Youth Representatives

World Scouting's Youth Representatives are the face of our Movement, representing a network of 54 million Scouts around the world. From peace to human rights to SDGs, the Youth Representatives advocate on behalf of Scouting in a number of thematic areas and on many different stages to make sure the voice of the largest youth organisation is heard in the right places. 

 

Ehab Badwi – 26, Syria

Youth, Peace, and Security Lead, also supporting SDGs

Ehab is the Founder and President of the Syrian Youth Assembly and member of the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY). He’s a strong believer in the role of young people in transforming societies, and is an advocate for young people’s involvement in peacebuilding processes. He is one of the key informants in the "The Missing Peace: Independent Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security" and served as a youth representative at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. A Syrian by birth, he has worked and studied in the Ivory Coast, Turkey, and now Germany, where he studies Political Science. Follow Ehab on Twitter. 

Grecia Bárcena – 26, Mexico

Environment Co-Lead, also supporting Skills and Employability

Grecia Bárcena is a lifelong youth activist and nature lover. She is the co-founder of Mexico’s national chapter from the Global Youth Biodiversity Network and a member of its global steering committee, where she has had the privilege to represent youth in several negotiation processes with the United Nations. She is a member of 10,000 Women United for Mexico where she raises awareness among business women to protect the environment. She is currently in the process of establishing  a social enterprise focused on sustainable tourism that will support local and indigenous communities through sustainable travel experiences.

Grecia holds a degree in International Business with a minor in Global Issues from Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. For the last 20 years, Scouting has been an integral part of her life, allowing her to grow up with a very holistic vision of life and self responsibility to always make an impact in her community. Alongside an outstanding team of volunteers, she just finished a 7-year journey organizing the 24th World Scout Jamboree, the largest event in Scouting and the largest global youth gathering in 2019. Follow Grecia on Twitter. 

Célie Denez – 19, France

Education Lead, also supporting Gender Equality

Célie grew up in Calais, where she and her Scout group got involved with supporting local refugees by collecting and distributing bikes, medication, and clothing. Since then, Célie has become passionate about education, and particularly non-formal education, as a basic need that enables young people to develop their full potential as active citizens.

She is a member of the National Youth Council in France representing Scouting and is pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Applied Languages with a business focus. She is eager to create a better world through gender equality, peace, and environmental conservation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. As a French Youth Representative, she worked on the #MyEuropeMySay campaign in France, which was a regional campaign that resulted in an increased youth turnout in the 2019 European elections. Follow Celie on Twitter. 

Lakshmi Kiran – 25, India

Sustainable Development Goals Co-Lead, also supporting Environment

A recipient of the highest award for Scouts in India, the Rashtrapati Award, Kiran has dedicated most of his life to leading development projects in his local community. Recently, he’s been a strong advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals in communities throughout India and is working on mainstreaming the SDGs throughout the national Scout programme. Currently a Masters student in International Relations at the University of Madras, he previously worked in mechanical and design engineering. Follow Kiran on Twitter. 

 

Thaís Lacerda Queiroz Carvalho – 26, Brazil

Humanitarian Action and Refugees Lead, also supporting Human Rights and Youth Rights

An alumna of the Graduate Institute Geneva, Thaís has dedicated her studies and career to the causes of education, migration and human rights. She has worked in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo with local organizations that support refugees, and currently lives in Geneva pursuing her career in humanitarian and migration affairs.

As a proud member of the Scout Movement for most of her life, she learned the power of volunteering to transform societies. Thaís was part of the Brazilian Scouts’ International Relations team and was recently a member of the core planning team for the World Non-Formal Education Forum, a first-of-its kind event that convened the biggest players in non-formal education to take stock of trends and define the future of non-formal education. Follow Thais on Twitter.

Takunda Mahachi – 23, Zimbabwe

Environment Co-Lead, also supporting Education

Mahachi is a passionate ambassador for solar energy and environmental sustainability, as well as non-formal education and youth engagement. He actively promotes the Scouts Go Solar programme to Scout groups throughout Zimbabwe to learn about and use clean energy in their daily lives. In Scouting, he has held various national and zonal leadership positions, including as a National Youth Advisor in his home country and has also been a part of several large-scale community service projects, including one called “Peace is Path”, which contributed 6000 new trees to forests around the country. Follow Mahachi on Twitter.

Nour Elhouda Mahmoudi – 24, Algeria

Human Rights and Youth Rights Lead, also supporting Gender Equality

Nour serves as one of the youngest executive board members in the history of the Algerian Muslim Scouts and is on the planning team of the 14th World Scout Youth Forum, which is World Scouting’s flagship youth decision making forum. She has been a passionate Scout since 2003 and was also involved in AIESEC from 2016-2018 where she organized many local events to empower young people in her hometown, Batna.

Nour strongly believes that young people are capable of standing up for issues they believe in and creating a positive change through being supported and empowered. Nour is 24 and holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the National Institute of Urbanism and Architecture in Batna, Algeria. Follow Nour on Twitter.

Isaac Makinya – 24, Kenya

Ending Violence Against Children Lead, also supporting Humanitarian Action and Refugees

Isaac is passionate about the SDGs, youth empowerment, environmental conservation, advocacy, and public governance. In Kenya, Isaac is a member of the Nairobi County Scouts Executive Board and also sits on the National Youth Forum Committee, which issues youth-related policies.

Isaac joined Scouting in 2010 when he moved from his rural home to the capital for his secondary education and since then has served in many different leadership positions, leading him to be recognized by the Nairobi County Governor and elected as the District’s program commissioner and advisor. His nine years in Scouting have been a life changing experience leading to both personal and professional development and his passion enabled him to gain a seat on the Kenya Scouts Program Review Committee. Isaac holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Nairobi. Follow Isaac on Twitter. 

Jimena Ojeda Ramirez – 25, Peru 

Gender Equality Lead, also supporting Environment

Jimena is an Environmental Scientist and International Relations graduate from Iowa State University. Born and raised in Peru, she has been impassioned since an early age about international cooperation, service to the community, and gender equality. Jimena attended a Chinese-Peruvian high school and participated in different exchange programs in Japan, South Korea and the USA. Since joining Scouting in 2007, she has advocated for youth engagement and empowerment while taking leadership positions at local, regional and national levels. In 2016, she became the first Youth Advisor to the Peruvian Scout Association Committee and is currently one of two Youth Advisors to the Interamerican Scout Committee, which is the governing board for the region.

Jimena is a member of the Youth Eco-Zone in Peru as part of the team in charge of the promotion and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. She is currently working at a non-profit organization in New York as an Environmental Educator in forest and environmental conservation focusing on the impact and importance of contact with nature and the outdoors as an educational and therapeutic tool. Jimena is fully committed to achieving a society where both men are women are treated fairly, and where everyone cares for and protects our environment. Follow Jimena on Twitter. 

Nadine Shili – 21, Tunisia

Skills and Employability Lead, also supporting Human Rights and Youth Rights

An advocate for citizenship rights, Nadine is a law student in Tunis and active member in the humanitarian law and human rights club at her university. For the past two years, she’s been the team leader for the Democratic Change Agents component of Future Leaders, a joint Scout project between Denmark and Tunisia that enables young people to develop their leadership skills and advocate for local issues.

Nadine strongly believes in the power of youth, civil society, and confident women to speak up, take action, and enact positive change in their communities.  A Scout since the age of six, she now leads a group of girl Scouts, and trains others in advocacy and sustainable development. Follow Nadine on Twitter. 

Willy Xiao – 25, USA

Sustainable Development Goals Co-Lead, also supporting Youth, Peace, and Security

Willy is a strong believer in young peoples’ influence in addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time. In high school, he earned the highest award in Scouting in the United States and then went on to Harvard University for his Bachelors of Arts in Computer Science, where he also provided legal services to disprivileged individuals. Willy currently works in the tech industry, focusing on new-product development, software, and data analysis.

For the past 7 years, Willy was part of the Dream Team, a youth advisory council to the executives of the 24th World Scout Jamboree, which brought over 45,000 young people from around the world to West Virginia, USA for 12 days packed with adventure, friendship, and leadership activities. Willy lived in London for a year in 2018 and is now learning how to cook. Follow Willy on Twitter.

Kazi Zubair Hossain – 24, Bangladesh

Environment Co-Lead, also supporting Skills and Employability

Kazi is a statistician and leader of a Scout group in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he is actively involved in national policy processes and community development within the Bangladesh Scouts. In the past few years, he has been involved in several service projects related to good health, quality education, clean water, and climate action. In 2009, he was awarded the President’s Scout Award and in 2018 the President’s Rover Scout Award by the President of Bangladesh.

Kazi holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistics from the University of Dhaka and has worked in the field of Computational Statistics, Regression & Time Series Analysis, Survey Sampling, and Program M&E. Follow Kazi on Twitter. 

 

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