Meet The Delegates

Tunisia

Soumaya Belaid

Bio

Age:20

Twenty-year old Soumaya Belaid, a Tunis native, is a young activist that is ecstatic to represent Tunisia for the first time in this year’s G(irls)20 Summit. Working towards a License Diploma in English and Literature, Soumaya is pursuing her interests in helping her country and be the source of change that Tunisia really needs. Soumaya is an influential member of the youth-led Tunisian watchdog organization I WATCH, where she remains involved in the area of fighting corruption and observing elections. Despite her young age, Soumaya is considered one of the Police Reform Specialists in the North Africa. Her managerial skills surfaced when she was tasked and successfully led the Police Reform Challenges in Tunisia and Tunisia’s new constitution: HOW? After being trained by many of the most recognized experts in the world, Soumaya has become very active in Areas of Women Empowerment and Women in Public Life. Having always been amazed by the UN, she aspires to be one of the leaders that will help achieve its millennium goals. Her dream started to come true after being hired by the UNDP as a consultant.

Argentina

Margarita Liuzzi

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Age: 20

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Maggie as she is known, showed compromise and interest toward her studies from a young age, remaining an outstanding student throughout her academic career. Currently studying at the prestigious Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Maggie is pursuing a degree in Economics. Since her adolescence, Maggie has actively participated in numerous voluntary social assistance activities, ranging from infantile-youthful psychiatrics, to pilgrimages for the ill and food distribution events for the homeless. Realistic and optimistic at the same time, while amazingly adaptable to change, Maggie was elected as Solidarity Captain by her classmates during secondary school. Maggie would then go on to join one of the biggest international youth organizations, AIESEC, and live in Egypt in 2011 and 2012. Working at the NGO, Narconon Egypt and serving on two AIESEC ́s local committees in Cairo, Maggie learned about healthcare, marketing, sales and communications, and about engaging in a new culture. She helped facilitate oral presentations in conferences, with the aim of encouraging youth to go abroad on internships to develop themselves and their environment to enlarge their point of view. All these opportunities enabled her to directly contact people of every social status, both cultural and economical, and made her realize that her young life should always have a strong social and international component.

Australia

Linda Ma

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Age: 18

Linda is a young visionary from Sydney, Australia who dreams of seeing women in the Asian-Pacific region reach their full potential as leaders, teachers, writers, entrepreneurs, artists and businesswomen. Linda is passionate about education, and youth involvement in political affairs mentoring. After finishing high school she spent seven months travelling around the Asia-Pacific learning about her heritage, teaching English in high schools and meeting wonderful women from all walks of life. In Australia she volunteers for various youth empowerment organizations such as UN Youth Australia, the YMCA New South Wales Youth Parliament and Left-Right Think Tank, while working for the grassroots democracy organization GetUp!. This year, Linda will begin her university studies at the Australian National University in Philosophy and Development Studies. Linda dreams of one day opening a leadership academy for young women in the Asia-Pacific.

Brazil

Lara Ezequiel

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Age: 19

Growing up Lara always acted in favour of her community, using the school and community groups around her to spread theimportance of taking care of nature, and encouraging donations to the needy in hospitals. Lara participated in an English Immersion Program in 2012, which greatly improved her English and leadership skills, and is currently studying History in university. As a part of the University Student Council, Lara uses her voice to represent all the students, their interests and assuring their rights in the university. Recently being invited to represent Sobral in an Articulation of Young Protagonists of her state, Lara will represent members and ex-members of governmental and non-governmental programs developed in the state of Ceará. She will give a voice and a chance to young protagonists, promoting the potential of the development of the leadership activities in the state. Seeing young people engaged in projects, programs and actions that help to improve the society they live in, motivates Lara to help to improve her city and her country. Lara hopes that the continued fight for equality, education and sustainable development will improve the quality of human and natural life.

Canada

Morgane Richer

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Age: 20

Born and raised in Montreal, the daughter of a French-Canadian father and an Italian-Venezuelan mother, Morgane is a firm believer that today’s global issues cannot be solved without engaging the power of women everywhere. She is always eager to embrace the next challenge, and tries to bring an international perspective and collaborative mindset to any discussion. Morgane is very involved with several non-profit organizations that use the arts as a creative outlet and a vehicle for social change. As the fundraising manager for Kids to Kids, she worked closely with Peace Corps volunteers to implement programs that improved access to arts, healthcare, and education for children. She also works with ArtShould, an after-school mentor program for at-risk youth in Chicago public schools, to use art as a tool for self-expression and structure. Through her work with MODA, Morgane channels her love of fashion into a social platform for the arts that provides resources to students interested in fashion. After attending the Groton School outside of Boston, Morgane is currently a second year undergraduate student at the University of Chicago. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in History and Russian Language and Literature, and plans to focus her studies on economic history and women’s rights. She aspires to be a lawyer.

China

Helen Leung

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Age: 19

Born with Hong Kong parents, Helen lived in Beijing for seven years where the exponential growth in the level of development made her realize the possibility of change that her society can bring. It also allowed her to question the social injustice and the limitations left behind bythe dilemma of modernization, which would shape her beliefs that change must come with critical deliberation and revaluation of what our fundamental values and goals are on an individual, societal and global level. Helen has a passion for youth empowerment, community building, social innovation and education. Stemming from a drive to engage in my community, she initiated and conducted a two-year field research on gender equality in primary education in Northern China. This allowed her to then run a magazine to empower youth expression and encourage service in Beijing, implement workshops and assist with action research of migrant children in China, while also promoting literacy in Vietnam. While engaged in grassroots educational outreach on girl’s rights in Ghana, Helen assisted in the development of social innovation trainings in Hong Kong, and represented her county in the Global Youth Summit in London, 2012. As a dreamer of world equality, unity, and peace for humanity, Helen believes in the remarkable power of grassroots participatory development in giving voice, especially to the marginalized, to shape and drive the global development agenda of 2013 and beyond. This includes fostering the power of ordinary individuals to build and tie a community together in order to be heard through their actions.

EU-Portugal

Mariana Jacinto

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Age: 19

Mariana Jacinto is a young Portuguese woman who wants to change the world! Currently studying Marketing Management in ISCTE Business School in Lisbon, Mariana joined AIESEC, an international student run organization that promotes peace and fulfillment of humankind potential. AIESEC is a true leadership academy that creates future leaders; this is where Mariana worked in Communications in a Project Managerrole. With a background in roller skating, gymnastics, ballroom dancing and 7 years of Piano training, Mariana has always followed the rhythm of her heart. In 2012, she became a transformer! through the British Council’s Global Changemakers program to change the way society looks to kids. Turning Teens into transformers! creates people capable of art, sport and activity to use as a catalyst for a positive change in their society. Mariana believes Education should be accessible to every single person in the world!”

France

Violette Perrotte

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Age: 19

Violette is currently a sophomore studying a double major in International Studies and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland. Her interest in the empowerment of women around the world came in 2012, when Violette interned at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Paris, where she assisted in the organization of the French delegation at the Golden Summit for Family Planning in London, working closely with the Gender and Development Department. Violette attended conferences and high-level meetings discussing various aspects of the problems affecting women and children in developing countries, especially issues of delivery of contraception, as well as the progress of partnerships between large organizations, such as the Ouagadougou Partnership. This opened her eyes to the numerous and growing problems that women face in developing countries, and also the persistent challenges that women deal with in developed countries. Focusing more intensely on cultural problems surrounding women, and how to incorporate women’s culture, beliefs, and traditions into solutions to empower them, Mariana looks forward to studying and traveling a semester in South Africa to achieve experience in the field. Having traveled in various parts of the world already, such as China, South America, Indonesia, Israel, Tanzania and many European countries while undertaking the opportunity to study overseas, Mariana hopes to return to France with a new perspective on the world and a deep understanding of the way different countries handle global issues. Leaving France for the US taught Violette independence, hard work, and most importantly showed her that if you really fight for something, even if it is outside your comfort zone, you can achieve it. The G(irls)20 Summit would once again, be an opportunity for her to challenge what she knows, and broaden her comprehension of the problems affecting women today.

Germany

Luka Döring

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Age: 19

Luka is currently in her last year of highschool, but has never let her age keep her grounded in Germany. For years she has participated in an environmental student group campaigning green initiatives in her school. Since she was 3 years of age, Luka has been a part of a World Vision project that empowers young people to engage in political discussions focusing on the Millennium development goals and the post-MDG process. Over the last few years she has traveled to several youth forums in Germany, Rumania and Istanbul, where international young people meet to discuss and develop ideas mostly on the area of development aid. With other young similarly-minded people, Luka met politicians for discussions and started her own campaign to inform her peers and encourage them to be active through creative street activism. Joining the Global Youth Network from World Vision, Luka connects youth engagement projects from all over the world to develop a global voice of young people, while also participating in a scholarship program called Schülerkolleg International that helps young students to have an international career and work on the topic of integration. In the past year, a defining moment in Luka’s life has been the time with the many children of an orphanage in Moldova, renovating sanitary facilities that gave her the power and energy to elevate her voice for all those that are unheard.

India

Aishani Khurana

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Age: 19

Aishani Khurana is a second year student from New Delhi majoring in Economics at Soka University of America in California, where she is the recipient of a ‘Global Merit Scholarship’ for her BA in Liberal Arts. Throughout high school in India, she has been actively involved in community development projects that focus on education and women empowerment. While participating with local NGOs in New Delhi tutoring under- privileged children in the neighborhood, she was awarded the scholarship for ‘Outstanding Contribution in Volunteer Service’ in her high school. She speaks Hindi, English, Punjabi and intermediate Japanese. During her tenure as the program assistant at Smile Foundation in India, she worked with young girls and women in urban slums of New Delhi where she conducted focused group discussions and facilitated workshops on family planning and sexual health care. Through one-on-one dialogues, she mentored young girls about educational careers and gender equality. At Smile Foundation, she was also responsible for collecting and analyzing data through field work for an ongoing program called ‘Swabhiman: For Girls’ safety and awareness’. Presently, she interns as a grant writer assistant at International Orphan Care, a US-based NGO that works towards educating the youth, especially girls, in Afghanistan. She creates awareness about the impoverished Afghan youth through publicity and fundraising events in California. For her next volunteer project in March, she will go to Detroit, Michigan for a community revitalization program where she will volunteer with alocal NGO working for the homeless and at-risk youth in the city. At Soka University of America she has worked as executive chair for organizing campus events such as the Student Festival which typically gathers over 300 students and has co-founded a music club on campus brings together multiple genres of music from across the globe. She has also participated in conferences and panel discussions with ambassadors and secretary generals, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on issues like education, health and childcare and women rights. Through her experiences of working with various organizations and taking leadership roles, Aishani believes that one should never doubt one’s potential to create change. She is passionate about working for the cause of women empowerment especially in her hometown, New Delhi. One of her goals upon graduation is to open an organization that encourages young girls to be entrepreneurs and change makers in their local communities. She is positive that the G-20 summit, will allow her to contribute towards alleviating the status of women and constructing an egalitarian society.

Indonesia

Putri Agustina

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Name: Age: 20
Putri used her interest in Human Development, Entrepreneurship and Resources to major In Economics and Administration at the State University of Jakarta. With hopes to establish herself as a professional teacher, a Bachelor of Education Degree remains her final goal in sight. Putri’s mission is to enthuse the world through her experiences and ideas by blogging. By writing, she hopes to share something which inspires others, and knows that even the smallest gesture can make the biggest impact to even just one person. Being quite active in student organizations and volunteering throughout her community, has helped shape Putri’s leadership skills, prompting her to join the UN Volunteering Online to help other NGOs in other countries. Putri feels teaching is the foundation on which anything can grow.

Italy

Isabella Rossi

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Age: 19

Name: Isabella Rossi Age: 19City: Padua, ItalyIsabella is a freshman at Bocconi University in Milan, where she is doing her Bachelor in International Economics, Management and Finance. She has always been interested in human rights and politics and in 2010 she became part of the newborn Italian organization PES (Parlamento Europeo degli Studenti), whose aim is to raise the voice of young citizens to European Institutions. It is within this organization Isabella has met other students with whom to discuss the themes she remains so passionate about, trying to come up with concrete solutions, and to think locally. Isabella then went to Strasbourg where she presented these ideas to members of the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the European Court of Justice. She has since then founded a PES group at her school, which dealt with the information young people receive about human rights. Isabella has always loved meeting people from different countries and backgrounds, since her very first exchange experience with Australia, where she left her heart. What she is most looking forward to as the Italian Delegate of the G(irls)20 2013 Summit is not only to meet girls from all over the world, but to enhance each other’s differences and work together as a team, because she believes only a good team can support a good idea that would otherwise stay abstract and useless.

Japan

Carmina Mancenon

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Age: 19

Carmina grew up in the Philippines, was born in Japan and is a 3rd year student studying Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University. Having experienced various environments, she grew interested in development issues with an interest in gender differences. She co-founded the social enterprise Stitch Tomorrow to combat poverty through female empowerment and fashion entrepreneurship and was chosen to be a British Council Global Changemakers. Later, she presented at the World Economic Forum 2010 in Davos, Switzerland where she was the youngest participant. She spent two summers in Zithulele Village in the Eastern Cape of South Africa researching the impact of child mortality on women’s fertility choices in poor, rural communities and last summer in India at Infosys Technologies as a social risk management consultant. At Princeton, she is Vice President of the Undergraduate Student Government, co-founder of the Sustainable Fashion Initiative and is a member of the Pace Council for Civic Values. She hopes to pursue a career in International Development with a focus on developing countries and gender issues.

Jalisco

Sofía Muñoz

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Age: 20

Sofía Isadora is currently studying Biomedical Engineering at the Tecnológico de Monterrey University, Campus Guadalajara. In 2011, she won the Prize for Excellence for being the student with the highest grades in Prepa Tec High School, Campus Guadalajara. The prize and the scholarship that came with it enabled her to study at university. Sofía Isadora has represented Mexico at the INTEL-ISEF in 2011, and in a multitude of folklore festivals in Turkey, Romania, and Bulgaria. As a result, she received the Outstanding Citizen Award of the Municipality in San Julián, Jalisco in 2010. She has also volunteered as a music teacher and assistant at the Municipal Health Center in San Julián. Sofía Isadora attended the Prepa Tec Leaders of Tomorrow Seminar in 2008, and the Girls and Science in Jalisco Congress in 2009. Furthermore, she was chosen as the most outstanding delegate of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in the United Nations Model of the Prepa Tec Guadalajara in 2010, and awarded the Best Student Essay Prize in the 10th National Congress of Ethics and Citizenship in 2012.In the immediate future, Sofía Isadora expects to promote education as the way for everyone in the community to achieve their true potential. She believes education can open a multitude of doors for progress focused on the common good. She encourages this idea not only in her peers, but also in the younger generations.

Russia

Ellina Nurmukhametova

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Age: 20
Ellina is a passionate student and believes it is every young citizen’s responsibility today to ensure that they give something back to the society that they have been taking everything from. In 2011, Ellina traveled to the United States for a year abroad in the Future Leaders Exchange scholarship program. She volunteered in the CCI Greenheart Organization, working with women from countries all over the world developing projects that concentrated on learning to respectfully work with people from all cultural backgrounds. From 2011-2013, she attended conferences abroad to widen these views and ideas, and developed her comprehension in leadership, problems of youth, diversity and religion at the Better Understanding for Better World conference with 72 ambassadors of 34 different countries of diverse faiths and cultural backgrounds. The conference prompted an atmosphere of belonging, as well as cultural understanding that led to activities for better cooperation on a personal, local and global level for Ellina. This August, Ellina will begin her university studies at New York University in Shanghai after a very successful secondary career. Ellina participated in many competitions and various academic awards and will end her career with a gold medal for excellence in academic performance, the highest academic award in the Russian high school system. After graduating from university, Ellina hopes to spend one year travelling around Asia teaching English in high schools to girls – the world’s potential leaders.

Saudi Arabia

Merwa Abdelkader

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Age: 20

Merwa is studying Business Administration at Sikkim Manipal University, and as an outgoing personality, enjoys exchanges knowledge within a team. Her interest in Social Development was cultivated after joining the US-Saudi Women Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. This project remains close to her heart as it promotes entrepreneurship, encourages civic engagement, social responsibility and professional development all the while empowering women in Saudi Arabia. Merwa was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, and has tried all her life to be integrated in her society in such a way that enables her to gain knowledge and build upon what she could benefit from. Merwa believes this G(irls)20 Summit opportunity to gain experience and create a wider network around the globe that can share and contribute will inspire her to add crucial decisions for the vital needs in making the changes that her society needs.

Korea

Yoomin Lee

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Age: 19

Yoomin is a girl with big dreams and the belief that she hasto be a true changemaker to make the world a better place where people are filled with more rights, opportunities, and freedoms that she has been lucky to have known by birth. As a student who currently majors in International Studies in Korea, Yoomin has noticed that a lot of global issues must be discussed and solved. Rather than thinking with grand conception, she truly believes the power of small steps from me. Yoomin remains interested in the world’s environment issues, and joined the Korean National Committee for United Nations Environment Programme’s North East Asia Youth Environment Network (TUNZA-NEAYEN), implementing several projects a year. Yoomin was selected as a Korean National Youth Advisor, representing her country in the East Asian Seas Congress 2012 in July, and further discussed the blue economy. Yoomin now shares her ideas through her writing and has worked as an editor of UNEP TUNZA- NEAYEN magazine, and as an international reporter in the Seoul Youth Center for Cultural Exchange, covering various international events. Her volunteer work for the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit in March 2012, and as a Delegation Assistance Liaison(DAL) of Special Olympics Team Ireland for 2013 PyeongChang Special Olympics made Yoomin realize that she has to work harder to make a world without discriminations. Being a representative of her own country, the Republic of Korea, and volunteering in various works, Yoomin faced a lot of difficulties. But looking back, these obstacles were the real and core factors that made her stand stronger and cement her obligation to use her skills and utilize her talents to make a difference not only in her society but also globally.

Turkey

Dinara ZHOROBEKOVA

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Age: 24

I am Dinara Zhorobekova Born on 8th January 1992 , in Kochkorata city, Jalalabad Oblast of Kyrgyz Republic . In the family of the businessman and has one sibling who is my little brother . My childhood passed in Kochkorata city where I was born , I attended “Tulip” kindergarten. From my childhood I talk Kyrgyz and Russian languages . After , when I was 6 years old I started my school , I loved studying there a lot , because every day was full of experiences for me . I was representative of the class , later I became the member of the school parliament and basketball team . Especially my experiences in school were the fundamental steps towards my future leadership . I learnt there what is the responsibility . Also my communicability was developed there .In the primary school I started to learn English language In 2004 I passed the examination to private Kyrgyz – Turkish Girls High School with the scholarship, the reason I changed my school was the education. Because in that high school I had more opportunity to improve my English and learn new Turkish language, the educational system also was better than in previous school . High school was another step towards my future career , there I decided my future a bit . In the period when I studied in the high school I participated in several Olympiads, they were :Turkish language, economics and mathematics. The last two Olympiads I had a fist and second degrees respectively. In 2009 I graduated from the high school, I graduated with the 1st degree of the school and in my school diploma all of the grades were 5 , my school gpa was 5 out of 5. Moreover in that year I passed the examination for the students exchange program FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange) to the USA. Finally I learnt that I also passed the examination to study in Middle East Technical University with full scholarship, I was one of the best news in that times. Currently I am studying in Ankara in METU in the department of the International Relations , in all semesters I was selected as a ‘honor roll student’.Also I am the member of the Member of the Foreign Policy and International Relations Club of the University, member of the academic team of EUROsimA conference and member of the MUN (Model United Nations) team. In my university time I have done three internships one of which I have not finished yet . With the help of this club I had a chance to attend two simulations one being United Nations (General Assembly) simulations and the other, European Union (General Affairs Council) simulation Internship in Institute of Strategic Thinking as a research assistant, Internship In the Embassy of The Kyrgyz Republic to Turkey as a assistant of the Ambassador and finally Internship in the International Strategic Research Organization as a research assistant Additionally I am the representative of the Kyrgyz students in my university.

UK

Elly Mawson

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Age: 20

Elly credits her background in Musical Theatre for increasing her self-confidence. It was from this, she decided she wanted to teach others how the arts can help in all aspects of life, and upon leaving college with her diploma, Elly worked as an after school play worker and teaching assistant. This gave her invaluable teaching experience, which she would use again while traveling to India with Girl Guiding UK. At an event called Discover Your Potential, Elly worked in the local community with young women and girls helping with their education. Discussing the differences in communities on topics such as marriage, contraception, occupations and protecting the environment, helped uncover her passion for women empowerment. On her second time in India, Elly spent her time working at a school in a Leper Colony, alongside a teacher from Canada. After teaching children from Standard 3 to 7, Elly realized encouraging todays youth and educating them on global awareness and the understanding and acceptance of all different cultures and religion was her true inspiration. Since returning from India in July 2012, Elly has since started a childminding business. This business provides childcare for parents who otherwise would not be able to work. It also gives young people in the area a chance to work hands on in childcare so that they gain experience to establish if they want to pursue an education or career in working with children. Elly believes the opportunities she has experienced in her own life only strengthen her resolve to ensure the younger generations access to the same opportunities.

USA

Jenni Lee

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Age: 20

The USA’s delegate, Jenni Lee, was adopted at the age of five from Yunnan, China. Raised in Berkeley, California by two very liberal parents, Jenni is currently studying economics and sociology at Mount Holyoke College, a premiere liberal arts college for women in Massachusettes. She is featured in the award-winning documentary Somewhere Between, which profiles the lives of four adopted Chinese girls and explores the themes of family, identity and belonging, asking the central question, Who am I?Jenni has spoken about women’s empowerment around the world, including a TEDx conference and several other events focusing on the impact women and children have on the world’s wellbeing. Her passions lie in both entrepreneurship and non-profit work, specifically directed towards women and children. When she is not studying for college exams, competing on the tennis team or working on her own start-up, Jenni returns to China every summer to volunteer her time in Chinese orphanages and rural schools. Through her hands on work with marginalized individuals and witnessing their extraordinary untapped potential, Jenni believes women and men, together, are a critical part of the solution for global development. Jenni aspires to be an integral part of a think-tank that endeavors to foster progress for marginalized groups worldwide. Her favorite color is pink and her favorite quote comes from Sir Winston Churchill: We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”