6 young leaders who are improving the state of the world on International Youth Day

World Economic Forum 2018 Global Shapers

(World Economic Forum, 2018)

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.

Author: Joe Myers, Formative Content

Across the world, young people are shaping the future in healthcare, education, technology, food security and more. Their ideas are transforming communities and society.

To celebrate International Youth Day, here’s a look at the achievements of six inspirational young leaders who are improving the state of the world as part of our Global Shapers Community.

Basima Abdulrahman

Basima is an Iraqi structural engineer who is passionate about the environment. She founded Kesk, one of Iraq’s first sustainable architecture consultancies, to build greener buildings in her homeland.

Her consultancy helps other businesses to make their buildings more sustainable through retrofitting. No easy task in a country where security and the economy are top priorities and there is a lack of awareness of sustainable design and architecture.

But this hasn’t deterred Basima, who has big ambitions for the future: she wants to build her first green building within a couple of years and an entire green city in the northern region of Erbil in the next decade.

Image: Kesk

Kwiri Yang

Kwiri is the founder and CEO of LifeGyde. The online platform is a space for young people to seek advice, guidance and support. She has an impressive track record of supporting not only individuals, but also small- and medium-sized businesses.

Her first venture helped immigrant owners of small businesses in California and she went on to found four more companies that helped local communities. When she developed anxiety and depression Kwiri realized how many people, like her, were struggling with their mental health – and LifeGyde was born.

As well as fighting stigma around mental health, LifeGyde also provides access to preventative information and advice.

Kwiri Yang, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Socha Connect, USA speaks during the Bridges vs Borders: The Migration Dilemma Session at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 26, 2018. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Valeriano Di Domenico

Image: World Economic Forum/Valeriano Di Domenico

Abi Ramanan

Abi is the co-founder and CEO of ImpactVision, a software platform that uses machine learning to reduce food waste. She is also a co-chair at the World Economic Forum’s upcoming Annual Meeting of the New Champions.

ImpactVision’s technology uses hyperspectral imaging – a combination of digital imaging and spectroscopy – to take a picture of food and analyze its nutritional value and freshness.

The non-invasive system aims to reduce waste while also improving food safety and consistency. As technology advances, the sensors it uses are reducing in size and price, and could soon be integrated into everyday devices. A hyperspectral camera – and a better understanding of the food you’re eating – could be coming to a smartphone near you.

Image: LinkedIn

Doreen Kessy

Doreen is COO of Ubongo, a multi-media educational platform in Africa. Using the power of entertainment and mass media, the company provides educational material at low cost and high volume and scale.

Some 6.4 million households in 31 countries currently watch, listen and learn from Ubongo’s cartoons each week, with improved outcomes in maths and school readiness. In addition, the cartoons have also been shown to have a positive impact on the behaviour of caregivers.

In Akili and Me, children aged three to six join Akili in Lala Land, where they learn English, drawing, numbers and letters.

Doreen Kessy, Chief Operations Officer, Ubongo, Tanzania at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017 in Durban, South Africa. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Jakob Polacsek

Image: World Economic Forum

Nafez Dakkak

Nafez is CEO of the London office of the Queen Rania Foundation. Started in 2013 by Queen Rania of Jordan, the foundation aims to be the leading educational resource in Jordan and the rest of the Arab world, and to facilitate the development of new ideas and initiatives.

In his previous job, Nafez was the CEO of Edraak.org, which was the first non-profit Arabic massive open online course (MOOC).

The platform reaches more than 1.5 million Arabic-speakers, including disadvantaged youth across the Middle East. It offers original Arabic courses and access to Arabic language versions of courses taught by online educational platforms such as HarvardX and MITX.

Image: Queen Rania Foundation

Oana Toiu

Oana, a former state secretary in Romania’s Ministry of Labour, applies her passion for social innovation to search for solutions to some of the world’s big problems.

She’s the founder and general manager of Social Innovation Solutions, which offers training and consultancy in social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Before that, she led the team that set up Mesteshukar BuitQ, a social enterprise focused on traditional Roma crafts and skills. The organization promotes not only cultural heritage and ancient knowledge of Roma people, but also aims to tackle prejudice and discrimination.

She’s also on the Board of Directors of The Entrepreneurship Academy, where students work in teams, learning about business by running real businesses under the guidance of a “team coach”.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Featured Stings

Quicker freezing and confiscation of criminal assets in the EU

Do you dare to go to China?

Greece’s future solely in the hands of Tsipras; he can direct the poor country any way he likes

20th EU-China Summit in Beijing, 16/07/2018

Do the giant banks ‘tell’ Britain to choose a good soft Brexit and ‘remain’ or else…?

China is sending science students to live with rural farmers – and crop yields are skyrocketing

More ‘political commitment’ needed urgently for HIV prevention: UNAIDS chief

Greece bailout programme: Full agreement after marathon negotiations on debt relief between IMF and Eurozone

State aid: Commission finds Luxembourg gave illegal tax benefits to Engie; has to recover around €120 million

Parliament: Last compromise on bank single resolution mechanism

UN chief welcomes agreement by rival leaders in South Sudan, as a step towards ‘inclusive and implementable’ peace

Egypt urged to free prominent couple jailed arbitrarily since last June: UN rights office

Towards the Rise of the United States of the Atlantic?

VW emissions scandal: While U.S. car owners are vindicated, Europe still unable to change its laws and protect its consumers

What do Europeans believe about the crisis and the possible way out?

Conflict and climate change challenge sustainable development effort: UN report

Parliaments can be pillars of democracy and defenders of human rights, says UN chief on International Day

Have central banks missed the exit train?

Germany openly seeks more advantages for its banks

GSMA Mobile 360: Connecting Cities, Connecting Lives, Connecting Europe

MEPs call on EU countries to end precarious employment practices

The EU learns about fishing and banking from tiny Iceland

Facebook/Cambridge Analytica: MEPs pursue personal data breaches probe

The Eurogroup offered a cold reception to IMF’s director for Europe

Infinite Oath

EU-Russia relations: the beginning of a warmer winter?

Innovation for a smarter world: ITU Telecom World 2018

UNICEF appeals for end to ‘war on children’ in Syria and Yemen

A ship with containers at the port of Rotterdam. (Copyright: European Union. Source: EC - Audiovisual Service. Photo: Robert Meerding)

US follows the EU in impeding China market economy status in WTO

The new North America trade deal USMCA punishes German cars

Draghi hands over to banks €77.7 billion more

Treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons marks first anniversary, but still lacks sufficient numbers to become law

EU’s Bank signs € 150 million loan to India as part of record investment in clean energy

Medical Doctors in Industry 4.0: pure science fiction

Two major EU projects falter; the Schengen Agreement now freezes and Eurozone fails to resolve the Greek enigma

Why do medical students need to emigrate to become doctors in 2017?

Back to school: Schoolchildren to receive milk, fruits and vegetables at school thanks to EU programme

South Eurozone urgently needs fairer distribution of taxation burden

Draghi’s top new year resolution: Quantitative Easing

Samsung’s profits fall as cheaper smartphones gain market share

5 ways to go green in your own kitchen

The Syrian knot cannot be cut without devastating consequences

European Employment Forum 2013 and not European Unemployment Forum 2014

ILO: Progress on gender equality at work remains inadequate

Parliament sets conditions on EU-China investment deal

The Americans are preparing for the next financial crisis

Foreign direct investments the success secrete of Eurozone

Girls groomed for suicide missions fight back against the extremists of Lake Chad

The 28 EU leaders unable to start a relevant debate on migration and Brexit

5 ways to fast-track the transition to a carbon neutral world

YO!Fest back in Strasbourg for the 2nd edition of the European Youth Event – 20-21 May 2016

Consumers suffer three defeats

Syria: UN Humanitarian Coordinator calls for unimpeded access from within the country

End of plastic water bottles at European Parliament

Why banks escape from competition rules but not pharmaceutical firms

Eurozone economy desperately needs internally driven growth

Can We(esterners) ever understand (the) Chinese

“Decisions taken in the coming weeks will shape Europe’s experience of the internet”, Joe Mcnamee from EDRi says live from European Business Summit 2015

The true EU unemployment rate may have soared to 21.9%

OECD sees global growth moderating as uncertainties intensify

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s