Youth Ambassadors of Change (YACs)

YACs are youth leader/young change maker with track record of volunteer work and peace building activities. They learn, relearn and unlearn things in order to promote GYPF VISION which ‘envision a world where all people are equally respected, fully protected and universally realized.  Included in this vision is a world where all young people – regardless of nationality, ethnicity, religion, class, gender or other differences – are encouraged and empowered to non-violently claim their own rights and serve as advocates for the rights of others.’

AFGHANISTAN


Ali Fayez

Programs Manager, Afghans for Progressive Thinking (APT), Afghanistan

A Peace Education Trainer, Moderator and writer, Ali is a change maker and youth leader from Afghanistan who had participated in many international youth peace dialogues and workshops on variety of global issues and challenges. Presently he works as Programs Manager at Afghans for progressive Thinking (APT). APT works with university students to promote a culture of tolerance, openness, and respect by providing opportunities to engage in contemporary issues. Since its inception, APT has worked with over 15,000 university students from more than 30 public and private universities in Kabul, Mazar, Samangan, Herat, and Faizabad. APT has also partnered and collaborated with civil society organizations and businesses both within Afghanistan and abroad. He can be reached at ali.fayez@apt.af

BANGLADESH


Joyeeta Hossain

Project Coordinator, Child Right Unit, Nagorik Uddyog (Citizen's Initiative), Dhaka, Bangladesh

She has been working on the gender equality and social justice for half a decade. Her main focus is on economic, social and cultural rights of women. Her work is directly with the grassroots level young women, to raise awareness among the communities and other stakeholder. Nonetheless, she has involvement in advocating for policy reformation and policy reformation focusing on the ESCR of women. Through her experience of working with street and working children in the slums of Dhaka city, she advocates to empower and promote participation of children at all level, with the mission to increase and strengthen their leadership quality and have voice as they step on their youth. She can be reached at joyeeta_hossain@live.com

NEPAL


Suresh Kumar

Executive Director, Youth Network for Peace & Development (YNPD), Mahottari, Nepal

A grassroots social activist Suresh is having experience of over 15 years working on varied issues of women empowerment, community development, environmental issues, peace building, human rights, education & literacy promoting among the marginalized in various districts of Nepal. He had worked with many international agencies like European Union, Go Go Foundation,  NDP/LRP, UNFPA, SFCG, APEC, Save the Children, UNOY Peacebuilders, SFGP, GIZ, Action Aid etc.
He specializes in trainings, human resource development and consultancy on community development projects in Nepal. He can be reached at sureshynpd@gmail.com

PAKISTAN


Aliya Harir

Programs Officer - Justice, Aid, and Development (JAD) Foundation, Islamabad, Pakistan

Aliya Harir is a young peace activist based in Islamabad. She has done her post-graduation in International Relations from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. She works as programs officer at Justice, Aid, & Development (JAD) Foundation. She is the convener of Aaghaz-e-Dosti (a campaign for Indo-Pak peace and friendship) and also serves as Youth Director of Pakistan – US Alumni Network. She writes on minority rights and Indo-Pak peace. Apart this she is a reader, traveler, and poetess. In conjunction with her efforts for peace, she was honored with the title ‘Ambassador of Goodwill for US-Pakistan Relations’ by ‘International Human Rights Commission Pakistan’. She had taken peace delegations to India many times for which she was also honoured with a Glabal Youth ICON Award at GYPF 2016.
She was also recognized as a Peace Generation young women leader of the N-Peace Awards by the UNDP in Asia and the Pacific for building peace, friendship, and understanding between India and Pakistan contributing to the enhancement of the Women, Peace, and Security WPS Agenda 1325 of the UnitedNations. She can be reached at aliya.yuvsatta.gypf@gmail.com

PHILIPPINES


Ernesto Cordero Collo, Jr.

Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, La Union, Philippines

Ernesto was born and reared in the agricultural province of Ilocos Sur in Northern Philippines. Growing up from an environment of academicians has imbibed in him the passion in educating young minds. His relentless commitment in cross-cultural education through English Language Program (ELP) has catapulted from a research forum with universities in Thailand to a dream he shares with the university, partnering with Asian countries in bringing about mutual understanding in everyday communication or diplomacy or business. As he advocates programs that link nations across Asia, the recipients return to their countries and create better opportunities to aspiring second language learners and eventually take part in social reforms and people empowerment through educational and community initiatives. He can be reached at ecollo_jr@yahoo.com

ZIMBABWE


Reverend Masango Roderick Warakula

Anglican Priest, Zimbabwe

A change maker and youth leader Reverend Masango Roderick Warakula is a young Anglican priest and lecturer at the National Anglican Theological College of Zimbabwe. A holder of a B.A. Honors degree in Religious Studies and a Master of Science degree in International Relations, he is also a full member of the Scout Association of Zimbabwe. He is actively involved with number of organizations that deals on issues of sustainable development and climate change. He is an avid supporter and believer of the GYPF ethos especially on matters of peace, nonviolence, gender equality and environmental awareness. He can be reached at massywalas@gmail.com