Yusuff Liadi is a dynamic youth leader and activist who has dedicated his career to promoting youth participation in politics and advancing democratic values.
As the founder of YouthElect under iLEAD AFRICA, he has initiated various projects and programs aimed at empowering young people to actively engage in political processes. Through initiatives like the Young Political Leaders Forum, Campus Parliamentary Mentorship Programme, National Youth Parliamentary Conference, and Youth Agenda Summit, Yusuff has created platforms for dialogue, mentorship, and capacity-building for aspiring young leaders. His advocacy for the #NotTooYoungToRun bill resulted in the reduction of the age of youth candidacy after it was signed into law in 2018.
In 2019, Yusuff aspired to represent Ibadan Northeast Constituency 1 at the Oyo State House of Assembly. With his extensive experience in training over 10,000 young people across Africa in political leadership, civic engagement, and digital advocacy, Yusuff has nurtured a new generation of civic leaders actively involved in politics.
His partnerships with the United Nations SDGs Action Campaign, United Nations Foundation, and UNODC in Nigeria demonstrate his commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through empowering youth. Yusuff’s remarkable contributions have been recognized with national and international honors, including the United Development Young Achiever Leadership Award, GCPIT Global Sustainability Award in India, and selection as one of the 2023 Young Global Changers for the World Policy Forum’s Recouping Awards in Germany.
Through his work, Yusuff continues to inspire and drive positive change, building resilient societies and shaping sustainable futures.