Founder and Executive Director of Civic Concepts International in both, the United States and the Czech Republic, William is a Youth Leadership Expert and has been working for Youth Empowerment from last 15 years. After working with the Congressional Youth Leadership Council in DC and the National Youth Leadership Forum in Philadelphia, Webster moved to Europe to launch a similar initiative in Central Europe, where he founded the Civic Concepts International and the International Youth Leadership Conference. William started Youth Leadership Europe, a Czech not for profit as the host institution to carry on the IYLC where he is currently the Chairman of Board and Executive Director. His Areas of expertise are as follows: Leadership, Team Building, Motivation, Youth Empowerment and Global Civics.
William believes in building upon his own definition of Leadership and he motivates others to find their definition of Leadership for themselves. According to Webster "CCI's goal is to lay out the tools for the youth and it is up to the individual young leader to pick them up and build up their own individual skills and truly make them the leader they can be". William travelled around the world, visiting Universities and started the International Youth Leadership Network as way to promote and support students that show interest in their communities, want to develop their leadership credentials and who would gain from the IYLC experience. With experience of working in different regions, in 2004 he Initiated "Insight Dubai" and worked for the first two conferences in partnership with a local University. In Dubai, CCI worked to strengthen the voice of women in the Middle East where Webster met with Benazir Bhutto and H.E. Sheikh Nayahan Mabarak Al Nayahan the Minister of Higher Education of the United Arab Emirates.
Webster established International Youth Leadership Africa in 2007, Cape Town, South Africa. While in Cape Town at the founding IYLA Webster sat down with the conference's key note Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe and spoke about ongoing regional issues and the importance of reaching out to the next generation, instilling responsible leadership in the next generation of African.
In 2011, working with Education Association for China Tomorrow, he played an active role in the International Youth Festival in Beijing, China, which he will do again this year. He launched the 1st International Youth Leadership Conference, UAE in Dubai in 2011, which was a huge success, in partnership with the American University in the Emirates. Webster is currently working on developing the IYLC in additional locations, such as India, Indonesia and a series of conferences in East, South and West Africa.
In 2012, he was invited to the International Youth forum for Policy, Change and Development (IYF) as a keynote speaker where he spoke to the youth about problem solving in a connected global civics. He also conducted a workshop on fund raising and looking for sponsors to attend forums like IYLC, IYF, etc. which was much appreciated by everyone.
Xhanti is a trainee attorney in Johannesburg South Africa. He recently graduated with a Masters in Finance & Law at the Duisenberg School of Finance in Amsterdam. He also holds an LLM in International Business Law from the VU University Amsterdam, from which he graduated in July 2014. He completed his undergraduate education in South Africa where he obtained his BA (Law) and LLB degrees from Rhodes University. Although his passion lies primarily in Law and Development, Xhanti is also interested in merging the gap between business and social responsibility, particularly in the realm of finance and sustainability. His interests also extend to initiatives that promote cross-cultural learning and cooperation in the context of various sectors in society and amongst the different countries.
He has extensive experience in leadership roles, both in South Africa and in the Netherlands. Throughout his university career, he has been able to immerse himself in activities that are service-driven and community-oriented. He was the recipient of the Dean’s Medal for all-round achievement in academics, student leadership and community engagement. He was also chairman of the Leadership Circle, worked as a junior researcher for the Netherlands International Relations Institute, and a member of the Education Committee. In 2015, he was named one of the top 30 under 30 youth leaders in the Benelux region. His drive and tenacity also earned him a spot at the annual Hesselbein Student Leadership Summit for civic engagement in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Xhanti attended the 23rd IYLC in Prague as a participant upon completion of his undergraduate law degree, and subsequently came back to the 25th and 27th conferences as a facilitator. He was also the head facilitator at the 5th IYLC in Dubai and the 4th IYLC in Kuala Lumpur. He now serves as the current Programme Manager for the IYLC South Africa chapter. Xhanti believes that these formative years have been instrumental in nourishing his desire to contribute meaningfully to his country’s development agenda and his continued interest in youth leadership and activism. He is very excited to be back in Dubai for what promises to be yet another enriching experience!
Maua works as an Auditor at Crowe Kenya. She holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Glasgow. During her time at University, she took an active role in development, working on projects in West Africa as a volunteer for AIESEC and Enactus, and attended a series of leadership conferences including IYLC Malaysia (2015) and Aspire to Lead: Women in Business PwC (UK).
Maua has also previously served as Co-Project Manager for the 1st IYLC in South Africa in 2016. As she sought to strengthen her financial skills during her time at University, she interned at PwC in Nairobi and Crowe in London as a Corporate Tax Advisor. This helped inform her decision to work within the finance sector. Since graduating, she now works as an auditor and serves on two boards in West Africa.
She credits her greatest contribution to Africa, to the role she played for 3 years as an Executive Board Member for IFED (Ghana), where she, alongside a team of +30 young African leaders successfully hosted +300 delegates from across Africa and initiated an educational initiative that is set to be implemented in 2019. She looks forward to meeting you all, and sharing in your experiences as future IYLC alumni.
Oluwatoyosi is an Ambassador of Impact your world leadership initiative in Nigeria. She recently graduated with B.sc in Plant science and Biotechnology at Federal University Oye Ekiti, Nigeria. During her stay at the University, she was a member of Impact Leaders Club where she served as the general secretary.
During her undergraduate days, she was an active participant in various school leadership activities which include organizing a presidential debate for the Student Union Government, taking part in high school outreach and teaching the student leadership and career choice.
Because of her passion for teaching, she was selected as the Academic Director during her final year in the university.
Toyosi is also the founder of Original Black, a platform that deals with natural hair consultancy and advocacy. She was nominated by her school with 14 others for a scholarship award in 2017. In 2018, she attended Impact Leaders Academy in Lagos together with over 60 students from different universities where she emerged first with two different awards.
Toyosi attended IYLC Dubai in 2018 and she described her experience as awesome.