GIYC Leadership


Up to three Co-Chairs are selected each year at the UNPFII for a one-year mandate. The roles of the Co-Chairs are to facilitate discussions between the seven regions and to be a point of contact when engaging with external agencies and bodies.

Makanalani Gomes

Makanalani Gomes

Alexis Monzano

Alexia Monzano

Mai Thin Yu Mon

Mai Thin Yu Mon

Regional Focal Points

Each of the seven regions appoints up to three focal points per region each year at the UNPFII for a one-year mandate. The roles of the focal points are to facilitate discussion and consensus within each region and to be a point of contact for the region.

North America:

Victor Lopez-Carmen

Carrington Christmas

Shanese Anne Steele


Ruth Kaviok

Karin Nutti Pilflykt

Ole-Henrik Bjørling Mifjell

Central & South America, and the Caribbean:

Rayanne Cistine M .Franca

Jorge Angel Perez


Aisah Czarriane Mariano

Mai Thin Yu Mon

Anish Shrestha


Ivan Ingram

Sylvia Elias

Ngaa Rauuira Puumanawawhiti


Juweyria Ali

Amy Andrews

Winnie Kodi

Central and Eastern Europe, Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia:

Sargylana Atlasova

Focal Point Higlights

Amy Andrews, one of the Africa Focal Points, From Mamre (Khoisan) Indigenous peoples, North of Cape Town, South Africa. She hopes and aspires to be a change maker in her community.

Ngaa Rauuira Puumanawahiti, one of the Pacific Focal Points, was born in Ōtaki (New Zealand) and is a product of the Māori total immersion education pathway. He is a former graduate and lecturer of the Mātauranga Māori (Māori Studies) program delivered at Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa (Māori University), specializing in Treaty Education. He now lives in Kirikiriroa (Hamilton) where he provides policy and strategy advice for the Rights & Interests Unit of the Tribal Office of Waikato-Tainui.

Aisah Mariano, one of the Asia Focal Points, and a Kankana-ey Indigenous youth from the Cordillera, Philippines. She is currently the Network Administrator for the Asia Young Indigenous Peoples Network (APIYN), which serves as a regional network for all indigenous youth organizations and group in Asia.

Shanese Steele, one of the North American Focal Points, is a 25-year-old Afro-Indigenous woman of Trinidadian descent and is a member of the Red Sky Independent Métis Nation in Canada.

Victor Lopez-Carmen, one of the Focal Points for North America. He is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and is also Yaqui from Arizona. Currently, he is a member of the International Indian Treaty Council and is studying medicine so he can help his people.