U.S. Department of State Honors Global Emerging Young Leaders

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 13, 2016


In recognition of the positive role young people play in building sustainable peace, the U.S. Department of State is honoring outstanding young leaders from around the world.  On Wednesday, April 20, the ten recipients of the inaugural Emerging Young Leaders Award will be acknowledged in a public ceremony at the State Department for their efforts to create constructive social change.

The 2016 awardees are:

Ahmad Shakib Mohsanyar, Afghanistan

Thinzar Shunlei Yi, Burma

Samuel Grzybowski, France

Nino Nanitashvili, Georgia

Jessel Recinos Fernandez, Honduras

Zulfirman Rahyantel, Indonesia

Asha Hassan, Kenya

Hillary Briffa, Malta

Basel Almadhoun, Palestinian Territories

Ahlem Nasraoui, Tunisia

Biographies and photos are available here.

These ten remarkable young people will visit the United States for an intensive program, April 13–May 5, specially tailored to explore leadership practices in the non-profit, government, and private sectors, and to broaden their networks of resources and support.  The exchange program provides skills and training to set awardees on paths for increased collaboration on global issues affecting youth, particularly those involved in combating extremism, empowering voices, and building peace.

Learn more about the award and exchange program at exchanges.state.gov/eyl.  

The Emerging Young Leaders award ceremony will take place on April 20 at the U.S. Department of State, and will be open to credentialed members of the media.  Interested media should contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at eca-press@state.gov.  Follow the conversation online with #EYLeaders and @ECAatState.