Born in Dublin Ireland in 1988, Tracey was a healthy and able-bodied child, who, at birth, showed no indications of being destined to having anything other than a ‘normal’ life. However, when she was 8 years old her life took a massive turn when she was diagnosed with a disability known as Rapid On-Set Muscular Dystonia. This rocked both the lives of Tracey and her family, as they came to terms with the sudden reality of the situation. Tracey has experienced many moments of negativity, social isolation and self pity, but, has also however experienced positive moments and is now actively involved in a large network of people who all share the same goal as Tracey, making their own lives and everyone who they meet, meaningful and positive. Tracey is a Best Selling Author, Public Speaker, Life Coach, Disabled Advocate & Travel Entrepreneur.
Hey I’m Isabelle. I’m from Ashbourne Co. Meath and I strongly believe that kids and teens need more support regarding their mental health in Ireland! The reason I joined the AUNUA Academy is because I, myself have gone through my own struggles over my teenage years. I have been through and know how this system works and what needs to be improved on. I hope to be the voice of teens around Ireland and to highlight that we are in a crisis! I hope to share my story to inspire and guide kids my age to make the right decision regarding their own mental health, and with being apart of AUNUA Academy nothing is impossible!
Dublin born Gary Cunningham is a former prisoner of Mountjoy Prison. As he states quite clearly himself, “I was a complete mess and not a very nice person to be around.” And yet, it was his stint in prison that was to save his life, and ultimately add to the construction of the man he is today. As a prisoner, Gary quickly found a want and need to change. He had to face his alcoholic needs, his feelings of shame and regret and, more importantly, he had to face himself...and all whilst incarcerated in the most negative of environments. But in this environment, Gary tapped into his creativity in order to make a very bad situation more “do-able.” He formed a band that was to write themselves into the history books of the Irish Prison Service, wrote a musical (Journeyman) and he wrote the bestselling Joys Of Joy: Finding Myself In An Irish Prison. His follow-up book, Life After Joy: A Prisoner No More, was also a best seller.
Yemi Adenuga is a High Impact Motivational & Keynote Speaker on Leadership, Author, and CEO of Sheroes. In her role as the Aunua Academy Ambassador to Africa, Yemi is leading a team in spreading the Aunua Academy educational resources to teachers and students in Africa.
Keith was born in Dublin, raised in Kildare. Music has always been his first love and passion and the fact he can call it his job is a dream come true. His career has taken him all over the world, to places he’d only dreamed of visiting. Keith has recently signed a Management Deal with the legendary Phil Quartararo – Former CEO at Virgin records, Warner bros and EMI. He has also been hand-picked by Grammy award winning producer Robert Cutarella who has had hits with Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Air Supply, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, The Police, Elton John, Celine Dion, to name but a few. Keith is part of Believe Management, an agency for musicians and artists who are bringing energy into our schools, providing inspiration to our teens through music.
I am Kavuma Johnmary, a Ugandan entrepreneur, change-maker, mentor, SDG advocate, and an environmentalist. I am a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate; One Younger World Ambassador; Aunua Africa Ambassador; Tony Elumelu Fellow; Ocean Leader; Yali Fellow; Kectil Fellow; Ye Community Fellow; Kumvana Fellow; Social Innovation Academy Scholar and I am passionate about uplifting the lives of marginalized groups of people while conserving the environment and I have volunteered with several organizations. In 2015, I founded Upcycle Africa, which conserves the environment and enhances social welfare by promoting innovative and sustainable environment management.
Kamal Ibrahim is a professional speaker, business owner, film producer, tv presenter and a former Mr World. He has traveled the world as an ambassador for the Miss World Organisation and has helped raised over €3 million for children’s organisations through Variety International, the children’s charity for sick, disabled and disadvantaged children around the world. He operates his film & television production company, Reelscreen, based in Dublin and can be seen regularly on RTE as the host of the National Lottery as well as being a contributor on a panel shows on TV and RTE. Kamal speaks to children and young adults on the topics of mental health, inter-culturalism, goal setting and leadership and is often invited to speak on these topics in schools.