Angèle was born on 21st July 1987 in Abobo, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) from Mr BIAO Jonas and Mrs ADEYEMI Tédjoumadé both from Bénin. She speaks 9 languages: French, English, German, Yoruba, Nagot, Fon, Mina, Ashanti and Dendi. She is married to Vénus AKOKPONHOUE with three children: Faith, Maxwell and Hemery-Marie.
She is a trained French-English-German Translator and interpreter. She is employed since January 2013 as Programme Executive for Globethics.net Francophone Africa (GE-FA).
She is member of various organisations such as:
YWCA: Outgoing national president for YWCA Benin, World YWCA Board member, Member of World YWCA Nominations Committee
Christians for Peace in Africa (CPA)
Jeune Leader du Bénin 2014 (Friedrich Ebert Foundation)
Most Outstanding Female International Student 2009
Award of ALI (Africa Leadership Initiative) Scholar under the
Kolouchè loves travelling, making and meeting new friends, meeting new positively influential people, taking photographs, writing, playing cards, scrabble, reading, listening to music, and cooking.
I am Rajini Sureka Wijerupa from Sri Lanka, a student of University Ruhuna. I have completed my Diploma in Human Rights, and also Human Resource Management. Currently I am following a Higher Diploma in Counseling at the National Institute of Social Development. I have been a volunteer member at YWCA Galle since 1998 and started working at the YWCA of Sri Lanka in 2008. Also, I’m a member of the Youth Committee YMCA Sri Lanka and am involved in different types work with NCC, UNFPA, FPA, Girl Guide Association etc. I’m currently working as a Programme Coordinator and I’m passionate and involved with advocacy work, in Sexual and reproductive health rights, VAW work and Just Peace. In 2015 I was elected as one of the World YWCA board members. I hope to continue my work with the YWCA in a meaningful way, contributing to the welfare of the society.
I started my career at the YWCA of India where I led the Department of Youth & Advocacy for 5 years. At YWCA, her work involved building and implementing youth leadership. Her responsibilities included building youth focused programs and organizing training events, conferences for young staff and volunteers.
I am currently working at a digital marketing firm called Regalix, where I am working on marketing research projects, developing digital collateral and managing marketing events.
Recreation: I enjoy volunteering for social causes, and am very passionate about working for children's rights and the environment.
My name is Andrea Gradiz, I am a Lawyer of International Law with a Master's degree in International Development. I started working as a Social and Public Policy Designer and I currently work as an Econometric Analyst for the Ministry of Inclusion and Social Development. I have a been a volunteer member for the YWCA since 2009, in which I have had the pleasure to work in Women's Rights Advocacy. I am currently a Board Member and the Coordinator of the Personnel Committee in my national association, helping to include new members, and assess them regarding Women's rights and advocacy. Recently I have been elected as one of the Vice Presidents of the World YWCA Board, and I hope to take my advocacy to the next level and continue my volunteering which I so much enjoy.
Danika Thiele is a Junior at Florida Southern College (USA), where she studies Advertising/Public Relations and Journalism. She maintains several leadership positions in various campus clubs, is a Resident Advisor and an editor for the school paper, The Southern. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering at PACE Center for Girls, where she works closely with at-risk youths to empower and enrich their lives. Danika dreams of being a field journalist for an environmental or travel publication after finishing her degrees at Florida Southern. She wants to bring sense of unity and peace to the world through her journalistic and artistic skills.
Kaburo Kobia has an MA in Design for Interaction from the University of Westminster and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Kaburo has nearly 20 year experience in digital media and communications. In the last five years she has worked in Kenya for a government agency managing IT projects specifically focused on promoting local digital content. Her work seeks to ensure Kenyans have access to relevant web and mobile applications. She works closely with the creative sector and Kenyan start-ups. With a passion for sharing and mentoring, she has supported many young companies and entrepreneurs.
Previously, Kaburo worked as Communications Director at the World YWCA, a global not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland that reaches 25 million women. Here Kaburo strengthened her skills in event planning and issue-based advocacy. She brought to the organisation new media tools that helped the organisation deepen its interaction with young women around the world.
Kaburo has also worked in the private sector with start-ups and media companies. She has been described as a tech early-adopter and is particularly interested in the convergence of technology and the arts. Kaburo also has a passion for human rights issues and has been an advisor for organisations that promote women's participation in leadership and technology.
Kuena Diaho hails from the Kingdom of Lesotho. She is a lawyer by profession and currently works for the Central Bank of Lesotho as Legal Counsel with the Department of Corporate Affairs. Kuena serves the World Young Women's Christian Association as member of the Board of Directors in which she chairs the Global Governance and Constitutional Committee. She also is a member of the African Union ECOSOCC Women and Gender Cluster Committee and the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group - Southern Africa. Kuena has over twelve years experience working with civil society and international organisations where she has presented in various fora such as the International Aids Conferences,the United Nations Convention of the Status of Women and Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women as a panellist and key person in compilation of reports relevant thereto. Kuena has worked with international and civil society organisations on issues around HIV/AIDS, Human Rights, Gender, Youth development and Millennium Development Goals. She has been instrumental in her role as Youth Coordinator of the Lesotho YWCA in advocating women's rights and also representing the continent and young women in peace missions such as the Journey for Justice - Joint Advocacy Initiative on Israel and Palestine.
Kuena holds a Masters in International Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute of the University of Bern and a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from the National University of Lesotho where as a student she participated in international parliamentary debate and moot court competitions which include the renowned Jessup International Moot Court Competition. She also holds a certificate in Intellectual Property Law from the World Intellectual Property Organization Academy, a Certificate in Population and Development -Response to Global Problems from Brown University and Compliance Management Certificate from the University of Cape Town.
Rasha Hammad is the Founder & CEO of Youth Underground. Prior to this position, she was Senior Advocacy & Communications Manager at End Human Trafficking Now (EHTN), responsible for EHTN’s public and media relations, and co-founding and managing EHTN’s youth programs, namely the Youth Against Human Trafficking network whose followers she expanded over four-fold in a year. From 2001 to 2004, Rasha was Speech Writer & Policy Adviser to the Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Geneva. Following this position, she continued in the field of Public Relations and Communications, working first as Director of Communication & Advocacy for the Association François-Xavier Bagnoud, and later as Senior Communications Consultant for various companies. From 2009 to 2010, she was a Board Member of Libertà association & helpline, the first hotline for victims of human trafficking in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Rasha has a BA in International Studies and Business Management (Honors) from Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland, and was awarded a fellowship for her MA in Mass Communication, emphasis on Journalism, from the American University in Cairo, Egypt.
She has published articles on a variety of topics in many sources over the last 20 years, namely for the Harvard Series on Population and International Health, USA, as well as the Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Change, Wiley ed., UK. She is a recipient of the Together for Peace Award by Mariapia Fanfani, Rome, Italy, to testify women’s contribution to a culture of peace. She is also a member of Worldwide Branding and an honored member of The World Association of Female Professionals, for professional excellence in her area of work.
We do our best to guide the youth, but at the end of the day, they also guide us. This is what Youth Underground is all about.
Dominique studied at the University of Natal in Durban and graduated with a Social Science Degree in Marketing and Business Administration. She then went on to work in the medical, media, mining and chemicals industries. With a humming bird approach to work, she has carved out a wealth of experience from forecasting, procurement, logistics and supply chain management to sales and customer relationship management. She currently works as a Conference and Events Manager at WIN, an organization that creates and runs leadership conferences for women (and men) in Europe and around the world. Dominique firmly believes that when we make the decision to confront our social conditioning of unconscious biases and stereotypes, and dare to let our authentic voices be heard, we can truly unite with one global vision to provide solutions to today’s problems. This is a belief that Dominique has proven having met several men and women throughout her work and travels. May we “rise up” as humanity and be courageous enough to take on the world’s Goliaths in order to make positive and significant change a reality for all people on our precious earth.