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WYDE Civic Engagement

Network of Young Decision-makers

Part of Women and Youth in Democracy Initiative

Emma Theofelus

Minister of Infomation, Communication, and Technology in Namibia

Active Network Member

From: Namibia

Active since: 2023

Emma is a young Namibian woman aged 27 years’ old who currently serves as a Member of Parliament and the Minister of Information and Communication Technology in the Republic of Namibia since February 2024.

Before her current role, she served her country as a Human Rights Lawyer in the Ministry of Justice, Practicing Paralegal, the Deputy Speaker of the Youth Parliament of the Republic of Namibia and the Junior Mayor of our capital city, Windhoek.

She currently possesses an LLB Honours Degree from the University of Namibia, a diploma in Business Management from Amity University, and a diploma in Afrikan Feminism and Gender Studies from the University of South Africa. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in ICT Policy and Regulation at the University of Witwatersrand and preparing to sit for the legal bar exams in 2023.

In June 2022, she was awarded the Laureate in the Individual Category of the United Nations Population Award and named as one of the BBC’s 100 Most Influential Women in the World in 2021 amongst other nominations and recognitions.

She is currently an Amujae Leader 2023 under the mentorship of H.E Ellen Jonson-Sirleaf and serve on the Boards of Africa REACH and NalaFEM. Her advocacy for youth empowerment and sustainable development in her country, on the continent and the globe has been consistent since 2009 when she championed the recognition of children’s rights in Namibia as well as worked with continental and global youth organisations to bring the needs and voices of young people to the attention of the world’s decision-makers.

She is involved in the World Youth Group, an organization dedicated to bringing elected youth leaders from around the world to support UN initiatives amongst other organisations that operate at a global level. She currently runs a few initiatives such as “Bring-A-buddy-To-Parly” and “Digital Nomad” that bring young people closer to decision-making bodies and teach them the skills of the future because she fully understands the global challenges young people like herself are facing today.

Emma Theofelus Related Activities

Date: 06/15/2023

First meeting of the Network of Young Decision-makers

WYDE Civic Engagement Network of Young Decision-Makers brings together a group of exceptional young leaders under 36 years old who are active in politics and in decision-making bodies and who have already reached positions of influence from which they can advocate for greater youth political participation.

From 11/12/2023 to 11/14/2023

Policy Lab Network of Young Decision-Makers 2023- 12 November | “Youth Rethinking Social Development for People and Planet”

The Network of Young Decision-Makers will contribute to the discussions of Club de Madrid’s Annual Policy Dialogue 2023

From 09/21/2023 to 09/22/2023

Delegation to The UN General Assembly (UNGA) 2023

Members of the Network will hold different meetings and participate in various planned activities.