OYW London Caucus, 1 June. Hosted by British Council

One Young World invites you to join the second UK Caucus of 2019 taking place in London.

Date: Saturday 1 June

Hosted by British Council

In partnership with British Council, One Young World are delighted to host the OYW London Caucus on Saturday 1 June.

Caucuses provide an excellent opportunity for young leaders to connect face to face, explore opportunities for collaboration and gain insight into a range of emerging issues. In order to bridge the intergenerational gap often present during critical dialogues, both senior and young representatives of leading institutions will address the Caucus' core topics: the prospects of young people post-Brexit, gender equality's progressions and setbacks, and the effectiveness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Putting attendee engagement at the core of the agenda, the day will also offer a number of workshops.


We're delighted to welcome the following speakers:

  • Kate Robertson. Co-Founder, One Young World
  • Andrew Horton. Global Director of Digital, Partnerships and Innovation, British Council
  • Kirsty Lang. British Council Trustee
  • Tessy de Nassau. Director and Co-Founder of Professors Without Borders  
  • Mete Coban. Labour Councillor, Stoke Newington. Founder, My Life My Say
  • Emily Revess. Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office Business Partnerships Team as Head of Energy, Manufacturing and Construction. OYW Ambassador
  • Virginia Stuart Taylor. EU Policy Advisor, UK Civil Service.  OYW Ambassador. 
  • Jarre Middeljans. Political Attache, Embassy of the Netherlands 
  • Jemima Lovatt. Chair, End Domestic Abuse Working Group
  • Luke Hart. Technology Associate, BP & OYW Young Leader Against Sexual Violence
  • Paolo Zeppetelli. HR Analyst, Barclays. OYW Ambassador
  • Shruti Sharma. CSR Professional.  OYW Ambassador
  • Lukeki Kaindama. OYW Ambassador. Scientist, Civil Service


Full agenda:

9:30 – 10:00. Registration and coffee
10:00 – 10:10. Welcome keynote: Kirsty Lang, British Council Trustee
10:15 - 10:30. Keynote: Kate Robertson. Co-Founder, One Young World (plus OYW2018 Highlights Film)
10:30 - 10:40. Keynote: Emily Revess. Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office Business Partnerships Team as Head of Energy, Manufacturing and Construction.

10:40 – 11:30. Panel: Brexit - now what?

  • Moderator: Virginia Stuart Taylor. OYW Ambassador / EU Policy Advisor, UK Civil Service
  • Mete Coban. Labour Councillor, Stoke Newington. Founder, MLMS
  • Jarre Middeljans. Political Attache, Embassy of the Netherlands
  • Emma Jones. British Council, Future Leader alumni
  • Lukeki Kaindama. Senior Scientist, Public Health England

11.30 – 11.50. Coffee break

11.50 - 12.00. Keynote: Jemima Lovatt. Chair, End Domestic Abuse Working Group

12.05 – 12.55. Panel: Gender equality: still a long way to go

  • Moderator: Paolo Zeppetelli. OYW Ambassador. HR Analyst, Barclays
  • Shruti Sharma. CSR Professional. OYW Ambassador
  • Tessy de Nassau. Director & Co-Founder of Professors Without Borders
  • Luke Hart.  Domestic abuse survivor & advocate. OYW Ambassador

12.55 – 1.10. OYW Ambassador Pitch Round  

1.10 – 2.30. Networking lunch
2.30 – 4.00. Roundtables/workshops

  • Words and actions: framing issues for policy undertakings​. Led by Miguel Mendivil Roiz, Emma Jones and Omar Khorshed
  • Using the 5 big questions to campaign for disability equality. Led by Debbie Thomas, Rebecca Bunce and Conor O’Meara
  • How to leverage EdTech as a Strategy for Achieving SDG 4 - Quality Education For All. Who: Job Oyebisi, Stan Lab
  • The Character of Good Leadership: Oxford Character Project. Who: Dr Bethan Willis – Head of Thought Leadership, The Oxford Character Project and Luna Wang – Adjunct Leadership Advisor, Oxford Character Project
  • How to Build Positive Change using Creative Thinking. Who: Daniel Tuitt & Rosa Kim, Creative Conscience

4.00 – 4.10. Closing address: Andrew Horton. Global Director of Digital, Partnerships and Innovation, British Council

Post event drinks: The Admiralty. 66 Trafalgar Square



Brexit: Now what?

Moderator: Virginia Stuart-Taylor is an EU Policy Advisor in the UK Civil Service, who has experience working in Communications at the Department for Exiting the EU and Policy at the Department for International Trade. She is completing a Master's degree in European Politics and Society at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and is currently researching her thesis on the impact of Brexit on EU nationals living in the UK. She is a One Young World Ambassador from the summits in Johannesburg and Dublin, which inspired her to become a Digital Ambassador for the global children's charity Plan International UK and to lead a sustainable development project in rural Nepal in 2016. She also runs the travel blog www.TheWell-TravelledPostcard.com. 

Mete Coban. As Chief Executive of My Life My Say, Mete is best known for founding the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Better Brexit for Young People and for contributing to the increase of turnout for young people at the 2017 UK General Elections, as well as for receiving the UK Government’s National Democracy Change-Maker of the Year Award in 2018. The youngest ever elected Councillor in the London borough of Hackney, he is also Chair of the Skills, Economy & Growth Commission. Previously, he worked on the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s selection campaign, leading on youth engagement. 

Jarre Middeljans (24) works as Political Attaché at the Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy London. In his job, he reports on the political developments related to Brexit in Westminster and the devolved areas, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. A big part of his job is monitoring the government’s and political parties’ views on a possible Brexit Deal, therefore Jarre spends most his time in Westminster talking to Members of Parliament, peers, experts and other stakeholders in the political realm. He is also responsible for the coordination of all the public diplomacy programs aimed to further strengthen the ties between the “Northsea Neighbours” United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Previously, Jarre completed his Masters in European History at King’s College London, Humboldt University Berlin and Paris Diderot 7.

Emma Jones.  Emma currently works at a Big Four firm as a VAT Advisor and volunteers as a Trustee for PeaceJam UK. PeaceJam is a charity focussed on peace education for young people to change our world, inspired by Nobel Peace Prize winners. In 2018, Emma earned a First Class LLM in International Commercial Law with Arbitration from the University of Aberdeen. During 2017, Emma was chosen as a ‘Future Leader’ by the British Council for the ‘Future Leaders Connect’ program following a policy submission on the UK Government Department for International Development ’s 2017 Economic Strategy. Emma focused on effective policy making around the UK Government approach to leveraging development funding through working with the private sector on large-scale infrastructure projects in developing countries. Between 2014 – 2016, Emma worked in Uganda for Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment, a public policy research and advocacy think-tank, where she researched national governance, public policy, and regional peace and security issues in Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya. Prior to this Emma earned a first-class degree from the University of Bradford in Development and Peace studies where peers voted her ‘most likely to change the world or die trying’. Find her online at www.chrystallclear.com.    

Lukeki Kaindama is an Epidemiologist working for the Civil Service in Public Health. Her areas of expertise and interest are infectious disease, particularly Outbreak Investigation, Emergency Response and Global Health. Her current role involves international communication and collaboration regarding incidents of infectious disease. Prior to this, she worked for the NHS and in medical communications. She holds an MSci degree in Biochemistry and Genetics from The University of Nottingham. As a female scientist Lukeki is passionate about encouraging more girls to pursue STEM, a message she takes as a speaker into schools. She previously has also mentored BAME students, encouraging higher education to underrepresented groups. She is passionate about Africa's sustainable social and economic development and was the Health Lead at the NGO Diaspora for African Development.  

Gender equality: Still a long way to go

Moderator: Paolo Zeppetelli. Paolo has worked for Barclays HR department for 6 1/2 years, with 4 of those years in the diversity and inclusion team working to increase the number of females in senior leadership across Barclays. Paolo is also an active member of Barclays HeforShe Male allies programme which encourages men to be allies to women in the work place. Paolo is also a returning oyw ambassador previously attending the oyw 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 summits and will be attending the London 2019 summit. 

Tessy de Nassau is a Social Entrepreneur, Business Woman, Philanthropist, UNAids Ambassador, Public Speaker, Activist, and Mother.

Tessy is founder and partner of the Global consultancy ‘ finding Butterflies’. Some of her clients projects include the new global partnership with the Montessori St. Nicholas Group in the UK and Vodaphone global. Tessy is also the newly appointed associate at LSEideas at the London School of Economics. Her commitments to education can also be seen in her Foundation, Professors Without Borders – that brings top-level educators and global experts to the doorsteps of students worldwide, in order to develop talent.
Moreover, Tessy is an ambassador for UNAIDS (Global Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls) and is the patron to UNA-UK. In the past, She spent five years in the Luxembourg military, during which she was deployed in Kosovo as a peacekeeper and only woman of her draft.
Tessy actively promotes a number of issues, including global health and women’s rights. She is passionate about pushing her different agendas to benefit the Sustainable Development Goals and has committed her time and energy to furthering the work of organisations in which she believes in. Moreover, she is actively committed to strengthening basic human rights for all and empowering young women and adolescent girls around the world. She received the Woman of the Decade award from the Women Economic Forum in January 2017, the Humanities medal for spreading humanistic ideas worldwide and the Global Empowerment Award for her work in Africa. She was named “Leader of the Year 2019” by the Leadership Academy in Luxembourg.
Tessy holds an MSc in International Studies and Diplomacy. Currently, Tessy lives in London with her two sons, but is often traveling for her various work projects.

Luke Hart. On 19 July 2016, just days after Luke and Ryan Hart had raised enough money to help their mother, Claire, and 19-year-old sister, Charlotte, escape the decades-long domestic abuse from their father, Claire and Charlotte were murdered in broad daylight by the family’s father using a sawn-off shotgun. He then committed suicide. Luke Hart, along with his younger brother Ryan, the two surviving sons, now openly share their story to raise awareness of coercive and controlling behaviour. So far, they have trained thousands of police officers, NHS and legal professionals. They are White Ribbon Ambassadors and Refuge Champions and speak out against male violence towards women and children.  

Shruti Sharma is a management graduate specialised in Social Entrepreneurship. A seasoned professional with over a decade of rich cross-functional experience covering Employee engagement, CSR, Project Management in both corporate and NGO sector. She has a very good blend of grassroots and management experience. Currently working with GivingForce Limited, taking care of CSR programmes and charity due diligence for clients globally. Her hobbies include travelling, running and writing blogs.