MEET: VICTORIA AKINTOMIDE

As a self-confessed global citizen it’s clear after talking to Victoria for mere minutes she’s destined to create change. At just 23 she is a law graduate from Southampton University who exuberates confidence and charisma beyond her years. Despite moving to South East London when she was 11, Victoria still identifies as Nigerian and often […]

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MEET: JERRY WHITE

Right of the bat, Jerry is present. His energy, movement and speech captivates a room and fills it with an inspiring sense of positive energy. In 1986, at just twenty years old Jerry lost his leg while hiking in Northern Israel. As he followed the footsteps of the biblical prophets he unknowingly entered a landmine […]

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MEET: PAUL BISSONNETTE

If ever you need a science question answered chances are Paul Bissonnette is your guy. As a campaigner for sustainable cities and communities, Paul is currently taking a break from his 4th year at the University of Dalhousie, where he majors in Physics and Chemistry, in the hopes of producing real change through spreading awareness and […]

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MEET: ROSE MMBAGA

They say life is art and it’s clear from the get go that Rose Mmbaga lives hers in colour. However, it’s not just her beautiful bright clothing that makes her so vibrant. When World Merit set a competition asking Merit360 hopefuls to distribute 200 surveys regarding how the UN is perceived, Rose went one step […]

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MEET: DEEPAK RAMOLA

“You should shine so bright that your light becomes someone else’s spotlight” Most people don’t know what their calling is in life and so they set professional goals and boundaries to work towards. But Deepak Ramola isn’t one of those people. It’s clear from the start Deepak’s special as he believes his calling in life […]

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MEET: ZAITOON SHAH

At first it’s Zaitoon Shah’s beauty and striking green eyes that draw you in, and then she starts to speak and suddenly it’s not just her beauty that makes her interesting. Back home in Amsterdam Zaitoon works for Deloitte as a consultant in strategy and operations, enjoying the structure and professionalism the job brings. In […]

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MEET: HODDAY MAHARIR

For four-and-a-half years Syria has been burdened by a conflict which has seen over 250,000 Syrians lose their lives. Amongst them was a young changemaker who planned on attending Merit 360 (a program to tackle the UN Sustainable Development goals) with his friend Hodday Maharir, before he was killed. In honour of his friend, Hodday attended […]

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MEET: TATIANA SHARPE

It’s not often that ambition and compassion come together harmoniously yet Tatiana Sharpe has successfully managed to balance both since childhood. Being born and raised in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa, Tatiana has always been exposed to injustice and vast differences in society that have fueled her passion to help others. At just eight years old she […]

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MEET: SAO SOCHEN

The first thing you may notice about Sao Sochen is that he’s a monk, but you soon realise there’s much more to him. At 22 years old Sao is studying for two degrees, International Relations and English Literature, at Pannasastra University in his hometown of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Much like his idol, Martin Luther King, […]

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