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Aaron Joshua Pinto

United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth
Regional Focal Point (SDG 8) and Queen's Young Leader
Canada/United States of America
Bahrain-born Indo-Canadian, Aaron Joshua Pinto is driven by the pursuit of potential and the intersection of public policy, global affairs, and innovation to solve community challenges.

Fresh off a stint in Central Asia, Aaron graduated cum laude with a Master’s in Politics and Security from the Academy of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe based in Kyrgyzstan, a post-Soviet republic. He currently works in New York City with the Province of Ontario’s International Trade and Investment Office at the Consulate General of Canada.

Years of passionate engagement in socioeconomic issues have taken Aaron from the crèches of post-Apartheid townships in Cape Town to Ukraine’s polling stations all the way to Colombia’s hilltop villages. Aaron’s avid interest in global affairs also steered him to Central and South America and Canada's Arctic where he partook in trade and development missions. He also recently led the Canadian delegation’s negotiations on the future of work at the G7 Youth Summit.

Aaron’s community involvement has included the development of a scheme providing nutrient dense food hampers to people below the breadline and the creation of an award-winning biodegradable mosquito net for malaria prevention in Africa. He also crafted an index using open-source data that gauges regional security fluxes for early warning, and is now working out a method to ensure secure aid transfers to the poor using blockchain.

Aaron was elected as a City Youth Councillor, has written on security issues as a NATO Canada Fellow, and negotiated and spoken at high-level fora, including those of the United Nations, Commonwealth and the CTBTO. He was appointed as Canada's Youth Ambassador to the OSCE and is a member of Canada’s Volunteer Awards National Advisory Committee. He has recently been selected as a Regional Focal Point – Economic Growth, Job Creation and Future of Work at the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth.

Along the way, Aaron has rubbed shoulders with dignitaries such as Desmond Tutu, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, and Prince Charles; climbed South Africa's iconic Lion's Head; and celebrated Christmas Mass with Pope Benedict XVI. He also enjoys skiing, brisk runs, road trips, and chamber music.

Aaron has been recognized with the Queen's Young Leaders Award by HM Queen Elizabeth II, designated a Young Leader by the Global Baku Forum, and was featured as one of Canada’s Future Foreign Policymakers for 2018 by OpenCanada.