Nadia Tjahja, YouthDIG coordinator
Nadia Tjahja is a PhD Fellow at United Nations University-CRIS and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), working on the project “The contribution of global and regional multistakeholder mechanisms in improving global governance (GREMLIN)”, which is a collaboration between UNU-CRIS, VUB and the Centre for EU Studies at Ghent University. She is supervised by Prof. Dr. Jamal Shahin.
She was the CEO of Sunium, an organisation which facilitates multistakeholder discussions with systems thinking methodologies. Sunium also designs and organises courses in systems modelling and engages in research, where Nadia’s areas of engagement are Internet Governance; Sustainability; and Peace and Security.
Nadia has advocated over ten years for youth participation in education and politics and continues to empower and train young people to contribute to international policy-making. Nadia was the former Vice President Communications at Young European Leadership, where she was co-project leader of the Young European Council 2015, awarded with the European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2016 and Agency Coordinator of the 2016 prize-winning online international source verification and fact checking campaign Newsworthy, which engaged 25,000 young people world-wide in fact checking and source verification. She was Steering Committee Member representing WEOG for the UN Youth Coalition on Internet Governance 2017-2019 where her projects included the Working Group on Youth Participation at the IGF, YCIG-EU relations, and providing visa application support for members of the Global South to IGF events hosted in the EU.
Currently, Nadia is the Communications Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet), her projects include facilitating the GigaNet Global Digital Compact Consultation, academia-media relations and the GigaNet Communications strategy. She is also a member of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) Secretariat as the YOUthDIG Coordinator where she organises the European youth IGF, facilitates youth activities and speaks on youth participation in Internet Governance. She sits on several boards and working groups including the IGF Youth Track, the Youth Advisory Board of EURid and as Steering Group Expert for the research on Artificial Intelligence and young people for the Council of Europe - European Commission.