Pearl GahweraUganda (Host: Advocates for Youth)
Pearl Gahwera has over three years of experience of brand management in advertising, marketing, communication, and public relations, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Finance) from Makerere University Business School, Uganda. For the past 4 years, Pearl has been a full-time volunteer at 40 Days Over 40 Smiles Foundation (4040), a youth-led non-profit organization in Uganda, which supports children in vulnerable communities to improve their learning outcomes. Through her work as the Head of Communications at 4040, she has provided strategic and implementation support towards the organization’s work like the Angaza Literacy Program, which supports 300 children annually to improve their learning outcomes, and the Angaza Learning Centre. Pearl recently transitioned into the Angaza Learning Centre Project Lead role where she oversaw the planning for the set-up of the learning centre as well as liaised with the community leaders where the centre is scheduled for set-up. Previously, Pearl worked at Scanad Uganda, an advertising agency, where she supported 3 brands to improve their products, communications as well as growth in the industry. Pearl is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community in Kampala for the outstanding work she is doing towards social impact in Uganda. From these opportunities, Pearl has developed outstanding leadership skills, project planning and implementation as well as great communications and marketing skills. She is interested in education, unemployment, gender inequality and civic education.
Host Organization: Advocates for Youth
Role at Host Organization: At Advocates for Youth, Pearl will be serving as an AMAZE Global Partnerships Fellow: Assisting in efforts to maintain, expand, and facilitate communications and partnerships associated with Advocates’AMAZE International work.
Sankar AnanthanIndia (Org: Aravind Eye Hospitals)
Sankar Ananthan is an ophthalmologist working in one of the world’s largest not-for-profit organizations – Aravind Eye Hospitals, which provides close to 1 million ophthalmic surgeries a year. The institution has given him ample opportunity to demonstrate his strengths. He would like to continue developing his skill set to become a good leader.
Dwi Rezeki Kirana BangunIndonesia
Dwi Rezeki Kirana Bangun is a civil servant in the Ministry of Finance of Indonesia. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Indonesia Open University. She has been working in Indonesia Tax Court for six years and has a strong understanding of taxation and management both in theory and practice. Besides that, she developed an interest in nature and the environment. She is currently participating as a Hutan Itu Indonesia (HII) volunteer, one of the leading organizations campaigning about Indonesian forests. She also participated in fundraising and collected 86 million rupiahs to adopt more than 430 trees in the Sumatra forest. Recently, HII and more than 140 collaborators declared 7 August as Forest Day in Indonesia for the first time. This action is acknowledged by the Minister of Environment and Forestry. Combining her government experience and volunteering in HII, she initiated a movement called Forest is Our Friend (FiOF). Every month, FiOF presents a talk show called ‘Forest Talk’ that invited various speakers from all over Indonesia, such as Dayak Tribe Community, musicians, filmmakers, researchers, and anyone related to the forest. Her main goal is to raise awareness for Indonesian people to know more about the importance of protecting the forest as it is the source of clean air, clean water, and home for millions of people, flora, and fauna. She encouraged people to take real action by planting trees in their homes or protecting the existing forest with tree adoption and visit national parks to support ecotourism.
Nendra Rengganis is a well-rounded content entrepreneur. Coming from an International Relations background, she chose to follow her calling in content creation and built Hipwee.com. Nendra learned to grow digital media from scratch. Using her ability to create relatable content, she won the hearts of Indonesian youth. Hipwee has the vision to become a bridge of a good cause for Indonesia Gen Z and Millenials through its content and community. Currently read by more than 10 million youth and become one of the most shareable media in Indonesia, Hipwee is now helping many NGOs, government institutions, and also private brands to connect with Indonesian Youth. She is currently on a mission to create more impact for Indonesian youth using digital platforms, content, and community engagement — especially in public and mental health.
Ayunda is a communication professional with years of experience working for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Currently, she is focusing on the communication for development (C4D) field where she is interested in any work related to behavioral and social change. She believes that communication plays a crucial role in helping social change in the community. She is currently working for the International Labour Organization and involved in several projects related to labor issues. Prior to joining the United Nations, she worked as a Public Relations and Communications Manager at SOS Children Villages, an INGO that provides care for children who lost or at risk of losing parental care. As a communication professional, Ayunda does not dedicate herself to a particular development issue, but she is very interested in children, public health, and equality topics. Before dedicating herself to non-profit organizations, she used to work at Public relations firms where she developed her skills at developing and executing communication strategy plans for multinational and technology companies. She is now pursuing her calling as a C4D expert and wishes to explore opportunities and collaborations with more international development organizations. Ayunda holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Indonesia majoring in Communication. She later awarded by Chevening Scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree in Communication for Development (C4D) at the University of Reading, the United Kingdom.
Untari has four years of experience in the capital market industry and earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the Faculty of Economics and Business Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). Currently, she works as a Potential Listing Development Analyst at Indonesia Stock Exchange. She covers several capital market products, predominantly equity IPO. She does deal sourcing for potentially listed companies and advises c-level management of potentially listed companies on their IPO process, of any sector or company size; as well as links them with capital market professionals and supporting institutions. She also researches efforts to increase the number of listed companies in Indonesia which will often translate into listing regulations & policies in the Indonesian capital market. Previously, she serves as a Commissioner in a company that serves small-medium scaled fish farm entrepreneurs that she co-founded during her study in UGM. Having on-ground experience in interacting with entrepreneurs at many levels made Untari realized how important public policy is in order to better our society, which ultimately will improve people’s welfare and quality of life. This is the reason that she is interested in making the capital market or any kind of financing options, in general, to be more accessible.
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.
Prajwal Khadka has been working as the Associate Director of Development and Partnership at Teach For Nepal (TFN) for the past eight years. He was previously selected as one of the top applicants and signed up to teach as a TFN Fellow in a rural village of Nepal for two years, where he realized that the low academic outcome of his students wasn’t merely because of classroom investment, but also of systemic issues. This grassroots experience gave him a deeper understanding of the community, social issues, and how culture, history, and politics create injustices that could be reflected in the communities. It also enhanced his leadership, interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in a cross-cultural setting. Having understood that larger community involvement was critical for change in educational outcomes, he then joined TFN’s core team where he now leads Fundraising and Public/Private Partnerships. His portfolio involves working with government officials, particularly at the Ministry of Education, private corporations of Nepal, and other agencies to enhance and support funding and collaboration necessary for TFN. Besides TFN, he has experience working on issues like LGBTI rights, leprosy patient welfare, public education improvement, and youth advocacy. He is also serving as a visiting faculty for undergraduate students.
Natia Kaldani has more than 9 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Politics from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. Natia is the Co-founder and Board Member at the Civil Development and Research Institute, as well as the International Projects Director at Europe-Georgia Institute. She has first-hand knowledge of good governance issues in government institutions and civil society organizations that stems from more than 7 years of dedication to the design, coordination, and implementation of government reforms working with civil society organizations in Georgia and Europe. She has provided hands-on support on flagship reforms in the areas of capacity development of civil servants, freedom of information, and civil service reform while she gained valuable insight into government relations with excellent knowledge of best practices in cross-governmental policy coordination. She managed USAID and SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) funded large-scale projects supporting the improvement of public policy and fostering good governance in Georgia. She has been working on the Russian disinformation issues in Eastern Partnership Countries and has managed the project “Visegrad and EaP Countries against Disinformation”. Apart from this, she is actively supporting the youth involvement in Politics and political education among the youth wings of political parties through various projects.
Maria Melnikova has over ten years of experience in marketing project management, where she developed skills in BTL, CRM and events, that she is eager to apply for social good. Maria’s childhood years in Libya, Syria, and Iraq provided her with an understanding of cultural diversity and the challenges faced by different communities, which subsequently led to her further interest in working in a global environment. Maria has extensive volunteering experience for AIESEC Brazil, UNV online, todogood, and ProCharity platforms in Russia. Maria graduated from the Allrussia Academy of Foreign Trade with a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Trade Management and from Moscow Higher School of Business MIRBIS with a Master’s degree in Marketing Management. Additionally, Maria joined the European Center for Peace and Development as a candidate for the MBA program in 2018. She is an enthusiastic lifelong learner in cross-cultural communication. Maria believes in a world without borders and in 2020 joined the Civic Assistance Committee to work with refugees and migrants in Russia. Maria enjoys traveling, water sports, and caring for her foster labrador Martha.
Mandela Adajagsa is a social development worker with over seven years of experience in community development. He is currently working directly with smallholder farmers, persons with disabilities and youth in the Women’s Integrated Development Organization (WIDO) as a Program Manager. The organization is based in the Bono, Bono East, Ahafo, Ashanti, and Upper West regions of Ghana, where Mandela leads a team of fifteen staff to reach out to over 8,000 smallholder women farmers to improve their livelihoods through sustainable farming in the maize, vegetables, and soy value chains. Mandela is a passionate advocate against economic discrimination of women and children, and is achieving community-oriented results through the formation of groups, networking, and partnership with NGOs and community leaders. Mandela holds a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Development Studies and a Master’s of Philosophy in Environmental and Resource Management from the University for Development Studies in Ghana. Mandela hopes to become a renowned rural development consultant who will expand smallholder farmer’s rights within major policy frameworks.
Lucia Chavez has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Ecology from the University of San Francisco, Quito. Currently, she is the coordinator of “Sarawarmi Creative Laboratory,” a startup focused on designing experiences through art, science, or games for children and adults. In this process, Lucia has a special interest in motivating kids and young people to explore books and reading. Lucía also served as Head of Education of the Metropolitan Centre of Art in Quito for two and half years. During her time there, she designed programs and ran workshops relating to the art exhibitions, and coordinated and trained the facilitator’s team. These experiences helped develop Lucia`s leadership abilities and program management skills. Living and working in the tropical rain forest periodically for the past several years, Lucia developed strong bonds with the indigenous communities in the area and a renewed passion for their conservation and sustainability. Her past experiences taught her that education is the most effective strategy to positively impact these rural and indigenous communities. Currently, her areas of focus include education, opportunity access, and using art to promote social change.