Lucy Wanjiku Njenga is a dynamic young leader who prides herself in creating an enabling environment for other young leaders to thrive. She has worked in the HIV responses for ten years with experience in establishing feminist movements as well as agitating for gender equality from the grassroot level to global level. She is the Founding Coordinator of Sauti Skika, the first network of adolescents living with HIV in Kenya and the Founder and Executive Director of Positive Young Women Voices, a grassroot community-based organization that works to empower adolescent girls and young women living with or affected by HIV.
She serves as the Alternate Board Member in the Country Coordinating Mechanism to the Global Fund and a former African Delegate to the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board. She is currently a HER Voice Fund Ambassador Angel to three powerhouse Ambassadors.
Patricia Humura is a Human Rights Practitioner, Bioethicist, and Health Rights advocate with proven work experience in strategic-based policy advocacy for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and ending HIV and AIDS. She is a Vice-Chairperson of the Adolescents and Youth Sub Community Advisory Board (CAB) at Baylor College of Medicine and Children's Foundation. She is the Inside My Purse Campaign Ambassador representing Uganda, and a Youth Advisor for the Vibrant Young Voices Consortium, a consortium of four organizations; The Global Network of young people living with HIV (Y+ Global), The Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS (CCABA), Paediatrics AIDS Treatment for Africa (PATA), and the Adolescent HIV Treatment Coalition (ATC)
She has served as a Youth Representative at the Uganda Country Coordinating Mechanism of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. She has represented Uganda at the Women4Global Fund and previously worked as a Programme Associate at a Feminist Pan African Regional Organisation “Akina Mama wa Afrika”.She is pursuing a Master of Health Science in Bioethics at Makerere University and currently, she works with Irise Institute East Africa as a Programme Manager and Lead Advisor for Period Equity Africa.
Brenda Formin is a Non-profit Consultant, a Feminist & Social Entrepreneur. She provides technical support to donor organizations with respect to their participatory grant making process by conducting outreach, screening applications, reviewing final results, supporting with due diligence as well as supporting grantee partner capacity strengthening. In this same light, she also offers technical support to grassroot organizations in project design and implementation, field operations, needs assessment with specific interests in women’s economic empowerment, women’s health and rights, education, gender equality and the promotion of sexual reproductive health rights. She is an advisor at FRIDA, The Young Feminist Fund, which provides resources to young feminist organizers. She believes in a gender-equal world where girls and women can live in safety and equality.
Her work in the past 7 years and counting focuses on identifying resources that sustain the empowerment of individuals and communities, while closing the resource distribution gap between the urban rich and rural poor, with a particular focus on adolescent girls and young women. She is a recipient of several awards including the MILEAD Award and is an Obama Foundation Leaders Africa Fellow. She continues to amplify the voices of AGYW at key global convenes & High Panel Ministerial Meetings.
Cindy Amaiza is a young person representative from the Global Network of Young People Living With HIV (Y+ Global). She is also the National Coordinator of The Young People Living with HIV in Kenya (Y+ Kenya). For over 6 years Cindy has largely been involved in successful national policy and advocacy campaigns, championing for the meaningful engagement of AYP, developing popular versions of AYP focused HIV and SRHR literacy materials.
Cindy is also the AYP representative to the WHO Adolescent HIV Service Working group whose main job is to advise the WHO on guideline development relating to adolescent service delivery mechanisms and systems. Cindy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and Biotechnology and is looking to further her studies by acquiring a Master’s in Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics). Cindy uses her degree to advocate for provision of Point of Care testing for HIV exposed infants as well as Viral Load Testing for AYP. This was greatly captured by the African Community Advisory Board (AFROCAB) where she was nominated to the Kenya Diagnostics Representative. Her advocacy work has been published by development partners such as Aidsfonds , Aidsmap, Avert, One2One(LVCT Health), National Aids Control Council, National Aids and STIs Control Programme, UNICEF and IAS abstract books.
Olerato Keegope strongly believes in active citizenship and meaningful youth engagement as key components for sustainable development. She has been an active member of civil society since 2013 and her experience carries a special interest of meaningful participation youth in Botswana’s Health (HIV/SRH) & Social response, policy reform & implementation. Olerato has contributed immensely to various global, regional and national advocacy agendas in relation to programme development, implementation and review, she works to facilitate platforms that encourage participation and engagement of young people who are usually left behind.
Olerato is currently the Senior Advocacy & Communications Officer at Sentebale in Botswana where she coordinates “Let Youth Lead – a programme that provides young people with a platform to voice the challenges and propose solutions through engaging with relevant policymakers and stakeholders”. She is also a Youth Representative on Botswana’s Country Coordinating Mechanism – where she accelerates the participation of young people, especially adolescent girls & young women, in Global Fund processes.
Sibulele Sibaca is a dynamic international speaker, social entrepreneur and author with an amazing personal story. Having lost both parents to AIDS, she was determined to not be a victim of her circumstances. Sibu as she is affectionately known, has travelled around the world and consequently head hunted by Sir Richard Branson to head up the CSI department for the Virgin Group in South Africa called Virgin Unite. She has addressed many international heavy weights such as Former Presidents Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton and G8 leaders to Brad Pitt, Alicia Keys and Bono. Recently addressing Senators and Congress men and women in Washington DC to speak on the plight of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) in Africa. She has shared her journey at the United Nations in New York as well as other prestigious events such as the International AIDS Conference and Women Deliver, in Canada.
Sibu is also an Ambassador for Global Fund's HER Campaign. In this space she has personally worked with The South African Presidency, UNAIDS, South African National AIDS Council, Citizen just to mention a few. Due to travel restrictions due to COVID-19 Sibu was requested by major organisations around the world to MC/Moderate their online webinars/conferences and events. Whether she is speaking in front of an audience of thousands, huddling with the nations most accomplished leaders or mentoring a new generation, Sibu unleashes the possibility that exists when we embrace our obstacles and dare to stand up and lead