Class of 2017
Mays Abdel Aziz, Jordan
Khaled Abo Shady, Egypt
Elorm Esi Abusah, Ghana
Chukwuemelie Precious Akanonu, Nigeria currently works as a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA) in Abuja, and serves as a Fellow for the Energy for Growth Hub based in Washington D.C. She previously worked in the Office of the Chief Economic Adviser to the President of Nigeria, as an analyst at the consultancy Time Economics, and as a consultant for a DFID governance program in Nigeria. As a 2019 Breakthrough Generation Fellow and a 2017 Young Global Changer, Precious is striving to use evidence-based research to influence policy-making and programme implementation towards Africa’s sustainable development in Africa.
Giresse Akono Gantsui, Congo
Babatunde Alawode, Nigeria/USA
Sajida Alhaj, Qatar
Khusniddin Alikulov, Uzbekistan is involved in improving energy efficiency in Central Asian countries by applying cutting-edge approaches. In addition, he is an active volunteer on resolving community issues in countryside of Uzbekistan. Khusniddin is also volunteer researcher on developing environmental impact assessment for energy systems.
Aigerim Almazova, Kyrgyzstan
Yousef Alshammari, Saudia Arabia
Maroua Baba, Morocco
Nabil Badjri, Indonesia
Bilge Bingöl Schrijer, Turkey obtained her PhD in public law from Ankara University and is working as an assistant professor at Akdeniz University Faculty of Law in public law department. Her research focuses on state theory, human rights, experimental legal education, education and higher education law. She is working on several projects that are about integrating university research findings in to social development planning. As a young global changer she aims at creating solutions for achieving sustainable development goals by designing university-city-government interrelated programs.
Rim Hayat Chaif, Algeria
Koon Hong Chan, Hong Kong
Necola Charles, St. Kitts / West Indies
Lianhua Chi, China
Anesa Colakovic, Serbia
Francisco Jose Cordoba Otalora, Colombia holds a dual masters degree in Lifelong learning from University College London and Aarhus University. Co-founder of '2038' platform promoting open fintech to increase access to capital. He has been named MIT innovator under 35 for his contributions on blockchain. Fellow of the Westerwelle foundation and DO school in Germany. Co-founder of Wesend, Seed software and Red Diaspora Colombia. Presents the podcast #VisaAlFuturo and the Youtube channel Pachoman. AIESEC and Global Shaper alumni from The World Economic Forum.
Eduardo Cordova, El Salvador
Silvia Da Rosa, Uruguay is a Member of the Civil Society Organization Open Data, Transparency and Access to Information (DATA), OAS fellow for Open Government 2016, and Young Global Changer 2017. She is also an advisor at Laboratory of Public Innovation of AGESIC, which previously directed for two years since its foundation. Specialized in Open Government and Innovation, managed several project related to government and companies at national and international level. Silvia began her career as a web programmer, specializing in web standards, accessibility for people with disabilities and user experience. At the moment, she works as a teacher at the Catholic University of Uruguay where she works on interdisciplinary projects in her areas of expertise.
Meron Eresso, Ethiopia
Ken Fullerton, South Africa currently works as a management consultant for ARTD Consultants – one of Australia’s leading public policy consulting firms – where he helps government agencies and non-profit organisations make evidence-informed decisions and track and evaluate outcomes in order to continuously improve their performance. Ken has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Otago, New Zealand, a Master of Arts degree in Development Studies from the University of New South Wales, Australia and a Master of Public Management degree in Global Public Policy from the University of Potsdam, Germany.
Carla Ximena Giraldo Malca, Peru is an expert in sustainable cities and communities with experience in the design and implementation of policies, plans, strategies and socio-environmental projects. She holds a MSc in Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, MPP in Political Science and Government and a degree in Communication for Development from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. She is currently on charge of the Public Services and Environmental Management Department at the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima, Peru.
Gustavo Guimaraes, Brazil is a blockchain engineer. As a joie-de-vivre practitioner and lifelong learner, Gustavo enjoys finding solutions for real-world problems through the use of technology. He has solved problems in an array of industries such as education, publishing, entertainment and the arts. He has received the German Chancellor Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation where is researching online education’s impact on student’s learning. When he is not coding, he is either creating new dance moves or spending quality time with his family and friends.
Shobari Guterres Nunes, Timor-Leste
Austin Halbert, USA is Founder of ImpactEd, a startup that is upskilling the next generation by connecting students with digital assignments to learn the jobs of the future. He is Chair of the U.S. Youth Working Group for UNESCO, Focal Point on Quality Apprenticeships for the UN MGCY, and author of The American Workday. Previously, Austin served as a Fulbright Fellow in Sweden, where he researched the links between economic development and social progress. As a Young Global Shaper, his mission is to create a world where anyone can gain access to the skills to find decent work, no matter where they were born.
Soumaya Harbaoui, Tunisia
Rahaf Harfoush, France
Benjamin David Hennig, Germany/ United Kingdom holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Sheffield. His research focuses on social inequalities, humanity’s impact on Earth, global sustainability and the development of concepts for analysing and mapping these issues. He is also involved in the award-winning Worldmapper project that uses innovative visualisation techniques to better communicate the complex social and environmental dimensions of our planet.
Juan Jose Herrera, Ecuador
Naonori Hu, Japan
Christine De Siree Jodloman, Philippines is a pioneer of Agtive (agriculture + positive) Communication, and advocate of Agripreneurship. Christine Jodloman is on a mission to bring back the sense of wonder and excitement for agriculture in the Philippines, through communicating innovative and inspiring narratives from the ground. Christine is currently a Special Projects Officer at AGREA. She’s been working to help AGREA develop the first replicable one-island economy that is zero hunger, zero waste, and zero insufficiency. She’s also the founder and adviser of Food SECURE Philippines, a movement of young farmers, who empower rural farming communities through agripreneurship.
Chiedza Daneek Nobhule Kambasha, Zimbabwe
Lazare Kambire, Burkina Faso is an Expert on Youth and female citizenship and leadership in Burkina Faso. He holds a Master in Law and a Master in management of international affairs. He is employed as Monitoring, evaluation and capitalization officer in a youth project. He is committed in Africa Youth issues for 2002. As a Young Global Changer, he aims to use intergenerational dialogue to solve his society problems.
Kelly Kapianga, Zambia
Tamara Karelidze, Georgia
Elena Karyavkina, Russia holds a Ph.D in economics since 2016. She is a practicing expert in the field of financial management, taxation, financial and management accounting. Work experience in the business sphere as well as on the post of chief state tax assessor at Moscow Administration of the Federal Tax Service (Moscow, Russia). Author of more than twenty articles about tax planning, financial and management accounting in the leading business mass media of Russia. Author of a monogram. Owner of the patent on the program “Subsidiary derivative balance-sheet”.
Nasrat Khalid, Afghanistan is experienced globally on finding potential in people and organizations to work more efficiently. An ex-World Bank innovation expert; He has founded AWAL, a development firm based out of Washington DC, an mobile platform called ASEEL, a research institute for innovation (ITRCA) and trained dozens of young people through his junior professionals program. He specializes in Tech, Economic Growth, Development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Nasrat is recognized by the G20, World Bank, ICANN, UNIGF and governments. He has presented in global forums, conferences and is a TEDx speaker.
Niki Kilbertus, Austria
Kondi Komi-Kpandja Nusianunyo, Togo
Oleg Komlik, Israel is an economic sociologist, academic entrepreneur and organizational consultant from Israel. The study of the influence of power, ideas, and interests on economic policy-making and organizations shapes his professional journey. In 2011 Oleg founded the Economic Sociology and Political Economy global online community that disseminates the insights of socio-political analysis on the economy, currently bringing together more than 60,000 members from 140 countries. Oleg also serves as the Chairman of the Junior Sociologists Network of the International Sociological Association.
Alexandra Kotzapasoglou Kalpatsoglou, Lebanon is a social entrepreneur, public speaker and writer. As the founder of PERSED, she pioneers interactive educational methodologies for 21st century skills to help learners be who they are and all they can become. She has also co-founded EdRev, a global intelligence network of change-makers in education. Alexandra is active across various networks; she's a MENA Leadership Academy fellow, an UNLEASH Global Talent and an UNESCO-APCEIU Youth Leader. The Union for the Mediterranean recently consulted her within a regional dialogue on shared issues, specifically on Education.
Ahouty Kouakou, Ivory Coast holds Bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Anthropology. He has lots of certificates with emphasis on Entrepreneurship and Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Fundraising. Apart from his academic records, he has organizational skills. He is the current Executive Director of Action & Humanisme, a humanitarian NGO based in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. This organization’s aim is to mitigate youth illegal migration, poverty, promote human rights and educate civil society on how to manage conflicts. Prior to that, he was the project Manager of NGO Cocody Cité de l’Espoir from 2010 to 2017. Mr Ahouty Kouakou has strong writing skills. He was a Global Development Reporter of Global South Development Magazine based in Finland.
Aditya Kulkarni, India is an innovator and tech entrepreneur from India. He is widely recognized as G20 Young Global Changer 2017, Queen's Young Leader 2018 and TEDx Speaker at International level for his innovations in healthcare sector. He has studied Executive Leadership at University of Cambridge UK. Presently, he is a Co-founder & Executive Director of CareNX Innovations Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai, which is a technology startup which is developing digital health solutions to help reduce maternal and child mortality in areas with limited health resources. CareNX has developed CareMother, a mobile app which enables expecting women to monitor their pregnancy, health workers to early identify any potential or emerging high-risk complications and gynaecologists to schedule timely interventions or follow ups. Within the last two years, CareNX team has worked with more than 20 organisations from 10 different states and provided affordable care to more than 30,000 pregnant women in over 1000 villages in India. CareMother has also created more than 300 jobs for health workers and has led to significant improvements in how antenatal care is delivered at a grassroots level. For this impactful work, CareNX team has been recognized and supported by global organisations like United Nations, Grand Challenges Canada (GCC), Foundation Botnar, UNICEF, Google, Cisco, World Health Summit (WHS), Innovation Forum, USAID and DST India etc.
Paul Lam, UK
Matias Lastra, Argentina
David Lawless, Canada currently serves as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Government of Canada, working to prepare communities and the country for the low-carbon future. David holds a Master of Science from the University of Oxford where he studied international environmental policy as a William Lyon Mackenzie King Fellow and as an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Scholar. Prior to joining government, David completed an innovation fellowship at the MaRS Discovery District, during which designed a clean-tech device that empowers citizens to be smarter energy consumers. During his career, David served as a Canadian representative for the British Council at the United Nations in Geneva and New York and worked at national parks across Canada. In 2016, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society whose mission is to make Canada better known to Canadians and to the world.
Hilda Liswani, Namibia Hilda Liswani is an award winning serial social entrepreneur and a catalyser of inclusive impact investments into Sub-Saharan Africa. Her focus on sustainable investments has lead to her collaboration with large private and public-sector organizations such as the European Union, The MasterCard Foundation and Siemens AG in the negotiation and implementation of sustainable development initiatives. Today she is spearheading WeBloom which is a flagship initiative of her organisation, Bloom Investments. WeBloom takes a unique look at one of the nuances of innovation and enterprise development in Africa - women entrepreneurs. By using design thinking, sustainable business models and institutional pairing, WeBloom is equipping and building the pipeline of female led entrepreneurs in Africa within the renewable energy, Agriculture and e-commerce. WeBloom is building the pipeline of investable female lead enterprises in these industries to reshape the future of not only investments but also leadership in enterprise in Africa.
Elle Loughran, Ireland
Nolana Lynch, Trinidad and Tobago
Tiotsop Maurice, Cameroon
Chao Mbogo, Kenya
Agnes Gabriela Medinaceli Baldivieso, Bolivia holds a Master in Latin American Development from King's College London and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of St Andrews. Starting in October 2019, she will join the Oxford Department of International Development as a MSc candidate in Migration Studies. As a Young Global Changer she aims at improving the lives of Latin American migrants.
Sivendra Michael, Fiji holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Auckland and is currently pursuing his PhD. He is passionate about social entrepreneurship as means to address prominent global issues like climate change. As a young global changer, Sivendra founded and is currently running ExponIQ, a social enterprise focused on enhancing employment opportunities for Pacific people. He was listed as Fiji's 30 under 30 and was a finalist for the Commonwealth Youth Award in 2018. As a climate change researcher, he has engaged with global organisations such as G20 and UNFCCC to share his views on climate change and its impact on small island states in the Pacific.
Dominic Mills-Howell, Jamaica holds a BSc. from the University of the West Indies and a postgraduate diploma from the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics. He has participated in many international programmes aimed at nurturing young scientists and thought leaders, such as the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, St. Gallen Symposium and, most recently, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. He is founder of a social project called Gamifying Science Education or GamiSciED, for short. GamiSciEd aims to increase the scientific capacity of the developing world through interactive competitive games.
James Guo Sheng Moo, Singapore is the recipient of Green Talents Award from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), a Falling Walls Lab lectureship champion (Representing Singapore in Berlin, Germany) and the Gold Medal Prize Awardee for most outstanding PhD candidate in the field of Chemistry from NTU, Singapore. He has participated in engineering hackathons with German, French and Japanese companies to provide solutions for emerging problems. As continuous part of community involvement, he has engaged with global organisations such as G20 and World Water Council to share scientific opinions in world problems.
Ramon Orlando Moreno De Jesus, Dom. Rep. / Norway
Umaiyal Munusamy, Malaysia is a Plant Scientist and a Science Communicator.She has made significant contribution to academia. Her current H-index is 3. Her research innovation was recognized internationally when she was awarded as a finalist of Falling Walls Young Inventor Of The Year 2016 at Berlin. As a Young Global Changer she aims at SDG 2= Zero Hunger through her research output and SDG=4 Quality Education through science communication as she has been empowering various range of generation to communicate science effectively.
Davis Musinguzi, Uganda
Balazs Nemethi, Hungary
Navam Niles, Sri Lanka is currently reading for his masters in public international law. His research focuses on international governance models for sustainable development and climate change. As a young global changer he aims to bring about meaningful political-economic solutions to sustainable development and climate change.
Mary-Jean Nleya, Botswana / UK
Yelena Novikova, Kazakhstan holds Master in International Business from Grenoble Ecole de Management & Master in International Security from London Metropolitan University. She’s an expert & policy Advocate in the field of ESG Integration (integration of Environmental, Social & Governance factors into corporate & Investing strategies). In 2017, she’s been featured by London Metropolitan University as 1 of its 7 most inspirational graduates alongside London mayor Sadiq Khan. She co-panelled discussions with the likes of Emmy-nominated Philippe Cousteau-Jr & Egyptian Minister of Water Resources.
Arianna Oddo, Belgium
Diego Oyarzun, Chile / UK - DIEGO from Chile. Currently a group leader at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on developing mathematics for future biotechnologies. He has authored over 50 research papers and in 2016 he was awarded a Global Future Council Fellowship from the Word Economic Forum.
Binod Prasad Parajuli, Nepal did Msc in environmental science from Tribhuvan University with specialization in water and climate change. During his Msc, he was provided with HI-AWARE fellowship under International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) to conduct research on transboundary aspect of flood information sharing between Nepal and India in Gandaki River basin. Moreover, in recognition to excellent research idea and solution for flood risk communication, he was awarded with Young Global Changer award in the year 2017.
Christoforos Pavlakis, Greece
Hanna Pazniak, Belarus
Shahida Pervin, Bangladesh is currently a PhD student of Policy Analysis (Economics) program at National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo, Japan.
Dat Pham, Vietnam was the Founder and CEO of HATCH! - Vietnam’s leading startup ecosystem builder where he led various initiatives including the HATCH! Accelerator and the annual HATCH! FAIR - Vietnam’s largest startup event. In 2016, Dat was listed in Forbes Vietnam 2016’s 30 under 30. He is also a Tedx speaker, Leader of Tomorrow by St. Gallen Symposium, Young Global Changer by Think20 Summit, Young Leader at Vietnam-Australia Young Leadership Dialogue, Participant at Swedish Institute of Management Program, and Australian Endeavour Executive. He is MBA Candidate Class 2020 at IESE Business School.
Mona Poorzady, Iran holds a PhD in Political science from Free University of Berlin. She is an accomplished leader in different international projects in field of sustainable development solutions, sustainable business models. Renewable energies, energy policy, climate changes, and sustainable energy transition models. In 2014 she was awarded the UNESCO Young scientist Award and in 2017 she was awarded Young Global Changer Award.
Ignacio Rodriguez, Venezuela is a social entrepreneur, filmmaker, photographer and engineer. Founder of Epix, an organization creating empathy through storytelling in Venezuela. He has lived in 6 countries, worked in dozens and has traveled to and photographed over 30 countries. He was a consultant for education and ICT projects around the world; was opening speaker at the Education World Forum 2011 and winner of the Emerging Leaders award from the New Media Consortium co-hosted by MIT.
Jeff Rodriguez, Costa Rica
Francisco Rojo, Spain is currently an MBA Candidate at IE Business School. Founder of a tech non-profit -Voluntechies- which helps kids in the hospital, elderly and disabled people to relieve pain thanks to the use of new technologies such as Virtual Reality. He is been speaker at many international conferences, such as Davos (Switzerland), Bits & Bytes (Tanzania) or TEDx (Madrid). As a Young Global Changer, he aims to create the first worldwide community of volunteers using tech for social good.
Anna Romandash, Ukraine is an award-winning journalist from Ukraine. She covers foreign affairs and human rights abuses in Eastern and Central Europe, Central Asia, and Middle East. Anna has launched her platform that aims to deliver local stories in areas with a shrinking civil space. She is working with Freedom House, Open Government Partnership, and Global Media Forum, delivering trainings, running campaigns, and speaking on human rights, media sustainability, and freedom of expression. She was named a Ukraine's Media Freedom Ambassador and is a Hansen Fellow.
Maam Suwadu Sakho-Jimbira, Senegal
Htet Thiri Shwe, Myanmar
Sadaf Taimur, Pakistan, Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholar at The University of Tokyo, Japan, is conducting research on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship. She has 6+ years of experience in education and development sector. She is the co-founder and chair of Youth General Assembly, Pakistan (a social movement, to train & mobilize youth to work on UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda).
Evelyne Tauchnitz, Switzerland. Her expertise focuses on how new technologies can be employed to build, support, and maintain peace. She is the main initiator and head of Global PeaceTech at the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs, University of Oxford. Evelyne holds a PhD in International Relations with a specialization in Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva. She was a Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, and has experience working for the government, civil society, and international organizations.
Duroseme Taylor, Gambia holds a Master's degree in computer engineering. She is an entrepreneur and technology enthusiast. She is passionate about exploring peoples' lifestyles and thrives on turning their problems into business opportunities by identifying innovative solutions.
Veronika Tomova, Macedonia
Liina Tõnisson, Estonia holds a PhD in economics from Leipzig University (Germany). Her research interests focus on green technology transfer and air quality measurements, weather/climate modelling and impact analysis. She is currently the scientific coordinator in the directorate of Leibniz TROPOS Institute.
Catia Trubiani, Italy holds a PhD in computer science from University of L'Aquila (Italy). Her research interests include the quantitative modelling and analysis of interacting heterogeneous distributed systems. She is currently a researcher in the Gran Sasso Science Institute, funded after the earthquake in L'Aquila.
Pontso Tsoeunyane, Lesotho is a Sociologist with over 10 years experience on social and community development projects, social protection, child protection, social research and lecturing. Pontso is a change agent in the Government of Lesotho, through her role as a Social Development Services Manager, she has marked an impact on the lives of the vulnerable groups through her role of coordinating the provision of 80% of social services (social protection, elderly care, disability services, child protection and community development) in the district. She has made salient contributions on the policy design, management, implementation, advocacy, mobilization, monitoring and evaluation of the child protection and social protection programmes/projects within the country. She holds Master of Science in Sociology from the National University of Lesotho. She is a Cofounder of a Non Profit Organisation, Afridreams which seeks to empower youth through mentorship, life skills and increase access to education and entrepreneurship opportunities. She volunteers her skills in various organisations such as Southern African Trust, Selibeng book club, Glow camps, Envirofriends, YALI network and District Child Protection Team.
Betty Tushabe, Rwanda
Harry Viderot, Benin is currently Director of NGO and Cabinet TALENT Incubator, Trainer at Mohammed 1 University in Morocco, Consultant in Management and International Policies, Specialist in Sustainable Development Goals - Rotary Foundation Recognition Testimonials PHF (2018) - TRF Giving (2018) - Sustaining Member (2018) EREY (2018) -EREY Banner Eligible (2018).
Fonthip Watcharaporn, Thailand is a young passionate female doctor who is determined to reform Thailand’s Health System. She had done many health-related projects and received numerous awards. Currently, she works at Mahidol University Global Health to create positive change via driving impactful health policies. She has done a lot of health innovative projects to improve people’s quality of life. She is also a co-founder of health tech startups in Thailand, namely Nudmor and Bionanomer. What she wants most is the "Universal Accessibility" which means everyone has an equal right in accessing effective health system regardless of any limitations.
William Yan, Australia
Lina Zdruli, Albania holds a Masters from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is passionate about using entrepreneurship, business and technology as a tool for social good. Lina founded and is currently running dafero, a social enterprise employing and supporting vulnerable women, such as refugees and former trafficking victims, to produce healthy yet delicious sweets. Revenue from the company is additionally used to develop life skills programming for vulnerable populations, including an education app distributed free of charge to NGOs and trade associations.
Jan Jakub Zygmuntowski, Poland holds MA in Global Business, Finance and Governance from Warsaw School of Economics (SGH). Co-founder and chairman at Instrat, progressive think-tank focusing on digital economy and sustainability. He has raised awareness on many issues in leading Polish media. He is currently working on regulating data as commons and innovating public services.