About

Goalkeepers Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board is comprised of ten members who represent a diverse range of countries. Now in their second year, they provide strategic input and support the reach and network of Goalkeepers.

Goalkeepers Advisory Board members standing together.

The Goalkeepers Advisory Board works to help shape the direction of Goalkeepers and its mission of advancing the Sustainable Development Goals. Our advisors input on key components of the Goalkeepers initiative including the campaign, report, and engagement with local Goalkeepers.

Portrait of Alex Holmes

The Diana Award, UK

Alex Holmes

Campaigner, optimist, Listener

Alex Holmes is Deputy CEO at nonprofit The Diana Award, which is a legacy to Princess Diana’s belief that young people have the power to change the world.

He is the founder of peer-to-peer support program Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, a network of trained young people dedicated to preventing peer-on-peer violence and bullying.

In 2017 Alex was made a Queen's Young Leader by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace, a role which sees him representing the commonwealth.

Portrait of Angel Adelaja

Fresh Direct, Nigeria

Angel Adelaja

Organizer, facilitator, teacher

Dr. Angel Adelaja is a development consultant and entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Fresh Direct Produce and Agro-Allied Services (Fresh Direct Nigeria), an urban farming and Ag-tech company in Abuja, Nigeria.

Fresh Direct Nigeria brings fresh premium organic produce closer to market with its stackable container farms. The company brings together communities and technology, focusing on engaging youth in agriculture.

Angel focuses on women and youth empowerment, utilizing grass roots campaigns, technology, and innovation to assist these groups in solving global issues.

Portrait of Blessing Omakwu-Soremekun

USA/Nigeria

Blessing Omakwu

Women’s Equality Evangelist

An Advisor Emeritus, Blessing is Deputy Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she leads the Goalkeepers initiative. She is passionate about the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals and the commitment to leave no one behind.

She is also the Founder of The She Tank—a modern think-tank dedicated to the realization of Sustainable Development Goal 5 in Africa through thought-leadership and advocacy.

Blessing was previously Special Advisor to the Executive Director of Global Policy at ONE—a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030.

In 2017, Blessing was recognized as one of the Top 50 emerging policy leaders in the world by the British Council.

Portrait of Christian Vanizette

Makesense, France

Christian
Vanizette

Community Organizer, Enthusiast, Committed

In 2010, Christian took a sabbatical from university so he could travel the world to find out how social entrepreneurs used technology to solve social and environmental issues.

As he travelled, Christian organized a small community of citizens committed to support social entrepreneurs through skilled volunteerism and rapid innovation workshops. This organic community organizing was the beginning of Makesense.

Makesense is now a community of 100,000 citizens who support 3,000 local initiatives tackling the Global Goals in 100 cities and 45 countries.

Portrait of Jasmine Lau

Purpose in Motion, China

Jasmine
Lau

Community builder, Educator, Changemaker

Jasmine Lau is a social entrepreneur and educator who strives to use education and technology to amplify the role of young people in solving global and local social problems.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, she is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of PIM (Purpose in Motion, formerly Philanthropy in Motion), an organization that empowers young people in China and around the world with the education, resources, and networks they need to become effective changemakers. PIM works with schools and universities to design and run myriad experiential education programs—degree programs, courses, workshops, and educational travel programs—centered around social impact and intercultural understanding and collaboration.

Jasmine is also spearheading a new initiative, Infinity Campus, which employs the latest in educational pedagogy and technology to reimagine higher education and promote global citizenship.

Portrait of Lili Buffett

Global Impact LLC, USA

Lili
Buffett

Organizer, Facilitator, Teacher

Lili is a strong advocate for women seeking leadership roles in society. She has been a long-time supporter of female candidates running for elected office with a particular emphasis on U.S. Congressional and Senatorial campaigns.

Lili serves on a number of community and nonprofit boards, including the NorthStar Foundation, the Captain Planet Foundation, Central Park Conservancy’s Institute for Urban Parks, and a program committee for the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Portrait of Lukas Köhler

Liberal Party, Germany

Lukas
Köhler

Philosopher, Speaker, Futurist

Lukas has been a member of the German Bundestag for the Free Democratic Party (FDP) since 2017 after having joined the Young Liberals and the FDP in 2011.

He is General Secretary of the Bavarian liberal Democrats and member of the federal executive board of the German liberal party. He is a regular member and chairman for the FDP caucus on the committee for environment, nature conservation, and reactor safety, as well as member of the committee for human rights and humanitarian aid.

Lukas is the spokesman for climate policy of the FDP caucus. He is also a regular member of the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development.

Portrait of Okore Scheaffer

Ukweli Party, Kenya

Okore
Scheaffer

Feminist, Activist, Politician

Scheaffer Okore is a Feminist, Gender policy advisor and politician. She advises philanthropists and INGOs working intersectionally on policy, governance, and gender with a feminist lens.

Scheaffer is a columnist for one of Kenya’s top newspapers and one of the revered voices advocating for women’s participation, leadership and representation. She currently serves on the boards of She's The First in NYC, Center for Feminist Foreign Policy in Germany, and The She Tank, Nigeria. Scheaffer is an Obama Foundation Africa Fellow of 2018 who was recognized by the ONE Campaign as one of their global women in the same year.

She was also voted amongst the top 100 Most influential young African in the category of governance and law, and amongst the top 100 Most influential Kenyan 2018.

Portrait of Nikhil Taneja

Yuvaa, India

Nikhil
Taneja

Storyteller, Optimist, Human

Nikhil Taneja is a Mumbai-based writer, producer, storyteller, entrepreneur and youth mental health advocate. He's currently the co-founder and CEO of a youth media organization called Yuvaa (@weareyuvaa).

Having been in the Indian media and entertainment industry for a decade now, Nikhil has been responsible for some of the biggest hits in the digital space at Y-Films, the youth wing of India's biggest movie studio, Yash Raj Films, where he headed content & development. He has found his most joy as a professor, teaching journalism students at Jai Hind College, Mumbai, for over seven years.

Nikhil recently travelled across India to record the mental health and identity issues faced by India's Gen Z. and to create safe spaces for young people to express themselves on ground and online

Portrait of Radia Cheikh Lahlou

Déclic, Morocco

Radia
Cheikh Lahlou

Storyteller, Activist, Catalyst

Radia runs Déclic, a consultancy firm based in Casablanca and is now working with public and private organizations to develop innovative and inclusive strategies to drive sustainable development in Morocco and West Africa.

Among her experiences, Radia has worked on topics such as corporate sustainable responsibility, social innovation and social acceptability. Her involvement towards the SDGs has taken her to work with UNESCO and OECD on local and regional projects. She also works with multinationals as well as African companies to conceive, promote, and deploy sustainable approaches, which favor social impact and shared value.

Radia co-founded Matyn, an NGO dedicated to improving market access for cooperatives and is part of the Board of the Moroccan chapter of Enactus.

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