Transatlantic Network 2020 works to strengthen ties between Europe and North America through the creation of a sustainable network of young leaders.
TN2020 builds innovative collaborations between young North Americans and Europeans to address challenges that will define their generation. Designed to run until 2020, we are creating an expanding network of emerging leaders (25-35 yrs.) from the fields of business, arts, academia, civil society, media, science and politics, and encouraging and empowering them to develop solutions to global issues. These young people from Europe and North America are working to revitalise links and build new connections for the future.
The network currently features 150 members from 24 different countries across the two regions: united by their creativity, leadership and global awareness, they will make TN2020 their own.
Transatlantic Network TN2020: Welsh participants share their stories from British Council on Vimeo.
Alison Goldsworthy is Director of Communications and Events for the Kidney Wales Foundation. Additionally, Alison organises several large events including the Cardiff 10k run. Alison has worked in the Houses of Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and for the Liberal Democrats, co-authoring their 2004 European manifesto in Wales. Alison attended schools in England, Wales and Indiana before graduating from Bath University in Business Administration, and gaining a Post Grad in Management from the Open University.
Bethan Jenkins was elected as Plaid Cymru regional Assembly Member for South Wales West in May 2007, and is the youngest Assembly Member at the age of 27. Bethan’s political interests include international affairs, women’s rights, asylum matters, the safeguarding of local services, and eating disorder provision in Wales. She is the founder member and chair of the Cross Party Committee on Eating Disorders at the National Assembly. Outside the political arena she enjoys swimming, going to the gym, watching football and rugby league, music, and playing the viola.
Samer formally worked as a Race Equality Diversity Officer with VALREC, a Race Equality Organisation based in South Wales. She sits on the GAVO Caerphilly Local Management Committee, Crown Prosecution Service Gwent Community Engagement Group and the External Policing Steering Committee, in addition to lecturing at Cardiff University in the areas of Employment Law and Sharia Law. Born in Cardiff in 1975, Samer spent her early adult years in Wales save for periods of academic study and work spent in Birmingham, London and abroad. Prior to her current job roles, Samer worked as a Practice Manager in a city law firm whilst completing her legal research studies.
Federico Podeschi was born in the Republic of San Marino and moved to the UK in 1997. He is a social entrepreneur, Chief Executive Officer of the LGBT Excellence Centre Wales, and president of LGBT San Marino. His work is focused on developing sustainable models for delivering equality and human rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Federico was nominated Honorary Consul to San Marino in Wales in 2008 and was invited by the Prime Minister Gordon Brown to celebrate LGBT History Month in February 2009.
Wil Stephens is a BAFTA award-winning digital producer who founded interactive production company Cube in 2006, which has developed into one of the leading digital companies in the UK. Wil is Cube’s Chief Executive and heads the company’s new client relationships, R&D, and strategic development. Prior to Cube, Wil founded FBA Media, a subsidiary company of communications agency FBA Group, which pioneered online e-learning applications. In 2008 he was voted as Broadcast Magazine’s Hotshots. Wil is a Trustee of the Welsh Broadcasting Trust and a Director of industry training company, Skillset.