Catherine Peter

Catherine Peter is on a mission to drive awareness for the impact that young people are having on society through action, not words. It’s a passion that has seen 28-year-old Peter work with Prince Edward, meet Bob Geldof and present a campaign she co-founded to United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon. As Africa director for One Young World she ensures that young, aspirant leaders from all African countries and socioeconomic circumstances are represented in the global One Young World movement, providing “an incredible learning and exchange opportunity” for young people to get their ideas recognised by the world at large. In 2011 she helped to bring representatives from 48 African countries together for the One Young World Summit in Zurich. Over 171 nations were represented — second only to the Olympic Games. A professional Brazilian Samba dancer, Peter knows how to marry skill with passion — an ability she uses to create opportunities for others.

— Cat Pritchard