Team QCT. Together, supporting thousands of young people around the world, who are helping others every day.
Reporting to the Board, our staff and Advisors work alongside a global network of young leaders who together bring their experience and expertise to our strategy development, digital content, grant-making and more. Together we are Team QCT, and we are already almost a thousand members strong.
The Board of Trustees leads and is accountable for the work of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. It sets the strategy, approves the brand identity, values and the annual business plan and budget.
Abdullahi Alim leads the World Economic Forum’s network of emerging young leaders, formally known as the Global Shapers across Africa and the Middle East. He works with thousands of young changemakers at the frontlines of tackling systemic injustices and reimagining a truly equitable post-covid world order.
He is widely cited as a thought leader on the role of young people in systemic reform and his essays have been published by the likes of Foreign Policy, Forbes, CNBC and The Huffington Post.
To his credit, Abdullahi was conferred the Young Leaders Award by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. He was also the WA Young Australian of the Year.
Stephen Ball has served as CEO, Vice Chairman and Member of the Boards of Directors of Global Financial Institutions, Multinational Companies and leading Professional Services Firms. He practised law in the UK and USA with Slaughter and May and Linklaters before moving into Investment Banking in Asia-Pacific, the GCC and Europe. He has been awarded The Freedom of the City of London; Euromoney rated him as one of ‘The World’s Leading Banking Lawyers’; The Lawyer ranked him as one of The Hot 100 Lawyers in the UK, describing his strategy as ‘making legal history’. Stephen attends The United Nations, advises on The UN Sustainable Development Goals, The World Economic Forum in Davos and The Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. He is the General Editor of the book Hedge Funds published by the European Lawyer, winner of the Queen’s Award to Industry. He writes on Hong Kong, ASEAN, High Frequency Trading, Dark Pools, HLT’s and derivatives. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Asia House, the think tank and is Chair of the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee. He has served on the Board of Governors of The English National Ballet and Advisory Boards of The Victoria and Albert Museum and The Royal Albert Hall.
Samantha Cohen CVO
Samantha Cohen is Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) and Co-Chair of Cool Earth. Prior to this, Sam was Private Secretary to TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. For 8 years, Sam was Assistant Private Secretary to HM The Queen and also served as Her Majesty’s Press Secretary. She has been involved with QCT from its inception in 2016.
Baroness Martha Lane Fox CBE
Martha is a crossbench peer and chairwomen of WeTransfers Supervisory Board. She is chancellor of the OU, a Director of Twitter and a NED of Chanel and The Queens Commonwealth Trust. She is patron of Just for Kids Law and Reprieve.
Rt Hon Lord Geidt GCB GCVO OBE QSO, Chairman
Lord Geidt has served as Chairman of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust since its inception. A member of the House of Lords, he is also Chairman of King’s College London and Chairman (International) at Schroders plc. He was formerly Private Secretary to The Queen after an earlier career in military and diplomatic service.
Chrisann is the co-CEO of We Belong, the UK’s first migrant youth-led organisation working to improve individual outcomes for young people, and advocating for systemic change. We Belong builds on the success of a project Chrisann founded in 2014 which focussed on challenging the laws that prevent young migrants from accessing student finance to attend university in the UK. Whilst studying law at the LSE, she worked with lawyers successfully providing evidence to the Supreme Court that these laws were discriminatory. She has since worked as a Policy Advisor to the Deputy Mayor of London on Social Integration and has spoken at the United Nations on the topic of mainstreaming youth in global migration governance. She has seen first-hand the transformative effect of developing and supporting young people as change agents. In 2020 Chrisann became an Eisenhower Fellowships Youth Leader.
Janette is a partner at KPMG where she has worked for over 30 years, firstly in the audit practice and then in tax. She has a broad base of experience, having advised charities and family-owned businesses as well as listed international companies. Janette has worked with the Royal household for a number of years and was involved in the organisation of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations. Throughout her career, she has been passionate about mentoring young people and empowering them with the confidence and tools to excel. She is also actively involved with raising awareness of mental health issues in young people and supporting charities that help young people and their families campaign for change. Janette joined QCT in May 2019 and in her Trustee role provides support with Treasury and financial matters.
Aneeta Williams is an international development and humanitarian advocate with a passion to prevent abuse, violence and exploitation and bring about justice for vulnerable victims and witnesses. Called to the Bar at the Middle Temple, Aneeta practised law for a decade while she completed her Master’s in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law followed by a Master’s in Child Studies at King’s College London. She is a former Trustee of Keeping Children Safe, an international coalition of INGOs focussed on strengthening child safeguarding. She is fully committed to her work as a certified SEAH Investigator and Trainer with the CHS Alliance, a Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative Expert with the FCO working on conflict-related sexual violence and as an active member to the Independent Reference Group with DFID’s Safeguarding Unit. She is currently Executive Director of Bridging Worlds Consulting Ltd, providing international aid agencies strategic consultancy services on safeguarding, gender, improving organisational culture and programme quality.
Nicola Brentnall is the founding Chief Executive of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, responsible for the brand and proposition. Nicola has over twenty years’ senior leadership and Board level experience, leading on strategy, communications, mediation, governance, values, brand and fundraising.
Nicola Brentnall MVO
Chief Executive Officer
Nicola Brentnall is Chief Executive of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and has been with the organisation from inception. She has been responsible for the development of QCT’s proposition, governance, values, brand and fundraising.
Nicola has over twenty years’ senior leadership experience in the voluntary sector, working across youth, the arts and mental health. She has seen the extraordinary talent, tenacity and generosity of young people throughout her career and it is their example that has inspired all that is The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust today.
Nicola has no doubt the vision of the Trust, a world where young people are equal partners in driving change, is achievable. Why? Because in the words of David Hogg, activist and Parkland survivor, the young people will win.
Marketing and Digital Innovation
The Marketing and Digital Innovation team delivers QCT’s marketing communications, content, network and digital activities. We share the leadership, ideas and expertise of young people through our online platforms and connect young leaders to a global network of peers who are taking practical action to help others every day. This network is nearly 1,000 strong, and is for generous leaders who want to create a sustainable future for everyone. Members join us to collaborate, share, support and encourage each other and others all around the world, while working on new projects and new solutions to the challenges we face.
Director of Marketing and Digital Innovation
Chloe leads the MDI Team to deliver the Champion and Connect pillars of QCT’s work and has been part of QCT’s senior leadership team since May 2018. Experienced across both the corporate and charity sectors, Chloe brings over eleven years of international leadership experience in marketing, communications, strategy and innovation across the social enterprise, charity and FMCG sectors, and acts as a trustee and advisor to several charities and social enterprises.
Prior to joining QCT, Chloe led and grew a high profile global funding and support platform for social entrepreneurs and has worked on projects aimed at tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges through the development and testing of new products, business models and behaviour change programmes in SE Asia.
Chloe is passionate about sustainable solutions to global challenges and providing the best possible support to help young people take action to make a difference.
Head of Network Development
An energetic, empathetic creator, Frances loves to support projects and people through leadership training, mentoring, community creation, educational strategy and design.
Prior to QCT Frances was the Director of Training and Mentoring for The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, working with incredible young people around The Commonwealth for over four years. Frances has also worked with a number of other organisations including Creative Dundee, NESTA and the University of Cambridge.
“I believe that the best support for young people must be based on an understanding of, and respect for, their individual culture, challenges and drivers. I am passionate about accompanying any training with supportive networks and wellbeing techniques to equip #TeamQCT to be resilient, flexible and confident.”
Digital Content Editor
Naomi Knight has spent the last five years carving a career in radio, digital and content production for Heart and Capital FM. Witnessing first-hand the power of media, Naomi felt driven to utilise digital content as a force of good and was thrilled to accept an opportunity to work for The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust in January 2019.
During her time at QCT, Naomi has been continually awed by the incredible work young people are doing across the Commonwealth and is motivated to inspire other changemakers by championing these stories online.
With a particular passion for sport equality, Naomi volunteers as a girls’ football coach and is keen to play her part in the development of community activities and youth wellbeing.
Grants and Operations
The Grants and Operations team look after QCT’s grant making, grants management and overall operations as an organisation. We work with young leaders who have received funding to provide guidance and organisational support, while making sure that QCT’s operations effectively and efficiently support all QCT’s wider activities and drive impact for young people and their projects.
Chief Operating Officer
Chris is a chartered accountant who brings over 15 years professional services experience to QCT. In his previous role at KPMG East Africa, Chris built an international development pan-African risk management and organisational development practice, initially based in Kenya before expanding to work across the region.
Chris brings strong consulting experience in governance, change management, and financial management, and has substantial experience working to strengthen and support community-based organisations. Chris has been a founder trustee and advisor of a number of charities and brings over 20 years’ experience of grassroot community development work in Nepal.
Chris is energised by the opportunity to work with and support young people to increase the impact of their social interventions.
Head of Grants
Winfred is a certified public accountant with over 14 years’ management consulting experience in grants and financial management, organisational capacity assessments, risk management and organisational development. Prior to joining QCT, she led the risk and assurance team at Adam Smith International, Somalia Stability Fund. She also worked in management roles while at KPMG East Africa, managing different donor-funded programmes.
"What excites me most about #TeamQCT is getting an opportunity to work with and learn from young leaders who are working hard to address social issues, especially in developing countries".
Organisational Assessment and Development Lead
Sawe is a certified public accountant who brings over 10 years professional services and public sector experience to QCT. He has worked in various roles at different consulting firms as well as International non-governmental organizations (INGOs).
He is experienced in managing funds and investments for multilateral organisations and foundations for development and brings substantial consulting experience in organisational assessment and development, internal controls review and grants financial management.
“What really excites me about #TeamQCT is the focus on working with young leaders, who more often than not lack support structures including financial resources, technical and mentoring support which QCT is trying to offer”.
Head of Administration
Anne Threlkeld has worked in grant-making and administration for over 20 years. While working at the UK Film Council, Anne helped to deliver grants with the aim to encourage and train more young filmmakers from diverse backgrounds across the UK. More recently, at The Queen’s Trust, she worked on grants to UK charities supporting young people to help others.
Anne has been with The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust from inception and has very much enjoyed being part of a growing charity that champions and connects young people across the Commonwealth.
Anne has been inspired by the passion, enthusiasm and strength of the young people who have had the courage to take action and address issues within their own communities.
The Fundraising team ensures that the work of QCT can continue sustainably into the future by building strong relationships with our supporters. We build new partnerships and communicate the impact of QCT’s work to help donors and prospective donors stay close to our work and understand the vital difference their support makes to young leaders around the world.
Director of Fundraising
Nikki has over 20 years’ experience in international development and environmental organisations. She has worked in leadership roles at WWF, WaterAid and Save the Children, developing transformative partnerships with individuals, corporates and foundations.
She has led high-achieving fundraising teams in the UK and US, and has championed global campaigns that tackle poverty and environmental degradation. Nikki is an Institute of Fundraising Mentor and believes passionately in supporting and empowering young people to make a difference.
“What really excites me about #TeamQCT is that together, with supporters and young change-makers, we are taking positive steps to tackle the most pressing challenges in the world today. And we are doing it with fresh energy, approaches, and actions – driven by young leaders themselves”.
Petya grew up in Bulgaria and moved to the UK in 2000. She started her career at an investment bank and then became a lawyer at a City law firm where she also volunteered as a mentor at a small charity. The volunteering experience inspired Petya to look for a career in the charity sector.
She joined The Prince’s Trust where she focused on strengthening relationships with donors through bespoke and creative interactions. She also used every opportunity to volunteer and participate in sessions with young people.
“I love the fact that QCT believes in young people, trusts them to decide what their communities need most and then equips them to be leaders and change-makers."
Our Advisors bring experience and expertise to our strategy, digital content, grant-making and more, to help us support the diverse and evolving needs of the Commonwealth’s young people.
Abbey Wemimo is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Esusu, a financial technology platform that reports rental data to build tenant's credit scores while helping property owners increase revenue and lower evictions powered by differentiated data and insights. Prior to Esusu, Abbey founded Clean Water for Everyone, a global social venture providing affordable access to clean water for 250,000+ people in six countries. He also founded a data analytics company designed to gather machine-readable data on NGOs operating in Africa which was acquired in 2014. Previously, Abbey was a mergers and acquisitions consultant at PwC, where he worked on more than 20 buy and sell-side deals valued at over $50 billion.
Abbey also gained valuable experience working with Accenture, European Commission, and Goldman Sachs. Abbey and his work have been recognised in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Quartz, Fortune, Teen Vogue, Vice, Black Enterprise, and Cheddar. He was inducted into The Royal Commonwealth Society in 2017 and named in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 list. He speaks at global conferences and has presented at the United Nations, the Vatican, the World Food Prize, and Clinton Global Initiative among others. Abbey graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Abbey also holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School School of Public Service.
Alicia A. Wallace is a queer Black feminist, gender expert, and research consultant. She is the Director of Equality Bahamas which promotes women's and LGBTQ+ rights as human rights. Her work includes campaign development, the design and coordination of monthly event series Women's Wednesdays, and disaster management.
Alicia is a Steering Committee member of the Feminist Alliance for Rights (FAR) and Caribbean Advisor for FRIDA the Young Feminist Fund. Alicia has a weekly column on sociopolitical issues in the Bahamian daily newspaper The Tribune and has published academic papers. She produces The Culture RUSH, a monthly newsletter fusing social justice and pop culture, and Scorch which makes feminist academic theory more accessible. Passionate about creating systems and tools to increase civic engagement, she creates safe spaces for critical dialogue and bold imagination.
Alicia is interested in issues of identity and power, and co-creating Black feminist futures. She enjoys reading, baking, cycling, gardening, penpalling, and talking to everyone and no one at the same time on Twitter.
Benedict Bryan is an avid advocate for social justice and sustainable development, and has over ten years of experience in community development and volunteering within the Caribbean region. He is the founder of the youth-led Humanitarian Association of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (HARTT), and has worked with his university and other NGOs to implement initiatives geared towards empowering others.
Recently, Benedict joined the Youth Advisory Group for the T&T United Nations Populations Fund. Benedict holds a BSc in Political Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations. He continues to collaborate with several NGOs in Trinidad and Tobago addressing key thematic issues: youth peace and security, refugee rights, women's rights, and sexual and reproductive rights for all.
Bill Holroyd founded foodservice distribution company, Holroyd Meek, in 1982. After expanding to serve over 7,000 restaurants across the UK, Booker acquired the company in 1995 and Bill went on to start his own investment company. Between 1995 and 2020, Bill invested in over 30 start-up and second-stage companies. Major successes have been Millies Cookies, Positive Solutions, AO World, Artorius and UCFB (University of Football).
During this time, Bill also founded OnSide Youth Zones, a movement to create safe and inspiration centres for young people in the UK. Thirteen centres are open, with 14 soon to come. 50,000 young people use these facilities regularly.
In 2013 Bill was awarded the CBE; in 2015 he was the High Sheriff for Cheshire and has received a Beacon Fellowship for Philanthropy.
Christian Lohberger is a renewable energy and development specialist from Papua New Guinea (PNG). He is the founder and president of the Solar Energy Association of PNG and acts as an advisor to the PNG government on renewable energy and climate issues.
Christian was a climate negotiator at COP25 in Madrid and assists in policy development for PNG's climate targets under the Paris Agreement. He is also the co-founder of a solar start up that specialises in energy transition for commercial enterprises and off-grid communities. Christian's current focus is on using renewable energy to strengthen the cold-chain logistics for a vaccine roll out in remote areas.
Eman is a human rights advocate. Currently reading an undergrad in Social Policy at the University of Malta, he founded the first LGBTI+ organisation on the island of Gozo. Under his leadership, LGBTI+ Gozo holds educational sessions and social events, and works to create and foster a diverse community. Eman served as an executive member of the National Youth Council of Malta between 2016-2020 within his role as Secretary-General, and under his guidance organised the first Sustainable Development Goals Youth Conferences and SDG Youth Champions.
In 2017, Eman was awarded the prestigious Queen's Young Leaders award, undertaking a leadership course from the University of Cambridge as part of the Leading Change programme. He is currently serving as the first Maltese Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.
Emily Milton Smith
Emily is a globally recognised gender advocate and non-formal education specialist with strong experience in programme, project, and people leadership. She is passionate about social impact, sustainability, gender policy, and youth and community services.
Emily serves on several Boards and Committees operating in the youth and gender space where she is focused on good governance and purpose-led business strategy. She brings a unique perspective, with a research background in public policy, digital media, communication technology and visual culture. Currently, Emily is the national governance and programs manager for a leading youth education charity.
With over 15 years experience, her advocacy record includes the Sustainable Development Goals, where she led global consultation efforts, worked with governments and civil society organisations, and achieved critical policy wins for girls' rights in domestic and international settings. In 2020, Emily was named a Women Deliver Young Leader. This follows her Queen’s Young Leader Award in 2015.
Hunter Johnson is CEO of The Man Cave, a charity that teaches emotional intelligence to young men. Hunter has worked with tens of thousands of young people across Australia and is constantly inspired by their audacity and brilliance.
His work has led him to speak around the world including presenting at the United Nations, Government House, the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Town Hall, Graduation Ceremonies and various universities. He has been recognised as a finalist for the 2020 Young Australian of the Year Awards (VIC), listed as one of Harper’s Bazaar’s “Visionary Men of 2019”, named a 2018 Queen’s Young Leader by Her Majesty The Queen, and was the 2018 Winner of the EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Southern Region).
Jacob Thomas is one of Australia’s most prominent leaders in sexual orientation and gender identity. A nonbinary person living in Melbourne, Jacob uses the pronouns they/them and works in the higher education and not-for profit sectors.
Jacob advises public and private organisations on issues related to the LGBT+ community, diversity and inclusion policies, human rights, and LGBT-friendly work environment. They are a mentor to many LGBT+ people, allies and senior leaders around the globe.
A speaker and facilitator, Jacob has presented a TEDx Talk at QUT on the ideas around gender identity, is a contributor to Archer Magazine and Star Observer, and has written a personal essay for BuzzFeed about their experience coming out as nonbinary.
Dr Jo Taylor
Dr Jo Taylor is a child and educational psychologist based in London. He has expertise in child development, cognition, learning and mental health. In addition to his work with children, families and schools, Jo supports leaders and organisations to use psychology in their social change work.
In 2020, Jo received a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to complete research on navigating adversity with compassion.
Find Jo on twitter @jgetaylor.
Joshua Powell CF
Josh is a conservation biologist, who is interested in designing and using social conservation solutions to help protect biodiversity and endangered species.
Formerly a Churchill Fellow on island conservation policy and practice, Josh is currently working on opportunities for the transboundary conservation of Amur tigers (Panthera tigris tigris) in north-east Asia, as part of a PhD at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and UCL.
In 2017, he founded Rangers Without Borders, a conservation research programme focused on the work of wildlife rangers in understudied environments, with Peter Coals from the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU). Josh is a presenter for WWF International’s #WWFVoices campaign on global biodiversity and is a National Geographic Explorer.
Kamel is an ex-banker with 40 years’ experience and an architect of numerous initiatives that have shaped the banking industry. She is an international motivational speaker including chairing the Bloomberg summit round table with UN Women in Mumbai, and was awarded an OBE for diversity across banking in 2017. She is a NED for TLC Lions and Trustee to a number of charities and organisations, including Alzheimer's Society, helping to reach out across the BAME community.
Kamel chairs the TLC Lions Club in Westminster, helping over 200 companies to collaborate on inclusion and cultural challenges, whilst acting as a coach and an advocate for mentoring on empathetic and inclusive leadership.
Kavindya is a dean’s fellow at the Stanford School of Education with a background in Learning Experience Design and Anthropology. She is the founder of Tilli; a game-based learning tool focused on developing metacognition, empathy, and critical thinking skills of early learners. Tilli chases the ambitious mission of ensuring that no child grows up to be either a perpetrator or victim of sexual abuse or assault.
In 2014 she co-founded Without Borders; a social enterprise focused on designing innovative learning and training tools for local schools and educators. Without Borders won both the inaugural Queen’s Young Leaders Award and the Harvard Global Trailblazers for its impact within the local education space.
Previously, she has worked for Coursera in UX Research and at the MIT Media Lab as a Civic Entertainment Researcher. Her previous engagements have spanned across strategy, development and the microfinance spaces, working for Ogilvy/IBM, United Nations, the Oxford Microfinance Initiative, MTV/MBC, and Transparency International Sri Lanka.
Kenny Imafidon is an award-winning social entrepreneur and campaigner. He is the Co-Founder & Managing Director of ClearView Research, which is a research and strategy agency providing culturally-informed insights.
Kenny is a trustee of several charities such as BBC Children in Need, Strength Within In Me Foundation (S.W.I.M), Spark Inside and City Gateway, where he is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Lance Copegog is Youth Chief of Beausoleil First Nation, a member of the Ontario Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities, interim regional Youth Representative for the Union of Ontario Indians, and a member of the Ontario First Nations Young Peoples’ Council. Lance has been recognised across Canada, by Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders alike, as a politically savvy young leader, a good communicator, and a relationship builder.
Lisa Rapley is a social entreprenuer, global shaper and co-founder of Yuludarla Karulbo. She is passionate about empowering young Indigenous people from across the world through system disruption, capacity and ecosystem building. Lisa is expert in Indigenous knowledge systems and co-design principles to solve problems.
Michael, from Kenya and a 2018 Queen's Young Leader, is a development/agricultural economist by training. He is currently completing a Ph.D. at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and is writing on agricultural technology adoption, contract farming for small-scale farmers and food security in East Africa. He has also completed post-graduate studies in monitoring and impact evaluation at the University of Sydney, Australia, and Université Laval, Canada.
Currently, Michael is a monitoring and evaluation consultant at the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP), an organisation that promotes research and policy impact across the developing world. He is the founder and the team leader of Focuswise SHG, a community-based organization that promotes sustainable, climate-smart food production in drought-vulnerable communities in East Africa. He has previously managed agricultural-value chain projects for different donors in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda) and Andhra Pradesh, India.
Millicent is a passionate social entrepreneur specialising in communications design through her business 'Millicent Designs' - a service tackling adult illiteracy using structures of traditional oral storytelling to effectively translate and alleviate impediments to development projects, and empowering rural communities in Solomon Islands. This service is the called “Kastom Stori Taem Tool” and has been effectively used for 2 consecutive National General Elections and 2 large infrastructural projects. Millicent's work led to her receiving the prestigious Queens Young Leaders Award in 2018.
Millicent is also the Chairperson for the Young Entrepreneurs Council Solomon Islands and sits as a Trustee on the Solomon Islands Tourism Development Fund Board (SITDF Inc.).
Nicholas Kee is a Tech-Philosophist. He is the Co-Founder of Osoobe - a Startup Venture Studio aimed at creating frictionless products and services for the virtual economy. Prior to this, he was the Co-founder and Executive Director of Next Gen Creators, a non-profit organisation aimed at promoting software development and tech-entrepreneurship for youths in the Caribbean.
Nicholas is an active technology community leader focused on AI Ethics & Regulations, and Digital Awareness & Literacy. Since the beginning of his career, he has launched companies in the sectors of education, marketing, insurance, and 3D printing. He has worked with NASA, CERN, Red Cross International, and the United Nations on renewable energy-related projects and policy reform for developing countries and refugee camps.
Nicholas is also the Jamaica Youth Ambassador to the Commonwealth and spends his time consulting with various government agencies and private organisations throughout the diaspora to help implement technological solutions into their societies.
Nondumiso (Noni) Hlophe is Founding Curator and Director of Global Shapers Community Mbabane Hub, a registered youth-led Non Profit Organisation in the Kingdom of eSwatini. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree with Honours in Political and International Studies from Rhodes University.
Impassioned by quality education and gender equality, her work in policy is driven by the desire to see both achieved in the world. Noni was named an inaugural Queen's Young Leader by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and a Commonwealth Young Achiever in 2015. She was named a policy influencer on SADC’s Top 100 Youth list in 2018 and is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society.
Rohit K. Pothukuchi
Rohit leads Verdentum.org, a technology platform that helps governments, international organisations, and non-profits launch, coordinate, and track impact on development-sector and volunteer initiatives in 45+ nations.
Rohit has a passion for empowering grassroots organisations with the technology needed to collaborate and take an evidence-driven approach to addressing global problems.
Rohit is an Affiliate Fellow at the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession and has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School. Prior to establishing Verdentum, Rohit worked with White & Case LLP, a leading international law firm, in New York City and served as research assistant to Justice Chelameswar at the Supreme Court of India.
He was named in the Forbes 30 UNDER 30 list in 2017.
Tag Warner is an industry leader and media personality who, in January 2019 at the age of 24, became the CEO of global media brand, GAY TIMES.
Tag stands for LGBTQ+ rights and voices around the world and has transformed Europe’s longest running LGBTQ+ title into a truly global media organisation - now encompassing not only the leading content brand, but also a specialist creative agency, a membership programme and charity.
Tag has focused the revitalised company with new content initiatives and partnerships with world-leading brands such as Apple Music, Coca-Cola and Adidas. Since the start of his tenure, GAY TIMES has expanded rapidly and grown its reach by double digit percentages across numerous platforms. He launched GAYTIMES+, a new membership platform, and oversaw the relaunch of the brands namesake magazine and online content platforms.
Tag also launched Amplifund® - a new global charity partnership where GAY TIMES' advertisers and customers support vital LGBTQ+ media where it is needed most. The philanthropic initiative is already operating with partners in Iraq, Jamaica and the Middle East.
Vladyslava Kravchenko, 29, is Malta’s first female swimmer and first female athlete since 1980 to compete at the Paralympic Games (2016).
In 2015, Vladyslava was selected by the European Paralympic Committee as one of the Youth Ambassadors to raise awareness about the Paralympic movement in Europe. Three years later she was elected as the Chairperson of the Paralympic Athletes’ Council in Malta.
Outside of sport, Vladyslava qualified as a Certified Public Accountant and has worked in a leading financial services firm since 2013. She is currently reading for a master's degree in Sport Management, Politics and International Development at Loughborough University in the UK.
In 2017, Vladyslava received the Queen’s Young Leaders Award from HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Whitney holds multiple professional roles, including CEO of Project 507, and has over 18 years of experience as a front-line practitioner working with young people and communities affected by violence. Her experience expands across the community and the criminal justice system.
She has trained in forensic psychodynamic and organisational psychotherapy at the Tavistock and Portman Clinic and Association for Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organisational Settings. Her specialist focus is on violence and trauma using a psychoanalytic framework, which influences her work as both a practitioner and trainer. In 2019, Whitney completed an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development at SOAS and is currently studying the Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health at King’s College London.
Yi Jun is Co-Founder & President of Advisory Singapore, a fully youth-led non-profit established in 2016 that has supported over 96,000 young Singaporeans from all walks of life to make informed career choices. He was also Founding Project Leader of the SDG Students Program at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth Initiative, which has been endorsed by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
For his work, Yi Jun was presented a Queen's Young Leaders Award by Queen Elizabeth II in 2018. Yi Jun is a Schwarzman Scholar, Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Climate Reality Leader, and was an Asia-Pacific Youth Representative to the Jury of UN Environment Programme's Young Champions of the Earth.
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