18-19 JUNE 2019 / Tour & Taxis / Brussels

Meet the EDD 2019 Young Leaders

Meet the EDD 2019 Young Leaders

Meet the EDD 2019 Young Leaders

  • Sandra Ajaja
    EDD Young Leader, Nigeria

    Sandra Ajaja is the founder of FemPower Africa, a social enterprise that seeks to teach women in Nigeria and Africa about technology, leadership and entrepreneurship (financial literacy, business plans, soft skills). FemPower Africa has over 2000 members, 30 volunteers, accelerated 52 women owned business (achieving funding for 10), has trained 2000+ individuals in 3 countries, and has trained 200 individuals with Google Digital skills. She has worked for a year and a half for an organization studying and investing in start-ups/entrepreneurs (for local and global firms seeking expansion in Africa). Sandra has an interest in ecosystem for women tech-preneurs/developers/designers and advocates. Sandra has a Bachelor in Engineering from the University of Agriculture in Makurdi.

    Sandra Ajaja
    EDD Young Leader, Nigeria
  • Carlo Angeles
    EDD Young Leader, Peru

    Carlo Angeles is an advocate for sustainable development. At 25, he was appointed as National Director for Organization of Youth at the Ministry of Education, becoming peruvian youngest senior government official. In this capacity, he designed Peru´s first civil society participation and accountability mechanism for the Sustainable Development Goals. He represented youth in various international development processes and served as regional focal point for Latin America and the Caribbean at the United Nations Major Group of Children and Youth for the UN Habitat III process. Currently he serves as Executive Director at Lab2030. In this capacity, he is leading a national discussion that represent over 500 USD million annual investment for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, by implementing Sustainable Procurement processes.

    Carlo Angeles
    EDD Young Leader, Peru
  • Aaron Atimpe
    EDD Young Leader, Ghana

    Aaron is a youth advocate for access to education, health and sexual reproductive rights, with a rural development background. As part of his work as the Chair of the Marie Stopes International Ghana and Ghana Health Service Youth Advisory Boards, he has been advocating for increased investment in youth sexual reproductive health and rights in Ghana. In total, they have trained close to 1,000 young advocates to become ambassadors for adolescent health and development with support from UNFPA and UNICEF. An alumnus of the Kufuor Scholars Programme and a volunteer in a number of youth-led organisations, Aaron currently serves as an Emerging Public Leaders Fellow at Ghana’s Ministry of Finance. He holds a Bachelor in Geography and Rural Development with Political Science.

    Aaron Atimpe
    EDD Young Leader, Ghana
  • Lourence Balatbat
    EDD Young Leader, Philippines

    Lourence is currently pursuing an MA in Political Economy with specialization in International Relations and Development from the University of Asia and the Pacific. He is working with The American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines as a Research Assistant to The Arangkada Philippines Project - a major advocacy aimed at boosting investment and increasing employment in the country. Lourence is also a Community Development Mentor at the Young Leaders Access Program of MCW Global - New York where he guides a group of youth leaders in developing community projects across the globe. He previously worked with Edukasyon.ph, a social enterprise in education technology that connects Filipino students to educational opportunities. He is the founder and president of ASEAN Youth Philippines, a not-for-profit organization that engages Filipino youth in sustainable development and he has held leadership positions in the Department of Education Federation of Student Governments (President) and the Caniogan Library Initiative (Project Manager). Lourence would like to advance the idea that poverty alleviation through tailored social protection programs must always be supplemented by state-initiated labor market integration if a government aims to reduce income inequality.

    Lourence Balatbat
    EDD Young Leader, Philippines
  • Leticia Pinheiro Rizerio Carmo
    EDD Young Leader, Brazil

    Leticia has an MA in urban planning, sustainable development and territorial systems and a BA in civil engineering. Currently, she is a Local Pathways Fellow at UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth Projects, and is working on “The voices of Belo Horizonte’s women: collectively building public spaces that are safe and inclusive for all". She is also involved in dialogue with local stakeholders, focusing on the most marginalized areas of cities. Leticia works on women empowerment and the creation of public policies with a gender perspective in public places in order to enable women to engage and participate in political and economic decision-making processes. She was a youth representative to the National Delegation to the World Urban Forum 9 for the implementation of the NUA. Leticia has spoken at the World Urban Forum 9 and at the conference “innovating for tomorrow's management: challenges and opportunities for young leaders.

    Leticia Pinheiro Rizerio Carmo
    EDD Young Leader, Brazil
  • Inota Cheta
    EDD Young Leader, Zambia

    Inota Cheta is co founder of She Entrepreneur. The organization focuses on enhancing livelihoods of females with a focus on entrepreneurship and job readiness. At the centre of it all is a focus on financial literacy which is paramount for both approaches to livelihood. She has worked with youth at community level and has also worked with teen mothers, helping them to identify and initiate opportunities for income generation. Inota was selected as a Mandela Washington Fellowship (YALI) in 2018 and as a Youth Global Leader under Restless Development Youth Power Project which saw her develop global campaigns that sought to hold leaders accountable to their promises made towards the fulfillment of SDGs. She has an academic background in Economics, Finance and Statistics.

    Inota Cheta
    EDD Young Leader, Zambia
  • Inès Tatiana Houndjo
    EDD Young Leader, Benin

    Inès is an African IT expert, currently interning at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in coordination with the Ministry of Planning, doing technical support, capacity building for CSO, and previously interned at Comtel Technologies. She has also participated in programs to increase digital capacities of young women and is a mentor for Women TechMakers initiative as volunteer. She wants to address access to digital tools and its barriers (financial means or education). Inès has a BS in Computer Science from The Benin School of Applied Economics and Management (ENEAM).

    Inès Tatiana Houndjo
    EDD Young Leader, Benin
  • Judicaelle Irakoze
    EDD Young Leader, Burundi

    Judicaelle is a feminist writer, social entrepreneur and refugee advocate highlighting positive contributions of migrant people. As an immigrant in the US, she has worked on different projects focused on racial and gender equity in Maine where she organized the first conference to celebrate the contributions of immigrant women. She interned with UNHCR Uganda and has worked with young women refugees in the Nakivale refugee camp in Eastern Uganda on sexual and reproductive health. She raised funds for refugees children in Northern Kivu to go to school and launched a movement for immigrant youth to tell their stories through art and fashion. She also co-organized the Refugees Matter show in Rwanda.

    Judicaelle Irakoze
    EDD Young Leader, Burundi
  • Louison Mbombo
    EDD Young Leader, Democratic Republic of Congo

    Louison Mbombo Bitilo is the founder of the Mbombo Initiative Against Malaria (Solidariedade Na Mokili), a non-profit organization that, in partnership with Google and Microsoft, implements data analytics and machine learning to advance in Malaria prevention and research, raising money for treatment, providing health education to families and health professionals, and distributing mosquito nets. The initiative has reached over 10 million people since its creation in 2015. In 2017, he was rewarded by the UNESCO at the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition for the best project to prevent childhood malaria death. Louison is a student in Medicine at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil.

    Louison Mbombo
    EDD Young Leader, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Sephutile Mhlongo
    EDD Young Leaders, Eswatini

    Sephutile Mhlongo is an Analyst with Clinton Health Access Initiative Eswatini (CHAI). CHAI is the Ministry of Health's development partner, acting as a technical advisor in the implementation of health initiatives (such as the prioritization of the health service delivery benefits package). She is currently conducting a research study to be used by the Ministry of Health in advocating for a reform in the health financing system. Sephutile was previously a Finance Officer in Budget and Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance where she tracked and approved public expenditure for three government departments and ministries. She would also assist these departments and ministries in creating their annual budgets vis-a-vis a budget ceiling (restriction). Sephutile has a BA in Social Sciences.

    Sephutile Mhlongo
    EDD Young Leaders, Eswatini
  • Mwala Mooto
    EDD Young Leader, Zambia

    Mwala Mooto is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mooto Cashew Suppliers Ltd, a social enterprise aimed at reforesting Zambia and addressing gender inequality by empowering women with perennial cashew trees that will supply them with food and an extra income. They have 50,000 cashew seedlings that will be ready for planting this year. Mwala’s company has established a network of 100 women who they are training on Eco-inclusive entrepreneurship and will be supplied with cashew trees for planting. They have acquired 100 hectares of land where they intend to plant cashew trees this year. Mwala has spoken at Global Entrepreneurship Week and International Youth Day in 2018. Mwala is currently pursuing an MBA in Finance at the University of Zambia. 

    Mwala Mooto
    EDD Young Leader, Zambia
  • Rejoice Namale
    EDD Young Leader, Malawi

    Rejoice is working on fostering youth/women participation in socio-economic and political decision-making processes in Malawi. She founded the Youth Arise Network to teach entrepreneurship skills and train over 120 youth into bricklaying, electrical installation, carpentry, woodwork, joinery and painting. She trained over 300 urban youth volunteers and reached over 1,000 youth in numerous speaking engagements focused on enhancing volunteerism, leadership skills and personal development. In Kenya, she successfully assisted in facilitating a Training of Trainers session on budgeting and social accountability with youth trainees and she mobilized over 600 women to participate in county budget planning processes. She holds a Bachelor in Communication and Cultural studies and a certificate in Youth Employment and Development.

    Rejoice Namale
    EDD Young Leader, Malawi
  • Yasmine Ouirhrane
    EDD Young Leader, Italy/Morocco

    Yasmine is the newly recognized “Young European of theYear 2019”. She is an advocate for Social and Gender Justice in Europe. 
     She is an expert on Peace & Security at the AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub, mandated by the EU and the AU. In this role, she wrote a proposal in tracking basic services in fragile contexts with accessible digital support to feed into peace processes. She is also an award-winning fellow at Women Deliver, a member of the Gender Innovation Agora at UN Women and she was appointed ‘Young European Ambassador’ by EU Neighbours.
    Since the age of 16, she worked in underprivileged neighbourhoods of France, committed to address inequalities and promote social inclusion. Last year, she helped organising the YO!Fest, gathering 8000 youth at the European Parliament. 

    Yasmine Ouirhrane
    EDD Young Leader, Italy/Morocco
  • Akosua Peprah
    EDD Young Leader, Ghana

    Akosua Peprah is the Founder of the Mmaakunim Foundation, a social venture with the aim of educating, creating opportunities and making resources available to marginalized women in Ghana. Through this foundation, Akosua engages with peers and experts in underprivileged communities and works with government officials to influence policy in ways to make education accessible and available to kids in rural Ghana. Akosua has launched the Happy Flow Project, providing access to sanitary well-being to 135 girls between the ages of 13 and 18 in Damongo in Northern Ghana. The initiative provides monthly sanitary materials and organizes workshops on sex education, leadership, health and nutrition, and hygiene. Akosua holds a B.A. in English and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies from Ohio State University.

    Akosua Peprah
    EDD Young Leader, Ghana
  • Val Amiel Vestil
    EDD Young Leader, Philippines

    Val Amiel Vestil is the Executive Director and Founder of the Association of Young Environmental Journalists in the Philippines. Their flagship project is "Camp SEWI: Student’s Environmental Writing Initiative," a youth-led capacity-building workshop on environmental journalism and stewardship for university journalists all over Negros Oriental, Philippines. This project has trained more than 50 young journalists across five universities in the region, published numerous environmental stories, and pushed university publication policy to include environment in its editorial agenda. This initiative won them the ‘Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations in the Philippines 2019’ and ‘2nd Negros Young Heroes Award’. Val has a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communication, with high honors. He has had several public speaking experiences at programs including ‘VOX 2019: The Cagayan de Oro Young Leaders’ Parliament,’ the ‘44th Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP)’, and the 'Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Academic Fellowship program in Kennesaw State University, USA.'

    Val Amiel Vestil
    EDD Young Leader, Philippines
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