Global Youth Leaders Gather in Abu Dhabi to Promote Inclusion

Updated: Aug 23, 2019

More than 150 young and adult leaders with and without intellectual disabilities, from over 35 countries, will come together in Abu Dhabi this March to share and develop their ideas for a more inclusive world.

The Special Olympics Global Youth Leadership Summit, to be held 14–18 March in conjunction with Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, will convene youth leaders from across the world to learn, share best practices, and develop plans to implement the inclusive vision of Special Olympics in their home communities around the world.


The Summit represents a key component of the Cultural Olympiad that runs alongside the World Games, and will have participants from Kenya, Mauritius, Senegal, Tanzania and Zimbabwe from Africa Region.


Youth Leaders To Gather In Abu Dhabi To Promote Inclusion Around The World

Young Emiratis will host youth leaders representing all seven regions of the Special Olympics movement, including Middle East North Africa, Africa, Asia Pacific, East Asia, Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and North America.


Special Olympics Kenya

  • Philip Odero, Athlete & Youth Leader

  • Levis Mchemi, Youth Leader

  • Michael Okuma, Mentor

Special Olympics Mauritius

  • Ravita Dwarika, Athlete & Youth Leader

  • Atisha Rammunah, Youth Leader

  • Kritish Nudurchand, Mentor

Special Olympics Senegal

  • Khady Gueye, Athlete & Youth Leader

  • Aissatou Alassane Diedhiou, Youth Leader

  • Hassan Badji, Mentor

Special Olympics Tanzania

  • Khady Gueye, Athlete & Youth Leader

  • Aissatou Alassane Diedhiou, Youth Leader

  • Hassan Badji, Mentor

Special Olympics Zimbabwe

  • Malvin Mukombe, Athlete & Youth Leader

  • Selassi Chiwisa, Athlete & Youth Leader

  • Tinotenda Musariri, Youth Leader

  • Douglas Jumbe, Youth Leader

  • Wilson Chadzamira, Mentor

  • Wadzanai Tsvangirai, Mentor


Through workshops and other developmental sessions, they will train to become change agents of inclusion in their home communities.