Meet the Moderators:


Sarah Huxley, Lead moderator

Sarah has been passionately and actively engaged in youth focused development work since 1999. She has worked for a range of organistaions including small NGOs, international agencies, DFID and the UN. Much of her work has involved designing and implementing projects, programme management and policy research in Nepal, Uganda & the UK. Sarah's special areas of interest and expertise include participation, youth policy, gender, education and protection.

Week 1: Sergio Andrés Iriarte Quezada, ILO

Sergio Iriarte Quezada is the Knowledge Management Officer of the International Labour Office’s (ILO) Programme on Youth Employment. Previously, he worked at the ILO’s Evaluation Unit contributing to the assessment of national and regional projects and programmes. With a background in economics and development, Sergio has been working with youth employment issues since 2008.

Week 2: Maria Cavatore, Plan International

Maria Cavatore has completed an MA in Development studies from the University of London. She has supported children and youth programmes in Latin America and Africa for the past 6 years. She now works as a governance programme Officer for Plan UK in London.

Week 3: Kathleen Diga, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Ms Kathleen Diga is a PhD candidate and Project Manager under the South African Research Chair Initiative in Applied Poverty Assessment at the School of Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, the UN Academic Impact Hub on Poverty. Her main focus of research is in the poverty and economic dimensions of information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D). Prior to joining UKZN, Kathleen worked at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) as a research officer under the ICT4D Africa (Acacia) initiative in Johannesburg and Nairobi.

Week 4 Luis David Sena, Youth Delegate

Luis David Sena, 24 years old, is the Senior Market Risk Specialist in the Division of Risk and Research Department of the Superintendence of Banks of Dominican Republic. Luis was also recently selected as the Youth Delegate of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations. Among his goals is to contribute to the training of young Dominican leaders. Luis obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, and has significant volunteer experience with international non-profit organizations.