Your Weekly Update: Ambassador Awarded Most Influential of 2020 & more

In the midst of numerous global challenges, OYW Ambassadors have demonstrated their continued leadership in their countries and communities. This week, Ambassadors have received global accolades, met heads of state, and been recognised by national news outlets. Learn more below.

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Waad al-Kateab

Time 100: Most Influential of 2020

Syria

Waad Al Kateab was featured on the TIME 100: The Most Influential People of 2020 list.

Waad was a Delegate Speaker at the One Young World Summit 2019. With her heart-stopping footage from the last hospital in east Aleppo, which dominated news platforms, and her multi-award-winning film For Sama, Waad al-Kateab tells the story of the Syrian war through the eyes of a new mother.

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Noam Shuster

UN Campaign Feature

Israel

Noam Shuster has been featured in a campaign organised by Humanity House, UNICEF, Just Peace and the National Committee. The aim of the campaign is to reflect on 75 years of the United Nations through sharing 75 personal stories, with each story bringing to life efforts to create peace and security or acts of humanity and international solidarity.

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Amanda Bartley

Top Black Women to Watch

Canada

Amanda Bartley was featured on the Canada International Black Women Event's Top 100 Black Women to Watch list as a result of her advocacy work. Amanda is the Country & Customer Development Business Partner at Unilever, as well as serving on the Board of Family Service Toronto which provides direct service work to support individuals and families in Toronto affected by precarious socio-economic circumstances and/or mental health.

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Jamira Burley

Hillary Clinton Interview

United States

Jamira Burley interviewed former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. The pair discussed voting in 2020, the role women can play, and legacy.

The Head of Youth Engagement & Skills at the Global Business Coalition for Education and co-founder of ProjectZ, Jamira is focussed on enabling equitable access to education.

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Demerk Cuesta

Yunus&Youth Feature

Colombia

Demerk Cuesta's project was featured by Yunus&Youth, social business training ground for the next generation of social business leaders.

The project - Jugos Masái - is dedicated to producing and marketing natural juices made from exotic fruits that originate in the Colombian Pacific. This venue helps support more than 60 indigenous and Afro-Colombian suppliers and producers, supporting the poorest economic area in Colombia.

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Ceri Davies

Queen Birthday Honours List

United Kingdom

Ceri Davies was included in the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 2020 and has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to families and children who are disabled, disadvantaged and have life-limiting illnesses.

Ceri is the Managing Director of More Mascots Please CIC and was a Delegate Speaker at the One Young World Summit 2012.

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Chiara Palieri

CNN Interview

Italy

Earlier this year, Chiara Palieri was interviewed by CNN and gave her thoughts on the recent OECD report, as well as how the 'European Crisis' has knocked the world economy and the future prospects for young graduates.

Chiara is an award-winning MICE advisor to government entities, a TEDX speaker and activist.

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Rimla Akhtar

BBC Documentary Feature

United Kingdom

Rimla Akhtar featured in the BBC's Racism in Football: Our Stories programme. In the show, players, managers, officials and executives from across football discuss their experiences of racism in the sport and what must be done to tackle discrimination.

Rimla is the first Muslim woman to sit on the Football Association Council and is chair of the Muslim Women's Sport Foundation

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Meg Zeenat Wamithi

Published Mental Health Report

United Kingdom

Meg Zeenat Wamithi is the co-founder of My Mind Matters Too (MMMT), a leading mental health innovation hub for young adults.

The MMMT team are working towards publishing a report with key recommendations to improve youth mental health in educational institutions, workplaces, governments and the NHS, and professional support spaces.

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Isabelle Kamariza

The New Times Rwanda Feature

Rwanda

Isabelle Kamariza, founder and president of SolidAfrica, shared her work in a video produced by The New Times Rwanda.

The SolidAfrica supplies fresh food to patients in the two largest public hospitals in Rwanda, as well as financial assistance for medical and transport bills and water purifications systems for clean drinking water. 

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Patrycja Jurkowska

Leadership Podcast Feature

Poland

Patrycja Jurkowska will be featuring in business experts' Simon Haigh and Henry Wang's Global Growth Leaders Podcast Series on an episode focussed on young leadership. Henry and Simon launched the series to facilitate international collaboration, interviewing distinguished international thought leaders from both the east and the west.

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Ellen Chilemba

Released Debut EP

Malawi

Ellen Chilmba is an award-winning activist, Consultant, DJ & Producer and is recognized for her work in promoting women’s access to education in Malawi.

Her latest venture, her debut EP "Mtima Rising" featured a blend of Afrocentric sounds.

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Devika Malik

New Zealand Prime Minister Meeting

India

Devika Malik reflected on her meeting with Jacinda Arden last year, the current Prime Minister of New Zealand. The pair discussed universal accessibility and women in leadership.

An international para-athlete and co-founder of the Wheeling Happiness Foundation, Devika aims to create an inclusive society and empower people with disabilities, women, and those who are economically underserved.

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Devika and Jacinda meeting

 

Amjad Hassad

ICAS 2020 Winner

United Kingdom

Amjad Hassan was named the 2020 winner of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland's One Young CA competition. Hassan was identified as the best and brightest Chartered Accountant in the world of accounting, finance and business from a list of 100 top candidates.

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Esther Marshall

Published Second Book

United Kingdom

Esther Marshall has released the second book in her Sophie Says children's book series, 'It's okay not to be okay'. The book is aimed at children aged 2-8 and teaches them the importance of caring for their mental health, and the mental health of others in a creative and authentic way, as well as encouraging open discussions about wellbeing between parents and children.

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Speaking Engagements

14 October

Victor Odhiambo and Margaret Odhiambo were invited to attend RB's exclusive 2020 Global Handwashing Day roundtable in Nairobi, Kenya as a panellist. The 2020 Global Handwashing Day theme was "Hand Hygiene for All", a call to action to make hand hygiene a reality for all.

16 October

James Paek was featured in a discussion which was hosted by Your Big Year, a youth empowerment programme with a mission to empower young people to make a difference in their communities. James spoke on the topic of "Turning Crisis into Opportunity".

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19 October

Kehkashan Basu was the host of YMCA's Youth-Led Solutions Summit: Climate Action. The event aimed to inspire young leaders, the thinkers and doers of today and facilitated an international dialogue aimed at creating solutions to address the climate crisis.

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22 October

Fernando Scodro took part in a session organised by the University of Zurich titled 'How to sell an impact strategy to your family'. Fernando talked about his journey of developing a sustainable investment portfolio, navigating family dynamics, and learning how to talk to financial advisors about values-aligned investing. 

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Media Coverage

Isabelle Kamariza

Rwanda

Isabelle Kamariza article feature

 

Isaac Olufadewa

Nigeria

Isaac Olufadewa

 

Joleen Ngoriakl

Palau

Joleen Ngoriakl

 

Aminka Belvitt

Canada

Aminka Belvitt

 

Devika Malik

India

Devika Malik

 

Radhika Batra

India

Radhika Batra

 

Tsuyoshi Domoto

Japan

Tsuyoshi Domoto article

 

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