The Chief Advocacy Officer and Vice President of Advocacy & Public Relations of Tod'Aérs Global Network [TGN]: Ms. Jana Degrott, was recently interviewed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In the recent interview Six Picks from a Young Political Leader, Jana Degrott's remarkable journey as a young political leader was spotlighted, celebrating her unwavering commitment to challenging the status quo and championing inclusivity in politics.
In 2017, at the remarkable age of 21, Jana became one of Luxembourg's youngest elected officials, making her mark on the city council in Steinsel. Her platform became a vehicle for addressing the glaring lack of representation for women and people of color in Luxembourg's political landscape. Jana's mission was clear — to ensure that policies were reflective of the diverse needs of the society she serves. In 2022, she was recognized among the World's Top 100 Under 40 "Most Influential People of African Descent in Politics and Governance" (MIPAD) - in support of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024, Resolution 68/237).
Driven by a passion to foster a sense of belonging for women, particularly women of color, Jana co-founded the nonprofit We Belong Europe. Through this initiative, she has actively worked towards breaking barriers and providing mentorship opportunities for underrepresented individuals in various fields. Jana's commitment to gender equality found resonance within the Gates Foundation's Goalkeepers community. As a member, she continues to advocate for policies and initiatives that address systemic inequalities and empower women worldwide.
Jana Degrott's journey and story exemplify the impact that young leaders can have on reshaping political landscapes and advocating for a more inclusive and equitable world. Tod'Aérs Global Network [TGN] congratulates Ms. Jana Degrott on this well-deserved recognition and remains committed to supporting her advocacy efforts in creating positive global change.