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Interview with African Union Youth Envoy Chido Mpemba

On April 13, 2024, HKS Student Policy Review Senior Editor John McQuillan spoke with Chido Mpemba. The coversation focused on a range of topics related to young people in Africa.

Chido Mpemba is the Youth Envoy at the African Union Commission where she assists in championing youth development issues in Africa. She was appointed as the second African Union Youth Envoy by the chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki in November 2021, as the youngest senior official in the history of the African Union and youngest diplomat in the chairperson’s cabinet. Chido took over from Aya Chebbi from Tunisia.

Before being appointed to the African Union as the Youth Envoy on November 1, 2021, she had worked as a banker at Standard Chartered Bank, and also worked for the Ministry of Youth Arts, Sport, and Recreation in her country, Zimbabwe.