Veronica is a 24 year old leader from Lusaka, Zambia. She graduated from the University of Zambia with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Library and Information Science and Development Studies in 2015. She is passionate about young people’s issues and has served as a Behavioural Change Facilitator and School Club Mentor for Youth Alive Zambia. Additionally, she has worked as a Radio Presenter for the same organisation. As part of the Young Women’s Leadership and Young for Real programmes she conducted advocacy work on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Lusaka townships and at the University of Zambia. Veronica currently works as the Chief Librarian at Alliance Francaise de Lusaka. She remains passionate about young people’s SRHR.
Tafadzwa Bete Sasa is a leadership development trainer, writer and speaker who specializes in personal and team performance.
She created and recently launched the GoalGetter Planner, a customised organiser that helps individuals set, pursue and track goals in different. The GoalGetter planner offers tools, skills and knowledge that create a strategic and action oriented framework for users to set SMART goals, develop action plans and regular performance review to enable adjustments where necessary.
To build up and offer continued support to users of the planner, she has founded the GoalGetter tribe which is an online community that offers networking, motivation and accountability for individuals committed to improving their productivity and personal growth. She also runs the GoalGetter consultancy which is a learning and development consultancy that offers Leadership development for university students and young professionals and Teambuilding training for corporates and civil society organisations.
Tafadzwa is a member of Junior Chamber International where she is the 2017 National Training Director of JCI Zambia. She is also a World Economic Forum recognised Global Shaper and was a panelist at the 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa on a panel discussing Leadership: power of play.
Currently pursuing a Degree in Human Rights Law at Rhodes University in South Africa as an extension of my passion for human rights, especially in terms of women and marginalized people. She completed her studies at Chancellor College in Malawi, with a Bsc in Social Sciences, Majoring in Economics and Psychology. Part of the Rotaract Club of Blantyre, a branch of Rotary International which is an organization dedicated to community and international service. Spearheaded the adoption of an orphan care center called Namasimba and the construction of a library for 5000 pupils at Ndirande FP School in Blantyre. Co-Founder of The Rising Sun Foundation which is an organization that aims to raise money to cover costs of higher education for underprivileged young women in Malawi and provides a stipend to ensure young girls do not fall victim to men who prey on their vulnerability.
Faith is a passionate human rights advocate and peace activist from Zambia. She works with the World Peace Initiative on the Peace Revolution project as a Peace Architect. She is also an innovative Mindfulness and Mediation Instructor, as well as a Youth Ambassador for Peace for the International Human Rights Commission. In the last 3 years since her graduation from the Young Women’s Leadership programme, she has served as Human Rights Facilitator for the International Youth Action Against Terrorism before ascending to vice presidency. She was also one of the 20 young people awarded a training scholarship for the US Social Entrepreneurship Boot Camp (a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellowship project that ran in 3 countries). Faith believes that world peace can be achieved if every person could learn to cultivate the peace within themselves first.
Lucetta Chifamba is an evolving and highly dynamic 23 year old leader from Harare, Zimbabwe. She is an advocate on Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV and AIDS, Gender Equality and Education with a special interest in Youth Health and Community Development. Through passion of working with young people she is engaged with various organizations at national and international level that address Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, HIV and AIDS. She implemented a global campaign under IPPFARO named the “I DECIDE” in parallel with a family planning project that was promoting the uptake of contraceptives and family planning services with 5 tertiary institutions in Harare. She is currently the Zimbabwe Conference Coordinator for the Southern Africa Regional Students and Youth Conference that is hosted by SAYWHAT. Lucetta is also noted her leadership in the Young Peoples Network on Sexual and Reproductive, Health HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe serving as the deputy national facilitator.
She has managed to utilise the advent of technology in promoting Sexual and reproductive health by assisting in the designing of websites and creation of content on social media platforms that offers information to young people on various aspects.
Michell Chongo Mwaba is a young leader aged 24 from Zambia. She graduated with a Distinction in Library and Information Science with Development Studies from the University of Zambia. She works as a District Health Officer for the Ministry of Health in Zambia. She is currently in Kawambwa District spearheading monitoring and evaluation in health programs, as well as providing technical support and capacity building to frontline health workers and strengthening health promotion activities. She was part of the second cohort of the Young Women’s Leadership programme and took on entrepreneurial projects with fellow young women leaders from Zambia. Additionally, she was selected in the first intake of the Young People’s Leadership Academy and conducted an individual project addressing teen pregnancies in urban Zambia
Bianca is a young leader from Livingstone, Zambia. She currently works as a Legal Assistant at the Livingstone City Council Legal Services Department. She has worked as a Community Outreach Officer for Choma Children’s Development Project in Zambia’s Southern Province, where she focused on assessing needs and providing information concerning HIV and AIDS awareness for women and children. Additionally, she has been involved in supporting individuals, communities and organisations in Hounslow, United Kingdom, to address equality practices and combating discrimination at all levels of society. Bianca has a passion for gender equality and has worked on several projects with the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Main Drop in Centre in the capacity of Youth Volunteer and HIV &AIDS Counsellor. Her main work with YWCA involved rendering assistance to victims of gender based violence (GBV).
Clarissa is an established leader in public health policy advocacy in Zimbabwe with a traceable record of achievement and high level impact at the national and global levels. She is a Bachelor of Science honors in Public Administration holder from the University of Zimbabwe. Clarissa is currently a project officer at Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, working on the HIV, Human Rights, and Law project. She mainly works on national health policy and law reform advocacy work and promoting rights literacy in communities especially to improve the lives of key population and people living with HIV. At the national level, she has been involved in policy advocacy to increase access to quality health services for PLHIV, LGBTI and hard to reach communities and also led on national advocacy on increased health care funding from central government over the past three years including work for increased access to essential medicines through advocacy for using Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) flexibilities. She has also worked with local communities, especially young women on access and health rights. Her community involvement has facilitated successful advocacy for access to treatment for PLHIV, sex workers and LGBTI groups in the hard to reach communities of Zimbabwe. Key to recognition of my achievements include being appointed African female Youth Advisor to the Global Fund, more specifically to the Point 7 constituency which consists of six countries including Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland and Luxembourg. Her role is to represent young people especially form Africa and give advice on funding priorities that the board should consider when making decisions and also give a situational analysis of what transpires on the ground when Global Fund supports low-income communities. At the regional level in Africa she has been involved as a Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Ambassador for SAfAIDS championing young women’s SRHR in different platforms. Regionally she has also been trained by the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa as Human Rights Trainer.
Kayula Mwila holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Library & Development studies from the University of Zambia. She brings a wealth of experience to almost any Advocacy and Project Monitoring & Evaluation assignments having worked with both local and international NGOs in Zambia for over 4 years.
Kayula's main role in the NGO sector is participating in capacity building, developing project activities, linking and mobilizing activities at district level, Identifying and recruiting young SRHR champions, setting up school and community clubs for Young people, including training, mentoring and providing guidance to the young SRHR champions and conducting demand creation activities.
Given her deep understanding of tracking progress and impact of projects, Kayula is trained in some aspect of designing, managing and implementing M&E systems (M&E plans, M&E frameworks, theories of change, reporting, and capacity building), as well as conducting qualitative and quantitative studies, including negotiations on technical matters, such as, sampling, and analysis.
Currently Kayula is working as a Research and Outreach officer on various projects from SRHR to Governance at The BBC Media Action in Zambia and is pursuing a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Lusaka.
Felistus is an energetic ambitious lady who has developed a mature and responsible approach to any task that she undertakes, or situation that she is presented with. She possess excellent communication skills and has the ability and experience to relate to a wide range of people. She enjoys learning new things and has six years experience in development work. She worked for Population Council in Zambia as a Site Coordinator for two and a half years on the Adolescents Girls Empowerment program. After the project ended she then joined Marie Stopes Zambia where she working as the DREAMS Centre Manager. The DREAMS project is an ambitious partnership committed to help girls develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe women. Apart from her formal job, she also does voluntary work with Girl Guides Association of Zambia, Zambia Women Institute for Leadership and Learning aas well as SAfAIDS. Felistus describes herself as a ‘people's person’ who loves to see everyone around her with a huge smile on their faces.