ODESSA PRIMUS

Odessa is the Executive Director of the Global Arena Research Institute, as well as the Coordinator of its flagship annual event the Next 100 Symposium and global youth programme ReDefine Next 100.

 

She is the holder of numerous awards and distinctions as a young leader: Young Leader for Europe at the European Commission’s European Development Days 2017, European Forum Alpbach - as an Erste Foundation & National Endowment for Democracy fellow; Advisor on the UNSC Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace & Security at the European Regional Consultation in Brussels, a One Young World scholarship holder, among others.

 

Odessa frequented EU institutions in Brussels as an expert on migration and new media.

Until January 2017, she worked as a humanitarian worker on initiatives in response to the 2015/16 refugee and migration situation in Europe, namely Greece, and in Lebanon. Odessa was on Lesvos island in Greece at the height of 2015 with boats coming from Turkey and very little coordination, resources and information.  After the situation was more under control, Odessa moved to Lebanon, namely the Bequaa Valley, where she helped reinstate Salam LADC, which is now one of the main humanitarian aid organisations in Lebanon, bringing in volunteers and funds from all over the world.

In 2017 Odessa founded Go Think Initiative, a think tank which focuses on the development of media and its impact on politics and society, analysing trends in communication technology and trends, analysing the media environment of Central Europe, namely the Visegrad countries.

 

Odessa graduated with a degree in Global Politics and International Relations from Birkbeck College, University of London. She holds positions on multiple boards including the Czech & Slovak Club Alpbach, which she co-founded. Odessa is the Curator of the Global Shapers Prague Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and a One Young World Ambassador.

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