Listening to the Change-Maker Generation

Global Child Forum Digital ActionLab 2


How are the emerging generation of change makers influencing societal relations to consumption and companies?

Children and youth who historically don’t have much voice in politics and the public arenas are increasingly and successfully articulating and campaigning their opinions into both public and business life domains.  Well read, intelligent and articulate children with a grasp on a wide array of issues such as climate change, gun control and gender equality are stepping into the political space as well as spearheading new business ventures in areas covering health, sustainability and education, and more. Children are engaging directly with issues they are passionate about and this opens up for potential synergies and new meetings with the business sector.

Featuring inspiring speakers, plenary panels, interactive sessions and participation of members of the Swedish Royal Family, this Action Lab explored the ongoing articulation of shifting dynamics of voice, representation and power between youth and adult generations and which effects this may have on business.

Confirmed Speakers

Mr Ruben Brunsveld

Senior Advisor
at Enact Sustainable Strategies

Ruben has a background in human rights, EU diplomacy, and responsible business. He is a sought-after leader of stakeholder dialogues, round tables and international conferences. During his career he has advised ministers; coached ambassadors and interviewed captains of industry in countries such as India, China, Zambia, Estonia and Sweden. He describes himself as a “Colombian born – Indonesian bred – Dutchman with a Swedish passport” and uses his international background to build bridges and facilitate discussions between people with different backgrounds.

Elea Prof. Vanina Farber

Professor and elea Chair for social innovation IMD Business School and World Economic Forum

Vanina is an economist and political scientist specializing on social innovation, sustainable finance and CSR, with also almost twenty years of teaching, researching and consultancy experience. She is the holder of the elea Chair for Social Innovation and director for center of social innovation at IMD, Switzerland. Prior to coming to IMD, Vanina was Professor and Chair of Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Social Inclusion at Universidad del Pacífico, Peru. She has also been Adjunct Professor for IE Business School, Spain, where she taught Economic Environment and Country Analysis in blended programs. Vanina holds a PhD in business administration (economics) from the University of Memphis.

Dr. Prof. Thoko Kaime

Professor and Chairholder of African Legal Studies at the University of Bayreuth

Thoko is chairholder of African Legal Studies at the University Bayreuth since 2019. Furthermore, he is the project leader for the Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies (TGCL) and trustee of the Essex Wildlife Trust. Previously, Thoko worked as a senior teaching fellow at the School of Law, SOAS University of London and at the University of Essex as well as the Co-Chair for legal aspects of sustainable energy for all community of practice at the George-Washington University. Thoko is a public international lawyer and maintains research and teaching interests in human rights and international environmental law. His work is an ongoing socio-legal critique of international legal arrangements which he expresses through a consideration of a number of critical issues in children’s rights and sustainability governance.

Ms Julia Olson

Executive Director & Chief Legal Counsel at Our Children’s Trust

As Executive Director & Chief Legal Counsel, Julia founded Our Children’s Trust (OCT) in 2010 to lead a strategic legal campaign on behalf of the world’s youth against governments everywhere. Prior to founding OCT, Julia worked for 15 years representing grassroots conservation groups in the West, helping to protect rivers, forests, parks, wilderness, wildlife, organic agriculture, and human health. Julia’s work went on to focus on the intersection of human rights and the climate crisis. Julia is lead counsel in Juliana v. United States, the constitutional climate change case brought by 21 youth and the nonprofit organization Earth Guardians against the U.S. government for violating their Fifth Amendment rights to life, liberty, property, and public trust resources.

Ms Omnia El Omrani

Liaison Officer for Public Health Issues at the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations

Omnia is Liaison Officer for Public Health Issues at the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations and Youth Advisory Board member at the Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety. She is also a final-year medical student from Egypt with a passion for global health and diplomacy, working at Ain Shams University Hospital in Cairo, Egypt. As the co-chairman of the 2nd World Youth Assembly for Road Safety, Omnia spoke at the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety held in Stockholm, Sweden. Omnia has experience from a range of positions at IFMSA including SCOPH Development Assistant and SCOPH Regional Assistant for Eastern-Mediterranean Region. She has also held the position as National Public Health Officer at IFMSA-Egypt between 2016-17.

Ms Lana Weidgenant

Deputy Partnerships Director at Zero Hour International and Vice-Chair of Shifting to Sustainable Consumption Patterns at UN Food Systems Summit 2021

Lana was recently appointed as the Vice-Chair of Shifting to Sustainable Consumption Patterns at UN Food Systems Summit 2021 and serves as the Deputy Partnerships Director of Zero Hour International, a youth-led climate justice movement creating entry points, training, and resources for new young activists and organizers. She is an undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University, interested in the role of shifts to healthy sustainable diets and plant-rich food systems in preserving the health and futures of our youngest generation.

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