Bio

The biography of

Gwendell “WEN” Mercelina, Jr.

Gwendell Mercelina - Dutch Caribbean Pearls
Gwendell Mercelina, Jr. (30) born in Willemstad, Curaçao on the 23rd of July, 1988.
First born of Ruthsella Mercelina – Troncon and Gwendell Mercelina, Sr. and the big brother of beauty queen and English teacher Ruënna Mercelina.
Characterized as a world citizen, professional and charismatic man.
An avid social communicator, politician, creative entrepreneur, media and communications professional, philanthropist, performing artist, producer, tv-host, coach and consultant.
Chairs an international youth-led organic project-platform of leadership and nation building; which he founded and was launched on the International Youth Day 2010 as “WE LEAD”.
Gwendell created the international leadership and nation-building youth platform after his most remarkable achievement in his career as the highest vote-getter of the Youth Elections in 2005, and the longest running President of the Youth Parliament of Curaçao “Hoben Goberna” from 2005 till 2010.

Started his education career at Peutervreugd, then attended the Johan van Walbeeck kleuter en basisschool (primary and elementary school), then went to Radulphus College (highschool) did his HAVO (Hoger Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs).

He finished his VWO as the best graduate of his private college, then he finished Associate Bachelor in Antillean Law at University of the Netherlands Antilles; While he started the University of the Dutch Caribbean in Marketing & International Management, he did also an abroad study. Which in May 2013 he finished as Bachelor of Arts in Media Communications at the Webster University.

 

 

He got chosen as Youngster of the Year 2009, Top 5 Most Outstanding Men of Curaçao and got a Wheel of Perseverance Award from his neighborhood-platform.
In 2011 he transcends borders for the country after being recognized as the first ambassador of the global young platform “One Young World”.
The year 2011 was one of his toughest years, Gwendell underwent heavy eye-surgeries due to a ‘keratoconus’. In that case his left eye got saved with only 10% of sight and his right eye with 90%. Due to the health shocks another immune condition got awakened during the process and that’s when the doctors realized he got a rare-type of ‘vitiligo’. This process is what made him even more aware of the fire within life and purpose.
Afterwards he became the first youngster in history to receive a diplomatic Government recognition at 23 years old for all the volunteering work and projects achieved in social, labor and for youth development.
Mercelina’s political paradigms entrance in 2016 was marked for being the youngest political candidate in Dutch Caribbean history to enter Parliament Elections listed as number two after the political leader and getting the highest number of votes as the youngest in history for two consecutive elections.
Mercelina makes a living as a creative consultant and entrepreneur of a full-service management firm G!NIUS EMPIRE | G!EMPIRE which withholds the brands WENSHOW, #TenemiSkerpi, and many more. 
Gwendell is known as politician, performing artist, producer, coach, media and communications professional, and philanthropist.
His specialties: Television Presenter; Public Speaker; Media Personality; Actor & Model; International Ambassador; Trainer; Youth; Leadership; Mass Communication; Nation-building; Media; Communication, Social-Media, Consultancy, Training, Marketing, Public Relations, Nonprofits, Fashion & Beauty, Talent, Management, Productions and more.

Gwendell developed his passion, knowledge and interests locally, regionally and internationally as performing artist, an actor, poet, writer, model, tv-host, master of ceremonies, trainer, athlete and also in several organizations as “Djadumingu Mainta”, “Pastoral Hubenil”, Curaçao Beauty Organization, “Endemol” (Netherlands), Rainbow Push Coalition (Chicago), “Eenheid is Kracht” Foundation (Netherlands), Youth Outreach (Bonaire), Nationale Jeugd Instituut (Suriname), Junior Chamber International, Toastmasters International, Winner Curaçao Top Model, Caribbean Fashion Week, Youth Focal Point for Global Youth Coalition for HIV/AIDS, President of  HEFKE (Hoben Empresario Formando Kreando i Edukando (Youth Entrepreneurial Cooperative), Youth Vision 5000 as secretary and lots more.

 

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