Since 2019, the Youth Sustainable Development Network (YSDN) embarked on a journey to enhance knowledge building and social entrepreneurship development, which is crucial in achieving the UN 2030 and the 2063 Africa agenda. The YSDN firmly believes that young people need to be enlightened and be provided with resources to take action towards the Sustainable Development Goals. We are aligned with SDG four as we educate the youth about the importance of achieving the 17 goals while guiding them towards the development of positive social impact projects.
Globally, we also look forward to implementing grassroots projects across different communities. In achieving these long term goals, we believe that the fundamental measure of our success will be the value we create for our stakeholders over the long term period.
Our partners have worked with us to deliver ever more innovative, effective and successful projects and programmes. They have walked and worked with us as we consistently lend our voices in the conglomeration of stakeholders that matter to our mission, and their support has been vital in achieving the impacts that are essential towards making the world a better place.
Maame Boateng is a partnerships manager at the Africa-Europe Foundation and formerly an Associate at the Executive Office of the UN Special Representative and CEO for Sustainable Energy for All. Before moving to New York to join the UN, Maame spent her early career in South Africa as a lawyer dealing in climate justice matters in relation to displaced persons across the African continent.
Maame was part of the team that led the first SEforALL Youth Summit which brought over 2,000 youth participants from 134 countries to the table to inspire active participation in the achievement of SDGs by 2030 and Net Zero by 2050.
Maame previously worked at the United Nations Global Compact, where her role encompassed supporting the mobilization of public-private partnerships in support of the 2030 Agenda.
David Kahale has been the Chief Executive Officer of Panta Group since 2016 and has represented Panta in all international settings, including international development consulting, infrastructure planning, and policymaking.
David holds a Bachelor Degree in Business (Marketing) and a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations, Asian Studies, and Philosophy) from Western Sydney University.
David is an advocate of sustainable and equitable development, dedicated to providing universal access to essential services through innovative mobile technologies.
David was a World Bank Group Delegate – Smart Cities for a Resilient Future (2019), and Resilient Recovery (2021). He also went on to win the first-ever team-based Deloitte Case Study Challenge (2019).
David has consulted and advised many high-level Government Boards in Southeast Asia in areas of mobility and smart city development. He has also assisted government working groups in drafting policies and national standards for digital payments, digital identification and automated fare collection on public transport. David has also been a stakeholder and a major supporting voice of the Philippines’ flagship infrastructure project, the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP).
Taylor joined Emory University’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives as a graduate intern in 2013 and became the Assistant Director in 2020.. She works closely with Emory Dining to support their efforts to source more food locally and sustainably and to co-manage the weekly Emory Farmers Market. She also runs the WaterHub student docent program, the OSI intern program, and the Zero Waste Ambassadors outreach group. Taylor also manages OSI’s daily communications platforms and strategies.
Taylor has conducted leading research on land rights in Rwanda, social movements in Northeast Brazil, effects of gender norms on climate adaptation for smallholder farmers in Kenya and Ghana, and intimate partner violence prevention in Vietnam,giving her a broad and interdisciplinary context to champion behavior change and community engagement.
Damilola is a passionate youth, thought leader, lawyer and international development consultant with over six years’ hands-on experience in advisory service provision, collaborative research, youth-led advocacy, facilitation of participatory processes, and a track record of meaningful impact on youth, communities, and institutions inclusion in sustainable development affairs.