Asma RouabhiaTunisia (Host: Girl Up)
Asma Rouabhia is passionate about working on the sustainable development agenda and empowering vulnerable communities to unleash their potential. She has 5 years of multidisciplinary experience in the development sector. She is pursuing a professional master’s degree in innovation, has studied diplomacy and international relations, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Asma is an alumna of the US MEPI Student Leaders program and won first place in the MEPI Alumni of the Year 2020 award. She worked with an international training institute and contributed to projects focused on sustainable development and good governance. She led the design and implementation of capacity building programs for policy makers and public sector reform, primarily in Africa. Asma was a Junior National Consultant to the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in the Recovery and Resilience Team. She is a former regional focal point for the Arab States and West Asia with the Major Group for Children and Youth and a coordinator of the Youth Sustainable Energy Hub. Asma is one of UNESCO’s Arab Youth Leaders in ESD and Green TVET, and one of the laureates of GIZ’s Accelerate MENA program. She is part of the technical working group focusing on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals as part of the UN High Level Dialogue on Energy 2021. Asma launched a new initiative called Elkhadra Sustainable: A Better Tunisia for All to strengthen the knowledge and skills of young Tunisians in sustainable development and be agents of change.
Host Organization: Girl Up
Role at Host Organization: At Girl Up, Asma will be serving as the Girl Up MENA Regional Fellow: The Developing Girl Up’s strategic approach to program delivery and engagement in the Middle East & East Africa region, building on the existing grassroots network of Girl Up Clubs and youth leaders throughout the region.
Irina MkrtchyanArmenia (Host: National Academy of Public Administration)
Irina Mkrtchyan is circular economy and grant writing expert, as well as environmental enthusiast from Armenia. She holds a master’s degree in Marketing, PR and Advertising from the University of Sheffield,UK and a second master’s degree in agribusiness from Armenian National Agrarian University (ANAU) in Armenia. She holds a BA in marketing and agribusiness from the same university. She is the co-founded and development lead of “ISSD” Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development of Communities” NGO (founded in 2017), where she is leading various environmental and rural development projects, supported by organizations like UNDP, Norwegian Retailers Fund and others. Irina is supervising grant writing, marketing, fundraising and development activities. She has raised over 550,000USD in grants and donations within the last 2 years. She has 13+ years of experience in marketing, consulting, public relations/outreach, solid waste management and environmental protection, green communication, strategic planning and development, project/grant management, startup management. She is specialized in designing, planning, executing and monitoring project and marketing/PR campaigns. Irina has strong knowledge and international experience in various industries including Fortune 500 companies, the World Bank, UNDP, GEF, World Resources Institute. Her professional/research interests are circular economy, waste management, recycling, marketing, grant writing, rural development, women empowerment, environmental protection and policy development, partnership development for implementing joint projects.
Host Organization: National Academy of Public Administration
Role at Host Organization: At National Academy of Public Administration, Irina will be serving as a Business Development and Communications Fellow: Supporting the organization’s development and fundraising efforts, and expanding and implementing communications strategies to leverage technology and social media for visibility of the organization.
Selamawit MershaEthiopia (Host: ideas42)
Selamawit Mersha has seven years of experience in Program Management, Program Development and Quality in the non-profit sector. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Masters of Social Work from Addis Ababa University. Selamawit is a RISE UP Youth Champions Initiative Fellow, Alumni of Young Leaders Training Program, and Alumni of Young Policy Makers of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. Her professional background includes working on Migration, Livelihoods, Youth Development, SRHR and Gender equality programs. While she served as a Livelihood Specialist in Save the Children International Ethiopia, Selamawit improved the lives of Young Ethiopian and Eritrean migrants under the Ethiopia Migration Program supported by FCDO through Socio-economic reintegration, resilience and self-reliance programs. Previously, Selamawit improved the Sexual reproductive health and wellbeing of young people in Ethiopia through life skills, advocacy and meaningful engagement, provision of YFS and capacity building of partners through the GUSO SRHR program funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Selamawit has formed and led Youth Advocate groups for YNSD and FAWE Ethiopia who advocated for social issues such as SRHR, gender equality and meaningful engagement. Selamawit also improved the lives of young Ethiopians under projects funded by RISE UP, CSSP, Embassy of Finland and Packard Foundation. Selamawit has consulted government stakeholders, youth groups and nonprofit organizations on Program Development and Quality, Youth Engagement and Gender mainstreaming. Through these experiences Selamawit has developed skills in program management, technical and consulting expertise, and capacity building. Selamawit is interested in Youth Development, Gender Equality, and Behavioral Science.
Host Organization: ideas42
Role at Host Organization: At ideas42, Selamawit will serve as a Behavioral Design Fellow: contributing to different behavioral design projects in Global Health and participating in professional development opportunities, specifically around behavioral science and program design, with additional opportunities to contribute to research approaches.
Vivek AnandanIndia (Aravind Eye Hospital)
Vivek Anandan has experience in the field of ophthalmology as a surgeon for 12 years. He has been working at Aravind Eyecare System where he has done more than 25000 cataract surgeries to date. Vivek’s main interest lies in doing complex surgeries and training residents and junior surgeons. He currently heads the cataract department at Aravind Eye Hospital in Pondicherry. He has worked with hospitals in Cambodia, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Tanzania in training their surgeons and also in capacity building of those hospitals.
Muhammad Nizar has 10 years of experience in the public sector and has worked in the government, more specifically in law enforcement. Muhammad graduated Master of Law from Airlangga University of Surabaya, Law Faculty, majoring in Crime Section with earned scholarship from the Sinar Mas company. Previously, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Section at the same University in Surabaya, Indonesia. Muhammad serves as the Attorney General of the Republic of Indonesia and for more than ten years he has been traveling around Indonesia for his duty to serve and work in the local community. His job is to solve law problems and to give justice. While working, Muhammad also has participated to teach and give society counseling on how to know about the law and protect them from crime problems. He was able to attract the student in the school to understand and help the government against drug issues in Indonesia for the next generation. His personal passion and mission are to bring justice for all the people and give them education about the law.
Bayu Ramadhan Putra has years of experience in both the private sector and government, which all of which are related to finance, economics, and education. After graduating, Bayu gained experience in marketing and sales at Prime Blue International, LLC then Corporate Banking at KEB Hana Bank, specializing in analysis and feasibility on Indonesian corporate accounts. With the knowledge and experience, he decided to serve in the government where he is currently posted at the Ministry of Trade of The Republic of Indonesia. Bayu’s previous proved to be influential in government work, utilizing it in helping to formulate regulations, increase Indonesia’s trade balance, enhance international trade cooperation, maintain stability in the domestic market especially on basic goods, and elevate local small to medium enterprises to be financially feasible and export worthy. For over the last two years, Bayu has seen first-hand the importance of how information on trade regulation and the economy is evenly spread in the country, also how education plays a huge part in shaping the economy. From previously working with multi-national companies to serving in the interests of the economy of all classes, it was obvious that the level of education and access to information influenced people’s ethics, determination, and mindset. This experience, together with organizational and social activities throughout high school and university, developed Bayu’s passion for fair trade, education, and the development of society, determined to continue working and studying in order to best serve the economy.
Patrya is the Founding CEO of INSPIRASI, a non-profit with goals to build innovative continuous professional development for school leaders in Indonesia. With only 2% of school principals already have professional training, the lack of support for school principals contributes to Indonesia’s learning crisis where quality remains low although 89% of children are in schools. Patrya studied Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and London School of Economics for his Master’s degree. He was once a teacher for Indonesia Mengajar and had policy-related and research-related posts such as the World Bank, Ministry of Education, and J-PAL Southeast Asia
Trained as an economist from the University of Indonesia, with over 10 years of experience in corporate & market strategy, Fajrin Hanggoro decided on a career shift toward the public sector after completing his Master’s degree with a scholarship from Chevening. His first professional experience as a Market Analyst in Krakatau Steel gave him the chance to understand the backward and forward linkage of the industry, including the critical role of energy availability for industrial development. Driven by curiosity on energy availability, Fajrin decided to work at Siemens where his role focuses on analyzing the energy market & the country’s energy policy. During the work at Siemens, He took a sabbatical for postgraduate study at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom to connect the dots of his industry and energy experience from the perspective of sustainable energy policy. As a student who was passionate about energy topics, Fajrin participated as a delegate for International Student Energy Summit 2017 in Mexico where he presented his idea about the sustainable energy transition. Those experiences gave him both the wide-perspective and deep understanding of the problem in each sector that will be critical as a consultant in public issues. Now as a Senior Consultant at Palladium he wants to bring the market expertise to support the small-holder farmers through a market system development approach. His role also includes monitoring the environmental aspect of the intervention program to ensure the program aligns with the sustainable development agenda, where Fajrin is passionate about.
Pandu Kartika Putra has over three years of work and leadership experience in the public sector innovation space. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Informatics/Computer Science from Bandung Institute of Technology in 2017. He is a Digital Government Consultant, currently working with the World Bank on a project to help the Government of Indonesia craft its digital transformation strategies through research, engagement, and capacity building. He is also an advisor to Jabar Digital Service, the West Java provincial government digital innovation unit that he founded. Before leaving his full-time position as its Executive Director, he led the team to launch and manage 15+ award-winning programs and products that serve more than 48 million citizens and 40.000 civil servant officers. Through these experiences, Pandu has developed a unique blend of technology expertise, change management, bureaucracy savviness, and organization-building skills that are important to build lasting change in government. Previously, he honed his digital business skills and acumen in the private sector as the Head of Product at Feedloop and as the Head of Business at Warung Pintar, both are up-and-coming startups that are helping businesses grow by simplifying their digital transformation journey. He gained tremendous experience during these stints, learning how to innovate and build great products in an agile manner. Since his college days, Pandu has been an avid advocate of the role of technology in improving citizen’s quality of life, creating world-class public service, and making an accountable government.
Beni Suryadi is an energy professional with a decade of experience managing research and program relating to energy, power, and climate change in Southeast Asia. As a manager, researcher, and director of studies at the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), Beni helps the 10 countries in the region to develop and implement their regional and national energy policies in achieving energy accessibility, affordability, energy security, and sustainability goals. Beni is the Project Leader at the ASEAN Climate Change and Energy Project (ACCEPT), the first official integrated project on energy-climate nexus in the region, aiming to study and contribute to the implementation of energy policies for the climate change mitigation strategies. Beni is also a member of the Sustainability Advisory Council of Gojek, Agence française de développement (AFD) Indonesia Advisory Board, Steering Committee of the Global Consortium on Power System Transformation (G-PST), and Non-Resident Fellow of the U.S.’s based think tank; Energy for Growth. Beni is interested in energy poverty, just transition, and sustainable development goals.
Elena Rudneva received a Master’s degree in sociology from St. Petersburg State University, majoring in European Studies. In 2020, Elena completed professional training in psychological counseling and group leadership and currently combines work in NGOs with psychological counseling. Elena has seven years of experience in the non-profit organization Charity Foundation “Step Foward” as a project manager. Over the years, Elena has run more than 100 fundraising campaigns and organized more than 300 events for different audiences, including corporate charity projects. In 2020, Elena participated in charity fundraising for rapid tests for COVID -19 for medical facilities in the city. As an independent psychological counselor, Elena participates in the international FEM and LGBT-friendly volunteer project “Adriatica” to provide psychological assistance to vulnerable populations, people in difficult life situations and members of minorities. Elena has experience working on the city helpline to provide emergency psychological help to the population. Her main interests are in the field of protecting the rights of vulnerable groups, feminism and grassroots initiatives.
Oyenike Noimot OyewoNigeria
Oyenike Oyewo has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Bachelor’s degree in General Medicine from Vitebsk State Medical University in Belarus in 2018. She completed her residency practice in obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive health, with a specialization in obstetrics & gynecology in 2020. Oyenike is an ambitious entrepreneur, highly skilled in health care administration, communications, and social media marketing. She also has experience in student educational management, fashion design, hair styling, and catering. Oyenike uses her skills of media and healthcare to communicate with young ladies and single mothers like herself through personal experience to educate them on women’s health and personal hygiene. She further uses her skills in business development to train young females in Nigeria and Belarus. Oyenike volunteered as a peer educator on women’s rights, child abuse, women’s health, and reproductive health for several groups. Through these experiences, she developed strong project coordination and implementation skills. Oyenike is passionate about the value of maternal/ child health and female/ youth empowerment.