Starting in 2020 our UNICEF Leaders play a central role in achieving policy change on youth health. They include disruptors, artists, social entrepreneurs, researchers, professionals, and activists and highlight the emerging issues and realities facing young people today - and the priorities, concerns, and solutions that they self-identify. Their energy, enthusiasm, skills and experience play a key role in making change happen.
Alejandro is the National Coordinator of The Right To Disobey (@elderechoanoobedecer), a social platform which aims to empower civil society in Colombia to create social change and influence public policies around issues such as air pollution, refugees rights and peaceful mobilisation
He is also a founding member of the National Citizen Network for Clean Air in Colombia (@RedAireCo), which organises debates and demonstrations gathering together activists, local governments, citizens and academics to share their worries, knowledge and proposals to improve air quality in their cities.
You can find out more about his efforts here. Currently he is working to create the first National Citizen Monitoring Network of Air Quality in Colombia (heads up it's going great and they're almost ready to launch a course for young leaders to learn around air quality in Colombia). To keep up with Alejandro, you can follow him on Twitter @alejandro_daly.
Anjali is a queer affirmative psychologist with
4+ years of experience in trauma psychology
and research. She works with migrant, refugee and tribal groups; adolescent girls in state shelter homes; and homeless individuals with mental health conditions in India. Her Research interests include public policy in mental health, transgenerational trauma, and peer-led research. She currently heads the Movement for Global Mental Health and serves as an advisor on mental health at WHO NCD Alliance Special Working Group. You can follow Anjali on Twitter @AnjaliSingla20 to keep up with her work.
Breanna is a student at Sacred Heart Junior College in Belize. She has been actively engaged with UNICEF Belize, National Committee for Family and Children, and the Ministry of Local government for the past six years. Breana served as a member of the Child Advisory Board and is a passionate advocate for child safety and youth engagement at the community level.
David Henry is a leader from the community of Canaries, Saint Lucia. He has been a sports coordinator at the Sacred Sports Foundation for nine years, using sports as a tool to tackle the most prominent issues that young people and children face today. David has been the focal point or Coordinator for many international youth organisations to his country, founding the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Castries Hub, World Youth Alliance Saint Lucia, Global Youth Parliament Saint Lucia, International Youth Society Saint Lucia, Global Peace Chain Saint Lucia, Global Education Influence Saint Lucia, Kectil Program for Developing Countries Young Leaders. David is also the founder of ReThink Youth (@ReThinkYouthInc), a people development agency amplifying the SDGs, offering people development workshops and conference aimed at providing future workforce and organizational soft skills. He is a passionate believer in the power of youth to drive positive change through action.
Jerry Azilinon is originally from Benin, but resides in Senegal, and has a keen interest in gender issues and the ending violence against women. Jerry is a #HeforShe ambassador and behind the “Doyna” movement, which raises awareness of gender issues and provides victims with support. He is also part of an association called "Yeewi" that fights menstrual precariousness and raises awareness about sexual and reproductive health. Jerry is also the coach of a women's football team, the Dakar Sacrées Queens, which is his way of showing that the fight for gender equality must be waged on all fields.
Margianta Surahman or Gian works at an NGO that focuses on childrens´ rights and youth participation. Gian works for Lentera Anak Foundation as the Project Coordinator of Young Health Programme. He also serves as the Spokesperson of the Youth Movement for FCTC, Executive Director of Emancipate Indonesia, and member of UNFPA Youth Advisory Panel. These experiences reflect his passion for global health, along with social and economic justice, especially regarding youth participation, tobacco control, and modern slavery. Gian is the Darth Vader you always see in Women’s March Jakarta and with his family, he raises three cats named Bernie, Gandhi, and Teddy. To stay up to date with Gian, you can follow him on Twitter @margianta.
Omnia El Omrani
Omnia is a final-year medical student at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. She has more than six years of experience in global health and facilitated over 74 hours of training sessions and workshops in 15 countries across the world. She is particularly passionate about planetary health, climate change, and non-communicable diseases. She is currently an associate at Women Leaders for Planetary Health and board member at the Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety. She has attended three UN Climate Change Conferences, representing medical students worldwide in the International Federation of Medical Students' Association (IFMSA). Omnia also loves travelling, dancing, and art, especially street art and graffiti. To keep up with Omnia, you can follow her on Twitter @omniaelomrani1.
Rasheem is a student at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica. Since a young age Rasheem has been interested in leadership and advocacy. Rasheem is an advocate for young people’s mental and social health and well-being and is a part of a youth-led organisation Called to Lead Ja. This organisation aims to reach the minds of unattached youth in high schools by providing mentorship and self-development programmes. Rasheem is also part of the Steering Committee for U-Report and he manages an entire club region as the Zonal Coordinator. To stay up to date with Rasheem, can follow him on Twitter @martin_rashd.
Vinicius is a medical student at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. Science and Education are his two biggest passions. He is a Global Changemakers fellow and aims to support young people in developing healthy lifestyles through online educational strategies (@meuamigomedico). At Meu Amigo Médico, he creates health-related content (eg.: videos/messages) on social media targeted to young people with fun, engaging and educational content on mental and physical health as a way of promoting a healthier lifestyle and supporting young people in the adversities they usually face.
Winfred is a gender specialist with over seven years’ progressive experience in the field of sexual and reproductive health with a special focus on gender and youth rights. She is currently working with a dynamic youth led organisation called Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum where she is a Programme manager. Winnie is passionate about impacting the lives of adolescents and young people and imagines a world where adolescents and young people are given the autonomy they deserve, to make decisions they need to make and create a world that once and for all is conducive for them too. To keep up with Winnie, you can follow her on Twitter @apiowinnie.