The Changemakers Programme will be returning in 2021 for its eighth year to bring together some of the most inspiring pioneers and innovators from across the globe, committed to developing concrete solutions to pressing human rights issues in alignment with Trust Conference themes. These include climate change, socio-economic inclusion, media freedom, and data & digital rights.

The 2021 Programme will fully fund the participation of up to 48 Changemakers to participate in a multi-week learning programme that aims to build the capacity – and strengthens the global network – of two pivotal actors driving positive change and impact in society: frontline advocates striving for solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, and local independent journalists who are explaining and amplifying those issues through media.

Applications closed

Selected Changemakers will receive

Five weeks of specialised capacity building training and networking with other Changemakers, starting on September 27th
The opportunity to attend and be selected to present on stage at the annual Trust Conference, taking place virtually on November 17 and 18, 2021 and receive global exposure
Inclusion of their name and photo in Trust Conference marketing materials and on the official conference website
Alumni membership as part of an exclusive network to receive continued engagement opportunities


The Trust Conference Changemakers Programme is open to applicants working in the area of climate change, socio economic inclusion, data and digital rights and media freedom.

Please click below to view the full programme and eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria


Changemakers Programme applications will open May 26th, 2021.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in late July or early August 2021, depending on how quickly we are able to process the number of applications received.

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Abdul Ntale

Development Officer, Students For Global Democracy Uganda

Adina Bălan

Founder and President, SOLWODI

Ahmad Bayer

Founder, Hauran Cultural Center

Aichurek Zhunusova

Communications Associate, World Food Programme

Aissata M.B. Camara

Co-Founder, There Is No Limit Foundation

Alan Petz

Founder, Fundación Enyx, A.C.

Ali Martin Sesay

Director of Gender and Human Rights, Vision for the Blind

Barry Griffin

ICT Manager, Gateway Health Institute

Bernardus Steven Harageib

Co-Founder, Young Achievers Empowerment Project

Bibi la Luz Gonzalez

Founder, Eat Better Wa’ik

Casey Hartnett

Social Justice and Women’s Rights Activist, Creator of Period Drama and Unplugged

Donga Nqobizitha

Youth and Women’s Rights Activist

Dr. Md. Shahid Uz Zaman

Founder and Executive Director, Eco Social Development

Dr. Radhika Batra

Founder and President, Every Infant Matters

Elliot Yae-Ahn Park

Public Interest Lawyer, GongGam Human Rights Law Foundation

Eva Meyer de Stadelhofen

Founder, GirlCode

Fahmida Zannat

Knowledge Management and Advocacy Officer, BRAC

Hassam Bin Kamran

Founder, Butterfly Initiative Pakistan

James Gondwe

Founding Director, Centre for Youth and Development

Jean Paul Laurent

Founder and CEO, Unspoken Smiles Foundation

Jovana Vuković

Director, Jednakost (Equality)

Julius Karl D. Fieve

Local Government Assembly Member, Mafi Zongo Electoral Area, Ghana

Karina Guerschberg

Director, Senderos del Sembrador

Kathleen Miles

Director of Analysis, Center on Illicit Networks and Transnational Organized Crime

Kehkashan Basu

Founder and President, Green Hope Foundation

Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph

Founder, Calabar Youth Council for Women’s Rights; Founder and CEO, Africave

Khrystyna Derkach

Education and Peace Activist

Luis Diego Jiménez

Founder, CRece

Miriam Menkiti

Executive Director, Women Information Network

Nadia Sacoor

Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Aga Khan Foundation Portugal

Ny Aiko Nomenjanahary Razafimahefa

Founder, Nikita Corps Madagascar and Wash Officer, UNICEF

Pranav Chopra

Social Entrepreneur and CEO, NEMI Teas

Raymond Mungujakissa

Social Entrepreneur and Founder, Education Reach Uganda

Rhadem Morados

Human Rights Activist and Filmmaker

Richard Ntakirutimana

Co-founder and Executive Director, African Initiative for Mankind Progress Organization

Ryan Joseph Figueiredo

Founder and Executive Director, Equal Asia Foundation

Ryme Assaad

Co-founder and Executive Director, Kapstone Co, Myiolab and SEFY

Saman Mahmood

HR and Admin Coordinator, Save the Children International

Samson Newton

Principal Attorney, Newton Samson Legal Practice

Sesame Mogotsi

Peace and Security Expert, AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub

Shahed Deebajah

TV Presenter, Yaoum Jadeed

Silvja Hodo

Poverty Alleviation Activist and Agricultural Data Analyst

Sr. Rose Paite

Founder, Integrated Women Development Centre: Peace Home

Taiwo Temitope Ogunmola

Senior Correspondent, UPSHOT MEDIA

Thuvaraka Thavayogarajah

Scientist and Education Activist

Tom Churchyard

Founder and Executive Director, Kwakha Indvodza (Building a Man)

Tushar Kanti Baidya

Project Director, Inclusive Bangladesh

Vasili Sofiadellis

CEO, Visions2Ventures and Founder, Changemakers Lab

Yanelys Hernández Cordero

Founder and Director, Havana Live Magazine

Zanji Valerie Sinkala

Gender Activist and Co-Founder, Women Taboos Radio
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Jenny Vereker

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