On 8th November, Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Director & Founder, presented her insights based on her experience working inside and outside the EU institutions, and on setting up ACP YPN, as part of the University of Bristol Employability week. Yentyl presented 9 key insights based around her motto: “Build your expertise, pursue your passions and never give up on your dreams!”
Yentyl’s 9 principles were explained with reference to her 5year career working on trade policy in Brussels, and on her experience setting-up the international, award-winning NGO, ACP YPN:
Build your expertise
1) Define your interest and pursue it;
2) Spend time;
3) Develop patience.
Pursue your passions
4) Be solution-oriented;
5) Take risks;
6) Believe in your passions.
Never give up on your dreams
7) No door is closed;
8) Invest in yourself;
9) Use social media strategically (LinkedIn & Twitter).
Background info: Yentyl Williams, a dual national of the UK and Trinidad and Tobago, is Director of the ACP Young Professionals Network (ACP YPN) and PhD Candidate at the Law department of the University of Bristol on ‘The EU and Innovation in International Trade – A case study of the Intellectual Property (IP) provisions on Geographical Indications (GI) in the EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs)‘.
Yentyl has several years of work experience on EU relations with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states, in the public (European Commission, CTA, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)) and private sector (consulting), as well as in academia (Ghent University; PhD at Bristol University). In 2015, Yentyl was appointed as the youngest Expert to the EESC for the Green Paper on ‘The Future of the EU’s relations with the ACP group and the successor to the Cotonou Partnership Agreement’. She has been researching the EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements since 2011 and has numerous publications on the topic.
In December 2014, Yentyl founded ACP YPN to advocate that the EU and ACP countries utilise Article 26 of the legally binding Cotonou Partnership Agreement on ‘youth issues’. She has pioneered the inclusion of ACP youth in several dialogues, notably with the African Union, the Commonwealth, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Youth Forum and several UN agencies. She pioneered the establishment of the Youth Forum of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly; attained a position as member for the ACP YPN as the only young professionals network on the EU-Cariforum Consultative Committee (at the EESC) and secured ACP YPN’s place as member of the UN Major Group on Children and Youth.
Yentyl has been awarded a Commonwealth Champion for advancing the values of inclusion; recognised as an Ambassador for Diversity by the European Parliament and featured by the European Commission as one of three youth driving change for more inclusive societies for International Youth Day 2016. Yentyl is a graduate of King’s College London, Sciences Po Paris and post-graduate of the College of Europe, Bruges. She has researched, published and travelled widely in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, and also in Asia and South America.
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