The WFUNA Young Professionals Network connects young professionals in UNAs around the world by providing guidance and support to the global network of member United Nations Associations (UNAs). Developing a Young Professionals Network in the local UNA provides the members of UN Youth Associations with a natural ‘progression’ in their membership of their UNA by maintaining their connection with the organization.
The WFUNA Young Professionals Network is a program of the World Federation of UN Associations (WFUNA).
- Who is a Young Professional?
- Young Professionals Advisory Group
- UNA Global Young Professionals Networks
Who is a Young Professional?
Young Professionals are an active, influential and increasingly globally mobile sector of society, usually aged in their 20’s or 30’s. Connecting with this demographic can provide access to a diverse group of individuals from a wide range of different careers.
Young Professionals Advisory Group
The Young Professionals Advisory Group provides member UNAs with guidance and support in the establishment of a young professionals network, including identifying the best approach for their individual needs and situation. The WFUNA Young Professionals Network Advisory Group to the Secretary-General of WFUNA also provides advice on how to best tailor WFUNA programmes to a young professionals audience.
Tim Jarman, UNA-UK Young Professionals Network
Ernst & Young, Advisor, Diversity and Inclusiveness
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Tim Jarman has been involved with UNA-UK for over 13 years, having joined the organization when he was still in high school. Since then he has been President of UNA-UK’s youth wing, a member of its Board of Directors, a co-founder of the UNA-UK Young Professionals Network and a trustee of UNA-UK’s charity arm. He has also represented UNA-UK at the WFUNA Plenary Assemblies in Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Seoul. Tim holds a BSc (Hons) International Studies degree and in his professional career he is Diversity and Inclusiveness Advisor for the United Kingdom and Ireland at global professional services firm Ernst & Young. This work involves driving transformational change within his organization, promoting a culture of inclusive leadership and working with clients to help develop their own diversity strategies. Tim also coordinates the Young Professionals Network Advisory Group with the WFUNA Secretariat.
Trent Bos, UNA-Australia Young Professionals Network
Lion, Marketing Manager
- Connect with Trent on LinkedIn
Trent Bos became involved with the UNA Australia when he founded and launched the UNA Australia Young Professionals organisation on United Nations Day 2011. Trent, a native New Zealander, moved to Australia in 2008 to pursue a corporate career, following the completion of a first class honours degree in business (double major). Trent has a long history of involvement in corporate social responsibility initiatives including; the development and implementation of a carbon neutral strategy for one of New Zealand’s largest construction companies, an anti-graffiti strategy for local government and a bio waste management process in a leading Australasian supermarket chain. Trent currently forms part of the sustainability leadership team at Lion, his current employer.
Hector Javier, UNA-USA Young Professionals Network
Links Technology Consultant, Cisco Systems
Hector Javier is the Chair of the National Leadership Council of the UNA-USA Young Professionals program and now sits on the UNA-USA Council of Chapters and Regions as a Young Professionals delegate for the South East Region. He was a member of the National Board of Directors of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) prior to its merger with the United Nations Foundation. He was a USA delegation member to the World Federation of UN Associations (WFUNA) Plenary Assemblies in Seoul, Korea, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Hector hails from Manila, Philippines, and now lives as a US citizen in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is an Information Technology Project Manager with many years of experience managing diverse multinational and multi-shore environments. He now works as a Links Technology consultant at Cisco Systems, the world leader in network technologies that run the Internet, where he manages solution implementations for technical services partners and large enterprise customers worldwide. On the local level, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the UNA Wake County Chapter, President of NAAAP-NC’s Toastmasters Club, and English Editor of the China Star newspaper. He is married to Andrea Lynn Javier (nee Butterworth), an adjunct instructor of English at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh.
UNA-Australia Young Professionals Network
The purpose of the UNA Australia Young Professionals is fundamentally aligned to that of the UNA Australia. The UNA Australia Young Professionals aim to inform young people on the UN & the role of the UNAA, and inspire young people to support the ambitions of the UN & the UNAA. Beyond this purely educational role, we’re committed to involving young people in the work of the UNAA.
UNA-UK Young Professionals Network
The UNA-UK Young Professionals Network (YPN) brings together a diverse mix of young professionals who support a strong role for the UN in international affairs. With over 3,000 members (mainly based in London) the network provides opportunities for like-minded individuals to meet each other and to engage with politicians, academics, people who work in NGOs and influential members of the business community.
UNA-USA Young Professionals in Cooperation (Young Professionals Network)
The UNA-USA Young Professionals (UNA-USA YP), formerly known as the Young Professionals for International Cooperation (YPIC) is a program of UNA-USA that seeks to engage young professionals in discussions of international affairs, emphasizing the importance of multilateral cooperation and the United Nations. While we appreciate supporters of all ages, YPIC members are typically between the ages of 21-40, and are a diverse group of individuals from the fields of business, law, government, nonprofit, the arts and philanthropy. UNA-USA YP provides exciting opportunities to interact with like-minded individuals and gives young professionals from all walks of life a unique forum in which to learn more about current international issues, the United Nations, and the work of UNA-USA.
YPIC Local Chapters
As active members of the UNA-USA, young professionals engaged in the UNA-USA Young Professionals program are committed to fostering international cooperation and community education on international affairs. Currently, each UNA-USA YP group works locally in different regions of the United States promoting and implementing various programs that benefit both the local and international communities at large. UNA-USA YP efforts are further supported at the regional and national level through the Young Professionals Caucus of the UNA-USA Council of Chapters and Regions Steering Committee, which seeks to coordinate and substantially improve this growing program.
What we do
We work to coordinate the global membership of UNA Young Professional Networks and build up the professional capacity of its membership.
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