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Thinking Forward: A Discussion with International Young Leaders

Ndaba Mandela, USAIDS Ambassador – South Africa
Ndaba Mandela, USAIDS Ambassador – South Africa

Millions of young people around the world are undereducated, underemployed and living in poverty. These conditions are making them potential targets for extremist groups. This demographic makes up more than half of the world’s population. For some, economic uncertainty is leading to disillusionment with established leaders and institutions.

The Voice of America invites you to attend a town hall discussion with international young leaders from six countries, including the grandson of Nelson Mandela. The panelists will address critical issues such as economic opportunities, terrorism, and political participation for the next generation.


Sarah Zaman, Voice of America Urdu Service


Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela, USAIDS Ambassador – South Africa

Aymen Abderahmen, journalist and social activist – Tunisia

Nasreen Ali Mohamed, co-founder of Cherehani Africa, a provider of financial education and credit to women - Kenya

Rudan Balay, United Nations Human Rights 2018 Youth Summit delegate - Iraq

Maria Toorpakai, athlete and women’s empowerment advocate – Pakistan

Mozammil Shinwari, candidate for parliament and former Deputy Minister of Trade - Afghanistan

When: Wednesday, August 8, 2018


Where: Newseum’s Knight Ridder Studio

555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20001

RSVP here by Tuesday 3pm