Benjamin Quinto is the executive director of the Global Youth Action Network, a leading alliance of youth organizations in over 180 countries. Mr. Quinto is also associate director for Youth in Action, a United States-based non-profit organization dedicated to improving youth civic engagement, and he acts as international co-coordinator for Global Youth Service Day, the largest annual celebration of young people making a difference. Mr. Quinto’s work over the past seven years has included advocating for effective youth participation within the United Nations, organizing political representation for American youth, and speaking at and organizing international forums. He is also consulting on Chat the Planet, a new television program that connects young people throughout the world to discuss key issues affecting their lives. Mr. Quinto serves on the board of Mobilizing America’s Youth and serves as youth and education officer at the United Nations Communication Coordination Committee.