Young Leader Alumni – Women Deliver

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Since the founding of the Young Leaders Program in 2010, there are now over 700 Young Leader Alumni who have completed the Program. These Alumni now hold leadership roles in global advocacy organizations, governments, multilateral organizations, and civil society. Women Deliver continues to serve as a platform for Alumni as they advance their advocacy by amplifying their work, creating platforms for collective action, and empowering their leadership within the gender equality field and within Women Deliver.

Board of Directors

Consistent with our approach to meaningful youth engagement and co-leadership, we believe young people should hold key leadership roles within our own organization to ensure our work is responsive to the needs of young people and advances their advocacy. Women Deliver is thrilled to have three Young Leader Alumni serve on our Board of Directors, providing strategic oversight and governance to the organization: 

Alumni Committee

Young Leader Alumni also serve as strategic advisors in the design and implementation of the Young Leaders Program through the Alumni Committee. The Alumni Committee, comprised of 14 Alumni from a diversity of regions and identities, both leads and provides critical insights on key Young Leaders Program initiatives, such as the creation of a new Digital University module on digital rights and participatory reviews of Young Leaders’ Small Grants applications.

The members of the 2021 – 2023 Alumni Committee are: 

Alejandra (Ale) Arburola Cabrera
(Costa Rica, Class of 2018)

Archlove Takunda Tanyanyiwa
(Zimbabwe, Class of 2018)

Chenai Muchena
(Denmark, Class of 2018)

Chukwudera Bridget Okeke
(Nigeria, Class of 2013)

Diego Leonardo Mora Bello
(Colombia, Class of 2013)

Enow Awah Georges Stevens
(Cameroon, Class of 2018)

Ephraim Kisangala
(Uganda, Class of 2016)

Jyotir Nisha
(Nepal, Class of 2018)

Mark Wanjohi Gachagua
(Kenya, Class of 2016)

Megan Iha
(Papua New Guinea, Class of  2018)

Naledi Katsande
(Zimbabwe, Class of 2018)

Prince Desmond Gaye
(Liberia, Class of 2018)

Wiem (Weema) Askri
(Tunisia, Class of 2018)

Expert Advocates

Young Leader Alumni also share their knowledge and expertise as partners, co-contributors, and key informants in Women Deliver’s research and policy and advocacy initiatives, such as “The Impact of COVID-19 on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Youth-led Perspectives and Solutions for a Gender-Equal World.”  

Advocacy Mentors

As accomplished advocates with deep professional and lived experience, Young Leader Alumni serve as mentors to Young Leaders. For example, Alumni Facilitators lead small groups of Young Leaders in discussion as Young Leaders complete Digital University, Women Deliver’s online coursework that serves as a foundation of knowledge within the Young Leaders Program. Alumni also mentor Young Leaders at the regional level through the Alumni-led Young Leader and Alumni Network, which convenes those working on the same advocacy issues, such as adolescent health or climate justice, to share knowledge and collaborate. 


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