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.
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.
Chibuonu Obiageli EzennabikeNigeria (Host: ideas42)
Chibuonu Obiageli Ezennabike is a public health professional with ten years of experience in the non-profit sector. Chibuonu earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Microbiology from Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Uli, Anambra State of Nigeria. While working as the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with Caritas Nigeria on the 4GATES Project, a CDC-funded HIV/AIDS program, she helped improve the PMTCT program monitoring and evaluation by designing reporting tools, building capacity of facility staff, and ensuring data quality in Eastern Nigeria. She also coordinated the monitoring and evaluation activities of the Pediatric and Adolescent Program and FLAGSHIP Program in Delta State and ensured consistent availability of data for tracking project progress and making informed decisions. Previously, Chibuonu volunteered as a data entry clerk for RISE Clinic Nigeria for some months before being employed by the organization. Chibuonu worked with RISE Clinic Nigeria (subsidiary of RISE GHI San Diego U.S), a community-based organization to plan and implement community outreach events, health fairs and to promote health education in rural communities of Anambra State. In this role, she was also responsible for research, monitoring and evaluation of Nigeria’s Epilepsy Care Advancement Program. Chibuonu, over these years, has developed skills in monitoring and evaluation, research, health education, health system strengthening, institutional capacity building, and project management. Chibuonu enjoys focusing on adolescent, maternal and child health issues, and has a strong passion for research. She is very optimistic that efficient and effective use of data in research and public health interventions will ensure sustainability and improvement of health systems in Africa.
Host Organization: ideas42
Role at Host Organization: At ideas42, Chibuonu 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.
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.
Mita Puspita earned a Medical Doctor’s degree from Padjadjaran University. She has seven years of experience in clinical trial vaccines. She is responsible for the bacterial vaccine clinical trial, which handling the clinical trial from the very beginning to the end. Her main responsibility is; literature searching as the background of clinical trial design, developing clinical trial protocol, clinical trial site identification, coordinating vaccine clinical trial with the trial centers, monitoring the clinical trials, reviewing the reports, and responding to the feedback from the National Regulatory Affair about a clinical trial in the licensure process. She also has experience in managing vaccine safety data and analysis. Since graduated from medical school and was then involved in dengue research in Bandung. She also had experience as a physician in very remote areas in Yahukimo District, Papua, Indonesia. After she was involved in INA-RESPOND, Indonesia Research Partnership on Infectious Disease as a Research Assistant. She now focuses on preventive medicine and public health. Her passion to support immunization programs, that can decrease the morbidity and the mortality of communicable infectious diseases in Indonesia.
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.
Siti Radhiatan Mardiah Daulay earned a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Accounting from Polytechnic of State Finance STAN, where she also previously earned her Accounting diploma. Siti has over six years of experience in Professional Education and Training and currently serves as a Senior Officer in the Indonesian Customs and Excise Training Center under The Ministry of Finance of The Republic of Indonesia. She became a part of a dedicated team for international training in regard to the establishment of the World Customs Organization Regional Training Centre Indonesia for the Asia Pacific Region. While working in the training delivery division, she is acquainted with not only planning and organizing training but also hosting international seminars and conferences. Through these experiences, she acquired profound coordination, planning, implementation, and evaluation skills. Siti is also skilled in English where she often translated speeches and publications, developed English tests for institutional purposes, and taught English as a private tutor. While developing tests and teaching English, she gained experience in designing curricula, preparing learning materials, presenting ideas, and talking in front of a big audience. All of which have sharpened her time management, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. She enjoys exchanging knowledge and ideas through study groups and peer meetings, where she encouraged others to keep learning and developing new skills. She always believes that education and continuous learning are ways to break the barriers of social and economic inequality, gender stereotypes, and communication.
Ria Oktorina is a passionate working mother who loves to do volunteer work. She has more than 10 years of professional experience in the field of development planning. Ria holds a Master’s degree in Urban Management and Development from IHS-Erasmus University Rotterdam and a Bachelor’s degree in Social-Economic of Agriculture from Andalas University-Indonesia. Ria works as a Government Planner at the Regional Development Planning Board of West Sumatra Province, Indonesia. She is involved in the planning process at the regional level. She also actively contributes to the evaluation of planning policy for municipalities/regencies under West Sumatra Province. She has held an initiative participatory approach program to formulate a planning document in Solok Regency as an action plan from her professional exchange program through Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) in the USA. This program gave her insight about how government build bridge for the diverse background of people in the policymaking process. Ria is also an active volunteer at the organization related to family support. She initiated the Indonesia Breastfeeding Mother Association of West Sumatra, and become the first chairperson as well as a trained breastfeeding counselor until now. She is a volunteer with Rangkul of Keluarga Kita, an organization that focuses on family support and education. She just received an award from Semua Murid Semua Guru (SMSG) Initiative as The Most Empowered Parents for Education. She is also an alumnus of the Australia Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program (AIMEP).
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.
Astari Raihanah currently lives in Sarmi Regency, Papua Province, Indonesia. She earned her Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Economics of Statistics from the Institute of Statistics (Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Statistik Jakarta). Since then, she works as a Statistician for the Indonesian Government in the Statistics of Sarmi Regency Office, where she is actively involved in the economics and trade-related surveys and censuses conducted by the Indonesian Government. She also has experience in statistics-related conferences in Malaysia and Thailand. During her experiences in these conferences, she learned Bayesian Data Analysis and R programming as a new tool for data analysis in official statistics. In her meantime, she also volunteered for local communities by teaching basic skills such as reading, writing, and basic math for underprivileged young children from remote areas in Papua.
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
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.