The Global Ambassador Program
In early April 2018, BLI run a global call to recruit ambassadors in different countries across the globe. We got a number of interesting applications and were able to select the following as ambassadors to embody our vision and mission of “Inspiring Global Good”. Stay tuned for future ambassador calls where we shall be looking for committed and passionate individuals who want to positively change their communities and contribute to achievement of the globally recognized Sustainable Development Goals.
Country Ambassador: Lebanon
Salma Merhebi is a Lebanese pursuing her Master’s degree in Chemical and Petrochemical Engineering at the Lebanese University. She is currently working on her final year project entitled “Organic Waste Treatment by Composting: A Case Study in Lebanon”, which is an inexpensive and convenient innovation that can significantly reduce local disposal costs while enriching the soil for future food growth, and having several economic, environmental, community, health and sanitation benefits. Thus, it is suggested that the heat generated during composting processes can be reused as a renewable source of energy. This helped her to understand deeply the big problem facing her country with its consequences on health and environmental levels in details and statistic numbers and the need for solving it. She is interested in environmental projects and has had a passion for renewable energy for a while since these are the emerging topics to solve problems in her country.
Salma has had several volunteering experiences related to education, translation and social work. She is currently an intern with Marj3 which is an online platform that connects students and graduates to scholarships and opportunities. She hopes to benefit from this experience and will do her best to represent BLI in Lebanon.
Shafiul Akber Sajal
Country Ambassador: Bangladesh
Shafiul Akber Sajal loves social work, smart digital marketing & creative community building. He believes in advocating for gender equality, sustainable cities and communities and partnership for the goals. In his own words: “Volunteering is my rent to live in this planet”.
Sajal has volunteered for the past two years and this experience has allowed him to work with youths and society through community mobilization. He is passionate about event planning, coordinating programs, workshop-seminars and networking events. Currently, he helps make awesome things happen with New Horizons- Bangladesh Franchise. Here he focuses on professional support, happiness and ensures the best for the customers. Sajal has worked independently with non-profits and enjoys speaking about quality community development. He served as a coordinator where he empowered the university students to solve the most pressing issues in their society through engaging them in creating social impact and including them in future development plans of the program. As Country Ambassador, Sajal hopes to bring his strong communication, networking, counselling and presentation skills into the organization. He also looks forward to resourcefully build the brand and create awareness of the company’s vision and mission.
On a light note, he seizes all opportunities that the Bay of Bengal offers. You are likely find him exploring rural areas, eating his way through Chittagong.
Country Ambassador: Egypt
Yara Yasser is an Egyptian national pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at Mansoura University, Egypt. Currently, Yara is an intern at Marj3, an online platform which provides information and consultancy about scholarships for the MENA Region citizens. She is also a PR and FR Member at Fun Science which aims to develop and change the education system in Egypt by simplifying science through games that illustrate theories based on practice and discovery as opposed to only transmitting and imparting information. Yara recently participated in the cultural exchange program with AIESEC in Turkey for a month to help Turkish students learn English. During that time she also volunteered with Erasmus in the Turkish exchange program.
As Egypt Ambassador, Yara hopes to benefit from this great experience and help her country solve promote and realise Quality Education.
Country Ambassador: Libya
Tariq Alferis is a medical student pursuing a Bachelors in Human Medicine (Tripoli University) and having completed a 5-year college degree in Business Administration from Africa Private University – Tripoli. In his own words:
“Although I love my field of study I felt like something was missing. At university, they teach you the theory but don’t give you a chance to put your knowledge into practice. Luckily, that is exactly what Blue Luxury Investments is offering; giving their Youth Ambassadors all the tools and opportunities they need to make their voice heard. I believe in the statement that every voice counts and I think that a single individual can make a change in a society. The change does not necessarily mean something life-changing but it can mean a small investment that contributes to a larger cause. I’m an easy going person that works well with everyone. I enjoy being around different types of people and I like to always challenge myself to improve at everything I do, and I hope to gain a better sense of the needs of not only my community, but the communities of my peers as well. I want to contribute to implementing change for a better future, my passion for education, health, poverty reduction and human rights are among important issues for the world today. Among those issues, what I am most passionate about is how to empower young people around the world with education.”
Country Ambassador: Nepal
Pandey has been working with various NGOs and INGOs in Nepal making a positive impact in the society. Currently he is the President of the Butwal section for Nepalese Students’ Club, International Service Director at Rotaract Club of Butwal, Country Director at Youth Research and Development Forum (YRDF), Country Ambassador of Uyolo, Youth Ambassador at World Literacy Foundation, and member at Team NEPO. He believes that volunteerism is the best way that youth can make a difference.
Country Ambassador: India
Mr. Anurag is a social entrepreneur who runs the non-profit educational center “INSIGHT” in Assam, India that focuses on imparting education and equipping the students and aspirants for preparing them to get a white collared Government job. He is also serves as a lecturer for Management Studies and Commerce at KK Handique State Open University, Tezpur College Study Center in Assam India. He recently also joined as a guest faculty of Commerce and Management at Tezpur Law College, Tezpur, Assam, India. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D from University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya, India under the Department of Sociology .Currently undergoing his M.A. in Sociology and also his MBA as well. He has presented various papers on pressing issues at international stages including a conference at USA (Durham, North Carolina) at prestigious Duke University, a research paper and a speech at the Commerce Convention of Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University on ‘Corporate Social Responsibility of State Bank of India’ that was presented at the Commerce Convention of Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University on ‘Corporate Social Responsibility of State Bank of India’. Anurag is a Youth Mentor for NextGEN Safe Spaces for Youth (NSSYM), a youth organization based in London, UK. He is looking forward to participate in designing community programs within India with the goal of localizing the global goals and encouraging community ownership and cultivating action for positive change.
Country Ambassador: India
Samikshya Madhukullya is a globally-focused individual with a post-graduate (M.A) Specialization-Cultural Studies (Inter-Disciplinary) from TEZU-Tezpur Central University, Tezpur, Assam. She is also currently pursuing her second Master’s degree in Gender and Women Studies. She recently presented a paper in International Seminar on “LAND and WATER Issues in South-East Asia: Status, Challenges and Opportunities” under NERIWALM (North-Eastern Regional Institute of Land and Water Management) under Ministry of Land and Water Resources, Government of India.(sponsored by North -Eastern Council Shillong). Samikshya possesses leadership and team management skills as well as excellent communication qualities and a strong work ethic. She is looking forward to participate in the global ambassador program as a point of contact in helping to spread brand visibility and work with communities in India.
Kyimiza Caroline Hyvon
Country Ambassador: Uganda
Hyvon holds a Bachelor Degree in Social works and Social Administration of Uganda Christian University – Mukono, Post Graduate Diploma in Project monitoring and Evaluation of Makerere University. She is currently pursuing a degree in Project Planning and Management from Uganda Management institute ( UMI). Hyvon has more than five ( 5) years working experiences in developmental work, projects and programme, Planning and implementation , coordination and partnerships ,capacity building mentorship and empowerment , advocacy among others.
She is the co-founder of Cari Innovation Limited, a project that works with youth and women to mentor and empower them in creation and scaling of innovative solutions for the sustainable development goals. She has volunteered with children of Peace Uganda as a Social Worker Project Officer. Children of Peace Uganda works with youth/child soldiers, children born in LRA captivity and those orphaned by LRA war and HIV/AIDS, PWD’s, mental problems caused by war to make them peace ambassadors in their communities. She was responsible for planning, implementing and coordinating all activities of the social work department. She was also directly responsible for the management of the CPU peace clubs. She worked with ASB- German NGO known has Good Samaritan in child protection, a UNICEF founded project which aimed at enhancing children’s access to services and protection. Keeping children alive and safe, she was the focal point person in all the Child violations rights cases, behavior change communication and community mobilization and capacity building. She also worked as a Social Worker Team leader with War Child Holland an NGO operating in central and Northern Uganda, whose overall objectives are to enhance the general well being of children and youth in conflict and (post) conflict affected areas and contribute to building peaceful societies by improving their psychological well being.
The global goals she most identifies with are Gender Equality (SDG 5) and Zero Hunger (SDG 2) to achieve food security, improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
“As global ambassador for Uganda, One of my biggest life lessons and challenges so far in this lifetime has been understanding and regaining my personal power. When I reflect back on my childhood I can see where I created the beliefs that I wasn’t good enough or worthy enough. This wasn’t a conscious thought I remember having but I know that this is where I first learned to believe the story that I wasn’t good enough and so as global ambassador for Uganda I hope to regain my space and power not as global ambassador only but also as someone who is creating a space and platform for young people. I also want to get the opportunities to speak to young people and also empower fellow youth, girls and women on achieving sustainable social , economic and even political change. I am committed to developing my self to the fullest capacity and to serve as a leader and a role model for youth, girls and women in Uganda and globally “
Country Ambassador: Tanzania
Hussein is a graduate of Procurement and Logistics management, an alumni and co-founder of Green Peace Foundation based in Tanzania. He has two years of experience volunteering and working on the Sustainable Development Goals and he is very passionate about goal 4 (Quality Education) 15 (Life on Land) and 13 (Climate Action).
His vision is to increase the awareness of all residents of Tanzania about terms such as Waste Management, Recycling, Energy Stability, Household Savings, and also to reduce the killing of innocent animals in the wild, which will ultimately result in a cleaner and better landscape and a better place to live for all people.
“Tanzania as well as many other African states are facing the problem of killing animals and using their meat and their livestock. By acting both on the internet and alive with the people I encounter during my work, I increase awareness that all the animals that live are our treasure around us and that we need to love and protect them. Apart from all this, I want to express the beauty of Tanzania like lakes, rivers, seas, mountains, national parks, many of them, and introduce them to the beautiful and appealing wider mass of people, to make people look and see the beauty of our environment through sharing posts on the internet. With each of my online postings, i’m spreading more and more awareness of a beautiful and clean environment with beautiful and amazing animals.”
Sultan Aziz Barai
Country Ambassador: Afghanistan
Mr. Sultan Aziz Barai, is an Environmentalist. In 2015, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Protection & Disaster Management, faculty of environmental sciences, Kabul University.
Ever Since childhood, he has desired to help his country in its path towards peace and economic resilience. As an adult, his outlook has expanded to help nurture sustainable growth and progress on a global scale. Being a pro-active social activist with proven leadership skills in Afghanistan and Ambassador of South Asian youth society (SAYS), he led and conducted several youth empowerment programs and projects.
Mr. Barai is also full individual member of prominent international organizations. He is a full individual member of International Association of Teacher of English as Foreign Language (IATEFL) based in UK. Being a global youth leader, he is a recognized youth member of World Youth Alliance based in New York, USA and the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning.
In addition, his passion towards conserving and protecting biodiversity brought him to join other young environmental leaders in the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN). Furthermore, his desired to advocate sustainable water utilization was inspired when he was awarded a scholarship from BORDA (Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association) to attend the “25thInternational Engineers Training on Decentralized Waste Water Treatment System (DEWATS)” hosted by Consortium for DEWATS Dissemination (CDD) Society in Bangaluru, India, 2015.
He was one of the appreciated international speakers of World Youth Conference November-2016, India motivating the delegates about youths rule in sustainable development. Besides, his presentation on the types and criteria of becoming a successful entrepreneur and through entrepreneurship how a person can take his/her nation towards development through entrepreneurship, his crucial guidelines on entrepreneurship encouraged the young delegates greatly and got international speaker award and certificate.
In 2017, Mr. Sultan Aziz Barai accomplished his internship with CPO Country Programme office of United Nations Environment Programme Afghanistan. Recently, Mr. Barai was Panelist in World youth Forum, November 2018, Egypt.
Finally, Mr. Barai possesses a unique ability of being persistent and passionate in pursuing and promoting his goals to achieve Sustainable Development throughout the world and across nations. He looks forward to pursuing his passion within the BLI family of Global Ambassadors.
Country Ambassador: Pakistan
Ayesha Feroz is the founder of IncuberIO which is an incubator with a vital sign monitoring system. She completed her biomedical engineering from Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi Pakistan. She has two years of experience as a technical support engineer and was a member of Kectil Leadership Program 2017. She has won most promising women led business award by UNIDO and GEF competition, GCIP call for award by 2016 and visited the U.S for advanced venture capital training. In 2018 her project was among the top 11 at Jacob Startup competition held in Germany. She was an info-trainer at UNIDO’s competition GCIP call for award by UNIDO and GEF 2017. She was also ambassador for GIKI competition 2017. Currently she is the Global Peace ambassador.
Ayesha started her journey with the aim to provide a solution for infants death which she is still working on. Meanwhile her second goal is to make the world peaceful through encouraging dialogues, and this is the reason she joined global peace chain. Ayesha is keen to work with others as well for better world. In her own words:
“I want to spread awareness among Pakistani about the sustainable development goals. Personally I belong to a small village in Pakistan where i saw poverty, hunger and so many problems so I want to make efforts to help people of Pakistan for betterment.”
Carla Salcedo Rocca
Country Ambassador: Mexico
Carla Salcedo has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations by one of the leading universities in Mexico, the Universidad Iberoamericana. During this period, she took part in an exchange program at Complutense University in Madrid. Her academic experience allowed her to meet students from different backgrounds and cultures and to better understand contrasting point of views.
A young professional with an extensive experience in logistics and management services in international organizations, Carla worked at UNDOC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) Mexico for almost six years. Starting as a logistics consultant for the UNODC – National Drug System, she was soon recruited at the Gender and Justice Unit in that same office. Later on, Carla became the head of logistics of UNODC Mexico for over 3 years. She has also worked for Mexico’s Government at PROMEXICO, where she served as financial and administrative assistant, supporting the overseas offices of foreign companies that wanted to trade in Mexico or that were already engaged with the Mexican markets.
Experienced in leading teams into new and growing projects, she is always willing to learn more and push her limits, especially when it comes to social development and awareness-raising (in society in general and young people in particular). Her goal is to make a difference and contribute to sustainable, social and environmental change for a better world.
- Expectations from the program
Passionate about event planning, coordinating events and developing networking opportunities, I am convinced I will help BLI to connect with strategic partners for social impact.
I am fully committed to the success of BLI’s mission by inspiring global good and positively change my community, particularly since the country I live in faces serious challenges in terms of social inequality, poverty, education, health and human rights. I will encourage young people to take action and put an end to these problems.
I identify with SDG1 and its targets to promote that all men and women have equal rights to economic resources and basic services; SDG5 to advocate for equal opportunities for men and women and the empowerment of all women at all levels; and SDG13 to integrate climate change policies in all planning and strategies for all countries.
“Every voice counts, and everyone can make a change in society, so let’s all stand together to make a better world and not be afraid of failure.”