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Youth Advisory Board (YAB) 2024-2025: Meet the New Faces

Last year’s energetic cohort members, Ana Paula Rojas, Victor Kipkorir, and Suvenchchha Chapagain, made strides in bringing youth perspectives forward and advocating for positive change. The Youth Democracy Cohort thanks the participants for their engagement and time. Their dedication to advocacy, including participation in steering committees with the European Commission and representing our project at external events, has been instrumental to the success of the WYDE Civic Engagement Youth Advisory Board.

Meet the new YAB:

Qyira Yusri (Malaysia)

Qyira Yusri

Co-Founder and Education Director of #Undi18, Qyira Yusri played an instrumental role in reducing Malaysia’s voting age from 21 to 18 through successful lobbying. As an advocate for freedom of assembly, speech, and political participation, Qyira has coordinated numerous direct action activities and consulted on various human rights campaigns across ASEAN.

Dechen Rabgyal (Bhutan)

Dechen Rabgyal

With a strong interest in social and political sciences, Dechen Rabgyal brings a unique perspective from his rural upbringing in Bhutan. Educated in Spain and the UK, Dechen brings unique insights into Bhutan’s public policy challenges, such as rural-urban migration and regional inequality. Dechen is also part of the YoungResearchersNetwork initiative.

Mumbiko King’ori (Kenya)

Mumbiko King'ori

At 32, Mumbiko King’ori is a former youngest Presidential Aspirant in Kenya and a PhD student at the University of Nairobi. He founded FinM Consult and is an active member of several civic bodies, including the Kenya Inclusive Political Parties Technical Working Group and the East Africa Hub for Women and Youth in Democracy.

Daisi Matthew Omokungbe (Nigeria)

Daisi Matthew Omokungbe

Founder and Executive Director of PROMAD, Daisi Matthew Omokungbe has over 12 years of experience in social innovation, civic-tech, and project management. He has led social accountability campaigns across Nigeria, promoting democracy and transparency.

Gold Ikyiriza (Uganda)

Gold Ikyiriza

Gold Ikyiriza, a finalist student at Makerere University Kampala, is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences with a major in Psychology and a minor in Gender Studies. Gold is a dynamic leader advocating for inclusive democracy, quality education and gender equality.