Meet the Global Youth Taskforce

11 young leaders from multiple sectors joined forces to plan the Assembly


Practice what you preach. We strive for a bottom-up approach where young people are in charge of their own agenda. A powerful group of young people from around the globe, with different background assembled to form the Global Youth Taskforce.

The Taskforce derived partly from the strong YOURS network of youth leaders for road safety and partly from other youth networks such as the UN Youth System and other relevant youth-led NGOs (such as Restless Development, Kenya Red Cross, IFMSA etc.). These young leaders were selected through a competitive recruitment process.

The Global Youth Taskforce was in charge of leading the content and promotion of the Assembly. They the face of the Assembly and worked on all these tasks:

  • Promoting the Assembly
    and reach out to governments, youth delegates and other stakeholders interested in supporting the Assembly or being involved;

  • Consulting youth from around the world
    and draft a powerful youth statement that will be the basis of the Global Youth Declaration for Road Safety;

  • Designing the programme
    including the people invited to speak, its sessions, the agenda and content development;

  • Creative inputs into the event
    ntegrating new approaches, stunts, rallies, alternative expressions such as art, music, workshops, among others;

Developing a road map
as to what youth delegates are tasked to do after the Assembly and beyond for concrete action

Meet the Taskforce

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Alex Ayub - Kenya

Alex is a passionate young leader who has been working road safety for some years. He currently works for the Kenya Red Cross as the National Youth Officer.






Hania Tarek - Egypt

A perfectionist that cares a lot about the environment, her country and the people around her. A graduating Sociologist who hopes to make a change where she can.





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Jacob Smith - USA

A survivor of a horrific road crash. Since then, he has been a vocal global advocate for road safety. He currently works for the National Safety Council.





joani bewa

Dr. Joannie Bewa - Benin

A multi-award winning physician from the Benin Republic, a globally known advocate for the SDG’s, focussing on health, education and gender equality.





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Maolin Macatangay - Philippines

A road safety advocate who believes in using communication and new media technology to further efforts geared toward road safety. She uses her training as a writer, layout artist, and social media manager in promoting road safety and road safety education.





Thiago Gruner -Brazil

10 years of experience working and volunteering in the life-saving Vida Urgente program, and now serves the Thiago de Moraes Gonzaga Foundation as its International Relations and Youth representative. He is also a filmmaker with a degree in this field.





soumitaSoumita Chakraborty - India

A development professional, working on crosscutting issues like- climate change adaptation, urban planning, disaster management and public health. As an advocate for road safety and meaningful youth engagement, she also works on strategic planning for urban resilience to traffic injuries and road accidents.




olivaOlvia Nalwadda - Uganda

A public heath practitioner with over 6 years’ experience in design and implementation of youth centered programs in areas of reproductive and mental health, climate change, economic empowerment and advocacy.






Helena Sjöberg - Sweden

A student of urban planning who focused on traffic safety by chance, and was immediately enamoured by the philosophy of Vision Zero in Sweden. She currently works at the Swedish Transport Administration, focusing on vulnerable road users.






Esteban Paredes - Ecuador

A passionate advocate for life and road safety. The Global Network Coordinator of Fundación Cavat, developing programs aimed to improve and save lives of children and youth in his country. He believes that art and culture are driving forces to a positive change.






Omnia El Omrani - Global

A striving medical student from the IFMSA with an irrevocable passion for global health and youth empowerment, representing the stance of 1.3 million medical students with an aspiration to fight for the lives and health of our future generation affected most by road traffic injuries.