Meet The Delegates
Dream Job: Owning a business that enhances women’s micro finance skills.
Simin Haidary is from Kabul, Afghanistan. She is currently in her 2nd semester of her Junior year in Business Administration at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA). Simin was awarded a full scholarship from the US Embassy in Afghanistan.
Simin completed her high school education at Shammama High School in Quetta, Pakistan, and was engaged in extra curricular activities, such as the Zainabia Community, the Shirin Cultural Organization, 40dokhtaran, and participated in the Ashiyana Essay Competition. Throughout this process, she gained the self-confidence to give back to society by teaching and being taught by others.
Finda Harriet Caillendee
Dream Job: Governor of The Central Bank of Liberia
Finda Harriet Caillendee studies Economics and Management at the Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County. She is currently the President of the Cuttington Chapter of Safe Cities for Girls, a group dedicated to educating girls on improving values and self esteem as they become women. Finda has worked with other organizations, such as Legacy, an organization devoted to the well-being of girls.
In 2015, Finda was runner-up in an election for the position of University Representative. As the first female to run for this position, she aimed to break the male hegemony. While she did not win, Finda set an example for others to follow. Finda is passionate about working with youth, especially girls. She hopes to level the ground between boys and girls, especially when competing for the same chances, privileges, and opportunities.
Dream Job: University Professor
Marina was born in Miramar of Ansenuza, Córdoba, Argentina. She attended high- school at the I.P.E.T. Nº 44 “Ministro Macario Carrizo” in Miramar and she is now a student of Chemical Engineering al the National Technological University (UTN). She plans to follow post- graduate studies in Material Sciences and Physics.
Since she was a young girl she showed leadership skills, leading projects such as Eco- teens, for the recycling of urban waste. She loves volunteering at the Natural Science Museum of Miramar, where she has worked as a guide, and helping on educational annual events such as the “International Wetlands Day”.
She participated in science fairs in 2010, 2011 and 2013 reaching the National stage the tree times and receiving an honourable mention in natural sciences last year. She was the winner of the UN Chapter in 2012 and twice won the Spelling Olympics in 2010 and 2012.
In 2013 she was selected to represent Argentina at the National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia, United States of America.
She’s currently studying German and she practices windsurfing, sailing and karate.
In 2015 she became member of the Argentine-American Network of Leadership.
Her future ambitions include becoming a recognized scientist and setting up a NGO to empower girls in Argentina.
Maria Rimsha Bilal
Dream Job: Director General of World Health Organization
A fourth-year medical student at the University of Newcastle, Australia, Maria is dedicated to creating social change and being part of the solution to today’s biggest challenges.
Born to two Pakistani migrants and one of three sisters, she is a strong believer in family and community. During high school Maria volunteered at a local hospital and a Special-Needs primary school, lead her school Model UN Club, was a Peer Support Leader and Prefect. Maria Model-UN-ed at a national level, attended the Global Young Leaders Conference and was a MaxPotential Young Leader. Her uniquely can-do attitude meant Maria still finished high school at the 99.45 percentile of Australia.
Within her first year of university she was advocating on the Post-2015 Agenda at the United Nations, and only weeks later was representing medical students at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. In 2015, Maria sat on the National Executive of the Australian Medical Students’ Association, where she spearheaded advocacy efforts and co-ordinated media campaigns, as well as the Executive Committee of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons Women in Surgery Section. Currently, she is the Academic Convenor for AMSA’s National Leadership Development Seminar, a premier academic event for medical students across Australia and New Zealand.
From the earliest possible moment, Maria has raced towards the unique opportunities afforded to her. As the poster child for the phrase ‘good things come in small packages’ Maria’s effervescence and optimism are only paralleled by her dedication and work ethic.
Ana Carolina Queiroz
Dream Job: Teacher or Lawyer
Ana Carolina was born and raised in Sao Paulo, the most cosmopolitan city in Brazil.
She is moving to Brasilia, her country’s capital, to attend Law school at one of the most renowned Brazilian universities. Ana Carolina intends to devote time to work with low- income women after graduating.
While in High School, Ana was the Research Leader of her school’s robotics team, in which she developed projects such as a platform that warned the population of a small city about floods. She represented Brazil in international FIRST LEGO League robotics competitions in Canada and South Africa. Ana has also done research on the menstrual cycle and empowerment of girls from both her school and the periphery, receiving national and international accolades, such as a Certificate of Award Achievement given by the American Psychological Association, and a Junior Scientific Initiation scholarship.
Ana Carolina was the founder of High School Gurls, a pioneer group with more than 300 girls from her school that debates and discusses ways to lessen gender disparities in the school environment.
Pippa McDougall lives in Ottawa and currently is the Parliamentary Assistant to Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament (MP) of Kelowna‐Lake Country. She is responsible for navigating the Canadian legislative process to help her MP amend bills and serve the needs of his constituency.
She graduated from Queens University in 2015 having pursued a dual degree in International Development and Political Science. During her studies, Pippa balanced academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, and varsity athletics.
Each year Pippa was competitively selected to represent Queen’s on their Model United Nations (MUN) team. Among the many international conferences she attended her highlight was the Harvard World MUN 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.
As a varsity soccer player, Pippa and her team won the Silver Medal in the CIS Women’s Soccer Championship in her second year. Her love of sports and social engagement has inspired her to help empower marginalized youth through sport. In her fourth year, Pippa partnered with Special Olympics Ontario and co-founded “Students 4 Special Olympics”, a Queen’s club that provided sport programming for youth with intellectual disabilities.
Her philanthropic passion and insatiable curiosity has led her to travel extensively across four continents. In 2013, Pippa spent 4 months working at a grassroots organization in rural Botswana. She has since embarked on an exchange through her university, to the Netherlands, where she lived for 6 months.
Pippa speaks English and French, and is beginning to learn Spanish.
Xinyu Hong (洪昕宇)
A senior student at Renmin University of China, Xinyu Hong is majoring in Sociology, focusing on migrant issues, especially in education.
In 2015, Xinyu Hong was Interned in the Information Department for the Municipal Part Committee of Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province. She was also admitted as a delegate for the US China Dialogue Young Scholarship Program, a program where the rate of admission extremely competitive: for every 5 people selected, there were 1605 applicants. Through this opportunity, she was able to visit several prominent foundations and organizations, such as the World Bank, the Pulitzer Center, etc. She was also able to visit city council and financial institutions in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Boston. Xinyu Hong also studied Marshall Ganz’s “leadership workshop” while visiting Harvard University, and interned at the Asia Society for Innovation Hub, throughout her month-long participation in this program.
She is the team leader of the third generation volunteering group, “The Fruits”, which offers long-term educational services for migrant children in primary schools using anthropological and sociological ways of observation and evaluation.
As the leading coach of “The Fruit Workshop,” her aim is to offer training towards long-term volunteering services. Through the training services programs and career evaluation services made possible by education-oriented organizations, Xinyu Hong continues to enhance her skills by participating in the Debate Team at her school, both as a participant and as a judge.
Dream Job: Business Owner
Marianthi Nika is a 22-year-old student at Athens University of Economics and Business, studying Business Administration.
Marianthi wants to impact her society in her every action. Her trigger point was when she joined AIESEC, the largest youth leadership provider globally. As a member of the organization for 2 years, Marianthi met and worked with people from nearly every corner of the world. She has co-founded Effect, a social enterprise which aims to tackle youth unemployment. Marianthi wants use her time to help young people to become more open-minded, ready to challenge themselves every single day and set higher goals for their futures.
Marianthi’s long term vision is to participate in, or create, an organization that will help young people, in Greece and globally, explore their competencies and discover how to succeed personally and as a member of society. Until then, she wants to be part of challenging projects, meet inspirational people and take initiative to help today’s youth develop their potential.
Dream Job: President of the European Parliament
Lucile is in her final year at Politics and International Relations at the University College London (UCL). Originally from Paris, she has also studied in Italy and Spain and speaks four languages fluently. Her international background has made her feel more aware of pressing global issues, and she regards the economic empowerment of women as key to international development.
Lucile’s active commitment in international affairs started at the age of 15 with CISV, a peace- education NGO promoting diversity, conflict resolution and sustainable development. She was a CISV Junior Counsellor and participated in a charitable project in a Brazilian favela in 2013. Convinced that peace building must start at the regional level, she was elected Secretary of UCL’s European Society in 2013. She developed her interest in public affairs by interning with the French Senate and becoming an EU Careers Ambassador.
After she visited a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut in 2010, Lucile was moved by the extreme vulnerability of forcefully displaced women. She volunteered for the Italian Council of Refugees in Bologna and provided support to these women in applying for asylum. She is now writing a Bachelor’s thesis on the structural weaknesses of the Common European Asylum System in light of the 2015 refugee crisis in Europe. She was a national delegate to the 2015 Young European Council, where she defended a fairer treatment of refugees.
Dream Job: Author
Annika currently studies History and German at the University of Heidelberg and will complete her Bachelor’s degree in Autumn 2016. Before she started her studies at University, Annika worked as an intern at a film production company (MetaProductions), a newspaper (Der Tagesspiegel) and at a museum (Martin-Gropius-Bau).
During her time at university in Heidelberg, Annika held two positions as an Assistant to Professors at the History and Ancient History Institute. From January to June 2015, she was able to study at Durham University with an Erasmus scholarship. Annika works as a freelance writer for the Berlin-based German newspaper “Der Tagesspiegel,” covering topics in culture, politics, media and science. Annika is the host of a science podcast “Science Pie”, which was awarded a prize of the “Stifterverband der Deutschen Wissenschaft” in June 2015. Annika holds a scholarship of the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”.
Dream Job: The first female Secretary General of the United Nations
Aarushi Mehta is currently studying Law at Amity Law School in Delhi, India. At 19 years of age, she has been involved in various initiatives related to the empowerment of women for a many years.
Aarushi loves to travel and read books, and is fascinated by world politics. She hopes to study International Relations in the future, and pursue a career in global politics. Aarushi participates in Model United Nations conferences, and believes debating is a necessary ingredient to remain up to date on issues that surround us.
Dream Job: Working at the United Nations
Giasinta Livia is a sophomore student of International Relations in Parahyangan Catholic University (UNPAR), Indonesia. She is actively involved in many student organizations and events, including the International Relations English Club, UNPAR International Student Conference, Diplomacy in Practice and Indonesia’s National Meeting for International Relations Students. She found her passion in speaking in front of the public, thus it triggered her to join several Model United Competitions and conferences, both at the national and international level. Recently, she was the youngest delegate of Indonesia to attend the International Network of University (INU) Summer School on Global Citizenship and Peace, held in Hiroshima University, Japan.
In 2012, she initiated her Student Council’s community empowerment program called ANGKASA (Aksi Nyata Gerakan Kami Untuk Sesama—Our Real Action to Empower Others), a weekly volunteer tutoring program that sends students from her senior high school to help underprivileged school children in the Suradita Village to study and do their homework. During her break time before entering college, she also volunteered as a regular class teacher at Sekolah Kita Rumpin (SKR), an informal school for children in Rumpin area, who were victims of land dispute between the local people and the Indonesian army.
Livia has varied interests in the topics of peace studies, diplomacy, international organization, social media, youth and female empowerment.
Majda El Mahi
Dream Job: Head of an organization
Majda El Mahi studies International Economics and Finance at the University of Bologna. For many years, she has thoroughly enjoyed the world of volunteering and has been a leader of several associations and organizations since a young age.
Majda works to create relationships between young people and institutions to improve conditions and meet the needs of communities and society. Active, enterprising, positive ambitious, Majda enjoys challenging herself learn in order to teach others, transmitting human values among young people.
Majda loves getting in touch with different realities and cultures by traveling and studying foreign languages. Her dream is to continue in the economics sector and create something that will be a source of productivity and inspiration for others, especially women.
Dream Job: Entrepreneur
Sakura Ikeda is a Law student at Soka University in Japan. To date, Sakura has attended international conferences and programs, including the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations, The Japanese Youth Goodwill Mission offered by the Japanese Cabinet office, and Women’s Leadership Program offered by the United States Embassy.
When she returns to Japan from exchange at Hong Kong University, Sakura hopes to launch an initiative for Japanese orphans, where she plans to empower the orphaned girls by connecting them to university students.
Dream Job: Working at the United Nations
Sana Afouaiz is an advocate in the areas of female empowerment, migration and youth empowerment. Sana founded “African Youth Advocate Platform.” She strives to empower young people which has lead Sana her to travel to more than 20 countries to speak about and promote youth voices in high-level discussions and meetings.
Sana is an advocate for the meaningful participation of young people, within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals as well as other policies and processes. She was nominated 10 Top Youth to work for the Restless Development Organization. Sana also assists African development by promoting the economic integration of African youth in Diaspora for the “African Diaspora Youth Network in Europe”.
Clarissa de la Vega
Dream Job: Working for the United Nations World Food Program
Clarissa de la Vega Chavoya was born in Celaya, Guanajuato, México where she is currently studying for her Bachelor’s degree on Nutrition Science at the University of Celaya.
As a volunteer, Clarissa has worked with “TECHO”, where she built houses in the most remote communities of her country and the “Nutritional Center of Celaya” where she’s been giving basic education to young girls. Clarissa has also been providing nutritional services in vulnerable regions of Guanajuato and giving lectures about career path at marginalized schools in Celaya to reduce the number of students who drop out of school.
In October of 2015, Clarissa was selected by the Mexican Institute of Youth to represent México at the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris. Along with other young delegates, they issued 10 recommendations that were presented at COP21, CoY11 and the Commonwealth Youth Forum.
In November of the same year, Clarissa travelled to Japan to represent the Mexican Delegation at the 23d México-Japan Exchange where she met the Minister of Education and the Governor of Hiroshima to discuss better educational opportunities and strengthen the diplomatic relationship between both countries.
As the chief of the Life Quality Commission at the Guanajuato’s Students Council and with the help of the Gender Equality Sub-commission and the Guanajuato Institute of Youth, Clarissa is developing a program called “Nosotras También” to help fathers understand why it is important that their daughters are educated.
Dream Job: Education Entrepreneur
Originally from a tiny village of interior Sindh in Pakistan, Areeba Saeed is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree from Lahore University of Management Sciences. Her personal struggles to achieving an education have lead her to feel very strongly about the provision of education for every child. Growing up, Areeba had the opportunity to travel a lot within her country. In fact, she has taken so many road trips across the country that she now knows the topography by heart. Areeba loves visiting new places and meeting new people; in fact, she tends to remember places more because of the people, as compared to the visuals.
A self-described foodie, her other interests include running and reading articles from various newspapers or magazines, be it the New York Times or the Local Tribune. She loves to write, and is a professional writer at ChaiChalk Pakistan. Having been told she cannot do something so often throughout her life, Areeba has come to disregard that notion that something is impossible, as she has achieved so many ‘impossible’ things.
Dream Job: CEO of JP Morgan Russia
Nastasya is from Elista, a town in the South-European part of Russia. She is a recent graduate of the College of Saint Elizabeth, where she earned a Bachelor`s degree in Business Administration and Global Studies with High Honors. In her undergraduate years, Nastasya completed a Semester at the United Nations, studied German in Berlin and interned at The Senate of Virginia. Last year, she was selected as a delegate to a highly-competitive Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations at Harvard University, where she met executives and venture capitalists from across Asia. On campus, Nastasya was a President of two clubs and was a Varsity tennis player for four years.
Currently Nastasya works as a Senior Executive Assistant at JPMorgan Chase and plans to pursue MBA in the near future. One day, she hopes to become a corporate leader. Outside her work, she is driven to participate in networking groups for women and young professionals at JPMorgan. She also volunteers at TED Talks. In 2010, Nastasya received the US President Volunteer Service Award in Oklahoma, as a student under the Future Leaders Exchange program and was recently featured in the New York Times. In her free time Nastasya is passionate about playing musical instruments and travelling.
Dream Job: To start her own foundation
Amanda Khanyisa Elisa Hobana is a 3rd year B.com Accounting student at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). She is an Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Candidate fellow, a NMMU Beyond the Classroom (BtC) graduate and a Vision4women Mentorship Programme Ambassador.
Amanda has gained experience in Auditing through vacation work with Deloitte and KPMG. She is also Co-Founder and Operations Director of You Can Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed at empowering and mentoring young South African girls.
She has shown notable interest in Business and Accounting by participating in the KPMG Business Case Challenge in 2014 and pitching a “QuickDryer” machine idea at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation National Jamboree.
Her long term plans include enrolling for an Honours Degree, write articles and take the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Board Exams so she can qualify as a CA (SA) by 2020, at the age of 24.
Dream Job: Author or Writer
Growing up in Jeddah, Saudia Arabia, Rowaida Alerwi has always tried to understand and explore the way this world works. Her mother would always make sure she fed her curiosity by ensuring she participated in extra-curricular activities, such as drawing, calligraphy, English, Spanish and Piano lessons.
Currently studying Nursing at King Saudi University, Rowaida discovered that combining science with community engagement delivers a beautiful profession she is proud to be part of.
Rowaida always strives to excel, not only in academics but in civic activities as well, and has always participated in volunteer work. This eventually lead her to be selected as a participant for the Middle East Partnership Initiative Program in 2015.
She believes that youth must invest their time and energy into better understanding themselves, in order to initiate and apply solutions that will improve the community.
Hee Yeon Cho
Dream Job: Lawyer
Hee Yeon Cho is a third year Law student at the University of Hong Kong. She is currently on exchange to the United Kingdom, and studied for her International Baccalaureate Diploma at the Auckland International College, in New Zealand. She firmly believes that empowering marginalized groups in our society can make our world a better place. She agrees that there is no set mold for empowerment. Empowerment can come in the form of investments in education, legislations, social campaigns and many other actions.
Having lived in Seoul, Manila, Victoria, Auckland, Hong Kong and Kent, Hee Yeon loves having a globe on her dinner table. Hee Yeon is a self-proclaimed Master Chef and enjoys inviting her friends to her place for an evening of good food. She is a follower of the Doosan Bears, Seoul’s baseball team, and the All Blacks, New Zealand’ national rugby team. Being part of the Harry Potter generation, her goal in 2016, besides attending the G(irls)20 Summit in Beijing, is to go on the Harry Potter Tour at Warner Brothers’ studio in London.
Dream Job: ILO Representative for Turkey
İlayda Eskitaşcioğlu is a senior law student with a scholarship at Bilkent University. As the middle child of three sisters, she was born and raised in Ankara and graduated from TED Ankara College Foundation Private High School with an International Baccalaureate diploma. In the third year of university, she studied in the Netherlands at Leiden University for one semester as an Erasmus exchange student.
In her university years, İlayda took an interest in Model United Nations. She was a delegate and has worked as an academic team member at many international MUN conferences, specializing in simulations of international courts and tribunals. She is now an Executive Board Member of Model United Nations Association.
As İlayda speaks fluent English and intermediate French, she is a volunteer subtitle translator for TED Talks. She has worked as an editor in the law journal of her faculty, and has been involved in journalism since elementary school. In addition to journalism, she is interested in illustration, animation movies, graphic novels, comic books and choir singing. She is a big fan of Harry Potter and graphic-novelist Marjane Satrapi. She hopes to travel across India.
Dream Job: Campaign Officer
Phoebe studies English Literature at Durham University. She is a blog editor and a college representative for the University. She has also petitioned in the community to collect signatures which were subsequently sent to David Cameron to encourage him to accept more refugees.
In sixth-form Phoebe was Managing Director of the MHSG Young Enterprise team which she led to win ‘Best Overall Company’ in the Manchester and Salford Area Final and ‘Best Business Report’ at the Greater Manchester Final of the Young Enterprise Competition. The product her team created for the competition – the ‘Exam Survival Kit’ – which provided revision support for secondary school children and was praised by the Chamber of Commerce and Members of Parliament.
She also instigated and coordinated a weekly book club for year six pupils at Manchester High School for Girls Preparatory Department as she wanted to share her love of Literature and reading while helping to improve their literary abilities.
She has received multiple awards such as the Lena Peacock Award for dedication, determination and effort in relation to schoolwork and extracurricular activities, the Spirit of the Games Award for commitment to the Saddleworth Village Olympics as a competitor and volunteer and Christine Lee Jones Award for Leadership and Initiative.
Dream Job: Cleantech Entrepreneur
Lauren Shum is a junior in Electrical & Computer Engineering at Duke University, where she researches thin-film organic photovoltaics and leads the Duke Smart Home, a live-in laboratory that facilitates skill-development for students interested in creating technology for improving quality of life. She is dedicated to relieving society of frivolous distractions, chief among which are social inequities and environmental damage.
Lauren is an active member of the National Center for Women & IT Community and has been working to expand her workshop program teaching middle schoolers, especially girls, to code. In the past, she has been a Product Development intern for LP Amina, an energy engineering company in Beijing seeking to purge pollution from coal combustion. There, she developed process parameter calculation tools and picked up heat-exchange-related Mandarin. She is interested in energy and environmental issues, software, hardware, and using the latter two to address the former.
Passionate about learning and learning and teaching, she hopes to become a professor one day and empower a new generation of innovators.