The Global Events & Partnerships team mobilizes resources and collaborative partnerships to support SDSN Youth’s operations, and collaborates on global events to facilitate dialogue on youth related issues.
Kayla Colyard serves as the Events & Partnerships Lead, which includes the management and coordination of SDSN Youth’s annual Vatican Youth Symposium hosted in partnership with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Kayla also works as the Education Coordinator at the SDSN’s flagship education initiative, the SDG Academy, based at the Secretariat office of the SDSN in New York City. Her professional interests lie at the intersection of change management, youth empowerment, technology and innovation, quality access to education, corporate social responsibility, and storytelling as a tool for progressive change. Previous international and domestic work experience includes the American Red Cross, SOS Children's Village, CIEE, and organizations for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Kayla holds dual Masters degrees in International Development and Business Administration from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She received her BS from the University of Delaware, where she studied Human Services, Sociology, and Psychology.
Mir Mustafa Ali Hasan hails from Hyderabad, India and is majoring in Law & Business with the long term vision of entering into the space of public policy, governance and politics. Mustafa relies on a carefully regimented diet of research, open communication, and multidisciplinary exploration, to fuel his understanding of global issues, and build impactful relationships. This approach, born from years of debates, Model UNs, and having been surrounded by some amazing mentors, has also led him to lately cultivate an interest in all things around social impact - be it in building a language curriculum for South-East Asian schools briefly in Indonesia, or striking brand partnerships for initiatives on urban sustainability and other global issues for the Generation-Z in South Asia & MENACA regions. Mustafa is currently engaged in the public policy and governance sector while concurrently executing his responsibilities at UNSDSN Youth as the Deputy Project Lead of the Global Events & Partnerships Team. When he isn't hustling and placing himself in high-pressure situations you will almost always find Mustafa grooving to Sufi music or reading political non-fiction. A gregarious individual and a self-proclaimed MasterChef, he holds an arcane fascination for the British Royal Family. Someone at his workplace recently joked about how Mustafa could power an entire city with his energy and still have enough reserves to laugh at his own jokes - and that's possibly the most accurate description of all that Mir Mustafa Ali Hasan encompasses.
The Vatican Youth Symposium gathers a diverse group of young people from different backgrounds and disciplines for an annual event at the Vatican. For two days, these young people will work towards solutions on the biggest challenges facing our world today.Learn more
We run a number of events in partnership with organizations, enabling young leaders to identify opportunities for collaboration, partnerships, and solutions. We also have a number of webinars covering different SDG topics with eminent experts on sustainable development from academia, business, civil society, and the public sector.Learn more