Rapelang Rabana

Rapelang Rabana is just 26 years old but has made great strides in the business world, and she’s doing things her way, too. She has some invaluable advice for any woman interested in starting her own business. When she was only 23, Rapelang started her own business, and she has been named as one of “200 Young South Africans You Must Take To Lunch” by the Mail & Guardian. This year the Research and Development arm of Swiss headquartered TelFree Communications, under its Global Head of R&D, Rapelang Rabana, launched the world’s first unified telecommunications hub which is now…

Sylvester Tetey

Sylvester Tetey, a Ghanaian national graduated from the University of Ghana and is currently undertaking a national service as a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Information Studies, University of Ghana. As part of his work he teaches Systems Analysis and Design, Information Storage and Retrieval and Microsoft Access Database. As a young I.T. professional, he is the general manager of Levels Multimedia, an entity that seeks to provide IT solutions and socially aimed at helping the youth develop the best in e-content and creativity. Levels Multimedia is a young initiative geared towards…

Armen Orujyan

Armen Orujyan, is Founder and Chairman of the Board of Athgo Corporation, a US nonprofit organization since 1999. For over a decade, Armen has been developing and providing entrepreneurial platforms for young people with leading global institutions. These efforts have included coordination with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs; UN NGO Section; UN University; UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing States; UN Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and…

Dylan Mahalingam

Dylan Mahalingam is one of the co-founders of Lil’ MDGs, unique international development, and youth empowerment organization; Lil’ MDGs is now an initiative of Jayme’s Fund. Dylan founded Lil’ MDGs, a non-profit based in New Hampshire when he was nine years old. Lil’ MDGs mission is to leverage the power of the Internet, digital, and social media to educate, engage, inspire, and empower children in all corners of the world to forward the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Lil’ MDGs has mobilized over 3 million children worldwide to work on a variety of issues and now has more…

Abe Ferguson

Abraham Fergusson is living proof that the information superhighway can truly connect the world. This student of El Dorado Secondary Comprehensive has been surfing the Internet since he was seven years old. He first became a “technophile” through his involvement with the International Education and Resource Network of Trinidad and Tobago (IEARNtnt). This non-profit group uses global communication technology to allow young people in Trinidad and Tobago to connect with more than 4,000 schools in 108 countries around the world and become “global citizens.” Abe is an active member of the Port-of-…

Anshul Tewari

Anshul Tewari is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of (YKA), which is an online platform for young people to express themselves on issues of importance. His work experience cuts across new media and online journalism. He is a writer, speaker, journalist and a first generation entrepreneur. Having started in 2008, Anshul has extensive experience in youth journalism, new media and how to mobilize and engage young people in participatory and collaborative journalism to have a larger impact on a mass audience. Born 1990 and educated at the University of Delhi, he…

Francesca Ronchi

Francesca Ronchi, born in Milan, Italy, is specializing in classical studies. Since 2005, she is working for the MEDICI Framework and the eContent Award Italy, a local pre-selection Award for the international World Summit Award. In 2007, she joined the WSYA team in Venice. Aside from Italian, she speaks English and has school knowledge of German and French.

Abdallah Diwan

Abdallah Diwan was born in Alexandria, Egypt. Abdallah holds an MBA from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology, Egypt, and earned his Bachelor of Law (L.L.B.) from Alexandria University (English Department), Egypt. Abdallah is currently acting as the Youth Development Specialist for Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) part of Qatar Foundation. After leading some successful youth programs and campaigns in Alexandria, Egypt and the MENA region, Abdallah co-founded The Sustainable Development Association (SDA) in Alexandria in 2003, one of the first youth-led NGOs in Egypt, whose board is…

Adam Itzkowitz

Adam Itzkowitz is a Co-Founder of, a social venture engaging companies, causes, and individuals in online challenges to creating 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. Before 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

Abdullah is a Young Egyptian male 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 a 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…

Cid Torquato

Country: Brazil
Position and Company: Deputy Secretary, Sao Paulo State Secretariat for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Cid Torquato holds a degree in Law from the University of Sao Paulo, with specialization in International Affairs. He acted as Executive Director of the Brazilian Chamber of e-Commerce, which he co-founded in 2001. Before that, he worked for the Federal e-Government Committee of Brazil, at the Ministry of Planning, where managed the main public Internet portals.

Previously, he held positions as Regional New Business Executive for Lowe & Partners, Latin America, and as Corporate Communications and Marketing Director for StarMedia Network. As a consultant, specialized in digital economy, worked with national and international institutions, such as SEBRAE, APEX, Softex, BIRD, IADB, Unctad, MERCOSUL and others, besides editing three books of articles, collaborating as source and columnist for various publications, presenting radio programs at Eldorado and CBN, as well as participating as speaker in events in Brazil and abroad. Currently, Torquato works as Deputy Secretary at the Sao Paulo State Secretariat for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Sallyann Della Casa

Country: UAE
Position and Company: Lead Tree Shaker of the Growing Leaders Foundation (GLF)

Sallyann Della Casa is the Lead Tree Shaker of the Growing Leaders Foundation (GLF). The Foundation, based in the Caribbean and the Middle East, focuses on Awakening the Potential of our Leaders of Tomorrow.

Clearly, in her second act, Sallyann, a lawyer and urban planner by education and experience, utilizes her divergent upbringing, natural talent and education (Canada, USA, Trinidad and Tobago, Switzerland and Dubai) to:

  1. Develop cutting-edge soft skill curriculum and corporate social education experiences for Companies, Educational Organizations, and NGOs.
  2. Publish two magazines (Lead Up focuses on youth leadership and Hive focuses on Social Entrepreneurship), and
  3. Grow socially conscious entrepreneurs through her Social Enterprise Hive platform (the only Social Enterprise platform for start-ups in the Caribbean).

Sallyann views the Foundation’s work growing great leaders as her legacy to the world. Since inception in 2010, the Foundation has impacted the lives of thousands of youths.