Society, private sectors and government to address high levels of malnutrition in Malawi. Mike joined Civil Society Organisation Nutrition Alliance (CSONA) where he focuses on nutrition budget analysis to reveal nutrition financing gap and training community media to develop programs that will increase community awareness on nutrition. Mike leads youth nutrition project in Malawi, empowering community youths to become nutrition champion.
Mike is a strong Youth Leader for Nutrition and the Youth Vice Chair for Action Track 5 of the UN Food System Summit
Cherrie Atilano is the Founder and CEO of AGREA Agricultural Systems International, Inc., a for-purpose and inclusive business that is creating the first replicable one-island economy that is zero hunger, zero waste, and zero insufficiency. Cherrie started teaching farmers at the age of 12 and has 22 years of vast experience in sustainable food systems. She is a High-Level Ambassador of UN Scaling Up Nutrition, Food Systems Champion of the United Nations, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, Board Member of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and the Philippine Ambassador of Food Security. In 2020, with her leadership in COVID-19 response for connecting farmers to consumers – she is named the Best Top Manager in post-pandemic economy of the APEC Best Award, and champion for UN Women WEPs Award for COVID-19 response.
Ruggero Pietromarchi is the founder and art director of the experimental and sustainable music festival Terraforma, a three-day event held in 2014 in the park of the historic Villa Arconati. Since 2012 he has been organizing a vast array of events related to music and art; Including ‘Piano City’ in Milan in 2012, ‘Time Lapse’ with Armin Linke, Donato Dozzy and Rabih Beaini for the 2013 Venice Biennale. Starting in 2015, he is curating in collaboration with Lorenzo Senni, the label Presto!? Records. In 2016 he founded Threes Productions, an agency that curates and produces numerous events related to music, art and sustainability. Among these he curated the Boredoms concert for the permanent installation ‘I Sette Palazzi Celesti’ by Anselm Kiefer at the Bicocca Hangar and the Tranceparenti project commissioned by the Franco Parenti Theater on the occasion of the reopening of the historic Piscine Caimi in Milan.
Mitzi Jonelle Tan is a climate justice activist based in Metro Manila, Philippines. She is the convenor and international spokesperson of Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines (YACAP), the Fridays For Future (FFF) of the Philippines. She is also active in FFF International, advocating for climate justice and making sure that voices of Most Affected Peoples and Areas (MAPA)’s strikers are heard, amplified, and given space. She first became an activist in 2017 after integrating with indigenous leaders of her country which pushed her to realize that collective action and system change is what we need for a just and greener society.
Winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, Kehkashan Basu is a global influencer, TEDx speaker, Climate Reality Mentor, author, musician, peace and sustainability campaigner. A Forbes 30 Under 30 and the first-ever Winner of the Voices Youth Gorbachev-Schultz Legacy Award for her work on nuclear disarmament, Kehkashan is a United Nations Human Rights Champion, a National Geographic Young Explorer, and one of Canada’s Top25 Women of Influence. Kehkashan is the Founder-President of Green Hope Foundation and has spoken at over 200 United Nations and other global fora across 25 countries. She is the youngest Trustee of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Council Lead of the Toronto-St. Paul’s Constituency Youth Council, Canada, and has tirelessly worked to amplify the voices of young people, women and girls, in decision-making processes
Musonda Mumba is the Director for The Rome Centre for Sustainable Development under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in close collaboration with the Italian Government’s Ministry for Ecological Transition (IMET). The Centre focuses on three priority areas: climate change, sustainable development, and nature protection. In her role, Mumba provides strategic leadership on these matters through convening, collaboration, connecting, and co-creation as the world navigates complexity and uncertainty, with the aim of achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals collectively. She is also the Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) and also Vice-Chair for the Collaborative Partnership for Forests (CPF). She has over 25 years’ experience in environmental and conservation issues globally, and has published widely in various journals, newspapers, articles, and contributed to book chapters. Before joining UNDP, Mumba was the head of United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Programme, and served in various roles over a period of 12 years. A Zambian national, she received her BSc. Ed. at University of Zambia and her Ph.D. at University College London in wetland conservation and hydrology.
Sampda Sharma, artistically known as Samsaya is an Indian born – Norwegian artist, singer -songwriter, composer, actress, certified diversity leader and activist. Running her own record label 3 millimeter. Her songs have been featured in the Norwegian Grammy winning documentary “Light Fly, Fly High”, Golden Globe winning movie “The Wrestler”, and earned her the Radio NRJ Music Award for most played Norwegian song of the year. Samsaya’s played several hundred concerts in Norway, and toured in the US and Asia with her latest album. Since 2017 she’s been engaged in equality work for all creatives, and is today a board member of NOPA songwriting society, MØST music network, FLB Norwegian Arts council’s fund, and a Keychange ambassador.
Ms. Ponti holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Milan and has completed an executive education programme from INSEAD in Global Management, Finance and Partnerships. She started her career with the Italian NGO Mani Tese. One of the main architects of the UN Millennium Campaign, Ms. Ponti served as Global Deputy Director and Regional Director for Europe for over a decade and was at the vanguard of innovative campaign initiatives, building multi-stakeholder coalitions, mobilizing resources and forging long-term partnerships between civil society organizations, local government, parliamentarians, media, the private sector and the UN. Prior, Ms. Ponti was an advocacy and resource mobilization specialist with UNICEF and the UN Secretariat. She also served as Chief Operating Officer of Catapult -a girls and women’s right crowdfunding platform and as Special Advisor on post-2015 during the final negotiations of the Agenda 2030 for the global network Social Watch. Ms. Ponti was appointed as Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign in July 2018.