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Sustainable Development Goal 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.

Jubilanté Cutting is the founder of the ‘Guyana Animation Network’, a non-profit organisation which raises awareness and advocates for youth opportunities and skills training in digital media, animation and the STEM subjects. The programme includes Digital Summer Camps, a ‘Girls in ICT’ initiative and mentorship support. The programme has trained over 300 young people in ICT and entrepreneurship, and supported critical online training in business marketing and digital skills.

Sustainable Development Goal 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth

‘Ilaisaane Lolohea Manu is a national youth advocate and Programme Administrator and Community Liaison Officer for GO GREEN!; a youth-led community initiative creating employment opportunities through entrepreneurship and mentorship support in Tonga. The programme also provides affordable, sustainable fashion as well as encouraging fashion and design talent and ethical recycling. The programme has engaged over 1000 people through community-led outreach initiatives, provided basic work skills to hundreds of volunteers and repurposed over 1000 pieces of clothing.

Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Quality Education

Barbadian Taahir Bulbulia is the founder of the ‘Sports Science Society’; a student-based organisation that promotes the holistic benefits of sport and provides mentorship to at-risk youth on mental health, sports law and drug prevention. The programme has trained 30 volunteers across 10 organisations and reached 500 young people in the region, particularly helping to tackle bullying and mental health issues.

Every day, in all parts of the Commonwealth, young people are delivering a vast range of impressive innovations. Much of what they do may go unnoticed or be taken for granted. Yet, often it is what young people do which makes all the difference, especially now at a time of unimaginable human suffering inflicted by the pandemic and economic crisis.


Sustainable Development Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-Being

Maselina Iuta is the Project Assistant and Founding Member of the Deaf Association of Samoa; an organisation which advocates for the development of inclusive opportunities, policies and legislation for deaf and hearing-impaired persons in Samoa. The Association’s work has assisted the inclusion of sign language and deaf interpretation in national health programming. Maselina provided sign language interpretation for the Samoan Prime Minister’s broadcast during International Week of the Deaf 2020.

Sustainable Development Goal 10 – Reduced Inequalities.

Tim Lo Surdo is the founder and national director of ‘Democracy in Colour’; a racial and economic justice organisation created to tackle structural racism and address critical civic issues facing people of colour in Australia. The programme has grown a membership of over 57,000 people and engaged over 85,000 people in advocacy and capacity-building leadership training including young people, women, and persons with disabilities.


Sustainable Development Goal 2 – Zero Hunger.

Bevon Chadel Charles is the founder of ‘Akata Farms’; an organisation that aims to create sustainable farms and livelihoods across the Caribbean through climate-smart agriculture. The farms operate across 100 acres providing fresh, quality goods in-person and online, and the organisation provides peer-to-peer mentorship to young people, particularly women, looking to start businesses in agriculture. 

Sustainable Development Goal 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth

Nawa Joe Silishebo is a co-founder of ‘The Young Emerging Farmers Initiative’; which promotes and empowers young people in agribusiness and climate change action through skills training, fundraising and outreach programmes. The initiative has reached over 500,000 young people across 10 Zambian provinces in rural and urban areas and helped train 5000 youths in agribusiness, including connecting over 100 ‘agri-preneurs’ to financial support and markets.

Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Quality Education

Siena Castellon is the founder of ‘Neurodiversity Celebration Week’; an initiative designed to encourage schools and colleges to change the way they perceive autistic students and students with learning differences. In addition to providing practical advice on overcoming challenges at school, the programme provides free resources to help teachers better support neurodiverse students. The 2020 programme reached over 850 schools and more than 500,000 students across the world, and the online mentoring programme currently has over 1,000 global subscribers.

Sustainable Development Goal 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy

Jeremiah Thoronka is the founder of ‘Optim Energy’; a company that harnesses solar energy through innovative technology to create affordable, accessible and clear power for communities in Sierra Leone. The project has helped power over 150 households and fifteen schools in Sierra Leone at minimal cost, which has benefitted over 10,000 people, and provides best practice training on energy efficiency and conservation to the younger generation

Sustainable Development Goal 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation.

Ellenor McIntosh is the Bristish co-founder and inventor of ‘Twipes’; a flushable, biodegradable wet wipe made of wood pulp. Through the production and sales of Twipes, the company aims to reduce the environmental damage caused by traditional wet wipes. The product has been sold to restaurants, gyms and hotel chains across the UK and a percentage of the business profits are donated to creating clean water systems in Uganda.


Sustainable Development Goal 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Syed Ommer Amer is the founder of Daastan; a modern book publishing company and go-to platform for global authors. The company uses a social enterprise model to support authors to monetise their time, content and skills through online training and workshops. Daastan has supported 10,000 authors from 17 countries and helped publish over 300 titles.

Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Life Below Water

Mogesh Sababathy is the Malaysian co-founder of ‘Project Ocean Hope’, a youth-led group that aims to raise the visibility of ocean issues and environmental conservation through campaigns and youth leadership training. The group has also run educational community projects to reduce littering and unsustainable fishing practices, and an ocean literacy webinar series on waste management, reaching over 10,000 individuals across fifteen countries.

Ocean Hope website