Sheneli Dona, 23, is a philanthropist, humanitarian and social entrepreneur. She has been serving as an advisor to the United Nations since she was sixteen. She is involved in UN Women Headquarters working groups and contributes to discussions at the United Nations and The World Bank on the importance of investments in women and youth, and human rights. She also advises on legislative and policy reforms at local, national and international levels.
At the invitation of the UN, Sheneli first represented Australia at the 20th Anniversary of the World Program of Action for Youth. She was one of the youngest delegates to the World Climate Summit in 2015, in conjunction with the UN COP21 Paris conference, discussing climate change issues and to highlight women in sustainable development and innovation.
Sheneli has completed a dual LLB/Bachelor of Global Studies (BgobSt) degree and is due to be admitted to The Supreme Court of NSW, Australia as a lawyer. She is also the founder & CEO of a not-for-profit youth-led human rights organisation, The Dona Faith Alliance (TDFA). TDFA further provides a platform and opportunities for youth to be involved in decision making, innovation and entrepreneurship to address issues within society.
Sheneli has been recognised by prominent leaders including Projessor Joy Ogwu (former President of the UN Security Council and Foreign Minister of Nigeria), HRH Princess Mary of Denmark, President Macron of France, other Australian diplomats and local, national and international communities for her efforts and commitment to human rights, climate change and equality.