Member, Youth Leadership Council (United States)
Interested in the intersection of political science and cultural anthropology, Katie focuses on youth engagement and gender diversity in the realms of international development and security. As the Senior Operations and Programs Officer for Accountability Lab, Katie oversees the implementation of youth programs and advocacy at the global level as well as supporting the operational management of the Lab’s translocal network across sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and North America. Concurrently, Katie is the lead organizer for the Open Gov Youth Collective, an international group of youth activists who highlight youth voices, priorities, and experiences in order to influence the global open government movement. Katie previously facilitated the participation of international security leaders and experts from democracies around the world at the 2018 Halifax International Security Forum. Before the Forum, Katie 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, studying government and cultural anthropology and playing Division I soccer and rugby.
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 (Nepal)
Saru Khadka is an advocate for women’s empowerment with a focus on mental health issues. Through the power of storytelling and by designing workshops and programs, she promotes a gender-just society with the hope of improving the conditions of marginalized communities. Saru is the Secretary of Girls Empowered by Travel – Nepal (GET), a nongovernmental organization where she provides leadership, psychosocial, and capacity strengthening support to young girls from underprivileged backgrounds, including rural communities, to help them achieve their goals and bring about change. Saru also contributes to Kathanthar, an organization that hosts living library events, as a storyteller, bringing to light untold stories and giving people a platform to share their unexpressed thoughts. She is studying social work and psychology and is eager to change patriarchal thinking by initiating change.
Influencing and Network Engagement Youth Fellow; Chair, Youth Leadership Council (Zimbabwe)
Solomon Ndondo is a part-time Influencing and Network Engagement Youth Fellow at Global Fund for Children and the Chair of GFC's Youth Leadership Council. He is a 28-year-old children’s rights activist and human rights defender from Zimbabwe and the Founder and Executive Director of the Africa Rise Foundation, where he is responsible for strategic decisions. Solomon is a Canon Collins Trust and Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) scholar, an advisory board member for the African Network for Youth and Adolescent Development, and a member of Amnesty International South Africa. He is also a former Co-Chair of the Capacity Building Committee for Youth Against Slavery Movement's Youth Advisory Board and an alumnus of the Young African Leaders Initiative Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa. Solomon holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in human resources management from Great Zimbabwe University and is currently studying a Master of Philosophy degree in development studies at University of Cape Town.