One Young World Politician of the Year 2019
The One Young World award was established last year to celebrate the most impressive and impactful politicians aged 35 and under. The 2019 shortlist exemplifies the outstanding achievements of young leaders who have infiltrated the old guard of politics worldwide.
From that list of 20 exceptional politicians, the expert judging panel have selected five honourees, who will be presented with the awards at the OYW Summit 2019 in London, 22-25 October.
List of Winners:
Juan Guaidó, Venezuela
Juan Guaidó is the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela. In January 2019, in the aftermath of the disputed re-election of Nicolas Maduro, he took on the role of Acting President per Article 233 of the Constitution. Over fifty nations recognise Guaidó as the country’s legitimate President. He has rallied public protests against the incumbent regime and called for Maduro’s removal from office. Guaidó has remained adamant on the need to establish a transitional government, calling for free and fair elections. He is a co-founder of the Popular Will party and has represented the state of Vargas in the National Assembly since 2015.
Mbali Ntuli, South Africa
Mbali Ntuli has served as the Provincial Campaigns Director for Kwazulu-Natal since 2018. Her former roles include DA Youth Chairperson, a councillor for the community of Inanda in the eThekwini Municipality, DA Youth Federal Leader, and member of KwaZulu-Natal legislature from 2014-18. During her political life, she has combated gender inequality and sexism in political field and challenges facing KZN’s Education Department. She has played a significant role in helping the Democratic Alliance grow its political base beyond its traditional strongholds. Ntuli also sits on the party’s provincial committee for cooperative governance and traditional affairs.
Thórdís Gylfadóttir, Iceland
Thórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir, is simultaneously Iceland’s Minister for Tourism, Industries and Innovation and the Minister of Justice. In January 2017, she became the second youngest individual to become Minister in Iceland and the country’s youngest ever female Minister. In 2018 she was elected vice-chairman of the Independence Party, Iceland’s largest political party. Thórdis accepted the post of Minister when her second child was only 3 months old, and has continued to raise her young family throughout her political ascendancy. This has helped move forward narratives surrounding working mothers in Iceland and abroad.
Hervé Berville, France
Born in Rwanda, Hervé Berville was adopted by a French family in 1994, during the genocide against the Tutsi. At 27, he became one of the youngest members of the French National Assembly. He currently serves as Spokesperson for La Republique En Marche, and is responsible for the Overseas Development and Fight Against Global Inequalities Act. Berville has spoken in favour of a substantial increase to overseas spending on education and training for youth in Africa’s poorest regions. He has advocated against populism and race and gender discrimination. In his constituency, he focuses on fostering access to local public services for youth and disadvantaged people, particularly in rural areas.
Magid Magid, United Kingdom
Magid Magid is a British-Somali activist who became the youngest, the first from a Somali background, and the first Green Party councillor to serve as the Lord Mayor of Sheffield. Subsequently, he has been elected as the first Green Party MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber. Throughout his career, Magid has made waves for his creative, personality-driven methods of campaigning and engaging with people. He is an anti-racist environmental campaigner championing the power of youth-driven activism. He has worked to establish strong partnerships between the students and residents living in his ward and advocated for protecting conservation areas and tackling air pollution. He has also expressed support for greater devolution, free university education, and an end to private finance initiatives.
For detailed information on this announcement and messages from judges, please visit the official website of One Young World.