Who we are

Olbios is always seeking talented individuals with a passion for sharing knowledge, for professional growth, who have a strong commitment to their team and the ongoing success of their clients. Whether you are seeking the next level in your career or just beginning, we invite you to talk to us about your expertise and experience and tell us which values function as the driving forces for you.

Emmanuel Ioannidis-Damigos

Founder and President

Emmanuel Ioannidis-Damigos was born in Athens, Greece and has studied philosophy in Germany (FE Universität, Berlin) and France (Paris IV, Sorbonne & Ecole doctorale of the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Fontenay), where he obtained his PhD degree in ethical philosophy with a thesis on Spinoza and Nietzsche. At the same time he also attended seminars at universities throughout the world, including the American University of Cairo, the Complutense University in Madrid, the New Delhi University, India, and the Sapienza University in Rome. He was visiting scholar at Stanford University, USA, and has taught ethical philosophy as a visiting professor in various universities, including the Universidade de Sao Paulo and the Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo in Brazil. During 2010-2016 he created the five parts of the OLBIOS Network; he also wrote for the OLBIOS Journal all the texts of the four editions, for which he has the entire responsibility.

Georgios Massouridis

Executive Director

Born in Athens, Georgios Massouridis lived in several countries and studied among others at Oxford University and Columbia University, from which he obtained a Masters degree. His areas of study ranged from political economy to music – he has a Diploma in Orchestral Conducting from the Ecole Normale de Musique of Paris (received with first ranking). His activities and interests are similarly varied: he has worked as orchestra conductor in France, has a teaching career in various subjects (Economics, Epistemology, English, Piano), has collaborated with economic journals, with theatre groups, and has worked as translator.
Paola de Rohan-Csermak

Paola de Rohan-Csermak

Director of Olbios France

Paola de Rohan-Csermak was born in the United States of America into a family of French, Hungarian, Czech and German origin. She lived in Canada and France where she studied journalism at the Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme de Paris (ESJ Paris), before graduating from La Sorbonne in Paris with two master’s degrees, one in Classics and the other in Didactics of French as a foreign language. Working for the French national education system, she taught French, Latin and ancient Greek for seventeen years, mainly in high schools for disadvantaged teenagers whose background had exposed them to harsh social and economic conditions, violence or handicap. She devised and implemented several pedagogical projects for these students during school holidays in partnership with different organizations, firms and ministries. In parallel, she also accomplished volunteer work for associations and NGOs such as Le Samu social, Ecole à l’Hôpital and Maison de Sagesse, until the birth of her two children. In October 2017, she was appointed director of Olbios France.

 Spyros Petrounakos


 Spyros Petrounakos has a background in Philosophy and currently works in the publishing sector as a book reviewer, editor, writer and translator. He began his studies at the University of London and after his return to Greece, continued research at the University of Athens, the National Technical University of Athens and the University of Ioannina, Greece. Over the years, he has contributed work to scholarly and non-scholarly publications, including writing for print and online magazines, as well as news outlets. He has also done volunteer work for both human and animal-related charities and organizations. At OLBIOS, he is the chief editor of the Greek and English editions. Spyros has a long-standing belief that action without concepts is empty and that we urgently need Philosophy’s contribution to deal with present and future challenges. 


Public Relations Director

 Marina Coriolano-Lykourezos was born in London, England, a child of a Greek father and a Brazilian-American mother. Raised between France, Brazil, Greece and England, she is a multi-cultural polyglot. She has a french baccalaureat, and studied Art History & Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She now lives on the island of Aegina. Her interests have always been multifold : she was the  Co-organiser of 5th & 6th International Month of Photography of the Hellenic Centre for Photography; she was the Production manager, assistant director & interpreter for a documentary on ancient Athenian democracy for the French Ministry of Education, Paris, France; she founded and directed  cats&marbles gallery for antiques and contemporary art and was the Fundraiser of the Athens Information Technology Institute. She organised and curated exhibitions, edited several books & catalogues, and made research on various arts and related projects. She recently (2012) founded The Cool Projects with partner Yanis Zagorianakos – a factory based on the island of Aegina that produces a series of all natural handmade soaps under the brand Cool Soaps.

Rachel Howard

Director of Media & Communications

Rachel Howard is a writer, editor and strategic communications expert based between London and Athens. The author of two best-selling guides to Secret London, she is a regular contributor to Conde Nast Traveller, National Geographic Traveler, and The Guardian, among others. Rachel writes mainly on travel, environmental issues, and the arts. She also provides editorial, media, and copywriting services to high-profile clients in the non-profit, political and tourism sectors. She previously worked for 10 years as a media advisor and speechwriter for the Greek foreign minister and prime minister. 

Arnaud Stephanopoli

Chief Editor of the french edition, the Olbios Journal

Arnaud Stephanopoli is a graduate of ESCP Europe with a DEA in International Economy. He also holds a first degree in Philosophy from Sorbonne Paris. He worked for several years as a consultant for HEC Eurasia Institute and participated in consultation teams for some of the largest French companies operating in Asia. He has published a study entitled “Gouvernement d’entreprise en Corée du Sud: le duel Etat-Chaebols” (HEC-Eurasia Editions), while he has taught a Business Strategy Master’s course at the Institute of Political Studies of Paris. In 2007-2014 he was the chief editor of the contre-feux.com site for analysis and debate of current affairs: more than four hundred specialists have contributed and interacted with hundreds of thousands of visitors. 

Cyril Zimmermann

Strategy Advisor

Cyril Zimmermann studied at the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) of Paris and at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP). He also holds a History degree from the Sorbonne University. He is the founder and CEO of the HI-MEDIA Group. Created in 1996, the internet services company went public in 2000 (Eurolist d’Euronext Paris). In 2001 the group expanded to several European countries (France, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Great Britain) and today Hi-Media employs 500 staff in nine European countries and has joint ventures in Russia and Brazil. It offers advertising services for internet sites (Hi-Media AdX); on-line payment services (Hi-Pay&Allopass) and also acts as editor or shareholder of various internet sites (about music, cinema, video games, and television: jeuxvideo.com, toutlecine.com, magicrpm.com, program me-tv.com) as well as of news publications (La Tribune, Contre-feux). The Hi-Media Group is currently the European leader in audience monetization on the internet. Cyril Zimmermann is also the manager of the HiCab company, a producer of theatre and dance performances, an editor of a music magazine, as well as the President of the Hi-Media Foundation and  the President of ACSEL – The Digital Transformation Hub.



Dimitris Protogirou has held management positions in oilfield services, mining, telecommunications, pharmaceutical and software sectors. For the past 15 years, in his senior roles as Finance Manager, General Manager and Board Member, he has been evaluating, formulating and executing financial and business strategies. He has hands-on experience of raising capital in the private equity markets and executing corporate transactions and post-merger integrations. Dimitris holds an MBA degree from London Business School, an MSc in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a Geology degree from the University of Athens. He began his career in the early nineties as a Civil Engineer in oilfield services where he performed the foundation study of the world’s deepest offshore oil platform, for Shell Oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Upon completing the MBA degree he moved to the Finance function at Schlumberger. He has lived and worked in USA, France and Greece. He has performed assignments in several countries around the world.

Yannick Touchard

Yannick Touchard

Chief Digital Officer

Yannick Touchard has worked as Webagency DirectorDigital Director and Chief Digital Officer at Hi-Media for the last 14 years. At this quality, he has led and support Hi-media’s “incubators” in Design : Market analysis, product strategy, user experience graphic design, business reports and financial documents. He also had the responsibility of Development management : carrying out feature specifications, coordination of technical service provision in Agile, development of outsourced business, as well as strategic, marketing and financial monitoring, marketing and KPI implementation. He is the founder of Siteeasy, a publishing company for exellencedeloire.com, an ecommerce website specialised in the wines of the Loire Valley, a partner at CityBird (UX Design, technical monitoring and marketing follow-up in order to raise funds) and the Founder of Bikini.Agency, for which he has created the operational development ( 360° Management: Product and strategy analysis, recommendations, user experience graphic design, sales proposals, Agile development, carrying out marketing and CRM programs, performance analysis), as well as the setting up and monitoring a network of service providers and sub-contractors, SEO and SEM consulting, CRM consulting, management of front and back office developers.

Zoi Mavroskoti

Legal Consultant

Zoi Mavroskoti is an attorney at law and her area of expertise is copyright law. She is the legal advisor of The Greek Film Archive and of a number of cultural institutions, artists and companies of the creative industry in Greece. 

She had previously worked for the Hellenic Copyright Organization and in 2014 participated in the National Dialogue Committee for Copyright and Neighboring Rights, which was formed by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture.

Zoi Mavroskoti holds two Bachelor degrees from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece- the first in Communication & Media and the second in Law. She also holds a Master (MA) degree in Art, Law and Economy from the International Hellenic University of Greece. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece researching on multi-territorial licensing and its relation to collective management of copyright and neighboring rights in the European Union. Articles and studies of hers on copyright issues have been published in the Greek scientific journal “Media and Communication Law” published by Nomiki Vivliothiki, the largest legal publishing house in Greece.

Zoi Mavroskoti is a member of Athens Bar Association. She lives and works in Athens, Greece.


Olivier Peyrouset

Community Manager & Correspondent, OLBIOS France

Olivier Peyrouset is a medical doctor specialized in intensive care and anesthesiology with studies at the Paris-Sud Medical University and an Epidemiology diploma from ISPED. He has experience in Intensive care as well as  in cardiothoracic and general surgery, obstetrical , cardiothoracic and general anesthesia. He is a Member of nosocomial infections prevention committee. He has worked in the Centre Medicochirurgical Ambroise Paré – the Chirurgical Marie Lannelongue the Groupe Hospitalier Saint Joseph – Centre and other Lyon area hospitals. He was also a Medical team leader in an Ebola treatment center in Guinea and has developed an extensive activity as volunteer for the NGO ALIMA in humanitarian missions in Haiti and Afghanistan among others.

Pierre Morand

Correspondent, OLBIOS Brasil

Founder of Diletart, a European dance agency, Pierre Morand worked closely with talented choreographers, which made him soon realise that body movements are a prolific international language and that, with strong marketing strategies, a lucky few dance shows could reach a wide public.

Starting in 2004 and for over six years, he was in charge of the theatrical department of TS3 (Thierry Suc Productions) – a leading concert and stage producer in France – where he used his project management and executive producer skills to create new shows, such as a sold out Arena tour of the Oscar nominated Les Choristes (The Chorus), the awarded musical Le Soldat Rose or Welcome to the Voice, an Opera featuring Sting and Elvis Costello, and also launched several foreign productions, including Matthew Bourne’s shows and Jin Xing’s Carmina Burana.

Pierre Morand discovered and coproduced the Brazilian show Balé de Rua, with Thierry Suc, and took this group of dancers and percussionists from the favelas on a world tour to some of the most prestigious venues, such as for example the London Barbican Center, the Sydney Opera Hall and Koln Philharmonic.

With 20 years of experience in producing, promoting and touring theatrical shows, Pierre has acquired the 360° vision of the Entertainment industry which is necessary to make each international booking a profitable and enjoyable adventure for all clients of GAAP Bookings. Building bridges between dreams and reality, making people from different languages, cultures and background experiences, understand each others and accomplish fruitful tours are his main day to day focuses since he joined the company as VP Sales, in late 2011.

Christine Guillé

Chief Accountant

Christine Guillé was born in Nantes, France. She studied business management at the IAE for the Diploma of Accounting and Finance in Toulouse. His professional career began in Paris at the Ministry of Ecology and the Central Laboratory for Roads and Bridges where she worked as deputy financial manager. She spend several years in Mayotte as grants manager for the Local Authority and the local Ministry of Ecology. She further worked in Marseille and Aix en Provence in the Technical Studies Centre Equipment as head of the National Software Distribution Pole, responsible of drafting and management of public contracts,  andwhere she later became Administrative and Financial Manager. For the last four years she is in charge of the Treasury and the General Accounts Office in Aix en Provence at the CEGELEC Southeast Nuclear Group ( part of VINCI Group). She was a volunteer Accountant of several associations (Hydrospeed in Paris Bridge Club in Mayotte, Equestrian Association in Aix en Provence) and lately holds the same position for the OLBIOS NETWORK for ACTION.

George Drivas

Art Director

George Drivas is born in Athens, Greece. He is the recipient of numerous awards namely, Best Experimental Film Award at London Greek Film Festival, London, UK (2010), Special Mention at “Strange Screen”, Experimental Film and Video Festival, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece (2009), 2nd prize at VII Media Art Forum, XXVII Moscow International Film Festival, Moscow, Russia (2006), 2nd prize at the  Zebra International Poetry Film Festival, Berlin, Germany (2002) and Jury Award for Experimental Short Film at the New York Expo, NY, NY (2002).

George Drivas’s work has been featured as a Tribute to him at the Athens’s International Film Festival (2014), as a  Solo Show at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece (2009), and as part of a group exhibition or festival among others in “As Rights Go By”, Group Show, Q21 International, MuseumsQuartier Vienna, Austria (2016), Festival du nouveau cinéma, Montreal, Canada, (2015), “future past – past future”, Group Show, Transmediale Festival, Berlin, Germany (2014), “Art Projections”, Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (2013), “Hybrid Stories”, Group Show, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece (2013), “Melancholy in Progress”, Video Art Exhibition, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei City, Taiwan (2012), “FILE”, Electronic Language International Festival, FIESP Cultural Center, Sao Paulo, Βrazil (2012), “Annual Exhibition”, Group Show, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, USA (2012), “Les Rencontres Internationales: New Cinema and Contemporary Art”, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, “Polyglossia”, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece (2011), “ECU”, European Independent Film Festival, Paris, France (2010); “Digital Wave”, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece  (2009); “Transexperiences Greece” at Space 798, Beijing, China (2008); “Young Greek Artists – In Present Tense” at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece (2008); “Les Jeunes Cinéastes D’aujourd’hui” at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2007); Media Art Forum, XXVII Moscow International Film Festival, Moscow, Russia (2006); Poetry International Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2003); and Dactyl Foundation for the Arts and Humanities, NY, NY (2002).

George Drivas’s work is part of the Athens’s National MoCA collection. He lives in Athens/Greece.

Maria Orejas-Chantelot

OLBIOS Correspondent, BELGIUM & EU

Maria Orejas-Chantelot is the Director of Policy & Programmes and a member of the Leadership Team at the European Foundation Centre. The EFC is a Brussels-based international platform representing over 200 institutional foundations and corporate funders with a focus on Europe and an eye towards improving the global philanthropic landscape. Maria has held senior positions at international associations for more than a decade. At the EFC she currently manages a team of 10 and leads policies and programmes helping to increase the impact of member foundations and institutional funders through networking, best practice sharing and the provision of expert input into EU public policy-making. Maria has designed and implemented programmes addressing a variety of pressing social needs and societal issues, from vulnerable populations such as disabled people or Roma to environmental issues and scientific research. Maria is currently Board Member of Social Economy Europe, the voice of social business in the EU, Member of the Steering Committee of Community Living for Europe: Structural Funds Watch and Advisory Board Member of Belgium Play 4 Peace, an award-winning NGO. Maria started her career as a practising lawyer and is a Member of Madrid’s Bar. She graduated with a Law degree from the University of Oviedo (Spain) and the University of Aberystwyth (UK) in 1997, and she completed post graduate studies in European business law at the University of Paris – Assas II (France) in 1999. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

 Andrea M. Lehner


Andrea M. Lehner has a degree in Business Administration and an MA in Economic Development. His master thesis is on the use of abandoned public buildings in the Italian countryside for social-business projects. He was a member of the Board of Directors of “Roma Tre University”. He worked for 6 years with Greenpeace as fundraiser team leader. Expert in face- to- face fundraising, he travelled all over Italy to train younger fundraisers, develop and implement new strategies. Andrea founded two startups, having focused on the crowdfunding and capital venture system. He lectured at the University in Marketing and Communication. Andrea’s interest in politics, led him to the study of electoral marketing and to the leadership of several political campaigns. He creates new products and service ideas and helps startups and groups find creative solutions.

 Lasca Nenova


Lasca Nenova is the founder and member of the board of two Bulgarian based organizations: – WOW Gym functional training gym and BG Be Active Association. She is a firm believer that being physically active is the key to our wellbeing both physically and mentally. Ten years ago she switched sectors, moving from corporate positions in sales and marketing to the non-profit sector. The reason was that she was diagnosed with a herniated disk that needed an operation and that made her re-think her life. Lasca did not go through with the operation because she found the solution to this health problem in rehabilitation and physical activity.

Upon her recovery, she decided that preventing illnesses caused by physical inactivity will be her cause. For the past four years, Lasca has been the NowWeMOVE Campaign manager (the largest bottom-up campaign in Europe promoting physical activity for health and wellbeing) at the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA). She has also been responsible for the conceptualization and delivery of the key NowWeMOVE events such as “No Elevators Day”, FlashMOVE, European Fitness Day, Panna tour, and NowWeBike. She holds an MBA in International Trade and certifications in digital marketing from the “Squared Online” Academy powered by Google, Inbound Marketing from HubSpot.  She is a certified in both non-formal education training and in strength and metabolic training.

Sagi Zilberschatz


Sagi Zilberschatz is the CEO of Secret Vienna, a unique tourism company with a passion for uncovering the secrets and forgotten stories of the city and sharing them with their growing community. In addition he is very active in the social start up scene in Vienna. He serves as the General Manager of Not In God’s Name, an organization devoted to counter radicalization and prevent propaganda message from reaching vulnerable youth. They organize School visits and training sessions with famous Muslim athletes who serve as role models and promote messages of integration and tolerance. He has also established the Vienna Volunteering program which provides human resources solutions for NGOs such as Vinzi homeless shelter. He started volunteering at the age of 16 at Alia- A Kindergarten for blind children. Working with children ages 2-4 who suffer from severe eye issues and blindness was a life-changing experience.


 Tommaso Virgili


Tommaso Virgili works at the European Foundation for Democracy, a Brussels-based policy instituted aimed at preventing radicalisation and promoting the liberal-democratic values on which Europe is based. A recent Ph.D. graduate in Comparative Law at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, he specialized on Islamic constitutionalism and the relation between sharia and individual liberties, with particular focus on the rights of homosexuals and free thinkers in Egypt and Tunisia. He has previously held posts at the European External Action Service (covering Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan), the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia and the Italian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. Tommaso holds a Master’s degree in Law from Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, where he mainly focused on internal law and human rights, and a Master’s degree in Middle East and Islamic Studies from the American University of Paris and Cairo.

 Yiannos Vasiliou


Yiannos Vasileiou  was born in Larnaca, Cyprus. He attended the University of Wales where he graduated with an LLB (Hons) Degree in Law. Yiannos then studied at the University of Central Lancashire, where he graduated with LLM Master of Law Degree, specializing in European Union law and “European Citizenship” as a concept. He also attended a series of corporate events and seminars for compliance and corporate governance. He started his career working for the Cyprus Ministry of Justice as an investigator and a Legal Consultant. Further, he pursued his career in the corporate world providing corporate services to HNWI and top management of both boutique firms and top-tier companies, simultaneously leading the Legal Department an FX company in Limassol, Cyprus.  Yiannos is a member of Cyprus Bar Association. He works within the area of professional legal services, specialising in incorporation & administration of companies, opening & management of bank accounts, Immigration services in Cyprus and licensing.

Boris Marcel

OLBIOS Correspondent, FRANCE

Boris Marcel is a French entrepreneur, lecturer and consultant passionate about social innovation, social entrepreneurship and future research. He has been working in that field for the past 10 years through various projects and missions. After graduating from SKEMA Business School in Paris, he became an entrepreneur at the national social innovation agency AVISE and launched the media Say Yess, the first online media about social and solidarity economy. In 2014, together with 3 entrepreneurs, he co-founded Ticket for Change, the biggest French social innovation programme aimed at inspiring young talents to become changemakers. After the success of Ticket for change, he decided to focus his energies on an international project and co-founded Europe Tomorrow, an organisation whose purpose is to scale up the best social and environmental innovations in Europe. In addition to the work at a European level, Europe Tomorrow has helped develop other entities such as Brasil Tomorrow and is now spreading internationally. Boris is also director of Cols verts, a global network which develops urban farms and urban agriculture services.

Vivien Gyuris

OLBIOS Correspondent, HUNGARY

Vivien has over 15 years of experience with the World Bank and other international development organizations, including UN/FAO, UNDP, CoE, and NGOs, including OSF, Roma Education Fund, HUNIDA, Milestone Institute, IHLET that focus on social change, especially concerning the young and the socially vulnerable. She has accumulated extensive knowledge and experience in designing and managing comprehensive social development programs for NGOs and international development organizations. Her specialties include institutional development of non-governmental organizations, strategic planning, program and project management, impact assessment of international development programs, fundraising for development (including donor coordination and reporting), strategic communications (C4D), and monitoring and evaluation of social inclusion and youth development (education, talent management) programs. Vivien is a certified evaluator of development programs and member of IDEAS, EPDET and the Hungarian Network of Human Rights Educators.

Roland Wiederkehr


Roland Wiederkehr was the CEO of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) from 1968-1987 and as such Co-Founder of various institutions in the field of Environment, Culture and Peace. He is the Founder of World Green Cross, who merged with the initiative of the Russian President Mikhail S. Gorbachev to Green Cross International. He was also the Founder and President of the organization “Aid for Families of Traffic Victims” and President of RoadCross Switzerland. He also worked as an independent consultant of various NGOs and private institutions and was a Member of the Advisory Commission on Foreign Cooperation and Development to the Swiss Government as well as a Member of the Swiss Parliament and Member of the Foreign Affairs Commission, Security Commission, Energy and Environment Commission and Commission for Economy. He is also the Founder of www.CareCross.org / www.CareTech.blog International Foundation for Health and Environment and the Initiator and President of exCHANGE FOR PEACE – an international exchange program for future decision makers of war torn countries

Flora Donsimoni

OLBIOS Correspondent, FRANCE

Since September 2013 Flora Donsimoni is Porticus Regional Director for France. In this position she is leading the development of the French desk and its strategy in Education and Social Justice portfolios. Porticus is the international organisation that manages and develops the philanthropic programmes of charitable entities established by Brenninkmeijer family entrepreneurs. Flora holds a BA in Philosophy, an MA in Political Sciences (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris) and an MA in Business (ESCP Business School). At the start of her career she worked with CCFD (Catholic Committee against Hunger and for Development), after which she joined Ernst & Young for several years as senior auditor where she performed audit missions for non-profit entities and midcaps enterprises. After having worked for the AXA Research Fund, she was in charge of setting-up an interdisciplinary research centre in life sciences and higher education for the Bettencourt-Schueller Foundation. She then worked for the Aga Khan Foundation in the United Kingdom, where she was involved in education and health programmes notably through the expansion of the Aga Khan University in East-Africa.

Isabelle Balot

Isabelle Balot

Correspondent, OLBIOS Belgium

Isabelle Balot has worked for most Departments and Agencies of the United Nations. Both at Headquarters and in the field, she has held posts in the sectors of Public Information, Humanitarian Affairs, Peacekeeping, Development, Political Affairs, and Public Health. She namely served in the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea, as well as in the UN Mission in the Sudan when the Darfur conflict erupted and soon worsened. In July 2008, she received from the Secretary-General a citation (UN21 Award) attesting to her exceptional contribution to the work of the Organization.  She later worked as a Senior External Relations Officer at the World Health Organization at the European Union, where she promoted Global Health policy coherence with the EU and other partners. At present, as European Commission Ethics Expert in Research & Innovation, she continues to closely collaborate with EU partners. As a Professor, she has taught and continues to teach, International Relations at Universities in the US, Japan, France and Belgium. She also works as a Senior Expert in Defence and Security at the Global Governance Institute. Further, Isabelle is a poet and author of a collection entitled “Opales” (Caractères, Paris, 1998). Her “Poems of War and Peace” appeared in the review “La Règle du Jeu” of French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and in 2 CDs (with jazz pianist Charles Loos). Her poetry has been largely inspired by her Missions for the UN in Africa.

 Mohamed Dahy Ahmed


 Mohamed Dahy Ahmed is a migrant trying to solve migrants’ challenges through social entrepreneurship. In 2015 he switched focus from business and engineering consultancy to social work after spending two months with refugees volunteering in refugees’ camps. Since then he has started two different social startups in the field of refugees to help empower them through technology and storytelling. Mohamed has also co-initiated other projects in the same field and is now Regional manager in Social Impact gGmbH to lead a new project for refugees. In 2015, he discovered WHY and since then he is passionately pursuing big goals and dreams to serve the cause of refugees and migrants empowerment. If you know yours, you can always reach out to him for a valuable exchange at www.dahy.website.  

Ioan Bucuras

Correspondent, OLBIOS Belgium

Ioan Bucuras is the Senior Manager on EU AFFAIRS at EURACTIV. Prior to this position, he was Public Affairs, EU Policy and Business Development Manager for the biggest EU Policy media, member of the Presidium at the YOUNG EUROPEAN FEDERALISTS (JEF EUROPE) chairing the Federal Committee of a pan-European Network of over 30.000 members in 33 countries. He was also the Co-Head of the Board of Trustees at the BRINGING EUROPEANS TOGETHER ASSOCIATION. In 2016 he managed a European Youth NGO with over 30.000 members in 33 countries and was a Policy Adviser both at the STRATEGIC NETWORK ON FUNDING, EUROPEAN YOUTH FORUM (YFJ) March 2015 and theTASK FORCE SECURITY AND DEFENCE, EUROPEAN MOVEMENT INTERNATIONAL (EMI). In 2013 he led an NGO of over 300 students across Europe, organising political conferences in the European Parliament in Strasbourg primarily focusing on non-formal education methodologies about the functioning of the European Union, fostering a European identity with student led projects. In 2009-2011 he was the Founder and President of the ROMANIAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION IN AUSTRIA perpetuating cooperation between Romanian and Austrian students through several cultural events organised together with the Romanian Cultural Institute in Vienna.

Martin Ringenbach

OLBIOS Correspondent, GERMANY

Martin Ringenbach is the Executive Director of Pass the Crayon, a nonprofit organization that fosters self-expression for refugee youth in Berlin through art workshops. Martin has previously worked within the Berlin tech scene with companies such as Zalando and Apple. As an adult, he still views the world through a child’s gaze, which is what ultimately brought him to start Pass the Crayon as a co-founder. A self-made creative, Martin has also worked as an art seller for a Parisian art gallery, a shoemaker, and Assistant Photographer for the Louvre.

Bryant Heng


Bryant Heng, a Dutch national, has a passion for projects that give access to education and training skills to underprivileged and impoverished young people. His own social enterprise initiative, Well-Being Networks, aims to facilitate a peer to peer knowledge exchange community for organizations working with vulnerable youth, with a special focus on sheltered workplaces in the Netherlands. Bryant is also active as Youth Ambassador for the ONE Campaign in the Netherlands and serves as volunteer board member at United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY), an NGO based in the Hague and the Gifted Adults Foundation (IHBV) in Delft. He obtained his BSc. in International Business Administration, and Masters MSc. specializations in Strategic Management and Finance & Investments from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in the Netherlands and is a Harvard Kennedy School executive education alumni.

Mihai Vladimirescu

OLBIOS Correspondent, ROMANIA

Mihai Valentin Vladimirescu was born in Craiova, Romania and has studied Theology and Humanities in Romania (University of Craiova, University A. I. Cuza of Iasi), Israel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Switzerland (University of Fribourg), Italy (Pontifical Biblical Institute) and Greek culture and civilization in Greece (University of Patras and Aegean University). He is full professor at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Craiova. He is the winner of the prestigious Global Prize Doha International Award for Interfaith Dialogue 2014 and President of the Center for Promoting Intercultural Dialogue. He has an extensive expertise in research, writing and speaking, conducting training seminars and workshops: 17 author books, 5 coordinated volumes, 5 books translated, many participations in international conferences and congresses (Osaka, Atlanta, Montreal, Moskow, Stockholm, Geneva, Sankt Petersburg, New Delhi, Bremen, Dresden, Damasc, Doha, Lahti, Las Vegas, Rio de Janeiro, Doha, Dubai, New Orleans, Wien, Jerusalem, Gottenheim, Rome, Tel-Aviv, Graz, London, Amsterdam, Pavia, Dublin, Baku, Seoul, Beijing). Besides the basic didactic activity, he is also a renowned expert in several public institutions, national and international (European Commission, European Cooperation in Science and Technology, Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of Czech Republic, Ministry of Education, Universities and Research of Italy, Romanian National Council of Scientific Research in Higher Education). He has extensive experience in educational management and in the implementation of European funded projects. Apart of some editorial responsabilities for severval magazines he is also Romania coordinator for Liaison Network of Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, USA. His interests focus on religious studied, cultural diplomacy, higher education systems, civil society projects.

  Simone Castello


 Simone Castello was born in Italy and studied in Milan (Bocconi University) and in Dallas, TX (SMU) obtaining his master degree in Economics for Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment. Since then he has worked in the non-profit sector and in 2012 joined Lang Italia where he is in charge of all knowledge-sharing activities on effective philanthropic and social investment practices, specifically for what concerns the executive training courses, internal publications (PhilanthropyNewsletter; Philanthropy Insights) and events contents (as for the annual Lang Philanthropy Day). His other area of expertise involves philanthropy advisory activities for funders (mainly family foundations, corporate foundations, companies) and non-profit organizations.
His areas of expertise include: advising businesses and corporate foundations to set up giving and community investment strategies, strategic planning sessions for foundations and charities and development of theory of change through a participatory process and set up of impact assessment analysis (ex-ante) and implementation (ex-post).  Simone is often involved in external trainings and seminars. His latest publications include  Filantropia e Impact Investing per le esigenze degli High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI), Associazione Italiana Private Banking – AIPB, 2017; Manualeoperativo per la Theory of Change. Lineeguida per gestire un workshop partecipativo di Teoria del Cambiamento e porre le basi per la valutazionedell’impattosociale, Philanthropy Insights, 2017; Social Impact Investing: macrotrend e opportunità per iprincipali player, ItinerariPrevidenziali e Assoprevidenza, 2017.

Roman Oeshger


Roman Oeschger was born and currently lives in Switzerland but has lived almost 10 years in East-Central Europe. He obtained his BA and MA in International Relations & Diplomacy at the Anglo-American University in Prague/ Czech Republic. He worked as a research assistant at the Institute of International Relations Prague. At present, besides being a business agent and local politician, Roman Oeschger is a founder and head of a NGO, which is actively engaged in promoting European integration from an East-Central and Southeast European perspective.

María Garai Díaz


María Garai Díaz de Lezana is a basque young professional working in Geneva, Switzerland. She started her internship at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in August 2017, where she worked first with the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and after, with the Petitions and Inquiries Section. Since February 2017 she works as a fellow in the EU Delegation Office in Geneva. Maria studied Law at Deusto University (Spain) and KU Leuven University (Belgium), specializing in Economics and International Law. After an enriching experience as a volunteer in the slums of Kolkata (India), she decided to develop a career in human rights. She graduated from the European MA in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA). The program took place in the beautiful city of Venice (Italy) and in the vibrant city of Maastricht (the Netherlands). Her master´s thesis was about Extraterritorial Obligations for the realization of the Human Right to Science. She has been collaborating with the Special Rapporteur of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for the advancement of a General Comment on this Human Right. Moreover, she has recently started to collaborate with the online platform United Explanations, where she writes about politics, international relations and human rights issues. She gave her first conference on human rights protection mechanisms in December 2017 in Sevilla. Her long standing interests include sustainable development, global governance, international politics, private-public cooperation and business and Human Rights, among others.


Suddha Chakravartti


Dr. Suddha Chakravartti is Head of Research, and Lecturer in International Relations and Law, at EU Business School, Switzerland and visiting faculty at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations. His areas of interest in consulting, research and teaching broadly include global governance, geopolitics/geo-economics, rise of new powers, resource security issues, risk assessment, international development and poverty reduction.An Indian citizen, he holds a B.A., LL.B (Hons) degree from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), University of Law, India, and a Master of International Relations (MIR) and Doctor of International Relations (DIR) from the Geneva School of Diplomacy, specializing in energy poverty in India. Dr. Chakravartti has previously worked as a researcher for Commonwealth Secretariat project in Geneva, and at CUTS, Geneva Resource Centre, focusing on international trade, development, governance and security issues.

Piotr Pietrzak

OLBIOS Correspondent, POLAND

Piotr Pietrzak is Editor in Chief of the In Statu Nascendi Journal of Political Philosophy and International Relations. He is also a Ph.D. Candidate at the “St. Kliment Ohridiski” Sofia University in Bulgaria. He holds an MA in International Politics & International Relations from the University of Manchester, UK, and an MA in Politics from the University of Warmia and Mazury, Poland. Piotr was also awarded an Erasmus Scholarship from the University of Cyprus in 2007. He specializes in the politics of the Middle East, the Islamic world, with a focus on the theory of international relations, geopolitics, conflict resolution strategies, and international law, especially matters related to WWI and WWII, and Cold War superpower rivalry. Piotr is also interested in conflicts in Cyprus, Chechnya, the Former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Georgia, Libya, Syria, Mali, Yemen, and Ukraine.

Niels Lap


Five years ago Niels Lap started a branding agency at age nineteen. After a long travel through Central America, he decided to change course. After returning from the trip he devoted his time and energy solely to social initiatives. He believes that every organization with impact deserves a story with impact. However, it is often difficult to draw a clear and convincing portrait, even when that story is vital for accelerating impact. With this in mind, Niels helps social initiatives by giving strategic advice, designing a visual identity or developing a website. Today, the agency has grown into a network of seven professionals in five countries that supports social initiatives in their effort to push the transition towards fair, inclusive and sustainable societies.

Marta Burgos

OLBIOS Correspondent, SPAIN

Marta Burgos has a degree in Sociology and Political Science, an MA on migration management and an MA on marketing for the creative industry. She has experience as a social researcher, coordinator of European projects and fundraiser for non-profit organizations in the cultural sector. Currently she is a PhD candidate in History and is interested in the MENA area, social change and the collaborative economy.

Valentin Kehayov

OLBIOS Correspondent, BULGARIA

As coordinator of projects I have experience in managing events, creating programs and action plans, coordinating communication between the team members and international partners. Im actively involved as a youth leader and head of groups of young people in a number of training courses and youth exchanges, organized by peer organizations at national and international level. I’m responsible for writing proposals, planning, and implementing the approved project activities under the “Human Resources” Operational Programme. I’ve also participated in a number of youth exchanges and training courses. I have also taken some courses of farming, because my business idea is based on agricultural products. I want to sell local natural souvenirs and to produce them in our own organization. I welcome leadership opportunities and have taken part in a number of financing activities and funding proposals as a key participator. I welcome the opportunity to work with other people on projects that present me with new challenges.

Larry Gardiner

OLBIOS Correspondent, UK

I have been a father and a son, a brother and breadwinner, a lover and a partner; I have given respect and I have given nurture. I am defined more by these aspects of my personhood than by roles, responsibilities, achievements and honours. In 1972 I helped to convert an abandoned farmhouse on the estate of the Canevero Family in Certaldo near Firenze. We built a respite and refuge and an orphanage for children who lost their parents in the cholera outbreak in Napoli. This was the first assignment with Caritas as a volunteer. I stayed on after the children arrived and learned to be a caregiver. During the peaceful transition from Franco’s Falangist dictatorship to constitutional monarchy in 1975 I worked as a volunteer with Caritas again to build a residential community in Tangel near Alicante; this time we built a holiday respite for children waiting for their parents to be discharged from prison. In 1993 – 1995 I was a programme manager and country officer responsible for 27 capacity building, humanitarian and violence mitigation projects in South Africa during the transition from Apartheid to representative constitutional democracy. Some of my projects involved constitutional development funded by Olaf Palme Institute. Some of my projects involved voter recruitment, registration and education sponsored by Friederich Eburt Stiftung. Some of my institutional development projects were funded by UK Government in partnership with USAID. Some of my projects were local collaborations with South African National Civics Organisation, Save the Children and Coda International. In addition to governance, leadership and donor accountability, I contributed to building capacity with police forces, local government structures and utility providers. Among many other responsibilities I have been the post merger integration lead for the takeover of Compaq by Hewlett Packard to create the world’s biggest computer company. I have led major international projects for global businesses, transnational programmes for NATO, for Interpol, for the European Commission and for international NGOs. During the conversion from national currencies to the Euro, I managed outsourced services for major banks across Europe. During the Year 2000 remediation period I managed preparation programmes for all the associated companies in the London Insurance Exchange. Since my retirement this year I have taken some unremunerated posts, as a charity trustee, as Vice Chair of the service user network with the UK Healthcare Quality Improvement Programme (HQIP), as a member of the Health Foundation ‘Q’ Community and as a steering group member with the Social Care Institute for Excellence. In my spare time I assist at a residential Children’s Work Camp which I have helped to run twice a year for fifteen years. I teach Co-Counselling in Oxford where I live. I give public talks for Young Dementia UK and I volunteer with their monthly Supper Club. Currently I am trying to learn Hungarian and Norwegian with regular trips to help with projects in these countries. I have previously learned languages through projects in Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.

Ornella Nana

OLBIOS Correspondent, IRELAND

Ornella Nana is a young activist from Ireland, currently enrolled in a Master’s programme (International Relations) at the University of Dublin. At the age of 23, she is the founder, and Global Director of the movement ‘International Youth Empowerment’ seeking to inspire other youths to make a first step towards self-consciousness, generating a positive change from within and extending to their communities. As a public speaker and youth advocate, she voluntarily facilitates a series of workshops in various organisations, second and third level institutions, as well as reaching out to Government officials and policy makers to push forth discussions for a more sustainable and peaceful world. Her upbringing in different parts of the world (Cameroon, Norway, Ireland), has allowed her to acquire a very strong multicultural spirit, ease and adaptability in communicating and understanding people of various cultures. Ornella was recently appointed on the board of directors to represent the voice of young people at ECO-UNESCO in Ireland. She is a ONE youth ambassador and served as the Irish youth delegate to the 25th EEAC. She was chosen as a spokesperson to represent the voice of international youth delegate at the assembly. Finally, Ornella is passionate about learning and discovering new cultures, people and communities. She firmly believes that together we can make a difference in the world.

Bojan Pavlović


Bojan Pavlović was born in Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina, a charming Bosnian town that is also the birthplace of Nobel prize winner Ivo Andrić. He is a social research and M&E specialist whose work focuses on the most vulnerable and deprived populations. After nearly 8 years in the field of social research, social inclusion, social protection as well as evaluating social projects, Bojan knows what truly drives the social sector. He has conducted and/or coordinated more than 25 researches, monitored more than 30 social projects, and evaluated more than 30 inter/national projects (USAID, EU and UN funded projects). He has been successful in achieving a broad range of goals, has broad experience in monitoring, evaluation and quantitative as well as qualitative research during many years of work within Civil Society Sector (e.g. UNICEF, UNDP, Catholic Relief Service, SOS Children’s Villages, Save the Children, TACSO, USAID, and Caritas) and has produced more than 20 social research and/or evaluation reports. Bojan holds a bachelor degree in Psychology from the University in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Stefan Wilhelm

OLBIOS Correspondent, GERMANY

Stefan Wilhelm is probably among the few young professionals who have sought a career in Social Entrepreneurship and Social Impact Business from the very beginning. Before joining the Bayer Foundations as Impact Manager, he was Head of Fundraising and project lead for Colombia and Mexico at discovering hands® as well as a Senior Consultant for CAF – Development Bank of Latin America in the framework of the “Manos QueSalvanVidas”pilot projects for discovering hands® in Cali, Colombia and Xalapa, Mexico. Stefan holds a diploma in Cultural and Business Studies from the Universities of Passau (Germany) and Salvador da Bahia (Brazil) as well as a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Humboldt University Berlin and Europa University Viadrina (Germany). He is LAJF scholar, Global Good Fund Fellow as well as Vodafone World of Difference Fellow and mentee of discovering hands®’ patron Barbara Steffens, former Health Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Stefan is fluent in German, English, Spanish and Portuguese. He has been closely involved in the construction of the discovering hands® start-up in Germany and co-developed the Social Franchise system. As an expert in Social Entrepreneurship, he had a key role in the management of the first implementation of the discovering hands® model outside Europe together with Ana Mercedes Botero, Director of Social Innovation at CAF. Before his engagement with discovering hands®, Stefan worked as a Business Development, Legal Affairs and Project Manager for Dialogue Social Enterprise, a leading global Social Enterprise working on the inclusion of blind and deaf people in Hamburg, Vienna, Geneva, London and Seoul. Asked why he does what he does by Nicole Winchell from the social impact community platform tbd*, Stefan has a straightforward response: “Trying to effectuate positive change in society is never easy and mostly frustrating. Keeping at it, going full throttle while taking existential risks – and feeling blessed while doing so. That makes me a Changer.”

Admir Berbiu


Admir’s vision is focused on the connection between technology, business and social impact. He has international experienced in venture capital funding, investing in startups and innovation. Admir is the founder and co-founder in various startups in IT and entertainment. He was born in Albania and works with an Albanian, Balkan, CEE, worldwide network of entrepreneurs and investors. He holds a M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering (Warsaw University of Technology), and is at the moment enrolled in Accounting and Finance postgraduate studies. Admir is interested in science, entrepreneurship, and education.

Kristina Gogić

OLBIOS Correspondent, CROATIA

Kristina Gogić, mag.iur/LLM is a Croatian lawyer, lecturer and author. She is an expert in Human Rights, European and International Law and Benefit Cost Analysis. During her long career she has participated and lectured in numerous seminars, roundtables, conferences, meetings and workshops in Croatia and abroad. She has written articles on the subject of Human Rights judicial and administrative procedure, lustration, croatian migrants, communities and social activities and on croatian politics and cultural heritage, Benefit Cost Analysis, and European Union Investments. She is a member of The Society of the Benefit Cost Analysis, European Lawyers Association, Croatian Lawyers Association, Matica Hrvatska, Croatian Mediation Association,Croatia Society of Victimology and The Rule of Law Association.

Jana Papcunova

OLBIOS Correspondent, SLOVAKIA

Jana Papcunova is a psychologist with more than ten years of international experience in the field of mental health. Currently based in Slovakia, she treats both Slovak and English speaking clients and specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, cultural adaptation and counseling. She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, Presov University in 2004, with an MA in Psychology, following which she worked for two years in Boston, USA, in the “Traumatic brain injury in children and adolescents” project using DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) principles. In 2007 she moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she worked in the “Clearwater house” therapeutic community. There she provided treatment primarily for people with severe and longstanding emotional problems through the use of principles such as empowerment, democratic dialogue, social inclusion and the establishment of a safe environment. She successfully completed a portfolio of theories, “Psychoanalytic Theories and Therapeutic Communities, Individual and Group Therapy”, drawing on works by David Kennard, Melanie Klein, Wilfred Bion and Irving Yalom. In 2013 she moved back to her home country, Slovakia. Jana is an executive director of the nonprofit organization Center Mokosha, which provides individual and group psychological counseling, family and couple counseling, consultation for parents, partners and loved ones of people with mental illness. She also takes part in lectures, seminars and workshops in the context of prevention programs. Some of her clients come from refugee background with severe emotional problems due to trauma.

Aleksandar Tashkovski


Aleksandar Tashkovski was born in Bitola, R. Macedonia and is studying International Law and relations and Law of the European Union at the Faculty of Law of the “Iustinianus Primus”, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. He has been working as an academic researcher, journalist, demonstrator for First Aid and Law intern. He is also part of many social initiatives as well as the student movement- the Students Plenum. He has been actively involved in many non- government organizations from Macedonia and abroad since elementary school. Aleksandar has taken part in many conferences, seminars, training sessions and was part of the drafting of International Resolution against corruption under the patronage of H.H. Dalai Lama on the International Student Festival in Trondheim, Norway. He is also a licensed PIER Educator and has organized dozens of trainings for peers. Aleksandar has also been a Red Cross volunteer for 11 years, is currently Honorable Consul of the Macedonian Red Cross for the US and a participant in the pro bono legal clinic at his Faculty.

Lahcene Mehennaoui


Lahcene is a very active in the fields of human rights and positive social change. His sense of communication, friendliness, behavioural flexibility and enthusiasm have allowed him to work successfully at a multinational level. He is a member of Amnesty International since 2007, former Campaigns coordinator, project manager, founder of Amnesty International Lithuania Group and founder of the International Students Association in Lithuania. Lahcene was born in Algeria, where he obtained a BA in Law, and a BA in English language and literature. He was a very active member in Amnesty Algeria, assumed several responsibilities and coordinated several global campaigns. He then lived for almost 4 years in Lithuania where he studied Social work. In mid-2015 he settled in Brno, the Czech Republic. Lahcene loves Algeria, but he considers himself a citizen of the world. He likes helping and connecting people, travelling, intercultural exchanges and advocates for social justice.

Stefania Romano

OLBIOS Correspondent, ITALY

With a Public Policy background Stefania Romano has worked for more than ten years for the Italian Ministry of the Environment. Seconded by her government to an international organization, the Regional Environmental Center, Stefania has been the Director of the Italian Fund, targeting specific environmental programs and channeling government funds throughout several geographical regions, such as Central Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, and the MENA region. In this institutional framework she has developed the Sustainable Development Academy – an educational, capacity building program for senior officials and businessmen – and established the CEO Platform for Green Growth in the MENA region, a program mobilizing actions for green solutions across top-notch businessmen in the Arab region. Also, on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Environment, she has coordinated the bilateral environmental cooperation between the Brazilian and the Italian government, setting up the relevant institutional agreements and coordinating the Italian Pavilion at United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012 (Rio+20) for the Italian delegation. Recently, as Freelancer, she has been developing and leading a new project that combines art and environment, Hearth.

Matteo Tracchi

OLBIOS Correspondent, ITALY

Matteo is a PhD candidate in “Human Rights, Society and Multi-level Governance” at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Padova, Italy. His PhD research focuses on citizenship and human rights education in Italy and Croatia. Matteo holds a BA in International Relations and an MA in Human Rights from the University of Padova, Italy.  Prior to starting his PhD, Matteo worked for Amnesty International as Advocacy Assistant within the Global Human Rights Education Programme and as Individuals at Risk Campaigner on MENA, South Asia and South-East Asia, both posts based at the International Secretariat in London, UK. Matteo has extensive experience in conducting human rights research, as well as campaigning, policy, advocacy and capacity building activities with a variety of constituencies at local, national, regional and international level. He also worked in both formal and non-formal education settings with a focus on his main areas of interest, namely human rights education, education for democratic citizenship, children’s rights and youth participation.

Alberto M. Forte


Alberto M. Forte was born in Rome, Italy. He lived in several countries and studied Medicine and Surgery at Einstein College of Yeshiva University in NYC and at Sapienza University in Rome, from which he obtained his MA. He then moved to Lausanne, Switzerland, where he won the NCCR Synapsy Prize to begin a PhD in Neuroscience. In Lausanne he became a psychiatrist, cognitive and behavioral psychotherapist and medical researcher. Alberto has travelled extensively. Because of his passion for anthropology and the richness of different cultures, he collaborated with various humanitarian organisations, including TReND in Africa for teaching Neuroscience in African countries, and medical start-ups such as SwissMedBank which helps migrants and expatriates with their medical backgrounds. He loves nature and is actively involved in environmental protection as a member of the Swiss Network of Ecopsychology. He holds a position as teacher in Ethnocultural psychiatry. Alberto is also a writer, illustrator and photographer. His scientific and artistic activities are centered on his main subject of interest, empathy, and how it influences human behaviour, biological and genetic evolution, and the relationship between the environment and living beings. Today, his work focuses on sustainable behaviour and he is developing an innovative center of eco-development and therapy.

Christoph von Toggenburg


Being a global citizen, Christoph has been working for the last two decades in various countries around the world. In recent years, he was at the World Economic Forum as Head of the Social Engagement Team and is a Global Leadership Fellow. He has 15 years of work experience in diverse fields including arts, media, social entrepreneurship and humanitarian management. He launched three international fundraising and awareness campaigns, including Alegría, a bicycle expedition across the Himalaya, Bike for Help, a bicycle expedition from India to Switzerland, and Run for Help, a 270km run across the Alps. He created and chairs the Colour the World Foundation taking care of leprosy patients and women with mental illness. He worked for the ICRC and the UN in conflict zones in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America. He holds MAs in Global Leadership from the World Economic Forum, International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Art in London and a BA from Guildhall University in Communications. For the last 20 years he has photographed and filmed social issues all over the world. For his visual work, public talks and his humanitarian efforts he has received numerous international awards. He was decorated with the Commanders Cross and was a TEDx speaker.

Tarek Hassan

OLBIOS Correspondent, GERMANY

Tarek is a technosocial innovation designer and entrepreneur. As a HPI D.School trained Design Thinking coach and a German UNESCO trained facilitator, Tarek holds trisector experience with a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation and development cooperation. With strong networks in the Middle East and East Asia, Tarek is passionate to facilitate transcultural and transdisciplinary learning journeys and idea labs. Exploring the human side of emerging technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, he goes beyond the hype to design sustainable systems that leverage tech for a reason: To create a more just and inclusive world for all.

Niels de Fraguier


I am currently enrolled in the final year of my BA in Sport Management in Budapest. I am also involved in different European projects related to social inclusion and development. After an internship with the French Olympic Committee in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games in 2016, I took part in more inclusive programs, including European projects promoting social inclusion. I collaborated with European projects related to human rights and the refugee situation in order to inform younger generations about the reality in Greece, Turkey but also all over the world. I have a strong interest in social inclusion and in January 2018 I did an internship with a Greek Non-Governmental Organisation where I created a mentorship program for young refugees (18-24 years old). This program allows refugees to have a Greek student as a mentor and learn about the local culture, make friends but also visit new places and museums. This experience helps me understand the reality that refugees face in Greece and Europe and the urgency to find solutions allowing people to live in decent conditions.

Indi Deol

OLBIOS Correspondent, UK

Indi is the Founding Director of the multi award winning British Asian online magazine DESIblitz and lead on advertising and strategic business growth. He also runs Aidem Digital CIC which is a Social Enterprise and digital media agency focused on delivering projects that produce a positive social return. Indi is Visiting Industrial Fellow of Aston Business School and thrives on utilizing digital tools to solve marketing and business problems. His education and background include a strong emphasis on fashion design, and over the last 8 years he has been immerse in online media, sales and content marketing. In 2013 he successfully completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 businesses programme and in 2015 he went on to be selected as a finalist for the Ernst and Young Midlands Entrepreneur of the year award. Outside of work he enjoys visiting new places, listening to music and cinema.

Rosie van den Bosch

OLBIOS Correspondent, UK

Rosie’s academic career began with a Bachelor’s degree in Drama and Theatre Practice where she focused her dissertation on the relationship between human rights and theatre. Her passion for social change ignited, Rosie began a Master’s in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Inter University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) graduating in September 2017. She was luckily enough to study in Venice and Budapest during this time. She wrote her Master’s thesis on the role of international organisations in Kosovo post the 1999 war and visited the country on numerous field trips to interview a wide range of people from the Minister of Justice to the Head of UN Women. She has taught abroad in Vietnam and the U.K. has worked for NGOs with focuses on children’s rights and has volunteered with refugees and asylum seekers supporting their re-settlement in the U.K.

Loris Conte


I have worked abroad several times (Spain, Croatia) so I have learnt by experience to speak a few foreign languages and to cope with complicated problems without difficulty or fear. I am studying political science at Milan University and at Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona (Erasmus+). The main aspects of my academic training are studies in the social, economic and legal environment witch I have managed to combine with my experience abroad, full of the desire to achieve and learn, to have new experiences and eager to further develop my skills. I am president of the association Positiva Milano: an apolitical and non-profit association. The Association works with public and private entities, either Italian and European (for example with Pozitiva Samobor, our Croatian twin association). This NGO is an association for sustainable development and socio-cultural promotion which makes use of Erasmus+ fund of European Union as an instrument to support youth growth. It implements primarily Youth Exchanges within Erasmus+. The Erasmus programme creates awareness and makes it possible to strengthen ties between people of different nations, breaking down cultural barriers more than any common market or single currency policies can do. This
is what has led me to establish Positiva Milano, and that’s what pushes me forward: change the lives of young Italians and create an European generation, proud of their roots but ready to learn about other cultures and to build a better world.

Juan Antonio Pavon

OLBIOS Correspondent, SPAIN

Juan Antonio Pavon is from Seville, Spain and is a strategic communication and political analysis consultant. He holds an MA in Political and Institutional Communication from the Pompeu Fabra University and an MA in European Public Affairs from the University of Maastricht. He is director of the www.euronautas.com online platform for training, communication and public policies. With experience in European Funding Projects, he enjoys providing policy insights in several columns and blogs for El Pais, El Huffington Post, or La Voz Del Sur. Juan has been international policy assistant at the European Commission and is currently contributing member of OPEX at the Fundación Alternativas think tank.

Diogo Gonçalves

OLBIOS Correspondent, PORTUGAL

Diogo Gonçalves works with private and public institutions, helping them to apply behavioral science to improve their social and economic outcomes. He is the Founder of There are Free Lunches Lectures, and Nudge Portugal initiatives. In parallel, he develops academic research in the areas of consumer behavior and behavioral economics. He writes regularly for Psychology Today, Huffington Post (both U.S.), Behavioraleconomics.com (U.S.),  economiacomportamental.org (Brazil). He has a Bsc. in Social Psychology from the Applied Psychology Insitute – ISPA (PT), Msc. in Data Analysis  applied to Consumer Behaviour from NOVA IMS (PT), and was a PhD student at TIBER – Tilburg Institute for Behavioral Economics Research at Tilburg University (NL). He will teach at the University (Universidade Europeia), starting in April.

Evangelini Markou

OLBIOS Correspondent, GREECE

Evangelini Markou was born in Cyprus and is currently based in Athens Greece. A history and archaeology graduate of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, she then continued with postgraduate studies and a PhD (Sorbonne) in the History and the Civilization of the Classical period, with particular emphasis on numismatics. She has taught at various universities, including at the School of Humanities of the University of the Aegean and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Open University of Cyprus. She has published numerous papers in peer reviewed journals on her area of expertise and worked as an archaeologist at the Numismatic Museum of Athens. She is currently a researcher at the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquity at the National Hellenic Research Foundation.

Melina Taprantzi

OLBIOS Correspondent, GREECE

Her first degree may have been in Philosophy, but eventually the world of marketing and communication won her over, a field in which she has worked for over 10 years, assisting many brands to become established and known. Always a volunteer, ready to offer help to various charities, she recognized the need for their existence as well as their difficulties in remaining sustainable as they try to relieve social problems. Social entrepreneurship is exactly what fulfills her because it is incredibly important to work and offer simultaneously, to be able to maintain a degree of sustainability and offer a solution to an important social problem. This is what led to the creation of “Wise Greece”, a social enterprise that on the one hand promotes top quality Greek products and on the other uses the profits from sales in order to buy foods in bulk and donate them to soup kitchens, children, families and the elderly in need. ‘Wise Greece’ has essentially two 2 important missions: to promote all that makes us Greeks proud and at the same time to offer to unprivileged people their most basic need, food. Today Wise Greece works with over 100 small producers who offer over 1.000 products, exports to 8 countries, has donated over 25 tons of food to orphanages and charitable institutions, has received many important awards for its work, including a prestigious “Models of Excellence” award from the President of the Greek Republic, as well as a Start Up award for sustainability and social contribution. Melina often presents Wise Greece and its model of Social Entrepreneurship at international congresses and conferences aiming to inspire young people to create their own social enterprise. She has spoken at Forums that support female entrepreneurship, including “The Next Women 100”, she is a key note speaker in international seminars on social entrepreneurship, an Ambassador of the “Think Young Entrepreneurship School”, a speaker at TEDx Academy, a co-builder of the international “World Human Forum” and a mentor to start up social enterprises. Lately she writes articles on social entrepreneurship for newspapers and magazines.

Fivos Papamalis

OLBIOS Correspondent, GREECE

Dr. Papamalis is a scientist practitioner. He has a BA in Counseling & Psychological Science, an MA in Clinical Psychology and a PhD (full scholarship) in Public Health at the University of Sheffield and South East European Research Centre. Dr. Papamalis has extensive clinical and research experience in diverse settings, served as a member of various advisory boards, EU Expert Groups and worked as scientific advisor and consultant at national and international (inter) governmental and non-governmental bodies. As an advisor to the National Drug Coordinator Office of Greece (2014-17), he co- edited the Greek National Drug Strategy 2014 -2020 and National Action Plan 2014-2016, designed materials for strategic upgrade of current practices and contributed on the consultative mechanisms for the national drug priority areas. Currently he is a senior expert at the Policy and Legal Advice Centre, the European Delegation and the Serbian Ministry of Health for facilitating the harmonization of the Serbian Drug Law with the EU acquis. During the Hellenic Precedency of the Council of the European Union, as an Expert on demand reduction issues Dr. Papamalis edited the two resolutions submitted by Greece, effectively represented the international fora at the UN and EC and chaired the informal consultations and the negotiations with other UN member states. As a research consultant at the Pompidou group of the Council of Europe, he examined the possible adverse effects and associated cost of drug control policies in the EU. He is the founder and executive director of SENSE a Multidisciplinary Center for Translational Research on Health, Social Policy and Practice.

Samir Beharić


Samir Beharic was born and raised in the city of Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he attended an ethnically segregated school. He is currently studying Global Studies at the University of Vienna in accordance with the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Program. He received his BA in Media and Communication at the University of Sarajevo, and studied abroad in Germany, Turkey and Italy. He has spent two semesters at the Free University of Berlin as an Erasmus Mundus scholaship holder, and one exchange semester at Ondokuz Mayis University in Samsun, Turkey as a Mevlana scholar. The last semester of his BA studies, Samir spent at the Sapienza University in Rome as an Erasmus+ scholarship holder. Since his high school days, Samir has been engaged in civil society and particularly interested in youth activism and student issues. As a National Representative for the Erasmus Student Network BiH, Samir has openly advocated for several important initiatives regarding education at the University of Sarajevo and other academic institutions nationwide. He was one of the main organizers of the nationwide Erasmus+ protests, which achieved its goals of keeping the Erasmus+ programme available to university students in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As someone who has attended segregated primary school, he is highly involved in fighting ethnic segregation in the Bosnian school education system. Samir has attended numerous international conferences on human rights and minority rights, freedom in the media and fighting hate speech. He has participated in various television, newspaper, and magazine portals to discuss pressing societal and political issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially those related to youth. As a freelance journalist, he has published more than 50 articles in newspapers and major news portals around Bosnia and Herzegovina and abroad and has also presented at public events such as TEDx.

Justyna Jarzabska

OLBIOS Correspondent, POLAND

Justyna’s academic background is in interdisciplinary studies on international relations. Starting from political science and human rights in Poland, she continued with her MA in Belgium at K.U.Leuven with European Studies: transnational and global perspectives and governance. Her favourite courses from the scholarship abroad were peace research and conflict management, strategy and global security studies, multilateral diplomacy and negotiation techniques or last but not least, development cooperation. She is now who she is thanks to experience gained as a coordinator of the AfriCO and Enter Your Future projects in AIESEC UW, co-founder of Model United Nations at K.U.Leuven, human rights and global education trainer in Europe or a manager of the development project on the women capacity building in Tanzania. Her professional experience varies from working in diplomacy to coordinate national parliamentary elections, cooperating with international organizations in Ethiopia as a trainer on conflict and violence for humanitarian workers from the South Sudan, Eritrea, Yemen and Somalia, through work as an analyst and strategic programs specialist in the National Center for Research and Development to communication and journalist works. Currently, she is dealing with multidimentional aspects of migration phenomena working in the Unit of European Migration Network and Combating Trafficking of Human Beings in the Ministry of Poland. She is also a migration expert of the European Migration Network of the European Commission and member of the CBSS Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings. Recently she joined the Council of Europe as an expert on Children’s Rights in the CAHENF-Safeguards group. Justyna is interested to support and becoming involved in development, humanitarian, peace-making, awareness-widening social actions and compaings that aim to bind humankind, to teach each other empathy and mutual understanding. She still believes we need more Mahatmas Gandhi, we need more non-violent direct actions to stop a vicious circle of the world blindness and indifference to human suffering. She is also convinced that today’s “Gandhi”s are already waiting for us just to take action. Justyna loves to think about what seems unthinkable, however she needs other people to suit the action to the word.

Fivos Tsaravopoulos

OLBIOS Correspondent, GREECE

Fivos Tsaravopoulos has been working through his Social Co-operative Enterprise “Paths of Greece” since 2010 to actively foster the implementation of walking trails across all of Greece. He has developed and promoted several path networks on the islands of Kythera, Serifos, Sifnos, Patmos, Kefalonia, as well as in Athens, the Peloponnese, Drama, Prespa Lakes and elsewhere. He has advised on trail projects internationally including a major trail project in China. Several Paths of Greece projects have introduced innovative ideas and have generated articles in the domestic and international press. Fivos is Treasurer at the World Trails Network.

Katia Stefanatou

OLBIOS Correspondent, GREECE

Katia Stefanatou is an Entrepreneur, NGO Strategy Consultant for NGOs and the Founder of Greece in the Box, an online monthly food subscription company based in Athens, Greece. Katia worked at UNICEF USA in New York for over seven years as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) expert leading multi-million dollar partnerships with Fortune 500 companies focusing on airline and financial industries. She has lead CSR and awareness campaigns in India, Senegal and Turkey. She also served as Manager of the Community Mobilization team where she managed UNICEF’s national programs for domestic engagement and global citizenship in the United States. Katia is an alumna of the prestigious US Fund for UNICEF Global Citizenship Fellowship program, voted ProFellow’s 10 most popular fellowships of 2016. Katia has spoken on behalf of UNICEF at the United Nations, TEDxTeen, Universities, Civil Society Groups, and Faith Leaders convenings. She is the recipient of the Honorary President’s Call to Service Award in 2011 and Gold President’s Service Award in 2010, the President’s highest honor offered in recognition of civil service in the United States. As Founder of Greece in the Box since 2017, Katia has embarked on a journey to empower small Greek farmers and producers and support the local agro-economy through an online subscription platform. Katia holds a B.S. in Economics with a concentration on Socio-Economic Development from Paris XII University in Paris, France and a Certificate in Global Affairs from NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Uroš Delić

OLBIOS Correspondent, SERBIA

Uroš Delić is a Corporate Philanthropy Manager and an expert in Corporate fundraising, CSR, philanthropy development, project management, outreach and networking. Also, he is an Economic advisor active in entrepreneurship projects supporting development of small family businesses or agricultural households. He is working with the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation for the mast 7 years. His primary task was corporate fundraising; during years, he was able to establish contacts and develop cooperation with many companies, corporate foundations and also SMEs. Procter&Gamble, Saint-Gobain Initiative, NCR Foundation, Wiener Stadtische are among the biggest new donors and partners.

Uros Delic is also active in many other organizations, he is the Vice President of the UN Global Compact Network Serbia, board member of the Serbian Philanthropy Forum and also member of Association of Fundraising Professionals. He also worked on the EU Flood relief project (2014-2016) aimed to support families which income generating activities were severely damaged during the floods.

His main efforts at the moment are focused developing cooperation with local self-governments and corporate donors (public-private partnerships) with special focus of Divac Agricultural Funds and support to families in rural areas and youth interested to develop family households. Development of philanthropy and promotion of solidarity in Serbia and in the region remains as his main activities as well.

Domenico Maria Caprioli

OLBIOS Correspondent, ITALY

Domenico Maria Caprioli, PhD (Urban Anthropology) is a passionate researcher, focused on bottom-up processes and urban anthropology. Now he is a just as passionate business developer, especially interested in territory development and innovation management. As an expert in EU funding programmes, he tries to put any challenge into a strategic perspective, integrating several approaches and funding instruments, with the purpose of achieving the maximum impact. In the last two years he set up an international advisory for an Italian group. Currently, he is leading technology transfer projects in Southern Italy and takes part in a territorial development programme and a complementary R&D progress of European and American companies.

Ronan O Dalaigh

OLBIOS Correspondent, IRELAND

Ronan is from Dublin, Ireland and is a social entrepreneur. As a teenager he represented Ireland on the Irish Karate Squad, was Captain of his Gaelic football team and President of his student council. In November 2013 he was presented with the Irish Presidential Youth Award, a Gold Gaisce Medal. Ronan worked for Unilever as a Financial Business Partner and oversaw Unilever Ireland’s sales to the convenience sector, worth approximately €30m per annum. In 2014 he graduated top of his class with a degree in Business and Irish and was awarded the Dublin City University Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding Achievements, specifically; Co-founding and chairing the Raising And Giving Society (subsequently Ireland’s fastest growing youth charity), a student society the aim of which is to empower students through volunteering, fundraising and social enterprise development. In its first year the RAG society was the largest society in DCU, won the award for Ireland’s Best New College Society and fundraised over €100,000. Being elected the chairperson of the DCU Student Union Council and successfully leading the campaign for DCU Students’ Union to re-‐affiliate to the national Union of Student’s in Ireland after a ten year absence. Helping to establish Na Gaeil .ga, Ireland’s first Irish language GAA club outside of a Gaeltacht. Ronan represented Ireland as the winner of the global Enactus competition for social enterprise in 2012 and has also represented the young people of Ireland as a delegate to the European Union, UNESCO, One Young World and the United Nations. In 2015 he was elected a Young Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and is a member of ChangemakerXChange, the world’s largest social enterprise collaboration network for social entrepreneurs under thirty. Ronan is currently founding a new social enterprise, SEDCo, which is aiming to have a transformational impact on Irish society.

Charles Blass


Charles Blass is an Advisory Board Member and Team Facilitator at the Climate Change and Consciousness conference, ccc19.org. Co-evolving a series of globally-distributed initiatives focused on collaboration and developing ideas and projects to co-create a better world, Charles is a passionate writer and editor, broadcaster, group facilitator, team-builder, global networker and movement-grower. He has experience managing multiple areas including community and communications, media archives, partnerships and advisors. Charles founded a New York State non-profit arts and education company; co-founded a Brooklyn music label network; and managed a Manhattan recording studio. He is specialized in English language production and optimization, quality assurance for publication, and coaching; mind-mapping and related ‘think-know tools’; sound engineering and production; producing and programming radio festivals.

Senad Hasanbašić


Senad Hasanbašić studied at the Institute of Political Studies of Lille and at the ESCP-Europe in Paris. He also holds a History degree from the Sorbonne. He has been working in International NGOs and the Red Cross Movement for over a decade on 4 continents and about 20 countries as Country Director and International Programmes Manager at Head Office level, from emergency contexts to developed countries. He is also participating in translation projects with the aim of making knowledge accessible to as many people as possible.

Sara Soltani

OLBIOS Correspondent, AUSTRIA

Sara Soltani was born to an Iranian family of musicians in Austria. Surrounded by classical music, she also played the flute at the conservatory, was a member of the Youth Symphony Orchestra and graduated at the music high school in Vorarlberg (Austria). She got her Bachelor’s degree in social and cultural anthropology and her first Master’s in political science at the University of Vienna. She completed a Master’s programme in human rights at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC), where she studied in Venice for her first semester and in Copenhagen at the Danish Human Rights Institute for her second semester. She wrote her first master’s thesis about the political instrumentalisation of women’s rights in Iran and the second about human rights in the context of music. For her second thesis, she interviewed Maestro Barenboim on the promotion of human rights and equal treatment through music, the founder of the association United Heartbeat on the right to participate in cultural rights and the founders of Tehran Flute Choir and Bridge of Art on the freedom of musical expression in Iran. This master’s thesis got rewarded and will be published soon. By co-organising a cultural human rights festival in Venice in 2016, she was awarded with the E.MActivism Prize. Besides her studies, she also gained practical experience in the field of human rights and aid organisations. She worked at the Asylkoordination, Caritas and Nachhilfe Zuhause, where she gave German, French, Math and English lessons to unaccompanied refugee minors. Furthermore, she was an intern at the Austrian Commission for UNESCO. Since Sara was one of the best 15 graduates of her Master’s programme, an internship has been offered to her. She will be starting this internship at the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) by February 2018. Currently she supports the Tehran Flute Choir as an administrative assistant. Sara speaks German, English, French and Persian fluently and is currently improving her Italian skills.

 Abir Sadellah


Born in France, Abir Sadellah graduated in 2015 from the French Institute of Geopolitics (IFG) in Paris, where she obtained a Master’s degree in geopolitics and risk management. She is now a research assistant in geopolitics, and specialist of the MENA region, where she has lived and travelled extensively. Her field work concentrates on popular protests and refugee issues. She is also the co-leader and volunteer of « entraide scolaire amicale » an association which combats inequalities in education amongst children in Paris. Cinema and documentaries are her two passions, she plans on filming her own documentaries soon.

 Ekaterina Kokkalou


Ekaterina Kokkalou is a community activist and educator. Since 2007 she has been engaged in the educational system and has worked as a lecturer at universities, developed and facilitated European trainings/seminars/initiatives. Since 2009, Ekaterina has been active in the civil sector: first as a volunteer (educational programs with Roma and migrant children) in local organizations and later as a project manager/ coordinator/expert (migrant integration). Ekaterina is a president and co-founder of migrant youth platform Youth Included, which aims to support, advice, guide and educate youth by giving them a chance to develop and organize the project of their dreams, by providing them opportunities to volunteer and experience other cultures, by showing them that changing the world starts with small steps of self-exploration, self-respect, self-development and self-expression. Ekaterina is also a production manager and coordinator of volunteers of the intercultural festival Refufest, initiative uniting migrant communities, refugees and locals in Prague every year. The festival is based on active engagement of volunteers (up to 100 people every year), migrant communities, refugees, NGOs, universities and other stakeholders. The event gathers up to 7000 visitors every year. She also lectures at the integration course “Welcome to the Czech Republic” for newcomers in order to make them aware of the legal framework on permits, social and cultural specifics of the Czech Republic and access to the public institutions and NGOs. Ekaterina holds MA in Marketing and Branding (Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg, Russia), and works on her PHD project in Regional Studies (University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic). Her thesis is dedicated to the social integration of migrants.

 Koudjo Mawuli Klevo


oudjo Mawuli Klevo is a development, peace and youth advocate with over a decade’s experience in NGO management, entrepreneurship and Journalism, with expertise in Youth Participation, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, Democratic Citizenship and Business Management. Koudjo is the founder and coordinator of Investing in Youth, an international NGO working to ensure youth entrepreneurship and development globally. He is a Member of the Youth Advisory board of the African Union and the President of the African Diaspora Youth Network in Europe and served as member of the  Steering Group on the Africa-Europe Youth Summit.
 Koudjo has an educational background in English literature, Journalism and Diplomacy. He has attended several training programs, workshops and seminars in Africa, Europe and Asia as participant, delegate, trainer, facilitator and expert and has contributed views in many forum and journals. Koudjo speaks and writes in French, English, Spanish and his mother tongue, Ewe. 

Stefan Ubiparipović

OLBIOS Correspondent, SERBIA

Stefan Ubiparipović has a BA (Hons) in International Affairs from the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Political Sciences. As an undergraduate, he studied for a year at the University of Ghent in Belgium specializing in European Integration. Currently, Stefan is a student at the Joint Interdisciplinary Master’s Programme in South-Eastern European Studies, University of Belgrade, in the context of which he spent a semester at the University of Graz, Austria. He completed a traineeship program at the EU Delegation to the Republic of Serbia and completed a three-month internship within the Core Negotiating Team for the Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union. Stefan also worked at the British Council Serbia as a Customer Care Officer and was a representative for the European Federation for Intercultural Learning, Brussels. He is a project assistant at the Belgrade Open School on “Civil Society as a Force for Change in the Serbia’s EU Accession Process“.

Darya Doronina


A Communication Assistant and NeoSpheres intern, Darya Doronina planned and organised a range of events, including a salon with 300 international participants She has also mentored project progress and managed daily operations as a Project Assistant at volunteering Cinaps TV, coordinated participation in festivals and events focused on culture, including managing interviews in Russian, French and English (UNESCO events, Prix Langlois, cinematographic festivals) Communication. She was an Assistant at CDD Tandau Foundation, where she Acquired sponsors and partnerships – and assisted events manager and specialists in the implementation of strategies of social development in Central Asia. She has an MA in European Affairs (Paris-Sorbonne University, Paris IV) and a BA in Communication from Paris VIII university.

Blagota Marunović


Blagota Marunovic has a BA and MA in French-American Institute IFAM in Paris, France, with a dissertation in the field of marketing. He works in parliamentary diplomacy in the Parliament of Montenegro as an advisor for international relations in the Committee on International Relations and Emigrants. He founded in 2013 the Center for multimedia production – CEZAM, today a respected and socially active NGO in Montenegro. Currently, he is executive director of CEZAM. Within his organization, he deals with production, marketing and works as a filmmaker. He is the creator and director of the Green Montenegro International Film Fest, the first and largest film festival in Montenegro based on ecology and sustainable development. The festival is co-produced with CEZAM. He also worked as director of marketing management at Montenegro Consulting Company, he was actively involved in several non-governmental organizations throughout years, attended many national and international seminars. He speaks Montenegrin, English and French.

Yulia Moshkovska

OLBIOS Correspondent, UKRAINE

Yulia has an MA from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation. Her Major was in Human Rights and Democratisation, a degree jointly awarded by Ruhr-Universität Bochum, University of Hamburg, University of Deusto, University of Graz Thesis – University of Vienna. She has a BA from Kyiv National Economic University were she majored in Law Sciences with a specialization in Financial Law. Yulia is a creative director, organizer and PR manager of the European Cultural Academy, Venice, Italy where she organized weekly courses in contemporary art and photography. Yulia is also organizer and assistant curator at the European Cultural Centre, Venice, Italy and she has organized exhibitions of the Venice Art Biennale 2017 collateral events. She oversaw legal aspects of Nestle’s financial activities in the Ukraine and provided overall legal support for the company in Ukraine and Moldova.

Aigars Kaulins

OLBIOS Correspondent, LATVIA

Aigars Kaulins studied Business Administration in the Baltic International Academy and Operations Management at Stonebridge College. He has worked in journalism, marketing, sales, arts and organization of events. He was the General Manager of the Riga city exhibition hall, executive director of Latviesu sapnis, managing director of Ask Shop in Liverpool and general manager at Belezza Italiana. He is also a personal and spiritual growth coach. He began his personal and spiritual practice more than seven years ago and has been studying from teachers such as Bob Proctor, Prentice Mulford, Joel Osteen.

Doru Curoșu

OLBIOS Correspondent, MOLDOVA

Doru Curoșu is an international Trainer and Speaker, with a unique experience in volunteering, youth policy making, people development and sports. He is a trainer with an experience of 6 years, over 300 training sessions, at a national and international level. He is a Board Member of The European Youth Forum (YFJ), a platform of youth organisations in Europe representing 99 youth organisations, both National Youth Councils and International Non-Governmental Youth Organisations. With a extensive experience in Leadership, Team Management, Public Speaking, Human Resources and Volunteers Management, organizing and facilitating Team Buildings and Events, Doru currently develops his own Training and Team Building Company, and several educational youth projects. In 2016 he was nominated by Forbes 30 under 30.

Attila Mester

OLBIOS Correspondent, HUNGARY

Attila Mester is an expert in social innovation and community-based sustainable development. He has a background in cultural and visual anthropology, public policy, project management and community building with 15 years of experience in the civil sector, contributing to social, cultural, community, sustainability and Roma projects for several organizations. He is one of the founders of Profilantrop Association, which integrates environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability in its projects, combined with real life practical solutions and technologies. One of the main successes of Profilantrop is a charity shop in Budapest called Filantrópia. It has multiple benefits, such as the reduction of waste and the creation of an opportunity for less wealthy people to buy products. It also serves as a meeting point for the community and in the future might even be in a position to finance the rural community projects of the Association. In his professional work, Attila prefers to co-create solutions together in a partnership with those who are affected by the problems, respecting and incorporating each others’ contribution, values, experiences, knowledge, cultural background and worldview. Diversity is an important concept for him, not only in the sense of natural or cultural diversity but also in terms of task variety such as facilitating community processes, building fuel-efficient stoves, teaching IT solutions, managing projects, organizing events, giving presentations and holding training sessions.


Yiota Nicolaidou

OLBIOS Correspondent, CYPRUS

Yiota Nicolaidou is on a mission to eliminate terrorist and information security attacks (both cyber and physical) on businesses, by demystifying security and simplifying protection for businesses. Yiota is a former Communications Affairs Attaché for the Cyprus government, a Safety Critical Infrastructures adviser and Director of an operations Regional Control Centre for the Cyprus Civil Defense, information security analyst & strategist for the CyCSO NPO and finally, the founder of Y. Secure World Vision, an international company enabling businesses to protect their valuable assets. Trained in Safety Critical Systems and Highly Classified Information, Yiota was mentored by Professor Dhiraj Pradhan, an ACM award winner and adviser, amongst others to NASA. Prof Pradhan identified Yiota as the best student he has ever seen in his career. Her academic qualifications include a degree in Hardware Design, a master’s in Advanced Microelectronic Systems Engineering with further specialisation in fault tolerance, hardware security, usable security & human brain functionality. Her expertise has been sought by top semiconductor companies, Boeing, the European Space Agency, Europol, and governmental agencies fighting cyber-terrorism. She has undertaken government-based “safety critical infrastructure” re-design related to public protection and the state. She also helps non-profit organisations by supplying them with the required technological tools. Yiota has been selected to be featured as an inspirational role model for women in Cyprus by the SHE EXPERTS initiative.

Jonathan Leighton


Jonathan Leighton grew up in Montreal, Canada. After studying at Harvard University he moved to Switzerland, where he obtained a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Basel. Initially interested in improving wellbeing through biomedical research, he became increasingly attracted to the bigger question of how to create a gentler, more compassionate society. After several years in the fragrance industry in research and marketing, and then a stint at a Geneva-based communications agency working for the Gates Foundation and other clients in global health and biotech, he decided to embark on an independent path. His book The Battle for Compassion (2011) is a philosophical exploration of existence that methodically addresses the question “What matters?” He also produced a short film with the same name to communicate some of the book’s core ideas. Jonathan is the Executive Director of the Organisation for the Prevention of Intense Suffering (OPIS), a Swiss think-and-do tank he founded in 2016, dedicated to making the prevention of suffering of sentient beings our highest ethical priority. Jonathan writes articles and gives public talks, and he is currently working on a new book that develops a more holistic ethical framework for society.

Ian Gauci

OLBIOS Correspondent, MALTA

Dr Ian Gauci is engaged primarily in technology law, fintech, regtech, electronic communications, information society, data protection and gaming/gambling, whilst also focusing on consumer law, competition law, broadcasting law, cyber law, e-commerce, m-commerce, e-health, e-payment, information technology, unfair commercial practices and misleading advertising. Dr Gauci also provides consultancy on legal matters related to blockchain technology, smart contracts, crypto-currencies and ICO/ITO. He is frequently invited to participate and speak in local and international conferences, seminars and events touching on these areas as well as Electronic Communications, Data Protection and Technology Law. He has assisted the Maltese Government amongst others on issues dealing E-Trust certification, the Malta Communications Authority (MCA) on its Ecommerce strategy as well as the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). He is also currently one of the strategic advisors appointed by Government on the National Blockchain Strategy Taskforce. Dr Gauci has co-authored the Maltese Electronic Communications Framework and lectures Legal Futures and Technology at the University of Malta.

Tom Barratt

OLBIOS Correspondent, UK

Tom is a social entrepreneur and charity leader. He has a passion for social change and experience in how to achieve it sustainability. He has an healthy mix of private sector, social enterprise and charity sector experience. He’s worked for marketing agencies – helping to build some of the UK’s most recognised brands and also worked in-house for charities, where he’s led the marketing communications, corporate relationships and commercial trading teams. He has run a grant-funded official Olympic Legacy programme for young people, where he transformed it into a new social enterprise. He then used that experience to launch his own enterprise development consultancy for charities: Frodas. Tom also leads a UK coalition of youth-serving organisations that are disrupting their own sector – using tech to enable young people to create the change that they want to see: Peace First UK Challenge

Anaïs Saegesser


Anaïs holds a great love and care for humanity on this planet. She just loves stepping on new pathways and exploring the opportunities that different approaches provide, when designed to empower people to reconnect with themselves, connecting to others, nature and the universe. Having earned her PHD at the University of St.Gallen, HSG Anaïs integrates experience from business and economics (PhD) to social sciences, religious and Islamic studies, environmental sciences, coaching and yoga. She has worked in SMEs, large corporations, NGO, public sector and her own companies. Acknowledging that many societal challenges of our time are merely symptoms of our values, belief systems and aspirations, she is now mainly working through the theory of change of personal transformation. Having realized that to address the complexity of the challenges of our times we need a multitude of methods, she is also exploring different pathways of scaling all the good that is out there. The Olbios network provides one potential trajectory for this through providing visibility, resources and a community, which is why she is delighted of being able to contribute towards Olbios. In addition to being a co-founder of STRIDE- unSchool for Entrepreneurial Leadership, she also co-founded scaling4good, eccoscience.ch and MahaDevi Centre Switzerland associations, is Chair of the Board of Trustees at MahaDevi Yoga Centre UK and member of the WeAct Advisory Board.

Ernst von Kimakowitz


Dr. Ernst von Kimakowitz is founding Director of the Humanistic Management Center, an independent think tank, learning institution and advisory firm on business ethics and sustainability. He is also the director of the executive education provider Ethics First. Ernst is a lecturer in leadership skills at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland and the University of Tübingen, Germany and was the 2016 visiting professor at Soka University’s Business Department in Tokyo, Japan. He holds several board member, editorial and reviewer positions and frequently gives talks to audiences ranging from student groups to senior executive teams around the globe. He holds a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics (LSE) and an award winning Ph.D. from the Institute for Business Ethics at the University of St Gallen. Prior to his doctoral studies he has worked in strategy consulting with a leading management consulting firm based in London, England. Εrnst is passionate about strengthening the positive impact of business towards a more equitable and more sustainable planet.

Deniz Bagriacik


Deniz Bagriacik /Bağrıaçık  is a sociologist-writer and columnist at Harvard Business Review Turkey. She is originally from Istanbul however she defines herself as a world citizen after living in the most cosmopolitan and liberal cities such as Geneva, New York and Paris.She has a francophone study background starting at the age of 11 in Istanbul. She completed her BA on sociology at  Galatasaray University then received her MA on Gender and Economics at the University of Geneva . She currently lives in Paris where she is preparing her Ph.D thesis on the field of sustainable development. Her area of interests are social and solidarity economy, poverty alleviation and gender.
Bagriacik Bağrıaçık has published more then 60 articles on gender, sustainability and sociology on various newspapers and magazines so far.  Lastly she published a book “ Ask him/her if they liked us” from Yapı Kredi on June 2017. During her academic career, she continues to work on social-economic projects focusing on gender equality, the reduction of poverty and sustainability. She gives conferences on her area of interests in English, French and Turkish.

Fırat Barçadurmus


I was born in the city of Bingöl in 1992 and graduated from Political Science and Public administration in Cankiri Karatekin University in Turkey.  I am currenty living in Warsaw where I am studying towards my MA in Political Science at the University of Warsaw. I have been participant and team leader in many projects. I love to travel and meet new people I am interested in political theories, human rights, and sustainability.

Fiona McKeon

OLBIOS Correspondent, IRELAND

Fiona McKeon, CEO of Bizworld Ireland is a professional development lecturer and trainer. Entering the business world over a decade ago, her strong background in education ensures her methods of lecturing, mentoring and teaching are both informative and effective. Fiona has transferred her abilities as an educator to provide skills and advice to people of all ages in order to improve their professional standards and personal effectiveness through branding and mentoring. She counts many educational institutions, such as IBEC, Fás, DAA, Brown Thomas, Ernst & Young, Darley Flying Start, TV3 and TG4 as previous clients. She has also developed and delivered programmes for the Dublin Institute of Design and Froebel College of Education, Maynooth University. As CEO of Bizworld Ireland, Fiona is bridging the gap between education and business in order to create successful but financially responsible adults for the future. Bizworld is an initiative provided by both educators and the business community to empower and inspire Primary school children. It provides a platform for kids to learn about social enterprise, critical thinking and money management in a fun and creative way. The organisation’s mission is to challenge and engage children across the cultural and economic spectrum. This is executed through experiential learning programs that teach the basics of business, while also promoting teamwork and leadership in the classroom. Bizworld sow the seeds so these children can grow their future.

Rafael Masson Rocha

OLBIOS Correspondent, PORTUGAL

Rafael was born in the countryside of Brazil from a family of Italian immigrants with a passion for travel and helping others. By the time he finished his BA in International Relations in the border between Brazil and Uruguay he was in contact with several different social initiatives, including gender equality, human rights, and educational projects. Rafael was one of the founders of PAMPEANO, a project that helps young people achieve the goal of entering university through free preparatory classes. Rafael has experience in volunteering for NGOs in three continents, including the Nobel Peace Prize winner International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), Mines Action Canada (MAC), and more recently Greek Carers Network (EPIONI). Currently, he is doing his MA in Strategic Communication in Portugal.

Elena Nora Bonacini


Elena Nora Bonacini studied Political Science in Italy and has a master’s degree in non-profit management. She has worked in the non-profit sector since 2003, with short-term profit experience in CSR and marketing and communication. She lived in Paris, Brussels, Rome, New York and finally in Milan, her home town.

She founded a non-profit organization – You Able Onlus – aimed at unifying funds, technology, social enterprise for people with disabilities. Elena works as fundraiser and project manager in sustainable development  (focusing on campaigning and education about energy); peace (focusing on Middle East and Euro-Mediterranean region);people with disabilities (focusing on helping people in Italy and Jordan); and empowering the unemployed through the launch of social enterprise (Italy).

Simone Sarcià


Simone Sarcià was born in Siracusa, Italy. He studied Public Relations and then obtained an MA in International and European Organizations and Diplomatic Career from the University of Parma. He started his experience abroad in Belarus in 2004 with Amnesty International, then keeping the focus on the Balkans with OICS and UNV/UNDP. He managed teams and programme in different large scale emergencies: Landslides in Guatemala, Earthquake in Haiti, Refugees and Sahel Crisis in Tchad, LRA armed groups in Central African Republic, Syrian Refugees Crisis in Lebanon. During almost 3 years he worked in the private sector in Paris, before moving to Italy at the Cesvi Fondazione headquarters where he is Desk Officer for Albania, Bolivia, Brazil, Haiti, Peru. In parallel, during the last 8 years, he contributed to the development of rural tourism and farming activity.

Bjondina Rexha


Bjondina Rexha holds an MA from Central European University in Global Economic Relations and a BA from University of Prishtina in Banking, Finance and Accounting. Currently, she works as a Senior Officer for Economic Criteria and Regional Development at the Ministry of European Integration. Bjondina is the Co-Founder of Mentoring our Future. Mentoring our Future is the first mentoring program in Kosovo which brings the established Albanian speaking profiles, who live in Kosovo, Region, and Diaspora, together to contribute to the society by mentoring voluntarily the University of Prishtina students.
Previously, she was a Project Manager at Kosovar Youth Council where she managed a project focused in Quality of Education. She was a representative of University of Prishtina at the Harvard National Model United Nations held in Boston, Massachusetts. Moreover, Bjondina has attended many different conferences and training sessions, including the European Youth Parliament, Young Leaders of Southeastern Europe, and the School of Politics. Bjondina was a Young Cell Scheme Scholar, Round X. Her research interests include Education, Security Policy, Economic Inequality, and Sustainable Development. 

Ramon Rahangmetan


Hospitality manager, networker, writer and Co-Founder of Circle of Sustainable Europe, Ramon was born and raised in The Netherlands. With roots in Indonesia, he studied vocational education in Hospitality Management and Marketing in Wageningen for 4 years. As a student he was also the Chairman of the student council representing 14.000 students. As a writer, networker and manager he focuses on the benefits that modern technology has to offer for the future, especially regarding values and accessibility for all. He is also a knowledge platform member of the European Space Agency (ESA), the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the European Artificial Intelligence Alliance (AIA). He is being trained as a Climate Reality Leader during the Climate Reality Project in Berlin by former vice-president of the US Al Gore. On the basis of this experience and professional connections, he Co-founded Circle of Sustainable Europe (CoSE), a youth-led NGO supporting sustainability projects around Europe by connecting experts and students with three main pillars in mind: energy, oceans and agriculture. 

Danilo Mirabile

OLBIOS Correspondent, ITALY

Danilo Mirabile is a social entrepreneur, born in Catania, Italy. He studied computer engineering at the University of Catania and continued his career by founding several digital companies. Today he serves as CEO of Beentouch, a company that has produced the software of the same name, a video communications system that works in any network condition. He is a Business Development Manager for Startup Super School, an international organization that teaches entrepreneurial culture in schools and universities. He works alongside volunteer work that he carries out for some international organizations such as Youth Parliament Nepal and Theirworld. Danilo has been awarded as one of the world’s best entrepreneurs under 25 by the prestigious Kairos Society and AIESEC, the world’s largest student organisation. It is also part of SDSN Youth, the UN-supported organization and has been selected for the United Nations of Industrial Development (UNIDO) Entrepreneurs 4 Social Change programme.

María Rosón Sánchez

OLBIOS Correspondent, SPAIN

My name is María Rosón Sánchez, I am from Spain and it was while I was studying a double degree in Law and Political Sciences that I had the first contact with the field of social action, and decided that the protection of human rights was the path I wanted to take not only as a future profession but also as a philosophy of life. Following this vocation, during my years at University I started to collaborate with several NGOs in Spain working with migrant and refugee people’s rights, and I continued doing so when I finished my studies. Beyond these experiences, and moved by a desire of knowing other realities and cultures, I collaborated with several NGOs in Latin America, working with community development projects focused on children and women’s rights in the cities of Porto Alegre (Brazil) and Cusco (Peru). More recently I have finished a European master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratisation, having the chance to write my master’s thesis about intercultural dialogue and the inclusion of migrant and refugee people in Greece, where I could also collaborate with NGOs working on the refugee camps close to the city of Thessaloniki. Besides these experiences, I also spent a year studying in France at Sciences Po Bordeaux, and a semester cursing development studies in New Zealand. I am also very interested on music, dancing and in ecology and sustainable living. I am also passionate of travelling as much as I can and learning new languages, speaking fluently Spanish, English, Portuguese and French . Nowadays I am collaborating with a women’s rights NGO working on the eradication of gender based violence and any forms of discrimination towards women.

Francesco Trupia


Francesco Trupia is a PhD Candidate trained in Political Philosophy at the Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski, where he also obtained his MA in Philosophy with a major in Intercultural Relations. Besides, he graduated at the University of Catania in Political Science and International Relations. After his sabbatical year in 2014, Francesco began to increase his interests in Eastern Europe by interning the NGO Focus in Bulgaria and the Refugee Project, working with vulnerable minorities. In 2016, he became one of the international fellows of the Yerevan-based Caucasus Resource Research Centre, exploring the links between minority issues and the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh after the last constitutional reforms in the post-Soviet Armenia. While attending numerous summer schools in Russia, Serbia, Germany, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Armenia and Kosovo, in 2017 Trupia joined the London-based think tank Institute for Islamic Strategic Affairs – IISA by contributing for the Refugee&Border Control Program. He is currently a Field Officer in HOLDS Foundation, where he conducts mapping surveys in the post-Balkan Route scenario. Trupia’s current interests include minority groups and migratory phenomena over Eastern European contested territories. Counting on his fieldworks, he has presented his research in Turkey, Netherlands, Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria. His monograph on “Migranthood & Self-Governing Rights: A New Paradigm for Eastern Europe” has been recently published by Lambert Academic Publishing.

 Giacomo Spigarelli


 Giacomo Spigarelli was born in Ragusa, Italy and has studied Architecture. Since 2007 he has been working for international NGOs as responsible for the direction and management of development programs initiatives in sub-saharan countries, including development of programs policies and procedures. Working more than 10 years in developing countries, he has had the opportunity to develop a strong ability to adapt in difficult situations and contexts and to work under pressure: he is particularly stimulated by multicultural working environments and he considers diversity as a basic value for the professional and human growth. Working closely with the hosting countries authorities, international agencies, NGOs and international embassies, he has developed excellent diplomatic skills. Presently he is living in Italy where he works for the Italian Red Cross as Operations Regional Officer with responsibilities of management of all the logistic and operational activities of social programs implemented by the organization at regional level.

Ani Papyan


Ani Papyan is from Armenia. She has bachelor degrees in International Relations and Cultural Studies from Yerevan State University, as well as 2 Master degrees in Human Rights and Democratization (YSU Center for European Studies and Belarusian State University) and MA in European Studies from the College of Europe. Her working experience is extensively within public institutions (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, US Embassy, Transparency International) as well as in the civil society sector working on elections, peacebuilding, democracy and human rights promotion. Never limiting herself to formal education, Ani has done summer courses at the University of Cambridge, Yale, Princeton and Erfurt. She has travelled in over 15 countries taking part in different youth summits and conferences as a participant and later as a trainer. Currently, alongside her studies at the College of Europe, she is working within a youth-led peacebuilding initiative advocating for UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security.

 Camille Warambourg OLBIOS


Camille Warambourh is a passionate feminist with five years of experience in the girls’ and women’s rights field.  She is currently in charge of fundraising at Women LEAD Nepal, a local NGO that provides young women in Nepal with the skills, support and opportunities they need to become leaders and changemakers in their schools, communities and nation. Prior to joining Women LEAD, she has worked for the With and For Girls Award at Stars Foundation in London and volunteered during the evenings at the UK National Domestic Violence Helpline to provide emotional support to survivors of domestic violence. She has also worked as regional assistant at the Alliance for International Medical Action, a French INGO based in Senegal, and also in Australia at the Research Center for Muslim States and Societies, where she supported a research project evaluating the government’s latest immigration program on community detention.

Mariia Levchenko

OLBIOS Correspondent, UKRAINE

Dr. Mariia Levchenko is the Program Director and Founder of the NGO “Youth for Global Progress”. Within the NGO, she is responsible for implementing, monitoring and assessing strategic development, and assisting with advocacy meetings with local authorities. She is an Associate Professor at the Khmelnytskyi national university, where she obtained her Ph.D. in Economics, and MBA in International Relations. She is a graduate of “Community Leadership Institute” an Executive and Professional Education Program at George Mason University, having completed a Fellowship at River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding, supported by IREX. She studied at Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) at the College of Europe. Mariia works under the theme ‘Tolerance and Conflict Resolution’ with refugees and internally displaced persons.

Andrzej Kostek

OLBIOS Correspondent, POLAND

Andrzej Kostek is a project coordinator and youth worker. For over ten years he has been affiliated with the NGO sector and the implementation of international projects in the area of youth, democracy development and promotion of civic engagement. From 2017 he works with CIVICUS Global Alliance for Citizens Participation, where he coordinated an International Civil Society Week, a flagship CIVICUS’ event bringing together over 700 Civil Society activists, academia and governmental representatives. Before Joining CIVICUS, Andrzej was affiliated with the Community for Democracies Permanent Secretariat, initially coordinating and managing the Community’s LEND (Leaders Engaged in New Democracies) Network and currently as head of the Unit of Logistics, Events and Procurement. Prior to that he worked as Volunteers Venue Operations Coordinator for the UEFA Euro2012 European football tournament in Poland and Ukraine (2012) and the Polish Robert Schuman Foundation (2007-2011), and as an independent expert on development of youth programmes and voluntary Service in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region for SALTO EECA and the European Commission (since 2010). He holds an MA in International Relations with a specialization in Eastern European Affairs. Andrzej is voluntarily engaged in the creation and management of the first democratic football club in Poland AKS Zły (Alternative football club Zly). He is passionate about traditional photography, sailing, hiking, running, social entrepreneurship. He speaks Polish, English and Russian.

Nicolas Kulakowski

OLBIOS Correspondent, FRANCE

Nicolas Kulakowski is one of the founders of WeGive Technologies, the app where charities, consumers and businesses work together to improve the world of tomorrow.
Self-taught and entrepreneur, after having plunged into the world of finance he participated in the development of 2 start-ups. Addict to meditation and sport, he knows that every obstacle is an opportunity to improve. 
Its goal? Be the change he wants to see in the world! Like a chameleon he is versatile and idolatrous, like no one, Tim Ferris and Gandhi.

Maria Shirshova

OLBIOS Correspondent, GEORGIA

Maria Shirshova is a creative social conceptualist with experience in social awareness communication. Maria has produced creative campaigns for UNFPA Georgia, UN Women Georgia and NATO among others. She has received a number of awards for social advertising and her works have been exhibited in many countries worldwide. She is a co – founder and CMO of the “My sisters” social enterprise based in Georgia, Tbilisi, which was established to empower women – artisans from rural areas of Georgia and to connect them with global market. Also, she recently launched her own social enterprise, CREATECA and ART for RENT – online platform, which provides fine art rental services in Georgia. The project helps customers decorate spaces with art, while promoting and financially supporting young Georgian painters. As a social conceptualist, Maria cannot remain indifferent to complex global issues, particularly chauvinism, poverty, domestic violence and other forms of oppression and privilege. It is her goal to use creativity as a tool to build positive and meaningful social change.

Oluwatodimu Bankole

OLBIOS Correspondent, CYPRUS

Oluwatodimu Bankole was born in Nigeria. She is a certified human rights trainer and also a co-founder of the Humanitarian Aid Program which is an organisation that raises donations for refugees on a large scale. Accordingly, she is a human rights activist for the No Hate Speech Movement which is a campaign founded by the youth sector of the Council of Europe to tackle hate speech and enhance human rights education. As an activist, she develops effective and non-violent tools such as bookmarks, which contain counter narratives and alternative narratives that can be used to combat hate speech. 
Previously, she has worked as a child counsellor to vulnerable children in Nigeria and a co-opted protection officer of children and vulnerable adults in Cyprus. Furthermore, she briefly worked as a board member with the African Chapter of Jobs without Borders which required her direct the ambassadors and volunteers on how to give humanitarian assistance to youths in Africa. In addition, she worked as a collaborator with One Woman At A Time (OWAAT) to help victims of sex trafficking from Nigeria to Italy. She currently works as a volunteer social worker for refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers. Also, she assists in teaching basic English language to refugees and asylum seekers in order to help with their integration into the society.

Correspondent, OLBIOS CANADA

Rachel Kiddell-Monroe is passionate about social justice and finding ways to show humanity and solidarity for people and our planet, using her background as a lawyer and activist. Most recently, Rachel founded SeeChange Initiative, a non-profit organization based on principles of community empowerment and solidarity. See Change Initiative is working in collaboration with the Government of Nunavut, to develop a community-led task-sharing project in Nunavut (Northern Canada) to tackle the TB epidemic.μRachel’s social justice awakening began in 1989 when she worked indigenous rights and East Timorese independence with grassroots organisations in Indonesia. But her most notable contribution to humanitarianism has been as a result of  her work with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) where she currently serves on the International Board of Directors, formulating policy and vision to safeguard MSF’s medical humanitarian mission.  Over the past 25 years, Rachel has also worked in various capacities at MSF: heading emergency humanitarian assistance in Rwanda before, during and after the genocide as well as in Djibouti and Democratic Republic of Congo (1992-1996), serving as programme director of MSF Canada (1998-1999), advising on Regional Humanitarian Affairs for Latin America based in Costa Rica from (1999-2003), leading the MSF Access Campaign in Canada (2003-2007).

Rachel cares deeply about global health and believes that empowering youth and ensuring intergenerational interactions is the key to future humanitarian action.  In 2006, Rachel was asked by university students to lead Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) and soon after she became President of the Board of Directors from 2007 to 2013.  UAEM has successfully played an important role in driving universities to develop global access licensing to ensure access to publicly funded pharmaceutical research in an effort to allow more people access to medicines.  Rachel currently serves as UAEM’s Special Policy Advisor.  To further empower youth to develop a humanitarian analysis relevant to the 21st century, Rachel teaches a seminar course on the challenges and dilemmas of humanitarian action and International Development in her role as a Professor of Practice at McGill University. Rachel enjoys connecting people and speaks widely throughout North America and Europe on humanitarian action, global health, and access to medicines.  She discusses her vision for addressing global crises facing our societies in a TEDxMontrealWomen talk.

Areeb Hashmi


Areeb Hashmi graduated in Economics from the University of Pune in 2006 and moved to Mumbai in order to pursue his filmmaking dreams. He worked as an Assistant Producer on various commercial projects but he was always drawn towards making documentary films, working on subjects that really matter. He got his chance when he was selected by Greenpeace International to set up and run their video production unit in India. Areeb worked with Greenpeace for about 3 years. The films he made during his tenure were picked up by international media houses including the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera and The New York Times. Areeb further worked with Video Volunteers and WaterAid UK before starting to work independently and taking up projects from various international organizations like Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), World Wild Fund (WWF) and many others. Working as a freelancer, gave him more time to pursue the stories that he really wanted to make films about. Gangnauli – Life in chocked desolation is a film that he made from the funds received for his freelancing work, it was an official selection at CMS Vatavaran International Environment & Wildlife Film Festival 2017. This self-funded project is an example that if someone wants to make a film, money cannot be an issue. What is important is the will to do it. In 2017, Areeb was selected to pursue his masters degree in Europe. He is currently pursuing DOC NOMADS Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) in Documentary Film Directing (2017-19). He is currently pursuing his third semester at Hogeschool Sint-Lukas Brussel, Belgium.

Zoe Christensen


I work as fine art-curator representing and specializing in fine art photography where every image empowers change and inspires sustainability, each image is a call to action.
As a photographers’ agent, I have produced several best-selling art books with international publishers and represented a number of critically acclaimed photographers. Today I put my efforts in representing powerful photography with a call to action to protect our planet and inspire the viewer to reconnect with nature and within. I am the European Representative of Sea Legacy and the Art Manager of Sea Legacy and Matthieu Ricard, I organise their world exposure within museums, books, and galleries. As an active advocate for the natural world and the preservation of wildlife, I collaborate with world-class visual storytellers. I am involved in several charitable projects to raise awareness of the urge to act, I have an unbridled desire to change the world for the better with actions. Fotografiska For Life has created the perfect platform to showcase crucial subjects and raise money for actions. I am part of the board of Nominators for the Prix Pictet. Today I connect the dots of Art as a platform to promote a healthy planet, oceans, and world peace, I use my creativity, world travel experience, knowledge of various cultures to make a change. Together we can change the tide and change the world.

Jonathan Gromark


Jonathan Gromark was born in Gothenburg, Sweden and has studied philosophy and economics at Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden and part of an MBA at Kenan Flagler Business School, UNC in North Carolina, USA. He has a Bachelor and Masters degree in Economics with a focus on Economics, Management and Sustainability. He has been working as a Sustainability Consultant and Strategist in Stockholm and Sydney, Australia and helped develop the sustainability strategy for many of the front runners within sustainability. Jonathan has a broad experience of the sustainability field having worked within many different industries both with environmental and social issues. He has experience of conducting sustainability audits, developing tools to asses and measure company sustainability impacts and has provided consultant advice on specific ways for companies to improve their sustainability work. He is currently trying to develop a tool to assess the quality of Swedish NGO’s impact reporting. Jonathan is also involved in the Swedish Effective Altruism movement and wants to introduce more of the movement’s in-depth (philosophical) thinking into corporate sustainability as a tool for better decision-making.

Leonor de Sá Machado


Leonor is the founder and CEO of TheBridge Global, an Angolan company that specializes in Social Responsibility and Citizenship. TheBridge Global has carried out citizenship education projects by developing social products that were implement through civic awareness for children, young people and adults and we have covered topics such as: Tax Payment, Domestic Violence, Healthy Eating, Registering to Vote, Education, Financial Literacy, Diversification of the Economy in Angola, Portugal and Brazil. She is also the founder and General Manager of IMAGINE, an Angolan company established in 2015 that works with Communication for Development (C4D) for companies, public and private institutions. Leonor was voted Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by Maxima magazine, Portugal and is the recipient of the Ruth Cardoso award for her work with women that are victims of domestic violence and aggression. Between the years 1987 and 2013, she was a top executive in multinational companies in Portugal and Spain, including Johnson & Johnson, Bimbo Bakeries, The Kraft Heinz Company, Renova Tissues Paper in Portugal and Spain and at Banco Espirito Santo in Angola.

Elvind Hoff-Eimari

Eivind Hoff-Eimari is a political activist, editor, author and civil servant based in Norway. He is a special adviser at the Research Council of Norway in charge of climate-related research in the social sciences and humanities, he is the editor of Pan, a Norwegian green political online magazine, and he holds various roles with the Green party in Norway. He has previously worked for ten years in Brussels, mainly as a lobbyist for environmental NGOs. His main interest lies with “green populism” and social justice.

Jan Tilinger


Jan Tilinger has a PhD in Civil Engineering from the Czech Technical University. His professional experience includes teaching civil engineering in developing countries at CTU Prague, Chairman of Civic Association Surya, leading development project, J&K, India, Senior Civil Engineering International Consultant in the employment of the Luxembourg government in India and Nepal for the purpose of providing recommendations to optimize future NGO interventions (CertiSud). He has also had experience in running a private craft school, providing technical analysis for the Czech Development Aid in Angola and Zambia and conducting drinking water research in Nepal and mapping arsenic pollution. He has taken part in a number of photography exhibitions and written articles on popular science, civil engineering and ethnology. 

Majed El Bdeiwi


Majed El Bdeiwi was born in Beirut – Lebanon. Since graduating from Business School in Lebanon, he has been an active development professional, program manager and consultant passionate about social innovation, social entrepreneurship and child protection and development programs. He has worked in that field for the past 18 years through various projects and missions in the Middle East and Europe. He started his career early 1996, working for the International NGOs, Majed has over 15 years of experience with the International NGOs and other international development organizations, including UNDP, and NGOs, including Enfant Refugees du Monde, Premiere Urgence, Norwegian Refugees Council, International Medical Corps, People in Need, Terre Des Hommes.
All focus on social change and integrated child protection and youth empowerment, especially concerning the young and the socially vulnerable. He has accumulated extensive knowledge and experience in designing and managing comprehensive remedial education, learning environmet enhancement, child protection development programs for NGOs and international development organizations. His specialties include institutional development of non-governmental organizations, strategic planning, program and project management,social inclusion and youth development including education, technical and vocational talent management, programs impact assessment of international development programs, fundraising for development. Majed is an active player, advisor and coach of development programs and member of multiple organizations board from different countries.He has trained more than 750child protection, psychosocial and youth/community empowerment staff and program members over the past 5 years.Recently, as a program officer, he has been developing and leading a new project that combines remedial education, learning environment enhancement and psychosocial support program under a Sub-Granting Management Program in Germany.He has conducted and/or coordinated program researches, monitored multiple projects, and managed more than 20 inter/national projects (USAID, EU, UN, and other funded projects). Currently based in Germany, heworks with both Arabic and English speaking clients and specializes in child protection, youth empowerment and lifeskills, cultural adaptation and community mobilization, social inclusion and the establishment of a safe environment. 

Kaiwan Baroz


Kaiwan Baroz is a Political analyst with a professional interest in the policies and politics of world affairs dealing with political systems, and in particular comparative politics. He holds a BSc in political sciences from the Nord University- Norway, 2012-2016, an MSc in International Economic and Political Studies (IEPS) from Charles University in Prague, 2016-2017, a degree in International Criminal Justice and Mass Violence from the University of Oslo, 2017-2017, an MSc in Public Administration from the Nord University- Norway, 2018. Kaiwan has a professional interest in the development and operation of political systems in the Middle East. He has carried out research in a wide range of subjects, such as relations between the United States and foreign countries, the beliefs and institutions of foreign nations, public opinion, political decision making, and ideology of political and public administration issues. He specializes in Policy analysis, political economy and the structure and operation of governments especially in the Middle East, as well as various political entities. 

Habit Hajredini


Habit Hajredini was born in Prizren, Republic of Kosovo. For 20 years he has been engaged in policy development in Good Governance and Human Rights in the Government of Kosovo and Civil Society. Considering the valuable historical work reflected in the advancement of human rights laws and strategies, Good Governance, Children’s Rights, Minority Rights and Disabilities in Kosovo, he is proud for his contribution. He is also the National Coordinator for Human Rights and the leader of the National Council for Civil Society Cooperation. Habit’s career began as a coordinator in the Department for Democracy and Civil Society. For 20 years, he has been working as a Director of the Office for Good Governance, Human Rights, Equal Opportunities and Non-Discrimination at the Prime Minister’s Office, where he has coordinated the process of drafting and implementing the numerous national human rights strategies, plans and. Some of these national strategies and plans drafted since 2000 include the strategy on Human Rights, the strategy for fighting against Corruption, the National Plan for the Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings, the Women’s Rights, the strategy for cooperation with Civil Society, The National Anti-Discrimination Plan, the National Plan for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the National Plan for the Rights of the Child and many other sector strategies in the field of good governance and human rights.
Also for the first time, he has published the report on funding non-governmental organizations to increase the transparency of government to public funds, as well as coordinate the process of public consultations where all laws and other institutional documents are published on the Online platform. Every citizen herein is given the opportunity to contribute to government laws and policies. Habit has been Coordinator for Human Rights in the Government of the Republic of Kosovo since 2007 and coordinates the process of reporting international human rights conventions. He serves as a high-level trainer and expert for good governance and human rights by conducting trainings and seminars in the country and at international level, focusing on good governance, public consultation, transparency and accountability. He is the author of many books and publications on national and international human rights and recently was a co-author of the book on human rights entitled “European Review of the Law on Human Rights” and is author of the ” Manual for Ethics and transparency in Kosovo “. He is also the main coordinator for the implementation of the strategy for the integration of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo for the period 2017-2022.

Agnes de Coll


Agnes de Coll’s record of commitment to human rights and counter trafficking efforts includes positions as a manager, a researcher and an advocate. During her work she respond and fight for legal changes and modifications and provides expertise on policy making at NRM and raise awareness by media representation. As an anti-trafficking program manager of her NGO she coordinates shelters’ work, escort actions, repatriation and reintegration of VoTs. She works in cooperation with the Hungarian National Bureau of Investigation, International Office of Migration (IOM), National Police Headquarters, Embassies, Consulates, Ministry of Interior, national and European NGOs and police offices internationally in the field of anti-trafficking.

She also lectures at trainings and workshops in the field of THB for social workers, children unit professionals, educators, consuls, prosecutors, judges and police officers. As the only civil member of the NRM, coordinated by the Ministry of Interior, and member and lecturer in several different international projects partnering with NGOs and universities gives her the opportunity to advocate for victims’ rights. Besides her regular tasks, she works in groups and individually with trafficked teenagers in juvenile correction centres and special foster homes for “missing” teens in Hungary. During her international work, she launched trafficking prevention program for girls in Haiti. Her special commitment is to protect and help trafficked victims towards a life of freedom.

Diego Pedraza Lahoz


Born and raised in Luxembourg, Diego Pedraza Lahoz read Physics at the University of Warwick, completing his studies with a MSc in Finance at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a part-time master in International Relations at the Universite Catholique de Louvain. He worked in Risk Management for a year and a half at the Royal Bank of Scotland, before joining the European Commission as a trainee in Sustainable Finance. After tasting the private and public sectors, he decided to jump to the development and cooperation field: he spent six months in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on an organic farming and community-building project. Since then, he has gotten involved with various environmental groups across Europe. He is currently seeking a part-time role that will allow him to combine his attributes and experience with his motivation to make this world a better one. He is a member of the OLBIOS NETWORK for ACTION since 2018.

Danielle Ennis


Born and raised in London, Danielle has dedicated almost a decade of support and empowerment to others. Stirred by a passion for potential, she has equipped youth and adults to achieve both personal development and career orientated goals. Danielle first developed an interest in advocacy and community whilst at university. Through studying law she became interested in injustice and for a time considered practicing family law. However, it was her seasonal work at a youth charity that triggered a response to help others in a different way, to support young people as a frontline worker, equipping them with the long-term skills they required to truly thrive. Completing her degree, she took a bold step to turn away from a legal career and followed the pull in another direction.
Danielle’s reach went across London, supporting young people with various issues such as substance misuse, gang involvement, mental health, and peer issues. She loved witnessing lives change through successful partnership. Relatable but firm, she used honesty, humour and her own experiences to connect and build meaningful relationships. Danielle was also a forerunner in developing best practice and strategies, to aid organizational goals in each place of work.  In the later years, she turned her focus to providing life-skills resources for the education and social sector. Lessons and publications are created to equip practitioners, parents and young people in the development of soft skills such as critical thinking, emotional intelligence and self-awareness.

Danielle is also passionate about coaching adults, finding it an effective tool in empowering others to meet and exceed their goals and ambitions. The themes of personal development, progress and living fulfilling lives also continues into speaking engagements. Danielle is a frequently requested speaker, invited to share to a variety of audiences, on topics that inspire others towards positive change. Danielle became a member of the Royal Society of Arts in 2017, following recommendation for her community and coaching work.

Giorgio Caracciolo di Brienza


Giorgio Caracciolo di Brienza is Senior Programme Advisor at DIGNITY, a Danish institute against torture. Recently, he was also Interim Country Director for Dignity, Tunis Office. He has a degree in Law from Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II°, Faculty of Law, Naples, Italy and E.MA European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (Venice, Italy – Copenhagen, Denmark). He has also attended courses and seminars at the Faculty of Political Science of Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II° and at the Copenhagen Business Academy and the Universidad de Cantabria, Faculty of Law, Santander, Spain. He is the author of several chapters and papers on human rights.

Vitor Kneipp


Vitor Kneipp attended Law School in Brazil with a full scholarship. He followed the Corporate Law pathway for three years working on M&A, project finance and securitisation deals totaling in excess of $1bn. Aged 24 he left the legal practice to lead a team of seven more tenured professionals into developing the top educational provider in Brazilian shipping, founding an arbitration chamber on the way. Vitor is co-founder of Banco Maré, an award winning, tech-enabled start-up bringing banking and financial access to low income communities in Brazil. Vitor is currently active in building an international pipeline of investment into early-stage companies in frontier markets.

Leila Jalbot


Leila Jalbot was born in Minsk, Belarus. She studied at University of Liverpool, UK, where she obtained a LLB Hons degree in common law. A recent LLM Master of Law graduate at Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, Leila specialized in international refugee law and management of the 2015 migration crises in the context of human rights and international cooperation. She started her career at IOM, International Organization for Migration. During almost three years in the organization Leila worked in the project on combatting human trafficking. Throughout this time Leila organized and attended various trainings on topics of identification of victims of human trafficking, gender equality, capacity building and project management. In addition, in the past, she had a chance to practice advocacy and be part of EMMA –European Media Magazine Association team, a non-profit organization based in Brussels. Its mission is to promote and protect the interests of European magazine publishers vis-a-vis the Institutions of the European Union: the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council.

At the moment, Leila Jalbot works at the position of International Projects Specialist at the Department of International Cooperation at Belarus Red Cross Society. She is responsible for writing project proposals, communication with donors and international cooperation.  She also manages a project on combatting human trafficking, mainly focused on preventive activities. Leila is also a trainer on identification of human trafficking for specialists working in the sphere. Areas of Leila’s professional interest include promotion and respect for human rights, migration, asylum and refugee law, humanitarian assistance, combating human trafficking, empowerment of women and girls, project management, work towards reduction of suffering and poverty, freedom of speech and independence of press, protection of animal rights. 

Oliver Percovich


Oliver Percovich is Founder and Executive Director of Skateistan. Oliver first skated in an empty pool at the age of six while growing up in Papua New Guinea. In 2007 he moved to Afghanistan from Australia when his then girlfriend took a job in Kabul. Looking to explore, he would skate the city, and street-working kids would follow him around and ask to try. In 2008, Oliver founded Skateistan, a grassroots ‘Sport for Development’ project on the streets of Kabul. Today, Skateistan is an award-winning international organization with Skate Schools and programs running in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. The organization is the first international development initiative to combine skateboarding with educational outcomes. Skateistan’s programs are for children aged 5 to 17 with a focus on girls, youth living with a disability and children from low income backgrounds. Through their innovative programs, Outreach, Skate and Create, Back-to-School and Youth Leadership, Skateistan aims to give youth the opportunity to become leaders for a better world.

Manish Thapa

Manish Thapa

Correspondent, OLBIOS India

Manish Thapa, a graduate in commerce from Bundelkhand University, have been involved in the development sector for more than 15 years. From counseling college students to teaching Hindi as a Second Language to running social tourism programs and implementing girl child education project, his experience has been varied. He enjoys business startups and has been involved in a couple of local ventures. With his current profile of working with the government system places him uniquely to see the role of the civil society and the potential impact of partnerships in terms of scale and sustainability.

He has had the opportunity to hold a number of professional positions (program manager, Language Instructor, Administrative Officer, Business Owner, Board Member) exposing him and helping him develop and hone skills of people management and equity. Presently, He is working with an international not-for-profit organization STIR Education which is striving to address the global learning crisis through creating local networks of teachers in which teachers create and try micro innovations in their schools, reflect back and evaluate their impact on student learning outcomes. He has also been on the board of Living Faith, a non-profit charity which is engaged in helping underprivileged girls from distressed families to help them with their education and life sustenance and bring them into active society. His other passion being the environmental causes led him to be an active and lifetime member of Greenpeace in India.

Simon Mak

OLBIOS Correspondent, HONG KONG

Mr. Simon Mak is the founder and chief executive of Ascent Partners, a corporate valuation and advisory firm based in Hong Kong. He graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science. Mr. Mak is a CFA charter holder, a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a member of the Institute of Public Accountant (MIPA). He has extensive experience in financial valuation and sustainability reporting. Besides his professional work, he is committed to fulfill his social duty. He serves in a variety of not-for-profit organizations and charities. He is the founding chairman of IP Commercialization Alliance, founding director of Lions Club of Hong Kong IFC, governor and honorary treasurer of Friends of the Earth (HK), member of UN ESCAP ESBN and committee members in a variety of chamber of commerce and trade organizations.

Susy Dauselt-Katipana


Ms. Susy Katipana has a keen understanding of community development processes with more than 30 years experience facilitating community development projects and supporting community organizations. Susy is the Founder, Owner and former head of Womintra Foundation/ Womintra Citra Mandiri Company for the past 17 years. Womintra is an NGO that coordinates the activities of various local/National/an International NGOs involved in development programs. She has been involved as a Community Participation Adviser on numerous International projects including the Integrated Health Planning Project (AusAID), the NTT Water Supply and Sanitation Project (AusAID), and the Community Empowerment Program (JICA). This experience has included implementing projects, completing activities to schedules, monitoring and evaluating activities and preparing and submitting reports. Susy is well qualified for the role of Community Participation Adviser and community empowerment, holds a Maternal and Child Health Care Degree with a minor specialization in Community Health and Development and a Doctorate of Community Development with Honours from Hawaii University. Susy has extensive experience in the training and support of Government of Indonesia staffs and community leaders at village levels in the participatory planning process.

Christian B. Gultia


Christian earned his AB Legal Management degree from the University of the East in Manila. He is finishing his graduate studies, MA in Philippine Studies major in Development, at the University of the Philippines – Diliman. He served as President of UE’s highest study body, the University Student Council in 2013. He also participated as a Philippine delegate to the International Academy for Leadership: Strengthening Political Youth Organizations Program in Gummersbach, Germany. He is a young human rights advocate. He is the Founder and National Chairperson of the Philippine-based Youth for Human Rights and Democracy (Y4HRD). He worked as a Resource Development Officer in the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) which is a regional network of human rights organizations working on the issue of enforced or involuntary disappearance. He also provided support to AFAD’s function as the Focal Point of the International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearance (ICAED). Presently, he is the Policy Advocacy Officer of the Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND) where he works with lawmakers to ensure human rights legislation, particularly, the campaign for the enactment of the Human Rights Defenders Bill.

Musoda Joseph Mwansa

Correspondent, OLBIOS Australia

Musoda Joseph Mwansa is a young African, from northern Zambia, who currently lives in Perth, Australia. He is the founder of Global Empowers, a social enterprise with a purpose to uplift millions of the desperate needy into hopes of a productive future and the Mwansa Foundation, a non-profit organization that was established under Global Empowers with an aim of empowering and inspiring communities around the globe through programs that are specifically designed to accommodate the needs of struggling communities.
Worrying about the numerous health issues and struggle people in his community are faced with due to the consumption of unsafe water, he decided  to do a research in Australia and find a solution to the problem. He came up with “VIGOR AQUA”, a tablet which is used in purifying water and also adds some essential minerals to the water. Vigor Aqua eliminates germs and viruses that cause water borne diseases. Vigor Aqua will treat and free water from giardia, cholera, typhoid, dysentery and many other waterborne diseases including Hepatitis A & E and Salmonella. This product will also accommodate the nutritious needs of individuals by adding to the water essential vitamins and nutrients – as Vigor Aqua is not only a water purification tablet but also a source of food.  The team just finished their research on the water tablet with the help of scientists from Europe.

Leyla Mahat


LEYLA MAHAT has a PhD in Fine Art and is Associate professor of Painting and sculpture  department , Art Faculty, Kazakh National University of Arts, Astana, Kazakhstan. She is also Head of the Contemporary Art Center Kulanshi in the Palace of Peace and Accord, Astana, Kazakhstan and of Forte Bank Kulanshi art space, Astana, Kazakhstan. Leyla is also Founder of the “Eurasian Academy of Arts”, Astana, Kazakhstan and Vienna, Austria. She is the recipient of several awards, including the State Award “Medal – 20 years of Independence” for the contribution to the culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Franz Kafka medal, Prague, Czech Republic and the European award for artistic and cultural activities – Golden Europea, European platter, Prague, Czech Republic. She is a Honorary Member of the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, Czech Republic, 2003.
Her work appears in several museums around the world, including Kazakhstan, Turkey, Germany, Japan and Slovenia. Leyla has exhibited in a number of countries, including Kazakhstan, Turkey, Russia, Italy, USA, Japan, India, China, Germany, Japan, Moldova, Belgium, Netherlands, Hungary, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Singapore, Bangladesh, China, Austria, Latvia, and Slovenia.
Karine Leno Ancellin

Karine Leno Ancellin

Correspondent OLBIOS USA

Karine Leno Ancellin was born in New York city to a French father and American mother and currently lives in Athens where she is a professor, a freelance writer and translator.  She studied in Paris and obtained two DEAs, (diploma of Superior Studies) one in Anthropology at the Universite Paris VII, Jussieu; and the other one in Literature at the Institut Charles V.  She worked as a researcher for the CEDPED (centre Population et Development) with Francis Gendreau before she turned to journalism in Sahelian Africa for a few years, mostly interested in social and women’s issues. In Brussels where she spent ten years prior to Athens she has worked on literature by women of ethnic background, and explored hybridity in Muslim women characters in English language fiction between 2001 and 2008 for her PhD at the Vrije Universiteit of Brussels. Her work was presented at the ACLA seminar at Havard University, York University (Canada) Leicester, Lincoln (UK) Ibn Zohr university (Morocco) amongst others. She has devoted parts of her research to analyzing representations of the self and the wearing of the hijab in recent literature.

Karine Leno Ancellin is now involved in poetry in Athens Greece, where, in association with Angela Lyras, she created A Poets’ Agora, a bilingual Poetry society.

Mícheál Áristeía-Asír

OLBIOS Correspondent, USA

As an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, Mícheál Áristeía-Æsír experienced home-insecurity, which propelled him into a half-decade, multi-disciplinary investigation of its cause and solutions. With fluency in Mandarin and a creative generalist mind, Mícheál has built an eighteen-year career in branding and business development within emerging markets. With over a decade in international, diverse training in cross-cultural mental health, psychology, anthropology, architecture, linguistics, and education, Mícheál has dedicated his entire life to the elimination of homelessness within our lifetime. He is the Founder and Director of Destinato Rigore, a 501c3 nonprofit that seeks to eliminate homelessness through impact investment and holistic person care. They’ve created a drop-kit sustainable micro-home shelter/Section 8 housing design that restores dignity to the homeless in under 200 square feet. Their micro-home is dual registered as a shelter, (placement on Industrial land), or as a Section 8 house (placement on Residential, church ‘manse’, ADU, RV land even carparks) which do not require building permits, public NIMBY hearings, or planning permission procedures. Their units are 100% sustainable, requiring zero hookups, and can be built and removed within 24 hours with no footprint. They believe our model has solved the biggest problem facing homelessness – the lack of available land. 

Kristin Lauria


Kristin Lauria is a peacebuilding professional, educator, and social change consultant with fifteen years of experience working with NGOs, academic institutions, and public and private organizations in the United States, China, the Middle East, and East and West Africa.  Ms. Lauria currently works as a consultant for small-mid-sized organizations on issues related to peace and conflict, development, and education. She completed her Masters in Coexistence and Conflict at Brandeis University (2014) and her undergraduate education in Philosophy (Global Ethics) at Principia College (2003).
She has previously worked on people-to-people peace building programs in the Middle East at the Euphrates Institute; taught Gender Studies and Global Women’s Issues at Principia College; translated (from Mandarin Chinese to English) and edited academic manuscripts on Democracy and Rule of Law and the Sociology of Religion for Brill Academic Publishers; and worked as an intercultural facilitator and trainer in Mainland China. Her areas of interest include grassroots change, organizational capacity building, peace education, people-to-people peace processes, women’s empowerment and development, youth education and leadership, and global citizenship.

Martin Donohoe


Martin Donohoe is a Medical Doctor, FACP practices internal medicine; runs the Public Health and Social Justice website; is the author of Public Health and Social Justice ; and is the host of the cable television program Prescription for Justice, which airs sixty times per month in the Porltand, OR metropolitan area, as well as in markets in 6 other states. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to public health, social justice, the arts and humanities in medicine, and medical ethics.  

Natalia Ugalde Semionova


I was born in Costa Rica, but my mother is from Moscow. I studied English since grade school, so I am completely fluent in that language. I also studied French to an intermediate level, Italian in a basic level, as well as Portuguese. I became a Doctor in Medicine in 2006, but always kept studying alternative medicine. I’m currently finishing my studies in the Institute of Biblical Studies of Israel, and completed the two levels of Antique Hebrew. I’m a very spiritual person, open-minded about different cultures and beliefs. I have been writing for more than 20 years, and I am working right now in my first book about the power of self healing, combining science with spirituality. I am a person who loves to learn, move and do the things the best way possible. My passion is helping others and my writing is a way to try to reach people so they can have a better life.

Michael Araki


Michael Araki aims to achieve as much substance as possible of our sample of human activity, with a special focus on the disciplines of philosophy, biology, psychology and economics. As a trace of his vital activity, he aims to be able to generate novel and useful contributions to science and help people achieve their full potential. He is a PhD student in Finance and earned his Master’s in Leadership Studies from Pontifical University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is also Adjunct Professor at Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Lecturer in MBA courses and Panelist, having participated in conferences such as the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, SOU Creativity Conference, EnAnpad, AdCont, and SemeAd. His Master’s thesis “Polymathic Leadership: Theoretical Foundation and Construct Development” (2015), his article in the Journal of Genius and Eminence “Polymathy: A New Outlook” (2018), and his academic presentation “Polymathy at the heart of creativity” (2018) are already references in the fledgling field of polymathy studies. He is ad-hoc reviewer for the journal Sociedade, Contabilidade e Gestão, and published author for journals in the fields of economics, psychology and management. He directs Associação Polímata, a non-profit that aims to help people achieve more breadth and depth of knowledge, as well as reach a better integration of knowledge, theory and practice, leading to the enhancement of the self and society. He also has experience as director of SMEs, ERP consultant, Business consultant and English teacher.

 Rosa Madera


 Rosa Madera is a Lawyer with an MA in European Law and Master in Public Administration with more than 20 years of international experience in different areas, with a high degree of social vocation. She was the Executive Director of the Ibañez Atkinson Foundation, created at the Ibañez Atkinson family request in order to formalise their philanthropic interest. Previously she was the Business Relations Director of the Family Companies Association. With leadership skills in dynamic and flexible environments, great management and negotiation skills, good capacity of generating confidence, proactivity and empathy are her main skills.

Marco F. Alvarado


Once he finished his basic general education, Marco Alvorado had an exciting professional journey for a little over 20 years that he has dedicated to administration, finance, trade and corporate strategy. He worked as a Senior Technical Consultant at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, as the COO of the Periodico La Republica, and he is now, among others, the President A.D. of the Foundation Costa Rica Emprende. He continues his passion for knowledge and research and spends many hours of his time to know, explain and replicate the best practices in entrepreneurship. His goal is professional and spiritual realization and a balance of burdens in time and dedication with his family.

Adriana Rojas Kerezsy


Adriana Rojas Kerezsy is a Non-Profit Consultant for Latin America & Caribbean region focused on projects related to Education, Tourism Heritage, People with Special Needs, Holistic Healthcare, among others. She is committed to making a positive impact on Communities by doing research, writing grant proposals and creating fundraising campaigns for non-profit organizations, community-based organizations and small enterprises interested in improving and changing people’s lives.  Currently, Adriana is co-writing two projects which aim to improve Deaf Children’ Learning Processes and to create awareness for intangible cultural heritage-UNESCO in Grenada, W.I. She has an MA in Development, Institutions and Economic Integration (Universitat D’ Valencia, Spain), an MA in Foreign Affairs and International Trade (ISEIDI, Spain) and an MA in Business Administration (Universitat de Les Illes Balears, Spain).

Felipe Zalamea


Felipe Zalamea is an economist from Sorbonne University (Masters, 2010). After a 1-year ground research on social innovation (finance, agriculture, fair trade and tourism) travelling across South America (2011), he moved to London where he worked 6 months for a social venture intermediary, acquiring valuable experience within the social enterprise sector. Then he founded Sumak Sustainable Travel (2012), a London-based social enterprise specialised in community-based tourism and sustainable tourism in Latin America. He has visited and promoted hundreds of local sustainable tourism projects.
His areas of expertise include marketing (mostly digital), PR, sales, management and sustainability. For 5 years Sumak Travel was a tour operator and Felipe was its general manager and director. In 2015 Sumak Travel moved operations to Costa Rica and in 2017 became an ecotourism platform generating leads for its trusted local partners, which are responsible tour operators following the principles of fair trade as well as Sumak’s responsible tourism policy. Its mission now is to help responsible travellers find a local, ethical tour operator they can trust in Latin America. Felipe is mainly in charge of digital marketing (focus: SEO) and business development. Additionally, since 2017 Felipe is a PhD student at the University for Peace in Costa Rica (UN-mandated), where his research focuses on finance, community-based tourism and entrepreneurship in rural contexts.

Viviana Yaccuzzi Polisena


Viviana Yaccuzzi Polisena is a Professor in Philosophy in UNNE., Argentina, who specializes in Logic, Philosophy, Science History and Sociology. She has also studied at the Université Paris 1- Panthéon,  SORBONNE, France, at the IFICC Institute of Philosophy and Sciences of Complexity, Chile. She has been aVisiting Scholar at L’Université de Philosophie Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France. She works on the troublesome question of how to shift issues and problems from Quantum Theory to the scope of Philosophy, to fulfill the requirements for the birth of a new rationality that brings closer Science and Philosophy, and thus to update the intelligibility of the natural order, forging an expansion of concepts and categories in an effort to achieve the vortex of innovation. My axiom of progress is Hypotheses Fingo (inverting the Newtonian axiom) because the power of interrogation leads to the deployment of metaphysical questioning, with hypotheses that address again Greek problems to be examined under a contemporary look, which generates new inspirations and reeducates perception and language. One of her main propositions is that Quantum Theory is no physics nor mechanics but Metaphysics. Renewed, updated Metaphysics. She also proposes that quantum entities are intelligent, bringing the DNA from the Cosmos, storing information from the future that can change the present. Humans, according to Dr. Polisena, interact with the Cosmos, and in this interaction give their thought. 

Dr. Epifanio Antonio de Oliveira


Dr. Epifanio Antonio de Oliveira Is a medical doctor who Practices Internal Medicine at the Hospital Universitario Antonio Maria Pineda (HCUAMP) in Barquisimeto, Lara-Venezuela. He is a graduate of National Experimental University of the Central Plains Rómulo Gallegos. He is a member of the International Medical Research Scientific Organization Emergency and Mentoring (OIMICET) and of the Union of Guinean Students in the Americas (UEGA), among other organizations. His Volunteer Experience includes participation in the Movement Youth Action (MAJ) Goddess in (AGUIBEF) Guinea-Bissau. He has also taken part in Door to Door Education on Sexual and Reproductive Health, on the; Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections, and the use of contraceptive methods. He is also Chairman of the Voting Committee, Presidential and Legislative Elections.

Dr. Sergio O. Fernández Palacios


I have more than fifteen years experience as Legal Counsel in contentious matters on Industrial Property and Company Law. In my work, I link Business Practice, Research and Teaching with the Activism in favor of Fundamental Freedoms in Cuba. I have a PhD in Industrial Property and Company Law and two Master’s degrees from Spanish universities. I have held two internships abroad and followed several Postgraduate courses sponsored by WIPO, ASIPI and the Max Planck Institute of Munich on Industrial Property and Company Law

 Darryl Brathwaite

Darryl Brathwaite is a Grenada businessman and public spirited individual having been Director on several Statutory Boards, President of the Chamber of Commerce and the Private Sector Senator in the Upper House. He began as an auditor for the international firm of PKF and studied accounting in London. He spent the next 13 years working for multinational companies in the UK, Venezuela and Trinidad before returning to Grenada. He came to the Trust to strengthen the project management aspect of it’s administration and has assembled a cadre of experts who are now ready to expand operations and increase collaboration with internationally based heritage organizations.

Daniel Ulysses Santos


I am President, Co-founder and Ecotourism Programme Coordinator. I have a degree in Eco-Agro tourism and Tourism Development from Universities in Cape Verde and Portugal. For more than 10 years I have managed a range of projects from mapping natural tourism resources in underdeveloped locations of Santiago Island to working with socially disadvantaged families. I was the leading coordinator of the program on community-based tourism development in the network of protected areas on the island of Maio and have delivered numerous workshops on sustainable tourism principles and trained tour guides. I am overseeing the overall work of our organisation, leading the Bela Vista community mobilization initiative, and developing strategies to boost community-based ecotourism on Santiago Island.

Taiwo Bello

OLBIOS Correspondent, CANADA

Taiwo Bello works with the Canadian Red Cross as Emergency Response and Disaster Management Officer. He is the founder of SafeHealth Initiative, an organization that is committed to helping people living in poor communities across Nigeria fight cancer, especially girls and women, through community sensitization programs and distributions of free cancer-prevention kits. He is also the founder of ResearchLine for Africans, an initiative that distributes free learning and scholarship resources to Africans for the purpose of connecting them to world of opportunities beyond their environments. In addition, he is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of an international educational development firm, The Bookman Associates International, situated in the heart of Lagos State, Nigeria. In the past, Taiwo has worked with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), as a Gender and Climate Associate, Geneva, Switzerland. He had also worked as research assistant in different projects ranging from gender, climate change, natural resource management, conflict to security at the University of Saskatchewan. He holds a BA in History from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, a dual MA in International History and Politics (IHP), and International History (IH) from the Graduate Institute and University of Geneva, Switzerland, and an MA in Political Studies with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He is currently a doctoral researcher at the University of Toronto, Canada where he is both a teaching fellow and Carmen Brock fellow. He also holds certificates in business and international organizations management from Columbia University, USA, the University of Virginia, USA, and the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Taiwo has participated in various conferences across the world, and has a number of research publications in prestigious journals on gender, conflict, security, migration, and climate change. He is a staunch believer in social change and has worked with different teams and organizations around the world to design and implement projects that have had a meaningful impact on the targeted groups.

Ashraf Siddique


Ashraf Siddique works for the development of governance function of organizations. A certified financial consultant, he has more than 13 years of experience in audit, investigation, risk management, accounts, finance, grants and partnership management, oversight and advisory services. Ashraf has an MA in Accounting and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism & Communication. He works with a number of local and international NGOs and donor agencies including USAID, EU, ECHO, CIDA, DANIDA, Cordaid, DFID, UN Agencies and numerous projects and programmes to make the world a better place.

Randy Caiquo

OLBIOS Correspondent, GHANA

Randy Caiquo was born in a village called Apam in the Central region of Ghana. He is the founder of Crowdfrica Organisation (crowdfrica.org), a nonprofit crowdfunding platform that enables anyone anywhere to donate to directly fund life-changing healthcare for people in need across Africa. Randy launched the organization in November 2016, after his brother died because his family could not afford to take him to the hospital. To date over 250 people have been funded and given access to life-changing healthcare on crowdfrica.org and 2000 people have been educated on community health issues and health insurance. Crowdfrica made it onto Ghana’s Startup Club 100 list for 2017  and was nominated for technology startup of the year award. His organization was also recently nominated for the World Summit Awards. Randy’s hope is to see everyone on the continent have access to the healthcare they need and all children have access to quality education.

Kingsley Kwaku Pinkrah

OLBIOS Correspondent, GHANA

Kingsley Kwaku Pinkrah is the Founding President and CEO for Community and Entrepreneurial Development Initiative, an NGO co-founded with university lecturers and top government officials that promote global development. He was the Project Manager for Centre for Tourism Research, Ghana, a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and a member of Global Shapers Community, Kumasi Hub of the World Economic Forum. Kingsley is a multi-award winning Social Entrepreneur, public speaker, community advocator and a researcher. He was awarded 2017 Africa’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year by Africa Youth Award, 40 Under 40 Most Influential and Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Professional Role Model Award because of his exemplary leadership and outstanding contribution to global development. His NGO won the 2016 Middle East and Africa Business Award and was Africa Youth Award Civil Society of the Year Finalist. Last year Kingsley organized International Symposium for foreign diplomats, government ministers, academics and business experts which addressed unemployment in Ghana. He often discusses development issues both on television and radio.

Elie Broumana

OLBIOS Correspondent, LEBANON

Elie Broumana studied at the American University of Beirut. He holds a degree in Economics and a minor in Philosophy. He had enriching past experiences with international non-governmental organizations. He previously interned with AMIDEAST, Oxfam GB, and Human Rights Watch. Elie has also worked with International Rescue Committee and International Medical Corps. He has a strong interest in human rights and humanitarian issues. His passion to help, serve and assist others allows him to execute tasks with wholeheartedly commitment, motivation and dedication. Elie has developed extensive research, reporting and interviewing skills through his involvement with INGOs. He also possesses a keen interest in project implementation. Elie was exposed to different cultures and backgrounds. He completed his high school education in the United Arab Emirates which gave him the opportunity to interact with people of a different culture, background, and religion. Thereafter, he moved to Lebanon to pursue his higher education at the American University of Beirut where he was also exposed to a multi-cultural environment. Throughout his personal, education, and professional experience, he was constantly exposed to culture diversity. In addition to his, his enriching interactions with refugees enhanced his knowledge of cultural diversity.

Mai Odeh


Mai Odeh was born in the Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem. Her parents were forced to escape from their origin village during the war 1948 and ended up in the Camp. She Obtained her BA in Business Administration from Bethlehem University and a joint Master of Arts degree in Pilgrimage and Tourism, from Bethlehem University, Joensuu University (Finland) and London Metropolitan University. She has accumulated extensive knowledge and experience in culture and development, as she served as a Programme coordinator for culture desk at UNESCO Ramallah Office. She also served as an event department officer for Al-Quds the capital of Arab Culture 2009, and in other local institutions. She believes that with passion and convictions the world will become better. She welcomes the opportunities to work on projects that present her with new challenges toward development.

Mousa Rimawi


Mousa has worked as a correspondent, editor in many media outlets in Palestine and with some Arabic media outlets, focusing on various issues especially human rights. He is Chief editor of MADA’s magazine “MADA Al-Elam, ha participated in intensive local, regional and international meetings, workshops and conferences. Mousa is Global Goodwill Ambassador, Member of the Steering Committee of the World Forum of Media Development (GFMD), the Anna Lindh Foundations local network.

Nicky Wilkinson


Nicky Wilkinson is a freelance consultant specialising in social innovation and sustainable development. She has just completed a long-term project with the British Council looking at the Sustainable Development Goals and the role of business in contributing to these. Other clients have included a range of corporates and a number of venture philanthropy funds that are expanding into Asia. She is a founding trustee of the GravityLight Foundation and a Director of GravityLight Kenya. GravityLight is an innovative device that creates light from gravity and is designed for use in off-grid households that are dependent upon damaging and dangerous kerosene lighting. GravityLight has won multiple awards including the Humanitarian Innovation Fund and Aid Innovation Challenge. Prior to her current roles Nicky was Regional Manager for the British Council, covering 14 markets in Asia. Before that she worked for Nesta (the UK’s social innovation foundation,) managing a £10m social innovation fund. Prior to this, she was External Relations Director for the UK youth leadership charity Changemakers and before that she held a number of roles living and working across multiple countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. She has a First Class Honours from Kings College London in international development and is a Fellow of the RSA and RGS in the UK.

Taís Siqueira


Taís Siqueira is a human rights lawyer and a researcher focused on democracy and citizen participation. Worked for the Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia of the Organization of the American States, where she monitored the citizen participation in the peace process and the social leaders at risk, as well as developed a project to strengthen the Afro-Colombian’ community councils. She worked for the Human Rights Commission of the Legislative Assembly of Goiás (Brazil) where she received delations of human rights violations and supported victims. Has a master in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation based in Venice (Italy), which awarded her a scholarship. Conducted research on democracy from below and political participation of indigenous peoples in Mexico. Has been Electoral Observer, and volunteer at Amnesty International Morocco and at the Women and Development Movement Nigeria where she collected data for a research on slave labour based on Nigeria and the State of Goiás (Brazil) which awarded her the Scientific Initiation Scholarship awarded by the Pontifical Catholic University of Goiás.

Daniel Quintero Olbios


Daniel Quintero started his connection with the third sector and social innovation first as a volunteer and then professionally. These opportunities allowed him to work with various types of stakeholders, entrepreneurs and other actors in Civil Society and Public Power, through secretaries and other professionals. He joined the social sector initially as director of programs and projects in the office of Techo-Colombia and then as national director of Community management in the office of Sao Paulo in Brazil’s TETO. Over the past year, Daniel worked with a focus on poverty reduction at TETO/TECHO, and currently in the Impact Hub Sao Paulo, focusing on education and entrepreneurship with young people from the outskirts. After 10 years of living in the reality of the precarious communities of Latin America, he is convinced that building a more sustainable and fair society should be the focus of everyone’s efforts. The long-awaited development of our countries will only happen through opportunities for all and access to information.

Karina Rangel Castilla

OLBIOS Correspondent, MEXICO

Karina Rangel-Castilla is a content lawyer who has focused her career on human rights, global health, migration, gender equality and development since 2010. She has lived in several countries, studied and worked in Australia, France, Switzerland, USA and Mexico. She has been part of international teams, NGOs, academia and government, including the World Health Organization HQ in Geneva, the Justice Defender’s Program at American Bar Association (ABA), the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), the O’Neill Institute in Washington D.C. and the Consulate General of Mexico in Boston, among others. She has had hands-on experience on specific topics such as people deprived of liberty, women’s rights and health, immigration, deportations and rights, global health and tobacco control in several countries including Mexico, Peru, Democratic Republic of Congo and counting. She has given conferences on domestic violence as a public health concern at Yale University. She is keen on being out in the world trying hard to improve lives. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico and she also studied international affairs at Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris. In 2014, she earned a Master of Laws degree in Global Health and Policy with a Certificate on International Human Rights Law at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Karina has also volunteered with NGOs such as Earth Day, Amnesty International and smaller organizations to help visually disabled groups. Originally from Mexico, she is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

Olin Thakur

OLBIOS Correspondent, NEPAL

Olin Thakur is a human rights, humanitarian, and development professional. He is mostly engaged in the areas of human rights, gender equality and social inclusion, humanitarian and sustainable development projects and promoting and facilitating SDGs localization. Currently, he serves as a Country Representative/Director of Give Me 5 Campaign, Nepal Chapter (GM5 is a campaigning and advocacy organization with members in over 40 countries taking action to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.) He also serves as a Senior Programme Manager for WAPJD (an alliance of women rights organizations).
Previously he has served UNESCO, UN WFP, Food for the Hungry, and few other organizations in various roles. During his work with various organizations, some of the major projects he has facilitated are: capacity development for Education for All and Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development; child development programme;  UN/PFN education and federalism project, women rights initiatives for equal participation and representation; and post-disaster relief, reconstruction, and rehabilitation projects.


Nina Cambadelis

OLBIOS Correspondent, JAPAN

Nina is leading Evolution in Veolia in Japan. Since 2017, she has been driving cultural and organizational changes to support executive committee members in implementing their ambition and engaging employees to achieve strategic targets. Since 2012, she is also leading Veolia’s Corporate Social Responsibility for Asia. She is in charge of different activities related to development of competencies, consultancy on sustainability performance, animation of an innovation program to foster experience sharing, enrichment of business offers to foster innovation and positive impact. Previously, she worked at the French Foreign Office and French Embassy in Vietnam. Nina has a background of social sciences, with a bachelor degree in philosophy and a post-graduate degree in International Affairs at the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris (Sciences Po Paris).

Steve Sosebee


Steve Sosebee is the founder and CEO of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund. They have been working for more than 25 years in providing urgent medical care and sustainable development in the health sector in the Middle East, particularly in Palestine. They are a non-political, non-religious humanitarian organization focused on the needs of sick and injured children who otherwise cannot get the care they deserve. Steve has three daughters and lives in the West Bank most of the yea

Sarah Arnd Linder


Sarah Arnd Linder grew up in Denmark, Switzerland, France and Belgium. After a year spent studying History, Sociology and Writing at the New School in New York, she moved to Israel in 2006. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy Cum Laude at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC) with majors in Conflict Resolution and International Affairs in 2010 and her Master’s degree Magna Cum Laude in Middle Eastern history at Tel Aviv University in 2014. She swiftly developed an interest for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a gender perspective leading her to establish a Feminist Forum at the IDC in 2009 and Political is Personal in 2015.

Sari Freitekh


Aside from his full-time professional career in the nonprofit development sector, Sari Freitekh has established a part-time professional experience in the freelance writing, editing and research sectors. He has an MA in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University (Cum Magna Laude) and a BA degree in Economics from the University of Houston in Texas.

He has extensive work experience in the nonprofit field. As part of his experience at the Municipal Development and Lending Fund, he has worked collaboratively with the civil society in the Palestinian Territories, international NGOs and government policymakers under various projects. Projects included the Local Economic Development Program and the Strategic Development and Investment Planning Project. Some of his tasks included administering, coordinating, liaising, networking, advocacy, reviewing, monitoring and evaluating Reports submitted by consultants we work with for quality control.

Anat Thon-Ashkenazy


Anat Thon-Ashkenazy is a senior attorney, specializing in law, gender discrimination and mainstreaming gender perspectives in peace and security issues. Anat is the Executive Director of Itach-Maaki – Women Lawyers for Social Justice, an Arab-Jewish leading NGO in Israel, working to promote the voices of diverse women in public discourse and decision making. During her years of work at Itach-Maaki, Anat piloted an initiative of more than 30 NGOs that aimed to advance a National Action Plan in Israel based on UN Security Council Resolution 1325. This work lead to far greater awareness of the resolution and its values and, ultimately to a government decision to create a National Action Plan. At Itach-Maaki, Anat has acted to promote the representation of diverse women in a variety of public decision-making bodies via groundbreaking petitions to The Israeli Supreme Court on behalf of dozens of NGOs. These petitions have become legal precedents and have significantly improved the representation of women in governmental bodies. Anat has published articles and op-eds regarding the implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Israel and has appeared on television and radio news programs. Anat holds LLM and LLB with honors from Tel-Aviv University. In 2015 Anat received the ‘Nachshonit Award’ for her pioneering activities as an advocate promoting gender equality in Israel. In 2011, the leading economic magazine, The Marker, selected Anat as one of the seven promising young lawyers in Israel.

Alisa Chalakhyan

OLBIOS Correspondent, ARMENIA

I was born in Yerevan, Armenia and raised both in my hometown and Los Angeles, California. Due to my experience in both countries with fundamentally different cultures, I’ve grown to become an individual with a very broad worldview. I am bilingual (Armenian and English), but I also speak Russian (fluent) and German (basic).   While still a BA student in Manoogian Simone College of Business and Economics of the American University of Armenia (AUA), I gained my minor degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from AUA school of Humanities and Social Sciences (2017). I’ve been a junior project assistant of the joint program of the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), where I later continued my internship experience (2016-17). I am currently a PR associate in Development Foundation of Armenia (DFA). I am trying to use the knowledge I have gained from working in governmental institutions in the search for a sustainable solution for women’s empowerment and employment while being a resident of an incubation program at the Entrepreneurship and Product Innovation Center (EPIC).


Ramzi Bendebka


Ramzi Bendebka (PhD) is an Algerian researcher and writer. He studied at the International Institute of Civilization in Kuala Lumpur and at the International Islamic University in Malaysia, IIUM. He also holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Algiers. He is an experienced consultant, researcher, teacher and trainer with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. He has a strong professional background and experience in research, identifying problems and brainstorming potential solutions, planning and organizing, academic writing, analytics, training, excellent communication skills, and executive management among others. Ramzi has worked as a consultant in KLD Holdings, lecturer and coordinator (Chief Facilitator) in the IIUM curriculum program, a trainer and executive training manager in Change for Leadership and as a Development Center researcher in the International Institute of Moderation among others. He has carried out research in international studies with a focus on Middle East Politics, New Regionalism, Asia Pacific Region, North African Region, Regional Political Economy, Economic Integration, Nationalism in the Arab Word and Muslim World Issues. Ramzi Bendebka is an active member of Dialogue of Civilization Research Institute in Germany and Gulf Research Center Jeddah and Geneva.

Victor Ugo

OLBIOS Correspondent, NIGERIA

Victor Ugo is a medical doctor with over 2 years’ experience in the field of Health Advocacy, with special focus on Mental Health. His role at the forefront of Mental Health Advocacy in Nigeria is highlighted in his position as the Founder/President of one of Nigeria’s leading mental health NGOs – Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative. Victor is also the Chief Editor of Strength in Disability Africa, an upcoming magazine publication which aims to highlight the positive achievements of those that have been labeled disabled, so that others can see them as a source of inspiration. He is committed to minority projects as in mental health and disability as well as the #Vision2030 of the Sustainable Development Goals, a major reason he facilitates SocialAid4Dev, an initiative that hopes to drive collaboration for social projects among young Africans in Africa and the Diaspora. Victor has an unrelenting passion for behavioral and public health, social entrepreneurship and non-profit growth and consultancy.

Erick Ombija

OLBIOS Correspondent, KENYA

Erick Ombija is a student of Kenyatta University, youth advocate, agribusiness enthusiast and human rights crusader. Erick comes from a very humble and distressed family, an environment that has strengthened his spirit and passion to advance social change. Whenever he is overwhelmed by the prevailing economic turbulence, he finds solace in community service and volunteering work. He has established a humanitarian career in grassroots advocacy for the last five years.Erick mastered the art of Steadfast Resolution in Being the Voice of Reasoning when chosen to be a student leader back in primary and secondary schools. In 2012, he served as the Chairman to the Students’ Council, Otieno Oyoo Boys’ High School. This position frequently made him to reflect on Servant Leadership and Community Interests. He sat for the national exams. He completed his high school when he had mastered the art of public speaking and visionary leadership. Before the results were announced, he founded Arise Pamoja Community Initiative, a program that facilitated motivational talks in both local primary and secondary schools with an emphasis on the idea that “economic background is not a determinant to your future prospect, your future is in your mind not hand. Work Smart.”He excelled in the national exams but could not enter university immediately due to lack of fees. He continued with community service with a renewed passion and then managed to enter university. Others are stories in a book yet to be written.
The Arise Pamoja Community Initiative evolved to Youth 4 Youth Initiative and now to the Grassroots Transforming Network, GTN. GTN is a community based non-governmental, non-political and not for profit organization in Kisumu county. In August 2017, GTN was restructured to focus on three thematic areas: Useful and Active Participation of Youth in Agriculture; Innovative Vocational Learning; and Sustainable Education Scholarship Program for the Needy Young People. GTN remains a humble organization since we lack a network with potential partners. We appeal to donors, investors and/or collaborators to join and support us in launching and implementing our designed projects. Currently, Erick serves as the acting Chief Executive Officer at GTN. He is a member of Amnesty International Kenya, World Youth Alliance and affiliate member of Writers Guild Kenya. He aspires to be one of the renowned youth advocates championing youth agenda both at the local and international levels. He looks for more mentors to build his personality and transform more lives.

Abubakr Minalla


Abubakr is a professional youth development practitioner, with experience in developing and managing youth development programs. Abubakr started to volunteer and work with youth organizations since 2007. He served in many national and international youth organizations, including World Assembly of Youth (WAY), World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and The National Federation of Sudanese Youth. Abubakr dream is to build a youth development city in the next 25 years. Abubakr has recently established Matsh Youth Development, an enterprise that aims to provide developmental services and programs for young people. The Main objective of Matsh is to professionalize youth work in the Middle East and North Africa region by providing Youth Development and Youth Work capacity building programs for youth workers, formulating code of ethics and standards for youth work sector in MENA region and providing developmental and management consultancy for youth development institutions.

Dee Kyne

OLBIOS Correspondent, JAMAICA

Dee Kyne is an award winning serial social entrepreneur who has worked throughout the world in a number of sectors at leadership levels, including Health, the Environment and the Arts. She has held 5 CEO-ships and founded one movement and three social-change organisations. She is the Founder of the Earthrightswalker movement – walking to raise awareness of the law to end ecocide as well as the Co-Founder behind Pathfinder Health India, an enterprise that introduced first primary care clinics in India, facilitating the Indian government to invest 2 billion dollars into primary health care. She was the Lead at the structuring, financing and implementation of the first 12 micro social businesses in the UK and co-produced Service Redesign in primary health care in collaboration with Aetna UK, using the population health management approach – a national first. She also implemented and co-created the Experience Led Design methodology in collaboration with Oxford University and UCL. She led to significant changes in End of Life care in the UK and advised WHO on implementation of mental health Service Redesign pan Europe. She also founded the ‘In-Group’, a national sector cutting ‘Innovators Network’ developing product, people and ideas to investment an edgy and challenging Think to Do Tank. Finally, she became Earth Rights Walker four years ago and walked 4500 miles to support a Law to End Ecocide the fifth law against peace to be enshrined at the UN in the Rome Statute. In Jamaica Dee Kyne advised and created the future strategy for the Small Business Association. She instigated a piece of research using the ‘Discovery Framework’ methodology to ‘Uncover the Authentic Story of the Jamaican People.’ This research was shared across all development and governmental agencies. Dee founded “The One Love One Step Walk” 2 years ago crossing Jamaica through the Blue Mountains east to west with 14 local people. Her most recent walk in May ‘One Love One Step Walk 2: For the Oceans’ saw 20 community members walk the entire coastline of Jamaica while holding council on the road. The focus was plastic pollution and connecting the work of the 16 MPA’s. Dee Kyne is currently Chair of the Alligator Head Foundation.

Muhyadiin Yussuf Muhumed

OLBIOS Correspondent, SOMALIA

Muhyadiin is a Somali youth peace ambassador committed to promoting, advocating and strengthening Somali individuals and organizations dedicated to building peace centered on traditional reconciliation systems. The voices of these actors are calling for peace and yet these voices are not heard on a global level. Muhyadiin has experience working with NGO’s, multilateral organizations and government institutions focusing on private diplomacy as a vital instrument for preventing conflict, negotiating an end to conflict and managing non-violent change. So far, he has been working in the field of armed violence prevention for 10 years at a community and country level. Muhyadiin believes that conflicts cannot be resolved through violence and is concerned about the role of small arms as a human security threat. He is involved in initiatives for non-violent change in Somaliland and Somalia’s most violent regions. Muhyadiin has trained and engaged in capacity-building for many non-state institutions to promote their vital role in decision making, mediation and dialogue. He is currently pursuing a career in areas that includes designing a dialogue process with the aim of finding a common ground for opposing parties and the establishment of constructive relationships, including high-level dialogue between political parties, entities and clans.

Lemessa Negeri

OLBIOS Correspondent, ETHIOPIA

Lemessa Negeri is a Social and Economic Development Advisor on EU support to Sustainable Land Management programme at GIZ, The Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Germany’s leading provider of international cooperation services. He worked also as a Project Team Leader on Equine Welfare & Livelihood Project at Brooke Ethiopia, a UK based international NGO. Similarly, he has also worked as a country level Program director while acting as Executive director of Ethiopian Media Women Association/EMWA/-in Ethiopia, and Project consultant with Gurmu Development Association. He obtained a BSc (Land Resources Management and Environmental protection from Mekele University, Mekele, Ethiopia), BA(Sociology and Social Anthropology from Rift Valley University, Nekemte, Ethiopia), and MBA(Master’s of Business Administration Specialized in Non-Corporate Management from the International Institute of Church Management (IICM), Florida, USA, with Extension center in Ethiopia at Foundation for Academic Excellence Ministry (FAEM), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). He has been working in different local and international NGOs and has taken part in training programmes in Facilitation and Community Animation, Project Cycle Management, Participatory Rural Appraisal, Role of Saving and Credit for Sustainable Income, Small Business Development, Gender & Communication, Monitoring and Evaluation, Practical skills for Ethiopian Social Accountability program two (ESAP2) Grants and Finance requirements, implementation of social accountability, Monitoring and Evaluation, among others. Lemessa has extensive experience with project management from the grassroots level to senior managerial position in coordinating development projects, including the World Bank assisted food security project, the DVV International IWEP projects, the EU funded projects on livelihoods, the Safety Net Program (e.g. the PSNP), Early warning and Disaster prevention projects, and women SHG/CLA of DVV International IWEP, and Water projects of DED (German Development Service). He has also worked in different organization including Expert, Project Coordinator, Area Program Manager , program officer ,Senior Community Development Officer , Program director, and Project Team Leader.

Chimwemwe John Paul Manyozo

OLBIOS Correspondent, MALAWI

Chimwemwe John Paul Manyozo is Changemaker; International Development, Media and Communication Specialist; and a writer. Chimwemwe has established two youth movements, Maphunziro265 and Youth to Youth Empowerment as Co-Founder and CEO, and Founding National Coordinator respectively. Maphunziro265 has reached over 10,000 young people and Youth to Youth Empowerment has reached over 20,000 youth through motivational talks, scholarships, book donations, and skills trainings. In 2016, Chimwemwe was granted distinction of Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society for commitment to promoting the values of the Commonwealth and working to improve the lives and prospects of commonwealth citizens. In 2017, he was appointed Zathu Influencer. Chimwemwe has written blogs and articles on development issues and policies that have been published by Chevening, the Institute of Development Studies(IDS), Yourcommonwealth, Say for Development, Allfrica, Zodiak Online, the Nation and Daily times. Chimwemwe has worked as Public Relations Officer for the Malawi Human Rights Commission and Producer/Presenter for Zodiak Broadcasting Station. Chimwemwe received a 2015/2016 Chevening Award to pursue a master’s in Development Studies at the University of Sussex. He did his BA Media for Development at Chancellor College.

Keke Sacré


Keke Sakré was born in Ivory Coast, Abidjan. After a master’s degree in Public Law at the Catholic University of West Africa, he joined several platforms for the defense and promotion of human rights in Côte d’Ivoire. At the same time, he is an online volunteer for the United Nations. His commitment to the defense of human rights in Côte d’Ivoire brings him to several central functions in the management and implementation of defense projects for the poorest people and in the context of community conflicts. He has worked with several Ivorian and international institutions on election observation, juvenile delinquency, indigenous and non-indigenous conflict in the south-east of the Ivory Coast, and improved conditions for detaining prisoners. In 2015, it creates a structure, whose mission is to carry and facilitate the administrative procedures of the various actors of agriculture, far from the capital and mostly illiterate. He has several articles in the Ivorian press and in international journals on various human rights topics. Currently working on a thesis at the University of Tours in France, Sakré is now working on the protection of personal data, always for the respect of human rights.

Maurice Magorane

OLBIOS Correspondent, RWANDA

Maurice Magorane is editor in chief, entrepreneur and founder of 5qmedias.com and 4zipcode.com. He started as a journalist at TV TANGO in Luxembourg in 2005 and then worked in Belgium as a journalist covering the Commission, Parliament and the Council of the European Union, including events such as the European summit, the G20 summit in London in 2009 and the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Maurice was French television correspondent in Rwanda, more specifically for France o, France 24, Tv5. His work as a journalist also appeared in Canal France International and more than 30 television channels around Africa. He was also correspondent for Voxafrica, Etv and chief editor of Radio and TV10. He then founded the 5qmedias.com news agency with the aim to showcase Africa on the move. He has also worked for several media outlets such Us Voice of America, Africanews (Euronews), Deutsche Welle, Canal Plus, Afp. Maurice founded 4zipcode.com, an international platform that helps people generate a zip code. In November 2017, Maurice was chosen among young Africans and was invited by the African Union through the AGA in Pretoria, South Africa by African Governance Architect (AGA) to discuss the reform of the African Union. He has also been selected for the International Visitor’s Leadership Program in the United States in 2018. During his visit he will meet leaders from top companies, including Facebook, CNN, the Associated Press, Amazon, and Twitter.

 Nawel Guellal


 Nawel Hafid Guellal is Founder & Executive Director, HDN* Algeria (Human Development Network – Algeria), a Social Enterprise specialized in delivering Capacity-Building Programs for CSOs and in implementing development projects in partnership with various NGOs. She is also EU and GIZ Expert in Communication and Visibility, Trainer and Consultant on various topics such as promotion of citizenship & civic engagement, projects administration, communications, women empowerment and environment. Nawel graduated from the International Institute of Management in International Marketing in 2003, holds a Master degree from the International University of Venice and Universittà Cattolica of Milan in Entrepreneurship of Euromed Relations in 2008. She started working in diplomatic relations with successively the embassies of the United States and Great Britain as an assistant to the heads of diplomatic missions and then at the Delegation of the European Commission in Algiers where she held the positions of assistant to the head of Delegation and then, assistant to the head of cooperation, where she was in charge during 3 years with several development projects between Algeria and the European Union. Passionate about German culture, she worked as a cultural projects manager within the Goethe-Institut in Algiers and finally landed at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in 2010 where she had successively the positions of Programme Manager and then Programme and Communication Manager.
Founder of the Algerian Forum for the Promotion of Active Citizenship – AFPAC, Nawel Guellal is very active in the associative environment and work to help the Algerian youth to recognize their role as citizens and thus be actively engaged in building a healthy society with values of justice, democracy and solidarity. She also contributes to an American platform: Search for Common Grounds – SFCG, by writing articles on various issues in Algeria. She also writes articles and animate webinars on personal development. Her engagement for the recognition of a genuine Algerian Cultural Policy started by joining the team of GTPCA-Groupe de Travail sur la Politique Culturelle en Algérie in early 2012. There, she managed the administrative issues, the different meetings and most of the workshops realised with the support of El Mawreed Ethakafy. Recently she started working on developing a green entrepreneurship network in the country and has contributed in several programs such as SwitchMed with SCP/RAC and recycling old textile with AMSED. She is currently working on a waste management strategy for the country, which integrates the green and circular economy aspects. Her certificates and diplomas include YVLP Fellow “Domestic Violence”– USA, Bertelsman Stiftung Fellow “Young Leaders for Europe”– Germany, Certificate in TOT – SCPs and Grassroots Initiatives/GreenEntrepreneurshipSwitchMed– Barcelona/Spain, Certificate in Intercultural Communication and Public Moderation – Deutsch-Welle – Alexandria/Egypt, Certificate in Blogging on conflicting Issues among the Arab Community – Rabat/Morocco, among others. She is a member of JIL FCE, MED CULTURE, SWITCHMED, ASFRU, SAMG, AMSED, PICUM, ENAR, ACO, WAFA, Wave Network, GTPCA, Arterial Network, Al Mawred Al Thaqafy.

 Raphael Louis



H.E. Hon. Sir. Dr. Raphael Louis is the President/CEO at Federal Association for the Advancement of Visible Minorities (FAAVM), Special Representative Governmental Affairs Department Foreign Affairs (DFA) World Humanity Commission (WHC), Secretary General for Canada at World Aid Organization for Human Rights (WAOHR), Senator at the International Council for Diplomacy and Justice (ICDJ), Community Relations International (Canada) America Sustainability Educational Alliance (ASEA). Leader and Founder of the National Coalition Party of Canada (NCPC), Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Candidate Electoral District of Nepean (Ontario) NOTA Ontario Political Party. Author of several books and academic publications, Keynote Speaker, The ‘Ambassadors ICLGEM’ are hand-selected successful leaders and visionaries for a better world. Hon. H.E. Sir. Dr. Raphael Louis is a United Nations (UN) E-Government and Knowledge in Government Management Certified, Global Healthcare Reform Expert and holds two Honorary Doctorate Degrees in Community Development at Saint Peter and Saint Paul College and University for his lifetime humanitarian achievement, and Doctor of Humanitarian Services (Honoris Causa) at the World organization of Natural Medicine (WONM).
He is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the ‘International Council’ founded in Solothurn (Switzerland) as a small round with the name International Council for Practice-Based Research and Sustainability and a first class network of Prime-Ministers, Ministers, Presidents, Chairmen, CEO’s and other leaders of international institutions and organizations, groups and companies. Hon. H.E. Sir. Dr. Raphael Louis track record of executive experience is quite notable within a broad cross-section of public, private, not-for-profit, academic organizations, philanthropic, chivalric and corporate entities at the local, national and global levels. His Chivalric and Executive achievement is remarkable. He has been bestowed the honors of Sir Knight (SK) by the Knights of Columbus, the Color Corps and Patriotic Degree (KoC), White Knight Prior, and Knight Commander for British Columbia Canada by the Order of Saint Paul (OSP), and is a top management and executive board member within several world renowned institutions.

 Martin Calisto Friant


 Martin Calisto Friant is a sustainability and participatory environmental management practitioner of Franco-Ecuadorian nationality. Martin has a full working proficiency in English, French and Spanish. He holds a license in International Development Studies and Political Science from McGill University in Montreal and two Masters, one in Development Studies from the University of Melbourne, and another in Environment and Sustainable Development from the Bartlett faculty of the Built Environment of University College London (UCL). Martin has over five years of professional experience in areas related to sustainable development, working on several projects in Africa, Oceania and the Americas. His work has a special focus on inclusive planning and governance processes that promote fair, participatory and sustainable management of the environment.
Additionally, Martin has had several articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals on topics of climate change, post-development theories, the Anthropocene, sustainable urban planning, fair trade, food sovereignty and political ecology. Martin currently works at IUCN in projects related to  Ecosystem-Based Climate Change Adaptation and Transboundary Water Governance and Hydro-Diplomacy. He is also President and Co-Founder of the Terrasapiens Foundation, which seeks to promote and advance the rights of nature by proposing innovative models for the production, consumption and management of our shared natural heritage.

 Mohamed Kadry Ibrahim


 Mohamed Kadry  is Manager of Public Policy HUB / School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo. Mohamed is also the founder of Think Tank Development Solutions, a social venture acting as a knowledge hub for social development innovations introduced by young people, focusing mainly on Social Entrepreneurship for sustainable development. Mohamed has been working in community development since 2002, working for and collaborating with many local, international and governmental organizations, including the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ashoka Arab World, UNDP, the Information and Decision Support Center, the Ministry of Social Solidarity, UNICEF, the American University in Cairo, the British Council, GIZ, the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute and UNESCO.
Mohamed’s expertise includes civic engagement and participation, dialogue, social accountability, debating skills, outreach and communication, youth development, youth unemployment, and youth economic empowerment.  Mohamed holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from School of Global Affairs and Public Policy from American University in Cairo. In 2008 he completed a graduate diploma in Management of NGOs from Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences at Cairo University. In 2005 he received his BA in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cairo University. In 2012 Mohamed had received Youssef Jameel Public Leadership Fellowship and in 2014 Mohamed had received the Social Entrepreneurship Award “Pioneers of Egypt”, from Synergos Foundation for his efforts in creative youth civic engagement approaches.

 Stratos Pourzitakis


 Stratos Pourzitakis works as Head of Research of Asian Private Banker where he is leading a wide spectrum of research projects on Asia’s private banking and wealth managementindustry. In the past, Stratos worked for the Hellenic Ministry of Finance and he led a number of research projects including a research grant offered by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Hong Kong that examined emissions trading in East Asia. Stratos holds a Bachelor in Accounting and Finance, a Master of International Public Policy from Osaka University. In 2017 he received a PhD in Government and International Studies from Hong Kong Baptist University and his PhD dissertation examined energy hedging in China and the EU.
Stratos’ research was funded by the European Commission and the Japanese government and it has been published by peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes and think-tanks including SIPRI and Carnegie Europe. Stratos is a member of the French Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and a vocal supporter of sustainable investment and green finance. As such he is member of the Green Finance Task Force of Hong Kong and he recently conducted research with the Financial Services Business Council of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, which led to a white paper on how Hong Kong would benefit from a Green Investment Bank. Stratos speaks English, Greek, Japanese, French and some Putonghua.

Raimundos Oki


Raimundos Oki is a freelance journalist in Dili, Timor – Leste. His writing has been published by the Washington Post, the Seattle Times, the Associated Press and Timorese newspapers, including the Timor Post. He has been the recipient of Balibo Five Fellowship, the UN Reham Al-Farra Fellowship and the John Doherty Pacific Journalism Fellowship.

Chahine Tlili

 I am a young entrepreneur and a human rights militant. My double diplomas have allowed me to develop a detailed entrepreneurial vision as well as communicative and organizational skills. As an engineer I have carried out research in both agriculture and computer technology. My training and internships at Huawei and TUNISIE TELECOM were opportunities to put my experiences into practice as a project leader manager in Animal Husbandry. I also have an MA in Private Law and Criminal Sciences at the University of Law and Political Sciences of Tunis El Manar. I am an active member and one of the groups’ coordinators for Amnesty International Tunisia. Law and human rights related activism has allowed me to develop good communication skills and leadership qualities. I have also participated in youth camps, conferences and seminars against discrimination, the death penalty and other human rights issues.

 Miriam Anati


Miriam Anati was born in Jerusalem but grew up in a mountain village in the Italian Alps. She then lived in Paris, Brussels, London and Budapest and is now based in Jaffa, Tel Aviv. Miriam has been an EU public affairs and communications consultant, eventually specialising in Corporate Social Responsibility. She then switched to human rights work, first in Central and Eastern Europe and later in Italy. There she worked on behalf of an international foundation strengthening Civil Society Organisations doing remarkable work. Currently a consultant, Miriam works in Israel and elsewhere with people and organisations wanting to improve their strategic approach, outreach and impact.

Moctar Kane


Born in Ivory Coast from Malian parents, Moctar Kane relocated to his father and motherland following the wave of post-electoral violence in the 2000s. He studied Literature and language at the University of Bamako before pursuing further studies at Rhodes University and the University of Oxford, where he graduated in 2016 with an M.Phil. in Development Studies. Passionate about governance, democracy, politics, conflict, and stability issues, Moctar has written and presented extensively on these topics in his academic as well as his professional experience. He is an experienced project and programme manager, researcher, and advisor who has worked for academic institutions and both governmental and non-governmental organisations in fragile and conflict-affected contexts.

 Elmoctar M. Yahya


Elmoctar M. Yahya  is a journalist and a documentary producer from Mauritania. He worked as a journalist for news agencies and in a private satellite channel. He is the Director General at SMMAP (Société Mauritanienne Médias/Arts Production). He was also Editor in chief of the website Aloufouq and news coordinator for the Essirage Foundation for Media and Publishing. He writes short stories, and deals with cultural and human rights issues (writing and producing). Ηe is a Media official in a number of organizations and cultural and artistic festivals in Mauritania.

 Julie Vivier


Julie Vivier is currently a consultant who undertakes various strategic advisory and turn-around

services to local and international NPOs. Clients have included Oxfam Australia and America

(and several of their programme partners in programmatic themes of the arts, health,

LGBTI, ECD, HIV and AIDS, OVCs and child protection, advocacy and income development),

Xhobani, Joburg Child Welfare, Heart to Heart, Careerlinx, Mzansi Arts Development

Ensemble, among others. In addition, Julie is CEO of the Julie Muir Vivier Anti-Abuse and Empowerment Trust, a survivor-led human rights advocacy organisation supported by Bowmans and operating at a

national and international level. She has held several roles within the NPO (regional, national and international) sector mainly as head of fundraising and marketing, with roles varying from the development of governance, development, fundraising strategies and departmental formation (Oxfam South Africa) to securing organisational income in all possible funding streams and sustainability. In

addition, she has lead a NPO as both a Centre and Fundraising Manager.

Prior to entering the NGO sector, Julie undertook the role of Communications Manager for

the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship, following nine years at Liberty Life and six years

at SABMiller as Group Social Officer, implementing global corporate citizenship in the

company’s operating divisions. This role on behalf of SABMiller encompassed global

corporate citizenship, corporate social investment and responsibility, and triple bottom line

accounting. In addition, Julie was a member of the JSE Control Group for the development

of the Social Responsibility Index, co-authored Sustainability Reporting – Highlighting South

African Examples (ISBN 0-620-33964-0(2005), represented SABMiller at the World Summit for

Sustainable Development and provided technical development support for UNISA’s Centre

For Corporate Citizenship. She has worked in several communities across South Africa and

countries around the world. Under the work of the Trust, she has published her first novel, Hidden Beneath It, in the US during November 2014 themed around 20 years of gender violence and abuse and forms the basis of the abuse work and upcoming investigative television documentary, which is currently in development.

 Lila Carrée


Lila Carée started her career in human rights working for the First Lady’s Cabinet in Gabon, working on violence against women both office and field based. Afterwards, as a study analyst for the AfricaFrance Foundation in Paris, she worked on sustainable development in Africa and women’s leadership and entrepreneurship. Subsequently, when working at the EU Delegation to Vietnam, she focused on human rights violations and democracy. Her long standing interests include women’s rights, refugee rights and education. She has extensive experience in conducting legal research, policy, advocacy and capacity building activities. She believes it is her mission to help others and make the world a better place.

 Henry Le


Henry Le is a social entrepreneur based in Hanoi, Vietnam. He studied Finance at Mcneese State University, USA. A passionate social entrepreneur by heart, after coming back Vietnam from the US, Henry has joined and co-founded several social enterprises and has been an active participant in social enterprise eco-system in Vietnam. Currently Henry is Chief of Customer Happiness at Tohe.vn, a social enterprise with a mission to provide creative playgrounds for children in need in Vietnam, while producing and marketing lifestyle products with the design based on playful drawing of children-in-need artists. He is also a certified social entrepreneurship trainer and is consulting/advising various social business projects in Vietnam. At the moment, Henry is preparing for his 1st professional blog covering social problems and social solutions in Vietnam and the ASEAN region.

 Hakima El Haite


 Hakima El Haite is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of sustainable development environment and climate change.  She has 26 years as a successful entrepreneur, business woman, appointed official and international advocate.  This experience provides her with a unique ability to identify and communicate environmental issues and policy solutions. As the former Minister of Environment for the Kingdom of Morocco, El Haite she updated the national legislative framework and harmonized it with international legislation, realized the national strategy for sustainable development and introduced green growth into national solid waste management and industrial policy.She was a major actor for bringing COP22 to Morocco and played a central role in its organization.
In her capacity as Minister, El Haite served as a representative on the UN on climate change, She was chosen to be the Special Envoy, and High Level Champion of the International Climate Conference (COP 22).  In her leadership roles El Haite travels worldwide to campaign for the recognition of Climate Change as an urgent national and international issue.Prior to serving as Minister, EL HAITE was the President/CEO and founder of the EAU GLOBE, the first environmental engineering firm in Africa and Middle East. She has been recognized internationally for her work.  These honors include recognition by US President OBAMA for her example as an innovative entrepreneur in 2008.   In 2016, she was honored with Knight of the National Order of the Légion d’Honneur by

Chahine Tlili


I am a young entrepreneur and a human rights militant. My double diplomas have allowed me to develop a detailed entrepreneurial vision as well as communicative and organizational skills. As an engineer I have carried out research in both agriculture and computer technology. My training and internships at Huawei and TUNISIE TELECOM were opportunities to put my experiences into practice as a project leader manager in Animal Husbandry. I also have an MA in Private Law and Criminal Sciences at the University of Law and Political Sciences of Tunis El Manar. I am an active member and one of the groups’ coordinators for Amnesty International Tunisia. Law and human rights related activism has allowed me to develop good communication skills and leadership qualities. I have also participated in youth camps, conferences and seminars against discrimination, the death penalty and other human rights issues. 

Tariq Hayat Yousafzai


 Tariq Hayat is serving as Manager “Social Cohesion and Resilience Program for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa” (being funded by UNICEF). He is responsible for partnership building and effective implementation of the Program, within the agreed timelines. He is also responsible for putting in place internal controls, staff supervision, motivation and liaison with government agencies and other stake holders. Mr. Tariq Hayat is one of the prominent humanitarian practitioners of KP/FATA, having exclusive practical understanding of working directly with gross-root communities as well as with the policy makers and senior government officials. He is equipped with superlative oratory and writing skills. Effective Project Planning, Management, Content Writing, DRM, Advocacy, Monitoring and Evaluation, are the key areas of his expertise. Mr. Tariq is the author of many award winning proposals, for different projects related to Education, Emergency Response, DRR, Social Cohesion and Democracy.
During the past 10 years of his progressive career, Mr. Tariq Hayat held leading and strategic level positions in various multi-sectoral development and humanitarian initiatives, being funded by UNICEF, UNESCO, USIP, Save The Children, International Art of Living, Action Aid, Asia Foundation, GHRD and British Council. As Program Manager, he has successfully implemented the following initiatives in KP/FATA and Baluchistan: Peace Building, Education and Advocacy Program (Social Cohesion and Resilience through Education) KP (UNICEF 2013-2017), Provision of Essential and Lifesaving Educational services to off and in- Camp IDPs of FATA (CERF_UNESCO –January2014-June 2014), Landmines and UXOs Risk Awareness Program for Children and teachers of FATA. MRE (CERF-UNESCO, 2014), Active Citizens Program KP/FATA (British Council 2013-14), Peace, Human Rights and Disaster Management Education Program, Baluchistan (UNESCO, 2014), Pakistan Election Monitoring KP (GHRD 2013), Peace & Human Rights Education KP (UNESCO- 2013), Need for Change-Advocacy for Curriculum review (Actionaid 2012), Peace and Nonviolent Education Program KP (Save the Children 2011-12).

 Laetitia Lienart


Laetitia Lienart has worked in the philanthropy/non-profit sector since 1999 in Africa, Asia and Europe, leading a wide range of challenging projects and multi-cultural teams. Her main skills are grant management, monitoring & evaluation, impact assessment (forecast and evaluative), and employee engagement. Before Credit Suisse, where she is currently working as VP in the APAC Corporate Citizenship team, she worked as full time staff and freelance consultant for various UN agencies, NGOs and social enterprises, private foundations and other development actors. She also created Boost-e consulting in 2014, a consulting business registered in Singapore. She holds a Master in Political Science/International Relations and a Master in International Humanitarian Aid.

 Hyppolite Valdez Onanina


Hyppolite Valdez Onanina is a researcher and community manager of the French-language site of Africa Check, the first fact-checking organisation in Africa. He was reporter at the Agence de presse sénégalaise and to the Dakar office of Alerte Info. He was also a trainee at the United Nations Information Center in Dakar. Hyppolite holds a Μasters degree in media and communication from ETICCA Dakar and a diploma in journalism from the Centre africain de formation et de perfectionnement des journalistes de Cotonou.

 Katja Visser


Katja Visser is a qualified social and financial educator whose experience spans all the five continents; she works in the Netherlands, Ethiopia, Peru, Uganda, Nepal, Guatemala and will start working and she will going to live in Botswana soon. In all these countries Katja works with disadvantaged children, teenagers and young adults through her foundation StartUp4kids passing on skills in financial management assisting them to develop their own small enterprises. This training teaches disadvantaged individuals to develop their social skills and to open their own businesses, how to develop business plans, make budgets, and take care for the environment.

 Carla Patriani Gozzo


 Born in São Paulo, Brazil of an Italian family, Carla Patriani Gozzo is both nationalities. She has had international experiences as management of institutions or projects related to art. She worked in international organizations, the private sector and São Paulo’s State Government besides teaching at university. Today, she lives in São Paulo and has been developing an art project at L’Arche Internationale, Brazil branch. She is an undergraduate in art, design and art education at Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado – FAAP and International Business at Universidade Paulista – UNIP, graduate in museum studies at Museu de Arte Contemporânea – MAC | USP and specialized in Multiple Intelligences with Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education besides professional courses of International Relations in London University and University of Leiden.

 Henry Atem


 Henry is a career election expert with over 10 years of professional experience in election administration processes working for an Election Management Body (EMB), nonprofit and Intergovernmental Organizations both at National and International levels. He holds an MA in Electoral Policy and Administration from the School of Advanced Studies, Pisa – Italy and a Graduate Certificate in Election Administration from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota – U.S.A. Henry serves in different capacities in the field of election administration. As Director at the Center for Democracy and Electoral Studies (CDES), Cameroon, under his leadership, CDES Cameroon conducted over 40 training programs for women and youth leaders, media professionals including leaders of association of PWDs and IDPs, advocated for the historic increase of women in Cameroon legislature and local governments and monitored the conduct of electoral processes with recommendations to improve the process. He also chaired an Advisory Commission for Electoral Reform to make recommendations that promote election integrity in Cameroon.
As Head of Electoral Operations in one of the urban divisions in Cameroon’s Electoral Commission (ELECAM), he was charged with all voting operations and successfully conducted voter registration, training of staff and poll workers, administered electoral logistics, supervised voting operations, and the handled of election results to the satisfaction of contesting parties and the public. As a BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance, and Elections) workshop facilitator, Henry served for the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance as a facilitator of the most comprehensive capacity development tool available to election officials worldwide, training election officials from over 10 nations in Africa. He also served with the African Union and the Carter Center in their International Election Observation Missions, assessing the conduct of elections in various countries and suggesting recommendations for improvements.

Mirza Ramusovic


Mirza Ramusovic was born in Novi Pazar, Serbia where he completed his primary and high school education. After that, he moved to Belgrade where he obtained a BA in law and an MA in Constitutional law and human rights. Mirza worked at State University of Novi Pazar as teaching assistant for two semesters and for one year at lawyer’s office in Novi Pazar. In 2016 he received a scholarship for an MA in human rights in Venice at European Inter-university Centre for Human Rights and Democratization. He spent his second semester in Coimbra, Portugal and finally defended his thesis and graduated in September 2017. Currently, he is located in Beijing where I teach English.

 Ankie Ng


 Ankie is the Founder & CEO of Shifted, a Hong Kong-based organization that consults public and private sectors on impact investing and Social Impact Bonds (SIB) development. Ankie completed the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree in 2016 at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford as a Kwok Scholar from the Kwok Scholars Association. She was also awarded a scholarship grant by the Oxford & Cambridge Society of Hong Kong. Ankie holds a B.A. (Honours) in International Relations and Economics from University of Toronto. Ankie previously worked at the Social Investment & Finance Team at the Cabinet Office of the UK Government on policy recommendations to develop a social investment fund for the UK pension fund market. She has also worked with the SIB Fund Team at Bridges Ventures to develop a methodology translating social value to government savings for UK practitioners. To further the discipline on global SIB research, Ankie is part of the OxNet SIB team, which is dedicated to researching the use of SIBs to scale an education outreach program led by Pembroke College at University of Oxford. Ankie previously managed Investor Relations for SOW Asia Foundation, a Hong Kong-based venture philanthropic fund. Prior to transitioning to impact investing, Ankie’s background was in Equity Research and was ranked by Bloomberg as the top analyst for China Utilities. She has had IPO experience in Utilities and Consumer company listings in Hong Kong. Ankie is currently a Member of the Organizing Committee of the Social Enterprise Summit, one of the largest social impact conferences in Asia, held annually in Hong Kong.

 Ashira Ramadan


 Ashira Ramadan is a media expert and researcher based in Jerusalem. She has been working in Journalism, social media and research for over 13 years. She worked as a human rights researcher for Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. In Journalism she worked with the BBC, Palestine TV, Internews and has produced several TV shows and documentaries for local and international media. She also did graduate studies in International law and popular resistance from Alquds University, as a post grad diploma in broadcast journalism from University of the Arts London. Ashira did her undergraduate studies in Radio TV and film Studies at the Eastern Mediterranean University of Cyprus. On a volunteer bases she has been very active promoting human rights and justice for the people of Palestine. Ashira is the founder of Ashira Organix a line of organic and natural beauty care products.

 Evans Njoro


 Evans Njoro is passionate as an educator and social entrepreneur. He believes in the boundless potential of young people. For over 20 years, his work in the private sector and with non-profits has strengthened his purpose to equip youth with skills and a viable opportunity to enhance their livelihoods. He has strong expertise in the design and implementation of programs with a focus on education, entrepreneurship, leadership, work readiness, technology and financial literacy. During the past 15 years he has served as the executive leader of various social enterprises in Kenya and Sub- Saharan Africa. Since 2009 he has collaborated with, mentored and coached leaders of start-ups, small and medium scale enterprises and non-profits, including board members, directors and their teams to enhance their capacity to be mission compliant. He is the Director of Learning and Development at Futures Africa.
Previously, he served as Foundation Administrator for the Nancy Ellen Crooks Foundation, Country Director for Digital Opportunity Trust Kenya, Regional Director for Eastern & Southern Africa at Junior Achievement Worldwide, Executive Director of Junior Achievement Kenya and the Administrator for Enterprise Advisory Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is Chairman of the Action Network for the Disabled, Founder Member of the Eastern Africa Social Entrepreneurs Network and a Board Member for the Workforce Development Global Alliance Kenya. Evans is a certified accountant and has a Bachelors degree in Education. He is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and was trained as an Entrepreneurial Leadership Educator at the African Leadership Academy, South Africa.

 Teg Malla


 Teg Malla graduated with a Master in Social Sciences in Nonprofit Management from the University of Hong Kong in December 2017. Moreover, she has a postgraduate degree in Strategic Management and Leadership from the UK. She comes with over ten years of work and volunteering experience in the non-profit sector and has previously worked in public and private sectors as well. Teg is also an entrepreneur who has set up a fair trade and social enterprise in Asia and Europe promoting handicrafts made by low-income Nepalese women in the UK and Himalayan art in Belgium and Hong Kong. She was recognised as the youngest woman entrepreneur in Nepal and was awarded the best new business by the Prince’s of Wales Trust in West Scotland. Prior to Hong Kong, Teg worked for the Mayor of London and an humanitarian aid organisation where she was responsible for budget, EU grant facility project finance and human resources in Brussels. She also co-founded a non-profit organisation where she raised fund for a school in western Nepal. Her keen interest in issues such as corporate social responsibility and non-profit sustainability led her to research and write her capstone research paper on “Strategies towards a Sustainable Resource Mobilisation Model” for the Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF), a registered charity in Hong Kong (and the fundraising arm of NYF US) where she worked for over two years as their Executive Director raising funds for the 2015 Nepal Earthquake. She is passionate about volunteering, and making a difference, so she volunteers with several local charities in the local community.

 Harry Johnstone


Harry Johnstone was born in London, United Kingdom. He studied at Trinity College Dublin and the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2007-08, Harry worked as a policy researcher for the current UK Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson. Harry was then employed by the UN World Food Programme in Uganda and Afghanistan, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Italy. Subsequently, Harry worked for Peaceful Change Initiative, a British organisation focused on peacebuilding in Libya, Syria and Ukraine. Following this, Harry began working for the UN International Organization for Migration, on their Libya programme.
 Harry is also an Advisor for the Center for Empathy in International Affairs. He is a Founder and Director of Sound Foundation, a music charity that has supported children and youth in Uganda with music education and industry opportunities. Sound Foundation is currently looking to promote music as a means for supporting conflict resolution. Harry enjoys writing and has written for the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement and other publications.

 Bouraïman Koné


Bouraïman Koné is a cross cultural executive, business leader and entrepreneur. He is the Executive Director of the Global Chamber Abidjan and is a connector and collaborator for businesses of all levels. Bouraïman has spent many years of his international development programs. He is President of World CEOs for Africa, a Business Club which aims to provide high level networking opportunities to the top management of global enterprises interested in doing business with the African Continent. Bouraïman is also the CEO of CA Consulting Group, a consultancy business based in Abidjan focused on helping companies seeking funding for their operations and projects, connecting entrepreneurs, project developers, states entities to investors worldwide. Bouraïman has a Master in Economics from the University of Cocody, DECF from INSET a business school in Abidjan. He is on the following boards: Solidarity World in Switzerland in charge of International Relations, Five Points Youth Foundation Advisory Board, World CEOs for Africa CEO, Africa Records NGO Board of Directors.

 Pete Russell


Pete Russell is the founder and CEO of Ooooby.org – an online marketplace where small scale food growers and artisanal food producers can sell direct to the public. Ooooby started operations in Auckland, New Zealand in 2010 and is now also successfully operating in Christchurch, Sydney, Australia and Fresno, California. With over 25 years of starting and running enterprises across various industries, Pete brings a wide range of industry experience and networks along with a strong sense of how business can be applied to solving humanity’s most pressing social and ecological challenges.

 Arturo Warleta


Arturo Warleta studied Business Administration in his home country, Spain (UAM) and Sweden (Gävle) and International Cooperation in El Salvador (UCA). He also holds a master´s degree in Politics and Democracy (Spain UNED). Arturo has developed his career in international private companies, UN agencies, and NGOs. He is specialized in project management, institutional strengthening and public health. He has lived in several countries in Europe, Latin America and Africa. He participates in social movements and cultural initiatives and has run in Spanish elections for senate and congress. He is cofounder of FUNCIONA Foundation and Vice president of DeCiDe (Democracy, citizenship & development). He resides in Nicaragua where he works at the junction of the common elements between business and social entities.

 Nadir Ali


Nadir Ali Khan is a young Pakistani humanitarian and human rights activist from Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Nadir was in 8th grade when he started working with different NGOs voluntarily. Today he lives in Islamabad and works as a volunteer with different National and International NGOs. Currently, he is running an NGO “E – HANDS” to use technology as a tool for social welfare, and involving youth in positive & Humanitarian, and development activities for promoting SDGs. He has received several awards like Youth Achiever Award 2015-2016, Hunarm and Pakistan award, Abdul Sattar Edhi award ‘National Leadership Award’, and Talent Tribute award. He uses technology and social media for welfare projects, raising a voice for human rights, distributing funds & clothes, and arranging blood & wheelchairs for patients & disabled persons. Nadir is a brand ambassador of different networks and member of several Youth wings. He has involved almost 3000 young people in many different projects in several areas of Pakistan. Nadir’s goal is to create awareness among young people so that everyone can contribute for the country as a good citizen.

 Praveen K. Varshney


Praveen Varshney has been a principal of Varshney Capital Corp., a Vancouver based venture capital, merchant bank and corporate advisory services firm, since 1991 and a Founding Director of Pyfera Growth Capital social impact fund.  Mr. Varshney obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia in 1987 and is a FCPA, FCA.He is a director or officer of various publicly traded companies including Mogo (Co-Founder) and BetterU Education Corp.  He is also a Co-Founder of G-PAK and former CFO of Carmanah Technologies which became Canada’s largest solar company.  He also was Co-Founder of a predecessor of Mountain Province Diamonds who’s Gahcho Kué in September 2016 became the world’s largest new diamond mine since 2003 & De Beers’ second-largest producer behind its Jwaneng mine in Botswana. Mr. Varshney is a Toniic member and a long-time member of both EO Entrepreneurs Organization & TiE (Founding Director).  He’s also on a number of non-profit boards such as The Varshney Family Charitable Foundation, OneProsper.org and a Founding Member of instrumentbeyondborders.org.  He’s also an SVP Vancouver Partner, a Vancouver Police Foundation Trustee, and on the Advisory boards of Room to Read – Vancouver and The Thomas Edison Innovation Foundation in New Jersey, USA. Mr. Varshney is also a past recipient of Business in Vancouver’s 40 Under 40 Awards.

 Annett Fleischer


 Annett Fleischer was born in East Germany (former German Democratic Republic), spend one year as Au-Pair in Atlanta, USA before studying Social Anthropology, Communication, Theatre and Film Arts at Free University Berlin. Her doctoral thesis on Cameroonian migrants in Germany examines the interplay of transnational mobility, family and kinship among migrants and the overarching legal framework of immigration and integration. Her field of expertise is migration, gender and development including human trafficking, return migration and reintegration, sexual and reproductive health and rights. Annett has lived and worked in several countries including Mali, Australia, Cameroon, Uganda, Italy, Maldives, Spain and currently Saint Lucia. She has been part of international teams, NGOs, research institutions and development cooperation including Max Planck Institute (MPI), European University Institute (EUI), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), German Development Cooperation (GIZ), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), among others.
As a member she is active in the following professional bodies American Anthropology Association (AAA), European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE), International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), Network Refugee Research (Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung) and Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. Annett is interested to support and become involved in migration and development, humanitarian, awareness-widening social actions and capacity development activities including train the trainers (ToTs).

 Desiree Zwanck


Desiree Zwanck is a Social Impact and gender Consultant. For the past ten years, she has empowered change makers on the African continent to build the social impact they desire, helping organizations to engineer equality through research, innovation, policy design, multi-stakeholder coordination and program management. Desiree is also a mom, an environmentalist, a world traveller, a writer, a certified and active Yoga teacher and a dedicated meditator.

 Fadi Haidar


Fadi Haidar graduated from the faculty of Economics of the University of ALEPPO/Syria. He also studied in the Pearson BTEC (British Educational Institution) in Aleppo, where he obtained a Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business. He was responsible for the “emergency program” for Aid distribution in The United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Near East (UNRWA) and is now working as a project manager in U.N.R.W.A at the Engaging Youth project. As ” livelihood coordinator ” of this project, his roles include working as a Vocational Education officer, & Continuing Education officer, and youth and adolescent development officer (Y.D.O).

 Maria del Mar Velez


 Maria del Mar Vélez was born in Medellin, Colombia, and grew up in San Jose, Costa Rica. She received a BA Economics in Economics from New York University and minors in Business Studies and French. During her undergraduate studies, she worked at the Costa Rican Mission to the United Nations and as well as in Peruvian Development Group, where she focused on the acquisition of a microfinance company in Puno, Peru. She then worked at J.P. Morgan in Miami and New York For almost 6 years and held positions in the Latin America PB team and in the Alternative Investment team. She then moved to Lima, Perú where she founded Crack The Code, a Computer Science and Coding school for kids. Crack The Code hopes to empower future Latin American generations with the tools they will need to succeed: they need to learn how to create technology. The firm has over 60 students after three months of operations and is developing its social arm through scholarships and teacher trainings.

 Henry Koh

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 Henry Koh is the Malaysia Human Rights Specialist with Fortify Rights. Prior to joining Fortify Rights, he worked as a legal consultant with UNAIDS Asia Pacific, where he led a pioneer project focusing on transgender rights advocacy through strategic litigation and served as a rapporteur with former UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Health Anand Grover to produce a report detailing an action plan to advance transgender rights. During his time with UNAIDS, Henry helped initiate the “Transgender Rights Defenders Coalition” to support legal aid services for the transgender community in Malaysia. Henry also worked with the Southeast Asia Regional Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and produced human rights country briefs for Malaysia, Singapore and an annual report on political violence and arbitrary arrests in West Papua. Henry is currently a secretariat member of PROHAM (Society for the Promotion of Human Rights). He holds an LL.B. Bachelors of Law and LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from the University of London as well as a Diploma in International Arbitration. He is fluent in Malay, Bahasa Indonesia, and Mandarin.

 Sally Tong


Sally Tong is Managing Director of Dreams Matter Ventures whose mission is to empower and Invest in the Next Generation of Change Makers. With the Core background of entrepreneurship, as CEO & founder for 20 years, she has first-hand experience in the challenges, the loneliness of a startup and the female founder journey. Sally has a comprehensive experience setting up manufacturing and retail business in China, and strong strategy & business insight into China (especially Guangdong and Hong Kong) and Southeast Asia. To champion sustainability, Sally has set up a slow fashion label with the motto of Doing Good and Inspire others to shop with purpose. She has been invited as a speaker to talk about Entrepreneurship, Social Impact, and Women Empowerment in Universities and Startup events. Sally is also a Business Mentor at Inspiring Rare Birds, where she mentors female entrepreneurs to grow their business and expand their vision to go global. She also serves as a mentor at HK University for the project ‘ Success has no gender’ inspired by the UN initiative ” HeforShe”. She has been invited in several member networks including Sorority Club in London, The Women Entrepreneur Network in Hong Kong. She is one of the organizers of the New Finance Fintech network (London/Hong Kong) with the goal to connect startups with investors. East-meet-West. Passionate about Travel, Music. Curious about new technology and ventures. 

 Sipasi Olalekan Ayodele


 Sipasi Olalekan Ayodele is a Carrington 2017 Fellow, ONE Champion 2017, Fellow Thinking School Africa, 2016 Winner of the African Youth Award in Agriculture, a seasoned NYSC SDGs Facilitator, The Future Award Africa for Agriculture nominee and the Founder & CEO at ProtectOzone Sustainable Livelihood Initiative where he trains indigent Children, Youths, Active Citizens and Farmers in Sustainable Agricultural Practice and Climate / City Smart Agriculture to alleviate poverty, fight hunger and systematically protect the ozone layer from depletion. He attended The Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State for his Bachelor in Technology (Agriculture), Masters from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, received a certificate in Business Administration from African Management Institute, Nairobi, Kenya and Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan-African University, Lagos.
Sipasi was selected as part of 30 African Change makers in the Agricultural sector who grew from rural community to join other 90 G20 youths in Germany 24th -28th April, 2017 to develop and amend the Berlin Charter on “Creating Opportunities with the Young Generation in the Rural world”. He sees opportunities in turning waste / marginalized agricultural and industrial by-products into economic viable tool to fight hunger, alleviate poverty and increase the socio-economic standard of the communities.

 Thinzar Shunlei Yi


 Ma Thinzar Shunlei Yi is an active, informed and responsible individual from Yangon, Myanmar. She is interested in youth engagement, governance and peace. She is one of organizers of International Peace Day Celebrations 2013 and 2014 at a nation-wide level inviting Peace Ministers and delivering CSOs’ Demands for Peace in Myanmar. She co-organized the first-ever Myanmar Youth Forum in 2012 and again in 2016 for the development of national youth policy in Myanmar. She also organized the South East Asian Youth Forum (ASEAN Youth Forum) in 2014 for the ASEAN Summit. She also led the international campaign called #MyFriend, to promote friendship among young people through social media.
The coalition she led with CSOs’ voices were taken into account in Parliament for the ward/village tract administration law amendment. She mainly advocates for the law reform to root out the military administration at a local level as Advocacy Coordinator at Action Committee for Democracy Development (ACDD). She was nominated for the N-Peace Award in 2015 for Peace Generation Category. She was honored as one of ten youth awardees for “Emerging Young Leaders Award” 2016 by U.S Department of State in 2016 for her efforts on positive social transformation. She conducted many volunteer events and youth development training sessions, seminars, workshops related to volunteerism, governance and education. She has been named as youth advocate, youth catalyst, youth expert in various occasions and has been invited as youth speaker at a national, regional and international level. 

 Adeola Awogbemi


 Adeola Awogbemi is a Research and Development Consultant with 16 years’ experience working with NGOs and CBOs in Africa. With a background in Political Science, her experience cuts across education, governance, gender and peace and security. Her specialities include program design, planning & implementation, concept development & proposal writing, fundraising, monitoring & evaluation, advocacy & campaign management and election observation. Adeola is a facilitator, trainer, avid volunteer and mentor with extensive experience designing and implementing gender, capacity building and leadership development training and mentoring programs.  She has facilitated various training sessions for various stakeholders and has coordinated several local and international seminars, training workshops and conferences on a range of development issues.  She is currently the Executive Director of the Ovie Brume Foundation as well as an Independent Evaluation Consultant on development projects in Nigeria.

 Gracious Ndalama


Gracious Ndalama is a Social Worker with over 13 years of experience in Child Protection, Child Labour, Monitoring and Evaluation and Project Development and Implementation. He has over the past 13 years worked with different organisations both local and international. Currently he is working with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Malawi. He has previously worked with the Active Youth Initiative for Social Enhancement (AYISE), EveryChild Malawi, and the Environmental Concerned Youth Association (ECOYA). Gracious is the holder of Bachelor of Social Science Degree in Rural and Community Development. Currently he is pursuing Master of Business Administration with the University of Nicosia through UNICAF University in Malawi.

 Hamutal Gouri


Hamutal is a cultural critic, consultant, and storyteller for social change. She holds a BA in English Literature and Inter-disciplinary Studies, and an MA (Cum Laude) in Cultural Studies from the Hebrew University. As ED of the Dafna Fund, Hamutal is responsible for working with the board to develop grant making strategies and priorities, initiate proactive programs designed to strengthen the feminist and women’s organizations arena in Israel, monitor the fund’s grants’ portfolio and develop strategic partnerships. In this capacity, she received the NCJW Jewel Bellush Award for Outstanding Feminist Leadership in Israel. A seasoned facilitator and trainer, Hamutal holds a Diploma in Group Facilitation from the Megid Institute at Hebrew University, and in Team Facilitation and Management from the Martin Buber Institute at Hebrew University. A passionate storyteller, she develops training modules and materials on storytelling for social transformation and writes a blog, consult4good, in Hebrew and English. Hamutal is an active member of Women Wage Peace, a grassroots movement calling for a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. She is Board Chair of Mashu-Mashu Theater for Social Change; a board member of the Jerusalem Pre-Military Leadership Program (Mechina) and a member of the Israeli Board of Overseers of the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem.   

 Arturo du Monceau de Bergendal


Arturo du Monceau de Bergendal has a Bachelor in Sciences Po Paris and an Urban Studies’ Master from the same university. As a student he has been engaged in different associations including humanitarian and ecological associations. He has worked for many years as a legislative assistant of Manuel José Ossandón, a Senator and a presidential candidate in Chile. Among other projects he has been involved with, Arturo has assisted Ossandón in the drafting of numerous high impacts bills in the Senate of Chile, including the construction of one of the first Latin American bills against food destruction and waste in Chilean commercial centers, bills promoting better cycling conditions in cities and bills reinforcing consumer rights.

 Ian Tarimo


Ian Tarimo is a passionate youth leader with a diverse experience in leading positive changes in the community. He has more than 5 years experience of community development projects. Since 2013, he is the co-founder and Executive Director of Tai, an organization that aims at creating a society where youth are responsible social leaders in sustainable goals. Under his leadership, Tai has been able to grow from idea to an organization that has impacted over 10,000 young people either as volunteers or project beneficiaries. He is also a co-founder and director PSLA SACCOS LTD, an organization that aims at promoting youth empowerment through savings and providing loans.

Ian is a member of Global Shaper Community Dar Es Salaam Hub; a global youth-led organization under World Economic Forum. As a youth representative, Ian was a member of Department For International Development- Youth Advisory Panel (DFID – YAP), a panel that aims to ensure youth are at the center of development for all UKAID programs. He is an alumnus of YALI (Young African Leadership Initiative), a program established under USAID to empower young African leaders. Ian is currently serving on the Board of Coconut Foundation, an NGO which aims at improving children’s learning through national spelling bee competition. He is also a Board member of AIESEC IFM, an international organization that envisions peace and fulfillment of humankind potentials. Ian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology.

 Masereka William Atwanzir


Masereka William Atwanzir was born and brought up in the Western part of Uganda . He is the Founder and Chairperson of the Board of Directors at the Rural Youth Initiative for Development (RYID). He indirectly works with Straight Talk Foundation through its youth projects called Straight Talk Clubs and Young Talk Clubs. He is a member of the Gender Based Violence Network and he is also collaborating with various other organizations in Uganda.

 Paolo Goglia


Paolo Goglia has fifteen years’ experience as a researcher, journalist and social worker. He graduated in Social and International Studies (2005) and specialized in European Studies (2005), Migrations and Human Trafficking (2009). With an interest in education, human rights and social equality, he has worked for universities, schools and NGOs. He currently works for the International School of Estonia in Student Support. His passions include traveling, culture, cycling and the great outdoor.

Nadia Onguele


Nadia Onguele was born in Libreville, Gabon. She is currently running an initiative that sponsors children with school fees, collects clothes, books and other items for children to distribute them to socially vulnerable families in remote areas. Nadia has lived in several countries. She studied Human Resources Development in Accra, Ghana.  In the course of the past years, particularly since 2014, she have reoriented her activities towards management and the implementation of projects in the social sector, on the ground, and with some further studies in European projects and Human Rights. Her further studies for the International Master in European Studies, offered by the Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce and the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, have given her an in-depth knowledge of Projects Management, and of the European Union Institutional Structure, functioning and policies.
She completed these studies with an appointment as Project Assistant with the European Projects Association in Brussels, allowing her to contribute to the organisation and management of a sensitisation programme on social issues in Montenegro. Prior to that, although, she had contributed informally to the activities of organisations helping deprived children in Burundi, where she lived for a year. After this field experience and her master studies, she worked as Program Assistant with Vive Peru, an association based in Trujillo, Peru, which implements social programmes for children.

Nebras Anam


Mr. Nebras Anam is the founder and former Executive Director of Peace School Organization in Yemen, a non profit organization specialized in conflict and peacebuilding issues, located in Yemen, Sana’a. He has a B.A in Information Technology from Lebanese International University and he holds a Diploma in Negotiation Skills from the Diplomatic Institute of Yemen Ministry of foreign affairs.

He has extensive experience in conflict-related and peace-building issues and has many participations in several international conferences in France, Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt. Currently he works as a consultant in different non-profit organizations which are concerned in conflicts and enabling youth access to decision making positions. Moreover, he is a member in the Youth Advisory Panel of the United Nations Offices in Yemen (UNYAP)

Mauricio Bisol


Mauricio Bisol was born in Brazil, and has lived and worked also in Italy, England and Mozambique. He has studied Geography at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and Cinema & Video Production at the Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, both in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Mauricio obtained a Master’s Degree in International Cooperation – Development & Emergencies at the Italian Institute of Political Sciences, in Milan. He currently works for an Italian NGO called GVC on development programs in Pemba, Mozambique, and has a Mozambican company on ICT for development, called Munti Tec.

Sina Bassam Hbous


Ms. Sina Hbous has an overall professional experienceof over 11 years in the diversified field of development. She has two Masters Degrees in International Affairs and Development Studies from the Lebanese American University and The London School of Economics respectively. Most recently, Sina assumed the role of a consultant for the Advancement Office of Nile University, where she held the responsiblity of organizational restructuring of the office. She has also worked with the IFC and the Egyptian Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation to design a national CSR award to engage the private sector. Sina has previously worked as the assistant director of the Gerhart Center for Philanthropy, Civic Engagement and Responsible Business at the American University in Cairo (AUC).
Prior to her work with AUC, she worked as a sustainable development expert for the Sustainable Growth Division, Centre for Environment and Development Arab Region and Europe, Cairo, Egypt starting 2013. In 2010 and up till end of April 2012, Sina assumed the role of Corporate Social Responsibility Unit Head, National Bank of Egypt, Cairo, Egypt.Earlier, she held several position while working at the Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry.From September 2009 and till April 2010, Sina was the Program Manager, Minister’s Technical Office, Ministry of Trade & Industry, and Cairo, Egypt. She was the Special Assistant to Minister’s Office, from October 2006 till September 2008. From October 2005 till October 2006, she was an Economic and Trade Researcher at Minister’s Technical Office, Industry and Trade Advisory Support Unit (ITASU) USAID Funded Project. 

Ange Donation Ngouyombo


Ange Donation Ngouyombo was born in Central African Republic. He is holder of a doctoral degree in medicine obtained at the University of Bangui. He is an expert in results-based funding 63rd promotion of SINA HEALTH international and expert in health system management. He is the Founder of the NGO Action Plus RCA and 5 years of experience in the humanitarian world as Assistant Medical Coordinator, Deputy Medical Coordinator with Doctors Without Borders Belgian section RCA mission. He is also a Nutrition and Health Program Manager with Action Against Hunger. Currently, Ange is Kombele District Health Head with Ministry of Public Health, Central African Republic.

Amir Radhari


Amir Rahdari is a sustainable and circular business leader. He has been active in sustainability for more than five years both in business and academia. His focus is on the role of business in society, its responsibility towards stakeholders and its potentiality for the realization of the SDGs by the year 2030. He is the Founder of Circular Iran Initiative, Global Sustainability Research Network (GSRN), Director of Sustainability Research Group (SRG) at USERN, Associate Editor at International Journal of Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility (IGI Global, US) and a Sustainability and Social Responsibility Certified Associate (UK).
In academia, Amir has made several contributions to the fields of CSR, sustainability, social innovation, circular economy, and governance with implications for business community including synthesizing sustainability ratings and most common sustainability indicators, developing sustainability and CSR maturity models, theorizing Hyper-transparency, Sustainable Governance and Schumpeterian social entrepreneurship, examining Sustainability Reporting in HEIs and finding ways for businesses to pursue the SDGs that have been published in leading scholarly journals and international publishers. In 2016, he was appointed as a Science Sentinel in the field of management by publons.In practice, he has developed over a dozen global/local sustainability tools for businesses to use and has consulted/collaborated with more than fifty international organizations across the globe. He is a CSR and Sustainable Business Consultant in Iran and the Middle East. In 2014, he was appointed as one of the young leaders in sustainable business by 2degress (UK). Currently, he is an advisor/consultant to more than a dozen international organizations.

Stéchémin Ghislaine Akakpo


Stéchémin Ghislaine AKAKPO was born to a polygamous and poor family in Parakou, Benin, of a Nagot mother and a Mahi father. She took up work from a young age to support herself until she obtained her BA. Despite difficulties in her background and life, she continued her university studies and obtained an MA in legal sciences in business law and judicial career. She speaks 5 Benin national languages ( Fon, Nagot, Mahi, Dendi, Yoruba and Goun) and 3 international languages (English, French and some German). Her background created in her the desire to help children and especially girls who face the same situation as her. She is a beneficiary of the YALI program (Young African Leaders Initiative) of the Dakar Regional Leadership Center for training in Civic Leadership.
She founded an NGO named ProGen Benin, of which she is the President. The NGO stands for protecting and promoting Children’s especially Girls Rights for education. As a member of the US Benin Yali Alumni’s Association (US BYAA) and the US Benin Women Alumni Association (US-BWAA) since almost 2 years now, she gained experience as Mentor in Women Leadership.

Cherno Yalya Jallow


Cherno Yahya Jallow was born in Kombo, Gambia. He started volunteering with the Gambia Red Cross Society at the age of 13. After completing high school, he joined Muslim Hands International, a charity organization dedicated to alleviate poverty through community empowerment. He worked in different departments of the organization, serving as Social Welfare Officer, Fundraising Officer, Finance and Administrative Officer and Secretary to the Management. During this period he worked in Mali, Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau. In 2008 and in collaboration with a friend and other dynamic young people, he founded Youths in Aid. Since 2012 he has been serving as the Director of World Faith Gambia an international NGO that engages religiously diverse youth to lead development projects in their countries. Cherno also served as an observer at the National Youth Parliament, was a member of the Youth Ambassadors of Peace, and worked as a field officer in the West African Network of Peace. He holds a BA in Development Studies and has completed several professional trainings.

Claus Brehm


I was born in Paraguay, South America. I studied forestry at the Universidad Nacional de Asunción and worked in environmental impact assessment, forest plantation management and environmental conservation projects. In 2015 I was awarded an MA degree in Forest Ecosystem Science at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Living there allowed me to travel to many countries in the South East Asia region to learn about issues and solutions to environmental challenges. In 2016 I earned a diploma in natural resources management and conservation in Yucatan, Mexico with DUCKs Unlimited learning more about effective environmental policies and the social aspect of conservation. I worked as a volunteer in Veracruz on a Sea Turtle camp for almost 2 months.
Currently I’m working at the Peace Corps Paraguay as a Technical Trainer at the Environmental Conservation Sector. This puts me in a key position to use the knowledge and energy of volunteers to help rural communities to protect their natural resources and improve their livelihood. Deforestation and its consequences as biodiversity and habitat loss, soil erosion, and reduction of water quality are still mayor threats in most developing countries. Having people working in situ with the poorest part of the population to create awareness and provide effective tools to both, raise life quality and enhance environmental protection is very satisfying. From my point of view, if solutions are to be sustainable they have to be proposed in the field, not in the office.

Meekaeel Siphambili


Meekaeel Sipambili has worked in the media industry for 15 years, gaining experience in Investigative journalism, breaking news, Research Journalism, Freelance Journalism and Photo Journalism. A seasoned Journalist, his passion for the print media is traceable back to the 90s where he cut his teeth working for a local tabloid newspaper (The Voice) and later had an attempt at his own publication, The Central Focus which folded due to financial constraints. His educational background in English literature, sciences and journalism has given him a broad base from which to approach many topics, leading him to write for international media houses like the Norwegian, Sorvis Press & Informasjon AS.
Many of Meekaeel’s news articles have been have been quoted and some of news articles extracts used in Global Perspectives on Prostitution and Sex Trafficking: Africa, Asia, Middle East and Oceania by Rochelle L. Dalla, John Defrain, Celia Williamson and Lynda M. Baker.  Meekaeel investigated and reported news on the influx of Zimbabwean sex workers in the Mmegi newspaper, one of Botswana’s top newspapers. Many of Meekaeel’s investigative and research news articles have been extracted or made as references in many other books and researches. His recent work is a research feature article on malaria eradication in Botswana, the feature article was exclusively for FAZIT Communication, a Germany based media house. Meekaeel Siphambili has won the local Bessie Head writing competition twice and has won a publishing contract for his novel but declined publishing for personal reasons. 

Nargiza Muratalieva


Nargiza Muratalieva is Editor of the Central Asian Bureau of Analytical Reporting (CABAR.asia), a project of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). She is also an Associate Professor of Political Science Department of the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University. Dr. Murataliyeva worked as a senior research fellow at the Institute of Strategic Analysis and Prognosis for eight years. She has experience conducting research at Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany. Nargiza is author of more than 30 scientific articles and monographs. Her areas of expertise includ security, political processes in Central Asia, international organizations.

Ludivine Felix


Ludivine Felix studied Modern Languages and English Civilisation as her Bachelor Degree and completed in 2012 her Masters’ Degree in Project Management. She then worked for 5 years in Brussels starting by an internship in the European Parliament and was after a Public Affairs Consultant at Dr2 Consultants. In Belgium, she was mainly involved in European Affairs and worked to increase the visibility and defend the views of a different range of clients in the following sectors: healthcare, automotive, IT,  environment and e-commerce. During this time, she was also the Communications Officer for the association Ecommerce Europe. Ludivine has always been passionate by NGO work. She worked mostly for NGOs when she was a consultant but also volunteered for Young European Leadership as their Director for Communications.
This is what took her to Bolivia and to Fundacion Bolivia Digna in 2016, a local NGO based in Cochabamba, where she was initially responsible of Communications and Managing the Volunteers and then took more responsibilities as she coordinated the general activities of the NGO and developed the Fundraising and Sponsoring activities. Next to her work at Bolivia Digna, Ludivine was also a French Teacher at the French Alliance, managed social media in Parlana, and carried out several free-lance activities like designs for Save the Children and various translations. In 2018, Ludivine took a new position as the National Director of Sustainable Bolivia, based in Riberalta.

Célio Njinga


Célio Njinga was born in Luanda, Angola, and has studied Health Sciences (University of Lisbon, Portugal) and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Management (Catholic UniversityPortugal). He also holds a Diploma in Humanitarian Response from the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard University (HHI USA) and Certificates in Systems Thinking in Public Health (Johns Hopkins University), Global Health Ebola Virus Disease (University of Genève) and Tropical Parasitology (Kilimanjaro & Christian Medical College). As a health insurance manager, he managed to establish a solid and profitable networking, making successful partnerships with many national and international companies in the private and civil sectors. Also, he worked as a Neglected Tropical Disease´s Coordinator at The Mentor Initiative with the World Health Organization, in which he still contributes by providing strategic and planning support in responding to epidemics and outbreaks. Currently, Célio is a Programme Manager in Health Systems Strengthening in HIV, Tuberculosis, Malaria, Nutrition and other endemic diseases at World Vision. He  has strong ties to rural communities in the sustainable development for children and women empowerment and, maintains a strong bond as member with associations in many different fields such as ANELTA (Angolan National English Language Teacher Association),APAMCM (Portuguese Association of Assistance for Women with Breast Cancer), ASTMH (American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene), CVE (European Volunteer Centre); Yellow heart Association and YALI (Young African Leaders).

Einstein Santos


I have a degree in Human Resources Management and Adminstration from  Tswane University of technology in Pretoria, South Africa, where Ι lived for 6 years. I also have a postgraduate degree in People Management from the  Universidade Catolica de Brasilia. I have worked in several industry sectors in Angola, including oil, construction and humanitarianism, where I took diverse leader roles in the people management sector. My most recent assignment was People and Culture Associate Director of World Vision, an NGO focused on child well-being where I was part of both the SMT and SLT teams. As a result, I have broad experience in social work and have also participated and contributed in the development of diverse social projects for resources mobilization in Angola.



Mary Waceke Muia is an Inspirational and Transformational Leader with recognized expertise in Organization Design & Development, Strategy formulation & Execution, Business Transformation, Change & Performance Management and HR. She is an expert on Gender, Diversity& Inclusion and trainer on unconscious bias. She has successfully led several Business & Culture Transformations both in Private and Public sector using responsive, contextualized and best in class strategies. She has worked for a Multinational oil company both in Kenya & regionally, was Head of Performance and Change in Kengen transformation led by Mc Kinsey where she created innovative frameworks for strategy execution & culture transformation. Her last role was HR Director Central Bank of Kenya. She has overseen diverse Business Change Projects from Business process re-engineering, Job Evaluation, Automation rollout & ICT upgrades, and sustainability efforts focused on triple ‘P’ (People, Profit and Planet) bottom line and was a HR advisor in a Merger of 2 Multinationals. Currently she is a management consultant, a Life, Business and Executive Coach and a facilitator on Unconscious Bias. She is a Mechanical Engineer and holds a Masters of Arts in Environmental management with Focus on Sustainable Development. She is an accredited Executive Coach from the Academy of Executive Coaching –UK and Pacific Institute USA, a Certified Master Professional in Balance Score Card from George Washington University, a Certified Change Expert by Prosci USA, Certified Project management Professional with Prince II UK, Certified Public Secretary Kasneb Kenya, is also an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Strathmore Business School. She also has HR, Pension Schemes Trustee and Corporate Governance Certifications. She has been among the Top 40 under 40 successful women in Kenya two years in a row and the Overall Winner in ‘Rising Stars Awards’ 2014 -service category in Private and Public Sector. She sat on the panel of Judges for the prestigious AABLA (All Africa Business Leaders Awards) by CNBC & Forbes Africa for 2 years, was chief judge for East Africa and is a highly sort after C-Suite Executive coach. She is also a global coach with Cartier Women Initiative Awards. Waceke is an Adjunct Faculty of Executive Business Schools in Leadership, Strategic Performance Management, Change Management, SME programs and Corporate Women’s programs. She is a much sought after speaker and Moderator at Local and International forums including the UN Annual Women Empowerment Principles (UNwep) in New York.. She is a member of the UNwep Leadership Group. She has been a Board Member of Energy Regulatory Commission, Insurance Regulatory Authority and founder member of Association of Change Management Professional in Africa-ACMP Africa. Waceke is very passionate in championing Diversity and Inclusion, working with corporates to embed contextualized & customized Diversity and Gender frameworks including offering expertise and training on Unconscious bias. Her framework incorporates best practices on culture, strategy, the UNWep (Women empowerment Principles) and SDGs principles. She is the founder of WOBI – Women On Boards Initiative, which seeks to create awareness and encourage organizations to intentionally implement strategies that grows more women Leaders. As a Leader I believe, “I have the competency, inspiration, discipline and the courage to drive broad-based Change management and Sustainability initiatives that embrace initiatives to enhance corporate performance, Environmental protection and address relevant social economic issues. Leaders must contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their core business in a way that drives value for the Company & all stakeholders, to create a more Sustainable, Just, Fair and Equal world.

Kiboi Haakem Rabuka


 Hakeem Rabuka Kiboi is the Chief Executive and Co-founder of RockHealth Integrated Care Organization (RICO). As the CEO and Co-founder of RICO, he has worked to implement various projects on strengthening primary health care and response to epidemics in Kenya and align these projects to achieve the organization’s goals. While implementing this project, Hakeem received an distinction award of an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society from Lord Howell of Guilford through the Queens Young Leaders Program and The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust for his contribution to the welfare of Commonwealth citizens. He is also a Student Projects for Health (SPFH) award winner by the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) and was invited to Limerick, Ireland to present RICO’s project as well as receive the award. Following this, his RICO Epidemiology-Informed Resource Allocation Model (EIRA) has been published in the 50th Edition of the Social Innovations Journal (SIJ). In addition, he has been selected by the Young African Leaders Institute (YALI) and is a graduate of the Digital Opportunity Trust – British Council benefiting from its Social Entrepreneurship Program. Hakeem also serves as a founding editor of Kenyatta University, School of Pharmacy, PharmJournal under a grant awarded by the National Institute of Health and previously served as the president of the school’s student association. Apart from working in RICO, he is a proud volunteer pharmacist in Hope Citadel Foundation to which he credits much of his professional growth. 

Hakeem is a final year student in the School of Pharmacy,Complementary/Alternative Medicine at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya and a graduate of an online course in Global Health from Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Wendy Musonda


I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with  Education. I am a Zambian who is passionate about development in all sectors and I have volunteered in different organizations in order to gain experience and understanding of the major issues affecting society. My biggest dream after graduating is to work passionately and tirelessly in order to serve others.

My areas of expertise and experience include advocacy, campaigning, facilitating and community mobilization. My extensive experience in these has helped me access monitoring and evaluation tools, such as reporting, organizing meetings with civic leaders from a community to a national level in Zambia. I have also organized focus group discussions among my peers to stir up debates on issues and challenges that affect young people today, encouraging other young people to get actively involved in national issues that concern them. Among the positions I have held are Youth consultant, (The MasterCard Foundation & Restless Development), Finance and Admin. Intern, Trainer of Trainees (SRHR, livelihoods, leadership – Restless development Zambia ), Youth Champion (IPAS AFRICA ALLIANCE – SRHR), Board Trustee ( Restless Development Zambia), Youth Power Global Leader (Youth Power Global Campaign), Correspondent Ambassador (OLBIOS Network for Action).

Martin Tis


I am the Principle Founder of Papua New Guinea Human Rights Foundation which is the first national human rights institution in PNG. The foundation is recently established and currently I am heading the research on human rights issues. The foundation goal is to protect, promote and address human rights in the areas of economic rights, social rights (education, health, gender, and youths) political rights, civil rights, cultural rights and environmental rights and to monitor and report to our stakeholders including the National Government, United Nation, World Human Rights Watch and other interested organisations. As a student leader in university and college, I promoted human rights at the national and subnational government. I also promoted governance, sustainable peace building, political stability, democracy and rule of law.
I completed my studies at the University of Papua New Guinea in 2016 and was awarded a BA major in political science and a minor in public policy management. As a student, I was a popular student leader who addressed socio-economic and political issues affecting our country. Since my interest is to serve humanity, after graduating I formally started my research in the human rights affecting the country and met all legal requirements to run the foundation. Currently, the team of experts is designing the first signature project aptly known as “Action Against Witchcraft Accusation and Prosecution in PNG”. Between 2011 and 2012 I was the officer responsible for conducting a very successful democratic national general election in my home province. I also have a Diploma in Business Management and worked in both the private and public sectors.

Samson Haileyesus Kebede


Samson Haileyesus Kebede has a BSc in Construction Technology & Management from Addis Ababa University and a Diploma in Leadership from Project Management Institute. Samson has represented Ethiopian youth in various International projects & programs including high level meetings, seminars and conferences concerning the youth. He is Youth Ambassador, representative of Ethiopia for the Global Youth Ambassadors Program. Country Director of Sira-Tukole Project in Ethiopia (2015 – 2017), Country Director and Project Manager of Sira-Tukole Project, an Entrepreneurship training project aimed at impacting 2000 university students in 3 East African countries (Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya). The project was funded by Fredskopset (FK Norway) and implemented by AIESEC entities in all the 3 countries, namely AIESEC in Ethiopia, AIESEC in Kenya and AIESEC in Uganda. He was active in International Youth Delegation for Ethiopia (2015 -2017), a Youth delegation of Ethiopia for various National and International events and programs representing the National Youth Council. Samson was National Project Manager of AIESEC in Ethiopia responsible for managing AIESEC exchange projects in all universities in Ethiopia

Samson Samuel Ogallah


 Samson Samuel Ogallah is the Senior Climate Change Specialist at Solidaridad Network. Prior to joining Solidaridad Network, Ogallah was the Programme Manager at the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) with lots of outstanding achievements and also lectured at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. Ogallah has over 17 years of experience in development and social work ranging from human rights, peacebuilding, conflict prevention and management to environment, climate change and sustainable development issues. He is a strategic thinker and mentor to many young people in the development sector. He is also keen on civil rights and social actions especially those that serves to empower the poor, vulnerable and less privileged groups. 

Before joining PACJA, Ogallah served in different positions in several organizations and institutions in including Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF), Centre for Peace Advancement in Nigeria (CEPAN), West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Nigerian Environmental Study/Action Team (NEST).

Ogallah has provided consultancy support for many organizations on peace and conflict, climate change, environment and sustainable development issues.  He co-authored a section on Cross–Sectoral Issues of the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Technical Report (CCASTR) for Building Nigeria’s Response to Climate Change (BNRCC), a technical document that substantially informed the National Adaptation Strategy and Plan of Action on Climate Change for Nigeria (NASPA-CCN) and the Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). He was also part of the team that produced the NASPA-CCN. Ogallah was recognized by ICF-Marbek and CUSO-VSO both in Ottawa, Canada, in November 2011 for his outstanding contribution to the realization of the objectives of Building Nigeria’s Response to Climate Change. Ogallah has also authored several publications including articles, technical reports and journals that are published locally and internationally.

riffins MandandaG


Griffins Mandanda is a promising 29 year old Zambian youth leader. Passionate about youth empowerment, social change, and helping people realise their full potential and maximise it. He studied Adult education and Extension studies at the University of Zambia. He is a life and transformation coach, a Philanthropist, business development strategist consultant, Change strategist, community development educator and youth advocate. He is the Founder and President of Me2U foundation, a youth led organization with the aim of bettering the lives of the less privileged, especially the young people, by using social capital and people power through passion, skills and talent to create hope, share love and teach lives.

Bodhisattva Gupta


I have given a good 13 years in the environment with Greenpeace. And with each passing year, I have only come to believe more firmly in the world of environmental activism and above all environmental awareness for sustainable change. I started off as a Frontline Fund Raiser doing face-to-face fundraising or direct dialogue with people in the streets of Kolkata (India). What followed next took me to two new cities and decades of thorough fundraising experience with Greenpeace India. I am currently heading Fundraising operations in South Africa as the Fundraising Director to strategise and implement pan African fundraising. It’s been a fascinating experience in South Africa to be working with the top most rung of Greenpeace Africa alongside engaging with peers from the global fundraising teams that steer a global movement for the environment. In the last three years, Greenpeace Africa has battled the odds and has emerged as the fastest growing NGO in terms of individual income in the whole of Africa. It is also ranked as the fastest growing regional offices.

Cleva Manhoa


Cleva Manhoa is a Monitoring and Evaluation expert with more than 5 years of experience working in Non Profit Organisations. He was responsible for the Data Administration, Data Quality Assessment, Monitoring, Evaluation and Data Reporting at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the Centro de Colaboração em Saúde, among others. He is interested in International Development, Public Health, Health information Systems, Biostatistics and Epidemiology.

Piniel Chokutamba


Piniel Chokutamba, is a Zimbabwean who has 15years’ experience in rural development practitioner with speciality in coordinating partners and government departments and NGO humanitarian work.  His work is centred on programming, report writing, systems design, proposal writing, capacity building services of programs that have been funded by various donors (USAID Feed the Future, USAID (OFDA), IFAD, UNFAO, UNWFP, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). He is an effective team player and enjoys networking with various information centres. His areas of expertise include food security, livelihoods, disaster management programming, and evaluation, monitoring system development, training and facilitation with a difference. He holds a BA in Development studies and studying and an MSc in Peace, Leadership and Conflict Resolution. 

Ben O’ Neil


Ben O’Neil has worked in the public health and international development fields. He brings extensive on-the-ground experience in countries recovering from disease outbreak, famine and conflict, a commitment to community directed development and partner collaboration, a drive for meaningful impact, and a track-record leading dynamic multi-disciplinary teams. Ben currently serves as Samaritan’s Purse Liberia’s Health Sector Grants Advisor. This includes quality assurance for monitoring and evaluation reporting to external donors, building program managers’ professional capacity, and representing national health programming among international NGOs, donors, and Government of Liberia technical working groups. It has entailed budget managing a UNICEF funded educational and vocational training project for young women in Monrovia.
Ben is also a subject matter expert assisting in seeking and writing grant proposals. Prior to this position, Ben managed large DFID funded Maternal and Child Health projects in Uganda and Liberia. He was a speaker at the University of Sussex’ Corbis Global Health Conference.  He also supported Shasta County’s Health and Human Services Agency as an epidemiologist. In this role he was the lead writer of the Community Health Status Assessment which serves as a foundational document for the county’s accreditation and strategic vision. Ben has a Master of Public Health degree from Nova Southeastern University and studied Bible at Johnson University. 

Saif Al-Haddi


Saif Al-Haddi is a prominent Yemeni activist who has devoted his life to promote democracy, human rights and peace in his country. He has led and participated in numerous local and national campaigns to support making a positive change in his society. Saif has around 10-years experience in working with national and international organizations on various fields such as anti-corruption, human rights, women empowerment, peacebuilding and youth empowerment. He is currently working with one of the biggest international organization as their National Policy and Advocacy officer, in addition to being a member of tens of national organizations and youth initiatives. He has led national and international researchers focusing on combating corruption.

Alpha M. Kamara


Alpha M. Kamara is a highly experienced and skilled Finance and Administration specialist. He has over ten years of experience in accounting and financial management systems design and implementation, budget formulation –control and management, financial auditing, grants and multilateral grants management, providing support in financial management and financial record keeping systems for local government administrations and Community Based Organizations. Alpha also has experience working with donors such as USAID, EPHS, WASH, ECHO, World Health Organization, Mercy Corps International in Liberia, West Africa, with five years of commercial and development banking administration experience and an extensive work experience in the provision of professional IT (Information Technology) services.

George Morris


George Morris is the Founder and Director of Youth Action For Self Development in Sierra Leone, responsible for coordinating the programs and projects as well as the workshops, conferences and seminars of the organization. He previously worked as a child Advocacy officer and child protection officer for the Artists United For Children and Youth Development.

Norbert Ollou

Norbert OLLOU is Hub Manager at Initiative For Africa Benin. Norbert holds a professional Master degree in international trade, specializing in international trade negotiation and a professional degree in commercial management option international trade. His thesis focuses on the problem of the effective implementation of transaction value by the customs office. He worked for 2 years with SGS (world leader in inspection, verification, analysis and control) as a value and risk analyst. He also led a prospecting and market research mission for French Trust in Africa. He is passionate about international development issues.