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- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- El Salvador
- Palestinian Territories
- Republic of Moldova
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- South Korea
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
- The Gambia
- United States
- Social Issue
Agha-Nwi Fru is a communication and program management professional currently serving as Communications Expert for the United Nations Populations Fund in the conflict stricken North West and South West Regions of Cameroon. She is a founder of the non-profit organization Association Sembe which highlights community stories from Cameroon’s conflict stricken regions, especially the Boko Haram crisis in the Far North Region of the country. Prior to this, she worked as a Database and Reporting Officer on a USAID-funded program implemented by Creative Associates International to support stabilization efforts in remote communities along the Cameroon-Nigeria border which were destabilized by the Boko Haram insurgency. Before, Agha-Nwi worked on another USAID-funded program dubbed the Cameroon Peace Promotion Program implemented by Equal Access International in the North and Far North Regions of Cameroon. Here, she was the lead Producer on a team that produced radio broadcasts about peace and social cohesion. Before working on peace building projects, Agha-Nwi worked as a journalist for seven years. She holds a Master’s degree in Project Management from the Social Change School in Madrid, Spain, and another Master’s degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Douala, Cameroon. Agha-Nwi enjoys engaging in peace and resilience building activities at the root level and is highly passionate about women and youth empowerment. Her goal is to help people, especially vulnerable groups like women and youth in conflict-stricken communities, to tell the stories that are important to them, and she hopes to achieve this through the Sembe project. She currently resides in Buea, Cameroon and loves to share a good laugh with her entourage.
Aikande Robert NkyaTanzania
Aikande Robert Nkya has seven years of experience in non-governmental organizations focusing on empowering Tanzanian youth, particularly women and girls. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Community Economic Development from Moshi Cooperative University. Her current role is as the Kisa Program Manager for AfricAid, which was transformed into Girls Livelihood and Mentorship Initiatives. GLAMI provided leadership and life skills classes to 6,000 secondary school girls in Arusha and Kilimanjaro in 2020. She has extensive experience with fundraising and event planning and recently started an NGO, Nguzo Women and Youth Foundation, where she is the Associate Executive Director. The NGO imparts knowledge, specifically on reproductive health, counseling sessions, and entrepreneurial information, to boys and girls who are both in school and out of school. The goal is to improve primary school performance and access to economic opportunities. Her other non-profit experience includes serving as a Board Member for multiple NGOs in Kilimanjaro, working for Time to Empower Africa’s Children (now called Anza), and holding a role in program coordination at Training for Life, where she oversaw the residential program for youths. She is a Mama Hope International Organization East Africa Global Advocate Alumna, where she presented at its Alumni Conference in San Francisco, CA.
Alrayyes SwirkiPalestinian Territories
Alrayyes Swirki is a Palestinian feminist and human rights activist who graduated with a Master’s degree in journalism. From 2019 to 2021, she was a project coordinator at the Center for Women’s Legal Research and Consulting in Gaza. From 2017 to 2019, she worked for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, monitoring and reporting on human rights violations in the Gaza sub-office. She is committed to the cause of human rights and social justice.
Ananya Banerjee is from India and has over seven years of entrepreneurial and advisory experience. She completed a double Bachelor’s degree in Law and in Arts from the University of Calcutta and a MicroMaster’s degree in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. She has completed various certification courses related to entrepreneurship, design thinking, and strategy to help her navigate through the entrepreneurial world smoothly. She has recently exited her latest venture, Earnyt, a marketplace for the gig economy where she was the chief visionary, designer, and idea developer. She is simultaneously working with start-ups, incubator managers, and the Wadhwani Venture Fastrack team as a Start-up Fellow. Ananya has published her first book on how to achieve operational excellence for early-stage start-ups, based on a 6S framework she devised from her knowledge of lean six sigma and agile methodologies. Ananya ran Unico Legale and was the Founder (and later, Founding Partner) for more than 3 years. Her philanthropic venture “Know Your Business Better” helped many start-ups and traditional businesses become more data-driven. Her areas of interest include entrepreneurship and economic and leadership development. She has actively been a part of the entrepreneurial development sector and wishes to contribute continuously towards helping founders working with sustainable development goals.
Anastasiia Beltiukova has four years of experience in the non-profit sector and earned a Master of Law degree at Voronežskij Gosudarstvennyj Universitet. With diverse experience in program and event management, strategic marketing communication, and fundraising, Anastasiia works as a Program Manager directing a team of 20 people across Europe and Asia Pacific. She leads economical and cultural projects in partnership with UN Women, OHCHR, EU international missions, Misereor Foundation, Chanel Foundation, Mercedes, Sephora, DBS, and Virgin, among others. Anastasiia’s coordinator role in such a dynamic field, as humanitarian initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region, involves providing support to four project managers and coordinates an average of 10 concurrent public events dealing with humanitarian topics each month. She planned and monitored project schedules, budgets, selection process, partnership, content planning, data analytics, resources, and communication, as well as drafting external materials and reports. She specialized in maintaining detailed project documentation, which ensures all project stakeholders were informed of scope, milestones, and deliverables. Thanks to her intercultural experience, Anastasiia has the communication skills needed to work with the teams involved in order to help them develop plans to complete projects on time and build relationships with internal stakeholders. Anastasiia is particularly interested in human rights, especially gender equality and human rights education and advocacy, community development, and fundraising.
Ando Razafiaritsara is a public servant with nine years of experience in the Ministry of Economy and Finance. She held many positions in different departments within the ministry, such as being a financial auditor, research analyst, and executive assistant. She also leads a non-profit organization, African Leaders for Africa, which contributes to community improvement related to the environment, education, health and hygiene, youth empowerment, and entrepreneurship. She studied Business Administration at INSCAE, Private Law at CNTEMAD, and Public Procurements at ENAM. In 2017, she participated in the Young African Leadership Initiative at the Regional Learning Center in South Africa within the Public Management track. Two years later, she founded ALFA with friends she met during the YALI program with the desire to bring positive change while applying skills and methods learned during their training. Ando is passionate about country development, social change, and team working. Her first volunteering experience was as a volunteer teacher for underprivileged children on the streets. After this first engagement, she decided to bring her contribution to sustainable development in Madagascar to the African continent. She enjoys focusing on the topics of youth empowerment, education, and the environment.
Anjanoro Rabarijaona has four years of experience in the non-profit sector and earned a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar. While working in Madagascar as a Recruitment and Procedures Supervisor with Population Services International, she helped improve the public health of vulnerable populations through a malaria control program and a reproductive, maternal, and neonatal HIV health program. Previously, Anjanoro worked as Human Resources Assistant for five years in an establishment in the health sector, where she participated in ensuring company employees and their families had access to basic care. Through these experiences, she developed interpersonal communication and talent management skills. Anjanoro enjoys focusing on the topic of public health.
Aristide Ramarolahy holds a degree in Communications from the University of Antananarivo and a Master’s degree in Business Intelligence Management from the University of Fianarantsoa. While working as a Communication Assistant at the NGO Ny Tanintsika in Fianarantsoa, he helped improve the lives of the people and the grassroots organizations bordering the rainforest in southeast Madagascar. This improved the lives of vulnerable households by facilitating access to safe drinking water, education, health, and environmental protection. Aristide also worked as a volunteer with SKIP Southampton for the promotion of hygiene, adolescent reproductive health, and English language extension. Through these experiences, Aristide gained the necessary skills for effective communication for behavior change and sustainable development. These skills have helped him to desire to always help others, by working for the good of all.