meet current scholars

Gerald Bareebe


Gerald  Bareebe

Born in a rural area of western Uganda, Gerald’s early exposure to human rights violations and social injustice motivated him to pursue a career devoted to promoting the rights and freedoms of those who cannot speak for themselves. He has demonstrated that he is not afraid to take risks or put his life...

Handy Acosta Cuellar


Handy Acosta  Cuellar

Handy Acosta Cuellar is considered one of Cuba’s young leaders in the field of the environment and youth participation.

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1985, he began his environmental work at the community level at the age of 16. Four years later, he was volunteering for the...

Najme Kishani Farahani


Najme Kishani  Farahani

Civil engineer, transportation planner, educator, NGO manager, mountain climber and volleyball player – Najme brings this unusual combination of skills, and more, to the Sauvé Foundation.

Born in Arak, one of the central provinces of Iran, Najme received...

Tairah Firdous

Kashmir (India)

Tairah  Firdous

Growing up in Kashmir wasn’t easy. Tairah, like other children of her generation, lost her childhood to conflict. The experience of growing up in a militarized zone not only shaped her personally, but also defined her professionally.

While attending the University of...

Gioel Gioacchino


Gioel  Gioacchino

The belief that intercultural dialogue is a powerful instrument for international development is at the centre of Gioel's work.

Gioel grew up in a small town in central Italy, but soon left to explore the world. In 2007, she studied conflict resolution aboard the Scholar...

Micah Grzywnowicz


Micah Grzywnowicz

Born and raised in Poland, Micah long resided in Stockholm, Sweden. Micah is an activist focused on the empowerment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) individuals through the promotion of equality and by supporting new approaches to education.


Naomi Kincler


Naomi   Kincler

From maternal mortality in the slums of Mumbai to childhood obesity in the urban ghettos of the Bronx, Naomi has led a number of significant public health initiatives over the last eight years. Through her varied experiences, she has witnessed the constant need for new and innovative data to support and...

Guy Milongo

Democratic Republic of Congo

Guy  Milongo

Fatherless since birth, Guy Milongo grew up under difficult and often abusive conditions, both on the streets of his native Kinshasa and in the home.

 Despite these difficulties, he received support at critical times in his life, which empowered him to build a...

Mame Diarra Bousso Ndiaye


Mame Diarra Bousso Ndiaye

Social entrepreneur, activist for women's empowerment and youth participation, Mame is passionate about social justice and cultural diversity.

Since her childhood in her native region Thies, in the City of Tivaouane, Mame was engaged in community development, and coordinated...

Thinh Nguyen


Thinh  Nguyen

Thinh Nguyen was born and grew up in Hanoi, Vietnam and is passionate about human rights. She graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, where she studied international law. Her interest in human rights was sparked by a university course on the topic. That spark eventually became a flame, prompting her...

Oluwatosin (Tosin) Omole


Oluwatosin (Tosin)  Omole

Oluwatosin (Tosin) was born in France and grew up in Nigeria. There, widespread poverty and inadequate health services made a deep impression on him at a young age and prompted him to study medicine and dedicate his life to improving the health of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Jonathan Sas


Jonathan Sas

Jonathan Sas is currently Director of Policy and Research at the Broadbent Institute. He credits his incredible experience at Sauvé as a key stepping stone on the path to his current role.

Jonathan came to the Sauvé Program after serving as Editor-in-Chief of...

“Leaders must dream of changing the world.

They must have an inspired vision of the changes they want to make and be prepared to consecrate all
their energy to that purpose. A capacity to communicate their objectives is indispensable to sustain
the enthusiasm of their collaborators and their perseverance in action.”
— The Right Honourable Jeanne Sauvé, Opening Speech to the National Conference for Young Leaders, June 2-8, 1991