WHF Youth Council is designed to provide strategic guidance on youth engagement to the World Humanitarian Forum. The Youth Council helps to ensure that this initiative remains true to its mission. The Youth Council will play a special role in reaching out to youth communities and make sure the right selection is made and provide strategic direction for the concept’s development and implementation.

WHF Youth Council Members

Safoora Biglari  

Safoora Biglari  

Director, Community, One Young World

Safoora leads the Community at One Young World, the global forum for young leaders. She is responsible for maintaining engagement with OYW's key stakeholders and its community of over 12,000 leaders [referred to as Ambassadors] who are affecting positive change across every sector in every country, as well as creating and connecting them with growth opportunities, designing bespoke programmes and delivering events.  Ambassador-led initiatives have impacted over 26 million people to date.

 

Siddharth Satish  

Siddharth Satish  

Youth Ambassador, Ariel Foundation International

Siddharth Satish, 16 years old is the Ariel Foundation International Youth Ambassador and representative for the United Nations. 

He is also the founder of two non-profit initiatives and a student led podcast.
Throughout all of his initiatives you will see his passion and dedication towards UN sustainable development goals. Siddharth is an ardent supporter of education and equity in access to education, and this belief is what influenced his entrepreneurial endeavours.

His fiscally sponsored non-profit organization, “Rememoirs” is helping
redefine healthcare by caring for the elderly with Alzheimer’s and dementia and by increasing education about the same. So far this group
has 54 chapters world wide, with 700+ members and has impacted 10,000
people.

His second non profit initiative is the Politics, Economics and
Philosophy (PEP) magazine. As a pioneer of equity in education he felt that he had the responsibility to increase awareness of political, economic and philosophical concepts amongst youth, so he began this magazine. The magazine is not gender normative which serves to boost female and gender fluid representation in the field; and  the images are racially diverse – which means that more and more children of colour can see themselves in the magazine. Over 100,000 people have read his magazine and he has over 600 people working with him.

Lastly, he has his own podcast. Siddharth created this podcast to spark
conversation on various political and non-political issues within his community, to promote cross-cultural communication and has interviewed people on a host of interesting topics. He has spoken to multiple activists and has over 1,000 listeners from over 5 countries.

No matter where he is or what he is doing, Siddharth tries to make a positive and lasting impact on his community. When he is not working he
can be found spending time with his family, facetiming his grandparents and cousins in India or sipping on boba tea at a park.

Joseph Watson

Joseph Watson

Chair of the EY Foundation Youth Advisory Board

Trustee at the EY Foundation. Economics student at the University of Leeds. CEO of GetMyUni Ltd. Entrepreneur in the Education Technology sector. Senior manager at the Leeds University Trade and Investment Society. Mensa member. 

 

Vivian Onano

Vivian Onano

Founder and Director, Leading Light Initiative

Vivian Onano is a social entrepreneur and seasoned humanitarian who is recognized as an emerging woman leader with the courage to lead change on the African continent. She has a strong commitment to education, women economic empowerment and leadership. Vivian has a deep interest in re-defining Africa’s growth and development and creating an inclusive world where women and youth can play an important role. Vivian is a graduate of both Carthage College & Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, and a strategic development consultant on education, youth empowerment & employment, and women economic empowerment.

She is the Founder/Director at Leading Light Initiative and Youth Advisor at Global Education Monitoring Report, UNESCO. She strongly believes in the power of business and philanthropy to work together to attain sustainable development.

 

Sophie Daud

Sophie Daud

CEO, Future Leaders Network
 

Sophie Daud is an award-winning public servant, who is passionate about youth empowerment and leadership development. She began her career in the U.K. Government, where she combined her scientific training with problem solving skills to tackle some of the country's most challenging social policy issues, ranging from long-term unemployment to child poverty. In 2016, she was selected to represent the United Kingdom at the Y7, the official youth engagement group for the G7 Heads of State summit in Tokyo, Japan. Since then, Sophie has campaigned tirelessly to support youth participation in international decision making, and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Future Leaders Network in January 2019. Sophie was recently announced as a “Rising Star in the Public Sector”, awarded by WeAreTheCity in 2019.

Mete Coban MBE

Mete Coban MBE

Founder and Chief Executive, My Life My Say 

As the Founder and Chief Executive of My Life My Say, Mete is best known for founding the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Better Brexit for Young People and for contributing to the increase of turnout for young people at the 2017 and 2019 UK General Elections.

The youngest ever elected Councillor in the London borough of Hackney at the age of 21, he is also Chair of the Skills, Economy & Growth Commission. Previously, he worked on the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s election campaign, leading on youth engagement.

In the New Years 2020 honours list, Mete received an MBE for services to young people recognising his efforts to make politics more accessible for the younger generation. He also received the UK Government’s National Democracy Change-Maker of the Year Award in 2018. Mete has been shortlisted for One Young World Politician of the Year 2019, which celebrates the most impressive, impactful, young politicians around the world.


 

Arash Bordbar

Arash Bordbar

Coordinator, UNHCR GYAC
 

Arash Bordbar is a former refugee originally from Shiraz, Iran. He is a global Human Rights and Refugee Rights advocate. He is the Chair of Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) and also founding member and Global Co-ordinator of the UNHCR Global Youth Advisory Council. he is also currently working with the Community Migrant Resource Centre based in Australia. He holds a degree of Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons)/ Humanitarian Engineering.

He was awarded the Young People’s Human Rights Medal in 2016 for his advocacy on human rights in Australia and the Asia Pacific, chosen to be an Australian Ambassador since 2018 for Australia Day. He has been selected as a Peace Ambassador for One Young World and has been featured in many international forum on issues related to young people and human rights.

Kehkashan Basu

Kehkashan Basu

Founder-President of Green Hope Foundation | UN Human Rights Champion | Int'l Children's Peace Prize Winner

Iconic youth leader, global influencer, environmentalist, champion of children’s rights, TEDx speaker, Climate Reality Mentor, author, musician, peace and sustainability campaigner and a passionate advocate of women’s rights.

 Kehkashan Basu is a trail blazer who has been challenging the status quo and breaking social strictures and taboos which impede the progress and rights of future generations. Winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize and the first-ever Voices Youth Gorbachev-Shulz Legacy Award for her work on nuclear disarmament, Kehkashan is a tireless advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

She is a United Nations Human Rights Champion, One Young World Ambassador, National Geographic Young Explorer and the youngest ever Global Coordinator for the UN Environment Program’s Major Group for Children & Youth. In 2018 she was named one of Canada's Top25 Women of Influence. Kehkashan is the Founder President of the social innovation enterprise Green Hope Foundation, which provides young people in 16 countries a networking platform to engage in the sustainable development process.

Her internationally acclaimed work on sustainability has resulted in her being named one of the Top 100 SDG Leaders in the world. She is the youngest member of Canada’s Women in Renewable Energy forum and the Council Lead at Toronto-St.Paul’s Constituency Youth Council, Canada. Kehkashan is a 2020 L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Honouree, and the recipient of the 2019 Innovator of the Year Award for Sustainability Education, the John Muir Conservation Award for Habitat Restoration, the Energy Globe Award, the Turner Prize for Social Change and the Women Super Achiever Award. A powerful voice for future generations, she has spoken at over 200 United Nations and other global fora across 25 countries.


 

Apefa Adjivon

Apefa Adjivon

Youth Advisory Group Member, Canadian Commission, UNESCO 

Apefa is a student & advocate.
She has advocated for children's and women's rights through Plan International and Because I am A Girl and was selected to represent Canada as a Youth Delegate to the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, working on sustainable development goal #5: Gender Equality.

Apefa has been recognized one of Canada's top 150 most inspiring Canadians by CBC, one of the top 22 Under 22 most inspiring collegiate women by Her Campus, a top 30 Under 30 Sustainability leader by the Corporate Knights, a young leader building peace by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, a Youth of UNESCO, and a top youth social innovator by the United Nations, the British High Commissioner to Canada, and the British Council. 

 

Kenneth Kwok

Kenneth Kwok

Founder and CEO, Global Citizen Capital

Achieving systemic equity for all humanity requires collective action in impact, innovation and inclusion. To facilitate this, Kenneth has spent his career accumulating a hybrid for-profit and non-profit spectrum of experiences, from investment banking, family office and impact investment, to entrepreneurship, philanthropy and advocacy. He is the Founder and CEO of Global Citizen Capital, an impact-oriented multi-family office venture based out of Hong Kong focused on healthcare, technology, renewables and education. Kenneth is also a serial entrepreneur, co-founding the MXA Group and Family Mask (for-profit), and Better Together Foundation, Asia World Anti-Aging and Well-Being Association, and KIDsforSDGs (non-profit). He is passionate about social impact work through BTF, which supports minority communities and youth entrepreneurship related initiatives across Asia, and about health and well-being through AWAWA. He is deeply passionate about the United Nations and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and is a United Nations Global Compact member, a UNDP Accelerator Labs mentor, a World Economic Forum member in Global Innovators and UpLink communities, a Global Advisory Council member of InterPride and a UPenn Class Board Member. He has a cum laude dual degree from University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton School of Business, and speaks fluent English, Mandarin, Cantonese and conversational French. #GenerationEquality

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Observing members

Jodie McNally

Jodie McNally

Head of Young People Services, EY Foundation

Jodie has worked predominantly in the third sector for the past 17 years, supporting young people from a broad range of backgrounds with their transition into employment. She is passionate about developing the employability skills of young people with a particular focus on employer led/supported initiatives. Jodie is Head of Young People’s Services at EY Foundation overseeing all delivery across the young people and social entrepreneurship portfolio.

Dr Ariel Rosita King

Dr Ariel Rosita King

Founder, the Ariel Foundation International 

Dr. Ariella (Ariel)  Rosita King founded The Ariel Foundation International (http://www.ArielFoundation.org) in 2002 as a non-profit organization with an international focus on children and youth Leadership and Participation worldwide.   The Ariel Foundation Chair is H.E. Ambassador Joseph Huggins (USA) and Vice Chaired by H.E. Ambassador Molelekeng E. Rapolaki (Kingdom of Lesotho).  
 
Dr. Ariel King is the Main Representative for AFI with Special ECOSOC status,  Economic, Cultural and Social Council at the United Nations in Geneva, New York and Vienna. She has also represented other NGOs in Geneva since 2008, the United Nations in Vienna (UNOV) since 2010 and United Nations in New York since 2000.  Dr. King’s life focus is on inspiring leadership and participation of worlds’ children and youth. Ariel Foundation International is a member of EuroChild, Dr. King is a Board member for African Orphans Educational Funds (AOEF). She was a Trustee for Children’s Rights Alliance England (CRAE) and the Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI) with work in India, Bangladesh, and United Kingdom.

 

Dr is the Founder, and President Ariel Consulting International, Inc. (http://www.ArielConsult.com) founded in 2000, a company that creates and enhances Public-Private Partnerships in international health, policy, and management with focus on developing countries. She. King has over 35 years of experience in international public health policy and international management in government, business and NGOs and international health.   As a Professor in International Health, Management, Policy and Environment she has taught at Universities in the USA, Europe and Africa. Dr. King has published on the topics of Kangaroo Newborn Baby Care, International Health Policy and Management, Medical Ethics, Organ Transplantation, National Essential Drugs Policy, HIV/AIDS; Breast Cancer; Violence Against Women; Youth Participation at the United Nations and Children’s Human Rights. 


Dr. King is a world expert on HIV/AIDS and has worked in the field since 1983. She was chosen to be on the Expert AIDS Prevention working Group with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (USA) and Human Science Research Council (South Africa). Dr. King was a part of SAHARA: Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research as the Chair of the Continental Advisory Board, and worked on forging public private partnerships, including a MOI between University of Bayreuth (Germany) and SAHARA.  She was on the Friends of Madagascar Advisory Council (FOMAC) led by the late Ambassador Jocelyn Radifera of Madagascar to the USA. Dr. King's focus is on International Public-Private Partnerships in Development that has its foundation of 35 years of living and working in 14 countries and traveling to over 70 countries.
 
She has served as a representative for the International Council of Women (Paris) at various UN meetings and has served on the board of directors of the National Black Women's Health Project (Atlanta, USA), Positive Art: Women and Children with HIV/AIDS (South Africa), The Life Foundation: AIDS Foundation of Hawaii (Honolulu, Hawaii) , The Black Alliance for AIDS Prevention, the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Care, Inc., and the Ronald McDonald House. Dr. King is a Founding and Board member of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), member of the Women's Foreign Policy Group (WFPG), and has been an active member of Rotary for twenty years as a Group Study Exchange member to Madagascar, An Ambassadorial Scholarship Recipient for South Africa (and UK) and Member for various Rotary Clubs around the world.
 
Dr. King has two doctorates. She recently (December 2018) completed a second research degree (PhD) in Sociology on Community Engagement in the Psychosocial Care of Their Traumatised Children – A Case Study of Botswana, Liberia and Morocco at the Unitersité de Franche-Comte, France. She also has completed advance certificates in the study of Children’s Human Rights, from the UER Droits de l'enfant/Children's Rights Unit, Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch (IUKB) in Switzerland. Dr. King holds a Diploma Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H); Doctorate (PhD) in Philosophy in Public Health and Policy from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London; a Master in Business Administration (MBA) in International Health Management from Thunderbird American Graduate School of International Management, Master in Public Health (MPH) in international Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health; and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Hawaii.

 

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