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Our Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is our main coordination body and ensures that the mission and goals of GYBN are being pursued and achieved

Our Steering Committee consists of 12 members from ten countries, representing all world regions. Two Steering Committee members are also acting as Focal Points (main points of contact) between the network and external bodies such as the CBD Secretariat.

The Steering Committee can be contacted at: gybnsteeringcommittee@gmail.com

or visit our Contact Us page and fill out our contact form.

Hover over the boxes below to get to know our current Steering Committee members:

Mirna Ines Fernández

Bolivia

Steering Committee Member representing Latin America

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Philippines

Steering Committee Member representing Asia

Kier Mitchel E. Pitogo

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Canada

Steering Committee Member representing North America

Thomas McAuley-Biasi 

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Kenya

Steering Committee Member representing Africa

Kevin Lunzalu

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Trinidad and Tobago

Steering Committee Member representing LAC

Darien Jones

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James Propa

Uganda

Steering Committee Member representing Africa

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Swetha Stotra Bhashyam

Country:  India

Position:  Global South Focal Point

South Africa

Steering Committee Member representing Africa

Simangele Msweli

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Brazil

Steering Committee Member representing LAC

Brenda Izidio

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Philippines

Steering Committee Member representing Local and Indigenous Youth

Josefa Cariño Tauli

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Xiomara Acevedo

Colombia

Steering Committee Member representing Latin America

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Grecia Bárcena

Mexico

Steering Committee Member representing North-America

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Melina Sakiyama

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Brazil

Youth Voices Capacity Building and Empowerment Programme Global Coordinator

Christian Schwarzer

Country:  Germany

Position:  Global North Focal Point

Previous Steering Committee Members:

  • Minjae Song - South Korea - September 2012 to September 2014

  • Fortuné Azihou - Benin - January 2011 to September 2013

  • Jean Paul Brice Affana - Cameroon - March 2012 to September 2013

  • Lena Mäckelburg - Germany - January 2012 to September 2013

  • Gista Rukminda - Indonesia - January 2011 to September 2013

  • Jemima Apophia - Uganda - January 2011 to June 2013

  • Ibrahim Gamal Eldin - Egypt  - October 2010 to May 2012

  • Bethany Winstone - Canada - October 2010 to May 2012

  • Willem Laermans - Belgium - October 2010 to April 2012

  • Niwa Dwitama - Indonesia - October 2010 to March 2012

  • Marie Tanao - Japan - October 2010 to March 2012

  • Jessica Tarka - Canada - October 2010 to January 2012

  • Kirsten Falkenburger - Canada - November 2010 to January 2012

Thanks to the previous Steering Committee members who were involved during the long process of establishing GYBN. The establishment of this Network was only  possible with your hard work and diverse knowledge and expertise.

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