Weekly Roundup - Ambassadors recognised by Forbes, MIT, the Gates Foundation & more

In the midst of numerous global challenges, OYW Ambassadors have demonstrated their continued leadership in their countries and communities. This week, Ambassadors have been featured by MIT and Forbes, been given prestigious appointments, and have taken a stand against exclusionary practices.

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Michael Tubbs

United States

Michael Tubbs, a former mayor in California who gained international attention for running a guaranteed income program, is joining Governor Gavin Newsom’s administration as a special advisor for economic mobility and opportunity. Learn more.


Shakira Choonara

South Africa

Dr. Shakira Choonara is currently serving on a high-level independent commission to review the continent's progress towards the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) targets by 2030, recently leading on the publication of a report on the practical steps towards achieving UTC for persons with disabilities. Learn more.


Andrea Papus Ngombet Malewa

Republic of Congo

Andrea, a civil society leader and international expert on kleptocracy issues, gave an interview to Al Jazeera about the vote in the Republic of Congo. Learn more.

Xiomara Acevedo


Xiomara organised a regional simulation of COP26, with more than 200 participants from 22 countries in Latin America. The event took place with the support of the UK Embassies in Colombia and Ecuador, the Ministry of Environment & Water, Barranquilla +20, Fudena de Ecuador and Pazinde. Learn more.


Pablo Restrepo


Pablo Restrepo chaired a panel on Clubhouse with Juan Manuel Santos, the former President of Colombia. More than 1,000 people connected to talk about the legalisation of drugs.


Sebastian Arevalo Sanchez


Sebastian launched the 2021 DataJam Against Exploitation Hackathon. The competition seeks to develop tech-based solutions to combat human trafficking - particularly amongst vulnerable groups - as well as increase public awareness on the issue. Learn more.

Juan Carlos Viloria


Juan Carlos Viloria has been selected to participate in the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, an annual initiative where young people can contribute to key policy discussion at the UN. Connect.


Kemi Adetu

United Kingdom / Nigeria

Kemi has organised a fundraiser to support girls and women ages 10-18 living in orphanages and foster homes. The funds will go towards training and skills acquisition programs as well as provide food, clothing and shelter. Donate.


Sara Rajabli


Sara co-authored 'Toxum', the first book on social entrepreneurship, crowdfunding and project management published in Azerbaijani.


Josie Badger

United States

Josie was inducted into the National Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame, established to honour those who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring and raising awareness about the importance of mentoring for individuals with disabilities. 


Felipe Acosta


Dondoctor, founded by Felipe, launched an online solution to help the country's health centres schedule COVID-19 vaccinations. Learn more.

Wandile Mthiyane

South Africa

After being removed from a restaurant last year, Wandile Mthiyane decided to take a stand against exclusionary practices in South Africa by opening the Anti-Racist Hot Dog pop-up restaurant right above it. Learn more.


Tariq Al-Olaimy


Tariq was invited to speak at the Harvard Arab World Conference (HAWC), where he shared his reflection on youth climate movements in the Arab World. Learn more


Marc Alain Boucicault


Marc Alain Boucicault was invited by Al Jazeera to share his thoughts on a segment titled "What is the true extent of COVID-19 in Haiti?" Watch here.


Frances Logan


Frances will be joining the Washing Ireland Programme (WIP) Class of 2021, a six-month program of personal and professional development. Learn more.


Sheree Atcheson

United Kingdom

Sheree's book 'Demanding More: Why Diversity and Inclusion Don't Happen and What You Can Do About It" was featured by the Financial Times on their list of top titles for April. Learn more.


Emmanuel Niyoyabikoze


Emmanuel was selected as one of the Top 100 Young African Conservation Leaders Listing. He has been selected out of 565 nominations from 425 Youth organizations and networks. Learn more.

Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao


Elvis was selected to receive the German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for his work on CO2. Learn more.

Caroline Casey, Monica Boța-Moisin and Naz Kawan

United Kingdom, Sweden, Iraq

CarolineMonica and Naz were featured on a list of Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise Europe. The list was launched on International Women's Day and powered by the European Commission. Learn more.

Editar Adhimbo Ochieng, Farida Nabourema, Loujain al-Hathloul

Kenya, Togo, Saudi Arabia

Editar, Farida and Loujain were featured on Apolitical's 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy, drawn from over 1,100 nominations. Learn more.


Marc Alain Boucicault


Marc Alain Boucicult


Izzy Obeng

United Kingdom

Izzy Obeng feature


Anjelina Nadai Lohalith

South Sudan

Anjelina Nadai feature


Cristina Petcu


Cristina Petcu article


Alain Kilajian

United States

Alain feature