The WIN WIN Youth Award is an international award that aims to empower and reward young people who play an active role in the creation of a more sustainable future. We welcome contributions from individuals, organisations and movements from all over the world, with members between the age 13 to 29.
The winners of the WIN WIN Youth Award 2020 is Ariana Yuen with the project Forested Foods from Ethiopia. Forested Foods is an Ethiopian organization that fights to preserve forests and create justice for forest-based communities. Ariana is recognized for her work and receives a prize of SEK 20,000.
The jury’s motivation: “Deforestation and over-exploitation of natural resources are two of the main drivers of biodiversity loss, while it also accelerates the effects of climate change. At the same time, land use is an essential source of income for a lot of people and communities around the globe.
Ethiopian based Forested Foods and its founder Ariana Yuen demonstrate well-grounded action for Biodiversity through an agroforestry model that unifies local economic development with environmental conservation. Taking responsibility all the way from farm to table, Forested Foods partners up with small farmers to explore and develop sustainable forms of agriculture.
For the holistic method, engagement and young leadership that hopefully will inspire many more young future changemakers, Ariana Yuen and Forested Foods are honoured with the WIN WIN Youth Award”
ADVOCATE MANAGER, SWEDISH OUTDOOR ASSOCIATION
Ahmed Al-Qassam has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Malmö University. He is the founder of the award-winning podcast Miljöpodden and has a long experience of working with strategic sustainability at different national and international levels. As a former youth representative at the United Nations Climate Change Convention’s and former president for youth climate organisation PUSH Sweden, Ahmed believes in the crucial role of the civil society to achieve systemic change on a global level.
BIOLOGIST, GOTHENBURG UNIVERSITY
Alma Hodzic got her degree in Biology at Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain and came to Gothenburg to join the NABIS master program in Biodiversity and Systematics. Growing up as a scout, she was always close to nature and learnt from a young age the importance of living a sustainable life. As a biologist, she strives to pass those values on to other generations as she believes that communicating and raising awareness is a fundamental part of science.
HEAD OF SUSTAINABILITY, AKADEMISKA HUS
Mia Edofsson has long and extensive experience in the field of sustainability, from several industries. She has worked as head of sustainability at Akademiska Hus since 2012 and is responsible for the development and execution of long-term sustainable strategies. Mia is a board member of the UN Global Compact Network Sweden and is deeply committed to contributing to the United Nations Global Goals and Agenda 2030
SWEDISH YOUTH REPRESENTATIVE TO UNFCCC
Ludwig Bengtsson Sonesson is the Youth Representative to the Swedish delegation to the UN Climate Change Convention (2019-2021). He’s a passionate storyteller, working in the Climaginaries project at Lund University with climate futuring—most notably as the curator of the fiction museum Carbon Ruins. He has a Bachelor in Political Science and is pursuing a Master’s in Sustainability Science.
PROJECT ASSISTANT AT ENVIRONMENT FOR DEVELOPMENT, GOTHENBURG UNIVERSITY
David Reckermann recently completed his studies at Chalmers University of Technology where he studied mechanical engineering, pedagogics, and did his master’s thesis on people’s understanding of climate physics. His main field of interest is pedagogics for sustainable development and how knowledge, attitudes, and actions can interact to further sustainable development.
HEAD OF PROGRAMME, UNIVERSEUM
The Universeum science centre is a public arena for lifelong learning, where children and adults can explore the world through science and technology. As a former teacher and headmaster, Kerstin embraces Universeum’s mission to create experiences that boost creativity and innovation, increase knowledge and activate critical thinking. She has worked at Universum for 10 years and is responsible for all of the activities that the centre arranges for its daily guests.
HEAD OF SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY DEPARTMENT, VGR
Viveca Reimers has a master of science degree from Chalmers University of Technology and a long experience of working with social, economic and ecologic sustainability, from different sectors and fields. At Region Västra Götaland she works as head of department of social sustainability.Viveca thinks Win Win Youth Award is important because real participation is crucial in the work for a sustainable future, not least the participation of children and young people.
ACCOUNT MANAGER, SEB
Lisa is responsible for the credit processes for a number of large corporate customers at SEB, where sustainable financing is one of the fundamentals.
Her responsibilities include identifying, analyzing and managing issues related to sustainability risks and considerations in conjunction with a credit request or review.