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UN Foundation lists SOAS student as ‘People to Watch Who Want to Change the World’

14 April 2016

The UN Foundation has named SOAS University of London PhD student Michael Edward “Eddie” Walsh as one of its people to watch who want to change the world.

Eddie, who is studying for PhD in Politics and International Relations at SOAS founded the Island Society with help from SOAS alumna, and former Co-Chair of the SOAS Student Union, Keiko Ono in 2012. The Island Society aims to inspire and empower islanders to participate in international affairs to affect positive changes in their local communities.

Eddie said: “Through SOAS, I have had the opportunity to live and work on four continents while completing my doctoral research. These experiences have provided a global network of contacts that I have been able to leverage to grow the Islands Society.

“SOAS provided the networks and exposure that I needed to transform a one-person project for Pacific Islanders into an international nonprofit organization for women, minorities, and young people in island communities around the world. When I left Hawaii, I never imagined that I could accomplish so much during the course of my studies.”

The UN Foundation is an advocate for the United Nations and a platform for connecting people, ideas and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation builds partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilize resources and advocate policy changes to support the UN’s work for individual and global progress. The list identifies interesting people and organisations who are creating change in their local communities.

To see the full list visit the UN Foundation blog.