WHS Regional Focal Points

Meet our Youth Regional Focal Points for the World Humanitarian Summit process:

Eastern and Southern Africa



Luanda Mpungose

My name is Luanda Mpungose born and raised in Durban South Africa. I am a politics graduate from the University of Johannesburg. I am part of the South African Institute of International Affairs Youth Policy Committee enacting as the international liaison for the world humanitarian summit. I believe myself to be a youth advocate in global issues; I truly believe that young people deserve a seat at the table where global issues are concerned. My hope is to make a difference in the lives of others around the world and I look forward to interacting and sharing ideas with everyone.

You can reach her at esa.whsyouth@childrenyouth.org


Europe and others


Diego Cimino

Diego is Senior Student in Law at the University of Catania (Italy), specialized in International Law with particular focus on post-conflict reconstruction and peace-building. He is a youth advocate at international level as he represented young people to the United Nations, the World Bank, the Council of Europe and the European Union.Currently he is UN Representative and Advocacy Advisor of the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) , committed for the promotion of the role of young people in peace-building. He is part of the Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (YPA) and he is community leader at local level, as student representative and president of a youth-NGO.  

You can contact him at europe.whsyouth@childrenyouth.org 


Latin America and the Caribbean


Ariadyne Acunha

Youth enthusiast, Graduate Student in International Relations, co-founder of Brazilian Youth Coalition for post-2015, International Affairs Coordinator for NGO Recycled Lives and Brazilian Youth Representative in Disaster Risk Reduction policies.

You can reach her at latinamerica.whsyouth@childrenyouth.org


Middle East and North Africa


Ahmed Taha

Hello everybody! I am Ahmed Taha, from Egypt I am the regional focal point for Middle East and North Africa. I am third year medical student at Alexandria University. I am a member of IFMSA (International Federation of Medical Students’ Association) and I was member of AIESEC. I love writing and discovering new places (I love Asia Pacific).

I am looking forward for an extraordinary term with lots of youth Engagement. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Contact him at MENA.whsyouth@childrenyouth.org


North and South-East Asia


Regine Guevara

Regine is Volunteers Head of Committee for ASEAN Youth Cooperation and Special Projects Officer of USAID-ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme. She is co-founder of the ASEAN Young Public Servants and Young Fellow of the World Islamic Economic Forum. She has been educating Rohingyas through UNCHR Malaysia, as well as Bali Children’s Project and Indigenous Women’s Network of Thailand. In Singapore, she conducted a research work on WASH at the World Toilet Organisation. In the Philippines, she worked for Salaam Microfinance. Hence, she has been invited to speak in youth programmes around Asia, and participated in the World Assembly of Youth, Asia Pacific Model United Nations and the Model Asia Europe Meeting.

You can reach her at NorthandSouth-EastAsia.whsyouth@childrenyouth.org


Pacific Region


Siobhan Samuelu

Kia orana, Talofa lava and greetings everyone. My name is Siobhan Patia Samuelu and I am the regional focal point for the Pacific Region. I am of Samoan and Cook Islands descent and am in my final semester of a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. I have experience in community engagement, advocacy and research and have a passion for advocacy of Pacific issues. I have served on UN Youth New Zealand, the Pacific Islands Law Students Association and the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health to name a few. I have a deep interest in the Asia Pacific region and I look forward to engaging with many more people on issues relevant to peoples in the Pacific region.

You can reach her at pacific.whsyouth@childrenyouth.org

South and Central Asia


Aizhan Kapysheva

Aizhan Kapysheva, 22, is an alumnus of the Future Leaders Exchange Program and a Vice-Curator of the Global Shapers Community, Astana hub. Living in Astana, Kazakhstan, she currently serves as a Youth Representative for Central Asia in the UN Major Group for Children & Youth World Humanitarian Summit Working Group. Aizhan is interested in humanitarian affairs, youth engagement, education and public health. She interned at the UNICEF and worked at the WHO as a researcher. Her hobbies are crafting, playing the piano and basketball. 

She works in a team together with Razwan. You can reach them at whs.sc.asia@childrenyouth.org 


Abdullah Al Razwan

Abdullah Al Razwan is a Bangladesh Red Crescent Youth Volunteer. He represents Red Cross National Societies from Asia Pacific region in the IFRC Youth Commission and is working in disaster response and risk reduction. He facilitates the youth engagement in South Asia.

He works in a team together with Aizhan. You can reach them at whs.sc.asia@childrenyouth.org 

West and Central Africa


Victoria Ibiwoye

Victoria Ibiwoye is a final year student of International Law at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is also the Director of One African Child Foundation, a nonprofit established to transform the lives of community children through quality education and empowerment initiatives.

Victoria is a youth ambassador for UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development. She is also a fellow of Generation Change, under the United States Institute of Peace. Since 2012, she has been working to advance Global Citizenship Education for children in Nigeria, Malawi and Uganda.


You can reach her at wca.whsyouth@childrenyouth.org


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