leader - Gender
Pakistan
2016

Ayesha is a young entrepreneur, convinced that small businesses can be part of the solution for women’s empowerment. She has developed a business model herself, to sell contraceptive and hygiene products door to door for women in the Dhok Hassu area. This business aims at improving Sexual and Reproductive Health for women as well as starting a business to employ women, and has employed 10 women so far. Ayesha also has a strong academic background in development and women’s empowerment issues.

Alan Andres Jarandilla Nuñez
Young Leader - Means of Implementation
Bolivia
2016
Alan Andres Jarandilla Nuñez
Young Leader - Means of Implementation
Bolivia
2016
Alan is president of AIESEC La Paz in Bolivia, where he started a project related to the implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda: enhancing youth participation through advocacy and campaigning, his aims are to discuss the need to develop inclusive and participatory processes that ensure transparency and accountability, and to establish a network of youth organisations and CSOs to participate in the implementation of the SDGs.
New financing models for a new development agenda Bolivia
Means of Implementation
Pilirani Khoza
Young Leader - Water-Energy-Food Nexus
Malawi
2016
Pilirani Khoza
Young Leader - Water-Energy-Food Nexus
Malawi
2016
Pilirani is a devoted researcher on food security and climate change with an academic background in Science and Forestry. Concerned by the lack of participation of women in higher education, she founded the Bunda Female Students Organisation (BUFESO) where, as Coordinator, she works for the empowerment of young women to get academically involved in the field of Science & Agriculture. Currently, Pilirani combines her responsibilities as Gender Policy-Project Assistant at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Resources (LUANAR) with her work with rural farmers to implement smart technologies to adapt to climate change and reduce negative impact over population’s welfare. This is a continuation of her academic trajectory during which she ran successful environment-related projects on innovative strategies to adapt to climate change.
Joselin Manzanares Nuñez
Young Leader - Climate Change
Nicaragua
2016
Joselin Manzanares Nuñez
Young Leader - Climate Change
Nicaragua
2016
Joselin is a member of Young Environmentalists Movement (Movimiento Jóvenes Ambientalistas) in Nicaragua, where she has coordinated different activities one of them is the international initiative Earth Hour. She was also the Project Coordinator for a UN-Habitat funded project focused on training and education of youth in sustainable urban tourism. She has linked her passion for sustainable environment issues with a distinctive academic background in Social Communication, which allowed her to lead communication campaigns in the field. Her excellent public speaking skills have been proved in diverse international events in both Latin America and Europe.
Rose Sakala
Young leader - Engaging the Private Sector
Malawi
2016
Rose Sakala
Young leader - Engaging the Private Sector
Malawi
2016
Rose is a youth leader whose passion for youth entrepreneurship and empowerment has created opportunities for hundreds of youth in Malawi and beyond. She represents the potential of young African entrepreneurs, out to improve their societies. She is the Star Prize Winner for Future African Leaders Awards 2015, for her involvement in economic empowerment for women and youth. Her project, LUSELI, engages with the private sector to invest pitch ideas from young entrepreneurs in key sectors such as agriculture, to give a chance to marginalised women and youth to start their own businesses. She has conducted trainings on managing sustainable business models and entrepreneurship skills. Rose has also represented Save The Children in various occasions including EXPO 2015 in Milan, and has excellent public speaking skills.
From words to actions Malawi
Engaging the Private Sector
Abbas Sbeity
Young Leader - Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Cities
Lebanon
2016
Abbas Sbeity
Young Leader - Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Cities
Lebanon
2016
Abbas studied architecture at the Lebanese University in Beirut. In 2014, he founded the Lebanese Architecture Club; a youth-led organization based in Beirut that focuses on the role of architecture in social impact. The club involves young architects and students in various projects that tackles problems affecting Lebanon; such as the migrant issue and the waste management crisis. In 2015, Abbas has led a team of architecture students in a project in cooperation with UN-Habitat. The team implemented sustainable solutions to improve the conditions of selected neighborhoods in Beirut on an architectural and urban scale while involving the local community. Currently, Abbas is the project coordinator for Beirut Design Week at the MENA Design Research Center. He has participated in different projects and programs including the renovation of Beirut Design Week’s central space in Beirut, Loyac Homes in Danah (Jordan), and Perceive the City in Istanbul.
Vandinika Shukla
Young Leader - Education
India
2016
Vandinika Shukla
Young Leader - Education
India
2016
Vandinika has been the Head of Project Enable, an initiative aimed at empowering high school children to make their schools more accessible and equal opportunity driven through the implementation of the Indian Right to Education Act, which protects the right to access quality education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Thanks to her dedication and commitment, the project has already had an impact on more than 100 children in over 15 schools, published a book on the Right to Education Act, and organized several conferences with educationists, schools and the Ministry of Human Resource Development in attendance. Vandinika’s great motivation and driven attitude led her to conceptualise and head another nation wide project on increasing electoral participation and policy awareness in India, resulting in an increment in women’s participation in politics. Her involvement in forums on international development and gender equality, especially as the Indian Ambassador to Girls20, is a compliment to her bright university career pursued both in India and in Europe, where she recently graduated from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) with an MSc in International Relations. Recipient of the LSE Women’s Network’s Top 20 Inspirational Women at LSE award, Vandinika has followed her Masters with a graduate internship at UN Women, New York.
Faith Tendai Munyati
Young Leader - Migration & Refugees
South Africa
2016
Faith Tendai Munyati
Young Leader - Migration & Refugees
South Africa
2016
A lawyer and researcher in migrant’s rights, Faith works to defend refugees and inform newly arrived migrants about their rights. She represents the Lawyers for Human Rights, where she lobbies for reforms in the law and advocated for migrants’ rights in South Africa. Faith has a strong academic and professional background and will be able to speak knowledgeably about the issue of refugees in South Africa.
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 South Africa
Means of Implementation
Elsa Zekeng
Young Leader - Leave no-one behind
Cameroon
2016
Elsa Zekeng
Young Leader - Leave no-one behind
Cameroon
2016
A final year PhD candidate in Infectious Disease and Global Health, Elsa is a highly knowledgeable young woman specialised in health care in developing countries. Responding to the WHO’s call for scientists, she deployed to the Ebola treatment centre in Guinea, where she lead a team in medical procedures such as testing patients and following their progress. She has therefore experienced death due to highly infectious diseases first hand and understands the reality of the situation on the ground. Furthermore, Elsa has co-founded the NorthWest Biotech Initiative (NBI), a student led initiative to link academia to industry and encourage social entrepreneurship in the health sector.

What is the Young Leaders Programme?

What is the Young Leaders Programme?

What is the Young Leaders Programme?

Youth are a driving force behind some of the most inspiring development projects. At EDD 2016, youth will have their voices heard in policy discussions that will shape our future. The 16 selected Young Leaders will share their views and experiences in the high-level debates of the forum, alongside world leaders and other change-makers in the development field.

During their visit to Brussels, Young Leaders get the chance to visit European institutions, participate in workshops, meet key policymakers and interact with other young people driving change around the world. They will speak at various sessions and enjoy full access to the whole conference. Travel and accommodation is covered by the European Commission.

EDD 2016 Young Leaders

EDD 2016 Young Leaders

EDD 2016 Young Leaders

Young leaders Documents table

Young leaders Documents table

Young leaders Documents table