2021 events / Youth Forum
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Natasha Akib is a digital producer who believes in individuals and communities telling their own stories. She specialises in using the skills of film production, media and marketing for purpose-driven organisations. She is responsible for developing, producing and facilitating Stories for Impact – Digital Storytellers’ educational workshops, tools and resources. Stories for Impact has supported thousands of storytellers worldwide to find, make, edit and share their own video stories using smartphones and affordable technology for fundraising, advocacy, community engagement and more.
Mi'kmaq Grand Council
Stephen Augustine is a Hereditary Chief on the Mi’kmaq Grand Council and the Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Affairs and Unama’ki College at Cape Breton University. Previously he was the Curator of Ethnology for Eastern Maritimes at the Canadian Museum of Civilisation in Gatineau/Ottawa. He holds a Masters degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University, focusing on traditional knowledge curriculum development in the education system and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Political Science from St. Thomas University.
Over the years, Mr Augustine has shared his expertise in research and traditional knowledge with many organisations, including government departments, the Assembly of First Nations, and various Indigenous communities across Canada. In his role as a Hereditary Chief on the Mi’kmaq Grand Council and by Elders’ training since an early age, Mr Augustine has a thorough command of traditional practices, his language, and his people’s history.
Content By Us
Dillon Bernard is a digital strategist and content producer who uses digital media as a tool for transformative justice. Dillon founded Content By Us, an awareness campaign created to empower young storytellers of colour, and Youth Action Hour, a campaign producing short-form content focused on amplifying the power of young leaders across the country in collaboration with over 30 youth-focused organisations.
Common Good Solutions
Meghan Brodmann is a CGS consultant who works firsthand with clients to support and lead social impact assessment, strategic planning, business development, and community engagement projects. She values the intersection between academia and community organisations, with a background in academic research focused on community ownership. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies.
Founder and PhD candidate
Brisbane Tool Library / University of Queensland
Sabrina holds a BSc. in Biology, an MSc. in Environmental Economics, and she is currently finishing a PhD research that explores food systems within a degrowth economy. She is an associate lecturer (University of Queensland) coordinating a course that focuses on e-tech for ecological and social well-being in food systems.
Sabrina has advocated for a more sustainable society, leading numerous collaborations in various countries, including an initiative with Queensland’s Environment Minister to introduce a law banning single-use plastic bags. In 2017, to reduce consumerism and productivism, she founded the Brisbane Tool Library, a social enterprise that encourages people to borrow various items. The Brisbane Tool Library is Australia’s first and only ‘library of things’ located within a public library – State Library of Queensland.
Sabrina is a multi-award social entrepreneur, researcher, educator and most of all, activist fully invested in building a socially just and ecologically sustainable post-growth society.
Founder and CEO
Lisa is a marine biologist, conservationist, educator, and social entrepreneur with a BSc in Biology and Neuroscience. Her work has brought her to Costa Rica, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States. She is the Founder and CEO of Marine Way, a citizen science app aim at tackling ghost fishing gear. She is actively involved in marine conservation and research, environmental education, habitant protection and waste reduction. Lisa is currently a Master of Marine Management Candidate at Dalhousie University with a research project focused on ocean literacy.
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.
Azima Dhanjee is a Child of Deaf Adult (CODA), Co-founder/CEO of ConnectHear, the National Youth Delegate at the Commonwealth Youth Council and a member of the National Youth Council (an initiative by the Prime Minister of Pakistan). 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 troubled by how simple communication was a challenge for the Deaf due to the language barrier. The lack of awareness and accessibility with regards to the Deaf community led her to initiate and manage “ConnectHear” along with her two high school friends. “ConnectHear” is a social enterprise that strives for sign language accessibility and Deaf inclusion of the Deaf community in Pakistan by utilizing technology.
Alexis Di Gregorio
Customer Insight Specialist
Alexis Di Gregorio
Alexis has helped run SThree’s Global Customer Experience programme for five years. Her unique background as an artist allows her to understand the customer’s needs and advise on best business practices. She’s a proud partner in the STEM industry and is thrilled to be a panellist for the SEWF Youth Forum. When she’s not working at SThree, you can find her exploring New York City, performing on various comedy stages, spoiling her cats, and finding the best local food.
The Freedom Neighborhood
Glenn Foster has been out on the frontlines since the news of George Floyd’s death first became public. He first gained recognition for his work as the founder of The Freedom Neighborhood, which was featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and PBS Newshour for their unorthodox methods of protesting and advocating for the removal of a controversial statue at Emancipation Park in Washington D.C.
Since the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement, Glenn has advocated in planning civil disobedience events with no police involvement, refusal to give in to passive reforms, and doing more than the traditional forms of protest in pursuit of liberation for all Black people and cross-cultural solidarity among other marginalised communities. He currently attends Harvard University and resides in the Washington, D.C., area.
Social Enterprise Ethiopia
Melat Gebregiorgis is a passionate and supportive youth working at Social Enterprise Ethiopia, where she contributes to the creation of an inclusive economy for social entrepreneurs. Melat loves helping others develop and reach their full potential and volunteers in different spaces to do so.
Founder of MyEcoEdu
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
Ela Gokcigdem is a current sophomore studying Business and Environmental Sustainability at Babson College. She has founded three ventures throughout her entrepreneurial journey: ePearl Technologies, MyEcoEdu, and The Avsa Project. As an avid climate activist, she serves as the Deputy Director of Finance for the youth-led climate organisation. This Is Zero Hour. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum, Boston Global Shapers Hub, and EarthEcho International’s Youth Leadership Council.
Leading in Colour
Serisha is a South African-Canadian who draws from the teachings of the anti-Apartheid movement alongside liberation and womanist theologies, and is committed to practising anti-oppression, global decolonisation, anti-racism and providing intersectional analysis. She serves as the Executive Director of Leading in Colour and sits on the Board of The Solidarity Library. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in Political Science & World Religions and fellowships with The Mosaic Institute and Amnesty International. Serisha was the first Canadian Frontliner with the We Are Family Foundation and, most recently, named an Ontario Community Changemaker with 8 80 Cities.
Manroop is a 16-year-old currently exploring emerging technologies such as Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence to work towards solving some of the world’s biggest problems. She is presently working with Effective Altruism Toronto as a researcher and simultaneously working towards increasing community involvement.
Founder and Chief Education Officer
Hong Kong SAR
It is time for a global youth-led #STEMxSDG movement! KIDsforSDGs is Asia’s leading not-for-profit community of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) advocates across primary schools, secondary schools and universities. The founding team oversees businesses or social enterprises engaged with the World Economic Forum, UN Global Compact, UN Women, World Humanitarian Forum, Catalyst 2030 and more organisations. Through scholarship and mentorship for youth co-curated programs such as UNITAR Youth Ambassador Asia Pacific Programme, Young Changemaker Incubator and more, KIDsforSDGs supports 300+ Gen-Z’ers to develop their SDG-oriented projects and initiatives.
Mikey gets more done in 5 years than other people do in 10 lifetimes. He attributes that to being born in the year of the Horse in the Chinese zodiac, but his team at Digital Storytellers think he owes it to coffee. With over 15 years of study in the practice of digital wizardry, Mikey has worked as a web designer, radio journalist and travel writer before finally finding his spiritual home in the moving image. When he’s not behind the camera, he’s out advocating for impact storytelling and helping clients achieve their storytelling goals. He also does a killer rendition of ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ on guitar and vocals.
Youth Action Hour
Marlén Mendoza is an independent policy consultant and has worked with various non-profits in Washington, DC – Center for Law and Social Policy, The Forum for Youth Investment, and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions. She provides research, support, and analysis on various issues related to the youth of colour, youth in poverty, young adult mental health, and disconnected youth. Marlen is also a youth engagement and partnership consultant and actively seeks to bring youth and young adults to the policy table and decision-making process.
Community & Communications Manager
Fascinated by the power of digital media and storytelling, Mirabelle Morah is the Founder of BlankPaperz Media and also the Community & Communications Manager at the Social Enterprise World Forum. Through BlankPaperz, Mirabelle and her team began Z’axis Magazine to encourage young, African social entrepreneurs in 2020. And in 2021, also started the BlankPaperz GC Fund to support the education-based needs of individuals and organisations in Nigeria. So far, 4 organisations and 6 individuals have benefited from the funds in support of school tuition and training fees.
Alumni & YouthLAB Coordinator
Digital Opportunity Trust
Ann Nderitu is an experienced coach with nine years of experience in human resource administration, gender and programme implementation for youth and women-led projects. Ann has supported implementing programmes addressing youth leadership, training, and development in social entrepreneurship, gender, ICT, sustainability, and women’s empowerment. She is an exceptional coach and is actively engaged and committed to supporting youth and women in sustainable economic development. Ann graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Economics and has an Executive Certificate in Human Resource Management from Kenya’s College of Human Resource Management. Ann currently serves as the Alumni and YouthLAB Coordinator at Digital Opportunity Trust.
Erupt Art Inc.
After a horrific experience as an adolescent when his parents separated, James Okina turned to the streets for a sense of belonging. Inspired by an unprecedented turnaround, at age 15, James founded Street Priests Incorporated. This social enterprise is transforming street children’s lives through a youth-led movement.
Street Priests currently operates the only community center in Nigeria that provides all-round developmental support to children on the streets daily. Over 11,000 children and counting have benefited from this program. He currently serves as Strategic Advisor to the SAP/UNICEF partnership to bring digital skills to over 1.5 million students in India, Turkey, and Vietnam and a Young People’s action Team Member for Generation Unlimited. James is also the founder of Erupt Art and holds a B.sc in Social Entrepreneurship as a Watson Scholar.
Nine van der Poel
Social Enterprise NL
Nine van der Poel
Nine is the programme manager at Social Enterprise NL, the driving force behind social entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. Nine has been working at Social Enterprise NL for almost two years now and wants to continue working with inspiring social entrepreneurs for the rest of her life and make as much impact as she can. During her work, she is in frequent contact with various social entrepreneurs, which gives her a lot of knowledge about their needs. She is happy to use this knowledge to create an interesting programme for SEWF 2021.
Outreach & Communications Coordinator
Although Sarah has lived in Halifax for 10 years, her spark to do good for others within the community has not diminished. She is the president at Enactus Dalhousie and creator of the New Venture Marketplace, a one day market for new entrepreneurs from traditionally marginalized groups. Sarah was chosen as a 2020 Social Connectedness Fellow with the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness, where she wrote a comprehensive report on refugee experiences in smaller Canadian Cities and created The Postcard Project, a storytelling initiative designed to create a positive narrative around forced migration to Canada.
She looks forward to being a part of the SEWF Youth Advisory.
Greta is a changemaker involved in multiple not-for-profit initiatives. She is the co-founder of ChangemakerXchange and Recipes for Wellbeing and the lead facilitator for the WISE Emerging Leaders Program. Greta holds a BA (Hons) in International Relations and is a qualified coach, facilitator, and fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). She has hosted workshops, events, and summits in over 20 countries, collaborating with Ashoka, Climate-KIC, and Google.
Shila Ukumbini Salim
Youth For Sustainable Development- Kilifi
Shila Ukumbini Salim
Shila Salim is the Team Lead of the Youth Sustainable Development Kilifi Chapter in Kenya. This youth-led organisation creates a safe, empowering, and enabling environment for sustainable development through four thematic areas of gender, health, social accountability, peace and security. Shila was instrumental in the launch of a campaign called #VolunteerAgainstCovid19 to mobilise the Kilifi community in COVID-19 response efforts targeting motorbike riders as behaviour change ambassadors to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the county of Kilifi, Kenya, as well as to share prevention tips and mental health and resilience support during this pandemic by developing key COVID-19 targeted material such as posters, infographics, social media activation posts as well as videos to illustrate important COVID-19 messages and radio activation programmes in the local community radio station. Her campaign has already reached 15,000 people in Kilifi, and her goal is to reach 100,000 more community members.
Tegan is the Communications Lead at Social Shifters, where she’s passionate about helping people around the world start and grow their social change ideas. When not creating new content and tools for Social Shifters, she’s working on initiatives related to SDG 13.
Co-Founder oand Managing Director
Matthias Scheffelmeier is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of ChangemakerXchange, a global collaborative community of 800 young innovators and changemakers from across the world. ChangemakerXchange envisions a world where everyone is part of inclusive communities in which people connect deeply and co-create positive action to serve the wellbeing of people and planet. He also was until recently and for more than 11 years a Partner at Ashoka Germany, Co-Founder of Ashoka in Turkey and a Member of Ashoka Europe’s regional leadership team. Beyond that, he’s been contributing to the social impact eco-system in Germany and Europe as Founding Board Member of the Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland (SEND), as a small scale impact investor, with a focus on ventures tackling climate change and as a Global Board Member at MasterPeace, a global grassroots non-profit and non-governmental peace movement.
Expatriate Student Affairs
Mohammad is 25 years old, from Syria, a Social Activist and the founder of Expatriate Student Affairs; an online organisation that helps refugee students in Jordan develop skills and complete their education by supporting and guiding them. Mohammad has worked with several international organisations, such as a Youth facilitator at the Norwegian Refugee Council, a Mentor at the Paper-Airplanes organisation, a Livelihoods facilitator at the Lutheran World Federation, and a community committee member CARE International. He is interested in promoting peacebuilding through quality education for young people to play positive roles and believes in education for change.
Common Good Solutions
Tineke Weld (she/her) is a Trainer at Common Good Solutions, a social enterprise service provider and Nova Scotia’s first Community Interest Company. Tineke is passionate about community-led initiatives, facilitating challenging conversations, and climate justice!
In her work at CGS, Tineke is a training facilitator, with her most recent project focused on delivering programming for young entrepreneurs. She is also currently acting as a Launchpad Coach for the Social Shiters Global Innovation Challenge, supporting young changemakers across the globe as they start and build their purpose-led businesses.
International Community Coordinator
Social Enterprise Academy
Since joining Social Enterprise Academy in 2019, Kiera has worked with 14 SEA Hubs across the globe to provide transformational learning and development opportunities to social entrepreneurs. Intrinsic to the Academy is the belief that the people stepping forward to affect social change need support. SEA programmes enable learners to learn together, at all stages of personal and organisational growth. Kiera’s role as International Community Coordinator is largely to build on the collective strength of the SEA global network, through bringing this community of change makers together to share and learn in return.
In 2019, Kiera graduated from Central European University in Budapest with a Masters in Women’s and Gender History and has since contributed to projects that examine transnational political movements of the early 20th century.
DSG of Southeast and East Asia
Piper Yu is a rising junior at the British School Manila in the Philippines. She is the Deputy Secretary-General of East and Southeast Asia at MUN Impact. She has participated in MUN for over five years, often allowing it to play a central role in her business, ZARABICA, and activism to improve the lives of Filipino Youth. She is an artist at heart and is passionate about building more intentional communities to share with others.