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01What is the Champions Programme

The WFF Champions Programme mobilizes young influential figures to increase the visibility and reach of WFF activities and issues related to agri-food systems. It is a vehicle to engage and empower youth worldwide to find new, actionable, innovative and inclusive solutions to current and future challenges..

WFF Champions are exceptional youth, helping to create a global movement in support of agri-food systems transformation and a better food future for all.

02Meet the Champions

WFF Champions are a group of young, handpicked change-makers who recognize the opportunity and catalytic power of social media to reach wide audiences and influence positive change.


  • Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht (Germany)

    Musician and Actor

    Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht is one of Germany's most popular young stars - numerous awards such as the Bunte New Faces Award, the Undine Young Talent Award and the Diva Award show: Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht is also one of Germany's most talented young actors. With a gold record for his debut album "Mission Blue" for more than 100 000 CDs sold and three Top 20 hits in Germany, the 29-year-old is also successful as a singer. In January 2013, he made his catwalk debut at the Berlin Fashion Week at Michael Michalsky's show. In July 2014, heal so presented his own fashion label "Racks and Rookies", and in 2017 he walked for Riani and S Oliver. Since 2013, Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht has been on the road as DJ Brando and toured throughout Germany with MTV in September 2014 and is the face of the new channel Nicknight. Since 2010, he has had his own show on "Cartoon Network"with "Network Praktikanten - Jimi und Mitja machen den Jobcheck" for which he was awarded the "MIRA Award" and the "White Elephant" in 2014. In June 2016, the comedy "Seitenwechsel" with Wotan Wilke Möhring and Anna Maria Mühe was released, in January 2016 "Die wilden Kerle 6". In 2018, he participated in the RTL dance show "Let's Dance", but had to drop out due to an injury. In September 2018, his first cookbook was published by Callwey Verlag. Under the name "Horizont" he has his own wine brand."Ginger Sound" is the name of his ginger liqueur. In fall 2020, he took part in the first season of the cooking show "Masterchef Celebrity" and hosted the talk show "Aftersun" three times a week live on RTL2 in August and September. After more than 10 years of music abstinence, he releases his new single "Nicht Allein" in mid-March.

  • Dr Rachel V. Brown

    The Every Mikkle Foundation executive director and Co-founder

    Dr Rachel V. Brown is a 30 year old proud Jamaican woman who has recently began as a lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Journalism. In 2020, she earned her PhD from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona with a thesis focusing on the impact of Social Media Activism. She earned her Master's degree in Law from Wake Forest University, and her Bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California. She is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Every Mikkle Foundation and the Vice President of Global United Diaspora. Her work has taken her to 31 countries, where she has conducted projects in many fields including ending hunger, the environment, youth advocacy, women's empowerment, health, culture, education, the performing arts, and sports. In 2019, she was named one of the "30 under 30 Caribbean American Emerging Leaders/Change Makers". She has also served as a Global Youth Ambassador for A World At School since 2015. Dr Brown is an activist who believes we have the power and duty to heal, protect, and restore our earth and its people by first educating others and then implementing impactful changes.

  • Brymo (Nigeria)

    Singer and Songwriter

    Olawale Ashimi (born on 9 May 1986), who performs under the stage name Brymo, is a Nigerian singer, composer, songwriter, performer and recording artist. He is an author of two books and a Goodwill Ambassador for the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Brymo, son of a carpenter father and a petty trading mother, grew up in the neighbourhood of Okokomaiko in Lagos. He received an education at Aganju Aka Primary School between 1990 and 1997. Between 1997 and 2003, he attended Ajangbadi High School, the local public secondary school. He gained admission into Lagos State University to study Zoology but had to drop out due to financial constraints. In 1999, when he was 14, Brymo wrote his first song. Pleased with his results, the young Olawale was inspired to pursue a career in music. In 2002, while still attending secondary school, Brymo formed a band called Aliens with three friends. Brymo played a major role in the group, mainly acting as the composer and songwriter. In a period of two years, Brymo wrote over 85 songs for the band, including their debut single. By 2005 the band broke up. It had not been particularly successful, and several of the members needed to return to school. Shortly after the disbanding of his group Aliens, Brymo moved into a solo career; he sought out the assistance of a local talent spotter, who helped him record his debut album entitled Brymstone which was released under Bujoc Records imprint in 2008.

  • Meera Dasgupta
    (United States)

    2020 United States Youth Poet Laureate

    Meera Dasgupta is the youngest United States Youth Poet Laureate appointed in the history of the country. She is also the first U.S. Youth Poet Laureate to have been appointed from New York (as well as the Northeastern region) and the first Asian-American Youth Poet Laureate of the United States, a program pioneered by Urban Word NYC. Born in Queens, she is a fierce advocate for student voice and gender equality, having worked throughout the city on various projects in order to empower young women and to increase civic engagement among other students her age. A 2020 United Nations Global Goals Ambassador, Federal Hall Fellow, Climate Speaks Winner, & Scholastic Arts and Writing Winner, she has performed at the Apollo Theater, the Rotary Peace Fellowship Alumni Association's inaugural Global Cyber Peace Conference, the United State of Young Women, and more. Meera has facilitated poetry workshops for Apple, been featured in Poets & Writers Magazine, and has been profiled in a New York City ad campaign for her work around climate advocacy. Meera is presently a senior at Stuyvesant High School and hopes to continue to utilize the intersection between social justice and poetry to uplift the voices of historically underrepresented communities.

  • Mustapha Diyaol-Haqq

    Artificial Intelligence Researcher

    Mustapha Diyaol-Haqq is the co-founder of Okuafo Foundation, a social enterprise that is providing farmers across West Africa with low-cost precision agriculture services. Okuafo Foundation works on delivering real-time AI-powered early pest detection through its smartphone app, Okuafo AI. Using the app, farmers can monitor their crops for pests and take sustainable actions that no only ensures the protection of the food, but also protects the environment from harmful chemicals through wrong pesticide use. With Okuafo Foundation’s shared device program, a farmer is selected as a lead and given a smartphone with the Okuafo AI app installed and he or she serves a community, reaching about 50 farmers in a community.

  • Huiyu Ouyang (China)

    Good Food Fund policy officer/Act4Youth youth leader

    Huiyu Ouyang is a Food Policy Officer at the Good Food Fund (GFF), China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF). At GFF, he leads the WET (Well-being, Ecology, Transformation) Market Project, which aims at improving urban food environment and governance. As Youth Chair, he leads the China Action Hub for the United Nations Food Systems Summit Action Track 2 (UNFSS-AT2), promoting the Summit in China, with focuses on policy innovation, business incentivization, youth empowerment and public engagement. Huiyu is also a Campaign Lead for the youth-led #Act4Food and #Act4Change. The Act4Food pledge brings together young people from around the world to focus on their personal actions as a contribution to system change, while the Actions4Change urge all people, particularly governments, businesses, UN agencies and young people to act boldly and promptly. Before joining GFF in 2020, he was a youth leader in the food space, building the network of student groups and empowering them to launch campaigns and create changes on their campuses across the country. In 2019, he was the Secretary-General of the 11th International Youth Summit on Energy and Climate Change (IYSECC-Ⅺ) organized by China Youth Climate Action Network (CYCAN). In addition to his work and activism, he enjoys soccer and film photography. He holds a master's degree in urban planning from Tsinghua University and is a graduate of the Human Rights Master Program at Peking University Law School. He also holds a bachelor's degree in sociology.

  • Natalie Prabha (Malaysia)

    Vegan fashion model

    Natalie Prabha is a professional model, stylist, world traveller, and photographer. She is passionate about healthy recipe creation focusing on plant-based foods, and is a big advocate on sustainable living. Natalie believes in spreading her message through positivity and kindness.  She encourages her followers to try their best rather than achieve for perfection in the path to living a more sustainable lifestyle for the betterment of the planet.

  • Bonita Sharma (Nepal)

    Co-founder and CEO of SOCHAI

    Bonita Sharma is a Nutrition Activist from Nepal. She is the Co-founder and CEO of Social Changermakers and Innovators (SOCHAI) - a youth led non-profit organization. She primarily works towards improving the health, hygiene and nutrition status of the people, particularly women, children and girls, in Nepal through innovation, education and entrepreneurship. Bonita holds a Bachelor's degree in Public Health and a Master's degree in Food and Nutrition Specialization Program. Bonita was listed by the BBC as one of the 100 most influential women of the world in 2019. She is the winner of Goalkeeper Global Goals Progress Award 2020 conferred by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has been recognized by UNESCO as a Female Champion for educating women and girls in Nepal. She is the member of Provincial Nutrition and Food Security Steering Committee (NFSSC) of Bagmati Province in Nepal. She was also the winner of UNICEF Asia Pacific Youth Innovation Challenge 2016 for her idea of ‘Nutribeads’ bracelet – a low tech wearable educational tool for educating mothers about nutrition. Her organization SOCHAI was chosen as the winner of One Young World - Lead 2030 Challenge in SDG 2 Zero Hunger category in 2019.

  • Lisanne van Oosterhoud

    Entrepreneur and sustainability advocate

    Lisanne van Oosterhoud is a young entrepreneur and sustainability advocate who lives in the Netherlands. She has a background in Biology and Biomedical Sciences and tries to contribute in as many ways as possible to help the transition towards a more social, inclusive, fair and nature-positive food system. Most of what she does focuses on ways to empower, unite and create awareness for what is already there. It brings her joy to see many amazing initiatives that show a glimpse of our future, and hear wonderful ideas coming from young people, which she thinks deserve to be seen and heard, and she really enjoys talking to people from other countries, cultures, or religions about what food means to them. In the Netherlands, she has set up a youth network, works in a short chain food network company and organizes activities and workshops, for instance a green walk she did recently. In addition, she is involved in two city boards focusing on how to unite policy, organizations and food initiatives to cooperate towards a circular, healthy, and inclusive city. Food has power, let’s use it for the good!

  • Mariah Gladstone
    (United States)

    Indigenous Chef, Founder of Indigikitchen

    Mariah Gladstone (Blackfeet, Cherokee) grew up in Northwest Montana. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Environmental Engineering and returned home where she developed Indigikitchen. Indigikitchen focuses on revitalizing Native foods of the Americas through digital media and videos. Mariah has been recognized as a "Champion for Change" through the Center for Native American Youth, a "Culture of Health Leader" through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and an MIT Solve Indigenous Communities Fellow. She serves on the board of the FAST (Food Access and Sustainability Team) Blackfeet. Mariah is a Sloan Scholar currently completing her Master's Degree at SUNY - ESF through the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

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