Moiz Lakhani: The International Youth Assembly Impact Challenge 2018 Winner

Moiz Lakhani, the youngest winner of The International Youth Assembly Impact Challenge, 2018. Moiz received this award during the 22nd United Nations Youth Assembly Gala event from Her Excellency Ms. Simona Mirela Miculescu, Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of United Nations Office in Belgrade, and Mr. Zheng Zuo CEO of SpaceChain.


The Youth Assembly Impact Challenge: Delegates to The Youth Assembly are called to action by developing original, impactful, and innovative solutions to the social, economic, and environmental issues outlined in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Challenge participants will design and pitch proposals for a social impact project of their own creation. Candidates with the best proposals – chosen by a panel of judges – will be awarded with seed funding and connected to resources to help launch their vision into action. Participants of the Impact Challenge are leaders and change-makers in their communities with an enthusiasm for social innovation and must be between ages of 16 and 28, and have a clear vision for impactful change.

Moiz+LakhaniMoiz Lakhani is a grade 12 International Baccalaureate student. He currently has a 2nd degree Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu, Black Belt in Kickboxing, and represents Canada in various international tournaments. He is a 3x NAGA World Grappling Jiu-Jitsu Champion attaining 6 international gold medals over three years, and he has also attained bronze/silver at the Kids World Jiu-Jitsu Championships. Moiz is also a 1x National Kickboxing Champion. Moiz has a profound love for giving back to his community through the Sustainable Development Goals. Moiz was selected as an ambassador for the United Nation Association of Canada where he spoke about the sustainable development goals to high school students across the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. Similarly, Moiz is also an ambassador for Aga Khan Foundation Canada and World Partnership Walk. Currently, he is the Visitor Program Lead at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat and Global Centre for Pluralism where he manages tours for thousands of visitors world wide. He also trains nearly 100 tour guides. Prior to Ninja Girls, Moiz started an imitative called Dance2fit for members within the community. By partnering with local organizations and using his knowledge of Martial Arts, he was able to provide free cardio kickboxing and dance sessions, impacting the lives of many members within his community. On the occasion of Ontario 150, Moiz was recognized by government of Ontario for his outstanding community work.



NinjaGirls aims to ensure the safety and betterment of young girls in developing countries. In addition to promoting a healthy lifestyle, this initiative will also seek to improve the self confidence and morale of young girls in these areas, creating profound change within their lives.

The initiative provides free self defense martial arts-inspired classes for girls, which encourage them to develop a healthy lifestyle. Participants also learn about proper nutrition and diet necessary to remain fit and healthy.


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Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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