We’re committed to raising youth voices and ensuring that young people inform our work. Our Youth Leadership Council is commissioned to articulate and advance the needs of youth peers, and to serve as advisers to GFC.

Youth Leadership Council

Adibeli Chidinma
Member, Youth Leadership Council (Nigeria)
Adibeli Chidinma is a youth and adolescent health advocate. She promotes good health for young people in Africa by providing them with relevant skills and information through learning forums such as podcasts, media campaigns, and community outreach. Adibeli has two years of experience with nongovernmental organizations such as Nigerian Men Coalition, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, and Natineee Empowerment for Sustainable Impact Initiative, and she is currently serving as a Youth Steering Committee member for MenEngage Nigeria. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human anatomy from Delta State University (Nigeria).
Ayuba Huudu
Member, Youth Leadership Council (Ghana)
Ayuba Huudu is a youth advocate and social worker promoting access to opportunities for marginalized groups, mainly youth and children, in Ghana. In 2016, Ayuba founded Save Aid Project, a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for and enhances the living standards and educational prospects of young people and other individuals in underserved communities. Ayuba served as the Headmaster of Wisehouse International School for four years and was also an Academic Supervisor at the Firdaus Foundation for Social Services, a full-cost scholarship and leadership program for disadvantaged young people. Ayuba has an undergraduate degree in theater arts from the University of Ghana and is studying for a master’s degree in development communication from the Ghana Institute of Journalism.
Stephani Paliza
Member, Youth Leadership Council (Peru)
Stephani Paliza is the General Coordinator at Fundación Multitudes, a Chilean nongovernmental organization, where she oversees funding and partnerships for the Women’s Observatory Against Disinformation, which seeks to counter gendered disinformation. Stephani was previously Secretariat of the Civil Society Pillar of the Community of Democracies, as well as Deputy Director of United Peruvian Youth, a youth organization that promotes the achievement of the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development in Peru. In addition, she was a European Commission Peace Ambassador at the 2022 One Young World Summit and a Stage 4 Fellow at the Aspire Leaders Program, founded at Harvard University. Stephani holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from San Ignacio de Loyola University (Peru), with specialization in project management, public management, and fundraising. She is fluent in Spanish and intermediate in French and Portuguese.
Maria Veronica O. Papa
Member, Youth Leadership Council (Philippines)
Maria Veronica O. Papa is a Public Policies Researcher at Policy International, an all-women policy group advocating for competition in the micro, small, and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector, with a focus on Southeast Asia. She interned briefly in the Senate of the Philippines. A youth rights advocate, Veronica/Oni served as the Executive Director of Kilos Ko Youth, an organization that she co-founded in 2020 and that now has 18 local chapters across the Philippine archipelago to empower young people to take leadership roles and organize at the grassroots and national levels. Veronica/Oni works within the networks of various national and international socio-civic organizations like AIESEC, the World Youth Alliance Asia-Pacific, the youth wing of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats, and the International Federation of Liberal Youth.
Paloma J. Paul
Member, Youth Leadership Council (Chile)
Paloma J. Paul is an activist in Disidencias en Red, a political advocacy organization that promotes LGBTQI+ rights in Chile and the world. She is also an active mentor to young people in vulnerable contexts during their university studies. She has been a cultural mediator in schools for three years, promoting access to higher education and support in crisis contexts through art and other activities. Paloma was also a UN volunteer at My World Mexico, where she worked on the promotion of cultural rights in Latin America and the Caribbean. She holds a degree in international studies from the University of Chile and in 2022 received a scholarship for the summer Global Leadership and Creativity program at King’s College London.
Chair, Youth Leadership Council (Moldova)
Milena Rusu is a feminist activist from Chisinau, Moldova. In 2020, Milena founded Feminismd, the first youth-led organization focused on fighting for gender equality in Moldova. Under her leadership, Feminismd has obtained over $30,000 in funds and has collaborated with UN Women Moldova, UNICEF Moldova, the National Coalition “Life without Family Violence,” Genderdoc-M, and Global Fund for Children. More than 1,000 teenagers have benefited from Feminismd trainings on diverse feminist topics ranging from gender-based violence to beauty standards. Milena is currently a Youth Ambassador in Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) and serves on the United Nations Youth Advisory Panel in Moldova. She graduated from Orizont Theoretical Lyceum in 2022 and plans to pursue a women’s and gender studies major in the United States.
Nojus Saad
Vice Chair, Youth Leadership Council (Iraq)
Nojus Saad is the President of Youth For Women Foundation, a French multinational nonprofit organization. He is a multi-award-winning digital healthcare expert with over seven years of community research, capacity-building, and advocacy expertise in mental healthcare, gender justice, and digital inclusion. Nojus is the PMNCH (Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health) Vice Chair at the World Health Organization, where he represents the health and wellbeing of women and adolescents at the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women, WHO’s Global Conference on Health Promotion, and the International AIDS Conference. He is also an adviser on locally led development at Bond UK, where he focuses on investments in rural research and healthcare development, and a Senior Digital Policy Fellow at the ICANN77 Policy Forum in Washington, DC. Nojus holds a medical degree from an Iraqi medical university.
Rostyslav Semka
Member, Youth Leadership Council (Ukraine)
Rostyslav Semka has been working in the civic sector in Ukraine since 2019 and is the head of a nongovernmental organization called Education 360. He has participated in various international conferences and trainings and has significant experience in active social work with children and youth in Ukraine and abroad. In 2021, Rostyslav was a panelist for GFC’s Spark Fund. Не has expert knowledge in the areas of education and youth engagement and is the author of scientific articles on fake news and media literacy. Rostyslav has a master’s degree in the management of foreign economic activity.

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