Steering Committee

Leveraging G(irls)20 ambassadors to improve programming, enhance leadership skills and mobilize #YoungFemaleLeaders

 

Sally Dimachki

Chair of the Steering Committee

French Delegate, 2012

 

Bio

Sally is currently a Project Coordinator at Refugee 613, a coalition of settlement agencies, community services, private refugee sponsors, and local institutions, working together on refugee integration in Ottawa, Canada. As an immigrant to Canada, Sally is passionate about amplifying the voices of immigrant & refugee women and creating opportunities for women in leadership. She was the Delegate of France at the 2012 G(irls)20 Summit and is currently the Chair of the G(irls)20 Steering Committee. Sally is also the Vice-Chair of the Board of Immigrant Women Services Ottawa. In March 2017, she served as the Youth NGO Delegate on the official Canadian Government Delegation to the 61st Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Sally holds a Master’s in Human Rights and Genocide Studies from Kingston University of London. She has previously served on the Executive of the Young Diplomats of Canada and has worked for the Parliament of Canada, Nobel Women’s Initiative and the National Judicial Institute.

The labour force needs #YoungFemaleLeaders because young women can be incredible agents of change if and when we invest in them

Vandinika Shukla

Vice Chair of the Steering Committee

Indian Delegate, 2014

 

Bio

Vandinika currently works for the Office of the Director, UN System Coordination at UN Women’s Headquarters on UN-system wide accountability for gender equality across 65 UN bodies. She has previously worked on localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in national and state policies and national advocacy campaigns on gender equality as the Youth Focal Point for UN Women’s Multi Country Office in India. Vandinika is one of the 16 European Commission’s Young Leaders and currently serves on the European Commission’s Multi-Stakeholder Expert Advisory Group on the implementation of the SDGs. She is the Indian Ambassador for G(irls)20, and has led a social entrepreneurial project engaging youth for the implementation of the Right to Education Act and inclusive education in schools across New Delhi. Vandinika holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA (Honors) in History from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi.

Vandinika is the Vice-Chair of the G(irls)20 Global Steering Committee.

The labour force needs #YoungFemaleLeaders because they will lead innovative change for an inclusive present and future. 

Anna – Lali Tsilidou

EU Delegate, 2014 

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Bio

Born in Georgia and raised in Greece, Anna was the EU delegate of the 2014 Australia Summit. She is passionate about women’s economic empowerment and has been using all the platforms available to her to coach girls and help less connected individuals land high-quality opportunities. Anna has studied Finance and Accounting at the University of Macedonia and as a student, she has among others helped create TEDxUniversityofMacedonia. In the past, she has worked in finance at Procter & Gamble in Geneva and in management consulting at McKinsey and The Boston Consulting Group. When she is not running or hiking, she works on SignedBlock, a blockchain consulting company she has co-founded.

 

The labor force needs #YoungFemaleLeaders because they can do the job probably better, and will help people around them in between.

Claire Charness,

Canadian Delegate, 2012

 

Bio

Claire is a recent graduate of Conestoga College’s social media marketing program, having graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a degree in Psychology in 2011. She was the 2012 G(irls)20 Summit Canadian Delegate, and continued her involvement with the organization as a Social Media Intern, focused primarily on Bootcamp for Brains. During her summit experience she wrote on the issues effecting girls and women for the Globe and Mail and the Huffington Post, and continued to write for Swiggtalk after her summit experience.  Drawing off of these experiences, she ran a pilot program called “Walk in My Footsteps” that focused on story telling as a tool for social change.  In 2015, Claire was a keynote speaker at the 4th Canadian Division of the Armed Forces’ International Women’s Day Event, and a panelist for UN Women in 2016.  Claire hopes to eventually go back to school to complete her master’s degree in political communication.

 

The Labour Force needs #youngfemaleleaders because it is impossible to harness the full potential of a workforce or economy without providing opportunities for 50% of the population. Young female leaders provide a perspective that is vitally important in tackling today’s global issues.

Marina Castellino

Argentinian Delegate, 2016 

 

Bio

Marina is 22 years old, lives in Argentina and she is one year away from her Chemical Engineering Degree at the National Technological University. She works there since 2017 as a research assistant in the Center for Research and Chemical Technology CITeQ, helping on investigations related to green chemistry processes.

She was a delegate at the G(irls) 20 Summit in 2016 in Beijing, China. Based on this background experience she founded “Future Leaders of Ansenuza” (www.lideresdeansenuza.org) which is an initiative that aims to promote entrepreneurship, empower women and girls and promote the socio-economic development of rural areas of Córdoba, Argentina. This initiative consists of an annual event with more than 50 speakers and a one-year mentorship program for the 30 selected delegates. FLA already has a network of 60 ambassadors and the next event will be in March 2019. It has the support of the Embassy of the United States in Argentina and the Presidency of Argentina.

Marina is very proud to be part of the G(irls)20 Steering Committee and is committed to education and gender equality, so she actively participates as a mentor in national programs, speaker in motivational events, volunteer in social programs, etc.

The workforce needs #YoungFemaleLeaders because they are the present and the future, and the biggest investment that the G20 leaders can make to achieve equality and economic growth in their nations.

Raquel Helen Silva

Brazilian Delegate, 2011

 

Bio

Raquel has been engaged with committed to social justice since the age of 9 through volunteerism. Raquel has been invited to represent Brazil and youth at high-level events since her teenage years. She composed the closing plenary of the 40th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, in Davos, Switzerland, and shared her personal experience and introduced former First Lady Michelle Obama during a presidential visit to Brazil. In her teenage years she became passionate about women’s rights and empowerment, which has colored her academic interests to this day. Raquel holds a B.A. in International Relations focused in International Political Economy from Mount Holyoke College (2014), the first women’s college in the United States. She also graduated from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil with a B.A. in Government focused in International Law (2016). In the latter institution, her senior thesis was on the influence of the Inter-American System of Human Rights Protection on the creation of the former Secretariat for Women’s Issues in the federal government of her home country. Raquel has been awarded a full scholarship and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Global Affairs at Yale University, focusing on Gender and International Development. Raquel has also promoted access to equal opportunities into the private sector when she relocated to Sao Paulo to start and lead Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion at Thomson Reuters Brazil in 2015.

 

The labour force needs #YoungFemaleLeaders because equality is a fundamental human right and has a positive impact on the lives of entire societies and the social and economic development of countries.

 

Sarah Mesbah 

MENA Delegate, 2014

 

Bio

Sarah is a 24 years old Egyptian with an avid interest in reading and watching documentaries. She graduated from Suez Canal University with Bachelors in Pharmacy in 2016. Sarah has worked extensively on setting up micro projects for underprivileged women in her local city, Ismailia. She has also mentored several high school girls helping them both academically and otherwise. Her great interest in women empowerment led her to apply to G(irls)20 where she subsequently was chosen as the MENA region delegate in the 2014 summit in Australia. She went on to speak at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, DC with hopes of shedding light on the situation of girls and women in North Africa. In 2017, Sarah was awarded the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship to pursue her Masters in Public health at the University of Cape Town, South Africa where she currently resides. She is specializing in health systems and aims to work towards designing plans for systems that provide good health at low cost. When Sarah is not working on her thesis in the library, you will find her assembling 1000 pieces puzzles or having debates with her friends about political philosophy and religion.

 

The labour force needs #YoungFemaleLeaders because it is absolutely absurd that nearly half the world’s population is excluded from the labor force based on gender. Investing in young female leaders would make female representation in the work force an absolutely normal phenomena rather than something that is marveled about. Furthermore, the economic growth that will follow a more gender inclusive economy is definitely substantial.