Pan-African Humanitarian Awards Advisory Board has named Moroccan Zakaria El hamel as the winner of the 2017 Pan-African Humanitarian Award for Global Impact and Community Development.

He was identified in consultation with World Leaders Forum in Dubai and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Zakaria El hamel is the President & Founder, Youth for Peace-Morocco Executive Director Youth for Human Rights, also a member of Anna Lindh Foundation, as well as a member of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court.

El hamel is to receive the award at the Summit billed for Friday, 17 November – Sunday, 19 November, 2017, in Tanzania. The award ceremony is to draw participation from 26 African countries, 14 humanitarian organisations from around the world, and 12 media outlets.

The ceremony will be live streamed to more than 30million viewers across the globe.


This award category is for the bravest and most daring, as well as the most strategically sound and forward-looking young advocate in Africa with measurable achievement in humanitarian practices, peace advocacy and socio-economic development within Africa.

The conferment is based on El hamel’s exceptional contribution and persistent efforts to develop and promote the attainment of peace, integrity, democracy and good governance on the African continent.

This noble pace has set his institution apart as a role model for others to follow.

Zakaria El hamel will be awarded under the category tagged, “Pan-African Humanitarian Award: Young Achievers Award on Peace Advocacy.”

Mr El hamel is the founder of Youth for Peace and Dialogue between Cultures, headquartered in Morocco. He is also Ambassador and President of Youth for Human Rights International Chapter in Morocco a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, an educator born and raised in apartheid South Africa, where she witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of discrimination and the lack of basic human rights.

The purpose of YHRI is to teach youths about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and inspire them to become advocates for tolerance and peace. YHRI has now grown into a global movement, including hundreds of groups, clubs and chapters around the world.

The Pan-African Humanitarian Summit/Awards is an annual event conceived to identify and give proper recognition through the conferment of awards of excellence and distinction to individuals and organisations who have distinguished themselves as brilliant exemplars of society or who have contributed towards the attainment of peace and respect for human life and dignity

The Summit/Award will draw Participation of 200 highly recognized leaders in various sectors of industry, government, business and humanity from 37 African countries to identify the barriers to peace in Africa and provide a holistic and multi-dimensional approach to sustainable peace and development in Africa.

Zakaria El hamel

The summit which will include workshops, conference sessions, panel discussions and award presentation will birth the Launch of The Peace Begins With Me Campaign.

This campaign amongst other features will involve the African Union’s vision and commitment to open dialogue aimed at bringing peace and development to the continent.

The previous editions have been held in Accra, Ghana (2015) and Dubai, UAE (2016) with over 40 awardees from 27 different countries to include former Heads of State, Royalty, Celebrities as well as Business Leaders from around Africa.