Global JA Chairperson

International Development MSc student Tanesha Westcarr, is a 2017 Governor General Achievement Awardee. She served four years as the UK Youth Diaspora Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and is now elected Chairperson of the Global Jamaica Diaspora Youth Council (GJDYC). Tanesha is also an entrepreneur, author and international speaker.


As part of her commitment to drive change, improve lives and give back, Tanesha partakes in many philanthropic exploits. Her earliest role in an East London School resulted in an invitation to 10 Downing Street to meet former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. She continues to make a positive impact in areas of education, politics and economic empowerment.

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The Inaugural GJDYC Online Youth Summit under the theme ‘Leading Beyond Covid-19: Industries, Impact and Innovations’ was successfully staged on 15-20 June 2020. The Summit featured 11 industries, 11 panel discussions and 45 speakers, from around the world. Special remarks were made by Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade; Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith on Diaspora Day, while Minister of State Alando Terrelonge was featured on 18 June. Registrations marked 500 from over 18 countries. The Summit Report will include the actionable next steps, policy and advocacy initiatives.

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Tanesha Westcarr received the prestigious Governor General's Achievement Awards at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. She was also selected to bring greetings on behalf of the diaspora at the recent Opening Ceremony of the biennial conference in the presence of the Prime Minister. Following, Tanesha spoke at the Global Young Leaders of Jamaica Youth Forum as well as the Advocacy, Policy and Leadership workshop at the University of the West Indies.

House of Commons with David Lammy MP, Blaksox, Coreplan & Operation Black Vote dealing with the UK Drugs Policy review and the dis-proportionality in the Criminal Justice System. Topic: Is The UK Drugs War Really A War On Black Communities? Excellent discussions around quantitative and qualitative data. Official report due in Summer 2017. 

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The Jamaican Youth Forum UK (The Houses of Parliament, November 22nd, 2016), is a platform for youth engagement, advocacy and empowerment targeting Jamaican youth and young adults in the UK of Jamaican descent. Event organised by Tanesha Westcarr.

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