Meet the Mentors IV

After three successful cycles of our Mentorship Programme, we are in the process of preparing for and accepting applications to cycle 5! The mentors in our programme are selected from within our network of Global Changemakers, people who have been trained at our events and who have a proven track record of creating positive change within their communities.

Meet our fantastic Mentors from Cycle 4

Ashaney Orando James

Ashaney is an educator, researcher, trainer, facilitator, coach, mentor and advocate from Jamaica. He is the Managing Director at Ashora Management Consulting and Training, is a Red Cross Volunteer and has travelled to over 30 countries. His passion is peacebuilding and is a graduate in Peace Studies.

Camilla Azeredo

Camilla Azeredo is Brazilian, majored in Communications, specialist in Digital Business, and innovation and social business enthusiast by nature. She works as Innovation Leader in a healthcare company and is able to help with SDGs 3 and 9. She also volunteered in the UN and several NGOs, so the causes will not be missing out partnerships (SDG 17). Camilla said she is really grateful for your trust and thrilled about exchange life experiences with you! :)

Cris Raymund Viray

Cris is currently serving as one of the social engagement faculty at the De La Salle University-Manila and the Academic Coordinator of Little Angels Study Center (LASC) in the Philippines. As an educational leader he is really driven to invest his talent and time to the next generation by mentoring them. As to date, Cris is still an active youth leader and a PhD student in University of the Philippines. He is currently working on providing psycho-social support to men through their BSYO MEntalk Momevemen.

Diana Chao

Diana Chao is a 21-year-old first-generation Chinese-American immigrant from southern California. Diana founded Letters to Strangers (L2S) when she was a sophomore in high school after bipolar disorder nearly ended her life and is therefore a staunch advocate for SDG #3. By beginning to heal through letters, she discovered that writing is humanity distilled into ink. Today, L2S is the largest global youth-for-youth mental health nonprofit, impacting over 35,000 people on six continents. As part of Adobe's inaugural class of global Top Talents, Diana seeks to further the intersection of creativity and social impact through conceptual photography. Her “Minority Mental Health Month” self-portrait series went viral with 2+ million views, and she gives workshops and speeches on youth mental health. But most of the time, she is a rising senior at Princeton University trying to wake up for class on time, and very excited to pass the knowledge and torch onto her awesome mentees!

Diego Fernando Tabares Puerta

Diego has worked with the vulnerable population in his country, Colombia since he was 13 years old. He has done a volunteer job with civil society organizations, that work inspired him to become a sociologist and now he is running his master's degree in social science doing research with social movements and peacebuilding. He is an expert in conflict resolution, storytelling, pedagogies for peace, methodologies for change and he has been the coordinator of several programs and projects. Now he is running his own entrepreneurship called Big Toe Foundation, a dream that started at the 2017 Global Changemakers Youth Summit.

Dipika Badal

Dipika is a youth activist from Nepal who currently serves as the President of ‘We’ for Change, a youth-led NGO in Nepal. Her interest in engaging young people on adapting a healthy lifestyle and environment led her to implement 5 projects and 20+ programs, reaching 5000+ youths since 2014. Dipika is a proud recipient of the Peace First (USA) Fellowship and her major focus lies in connecting SDG 3; Good Health and Wellbeing and SDG 13; Climate Action.

Dr. Anuj Kodnani

Dr. Anuj Kodnani is an Indian ophthalmologist targeting SDG’s like poverty, health, education, economic growth and industry innovation. He has 7 years of diverse experience in social entrepreneurship by merging business and healthcare services for helping the poor. By becoming a mentor he wants to give back his experience to future leaders and position them for long-term success over the course of their career.

Emeribe Anthony Chinedu

Emeribe Anthony Chinedu is a Nigerian currently studying a Master's degree in Human Physiology from the University of Nigeria. He is the founder of the Transformed Leaders, a youth-led organization whose work centers on raising the awareness and interest of young people towards global participation through value based leadership, mindset transformation, advocacy and mentorship.

Eric Daniel Ortega Flores

Eric Ortega is a GCM Alumni from Mexico City. Eric is currently a college student of Hispanic Language and Literatures at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, one of the most important universities in Latin America. He is co-founder of the Pequeñas Acciones Initiative, a program focused on providing teenagers with tools and opportunities for a social intervention. He was the program coordinator from 2016 to 2019 and during this period he implemented more than 60 successful interventions (cultural events, health campaings, peace building workshops and education rallys) in urban slums. He has been Campus Director for the Hult Prize at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México since 2019 and because of his job as CD promoting social entrepreneurship, he was invited to the Hult Prize Foundation Global Team to organize the regional summits across 22 global cities for the 2019-2020 cycle.

George Gakure

George is a Civil Engineer from Kenya. He is an activist and volunteer who is working towards achieving several SDGs including Education, Youth Empowerment, and sustainable cities.

Grace Chang-Byrne

Grace Chang-Byrne is from Taiwan, was co-founder of Taiwan Youth Climate Coalition in 2011, has ADHD, and is a mother of three. She is currently pursuing a research masters in Developmental Psychopathology in the Netherlands. Her research focus is on quantifying social contexts of risk and resilience for mental health at the population level. Previously working on SDG13 - Climate Action, she now works on SDG3 - Good Health & Wellbeing. Due to ADHD, Grace has put extra effort into understanding how systems can support productivity, and how this must be personalized according to the individual's tendencies. She sees looks forward to getting to know her mentee and seeing how she may be of service!

James Okina

James Okina is a Changemaker commited to building marginalized communities through Education. He has spent the last 6 years building programs for children on the streets. I am very excited about the opportunity to mentor a young leader, and also learn from them.

Kiranjeet Kaur

Kiran is a Psychology graduate from Malaysia and she has previously worked on SDG 5 while her current work mainly revolves around SDG's 3 and 16. She has a deep-seated passion towards art, mental health, and human rights and focuses on using the creative art platform to spread awareness on pressing issues that are otherwise considered as 'taboo' within the Asian culture. She is the founder and project director of Colours of Thoughts where she hosts educational art workshops for young refugees in order to foster creative self-exploration while also using her project platform to spread artwork related to mental health topics or social and human rights issues with an aim of cultivating empathy and tackling the overbearing stigma that exists within the society.

Laura Zarta

Laura is an arts and climate organizer. She is the Founding Director of GWA, a foundation with 12 years of operations committed to sustainable and creative development with headquarters in Colombia. Chosen as GCM in 2008 and as Climate Champion in 2011, she has participated in events such as the WEF, Global Power Shift and TEDxYouth for her work building bridges between sustainability and creativity. She has also worked with multiple communities on the ground championing climate action through creative activism. Laura feels deeply honored to be part of the GCMs Mentorship program and hopes to support his/her mentee to further strengthen his/her leadership and create an even more positive and lasting change for a sustainable future.

Mantaro Garcia Medellin

Mantaro Garcia is a 25-year-old student of Law and Finance at Tec de Monterrey university from Monterrey, Mexico who is dedicated to defend human rights through innovation and creation of dignified employment opportunities for minorities and the development of strategic public policies. He is the founder and chair of the board of the NGO “United Youth Social Movement” which is a conglomerate of 2 subsidiaries or legal entities, 1 social program and 1 department of public policies. Marina Castellino

Marina is a very energetic young leader from Argentina. She is the president of the Leaders of Ansenuza Foundation which develops educational programs for youth in her country. She is a chemical engineering student, passionate about gender equality and education as a tools for social change.

Maureen Muketha

Maureen Muketha is a passionate Sustainable Development Goal 2 Kenyan advocate. She is a Nutritionist pursuing her Master of Science in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics. Maureen is the founder of Tule Vyema - Swahili word for ‘Let’s Eat Right’. Tule Vyema is an organization that raises awareness of proper feeding practices in communities so as to eliminate malnutrition incidences which are partly attributed to poor dietary habits. Maureen is excited about mentor ship as she believes in holding / helping individuals become better versions of themselves.

Mauricio Barrera

Mauricio is a Mexican Global Changemaker who focuses on SDGs that involve finance and education, he believes financial inclusion and education can transform our world into a better place. He is excited to share knowledge as well as to learn from the program.

Mutabi Mwale

Mutabi is a Zambian Gender equality activist, Feminist, Women's Rights activist, Cultural Reappropriation activist and Pan-africanist. She is founder and CEO of Bwami, which is an NGO whose foundation is built on and is driven by SDG 5; that fights to improve menstrual hygiene, and fights against Child Marriage, Harmful traditional practices, and Traditional bias. She predominantly works with school children in rural Zambia.

Nadiya Azmy

Nadiya is from Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her work focuses on SDG 12, 13, 14 and 15. She is interested in environmental conservation and youth empowerment. She runs an organization called ‘The ecocentric project’ which works towards empowering youth and conducts workshops to train young Changemakers from across Sri Lanka on skills required to create their own projects. She currently works at a marine conservation and education NGO called Oceanswell.

Natasha Lipman

Natasha Lipman is a BBC Journalist and chronic illness blogger based in London. She was the founder of the International Press Foundation and co-founder of the innovative and internationally recognised Libyan Youth Voices project. She has experience working with several charities, including running entrepreneurship content for Virgin Unite. Natasha is an alumni of the GCM 2009 African Youth Summit, winner of the Virgin Media Pioneers trip to India to meet Richard Branson, and a Rhize Emerging Catalyst. In 2019, she was named one of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK by the Shaw Trust.

Rafael Jerez Moreno

Rafael es hondureño, tiene 24 años, y es abogado de la Asociación para una Sociedad más Justa (ASJ), el capítulo de Transparencia Internacional en Honduras, que trabaja para cumplir las metas del objetivo de desarrollo sostenible no. 16, sobre "paz, justicia e instituciones sólidas". Para Rafael, participar en el Programa de Mentoría, es un espacio de aprendizaje mutuo para aportar a la construcción de un proyecto de vida personal y profesional, tanto para el aprendiz, como para el mentor.

Rafsan Sabab

Rafsan Sabab is a stand-up comedian, talk-show host and creator of multiple shows from Bangladesh. With the purpose of using positive humor to deliver meaningful and quality entertainment, his work on social media has always made a difference to the youth of Bangladesh. He envisions hosting the Oscars one day and he is on a mission to enjoy every step of the journey through creating meaningful content. His popular creations are WHAT A SHOW!, Hashtag with Rafsan Sabab and 10 Minute School Show available on YouTube and his personal page on Facebook. Besides his journey as a content creator, he also took up projects like "Chakridata" which ensured employment for hundreds of blue-collar workers, served as a core member of 10 Minute School (Biggest online educational platform in Bangladesh) and worked on an international project on Mental Health in partnership with Telenor and the Nobel Peace Center. Shawntel Nieto

Shawntel is a changemaker from the Philippines. She has experience in social entrepreneurship, research, public relations, and sustainability. Over the years, she has been mentored and supported by a myriad of people and organizations - GCM included, and is very excited to likewise help and support young people advance in their impact work.

Shomy Hasan Chowdhury

Shomy Hasan Chowdhury is a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activist from Bangladesh, with a vision to ensure access to clean water and sanitation for everyone. Shomy is the Co-Founder of global youth-led org Awareness 360, a State Alumna, a Global Citizen Youth Advocate, the Asia Representative of the Commonwealth Students’ Association, a Global Changemakers Fellow, a Royal Commonwealth Society Fellow, Youth Advisory Board Member of Youth Combating NTDs, a certified Commonwealth Leader, a Global Youth Ambassador for Their World, and an International Election Observer. She is an Economics graduate from Universiti Putra Malaysia and one of the first ever international students to be recognized with the Putra Icon Award. She has received many recognitions for her social work, notably the President’s Volunteer Service Award (Gold) from President Barack Obama for her outstanding contribution to community service. Most recently she has become the first Bangladeshi to have been awarded with the 2019 Princess Diana Legacy Award for her humanitarian work continuing Princess Diana’s legacy.

Sophie Staheyeff

Sophie is a Swiss-British changemaker pursuing a Master’s in Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies in the United Kingdom. She has a true passion for solving global development issues, her key interests being youth empowerment, climate action, social entrepreneurship and sustainable development. After being part of the leading body of AIESEC in Switzerland, she worked for international development cooperation agencies and was selected as a Global Changemaker in 2017. She wanted to continue her activism in the field of youth empowerment and started a podcast, It Starts in Youth, which showcases the stories of young activists and entrepreneurs. It later developed into the Young Changemakers Podcast.

Teelotma Ghoorah

Teelotma Ghoorah has over ten years of experience working directly with communities in the field of women’s empowerment, voluntary and social work, youth development, civic engagement and policy making. She is a young ambitious social development thinker possessing managerial skills and has excellent leadership, inter-personal and communication skills. She is also of an extrovert personality. She has participated in prestigious forums and workshops on various social issues on the local/regional and international arena.

Urantsetseg Ulziikhuu

Ms. Urna Ulziikhuu is a Senior Programme Manager at Transparency International Mongolia, one of over 100 chapters of TI global movement against corruption around the world. Her projects include the Business Integrity, Mining for Sustainable Development, and Youth participation. She is specially involved in SDG16 in promoting peace, justice and strong institutions. She was also a first Mongolian to become a Certified Compliance and Ethic Professional – International (CCEP-I), by Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

Valeria Moncada

Valeria is a Salvadoran change-maker advocating for SDGs 4 and 5: Quality Education and Gender Equality. She is currently a senior at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Community, Adult, and Higher Education. Her work focuses on menstrual health education and access to menstrual products. Last summer, with grants from Global Changemakers and Days for Girls International, she tackled period stigma in El Salvador through educational workshops, and period poverty through donations of reusable menstrual pads. She successfully led her team to reach more than 1,000 people through her project, MenstruActua, and raised national awareness about period poverty in El Salvador. She is currently working closely with Global Changemakers to create a menstrual health online program, and reinventing MenstruActua to continue her advocacy.

Zanji Valerie Sinkala

Zanji is a Zambian investigative journalist and advocate for gender justice and equality. She is involved in SDG's 4, 5 and 11, working to ensure economic empowerment to women and girls in Zambia, challenging harmful traditional and cultural norms that infringe women's human rights, and advocating against systems that limit women and girls' ability to attain their full potential and enjoy unconstrained access to education.

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