Larissa Kennedy

"I am the UK’s representative to the Global Secretariat at Youth For Change. This is a global youth network of campaigners and advocacy experts working to end gender-based violence, with core teams in the UK, Tanzania and Bangladesh. On a sabbatical year from reading Politics, International Studies and Hispanic Studies at the University of Warwick, I have taken on the role of Advocacy & Campaigns Officer at Plan International. Campaigning within the youth and student movements, I was elected to the British Youth Council’s trustee board in 2017, and to the Executive Council of the National Union of Students (NUS) in 2019. There I champion youth and student voice at a local, national and international level. This echoes my time as a youth diplomat, as former UK Youth Delegate to the Council of Europe Congress. In 2017, I was featured at Number 63 of the ‘Future 100’ List of the most influential women at UK universities, in 2018 I was honoured as ‘Black Student of the Year’ and in 2019 I was Highly Commended for ‘Black Student Officer or the Year’ by NUS."