Queen’s Commonwealth Trust Scholarship to send 53 young leaders to One Young World 2019 Summit

With a combined population of 2.4 billion, the 53 countries comprising the Commonwealth are home to nearly a third of the world’s population - 60% of whom are under 30. From Antigua & Barbuda to Zambia, young people across the Commonwealth are at the forefront of positive change in their communities, countries, and the world at large.

For the 2019 Summit, the Queen's Commonwealth Trust was delighted to offer a scholarship in partnership with One Young World to connect young leaders driving positive social impact in the Commonwealth with the opportunity to attend OYW Summit from 22-25 October 2019.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust exists to champion, fund and connect young leaders who are working hard to change the world: using our platform to amplify the voices of young changemakers across the Commonwealth we share their stories and experiences. QCT also works in partnership with a network of organisations and individuals who share their belief in young people, to offer grants to those leading their own not-for-profit organisations.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust is proud to have been working with OYW since 2018. The Duchess of Sussex, a One Young World Counsellor, was named vice-president of QCT earlier this year, whilst the Duke of Sussex is President.

The QCT Scholarship in particular sought to support 53 young leaders who are active in one of the following areas:

● Achieving change through sport ● Preserving and protecting the environment ● Creating healthier communities ● Increasing access to quality education

One Young World received over 5,000 scholarship applications for the Scholarship.

Congratulations to the 2019 QCT Scholarship recipients:

Adeline Ng, Malaysia Founder, Bumi & Co. A social entrepreneur from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Adeline founded Bumi & Co., an organisation that works to create environmental awareness through education in schools and corporations.

Alice Sparks, United Kingdom Head of Invisible Alice runs Invisible (Manchester), a global social enterprise that trains people who have experienced homelessness to become walking tour guides of their city.

Amanda Scott, Grenada Founder, Fireflies Amanda is the founder of Fireflies, an women-led organisation dedicated to the empowerment of girls.

Anael Bodwell, Seychelles SYAH Seychelles, Co-Founder Anael has spent the past 10 years educating young people about their sexual and reproductive health.

Benedict Bryan, Trinidad & Tobago Chair, Humanitarian Association of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago Benedict is a human rights leader in Trinidad & Tobago, focusing his efforts on LGBTQ+ rights, refugee rights, and youth development.

Cedric Paniel, Vanuatu Founder, The Gender Equality Network Cedric recently launched The Gender Equality Network, a space to gather people from different backgrounds to discuss gender issues.

Christaneisha Soleyn, Barbados Program Creator, The Caribbean Youth Leadership Retreat & United Youth Leaders of Barbados A clinical psychologist specialising in care of marginalised populations, Christaneisha created of two of the most impactful youth civic participation programs in Barbados, The Caribbean Youth Leadership Retreat and The United Youth Leaders of Barbados.

Costase Ndayishimiye, Rwanda Co-founder, Strive for Health-Rwanda Costase is the principal co-founder of Strive for Health-Rwanda, a youth-led NGO that has empowered over 200,000 Rwandese people to take action for sexual and reproductive health.

Daniel Nyabadza, Zimbabwe (currently based in South Africa) Computer Programmer Daniel, who has extensive volunteering experience at coding bootcamps, is currently developing payment systems aimed at equitable access to resources, such as basic necessities for living, at highly competitive pricing.

Dentrecia Blanchette, St. Kitts & Nevis Founder, Sugar for Your Heart As the founder of Sugar for Your Heart, Dentrecia actively works to mental health and wellness support networks for young women.

Eber Ravariere, Dominica President, SOUL Multi-purpose Cooperative Society Following the devastating hurricanes in Dominica, Eber launched a mission to plant a million new trees to regenerate the island’s agriculture and self-sufficiency.

Eman Borg, Malta Founder, LGBTI+ Gozo Eman founded the first LGBTI+ organisation on the island of Gozo. Under his leadership, LGBTI+ Gozo holds educational sessions, social events and works to create and foster a diverse community.

Felix Richard Manyogote, United Republic of Tanzania Founder, MAMA Plus Using low-cost technology, Felix founded MAMA Plus, a mobile health education service providing accessible and sound medical advice to pregnant women and new parents.

George Quadina, Nauru Healthy Living Advocate From the of Nauru, George has worked tirelessly to promote fitness and healthy living both in his native island and across Oceania.

Glenn Stein, South Africa Managing Director, Aweza Glenn Stein is Managing Director of Aweza, an award-winning tech initiative seeking to bridge the language barriers that hinder communication in different social sectors.

Gulnahar Monika, Bangladesh Co-founder, Deshi Ballers

Gulnahar plays Basketball for her National Team and has also represented her country in the International Olympic Academy. She is working to promote sports as a means to empower women and break existing societal barriers.

Hafiz Usama Tanveer, Pakistan Co-founder, Hafiz is the co-founder of, a clean water initiative that has impacted over 11,000 people thus far.

Hopolang Jonase, Lesotho Co-founder, Butha-Buthe Athletics & Career Hub Hoplolang founded an athletics and career centre in his district to foster holistic development for youth through sport and wellness.

Innocents Yeboah-Num, Ghana Founder, Madonna Sporting Club Innocents is the founder of Madonna Sporting Club, that trains talented footballers from underprivileged communities in Ghana.

Jacqueline Mutumba, Uganda Founder, Digihealth Mobile Jacqueline is a Chemical Engineer turned entrepreneur who co-founded the healthtech company Digihealth Mobile, which works to ease data management for community health workers.

Jasmine Duncan, Saint Lucia Environmental Scientist Jasmine gave up her studies as a lawyer to become an environmental scientist, where she has committed her expertise to the challenge of waste management for island nations like St. Lucia.

Jason Ricketts, Jamaica Public Relations Officer, Jamaica Visually Impaired Cricket Association Working with the Jamaica Visually Impaired Cricket Association, Jason has worked to promote athletic opportunity for visually impaired people and aimed to challenge public perceptions of blind and visually impaired people.

Jubilanté Cutting, Guyana Founder, Guyana Animation Network Jubilanté founded the Guyana Animation Network Inc., which has provided hundreds of Guyanese students with digital and creative skills-training.

Kaene Disepo, Botswana Social Entrepreneur A social entrepreneur and sustainable development advocate, Kaene has represented Botswana in over 15 international forums, given TEDx talks, and been recognised as a Young Future Leader.

Kaveto Tjatjara, Namibia Co-founder, Worldview Technology Kaveto is a 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow, and the co-founder of Worldview Technology, which builds innovative, waterless toilets to provide access to adequate sanitation in every home.

Kirkland McIntosh, Bahamas Staff Associate, Young Life An educator by profession, Kirkland has been recognised as a National Youth Leader in the Bahamas by the Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Culture.

Lance Copegog, Canada Deputy Youth Chief, Beausoleil First Nation Lance has been recognised throughout Canada for his advocacy for opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth alike.

Lezli McCulloch, Belize Health Advocate Lezli McCulloch has travelled throughout Belize in support of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education, working closely with the Belize Family Life Association.

Lisa Rapley, Australia Co-founder, Yuludarla Karulbo In 2016, Lisa co-founded Yuludarla Karulbo, an Indigenous youth and community led human-centred design platform, which brings Indigenous youth and communities together to share culture with schools and organisations through interactive workshops and technology.

Lisepa Paeniu, Tuvalu Volunteer Legal Advisor, Fusi Alofa Association Working with Tuvalu’s first organisation for disabled people, Lisepa has drafted a disabled persons’ bill of rights, worked to challenge stereotypes, and promoted equal economic opportunity.

Maria Kola, Cyprus International Relations Coordinator, Young Cyprus Greens In her work with the Young Cyprus Greens, Maria has advocated tirelessly for environmental issues, including participating in a highly successful campaign to reduce single-use plastics.

Matthew Lam Joar, Kenya Athlete, Refugee Olympic Team As a refugee from South Sudan living in Kenya, Matthew has participated with the Refugee Olympic Team and sponsored athletic programs for children in refugee camps.

Megan Iha, Papua New Guinea Project Officer, CARE PNG A project officer for CARE PNG, Megan oversees advocacy efforts for gender equality and reproductive health & rights in remote communities.

Melusi Simelane, Eswatini Founder, Eswatini Sexual & Gender Minorities As the founder of Eswatini Sexual & Gender Minorities (ESGM), Simelane works passionately to raise awareness of the struggles faced by the LGBTQ+ community and minority groups in Swaziland.

Millicent Barty, Solomon Islands Social Entrepreneur In addition to holding various entrepreneurial roles, Millicent utilises the structures of the traditional oral storytelling practices (Kastom Stories - KS) of Solomon Islands to bridge a gap in communication between development projects and rural communities where 80% of adults are illiterate.

Muhammed Touray, The Gambia Co-founder, No Health Without Mental Health Muhammed is one of The Gambia’s most prominent mental health advocates, working to destigmatise mental health issues and provide support networks.

Noriah Katungwe, Malawi Founder, Moringa Women Project Noriah is the founder of Moringa Women Project a women-led social enterprise in Malawi that has trained 90 women as out-growers and processors of the Moringa plant.

Pania Newton, New Zealand Co-founder, SOUL Campaign In 2015, Pania and her cousins established the SOUL Campaign, leaving behind her career in law and health to dedicate her life to the preservation of Ihumaatao – a rare cultural, historical, and ancestral landscape.

Patu Ndango Fen, Cameroon Founder/Managing Director, Closed-Loop System Ventures As the founder of Closed-Loop System Ventures, Patu has dedicated her career to the goal of zero waste through the development of innovative recycling, repurposing, and upcycling measures.

Prabhath Mannapperuma, Sri Lanka Founder, STEMUp Prabhath created a unique volunteer-based organization called STEMUp to inspire students to become interested in pursuing STEM careers and becoming innovators and problem-solvers.

Queenie Chong, Brunei Social Entrepreneur Queenie advocates for sustainable and ethical funerary practices in Brunei, working to destigmatise end-of-life care and build affordable, eco-friendly solutions.

Rickisha Terry, Antigua & Barbuda President, Rotaract Club of Antigua Rickisha has dedicated her advocacy to building platforms and awareness of disability education in her home country, particularly focused on dyslexia.

Rinesh Rajesh, Fiji Co-founder, IG Distributors Rinesh has pioneered hydroponic farm systems in Fiji, lending employment opportunity for a number of young agricultural workers and providing consulting services to local farmers.

Ruth Stowe, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines Lawyer and Educator Trained in law and international trade, Ruth strives passionately for equitable access to education and opportunity for all people, regardless of background.

Samantha Miyanda, Zambia Programme Director, Young Change-Maker+ Project After representing Zambia in football at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, Samantha M who developed a girls’ mentoring programme in Zambia, empowering young women in her country through sport and leadership education.

Sandra Ajaja, Nigeria Founder, Fempower Africa Sandra is the founder of Fempower Africa, a social enterprise that has provided over 2000 women with technology education, internship opportunities and learning resources.

Sarvesh Lutchmun, Mauritius Founder, Grand River South East Youth Circle Sarvesh is the founder of Grand River South East Youth Circle, a youth-led NGO working on four main pillars: education, environment, sports and culture.

Sebastian Wee Kiat Hoe, Singapore Social Work Practitioner Sebastian has spearheaded a number of mental health awareness and support campaigns in Singapore, including an art jamming initiative, as well helping to organise the first Southeast Asia Para Sailing Championship.

Seutatia-ia-Noue, Samoa Food and Health Advocate Seutatia’s passion is providing safe and nutritious food for her island home. Her family’s farm – Purpose Plantations – strives to make fresh and healthy food affordable, as well as providing their workers and other youths in the community with the guidance to run their own #ChemicalFreeFarms.

Siddhant Sarang, India Founder, Youth Frontliners Siddhant was inspired to found Youth Frontliners following a visit to flood-devastated areas of India; his organisation works to combat social and climate injustice.

Siosaia Tuineau Mataele, Tonga Co-founder, Navigators of Success Hoping to promote equality for Maori and Pasifika communities, Siosaia co-founded Navigators of Success, an initiative to support and empower Islander communities through the power of storytelling.

Tanana Bakoa, Kiribati Administrative Officer, Kiribati Public Service As a member of the administrative cadre in the Kiribati Public Service Tanana provides administrative support to the Ministry, working to build educational and economic opportunity for the youth of Kiribati.

Yasmine Ibrahim, Sierra Leone Founding Director, Girl Up Vine Club Sierra Leone In addition to her entrepreneurial ventures, Yasmine is the Founding Director of the Girl Up Vine Club Sierra Leone, where she advocates for increased opportunity and equality for women and girls.

Article Published: 23rd September 2019


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