Founder and Executive Director of Civic Concepts International in both, the United States and the Czech Republic, William is a Youth Leadership Expert and has been working for Youth Empowerment from last 15 years. After working with the Congressional Youth Leadership Council in DC and the National Youth Leadership Forum in Philadelphia, Webster moved to Europe to launch a similar initiative in Central Europe, where he founded the Civic Concepts International and the International Youth Leadership Conference. William started Youth Leadership Europe, a Czech not for profit as the host institution to carry on the IYLC where he is currently the Chairman of Board and Executive Director. His Areas of expertise are as follows: Leadership, Team Building, Motivation, Youth Empowerment and Global Civics.
William believes in building upon his own definition of Leadership and he motivates others to find their definition of Leadership for themselves. According to Webster "CCI's goal is to lay out the tools for the youth and it is up to the individual young leader to pick them up and build up their own individual skills and truly make them the leader they can be". William travelled around the world, visiting Universities and started the International Youth Leadership Network as way to promote and support students that show interest in their communities, want to develop their leadership credentials and who would gain from the IYLC experience. With experience of working in different regions, in 2004 he Initiated "Insight Dubai" and worked for the first two conferences in partnership with a local University. In Dubai, CCI worked to strengthen the voice of women in the Middle East where Webster met with Benazir Bhutto and H.E. Sheikh Nayahan Mabarak Al Nayahan the Minister of Higher Education of the United Arab Emirates.
Webster established International Youth Leadership Africa in 2007, Cape Town, South Africa. While in Cape Town at the founding IYLA Webster sat down with the conference's key note Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe and spoke about ongoing regional issues and the importance of reaching out to the next generation, instilling responsible leadership in the next generation of African.
In 2011, working with Education Association for China Tomorrow, he played an active role in the International Youth Festival in Beijing, China, which he will do again this year. He launched the 1st International Youth Leadership Conference, UAE in Dubai in 2011, which was a huge success, in partnership with the American University in the Emirates. Webster is currently working on developing the IYLC in additional locations, such as India, Indonesia and a series of conferences in East, South and West Africa.
In 2012, he was invited to the International Youth forum for Policy, Change and Development (IYF) as a keynote speaker where he spoke to the youth about problem solving in a connected global civics. He also conducted a workshop on fund raising and looking for sponsors to attend forums like IYLC, IYF, etc. which was much appreciated by everyone.
Mr. Bharat Ramesh Itagi is currently contracted as a Project Manager at IYLC. Before joining IYLC, he graduated from Leiden University, The Netherlands with an Advanced LL.M. in Public International Law with a specialization in International Dispute Settlement. He is an Advocate on the roll of the Bar Council of Karnataka, India. Additionally, he is actively involved in Legal Writing.
Until May 2015, Mr. Itagi was the Chairperson of the Alexis Centre for Study and Research in Law, India. He has also interned at the Outreach, Protection and Intervention Unit of the UNHCR, Malaysia. During his undergraduate studies at Karnatak University, India, he was involved in many extra-curricular activities. The notable ones include being the President of the World Law Dialogue, contributing as Content Developer to online portals and publishing many articles. He is passionate about playing cricket and has played at national level in India.
Mr. Itagi is an alumnus of the 24th IYLC Prague. After his experience as a delegate, he went on facilitate the 26th IYLC Prague and then was a head facilitator for the 1st IYLC Malaysia. Being an ideal product the IYLC structure, he is passionate about taking IYLC around the globe!
Ms. Ligita Baleisyte is a Lithuanian currently living in the Netherlands, where she has graduated from Leiden University with a Master’s degree in Public International Law. Before moving to the Netherands, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Law and Customs Activities program from Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania and worked with Professional Golfers' Association of Lithuania (PGA LTU) as a legal assistant.
Ms. Ligita was Logistics Coordinator for 34th IYLC Prague and was later contracted by IYLC. She is responsible for fruitful relationship with our existing partners and also is on the constant lookout for new partners.
Ms. Spandana Nagesh is a law student at Alliance University, Bangalore, India. Her subjects of interest include Intellectual Property Rights, Competition law and Corporate law. She is an avid debater and has taken part in various National and International Conferences, Summits, Delegation Programs, Moot Court Competitions in India and Abroad.
Ms. Spandana is closely associated with various National and International organisations. She possesses strong interpersonal, analytical and logical reasoning skills. She also has an excellent communication, networking and leadership skills. Currently she holds the post of Executive Manager at Legal Desire Media and Publication, India and is actively involved in the activities of Nurture Nature Global a NGO based in India working with an objective of sustainable development. She loves working with the people from diverse culture and background. She enjoys reading different genres of books and travelling.
Ms. Spandana was a delegate at 10th IYLC Dubai and was later contracted by IYLC as a Social Media Associate. Being a member of the Social Media Team of IYLC, she responsible for our outreach and promotional activities through social media.
Ms. Michaila Wilson is born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. She is pursuing Bachelor of Commerce in Investment Management and Banking. Presently she is also a volunteer at O.T.S.M a non-profit organization based in Cape Town. The reason why she believes strongly in volunteering is because she is interested in empowering the community through service - service of giving back, of empowering and seeing the need of those that are neglected. With South Africa’s rich history, she deems it fit to identify challenges which communities face through the help of service learning and engagement. She yearns to empower herself from those that have a heart for people and a ear to listen. She aims to use her degree to invest and ploughing back into historically disadvantaged communities and to foster a sense of empathy for others and their struggles.
Ms. Michaila was delegate at 10th IYLC Dubai, Logistics Coordinator of 2nd IYLC Africa and is now a Social Media Associate. Along with Ms. Spandana, Ms. Michaila is responsible for our outreach and promotional activities through social media.