Who We Are

Young Pioneers for Development ( YPD) is a development community connecting change agents to community need to foster development at grass root level.

Our vision

Building a global community of young people leading and working together for a positive change conducting to sustainable development.


Lead innovative actions that are essential for community development.


How We Help

YPD is a nonprofit organization which aims to making community development easy by gathering active citizens, offering expertize and collecting resources to provide sustainable solution to a specific need of the community.
Our approach is based on sustainable development principles using human centered design and social entrepreneurship methods in a volunteering spirit.

The Team

   Harriot Aguiah

Cofounder & Advisor

Harriot AGUIAH has over 6 years of experiences in community development and capacity building for organizations and company working in volunteering, wildlife conservation, food security, and environmental impact assessment. Taking leadership role in diverse youth let organizations as AIESEC, Junior Chamber International, he developed his passion about designing and leading project in youth empowerment, agriculture, entrepreneurship and environment. As former President, Harriot advises YPD on project designing and food security.

   Christel Kenou


Christel KENOU is an agricultural engineer and President of Young Pioneers for Development. He uses his expertise in environmental research and communication to promote YPD’s work and contribute to a high visibility of the organization. His experience in international development is a great value for the team.
He believes that capacity building and creating opportunities for young African are key elements to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs). As such, YPD is at the forefront of engaging youth to achieve SDGs in Benin.


Cofounder & Research Supervisor

Mr. Ange is an Environment Engineer who worked as Researcher Assistant at Centre d’Etudes Régional pour l’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS) in Senegal and completed a Master of Science degree in Plant Pathology and Crop Protection at Cheikh Anta Diop University (Senegal). He is currently Researcher Assistant at Rural Development Administration in South Korea. He believes that research added to innovation is a solution to hunger and world issues. He provides his expertise as Research Supervisor in YPD.


Executive Director

Halid Bakary is a naturalist and an English language consultant.  Former Rescue Operation Officer at Benin Red Cross, Godomey branch, he has developed his passion for humanitarian activities and community services. Halid is like a central pillar at YPD, coordinating activities, managing teams and logistics. He believes that agriculture and communication are empirical tools for Africa’s development as he sticks to them as a member of YPD.
He commits his dynamism and multipurpose potentials to strengthening youths’ abilities on the same line with the NGO’s objectives.

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Grant Officer

TONI Hermann holds a PhD in Ecology. He carried out research works on pollination of some crops in Benin (West Africa). He worked in fundraising and project teams of some local NGOs in Benin. He is an external collaborator at YPD since 2014 and works with the project team through grant application and fundraising activities. He believes that youth have a major role to play in development of Africa

   Vidjinnangni Grégory Thoto

Director of Communication

Vidjinnangni advises business leaders and supports SMEs in their digital communication strategy. As Director of Communication of YPD, he uses his experience of SEO consultant and web strategies to promote entrepreneurship and digital literacy for young schoolchildren (Keoubougou Pi program). Gregory is the Managing Director of Orizon Web Services which provides digital communication services to SMEs and he co-leads a program called HackHer, whose main objective is to enable women to regain the central role they played until the 1980s in the development of computing.