Yentyl Williams Founder & Director
Yentyl Williams, a dual national of the UK and Trinidad and Tobago, is a Ph.D. 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 Treasurer and 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 competencies 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 the 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).
Adelaide Hirwe ACP YPN Programme Manager and UN International Decade for PAD Expert
Adelaide Hirwe has a background in Economics, Management, and Information Systems Management. As ACP YPN Programme Manager, Adelaide coordinated the launch of the first Black History Month EU, co-coordinated the Belgium visit of UN Experts of the International Decade for PAD with the CSOs and the civil society, and join the CSOs consultation for the official Belgian National Launch of the Decade hosted by the Belgium Ministry of Equal Opportunity during which advocated for the participation of the youth on all experts panels and discussions. She has designed and/or facilitated workshops and panels at BHM EU, S&D Africa Week 2018, AU Mission Consultation on 2019 Theme, #DiasporaVote, etc.
Adelaide is also the Secretary-General of the African Union Diaspora Youth Initiative, working to raise awareness amongst the development stakeholders of the role of diaspora Youth in development, and is committed to empowering the Youth through concrete actions and initiatives with AU and ACP-EU stakeholders.
Bora Kamwanya ACP YPN Advocacy and Policy Officer
Bora Kamwanya was born in Kinshasa, DRC and has been living in Belgium for the past 14 years. 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 a Programme manager at ADEPT-African Diaspora Europe Platform and Deputy Secretary-General – Diaspora Affairs, Pan-African Youth Union.
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Aïssatou Touré ACP YPN Policy Officer
Aïssatou Touré is a development cooperation young professional based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She has a solid background working with grassroots CSOs as well as international development partners across the EU and ACP countries. She is currently ACP YPN Policy Officer while working at the German development cooperation (GIZ) supporting the Youth Division of the African Union Commission.
Her multiple international experiences are evidence of her commitment to innovate in international development cooperation, to make it relevant to today’s context while creating spaces for innovative ideas and projects effectively integrating African and Diaspora youth perspectives into the future development endeavors of Europe and ACP countries.
Kelly-Ann Fonderson ACP YPN Policy Expert and Youth Ambassador
Kelly-Ann Fonderson is a policy expert and youth ambassador of the African Caribbean
Pacific Young Professionals Network (ACP YPN).
She worked at the British Chamber of Commerce | EU & Belgium as the Communications and Events Officer where she was also appointed rapporteur of the UK-EU Relations taskforce on Brexit. She has facilitated workshops and panels internationally, engaging youth and policymakers in ACP – EU trade relations at the European Youth Event and S&D Africa Week 2018. She is also a youth delegate at the United Nations ECOSOC youth forum and ACP-EU joint-parliamentary assembly youth forum. Kelly-Ann holds a Bsc. in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bath.
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Ariane Takyi ACP YPN Policy Expert
Ariane Takyi is a public health consultant with strong knowledge in health governance, development cooperation, and communications. She was peer elected to represent the UK at an international level over a period of 2 years at the European Youth Conferences / Structured Dialogue, simultaneously ensuring the inclusion of BAME youth in EU policies. Her other EU and international policy experiences include public affairs consultancy centered around consumer health, organic farming, as well as non-formal education.
She is a BA (Hons) International Development graduate and holds a joint MA from Germany and Spain in European Politics – focusing on EU-AU economic and trade relations.