Thaís returns to the UN Foundation for her second stint as a Next Generation Fellow. During her first appointment, she empowered youth leaders to shape the 2022 Transforming Education Summit and delivered closing remarks for the 77th UN General Assembly. These efforts coincided with her term as a Youth Representative of World Scouting, where she spent three years representing the interests and efforts of a 57-million-person educational movement active in over 170 countries.
Throughout her career, Thaís has worked with government ministers, NGO partners, and local leaders to further causes connected to education, migration and human rights. She holds a Masters Degree from the Graduate Institute Geneva in Development Studies, where she specialised in education in humanitarian settings, and brings previous experience with the International Labor Organization, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Brazilian National Committee for Refugees.
As a proud member of the Scout Movement for most of her life, Thaís appreciates the power of volunteering to transform societies through fostering shared values and active citizenship. She was part of the core planning team for the World Non-Formal Education Forum, a first-of-its kind event that convened the biggest players in non-formal education to take stock of trends and define the future of non-formal education. She was subsequently invited to serve as both a speaker and a facilitator for the World Scout Education Congress conducted in December 2023, where she highlighted how communities and mentors can prepare youth leaders to effect change at all levels of society. Thaís has also served as a Wood Badge course director, which involved designing and delivering a tailored advanced leadership program that reflected her national association’s educational program while adhering to internationally recognized Wood Badge standards.
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