Ambassador Spotlights: May 2023

One Young World Ambassadors are leading projects in every country of the world, creating substantial social impact across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Every month our Coordinating Ambassadors select someone from their region who has created significant social impact locally, regionally or even worldwide.

This Month's Featured Projects in Numbers

692 k+

people impacted

121 k+

people received education or training

$ 3 . 5 m

in donations and grants


Meet the Ambassadors

Dicky Alfandy


Dicky Alfandy

Dicky is the founder of the Gajahlah Kebersihan (which translates to Marine Debris Warrior) Foundation, an organisation that empowers coastal communities to implement circularity to reduce the impact of marine pollution. Since launching in 2017, they have done marine debris research and community empowerment work around the coastal zones and small islands in Indonesia to help them develop a coastal waste management model to achieve clean seas and a better livelihood for the coastal communities.

They have educated more than 30,000 people in coastal communities, prevented over 130 tonnes of waste from polluting the ocean, and empowered 175 people in ecopreneurship. They have a waste processing facility called Rumah Inovasi Daur Ulang (Recycling Innovation House) that collects and recycles both organic and inorganic waste from coastal areas and processes them into maggot cultivation (organic) and ventilation bricks (plastics), and created two social enterprises on that sector: SEA Mama and Bricks for Good.

Hellen Nzinga


Hellen Nzinga

Hellen is the founder of EcoCiclo, an organisation that developed the first biodegradable pad in Brazil with the aim to provide a more sustainable and healthy product for women, as well as create employment opportunities for vulnerable women. Additionally, they provide training to corporate leaders and employees on menstrual health to help companies become more inclusive and conscious of women's needs, while promoting a more sustainable, inclusive and fair future for women globally. Through education with the use of technology, EcoCiclo also contributes to increasing the organisations' ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) indexes. EcoCiclo was also present at COP27 in 2022.

As of May 2023, EcoCiclo has impacted the lives of 5,000 menstruators with menstrual and sexual health education, trained 300 women sustainability entrepreneurs in business practices and 950 menstruators on the benefits of menstrual cycle alignment for their professional lives. It has become an international reference in products and menstrual education, with Hellen having lectured at the universities of Michigan and Minnesot. She has received important awards from organisations such as the International Development Bank, McKinsey and Co. and the Z Zurich Foundation for the work she's done with the project. In her home country of Brazil, they have partnerships with governments and schools to implement menstrual access and education.

Luis Perez


Luis G. Pérez

Luis founded Colcagro, a start-up that promotes the fair marketing of goods, services and products from the Colombian countryside, through the use of technological tools such as a mobile app, AI and data science. The Colcagro team is seeking to establish the first responsible logistics model for Colombian agriculture, as well as provide access to quality education and information to help carry out the scientific and technological knowledge transfer process for farmers, producers and agripreneurs.

Colcagro dreams of a Colombian countryside with thousands of opportunities for small and medium farmers, as well as promoting social inclusion for people. So far, they have impacted more than 2,000 people looking for better agricultural development, spanning across 34 different agromarkets, with 20 commercial partners and presence in 172 countries. For their work, they were recognised as one of the Top 100 Start-Ups in the Entrepreneurship World Cup 2022.

Ulyana Shtybel


Ulyana Shtybel

Ulyana is a co-founder and Member of the Board of Directors at Enkidu Global, which aims to facilitate donations for procuring medicine and medical equipment. Within their platform, institutional donors and charities can find information regarding the process of reviewing the humanitarian needs from government and verified civic society organisations to select the procurement orders they want to fund and support, pay directly to suppliers and track logistics in one place.

The Enkidu platform, which is free to use for organisations and charities and available globally, offers numerous features, including a secure data room and a donations history that provides charities and corporates complete transparency on the procurement process and reporting. Most importantly, Enkidu provides a unique flow where charities pay suppliers directly or corporates work with their trusted charities to pay for goods and services required. Their main partner has been the State enterprise "Medical Procurement of Ukraine" for project initiation and procurement. They have facilitated donations of more than $3.4 million.

Khanya Mkoto

South Africa

Khanya Mkoto

Khanya launched The Young Catalyst, a youth-led organisation that aims to positively impact the lives and create a space for sharing the voices of young South Africans. The Young Catalyst wants to ensure that young people’s voices are heard and accounted for in policy design and decision-making by the government and authorities. Their work focuses on education, entrepreneurship and economic empowerment through employment.

The Young Catalyst has organised an entrepreneurship seminar with 50 attendees, as well as a soup drive for homeless people with 100 people supported. Additionally, their education initiative “The Young Catalyst: Academics” features stories from young graduates in an online conversational series.

Andrea Jaimes


Andrea Jaimes

Andrea Jaimes is currently a Nutrition Officer at the World Food Programme in Venezuela. Andrea is an active member of the Global Shapers of the Caracas Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. She has more than six years of experience in humanitarian and community interventions in nutrition, health, food security and WASH practises. In her role, Andrea provides technical advice and support on the development and implementation of the nutrition strategy and nutrition-sensitive activities in the different projects to be developed by the country office.

Throughout 2022, she supported the implementation of their food assistance School Meals Program, reaching approximately 440,000 children, people with disabilities, indigenous communities and school staff per month across more than a 1,918 primary and special schools in the country. The WFP School Meals Program is expected to reach 1 million children per month by the end of 2023. Andrea will now help the country office with the launch of their strategic plan targeting goals within SDGs 2 and 17.




Ifedayo Durosinmi - Etti

Ifedayo is the founder of Herconomy, a financial technology platform that provides the opportunity for women to securely grow their wealth by offering high-yield interest on savings, a community, financial education, discounts on women-centric products and services, and yearly grant opportunities for women-owned businesses. Their vision is to build the first bank for women in Africa and economically empower one million women by 2025.

Before Herconomy, Ifedayo ran AGS Tribe, one of the largest communities of female professionals across Nigeria. With tremendous growth and progress, they decided to pivot to Financial Technology to further institutionalize the community, which led to the launch of Herconomy in 2022 with over $600,000 raised in 24 hours after the announcement through their community and angel investors.

Since their launch in April, they have acquired over 78,000 customers, processed transactions amounting up to over $1,600,000 in 2022, acquired over $500,000 in Asset Under Management (AUM), trained over 85,000 women on financial literacy and business principles both online and offline, trained more than 1,700 professionals on skills to help them secure high paying jobs through their strategic partnerships with both local and international brands, held over 150 capacity-building workshops, empowered over 50 women through grants totalling $90,000 and, hosting over 10 community events yearly.

Stephen Odiwuor Ochieng


Stephen Odiwuor Ochieng

Stephen created The Royal Guardian Healthcare, a level 2 healthcare facility in Kenya offering primary healthcare services to the local community. Within The Royal Guardian Healthcare, they have four programmes: The Royal Guardian Healthcare Mentorship programme, the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) programme, The Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre malnutrition programme and the RG+ Medical electives programme. Additionally, RG+ Medical electives program is a platform that connects medical students to the available elective centres in Kenya.

Through the ECD centre malnutrition programme, they have screened over 36,000 children who are below five years for malnutrition and link the ones with severe malnutrition to care. Through the Mentorship program, they have mentored 550 medical students at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). Through the NCD program, they provide screenings for diabetes and hypertension, and offer health education through community outreaches. He is the co-author of the book 'Victoria paediatrics casebook', a clinical book that has become a core book in the teaching of paediatrics and child health at the JKUAT university.


Araceli Cruz Rogero


Araceli Cruz Rogero

Araceli Cruz Rogero is a Digital Strategy & Innovation Manager at Zurich, as well as the NEXT Liaison Co-lead.NEXT is a grassroots community within Zurich Insurance that was formed in the aftermath of the One Young World Summit in London, 2019. The initiative is focused on promoting intergenerational dialogue and SDG 17 - Partnerships for the SDGs - but its work also touches on other key areas around sustainability and social impact. NEXT has continued to expand its operations, with 10 different country hubs, increasing its reach and impact in the Asia-Pacific region in particular.

The team has steadily increased the range of topics discussed during their annual NEXT Virtual Summit, as well as increasing collaboration with external speakers, with more than 100+ people in attendance in 2022. NEXT is collaborating with the World Economic Forum (WEF). NEXT is co - organising a Spanish-language series called ‘Conversatorio’ that will inspire and share knowledge with young leaders in the Latin American community working closely with Wom-en a Colombian NGO and furthermore with One Young World’s Coordinating Ambassador for Central America and Mexico, Isabel Menéndez, on the second round of the series.

Bevon Chadel Charles


Bevon Chadel Charles

Bevon is the founder of Akata Farms, a company that has focused on sustainable agriculture through tailored farm building in rural communities in Grenada since 2016. Through its non-profit branch they focus on skills development in partnership with the government, providing education on crop development, climate change adaptation measures, and job opportunities. Akata Farms also harvests vegetables, fruits and spices through various agricultural systems, including hydroponics, greenhouses and traditional methods.

Akata Farms has built a network of over 1,500 farmers across the Caribbean region. The organisation has assisted ten farmers to successfully obtain grant funding, and has provided technical support to an additional five people to start their own farms. Through its production side, Akata Farms feeds over 10,000 households annually and sells its produce to supermarkets and hotels across Grenada. In 2023, Bevon and her team’s main goal is to create at least 10 new enterprises working on sustainable agriculture, employ 100 new people, and train an additional 100 on farming techniques.