Emmanuel Edudzie is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Youth Empowerment Synergy. For over a decade he has been at the forefront of youth development in Ghana and internationally, working at the intersection of youth policy, practice and research. Emmanuel has extensive experience in both executive leadership and consulting positions, with technical expertise in the areas of research and public policy, advocacy and active citizenship, social accountability, skills training and workforce development. He has curated several national youth advocacy efforts, including development of the Ghana Youth Manifesto in 2012 and the People’s National Youth Policy in 2017 both targeted at youth-inclusive policy making. Over the years, he has demonstrated success serving in an advisory capacity and providing strategic guidance on policies and programmes resulting in the improvement of development effectiveness of the UN system in Ghana, specifically in expanding the UN’s engagement with civil society and allowing for more civil society participation in the creation of country strategies for achieving national and global development goals. Emmanuel is internationally educated with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Ghana and a second Master’s degree from the United Kingdom. He is a published expert and recipient of awards, scholarships and fellowships from the World Bank, and the UN, among others. He is well travelled, with networks and partners in many countries around the world.