The World Youth Alliance (WYA) is pleased to announce the selection of Lord Leomer Pomperada from the Philippines as its fifth President. Lord has been working in WYA Asia Pacific (WYAAP) as Regional Director (RD) for a year and half. He signed the WYA Charter and became a member in 2011 “because he believed that each person is unique, important and has a significant role in the society”.
In 2014 alone, under the leadership of Lord, the WYAAP team gained over seven thousand new WYA members and gave numerous trainings and workshops in various high schools and universities in Asia Pacific. In the same year, WYAAP inked a partnership agreement with a major television network in the Philippines to launch the World Youth Alliance Celebrity Ambassadors program. He led WYAAP to greater collaboration and partnerships, including: the London School of Public Relations-Jakarta, ASEAN Youth Leaders Association, Habitat for Humanity Asia Pacific and SOS Children’s Villages Philippines. WYAAP was also recognized as an Outstanding Youth Development Organization by the Voice of the Youth Awards for its valuable contribution to youth empowerment.
During his time as RD, Lord’s priority focused on greater membership engagement, strengthening existing WYA Clubs and Chapters, and establishing new ones in other countries. Moving forward, Lord envisions a coalition of young people who aren’t only dignity defenders but are also global change-makers. These are young people who contribute towards shared governance and nation building, and inspire the future generation of leaders.
Lord was born in Iloilo City, Philippines. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) in Manila, Philippines. In his senior year, he was the President of the Corps of Diplomats and News Editor of the Benildean Press Corps. At university, he was a Deaf advocate and volunteer sign language interpreter. After graduating in 2011, Lord became an intern at the WYA Asia Pacific office for three months. After that, he worked with the Institute for Solidarity in Asia as a Program Assistant for Communication and Development.
Lord will begin as the President of World Youth Alliance in October 2015. He enjoys working with young people, travelling to new places and spending time with family and friends.