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Youth Advisory Group
The SEWF Youth Advisory Group consists of young experts and social entrepreneurs from a diverse range of backgrounds, regions and sectors. They ensure that the plans and programming for SEWF 2022 and the Youth Forum are inclusive, relevant and engaging for young social enterprise leaders, practitioners and other young people around the world.
Tosin Ajibola, Co-Founder/CEO at Welkom-U, is a Computer Scientist, Tech Entrepreneur and Business Development Manager. As a recipient of the RBC Community leadership Award 2020 (University of New Brunswick), Tosin is dedicated to improving the experience & integrating Immigrants, International students and newcomers alike into new communities. He earned his Masters Degree in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of New Brunswick. He hails originally from Lagos, Nigeria. Tosin is passionate about people, leadership and success stories. He is especially inspired to help future entrepreneurs understand the problems he faced starting a company and overcome them. When he’s not working, Tosin can be found playing basketball and video games.
Founder & President
Angela Busheska is a 20-year-old engineering and computer science student at Lafayette College. She is the Founder & President of EnRoute, a non-profit organisation assisting people in reducing their carbon footprint through everyday activities. For her work, Angela was named a Global Teen Leader and a Diana Award Recipient. She is an unshakable optimist who believes that the power of never giving up is the only thing that can bring miracles in life.
Shomy Hasan Chowdhury
Co-Founder & Co-Chair
Shomy Hasan Chowdhury
Shomy Hasan Chowdhury is a multi-award-winning Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activist from Bangladesh. Shomy is the Co-Founder of global youth-led org Awareness 360 and also a Global Changemakers Fellow. She has addressed keynotes and inspired millions across 5 continents, also receiving many recognitions for her social work of over a decade, notably the President’s Volunteer Service Award (Gold) from President Barack Obama, the Putra Icon Award, and the Princess Diana Legacy Award.
Most recently, she has been named a Forbes 30 Under 30 and highlighted as the Featured Honoree for Social Impact. She is also the first Bangladeshi citizen to sit on the 2021 Diana Legacy Award Judging Panel alongside Princess Diana’s brother Lord Spencer, and many esteemed figures.
Goto M Cooper
Educate the Future Liberia (ETF Liberia)
Goto M Cooper
Goto M Cooper is an international motivational speaker, educator, and social entrepreneur. He is the Founder/Executive Director of Educate Future Liberia, a social venture that seeks to reimagine quality education, gender equality, and youth empowerment in Liberia. He is a YALI Alumnus, Young Political Leadership School Fellow, and Obama African Leader; UNLEASH Innovation Global Talent, Global Citizenship Education Alumnus, and Mandela Washington Fellow. He currently serves as the Representative for the National Education NGO Forum of Liberia at the Education Sector Development Committee level. On top of that, he is a recipient of many local and international awards for his servant leadership. Goto is a global citizen.
Brady originates from a rural Australian community, Maffra. In 2019 he graduated with an Advanced Science (Honours) degree at Monash University. Brady’s Honours research project was to find a dairy ‘manure market’ to reduce nutrient surplus on Victorian farms. Brady further has a keen interest in entrepreneurship, education and building sustainable rural communities. Essential experiences have been coordinating leadership programs for Youthrive Victoria, his work as a Non-Executive Director for ACRE, and assisting with the recovery of the 2019-20 Australian Bushfires. As a Research Project Officer, Brady works closely with scientists and Traditional Owners to conduct freshwater ecology research projects.
Azima Dhanjee is a Child of Deaf Adult (CODA), Co-founder/CEO of ConnectHear, Board Member of the Social Enterprise World Forum C.I.C and a member of the National Youth Council (an initiative by the Prime Minister of Pakistan). She is a Diana Award winner and has been invited as a speaker on various platforms. She is an alumna of the Institute of Business Administration (Class of 2020), with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.
Azima is raised by Deaf parents and Pakistani Sign Language (PSL) is her mother tongue. Growing up, she was always concerned by how simple communication was a challenge for the Deaf due to the language barrier. The lack of awareness and accessibility led her to start “ConnectHear” at the age of 19 with her high school friends. “ConnectHear” is a social enterprise that strives for sign language accessibility and Deaf inclusion by using technology.
Youth Arts New Zealand
Kia ora! I’m Matthew Goldsworthy, a 22-year-old social entrepreneur and creative based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa (Auckland, New Zealand). I’m the Founder & CEO of Youth Arts New Zealand (YANZ), a creative social enterprise and registered charity that supports rangatahi/youth across Aotearoa to access and develop themselves through the creative arts. Our initiatives range from Te Kāhui – an innovative writing programme for young inmates – to paid gig work opportunities and creative sector internships. I am also an advisor, board trustee and musician, having performed with and for acclaimed musicians such as Mick Fleetwood, Bob Geldof, Avalanche City and Jamie McDell.
Joy Tony founded her organisation Durian (www.durian.org.ng) to create self-sufficient rural communities by turning local waste into value while regaining their confidence and improving their lives. Durian functions within a craft village in the Imafon community where nothing goes to waste. At the craft village, Bamboo is used to make products like furniture, kitchen utensils, and jewellery; Cocoa-pods husk to make African black soaps, fabric waste to make children wear, and other products. There are also children learning spaces and a Cassava Flakes processing unit. At the cassava processing unit, starch and animal feed are also produced from the waste.
Founder and Managing Director
Michael Lim is the Founder and Managing Director of Beyond Value, which is a for-purpose consultancy focused on enabling organisations to transform their social impact. Previously Michael was the Director at YLab, the social enterprise co-design agency of the Foundation for Young Australians. His work primarily focused on creating employment and education models for young people in Melbourne’s west through leveraging infrastructure investment. Michael currently holds a range of professional appointments with the state government including being a member of the Western Metropolitan Partnership, Tarneit Revitalisation Board, Melton Revitalisation Board and Community Member of the Sunshine Transport Precinct. In his spare time, Michael co-hosts a podcast dedicated to supporting young people in Melbourne’s west called Collective West. Previously, Michael was the CEO of Community Health Advancement and Student Engagement (CHASE), which is a for-purpose volunteer organisation dedicated to improving health literacy across Melbourne’s west. Michael was the 2018 Brimbank Young Citizen of the Year and the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champion in the Impact category.
I am a first-year medical student at the Autonomous University of Madrid. Aside from medicine, I also have a passion for entrepreneurship and developing solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, primarily through science and research. I am the founder of Living Energy, and I have also contributed to several research projects. I am the co-founder of another social enterprise, Nowd, which aims to give financial education and access to healthcare resources to women in West Africa.
New Venture Marketplace
During her time completing her Bachelor’s degree in management, Sarah quickly turned towards social entrepreneurship as a way to make change. Now, Sarah is a young changemaker, making grassroots waves with her organization, the New Venture Marketplace, which supports local entrepreneurs through innovative events. Sarah is also a recognized ChangemakerXChange member, and Whitney Barham Award winner.
Savera is the founder and CEO of Ananta Sustainables, a sustainable packaging provider in Sri Lanka, involved in community projects around plastic waste and consumption in Sri Lanka. She is the co-founder of Waste Action LK (WALK), a coalition for sustainable waste management. Savera was chosen as Asia21 Young Global Leaders Class of 2019 and Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka’s 35 Under 35 women in Sri Lanka. Savera has run workshops both locally and internationally on plastic consumption, sustainable waste management and innovation. Savera is currently pursuing a masters in Public Administration at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy as a recipient of the Young Leader’s Accelerated Scholarship.