Hana Sahatqija is a Youth Engagement Specialist. In her capacity she plays a key leadership role in introducing meaningful youth engagement practices in governance, programmatic initiatives, and rollout of GenU at the country level. She brings a decade of international development experience, having worked in many capacities at the nexus of social innovation, youth engagement, and youth entrepreneurship, including as Innovation Specialist, Chief of Adolescent Development, Innovation Lab Lead etc. Her work has ranged from community based, to national, and then global level, focusing on human-centred design programming with young people, globally scaling up social entrepreneurship programming for youth and developing youth engagement and social innovation curricula used in 50+ countries. She brings in a multifaceted perspective having worked for UNICEF, UNDP, World Bank, bilaterals and academia. Having been a young refugee and war survivor herself, Hana’s constantly working to co-create programs that help marginalized adolescents with adverse experiences reach their full potential, such as co-creating UPSHIFT, the Youth Challenge, Podium etc. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Master’s degree in International Development Policy from Georgetown University and an Advanced Project Management certificate from Stanford University. She is from Kosovo.

Hana will speak on the International Youth Day panel.