The Young Global Changers Ambassadors

The Global Solutions Initiative’s Young Global Changers program nominates a selected group of Young Global Changers Alumni to represent the program as Young Global Changers Ambassadors. These Ambassadors represent the diversity of the Young Global Changers community. They participate in activities of the Global Solutions Initiative, serve as mentors for fellow Young Global Changers and help to form an active and growing network. Appointed for a two-year period, the Young Global Changers Ambassadors are invited to the Global Solutions Summit, the Initiative’s annual conference in Berlin.

2022 YGC Ambassadors

Gina Cortés Valderrama 
Colombia | Young Global Changer 2020

Gina is a colombian feminist that advocates for just and gender-responsive climate action from a decolonial and intersectional approach. She works at the international organisation Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF), contributing closely to the work of the UNFCCC Women and Gender Constituency. She is part of the Colombian collective Aluna Minga in Munich, and has received several distinctions from the Heinrich-Böll Stiftung (Germany), Tsinghua University (China), among others.  

Linda Du 
United Kingdom | Young Global Changer 2018

Linda is a Junior Engagement Manager at McKinsey Dubai, where is a member of the Banking and Strategy & Corporate Finance Practices and has worked on various projects throughout the Middle East. She also holds a MBA from Yale University and MEng degree from the University of Cambridge in manufacturing engineering. She has defined her career at the intersection of business, technology and international development, having held positions at the United Nations World Food Programme and Kiva.

Abir Ibrahim
Sudan | Young Global Changer 2019

Abir holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from University of New England. Founder of Inua Naturals, an agribusiness company working to create new markets and economies for small-scale women farmers and artisans who otherwise do not have access to the global marketplace. She is an Ambassador for the Institute for Economics and Peace, a United Nations Delegate, and Partners for Development Board Member. Abir aims to inform policies and raise awareness on gender gaps as well as strengthen women’s engagement in Africa’s social and economic development.

Sivendra Michael 
Fiji | Young Global Changer 2017

Sivendra is a representative of the Pacific Climate Warriors. He has over a decade of experience working in the development sector and has participated in various capacities at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties. Michael is currently pursuing a PhD in Development Studies at the University of Auckland, and was the Pacific’s first fellow to the Global Solutions World Policy Forum.

Sudesh Pokhrel
Bhutan | Young Global Changer 2020

Sudesh is a passionate youth advocate for the sustainable development goals from the Kingdom of Bhutan. He holds a Masters in International Relations from the South Asian University in New Delhi. He is a certified sustainability leader from the United People Global – Geneva. Sudesh was the ambassador for peace in the International Youth Forum in 2019 where he supported the role of Youth in achieving the 2030 agenda for UN SDG’s. He was awarded as the Global Goals Actions Ambassador in the Global Goals Summit in Malaysia and the ‘I am extraordinary medal’ in the International Youth Forum. His interests lie in inculcating an alternative development model for the world through happiness and wellbeing so that one can balance the pro-capitalist world view with less capitalist ones. As the co-founder of Reimagining Society which endeavours to embed the concept of wellbeing across ecosystems, Sudesh sincerely believes that ordinary people have the power to make the world a better place.

Kavindya Thennakoon
Sri Lanka | Young Global Changer 2019

Kavindya is a Learning Experience Designer and Researcher and her work focuses on utilizing emerging technologies and game design to make social emotional learning accessible for every child, everywhere. She is the co-founder and creator of Tilli; a game-based, social-emotional learning tool used in 8 countries across the world, tested and co-created with 350+ early learners. She was awarded both the inaugural Queen’s Young Leaders Award and the Harvard Global Trailblazer’s Award for her work in education. Kavindya is a graduate from the Stanford School of Education, where she was a dean’s fellow. She received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Cinema and Media Studies from Wellesley College and the University of Oxford and was the first in her family to graduate from college. Her work has spanned across Ed-Tech, design, and development, working for global brands like the MITMedia Lab, Meta, 2U, Coursera, Ogilvy/IBM, United Nations, the Oxford Microfinance Initiative, and Transparency International Sri Lanka.  

Former YGC Ambassadors

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