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!
Emily is originally from Australia, where she studied Psychology and Law. During university, she became heavily involved in student politics, university administration and social justice. After working for a private firm in their social justice department, she proceeded to work with her local law centre and then with the Department of Justice, in a division offering free legal information and advice to residents. After graduating, she left Australia and travelled through Europe, briefly teaching English in Poland.
Late in 2014, she arrived in the UK and started working at the National Pro Bono Centre that serves as a hub for a number of national legal charities all aimed at addressing access to justice issues. In 2015, she began working at the Bar Pro Bono Unit (recently renamed to Advocate), which is a charity dedicated to finding barristers who can provide free legal advice and representation for members of the public who cannot afford to pay privately.
During her time at the Unit, she was an active member of the Executive Committee of Pro Bono Connect, another charity that helps barristers and solicitors collaborate on pro bono cases, a volunteer at the Free Legal Advice Centre at Toynbee Hall and a Judge for CEDR’s National Student Negotiation Competition. She was also fortunate to be selected for the Legal Advice Leadership Development Programme, run by CASS Business School and the New Dialogues Programme, run by CEDR.
Earlier this year, she left the Unit, retrained in UX design and transitioned into legal design, a discipline that applies human-centred design thinking to the world of law. With this approach, she seeks to address the holistic problems that are embedded in the justice system, rather than simply providing “band-aid solutions” for those who are vulnerable. She is currently working with Etic Lab, a research and design lab, on a number of projects that are focused on addressing these complex problems.
Emily also writes about interplay between justice, technology and design. She likes to analyse justice ecosystems across various jurisdictions and explore the ethical ramifications of adopting technology in these sensitive settings.
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.