Youth Action Team

CIVICUS Youth Action Team is an action body of CIVICUS on youth and youth related issues. The purpose of the Youth Action Team is to mainstream youth and youth issues into CIVICUS’ programmes and activities and to champion youth engagement and civic space. Institutionally, the Youth Action Team will interface with CIVICUS Board on specific strategic questions, and be able to communicate via the Secretariat on any suggested youth programming or proposals that should be considered CIVICUS priorities.

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Alan Jarandilla Núñez, Bolivia

Alan is a lawyer and passionate human rights defender from Bolivia. He serves as the Director of Policy and Advocacy of the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, and is the Founder of Change the System (CTS), a Bolivian youth-led organization working towards sustainable development, human rights and youth participation, from a systemic change perspective. He is a vocal advocate for human rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and meaningful youth engagement in decision making. He believes that an intersectional and holistic approach to global issues is fundamental for addressing the issues that are central to his work. He has followed and led advocacy strategies in different international processes.

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Daniel Nwaeze, Nigeria

Daniel is the media and communications coordinator at Afrika Youth Movement; a youth-led movement with over 10,000 members in over 41 countries and 15 country hubs. He is passionate about everything youth, media and information literacy. He consulted for DW Akademie during the Media Dialogue project in sharing best media and information literacy practices between European and Nigerian young media professionals. He has led successful media campaigns to redesign narratives about young people, such as #ShapeNarratives, #SexyFarming Campaign and #iLoveMyContinent. He is also the founder of Diplomacy Opp, a platform that connects young people globally to development opportunities and media and information literacy-related learning currently with over 50,000 active membership across all platforms.

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Dragana Jovanovska, North Macedonia

Dragana is a Management Board member at the Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID), a youth-led organisation in North Macedonia working with young people from different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds in a post-conflict society. As part of her role, she is running an open youth centre, MultiKulti (MultiКулти), in the city of Kumanovo, where she works on her fields of expertise, including intercultural dialogue, human rights and youth participation by using integrated education. She also works as an educator on these themes with youth and adults at a local, national and international level. You can find her on Instagram: @jovanovska91.

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Jelena Mitrović, Serbia

Jelena has been an activist and volunteer since the age of 14. She has gained experience in different organisations, participating locally in the Becej Youth Association and nationally as a Governing Board Member of the National Youth Council of Serbia. She currently serves at Group COME OUT in the city of Novi Sad as a dedicated and certified youth worker with LGBT+ youth, and she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Her priority is to advocate for equal opportunities for all, and ensuring that youth voices are not only heard, but also listened to and accepted in decision making processes. You can find her on Instagram @jelena_mitrovicc or Twitter @_jelenamitrovic.
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Joshua Alade, Nigeria

Joshua is a sustainability advocate and a Positive Youth Development Trainer with NextGen Africa Initiative. He obtained a Bachelor's degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He currently serves as a Program Officer at Sahara Foundation and the Project Coordinator of the Nigeria Youth SDGs Network. Through his work, he advocates for the rights of young people from disadvantaged communities and their active participation in the developmental agenda of his country. He tweets via @iamjoshuaalade.
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Justin Francis Bionat, Philippines

Justin is a passionate human rights defender from the Philippines. He is currently taking his Masters of Arts in Human Rights and Democratisation from the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand. He has had local, national and regional experience in human rights work for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities. He currently works as regional coordinator of Youth Voices Count (YVC), a regional network of young LGBTIQ persons in the Asia-Pacific region working on several sexual and reproductive health and human rights issues. He brings together both field and academic experience in human rights.
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Martín Iván Tinoco, Mexico

Martín is a young changemaker driven by a passion for human rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and youth participation in public policy in Mexico. He has been involved in civil society since the age of 15, having participated in local, regional and international processes related to the monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals. Martín currently serves as the Director of Fractal Effect, an organization that seeks to facilitate the meaningful inclusion of youth into decision making spaces. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies and Local Management at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He tweets as @martinores.
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Natasha Chaudhary, India

Natasha is the Co-Director at Haiyya, a grassroots campaign consulting organisation based in India. She oversees larger organizational scaling and growth strategy and works on fundraising. She is a trainer, coach and strategy consultant having worked across different programs, including sexual and reproductive health and rights for women, women's voting rights, the youth climate movement, resourcing and incubation models and many more. She deeply cares about gender, health and caste issues with a focus on intersectional leadership and designing interventions that shift away from traditional service delivery models. She holds a Masters degree in Development Studies from the University of Sydney, where she advocated for and worked in the implementation of a sexual harassment policy as the Women’s Officer.
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Wiem Chamsi, Tunisia

Wiem is a Master's student in Management of Organizations with a focus on NGOs and civil society development. She studied social entrepreneurship in the University of Connecticut in the USA and she was an Ashoka Fellow. She has a passion for driving change and youth empowerment. She was chosen as a global innovation pioneer with the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent societies. She has taken part in many international youth programs (such as the North Africa UN Model, the Mediterranean University, AIESEC, Hult Prize, UNDP...) by working on solving different global issues and advocating for youth participation. She also launched the Youth For Change Sousse/Tunisia initiative to promote investment in sustainable development through youth leadership.

Former Youth Action Team Members 2016 - 2019

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Amanda Segnini, Brazil

Amanda Segnini is social entrepreneur and co-founder of the youth-led NGO Engajamundo. She is graduated in International Relations and is an Amani fellow of Social Innovation Management. At Engajamundo, she currently works to engage Brazilian youth to take action for their rights by spreading knowledge about youth participation in national and international process to be part of the solution the the issues they are facing. She was Deputy Organising Partner of Habitat 3 working group at UNMGCY (United Nations Major Groups for Children and Youth) and participated of the official delegation to the Habitat 3 conference. She also participated of COP-20 and COP21 with Engajamundo’s delegation. She loves to facilitate collaborative process, enabling minorities to be part of the decision-making processes. She tweets as @amandasegnini.

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Ana Pranjic, Canada

Ana Pranjic is the Executive Director for Solidarité Ahuntsic, a community-based concertation organization in charge of the social development of the northern part of Montreal, in Canada. Very involved in youth networks all her life, Ana has been in the scouts movement since she was nine, was involved in the Quebec Forums Jeunesse and worked across Canada for several French youth provincial organizations. Throughout the years, she has dedicated much of her time as an activist within Canadian and Peruvian feminist networks and in the service of climate change initiatives. Passionate about citizen participation and governance, Ana aims to contribute to the improvement of structures and policies controlling the space for youth and women within civil society locally, regionally and globally. 

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Anastasia Hengestu, Indonesia

Tasia is an 18 year-old undergraduate student in Department of Biology at University of Indonesia. She is currently a member of AIESEC as well as UIAC (Universitas Indonesia Achievement Community), where she contributes with public relations work. Besides her activities in her university, she does volunteering and mentoring. She volunteered for Youth Agricareture (YACT), an event that was held in November 2018 to introduce food diversification to teenagers and adults in Bogor, Indonesia. Find her on Instagram: @anath_tasia.

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Angga D. Martha, Indonesia

Angga D. Martha is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, with the concentration on human security, sustainable development, and international negotiation and conflict resolution. He received his bachelor degree from the State University of Padang, Indonesia, majoring in Public Administration, and Master of Public Policy and Administration from the University of Indonesia. Angga is also the Project Officer for Solutions Initiatives at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth Initiatives (SDSN-Youth). Prior to his study at Fletcher, Angga worked as the Youth Advocate at the United Nations Population Fund Indonesia and served as the Indonesian Youth Delegate to the 68th and 69th United Nations General Assembly. He advocates for the rights of young people and ensures the participation of adolescent and youth in the formulation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. He tweets as @angga_dm

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Betty Barkha, Fiji

Betty Barkha has been working with various youth and feminist based movements in the Asia-Pacific region on areas of education, peacebuilding, conflict resolution, climate change, resilience, sustainable and youth development. She is a graduate of MA in Sociology and BA in Sociology and Psychology. Betty’s prior experience includes working with the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) in Thailand, Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy (ECREA), Pacific Theological College, 350.org Pacific and UNDP Pacific office in Fiji and the recruitment team of Teach for India. She is a passionate activist around issues of climate change, gender equality, youth development and human rights. She tweets as @BettyBarkha. Details can also be viewed here and here.

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Maximillian (Max) Seunik, Canada

Max Seunik, Canada is an adventurer passionate about the right to health, involving young men in the feminist movement, and youth political participation. In Canada, he serves as Global Advocacy Director of Young Diplomats of Canada (Jeunes diplomates du Canada). Internationally, he leads national field-based studies in East Africa on increasing accessibility to local governments with Yale-based Innovations for Poverty Action. He co-founded the Raleigh Global Shapers Hub and has worked with civil society actors from Angola to Brazil to Canada’s Arctic. Max is also a master’s in global public policy at Tsinghua University in Beijing as a Schwarzman Scholar. He tweets as @maxseunik

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Sebastián Vielmas, Chile

Sebastián Vielmas is a Master student in Political Science at the Université Laval, at Québec City. He is currently member of the Observatoire Jeunesse Oxfam Québec working for youth engagement and active participation (with voice AND representation!) in international development and civil society organizations. As Secretary General of the Student’s Federation of the Universidad Católica in Chile, he participated in in 2011 in the making of a student’s movement for the right to education, the biggest social movements after the end of dictatorship in Chile : “There is no future without a quality, free and public education. He tweets as @sebavielmas. Currently Sebastian is serving at CIVICUS Board of Directors.

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Stefan Manevski, Macedonia

Stefan Manevski is a trainer and youth worker mainly working for Centre for Intercultural Dialogue in Macedonia. He has worked for over 15 years in the civil society, constantly maintaining links with local youth work, citizens participation, research and training. He is an active trainer in the non-formal education field mainly offering courses linked with youth work development, participation, intercultural dialogue and inclusion. He cooperates with different international youth organizations (Service Civil International, Youth For Exchange and Understanding, Young European Federalists JEF Europe, UNITED against racism and Out of the Box International). Stefan is a member of SALTO SEE Pool of trainers for the EVS training cycle and European Youth Forum pool of trainers.

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Fideline Mboringong, Cameroon

Fideline Mboringong is an environment, education and gender advocate from Cameroon. She is passionate about community development, empowering girls and youth. She currently volunteers as the Vice Chair on the Committee on Agriculture for the African Youth Movement a pan-Africanist action-oriented, social movement that strives for the development, active participation and leadership of African youth in the fight for social justice. She tweets as @fidelmboringong.

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Gaïus Kowene, Democratic Republic of Congo

Gaïus is a multimedia journalist telling personal stories of ordinary individuals with extraordinary achievements. Founder of the Goma Web Activism Summit, he is actively involved in youth participation through internet thanks to several panafrican circles.The BBC, Deutsche Welle, Radio France International and many others world class broadcasters have published his work.

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Natasha Leite, Brazil

Natasha has worked with Protection, Participation and Empowerment for the last 10 years for several organisation such the Red Cross, Viva Rio, UNFPA, UNICEF and UNDP in Latin America, the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific. She has a MA in Conflict, Security and Development and she is currently working as a public security advisor for UNLIREC.

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Alex Farrow, UK

Alex works at the intersection of research, policy and journalism, attempting to improve the lives of young people through knowledge, training and expression. At Youth Policy Labs, Alex leads on consultancy projects, supporting national governments and UN agencies to design, implement and evaluate national youth policies, through research, training and events. He is a contributing writer and editor for the site, as well as researcher into youth and public policies. With a background in youth participation and democracy, Alex worked for the National Youth Agency and the British Youth Council, as well as freelancing extensively with organisations in the youth development sector. Alex received his MSc in Organizational Behaviour from Birkbeck College, Uni. Of London, with a research project that explores the career expectations and narratives of the millennial generation in today’s workforce.”

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