Ana is an investigative journalist based in Belgrade. She started working in BIRN Serbia, which is part of Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, in 2017, where mostly covers use of public funds, justice and financial crime. Before that, she was an intern in regional television N1 – CNN exclusive news channel affiliate. Ana has a degree from Faculty of Political Science at the University of Belgrade. She is fluent in English and Spanish and beginner in Italian. Even if she enjoys investigating and writing, Ana is also interested in data journalism and video editing, after attending various trainings in those fields.
She is leading a 14 member/ 16 SADC delegation of pragmatic youth leaders in advocating for ratification and implementation of African Youth Charter, driving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s Agenda 2063. She has worked with the African Advisory Board in hosting dialogues on Pan-Africanism and Agenda 2063. She has designed a youth entrepreneurship development program for the African Union and hosts an annual Regional Entrepreneurship Convention in her mandate to advance Intra Africa Trade and access to foreign markets by youth enterprises.
Tumisang successfully hosted numerous public lectures, dialogues and public debates on Youth participation in the fight against corruption, ICT Development, Entrepreneurship, African Youth Charter, SDGs and Agenda 2063 which caught the attention of both local and international media and has through these, impacted over 40 000 youths across SADC and Africa’s Diaspora who are now active community builders in their respective nations.
She is in a quest to create perfect information and as such informing people at grassroots level about issues of both National and Continental interest. Tumisang have developed concept papers on Youth entrepreneurship development (adopted by the AUSARO), Infrastructure development and youth Empowerment, The role of youth in ICT and Infrastructure Development (Adopted by SADC) as well as Youth and the Business of Football (Adopted by the Caribbean). She has made a feature in Africa Talks, DG Trends speaking on Youth Innovative solutions AUYC uses in combating corruption. She is part of the organising committee for the AU Model Summit to be hosted in Botswana.
As Senior Program Officer at the Accountability Lab, Stephanie Bandyk works closely at the country level supporting teams in improving systems and delivery. She also oversees the development and scale of the Lab’s Accountability Incubator program, a year-long program supporting +50 “accountapreneurs” across five countries scaling innovative solutions using everything from music to civic technology. Stephanie graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Affairs and Sociology, and has since studied anti-corruption and compliance law at the American University Washington College of Law. Her career extends across the public sector, private sector, and civil society during which she has lived and worked across Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and South Asia. Prior to working at the Lab, she developed and managed key partnerships with bank and microfinance institutions at one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s leading clean cookstove companies. Prior to working at BURN Manufacturing, she focused on anti-corruption compliance in global value chains at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), a core institute of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and US Chamber of Commerce. She has presented on accountability, compliance, and youth participation in various international fora including the International Corruption Research Forum and the Transparency International School on Integrity.
Tessa Dooms is the National Planning Commissioner responsible for Youth Development. Appointed in 2015 the second National Planning Commission of South Africa provides advise to the President on the implementation of the National Development Plan. Tessa is a Director at Youth Lab, a youth led policy think tank that empowers youth to engage with decision makers. Creating a bridge between young people, government and the private sector, Youth Lab is committed to developing youth influenced and responsive policies and interventions through dialogue, research and capacity building. Previously Tessa held the positions of lecturer and researcher at three South African Universities. Tessa has worked as a youth development practitioner and researcher for over 10 years, developing strategies for youth empowerment. She has published on youth in local and international publications. Tessa works as a consultant and trainer for the African Union Commission, the Emory School of Public Health (Atlanta, USA) and the Boston University Health and Faith coalition and other international development organisations on youth policy, programming and lived experiences. With a focus on training and research, Tessa has developed a wide network of young people, youth organisations and policy makers across Africa she mentors and advises on topics including development, entrepreneurship, employment, health and leadership. Tessa is a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow with a focus on public management and community development. Tessa holds a Master of Arts degree with distinction in Sociology from Wits University.
Natalija Jovanovic is a journalist from Serbia working for Balkan Investigative Reporting Network – BIRN. She covers misuse of public funds mainly in media and cultural sector.
Natalija graduated from Faculty of political Sciences during 2016. She is currently doing a master’s in Social Science and Computing at the University of Belgrade.
In Towett’s early years of University, he sought to protect his schoolmates from fake drugs within the University’s market. This led him to found, Uthabiti Health, a social enterprise dedicated to increasing access to SAFE health products throughout Africa.
He is using Blockchain technology to encrypt pharmaceuticals and safely store this information for validation from consumers through batch scanning or Text Messaging before consumption. This protects the supply chain and stops the entrance of counterfeits into the market, or theft of pharmaceuticals from donors, governments and NGO’s/FBO’s through tracking.
In 2017, he was recognized by Queen Elizabeth of the U.K for his efforts in fighting the counterfeit drug trade.
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