Meet the new Digital Cluster!
Selected amongst hundreds, these digital experts will bring their know-how and creative digital brilliance to further the AU-EU Youth Cooperation HUB mission!
Find out all about them HERE
These three private sector experts were part of the selection committee for the Digital cluster and will advise and support the Digital Cluster through its AU-EU Youth Cooperation Journey:
Co-founder and managing partner of id8 Space, an online social platform for founders created to foster collaboration and innovation, supporting early stage startups across Africa.
Zuweina has worked mostly in project management and business development advisory and has a working passion in business modelling, product design and development, user requirement gathering, and prototyping of tech products. With 9 years of experience creating, managing, and mentoring startups, Zuweina’s vision is providing startups a platform to showcase and scale their products, and connect with various stakeholders.
Zuweina has served in an executive director role in her professional career, co-founded companies, and co-created FinTech solutions presently in the market. She takes a keen interest in the areas of market strategy and analysis, community engagement and research, design thinking, and project design and integration..
Murungi is an ICT policy & legal expert with experience in researching, speaking, shaping and advising on complex issues at the nexus of policy, law and technology in Africa. He is passionate about the role of technology in fostering social, cultural, economic and democratic development on the continent. Currently, Michael is serving as Google’s lead for Government Affairs and Public Policy in Eastern Africa.
Previously Michael was CEO of the National Council for Law Reporting (Kenya Law), a state corporation in the Judiciary that is the official publisher of the laws and law reports of Kenya.
In his 12 years of service at Kenya Law – starting as a volunteer in 2002 and leaving in 2014 as CEO – he worked with a great team to transform access to public legal information in Kenya by establishing the www.kenyalaw.org portal as a leading source of authoritative and quality public legal information.
He is also one of Africa’s ICT Legal Experts taking part in UNESCO’s Economic Commission for Africa’s Sessions of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology (CODIST) where he made key contributions on the formulation of an appropriate legal regime for the knowledge society. Michael was Kenya’s contributor to the International Encyclopaedia of Cyberlaw and wrote the text book: Cyberlaw in Kenya (2011).
David is an engineer specialized in energy production, coupled with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a certificate in innovation management, trained at Belgian, Danish, Dutch and Canadian universities.
David has set up and managed several innovation initiatives: startup incubators and accelerators, scaleup preparation, innovation management training, creative hubs, innovation policies and financing.
With international experience in Europe, United States, Africa and Middle East, his ability to speak simultaneously to entrepreneurs, investors and public decision-makers is often highlighted.
The AU-EU Youth Hub ended 2019 with a first working session with the Civil Society Organisations who will implement the pilot projects.
We also took part in the Paris Peace Forum which was a resounding success and included the official announcement of the CSOs joining the Hub.
“2020 marks the implementation phase : innovative ways of doing things on the ground, to bring Africa and Europe closer, with youth oversight! “
The Hub also had a dedicated event with participation from EU’s DEVCO Director General, AU’s High Representative for the Sahel, the President of the UN General Assembly, the International Trade Centre’s Executive Director, and Mo Ibrahim from the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
Looking ahead, each cluster will collaborate with the CSOs in charge of implementing the project. Cluster members will help to provide maximum visibility and added value where possible. The aim is to pioneer a dynamic monitoring method along the course of implementation.
About the projects and CSOs
Governance, Accountability and Democratic Inclusion
The project is a youth-led monitoring of local government commitments on climate action, linking two cities of Ireland and Tanzania. SAUTI-Youth is an original project that bridges and supports 1000+ youth in both countries to engage in governance accountability. The young people will be provided with skills to monitor their local government’s climate action commitments and spending and will be empowered to dialog with local authorities so that they take innovative actions to locally tackle this global challenge
The project focuses on improving secondary education in Mali (a technical high school) and Spain (two high-schools). It will prepare students with life skills and leadership abilities to become active citizens and equip them with 21st century skills to be ready for the rapidly changing job market, involving students actively in the project monitoring and , enhancing the learning and teacher training with virtual and physical exchanges.
Peace and Security
The pilot will develop an interactive platform mapping basic services and infrastructures in a given number of locations of the Lake Chad Basin region. The platform will be fuelled by young women and men, thereby enhancing monitoring of stabilisation projects and facilitating youth engagement locally.
Business, Entrepreneurship and Job Creation
“A Green start” job creation pilot project led across 5 countries in Africa with 8 incubators will focuss on accelerating entrepreneurs in agriculture and renewable energy; estimated to impact over 150 startups. Implemented by two consortia of Civil Society Organisations.
Culture, Arts and Sports
A project putting in place a digital platform to enhance access to professional networks and market opportunities for young creatives, helping to turn passion into sustainable businesses. As part of the project, two cultural festivals will strengthen relations and cultural exchanges among African and European Youth.
Environment Preservation and Climate Change
In Niger and Burkina Faso and in the context of the Great Green Wall Initiative, an innovative agroforestry project will be developed involving local youth in regreening the Sahel. With a digital platform combining geo-mapping of the progress and payment for ecosystem service, this project will aim to pioneer both social and technological innovation.
World Vision Ireland
• World Vision Tanzania (WVTZA)
• Youth Work Ireland Galway
• Local Youth organisations (names TBC)
• Local Authorities
Fundación Educación y Cooperación (Educo)
• Réseau d’Acteurs pour le Renouveau de l’Education (RARE)
• Réseau Ouest et Centre Africain de Recherche en Education (ROCARE) (siège au Mali)
• Fundación canaria Farrah para la cooperación y el desarrollo sostenible (FARRAH)
• Lycée technique de Ségou (Mali)
• Two Spanish schools: Colegio Heidelberg Gran Canaria and IES Arucas-Domingo Rivero
Peace and security cluster
Plan International Deutschland
The Diffa Regional Youth Council (Niger)
• Association des Jeunes Ambitieux de Mendeze (Cameroon)
• Kaleri Youth Group (Nigeria)
Business, Entrepreneurship and Job Creation cluster
• Enactus Tunisie
• Association d’appui à l’économie sociale et solidaire Citess Mahdia
• Association d’appui à l’économie sociale et solidaire Citess Sidi Bouzid
• ONG Soleterre (siège du Maroc)
• RAJ Tunisie
• Es.Maroc.org HUB (incubateur locale d’idées innovantes d’entreprise et insertion au travail)
• DIDA – Faculté de design de l’Université de Florence
Positive Planet International
• MakeSense (association qui réunit des centaines de milliers de citoyens engagés, des entrepreneurs passionnés dont une majorité de jeunes dans plus que 120 villes dans le monde dont l’Europe et l’Afrique)
• Yeesal AgriHub (premier Agri Tech Hub Sénégalais)
• Impact HUB (réseau mondial, installé à Dakar depuis 2018)
• Energy4Impact (ONG britannique)
• la Fabrique (un incubateur de projets sociaux ayant pour ambition d’accompagner des entreprises à fort potentiel d’impact social et/ou environnemental au Burkina Faso).
Culture, Arts and Sports cluster
Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli – CISP
• Somali Academy of Science and Arts (Somalia)
• GoDown Arts Centre (Kenya)
• CoopCulture (Italy)
• Nätverkstan Kultur (Sweden)
• Accademia Nazionale di Danza (Italy)
• Smart.it artists cooperative and platform (Italy/Europe)
• Réseau de la Jeunesse Nigérienne contre les Changements Climatiques (RJNCC) au Niger
• Association d’Education Environnemental (A2E) au Burkina Faso
• APEFE (Association pour la Promotion de l’Education et de la Formation à l’Etranger) au Burkina Faso
• IGMVSS au Niger
• Coopérative Vimbaoré/Naam du Burkina Faso
• Fédération Mooriben du Niger
• Organisation Jeunesse Unie pour un Développement Durable (JUDEVD)
• Oxfam Novib
About the AUxEU Youth Cooperation Hub
Two years 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 AUxEU Youth Cooperation Hub is where African & European Youth THINK and ACT TOGETHER.
The AUxEU 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.
Culture, Sports & Arts
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.
Aba Esther Eshun
Elena Bonell de Pascual
South Africa - Cyprus
Elena Bonell de Pascual
25 years old, Spain
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.
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.
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.
26 years old, Cyprus Diaspora in South Africa
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).
Daphne Van Dam
Ghana - France
Romuald Parfait Ngomssi Ngomssi
Mali - France
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.
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.
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.
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.
30 years old, Mali - France
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 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”.
Democratic Republic of Congo - Sweden
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.
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.
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.
26 years old, Egypt
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.
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.
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 founding curator of opportunitiesforyouths.com, an online community that connects young people with education and development opportunities.
Between 2016 and 2018 he served as a project team member of ReadysetWork, an initiative by Lagos’ State Government to improve graduate employability across tertiary institutions within the State. In 2016, he led Community Affairs for Microsoft Nigeria, where he was responsible for implementing the youth employment and digital skills development efforts of the organization in Nigeria, reaching over 25,000 youth. In 2017 he served as the pioneer Project Lead of CodeLagos, 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 founded codetutor.com.ng, a startup that is committed to making computer science education and technology skills accessible to young Nigerians while also creating access to decent job opportunities and on this role he has led the training of over 5,000 beneficiaries.
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.
Algeria - France
Komi Elom Claude Sodokin
Togo - France
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.
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.
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.
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.
30 years old, Greece
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.
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”).
Egypt - France
28 years old, Belgium
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
29 years old, Kenya
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.
Aryana Francesca Urbani
Morocco - Italy
Sesame Omphile Mogotsi
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.
25 years old, Belgium
26 years old, Germany
31 years old, Nigeria
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.
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.
25 years old, Botswana
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.
All of the Hub pilot projects have a strong digital dimension. The Digital Cluster will support the CSOs in the implementation of the pilot projects from a technological standpoint, hand-in-hand with the youth of the other clusters. The Digital Cluster will bring their expertise in project management, design of online tools and online data management and many other cutting edge digital skills tohelp reinforce the work done by the other clusters and CSOs.
Najma Ahmed Hussein
Andreas is a multi-lingual development professional working at the intersection of governance, inclusion, as well as human development with ample experience in quality research, budget and staff management as well as strategy innovation, notably in Sub-Saharan Africa. Proven ability in policy, project and relationship management, leading teams in various international contexts.
Tatiana, who grew up in Benin, is a young graduate with two years experiences in technology (web development, network and information system). She advocates for girls and women’s inclusion in technologies fields through communities engagement, driven by her belief in youth especially girls empowerment through digital literacy, leadership and entrepreneurship spirit as the key for the future.
Tatiana is experienced in Virtualization and data storage, Switching and routing, SAN, LAN and WAN, Network services on Linux and Windows, IT risk management, Cybersecurity, Database administration, Web development , digital marketing.
Her work and dedication to sharing her knowledge has led her to be named as a2020 Harvard Crossroads Young Leaders and be selected as a European Development Days Young Leader in 2019.
Denis prides himself in his ability to wear many hats: he presents as an engineer, system architect, technical project manager, and product(s) owner. Moreover, his recent roles have him sitting on regional technical advisory boards for his company.
With an educational background in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering (BSc. Aerospace), Advanced Robotics (MSc.), and Automatic Control (MSc.); and a career that started off with the world’s largest aerospace companies, he made an interesting detour into software system design, and later hybrid system architecture (large-scale Embedded Systems, IoT, Cloud Infrastructure, and App development and integration).
In his roughly 10-year career, he has worked in various industries – spanning Aerospace (aircraft design), semiconductor (microchip) manufacturing, (countrywide) traffic system design and management, and consumer electronics design and manufacturing. Nonetheless, his focus has always been on leading the development of cutting-edge technical solutions, while giving the end products a human face.
Temitayo is a chief solutions architect with over a decade of experience in software development and business management. He works closely with the government, the private sector, and NGOs to create digital solutions. He is the founder of Euidem Technologies, a one-stop IT solution from based in Nigeria and serving clients worldwide.
He founded Euidem Academy as an NGO in 2013 and since then trained over 10,000 Africans in different aspects of IT. He has co-founded a number of thriving startups and is on the board of a few more. He pioneers the Skillup Africa project, which is a graduate empowerment accelerator.
He has a Bachelor of Technology in Microbiology, an executive certificate in Entrepreneurial Management, and Nonprofit Leadership management from the Lagos Business School.
In 2013, he leads a number of state-wide projects in Ogun state, helping over 5000 individuals get access to computer education, a get that earned him a state honours award from the State Government. He has since then been leading Tech teams at Euidem Technologies, creating hundreds of digital solutions to specific needs. Temitayo is a lead trainer for Google Nigeria on CS projects for kids, a country ambassador on Africa Code Week, and a delivery partner to the Lagos State Government's Ministry of Education on CodeLagos, a project aimed at training 1 million people how to code.
Temitayo is an avid project manager with a special interest in research and business process development.
Passionate about emerging technologies and ICT4D, Annette is focused on creating inclusive and better quality services for both the public and private sectors.
Based in London, she currently works in the economic growth team of a global development consultancy, focusing on providing creative and innovative solutions to build long-lasting positive impact. In particular, Annette works closely with governments and businesses to improve competitiveness, enhance performance, and contribute to sustainable growth.
Previously, she has been a senior manager at TransferWise, one of Europe’s most successful FinTechs with a mission to make finance transparent and accessible to all, as well as contributed to UN reporting on SDGs relating to e-government in Estonia. Annette holds a degree in Hispanic studies, and has been a team lead in AIESEC, the largest youth-run organisation, empowering young people to make a positive impact on society.
Salmane is a software engineer with experience in the development of web and mobile applications. Over the last 3 years, he has been involved in the co-founding of two tech startups: PrAnalytics (a software development agency) and tutoo+ (an e-learning platform dedicated to teach Tech and Entrepreneurship in Francophone Africa). He has been mainly acting as a software engineer developing applications using technologies such as Laravel, Vue JS, Spring Boot, Flutter, etc.
He has had the chance to work with several institutions across the continent including MCB (Mauritius Commercial Bank) in Mauritius, the African Leadership University in Rwanda, L'Agence Nationale pour la Société de l'Information in Niger, etc. These experiences have strengthened his belief in the power of technology to solve some of the most pressing needs across the African continent and the world at large.
A computer specialist with 6 years’ experience in the Egyptian government, Hagar work as an ICT Officer (Youth Volunteer) at the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), the specialised language agency of the African Union Commission, in Bamako Mali, since April 2019. She earned my Bachelor degree in Information Systems from Helwan University in Egypt.
She previously interned with EdTech startup Marj3, and Startup Without boarders for Refugee entrepreneurs and got selected by the Egyptian Scholar Lab working on a research called (Predicting Software Defects in Open Source Systems."). Hagar completed a fellowship in at the iRights.Lab GmbH in Berlin.
Her motto in life is:
“I want us to ask ourselves every day, how are we using technology to make a real difference in people’s lives” President Barack Obama.
Najma Ahmed Hussein
Najma Ahmed Hussein is a program development specialist passionate about youth inclusion, knowledge management and strategic communications.
Formerly with IOM in Niger, she worked on the development of the Niger Community Cohesion Initiative, a programme aimed at reducing the threats of violent extremism and armed conflict through small-scale intersectoral activities implemented in the regions of Diffa, Tillaberi and Agadez.
A fervent advocate for knowledge management, Najma worked with IOM's Somalia Stabilization Initiative to collect best practices and lessons learned after three years of programming and more than 230 projects implemented in Mogadishu, South West and Jubaland States. She researched and developed learning products that have informed strategy and ensured adaptation in activity design.
A passionate advocate for access to information, she designed a 4-month radio campaign with the Ministry of Women's Affairs in Jubaland State to increase rural women's access to information on government services.
Her interest in peacebuilding led her to travel to Morocco, Egypt, Qatar and Azerbaijan with UNAOC to examine practices to foster youth resilience to violent extremism and build sustainable peace.
Najma recently joined the IOM Regional Data Hub where she supports migration data capacity-development initiatives in the East and Horn of Africa, providing technical support to key governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to improve their migration data portfolio in line with regional and global initiatives.
Najma is based in Nairobi, she is fluent in English, French and Somali.
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.