The proposals received from civil society have just been assessed in Addis.
The accepted proposals will be officially announced in November.
We are as excited as you are to start this collaboration with civil society in implementing the ideas set out by the different clusters.
Watch this space!

The Call draws on the inputs provided by youth at the 5th AU-EU Summit in Abidjan, November 2017

The AU-EU Youth Hub is calling on all civil society organisations to submit concept notes for the AU-EU Youth Hub Call for Proposals. The Call makes available EUR 10 million in 7 lots:

Culture, Arts and Sports

Peace and Security

Governance and Political Inclusion (Accountability)

Governance and Political Inclusion (Remittances)

Environment Preservation and Climate Change

Education and Skills

Business, Job Creation and Entrepreneurship

About

Less than a year ago, youth from Africa & Europe developed new ideas on six topics, essential to the AU-EU Partnership. The outcome (AU-EU Youth Declaration and Agenda) was presented at the 5th AU-EU Summit in Abidjan.

 

The AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub is where African & European Youth THINK and ACT TOGETHER.

 

The AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub, launched in October 2018, is about turning some of those ideas into reality; piloting them on a small scale but with maximum impact, visibility and result-evidence. With €10 million, civil society organisations, and 42 Young Experts from both continents as core drivers.

The AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub was selected by the Paris Peace Forum, out of 119 other projects, as one of the top 10 governance initiatives. This nomination will enable the Hub to benefit from expertise, visibility and financial help from the organisers of the Paris Peace Forum for the coming year.

Young Experts

Clusters

Culture, Sports & Arts

Education

Environment

Business

Governance

Peace & Security

These 42 Young Experts are the core drivers of the Hub; they will contribute to defining the scope of pilot projects, to be implemented by civil society organisations, and monitor their implementation.

 

The initiatives to be piloted are expected to meet four characteristics:

  • Have the potential to bring Europe & Africa closer,
  • Be people-centred,
  • Be visible,
  • Have the potential of being scalable after the pilot phase, should they prove successful.

Business, Job Creation & Entrepreneurship

In Africa, the very high percentage of unemployed youth or young working poor is directly relevant to the priority of SDG1 (“End poverty in all its forms everywhere“).

In the EU, the multiplication of precarious jobs and non-standard forms of contracts and high levels of unemployment have long-term consequences for the earning potential of youth and their future opportunities, ultimately inhibiting economic innovation and jeopardising the achievement of (“Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”).

The role of the private sector in generating jobs is key. But in order to attract responsible domestic and foreign investments, stable and open financial systems, an enabling investment climate and proactive job creation policies are required. At the same time, it is crucial to ensure that social protection systems are adequate and adapted to new forms of work.

Khadijat Abdulkadir

Khadijat Abdulkadir

Nigeria - Belgium

Aba Esther Eshun

Aba Esther Eshun

Ghana

Yorick Bruins

Yorick Bruins

The Netherlands

Elena Bonell de Pascual

Elena Bonell de Pascual

Spain

Alieu Jallow

Alieu Jallow

Gambia

Jordan Stephanou

Jordan Stephanou

South Africa - Cyprus

Daniel Oulai

Daniel Oulai

Ivory Coast

Khadijat Abdulkadir

25 years old, Nigerian in diaspora in Belgium

Khadijat holds a double Master’s degree; one from the US and the other from Solvay Business School of Belgium in Commercial (Business) engineering and a Bachelor Degree in Anthropology and Political Science. She is the founder of Digital African Woman (DAW), a social enterprise that supports women-led businesses across Africa and the diaspora through active digital training and business engineering. Through DAW, she triggered the launch of 70 successful start-ups across Europe and Africa. As a result of her engagement for the diaspora community in Europe, she is an active member of the African Diaspora Network in Europe – ADNE.

Elena Bonell de Pascual

25 years old, Spain

Elena holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences and a Master in International Economic Policy, both from Science Po Paris. After working at the EU Delegation in Senegal on the Economic Partnership Agreement, she joined Sagaci Research, a market intelligence firm working across Africa. She worked on consulting projects for big corporations and conducted census in many cities. She is currently working as an impact measurement consultant for social-driven startups across Africa and India in the sectors of agribusiness, technology and cosmetics. Her passion for sub-saharan african development has led her to be a board member of two foundations in Ghana. At Asheba Foundation she is in charge of alleviating menstrual poverty through menstrual cups and reusable pads and at Nasco she is piloting a project on tech outsourcing.

Yorick Bruins

28 years old, the Netherlands

Yorick is a specialist in sustainable food systems, agri and food value chains, and agri-businesses. He holds a Bachelor in Gastronomic Sciences from the University of Pollenzo, Italy, and a Master of Science in Food Policy from City University in London, where he presented two dissertations addressing economic exploitation and development as well as inequality in global value chains. For three years he has been engaged as an advisory board member of two organisations in Italy and the UK, with the goal to improve knowledge and understanding of food systems. Since 2016, Yorick has worked at Agriterra as a business advisor for farmer organisations across Eastern Africa and South Asia. He recently co-founded the social enterprise Wakuli with the aim of utilizing technology to connect farmers with consumers, thus addressing inequalities in global soft commodity supply chains.

Aba Esther Eshun

35 years old, Ghana

Aba is a doctoral student of University of Ghana, Legon. She holds a Bachelor in Agriculture and a Master of Philosophy in Agricultural Administration from the University. She has developed a career in food security, livelihood support and diversification and entrepreneurship activities with over 10 years work experience. She served as the Country Manager at AAIN, Operations Manager of an incubator and maternity cover for Private sector and secured livelihoods portfolio at Oxfam in Ghana working on Systems Innovation for Women Economic Empowerment (SIWEE). Her work has impacted over 5,000 entrepreneurs and youth, provided investment support, mentorship, facilitated market linkages and business networking for entrepreneurs, by incubating women and youth start-ups and developing public-private partnerships, with a focus in the agribusiness sector. She currently volunteers as a mentor and coaching expert for youth volunteers working for the Compassion in Ghana / Kasoa Youth and Child Development Center.

Alieu Jallow

28 years old, Gambia

Alieu holds a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Gambia and Certificate in Business and Entrepreneurship from Northwestern University. He founded the Startup Incubator Gambia through which he incubated 62 young enterprises, accelerated 26 agribusiness enterprises thus contributing to create over 300 jobs in fashion, online services and agriculture. He is also the founder of Young Entrepreneurs Association and a board member of the ITC Youth Empowerment Project.

Daniel Oulai

30 years old, Ivory Coast

Daniel is holder of a Master in Marketing Development and a Master in Agricultural Development. Daniel is CEO of the start-up "Grainotèque", a social and solidarity company specialized in services and tools in organic farming. In recognition of his achievements, he was selected as Ashoka Change Maker and was awarded the Orange Entrepreneurship Award 2018 and the "Pierre Castel Prize", endowed with the Pierre Castel Bordeaux Africa Endowment Fund.

Jordan Stephanou

26 years old, Cyprus Diaspora in South Africa

Jordan holds a Bachelor Degree in Health Science and a Master in Management of Innovation and Technology. After working in the private banking sector for 3 years, he founded tastePal, a pre-ordering App for the office catering sector, with the social mission to eradicate hunger in South Africa through meal contribution to NGOs. The App has partnered with FoodForward SA to strive towards the first two of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The App received multiple recognitions and nominations at international summits and competitions concerning innovative and tech startups.

Culture, Sports & Arts

Culture, arts, sports and inter-cultural dialogue can foster understanding among citizens and states. They can therefore contribute to address major global challenges – such as conflict prevention and resolution, integration of refugees, prevention of violent extremism, and protection of cultural heritage.

The culture sector is also increasingly a source of job creation, contributing to growth, and an excellent conduit for promoting social inclusion. The 2030 Agenda marks a substantial step forward for culture as it is the first time that the global development framework refers to culture in relation to several SDGs (education, sustainable cities, food security, the environment, economic growth, sustainable consumption and production patterns, peaceful and inclusive societies).

Ebenezer Agu

Ebenezer Agu

Nigeria

Clemence Nahimana

Clemence Nahimana

Rwanda

Daphne Van Dam

Daphne Van Dam

The Netherlands

Sandy Alibo

Sandy Alibo

Ghana - France

Romuald Parfait Ngomssi Ngomssi

Romuald Parfait Ngomssi Ngomssi

Cameroon

Aude Taligrot

Aude Taligrot

France

Hatoumata Magassa

Hatoumata Magassa

Mali - France

Ebenezer Agu

25 years old, Nigeria

Ebenezer holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Literary Studies. He is a poet and an essayist. He is editor-in-chief at 20.35 Africa, an anthology of contemporary poetry featuring young (resident and diaspora) African poets. He is also poetry editor at 14, a collective of young Nigerian artists that publishes queer art. He has also contributed reviews and interviews to Brittle Paper, Africa's foremost arts and culture online platform, and has also worked as a copy-editor for some book publications.

Sandy Alibo

35 years old, Ghana - France

Sandy holds a Master in Multimedia Strategy. Her employment experience is mainly focused on democratization and easy access to sports and eco-citizenship. In 2016 she founded a community-based collective of surfers and skateboarders, which engages in eco-citizenship activities. She has a total of 10 years of experience in sports within the private sector.

Aude Taligrot

32 years old, France

Aude holds a Bachelor in Social Development and two Masters in Cooperation, International Solidarity and Social Economy. Furthermore, she followed trainings on volunteering, global citizenship, sustainable development. Since 2009, her work experience has been mainly in France and Senegal on projects to support youth initiatives and focused on education and culture. For the past five years she has been a board member of an association that promotes African culture in France. She also co-founded a French-based association to support and accompany project leaders, which is currently supporting projects in music, circus, and dance.

Clemence Nahimana

28 years old, Rwanda

Clemence holds a Bachelor Degree in Art and Education. She is an experienced theatre playwright /Director, film writer and actress. Since 2007 she had contributed to writing, acting and directing different radio dramas, sketches and stage performances in schools, colleges, organizations as well as in Rwandan community. She works as a scriptwriter since 2015 at La Benevolencija Grands Lacs, a Dutch NGO focused on unity and reconciliation, peace building and art through the Rwandan popular Radio Drama Called Musekeweya (New dawn). She is one of the leading Rwandan female comedians. She founded Feruje Comedy for peace education, gender equality, Culture promotion as well as social inclusiveness. She co-founded Double C Technology Solutions with the main focus to disadvantaged youth and women in order to contribute to Rwanda economic growth and Sustainable development through new ICT job creation.

Romuald Parfait Ngomssi Ngomssi

33 years old, Cameroon

Romuald is a last year Ph/D researcher in Performing Arts and Cinematography, ambitious and goal-orientated hard worker. His research focuses on educational films and television. Since Decembre 2018 he is the artistic director and communication manager of I-Studio (which is an audiovisual and digital production house based in Yaounde). He is also the Executive Director of the People's Theatre and Cinema for Social Change association. From 2017 to 2018 he was the project manager for youth and envoy for cultural activities for the network of ‘Alliance Française de Roumanie’ where he has launched the first pocket film festival for bilingual schools. Flexible and able to adapt himself in various situations, he is a monitor at University of Yaounde 1 since 2015, where he teaches theatre education and cinema for social change. He has acquired experience in the field of cultural industries, communication and applied arts during the past eight years both in the university and professional milieu. His expertise also aligned with film, radio and television production.

Hatoumata Magassa

30 years old, Mali - France

Hatoumata is a Sciences Po Paris graduate and has six years of work experience in the fields of private sector development in Africa, embracing the areas of impact investing, start-ups incubation and digitalization. She is the Manager of the AFIDBA program, aimed at financing and developing African start-ups that have social and digital components at Bond'innov and is the founder and President of an NGO dedicated to youth empowerment and innovative education.

Daphne Van Dam

28 years old, the Netherlands

Daphne holds a Master of Science in International Development Studies. Over the course of her studies she interned and worked for several (international) governmental institutions in both Europe and Africa. In her spare time, Daphne also volunteered for three years (as a coach) using sports as an educational tool for marginalized youth. She recently founded a jewelry company through which she fuses West-African beads made from recycled glass in her Dutch designs to symbolize intercultural dialogue. She currently works as a Young Expert Private Sector Development at Cordaid on projects in fragile and conflict-affected states. As a natural project leader, Daphne translates out-of-the box ideas into practical actions, often by creating visualizations and workable mock-ups for the solution. As William Plomer wrote, “Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.” Daphne integrates this idea in all her adventures.

Education

Education and skills are vital to enable young people to become active citizens and to provide them with opportunities. Sustainable investment in education and the promotion of lifelong learning is the best protection against poverty and to foster the acquisition of the necessary competences to be an active and independent citizens.

Under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, States have committed to SDG4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

Audrey Giacomini

Audrey Giacomini

France

Shimmaa Mohammed

Shimmaa Mohammed

Egypt

Safi Sabuni

Safi Sabuni

Democratic Republic of Congo - Sweden

Lusanda Magwape

Lusanda Magwape

South Africa

Aoudou Mounchili

Aoudou Mounchili

Cameroon

Marilena Maragkou

Marilena Maragkou

Greece

Ademulegun Olowojoba

Ademulegun Olowojoba

Nigeria

Audrey Giacomini

30 years old, France

Audrey holds a dual Bachelor in Political Science and a Master in International Affairs. Following a short experience at the EU Delegation in Eritrea, she worked for 2 years as the Education and Vocational Training Programme Coordinator at Total in Uganda. After working in the higher education sector, where she was in charge of Master and dual degree programs, she joined in 2017 the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) as Head of Programs. In her current position, she aims to foster new approaches in education and to build the future of education through collaboration.

Lusanda Magwape

32 years old, South Africa

Lusanda is an admitted Attorney who holds a Master in Commercial Law. She is the founder of Dream Factory Foundation that seeks to empower youth-at-risk through educational programmes that train participants to transition successfully into adulthood and contribute back to society through their dreams and aspirations. In 2015 she spearheaded a social enterprise which was awarded the Google Rise Award and listed in the 2017 Social Enablers "100 most inspiring Social Entrepreneurs worldwide". As a CIVICUS member, Lusanda was selected to represent the voice of youth-led and grassroots NGOs that seek to have greater access to the EU partnership process at the 2018 EU Partnership Forum. She is also a Global Shaper and Facebook Community Leader Fellow.

Marilena Maragkou

29 years old, Greece

Marilena holds a Bachelor in Management & Business Administration and a Msc in International Marketing. From 2013 to 2018 she worked on European projects at the University of Piraeus in diverse capacities, collaborating with the EU Representation in Greece and the European Parliament Information Office. She is the co-founder of an educational project that was implemented in 7 African countries, entitled WE AfriHug, aiming at empowering African youth with skills needed for the 21st Century and raising awareness about study opportunities through Erasmus +. Thousands of students and academic staff were reached in universities and secondary schools across 7 countries throughout 7 months and synergies have been created between African and Greek universities.

Shimma Mohammed

26 years old, Egypt

I am a Science graduate, working as an Operations manager for an innovative social enterprise called Olomangy. 5 years ago I havefounded Olomangy depending on personal funding, it is working on improving the quality of education (SDG4) especially STEAMeducation in Africa through learning by doing programs and designing up to date interactive STEAM content, we have reachedover 13000 teacher and students in Africa, in addition, we have simplified STEAM content for around 40000 followers on our socialmedia channels. Last year, African Union selected Olomangy as one of the top 50 education innovators in Africa at the innovativeeducation conference in Senegal. Lately, we are working on 2 initiatives, the first one aims to raise the awareness of STEAMeducation especially digital education in rural African communities, the second one aims to digitalize the STEAM content in shapeof practical website that will be accessible for teachers, home schooling parents and students especially in North Africa.

Last year, I was in Uganda with my Japanese college (JICA advisor) to train 1540 students and teacher in rural areas on how tosimplify STEAM Education using surrounding cheap local materials, it was a successful trip, our reach was 1540 students and theirteachers plus the national training centre of Science trainers. https://youtu.be/C8-c6wAOEQE

2017/2018, I was deployed by African Union to work at CEMASTEA Kenya research centre which works on improving STEMeducation in Africa especially through teacher training. I have 6 years' experience in STEAM education field working for differententities in different countries like Future University in Egypt, CEMASTEA Kenya, International organizations like African Union,enterprise, NGOs and Multinational Company like Nagwa which is specialized in digital education, I also received differentinternational trainings and participated in different programs that works on enhancing the STEAM education in Africa. Recently Ihave been awarded a scholarship form Alghurair foundation to start my online master at Arizona State University in EducationTechnology.

Aoudou Mounchili

28 years old, Cameroon

At 29, Mounchili Aoudou has seven years experience in Education. With four years experience as Teacher at secondary level he fully understands what teaching and learning means and how they happen. Since 2015, he dedicates his time advocating for access and quality of education, and implements alternative education solutions to equip youth with skills and competences they need to express their full potential.The realities of conflicts and crisis for education present a significant challenge to reaching education goals in Africa and Europe. His brings in his experience in hard to reach areas and in emergency contexts. He also has extensive experience working with Associations NGOs, Intergovernmental organizations and UN agencies on topics including girls and women’s rights, youth economic empowerment, democratic governance, peace building.

Ademulegun Olowojoba

29 years old, Nigeria

Ademulegun holds a Bachelor in Engineering, a diploma in Data Journalism and an executive certificate in Social Sector Management.  From 2014 – 2016, he served as the curator of opportunitiesforyouths.com, an online community that connects young people with education and development opportunities. Since 2016 he has served as project team member of ReadysetWork, an initiative by Lagos’ State Government. As the Community Affairs Manager at Microsoft Nigeria, he was responsible for implementing youth employment and digital skills development. At part of the Microsoft Philanthropy team in Nigeria, he supervised the training of +25.000 youth. He served as Project Lead of CodeLagos in 2017, an initiative sponsored by the Lagos State Ministry of Education. He supervised the expansion of the program to +300 coding centres and over 40,000 beneficiaries. In 2018 he became Country Director of CodeTutor.com.ng, focusing on implementing computer science programs in Nigeria.

Safi Sabuni

28 years old, Congolese (Democratic Republic) in diaspora in Sweden

Safi holds a degree in Public Relations majoring in Peace and Development studies. Her expertise is focused on international education and youth mobility, and capacity building of youth. Safi’s experience comes from working for 7 years with the European-wide networks Erasmus Student Network, Eurodesk and Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association. Through her engagement she has worked with the European Union, the Council of Europe and several international NGOs. She has coordinated international activities and research projects, liaised for advocacy processes and facilitated cross-sectorial cooperation. As former President of the Erasmus Student Network, she has lead a network of 15.000 volunteers in 40 countries.

Environmental Preservation & Climate Change

Climate change is affecting every country on every continent. People around the world are experiencing the significant impacts of climate change, including changing weather patterns, rising sea level, and more extreme weather events. Climate change finds its origins in human activities and in greenhouse gas emissions.

Without action, the world’s average surface temperature is projected to continue rising and to surpass 3°C this century. Therefore, SDG13 urges to “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”. The poorest and most vulnerable people are most affected by the impacts of climate change. Outbreaks of infectious diseases and famines highlight the effects and inter-linkages of insecurity, climate change, and food and water shortages. These challenges have led to unprecedented levels of forced displacements in Africa.

Biao Affo

Biao Affo

Togo

Yonas-Sebastian Fall

Yonas-Sebastian Fall

France

Varpu Vasko

Varpu Vasko

Finland

Anaïs Amazit

Anaïs Amazit

Algeria - France

Ioannis Papageorgiou

Ioannis Papageorgiou

Greece

Antonette Ncube

Antonette Ncube

Botswana

Komi Elom Claude Sodokin

Komi Elom Claude Sodokin

Togo - France

Biao Affo

27 years old, Togo

Biao holds a Master of Engineering in Water and Forests with an elective in Natural Resources Ecology and Management. He boasts a broad experience in environment engineering, geographic information systems, rural development, green economy and human rights. He founded the “Climate Innovation Laboratory Togo” (CIL TOGO), which focuses on green innovation (eco-entrepreneurship) support through capacities building, consulting services and networking and events and forums.
Biao is currently working as Analyst for Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI)- Governance Togo supporting the ministry in charge of agriculture for execution and "Delivery" in implementation priority projects and for foreign investments’ promotion and facilitation.

Anaïs Amazit

29 years old, Algerian in diaspora in France

Anais holds a Bachelor in Applied Foreign Languages and a Master in Management. She has developed a vast experience on social and solidarity economy and solar energy. She currently serves as the Regional Coordinator Africa for a civil society organisation, where she is responsible for the construction and implementation of two vocational training centers in solar energy, for illiterate or semi-literate rural women.

Antonette Ncube

27 years old, Botswana

Antonette is one of the IUPAC Next Generation Programme 2019 Alumni and also an Agriprenuer N-GAGE Champion for Solar Charged Drone intergration in Crop Protection based in Botswana. She is an experienced Agronomist, an AgVocate and a Youth Expert in the Environmemtal Preservation and Climate Change Cluster for the AU-EU Youth Hub. She is an Open Source Leader of the Commonwealth100 through the Common Purpose Initiative. She has a profound knowledge and experience in related topics such as food security, agribusiness, climate smart agricultural approaches, transformational resilience thinking techniques and precision farming. She is also an Agricultural YouTube Vlogger, using her native language and English to inspire young people across the world towards perceptions built around Agriculture.

Yonas-Sebastian Fall

28 years old, France

Yonas holds a Master in Management. He has seven years of working experience in sustainable investment, consulting and impact evaluation. He has almost five years of experience in a senior management position, overseeing consulting and research projects in various fields such as migration, education, private sector development and sustainability.

Ioannis Papageorgiou

30 years old, Greece

Ioannis holds Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering and Technical Education, a Master of Science in Environmental and Resource Management and a Masters in Geographical Information Systems. His experience focuses on renewable energy, cartography, sustainability, corporate & social responsibility, and green finance. For the last three years he has been working for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) across Europe, Africa and the Middle East on renewable energy, environment and energy security.

Komi Elom Claude Sodokin

21 years old, Togolese in diaspora in France

Komi founded a start-up at the age of 17 and he is the founder and leader of a youth platform (Ecolotrip) on climate change. For three years, he has been responsible for project development and management in a local startup, with a goal was to provide local, namely rural, population with biogas and electricity produced from manure. He gained a Bachelor in Mines and Environment in Niger and a specialization in Engineering, with a major in electronuclear installations at the College of High Level studies in Caen, France.

Varpu Vasko

30 years old, Finland

Varpu holds a MsC in Environmental Studies with a minor in Development studies. Her employment and volunteering history encompasses several areas, ranging from WASH, waste management, smart cities, ecology, energy, ethical trade and adult education. Varpu grew her experience throughout Europe, Africa and East Asia. She has worked as the Product Manager on energy and eco efficiency services in an international facility services company for the past two years.

Governance, Political Inclusion & Democratic Inclusion

Governance, development and security are closely interlinked. Resilient societies, with accountable, democratic and transparent institutions in which human rights are respected, are much more likely to enjoy sustainable development and stability. Inclusive  participation  of  citizens  in  public  decision  making  and,  in  particular,  the involvement of youth and women in formal political processes can increase trust in state institutions.

Strong, transparent and efficient institutions are key in areas such as public finance management, the fight against corruption and fraud or domestic revenue mobilisation, a prerequisite for the state being able to deliver, which is often undermined by Illicit Financial Flows. This situation is meant to be addressed under SDG16, which is dedicated to the provision of access to justice for all, and to building effective, accountable institutions at all levels (“Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”).

Martin Dethier

Martin Dethier

Belgium

Mathias Leopoldie

Mathias Leopoldie

France

Benjamin Mwape

Benjamin Mwape

Zambia

Ismaeel Tharwat

Ismaeel Tharwat

Egypt - France

Esther Nakajjigo

Esther Nakajjigo

Uganda

Inge Meesak

Inge Meesak

Estonia

Mildred Nzau

Mildred Nzau

Kenya

Martin Dethier

28 years old, Belgium

Martin qualified as a lawyer in Belgium and has experience in working embedded within the Ministry of Economy and Finance in Djibouti. His expertise embraces legal technical assistance, policy advice, legal reform, public-private partnerships as well as legal capacity building. He writes for a monthly EU law journal.

He has built his experience with youth engagement with associations promoting education for all and youth participation in political debates, as well as with student representation.

Ismaeel Tharwat

26 years old, Egyptian in diaspora in France

Ismaeel's passion lies in developing innovative, inclusive and accountable communities to build a better world. He is currently a PhD candidate in Economics in Paris, as well as a Business Development & Innovation Manager at Nile Capital Egypt. Ismaeel's diverse set of professional experiences include stints in government, startups and Fortune 500 companies. Most recently in 2017, Ismaeel served as Dr. Hisham ElSherif's Assistant Minister for Local Development in Egypt, where he led the economic team in the planning and first phase implementation of the World Bank's 500 million-dollar Upper Egypt Local Economic Development Program. In 2016, he worked as a growth marketer for Egypt's fastest growing startup, the YC backed Instabug. Prior to that, Ismaeel worked as a Financial Services Consultant for IBM Global Business Services in Paris, France. Ismaeel also has a diverse academic background. Prior to his PhD, Ismaeel earned 3 Master Degrees; 1) a Master in Business Decision Engineering from EPF-Ecole d'Ingénieurs in Paris, 2) a Master in Economics & Management of the Digital Economy & Network Industries from Paris Saclay University and 3) a Master in Economics with a specialization in Financial Economics from Ecole Polytechnique & HEC Paris. As an undergraduate at the American University in Cairo, Ismaeel double majored in Construction Engineering & Economics. Ismaeel has always been involved in developmental initiatives including being co-founder and president of Junior Enterprise Egypt, a student-led organization promoting entrepreneurship and providing affordable consultancy services to SMEs.

Inge Meesak

27 years old, Estonia

Inge holds a Master in Security Studies from UCL. She currently works for ACTED in South Sudan, where she is responsible for ensuring the organisation’s transparency and compliance policy. She leads a capacity building project aimed at local NGOs. Among her previous experiences, she worked at the UN Joint Inspection Unit in Geneva as well as with an Estonian NGO on a project focused on increasing youth awareness and involvement in policy and diplomacy.

Mathias Leopoldie

24 years old, France

Mathias holds a double degree in Corporate and Public management. His experience was developed across Europe and Francophone Africa, notably Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mali and Ivory Coast. After a two year professional journey focusing on mobile payments in West Africa, he launched a mobile money app to reduce transfer costs for end users: Julaya

Benjamin Mwape

31 years old, Zambia

A dynamic and accomplished communication specialist by profession and youth development expert, Benjamin brings to the AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub over ten years experience in the international development sector, successfully implementing communications & advocacy strategies as well as youth development projects for governments, civil society and UN agencies. He has been actively involved in shaping policy and practice through youth-led accountability models that engage young people and policy makers. He was equally instrumental in the review of the national youth policy in Zambia as well as serving on the board of the National Youth Development Council as an adviser to the Minister of Youth. Benjamin uses his communication skills and experience to advocate for greater youth participation in governance at national, regional and international platforms.

Esther Nakajjigo

23 years old, Uganda

At 17, Esther was named Uganda's Ambassador for Women and Girls. She donated her university tuition and started a community health facility supporting child mothers. She owns a popular reality television show on teenage pregnancy called “Saving Innocence Challenge” applauded by the EU in Uganda as one of the best self-sustaining girl-lead models in the world, championed as well as financed by local girls for local girls. Amidst the world's refugee crisis, she is championing “Lift up her Voice” Expedition where girls from selected universities around the world innovate for a decent life for refugee women and girls in a Global Girls Movement. She has won 5 National Awards and a Geneva Women's World Summit Prize. Esther’s passion is to give migration a human face.

Mildred Nzau

29 years old, Kenya

Mildred is a self-proclaimed Youth Futurist who believes that the potential and success of Africa lies within its young people. She has a vast experience in championing innovative youth engagement strategies, conducting advocacy and driving policy and legislative interventions. Her work on the #DearPolitician campaign resulted in more than 7.5million youth getting involved in setting young people’s election agenda. She has also been involved in building the capacities of women to run for office while focusing on issue-based politics and encouraged youth to support the candidacy of women. Her engagement in advocacy resulted in the implementation of the Nairobi Youth Advisory Board. She has been an online researcher volunteer with the UNDP for country updates on South Sudan and Libya. She has experience in training more than 1000 youth in local accountability with the scorecard method, and in youth focus groups to contribute to county planning. Currently, she has taken on the task of building and strengthening Youth Networks towards active citizenship in Tanzania, Nepal, Bangladesh and Cambodia and is supporting active citizenship of youth volunteers in her current role as the International Citizen Service Youth Engagement Officer at Voluntary Services Oversees.

Peace and Security, including Prevention Violent Extremism

European and African interests are strongly intertwined when it comes to peace and security. Terrorism, violent extremism and transnational organised crimes, such as trafficking in human beings, as well as more traditional threats to peace and stability (intra-state conflicts, local conflicts over resources, electoral violence, armed robbery and piracy etc.), all constitute symptoms of deeper structural instability and fragility. SDG16 is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.

Imrana Buba

Imrana Buba

Nigeria

Oyewole Oginni

Oyewole Oginni

Nigeria

Aryana Francesca Urbani

Aryana Francesca Urbani

Italy

Julie Feremans

Julie Feremans

Belgium

Yasmine Ouirhane

Yasmine Ouirhane

Morocco - Italy

Etienne Reussner

Etienne Reussner

Germany

Sesame Omphile Mogotsi

Sesame Omphile Mogotsi

Botswana

Imrana Buba

26 years old, Nigeria

Imrana holds an MSc in Africa and International Development from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is the founder and coordinator of the Youth Coalition Against Terrorism (YOCAT) for the past 7 years, which engages in youth-led peacebuilding activities in Nigeria. Through his association he managed to involve more than 600 multi-stakeholder volunteers, to reach out to 8000 students, to train more than 50 teachers and to partner with 10 enterprises for skills and jobs for 276 youth. He is a Generation Change Fellow of the US Institute of Peace (USIP), and he participated in the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre's expert meetings that conceptualized a handbook to assist victims of terrorism.

Julie Feremans

25 years old, Belgium

Julie Feremans holds a Master in Law from the University of Leuven and a MSc. in business and negotiation from IESEG School of Management. She currently works for the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the economic interests section on topics such as conflict minerals and economic sanctions. Before she worked for the Ministry of the Interior, where she was the project manager of BOUNCE Resilience and Family Support, two EU-co-funded projects on radicalization, and for the Ministry of Justice, where she drafted texts on military law and terrorism for the Public Prosecution Office. She is an active member of several youth networks such as the UNAOC fellows, the ONE Campaign and Amnesty International.

Etienne Reusner

26 years old, Germany

Etienne is a Franco-German citizen and holds a Master of Arts in International Relations and European Diplomacy from the College of Europe, completed with a Dissertation on EU-AU Relations for Development & Cooperation and Peace and Security. He also holds a Master in International and European Governance and a diploma from Sciences Po Lille, France with a special focus on conflict and development studies. Since 2017, he gained strong experience in engaging youth, local partners and stakeholders in peace building in Côte d’Ivoire through the organization “Interpeace”. In his work, Etienne contributes to local conflict management, to the reintegration of delinquent youth in the Ivorian school system and to support local governance processes. He has also contributed to draft the Report “Youth Speak Out!”, in favour of the participation of youth in peace and security processes in the Ivory Coast and the progress report of UNSCR 2250.

Oyewole Oginni

31 years old, Nigeria

Oyewole currently works as a researcher at the Center for Development Researcher (ZEF), Bonn, and he is also a doctoral candidate at the University of Bonn, Germany. His ongoing doctoral thesis focuses on ‘the everyday life of the displaced families in the frontline cities of the Lake Chad Basin.’ He holds MSc Degrees in Governance and Regional Integration, and Forensic Science (Criminal Investigation), and Pg. Diploma (ongoing) in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

Previously, Oyewole was one of the 36 fellows under AU-EU Youth Plug-in Initiative (AUEU YPII) who participated in the development of proposal that formed the six clusters of the AUEU YCH. He has also served as the Senior Correspondent, Deputy Director and Director of the Africa Division of the World Peace (OWP, Canada), engaged more than 1000 youths on peacebuilding. Oyewole later became the Director of the Inside Africa, a quarterly OWP Magazine and Report on peace and conflict prevention initiatives across Africa. He worked as an EFHR Fellow at the Common Ground Centre (Kenya) on “international human rights policy and practice on religious intolerance and discrimination” and supported the crowdfunding for Syria victims. Other capacities in which he has served include Endowment Fund Officer (Kalube Consult Ltd, Uganda-Cameroon), international election observer (Carter Centre, USA, in Kenya’s General Elections), Junior researcher (West Africa Institute, Praia, Cabo Verde) and Research consultant (CWhaD, Nigeria). Oyewole is a recipient of the DAAD-EPOS (Germany), AfDB research fund via PAU (AUC), African Union Scholarship (AUC), ANAN Award (Nigeria), EFHR Research Fellowship (CGC) and an alumnus of the Leading in the Public Life, Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, UCT (South Africa), amongst others.

Yasmine Ouirhane

22 years old, Moroccan in diaspora in Italy

Yasmine is the newly recognized “Young European of the Year 2019”. She is a member of the European Youth Advocacy Team at the United Network of Young Peacebuilders and she was recently named EDD Young Leader by the European Commission.

She is also an award-winning fellow at WomenDeliver and a member of the Gender Innovation Agora at UN Women. Since the age of 16, she worked in underprivileged neighbourhoods of France, committed to address inequalities and promote social inclusion. Last year, she helped organising the YO!Fest, gathering 8000 youth at the European Parliament and she managed to sponsor a delegation of underprivileged students with a migrant background coming from France and Italy.

Sesame Mogotsi

25 years old, Botswana

Sesame Mogotsi is a Social Justice Campaigner with over 4 years experience in advocacy, engaging youth in peacebuilding, and poverty eradication. She is the Founder of The Metamorphosis Project, an NGO that delivers educational programmes that help build youth resilience to violent extremism and activities centred on women and girls empowerment. Previously, she was the Country Coordinator of the Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (CYPAN) in Botswana, she spearheaded the design and implementation of the Peace Education Programme which reached well over 5 000 youth between 2017 and 2019. Sesame is a certified Trainer, equipped to deliver the iDove Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) training. She holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration and is an alumna of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Southern Africa.

Aryana Francesca Urbani

27 years old, Italy

 

Aryana recently worked at the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York, focusing on conflict prevention and peacekeeping transitions. Previously, she was a trainee in the Crises and Fragility team at the OECD, where she analysed donor policies in crisis and post-crisis contexts. She’s the founder of “Imagined Borders”, an online advocacy platform covering migration, forced displacement and statelessness. Born in Iran, she holds a Master of Research in International Relations from Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, where she specialised in political sociology and the social dynamics of civil wars.

Work in Progress

1st week of October

Selection of 42 African and European youth to take part in the Hub. Introduction of cluster team members and start of initial research and virtual meetings.

27 October – 4 November: Addis Ababa

First Hub Session: a 10-day workshop with the AU & the EU to define the scope of pilot projects. Workshop supported by GiZ.

11-13 November: Paris

Presentation of the AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub at the Paris Peace Forum.

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