Member, Youth Leadership Council (Mexico)
Leni is a returned migrant, a sexual assault survivor, and part of a mixed-status family separated by borders. She is also neurodivergent. At the age of 16, Leni found out that she was undocumented, and her family was forced to leave the place they called home in the one of the biggest historical waves of mass deportation and return between the US and Mexico. Leni has strived to channel her life story, experiences, education, and passions to advocate for and walk in solidarity alongside her communities. She has worked in both the private and civil society sectors. She was part of the founding team at Holacode, a social enterprise for deportees, returnees, and refugees in Mexico. She is currently part of the team at Otros Dreams en Acción, a grassroots organization dedicated to mutual support and political action for and by those who grew up in the US and now find themselves in Mexico. She is also the coordinator of Pochx House, a cultural space based in Mexico City that celebrates and reclaims a new hybrid and multifaceted culture in Mexico, and a co-creator of the podcast/platform Pochas So What.
Chair, Youth Leadership Council (United Kingdom)
For the past four years, Nasra has been an activist with Integrate UK, a youth-led charity that works toward equality and integration by supporting young people with their learning. As a Lead Outreach Worker, Nasra mentors and trains other young people and delivers workshops and trainings to frontline professionals on topics such as FGM and violence against women and girls. She also represents the charity at high-profile national and international events and is frequently featured in the press, including as a panelist alongside Emma Watson at a recent MeToo event. Nasra is also an Undergraduate Education Officer at the Bristol Students Union, having been elected by students at the University of Bristol to improve students’ educational experience and ensure the university is a diverse and inclusive institution.
Member, Youth Leadership Council (United States)
As the Operations and Programs Coordinator at Accountability Lab, Katie helps to build a new generation of active citizens and responsible leaders around the world by supporting young change-makers to develop and implement positive ideas for integrity in their communities. Prior to her current position, Katie facilitated the participation of international security leaders and experts from democracies around the world at the 2018 Halifax International Security Forum. Before the Forum, she worked on behalf of Global Development Incubator on the development and expansion of a West African capacity-building and youth leadership program, Emerging Public Leaders. Katie graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College, where she studied government and cultural anthropology, was a War and Peace Fellow, and played Division 1 soccer and rugby. At university, Katie also organized and led Cully’s 5k Run, raising $10,000 for the local suicide and emergency hotline.
Member, Youth Leadership Council (Pakistan)
Saro is a young transgender activist and entrepreneur dedicated to advancing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people, especially those from marginalized communities. She has worked in the fields of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and gender equality with various international organizations. She has taken part in the United Nations Universal Periodic Review process by contributing to reports on SRHR issues faced by young people in Pakistan, as well as on transgender issues in Pakistan.
Saro has contributed to several research projects aimed at understanding and highlighting marginalized communities. Her projects have explored feminist representation in Pakistani cinema; understanding eunuchs through Pakistani television; and experiences of joining the transgender community. She has also worked with UK AID and UNICEF on advocacy-based research related to health services in Pakistan and youth development in South Asia.
Saro has developed a community-based organization in her region, Activists Alliance Foundation (AAGAHE), which envisions a society where all transgender persons can live with dignity and self-respect, enjoying equal social justice and wellbeing.
Secretary, Youth Leadership Council (Malawi)
Sunga Kufeyani is a Program and Project Management professional who is very passionate about human rights, educational empowerment for girls in marginalized communities, and young women's participation in policy-making positions. She is a Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Loving Arms Malawi, a local nonprofit that works with young people in areas of abuse and education. Loving is committed to victim support and raising awareness on issues of sexual violence to encourage conversation on the topic, with the hope of empowering survivors to speak up. Loving also aims to support girls from marginalized communities both financially and emotionally to stay in school and pursue their dreams. Sunga enjoys writing, creating, and designing projects and campaigns. She is currently an Atlas Corps Fellow working with Philanthropy University to support a group of community leaders in the global south. She also is a Board Member for Ufulu Groups, a nonprofit that empowers single parents from vulnerable and under-resourced backgrounds through skills training and dignified work. Previously, Sunga worked as a National Director for 2ndMilk, a US-based organization that works with vulnerable families in Malawi, providing formula and nutrition.
Member, Youth Leadership Council (Colombia)
Laura is an environmental and human rights lawyer. She was born in Colombia, a country she appreciates for its cultural and ecological richness, and where she has also learned ways to build peace amid a violent and unequal reality. Laura works with civil society organizations to promote the rights of Indigenous and Afro-Colombian people, women, and victims of armed conflict. She has supported women's organizations participating in the truth and justice processes resulting from the peace accords in Colombia. Laura has a background as a researcher and is the founder of a foundation that promotes social projects to strengthen the culture, autonomy, land rights, and education of Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities.
Vice Chair, Youth Leadership Council (Zimbabwe)
Solomon Ndondo is a 25-year-old man from Zimbabwe and is Founder and Executive Director of the Africa Rise Foundation, where he is responsible for strategic decision-making. Solomon is currently completing the final year for his BSc Honours degree in Human Resources Management at Great Zimbabwe University. Alongside his studies, he is an active volunteer, a peer educator and counsellor, an advocate for human rights, and an alumnus of YALI RLC (Young African Leaders Initiative Regional Learning Centre South Africa). He is passionate about Sustainable Development Goals and the equality of humankind. In addition to the above-mentioned roles, Solomon Ndondo is an Independent Sales Dealer at Awesim Telecoms Private Limited. He is also a small-scale farmer and was a delegate to the Second African Youth SDGs Summit in Ghana Accra 2018.