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KENNEDY PEMBERTON, 24, St. Kitts and Nevis
"I like to take on the challenge of helping stimulate positive perceptions of youth."
Kennedy is the Event Planning and Logistics Lead on the Steering Committee. Although an aspiring tourism planner (he is currently pursuing a Masters in Tourism Development from the University of Surrey), at heart he is a youth activist - and advocate. He helped establish, in 2001, the St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association; he has also served as an International Youth Ambassador for his country on a variety of occasions, including, for instance, the United Nations International Development Meeting in Mauritius in 2005. Kennedy has extensive work experience with the tourism ministries of St. Kitts and the Bahamas; most recently, he assisted in the organisation of the 2009 Ms. Universe Pageant.
ALIZEH KOHARI, 20, Pakistan
"Programmes such as Nkabom are important in that they attempt to make their way into the heads of young people and light that initial, necessary match."
Alizeh is the Media and Communications Lead on the Steering Committee. Hailing from a country where political poets were once revered beings, she places immense faith in the power of the written (and spoken) word. In 2002, she won first place in the Rotary International 'Mankind is Our Business' Essay Contest; in 2005, she placed second in the Commonwealth Essay Competition. Alizeh spent last year serving as Secretary-General of the London International Model United Nations conference. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Government and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
NAVEED FARID SOMANI, 23, United Kingdom
"By drawing upon the qualities unique and least corrupted in young people, namely openness to new experiences, creativity and a desire for change, you can create a dynamic group of people that are the primary enablers of social change."
Nav is the Finance, Fundraising and Administration Lead on the Steering Committee. With his mother being Pakistani, and his father Ugandan, he is well aware of the historical value of the Commonwealth, particularly in the context of his own personal heritage. He has a Bachelors degree in Law from the University of Oxford and is currently pursing a Masters in International Studies and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), while at the same time juggling the role of an Administrator with the National Health Service. Naveed has been involved in a number of community projects: most prominently, he served as a legal consultant for Mwanzo Mwema, a charity that aids students in East Africa wishing to pursue further education.
QUANG TRAN, 25, United Kingdom
"It is through young people that the world can change for the better - through knowledge, energy, drive, passion and belief that peace is possible if we all share similar values and aspirations."
Quang is the Human Resources Lead on the Steering Committee. He is a long-time student of politics: his Bachelors thesis was on 'The Effect of Cocaine on Colombian Democracy'; his Masters thesis is on 'China's Oil Influence on Good Governance in Angola'. This interest, however, is not merely limited to the academic arena: at secondary school Quang was involved in the Millennium Youth Council and the United Kingdom Youth Parliament and at college and as an undergraduate he was elected Junior Common Room President. Currently, while studying for his Masters, Quang is also working as an HR Account Manager in Trading at Royal Dutch Shell.
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