Lorna KanyugaKenya (Host: Luminate)
Lorna Kanyuga is a development professional with five years of experience in the social sector, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi. She recently served as the Kenya Philanthropies Lead at Microsoft, where she coordinated digital skills and entrepreneurship training programs. Previously, she worked at Yusudi Limited, where she led the development, testing and launch of Jijali, an online learning program that uses blended learning techniques to provide personalized entrepreneurship and career training to over 1,400 young people. She was also a Life Skills Trainer at the same company, where she developed and delivered career preparation training to over 200 unemployed college graduates and young professionals. Prior to that, she managed the Social Projects Department at the AIESEC office in Kenya, where she led the development and implementation of strategies to grow the international volunteer program. Through these experiences, she has gained skills in project/program management, training, and youth development. In her spare time, Lorna volunteers at schools in informal settlements in Nairobi, where she supports schools in providing life skills training to students and fundraises for learning materials. She is passionate about skills development for youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, youth development and the use of technology in education.
Host Organization: Luminate
Role at Host Organization: At Luminate, Lorna will serve as Project Management Fellow. She will help track and implement all of Partner Support’s major projects by collecting data and impact and by providing project management / implementation assistance. She will gain exposure to work across six regions (Southeast Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the United States), as well as multiple impact areas.
Patrícia ImadaBrazil (Host: Girl Up)
Patrícia Imada has over seven years of experience tackling social and gender inequalities and fostering women’s and youth empowerment in the nonprofit sector, public institutions, and social businesses. She earned a Post-certificate degree in Social Innovation Management from Amani Institute and a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Her most recent experience was as head of Relationship, Diversity & impact at PrograMaria, helping the social startup achieve its mission of promoting women’s participation and inclusion in technology, considering the intersectionalities in between gender and race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic conditions, age, disability, among other factors. Throughout her career, she has worked in the management and operations of several projects addressing topics such as youth leadership and empowerment, responsible tourism and awareness about social inequalities, women’s digital inclusion, women’s economic empowerment, prevention of sexual violence against children and women, and youth political education, having worked in some of the poorest and hardest to access areas in Lima, Peru. Patrícia is constantly seeking the best ways to create a positive, sustainable, and holistic impact through her actions, aiming for a better and just world, with worthy lives for all.
Host Organization: Girl Up
Role at Host Organization: At Girl up, Patricia will serve as the Girl Up Global Operations Fellow: directly supporting Girl Up’s Senior Director, Global Operations in building and launching Girl Up’s global affiliate network, including supporting the first two pilot affiliate entities in Mexico and Brazil.
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.
Fathina Diyanissa is a government employee from Jakarta, Indonesia. She is a design graduate turned public sector hustler with three-year experience in the creative economy, currently employed in the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy as the assistant to the Vice Minister. Fathina graduated with a Design major in Institut Teknologi Bandung and started her professional work as a designer for two years. Her desire to be involved in the creative sector beyond the practicing realm led her to join the Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy, where she specializes in the facilitation and potential development of Intellectual Property Rights in creative industries. Upon the merging of the agency into the Ministry of Tourism of Creative Economy, Fathina joined the assisting team to the Vice Minister, closely working with and reporting to the Vice Minister on strategic programs across the ministry. This gives her a valuable chance to see the helicopter view of the governance of the creative industry, as well as how it intersects with the tourism sector. In her further career in the public sector, Fathina hopes to remain rooted in her creative background, using her opportunities and acquired experiences to advance the ecosystem of the creative industry in Indonesia, particularly in empowering local culture and communities.
Edrida Pulungan has 10 years worked in the Secretary-General House of Regional Representatives of Republic Indonesia and expert in partnership. She earned a double Bachelor’s in Economics and Education and also a double Masters in International Relations and Sociology. She currently pursues a Ph.D. in Government Science. She worked as a Parliament PR and was then promoted as a Policy Analyst in research and budget center which has opened her mind about public policy and collaborative government. During COVID-19 to recovery economy, she innovated a penta-helix model for developing creative economy under law no. 24 and proposed her innovation to the minister. She is also active in building partnerships with senators, local, central government, private sector, academician, community, and media to overcome the social and economic problem by initiating discussion Local Heroes Network which involved youth and community. Edrida was awarded as a Government Official by the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform. Edrida was concern with collaborative government, partnership, capacity building, climate change, woman empowerment, peace, and a creative economy. She published books, research, and opinion about global issues. Her book was part of the collection of Global Peace library in Paris, the title” The Peace Message of The Earth” and visited UNESCO. She is a Climate Change Leader trained by Al Gore. She also the Founder of Lentera Pustaka Indonesia which promotes literacy and the Founder of Corps International Government 4.0. She was selected to be part of Global Woman Leader ASEAN by IWB Malaysia. As a future leader, she believed her contribution to the Indonesian government and the US will increase the best partnership in the future.
Zhifa Lailatunnazhifah is an International Relations graduate with a keen interest in public policy and community development. Her career began with the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI), where her legacy of trilateral cooperation “China-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program” remains. She acquired four years of experience directing international conferences, working closely with the Indonesian diaspora across the world, and accomplished 60% growth of FPCI chapters at local universities. She assisted a female parliamentarian at the House of Representatives. During her tenure, she was accountable to aid with Commission I counterparts and delivered support in the Privacy Data Protection Bill drafting session. She is currently managing a capacity-building project for Indonesian women entrepreneurs under Kinara Indonesia and Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. Her compassion to bring impact to society has been cultivated since doing community service assignments in high school. She is currently leading Think Policy Society, a community for Indonesian young professionals with a focus to promote evidence- and empathy-based policymaking in Indonesia. Her professional journey has exposed her to the urgency of implementing a gender-transformative approach in public policy. She is now working on an interesting project, where she got to support gender justice values and meaningful and inclusive youth participation with Rutgers International. During her spare time, she likes to read about world history, social movements, and behavioral studies.
Novika C. MaharaniIndonesia
C Novika Maharani was born in Malang, Indonesia. She completed a Bachelor’s of Law in International Law at Sebelas Maret University. Passionate in the international field, she is currently working as an Analyst in the Deputy of International Economic Cooperation – Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of Indonesia. Her main duties are to analyze matters related to building and maintaining economic partnerships between Indonesia and countries in the American continent countries. The analysis is not limited to trade agreement negotiation, bilateral forum meetings, and dispute settlement in World Trade Organization. Through working in her current unit and institution, she began to learn the importance of partnership as it is stated as 17th SDGs, whether it is between inter-ministries or agencies, and partner countries. Inspired by the importance of cooperation and collaboration between ministries and agencies in Indonesia, she joined a community called Abdimuda Indonesia, with other young Indonesian Civil Servants. Abdimuda Indonesia aims to promote young Indonesian public servants to have a smart mindset to contribute to their work, encourage social movements, also prepare them as the future leader of Indonesia’s government. Other than that, she is also a member of Think Policy, a think-tank for young professionals that undertakes brainstorming and research of Indonesia policy. By joining Abdimuda Indonesia and Think Policy, she contributes and encourages collaboration for young public servants and young professionals to build critical thinking patterns towards various policies and help them to reach self-development opportunities.
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.
Sahrini Rauf has over five years of experience in veterinary public health. Currently, She is working as a Professional Young Medic Veterinarian at Livestock and Animal Health Office, The Government of South Sulawesi Province. She completed her study in 2005 as a veterinarian at Bogor Agriculture Institute and gained her Master’s degree in Biology Education from Makassar State University in Indonesia. She is working to assist in technical policy and the action plan in her Office. She assists in controlling zoonotic diseases and animal welfare. She is also an auditor for food safety assurance of animal origin. She has repeatedly facilitated foreign cooperation between South Sulawesi Province and various institutions and governments, including Senior Experten Service Germany, Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, Government and University In Australia, and Dutch Government. She was invited to BIMP-EAGA as a delegate of Indonesia in Brunei Darussalam. She participated in various international courses including in the Netherlands and she got a short-term visit to the United States, in the International Visitor Leadership Program for Infectious Disease and Mitigation Response. Recently, she completed International Short Course organized by WHO & FAO for Joint Risk Assessment in One Health and became a trainer for District Government Officers. Besides that, She is the Founder of Life and Reason Society, a community engaged in Agriculture, Livestock, and One Health to empower local farmers and poor communities.
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.
Niniek Yuliani has four years of experience in the government sector and six years of work in the private sector. Niniek earned a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Trisakti University in Jakarta. During her work as an engineer in the private sector, she realized her interest and goal of working to solve social problems in the community especially in the field of education, law enforcement, and public welfare. She works at an anti-corruption agency as a Specialist in Education. In this role, Niniek managed the anti-corruption prevention program for the business sector by facilitating advocacy forum at the local and national level in Indonesia, writing an anticorruption guidebook for the business sector, establishing a national work standard competency of Integrity Officer, and conducting anticorruption socialization, seminar and workshops for business, education, and public sector. Niniek focused on developing anti-corruption education programs by encouraging local governments to establish anticorruption education regulations and implement the program at schools. Thanks to this job, she was able to attract people’s awareness to complex social problems on anti-corruption, share anticorruption values and the rule of law, facilitate sessions for various segment from students to business people to improve their knowledge and awareness on anti-corruption, and engage them to involve and take actions to eradicate corruption through creative solutions for Indonesia free of corruption, fair law enforcement, and equal social welfare. Niniek enjoys focusing on topics of anti-corruption, education development, technology, and has a strong passion for self-development and public speaking.
Tifa Laily SavitriIndonesia
Tifa Laily Savitri has seventeen years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Master of Public Policy from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Tifa has worked at the National Civil Service Agency (NCSA). Tifa served as Head of the International Cooperation Subdivision. Tifa is responsible for managing foreign cooperation, preparing materials for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of international cooperation, including both short- and long-term education. The skills obtained from this designation are the aspects of cooperation in civil service and strengthening the international relations between NCSA and other civil service organizations in the world. Before joining NCSA, Tifa worked at the Directorate Vector Borne Disease Control, Ministry of Health, and the Indonesia National Committee for Avian Flu Control and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness, Coordinating Ministry for People Welfare. Tifa’s first career was as a Research Assistant at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development Studies, Bogor Agricultural University. All of those experience provides excellent skills and supports her future career. Working in those important organizations has given Tifa a broad overview of how important it is for Indonesia to develop strategies to encourage more people to pursue education. Tifa believes that a more educated population leads to a better government for everyone. Education plays a role in creating young people as agents of change that carry the difference and create agents of producers who can create real change.