One Young World Campaigner of the Year Award Shortlist: Presented by Intuit Mailchimp

Banner introducing 2023 Shortlist for the Campaigner of the Year Award, presented by Intuit Mailchimp


These sixteen young campaigners have all been shortlisted because of the tremendous impact of their work through either advocacy, marketing, or communications.

From this list, the One Young World Campaigner of the Year Award: presented by Intuit Mailchimp will select five of the world's most promising campaigners aged 18 to 35 who are inspiring others to take action through their work and effecting positive global change.

The shortlisted nominees are currently being reviewed by One Young World’s expert judging panel, who will decide the final five winners. 

The five winners will be announced at the beginning of September and will be presented with this award at the One Young World 2023 Summit in Belfast, United Kingdom. 

The Shortlist



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Andrew Pagonis, Australia

As the Global Marketing Manager for Shopping & Commerce, Andrew is responsible for launching the latest product innovations that help businesses of all sizes connect with new customers across Google and sustainably grow online – with a focus on small & diverse-owned businesses.

Within 1.5 years of joining Google Australia, Andrew received two global marketing awards for 'Flawless Execution' and 'Advancing Diversity' by the VP of Marketing. As a result of this success, Andrew transferred to the US headquarters to lead Google’s shopping & commerce efforts to power a free and open shopping ecosystem for small businesses & NGOs.

Throughout this time he has proactively utilized Google’s platform and resources to better the lives of underrepresented groups. Galvanized by his parents' struggle as small business owners during COVID-19, Andrew proactively shifted his primary work focus to helping small businesses bounce back. He ideated and authored Google’s Retail Marketing Guide equipping 3.5M+ businesses with the free online tools they need to generate sales and stay afloat during times of uncertainty. Andrew pitched for campaign funding to translate this guide into 17 languages for global accessibility and promote it in the most disadvantaged countries globally. For his contributions to commerce, Andrew received a Google “Tech Impact Award”, a recognition previously reserved for engineers.

Andrew has also used Google’s platform to better the lives of LGBTQ+ people. He co-led Google’s sponsorship of Pride, diverting money away from corporate participation in the parade to instead fund underrepresented groups of young LGBTQ people to attend. This initiative influenced many other corporations to now do the same. He also developed the content and led a free digital skills training for hundreds of LGBTQ small businesses, helping them get discovered and grow online. This initiative has now scaled globally at Google and has helped thousands more underrepresented businesses. At Advertising Week APAC (reaching 4,000+ senior leaders) he wrote and produced a panel that was centered around the importance of adopting inclusive hiring practices, titled “The Power of Difference''. This panel replaced Google-centric content to instead focus on industry diversity & inclusion, a first of its kind initiative in this event's history. These efforts culminated in Andrew featuring as 1 of 7 global employees in Google’s ‘Pride Forever’ campaign and being recognized as a 30 under 30 LGBT Future Leader and Role Model by BCG.

Through his body of work, both business-driving and philanthropic, Andrew was the first Australian featured in Forbes 30 under 30 in 2023 for the Marketing & Advertising category.



Chanel Contos, Australia

Chanel Contos is a 25 year old from Sydney who is the founder and CEO of Teach Us Consent, a grassroots campaign that exposed the prevalence of sexual violence in school students, and advocated for holistic consent education to prevent this. In 2021 Chanel’s petition gained over 45,000 signatures, and 7000 young people submitted testimonies to her website. This inspired similar action in the UK. In 2022, Chanel was invited to present at the meeting of Ministers of Education, where they unanimously agreed to mandate consent education, every year, from K-10. Chanel has also successfully campaigned to criminalise stealthing in Queensland and South Australia. 

Chanel believes the vast majority of sexual violence is preventable through education. Her advocacy is defined by her ability to convene policy makers, experts and youth and by finding ‘leverage points’ in policy or legislation, where small changes can create large impacts. Chanel’s advocacy has driven millions in Government funding to the sector.  

Chanel has a Masters in Gender, Education, and International Development from UCL and was recently appointed by Julia Gillard to Chair the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership’s Youth Advisory Committee.

On top of extensive media coverage, her work has been recognised with the following awards: 

  • Australian Human Rights Commissions Young People’s Medal 2021
  • Vogue 21 Women who Shaped 2021 
  • Marie Claire changemaker of the year award 2021 & 2022 
  • BBC World 100 Influential and Inspiring Women 2022
  • Diana Award 2022
  • Edna Ryan Grand Stirrer award 2022
  • NSW Young Women of the Year 2023
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Daphne Frias, United States and Dominican Republic

Daphne Frias, a 25-year-old activist, is an unapologetic Latina dedicated to showcasing the diversity of her community.  Daphne has Cerebral Palsy, and uses a wheelchair to ambulate. She is a fiercely proud champion for disabled people. She became a pivotal force in the fight against gun violence and for voting rights, notably steering the enactment of over 15 statewide laws fortifying defenses against gun violence during her tenure as the New York State Director for March For Our Lives.

In her role as Founder and Executive Director of Box the Ballot (BTB), Daphne harnessed absentee ballots' potential. Through collaboration with youth across the United States, BTB collected over 20,000 absentee ballots during the 2020 midterms. Her efforts were recognized when she was honored with the 'Agente De Cambio' (Agent of Change) title at the Univision Networks' Premios Juventud in 2021.

Daphne has also engaged in combating the climate crisis. She has effectively dismantled barriers between disability and the climate crisis using a public health approach. Her pivotal role as spokesperson for the global climate strikes on September 20th, 2019, further exemplified her dedication. She appeared as a key panelist at the New York Times Climate hub, engaging in a dialogue moderated by Emma Watson.

Recently, Daphne's impact has extended to the Natural History Museum's Generation Hope advisory board. In this capacity, she magnifies the voices of young activists within the museum's content, establishing the institution as a trailblazer in fostering a secure and environmentally conscious space for the forthcoming generation.

**Photography credits to Misan Harriman.



Emma Barrett, Canada

Emma Barrett is the Head of Marketing for Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, Canada. Beginning her career in beer in 2014, Emma joined Labatt Breweries (ABInBev) in the Global Management Trainee program, following her graduation from the Ivey Business School at Western University. After roles throughout Sales & Marketing, Emma joined the Senior Leadership Team at Mill Street in the Fall of 2021.

As the Head of Marketing, Emma leads a highly engaged team, launching impactful marketing campaigns that benefit the community. These campaigns include: 

  • Organic Future: With the Canada Organic Trade Association, Mill Street has supported 45 Canadian farmers (and counting!) to convert their farms to organic agriculture. Organic grains are shown to support a healthier ecosystem, which is why Mill Street’s flagship beer, Organic Lager, is certified organic. The process for farmers to convert is lengthy and expensive, and Mill Street has helped to reduce these barriers. 
  • Tea Time Lemon Wheat: In 2022, Mill Street collaborated with Canadian Drag superstar Lemon to create a new beer in support of Rainbow Railroad - an organization that helps LGBTQI+ individuals escape violence and find safety. To celebrate this new beer launch, Mill Street donated $20,000 to Rainbow Railroad to further their mission.
  • 1 in 12 Phantasm NEIPA was created by a women-led team at Mill Street, in support of the LCBO Spirit of Inclusion Initiative, which champions equitable representation in the alcohol industry. Only 1 in 12 brewers in craft beer are women, with even fewer being women from BIPOC communities. Through the launch of 1 in 12, Mill Street contributed $20,000 to a scholarship dedicated to BIPOC women enrolled in brewing programs at Niagara College.



Mill Street was recently the recipient of the 2023 Canada Organic Trade Association’s Innovator of the Year Award, and four 2022 World Beer Awards.


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Isaias Hernandez, United States and Mexico

Isaias Hernandez is an environmental educator and content creator from Los Angeles, and the founder of the Queer Brown Vegan media platform. Isaias grew up in a community that faced environmental racism and his experiences led him to believe that everyone should learn about the environment through an intersectional lens. He’s spent the last 4 years creating environmental education for digital mediums to help teach anyone, and everyone, about intersectional environmentalism in an accessible way.

Isaias’s work has been published and referenced by numerous media organizations, thought leaders, businesses, and nonprofits. He’s helped elevate impact campaigns, bring awareness to current events, highlight meaningful research, and educate the next generation on climate issues while maintaining a recognizable and appreciated vulnerability that centers his own humanity and intersecting identities. Whether Isaias is communicating the importance of queer ecology, or drawing attention to the connections between racial and environmental justice, his work has helped expand what it means to be an educator and helped transform the climate movement.

His work has led him to collaborate with Universities like Harvard, Yale, and the University of California system in advising how to create an equitable climate justice curriculum. He has also taught at many high schools and youth-led programs around Los Angeles to teach young people about Food Justice with his non-profit client, Support & Feed, and lastly helped launch Overheated Presented by Billie Eilish & Support & Feed to bring young people together to fight for a better future. 

Isaias has interviewed Vice President Kamala Harris and was featured on the digital cover of Vogue with Billie Eilish and on the Harvard-C-Change program as Climate Creators 2023 Program.


Jena Dominique, United States

Hailing from the Bay Area, CA, Jena Dominique seamlessly blends innovation, artistry, and cultural prowess in today's marketing landscape. She is a Creative Director, Storyteller, and DJ, transcending conventional boundaries with her talents. Her entrepreneurial spirit has led her to establish three ventures, including Made in Color (MIC) creative agency. MIC emerged in 2020 as a fully remote national collective of overlooked yet highly talented creatives of color. Their impact reverberates, reaching over two million individuals through powerful social media campaigns and immersive in-person activations.

From the inception of an avant-garde creative agency to leading a diverse, high-achieving team, Jena's ingenuity spans innovation and leadership. She excels at infusing creativity and culture in storytelling for social media, video production, campaigns, and experiential activations. Her vast portfolio has earned recognition on Forbes' prestigious 30 Under 30 list in 2023 and an Anthem Award. Fast Company and the San Francisco Chronicle have celebrated her brilliance, while the University of California, Santa Barbara lauds her as an alumni trailblazer.

As a bold, serial entrepreneur, Jena boasts an awe-inspiring clientele, including Airbnb, Apple, and McKinsey & Co. Her concepts have nurtured brands like BLKHLTH and amplified brands like the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation, Sum Of Us, and the Kapor Center for Social Impact. Jena is more than an entrepreneur; she's a maestro of envisioning concepts that challenge norms, igniting her team's potential, and crafting impactful narratives through print, digital, and in-person experiences. Beyond titles, Jena is an accomplished anthropologist whose global explorations have shaped her perspective. She embodies empathy, foresight, and articulate communication. She carves safe havens for marginalized creators and lights the way for underserved audiences. Her audacious spirit defies assumptions, allowing her to pioneer uncharted creative territories. In a world craving audacity and innovation, Jena Dominique emerges as an embodiment of ambition, creativity, and allure.


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Lina Abu Akleh, Palestine and Armenia

On May 11, 2022 renowned Palestinian American Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, was shot dead by Israeli forces in Jenin refugee camp, in the occupied West Bank. From the moment Shireen was killed, her niece Lina Abu Akleh took the opportunity to speak out against the crime. 

In the past year, Lina campaigned tirelessly in the moment of crisis and used her voice to call for justice and accountability for her aunt. She spearheaded efforts to keep Shireen’s case visible to government and civil society leaders internationally. She did so by travelling  to various countries, writing op-eds, giving dozens of media interviews and speaking at international events. Last year, Lina and her family met with the U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and lobbied with members of Congress to support their calls for justice for Shireen, a U.S. citizen and a female journalist who was killed while doing her job and reporting the truth. After six months, news broke that the United States FBI had opened a federal criminal investigation into Shireen’s killing. That was one of the successes of their campaign. 

One year after the killing, the family renewed their calls for justice by going to Capitol Hill again and meeting with Senators and members of Congress. During the trip, U.S. Representative André Carson announced that he will be reintroducing the Justice for Shireen Act in Congress. 

Apart from the U.S., Lina gave speeches at the United Nations in Geneva, and presented her testimony at the Human Rights Council. Her and her family met with His Holiness Pope Francis in Rome. She also met with diplomats at the UN in New York, parliamentarians from the UK and diplomats from the EU who voiced their support and continuous calls for justice and accountability for her aunt. Lina’s work has not only shed light on her aunt's killing but on the importance of protecting journalists in the field because targeting journalists anywhere is a threat to journalists everywhere. 

Her efforts in pursuing accountability were recognized on an international level. Lina was named as one of the 2022 TIME 100 Next emerging leaders and made it to the 2022 BBC100 Women list as a human rights campaigner. Lina acknowledges that in the moment of crisis she did what anyone would’ve done for their family member. She believes her work was able to inspire many people and gain global support for her family’s case. 

Lina is Palestinian-Armenian born and raised in Jerusalem, holds a bachelors in political studies and a master's in international studies and human rights. 


Matthew Nwozaku Blaise, Nigeria

Matthew Nwozaku is a dynamic visionary at the forefront of transformative social change. With a rich background in LGBTQ+ advocacy, art curation, and community building, their work has left an indelible mark on young people across Nigeria and beyond.

As the Executive Director at Obodo, a youth-led non-profit furthering the normalization of queer experiences and narratives in Nigeria, Matthew has spearheaded impactful campaigns and community-driven initiatives that bridge the gap between art, technology, and philanthropy. Their role in the #EndSARS movement, the #QueerLivesMatter and the #EndHomophobiaInNigeria campaigns, spotlighted police brutality and ignited a nationwide discourse on systemic change and intersectionality. Through strategic social media mobilisation, they amplified the voices of young queer Nigerians, sparking a wave of demand for justice and accountability.

Matthew's impactful advocacy has garnered remarkable recognition, including the MTV EMAS 2022 Generation Change Award, SOGIESC Activist of the Year Award 2021, Dazed100, The Future Awards Africa 2020 nomination for Leading Conversations. Matthew's pioneering efforts are evident in their inclusion in NATIVESON's 2020 list of 101 Black Gay and Queer Men Who Made Global Impact and international publications like Vogue, Bloomberg, Time. As a dynamic panelist and keynote speaker at esteemed conferences like AfricaNXT, Women Deliver 2023, The ILGA Conference, they amplify queer African narratives globally, inspiring progressive discussions and visibility.

Matthew's work encapsulates the true essence of advocacy—transforming obstacles into stepping stones for progress. Their contribution to the struggle for social change exemplifies their determination to create a world where young people can thrive without fear of discrimination.


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Nalleli Cobo, United States

Nalleli Cobo led a grassroots campaign to shut down a toxic oil well in her community permanently. Nalleli, 22, grew up in South Los Angeles and started activism at 9. Over the years, Nalleli endured headaches, nosebleeds, and heart palpitations caused by pollution from the well in her community. Nalleli gave her first public speech at age 10. Even as a child, her skills as an orator caught others’ attention and paved the way for her to eventually become the leading spokesperson for banning oil extraction in Los Angeles. 

Nalleli co-founded People Not Pozos, which aims to secure a safe and healthy neighborhood, and the South Central Youth Leadership Coalition, which focuses on ending environmental racism in Los Angeles. In March 2020, Nalleli’s tireless organizing culminated in the definitive closure of the AllenCo drilling site across the street from her childhood home. Additionally, its executives face over 24 criminal charges for environmental health and safety violations thanks to Nalleli’s work.

Nalleli was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 19. After three surgeries and medical treatment, she was declared cancer-free.

After years of tireless work by Nalleli and many others, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to phase out oil drilling over the next 20 years. Nalleli’s story and leadership also inspired the enactment of SB1137, which bans all new oil wells within 3200 feet of communities in California. 

Nalleli won the 2022 Goldman Environmental Prize, 2022 Time 100 Next, and Apolitical 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy. 


Qyira Yusri, Malaysia

Qyira is the Co-Founder and Education Director of #Undi18. #Undi18 is a Malaysian grassroots movement, spearheaded by a group of young people that successfully lobbied the Government and Parliament of Malaysia to take steps toward amending Article 119(1) of the Federal Constitution to reduce the minimum voting age in Malaysia from 21 to 18 years old. As a result, 5.8 million new voters could participate in Malaysia's most recent general elections. 

In 2021, the US Embassy KL nominated her for the International Woman of Courage Award and she was listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 for her work in Social Impact. In 2022, she was appointed as the Special Adviser on Youth to EU Commissioner, Jutta Urpilainen.  Qyira has participated in and coordinated multiple direct action activities in response to advocating for freedom of public assembly, speech and political inclusion. 

She has also consulted on various human rights campaigns in Malaysia and across ASEAN, with experiences in topics of citizenship, detention, death penalty abolition and more. With #Undi18, she leads the voter education initiatives by creating workshop modules and creative content to ensure Malaysians know their rights, are empowered to vote and disrupt the Malaysian political landscape with progressive ideals. 


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Seyi Akiwowo, United Kingdom

Seyi Akiwowo is a multi award-winning founder and CEO. Before setting up Glitch, Seyi (pronounced Shay-yee) was elected as the youngest Black female Councillor in East London at age 23. Since founding Glitch, Seyi has become a prolific political changemaker, using her voice to highlight the injustices the system imposes on minoritised groups. Throughout her leadership, Seyi has consistently shone a light on the absence of prioritised safety for marginalised communities, particularly Black women, in the Online Safety Bill, and has spoken in UK Parliament and at the United Nations on the subject of digital citizenship.

No stranger to awards - from Amnesty International’s Human Rights Defender in 2018 through to being offered an MBE in 2022 (which she decided to not accept, as documented in an interview with Black Ballad), Seyi is recognised as a top consultant where tech and policy intersect, including holding a place on the European Safety Advisory Council for TikTok. She is trusted to call out injustices whilst offering actionable solutions that hold platforms to account and help individuals stay safe online. Her reputation has brought major partners to Glitch, including BT Sport for their #DrawTheLine Campaign. Alongside this, Seyi has spoken at many important events, including her TedX talk on ending online abuse through digital citizenship, which has thousands of views. Seyi has also spoken at the likes of Google in New York and OECD Paris and the European Parliament in Brussels and the United Nations, to name a few.

Seyi is also a Penguin published author. Her book How To Stay Safe Online is a digital self-care toolkit for developing resilience and allyship, offering anecdotes, interviews, tips and context for why online safety needs to be the next movement that we all invest in, from individuals to Big Tech.


Trang Chu Minh, Hungary and Vietnam

As a long-standing sustainability advocate and a seasoned journalist, Trang has made it her mission  to use storytelling to raise awareness of and make a positive impact on underreported social and  environmental issues. As a freelance reporter, she has covered a range of sustainability- and  conservation-related issues, from the global trade in shark meat to the myths surrounding tree planting, the rise of alternative protein and efforts to protect the world’s most endangered great ape. 

She is currently in charge of sustainability communications and thought leadership for Singapore’s  sovereign wealth fund, turning complex topics such as climate scenarios or China’s decarbonisation  journey into a catalyst for greater climate action among companies, governments and civil society. 

Trang developed the first global communications strategy for the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s pro  bono legal service for NGOs and social enterprises. Some of her milestone campaigns include working on a research project which led to the first state law banning child marriage in the US, the opening of the first safe house for LGBTQ+ refugees in the UK and a legal case fighting child sexual  abuse in India.  

On the youth engagement front, she partnered youth non-profit Bye Bye Plastic Bags on a campaign  against plastic pollution which eventually led to Bali becoming the first Indonesian province to ban  plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam. She has also produced the #IChooseToSee campaign with  YouTube creators from around the world to break taboos associated with issues such as modern  slavery or menstrual health among a younger audience – the most popular video garnered over 3.6  million views.  

In addition, she has worked as a communications and editorial consultant with the EU Mission to  ASEAN and USAID’s Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil Initiative on international development projects  focusing on climate mitigation, biodiversity protection, inclusive education and women’s rights. 

In her free time, she volunteers as a running guide for youth with disabilities, believing in the power of sports to create a more enabling environment for individuals with special needs.


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Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts, First Nations, Australia

Vanessa is proud Bundjalung Widubul-Wiabul woman, activist, lawyer, writer and a researcher at Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous education and research, and the Law faculty at the University of Technology dedicating her work to transforming the forced removal practices of First Nations child removal and empowering Indigenous self-determination and Justice for First Nations people and children both in Australia and globally. She is an inspiring force reshaping the world through her remarkable journey. Vanessa is a survivor of the Out of Home Care System (OOHC) where she was forcibly removed at the age of 10. Vanessa’s motivation for studying law was driven by the disproportionate impact of the law in her very own community. 

Her leadership and advocacy are changing the way Australia’s child protection system intervenes and surveillances the lives of Indigenous people. She is transforming models of care, and ensuring that First Nations families are self-determined, whilst addressing the fundamental harms of intergenerational trauma. 

Vanessa continues to be a driving force for Indigenous rights, and in particular First Nations Children and young people and their voices. Honoured with the Australian Human Rights Medal, she is recognised as one of 10 Changemakers and a member of the Power Generation of emerging Indigenous leaders. Vanessa's forthcoming book, "Long Yarn Shot," enlightens and unites people in the history and shared learning experience of Australia. Vanessa continues to create impact through her advocacy and uses both her personal, professional and digital world towards this change and believes we must continue to work together to re-imagine a better world for community, for our children, for our future.


Wafa Mustafa, Syria

Wafa Mustafa (she/her) is a Syrian activist, a journalist and a non-resident fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) and Refugees International. Following her father's forced disappearance by the Assad regime in 2013, Wafa fled Syria to Türkiye where she began reporting on Syria for media outlets (including The New Arab and the citizen journalism collective Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, which documented and reported on human rights abuses by the Islamic State (IS). After several of her colleagues in Turkey were assassinated by the terrorist group, Wafa was forced to seek safety in Germany where she continued her studies, graduating from Bard College Berlin.

Wafa’s journalism and advocacy work covers the topics of: Torture and forced disappearance (and the impact on families), refugee rights, normalization and accountability for the crimes of the Assad regime. She has worked on a wide range of campaigns/initiatives including, Families For Freedom and #SyriaNotSafe and is currently campaigning for #DefundAssad and the ‘Talking About The Revolution’ Program and Free Syria’s Disappeared. 

Described as ‘An international symbol of her people's resistance,’ Wafa has become a leading voice for Syrians and families of detainees, speaking on an international level to global decision makers at the UN Security Council, UN General Assembly, Brussels Conference and Oslo Freedom Forum among many more. As a speaker at Berlin protests, and utilizing her large social media following, Wafa is mobilizing younger audiences and activists to engage in the topic and speak out. 

Wafa has received various recognitions including the Pimentel Fonseca Prize 2022 and a mention in Raseef 22’s Top 10 Influential Female Characters in the Arab World 2022.


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Yara Said, Syria

Yara Said is an Amsterdam-based multidisciplinary artist whose work delves into the profound connections between sound, emotions, and visual aesthetics. Central to Yara's work is the creation of a political space of imagination, one that raises questions about the social and political aspects of our world. 

Yara is the creator of the Refugee Nation Flag, featuring an orange background with a black stripe representing the horizon. The design was inspired by life vests collected in Lesvos, where Yara herself had fled through the water. The flag was designed to be a painting, a visual object, and not a nationalistic symbol.

It is a sign for all people who had to travel through the elements of life: water, sand, or air. The enormity of the scene, for the artist who experienced it herself, left a profound visual impression on her memory. The design is meant to evoke a sense of hope and solidarity, and to show that refugees are not just victims but can reclaim the narratives of their lives.

Since its creation, the Refugee Nation Flag has become a symbol of hope and unity for refugees around the world. It has been exhibited in numerous prestigious institutions worldwide, alongside works by some of the most celebrated artists of our time, including Rothko, Marina Abramovic, Keith Haring, and many more.

Yara’s work has been recognized through numerous awards and nominations, including the golden design award at the Lyonnes design festival (2017), nomination by the Design Museum for Beazley Designs of the Year (2017), and by European Design (2018) for the refugee Nation flag for Amnesty International. Yara is also the co-founder and artistic director (2018-2021) of SALWA|Amsterdam (The Netherlands), a foundation that develops programs for artists with a migrant background, offering an entry point for emerging artists into the Dutch cultural scene.


Zev Shapiro, United States

Zev Shapiro, a senior at Harvard College, is founder and executive director of TurnUp, a multimillion dollar 501(c)(3) non-profit that comprises the largest American youth-led voter registration and turnout initiative.   

Beginning as a community activist in fourth grade by successfully advocating for equal access to healthy food at his public school, he then served, at 10, as the campaign manager for a Cambridge School Committee candidate. Before founding TurnUp in 2019, he worked in politics for 8 years, including for Maura Healey and Elizabeth Warren. Zev lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  TurnUp is powered by a diverse team of more than 4,000 youth organizers and 20,000+ young volunteers. In 2020 and 2022, TurnUp reached 60 million impressions of their ads making it easy to register or vote, sent more than 11 million texts to young voters, helped register more than 200,000 students, and graduated 4,000+ young people from their many months-long training program who collectively contributed 18,000 volunteer-hours registering and mobilizing new young voters. TurnUp organized the largest youth-led voter registration and turnout operation in the past two cycles. Both election cycles saw record youth turnout. 

In 2023, TurnUp conducted student-led voter registration drives at 400 high schools in swing states and registered 16,000 students to vote.  TurnUp was recognized by Forbes as a standout non-profit of 2022. Zev has been featured by NPR, Teen Vogue, The Boston Sunday Globe, The Daily Beast, The Boston Herald, WGBH, NECN, and other television networks. Zev is also a sought after speaker and author.


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