Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator Steering Committee

The Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator Steeting Committee is a team of youth ensuring constituency voice and representation and setting the strategic direction of the Accelerator. Here are the Committee members:


Alina Saba, Nepal

Alina is a Limbu indigenous woman from Nepal with a passion for advancing the indigenous women right and climate justice movement. She is also an Asia Pacific Advisor for FRIDA- The Young Feminist Fund. Co-founder of youth organization Nepal Policy Center (NPC), she has been actively involved in organizing political discourses and events on the rights of marginalized peoples. She gratuated from the University of Sheffield with an MA in Politics, Governance and Public Policy. She tweets as @AlinaHangma.


Amanda Segnini, Brazil

Amanda is an activist, social entrepreneur and co-founder of the youth-led NGO Engajamundo. She works to engage Brazilian youth to take action for their rights by facilitating their inclusion in national and international decision-making spaces. She was Deputy Organising Partner of Habitat 3 working group at UNMGCY (UN Major Groups for Children and Youth), and she coordinated Engajamundo's delegation at COP 20-21. She specialized in Social Innovation Management at the Amani Institute. She tweets as @amandasegnini.


Ayman Cherkaoui, Morocco     

Ayman has worked closely with the private sector to advance SDGs as the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Local Network and a member of the New Climate Economy Commission at the General Confederation of Moroccan Companies in Morocco. His areas of expertise include law, engineering, finance and climate change. Ayman is also a Coordinator at the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, Lead Counsel for Climate Change at the Center for International Sustainable Development Law. He tweets as @Aymancherkaoui.

Kalewongel Tesfaye, Ethiopia

Kalewongel is a founder and Executive Director of Youth by Youth, a horizontal mentorship platform meant to guide, empower, and help youth create positive change in their sectors. Previously a UNESCO employee, Kalewongel now works as an innovation planner for Unilever and is a United Nations Youth Adviser. He has volunteered, founded and led several youth platforms, initiatives and social led projects in Africa and beyond. He is a winner of two presidential awards in Uganda and Russia. He tweets as @kalewongel.


Max Seunik, Canada

Max is a young Toronto-based civic community builder, human rights advocate, and social impact wonk. He serves as Deputy Executive Director of Young Diplomats and currently coordinates Grand Challenges Canada's Transition to Scale program, which invests capital in scaling up innovations with a proven impact on health in the Global South. Previously he led field-based impact evaluations in Uganda with Innovations for Poverty Action focusing on political capacity, behavioural economics and technology adoption. He tweets as @maxseunik.


Olasupo Abideen Opeyemi, Nigeria

Abideen is a youth advocate interested in shaping the global participation of youth in policy making. He is a serial entrepreneur, life coach and speaker. He was an integral part of the #NotTooYoungToRun process that saw the bill signed into law. He is a Global leader with Restless Development, One Young World Peace Ambassador and one.org Champion, ana was recently listed by Africa Youth Awards as part of 100 most influential youths in Africa. He tweets as @opegoogle.


Oluseun Onigbinde, Nigeria

Oluseun is an civic tech leader popularly known as the co-founder and CEO of BudgIT, a Nigerian civic startup. He is a fiscal transparency advocate and firm believer in the power of open data. Oluseun is currently an Obama Foundation Scholar at Columbia University. He tweets as @seunonigbinde.


Onaba Payab, Afghanistan

Onaba Payab is the first female valedictorian at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) in Kabul. Before leaving for her Fulbright journey to do her masters in International Policy and Development, she moderated a discussion between former First Lady Laura Bush and then First Lady Michelle Obama in 2015. Currently, Onaba is the Director of Advancement at AUAF, her passion is empowering the rights of women in Afghanistan through improved access to educational and economic opportunities. She tweets as @onabapayab.


Rufaro C.E. Mudimu, Zimbabwe

Rufaro, a proud citizen of Southern Africa, is passionate about creating environments where people define and achieve success while creating a better future for their communities and their countries. She is the CEO of enke: Make Your Mark, a South African-based leadership development organization that generates and incubates youth-led social impact by capacitating youth toward social innovation, social cohesion and social responsibility. She is also one of 200 emerging leaders in the Obama Foundation Leaders Africa Program. She tweets as @RufaroMudimu.


Sunidhi Kant, India

Sunidhi is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Reaching Sky Foundation, a Youth Organisation for the improvement of Youth Development, Quality Education and the Strengthening of Volunteerism. Her work channels to add value to Youth Empowerment & Inclusivity through civic engagement & network building to promote volunteerism. She also holds a Women Achievers Award (presented by Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment) and a Peace Messenger Award (presented by International Peace Youth Group, South Korea). She tweets as @KantSunidhi.

Vivian Onano, Kenya

Vivian is a social entrepreneur with a strong commitment to education, women economic empowerment and leadership. She serves as the Vice-Chair of the Global Youth Empowerment Fund Board of Trustees and Women Deliver board member. She holds a New African Woman on the Rise Award and an MTV “Africa Re-Imagined” Award. Vivian has a deep interest in re-defining Africa’s growth and development and creating an inclusive world where women and youth can play an important role. She tweets as @vivianonano.


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