We are excited to announce the 2024 cohort of the Youth for Biosecurity Fellowship!

The 20 fellows portrayed below were selected through a competitive process after more than 2400 applications from over 100 countries were received. We are grateful to the 2024 Youth for Biosecurity Fellowship Jury Panel for supporting the selection process. The Jury Panel was composed of eight experienced young professionals in biosecurity policy.

2024 Youth for Biosecurity Fellowship Jury Panel:

  • Doofan Abaa, Youth4Biosecurity alumni 2023
  • Andrés Ardón, Youth4Biosecurity alumni 2023
  • Yorgo El Moubayed, Youth4Biosecurity alumni 2023, iGEM Foundation
  • Jose Garza Martinez, Youth4Biosecurity alumni 2023, Tecnologico de Monterrey / iGEM Foundation
  • Leodymar Jorduela, Youth4Biosecurity alumni 2022, Office for Health Laboratories, Department of Health of the Philippines
  • Sandra Matinyi, Youth4Biosecurity alumni 2023, Nuo Bioscience
  • Sabrina Yeo Samuel, Youth4Biosecurity alumni 2023

The Fellowship will take the 20 talented early-career scientists listed below, who represent 17 countries from the Global South, through a three-month learning journey featuring an online Biosecurity Diplomacy Workshop followed by an in-person visit to Geneva during the meeting of the BWC Working Group on the Strengthening of the Convention in August 2024.

Through this programme, UNODA expects to create space for dialogue between young scientists and BWC practitioners. UNODA aims to provide fellows with the knowledge, skills, and network to advance the next generation’s aspirations for global biosecurity in the margins of BWC official meetings.

Click on the Fellows’ names for their complete biographies!