Meet the Scholars

2019-2020 Scholars

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Ali Almurtadha


Researcher, Mwatana for Human Rights

Defending human rights through the documentation of violations against civilians and conducting advocacy efforts locally and internationally to shed light on the conflict in Yemen.

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Edmond Byaruhanga Atto


Senior Software Engineer, Andela

Encouraging the growth of technology and innovation in Africa by providing pathways for youth to learn software development skills.

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Kirsten Brosbøl


Former Minister of Environment and Member of Parliament

Working across political and geographic divides to foster collaboration around concrete actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, for a more equal, just, and green future for all.

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Mor Efrat


Director of the Occupied Palestinian Territories Department, Physicians for Human Rights, Israel

Advocating for health care access for Palestinian patients who need to leave Gaza and the West Bank for treatment and educating groups around the barriers in the current permit system.

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Natalia Herbst


Director for Community Organizations, National Youth Institute, Ministry of Health and Social Development

Developing youth-centered public policy focused on social inclusion, health and rights, culture, and employability so that young people are empowered to define their own goals and reach their full potential.

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Ruth Kissam


Director of Operations, Papua New Guinea Tribal Foundation

Fostering collaboration between stakeholders and government on the implementation of policies related to Sorcery Accusation Related Violence.

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Samira Koujok


Human Rights Researcher

Working with civil society organizations and families of missing persons to enhance their capacity to address the issue of the missing and promote an accountability process in Syria.

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Peter Kwame Mwakio


Co-founder and Programs Director, Hatua Network Organization

Promoting equal opportunity in Kenya by providing promising low-income students with scholarships, mentoring, and career guidance that prepares them for careers and to serve as a link between their community and professional networks.

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Wai Wai Nu


Founder and Executive Director, Women Peace Network; Founder, Yangon Youth Leadership Center

Empowering young people and women from marginalized communities through programming and that builds peace and mutual understanding among diverse groups in Myanmar.

Isaiah Owolabi
Isaiah Owolabi


Co-founder and Project Director, HACEY Health Initiative

Leveraging an innovative capacity building, advocacy, research and education (iCARE) approach to implement solutions and drive accountability to create a healthy and productive society for women and girls.

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Christian Vanizette



On a mission to engage millions of citizens to solve the global goals through community organizing and technology solutions.

2018-2019 Scholars

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Alice Barbe


CEO and Co-founder, SINGA France

Fostering collaboration between refugees and their host societies by focusing on refugees’ personal, professional, cultural, and entrepreneurial plans and goals.

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Rumbidzai Chisenga


Program Manager, Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS)

Building the capacity of African youth to lead the continent’s social and economic progress.

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Gabriela Galilea


CEO and Founder, Okimo Vision Ltd.

Democratizing access to visual health and inclusive education through the creation of tools that help diagnose and treat visual and development conditions at a fraction of the current market price.

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Ana Maria Gonzalez-Forero


Chief Sustainability Officer, Fundación por la Educación Multidimensional (FEM)

Enabling inclusive development through participatory planning and design processes that allow diverse stakeholders to find mutual recognition in indigenous communities.

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Hong Hoang


Founder and Executive Director, CHANGE

Mobilizing youth leaders to promote environmental preservation through communication, education, and community organizing.

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Omezzine Khelifa


Founder and CEO, Mobdiun – Creative Youth

Inspiring youth to become peaceful and creative change leaders in Tunisia and throughout Africa.

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Pavel Kunchev


Co-founder, Managing Director, Time Heroes Foundation
Co-founder, Chair of the Board, Fine Acts Foundation

Developing creative solutions and digital tools to inspire civic engagement.

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Peter Ndayihereje


Community Engagement Program Manager, Village Health Works

Improving community cohesion among people of all backgrounds by leveraging communal structures to improve health and economic outcomes.

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Elvis Ndansi


Founder and President, Unite for Health Foundation

Improving access to basic health care in underserved communities in Cameroon.

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Oluseun Onigbinde


Lead Partner, BudgIT

Working to simplify budgets and public finance documents to strengthen the capacity of citizens to hold governments accountable.

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Vanessa Paranjothy


Co-Founder, Freedom Cups

Changing mindsets and making periods a problem of the past by providing women in underprivileged communities with menstrual cups through a “buy one, give one” model.

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Trisha Shetty


Founder and CEO, SheSays, India

Advancing sustainable development through a gender-sensitive and youth-centric approach.