You are on page 1of 23

Roundtable Discussion

Youth at the Heart of the 2030 Agenda: The Case for Space
30 November - 2 December 2016
List of speakers, moderators and session leads
The United Nations Building, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200
#Case4Space #WeAre2030 #Youth2030

(Listed by alphabetical order)

Aanas Ali
Amnesty International
Aanas Ali works as Regional Activism and Youth Coordinator for Asia-Pacific at Amnesty International
where his role is to lead on design and delivery of activism, capacity building and campaigning towards
increasing public engagement and support for human rights. Since joining the Regional Hub in Bangkok, he
has been working with many countries on human rights campaigns, most recently on refugees and migrants
rights as well as on human rights defenders (HRDs), and particularly with young people through public
advocacy and mobilisation.
In the past, Aanas began volunteering as a student during which he was involved in several leadership
networks to promote local activism. Among these, he led ChangeAgents Thailand in which he mobilised
youth volunteers to empower underprivileged students in parts of Thailand. He previously worked to promote
labour rights and social protection of migrant and informal economy workers at the International Labour
Organization. Aside from human rights advocacy, he is passionate about community building and
sustainable development. He has also been a member of World Economic Forums Global Shapers
Community. Aanas has an LL.M. degree in International Law with International Relations.

Adam Sharpe
UNESCO Bangkok
Adam is a program specialist, trainer and public-speaker working directly with governments, NGOs &
corporates, advising them on youth empowerment, leadership, communications and Sustainable
Development across the Asia-Pacific. He is currently working in UNESCO Bangkok and is a Project Lead for
transmedia campaign: Generation What? Asia-Pacific.

Alexa Dominich
Fokus Muda-Indonesia
Alexa Dominich works as program officer of Fokus Muda, a national networking of young key population in
Indonesia. She is CCM Indonesia representative of key population and also Chair of HIV technichal working
group Global Fund NFM.

Arthit Suriyawongkul
Thai Netizen Network

A Computer Scientist and Cultural Anthropologist by training, Arthit Suriyawongkul started his career in 2000
as a software localization engineer at Sun Microsystems where he worked on localization of Thai Solaris,
Java, Mozilla, and the website He later joined various academic and industrial artificial
intelligence research groups, working on automatic text summarization and ontology construction from
journalistic and medical texts. Since 2006, he has been giving consultation to a number of organizations
working on ICT for developments, internet freedom, journalism, and information rights such as: Mekong ICT
Camp, Campaign for Popular Media Reform, Creative Commons Thailand, Opendream, and Thai Netizen
Network. In 2012, he finished his master thesis on cultural politics on Thai online social network at a time of
national conflict. In recent years, he regularly travels in Southeast Asia for BarCamps, a local tech
community that performs workshops and conferences.
Twitter: @bact.

Athika Phuong
2030 Youth Force in Cambodia
Athika Phuong is 21 years old and originally from Cambodia. He is the Co-Founder of 2030 Youth Force,
and has recently being selected by UNV and UNDP to be a part of the ChangeMakers Regional Asia-Pacific
Youth Network 2016. Currently, he is working as a Reporter at Tos Read News ( Besides
his job, he is also a sophomore student of Faculty of Law of the University of Cambodia; he assists
Changemaker Cambodia as a volunteer and has been involved with various youth related social issues
since 2014. He dreams of peace, happiness and prosperity in the young generation.
He was motivated to join "Youth at the Heart of the 2030 Agenda: The Case for Space" program was to be a
good role model in Changemakers. From this conference, he wants to be more actionable in terms of
bringing change through implementing necessary dialogues. Phuong believes that ideas combined with
action can bring change in the world in order to promote a generation of youth that uses their intellectual
capacity to build peace. Even though he is from a rural area, his main aim in life is to help build his nation of
Cambodia. For this to take place, he has been taking actions towards participating and has been involved in
in a NGO in Cambodia, in Youth Networks and has been a leader to hundreds of youths.

Beniam Gebrezghi
Beniam Gebrezghi joined the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH) as the Programme Specialist on Civil
Society and Youth in the Effective Governance and Peace Building Team, in December 2014. He was
previously with the UNDP Civil Society Team, in the Partnerships Bureau in New York. An Eritrean/Swedish
national, he has for the past 14 years worked in the field of international development cooperation. In New
York, he worked on developing partnerships and policies for UNDP work with civil society and youth. Prior
to that, he was the Coordinator of the CIVICUS Civil Society Index, at CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen
Participation, an international civil society umbrella organisation based out of Johannesburg, South Africa.
He started his career at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), were he
worked in the Department of Communications and later on in the NGO Section providing grants and
capacity development to Civil Society Organisations. He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration
from The School of Government, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

Bharat Dahiya
Chulalongkorn University

Dr. Bharat Dahiya is Senior Advisor to the Environment, Development and Sustainability Program at
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. He combines academic research, policy analysis and development
practice aimed at examining and tackling current social, economic, environmental and governance issues in
the Asian urban context and at multiple geographical scales.
Since early-1990s, Bharats research and professional work has focused on sustainable urbanization,
strategic urban planning and development, urban environment and infrastructure, and urban resilience.
During this work the World Bank (Washington DC), UN-Habitat (Fukuoka and Bangkok), the Asian
Development Bank and UNDP (Ulaanbaatar), he initiated, led and contributed to technical assistance and
operational projects on sustainable urban development in a number of countries in Northeast, Southeast and
South Asia, and the Middle East.
At UN-Habitat, Bharat conceptualized and coordinated the United Nations inaugural report on 'The State of
Asian Cities 2010/11'. Further at UN-Habitat, he co-authored 'Sustainable Urbanization in Asia: A
Sourcebook for Local Governments'. At the World Bank, he conducted the first-ever systematic review of the
Banks investments for improving urban liveability that was published as a co-authored book, 'Urban
Environment and Infrastructure: Toward Livable Cities'.
For his contributions to sustainable urban development in Mongolia, the Municipal Government of
Ulaanbaatar decorated Bharat with a Medal of Honour (2010), and the Government of Mongolia awarded
him with a Certificate of Honour (2009).
Reuters, Inter Press Service and SciDev.Net have quoted Bharats work. His academic profile has ranked
several times in the worlds top 0.5% on global website,
Bharat is a Social Scientist and Urban & Regional Planner. He holds a PhD in Urban Planning, Governance
and the Environment from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Brabim Kumar
People N Power
Brabim is an activist, writer and youth leader from Nepal. He is the former president of the Association of
Youth Organizations Nepal (AYON), an award winning national umbrella network of 92 youth organizations.
Since April 2015, in the wake of the earthquakes in Nepal, Brabim has overseen a large-scale mobilization
of urban youth in relief and resettlement works. Under Brabims charismatic leadership, AYON has also
galvanized various international youth groups. In 2004, Brabim founded Creative Youth Society and started
a national radio show Youth Vision. Between 2004 and 2015, Brabim held several national and
international positions; serving as a Public Information Officer at the UN peacekeeping mission in South
Sudan. He also served as a National Communication Specialist for Nepal's Ministry of Urban Development.
For his leadership and contribution in Nepal, he has been awarded the Youth Gem Award and the Youth
Talent Award. Most recently, Brabim co-founded a new platform called People N Power. His work has been
covered in various media outlets such as Al-Jazeera, BBC, New York Times, as well as Nepali media.

Caitlin Wiesen
Chief Regional Policy and Programme for Asia & Pacific, UNDP BRH
Caitlin Wiesen has over 25 years experience in development, working on issues of poverty reduction,
governance, civil society empowerment, gender, sustainable human development, HIV and health.
Ms. Wiesen is currently the Chief, Regional Policy and Programme Support at the UNDP Bangkok Regional
Hub, serving Asia and the Pacific. Prior to this, she served as Manager of the Asia Pacific Regional Centre
(2013-14) and Country Director for India (2010-13). Before joining the India office she held a range of
positions including: Regional Practice Leader and Programme Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific on

human rights, gender inequality and the human development dimensions of HIV, based in Colombo Sri
Lanka (2006-9). She served as Senior Advisor on Poverty and Sustainable Human Development for Africa
(1993-98) and Director, Civil Society Division in the Bureau of Strategic Partnerships (1999-2002). Between
2003-6, she served as Senior Advisor and Deputy Director HIV, in the Bureau of Development Policy.
Ms. Wiesen has worked in Asia and the Pacific, Africa, North America and Europe. She holds a Masters in
International Finance and Energy Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, United States.

Caroline Baxter-Tresise
UNESCO, Bangkok
Caroline Baxter-Tresise is a specialised consultant in urbanisation, youth and sport for development within
the Social and Human Sciences Unit at UNESCO, Bangkok.

Chantal Mairesse
Consultant in the Communication and Information Programme of UNESCO Bangkok, Chantal Mairesse
designs and conducts projects to foster freedom of expression and information in the Mekong countries. In
particular, she focuses on the the fields of journalists safety, gender equality in and through the media, and
journalism in education, media and information literacy.
Charlotta Schlyter
Swedish Embassy
Charlotta Schlyter is Minister Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden, Bangkok,
Thailand. Ms Schlyter holds Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from Uppsala University, Sweden (1989) and
the University of Toronto, Canada (1990).
Ms Schlyter joined the Swedish Foreign Ministry in 1997. She has worked at the Ministry in Stockholm, and
has been posted in New Delhi, India, and at the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations in New
York, with assignments at the Swedish Embassies in Ottawa and Mexico City, before joining the Embassy in
Bangkok in September 2015.
In addition, Ms Schlyter has worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Medical Law and Ethics, Kings
College London; Legal Officer for the UNHCR Branch Office in Ankara, Turkey (1992-93); Associate Expert
at the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland and the ILO Multi-Disciplinary Team in New
Delhi, India (1994-97); and as Head of Section for Human Rights at the European Union Delegation to the
United Nations (2011-15).
Ms. Schlyter is married and has two children.

Chris Morris
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Chris Morris heads ADBs NGO and Civil Society Center, and oversees the planning, implementation, and
monitoring of ADBs overall engagement with civil society organizations, as well as the design and
implementation of the CSO program at the ADB Annual Meetings. Before joining ADB, Chris was vice
president within the water division of global engineering firm Black and Veatch.
Daniel Fieller
UK Embassy

Daniel Fieller has worked in a fast paced, international and political environment since 2002 furthering the
UKs foreign policy objectives with a wide range of countries, regions, and international organisations. In the
past, his experience in the British Diplomatic Service includes postings in Thailand, The Netherlands, and
Mozambique; as well as policy jobs in London in leading crisis response teams in affected areas.
Currently in Thailand, he focuses on internal politics (especially human rights) along with regional issues. In
addition, he is the embassys spokesman for the foreign press and manages the UKs prestigious Chevening
scholarship scheme for future leaders. He has increasingly focused on Civil Society and in creating physical
and political spaces for individuals and organisations to express their views and opinions.

Dr. Shamshad Akhtar

Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, born in Pakistan, was appointed as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
and as the tenth Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. She
also serves as the United Nations Sherpa for the G20.
Formerly, as the Secretary-General's Senior Advisor on Economics and Finance, and Assistant
Secretary-General for Economic Development at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, she led
the UN-wide coordination of the post-2015 development agenda and related policy and normative work,
including supporting work on the Sustainable Financing Strategy. Ms. Akhtar has previously served as
Governor of the Central Bank of Pakistan, and recently also as Vice President of the Middle East and North
Africa Region of the World Bank. She has also had a career in Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and
Asian Development Bank (ADB). Through her work, she won two consecutive awards as Asia's Best Central
Bank Governor from Emerging Markets and from the Bankers Trust. In 2008, The Wall Street Journal Asia
also recognized her as one of the top ten professional women of Asia.
In addition, Ms. Akhtar has advised development agencies on the operationalization of Pakistans New
Economic Growth Framework, and has also worked on PPP policy frameworks and governance issues.
Ms. Akhtar was a postdoctoral degree US Fulbright Fellow at Harvard University, holds a PhD in Economics
from Scotland's Paisley College of Technology, as well as a Master in Development Economics from the
University of Sussex in the UK, and an MSc in Economics from Quaid-e-Azam University, in Islamabad.

Elise Bouvet
United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
Elise Bouvet has 20 years of experience leading development programs in the field of citizen engagement
for peace and development. She joined UNV in 2005 after having served at UNDP Country Office in
Lebanon and Regional Centre for Arab States. Before joining the UN, Elise worked for the French
Cooperation where she was responsible for support to civil society in the fields of youth and volunteerism.
She holds Masters degrees in Law and Political Sciences, as well as a post graduate in Development and
Cooperation from the Sorbonne. Currently, Ms. Bouvet is the Manager of the Online Volunteering service at
the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme.

Emilie Pradichit
UPR Info Asia
Emilie Pradichit joined UPR Info in May 2015 as the Asia Regional Representative. She is an international
human rights lawyer with expertise in promoting and protecting the human rights of marginalized
communities, and in building the capacity of duty bearers and rights holders on domestic and international
human rights obligations.

With UPR Info Asia, Emilie Pradichit develops the vision of the Asia Regional Office to Engage, Energize &
Empower communities to hold their governments into account. UPR Info Asia has been working closely and
intensively with community-based human rights defenders and grassroots organizations throughout Asia in
order to: (1) Engage them effectively in all stages of the UPR by building their capacities, (2) Energize them
and build solidarity around a vibrant CSO Coalition, comprising local communities from all human rights
sectors; (3) Empower them to be at the center of the UPR process to guarantee local voices are heard by
governments and foreign diplomats, and to ensure local communities become the agents of change in their
country, by providing solutions to improve the human rights situation on the ground. Prior to joining UPR
Info, Emilie served as a Human Rights and Advocacy Officer with the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP), from 2009 to March 2015. Emilie also worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
when France went through its 1st Cycle UPR and was elected to the UN Human Rights Council in May
Emilie holds a Master of Laws in Public International Law and a Postgraduate Law Degree in International
Administration from the Sorbonne Law School, University of Paris I Panthon-Sorbonne. She speaks
French, English, Lao and conversational Thai.

Ernesto Rebustillo
Right To Play International
Ernesto Rebustillo works as a Global Training Specialist for Right To Play, an international organization that
uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children and youth facing adversity. He is
responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating capacity building, training and coaching programs in
the Asia and Africa regions working with diverse partners such as the Ministry of Education, Ministry of
Justice, UNICEF, UNOSDP, Peace Corps, Plan International and Save the Children.
He has extensive experience on education, training development and evaluation in humanitarian context
having worked in refugee and first asylum camps in the Philippines and Hong Kong with the US Department
of State, UNHCR and the International Social Service Hong Kong Branch.
Prior to Right To Play, he worked as a corporate Training Consultant developing and implementing
leadership, supervisory, customer service, project management, performance development and
team-building programs. Some of his clients included Avon Philippines, Intel Technology Philippines, HSBC,
Kentucky Fried Chicken, Gap International Sourcing, Colgate-Palmolive Philippines, Uniliver Philippines and

Dr. Gwang-Jo Kim

Director, UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education
Born in the Republic of Korea, Dr. Gwang-Jo Kim holds a B.A. degree in Public Administration from Korea
University, Seoul (1978), a Masters degree (1984) and a Ph.D. (1994) in Education from Harvard University,
Prior to his appointment as Director of UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in January
2009, Mr. Kim has worked in various capacities for the Government of the Republic of Korea. In the Office of
the President, he assisted former President Young Sam Kim in an education reform initiative that
restructured the entire Korean educational system. As Deputy Minister of Education and Human Resources
Development (HRD), he coordinated national HRD policies across line ministries, and also initiated the
Global Human Resources Forum, an international knowledge-sharing platform in the areas of education
and human resources development.

Mr. Kim also worked as Senior Education Specialist at the World Bank where he contributed to both lending
and non-lending operations on a wide range of issues in education and skills development for countries in
Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East, Africa and Asia.
As Director of UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok), Mr Kim is
responsible for the management of partnerships and external relations, human resources, as well as budget
and financial management. His main tasks include advocacy work on UNESCOs mandate and priorities,
building strategic partnerships, setting directions to achieve objectives, monitoring and evaluation of
programmes, and ensuring compliance with existing human resources and financial regulations, among
other things.
Mr. Kim is a member of various professional associations on education policy, finance and economics, and
has published works in education and ICT, and educational reform in the Republic of Korea.

Ha Cao
2030 Force in Viet Nam
Ha Cao is passionate about communications and has experiences in communications management at many
youth organizations. She is 21 years old and from Vietnam. Currently, she is Head of Communications of
2030 Youth Force in Viet Nam and Project and Communications Manager at Microsoft Student Partners Viet

Heike Alefsen
UNDG Bangkok
Heike Alefsen is Senior Human Rights Adviser to the United Nations Development Group Asia-Pacific in
Bangkok where she works with Regional UN offices, 24 Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams on
the application of human rights policies and principles in development programming.
In the past, she served as Deputy Head of the Regional Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human
Rights (OHCHR) until 2014, focusing on Myanmar, Philippines. During the institution-building and review
phases of the Human Rights Council until 2011, she managed a policy coordination, communication and
programme planning unit of the Special Procedures Branch of the OHCHR in Geneva. She worked in the
UN Division for the Advancement of Women in New York until 2006 on gender mainstreaming and the
Beijing + 10 review, and with the UN Development Fund for Women on programmes in Central and Eastern
Europe and on women, peace and security.
Prior to joining the United Nations in 2001, she was Programme Adviser in the Council of Europe (CoE)
Directorates of Political Affairs, Legal Affairs, and Human Rights, in Strasbourg, France. She established the
first country office, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1996, serving as Representative for four years
conducting technical cooperation and advocacy on governance, human rights institution-building and the
rule of law. She also worked with the Legal and Intergovernmental Organisations Programme and with the
Europe Research Department of Amnesty International in London between 1991 and 1994, and in 1988.
Ms. Alefsen holds an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex in Colchester,
U.K., and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and Cultural Science (Dipl.Dolmetscherin) from the University of
Mainz, Germany.
Hong Phuc Dang
Hong Phuc Dang, originally from Vietnam, has lived in the US, Singapore, UAE and Berlin. In the past, she
has been a regular speaker at Tech Conferences including LibreGraphics, OpenTechSummit, Urban City. At

the Chaos Communication Congress 2014, she presented the latest advances in Open Fashion and
Technology. Currently, she is also the founder of FOSSASIA, an initiative in Asia bringing together an
inspiring community across borders and ages to form a better future with Open Technologies and ICT. Hong
organizes events like the annual FOSSASIA summit since 2009 and puts together Science Hack days
across the region in Vietnam, India, Dubai, Singapore and China. More information on Science Hack and be
found in these URLs: |

Hunter Gray
UNESCO Bangkok
Hunter Gray is a human rights and international education development specialist with an emphasis on
LGBTQI rights and issues in education. He is interested in advocacy strategies (especially arts as
advocacy), social justice education, and institutional/organizational change. He has previous experience in
qualitative research, training facilitation, program management, and community development.

Ishwor Maharjan
Ishwor Maharjan is a young activist from Nepal. He has been actively involved in harm reduction initiatives,
advocating for health and human rights, and researching issues related to young key population since last 5
He is currently working as Program Supervisor in the Methadone Maintenance Treatment program
supported by Global Fund which is implemented by one of the peer led organization called Aavash Samuha.
Since 2014, he has been serving YKP LEAD Nepal (National Network of Young Key Population) as a core
team member and recently he have been elected as a Vice-President of YKP LEAD Nepal and also
Vice-Secretary of CDUN (Coalition of Drug Users of Nepal). He is also serving Youth LEAD (Asian Pacific
Network of Young Key population) as a country focal point and Youth RISE (International youth network for
harm reduction) as an international working group member.
Since 2011, Maharjan has been directly working with Drug Users, People living with HIV/AIDs and YKP
through non-governmental organizations by providing information and services like Treatment and
Rehabilitation, Oral substitution Therapy and Needle Syringe Exchange programs.
His personal experience from illicit drug using to oral substitution program as a young person and the
journey in between led him to harm reduction, human rights and HIV activism.

Itsaraporn Daoram
Terre des Hommes
Itsaraporn Daoram is working as Southeast Asia Children and Youth Participation Strategy Goal Coordinator
for Terre Des Hommes Germany. She is working closely with and for children and youth groups along with
network such as Mekong Youth Assembly, ASEAN Youth Movement, Southeast Asia Children and Youth
Partner Network, and other youth networks in countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia,
Laos, Vietnam, and the Philippines. She prefers to be called by her Nickname A.

Jason Hallman
UNFPA Bangkok

Jason Hallman is a consultant supporting UNFPA Asia Pacific Regional Office's work on civil society
engagement and youth empowerment. He is providing recommendations on youth and civil society
engagement for UNFPA's next regional programme and coordinating and facilitating UNFPA's contribution
to Case4Space.
Before arriving in Bangkok, Jason was based in Johannesburg, South Africa for five years, where he
worked for a range of civil society organisations on youth and health interventions, including peer education,
maternal and child health, child safety, and sexual and reproductive health. He has undergraduate
qualifications in religious studies from Carleton College in the U.S. and a Masters in Communication for
Development from Malm University in Sweden. His thesis used participatory research methods to examine
the social integration of minority youth in Malm. Before working in international development, he was a
commissioning editor in scholarly book publishing.

Jeffry Acaba
Youth LEAD
Jeffry Acaba is currently the Education and Advocacy Lead of Youth LEAD, whose job is to mainly provide
technical support and lead capacity-building activities of the network, regional and global policy and
advocacy work. He is also the focal point in the coordination of task teams and coalitions where Youth LEAD
is a member. He obtained his Baccalaureate degree in Behavioral Sciences (cum laude) at the University of
the Philippines Manila in 2006 and has been working on HIV since then. He has co-authored two books, has
published several articles in national peer-reviewed journals and presented papers both in international and
national scientific conferences. Jeff is affiliated with a number of advocacy and professional organizations,
such as Amnesty International Philippines, Ladlad Partylist, Anthropological Association of the Philippines,
and the Philippine Population Association. He is currently finishing his Masters Degree in Anthropology with
his thesis on the meanings of love in intimate seropositive gay relationships at the College of Social
Sciences and Philosophy at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

John Lucchi
John Lucchi is the Head of Online Safety, Content and Social Impact on the Asia Pacific regional Public
Policy team at Google, based in Hong Kong. Originally from the US, he was based in Bangkok from
2010-August 2016 working in public policy on issues ranging from human trafficking/migration to education
to sexual and reproductive health for NGOs and the UN. He has a juris-doctorate from Yale Law School and
a BA in political science and philosophy from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

John A. Sweeney
John A. Sweeney is an award-winning author, designer, and futurist. At present, John serves as Deputy
Director at the Center for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies. He consults widely with governments and
international agencies on futures, strategic planning, and citizen engagement. John has worked with
numerous UN agencies in half a dozen countries, the European Commission, and many government
foresight and innovation units, including Singapore's Centre for Strategic Futures and Dubai's The
Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation. In 2017, he will complete his PhD in Futures
Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Joshua Hofert
United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
Joshua Hofert is working on Youth and Volunteerism in the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Regional
Office for Asia and the Pacific based in Bangkok. He started to volunteer for childrens rights in his
hometown Munich, Germany, when he was 13 years old. At this point, he joined the international child rights
organization terre des hommes (tdh) and has been coordinating its International Youth Network from its
start. Since 2015, Joshua is a member of the presidential board of terre des hommes deciding on the
overall strategy of the organization, which includes creating safe spaces for children and youth and ensuring
their right to participation.
Based on his academic studies of International Politics, Administration and Organization at the University of
Potsdam, Germany, he has been researching, teaching and facilitating various seminars and university
courses on youth participation and leadership as well as childrens rights and the environment. Currently, he
is conducting a regional research on youth engagement for UNV and UNFPA. After mapping the different
platforms where youth participation takes place in Asia-Pacific, the research will examine if and how youth
engagement translates into national policy as well as employability skills for youth.
During the Case for Space event, Joshua will co-facilitate the breakout session 2.3.2 on Youth Volunteering
and Civic Space on Day 1.
Joshua can be reached at:
Juana Martinez
United Nations Online Volunteers (UNV)
Originally from Nicargua, Juana Martinez joined the team as a United Nations Volunteers (UNV) through the
Online Volunteering (OV) service as Programme Assistant in 2013 while living in Bonn, Germany. Her
passion has always been in the field of volunteering and after she left Germany, she went on to join the
International UNV. Her current focal base is in Asia for the Online Volunteering service, with main focus in

Lai Kiu Wong

Teens Key
Lai Kiu Wong has been an active student and a volunteer for an organization known as Teens Key for the
past year. Through the organization, she enjoys spending her time with youth that are the same age as her.
Through Teens Key, she had met different types of girls of her own age, especially ones that are vulnerable:
such as young mothers and young sex workers. The organization has made her realize that girls of her own
act can act differently in relationships, sometimes even more passive than they need to be and has made
her realize issues that she previously did not notice. Since these girls are not are passive in their
relationships, they are suppressed in terms of sex education and communicating about issues such as
protection/contraception and safe sex, even with their partners. Since Ms. Lai is aware of such internal
issues for vulnerable groups of young girls, she hopes to work towards influencing this specific vulnerable
group of women to be more brave and to empower them to take control of issues surrounding their body.

Layne Robinson

Layne Robinson is the Head of Programmes at the Youth Division of Commonwealth Secretariat based in
London, UK. He leads the Commonwealths work in the areas of Youth Participation, Youth Work
Professionalisation and Capacity Building.
He is a former student of Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies and the and the
University of the West Indies, Mona. His academic background is in the field of political science, economics
and religion. He has an MSc in Economic Development Policy. In the past, he has led the Commonwealths
work to develop the Global Youth Development Index, the Commonwealth Youth Council, the
Commonwealth Students Association and the Commonwealths Youth Networks and platforms for young
people to deliver on the development and democracy values in the Commonwealth. Mr. Robinson began his
work at the National Centre for Youth Development in Jamaica and also worked with USAID- Ministry of
Health before joining the Commonwealth Secretariat in 2008.

Leah Gaffney
Leah Gaffney has a previously worked in the NGO sector, with experience in leading youth work,
behavioural change campaigns, climate change, WASH and livelihoods. She is inspired by supporting young
people to lead, and believes in the transformative capacity of the youth as positive change makers in the
Her primary work is at the ActionAid where he supports a team of trainers and activists to deliver
encouraging programs that empower youth in Bangladesh to be leaders. She is also inspired by the energy
and passion that emerges from his staff, youth and community members in Action Aid.

Manfred Hornung
Heinrich Bll Foundation
Manfred Hornung is the head of the Heinrich Bll Foundations Southeast Asia office in Bangkok since
September 2013. In the past, Manfred Hornung has been responsible for the Heinrich Bll foundations
office in Cambodia for around two years. While in Cambodia, he also worked for the Office of the High
Commissioner for Human Rights and the Cambodian non-governmental organization LICADHO. Regional
labor migration, human trafficking, land rights issues and judicial reform have been other focal points of his
work. Hornung has been working in the region for several years, and his activities have included the training
of judges and public prosecutors in Laos at the Peoples Supreme Court in Vientiane as part of a United
Nations project.

Manisha Dogra
Telenor Group
Manisha Dogra has been working with the Telenor Group of companies in the Sustainability function since
December 2009. She joined Telenor in the December of 09 during the launch phase of Telenor India and
helped set up the Internal HSSE Security Function. In 2011, she transferred to the Supply Chain
Sustainability scope of Telenor India.
From July 2013 onwards, Ms. Dogra has worked in the city of Yangon in Myanmar to establish the
Sustainable & Responsible business framework for Telenor Myanmar. Currently she works as the Director of
Sustainability with the Telenor Sustainability team in supporting the Asian operations of the company in 6
different countries.

Marco Roncarati
Born in London in 1967, Marco Roncarati is married with a son and two daughters. Following many years of
travelling and researching, he was happy to settle down to family life, in a community context, and put into
practice many of the things he learnt. After a fruitful time at school, he studied, worked and travelled for
around twenty years, attaining five degrees from the University of London, covering anthropology, business,
development studies, economics, psychology and sociology, visiting countries mainly in the developing
work, and lecturing at various international universities. With knowledge of Chinese, Indonesian and Thai, he
has currently spent almost half of his life in East Asia, focusing on work in the development domain, while
also pursuing interests in service for peace, traditional oriental medicine, health practices and spirituality.
Since 2005 has been based in Bangkok, working at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission
for Asia and the Pacific and acting as the focal point on youth. He mainly deals with socio-economic issues,
in particular ones pertinent to smoothing the school-to-work transition, and promoting health and
development, while advocating for good governance especially in the context of improving equity and
sustainability. From a very close family, he maintains regular contact with his parents, his brothers and their
families, all based in London.

Mario Behling
Mario Behling is a German born technologist with more than a decade of experience in software
development and startups. He helped to get the lubuntu community started, and as the co-founder of
FOSSASIA he works closely with International partners to develop open ICT solutions for social change in
countries such as Afghanistan, Vietnam and Cambodia. Mario presently works on SUSI AI from his
Singapore base.

Mariyam Raza Haider

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore
Mariyam Raza Haider has worked as a Senior Analyst with International SOS and Control Risks, a global
risk consultancy. Her work comprised analysing political and security developments for a clientele that
included 92% of the Fortune Global 100 companies and 64% of the Fortune Global 500 companies. This
included writing reports on critical geo-political situations, affecting international business across the globe,
such as the Arab Spring, Crimea crisis (Ukraine-Russia), elections in South Asian countries and the Ebola
situation in West African nations, among others.
Mariyam holds a Bachelors degree in Journalism from the University of Delhi. As an undergraduate student,
she worked for national online/print media outlets and wrote on rural women empowerment, environmental
journalism, and education rights for under-privileged children. She has also co-produced and directed two
independent short-documentaries, highlighting working conditions of migrant labourers during the 2010
Common Wealth Games in New Delhi and another one on the historical superhero and sidekick
camaraderie depicted in contemporary culture.
Currently, she is pursuing a Masters in Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National
University of Singapore. Her core interests are - international affairs and media, political risks analysis and
gender-rights advocacy. At the school, she leads the student group - Bridging GAP, promoting a discourse

on gender identity and its social construction; and also works as a contributing international affairs writer for
LKY Schools in-house magazine.
Mariyam is also a William Dalrymple loyalist, an amateur runner and a closet poet.

Marte Hellema
Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
Marte Hellema is the Programme Manager for Information, Communication and Publication at the Asian
Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) based in Bangkok, Thailand. Her background is
in Political Science and International Relations with a focus on conflict studies (specifically disarmament of
small arms and light weapons) from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and the University of
Granada, Spain.
Formerly, she was the Regional Coordinator Asia Pacific and Programme Manager Public Outreach at the
Global Secretariat of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). Marte also
worked on security and defence issues and as a project coordinator and trainer with youth and diaspora
groups on conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

Meenakshi Sharma
Action for Adolescent Girls Project
Meenakshi Sharma works with young people in the rural and tribal areas of Rajasthan, particularly
adolescent girls that are out-of-school. For over 2 years, she has been part of Action for Adolescent Girls
Project in Udaipur district and is currently overseeing the adolescent girls project in Tonk District.

Melissa Alvarado
UN Women Bangkok
Melissa Alvarado is the Ending Violence against Women (EVAW) Regional Programme Manager at UN
Women, Asia-Pacific Regional Office. Melissa has been working specifically on ending violence against
women and children for over 18 years, through programme management and design, policy and legislative
development and implementation, interagency response system development, technical assistance,
capacity building, advocacy and research.
Prior to joining the Asia-Pacific office, Melissa managed UN Womens EVAW portfolio in the Pacific and
subsequently provided dedicated technical support to UN Women in Afghanistan. Melissa worked for UN
Women headquarters in the Policy Division on EVAW; for UNFPA in Sudan, managing gender-based
violence programmes in conflict settings; and with international NGOs in Thailand and Kosovo working with
refugees and people affected by conflict. Melissa has experience in addressing child abuse, particularly
multi-disciplinary approaches to prevention and investigation of child sexual abuse and fatalities. From the
United States, Melissa holds a Masters degree in Social Work and a Bachelors degree in psychology, and
was drawn to this work by her experiences advocating for and supporting survivors of violence against
women and children in crisis.

Mirinda Boon-Kuo
Greenpeace Southeast Asia
Linkendln Profile here:


Misako Ito
Misako Ito works as Advisor for Communication and Information at UNESCO Office in Bangkok since April
2015. She is responsible for UNESCOs Communication and Information programme on freedom of
expression, media development, and media and information literacy for the Mekong region. She also
coordinates the UNESCO Memory of the World programme in Asia and the Pacific to promote the
preservation and access to documentary heritage, and represents UNESCO in the regional Memory of the
World Committee for Asia-Pacific.
Previously, she spent six years at UNESCO Office in Rabat, Morocco, in providing advisory services for the
reform of the media sector, its legislation as well as for the participation of youth in public policy formulation
in Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia. In addition, from 2005 to 2009 she was in charge of UNESCOs
global programme on libraries and information literacy, and ensured the Secretariat of the intergovernmental
Information for All programme at UNESCOs Knowledge Societies Division in Paris.
She is an engineer in information systems graduated from the Ecole des Mines of Paris and HEC School of
Management in Paris. Before joining UNESCO, she worked for the French Development Agency and the
Institute of Research for Development in Guinea, Gabon and Senegal.

Nalini Paul
Restless Development
Nalini Paul is a development professional with collective work experience of 16 years in organizations
dealing with various facets of development. She currently works in India as the Country Director of Restless
Development. She started her career as a Communications and Advocacy profession and since then has
transitioned to managing programmes. Passionate about working with youth, Nalini believes in her motto:
"Young people can and young people do." Ms. Paul is also a self- proclaimed food and movie critic and
loves experimenting with food.

Natchawi Wadman
VSO International
Natchawi Wadman has previously worked for Right To Play Thailand as a Program Manager for Life Skills
Development Program. She lead to promote life skills development for children and youth across Thailand,
promote the concept of play and activity-based learning, approach to develop life skills for learners in the
classrooms, and support the implementation of sport for development program in youth detention centers as
a rehabilitation mean for youth in conflict with the law in Thailand.
She is currently ASIA PACIFIC Regional Youth Programme Specialist for VSO International. Her current role
is to work across ASIA and PACIFIC to support country offices in the design, development, implementation,
and review of youth programmes, to promote and contribute to knowledge sharing, learning and innovation
in youth programming and support country offices in the promotion of effective programmatic work involving
national and international youth volunteers.

Naumana Suleman

Bytes for all, Pakistan

Naumana Suleman is a Human Rights professional in the 17th year of her professional career. She was
born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan. She earned a bachelors degree in social work from Kinnaird College
for Women and a masters degree in political science from University of the Punjab in Lahore. In 2015, she
graduated with a degree in Peace and Justice Studies from Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies from
University of San Diego, California.
Previously, Ms. Suleman has worked as a high school teacher (2000 2005). She worked with the National
Commission for Justice and Peace, of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops Conference (2006 2014). She
developed and implemented projects and training programs related to Human Rights, including minorities
and womens rights using national, regional and international human rights mechanisms. She has been
involved in designing and carrying out human rights advocacy and lobby activities at different forums in
Pakistan, United Nations and European Union, and has been a member of the civil society advisory group
for UN Women Pakistan (2012-2015). In addition, Ms. Suleman has compiled and translated six publications
on human rights in Urdu and English.
Currently, she is working with Bytes For All, Pakistan as Manager Program Development and affiliated with
Centre for Social Justice as Research Associate. The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony,
Government of Pakistan has notified her as Advisor Public Affairs for its recently constituted institution
International Council for Interfaith Harmony.

Osama Motiwala
Osama Motiwala is the Information, Communication and Publication (ICP) Associate at FORUM-ASIA. He
previously worked for a human rights organisation in Pakistan which focuses on internet rights.

Perdita Sonntag
UN Volunteers Bangkok
Perdita Sonntag is the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Regional Programme Specialist for Volunteer
Infrastructure for Asia and the Pacific. UNV is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support
peace and development worldwide through integration of volunteerism into development programming, and
mobilizing volunteers. As part of the UNV regional office for Asia and the Pacific (based in Bangkok),
Perditas work focuses on programming support, partnership development and knowledge production on
Volunteer Infrastructure in the region.
Before joining UNV, as an Australian Volunteer for International Development, she worked in programming
for refugees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and children affected by conflict across Syria, Jordan and
Palestine. In 2013, she worked for ALEF-Act For Human Rights, a Lebanese-based human rights monitoring
organization on issues such as the right to fair trial and arbitrary detention. Prior to that, she worked with
Nahwa Al-Muwatiniya (Towards Citizenship) on parliamentary monitoring and electoral law reform in
Lebanon. In her home country Australia, she worked in local and state government, as both a council Legal
Officer specialized in Freedom of Information and as a Program Officer for the Department of Economic
Development, Tourism and the Arts. From 2008-2009, she served as a director on the National Executive
Board of Amnesty International Australia, contributing to strategic planning, organizational governance,
volunteer management, growth and engagement. Perdita also worked as a staff member for Amnesty
International in volunteer mobilization, training and management. She is passionate about volunteerism as a
vehicle for change and its positive impact on individuals, communities and sustainable development.

Perry Maddox
Restless Development
With over a decade of experience in international development spanning Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe
and the USA, Perry Maddox serves as Restless Developments Chief Operating Officer and current Interim
Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to Restless Development, Mr. Maddox worked with at-risk youth in Nicaragua, community development
in Dominican Republic, Panama and Costa Rica, and with volunteer-led development in Paraguay. Mr.
Maddox joined Restless Development in 2009 as the Country Director in Uganda before taking a roving
consultant role on the Senior Management Team in 2011. He began his role as COO in London in October

Phnom Thano
Network of Indigenous Peoples in Thailand
Phnom Thano, 25 years old, is a member of Karen indigenous group from Chiang Mai province, Northern
part of Thailand. He is currently working with IMPECT Association and support the Network of Indigenous
Peoples in Thailand - NIPT whose mission aims to protect, promote and fulfill the rights of indigenous
peoples in Thailand. As an IPs youth representative, he has been involved in many activities regarding to
promote and advocate our rights.

Phyu Thi
Myanmar ICT for Development Organization
Phyu Phyu Thi is co-founder, research and development manager of MIDO ( , a
Myanmar local organization focusing on Information and Communication Technology for Development
(ICT4D) and Internet Policy. Her current research is Impact of Hate speech Online on offline society, case
study of communal conflict in Myanmar. She holds masters degrees in Sustainable Development from the
Chiangmai University, Faculty of Social Sciences in Thailand and bachelors degree in Science from Yangon
University. Her interests include technology and development, social media, diffusion of information and

Rachaphum Panichsombat
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Rachaphum Panichsombat is currently pursuing Master in Public Policy (MPP) at the Lee Kuan Yew School
of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is now an exchange student at the University of
Tokyo, specializing in development economics. His research interests include but not limited to urban
issues, labor market, human capital and welfare. Rachaphum previously worked as a research assistant for
Dr. Ng Kok Hoe for a research project on public housing issues in Singapore. He presented his research
paper Why minimum wage in Hong Kong but not in Singapore? a comparative case study of the two
neoliberal states at the International Public Policy Association conference hosted by the University of Hong
Kong. Prior to joining the Masters program, Rachaphum worked for the ASEAN Intergovernmental
Commission on Human Rights as a direct assistant to the Representative of Thailand. He also worked as a
Policy Analyst at the Sasin Institute for Global Affairs at Chulalongkorn University and as a Project Officer for
the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, a Germany-based political foundation. Rachaphum holds a bachelors
degree in International Studies from the University of Richmond, Virginia.

Renier Bona
SHIP Foundation
Renier Bona is one of the board directors of Sustained Health Initiative of the Phillipines (SHIP). His area of
focus ranges from youth participation, HIV treatment, care and support, and sustainable business model
development to advocacy and policy reform. He is currently the project lead of an amFAR-funded project:
"Increasing Access to Services of Persons Living with HIV who Use Drugs in the Philippines". He is a the
focal points in the inclusion of harm reduction both as a sound policy and a sound program in the Philippine
national HIV and drug use intervention mechanisms.

Samin Ngach
Cambodigenous Youth Association (CIYA)
Samin Ngach is currently working as the Project Coordination that charge in a project namely the
Strengthening Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defender and Advocacy (SIPHRDA) for six years with
the Cambodia Indigenous Youth Association (CIYA). He provides the capacity building on human rights,
relevant laws/policies, documentation, advocacy mechanisms and negotiation skills for the indigenous
communities who are facing by the economic and social land concessions, hydro power dams, illegal
logging, and mining issues as well. He also supports the indigenous communities in doing advocacy and
human right defenders at risk to provide the legal aid and sanctuary.
He gives advice and work with 17 villages of indigenous community on the dispute resolution process of the
office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) which is Complaint concerning International Financial
Cooperation (IFC) investment in Dragon Capital Group and VEIL (Project no. 10740 and 20926). He was
also a legal advisor with lawyers in French and Cambodia for 93 families of Bunong peoples in Bousra
commune on the legal action in Paris to against the rubber plantation of Sockfin-KCD (Bollare).

Samira Hassan
Community Advocates Singapore
Born to Bangladeshi immigrant parents, Samira was born and raised in Singapore. Her background gave
rise to her interest and concern in the often-marginalized migrant communities in her country. In the past,
she has worked with Foreign Domestic Workers, as well as migrant workers, helping them better integrate
into their society through English lessons. Samira is also a member of Community Advocates, a student-run
advocacy group in her school. The group aims to raise awareness for pertinent social issues in Singapore
amongst the school community. The group holds events and initiatives around the school the latest one
being Advofeste through which exhibitions and social experiments were conducted to inform and educate
the school community about issues concerning the underprivileged, mentally ill and the migrant community.
Besides migrant communities, Samira is also passionate about womens rights and she volunteers at a
womens crisis centre to tutor children. In her spare time, Samira enjoys participating in Model United
Nations, watching films and knitting.

Sangeet Kayastha
Y-PEER Asia Pacific Center
For the past 10 years, Sangeet Kayastha is Youth Activist working on Sexual Reproductive Health and
Rights issues. In terms of global development goals, he has been involved in SDGs and Post SDGs

consultations as a facilitator and representative in both national and international levels. He was also one of
the few youths that started working on sharing information on SDGs since it was initially announced.
He started his work in Nepal as peer educator and is currently working with young people from various
backgrounds in many countries across different regions.
Sarah Haynes Restless Development Sarah Hayne has previously worked for the European Women's
Lobby and Women for Women International, with focus on women's inclusion and equality in peace
processes and political life.
Currently, Ms. Haynes is employed at Restless Development as the Global Advocacy Manager concentrated
on governance and accountability in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Saw Soe Min Naing

Saw Soe Min Naing is 25 years old, an ethnic Karen in Myanmar and have been with ActionAid Myanmar for
over 4 years. Currently working as an ActionAid Fellows/Community Development Facilitator. I involve In
facilitating the community led planning, linkaging with government departments and its services. I am part of
a youth network which is more than 800 community youth leaders across the country.
The main things that I inspire about my work are: empowering people, promoting human dignity; involving
people in, and being a part of, participatory decision-making; having the courage of conviction and being
able to take sides with people living in poverty. In my spare time I like travelling, and reading.

Sen O'Connell
UNDP Viet Nam
Sen OConnell is Anti-Corruption, Governance and Rule of Law Programme Support Officer working in the
Governance and Participation Team of UNDP Vietnam. He is also the youth focal point of UNDP on the Inter
Agency Working Group on Youth. The main areas of Sen's work include human rights, civil society
participation and legal reform, and he is currently working to support the 2030 Youth Force Project in

Sesheeni Joud Selvaratnam

ActionAid International
Sesheeni Selvarathnam has over 12 years of experience in the humanitarian and development sector
across Asia & the Pacific, Africa, North America and Europe.
She is currently the Youth Advisor at ActionAid International Bangladesh where she is engaged in policy,
advocacy and programmes. She has supported capacity assessments and development of grassroots
organisations, youth led organisations, leads on partnership development and resource mobilisation. Aside
from her work in Bangladesh, she also provides strategic guidance and technical knowledge to ActionAid's
Youth Working Group and collaborates across youth sector work in the Federation. Sesheeni has worked in
both man-made and nature disaster contexts in different regions where she has been engaged in conducting
assessment for developing organisational strategy to develop projects following the emergency phase.
She poses a broad range of skills and capacities in community development, strategic policy, programme
development and implementation, coordination and positioning with external organisations, policy analysis in
Post 2015 development Agenda related to youth, skills development and civic engagement.

Shawn Friele
Embassy of Canada
Shawn Friele has been the Second Secretary (Political and Economic) at Canadas Embassy to Thailand in
Bangkok since August 2015 covering Thai-Canada bilateral relations, democracy, and human rights. He
joined the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2008 and has served in
several positions in Ottawa including in the Southeast Asia Relations Division (covering ASEAN affairs), the
Non-Proliferation Policy Division, the Security Abroad Task Force, and the Global Partnership Program
Bureau covering WMD threat reduction. Mr. Friele has a Masters of Art (International Affairs) from Carleton
University and Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Political Science) from the University of Toronto.

Shreya Basu
Open Government Partnership Support Unit
Shreya Basu has previously worked for Publish What You Fund, where she managed the organizations
research and monitoring work and advocated for the worlds largest donor agencies in aid transparency.
Prior to this, she worked with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore where she conducted
research on public sector reforms in South and Southeast Asia. She also has consulting experience in
designing and assessing fraud risk management and anti-corruption compliance programs for clients across
multiple industries. She is a graduate of Yale Universitys Masters in International Relations program.
Currently, Ms. Basu is OGPs Regional Civil Society Coordinator for Asia Pacific. Her role is to help civil
society organisations in the region use the OGP platform effectively to further their advocacy goals.

Sikdam Hasim
2030 Youth force Indonesia
Sikdam Hasim is a teacher, campaigner and volunteer from Indonesia. 5 years ago, he got into a car
accident and was diagnosed as being completely blind. This was a difficult time in his life but he overcame
this period has now maintains his condition as a driver to his success. His disability has inspired him to work
to promote and advocate the equal rights of disabled community in his country.
In the past, he has been invited be a speaker at a special dinner event with the Royal family in the U.K. Mr.
Hasim has also previously received the International Award for Young People from Prince Edward in the
United Kingdom and has represented Indonesia in the Global Youth Disability Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.
In addition, he has been selected to participate in an International Study Abroad program in South Korea.
Currently, Mr. Hasim is a successful speaker in promoting the disability community and issues in various
national and international events.

Sulique Waqa
Haus of Khameleon -Fiji
Sulique Waqa is a young transgender feminist and an indigenous Fijian. She has worked on LGBTIQ issues
of the Pacific region for over 15 years. In the past, she founded the Haus of Khameleon, a transgender led
feminist movement that is lobbying, campaigning, organizing, researching, training and advocating for
transgender equality in Fiji and the Pacific. For 6 years now, Sulique has been the chief Coordinator of the
popular Adi Senikau Pageant, a transgender pageant in Fiji and sits as a member of the Hibiscus Festival
Committee under the Hibiscus Events Group Inc. Sulique also serves as a member of the ILGA-Oceania

Board, as well as the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) Regional Steering Committee. Recently,
she was selected to serve as a member of the UN Women Pacific Civil Society Advisory Group.

Tanzila Raza
Creative Alley
Tanzila Khan believes that she represents adversity with color. At age 16 she successfully launched her
first novelette, A story of Mexico and was able to sell her novel to aid the earthquake victims in Pakistan.
Eventually, she has also published a second novel entitled The Perfect Situation. Tanzila currently works in
fields of education, entrepreneurship and disability rights.
In the past, she has worked with Global Change-makers, Oxfam, Y-peer and Special Olympics as a trainer
and resource person for youth. She inaugurated her own production Company, Creative Alley, which seeks
to provide young people a platform. Her signature workshop, Lets get M.A.D (Make a Difference), is a
self-designed youth capacity building workshop. She currently speaks on many International forums about
Youth and Development. She openly calls herself a spokesperson of happiness. Tanzila has also been
involved in two peace delegations to India and believes that her journey in the professional world has just

Thaw Zin Aye

Youth LEAD
Thaw Zin Aye is currently the Regional Coordinator of Youth LEAD, overseeing regional programs,
coordinating focal points, country networks, and leading the regional policy works.
Thaw is a health rights activist, and has been advocating for the needs and rights of Young Key Affected
(YKP) populations, as well as women and girls, for over 5 years at the national, regional and international
level. As one of the founding members of Youth LEAD, Thaw is works to ensure that the voices of YKP are
heard on these levels to improve YKP involvement at both policy and programmatic levels.

Tomas Ganderton
Greenpeace Southeast Asia
Tomas Ganderton is passionate the about the potential of digital tools to build and mobilise movements of
people against some of the world's most pressing challenges. He has seven years experience as a
communicator and digital campaigner. He currently works as Greenpeace Southeast Asias Engagement
Team which aims to enable meaningful participation of Greenpeace supporters in campaigns. Previously, he
has worked with Greenpeace Australia Pacific and Amnesty International. He holds Masters degrees in
International Relations / Development Studies from Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok) and the University
of New South Wales (Sydney), and also a BA in Media and Gender Studies.
Tomomi Sugimoto
Tomomi Sugimoto has experience in various sectors with work related to NGOs of Bangladesh, marketing
companies, and social enterprises. Her primary work is in the world's largest youth-led organisation,
AIESEC, that focuses on youth leadership development. She served as the president of AIESEC for two
years in Thailand. During this period, she led 9 national staff members from 6 different countries and
oversaw 10 local branches with 350 members.

Currently, she is still employed as the Asia Pacific Operation Coordinator in AIESEC for leading young
people towards achieving Global Goals. Ms. Sugimoto is 25 years old and originally from Tokyo, Japan. She
believes that she is a committed and purposeful leader and that her age does not account for her vast
experience in youth leadership development issues.

Vu Lieu
Identifying as a member of the LGBT group himself as a gay man, Vu Lieu has been active in the LGBT and
HIV community in Asia. He has partook several roles such as the coordinator of Youth Voices Count (an
advocacy network of young men who have sexual relations with both men and young transgender women in
Asia-Pacific), and as the Regional Health Innovation Strategist of Hornet Gay Social Network. Vu also
devoted his heart and mind to the LGBTIQ movement in Viet Nam, where he is originally from. In addition,
he focused on overseeing the capacity development initiative for LGBT civil society in the country during his
time with United Nations Development Programme.
Currently, Mr. Lieu is the Regional Coordinator of ILGA Asia. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Professional
Communication from RMIT University.

Wai Wai Nu
Women Peace Network
Wai Wai Nu is the director and founder of Women Peace Network. Nu was a political prisoner for seven
years under the Burmese military government, and emerged to serve as a national and international
voice for Burmas human rights and democracy movement.
In 2012, after seven years as a political prisoner, she was released under a presidential amnesty. Nu was
deeply moved by the escalated violence she encountered upon her release from prison. As a result, she
formed the Womens Peace Network, as a platform to build peace and mutual understanding between
Myanmars different ethnicities, and to advocate for the rights of marginalized women in Arakan and
Myanmar. Through the Womens Peace Network she has been campaigning for womens rights, an end to
impunity. Nu has been working to reduce discrimination and hatred among Buddhist and Muslim
communities and improve human rights situation of her people Rohingya. Nu has conducted womens
empowerment trainings, offered legal education seminars, and organized human rights and peace building
In 2014, after completion of her law degree she founded Justice for Women, which operates as a network of
female lawyers providing legal consultation and education for the women of Burma. She also organized a
campaign - My Friend Campaign - with youth from different communities to promote tolerance and to
reduce discrimination among diverse groups. In 2016, Nu has founded a Yangon Youth Center where young
people can learn and explore their ideas and promote leadership in social, political and peace building.
She was awarded N-Peace award (peace generation) and selected as a "100 Top Woman" by the BBC in
2014. She was awarded Democracy Courage Tributes 2015 by World Movement for Democracy. She was
also recognized as one of the 100 inspiring women by Salt Magazine and one of the 100 World Thinker
2015 by Foreign Policy Magazine respectively.

Yoriko Yasukawa
Yoriko Yasukawa was appointed as Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific

Regional Office of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in August 2015.
She has over 30 years of experience with the United Nations System in sustainable
development, the defense and promotion of human rights, democratic governance
and conflict prevention and resolution.
Prior to joining UNFPA, Ms. Yasukawa worked as UN Resident Coordinator and
UNDP Resident Representative in Costa Rica from 2012 to 2015. She also carried
out the same functions in Bolivia from 2008 to 2012.
Before taking up her assignment in Bolivia, she held various senior positions with
UNICEF, including Associate Director for Policy, Advocacy and Knowledge
Management in the Division of Policy and Practice; Deputy Director of the
Programme Division, Regional and Interagency Affairs Section; and
Representative in Mexico and Ecuador.

Younghwa Choi
UN Women
Younghwa Choi is a Campaign Officer at the UN Women Regional Officer for Asia and the Pacific, and a
volunteer for Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and has been working on ending violence
against women and girls. She graduated with a Masters in Public Policy from Seoul National University,
Korea. Her primary area of interest is the influence of campaigns in changes of peoples attitudes and

Zainab Hussain Siddiqui

Zainab Hussain Siddiqui is Director Sustainability at Telenor Group and a specialist in managing ICT/mobile
for development projects. With more than 15 years of experience in the telecom industry, development
sector and government, Zainab works on aspects of social responsibility with 13 business units across
Telenors footprint with particular focus on programmes pertaining to child online safety, digital identities,
digital literacy and sustainability reporting.
In her previous role, Zainab headed Corporate Social Responsibility at Telenor Pakistan, where she led
innovative projects in partnership with international agencies within the areas of health, identity, education,
disability inclusion and emergency response. She has also served as an external consultant with the
International Labor Organization (ILO) on issues of gender equality and decent employment. In other roles,
she has worked in strategy, business intelligence, project management, and policy development positions
with Pakistans incumbent operator PTCL and the Ministry of IT & Telecom.
Zainab is passionate about sustainable impact and finds youth enthusiasm in this space rejuvenating and
positively contagious.

Zalon, Sze Ki Wong

Zalon Wong is currently an intern in Gender Section, Social Development Division, ESCAP. She holds a
Masters degree in Sociology and is dedicated in youth and community development and gender equality.
She has worked closely with undergraduate students in the Chinese University of Hong Kong for four years

before she came to Bangkok. She believes that engaging the young people in civil society via conducting
social service programs is one of her major achievements.