Rohayl Varind is winner of World Summit Youth Award 2014/2015. He is the founder of several internationally acclaimed welfare projects as well as entrepreneurial projects such as Wall of Humanity, Voice of Youths, Femanity, Times of Youth, War Against Poverty etc. He and his work is featured by national media as well as international media. Along with that Rohayl Varind was featured in Commonwealth Young Achievers Book 2015-16. Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) has published Rohayl Varind's detailed Profile in its annual International Publication “Commonwealth Young Achievers 2015-16”. This...
Rahat is an award - winning social entrepreneur and community leader from Bangladesh. Currently he is involved as Co-Founder and Program Director at CriticaLink, a social start-up founded in 2015. By providing training on first aid and using an innovative, location-based mobile technology network, CriticaLink has saved more than 1000 lives in Bangladesh with its extensive network of voluntary first responders. To date Rahat has trained more than 3000 volunteers and built a network of 700 First Responders, who are reacting to medical emergencies.Rahat Hossain has been devoted to serving his...
Stephan Hamberger is an award-winning digital executive with a passion for user experience, technology and design. He studied Interactive Media at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria - Campus Hagenberg. Since 2007 Stephan is working for Red Bull where he gained experience in both Digital Marketing and Product Development in an international environemnt. In August 2012 he was appointed as Product Manager Web at Red Bull Media House in Salzburg, Austria. Since Stephan learned to write code and design when he was 13 he started several internationally successful projects to connect...
Abbas Adel is an award winning social entrepreneur from Egypt who is involved in various digital initiatives that evolved around the Arab Spring. Amongst others Abbas has founded the political transparency tools MorsiMeter.com and GlobalMeter.org, the anti-corruption initiative Zabatak.com and the MUFIX student community. As a Software Engineer Abbas has worked for several major telecom operators in Egypt, before moving to Spain and eventually to Germany for an international masters degree program.
At 15, animal aficionado Nadav Ossendryver developed a website for crowd-sourcing wildlife sightings in the Kruger National Park. Four years later, Ossendryver has over 500 000 people in his social media community and the Latest Sightings YouTube channel is the most viewed South African YouTube channels in the world, reaching nearly 400 million people. Ossendryver’s goal is to expand worldwide and make the data he collects more readily available to various research projects, conservation efforts and academic institutions.
A multidisciplinary innovator and award winning Egyptian information activist, entrepreneur and author best known as cocreator of MorsiMeter; a digital online platform to document and monitor the performance of Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi,which has attracted a global attention. In 2016, Amr was nominated for Data Journalism Award, in the open data category for creating Mwazna; a digital platform to open government budget to everyone. Amr has a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Birkbeck, University of London. In addition, he is also founder and CEO of PushBots, a...
Ghadeer is an Entrepreneur and a startup owner, she has started BrailleBoard with a team of 3 other females. BrailleBoard is an Android keyboard for the blinds and visually impaired people which allows them to type on their smartphones using Braille language. Ghadeer has a bachelor degree in Software Development and she has worked as Teaching Assistant in the Islamic University of Gaza. She is a TechWomen Emerging Leader and Fellow for the year of 2016, she is also volunteering with ArabWIC (Arab Women in Computing) as the Chapter's Vice President. In additional to that, she was selected to...
It's not only about technology, its about people! In a brief retrospective on his life, Marcos saw the impact of people on their path in his professional trajectory in the field of technology. From there, it was focused on people what can bring us as innovative and what we can do for them, always looking to make our world a more accessible, fair, inclusive and better place for everyone.
Jason is a South African digital native, engineer, freelance web developer, founder, open minded person, project manager, innovator, early adopter, gourmet and future adventurer. In 2009 Jason founded Blu-uni Mobile, a company focused on using digital tools to bridge the gap in education between the rich and the poor. In 2012 after 3 years of ground work and experimentation, Jason and his team received funding from investors that has turned his company into a benchmark education and training technology company (Funda Online) in South Africa. Funda’s vision is to spread innovative and engaging...
Emily Schuler, Brazil
Emily Schuler is a Master student in Clinical Psychology at the Universidade Católica de Pernambuco in Recife (Brazil). She works as a researcher at the Laboratory for Family and Social Interactions (LAFAM) at the same University. She joined Project AnnuitWalk in 2013 as co-founder, and is also a former WSYA winner (2014/15). Her main focus is to understand the demand of human beings in order to promote better Technologies for the inclusion of all.
Carina Schmid, Germany
Carina is the co-founder and CEO of The Global Experience, a non profit organization and international youth media network dedicated to increase the intercultural dialogue. Since being in high school Carina enjoyed exploring different fields of work, including media production, marketing and journalism. A trip to Namibia eventually changed her life and made her become passionate about creating opportunities for young people to gain intercultural experiences – offline, as well as online. During her studies she dedicated most of her time on building up The Global Experience that eventually...
Bikramjit Singh, Malaysia & Australia
Bikramjit Singh is currently Group Managing Director, CEO, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. His online ecommerce business (Interactive Era) dealing in products and services such as digital e-learning via tablets (www.iScuela.com), Technology Wellness (www.iliveon.net) and Club Memberships (www.fantasyresorts.net), has expanded over 15 countries in just 3 years.
Bikramjit Singh, who is from Malaysia, has homes in Kuala Lumpur, India and Melbourne, Australia. He is an engineer by training, having studied at the University of Sunderland UK.
"One of the main reason I choose...
Gloria Silas Mangi, Tanzania
Gloria has over four years of experience in the field of media and journalism working for various television and media outlets. As the Media and Communication Director for Maanisha! Limited, she is in charge of creatively managing, presenting and coordinates all media initiatives for Maanisha as well as supervise the different shows and programs for the company.
Gloria’s experience in Tanzania started in 2010 when she produced and directed a successful TV talk show that dealt with social issues in Tanzania and revolutionized the Tanzanian mainstream media. She was also the key anchor and...
Maninder Singh Bajwa, India
Maninder Singh Bajwa is a Social Entrepreneur and currently acting as the Managing Director at iScuela, which is having its business operation in 10 countries. His EdTech company iScuela is fast becoming a credible name, that provides high quality education through the use of mobile technology bridging barriers of demographics, affordability and availability of resources.
Maninder finished his Software Engineering degree from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia after which he commenced his journey as an Entrepreneur. After being in IT Service Industry, he decided to move into Product...
Analy Paz, Guatemala
Is a psychologist and Special Needs educator, passion by social work and part of the board of the organization Paz Joven Guatemala, traveling and working with adolescents and young people in 20 states of the country. She gives self-esteem, identity and Sexual and Reproductive health conferences to them. The organization promotes and creates opportunities for training in values for built and lives in a culture of peace, political participation and integration in the formal spaces of decision-making at local and national levels, young people actually have the ability, the strength, the energy...
Ana Pantelić, Serbia / Colombia
Ana Pantelić is an international development consultant and social innovator with an interdisciplinary education and multicultural background. A PhD candidate at the University of Belgrade, she has lived and worked on three continents, focusing her professional activities on sustainable development, poverty alleviation and innovation for change. An enthusiastic proponent of the notion that disruptive ideas change the world, Ana spent two and a half years working with Fundación Capital in Bogotá, Colombia to alleviate poverty by designing, developing and disseminating technology-based tools...
Vintagesam Okoroafor, Nigeria
Vintagesam Okoroafor is Nigerian based HR and Business Strategist with Globalplux Consulting Services. He is a B. Sc degree holder with Delta State University and a full member of Institute of Chartered Portfolio Management of Nigeria (ICPM), and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM).
His hunger for service above self and humanity led him into Rotary International from a young age.
Vintagesam is interested in agricultural sector and wants to change the face of the agriculture in Africa with technology.
In 2013, his project 'OpinionNigeria' (www.opinionnigeria.com)...
Sk. K. Shareef, India
Shareef comes from a humble rural background in India. By profession he is Design Manager in a software company from Hyderabad, India. By passion he is great social activist. Since last 10 years his commitment towards society is outstanding. Founder at friends2support.org, the world's largest voluntary blood donor network, which have been saving more than 200,000 lives and continuing. They have 150, 000 registered volunteers to help the needy 24X7. His efforts towards saving lives, supporting meritorious poor students, providing resources to rural child education, conducting health camps and...
Eileen Knowles, Canada
An Ecuadorian national, Eileen has committed the last 8 years of her life to education, international cooperation, and social entrepreneurship on three continents. Her career has revolved around helping future leaders develop their own understanding and capacity to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems.One of Eileen’s early overseas experience in Zambia drove her to develop a scholarship program that has evolved into what is now SEED Canada, an organization supporting scholarships for high school and university students in Kenya and Zambia. Professional overseas experiences that...
Fungai Machirori, Zimbabwe
Fungai Machirori is a Zimbabwean blogger, journalist and photographer. In 2011, her blog 'Fungai Neni' (www.funganeni.com) was a runner up in the World Youth Summit Award 'Power 2 Women' category.
In 2012, Fungai founded Zimbabwe's first web-based portal for women, Her Zimbabwe (online at www.herzimbabwe.co.zw) which discusses and interrogates issues affecting Zimbabwean women.
Bistra Kumbaroska, Macedonia
Bistra Kumbaroska, 29 years old. Since her earliest age, Bistra spends her time in witnessing courageous steps made by humans, leading towards life-changing experiences and long-lasting impact. Youth activism, social innovation and poetry are her three main passions. Challenge Future (www.challengefuture.org), Mladi Info (www.mladiinfo.eu) and AIESEC (www.aiesec.net) are three crucial organizations that enabled her to take part in creating new perspectives and possibilities for young people all over the world. At the moment, she is developing Mladi Info Network and offering free education...
Momal Mushtaq, Pakistan
Momal Mushtaq is a passionate women's rights activist and an aspiring social entrepreneur from Pakistan. Her work in development and marketing communications, with focus on youth and gender equality, has been recognized by global awards, including a first place award from the United Nations for work with women. Having seen the effects of violence on a first-hand basis and messages of hate it can bring to youth, Momal founded The Voice of Youth, an award-winning youth network spread across 151 countries of the world. She founded The Freedom Traveller to connect and empower female travellers,...
Renato Dornelas, Brazil
Renato Dornelas is the Project Manager of Read My Voice, an international photo campaign to promote global awareness in various issues through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest. (http://www.readmyvoice.org/)
He is also part of the British Council Global Changemakers network, and is an active member of the inaugural US Ambassador’s Youth Council for US State Department Mission Brazil, a national civic engagement project building connections with local communities.
In 2011, Renato was nominated Youth Ambassador of the Americas by the US Embassy in Brazil, and in the...
Sébastien Bourdu, France
Sébastien Bourdu is a young sense maker. He is a freelance web developer and UX designer doing his best to work on meaningful projects and to have a positive social impact. Prior to that, he worked two years in the R&D center of Orange. He is also a co-founder and CTO of Leeftr, a trusted community marketplace for remote computer assistance.
Sébastien, together with his friends, won a World Summit Youth Award in 2011 for the ikoproject in the category “Education for all”.
Sébastien loves the convergence of like-minded people. He is an active member of MakeSense, an open project...
Alexander Ojo, Ghana
Alexander is an Electricals/Electronics Engineer, turned Software Developer/Entrepreneur. He graduated from the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, where he studied Software Development and Entrepreneurship. He led a team, which won seed funding from the Meltwater Foundation to start their own software company. Prior to that, he worked in various managerial positions, as an IT director and also a technical director.
When asked about his career, Alex pointed out that he was always that one person with his hand raised, to contribute to the change that the world needs. He volunteered...
Nathan Masyuko, Kenya
Nathan Masyuko has dedicated his life and career to growing and developing the gaming industry in Kenya and the wider African region. In the year 2007, he founded and assumed the position as “Chief Executive Gamer” at Kenya’s premier gaming company, NexGen Ltd.
Through Nathan’s guidance NexGen became the first company in the region to join the World Cyber Games (WCG) and in 2009 sent its first ever team to compete in the Grand Finals held in Chengdu, China that year. Since then, Nathan has made NexGen the company of choice when looking for gaming solutions and planning a gaming tournament and...
Jithin Krishnan, India
Jithin Krishnan is a Senior Resources Manager at Atma. Atma is a non-profit which provides intensive support to education non-profits and social enterprises, helping them solve their daily operational challenges and plan for their future growth. Jithin is trained as a journalist and has worked at some of India's most reputed news organizations. He started his social sector journey while still in college, with Make A Difference, a non-profit which works with children at risk in orphanages and street shelters, and has held multiple profiles in the organization in his volunteering capacity.
Sebastián Bustamante González, Colombia
Sebastián Bustamante González is an award-winning social and digital entrepreneur who garnered international recognition for Verdeate.com, an online platform which enables people and organisations to reduce their water and CO²-footprints via so-called Green Challenges. Verdeate.com was a winner of the 2010 World Summit Youth Award and of the 2011 World Summit Award. With a degree as a Management Engineer Sebastián's main focuses are on sustainability, social media, internet, education, HR and organisational strategy. He has been an active proponent in the South-American branch of AIESEC, the...
Stephan Hamberger, Austria
Stephan Hamberger is an award-winning web and mobile developer, designer and product manager with a passion for user experience, technology and design. He studied Interactive Media at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria - Campus Hagenberg. Since 2007 Stephan is working for Red Bull where he gained experience in Web & New Media (Austria) and Digital Marketing (USA). In August 2012 he was appointed as Product Manager Web - Red Bull TV - at Red Bull Media House in Salzburg, Austria. Since Stephan learned to program when he was 13 he started several internationally successful...
Franz Josef Allmayer, Austria & Guatemala
Franz is a biomedical engineer dedicated to the holistic and multi-disciplinary field of global development. Having gathered experience in Africa, Europe, and Latin-America he has attained an in-depth knowledge of how to reach sustainable development worldwide. Franz has collected considerable know-how working with Advanced Development for Africa (ADA), where he engaged on different approaches to address the Millennium Development Goals, especially those involving health in combination with Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Working in close collaboration with the World Health...
Francesca Ronchi, Italy
Francesca Ronchi was born in Milan, Italy. She specializes in classical studies. Along side English, she speaks German and French. Since early 2005 she works for the MEDICI Framework and eContent Award based in Italy where she is organizing the young talents part of the Award. In 2010, she supported the WSYA contest in New York, as an Ambassador. Till date, she is still an Amabassador for the WSYA.
Mathias Haas, Austria
Mathias Haas is Founder and CEO of SuperSocial Marketing New Media Agency. As a social entrepreneur he initiated the Charity Art and Journalism Project Findia and the Digital Participation Camp and Summit. For his projects, among them Facebook Application Intercultural, Findia, Read My Voice, and the YA!Friends Platform, he has already won many international awards. Mathias Haas lives for his passion: travelling, social media, learning about new cultures, and adventures.
Anshul Tewari, India
Anshul Tewari is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of YouthKiAwaaz.com (YKA), which is India’s leading online platform for young people to express themselves on issues of importance. His work experience cuts across new media, online journalism and crowd-sourced campaigning for issues.
Born in October 1990 and educated in journalism at the University of Delhi, he started YKA while in high school, as a platform to voice his opinions. The reason for launching this platform was his discovery that the youth, at large, did not have a platform to address critical issues and get heard. Soon he took the...
Nkemdilim Begho, Nigeria
Mrs Nkemdilim Begho is the Managing Director of Future Software Resources Nigeria Ltd, a position she has occupied since 2008.
As Managing Director of the Nigerian based web-solution development firm, she successfully re-branded the company, thus changing its focus from stand-alone solutions to web-based educational, enterprise and business solutions. Mrs. Begho is a recognized leader in her field and thus, she is frequently invited to speak at various conferences including:
The Innovation Week 2008, Accra Ghana
ADIPENG 2009, Abuja Nigeria
NITDA Stakeholders Workshops 2009, Lagos and Abuja...
Alex Hung, China
Alex Hung has over 18 years of experience in Business Consulting and Information and Communications Technology industry. He accumulated extensive IT expertise and broad industry knowledge, with both technical and business perspectives.
After having delivered a number of speeches and talks oversea, such as New York, Abu Dhabi, India, New Zealand, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, Alex now is the Managing Director of Crossover International. Crossover mainly engaged in Information Technology consulting services and software development, including website, shopping cart, e-Books, mobile...
Adam Itzkowitz, USA
Adam Itzkowitz is a Co-Founder of Greenlighted.com, a social venture engaging companies, causes, and individuals in online challenges to create collective impact. Greenlighted was a winner of the 2009 World Summit Youth Awards. Adam is the former Executive Director of Orbis Institute, a US non-profit organization focused on global leadership development.
Prior to his work at Orbis Institute, Adam worked with Electro-Chance on energy saving technologies, worked in management at Barnes and Noble, and worked with several organizations as a strategic planning consultant.
Adam currently serves on...
Abdullah Mosaad, Egypt
Abdullah is a Young Egyptian who has started his voluntary and development work with Future Youth Club and National Council for Youth in Egypt, then he started to work locally, nationally, regionally and internationally individually and with different organization. In 2007 he participated with “The League of Arab States” in some events with Youth & Sports Department, then he participated in League of Arab States Youth Forum 2007. He started to work regionally through networking with his friends. He started with some friends founding "Tawasol"Group where he built his IT skills and passion...
Jennifer Corriero, Canada
Jennifer Corriero is a driver of social innovation and co-founder and Executive Director of TakingITGlobal, a non-profit organization that empowers youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges. She has worked for over a decade on advising non-profit organizations, corporations, government agencies and UN agencies on youth engagement strategies. Jennifer has a Masters in Environmental Studies and has been appointed as Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Health at York University. In 2011, Jennifer served as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on...