About Us

Our vision, mission and team

What we stand for

OUR VISION

We envision a world where every young
person’s voice on their sexual and
reproductive health and rights is heard and
in which they have equal access to SRHR
services, information and resources, even in
times of public health emergencies like
COVID-19.

What we stand for

Our Mission

  • Amplifying youth voices on SRHR during
    COVID-19;
  • Collecting data on youth’s needs,
    challenges and circumstances relating to SRHR to inform better decision-making;
  • Advocating for social change and progress
    on SRHR to meet the needs of youth during
    COVID-19 and future similar crises;
    • Influencing decision-makers on youth-related
      policies and interventions to
      ensure that youth voices are a central
      part of the decision-making process
    • Building sustainable and impactful
      partnerships with diverse stakeholders
      and inspire collective action on realizing
      young people’s universal access to SRHR
  • Sharing authentic and accessible external
    resources on SRHR in the COVID-19 context.
Lamek Nyabuga

The Team

Our Dedicated team

Sanne Thijssen

Co-founder

Sanne Thijssen is the founder of Shake The Dust, an independent consultancy working on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and meaningful youth participation. As a consultant, Sanne works to shift perspectives, create unique solutions and stimulate engaging conversations in and between both fields. Sanne’s ongoing and previous work within the field of SRHR has led to her nomination as a Women Deliver Young Leader (2018-2020 Class).

Sanne has a BSc in European Public Health (Maastricht University) and an MSc double-degree in Public Policy & Human Development (United Nations University- MERIT / Maastricht University). Sanne’s previous experiences include working as the Dutch Youth Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) (2016-2017) and more recently, working as a research assistant at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM). Sanne has also worked as a data and report writing consultant to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and has undertaken an internship with the Ministry of Health of Malta.

Jingyun (Iris) Pi

Co-founder

Iris (Jingyun) Pi is a national from China, who has work, training and volunteer experience in the Philippines, Egypt, the United States of America, Thailand, Vietnam, etc. She was born a feminist with an undying care for the rights and wellbeing of women and girls. She was awarded the UNFPA Global Youth Innovation Fellowship and worked for the UNFPA China office as an Innovator in Mobile Health. 

She studied Finance as an undergraduate, later going on to obtain her M.A. in social work concentrating on people who use substances excessively in Nanjing University. She was selected for the one-year bilingual graduate program concentrating on international studies in the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in 2016-2017 and achieved a graduate certificate, a joint program by the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and Nanjing University.  

Iris previously worked on Female Genital Mutilation as a volunteer and researcher in the Women’s Empowerment Project in Egypt, which was an international initiative comprised of excellent students, academics and young professionals. Iris has since published “Gender Inequality I experienced in Egypt” on Henan Netease. In the summer of 2016, she was selected as a youth champion for the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership in Hanoi Vietnam. In 2017, she participated in the “Two-Child Policy” research project in Jiangsu Province, which was founded by the United Nations Population Fund and wrote “The Difficulties Chinese Couples Face under Two-Child Policy”.

 

Adrija Das

Survey lead

Adrija is an entrepreneur and public policy consultant with experience in developing and implementing social impact initiatives. She has worked with All India Mahila Congress a frontal organisation of the Indian National Congress, the largest women’s political party in India, to design and monitor the implementation of a nationwide young women’s empowerment program, aimed at facilitating better access to opportunities and creating a platform for exchange and peer to peer learning. She is also the founder of Sensefull India and Aayati Initiatives. Sensefull seeks to promote sustainable consumer choices and motivate environmentally conscious decision-making by individuals through its responsibly sourced products and awareness initiatives. Aayati worked for improving access to free, quality education, for socially and economically disadvantaged students. 

 

Adrija has also worked as a legislative and political researcher and a competition law practitioner. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and law from NUJS, Kolkata. Adrija believes that change comes from the bottom up, so an equitable world will require each one of us, especially the youth, to be motivated to work for issues that affect us.

Agnes Vinblad

Social Media Lead

Agnes Vinblad is based in New York City and currently works as a Project Officer at UN SDSN Youth where she is leading a team working with the growth and expansion of the Youth Solutions Hub - a global startup hub for young innovators focused on social entrepreneurship. Prior to joining UN SDSN Youth, Agnes worked as a Strategy Consultant at a startup where she advised top-tier clients at globally leading corporations and government agencies on strategy design and implementation.

Agnes considers herself a global citizen and has worked and studied in Norway, China, Hong Kong, and her native Sweden, before ultimately moving to New York. Academically, she holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration and Management (Magna Cum Laude) from Long Island University.

Previously, she has represented the European Union as a G7 Youth Delegate, and she has worked with Digital Strategy at the NGO Women’s Global Leadership Initiative. Agnes has also interned at the United Nations Headquarters in New York where she led projects related to sustainability communications and the Global Goals. In March 2020, Agnes was listed as a Top 33 Under 33 Sustainability Talent in Sweden.

Alexandra Bekker

ADVOCACY LEAD

Alexandra Bekker is the founder of Unlikeminds, a nonprofit innovation agency that helps nonprofits in the Global South do good better. Alexandra believes that a strong civil society is the key to sustainable development. She works to make it possible for nonprofits in low resource contexts to access quality tools, training, strategic advice, and coaching to design impactful programs and become creative, adaptive, and future-proof organizations. 

 

Prior to Unlikeminds, Alexandra led a global program on data for advocacy for CHOICE for Youth & Sexuality, focusing on advocacy strategy and partnership building at the United Nations Human Rights Council. She has also worked as an advisor on SRHR, gender, and global health for the Netherlands Mission to the United Nations. 

 

Alexandra has a MA in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action (Sciences Po Paris), an LLM in International Security (VU University Amsterdam), and an honors BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Amsterdam University College).

Lamek Mageto

Content Creation Lead

Lamek Mageto is from Kenya, and he holds both a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a Certificate of Leadership and Mentorship Development from Kenyatta University. He most recently served as Adolescent and Youth Programme Officer with LVCT Health, an NGO that developed voluntary HIV testing and Counselling centers in Kenya.  

 

As an adolescent and youth specialist, Lamek proactively engaged young people and actors in the public health domains to embrace Mhealth solutions to bridge the gap to the access to a youth -friendly information and referral services for Sexual Reproductive Health, HIV, Gender-Based Violence, Mental Health through LVCT Health’s  One2one Integrated Digital Platform ( OIDP) where youth interact with service providers through toll-free calls, SMS, and social media engagement (Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Website, and Instagram).

 

Lamek is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Global Health Delivery Program at the University of Global Health Equity ( UGHE) in Rwanda. His goal is to be directly involved in addressing the challenges facing healthcare delivery at the community and global level for improved health outcomes of the young people through influencing health policies and advocating for sustainable models of healthcare delivery.