Yentyl Williams Founder & Director
Yentyl Williams, a dual national of the UK and Trinidad and Tobago, is a PhD Researcher on EU affairs with Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) countries at the University of Bristol (Law School), and Founder and President of the ACP Young Professionals Network (ACP YPN). Yentyl has several years of work experience on EU relations with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states, in both the public (European Commission, CTA, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)) and private sector (consulting). In 2015, Yentyl was appointed 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’.
Dana Schurman ACP YPN Digital inclusion expert
Ms.Dana Schurman is a researcher at the University Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve. She is also pursuing a joint doctoral thesis between UCL and VUB in communication science entitled ‘New narrative for digital inequalities from the perspective of disadvantaged youth communities’. This thesis is the continuity of her previous research on Digital inclusion for social inclusion; which has shown that online platforms, shared economies, and cyber-security are at the heart of the communities and yet, great disparities in access, use and competences within social groups occur, creating even greater digital inequalities. As ACP YPN Digital inclusion expert She has influenced EU legislation on the topic to ensure digital policy remains inclusive irrespective of race, ethnicity, economic status and more. She has also been coordination ACP YPN participation to the European Development Days (EDD).
Bora Kamwanya ACP YPN Advocacy and Policy Officer
Bora Kamwanya was born in Kinshasa, DRC and has been living in Belgium for the past 14years. He is an International Affairs graduate. Bora is interested in political science, diplomacy, cultural mediation, education and development in Africa. Bora is the ACP YPN as Advocacy and Policy Officer. He is currently Programme manager at ADEPT-African Diaspora Europe Platform and Deputy Secretary General – Diaspora Affairs, Pan-African Youth Union.
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Rachele Gianfagna ACP YPN Migration Expert
Rachele Gianfagna is an Italian trilingual young woman: she speaks Italian, English and French fluently. she is a Law graduate (Laurea Magistrale in Giurisprudenza) at the LUMSA University in Rome, where she discussed her dissertation in European Union Law and International Law on “Migrations: the Principle of Solidarity and the Chessgame between EU and Member States’ competences”. Now she is attending the one-year Master de Spécialisation en Droit Européen at the European Studies Institute in Brussels. In her hometown, she is now developing some projects to foster migrant children’s integration through sports and education. She is giving her personal and professional contribution to the ACP Young Professionals Network as a consultant on migration, profusely believing in the strong relation and potential that bonds together all the youth of the ACP diaspora in Europe.