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Composed of reresentatives (1 per org) of YouLead Promoting Orgs (currently MSTCDC, EAC, and TBI) Promoters qualify by level of commitment to wnership of YouLead Programs Commitment is by staff time, funds contributed and funds raised for YouLead programs at country and regional level Primary role is to oversee the YouLead Secretariat and offer program oversight and guidance at regional all levels
Ivan Atuyambe is an International Cooperation Practitioner and Crusader for Youth Voice and
Participation in leadership, governance and development processes in both fragile and stable States
and territories with passion for youth mobilisation and engagement in regional integration and
regional governance in the African context, access to economic opportunities and decent work for
youth. He has a career background and maintains interest in defence, security and police integrity
for stable rule of law and peaceful societies. He is current Head of Leadership and Governance
Academy at Danish Training Centre for Development Cooperation where he spends part of his most
enjoyable time delivering technical assistance missions across Africa, Asia, Middle East alongside
rethinking and promoting the YouLead Program, mentoring the YouLead Team while inspiring and
connecting young leaders across the African continent. In his free time, to run away from work and
deep thinking, he rides bikes, and enjoys making jokes around good friends and cooking his best
meal - Tanzanian local chicken (kuku wa kienyeji) soup with hot pili pili, which he enjoys with Swahili
Mr. David Onen works at the East African Community Secretariat as the Principal Political Affairs Officer and is responsible for facilitating, promoting policies, and programs related to political affairs in the community. He has over 20 years of experience in Program Development, design of approaches, tools for Policy Advocacy and Campaigning in the areas of Social Justice, Accountability, Governance and Human Rights with consideration for youth and gender-based perspectives. He has worked as a Regional Training advisor at MS TCDC, Program Manager at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Election officer with the Electoral Commission of Uganda and Policy and Advocacy Officer at the National Union of Disables Person of Uganda. David also coordinates the East African Community Ambassadors Platform (EACYAP) which is domiciled at the Nyerere Center for Peace Research at the EAC headquarters.
Petrider Paul, is a renowned Girls and Women’s rights defender, and an influencer for promotion of children’s rights holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Dodoma and a Post-Graduate in Economic Diplomacy from the Center for Foreign Relations in the – United Republic of Tanzania, as an appointed African Union Youth Advisory Council Member she is also a team leader at Voice Out Gender- Based Violence Initiative as a team leader working to end child early forced marriage, Female Genital Mutilation and Teenage pregnancies.
Among many accolades, she is the Points of Light Award recipient from Her Majesty the Queen II 2018 for her voluntary work to campaign to end child marriage and Gender-based violence in the Commonwealth and a Regional Coordinator East African Community Youth Ambassadors Platform.
Caren Wakoli is the Founder and Executive Director of Emerging Leaders Foundation (ELF); an organization that equips young people with skills and knowledge to enable them to thrive and be positive agents of change in society. She is a certified leadership coach, transformational leadership trainer, certified 7-Habits of Highly Effective People trainer, mentor, and social entrepreneur who delights in mentoring young women and men to be able to discover their purpose and achieve their greatest potential in life. She has over 17 years’ experience of doing youth empowerment work in Kenya and Africa at large.
She created history as having been the first woman to be elected Vice President of the Student’s Organization of Nairobi University (SONU). This was after being elected for three terms consecutively – first as Congresslady, Gender Affairs Secretary, then wound up as the Vice Chair of the union. She has taken part in various policy formulation processes including Kenya Vision 2030, National Youth Policy, and National Human Development Index 2010 and 2016.
She serves on various boards, governmental and non-governmental – she is the Chair of The Youth Congress, and is a board member at YALI East Africa, Impact Africa Industries, Siasa Place and DSW Kenya Chapter. She has previously served in the Uwezo Fund Oversight Board, Advisory Board of NACADA, National Council member of African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and Nairobi City County Interim Youth Advisory and resource Mobilization Board (as the Chair). She previously served as the spokesperson for African youth at the African Governance Forum (AGF), and actively took part in the formulation of Agenda 2063 through the regional youth forums convened by the African Governance Architecture (AGA).
Caren has received several recognitions for her commitment to youth and women empowerment, democracy and good governance, the latest being the recognition by President Obama in his speech at the Mandela Lecture in South Africa in 2018. She is the 2018 winner of a Pan African Award - CEO Global Most Influential Women in Business and Government (Civil Society and welfare category) the East African winner. She has been profiled as one of the most influential women in East Africa, by the East African Standard Newspaper in 2017. She is a 2018 Obama Foundation Africa Leaders fellow. Additionally, she is a YALI East Africa 2014 Fellow, East African Acumen Fellow 2014, Spark* Kenya Changemaker 2013 and Young Female Achiever 2006 at the University of Nairobi. She has a Master’s degree in international studies and Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology, both from the University of Nairobi.
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