Meet our three finalists for Project Arizona 2024


Valentina Zenocrati

Valentina is a 21-year-old student of Economics. She also runs her own business in her town and has a degree in “Stock Market and Cryptocurrency.” In her fight for freedom, she has been working in different organizations such as SFL and LOLA. She founded a student organization at her university called UPAU, is the actual president of the “Liberal Party” in her city and has worked for the election campaign of libertarian candidate Javier Milei, the president-elect of Argentina.


Nathaniel Dwamena

Nathaniel is an LLB graduate, having acquired his first degree in Geography and Rural Development with Economics as minor at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). As the Majority Chief Whip for the 11th Parliament, he made a significant contribution to the KNUST Students' Parliament House. For the 10th and 11th Parliaments in 2017 and 2018, he received the Most Hardworking and Exemplary Leader awards, respectively. Nathaniel finished second in the 2018 Ghana National Parliament's inter-tertiary student parliament's Commonwealth Debate. Nathaniel conducted research for a free market think tank in Ghana, authored opinion pieces, and helped develop alternative policies. He established YAFO Institute in 2023. YAFO Institute is an independent think tank in Ghana that uses the popularizer model to push free enterprise research in the country's public policy arena. YAFO Institute's most recent policy victory involved organizing for a reduction in the electronic transaction levy from 1.7% to 1% in 2023.

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Lasha Babukhadia

Lasha Babukhadia is a seasoned journalist with nine years of experience, contributing to major media outlets such as "Imedi TV," "TV Pirveli," the Polish public broadcaster, and Radio Liberty. Hailing from a generation committed to democratic values in the Caucasus, he understands the sacrifices made for free speech.

Babukhadia has excelled as a reporter for "TV Pirveli" while leading social media promotion efforts. He's been recognized as a guest lecturer at state universities, sharing his journalistic insights and modern platform management techniques.

His impactful coverage of Georgia's elections included record-breaking viewership on television and online platforms. He's also led initiatives to combat misinformation, working with "Meta" to remove thousands of fake accounts linked to government-backed campaigns.

Babukhadia initiated a successful project promoting civic journalism on social media, increasing viewer engagement and participation in investigative journalism activities. Through his dedication, Babukhadia continues to shape media and civic engagement in Georgia.

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Ichchha Khatiwada

Ichchha Khatiwada is a dedicated professional committed to promoting liberty and empowering individuals. As the Nepal Chapter Leader for the Ladies of Liberty Alliance, she advocates for women's rights through education and community engagement. Additionally, as a Senior Coordinator for Students For Liberty in South Asia, Ichchha mentors young activists, fostering empathy and social change. Certified in Social Emotional Learning for Youth Waging Peace by UNESCO MGIEP, she equips herself with the tools to create a more harmonious society. With a diverse skill set and passion for positive change, Ichchha continues to drive impactful initiatives benefiting both organizations and society.

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Muhammad Usman

Muhammad Usman is a 24-year-old graduate of International Relations and a project support officer at the Sustainable
Peace and Development Organization – SPADO. He joined the Students for Liberty movement as a local coordinator in 2023 and organized over 30 events on the free market economy and the principles of free market capitalism. His enthusiasm and dedication earned him the 'The 2023
Newcomer of the Year' award at the South Asia Regional Awards.

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Rody Mens

Rody is a Biomedical Engineering student committed to improving healthcare and education in the Netherlands. He is a member of the oldest European libertarian party - the Dutch libertarian party. He commits himself to promoting pro-liberal ideals, which he reckons has seen an overall decline in the Netherlands and the transatlantic world.
Drawing from his experiences in the 2023 local election campaigns, he is actively shadowing the Eindhoven municipality council and hopes to partake in his local municipality elections in 2026. He is writing an extensive election evaluation document and hopes to write a playbook for the forthcoming elections in 2026.

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Hasbunallah obtained Bachelor's Degree in World Politics and international Relations at University of Peshawar. He is currently working as Planning Officer in UNDP Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He joined Students For Liberty (SFL) in December 2022 and is a strong advocate of human rights and free market economy.
He voluntarily worked with a think-tank organization IESA for the last three years and organized numerous workshops and conferences.

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Ashish Chhetri

Ashish Chhetri has a degree in Business Administration and owns his own photography and event management company in Pokhara, Nepal. He is the director of visual media at the Language of Liberty Institute, Nepal. He has contributed his knowledge and skills to the organization of various liberty workshops, liberty camps, and liberty symposiums dedicated to free market entrepreneurship and individual liberty in Nepal and South Asia.

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Candela Fernández San Juan

Candela Fernández is a 20-year-old undergraduate of International Studies at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She is a member of the Austrian Libertarian Association, and Ladies of Liberty Alliance, Spain, where she advocates for women's rights through education and community engagement. She is passionate about global geopolitics, so she dedicates herself to diplomacy, international politics, and foreign policies through active involvement in Model UNITED Nations in countries like the United States and Canada. She hopes to consolidate her view of American politics and contribute to the diffusion of liberal politics in Spain and other European countries. She also looks forward to strategically defending liberal ideas such as private property rights and individual liberty in her country.

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Sana Ullah

Sana Ullah is an educationist who fights for freedom of speech by challenging the blasphemy laws of Pakistan. Like Asma Jahangir and Malala Yousaf Zai, he was politicized due to his birthplace which motivated him to set an ambitious goal of making his society freer. He is on the path to achieving this goal through educating young high schoolers about liberals values with a focus on freedom of speech. He firmly believes that “ to remain silent is to die and to speak is life “ .
For him, Project Arizona is not just a course or fellowship but part of his fight for freedom which will equip him with hands-on tools and techniques needed for his advocacy as a community leader.

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