The 16 youth who were selected as 2018 delegates represent the top talents from an enormous pool. Over 5,300 applications were received, and through essays, video interviews, event appearances and other screenings, the following top individuals were selected and given the following social challenges to tackle which are related to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 10, Reduced Inequalities.

Meet the TYF18 teams and their social challenges

Optimise agriculture

TEAM: Rachel Loh, Emilie Udnæs, Ingrid Rasmussen, Sameen Alam
MENTOR: Ieva Martinkenaite

Ensure clean water

TEAM: Lucas McNabb, Asma Ladak, Nang Yin Yin Win Nwe, Saima Khan
MENTOR: Bjørn Taale Sandberg

Reduce rise of Non-communicable diseases

TEAM: Maieda Janjua, Felicia Yoon, Cherngchay Tacho, Gabrielle Stööp
MENTOR: Austin Menyasz

Support the growing elderly population

TEAM: Djaco Ahmad, Thanapa Ukaranun, Thiha Zaw, Kristine Schi Nordvold
MENTOR: Alanna Solberg

Meet Our Delegates

Sameen Sarwar -E- Alam

A great breakthrough in human history was the acceptance of the concept that everyone was born equal. From that point onwards, the fight to reduce inequalities began. Racism, sexual harassment, poverty are all the inequalities of today. It’s time we stepped up.

Saima Khan

Reduced inequalities mean everyone has access to the basic rights and necessities of life; it means the world is a fairer place for everyone and nobody is lagging behind due to the accident of births that entail lack of basic privileges.

Ingrid Høgh Rasmussen

Reduced inequalities means ensuring equal opportunities for everyone to realize their full potential, regardless of who they are. Thus, reducing inequality is not only a matter of improving material conditions, but also ensuring the existential well-being of each individual.

Djaco Ahmad

Reduced inequality means that we need to change the social and financial benefits there are between different gender, races and religious beliefs. A change like this does both require the politician and a culture change in the different countries.

Rachel Loh

To me, reduced inequalities are achieved in a world that revolves around inclusiveness. A world where the marginalised have a voice and are rightfully empowered. A world where people are seen as equals. A world that we can work towards – together.

Felicia Pui Shi Yoon

Reduced inequality can happen when we empower the marginalized communities through education and technology.

Nang Yin Yin Win Nwe

“Reduced Inequalities” is to bridge the gap between rich and poor, to close the gender gap, and to promote equity: fairness in every situation despite age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.

Thiha Zaw

Inequalities are very common in third world countries like Myanmar. As a result of low quality education, a lot of discrimination occurs. For me, reducing inequalities mean educating people that it’s wrong. Rather than forcing people to reduce inequality, we should educate them.

Kristine Schi Nordvold

To me, reduced inequalities means empowering people by giving them a voice and the opportunity to be represented in decisions affecting themselves.

Emilie Udnæs

Reducing inequalities means creating opportunities for growth and a hopeful future, for all.

Maieda Janjua

Reduced inequalities, to me, means equal access to universal human rights and equal access to personal and professional opportunities for every person.

Asma Akbar Ladak

A world where there exists an equitable distribution of wealth, resources and opportunities, empowering communities to improve their quality of life. I envision an era when merit and potential overthrow differences of caste, sex and economic status.

Lucas McNabb

Inequalities are everywhere. Factors such as gender, ethnicity and birthplace greatly alters the possibility to live a desired life. To me, reduced inequality is to work towards a leveled playing field, where individuals are equal, regardless of factors that one cannot influence.

Gabrielle Stööp

Reduced inequalities is what is needed for the world to fulfill the SDGs and the declaration of human rights. This means that everyone should have the same rights, opportunities and responsibilities, no matter who they are and where they live.

Cherngchay Tacho

Inequality issue to me appears to be one of the significant problems that result in a lot of conflicts all over the world. The problem of inequality has been stuck in the global context for a long time and the efforts of the global community are working to provide the resolution.

Thanapa Ukaranun

It doesn’t mean giving things or money to people, but it is providing resources and rights matching with their backgrounds and needs to access the same opportunity as others and be able to create a better quality of life.

Meet Our Mentors

Bjørn Taale Sandberg
SVP and Head of Telenor Research

To me reducing inequalities is all about ensuring that the progress in technology and civilization-building over the last 500 years continues, and that we must work for an equitable distribution of the incredible wealth that will be created in the coming age of automation. The key is unbiased education, transparency and accountability in governance and the strengthening of democratic institutions.

Alanna Solberg
Head of Marketing for e-Health; Telenor Norway

Economic disparity leaves some countries without the financial resources to implement policies to achieve social equality, environmental sustainability, and political inclusion. Reducing inequality within and among countries means ensuring access to resources and opportunities which will in turn enable the structural conditions necessary to promote equality.

Ieva Martinkenaite
VP of Telenor Research; Member of AI High Level Expert Group of EU

For me, reduce inequalities means leading by example which translates into empowering people for pursuing opportunities in life and work, irrespective of gender, race, language, religion or sexual orientation.

Austin Menyasz
Director of Public and Regulatory Affairs; Telenor Group, Region Asia

Technology has inarguably made the world better and richer, but the fruits of our progress have not been enjoyed equally. We must recognise and address the barriers that marginalized populations face and admit that we have built an unfair system. It’s about breaking the status quo and closing the gaps.