Meet the Speakers
Amina Doherty (she/her/hers) is a Nigerian/Antiguan feminist. In her work, she finds the natural flow between creativity and activism. Amina is a creative who strives to bring together people and ideas to create positive change. Through actively supporting transformational work from artists, dreamers, activists, and organizations that strengthen social change, Amina is focused on helping to build a more colorful, equal, and just world. Amina has worked with a diverse range of clients including governments, international NGOs, community-led groups, women’s funds, and individual philanthropists.
Amina is a co-founder of the Black Feminist Fund and is a founding member of FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund. Currently, Amina is the Director of the Women’s Voice and Leadership-Caribbean program at the Equality Fund and co-chair of the Global Fund for Women Board of Directors.
Amina holds a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies from McGill University (Distinction) and an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalization from the London School of Economics (LSE).
Chris Eaton has been the Executive Director of World University Service of Canada (WUSC) since 2009 coming full circle after volunteering in Lesotho for the organization in the late 1980s.
WUSC is a leading Canadian non-profit organization in international development that works to provide education, employment and empowerment opportunities that improve the lives of millions of disadvantaged youth around the world. One of WUSC’s most important strategic partners is CECI, the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation. Jointly, WUSC and CECI implement the Uniterra program, one of Canada’s most important international volunteer cooperation programs that mobilizes over 450 volunteers annually.
With a strong and varied background in international development, Chris has worked extensively in Canada, Eastern and Southern Africa and South and Central Asia. Prior to WUSC, Chris was Chief Executive Officer for Aga Khan Foundation Afghanistan for four years. He has held senior roles at Aga Khan Foundation Canada since 1999. Chris spent most of the 1990s based in Uganda where he focused on capacity building of local governments and communities.
Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in International Development and a master’s degree in Political Science, both from the University of Toronto.
Lucky Kobugabe is an African feminist. She has worked with the field of Violence Against Women on different fronts; working with Sexual reproductive health rights, teenage pregnancies and land rights for women, majorly in Uganda. She is currently more focused on feminist organizing and movement building. She supports the GBV Prevention Network, a group of activists, organizations and allies working in the field of Violence Against Women in the East, South & Horn of Africa, hosted by Raising Voices in Uganda. She is continuously working towards understanding the role of rest and pleasure as political in feminist organizing.
Doug Kerr is originally from Edmonton, Alberta on Treaty 6 Territory and currently lives in Toronto. He is the Executive Director of Dignity Network Canada, a national coalition of organizations across Canada interested in advancing the human rights of LGBTIQ people globally. Over the past five years, he has worked closely with civil society organizations and Global Affairs Canada to launch Canada’s first major international LGBTIQ funding initiative, a $30M set of programs launched in 2021. Doug has been involved in queer movement building his entire adult life and played leadership roles in many 2SLGBTIQ organizations in Canada, including Fierté Canada Pride, Sherbourne Health Centre, Rainbow Railroad and Community One Foundation. Prior to living in Toronto, Doug lived in Taipei, Taiwan and he speaks Mandarin Chinese. He has an undergrad degree in international relations and Chinese studies and a Master’s degree in social policy. During undergrad years at University of Alberta, he was President of the campus WUSC group and was active in the first campaign to set up WUSC refugee sponsorship program on campus. He and his husband Michael are co-owners of Glad Day Bookshop, the oldest surviving queer bookstore in the world and they are, most importantly, very proud parents of eleven-year-old Malaki.
Musu Taylor-Lewis directs the resource and public engagement department at the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. She combines her education and prior experience in community economic development, communications and theology to motivate Canadians to get involved in the Foodgrains Bank’s work of ending global hunger. Prior to joining the Foodgrains Bank in 2018, Musu worked as director of communications at Tearfund Canada, following over a decade of work with Christian service and public sector organizations in British Columbia. She currently attends Crosslands Community Church in Newmarket Ontario.
Faridah Luanda is a 23 year old refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She is a survivor of sexual gender-based violence and child marriage at the age of 13. She lived at Kyaka II Refugee settlement, in Uganda, for 5 years. This year she was resettled to live in Stockholm, Sweden. Ms. Luanda is a gender and diversity coordinator at GRYN, a refugee youth Led organisation that works globally and supports youth groups locally that are reaching out and empowering vulnerable and marginalised girls and boys to live with equity, dignity, and opportunities to realize their full potential. Faridah is also the founder of Da Vision refugee youth and women group. She is a mother, a friend, a sister, and a daughter. Faridah is passionate about advocating for womens’ and girls; rights, gender equality and of recognition of the intersectionality that refugee women and girls face that results in unequal access to services.
Emmanuel is a Co-founder and CEO of Africa Centre for Entrepreneurship and Youth Empowerment (ACEYE) – a policy think tank dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship and free markets. He is the co-curator of the Regional Entrepreneurship Freedom Index.
Emmanuel serves as the in-country Vice President of WUSC’s IGNI+E Advisory Committee. His experience includes working as a former Business Consultant with United Kingdom charities -Challenges Worldwide and International Service working on local income development programmes in Accra and Tamale, former Business Associate for Kumasi Hive and, most recently, Business Head for Africa Business Bureau - a business incubator and co-working space as well as an advocate for entrepreneurship on various pubic platforms and media outlets. He has altogether worked with more than 2,800 entrepreneurs through State and private vehicles.
As a public speaker, Emmanuel has been active in projecting effective leadership, entrepreneurship and youth participation as a catalyst needed for Africa’s transformation. He is an author of three books with his most recent being Manifestos; Rewards and Punishments.
In 2017, Emmanuel was honored as part of 60 Young Achievers in Ghana by Coca-Cola. He is a fellow of Citizens Initiative Africa; Emmanuel is a member of the Chartered Management Institute (UK) and its affiliate- the Institute of Consulting (UK).
He is a Chartered Manager with recognition from the Chartered Management Institute (UK). He also holds a Diploma in Management and Leadership and an award in Professional Consulting from the same Institute.
He is passionate about using entrepreneurship and libertarian principles to help individuals, families and communities to advance.
Magnolia Hamzeloee attained her MA at McMaster University in Global Politics. Her research focused on achieving UN Sustainable development goals in countries under political and economic sanctions. She simultaneously gained a diploma with the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, where she gained hands on international policy experience. Her work spurred a passion in environmental awareness, and she is currently co-authoring a paper in preparation; “Differences in Nature Based Solutions perception and implementation strategies across academic disciplines, an empirical analysis”.
Also, an alumnus of Simon Fraser University, she double majored in Political Science and French. Magnolia gained her passion in academic activism through her experiences at The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) field school.
Chimwemwe is a change maker and writer who specializes in international development, media, communications, and developmental and educational psychology. Chimwemwe has worked and consulted for the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP), British Council, United Purposes, Action Aid, the Malawi Human Rights Commission, and Zodiak Broadcasting Station, among others.
Chimwemwe has established two youth movements, Maphunziro265 and Youth to Youth Empowerment as Co-Founder and CEO and Founding National Coordinator, respectively. Maphunziro265 has reached over 10,000 young people and Youth to Youth Empowerment has reached over 20,000 youth through motivational talks, scholarships, book donations, and skills training. In 2016, Chimwemwe was granted distinction of Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society for commitment to promoting the values of the Commonwealth and working to improve the lives and prospects of commonwealth citizens. In 2017, he was appointed Zathu Influencer. In 2018, Chimwemwe was among the selected young commonwealth change maker from Malawi by Uk in Malawi. He was appointed a Queen Young Leaders Advisory Mentor. Chimwemwe is among the 200 emerging leaders selected for the Obama Foundation’s Leaders: Africa program. In 2018 Chimwemwe was selected among the last 68 runners of the World Bank Group 2018 Social Inclusion Heroes Competition. The World Bank Social Inclusion Heroes competition awards persons below 40 years old, carrying out great work transforming the lives of socially excluded people in their community. In the same year Chimwemwe attended a Young Civil Servant Forum on Technology for service delivery and governance by Pathways to Prosperity, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.
Chimwemwe was selected as a finalist for the 2019 Top 100 Young Independents in the Influencers category. TYI recognizes young people who are influencing the actions and behaviors of brands, policies and people. In 2019 chimwemwe was among the ten outstanding young persons of the year under academic leadership/or accomplishments by JCI Malawi.
Chimwemwe received the 2019 Chinese government scholarship to pursue a PhD in Development and Education Psychology at Central China Normal University(CCNU). Chimwemwe received a 2015/2016 Chevening Award to pursue a Master’s Degree in Development Studies at the University of Sussex. He did his Bachelor’s Degree in Media for Development at Chancellor College.
Eunice is a young lady currently studying for a Masters in International development at Universite Laval,Quebec Canada. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and French from the University of Ghana and is a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) alumna and a past delegate of Young Diplomats of Ghana (YDG) . She has professional interests in International Affairs, Good Governance, Transformational Development, Project Management, and Policy Analysis. Before commencing her Post graduate studies, she worked with a renowned political and research Think-Tank in Ghana:The Center for Democratic Development as a programs assistant. She has also volunteered in a number of youth development initiatives and contributed to the organisation of model united nation conferences for young people in Ghana. In 2021, she participated in the WUSC international Seminar where she was introduced to systems thinking approach. Her different knowledge and skills, acquired through varied learning and action experiences across countries and cultures, combine to make her particularly well-positioned to make significant contributions to the global sustainable development processes.
Chris Njeri Makena
Chris Muriithi 30yrs old is the CEO and Founder of Bold Network Africa a firm committed to telling real and inspiring stories of the African queer people using storytelling, training and music and arts to help demystify stereotypes and encourage acceptance in the continent and around the world!
Before devoting to their work, Chris was a full time journalist having worked in different local media houses in their home country and as a reporter in Africa for the BBC youth program that does exceptionally well. During their work as a journalist at BBC they went ahead to be nominated for an Emmy Award under the program they did. Did many programs that hit millions of views and created impact and change for the youth in Africa.
In addition to being a journalist they helped campaign for change in Africa for the LGBTQ community by doing a webinar dubbed Out in Africa where they shared their personal life journey as a queer person in Kenya and the painful ordeals, they keep going through to get to a point of choosing to be bold and starting their own organization in 2020.
Chris is resilient, brave and bold and knows that for any change to happen individual need spaces where they can express themselves and choose to be bold in their truth. It is time for Africa to be bold.
Jean Marie Ishimwe
Jean Marie Ishimwe has been the Partnership Lead of Youth Voices Community (YVC) from 2019. Jean Marie has also doubled as the chairperson of the organization since 2019.
Jean Marie’s experience in the last 4 years has been supporting the implementation of development projects in non-governmental organizations. His roles have involved mobilization and training of beneficiaries, supporting communication processes, assisting monitoring and evaluation functions as well as management of an IT training hub.
I have been fortunate to be part of education ,advocacy and inclusion policy forums and just to mention a few;
- RLO rapporteur and presenter at the ExCom High level meeting reporting on the UNHCR , NGOs & RLO’s Consultations - 2021
- Launch of Youth Dialogues Event by DRC & GRF - 2021
- Global Education Forum by UNHCR and Education Cannot Wait - 2021
- World Vision X WUSC Discussion on Inclusion ,Intersections of Refugee Education - 2021
- Lead Coordinator in a refugee advocacy campaign - YVC , YARID , Data4Change and Defyhatenow -2021
- Global Refugee Forum Interview , ZDF Tv Germany - 2019
With a passion and varied background in Communication and Advocacy , Jean Marie is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Media Studies at the University of Nairobi under the DAFI scholarship. He has recently founded a media and mentorship organization called Nawezaa Media an organization that has a primary role to support the engagement of refugees and locals by providing a media platform for them to engage , co-exist & collaborate in pursuit of nurturing their ideas/initiatives and instilling a belief of possibilities.
Léonard Leclerc is one of the founding members of CEVES, the Student Coalition for an Environmental and Social Shift, which aims to bring together and mobilize the student population of Quebec on climate justice issues. Through this commitment, Léonard has been training for over 2 years in communications, event organization and financial management. In particular, he has participated in the organization of major climate strikes called by Fridays for Future. In addition to continuing his involvement, Léonard is now committed to sharing his thoughts and experience so that the actions taken are equal to the current challenges.
Odette joined Equitas in June 2020 as Executive Director. Equitas has been advancing equality, social justice and respect for human dignity through transformative human rights education programs in Canada and around the world for over fifty years. Odette is gender equality specialist and a seasoned manager with more than 25 years of international cooperation experience. She has been active member of the Cooperation Canada’s Anti-racist advisory committee and Board of Directors. Odette is committed to effective collaboration across sectors within Canada and the Global South.
Alexandra Nadeau holds a master’s degree in Urban Studies from the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Environment from McGill University. Her work focuses on socio-ecological transition, citizen mobilization and urban governance. She has several years of experience as a coordinator and mobilizer in university research, international cooperation and community organizations at the local, provincial and international levels.
She is the coordinator of the Canada Research Chair in Urban Climate Action and the coordinator of the TRYSPACES research partnership on youth-led transformation of public spaces. She is also a documentary filmmaker with a variety of independent film projects on issues of social justice, ecological transition and urban identities.
My name is Nouhou Zoungrana, I am 25 years old and I come from Burkina Faso. I am a Geographer-Environmentalist, MSc student in Nature-Based Solutions regarding climate change adaptation and biodiversity conservation and an outstanding environmental activist.
I am already involved in sustainable agriculture, Nature-Based solutions, biodiversity conservation, WASH, environmental education, climate finance, peacebuilding and protected area management.
In the associative life with our initiative ActOnSahel gathering activists of the Sahel region, being representative in Burkina Faso, we were able to carry out two projects (WaterForSahel and SeedForSahel) where we subsidized seeds, motor pumps, trained on the organic agriculture, the manufacture of compost, etc. for the benefit of the rural populations in the optics of the adaptation to the harmful effects of the climate change.
With Citizen’s Climate International, for which I am the country representative in Burkina Faso, we have made a plea to the ministry in charge of the environment, for Burkina Faso to join a coalition to discuss carbon pricing for climate justice.
In November 2021, we set up the National Parliament of Burkinabe Youth for Water in which I am the Communication and Advocacy Officer, to create a framework for youth reflection and action on WASH issues.
Sociologist by training, environmental activist, Stevie Reine YAMEOGO was born on 08/09/1995 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Very committed, she has been involved for about 11 years in sustainable development actions, the promotion of youth empowerment, reproductive health and family planning, gender promotion and citizen participation.
From a young age, she distinguished herself in the initiation and successful implementation of community actions for climate action and environmental health. She considers the defense of the environment a matter of fact. She is a youth champion and a member of the 50 young people committed to the Climate of the world.
Co-founder of OJEPC Burkina, a structure that conducts awareness, community watch and advocacy for sustainable development. She directs her entrepreneurial actions in the recycling of waste (tires, plastics, bottles, cans ...) She is involved in the fight against the effects of climate change and actions conducive to the regreening of the Sahel through social mobilization and citizen action.