Peace First Fellows-in-Residence

Jasmine Babers
Fellow-in-Residence & Lead Storyteller
Jasmine is a Peace First Prize winner and Fellow who started Love Girls Magazine when she was 15 years old, and is now working at Peace First to tell stories on an ever bigger scale. Jasmine founded Love Girls Magazine in response to bullying, sexism and other injustices that she saw regarding women and girls around her community. Rooted in self-esteem, social justice and women empowerment, Jasmine created the magazine to provides girls across the country with opportunities in writing, photography, event planning, and leadership. Today, Love Girls have impacted over 25,000 girls across the nation. Currently, Jasmine serves as a Soros Justice Youth Activist Fellow with her initiative Fostering Incarceration, focusing on the foster care to incarceration pipeline. Through her work, Jasmine has been honored to receive numerous awards and accolades. Jasmine has been featured on the Harry Connick Jr. Show, Seventeen.com, and the Huffington Post. jbabers@peacefirst.org

 

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. tislam@peacefirst.org

 

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. blewis@peacefirst.org

 

Mariano Miranda
Fellow-in-Residence & Regional Manager, Latin America
My work at Peace First takes me across the region scouting for great projects to support and fund. I am inspired by the ability of young people to spark change. Personally, I am passionate about identifying opportunities to leverage technology to improve access to education, financial services, etc! mmiranda@peacefirst.org

 

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. solagunju@peacefirst.org

 

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. mghanem@peacefirst.org

 

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. ymshmish@peacefirst.org

 

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. sbaidya@peacefirst.org

 

Learn more about the Fellows-in-Residence Program here.