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Two years on: Samuel Karuita

Two years on: Samuel Karuita

Leading Change catches up with Queen's Young Leaders and asks them to reflect on their experiences

Image above: Samuel Karuita arrives at Downing Street with Nosipho Bele and Nadia Hitimana

Samuel Karuita is the Executive Director of Peace Ambassadors Integration Organisation (PAMBIO), which reinforces peaceful interactions within society through youth empowerment training, raising awareness, advocacy and collaboration.

1. Looking back to the beginning of the Leading Change course, what are the significant developments in your work or education?

“I have been able to clarify the mission and vision of my work.

“I have been able to nurture a participatory leadership approach that has transformed the organisation into a responsive power, that is focused on human development and community connection rather than results.

2. Complete the sentence, "Two years on from becoming a Queen's Young Leader I realise that the programme..."

“...has created an awareness in me that to be a great leader is to be a ladder for other new leaders through knowledge transfer and mentorship." 

3. What was the highlight of your first year as a Queen’s Young Leader Alumnus?

“In the first year as a Queen’s Young Leader, I have received more than a 100 invitations to speak on youth and leadership in national and regional fora.

“I acknowledge the opportunities in networking and exposure and recognition that Queen’s Young Leaders Programme opens – but more so the skills, the ideas and attitudes that the Leading Change Course has empowered me with, so that I have something unique to offer.”

4. What are you planning for 2017?

“My organisation goal in 2017 is to transform the organisation I lead into a model youth empowerment organisation that can easily be replicated beyond my country through efficient knowledge management.”

“My individual plan is to cement my brand as a reputable personnel resource in designing for peace and youth projects.”