Tanesha Westcarr is an entrepreneur, Governor General Achievement Award recipient, author and international speaker. She is currently the Events Coordinator at the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, a UK Brand Ambassador for Victoria Mutual Building Society and an International Development postgraduate student at Birkbeck, University of London. Her previous experience within the private sector includes roles as a marketing consultant, online brand manager and business developer.
She galvanized, coordinated and lead a transnational group of youth advocates from Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States of America amongst other countries to form the content for the Global Youth Forum at the 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference. In addition, Tanesha spearheaded the group in creating the Concept Note and Terms of Reference for the formation of the Global Jamaica Diaspora Youth Council. Her contributions also extended to recommendations within the draft National Diaspora Policy.
Since 2016 Tanesha has served as the UK Youth Diaspora Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in Jamaica. She held prominent positions on the Jamaica Education Taskforce UK Board and was Co-Chair of the Jamaica55 UK Youth Committee. As a youth advocate, Tanesha launched The Jamaican Youth Forum UK at the Houses of Parliament in London, providing a platform for young people of Jamaican heritage to voice their concerns and recommendations to political representatives. She is recognised as a Global Young Leader of Jamaica and a champion of youth engagement, economic empowerment and sustainable education. Read more here.
Her earliest philanthropic contributions were recognised with the receipt of the 2008 TimeBank Volunteer of the Year Award and a Local Heroes Reception at 10 Downing Street with former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.