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  • Young innovators, policy-makers and activists world wide are working to secure their future on a healthy planet in stable and cohesive societies.
  • Twenty-six youth delegates at this yr’s Annual Meeting are specializing in nature and climate education, advocacy, innovation and entrepreneurship to safeguard the planet.
  • Discover who they’re and follow them online throughout the Annual Meeting in Davos,16-20 January 2023.

Young climate innovators, ecopreneurs, activists and Indigenous leaders proceed to show courage, influence and vision within the face of the big global challenges they’ve inherited – including the growing impacts of the climate crisis, ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss.

From spearheading recent solutions to raising awareness of human impacts on the environment, young persons are crucial partners for driving global motion to guard and revive our natural world.

Under the theme “Cooperation in a Fragmented World”, the Annual Meeting will bring together a delegation of 26 nature and climate youth leaders, including young people involved within the Global Shapers Community,, #GenerationRestoration Youth Challenge and UpLink.

Nature and climate education and advocacy

Namgay Choden

Namgay Choden

Namgay Choden is a Foreign Service Officer in Bhutan on the Desuung Skilling Programme, a national initiative to upskill over 20,000 individuals within the country by 2031. With Bhutan’s carbon neutrality in danger should the world uphold the status-quo, Choden is a champion of climate motion and breaking barriers to youth participation in government decision-making on topics of climate change and the environment.

Open Forum: Mobilizing for Climate, Wednesday 18 January, 12:30-13:30 CET: What concrete steps are needed for coordinated global climate motion?

Thales Dantas is a sustainability scientist driven by a desire to advertise a more circular and low-carbon economy. He’s currently pursuing a PhD in environmental engineering, with a deal with life-cycle assessment and circular economy, with a decade of experience in corporate sustainability.

Chitra Gomanee is an analyst at Absa Bank in Mauritius. Mauritius is already experiencing considerable economic loss, humanitarian stresses and environmental degradation from climate change impacts. Chitra is an activist and community leader, working on projects including starting recent schools in unreachable villages, waste clean-ups and fundraising for families experiencing poverty.

Helena Gualinga

Helena Gualinga is Co-Founding father of the Indigenous Youth Collective of Amazon Defenders and Co-Founding father of Polluters Out. She is from the Kichwa Sarayuku community in Pastaza, Ecuador where she works to boost awareness concerning the conflict between oil corporations and her community.

  • Open Forum: Protecting the Climate Vulnerable, Tuesday 17 January 12:30-13:30 CET: Take heed to the voices of our global youths on what leaders must do to advertise justice and supply support to communities most affected by the climate crisis.
  • Don’t Let Greenwashing Fears Stall Credible Motion, Wednesday 18 January, 11:30-12:15 CET: How can data, regulation and Indigenous knowledge spur investors to channel resources towards quality conservation and restoration at scale?
  • Keeping the Pace on Climate, Wednesday 18 January 16:15-17:00 CET: Between Sharm el-Sheikh and Dubai, what are the imperatives to make sure global cooperation on climate motion within the face of multiple pressures and crises?

Jade Hameister

Jade Hameister is a polar explorer and environmental advocate from Australia who has made history because the youngest person to finish several expeditions, including the Polar Hat Trick, skiing to the North Pole from anywhere outside the Last Degree and for completing the 550km traverse of the Greenland icecap unsupported and unassisted – the youngest woman ever to achieve this. She has been recognised by Australian Geographic Society as Young Adventurer of the 12 months and her expeditions have been captured in National Geographic documentaries.

  • Open Forum: Protecting the Climate Vulnerable, Tuesday 17 January 12:30-13:30 CET: Take heed to the voices of our global youths on what leaders must do to advertise justice and supply support to communities most affected by the climate crisis.

Pato Kelesitse is a climate justice activist from the Gaborone Hub, Botswana. She is the Founding father of Sustain267, a non-profit initiative amplifying climate justice solutions across Africa, and is a Project Officer on the South African Climate Motion Network. She has been named as certainly one of the “40 Under 40 African Leaders for Climate Resilience”. Previously, she served because the coordinator of Resilient 40 – a network of greater than 60 youth climate activists, representing 29 African countries.

  • Youth Agency Over Earth’s Future, Thursday 19 January: 09:00 – 09:45 CET: How are young people around world taking over the mantle of climate leadership, from advocacy and education to entrepreneurship and innovation?

Karan Kumar

Karan Kumar is a sustainable fashion leader who leads initiatives on the Laudes Foundation to drive a change towards sustainability and circularity in the worldwide fashion industry. His programmes have invested greater than €10 million in identifying, testing and scaling these breakthrough opportunities, and engaged stakeholders corresponding to H&M, C&A and Nike, together with innovators and investors to create products out of agricultural waste.

Luisa Neubauer is a climate activist from Germany and essentially the most outstanding representative of the German climate movement. In 2022, TIME listed her as certainly one of the 100 global emerging voices. She has organized 11 global climate strikes and has won a climate litigation case against the German government, which has been considered a historic ruling.

Maickson dos Santos Serrão

Maickson dos Santos Serrão is a climate activist and community leader who believes that local movements can bolster the preservation and restoration of the Amazon. Scientists warn that the Amazon is hurtling toward a tipping point, beyond which it will transition from lush tropical forest right into a dry, degraded savanna, unable to support the immense diversity of life that decision the world’s largest rainforest home. Maickson organizes community-led actions on the local, state and federal level directed at government actors, agribusiness and the general public, in an effort to stop the Amazon from reaching an irreversible tipping point.

Ayisha Siddiqa is a human rights and land defender from the tribal lands of Moochiwala and Mahsan in North Pakistan. She is the Co-Founding father of Polluters Out and Fossil Free University, two climate justice oriented initiatives. Her work focuses on uplifting the human rights of marginalized communities as a result of the impacts on climate change. She is currently a research scholar at NYU school of law, working to bridge the environmental and human rights sector with the youth climate movement.

  • See you in Court! The Rising Tide of Climate Litigation, Tuesday 17 January: 15:15 – 15:45 CET: Could this rapidly evolving field create a tipping point in climate law? And what could possibly be the possibly far-reaching implications for shaping the climate response of nations and firms, including with regard to the much discussed issue of loss and damage?
  • Youth Agency Over Earth’s Future, Thursday 19 January: 09:00 – 09:45 CET: How are young people around world taking over the mantle of climate leadership, from advocacy and education to entrepreneurship and innovation?

Dominique Souris

Dominique Souris is a climate activist focused on increasing funding for climate finance. She is the co-founder and former Executive Director of Youth Climate Lab, which engages youth in over 77 countries and supports nearly 50 youth-led climate ventures. Dominique has been named among the many top 21 founders to look at by Way forward for Good, top 100 visionary leaders by Real Leaders and top 25 environmentalists in Canada by the Starfish.

  • Youth Calls to Motion, Friday 20 January, 10:15-11:00 CET: Because the Annual Meeting 2023 involves a detailed, what’s the call to motion by youth for people, organizations and governments to speed up solutions for the world’s most pressing global challenges?

Harmony Wayner is a tribal member of Naknek Native Village and a marine scientist focused on sustainable rural food systems to advertise Indigenous values and well-being in Alaskan villages. As Vice-Chair of the Arctic Youth Network in Canada, an Arctic Frontiers Emerging Leader, an Indigenous fellow for the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) she works to raise the voices of Indigenous communities by integrating Western science and Indigenous knowledge to advertise sustainable societies in harmony with nature.

  • Open Forum: Nature Heals, Wednesday 18 January 9:30-10:30 CET: What are the results of current lifestyles on the man-nature relationship and the general human health and wellbeing?

Climate change poses an urgent threat demanding decisive motion. Communities world wide are already experiencing increased climate impacts, from droughts to floods to rising seas. The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report continues to rank these environmental threats at the highest of the list.

To limit global temperature rise to well below 2°C and as close as possible to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, it is important that companies, policy-makers, and civil society advance comprehensive near- and long-term climate actions according to the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The World Economic Forum’s Climate Initiative supports the scaling and acceleration of worldwide climate motion through public and private-sector collaboration. The Initiative works across several workstreams to develop and implement inclusive and impressive solutions.

This includes the Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders, a worldwide network of business leaders from various industries developing cost-effective solutions to transitioning to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy. CEOs use their position and influence with policy-makers and company partners to speed up the transition and realize the economic advantages of delivering a safer climate.

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Nature and climate innovation and entrepreneurship

Tariq Al-Olaimy is Co-Founding father of 3BL Associates, a people and planet strategy consultancy that was established to speed up global sustainable and regenerative development through collaboration. Based in Bahrain, Tariq is recognized as a “Climate Trailblazer” by the Global Climate Motion Summit, and is an Expo 2020 Global Innovator. GreenBiz and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, listed him as certainly one of their “30 Under 30” leaders for breaking recent ground in sustainability innovation.

Alice Casiraghi

Alice Casiraghi is the Co-Founder and Design Strategist at Future Urban Living, a design and strategy studio specializing in circular economy solutions. Future Urban Living maps out global value chains, analyzes material processes, establishes partnerships and finds creative ways to show waste into value. Alice combines systemic design with regenerative business strategy, to boost circularity.

Mohamed El Moutaouakil is a social entrepreneur and data analyst. Mohamed is the Founder and CEO of International Food Development Corporate, a start-up that gives training and mentoring to disadvantaged communities in food and beverage production in Morocco. Mohamed also leads GoMENA, a project that goals to coach 1,500 individuals and incubate and fund 30 tech start-ups in its first five years.

Carla Gomez Briones is a Power and Climate Associate at The Rockefeller Foundation, managing partners and grantees, identifying market gaps and prospective areas of focus that may advance the muse’s goals of achieving an equitable transition to a net-zero emissions global economy. Prior to joining the muse, Carla served as a global development practitioner with UNDP, specializing within the acceleration of blue economy community-led solutions.

  • Where the Land Meets the Sea, Thursday 19 January, 09:00-09:45 CET: Can blue carbon projects reverse the lack of coastal habitats and supply the impetus to conserve and restore them?
  • Noa’s Ark – Music as a Catalyst for Change, Thursday 19 January, 18:30-19:30 CET: Join us for an exclusive musical performance with Noa and Gil Dor, followed by a conversation on how art and science will be interwoven with diplomacy and decisions for the collective good.

Brooke Hadeed is an associate at Social Finance, a US-based impact finance and advisory non-profit and a director of SSID, a personal consultancy firm offering island-specific solutions to global sustainable development concerns. Brooke works with the general public, private and social sectors to create partnerships and investments that measurably improve lives. She designed and leads Food For You, a Global Shapers Port of Spain Hub project that has raised awareness of food security in Trinidad and Tobago.

  • Ocean 20: Constructing a Sustainable Blue Economy, Thursday 19 January, 13:15-14:00 CET: The launch of the Ocean 20 agenda under the G20 Presidency of Indonesia provides a platform for collective motion on generating a sustainable ocean economy. This discussion provides the science-business-policy lens on the pressures confronting the ocean and identifies the areas for responsible stewardship.

Pok Wei Heng works as a climate change and sustainability consultant at EY, with a deal with sustainability strategies and modern slavery. In addition they function a council member on EY Oceania’s Assurance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council. Pok is a Design Partner with the World Economic Forum on climate justice, a Strategic Council Member of Climate Catalyst and a Board Member of Multiethnic Young Leaders Latest Zealand. Moreover, Pok continues to champion causes related to youth mobilisation and foresight as a Climate Reality Leader and Global Changemakers Fellow.

Anysie Ishimwe

Anysie Ishimwe is the Country Implementation Lead for the African Food Fellowship and a Global Shaper for the Kigali Hub in Rwanda. She recruits food systems leaders working within the impact areas of sustainable land use, access to nutritious foods; and food entrepreneurship to deal with food insecurity, while applying climate-sensitive solutions.

  • Open Forum: Sustainably Served, Tuesday 17 January, 09:30-10:30 CET: How can we strengthen the connections between food-nature-health for more cost-effective, healthy and sustainable diets?

Wanjuhi Njoroge is the Founding father of People Planet Africa, a social enterprise involved in sustainability and inclusive development that includes rural communities which constitute 70% of Africa’s population. Wanjuhi ran certainly one of the largest campaigns in Kenya in 2018 dubbed #SaveOurForestsKE, which led to a complete ban on forest harvesting and policy change. Her work has earned her “Kenya’s Top 40 under 40” Award.

  • Business Motion in Nature, Thursday 19 January, 11;30-12:15 CET: From assessing nature-related risks and disclosures, to investing into nature to create enduring value and sustainable growth, how are businesses pursuing nature-positive transitions as a part of their competitive strategy?

Gayathri Reddy

Gayathri Reddy is an Associate Director at RGA, a Bangalore based industrial real estate firm. She can also be an investor, a start-up mentor and an lively contributor to the Indian Angel Network and a board member of the Nisvartha Foundation, a company providing access to quality education for kids of lower socio-economic backgrounds. Gayathri is the founding father of KReate Foundation, a social enterprise identifying solutions to Bangalore’s rapid urbanisation with regard to city planning, traffic management and water conservation.

Mirko Schedlbauer is the Founding father of shipzero (by Appanion), a technology platform committed to accelerating decarbonization within the transport sector. Mirko’s mission is to alter global logistics – the one industry with repeatedly rising emissions – by providing convenient solutions and actionable information to scale back emissions from global freight transportation. Mirko drives emission reduction – not offsetting. His current portfolio has 4 million tons of CO2 under management and has just closed a funding round to grow further internationally.

  • Youth Agency Over Earth’s Future, Thursday 19 January, 09:00-09:45 CET: How are young people around world taking over the mantle of climate leadership, from advocacy and education to entrepreneurship and innovation?

Lauren Shum is a climate-tech skilled and Programs Manager on the US Department of Energy. Lauren designs and manages funding programmes for accelerating climate-tech start-ups. She has deployed $15 million over two years and is constructing the groundwork for recurring public investments into the US climate innovation ecosystem. Lauren also launched EnergyTech UP, a recent recurring programme to cultivate the subsequent generation of energy professionals.

Dominic Santschi

Dominic Santschi is a Co-Founding father of Ampliphi, a data-driven plastic motion and circular economy engagement platform for consumer brands. He leads a working group on corporate plastic waste disclosures throughout the PREVENT Waste Alliance. Before starting Ampliphi, he worked within the plastic credit industry where he participated within the US Plastics Pact Latest Business Model Workstream and the Ocean Plastic Leadership Network.

Deborah Tamuno-Tonye Braide is a sustainable energy specialist and researcher. Currently, she is Nigeria Research Coordinator for a project generating electrification data to support clean, sustainable electrification of 79 industrial clusters and about 250,000 small and medium scale enterprises in Nigeria. She can also be the founding father of Enercate, a network for capability constructing of African women and youth in STEM and sustainable energy.

Vriko Yu

Vriko Yu is an Uplink entrepreneur and CEO of Archireef, a start-up that focuses on restoring marine ecosystems like coral reefs with the facility of architecture, science and 3D-printing. Within the face of rapid climate change, coral reefs are being threatened at an unprecedented rate, and Vriko has made it her mission to assist restore life underwater. During her PhD, she co-invented the world’s first 3D-printed clay reef tiles, a product that has proven to be the gold standard of coral reef restoration.

  • Youth Agency Over Earth’s Future, Thursday 19 January, 09:00-09:45 CET: How are young people around world taking over the mantle of climate leadership, from advocacy and education to entrepreneurship and innovation?
  • 30×30 Ambition: Next Steps after Montreal, Thursday 19 January, 17:30-18:15 CET: What are the economic approaches and modern financing arrangements needed to deliver on this daring ambition?


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