Ali Mustafa​

Conference Director​

Ali Mustafa is a youth development professional who brings with him over 13 years of experience as a human rights advocate and a youth mobilizing force. He has worked with numerous multilateral organizations in various capacities and has developed programs on youth and gender.He founded GNVOY in 2009. In his role with UNFPA, he engaged a group of university students to present youth mobilization programs to various targeted communities and was able to enroll 2500 youth in the program with their constant feedback. He led ‘I Own Karachi’ in Pakistan, a movement to encourage volunteerism amongst youth. With the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Ali’s role has been of developing partnerships for youth inclusion in UN programs, while simultaneously working as Co-chair for the Youth Sub-committee of the 68th UN Civil Society Conference, where he engaged a highly diverse team of youth from all over the world making them a part of the conference. He is currently serving as the Youth Representative to United Nations Department of Global Communications and Director of Generation Next, a movement aiming to create momentum on the Youth Climate Compact adopted at the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference. Ali holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and is a PhD candidate in Political Science

Quratulain Tejani​

Conference Director​

Quratulain Tejani is Director Strategy & Communications at The School of Writing and Co-founder and Managing Editor at The Big Picture Pk, Pakistan’s premier citizen journalism portal carrying hyper-local stories under society, people, and culture. She is serving as a Youth Rep to UNDGC and has previously served as member of the Youth Sub-committee for 68th UN Civil Society Conference and moderated conversations. She is a digital journalist & activist from Pakistan and has produced work on human rights, gender equality, climate change etc. for renowned media outlets and Global Voices. She tweets at @qtejani. 

Miroslav Polzer

Conference Director​

Miroslav Polzer is founder and CEO of International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges www.glocha.info, a United Nations (ECOSOC, UNFCCC, GCF) accredited civil society organization based in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (Austria). At IAAI Miroslav helped to set up following flagship initiatives: GloCha multistakeholder partnership for Agenda2030 Action, #GiveYouthAChance Resource Mobilization for Youth Climate Action, Youth Entrepreneurship 2030, Blockchain for Youth Climate Action).  Miroslav Polzer also works as an independent management consultant, advising companies and public authorities on implementation of sustainable development goals on local level through multistakeholder partnerships and social entrepreneurship business models. Miroslav Polzer has a Masters degree in Business Economics and a PhD in Environmental economics earned at Karl Franzens University in Graz (Austria). Before joining IAAI, Miroslav was head of Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office (ASO) Ljubljana, promoting international scientific cooperation on behalf of Austrian federal ministry of science and research from 1996-2011.

Rebecca Hardenbrook

Conference Director​

Rebecca Hardenbrook is a 23-year-old doctoral student studying mathematics and sea ice at the University of Utah. Much of her time, however, is spent on various environmental policy and activism projects. Her concerns for environmental justice and equitable access to education, safety, and a healthy life for all direct her work at every step. She believes that the only way we can accomplish the SDGs is through full collaboration and empowerment of youth around the world. In 2019, she served as youth co-chair to the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference which focused on building sustainable and inclusive cities and communities. She is a co-founder of the Salt Lake County Air Quality Commission, a director of the political nonprofit O2 Utah, and the Associate Director of Sustainability in her university’s student government.

Virginia Lensi

Virginia Lensi was born in Milan, Italy and is a professional ballet dancer with American Ballet Theatre. While working with American Ballet Theatre she has started volunteering with Candlelighters NYC, and started organizing her own events. 
Lensi is an ABT certified teacher. She started participating in UN events and she became a Youth and SDGs advocate, bringing the arts into Youth development. Lensi is passionate about working with kids and with the youth because she feels that it is important that, to build a better world, we need to take it into our own hands, who better than the youth can do that? 
Lensi came to New York City after receiving a full scholarship for the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School when she was 16years old. She speaks Italian, English and French. 
 


Amna Khan

Amna khan is a young youth activist, working to promote gender equality, youth and community development through her educational background and experiences from past 7 years. She holds a Masters Degree in Social work. She is an alumni of Mehergarh- A center for consciousness, Core Cabinet member of Pakistan Youth Congress and rendered her services as vice president of youth parliament Pakistan – GB chapter. Currently she is working as a Regional Project Coordinator in ITA to reduce Violence Against Women & Girls and Child, Forced and Early Marriages. Her vision is to take small collaborative actions to bring big changes in the world.

Jawad Nazir

Maria Poltorak

Maria Poltorak is CBDO in IDialogue, educational social network, which connects students from 138 countries for collaborative learning,cross-cultural exchange and language practice.

Suha Al-Hammadi

Conference Director Middle East​

Xasan Mudane

Hassan Mudane is an Associate Director at Horn Institute for Peace and Development, where he engages youth civic responsibility education for the construction of subsequent Somalia. He is also a senior lecturer at University of Somalia. He graduated from the Istanbul Ticaret
University, with Masters degree in International Relations and African Studies in 2018. In the year 2016, he wrote a personal development book called Sirta Guusha for young Somalis. In the same year, he founded BARAARUG LIBRARY (A digital library for e-textbooks and scholarly articles). Follow him @hmudane

Manzoor Ahmed Baltee

Manzoor Ahmed originally, from Karachi have done Masters in sociology from University of Karachi. He has worked for education of children in slums Initiator human development Foundation-IHDF. He collects data for birth Certificates, conducts awareness sessions with the community with and make them realise about the rights of children according to the UNCRC articles.

Currently he is working as a social mobilizer actively working to build capacity of local children in Karachi. He is also working with the children on move and their families providing services like non formal education, skill training and family reintegration.  He is specialized in handling the cases of child abuse and child labour and take authorized protection action under UNCRC

 He is also working with non-profit organizations Generation Next Voice of Youth and conducted events like National Youth Conference 2013 and 14, Seminars on Human rights, Pakistan youth Congress 2015 to 2017.

 

 

Asad Iqbal

Creative Lead

Asad Iqbal is Creative Director, IT Professionalize and trainer, he is spending his most of the time To help individuals to be more than they think they are by the providing skills training. He is also owner of the News Paper “Aaj Ki Awaz”.

Saadia Bakhtawar

Saadia Bakhtawar is a passionate writer, Social Scientist and an MBA with over 5+ years experience in Marketing, writing and communications. She has worked with various brands in multiple categories – FastFood, FMCGs, Personal Care, Automotive, Banks, Educational Institutes, Beauty Brands, Mobile Phones and International NGOs. Apart from that have also worked as a volunteer with many NGOs since 2010. She believes that community participation is the only way through which we all can bring change in the world for betterment.