Brighton Mukupa Kaoma

2017 Fellow from Zambia

Brighton Kaoma, 23, is an environmentalist and youth empowerment expert with a rich track record of facilitating profound change processes in many African and European countries. Fueled by his passion for climate change and environmental sustainability, he co-established Agents of Change Zambia, a non-profit supported by the Children's Radio Foundation and uses radio to create opportunities for youth-led, issue-based dialogue, participation, creativity, leadership, and active citizenship in communities across Zambia. He's guided by a vision of young people across Africa shaping their own futures and strengthening themselves, their schools, and their communities. Brighton comes has worked with UNICEF as a Climate Ambassador and is a Global Youth Ambassador at Children's Radio Foundation. He is also an alumni of the Cambridge University Institute of Sustainable Leadership. In 2015, he was honored with the Queen's Young Leader Award by Queen Elizabeth II and, in 2016, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) awarded him with its top accolade, the WWF International President's Award. Upon his return from the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Brighton plans to continue his work unleashing the potential of youth as opinion sharpers and shakers through radio and leadership training. He looks forward to collaborations with other organizations and individuals that might share his values and inspire his vision.

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