News — September 12, 2014

Zaheer Allam of Mauritius selected as one of the 2014 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World

For his extraordinary work advocating for renewable energy and environmental preservation, Zaheer Allam of Mauritius was named a 2014 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of moral and/or environmental leadership.


With a background in green architecture and project management, Zaheer Allam began a personal and professional crusade for environmental sustainability. He is an advocate, researcher and entrepreneur with a constant focus on improving and protecting the Mauritian ecosystem. As a researcher, Allam works with fellow academics to learn about, develop and publish new ideas around energy, ecology, architecture and urbanism. He conducts research in his home country of Mauritius and is also a research associate at the Australia Urban Design Research Centre, sharing his knowledge across borders. 


As an active citizen in Mauritius, Allam advocates for the protection and preservation of the Mauritian ecosystem through direct interaction with the community through various initiatives. He contributed to a movement that ignited the establishment of a National Energy Commission by the Mauritian government to re-evaluate national energy policies. He also advocates for sustainable urban planning ideologies on a national level, promoting resilient communities. His works in the urban field has received global acclaim and currently influences debates and policy-making.


Further utilizing his environmental expertise, Allam is one of three founding members of Plateforme Citoyenne, a nongovernmental organization fighting against coal-powered plants in Mauritius and calling for renewable energy solutions. His goal is to eradicate all coal-powered plants from the island. The Plateforme Citoyenne is an umbrella organization fostering local NGOs and communities with the aim to promote policies oriented toward the protection of the ecosystem. The NGO also explores legal avenues with their three cases currently in the Supreme Court of Mauritius, while engaging the community through marches and public and educational talks focused on raising awareness on dangers of coal-powered energy on the economy, environment and people. Allam ensures the implementation of sustainable solutions to challenges in his home country of Mauritius, while providing a positive example of how to protect the environment for active citizens worldwide.



JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young active citizens create positive impact on a local and global level.


These ten exceptional individuals will be honored at the 2014 JCI Awards Ceremony featuring the 2014 JCI TOYP Honorees on Friday, November 28 at the 2014 JCI World Congress in Leipzig, Germany.


About JCI: JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Through projects in more than 5,000 communities across more than 100 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a sustainable global impact.


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Krissy Durant, Membership Services Director, JCI (Junior Chamber International)


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