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Thinking Forward: A Discussion with International Young Leaders

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.


August 8, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00am p.m.

Newseum’s Knight Ridder Studio
Washington, D.C.

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  • 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
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