Your Bi-Weekly Update: Ambassador receives historic leadership appointment & more

In the midst of numerous local and regional challenges, OYW Ambassadors continue to be at the forefront of the global response. Over the past few weeks, Ambassadors have received historic appointments, helped raise billions of dollars worth of funding and have been nominated for prestigious accolades. Learn more below.

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Benson Saulo


One Young World Ambassador Benson Saulo was appointed as Australia consul-general to the US, becoming the first Indigenous person in history to hold the position. As a proud descendant of the Wemba Wemba, Jardwadjali & Gunditjmara nations, Benson has had a distinguished career across the not-for-profit and private sectors.

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Johannah Maher


Johannah was nominated for the Nordic Women in Tech Awards. The Award is aimed at celebrating the achievements of women in the tech industry and inspiring diversity in IT.

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Indy Hothi, Jonny Jacobs

United Kingdom

Newly appointed ICAS Vice President Indy Hothi was joined by Starbucks Finance Director EMEA Jonny Jacobs to discuss his work championing mental fitness in business.


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Saad Amer

United States

For over two years, Saad Amer has been working as an advisor with the NPCA, the nonpartisan voice for protecting America’s national parks. Today the US Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act, which will provide $6.5 billion to the National Parks and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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Isaac Olufadewa


Isaac Olufadewa led a team of eight researchers at SRHIN to publish a report on the mental health experience on a group of more than 30 COVID-19 survivors from 5 continents. The report was published in the International Journal of Travel Medicine and Global Health.

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Vincent Egunlae

United Kingdom

Vincent Egunlae was featured on EMpower's list of 100 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders. The EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model List supported by Yahoo Finance showcases business leaders who are breaking down barriers at work and working hard to smash the ceiling for ethnic minorities in the UK, Ireland, Europe, and people of colour in the United States and Canada.

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The Diana Award

The Diana Award is one of the most prestigious accolades a young person aged 9-25 years can receive for their social action or humanitarian work and represents some of the most inspirations young people from across the UK and around the world.

Oluwafunmilayo Oni, Sandra Ajaja, Hayley Mulenda have all been named as 2020 Diana Award Recipients. 

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Yulkendy Valdez

Dominican Republic

Yulkendy wrote an article on how employers can support their black employees, titled: "How can employers respond to the George Floyd Injustice? Hire, Mentor, Sponsor, and Promote Black talent".

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Saeed Atcha

United Kingdom

Saeed Atcha was interviewed by Sky News. He discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the lives and prospects of young people.

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Women Deliver Young Leaders

The Women Deliver Young Leaders Program provides youth advocates with the training and resources necessary to extend their influence and actively shape the programmes and policies that affect their lives.

Bonita Sharma, Hauwa OjeifoIsaac Olufadewa, Mohsina Aktar, Nabila Salsabila, Nafesha Richardson, Paska Nyaboth, Salam Al NuktaSani Muhammad and Tanjila Mazumder Drishti were all selected to join the Women Deliver Class of 2020.

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Digital Speaking Engagements

June 8

Cheick Doumbia, Founder and President of Youth For Change Africa, hosted a conversation with community leaders and activists to discuss the role of African youth in the fight against racism.

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June 9

Caritta Seppä took part in a CogX panel which celebrated female founders and entrepreneurs. The discussion was centred around entrepreneurship beginnings and Caritta shared how she founded her venture, Tespack.

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June 10

Mohamed Salih was invited to join a live discussion with Sudan NextGen Organisation on ''Sudanese Made Mechanical Ventilators and their significance in the Management of Patients with COVID-19 infection''

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June 19 - 21

Suelen Nina was invited to participate in the Global Virtual Model United Nations, the first simulation of the United Nations that took place completely online. The event was addressed to students from schools and universities.

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Ambassadors in the news

Izzy Obeng

United Kingdom

Izzy Obeng, Times feature


Gwen Yi Wong


Gwen Yi magazine feature


Siddhant Sarang


Siddhant Sarang feature


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