Celebrating World Environmental Day
In celebration of World Environment Day, One Young World Southern Africa is hosting an event that not only speaks to driving impact in the physical environment through a panel discussion, but driving tangible change by also including an impact hour of planting trees in collaboration with Deloitte South Africa and the Khuthaza Foundation.The event will be held on the 4th June, and will be open to One Young World Ambassadors, the broader community and the corporate sponsor team.
About the Caucus
World Environment Day takes place every year on 5 June. It is the United Nations’ flagship day for promoting worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years, it has grown to be the largest global platform for environmental public outreach and is celebrated by millions of people across the world.
World Environment Day 2022 will be held under the theme Only One Earth, highlighting the need to live sustainably in harmony with nature by bringing transformative changes – through policies and our choices – towards cleaner, greener lifestyles. Only One Earth is the a theme around safeguarding our physical environment - this planet is our only home, whose finite resources humanity must safeguard.
What: The event will comprise of keynote speeches from leaders in the industry, hosting a panel comprised of One Young World Ambassadors as well as experts in their fields, and offering a chance for attendees to join the conversation and dig deeper into the theme. This is also an opportunity to re-connect with Ambassadors from previous years and to drive conversation around being a powerful force for social good through this theme.
Why: The purpose of the event is to connect, engage and inspire the One Young World Ambassador community, partners and mobilise people towards impactful change.
How: Hosting local meetups to connect and drive collaboration with an aim to create a better world, with more responsible, more effective leadership.
Agenda to be announced in due course.
Research Officer at Institute for Security Studies
David Willima works as a Research Officer on maritime security at the Institute for Security Studies in the Pretoria office. Prior to joining the ISS, David worked for the Environmental Learning and Research Centre at Rhodes University in South Africa as a research assistant on the One Ocean Hub Project. After that he joined Caritas-Zambia as an election monitoring provincial coordinator in the Democracy and Governance Unit. David recently participated as one of the 28 International youth Delegates and one of two youth delegates from Africa at the 7th Our Ocean Conference in Palau.
Cara Jane Sewell Stokes
Chair, ARMOUR & BCMF
Cara completed her BA Honours in Geography and Environmental Management at Rand Afrikaans University. She was first employed when leaving Varsity by Adv Nicolai Massyn Owner of Green Gain Consulting, one of the first Environmental Legal Consulting Companies in South Africa, while completing her Msc in Environment and Society at University of Pretoria. In 2008, she went into consulting independently in the field of Environmental legal & ISO 14001 compliance, and continues to do so today. Cara is very passionate about water and waste legal compliance as well as being part of the solution on the environmental issues facing the country.
Circular Economy Analyst, GreenCape
Deshanya Naidoo has a background in chemical engineering, having worked in the consumer goods sector. Deshanya came across the concept of a circular economy while searching for solutions after she had conducted a waste audit on the factory she was based at. She had a particular interest in packaging and initiated a packaging roadmap at a leading consumer goods company in South Africa. She is currently a Circular Economy Analyst at GreenCape, who are the secretariat of The South African Plastics Pact, where she leads the data and reporting workstream. Deshanya is passionate about the creation of an inclusive circular economy in a developing country context.
Sustainability Officer at EOH
Having studied Organizational Psychology and Environmental Management Vandana has a strong entrepreneurial instinct to drive results in systems and environments to achieve sustained growth. As an ESG professional, she has experience in providing strategic guidance to management and C-suite teams to improve regulatory, revenue and ESG performance while also ensuring to maintain an inclusive social and structural culture across multi-disciplinary, multi-functional and multi-geographical operating environments. Vandana is passionate about the intersection where technology solves for environment, social and governance (ESG) requirements for both private and public sectors.
One Young World Coordinating Ambassador for Southern Africa
Mpho Manyisa is a young leader passionate about women empowerment and education. Outside of being the Southern African Coordinating Ambassador, Mpho is a Client Experience (CX) Marketing Manager at Smollan. Mpho is currently a Masters in Management Candidate and was the winner of the Champion of Service award at the 2021 Wits Business School Leadership Awards for her work being done with One Young World. Mpho also mentors young students through the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust and has been recognised by Mail & Guardian as 1 of 50 Powerful Women in SA and a Next Generation Women Leader by McKinsey & Company.