Ryan Mercieca

Project Manager | Gozo Youth Council

Ryan Mercieca

Project Manager | Gozo Youth Council

Biography

Project Manager  | Gozo Youth Council 

Ryan read an M.A. in Business & Entrepreneurship at the University of Malta after having graduated from the same university in M.A in Tourism as well as in M.A. Diplomacy a B.A. Hons in Geography and a Diploma in Management. He currently works as a Consultant on Project Management and EU Funding.

He has served four years as President of the Gozo University Group (GUG), President and founder of the Gozo Youth Council (GYC) and five years in the National Youth Council (KNŻ). He has also served two years in the Civil Society within the MCESD and five years in the Malta Community Chest Fund (MCCF) as well as being elected in the European Catholic Students’ board. Four years positioned as secretary for the Gozo NGOs Association, he was also a Student Representative at the University of Malta Council and member of the Gozo Regional Committee within the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development.

In 2014, he was selected as the 1st United Nations Youth Delegate representing Malta and in the same year selected by the Russian Embassy in Malta to participate in a youth leadership program ‘Generation Next” in October 2014. Ryan was selected for the prestigious IVLP program of the US State Department in 2013 and in the same year he was finalist for the Young European Award 2013 organised by the Schwarzkopf-Stiftung Junges Europa Foundation. Consequently, Ryan has participated as a Youth Expert in the 9th Ministerial conference in St. Petersburg in 2012 and in 2011 the European Commission selected him as a youth ambassador the EU-China Year of Youth. He has been active for the past years in the European Youth Forum, Commonwealth Youth Council and Pax Romana.

PAPER AND GOOD PRACTICE PRESENTATION

iLead – The Creative Leader Academy

The academy is on how to develop leadership, advocacy, negotiation skills, public speaking and other skills through a number of training sessions. Peer learning activities where those attending training will pass the information acquired to other members of the organisation will follow this. Following this a number of simulation exercises are carried out whereby discussions take place amongst all participants and a list of policy recommendations is developed and presented to the relevant stakeholders.

The main objectives identified are:
– To provide training opportunities for youths in leadership, advocacy and negotiating skills
– To provide an opportunity for youth to come together and discuss matters that effect them
– To provide an opportunity to youth to network and establish links with other European youth organisations
– To provide an opportunity for youth to develop a set of policy recommendations on youth strategies that should be adopted by national and European governments