Weekly Roundup: Ambassadors leading resistance movement in Myanmar & more

In the midst of numerous global challenges, OYW Ambassadors have demonstrated their continued leadership in their countries and communities. This week, Ambassadors are leading national protest movements, have been given prestigious leadership appointments, and have been featured on a billboard in Times Square.

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Thinzar Shunlei Yi

Driving Myanmar Resistance Efforts


Thinzar Shunlei Yi has been one of the most prominent figures in the resistance against the military junta in Myanmar - a rebellion that is starting to be known locally as the Spring Revolution.

Since the coup, Thinzar has been coordinating with other young activists, bridging different groups, as well as taking to the streets to lead protests despite the military’s heavy use of force.

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Tin Maung Htwe

Commentator on Sky News


Tin bravely spoke to Sky News for the second time this month, calling for the international community to address the atrocities taking place in the country. Introduced as a One Young World Ambassador, the broadcaster has continued to recognise the risk activists like Tin take in the pursuit of peace.


Tin Maung Htwe

Stephen Ogweno

World Health Organisation NCDs Lab


Stephen has been recently appointed to be part of the newly formed World Health Organization NCDs labs as a member of the steering group under the thematic area of NCDs and the next generation.


François Reyes

New European Commission Role


Following his role as a Defence Policy & Capabilities Trainee at NATO, François will be joining the European Commission's Director Generate for Home Affairs as a Bluebook Trainee to work with the Prevention of Radicalization Unit. 

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Lali Fernando Riasco

Telepacífico Interview


Lali Fernando Riasco was interviewed on the television channel Telepacífico. Lali is part of the Communicative Network of Boys, Girls, Youth and Adolescents of Guapi, a group that has launched audiovisual content on the traditions of their community. 

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Krishna Athal

Published 2021 Impact Report


Krishna's organisation YUVA recently published its 2021 Impact Report. He and his team have created a movement to accelerate social impact on the African continent, reaching thousands of beneficiaries through their work.

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Wawira Njiru, Sinead Burke, Srikanth Bolla

WEF Young Global Leaders

Wawira Njiru, Sinead Burke & Srikanth Bolla have been selected for the 112 Young Global Leaders New Class by the World Economic Forum. The list recognises the world's most promising leaders under the age of 40.

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Aisling McCaffrey

IWD Times Square Billboard Feature


This year marks the 20th anniversary of 100 Women In Finance. Through Education, Peer Engagement and Impact, 100WF furthers the progress of women who have chosen finance as a career and enables their positive influence over pre-career young women.

As part of the International Women's celebrations, Aisling was one of a handful of 100WF members that were cascaded across the big screen in Times Square.

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Meg Zeenat Wamithi, Damian Zebielski

Launching Mental Health Gym

United Kingdom

MindMapper has just launched its new website which allows people to start building their own mental health gym. They will be launching the gym in the coming weeks, starting with weekly classes and community conversations.

MindMapper was co-founded by OYW Ambassadors Meg Zeenat Wamithi and Damian Zabielski.

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Lali Fernando

Save the Children Book Feature


Lali Fernando was featured in Save the Children's 100th-anniversary book called " I Am Alive - How Children Survived a Century of Wars". The book presents that stores of ten children and a “baby of hope,” all of whom survived the wars of the past century. 

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Commonwealth award

5 One Young World Ambassadors win Commonwealth Youth Awards

Isaac Olufadewa, Faysal Islam, Bevon Chadel Charles, Alexia Hilbertidou and Sukhmeet Singh Sachal have been recognized at the Commonwealth Youth Awards for their exceptional work on promoting good health, food security, and COVID-19 relief.

The awards recognize the contributions of young people whose projects are transforming lives in their communities and helping achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Achaleke Christian Leke

Appointed Executive Director


Achaleke Christian was recently appointed as the Executive Director of Local Youth Corner Cameroon.

For the past six years, Achaleke worked tirelessly with his team to transform the organisation, reorienting its focus and improving programme delivery towards diverse constituencies in Cameroon.

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Olu Odubajo, Hayley Mulenda

United Kingdom

Olu Odubajo released episode 23 of his Not Your Everyday Podcast which featured Hayley Mulenda, a fellow OYW Ambassador and a Multi-Award Winning International Speaker, Author and Change Agent who has spoken to thousands of people across the world sharing her story on how she turned her pain to purpose.

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Mandy Muchnick

Youth Partnership Video Showcase

South Africa

Mandy released a new film showcasing her organisation's, Imagine Nation, latest work with the Boitshepo Creche.

Imagine.nation is a Voluntary Organisation founded by OYW Ambassadors Mandy and Dean with a firm belief that every person out there has the ability to change the world in a positive way. Their current pillars of focus are education and entrepreneurship.

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Erik Marquardt

Joined European Parliament Working Group


Erik has joined the newly-created Frontex Security Working Group. The Group has been established by the European Parliament to monitor all aspects of the functioning of the border agency, including its compliance with fundamental rights.

Erik is a German politician who is serving as a Member of the European Parliament for the Alliance 90/The Greens political party.

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Lynton Filia

Organised Virtual Youth Skills Hub

Solomon Islands

Lynton is part of the team organising the inaugural Virtual Youth Skills Hub Dialogue for youth leaders on 18 March. It marked the first time the Australia Pacific Training Coalition in the Solomon Islands and the Solomon Islands National Youth Congress collaborated. This is the first such dialogue for facilitating rich youth-to-youth conversations to discuss TVET, youth skills training design, youth skills training opportunities and employment avenues.

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Urara Takaseki

Interviewed Prominent Japanese Artist


Urara Takaseki was featured in an interview alongside Ai, a prominent Japanese-American singer and songwriter. The interview premiered on News23 on TBS.

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Binson Nzaba

Ran for Office

Republic of Congo

Binson stood as a candidate in the 2021 Republic of the Congo presidential election.

Alongside his political ambitions, Binson is Vice-President in charge of Operations and Programes at Entraide Congo, a Congolese NGO.

Kristin Duquette

FEMA Women's History Month Campaign Feature

United States

Kristin was featured as part of FEMA's Women's History Month campaign. The Preparedness Officer for FEMA's Transportation Security Grant Program, Kristina is recognised worldwide as a disability rights advocate and was named the global mentor for disability inclusion. 

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Foundervine update

Izzy Obeng

PwC Funding Recipient

United Kingdom

Foundervine, founded by Izzy Obeng, was selected as one of 25 organisations to receive support from the new PwC ColourBrave Charity Fund. The fund was set up to give Black-led social enterprises, as well as charities with ethnic minority beneficiaries, access to finance, mentoring, networks and skills.

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Jazz Jennings

Google Expert Panellist

New Zealand

Google.org and Vital Voices have launched the Google.org Impact Challenge for Women and Girls, which is granting a total of US$25 million to organizations empowering women and girls to reach their economic potential.

OYW Ambassador Jazz Jennings sits on the expert panel alongside other global luminaries.

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Yi Kang Choo

Joined CIVICUS Youth Action Team

Yi Kang Choo was selected as a member of The CIVICUS Youth Action Team, a group of members who work for youth to be meaningfully represented and engaged in all of the alliance’s structures, governance, strategies, and activities.

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Kate Crowhurst Update

Kate Crowhurst

Launched Financial Literacy Podcast Series


Kate launched her new podcast series, MoneyBites. This podcast provides a regular dose of financial tips, throughout interviews with financial experts from around the world, blending pop culture and money stories with bite-sized financial literacy.

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Ivan Kayima

London Mayoral Candidate Dialogue

United Kingdom

Ivan Kayima hosted a dialogue with London Mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey on 4 March to understand how he went from growing up on a council estate to where he is today.

Ivan is the CEO of collaborative network Spiela – an online platform for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to find opportunities.

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Jamira Burley

Hailey Bieber Campaign Feature

United States

Jamira was featured as part of Hailey Bieber's latest campaign to celebrate the Black women leading the fight to end gun violence.

Jamira Burley is an internationally recognized speaker, social justice advocate, and consultant on a mission to lead systematic and sustainable change that improves the lives of young people across the globe.



Salam Al-Nukta


Salam was a moderator during TARGET GENDER EQUALITY LIVE, which convenes leaders from business, government, civil society and academia to discuss breaking down barriers to gender equality.

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Jolyon Layard Horsfall

United Kingdom

Earlier in March, the DuckDAO community hosted an Ask Me Anything session with Jolyon and Harry Horsfall, the CEO and CMO of TotemFi. TotemFi is an innovative DeFi prediction protocol that empowers individuals and groups to earn native $TOTM and BTC rewards.

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Dimpho Lekgeu

South Africa

Dimpho moderated an event focussed on prioritizing an inclusive recovery in Africa, co-hosted by World Bank Group and Africa Center for Economic Transformation (ACET).

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María del Pilar Aristizábal Pineda


At a recent Yunus & Youth event, Maria had the opportunity to speak to Professor Muhammad Yunus about her initiative, Life Academy.

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Awards / recognition

Damian Zabielski

United Kingdom

Damian was one of the recipients of The Young Innovators Awards, which recognise young people from across the UK with great business ideas who have the potential to become successful entrepreneurs and future leaders in innovation.

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Rania Ayman


Rania was awarded WoEgypt 50 Most Inspirational Women 2021, an award given to women in recognition of their excellence and innovation in their fields, efforts in empowering women and their inspirational role in advancing gender equality.


Olabanke Subair


Olabanke was featured on Leading Ladies Africa's list of 100 Nigerian women who are deliberately impacting their world and local communities through the power and strength of their ideas and achievements.

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Ibrahima Kalil Gueye


Ibrahima was one of the recipients of the inaugural International Anticorruption Champions Award, launched by US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, which recognises individuals who have demonstrated leadership, courage, and impact in preventing, exposing, and combating corruption.

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Anggaris Anggia Cininta (Ghea) Priatna


Ghea was celebrated by Elizabeth Faber, Chief Talent Officer at Deloitte Asia Pacific. Ghea was recognised as a breakthrough leader for her work with Generation Peace, an Indonesian based initiative that empowers youth and educators.

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Maureen Muketha


Maureen Muketha, the founder of Tule Vyema, was celebrated by Food Tank as one of 27 women who are working to close the gender gap and empower women in the food system.

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Ilwad Elman


Ilwad feature

Benjamin Bocio Richardson

Dominican Republic

Benjamin Bocio Richardson Feature

Bibi La Luz Gonzalez


Bibi La Luz Gonzalez feature

Ayan Said


Ayan Said feature

Camila Fierro


Camila Fierro feature

Mazbahul Islam


Mazbahul Islam feature

Alex Wood

United States

Alex feature

Beliza Coro


Beliza feature

Finance & Business 2030 Task Force

South Africa

Finance & Business 2030 Task Force