Who we are...

  • Akila Chandrasiri
    Introduction/Bio:
    Akila Chandrasiri was a team leader based in Sri Lanka for Decathlon group. Now he is owner of his own logistics company. He is also a directer of the Science Policy Circle.
    Editor and Director

    Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Andreia Olivera
    Introduction/Bio:
    Andreia is a final year medical student from Portugal, with particular interest in Global Surgery and Technology Innovation.
    Project Coordinator
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    Lisbon, Portugal
  • Axell Sutton
    Introduction/Bio:
    Axell Sutton was born on March 2, 1994 in Tonalá, Chiapas, Mexico and grew up in Minatitlán, Veracruz. At 17, he began as an activist to lead young teams to clean the dirtiest places in the city. That was one of the actions that made him realize the importance of his role in society. When he started the University in 2013, he decided to study Energy Engineering at the Benemerita University of Guadalajara, focusing on clean energy, inspired by those gray skies. During 2018 he founded Student energy in the UDG Chapter in which he won different awards at the local level and a national award for the implementation of best practices for sustainable development in Mexico, impacting more than 20,000 people and more than 50 workshops focused on energy transition He has represented his country at the SEforALL Forum in Lisbon, Portugal (2018); and the International Energy Economy Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2019), The Climate Change Meeting in Abu Dhabi, recognized by the UN as one of the 30 most important youth climate leaders in the world and selected to participate in the UN YOUTH CLIMATE SUMMIT of September 21 in New York. Today he is an activist who works for the welfare of youth and citizens.
    Contributor
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    Mexico
  • Beniamin Strzelecki
    Introduction/Bio:
    Beniamin Strzelecki is pursuing a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering at New York University Abu Dhabi. He has been involved with environmental movement in Poland and Israel. Currently, he takes part in designing transition of his university toward more environmentally-friendly campus. Beniamin was selected as one of the Future Sustainability Leaders at Masdar and as one of the young leaders in renewable energy sector for IRENA Youth Forum. His another passion is non-formal education. He founded the first online platform in Poland that helps youth to plan their travel, work and volunteering during sabbatical. For this work, he was named Finalist in the European Youth Award 2019 competition.
    Project coordinator
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    Poland
  • Chamika Wijesuriya
    Introduction/Bio:
    Chamika Wijesuriya holds an MA in International Relations. She is interested in human rights, ecology and finding solutions to climate change. Enjoys literature, music, movies and sports. She is also a director of the Science Policy Circle.
    Editor and Director
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  • Chiagozie Udeh
    Introduction/Bio:
    Chiagozie Udeh is a 24-year-old Nigerian expert on Climate Change policy, energy campaigning and a youth leader on Africa’s clean energy sector. Since 2015, he has been a Programme Coordinator for Plant-for-the-Planet in Nigeria where it hosts academies to train young Climate Justice ambassadors between 9-15 years as well as organize tree-planting activities in cities within the country. In 2019, he was elected the Chairperson of the Executive Global board of Plant-for-the-Planet after the historic launch of the Trillion Trees campaign, a flagship programme of the organization which aims to plant 1 trillion trees by 2030 and reduce carbon emissions by 25%. The project was launched in March 2018 in Monaco with Prince Albert II of Monaco playing host to the historic event. The target of 1 trillion trees is based on a study of Crowther Lab and Plant-for-the-Planet which revealed that the planet has space for 1 trillion trees outside existing forest.
    Project Coordinator
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    Abuja, Nigeria
  • Dr. Diana Amarasekara
    Introduction/Bio:
    Diana obtained her medicine degree at University of Liverpool (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, with a minor in Biochemistry. She is also taking lead in several real estate development projects in Sri Lanka. Her interests are in pursuing child healthcare, disaster response medical care, and disease control.
    Contributor
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    Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Ruchindra Amarasinghe
    Introduction/Bio:
    After having completed his primary and secondary education in Royal College, Sri Lanka, he went on to pursue his medical education in 2009 at University of Bristol in UK. He is now a Senior House Officer in Infectious Diseases in the Royal Gwent Newport. His passionate about quality improvement, mindfulness in medicine and sustainability in healthcare.
    Editor
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    United Kingdom
  • Dr. Sajith Wijesuriya
    Introduction/Bio:
    Sajith Wijesuriya obtained his PhD from Colorado School of Mines, USA. His research work concerns with thermal energy storage and peak electricity demand shifting strategies. He completed his Bachelors degree at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Additionally, he completed a diploma in Diplomacy and Current World Affairs at Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute. He was a technology focal point of the Science Policy Interface Platform in United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth. He has been recently nominated to the task force of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) of UNFCCC. He is part of the bottomlining team of YOUNGO the formal youth constituency to UNFCCC.
    Administrator, Writer (sajith.wijesuriya@childrenyouth.org)
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    United States
  • Komal Qureshi
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    Komal Qureshi has studied Business Administration and International Affairs. She is a freelance journalist and began writing at a very young age; her articles and poetry have been published in various national, international newspapers and magazines which include Dawn, Khaleej Times, United Nations Education For All Global Monitoring Report (2012). She is a researcher, educationist, human rights activist, animal rights activist and an environmentalist. She has done research on Syrian refugee crisis and conflict of Yemen. She has presented her research on Syrian refugee crisis at the United Nations Headquarters in NYC, USA (2016). She has also served as an education panelist for Asian Project at Harvard University, USA (2013). She has worked on projects in Germany, Norway to promote and create non-violent society, pollution free environment and renewable energy. Komal has been event organizer at Pak-Bangladesh Interaction 2012, World Environment Day 2013, Women's Peace Table 2017. She is a strong advocate of democracy and freedom of expression and has won debate competitions on women rights and democracy in 2014 and 2015 at university level. Her areas of interest include polio eradication, child rights, arts, education and health for which she has been working with non-profit organization.
    Editor
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    Pakistan
  • Kuenga Lhaden
    Introduction/Bio:
    Kuenga has completed double degree for her bachelor's degreein English and in Environmental studies. Currently she is pursuing her masters degree in International diplomacy with international studies. Apart from above, She is an active volunteer at Bhutan Youth Development fund. She works for any issues related with environment and youth. She has a personal project where she makes chocolates by herself and then sells them and the money she gets directly goes to NGO’s who looks after children with disability and with that money they try to buy stationery and also organize tea parties for them if they have enough budget left at the end of the day. For now she is doing her thesis on analyzing policies related to children with special needs in Bhutan.
    Editor
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    Thimpu, Bhutan
  • Lishan Wickramanayake
    Introduction/Bio:
    Lishan Wickramanayake is a young Sri Lankan with a curious mind. He has earned a Bachelors in Business Administration/Finance and is currently employed as an ERP consultant working across locations in Asia. He has interests in technology, automation, sustainable development, travel . On his down-time he likes following his favorite sports, travelling and photography.
    Editor, Writer
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    Sri Lanka
  • Mohd Bayero Yayandi
    Introduction/Bio:
    He is the chief executive officer and the founder of the social enterprise YandiTech in Nigeria.
    Editor, Writer
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    Nigeria
  • Naditha Imbulana
    Introduction/Bio:
    Naditha Imbulana is a second year masters student, studying water engineering and management at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering from the same institute. Her interests are in the fields of climate change and water resources management, reducing water insecurities and modelling of water resources systems. She looks forward to build her career in these fields or to pursue further graduate studies.
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    Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Poorva Patil
    Introduction/Bio:
    Poorvaprabha Patil, a doctor-in-the-making, is studying medicine at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India. She is the UN MGCY SDG3 Regional Focal Point (South Asia Region), the elected Vice President of the Medical Students’ Association of India, an organisation comprising of over 24,000 medical students in India, and an executive board member of YP-CDN (Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network). She has planned and led extensive country-wide projects and campaigns on SDG 3 and 13. In 2016, she also co-founded an NGO called ‘Lumina Vitae’ that works on access to healthcare in India and works with diverse communities and vulnerable groups
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    India
  • Pujika Rathnayake
    Introduction/Bio:
    Pujika Harshani Rathnayake is a master student at the Ateneo De Manila University and the University of Peace in Costa Rica. She is pursuing dual MA degree in Global Politics and International Relations, and International Law and Human Rights. She received her bachelor's in International Relations from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She has been working in the field of peacebuilding, development, and reconciliation, especially in the areas of youth, women, and diaspora through the field of research and creative art projects since 2011.
    Editor, Writer
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    Dublin , Ireland
  • Rojina Kafle
    Introduction/Bio:
    Rojina Kafle is 21 years old. She comes from the heart of Nepal, Kathmandu. Currently, she is pursuing her bachelor's degree in Agriculture science from Agriculture and Forestry University. Belonging to an agrarian community, She has always been intrigued by the challenges faced by Nepalese people in Agriculture. She is deeply passionate to establish food security and build climate resilience through sustainable agriculture. Therefore, She is motivated to learn and empower myself so that she can reach the communities with better solutions to the existing problems.
    Editor
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    Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Rose Marin
    Introduction/Bio:
    Rosa Beltrán is an enthusiastic Mexican young profesional developing a career in executive search and talent assessment and development. She has gained experience placing senior level executives with clients from several industries; IT, Real State, PR & Communications, Industrial Goods, Logistics and distribution, from family owned and SME’s to fortune 100 companies. Prior to joining Delta Top Talent, Rosa had the opportunity to launch her career at Deloitte, then work on her own developing market entry and business development plans for Mexican SME’s interested in exporting and doing business in China & the Middle East . Coming from a country of contrasts, where more than half of the population live in poverty, and being a privileged citizen for having the opportunity to receive an education and travel, Rosa has volunteered for non profit organizations since she was a high school student. Rosa has tutored children in marginalized communities both in Mexico and China and has participated in international forums speaking up about the importance that education plays in social development. Rosa feels committed to speak up about the social problems in her country to make government and business leaders aware that the lack of opportunities that half of the country’s population faces, affects the country’s economic growth and competitiveness, but most importantly, to develop a social consciousness that we are all responsible for finding a solution to the problems our society faces.
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    Mexico City, Mexico
  • Sachinthya Rajapakse
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    He is an expert in interior design and a skilled artist.

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  • Sarmin Rauf
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    Sarmin is currently a second year masters student at the Asian Institute of Technology. She is reding on the topic “Analysis of the factors facilitating and impeding renewable energy financing in nepal” for her thesis. Her thesis work involves collection of grassroot level data on the topic which is timely for current global needs. Her academic interests are Her home country is Nepal.

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    Kathmandu, Nepal