Coordinating Ambassadors - Africa and the Middle East


Coordinating Regions:

Southern Africa: Angola, Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe

West Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, DRC, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Togo 

East Africa: Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda 

North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia

Middle East: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen 

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Regional Activity:

Since the start of 2019, the Africa & Middle East team have hosted:

  • 8 events in 5 cities
  • 25 meetups in 14 cities
  • 5 digital events/meetups

Upcoming Events:

More events coming soon!

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Meet the Team 

Isaac Olufadewa, Managing Ambassador

Ibidan, Nigeria

Isaac is a medical doctor, master’s degree holder and social entrepreneur with almost a decade of experience in leadership in various organizations that range from healthcare, leadership and public policy such as US-based International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, Australia-based Global Youth Mental Health Awareness, ONE Campaign (Nigeria) among others. He is currently the Founder / Executive Director of Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN), a registered organization that takes quality healthcare through the use of advocacy, technology and research to underserved people in urban slums and rural areas in Nigeria and Ethiopia with a vision to reach millions of people in Africa.

Levern Ramshubby. Coordinating Ambassador, Southern Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

Levern has always had a passion for making a difference and reimagining the possible whether that be big or small. She has an honours degree in Industrial Psychology and is currently a Manager at PwC South Africa. Levern attended One Young World in 2017. Her contribution to driving change and making a difference in society has been through her position within her firm. Levern co-leads the Circle of Young Intrapreneurs in Johannesburg which focuses on driving good within an organization by doing good. She also leads the PwC Africa Millennial forum which focuses on young professionals driving change from a business, people and community perspective.

Tolulope Aina. Coordinating Ambassador, West Africa

Lagos, Nigeria

Tolulope is a serial entrepreneur, Agribusiness development enthusiast, consultant, certified trainer, mentor and an agricultural advocacy champion. She is the founder of Tolulope Foods and Farms, an emerging Agribusiness in Nigeria determined to bridge the gap of malnutrition, gender, hunger, poverty and unemployment in Nigeria and beyond by sustainably producing hygienic, nutritious and affordable food for local consumption and export.

Tolulope is also the president of the “Youth Agvocates Nigeria”, an NGO targeted at facilitating sustainable youth and women participation in agriculture through advocacy and capacity building programmes.

Mary Helda Akongo. Coordinating Ambassador, East Africa

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Mary Helda Akongo graduated from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, in 2017, after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. She is the Fundi Girls Lead, at Fundi Bots, an organization that is accelerating science learning in Africa. Formerly, she worked with Zimba Women; a Ugandan organization that finds innovative technological solutions to create sustainable futures for African women as an operations and programs manager. She is a Design Fellow with Design without Borders and is passionate about using human centered design practices to address complex challenges faced by organizations, businesses and communities in low and middle-income countries.

Fahd Zami. Coordinating Ambassador, North Africa

Location: Morocco / Bath

Fahd is an automation engineer and Chevening scholar, currently pursuing an MBA from the University of Bath with a focus on strategy and sustainability. He is passionate about sustainable energy solutions, smart grids and promoting access to reliable and affordable energy. Fahd previously worked in the energy sector for 7 years and managed several electrification projects in rural areas including electrical grid extensions and solar panel instalments. Fahd is also very passionate about youth empowerment and is actively engaged with several non-governmental organisations.

Neeshad Shafi. Coordinating Ambassador, Middle East 

Location: Doha, Qatar

Neeshad has over 5 years of experience in analyzing Global Environmental and Climate Policies with a special focus on the Middle East. An active member of several global environmental youth associations, Neeshad’s work encompasses mainstreaming climate change issues across sectors and at multiple scales from national to local. His passion for youth climate advocacy and grassroots work in Qatar lead to visible impact when he founded the Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar, a first, registered, Independent, youth lead grassroots non-profit association in the State of Qatar. His work has supported NGO’s, private sector, governments and multinational agencies in taking evidence-based decisions and deliver impact on the ground.

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