With A Vision, You Can Achieve Anything

Aya Chebbi

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"If you have a vision and are all set to flourish, it then one can achieve anything in this world."

Aya Chebbi (1988-) is a multi-award-winning Pan-African feminist. She is the first ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet.

She is the founder of multiple platforms such as Afrika Youth Movement (AYM), Afresist, and Youth Programme of Holistic Empowerment Mentoring (Y-PHEM).

Chebbi has been named in Forbes’ 50 Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women, the 2019 Inaugural List of 100 Most Influential African Women, 2019 Most Influential People of African Descent in the Politics & Governance, 2018 Apolitical World’s 100 Most Influential Young People in Government, and 2016 100 Most Influential Young Africans in the World.

She has received several awards, including the 2019 Gates Foundation Campaign Award, 2018 Young Talent of the year by UNLEASH Festival, 2017 Pan-African Humanitarian Award by Pahawards and 2016 Inspirational Woman of the Year by Women4Africa Awards.

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Nikol Chen (she/her)

Digital Content Manager, Laidlaw Foundation

Hello! My name is Nikol and I look after the Laidlaw Scholars Network.

I am originally from Kazakhstan and I studied Human Sciences at UCL. My final research explored the potential effects of design on patient wellbeing in hospitals, and I also took modules such as Ethnographic Documentary Filmmaking, Anthropology of the Built Environment, Art in the Public Sphere, and other less interesting-sounding things :)

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