Canadian Aniqah Zowmi brings to the forum her expertise and passion for helping governments and civic organisations embrace equality and diversity and achieve full inclusion at levels. She is currently the director of diversity, equity, and inclusion for Leading Change Canada, as well as a regional focal point for the United Nations Major Group of Children and Youth, and a youth advisor to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.
Zowmi also served as a lead author for the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education and Peace for Sustainable Development’s publication ‘A Youth-Led Guide on Preventing Violent Extremism through Education’, which was launched at the UNESCO Annual General Meeting in 2017.
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A Commonwealth Youth Council veteran, Angelique Pouponneu is a lawyer specialising in sea and natural resources law. The Seychelles national is also a trained climate change negotiator under the UN’s AOSIS Climate Change Fellowship Programme. Her current role as the CEO of Seychelles' Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust follows extensive work in the Caribbean, Pacific and the Indian Ocean on issues such as sustainable fisheries and climate adaptation and finance.
She also served as a legal expert in the UN’s African Group of Sixth Committee’s oceans and law of the sea work. In the youth space, Angelique co-founded SYAH-Seychelles, a not-for-profit organization in Seychelles; and was the vice-chairperson for inclusion and engagement of the Commonwealth Youth Council.
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Maldivian Mohamed Mazin is a lifelong advocate of disability rights and empowerment. An Indian Ocean Island Games bronze medallist and the first blind and Person With Disability (PWD) runner in Maldives to take part in an organized run, he has been helping to transform perceptions about and prospects of people with disabilities in his community and in his region.
During his term as president of the Blind and Visually Impaired Society of Maldives, he has witnessed landmark successes including securing the rights to marry, to decent allowance, and to financial independence for PWDs. He is also the President and Co-Founder of the Wellness Association of Maldives, and is an elected member of the Disability Council of Maldives and National Youth Council representing PWDs.
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Motswana Yandile Nuku’s work revolves around exposing opportunities and encouraging others to execute their ideas and grow through business, education and media. In her quest to understand how the Botswana and African economies function and what opportunities they offer, she has produced business content for radio, transport television, print and digital media.
Yandile is the Founder of GIQ Media, an initiative which helps companies to achieve their social and economic development objectives through data driven marketing, branding and public relations. She specialises in delivering content that improves operational efficiencies for business owners, managers and leaders, and that improves the prospects for unemployed or underemployed graduates. In the youth space she is a board member of the National Botswana Youth Council.
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Sagufta is an award-winning social impact entrepreneur who is trying to solve the global waste crisis and at the same time economically empower women and youth. The founder of renewables and environmental initiative, The Fusion Hub, she is the 2020 Commonwealth Youth Award Winner for the Pacific Region, which recognised her contributions to SDG 12 - Responsible Production and Consumption.
The Fijian is also the Vice-Chairperson of the Young Entrepreneurs Council and has used her outreach to encourage the youth of Fiji and the Pacific Islands to become change-makers and solution providers. She is also empowering women and young girls to go beyond the "stereotypical" jobs by providing training and skill building opportunities so they can realise their full potential.
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