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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
Alexander Gunkel is a serial entrepreneur using space technology for social and environmental good. Alexander’s company Space4Good leverages satellite earth observation, geographic information systems, and artificial intelligence to provide geospatial analytics to global impact initiatives for data-driven decision making and increased transparency. The company is active in nature conservation, agriculture, smart cities, disaster relief, and peace and justice. Space4Good provides its insights to clients such as The Red Cross, The World Bank Group, The Carter Center, and The European Commission. Additionally, Alexander co-founded Skytree, which invented a CO2 recycling process to reduce global CO2 emissions, as well as RoadEO which is developing a global road quality monitoring and prediction platform to improve road safety and comfort. He is actively mentoring “Tech4Good” entrepreneurs in university-related incubators as well as accelerators, including in Startupbootcamp and Google LaunchPad. Before starting his entrepreneurial career, Alexander studied mechanical engineering and business administration and worked as a Project Manager at the European Space Agency. He is a Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative Fellow of the German Marshall Fund and believes in the power of social entrepreneurship to drive positive societal and economic change.
Current Organization: Managing Director at Space4Good
Chiedza Chinakwetu is a proactive change agent with an acute appreciation and understanding of social justice issues, and a passion for working towards bettering the lives of marginalized peoples. Chiedza’s goal is to educate and empower communities so that they can advocate for their social well-being and consequently break the cycle of poverty. A graduate student of Case Western Reserve University, with seven years of experience working with marginalized populations in Africa and the United States, Chiedza commands strong competencies in facilitating, negotiating, and project planning and management. As a Social Administrator, Chiedza has worked with large humanitarian aid organizations, such as World Vision as a Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Consultant, where she was responsible for mainstreaming GESI across programs. Her role as a Donor Engagement and Advancement Intern for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) enabled her to better understand how large NGOs secure funding from both the United States Government and NGO entities. In addition, Chiedza has extensive research experience which she gained as a Research Assistant working with data analysis software such as SAS and Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) at the Center on Urban and Community Development. Although Chiedza has varied interests, she is incredibly passionate about the advancement of women. To this end, she has developed a microfinance program for victims of Gender-Based Violence in Mangwe District, Zimbabwe. Chiedza managed to foster women’s participation in community development activities and increased their participation by 60% in a two-year period during her time with the Government of Zimbabwe working as a Social Services Officer under the Department of Social Services. Through it all, these experiences developed and strengthened Chiedza’s program management and business development skills.
Current Organization: Gender Equality & Social Inclusion Consultant at World Vision
Duncan Chando is a motivated professional with six years of experience in project and program management in international and local settings. Over the years he has worked with CSOs and UN agencies implementing media and advocacy, refugee and migration, peace and reconciliation, sponsorship, and educational projects from a right-based approach at all levels. He currently works as a Consultant on South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) for the International Labour Organization and a Program Assistant (M&E) at UNDP in Nairobi. Duncan is a seasoned development practitioner with in-depth experience in integrated programs and understanding of project management, lobbying and advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, partnership development, capacity building, and community development. Duncan holds a Master’s degree in Development Policy from KDI School of Public Policy and Management (South Korea), an Erasmus Mundus Master of Arts in Advanced Development in Social Work from the University of Lincoln (United Kingdom), a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Nairobi (Kenya), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management from the Kenya Institute of Management.
Current Organization: Consultant at International Labour Organization
Huma Iqbal has over ten years of experience working in Pakistan’s nonprofit sector, and earned her MA from the University of Karachi with a major in Development Communications. Huma is a public health influencer and employs strategic communications to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights, especially during crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on policy reforms for family planning services in Pakistan. Working with the Population Council as an Advocacy Manager, Huma lobbies with parliamentarians for stronger legislation on family planning programs, advocates with religious leaders on championing the cause, and leverages the media’s role to influence policy makers and the masses. In her current role, Huma has helped build a new narrative on population, focusing on the balance between population size and resources and breaking away from more traditional and coercive approaches of limiting family size in the past. Previously, Huma worked with Oxfam where she led public and digital campaigns to end child marriages and sexual violence against girls, boys, and the gender minorities of Pakistan. Huma has acquired influencing and leadership skills to influence high-level stakeholders for policy and programmatic action. She has also acquired campaigning skills for effective public and media engagement. Huma is passionate about empowering people and socially and politically equipping them to break structural inequality and live quality lives. Huma likes to explore digital spaces for innovation and freedom of speech.
Current Organization: Manager, Communications and Advocacy at Population Council
Irina Mkrtchyan holds a Master’s degree in Marketing, PR, and Advertising from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. Irina also holds a second Master’s degree in Agribusiness and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Agribusiness from Armenian National Agrarian University in Armenia. She is the co-founder 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. Through this initiative, Irina has raised over $350,000 in grants and donations within the last 2 years. She has 13+ years of experience in marketing, consulting, public relations/outreach, and solid waste management. Irina is also highly skilled in environmental protection, green communication, strategic planning and development, project/grant management, startup management. Irina has strong knowledge and international experience in various industries including Fortune 500 companies, the World Bank, UNDP, GEF, and World Resources Institute. In 2018, she was awarded Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship during which she studied at the University of California, focusing on environment and rural development, after which she served as Marketing and Strategic Development Fellow at World Resources Institute (Water Team) in Washington DC.
Current Organization: Development Lead at Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development of Communities
Kholoud JwefilPalestinian Territories
Kholoud Jwefil is a 25-year-old Palestinian social activist. After Kholoud completed her study in English language and literature, she became involved in social change. Kholoud works as a Program Coordinator at AISHA, a women’s rights organization in her country. In this role, she is responsible for coordinating humanitarian and developmental projects, including projects focusing on women’s rights, gender equality, social justice, mental health, economic empowerment for women, and encouraging men to shift their perspectives and promote women’s rights. Kholoud also has substantial experience in leading advocacy campaigns in her community defending women and children rights through social crises. Kholoud has volunteered for two years in the American corner in Gaza as trainer and group facilitator. In addition to her experiences in the field of coordination and women’s rights, she also has leadership, fundraising and team work, and translation skills.
Current Organization: Program Coordinator at Aisha Association for Woman and Child Protection
Leon Nsiku is a Congolese civil society activist with over 10 years of experience in journalism, refugee protection, and human rights promotion. Leon is highly experienced in proposal writing for funding, advocacy, capacity building, and programming in political ecology. He founded the online newsletter www.deboutRDC.net and Partenariat pour la Protection Integree (PPI), one of the prominent human rights organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He conducted over 100 trainings for African human rights defenders and contributed to over five research papers on the protection of human rights defenders in Africa. He has also written opinion pieces on regional politics and human security. He is passionate about child protection and childhood development. He is an enthusiastic, flexible, and result-driven team player in the design and implementation of social ventures. Leon is a PhD Student of Unicaf University Zambia, where he specializes in gendered adaptation to climate change.
Current Organization: Protection Officer at DefendDefenders
Mbivnjo Etheldreda LeinyuyCameroon
Mbivnjo Etheldreda Leinyuy has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Mbivnjo earned a Master of Science in Public Health and Health Promotion from Bangor University in the United Kingdom, as well as a Master of Science in Nursing Education and a Bachelor of Nursing Science from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Mbivnjo currently serves as the Development and Fundraising Officer for the Association for Community Awareness, where she raises funds through farm projects and manages online volunteers for website content and grant proposal writing. As a World Literacy Foundation Ambassador, she explored the global illiteracy problem and gained skills on how to advocate and fundraise for literacy-promoting initiatives. Through the Young African Leaders Initiative, she gained insight into Africa’s development challenges and led a project on improving the use of emails for education and business. Mbivnjo volunteers at the Health Research Foundation Buea as the project manager for a pilot birth defect registry in the Southwest Region of Cameroon. She is also designing parts of a sexual and reproductive health manual for a nonprofit called Teams4U. Previously, Mbivnjo supported disadvantaged people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds with employment as a Volunteer Mentor for the nonprofit Change Grow Live, supported by the European Fund through the Welsh Government. Mbivnjo has excellent volunteer management, teaching, and research skills and is interested in human resource management, volunteerism, project management, fundraising initiatives, disease prevention, and health promotion.
Current Organization: Development and Fundraising Officer / Public Health Specialist and Nurse Educator at Association for Community Awareness / Biaka University Institute of Buea