The 2018 Class of Young Leaders

Our largest and most diverse class of Young Leaders to date! 300 changemakers who have dedicated their lives to advancing gender equality.

After much deliberation, Women Deliver has chosen the 2018 Class of Young Leaders! We have selected these Young Leaders — listed below — for their potential to have a lasting impact on the lives of girls and women. As a group, they have already driven tangible progress on a wide range of issues, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, LGBTQ+ rights, peace and security, water and sanitation, gender-based violence, education, maternal health, and political participation.

This was the program’s most competitive application process yet, with nearly 3,000 applications for 300 spots. It is also the largest and most diverse cohort to join the award-winning program: the group hails from 121 countries and collectively speaks 98 languages. The Young Leaders also include people from communities too often marginalized, including 66 people affected by humanitarian emergencies, 29 self-identified indigenous persons, and — for the first time — 18 adolescents.

“Young people are not just the leaders of tomorrow – they are leading today, not least when it comes to changing gender norms and breaking down barriers facing girls and women. The Women Deliver Young Leaders Program is here to amplify the voices of youth, maximize the impact, and support the incredible work these young advocates are already doing.”

Katja Iversen, President/CEO, Women Deliver

2018 Class of Young Leaders
  • Ramona Abdallah, Lebanon
  • Sandy Abdelmessih, Egypt
  • Saadat Abdullazada, Azerbaijan
  • Anoka Abeyrathne, Sri Lanka
  • Eslam Aboismail, Egypt
  • Adaoma*, Canada
  • OluTimehin Adegbeye, Nigeria
  • Mary Adeoye, Nigeria
  • Ishmael Adjei, Ghana
  • Alex Iván Aguirre Mairena, Nicaragua
  • Sahar Ahmed, Sudan
  • Sura Al Mahasis, Jordan
  • Alaa Al-Eryani, Yemen
  • Duha Ali, Sudan
  • Nora Almubarak, Saudi Arabia
  • Yasmin Al-Omary, Jordan
  • Mariel Annarose Nicole Alonzo, Philippines
  • Sondos Alqutati, Palestinian Territory
  • Noon Altijani Osman Abbakar, Sudan
  • Esenam Amuzu, Ghana
  • Kwasi John Amuzu, Ghana
  • Jennan Paige Andrew, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Carlo Angeles, Peru
  • Alejandra Arburola Cabrera, Costa Rica
  • Ivonne Lisbeth Arica Ruiz, Peru
  • Umair Asif, Pakistan
  • Wiem Askri, Tunisia
  • Cephas Ke-on Avoka, Ghana
  • Sherifa Awudu, Ghana
  • Nasim Gul Azizi, Afghanistan
  • Valin Azooz, Iraq
  • Suraiya Aktar Bably, Bangladesh
  • Fatmata Yarie Bangura, Sierra Leone
  • Sorie Bangura, Sierra Leone
  • Goodnessjorge Banthoud, Congo
  • Maram Barakat, Lebanon
  • Isabel Barbosa, Brazil
  • Isha Bassie, Sierra Leone
  • Karen-Andrea Bedoume Nkoume, Cameroon
  • Michelle Belfor, Suriname
  • Rim Ben Haj Yahia, Tunisia
  • Lilian Benjamin, Tanzania
  • Swarnima Bhattacharya, India
  • Tatiana  Biciuc, Moldova
  • Maribel Binuggon, Philippines
  • Madison Birtchnell, Australia
  • Caroline Biseko, Tanzania
  • Emma Blomdahl, Sweden
  • Arash Bordbar, Iran
  • Ismael Rachid Boro, Burkina Faso
  • Yasmine Bouguerche, Algeria
  • Jasmine Burton, United States
  • Victor Castellanos, Mexico
  • Gonzalo Castro, Panama
  • Vicente Cayuela, Chile
  • Adir Chan, Belize
  • Latoya Charles, Saint Lucia
  • Emily Chartrand-Hudson, Canada
  • Zeinab Cherri, Lebanon
  • Chipo*, Malawi
  • Chloe*, Australia
  • Eva Čivrná, Czech Republic
  • Kamal Clarke, Barbados
  • Edvan Cordoba Vega, Costa Rica
  • Aura Carolina Cuasapud Arteaga, Colombia
  • Carlos Ernesto Cuinica, Mozambique
  • Barbara Jessica Da Silva Paes, Brazil
  • Cecil Dadzie, Ghana
  • Serene Dardari, Syria
  • Mayene Deboub, Tunisia
  • Passang Dema, Bhutan
  • Zanda Desir, Saint Lucia
  • Smriti Dhingra, India
  • Fatoumanta Binta Diallo, Guinea
  • Mariam Diefallah, Egypt
  • Joshua Dilawar, Pakistan
  • Goitsemodimo Ditsele, Botswana
  • Nthabiseng Ditshweu, Botswana
  • Michalina Drejza, Poland
  • Muzna Dureid, Syria
  • Sara Eftekhar, Canada
  • Rozane El Masri, Lebanon
  • Aya Elbeshina, Libya
  • Mariam Emad, Iraq
  • Georges Stevens Enow Awah, Cameroon
  • Stephanie Ephraim, Vanuatu
  • Gracious Ernest, Nigeria
  • Paula Espinosa Valarezo, Ecuador
  • Ancoizaan Ferreira, South Africa
  • Ashley Foster-Estwick, Barbados
  • Taryn Frazier, United States
  • Vjosa Fusha, Kosovo
  • Victor Pinheiro Galvão, Brazil
  • Abigail Theano-Pudwill, Canada
  • Aby-Gail Garraway, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Prince Desmond Gaye, Liberia
  • Farahnaz Ghodsinia, Philippines
  • Asmita Ghosh, India
  • Charity Giyava, Zimbabwe
  • Dennis Glasgow, Guyana
  • Trace–Ann Gooden, Jamaica
  • Marinela Gremi, Albania
  • Nigora Gulomova, Uzbekistan
  • Parvina Gulyamova, Tajikistan
  • Ndumiso Gwala, South Africa
  • Paulema Garmai Gweama, Liberia
  • MD Ahsan Habib, Bangladesh
  • Marah Hanoon, Palestinian Territory
  • Maria Harker, Colombia
  • Christopher Harper, Jamaica
  • Ibrahim Hassanin, Egypt
  • Nabil Hendy, Egypt
  • Simon Herteleer, Belgium
  • Mashal Shoukat Ali, Pakistan
  • Ronja Holopainen, Finland
  • Shahzor Khaled  Hossain, Bangladesh
  • Adanvo Isaac Houngnigbe, Benin
  • Souzana Humsi, Syria
  • Bisharo Ali Hussein, Somalia
  • Thien Loc Huynh, Viet Nam
  • Megan Iha, Papua New Guinea
  • Muhammad Sarim Imran, Pakistan
  • Diana Ishaqat, Jordan
  • Jama Jack, Gambia
  • Navnita Jadhav, India
  • Dulitha Jayasekara, Sri Lanka
  • Marie Jeng, Gambia
  • Shareefa Jewan, Mauritius
  • Isatou Joof, Gambia
  • Elisha Joshi, Nepal
  • Tasneem Kakal, India
  • Dhivya Kanagasingam, Malaysia
  • Aisuluu Kangeldieva, Kyrgyzstan
  • Pooja Kapahi, India
  • Joseph Kasaija, Uganda
  • Serkan   Kasapoğlu, Turkey
  • Bersabeh Kassaye, Ethiopia
  • Immaculee Katounke, Togo
  • Naledi Katsande, Zimbabwe
  • Amos Katsekpor, Ghana
  • Laveza Khan, Canada
  • Angel Kharya, India
  • Ahmed Khedr, Egypt
  • Ruth Kilimo, Kenya
  • Marie Kitano, Japan
  • Aissata Segolene Kodio, Senegal
  • Aleksandra Kuljanin, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Peter Lasu David Laila, South Sudan
  • Ikram Laimeche, Algeria
  • Hoang Minh Son Le, Viet Nam
  • Orsolya Lehotai, Hungary
  • Baye Leinyuy Bongla, Cameroon
  • Nice Lengete, Kenya
  • Quirine Lengkeek, Netherlands
  • Elory Leonard, Indonesia
  • Helena Likaj, United States
  • Lina Baaziz, Algeria
  • Lina López, Colombia
  • Jimmy Joel Lopez Mendoza, Honduras
  • Stephanie Lum, Australia
  • Mulesa Lumina, Zambia
  • Ran Ma, China
  • Zanele Mabaso, South Africa
  • Joanne Machagah, Kenya
  • Nephety Mac-Okang, Ghana
  • Zorg Madi, Libya
  • Krishna Maheshwari, Pakistan
  • Karimeh Mahmoud, Syria
  • Ermek Mamaev, Kyrgyzstan
  • Hadeer Mamdouh, Egypt
  • Konare  Mame Fatou Touré, Senegal
  • Mariana Mancilla Mendoza, Mexico
  • Carly Manes, United States
  • Gelareh Beatrice Maneshi, Iran
  • Dorcas   Manortey, Ghana
  • Nyasha  Mantosi, Zimbabwe
  • Sommith Manylert, Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Élysse Marcellin, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Nefertiti Martin, United States
  • Poorvi Mehrotra, India
  • Aarushi Mehta, India
  • Nomtika Mjwana, South Africa
  • Beverly Moise Morais, Nicaragua
  • Khadijah Moore, Dominica
  • Aya Mouallem, Lebanon
  • Chenai Muchena, Zimbabwe
  • Ropafadzo Mujeyi, Zimbabwe
  • Gulzar Muratalyeva, Kyrgyzstan
  • Glenroy Murray, Jamaica
  • Kudzanai Marshal Mutomba, Zimbabwe
  • Natasha Mwansa, Zambia
  • Mymi*, Burundi
  • Jesmin Nahar, Bangladesh
  • Namra Nasir, Pakistan
  • Costase Ndayishimiye, Rwanda
  • Marieme Soda Ndiaye, Senegal
  • Sawsene Nejjar, Morocco
  • Thao Nguyen Thi, Viet Nam
  • Nicolás*, Venezuela
  • Pravin Nikam, India
  • Jyotir Nisha, Nepal
  • Christopher Nkambwe, Uganda
  • Arielle Nobime, Benin
  • Zar Ti New Nu Aung, Myanmar
  • Benoit Nyirinkwaya, Rwanda
  • Fafali Nyonator, Ghana
  • Barbara Nzigiye, Rwanda
  • Hope Jeremiah Offor, Nigeria
  • Ornella Ohoukoh, Togo
  • Ireoluwa Olubaji, Nigeria
  • Brian Omala, Kenya
  • Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi, Nigeria
  • Razan Othman, Sudan
  • Ammon Otieno, Kenya
  • Noel Ouaimane, Chad
  • Yasmine Ouirhrane, Italy
  • Aatika Patel, Fiji
  • Ashan Pushpakumara Perera, Sri Lanka
  • Lisandra Pérez Coto, Cuba
  • Ngan Le Kim Phan, Viet Nam
  • Elizabeth Pickup, Australia
  • Khadijah Pierre, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Maneth Pol, Cambodia
  • Reem Qais, Israel
  • Kimberly Quach, Canada
  • Jamie Quam, United States
  • Mashiyat Rahman, Bangladesh
  • Md Ashrafur Rahman, Bangladesh
  • Or Ram, Israel
  • Lethabo Ramskin, South Africa
  • Brenda Randrianarisoa, Madagascar
  • Felix Richard Manyogote, Tanzania
  • Ali Rizvi, Pakistan
  • Jima Rose, India
  • Meleance Rose-Laure, Haiti
  • Titik Rusmiati, Indonesia
  • Mahmoud Salah, Egypt
  • Marieme Sall, Senegal
  • Ralph Ivan Samson, Philippines
  • Lara Santos, Brazil
  • Nura Sapkota, Nepal
  • Leakhena Saroeurn, Cambodia
  • Musu Bakoto Sawo, Gambia
  • Samat Sayakov, Kazakhstan
  • Sujitha  Selvarajah, United Kingdom
  • Adja Maty Sembene, Senegal
  • Shristi Shakya, Nepal
  • Priyesh Sharad, India
  • Krishna Sharma, Nepal
  • Shakera Sharpe, Jamaica
  • Shasa*, Singapore
  • Shucheesmita Simonti, Bangladesh
  • Kimberly Sithebe, Swaziland
  • Celia Sitoe, Mozambique
  • Peace Smith, Germany
  • Kobe Smith, Guyana
  • Bhongolwethu Sonti, South Africa
  • Aurelia Naa Adjeley Sowah-Mensah, Ghana
  • Maja Staśko, Poland
  • Vivienne Steele, Canada
  • Anamaria Suciu, Romania
  • Lin Sun, China
  • Mohamed Sylla, Mali
  • Marriane Enow  Tabi, Cameroon
  • Wai Yi Tan, Malaysia
  • Samasti Tandukar, Nepal
  • Archlove Takunda Tanyanyiwa, Zimbabwe
  • Josmar Tello, Venezuela
  • Jesca Temu, Tanzania
  • Keilla Priscilla Terán Martinez, Mexico
  • Kavindya Thennakoon, Sri Lanka
  • Sanne Thijssen, Netherlands
  • Nthati Thokoa, Lesotho
  • Deneka Thomas, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Amit Timilsina, Nepal
  • Mina Tolu, Malta
  • Yana Tovpeko, Ukraine
  • Paula Melisa Trad Malmod, Argentina
  • Nino Ugrekhelidze, Georgia
  • Uwaghosasere Umweni, Nigeria
  • Špela Urbanc, Slovenia
  • Vytaute Vailionyte, Lithuania
  • Vihaan*, India
  • Aleksandra Voskresenskaya, Russian Federation
  • Kaitlynd Ward, United States
  • Sumaira Waseem, Pakistan
  • Faqueeda Watson, Guyana
  • Madeline Wells, Australia
  • Aryan Yaba, Iraq
  • Xiaochong Yuan, China
  • Enow Arrey Yvette Patience, Cameroon
  • Lena Yasmine Zague Some, Burkina Faso
  • Rana Zakarneh, Palestinian Territory
  • Nermeen Zaki, Egypt
  • Anna Zam, New Zealand
  • Maria Camila Zapata Cardozo, Colombia
  • Roohafza Zarabi, Afghanistan
  • Sarah Zein, Syria
  • Alice Zhang, Australia
  • Li'Tsoanelo Zwane, South Africa

*Some names have been replaced due to safety, privacy, or other concerns. 
Full bios to come — please stay tuned

Similar to past years, the 2018 class of Young Leaders will receive training and resources to extend their influence and actively shape programs and policies that affect the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls, women and young people. This support includes training through Women Deliver’s Digital University courses, opportunities to speak on national and global stages through the Women Deliver Speakers Bureau, opportunities to apply for advocacy project grants, and a scholarship to the Women Deliver 2019 Conference taking place in Vancouver, Canada in June 2019.

“This program is all about authentically engaging young people—and that means ensuring they are present in the halls of power and have seats at the decision-making table. We are committed to continuing to push the boundaries of what prioritizing youth looks like in the health and development community and beyond.”

Lori Adelman, Director of Youth Engagement 

Since 2010, Women Deliver’s Young Leaders Program has trained, supported, and elevated 400 youth advocates who are tackling the greatest challenges facing girls, women, and young people in their communities. In just the past 2 years Women Deliver Young Leaders: 

  • have been appointed to 10 influential commissions and boards
  • had 335 meetings with decision-makers
  • and made more than 180 media appearances

and this is only the beginning... 

Congratulations 2018 Class of Young Leaders! We are so excited to see what you will accomplish.

Learn more at womendeliver.org/youth and follow @YouthDeliver for updates.

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