UWTSD Visiting Professor to Take Up Key Diplomatic Relations Role with UN Youth Engagement Group


Jessica Leigh Jones MBE, Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at UWTSD, will serve as the Global Focal Point for Skilling Migrants for Employment at the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY). 

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) Visiting Professor Jessica Leigh Jones is one of 16  entrepreneurs, senior scientists and business leaders awarded a place on the Royal Society’s Entrepreneur in Residence scheme for 2021.

Jessica will be the first Welsh citizen under the age of 30 to receive this diplomatic honour.

UN MGCY is the UN General Assembly’s “mandated, official, formal and self-organised mechanism” that “connects young people with the UN system to help ensure the realisation of their right to meaningful participation.”

Headquartered in New York, the UN MGCY plays a role in capacity building, policy and advocacy, knowledge, and youth engagement, at global, regional, and national levels. The organisation operates within the UN framework for human rights, sustainable development, peace and security, resilience, and humanitarian action.

Jessica Leigh Jones MBE said: “It is an honour to serve in this important role at a time where global uncertainties arising from Covid-19 and Brexit are influencing young people’s employment prospects and career ambitions. I look forward to working with UN MGCY to develop meaningful policy initiatives and platforms for young migrants to achieve their full potential, anywhere in the world.”

Elana Wong, Global Focal Point for the Migration Working Group at UN MGCY said, "We're very happy to have Jessica join our Social and Economic Integration team as our new Skilling Migrants Focal Point, and excited for the wealth of knowledge and experience she brings to the coordination team."

The position is for a one-year term and focuses on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth. Jessica will consider the importance of entrepreneurship, and the influence of technology and remote flexible working, in shaping young migrants’ employment prospects.

Jessica received an MBE for services to women in engineering in Wales in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours and is CEO of CareerTech start-up iungo Solutions.

iungo Solutions has been named one of Wales’ top five high growth startups by Tech Nation, and recently graduated from Welsh Government’s inaugural high-growth Excelerator Programme for underrepresented founders. The company’s vision is to “create an international brand for apprenticeships, underpinned by a connected infrastructure of education and employment opportunity”. iungo’s commitment to social mobility has been recognised with a Leading the Way for Diversity and Inclusion Award and is currently building an Information, Advice, and Guidance (IAG) platform to help 14 - 18-year-olds to plan their careers.

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