Ambassador selected as Forbes 30 Under 30 & more

The OYW Ambassador community has been busy receiving prestigious recognitions, representing their work at global forums, delivering keynote speeches and more. Check out some of the Ambassador news that you may have missed this week.



Yulkendy Valedez selected as one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs 2020. More information here.

Caritta Seppa was invited to participate in the MQ Innovation Summit in Beijing, giving a keynote speech alongside Dr. Rüdiger Recknagel, Managing Director and Chief Environmental Officer at Audi AG. Learn more here.

Waad Al Kateab's documentary 'For Sama' was featured on the High Low podcast. Listen here.

Faith Kaoma and Olasupo Abideen will be joining the Youth Power Panel powered by Restless Development along with 10 other Youth Power Panelists from around the world.

The Clifford Chance Mentoring and Insight Programme, designed by Fadeia Hossain, has been extended to university students who have a visual impairment.  Learn more here.

Amanda Nguyen had a fireside chat with Gloria Steinem on the Symphony Stage to talk about her new book. More here.

OYW Counsellor Sinead Burke started a new weekly podcast, 'As Me With Sinead'. Listen here.

Blerta Thaci was one of a select few Forbes alumni invited to attend the Forbes 2019 Under 30 Summit, Europe. More information here.

John Jal Dak attended the African Union high-level dialogue on the topic of refugees, returnees & internal displacement.

Salmine Sassi was invited to meet the Dutch Ambassador to Tunisia in Tunis. She was selected as a Dutch MFA Enterprise for Peace Scholar this year. More here.

Moctar Dembele shared his research expertise on water management at the 11th UNESCO Youth Forum. Learn more here.

Salam Al-Nukta attended the high-level conference on progress achieved in the implementation of Beijing+25 which was held by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia - ESCWA and UN Women.

Olasupo Abideen helped to translate the Sustainable Development Goals into local languages. More information here.

Girls' Pride, co-founded by Fatoumatta Kassama, has made it to the finals of the TAF African Foundation top 10 Start-up Entrepreneurs in 2019. More here.

Marisol Annelisse Torrez DazaOrlando AnayaSebastián Arévalo Sánchez, JC Rock, Laura Palmese-HernandezCarlos VargasTabata Amaral, and Anderson Lima were featured by Avianca in their issue listing 100 leaders shaping Latin America. Read their stories here.

Izzy Obeng was appointed to the Board of Directors for Capital Enterprise. More here


ZoEasy, founded by Spandana Palaypu, won the Expo Live Innovation Impact Grant and will receive a grant funding of USD $100,000 along with support and guidance to accelerate and scale their impact. Video here.

Fredah Joses delivered various training to strengthen electoral democracy in Commonwealth Asia, starting in Malaysia for the Commonwealth Election Professionals Initiative. More information here.

Esther Marshall launched her children's book, Sophie Says I Will. Process go towards sTandTall, a community platform and educational resources to help those suffering from abuse and bullying. Find more information here.

Wubetu Shimelash spoke at the EXCHANGE CREATIVITY event at Wake Forest University. Photo here.

Meron Semedar received US Citizenship after living for nearly 15 years as a stateless refugee and asylum seeker.

Fatima Zaman teamed up with British Vogue to drive voter registration in the UK ahead of the deadline. Watch the campaign here.

Myo Kyaw Thu, Sorawit Paiboonrattanakorn, Yolanda Joab, Thinzar Shunlei Yi, Gwen Yi Wong selected as Obama Foundation Leaders. See the rest of the leaders here.

Explore Agora was selected for the first prize of $50,000 in investment at Vested Summit 2019. More here.

Min Min Yen's PhangePro wins TropMed19 Pitch Competition and $10,000 worth of funding. Learn more here.

Robin Lewis' My Mizu was selected as one of the winners of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Youth Co-Lab Social Innovation Challenge. See more here.

Kristin Duquette invited to speak at the Clinton Foundation's event: A Conversation with Women Leaders on the Frontlines of Social Change. Learn more here.

Daniel Yates wrote a piece on ethics and culture in banking, in conversation with the CEO of Citigroup global markets. Read the article here.

Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Hajer Sharief, spoke at the closing of the 2nd annual African Women in Dialogue conference in Boksburg.

Amanda Nguyen featured by Makers Women.


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Ambassadors in the News

Spandana Palaypu's work featured by Masala!: 'Spandana Palaypu: Making an Impact.'

Sean Binder featured by CNN: 'Good Samaritans helped thousands at sea. Now they're on trial.'

Olasupo Abideen featured in the Nigerian Tribune: "Abideen Olasupo: Unlocking Clean Energy For Africans"

Anderson Lima's work featured: "Casa de Áak, el proyecto con el que buscan salvar a las tortugas parlama en Champerico"

Lina Khalifeh celebrated in the Business of Fashion magazine and invited to speak at their VOICES Fashion Conference in Oxford: "Lina Khalifeh Is Empowering Women Through Self-Defence"


Viktor Gurskyi's initiative, the Hromadskyi Project, was one of the winners of the Smart City Expo Awards. More information here.

Prakash Koirala was shortlisted for the Entrepreneurship Education of the Year Award 2019 by Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities ACEEU, Netherlands. More here.

Gonzalo Adriazola recognised as Top Latino Leader Under 40.


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