Weekly Roundup: Ambassador driving relief efforts in Kiribati & more

In the midst of numerous global challenges, OYW Ambassadors have demonstrated their continued leadership in their countries and communities. This week, Ambassadors have coordinated relief campaigns, launched new initiatives and facilitated workshops.

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Kiribati water crisis

Image credit: Facebook / Tekiana Leupena

Itinterunga Rae Bainteiti

Coordinating Relief Campaign

Kiribati

Rae has been coordinating a relief campaign to transport clean water to residents in Kiribati. Residents on one of Kiribati's islands say they've been without fresh water for three months and have resorted to drinking, bathing and cooking with contaminated water from a small cave. Rae, director of the Kiribati Aoteroa Diaspora Directorate, has been a key coordinator in providing humanitarian relief.

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Jasmine Burton

Selected for McKinsey Accelerator Program

United States

Jasmine has been accepted to participate in the Black Leadership Academy’s Management Accelerator Program at McKinsey & Company. This is a 6-month accelerator program designed for high-performing, early-to mid-career managers who are aspiring to take the challenging leap into senior leadership.

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Rumaitha Al Busaidi

TCL Member of the Month

Oman

Rumaitha Al Busadi was selected by TomouhCL as their Member of the Month. Alongside her role as Director of Environmental Affairs at Fisheries Development Oman, S.A.O.C, Rumaitha is also the co-founder of the Oman Fencing Committee (OFC) and a radio presenter.

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Jacob Castaldi

Jacob Castaldi

Created Leading Sustainable Brand

United States

Jacob's company CHNGE was featured on Good On You's latest piece suggesting sustainable, alternative brands to fast fashion companies. It was given the company's highest rating, listed as 'Great' on their sustainability scale.

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Abeer Abu Ghaith

Launched Coding Initiative

Palestine

Abeer and her team at MENA Alliances have launched the MENA Coding School program in Hebron and Gaza. It offers an eight-month scholarship to attend the full stack course. To be eligible, participants have to complete a self-paced online course that requires no prior coding experience.

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Emma Bell

Founded Build School

United Kingdom

Emma recently founded Build School, which is launching its first program in March 2021. Their mission is to help young entrepreneurs build and launch their first business ideas using 'no code' Tools. They offer a fast, no-funding and no-technical skills-needed program to build and launch ventures.

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Ross O'Brien, Rishi Dorai

bp #1YearOn Campaign

United Kingdom

In a recent video, One Young World Ambassadors Ross and Rishi shared their thoughts on bp's journey to #bpNetZero so far and why they are excited to reimagine energy.

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Jemima Lovatt

Facilitated Gender Discrimination Workshop

United Kingdom

Jemima launched a new workshop for International Women's Day in partnership with The Fawcett Society & the #EthnicityPayGap campaign to upskill and educate participants about why gender equality is a great benefit to businesses and steps they can take to achieve a more equal workplace.

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Radhika Batra

Hult Prize Judge

India

Hult Prize HIT-K welcomed Radhika as a judge for their recent event.

Radhika is the co-founder of the non-profit organisation Every Infant Matters, which provides last-mile health solutions to disadvantaged children.

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2020 Opportunities Hub

Aya Chebbi, Ahmad Nawaz, Christian Achaleke, Ilwad Elman, Kiki Mordi, Ogweno Stephen, Sani Muhammed, Satta Sheriff

100 Most Influential Young People

Aya, Ahmad, Christian, Ilwad, Kiki, Stephen, Sani and Satta were all featured on 2020 Opportunities hub 100 Most Influential List. The award recognises young leaders for their outstanding work to change the world.

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Arash Bordbar

Joined UNHCR Team

Iran

Arash recently joined the UNHCR HQ Higher Education Team in Copenhagen to continue his work on Refugee Higher Education.

He was also featured by Public Policy Projects as the 'One to Watch' for the week for his work advancing the rights of refugees in the Asia Pacific region.

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Sinead Fox Hamilton, Michael Walls

Hosted FinBiz2030 Ireland Taskforce Meeting

Ireland

Sinead and Michael co-hosted a #FinBiz2030 Ireland Taskforce meeting. #FinBiz2030 is a joint initiative between One Young World and Chartered Accountants Worldwide which aims to establish an active and engaged finance and business community globally that is dedicated to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

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Hayden Taylor

Hayden Taylor

Announced Young Entrepreneurs Challenge Winner

United Kingdom

Founded by OYW Ambassador Hayden Taylor, The Verizon/Unloc Young Entrepreneurs Challenge announced its 2020 winner. The Challenge is an annual online tech-entrepreneurship competition for young people across Europe who compete for the competition’s £10,000 Grand Prize, which also includes funding, mentorship and a technology package. OYW Co-Founder Kate Robertson was of the Grand Final judges.

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Pete Waterman

LGBTQ+ History Month Feature

United Kingdom

Pete was given the opportunity to share their thoughts on the importance of understanding LGBTQ+ history with their Deloitte UK Audit & Assurance colleagues.

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Elvis Cao

Feature on Lindau Nobel Laureate Platform

China

Elvis' blog on promoting diversity has been published on Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting's website. The piece is titled 'Flourishing as a Minority in Higher Education' and featured Elvis' key learnings on how he navigated his way as an underrepresented minority in higher education.

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Miganoush Magarian

Launched Government-Backed Initiative

Germany

After being part of a Government-Startup collaboration accelerator program, TeachSurfing - co-founded by Miganoush - won the competition to collaborate with the Armenian Government in building a matching platform to connect 7.5 million diaspora Armenians with opportunities and networks in Armenia.

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Amil Khanzada

Covid-19 Response Project: Call for Volunteers

Japan

Virufy, founded by Amil, is a non-profit organisation that is developing AI technology to screen for Covid-19 from cough patterns. They are currently seeking volunteers for several key roles within the organisation.

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Siddhant Sarang

Launched First Bhojpuri

India

Last month Siddhant Sarang launched Dharti Maiya, the world's first Bhojpuri podcast. The podcast is themed around climate change and the first episode featured Dr Atul Aditya Pandey, Head of Geology, Patna Science College.

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Speaking

Mary Helda Akongo

Uganda

Mary Helda Akongo joined George The Poet's mini conversation series alongside three leading Ugandan scientists in Honour of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

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Juan Carlos Viloria

Venezuela

Juan Carlos Viloria spoke at the UN's High-Level Forum for Adequate Housing hosted where he represented the voice of civil society as General Coordinator for Coalición por Venezuela.

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Salam Al-Nukta

Syria

Eva Dröfn and Salam Al-Nukta hosted a live event via Instagram where they discussed the importance of holding space for intersectionality, difference and solidarity in working towards gender equality. 

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Kristin Duquette, Muzoon Almellehan

United States, Syria

Kristin and Muzoon were invited by the UNA-USA and UN to speak at the 2021 Global Engagement Summit. They shared their thoughts on human rights, sport and public service.

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Muhammed Ali Mustafa

Pakistan

A Co-Chair of the Youth Representative Steering Committee (UNDGC) and the UN, Muhammed joined a conversation powered by the 75th President of the United Nations General Assembly.

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Aura Cifuentes

Colombia

Aura will be speaking about govtech at an event hosted by iNNpulsa Colombia, the Colombian Government's agency for entrepreneurship and innovation. Aura is the Director of the Digital Government Directorate at the Colombian Ministry of Information Technology and Communications.

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Awards

Kehkashan Basu

Canada

Kehkashan was awarded the 'Impact and Innovation Award for 2020' by the World University Service of Canada and Cooporation Canada for her work in education, innovation, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Reducing Inequalities.

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Naz Kawan

Iraq

Naz Kawan was featured as part of the Dutch newspaper FD's Young Talent 2021 list. She was one of 50 young talents recognised for their contribution to building a better future.

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Shilpa Yarlagadda

United States

Shilpa's company Shiffon was featured on Jessica Alba's #SmallBusinessSaturday Instagram feature. 50% of profits from Shiffon’s Duet Pinky Ring go towards funding female entrepreneurs, with 11 companies funded to date.

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Nelson Olanipekun, Victor Odhiambo

Nigeria, Kenya

One Young World nominated Nelson and Victor for the AU Youth Envoy's Silencing the Guns Awards, which led to them receiving the Silencing Corruption Award and the Silencing Youth Unemployment Awards respectively.

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Ismael Essome

Cameroon

Ismael was one of 5 finalists of Impactionable and Because International's 2021 Social Innovation Competition Finals, selected for his work tackling plastic pollution in Cameroon.

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Franc Kamugyisha

Uganda

Franc was announced as a winner of the Multi City Challenge, hosted by The GovLab, UNDP and several city leaders, which focuses on building urban resilience. He will gain support in further developing his work across Kampala.

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Media

Jemima Lovatt

United Kingdom

Jemima article

Raven Lacerte

Canada

Raven article

Gregory Rockson

Ghana

Gregory Rockson

Gideon Olanrewaju

Nigeria

Gideon Olanrewaju

Izzi Lerwill

United Kingdom

Izzi Lerwill article

Dayo Okewale

United Kingdom

Dayo Okewale

Bibi Gonzalez

Guatemala

Bibi Gonzalez

Zainab Haruna

Nigeria

Zainab Haruna

Camilia Fierro

Colombia

 

Camilia Fierro

Sheree Atcheson

Ireland

Sheree Atcheson

Olasupo Abideen

Nigeria

Olasupo Abideen

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