Peace First Fellows in Residence

Tahmid - Fellow-in-Residence

Tahmid Islam
Fellow in Residence & Regional Manager, UK & Europe

Tahmid is a community organiser in the UK. He has spent over the last 5 years supporting the leadership of some of London's most talented civil society leaders. He co-founded and led a migrant and diaspora youth held campaign called Stand Up, Stand Out that centred around teaching young people to organise around issues that migrant communities face. He spent two years as a community Organiser for Citizens UK, UK's largest community organising charity, working in two London boroughs. Tahmid's interests has always been centred around youth led justice and achieving change using the practises of community organising. Tahmid is keen to uplift and develop young leaders across the UK particularly those from marginalized communities. In his spare time, Tahmid is a keen music nerd and a DJ.


Fellows-in-Residence Brennan

Brennan Lewis (they/them)
Fellow in Residence & Regional Manager, US & Canada

In 2015, Brennan joined the Peace First community as a Fellow and recipient of the Peace First Prize for their statewide work with LGBTQ youth across North Carolina through QueerNC. Their previous roles include working as an organizer for Equality North Carolina and internships with the Human Rights Campaign Government Affairs team in D.C. and the Asheville-based Campaign for Southern Equality. Brennan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Public Policy and Women’s and Gender Studies. This is the second year participating as a Fellows-in-Residence.



Paula Camino
Fellow in Residence & Regional Manager, Latin America 

Fellow in Residence & Regional Manager, Latin America

Paula is an activist, lawyer and academic hopeful from Lima, Perú. She was first introduced to youth activism by volunteering and fundraising in high school. This drove her to study law, focusing on human rights, and to continue volunteering throughout university. In law school, Paula focused her studies and practice on International Human Rights Law, gender studies and disability studies. She is currently on the team at UNICXS and the Legal Clinic on Disability and Human Rights at her alma mater.

Her favorite part of activism is the people she has met along the way and the knowledge they have been kind enough to share with her. As a Peace First Fellow, she hopes to mentor young activists so they can channel their passions towards concrete solutions. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her cat, called Cat. 


Fellows-in-Residence Seun

Seun Olagunju
Fellow in Residence & Regional Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa

Seun is a social entrepreneur who founded Beyond the Surface Development Initiative to create educational solutions that empower teenagers in low-income communities in Africa. Through the initiative, Seun works to provide quality education to every child, with a focus on social and emotional learning programs. She has worked with schools and organisations within her local communities to establish a sustainable system of education development in African teenagers through clubs, programs and other resources. Seun has established three education clubs across three local communities in Ogun State, Nigeria and reached over 1000 teenagers through her different programs.

In 2019, Seun was featured by Leading Ladies Africa as a young woman transforming Africa through impact at the community level. She is also a 2019 Subomi Plumptre fellow and a 2020 Peace First grantee.


Fellows-in-Residence Mohamed

Mohamed Ghanem
Fellow in Residence & Regional Manager, MENA

Mohamed is a mentor, coordinator and advocate who has devoted himself to youth policies, peacebuilding, social entrepreneurship and community development. Mohamed is MCW's Young Leaders Conference coordinator and the founder of Agent of SDGs enterprise, which aims to build up young people as "SDGs Agents and Advocates" to achieve Egypt's 2030 agenda. He is also a certified civic education instructor from the Goethe-Institute Cairo and the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) at the Ludwig-Maximilian The University of Munich.

As a youth trainer, Mohamed works with young people to help strengthen their skills in  debate, active citizenship, civic engagement, sustainable development, and social entrepreneurship. Mohamed received the Lotus scholarship from USAID to study political science in British University in Egypt and University of California, Davis.


Fellows-in-Residence Yousra

Yousra Mshmsh
Fellow in Residence & Regional Manager, MENA

Yousra is an artist and a youth activist who is dedicated to the development of underprivileged communities in her region through social entrepreneurship, technologies, and dialogue. Inspired by the hundreds of young people in her marginalized community, Yousra participated in several peace-making projects focusing on gender-based violence, social discrimination, bullying and lack of opportunities. Yousra also leads a project that empowers kids to resolve injustices in their local communities and practice changemaking. 

In addition to her youth-focused work, Yousra has several years of professional experience in supporting start-ups, social enterprises and SMEs to accelerate their growth and leverage their success in the MENA region’s biggest incubators and innovation hubs. Besides her B.Eng. degree in computer engineering from Jordan University, she holds a diploma in conflict management from Fryshuset-Sweden. Yousra is also a member of the UN office of counter terrorism youth unit working with a global team of changemakers on designing international peace-focused youth programs and materials.


Fellows-in-Residence Sushmina

Sushmina Baidya
Fellow in Residence & Regional Manager, Asia and Oceania

Sushmina Baidya is a nonprofit leader and youth movement builder, who comes to Peace First from leading ‘We’ For Change, the largest youth-led nonprofit in Nepal. Under Sushmina’s leadership, ‘We’ For Change has grown to a dedicated base of over 200 volunteers leading 50 programs and initiatives designed to advocate for issues important to young people and improve conditions for youth throughout Nepal, including leading free HIV testing campaigns and distributing over 10,000 condoms across Nepal, providing ‘School on Wheels’ to over 12,000 children whose schools were damaged by recent earthquakes, and leading multiple sustainability and climate change advocacy campaigns. In 2018, with a grant from Peace First, Sushmina and ‘We’ For Change led a 2-day intensive Peace Jamboree, using sport to spark conversations about government accountability and peacebuilding, bringing together dozens of young people from Kathmandu and Saptari. Sushmina has traveled the world to speak about her work with We for Change, including at the MISK Global Forum and World Government Summit. Sushmina -- whose activism began at 14 when she led school-wide protests against unjust academic tracking policies -- is excited to build a movement of young people building peace across Asia and Oceania.


Fellows-in-Residence Oluwaseun

Oluwseun Kayode
Fellow in Residence & Regional Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa

Oluwaseun Kayode is the Regional Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa at Peace First. For nearly 30 years, Peace First has supported thousands of young people all around the world to address issues in their community, from poverty and violence to gender inequality and climate change, and invested millions of dollars in their ideas for social change. They serve young people in over 140 countries, investing real resources -- tools, coaching, funding -- in their ideas, and building a community of young leaders from all over the world working for peace, justice, and the Sustainable Development Goals. With six years of experience in the education space, he has worked on a lot of local and over fifteen international education projects. He was invited to speak at the Teach For All Global Conference in Armenia about his work and also got accepted into the Peace First Accelerator Program in Austin, Texas then transitioned to becoming a Fellow-in-Residence and Regional Manager for the same organization. When he is not working at Peace First, He spends time at Schoolinka (a social enterprise he founded), designing exciting professional development opportunities for low-income teachers in Africa leveraging technology. Schoolinka was recently mentioned as one of the African Union Top 50 Education Innovations in Africa.


Learn more about the Fellows in Residence Program here.