7-8 JUNE 2017 / Tour & Taxis / Brussels

Meet the EDD 2017 Young Leaders

Meet the EDD 2017 Young Leaders

Meet the EDD 2017 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!

Esenam Amuzu
EDD Young Leader, Ghana
2017
Esenam Amuzu
EDD Young Leader, Ghana
2017
Esenam works to improve access to sexual and reproductive health rights in Africa for young women, particularly in rural areas of her country. As a member of CURIOUS MINDS Ghana, a youth-led advocacy working towards children and youth development through the media, she hosts one of the flagship youth radio programmes. Esenam is also part of the “My Teen Life”, a project aiming at finding proactive solutions to certain young people’s issues such as teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and unsafe abortions. Despite her young age, she also mentors and volunteers for several youth and health related organisation, both on the national and international level. She is also a dance4life change maker, and speaks of the realities and needs of young people in relation to sexual and reproductive health through consultations with them at the grassroots level. She aspires to be a journalist to promote developmental issues.
Tasneem Ava
EDD Young Leader, Bangladesh
2017
Tasneem Ava
EDD Young Leader, Bangladesh
2017
Tasneem is a business administration student working closely with micro entrepreneurs from the slums in Bangladesh. After experiencing first-hand the effects of the “fast fashion” factories and realizing how the informal economy is creating huge barriers to the social and economic inclusion of the disadvantaged, Tasneem founded Synergy Global.co, a social enterprise connecting climate refugees and marginalised micro-entrepreneurs of Bangladesh with the global market of slow, ethical fashion through e-commerce. Her start-up was recognised as one of the Top 6 around the world by the HULT Prize Foundation in 2016.
Small businesses giant players in pursuit of SDGs Partnering with the Private Sector
Nishchal Banskota
EDD Young Leader, Nepal
2017
Nishchal Banskota
EDD Young Leader, Nepal
2017
Nishchal is a business administration graduate and social entrepreneur. He is primarily concerned about the role of sustainable investment in achieving the global strategy for social development. In 2016 Nishchal founded “Nepal Tea”, a social enterprise that connects rural tea producers to the global market through a holistic approach. He is also the director of “Kanchanjangha Tea Estate” and during his college years he has developed a partnership between an American and a Nepalese University to build classrooms for underprivileged children in one of the most rural areas of Nepal.
Richard Dzikunu
EDD Young Leader, Ghana
2017
Richard Dzikunu
EDD Young Leader, Ghana
2017
Richard is a journalist specialised in development communication, primarily concerned with open development, transparency and accountability. Member of “Curious Mind Ghana” and host of the youth radio show “Gems of our time”, he is also part of “Accountability Advocates”, a group of 20 young experts from youth-led community-based organisations in Africa and Europe, which aims to design and implement a national monitoring framework to hold government accountable in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Now studying an M.A in Development Communication, he hopes to work in the development cooperation sector and contribute to innovative policies.
Nomindari Enkhtur
EDD Young Leader, Mongolia
2017
Nomindari Enkhtur
EDD Young Leader, Mongolia
2017
Nomindari is an international management graduate, primarily concerned with sustainable finance and the role of private sector mobilisation in financing sustainable development. She currently works at the Mongolian Bankers Association as the Lead coordinator of the “Mongolian Sustainable Finance Initiative”, a national voluntary framework aiming at helping banks integrate environmental and social considerations into lending decisions and product design through “green financing”. Her commitment resulted in the adoption of the Mongolian Sustainable Finance Principles and Sector guidelines, to help banks in assessing and identifying E&S risks engaged with their clients and their own operations to drive and encourage green and inclusive development opportunities.
Rachid Ennassiri
EDD Young Leader, Morocco
2017
Rachid Ennassiri
EDD Young Leader, Morocco
2017
Rachid has a degree in sustainable energy. He combines culture and climate actions, engaging in raising awareness about climate change through all art forms. He has won the first Prize for Environmental Poetry competition in the framework of the COP22 organised by Human Dynamics. He has also co-founded two projects aimed at promoting old (Berber) traditions and methods to protect the environment, exploring the role of culture and creativity in responding to climate change challenges, seeking as well internationals collaborations for his projects. At the moment he works for a project called “Green Mosques and the transition to clean energy” funded by the German International Development Agency.
Chinenye Ezeakor
EDD Young Leader, Nigeria
2017
Chinenye Ezeakor
EDD Young Leader, Nigeria
2017
Chinenye is an engineer currently working for Microsoft Nigeria and previously with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission. She serves as the mentoring manager of the “Abuja Global Shapers” initiative, where she has mentored more than 200 students. Chinenye has also founded her own non-profit organisation supporting and mentoring young girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and has provided hands on training to over 500 young female students in areas relating to energy, computer programming and physics.
Digitalisation Digitalisation
Silvia Flores
EDD Young Leader, Peru
2017
Silvia Flores
EDD Young Leader, Peru
2017
Silvia is an Administration and International Business graduate, particularly concerned with international trade and agriculture in Peru and the role of private sector partnership in reaching local and global development. In the last five years, she has experienced three models of partnership: university-enterprise, NGO-enterprise and private-public sector. In 2012 she represented her country, Peru, during an international programme in the USA in front of state authorities, entrepreneurs and leaders.
Courtney Gehle
EDD Young Leader, South Africa
2017
Courtney Gehle
EDD Young Leader, South Africa
2017
Courtney is the founder of “The Greenline” an organisation which raises awareness and acts on environmental issues. She is also the Executive Director of “The Better Tomorrow Movement”, an online youth empowerment platform. As part of her journey, Courtney helped organise the Green Youth Indaba which aimed at bringing together entrepreneurs to promote green economic growth. She organised a Global Divestment Day action which called for an investment shift from fossil fuels to clean technology and she helped draft the Youth Resolution on Climate Change at COP21. She was a finalist for the South African Eco-Youth award and was awarded South African Green Student of the Year in 2016 for her work. She has also recently accepted a position with the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme – South Africa.
Africa Renewable Energy Initiative Trade and fair globalisation
Farahnaz Ghodsinia
EDD Young Leader, Philippines
2017
Farahnaz Ghodsinia
EDD Young Leader, Philippines
2017
Farahnaz comes from an ethnic and religious minority in the Mindanao region, southern Philippines. She works to prevent conflict and build peace through quality education and interfaith dialogue in fragile regions. She founded “Children of Mindanao”, a social-civic venture that provides educational assistance to both Muslim and Christian groups in southern Philippines. Farahnaz was elected as President of the 10th National Youth Parliament of the Philippines, which is the largest parliamentary gathering of young leaders in her country. Over the years, Farahnaz worked in various international programmes, the most recent of which was the WISE Learners Voice Program. In 2017, she was included in Lifestyle Asia’s “30 Young Gamechangers”.
Partnering for Peace and Inclusion Building global partnerships
Alieu Jallow
EDD Young Leader, Gambia
2017
Alieu Jallow
EDD Young Leader, Gambia
2017
As a social entrepreneur from a humble background, Alieu dedicates his life and career to building opportunities for young people like himself. In 2012, he founded the “Young Entrepreneur Association of the Gambia”, and in 2015, he founded the first ever business incubator “Startup Incubator Gambia” which has so far supported 42 start-ups, and created 120 jobs. In 2016, he launched the first Youth Entrepreneurship Summit + Job Fair for young people, which centred on innovation, entrepreneurship, and professional development. With his work, Alieu has provided interactive workshops and networking opportunities to over 400 young entrepreneurs and professionals. He has helped young, jobless people develop their ideas and become successful entrepreneurs who are able to sustain their businesses and provide for their families.
Suman Kumar
EDD Young Leader, Nepal
2017
Suman Kumar
EDD Young Leader, Nepal
2017
Suman is an engineering student and social entrepreneur. After the Nepal earthquake, he collaborated with non-profits and worked on disaster response and prevention projects that involved designing and manufacturing machines, which built 5,365 shelters for over 26,000 earthquake victims. He also co-founded “School Relief”, a social venture working on rebuilding schools destroyed by the earthquake using earthquake-resistant technology. He won a Social Venture Challenge at the UN Youth Assembly in New York to rebuild a school in Nuwakot. He was also selected to participate in the UN Conference on Trade and Development in Nairobi, Kenya, as a Youth Delegate advocating for education, trade and development.
Chawapiwa Masole
EDD Young Leader, Botswana
2017
Chawapiwa Masole
EDD Young Leader, Botswana
2017
Chawapiwa is a lawyer and gender activist who focuses on the economic and political/ leadership empowerment of women. She is project leader for “Putting Women First Trust”, an organisation that organises forums for women on financial literacy, digital marketing, international trade, law and business funding, in order to ensure women entrepreneurs can grow their businesses and the economy. She acts as a mentor to female entrepreneurs by raising awareness of funding opportunities and helping them apply for them. She also volunteers for an organisation called ‘Letsema Resource Support For Women in Politics’ that trains women in politics: the trainings include workshops on foreign and national policies, social media, branding and public speaking skills. Two of the recipients of these trainings have succeeded in securing themselves a seat in the National Parliament. She has used her legal background to offer free legal advice on marriage, property rights and legislation on domestic violence to shelters for abused women.
Kalaba Nkonde
EDD Young Leader, Zambia
2017
Kalaba Nkonde
EDD Young Leader, Zambia
2017
Kalaba is a Public Health, Pharmacy and Hospital Management Master student. She works in a public health care institution, experiencing first-hand the needs of public services in the health care sector. She focuses on public-private partnerships in the healthcare sector, in order to bring universal access to health, especially in rural areas of her country. Her interest also led her to organise an annual HIV/AIDS awareness campaign, to discuss the impact of the disease and the stigma and discrimination associated with this it in rural areas.
Leonardo Parraga
EDD Young Leader, Colombia
2017
Leonardo Parraga
EDD Young Leader, Colombia
2017
Leonardo is a passionate and self-driven young Colombian, who aims to foster the participation of young people and their entrepreneurial skills in various sectors. He has co-founded several initiatives aimed at helping young people acquire and develop key skills for their future careers as well as initiatives to support the implementation of the peace agreement with the FARC and develop youth-led tourism activities aimed at re-discovering marginalised neighbourhoods in Bogotá.
Odessa Primus
EDD Young Leader, Czech Republic
2017
Odessa Primus
EDD Young Leader, Czech Republic
2017
Odessa is an international relations graduate, currently developing a forum, called Go Think Institute, with the aim of helping people interpret news and distinguish information from opinions. She took active part in the 2015/2016 refugee crisis as volunteer coordinator and fundraiser for various NGOs in Greece and Lebanon, managing hands-on tasks in the refugee camps. Her fundraising project has raised over £8,500 and her Facebook page has over 1.500 followers. In addition to that, Odessa’s dissertation thesis focused on the effects of the 2015/2016 refugee crisis in the European Union and the EU's struggle to provide an adequate response.

Young Leaders Programme 2017

Young Leaders Programme 2017

Young Leaders Programme 2017

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. The 16 selected Young Leaders participating in the programme will share their views and experiences in high-level debates alongside world leaders and other change-makers in the development field. Since 2015, the pool has grown with each year’s promotion and the Young Leaders for Development blog has become a go-to platform to exchange ideas, projects and initiatives.

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.

Young Leaders documents table

Young Leaders documents table

Young Leaders documents table