YSIF ‘18 Delegates
Mohamed is the founder and CEO of CURE, a startup that works on empowering amputees by developing affordable and performant 3D printed bionic hands and a virtual-reality based rehabilitation platform. Passionate about entrepreneurship and youth empowerment, he co-founded ZETA HUB, the first student incubator and capacity-building center in his city. Mohammed holds an engineering degree in electronics and embedded systems from Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Sousse, a certificate of leadership and conflict resolution from Montana State University in the USA, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in NGO management at Tunis Business School. UNIDO, UNDP, the US Department of State, the Tony Elumelu Foundation, and others have recognized his work. He has been featured in many media and panels, and has given several talks about entrepreneurship and youth empowerment.
Boya Yang, from China, is a teacher, psychologist, and a 2016 Fellow at the Harvard SEED Program for Social Innovation. Boya offers psychological guidance to vulnerable students and their parents, supporting parent-child communication and providing appropriate assistance and referrals as needed. She has established a center in her city with a program to help teenagers with professional advice and support. Boya has also created and led a group of teachers at local schools who work to implement and support personal and social education. This model of psychology education has reached more than 80,000 teenagers, teachers, and parents. Boya has also developed psychology courses to raise student awareness, increase their sense of agency and support their empowerment. Boya is the first Chinese teacher named to the list of top ten candidates for the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize. She is also a young social activist in the philanthropy sector and was selected as the Quick Pitch Award Winner of the 2017 Global Social Venture Competition. Boya has made speeches and given interviews on her work at national conferences and with local media outlets.
Orest is the co-founder of New Body Technology, a French startup providing innovative solutions in personalized healthcare. He is currently developing APECS (AI Posture Evaluation and Correction System), an app-based system assisting patients and doctors in postural assessment and treatment monitoring. Orest is pursuing a master's degree in Management at the Grenoble Ecole de Management and a master's degree in Organizational Economics at the Université Grenoble Alpes, focusing on the influence of AI and robotization on organizational structures. Prior to this, Orest followed his passion in behavioral economics and entrepreneurship to obtain a bachelor's degree in Economics and Management at the Université Grenoble Alpes. Orest will be coming to YSIF '18 to exchange solutions and ideas for using technological advances to promote and ensure good health and well-being for all.
Pratik is a social entrepreneur and development worker from Nepal. He studied International Business Management at the University of Nottingham. Pratik works and innovates at the intersection of the public and private sector. As the CEO of Swarga, and as the Managing Director of Swarga Foundation, he is creating social impact through entrepreneurship, and crafting social development through community-oriented technology, citizen-led governance, and evidence-based policy. In his most recent work, he was a Daayitwa Public Service Fellow where he worked with former Health Minister and current MP of Kathmandu-4, Gagan K. Thapa, and his team to create a flagship entrepreneurship program for youth in Kathmandu. Pratik is also involved as a Global Shaper at the Kathmandu Hub, a participant at South Asia Connect, and was accepted in the 2018 Future Leaders Global program. A believer in the power of stories, he is looking forward to learning from delegates and their experiences as well as creating opportunities to collaborate on shared missions at YSIF ‘18.
Rassidatou is an optimist from Burkina Faso who dreams with passion and acts with resilience. Prior to joining the University of California at Berkeley as a MasterCard Foundation Scholar, she attended the African Leadership Academy in South Africa, a world class institution with the mission of developing the next generation of African leaders. She is currently completing her bachelor's degree in Public Health and Global Poverty and Practice. Her aim is to merge her passions for healthcare and entrepreneurship by taking an innovative approach to tackling public health challenges in her country and beyond in efficient ways. She is currently working on mDoc, a community and home-based healthcare delivery system. In addition, Rassidatou is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Iwili Project, a year-long entrepreneurial development program for young people aged 16 to 24 in Burkina Faso which is recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative - University and received funding from the Resolution Project, the Davis Peace Projects, and the Global Social Venture Competition. With funding from the Big Ideas Competition, she also co-founded a high school in Burkina Faso that aims to challenge the inefficiency of traditional education systems by creating a new education model that truly fulfills its purpose.
Kathleen is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States with family roots in China. She is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying Industrial Engineering, as well as the founder of Dibbs, an online platform to connect excess food waste to local food pantries in order to reduce food waste and fight hunger. Kathleen’s long-term goal is to lead an international social-impact organization working in her passions of preventative health and environmental sustainability. She is absolutely excited to meet and share ideas with passionate delegates and speakers from all over the world.
Originally from Springfield, Missouri, Nancy is currently pursuing an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford as a 2017 Marshall Scholar. In addition to her studies, Nancy is part of the DistributeAid team, which helps serve refugee aid organizations across Europe by providing them with free digital tools that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their work. Nancy is passionate about understanding and combating homelessness and poverty, which led her to publish a book (“Throwaway Youth: Stories of Springfield’s Homeless Teens”) that shares the life stories of homeless teens from her hometown. She has also conducted research on poverty in nine different countries and hopes to be able to apply this background, as well as her MSc in International Development from the University of Birmingham, to her work at DistributeAid. Nancy will return to the U.S. to begin at Harvard Law School in 2019. She would eventually like to help shape international poverty policies and increase global collaboration in creating sustainable poverty solutions. She is looking forward to learning more about other fields of social innovation at YSIF ‘18 and to meeting friends from new places!
Christine is from Manila, Philippines. She majored in Business Management and minored in Chinese Studies at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, where she graduated as a Magna Cum Laude Program Awardee. Her involvement with the local government as a Youth Council Chairperson and with various sector-based organizations exposed her to the Philippines’ social realities at a young age, leading her to co-found the first campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity Philippines. Upon graduation, she worked full-time as general manager of an international beverage chain and, more recently, Christine worked for non-profit organizations such as Ashoka, the IFRC, and UNDP Philippines. Currently, she is a Yenching Scholar completing a master's degree in China Studies at Peking University and working on her start-up, AMAMI, which aims to revive endangered Philippine jewelry traditions while providing sustainable livelihood for local artisans.
Lance is a global social entrepreneur, adventurer, 2nd-year college student, and photographer from China. He is the founder of Tide Initiative, a California 501c Nonprofit with the mission to promote students' wellbeing worldwide. Over the past years, Lance and his team have developed a curriculum and workshops that influenced over two thousand students worldwide. Through YSIF ‘18, he hopes to meet with other dedicated entrepreneurs and design solutions together for a better society.
Aviram, from Israel, is a Co-Founder and VP R&D at Blind-Tech, a start-up company that develops a new revolutionary product that will aid the visually impaired. In his military service, he served for five years as a software developer in an elite technology unit of the Intelligence Corps. He is currently completing a bachelor's degree in computer science, specializing in AI, and is taking part in neuroscience research. Aviram has participated in numerous research and technological competitions in Israel and abroad, receiving many awards and honors. Recently, he completed his studies at the International Space University (ISU SSP18). Aviram is open-minded, with an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for creativity and innovation. He is very excited to be part of the YSIF ‘18, which he considers a platform for meeting social leaders of the future trying to cooperate together to create a global impact.
Ginelle is a Nutritionist-Dietitian from the Philippines. She earned her degree in Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. She worked for Médecins Sans Frontières Philippines as a Survey Interviewer and is currently working with a humanitarian NGO, Samaritan's Purse International Relief Philippines. She works as a Community Nutrition Officer for a nutrition program focused on capacity building of communities in the Philippine Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (PIMAM). Her advocacy is to promote proper health and nutrition especially during the first 1,000 days of life and raise awareness about acute malnutrition. She is excited about YSIF ‘18 because she believes that it is a great platform for youth to learn and share ideas and experiences about the social issues they are most passionate about. For her, YSIF is an opportunity for youth to raise awareness and make an impact to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Born in Sydney, Australia, Anastasia graduated from the University of Sydney in Sociology & Indonesian studies. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship and technology as a means to create economic growth, job opportunities, and positive change in the world. She has spent some time abroad in Asia, teaching English in north-eastern Thailand under a Youth Ambassador program and interning at a local government entity in Indonesia. Anastasia currently resides in Singapore, working with Australian and New Zealand small businesses as an Account Manager at Facebook. In her spare time, she volunteers for The Codette Project, a non-profit initiative that provides minority Singapore women with opportunities to access the technology industry. She is excited to be collaborating at YSIF ‘18 with tenacious individuals from around the world to solve pressing problems facing China and the world.
Hailing from Uganda, Stephen is a Software Engineering Graduate at Makerere University, and co-founder and CEO of Wekebere, a social enterprise designing the future of prenatal care with technology to improve the health of mothers and babies. His expertise lies in applying the design thinking process across domains, understanding ground realities through field research, coming up with localized solutions that are scalable in nature and getting a product/service to the market. He has worked across ICT and healthcare over six years, designing and developing low cost medical devices, IoT, Mhealth technologies, enterprise solutions and business development. Stephen is also regularly invited to conduct workshops on design thinking.
Alejandro Artiach Sounssi
Alejandro is a 24-year-old Spanish and French national from Madrid. A fellow at Young Sustainable Impact (YSI), Alejandro is also the co-founder of the data dialogue company MassMetrics, as well as an active advocate of youth engagement in leadership and the UNSDGs. He graduated in Economics and Politics at the University of Exeter in the UK and is currently pursuing his graduate studies in China at Beijing Normal University. Most of Alejandro’s professional experience in development was acquired in Morocco, where he contributed to microfinance and urbanization projects directed to vulnerable people in underdeveloped areas. At YSIF ‘18, Alejandro looks forward to exploring potential synergies to develop MassMetrics while further delving into the Chinese social innovation ecosystem alongside people from around the world.
Katerina was born in Ukraine, moved to Switzerland at a young age, and has never stopped traveling since then. She is doing her master’s degree at the University of Geneva with a focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Katerina and her fellow teammates are the initiators and project managers of a hackathon for refugees that was organized in Geneva last year. They successfully gathered 100 people to discuss solutions for refugees and employment. Moreover, with she and her classmates developed a crowdsourcing project in Kenya for solving water scarcity, droughts, and related conflicts that helps pastoralists and farmers to adapt easily to climate change and raise their economic power. Right now, Katerina is an exchange student at Tsinghua University in Beijing, studying Public Policy and Management. Her goal in China is to learn innovative techniques and understand the fast-paced economic growth in Asia. Her biggest expectation for YSIF ‘18 is to find inspiration for future social innovation projects, as well as fresh ideas around the conference theme, "Smarter Living: Cities, Jobs, & Health for the Future.”
Murielle was born and raised in Canton (the southeast of China) and lived abroad the past two years. Driven by a strong enthusiasm for tech entrepreneurship, she has dived into multiple start-up projects across five continents in the last year. In 2018, she went back to school and is currently pursuing an MBA Degree focused on entrepreneurship at the EDHEC Business School. Combining strategic management skills with global start-up experience, she started a recruitment venture for bringing creativity from the West and East together to develop a more innovative and inclusive Chinese society. As a purpose-driven millennial, she served as a Global Shaper in the World Economic Forum community and is actively engaged in diplomatic conferences such as the World Investment Forum and HPAIR (Harvard Project For Asian and International Relations). At YSIF ‘18, she looks forward to tapping into insightful and inspiring dialogues, as well as establishing collaborations with policymakers, innovators, scholars, etc. for the purpose of shaping future smart cities together.
Erin is from Phoenix in the United States. She is a 2017 Marshall Scholar and is currently pursuing an MSc in Social Science of the Internet at Balliol College, University of Oxford, where she develops innovative techniques to combat online terrorist recruitment and human trafficking. She graduated from King's College London with an MSc in Political Economy of Emerging Markets in 2018 and completed her undergraduate degree at Arizona State University in 2017 with a major in Global Studies. Her research has covered a wide breadth of issues including counterterrorism narratives, social media usage in the Gaza conflict, and US economic statecraft. She co-founded Defense Footprint, a project that educates the American public about defense and national security issues, and All Walks Project, an anti-trafficking nonprofit that provides peer-education for at-risk youth. Erin is excited to meet the other YSIF delegates and to experience winter in Beijing!
Mateo is a 19-year-old from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He started studying Electronics in high school and continued to study Informatics in college at the ORT Argentina. In 2016, after being Argentina's national robotics champion, Mateo also became one of the first international robotics champions of the country. He then decided to use tech to help others by creating ¡Háblalo!, an Android mobile app that has helped 40,000 disabled people across 45 countries and 5 continents for free, and with no internet connection. ¡Háblalo! is a real-time translator that subtitles the world for people who cannot hear and gives a voice to people who cannot speak. It also includes more tools that help people with all kinds of difficulties that affect their communication. After ¡Háblalo! started to get recognition from Google, MIT, and other institutions, Mateo founded Asteroid Technologies, a company that is working on all kinds of technological social-innovation projects from Latin America to the world. Mateo is excited to be a part of YSIF ;18 and looks forward to meeting young innovators from all around the world that are also helping to create a better and more inclusive society!
Shobhit Kumar Balana
Shobhit hails from India. He is currently majoring in Commerce at the Kirori Mal College, of Delhi University. Shobhit is a certified Equity Market Analyst. As a member of Enactus, an international non-profit social organization, he represents Patrdaya, their flagship project that aims at curbing the plastic menace and promote United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Good Health & Well-Being). Currently, Shobhit is building India’s first integrated taxi comparison portal at Paxgo Technologies as its co-founder. Shobhit is really excited to be part of the 2018 Yenching Social Innovation Forum!
Christopher is from Atlanta, Georgia. He grew up an avid lover of nature. He earned his bachelor’s from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. His studies focused on China and environmental policy. Through the Project 55 Public Service Fellowship, he works on business development and impact investing at New Markets Support Company, a community development financial institution based in Chicago. He is excited to meet the other delegates!
Zhang Yue is from Jingdezhen, a historic city famous for its porcelain in southern China. Yue finished her bachelor's degree in Shandong University, majoring in English & International Politics. After that, Yue completed her master's degree in International Politics, specialized in the study of European Union for another three years in Shandong University. Currently, Yue is working as a consultant in Ernst & Young Advisory Ltd. Beijing branch office. Having a rich internship experience among different companies, including a tech media start-up, consulting company, and non-profit organizations, Yue holds a strong interest in the theme of YSIF ‘18, especially SDG 8 (Decent Work & Economic Growth) and inclusive working environments. She hopes to explore possible solutions to education equity and sustainable economic growth.
Besart was born in Albania, and went to study in Switzerland at 15 on a full scholarship. When he saw how his scholarship changed his life path, he started an initiative to help more talented students back home to do the same. What started as a kid's idea to help his peers is now one of the most successful education initiatives in Albania, led by 25 successful Albanian mentors working all around the world. The Albanian Scholarship Effort has connected Albanian students with more than $500,000 worth of scholarships - and aiming at $800,000 for next year. In finding, mentoring, and helping young talented students, the Albanian Scholarship Effort aims to foster the next generation of intellectual leaders and changemakers of Albania. Besart's long-term goal is to break the zip code cycle: where you are randomly born should not define your opportunities, specially your educational ones. He is also happy to help others start their own "X Scholarship Effort" in their countries - as they should. Apart from his work in education, Besart is also a manager at an internet security firm in Silicon Valley, California, where he works with an incredible team towards an open and robust internet.
Anggit Dimas Anggoro
Anggit, or also known as Dimas, is the Product Development and Innovation Specialist in Green School Bio Bus, Bali, Indonesia. He completed his bachelor degree in the Universitas Islam Indonesia, majoring in Pharmacy with a focus on Industrial Technology. His advocacy of renewable energy and environmental science. By taking part on YSIF 18, he hopes to create meaningful connections with other delegates and speakers from around the world to find new ways to overcome some of the most pressing social-environmental challenges of our era and scale up solutions to a broader circle.
Tong Yuwen is from Beijing. She graduated from Bristol Business School with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Yuwen has interned at the United Nation Development Program, where she got deeply attached to the 17 SDGs. Later on, she became interested in finding the entrepreneurship opportunities within the SDGs, so she founded the app Yi with her friend. Yuwen is currently the CEO of Beijing Yu-Ao-Hang-Tian Technology Co. Ltd. Yuwen has also worked at CCIEE (Department of External Affairs). There, with a team of 4 brilliant minds, she held ministerial meetings, such as the 2018 "Belt and Road" Financial Investment Forum and the 2018 High Level Policy Forum on Global Governance (whose participants included the U.N. Deputy Secretary General and a former central bank governor).
Weiye is from China and just graduated from United World College. She is the founder of Pool Resource Matching platform, a platform that specializes in active-searching and auto-matching for students to find their fit internship and volunteering opportunities. One thing she is definitely most excited about for YSIF is the people. She is eager to get in touch with so many wonderful young souls from across the world.