Meet The Delegates

Cameroon

Glender Favour

Bio

Age:20

Glender Favour Age: 20 Region/City: Northwest Region, Cameroon Bilingual in French and English, Glender currently studies in her second year of Accountancy at the University of Buea, after being considered one of the most varied graduates of her high school career. Recognized as an outstanding public speaker with great oratory skills, Glender rounded out her high school years by assisting elders with accessing legal services and teaching English to underprivileged children while still continuing to tutor those in their final year in French and Biological Science. As a health and women’s development coordinator for the Rural Alliance for Youth Empowerment and Awing Women Empowerment Initiative, Glender advocates for the health reproductive rights for those affected by HIV/AIDS, gender inequality and youth apathy. She then founded the Stop AIDS organization of Cameroon, which promotes and empowers young leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to scale up HIV/AIDS interventions amongst their peers.

Australia

Angelica Casado

Bio

Age: 20

Dream Job: A career that will aid the underprivileged facing social injustice

Currently undertaking studies at the University of Technology in Sydney, Angelica hopes to embark on a career that will aid the underprivileged facing social injustice. With that in mind she has attended the 2011 University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Thailand, where the next generation come away with the understanding of their own potential for change on behalf of the Global Poor. The knowledge gained from the symposium inspired her to create a Flood Relief appeal at her university, raising over $5000 for the Thai people affected by the recent floods. Also in attendance at the 2012 World MUN conference in Canada, Angelica’s cross-cultural ideas were developed and networked through leadership training and workshops through a Global Village. This compliments her position as President of the Thai society through her university, where Angelica is a natural born leader showing dedication and perseverance as a volunteer at the Buddhist Temple, and continuous event relations for the Royal Thai Embassy and the Royal Thai Consulate General in Sydney.

Brazil

Barbara Cesar

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Age: 18

Bárbara César is an eighteen-year-old Brazilian student in Civil Engineering. She regularly works as a volunteer with a group of young people who have the desire and the power to achieve community change, meeting to plan and achieve social activities, and advise students on enterprising activities. Barbara also uses her varied skills to aid parents in teaching positive weight control and health management to children, while also aiding pregnant women in receiving essential prenatal exams. In 2011, she was selected by her country’s American Embassy to be a Youth Ambassador for Brazil. Barbara and the rest of her Ambassador Team traveled to the United States representing Brazil and strengthening the relationship between both countries. Barbara hopes to be a force of social change, in her country and beyond, and a hope to those in need. She believes you can see the real meaning in life, when we stand in solidarity.

Canada

Claire Charness

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Age: 18

After attending high school at Crestwood Preparatory College and now studying psychology in her first year at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Claire is a member of the Free the Children Mobilizers, who raise awareness for different conflicts affecting people all over the world. This includes poverty, famine, issues affecting families and violence against women. Also, as a member of the Youth Against Racial and Religious Discrimination Club, Claire has gotten a chance to learn about different religions and really understand the impact that hateful language can have on our society today, and in the everyday lives of women around the world. Keeping passionate about raising awareness about the issue of bullying, and discrimination in schools, Claire hopes to see this no longer be a problem in the future.

Sinaloa

Magdaly Santillanez

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Age: 18

When Magdaly Santillanez was chosen as a national deputy to advocate on social issues as a child, she had already realized her life calling. Currently a senior in high school, who loves photography, social and cultural research and development, Magdaly took note of the poverty situation in Mexico and started up a corresponding project. Using scientific research to understand the life situation of the underprivileged and how micro credits are useful, she piloted a program on microfinance to help people, challenge society, analyze the impact, and improve it. With a strong scientific background to use as her basis for change, Magdaly was also selected to attend the Intel ISEF and the Global Youth Summit by Global Changemakers – British Council and looks forward to using scientific research to further human development to those in need.

Russia

Kseniya Sukhotina

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Age: 20

Kseniya Sukhotina is ecstatic to represent Russia in this year’s G(irls)20 Summit. This versatile 20 year old is an International Marketing major at Khabarovsk State Academy of Economics and Law, and aspires to become a leader as a strong and independent businesswoman. She credits her background in high-level competitive rhythmic gymnastics as a backbone for her confidence and thoroughly applies it throughout her many attendances at international conferences. Having attended 4 International Model UN conferences and present at the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, Kseniya is proactive in finding the solutions to such world issues as the global environment’s weakened state and human rights. Kseniya is a proven linguist, learning French and German as an exchange student, and feels that intercultural communication helps her to understand the diversity of the world, develop the feeling of social responsibility and motivate to find and seize opportunities for societal and self-development.

South Africa

Thato Zoe Mokoena

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Age: 20

Twenty-year old Thato Zoe Mokoena is from South Africa, born and raised in Johannesburg in a township called Alexandra. Her academics have always been a priority, and after excelling in her primary and secondary learning, she is now studying at the University of Pretoria. Working towards a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics, Thato is involved in various leadership programmes throughout her community. Currently she is one of head founders of House Lilium, a university residence home cell, and planning on works of mercy through charity work. Thato is also a volunteer teacher at the St Hubert’s Catholic pre-school, teaching the importance of literacy and social life skills to children. She was a member of the South African Student Congress (SASCO) in 2010, a politically charged student organization focusing on academic and residential student exclusions and is presently pursuing her interests in the Model UN Chapter Pretoria at the University.

South Korea

Veronica Cho

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Age: 20

Born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrating to Canada when she was five years old, Veronica currently studies Business and Political Science at UBC, pursuing International Relations. Currently on a leave from her studies to teach English in rural elementary schools of Korea through a government scholarship, Veronica also worked in South Africa for three months building a Career Management Workshop and organizing an entrepreneurial conference. She has extensive volunteer experience including being a leader of the British Columbia Youth Parliament and founding a club aimed towards rebuilding war torn schools in Northern Uganda. She also participated in a national homeless youth campaign by going homeless for five days with peers to raise awareness, and is avidly involved with student politics. She is extremely excited to be selected as the delegate of South Korea and is ready to take on the challenge of coming together and initiating a dialogue on empowering women and girls all over the world.

Germany

Wiebke Müller

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Age: 20

Wiebke was born in Tübingen and grew up in a small village close to Stuttgart with her mother, sister and grandparents. After graduating in 2010 at an all girls’ school in Bavaria, she is currently studying Law and Economic Geography in Freiburg and hopes to work in urban planning after graduation. Much of her free time is spent with JuLis, a political youth organization utilizing social media to inform and educate. Attending various political events throughout the state and the whole of Germany keeps her voice strong, passionate and motivating for the future generations.

Japan

Vera Campanelli

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Age: 20

Vera attends the University of Bologna as an International and Diplomatic Sciences major, and cites policy as her driven passion for change. Enrolled with the Democratic Party since she was 15, Vera is Mottola’s coordinator for the Young Democrats, and was the Student Democratic Representative at her secondary school. Currently serving as the University Union Representative, Vera is also a member of an association that fights against illegalities, “Libera”, and envisions a career in journalism as her method for change. Vera’s mayoral aspirations centre on the desire to transform her hometown into a cultural and social epicenter modeling the standards and ideals of the northern Italian cities.

Indonesia

Disty Winata

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Age: 19

While studying Health Sciences & International Studies at university, Disty currently serves as Health Coordinator at her campus’ cancer awareness club, and mentor for a girl empowerment project, Opportunities. She has co-founded Strawberry Generation? Call us Changemakers!, a youth empowerment initiative that currently runs in Canada, Malaysia, Burma and Papua New Guinea. Throughout her high school career, she was the Minister of Multiculturalism while volunteering as an ESL tutor, and continues to write for the Huffington Post concerning girls’ rights and youth activism in Indonesia. Her International involvement includes her participation as Indonesian Youth Sherpa at
2011 G20 Youth Summit in France, and as a Youth Representative at UN Assembly on MDGs at the UN Headquarters. Being honoured as a Global Changemaker by the British Council, and as a Google Zeitgeist Young Mind motivates Disty to stay among the inspiring girls and women changing the world, and sees the G(irls)20 Summit as a terrific platform for her passion in the empowerment of women and international development.

UK

Megumi Yamuna

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Age: 19

Megumi is an intern at KPMG financial service firm, while waiting to start at Oxford University. She was a Young Challenger at the Global Social Business Summit in 2011 and upon her return identified key social business action plans within her company, and now sits on the development meetings with KPMG key figures. She has served in many roles on the Sri Lanka Model United Nations Commission, from chair to representative for the status of women and in 2010 achieved the Global Young Leader’s Award at the Global Scholars and Leaders’ Summit in Singapore. Megumi wholly believes that social business is commercially viable and makes perfect economic sense to break the chain of aid and charity dependency cultures that tend to prevail in poor communities. With this newfound economic liberation, women will have a stronger voice and greater influence politically that will help lift themselves, their families and communit ies out of extreme poverty.

Austria

Segal Hussein

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Age: 19

egal is currently in her first year at the University of Vienna and studies Political Science and International Development. In 2008, she received the “START SCHOLARSHIP” for outstanding and high-achieving students with a migration-background. This scholarship enabled her to visit various seminars and to participate in the German Students Academy, which was highlighted with a class on social inequality as well as a European Union Seminar. Segal now sits as Head of Communications of the Association START-Alumni Austria that focuses mainly on youth, education and migrants in Austria. Besides being active in the Somalian community as an interpreter, Segal volunteers as a peer-educator for the Austrian Youth Red Cross and holds workshops about racism, tolerance and civic engagement at schools. In addition, she was chosen by the Ministry for Interior Affairs as an Ambassador for Integration, and in 2011 received a scholarship from the Department of State to attend the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute program traveling to the United States. In her near future, Segal hopes to study abroad, and sees education as the key to progress, equal rights and freedom for everyone.

France

Sally Dimachki

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Age: 20

Sally is currently in her 3rd year at university, where she is studying Conflict Studies and Human Rights. Sitting on the student’s association of Social Affairs as Vice-President, she has organized many events to raise awareness surrounding the issues of Human Rights. Children’s rights are especially important to Sally, and she’s remained active in her school’s chapter for UNICEF. As a volunteer at the Ottawa Children Treatment Center, Sally works with children with disabilities, and is working towards bringing the organization “Walk in her Shoes” to campus. She has been lucky enough to live in France and Canada and while experiencing multiculturalism, has witnessed many human rights violations. It was this awareness that inspired her studies and encouraged her desire to be the change that helps to take action against those violations. Sally believes that access to education for all, and the empowerment of women across societies, will bring us a step closer to solving those issues.

India

Priyanka Roy

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Age: 19
Priyanka Roychoudhury is currently pursuing a BA in Economics in the prestigious Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi. Born and brought up in the small town of Duliajan in the state of Assam located in the north eastern region of India, she completed her primary and secondary schooling as a leader and prefect amongst her peers. Taking on important responsibilities including the organization of annual cultural meets, environmental cleanliness drives and literacy drives, she has participated in various school, state and national level competitions, winning various awards and accolades in many. Actively taking part in activities related to any social cause particularly education to the underprivileged, Priyanka currently serves as a volunteer in the Church of Transfiguration, which is an NGO located in New Delhi dedicated to help children with limited means with their education.

Japan

Tomoko Kaida

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Age: 20

Born and raised in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, Tomoko entered Kanazawa University, School of International Studies in 2009. In 2010, she started a not-for-profit initiative called Kanazawa Centre for Strategic Communication (KCSC), which aims to provide direct cultural assistance and promote understanding between the Japanese and the increasing number of foreign nationals that are staying in Japan for educational and business purposes. In addition, Tomoko was selected by the U.S. Department of State to take part in the Young Asian Leaders program 2011 and belongs to a Global Changemakers initiative launched by the British Council. Tomoko’s upcoming initiatives include organizing independent TED events on environmental sustainability and co-existence. She is an executive producer of the event and sole proprietor of the TED license and is participating in a research project commissioned by the City of Kanazawa.

Turkey

Sayen Tokyay

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Age: 19

Sayen is currently a freshman in Law at Bilkent University, after graduating from TED Ankara College Private Foundation High School both in the Turkish National Programme and International Baccalaurate. Throughout her high school career, she was an active member of the Politics and Diplomacy Club where she began attending national and international Model United Nations European Youth Parliament Conferences. She would go on to hold the Vice President position in the Academic Board of the 2010 Global Youth Summit, a youth conference trying to solve numerous international disputes and their probable solutions from European Youth’s perspective. She is now a member of the European Youth Parliament Association of Turkey. Sayen describes herself as a passionate young activist, who is aware of her world, and wishes to be the action of change, rather than solely an observing mind. She would love to share her ideas on women’s rights on the global stage, while developing herself and collaborating with other fellow delegates in the conference.

USA

Mariam Amini

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Age: 20

Mariam Amini was born in the small town of Sheberghan, Afghanistan in 1992. As the Taliban took over the north, her family had no choice but to flee the country. She moved to the United States and now lives in New Jersey. Mariam attended Academies at Englewood, a competitive magnet high school. She interned at the Bergen Record, the newspaper of Northern New Jersey during the summer before her sophomore year. During her senior year, she interned at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations where Mariam was able to enter the world of international relations and attend UN committee sessions. In 2011, she did another internship at the Bergen County Executive Office of Dennis McNercky. Mariam is currently a student at Stanford University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. She is fluent inSpanish, Farsi and can comprehend Hindi.