The Changemaker Awards are a set of awards that recognise the exceptional efforts of inspiring leaders, and innovative initiatives and partnerships within the humanitarian industry. They provide merit to those who have provided smart solutions for global challenges. Since 2017, the awards are given annually by the World Humanitarian Advisory Board. The third award ceremony in April 2019 was held at the launch of the World Humanitarian Forum in London. Going forward, the distinguished awards will now be hosted at the inaugural high-level conference.

We are delighted to announce the launch of Youth Changemaker Award

World Humanitarian Forum is pleased to announce the inaugural Youth Changemaker Award to be hosted at the high-level 2020 Forum. The award recognises the exceptional efforts of inspiring 'under 30's' across the Humanitarian Aid and Development sectors.

Youth Changemaker Award Nominees



Ayush Chopra

Ayush Chopra is a Youth Ambassador for Ariel Foundation International and its’ representative for children at the United Nations.

Ayush is the Founder of SDGs For Children, has been recognised with The Diana Award, is an Indian Ambassador for the TeachSDGs project, is the author of “Shaping A Fairer World with SDGs and Human Rights” and also has his own podcast titled ‘Shaping A Fairer World’. 

Ayush has been recognised with The Diana Award, the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts. He was acknowledged as one of the “Most Influential Young Changemakers” around the world. 

Ayush is the author of “Shaping A Fairer World with SDGs and Human Rights”. The book is the culmination of his experiences, initiatives and intense involvement in social transformation. The book graphically disseminates information about SDGs and Human Rights with engaging design and artwork. The book is now being used as daily reference guide for teaching United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in many classrooms across various countries.





Ghida Ibrahim

Ghida Ibrahim built the platform Rafiqi, which leverages artificial intelligence to connect refugees with life opportunities.

Rafiqi has been recognized by TechCrunch as one of the most innovative new projects using tech to help refugees, and was a finalist of many awards including Techfugees Global Challenges competition and the Tech for Good UK awards.

Over the past 2 years, she has delivered pro-bono workshops and lightning talks on data science and machine learning to and provided consultancy around analytics and AI to five global NGOs, in the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, the Middle East and India.

Ghida also prepared and delivered the first Massive Open Online Course on data science in Arabic for a collaboration between Facebook for Developers and Edraak, which attracted 12,000 learners. She is an appointed member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Councils and Expert Network, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and vice-curator of the Oxford hub.

She holds a PhD and Masters in ICT Engineering from Institut Polytechnique de Paris in France.




Mursal Hedayat

Mursal is co-founder and Chief Executive at Chatterbox, a digital platform harnessing the untapped talent of refugees and other marginalised professionals in online language education.

Chatterbox’s AI-powered learning platform matches professionals and enterprises in need of language training with refugees able to teach them. She is also a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, recognised by Forbes, MIT, and the FT among others as a rising star in tech.

Mursal was inspired to create pathways into professional careers for displaced professionals after observing first-hand their vast untapped potential as a former refugee herself.

You can connect with Mursal on LinkedInInstagram and Twitter.








Thun Jayson Thong 

2020 marks Jayson’s sixth year as a Changemaker with Ariel Foundation International where he currently serves as the Youth Representative at the United Nations.

During this time, Jayson has published articles with topics ranging from healthcare transparency to climate change innovation & mitigation, which have been published by the United Nations, universities and other NGOs.

Jayson also works as Deputy Director of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia’s International Relation’s Department and with the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism’s Department of International Cooperation and ASEAN.

Jayson recently completed a Postgraduate degree in International Studies and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.






Hannah Rose Thomas

Hannah Rose Thomas is an English artist and Durham University Arabic and History graduate with an MA from the Prince’s School of Traditional Art in London. Hannah was selected for the Forbes 30 Under 30 2019 in recognition of her work using art to empower the voices of survivors of conflict and sexual-violence to be heard.

Hannah's paintings of displaced women testify to their strength and dignity. She's organised trauma-healing art projects with Syrian refugees in Jordan, Yezidi women who escaped ISIS, Rohingya children in Bangladeshi refugee camps and survivors of Boko Haram and Fulani sexual violence in Northern Nigeria.

Hannah’s intimate portraits seek to humanise the individuals forced to flee their homes, whose personal stories are otherwise shrouded by statistics. Her paintings have been shown at Lambeth Palace, the Saatchi Gallery, the UK Houses of Parliament, the European Parliament, the Scottish Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

Three of Hannah’s paintings of Yezidi women were chosen by HRH The Prince of Wales for his exhibition Prince & Patron in Buckingham Palace in 2018.







Eddie Ndopu

Eddie Ndopu is an award winning, internationally acclaimed activist and humanitarian. Diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at age two and given only five years to live, he has gone on to become a beacon of hope and possibility for people with disabilities around the world.

An ambassador for the charity Humanity & Inclusion and one of the UN Secretary-General's SDG Advocates, Eddie is determined to push for concerted action around disability justice and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development under the rallying cry to leave no one behind.

Eddie is joining forces with the United Nations on a ground-breaking campaign to address the UN General Assembly from the edge of the planet. This will make him the first physically disabled person to travel into space.

Photo: ©Neil Thomas/HI 





Aya Chebbi

Aya Chebbi is an award-winning Pan-African feminist, the first ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet. 

She recently received the 2019 Gates Foundation Campaign Award and is the founder of multiple platforms such as Afrika Youth Movement (AYM), one of Africa’s largest Pan-African youth-led movements, Afresist, a youth leadership program and multimedia platform documenting youth work in Africa, and Youth Programme of Holistic Empowerment Mentoring (Y-PHEM).

She served on the Board of Directors of CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation, was a councillor at the World Refugee Council and was the youngest commissioner at Oxfam Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct. 

She has received multiple awards including 2018 Young Talent of the year by UNLEASH Festival, 2017 Pan-African Humanitarian Award by PAHA awards and 2016 Inspirational Woman of the Year by Women4Africa Awards.



The recipients 2019 Forum were H.E.María Luisa Navarro - Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs and Cooperation, Cherie Blair CBE - Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation, and H.E. Emine Erdogan - First Lady of the Republic of Turkey. I am extremely proud of their incredible, selfless commitment to improve the lives of millions of men, women and children globally.
Feraye Ozfescioglu
CEO, World Humanitarian Forum





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