The first ever Queen’s Young Leaders are announced

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is delighted to announce the names of the first 60 young people from across the Commonwealth who are being recognised as exceptional leaders in their community. These 60 young people are the first ever to receive a prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

The Award, which will be presented in London by Her Majesty The Queen in June, and is part of The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, celebrates the achievements of young people who are taking the lead to transform the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.

This year’s Award winners, aged between 18 and 29 and who come from all over the Commonwealth, are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of different issues including; education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.

Aaron Hape, a Queen’s Young Leaders Advisory Panel member from New Zealand said:

It was a truly humbling experience to see the kind of work that young people are carrying out across the Commonwealth, and across a diverse range of issues. As a panel member I feel very proud to have been given the opportunity to work with the Programme and be part of selecting the very best from an already amazing pool of talented young people.

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust has established The Queen’sYoung Leaders Programme in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. Over the next four years the Programme will supportthousands of young people. In addition to the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards, the Programme will provide grants to support organisations in selected countries across the Commonwealth that work with young people to transform their lives.

Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said:

The leadership of talented young people in all spheres of life can transform communities and societies for the better. What the 60 young people announced today have achieved is remarkable and their plans for the future are truly inspiring. The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is poised to unlock the potential of this diverse and talented group of young people and we are delighted to be supporting them to go further and achieve more.

The Queen's Young Leaders - 2014

Emily Smith Australia
Kate Row Australia
Alicia Wallace Bahamas
Muhammad Shamir Shehab Bangladesh
Donnya Piggott Barbados
Denielle Neal Belize
Khairunnisa Ash’Ari Brunei Darussalam
Alain Nteff Cameroon
Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu Cameroon
Mallah Enow Tabot Cameroon
Aaron Joshua Pinto Canada
Melissa Kargiannakis Canada
Rosimay Venancio Canada
Kellyn George Dominica
Alzima Elisha Bano Fiji
Leroy Phillips Guyana
Akshay Jadhao India
Ashwini Angadi India
Devika Malik India
Jerome Cowans Jamaica
Nicole Nation Jamaica
Abdikadir Aden Hassan Kenya
Caren Nelima Odanga Kenya
Samuel Karuita Kenya
Barkha Mossae Mauritius
Karuna Rana Mauritius
Mohammad Yaaseen Edoo Mauritius
Tanyaradzwa Daringo Namibia
Tabitha Besley New Zealand
Isaiah Owolabi Nigeria
Kelvin Ogholi Nigeria
Nkechikwu Azinge Nigeria
Oladipupo Ajiroba Nigeria
Salman Ahmad Pakistan
Christina J K Giwe Papua New Guinea
John Taka Papua New Guinea
Jean D’Amour Mutoni Rwanda
Nadia Hitimana Rwanda
Javon Liburd Saint Kitts And Nevis
Kenville  Horne Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
Erna Takazawa Samoa
Philip Cole Sierra Leone
Christina Houaisuta Solomon Islands
Emma Dicks South Africa
Nosipho Bele South Africa
Patrice Madurai South Africa
Kavindya Thennakoon Sri Lanka
Thejitha Saubhagya Edirisinghe Sri Lanka
Nondumiso Hlophe Swaziland
Angela Benedicto Mnagoza Tanzania
Given Edward Tanzania
Teocah Dove Trinidad And Tobago
Deo Sekandi Uganda
Diana Nakaweesa Uganda
Edmund Page United Kingdom
Nicola Byrom United Kingdom
Zoe Jackson United Kingdom
Missack Willy Vanuatu
Brighton Kaoma Zambia
Regina Mtonga Zambia

For further information about Award winners and Highly Commended runners up, and read more about their stories, please visit www.queensyoungleaders.com.