Rita Araújo is a first-year student at Leiden University College The Hague, pursuing a liberal arts and sciences degree with a focus on global challenges. In 2021 she joined MUN Impact, an organization dedicated to promoting action for the Sustainable Development Goals and active citizenship in the Model United Nations community, where she currently serves as a youth leadER and part of the organizing team for the #SolveClimate initiative. Since then Rita has been involved in a number of different organizations dedicated to things she’s passionate about, from One Shared.World to the European Youth Parliament. Besides active citizenship and the climate, she is passionate about human rights and public health. Born and raised in Porto, Portugal, Rita is currently based in The Netherlands. In her free time, Rita enjoys writing, reading and taking walks through The Hague.
Nicola Armacost has served as the Mayor of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY since 2019, and before that as Trustee since 2009. As Mayor, she has championed sustainability initiatives and building local resiliency to climate change. Under her leadership, Hastings-on-Hudson is currently the highest-ranking Clean Energy Community (CEC) and Climate Smart Community (CSC) in New York State. The municipality adopted the New York Stretch Energy Code, expanded financing for energy efficiency through Open C-PACE financing, passed a Low-Embodied Carbon Concrete Resolution, invested in EVs, alternative fuel infrastructure and resiliency planning, promoted “buy local” initiatives, dedicated over 85% of municipal-owned open space as parkland and supported local pollinator pathway initiatives. Mayor Armacost is also the Managing Director of Arc Finance whose mission is to link the fields of finance, energy, water and sanitation. Arc’s financial institution partners have provided access to clean energy for over 4.5 million people in a range of countries including Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Nicaragua and Haiti. Arc’s partners offer financing for distributed solar, roof-top solar, e-vehicles as well as micro and mini grids. Previously, she worked at Women’s World Banking, a global microfinance network, and is an advisor to a number of companies focused on the off-grid energy space. Nicola has a Bachelor’s degree in international relations (University of Toronto, Canada), an LLB (Queen’s University, Canada) and an LLM (Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada).
Dr. Columbus D. Batiste
Dr. Columbus D. Batiste is a board-certified Interventional Cardiologist and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California Riverside School of Medicine. In 2010, Dr. Batiste sought to break-the-cycle of prescriptions and procedures as the sole management of chronic disease and began promoting a long-term solution for his patients through nutrition, stress reduction, and exercise. In 2016 Dr. Batiste led a group that collaborated with Samsung Technologies and developed a virtual cardiac rehabilitation program utilizing a Samsung wearable. Since its launch the program, which applies the principles of lifestyle, has treated nearly 10,000 patients. Understanding that the health of an individual is uniquely tied to their community, Dr. Batiste collaborated on the formation of a non-profit organization called the Healthy Heart Nation. The mission of Healthy Heart Nation is to improve the health of the community by narrowing disparities in education, business, justice, and ultimately health otherwise described as social determinants of health.
Jason Clay, SVP, Markets, WWF-US provides thought leadership on global issues and trends affecting food. He ran a family farm, worked at USDA, taught at Harvard and Yale, and spent 15 years working with indigenous and displaced people. In 1988, he worked with companies like Ben & Jerry’s (Rainforest Crunch) to use products to address human rights and environment issues. At WWF, Clay launched programs on aquaculture, agriculture, livestock, and market transformation. He led a 3-year program to identify and reduce the key impacts of global shrimp aquaculture. He co-convened standards setting processes for the production of some two dozen commodities, worked with 70 of the 100 largest global food companies, authored 20 books and 700 articles, and GAVE 1,000 invited talks. Clay is currently exploring new business models and markets to address producer livelihood and assets, and reduce key impacts from global food. Clay studied at Harvard, LSE and received his PhD in anthropology and international ag from Cornell.
Jacqueline Z. Davis
Jacqueline Z. Davis is the Co–Chair of Arts and Culture for OneShared.World along with Co-Chair Rachel Cooper.
Susan Feldman is the Founder, President and Artistic Director of St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, New York and Co-Producer of Little Amal Walks NYC and NY Presenter of The Jungle.
Barrie Freeman is Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG). Barrie Freeman was appointed Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) on 22 December 2020. Until her appointment, she had been serving as Political Director and Deputy Head of the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) of the United Nations since January 2018. Ms. Freeman was Chief of Staff, and before that Director of Political Affairs, of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) from 2014 to 2017. Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Freeman served as Director for North Africa with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) from 2011 to 2014, overseeing a wide range of political development programs that included support to election processes, civil society development, legislative strengthening, political party development and promoting the participation of women, youth and marginalized communities in political and decision-making processes. Prior to that she served as NDI’s Deputy Regional Director for Central and West Africa, managing a diverse portfolio of country programs across the region. Before joining NDI in 2002, Ms. Freeman spent approximately 15 years with the U.S. State Department, working in the political, economic and consular sections of U.S. embassies in Tunisia, Morocco, Lesotho and Nigeria. During postings in Washington, D.C., she served in the Office of the Inspector General and the Office of African Analysis. While at the State Department, she earned the Department’s Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards, as well as a Distinguished Analyst Award. Ms. Freeman has also been a contributing writer to Freedom in the World, an annual survey of political rights and civil liberties published by Freedom House, and served in a volunteer capacity as Vice-Chair of the Board of Elections for the City of Takoma Park, Maryland. Ms. Freeman has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and completed master’s coursework at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In addition to native English, Ms. Freeman is fluent in French. She is the mother of three adult children.
Jamshyd N. Godrej
Jamshyd N. Godrej is the Chairman of the Board of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, USA. Mr. Godrej is the former Chairman of Ananta Aspen Centre (previously known as Aspen Institute India), Chairman & Trustee of Ananta Centre. He is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, India Resources Trust and Council on Energy, Environment and Water. He is a Director of World Resources Institute, USA. He is a Trustee of the World Wide Fund for Nature – India. He is also a Trustee of the Asia Society, USA. He is the Past President of Confederation of Indian Industry and also the Past President of the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association. Mr. Godrej is the Chairman of the CII Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre. The Centre is housed in a LEED Platinum demonstration building which is the first green building in India and the greenest building in the world at the time when it was rated. The Green Business Centre is a Centre of Excellence for green buildings, energy efficiency, energy conservation, non-conventional energy sources, water policy, water conservation, etc. Godrej and Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd. manufactures and markets refrigerators; washing machines; air conditioners; office furniture; home furniture; security equipment for banks (such as safes, strong room doors, bank lockers, etc.) and for commercial establishments and homes; locks and latches, forklift trucks and warehousing equipment; process equipment for chemical, petrochemical, refineries and allied industries; precision tools for sheet metal, zinc, aluminum; real estate development. The Godrej group are leaders in home appliances, consumer durables, office equipment, industrial products, consumer products and services. Mr. Godrej is an ardent yachting enthusiast and has done extensive cruising along the west coast of India, the Baltic & North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and in the Mediterranean Sea. The President of India conferred on Mr. Godrej the “Padma Bhushan” on 3rd April 2003.
Brittan Heller works at the intersection of technology, human rights and the law. She is currently a fellow at the Atlantic Council, with the Digital Forensics Research Lab, examining XR’s connection to society, human rights, privacy, and commerce. She is also on the steering committee for the World Economic Forum’s Metaverse Governance initiative. Heller was an inaugural AI and Technology Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, studying content moderation and security risks in VR/AR/XR and emergent media, which resulted in award-winning publications on privacy, biometrics, targeted advertising, and XR. Heller is a frequent speaker and commentator on XR issues, and has published in The Information, Wired, The New York Times, and the Hill on online harms. She also advises governments and top XR companies on how to build safer and more inclusive immersive spaces. As former counsel in Foley Hoag LLP’s Global Business and Human Rights practice, Heller advised companies, investors, and NGOs on integrating public safety and human rights. She previously founded ADL’s Center for Technology and Society. Her key projects included creating AI to study hate speech and XR experiences for civil rights advocacy. Additionally, Heller prosecuted grave human rights violations at the U.S. Department of Justice and the International Criminal Court and initiated landmark anti-cyber harassment litigation. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School.
Gayatri Khandhadai is the Head of Technology and Human Rights at the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and is based in India. Gaya joined the Resource Centre in February 2022. She is a lawyer with a background in international law and human rights, international and regional human rights mechanisms, research, and advocacy. She previously worked with national and regional human rights groups, focusing on freedom of expression. More recently she worked as the Asia Policy Regional Coordinator at the Association for Progressive Communications where her focus was on digital rights and policy in Asia with specific emphasis on freedoms of expression, religion, assembly and association on the internet. Her areas of expertise include capacity building, network support, policy advocacy on regulations and adoption of human rights-based approach to internet governance. She holds an M.A. in International Law and Human Rights from the University for Peace, Costa Rica and a B.A. BL (Hons) from the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, India.
Sean Kilachand is the Co-Founder and CEO of EduSynch. EduSynch is an online testing and remote proctoring company. They work with educational institutions around the world to help them deliver secure, high-stakes exams online. They currently have 605,000 registered users from over 195 countries around the world, with over 15,000 Monthly Active Users taking exams every month. EduSynch also provides testing and/or e-proctoring services for over 80 educational outfits, including very large, renowned organizations like Arizona State University, Boston University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Auckland (New Zealand), Oxford International Education Group, Berlitz, Open English, and Cambly, among other universities and large educational groups.
David Lan is Writer, Producer, former Artistic Director of the Young Vic, London, England and original producer of The Jungle and Co-Producer of Little Amal.
Lianna Levine Reisner
Lianna Levine Reisner, MSOD, is building a multicultural movement for health as President and Network Director of Plant Powered Metro New York, an organization she co-founded in 2019 to empower local communities to address their health concerns through evidence-based plant-based nutrition. Lianna has served in management, fundraising, and grantmaking roles in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Previously, she worked as an independent coach and consultant serving UJA-Federation of New York, providing organizational change support to Jewish nonprofit organizations in the New York metropolitan area. Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center honored Lianna as a 40 Under 40 Rising Star in Food Policy in 2022. Lianna has a Master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management in Positive Organization Development and Change, and she holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. She lives with her husband and three children in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Jamie Metzl is a leading technology and geopolitical expert. A science fiction novelist, faculty member of Singularity University Exponential Medicine, and Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, he was appointed in 2019 to the World Health Organization expert advisory committee on human genome editing. Jamie previously served in the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee and with the United Nations in Cambodia. Jamie appears regularly on national and international media discussing global issues and his syndicated columns and other writing are featured in publications around the world. He is the author of a history of the Cambodian genocide, the historical novel The Depths of the Sea, and the genetics sci-fi thrillers Genesis Code and Eternal Sonata, and the recent bestseller, Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity. An avid ironman triathlete and ultramarathoner, Jamie holds a Ph.D. from Oxford, a law degree from Harvard Law School, and is a graduate of Brown University.
Arturo O’Farrill is a composer, pianist, and educator. Founder and director of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, support organization for the 7-time Grammy-Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. He is also a Professor of Global Jazz Studies, as well as Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for The UCLA Herb Alpert School of the Arts.
Anika Rahman knows that individuals and organizations can inspire movements that benefit both people and the planet by advancing human rights for all, promoting a just society, and prompting climate action. These interrelated concerns are crucial to addressing the challenges of marginalized communities and women, particularly as they relate to an intersectional approach to gender and racial justice. She has dedicated her life to championing reproductive rights, gender justice and sustainable global development, and to fighting racism in all its forms. Throughout her career, with leadership positions at the Center for Reproductive Rights, Friends of UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund), the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Rainforest Alliance, and NRDC, Anika has been a voice—and a catalyst—for change. Her commitment to advancing equality is also reflected in the boards on which she serves, including the Bangladesh International Tutorial (BIT) School and MADRE, as well as her role as management consultant to progressive nonprofits. Anika has spoken and published on topics of leadership, public service, nonprofit management, gender justice, reproductive rights, and sustainable development at venues ranging from the United Nations to universities and international conferences. In addition, her writings have been published by the New York Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Crain’s New York Business, Rewire, and CNN.com.
Krishnendu Ray is a Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University. He was the Chair of the department from 2012-2021. He is the author of The Migrant’s Table (2004) and The Ethnic Restaurateur (2016) and the co-editor of Curried Cultures: Globalization, Food and South Asia (2012). He was formerly a faculty member and the Acting Associate Dean of Liberal Arts at The Culinary Institute of America (1996-2005) and the President of The Association for the Study of Food and Society from 2014-2018. He is an Editorial Collective Member of the Food Studies journal Gastronomica.
Yasmine Rejeb is currently pursuing a double degree program in international relations and Political Science. Passionate about promoting positive change and fighting inequalities, Yasmine Rejeb is an active member of OneShared.World as a co-leader of the events team. She is the The Committee on Global Thought of Columbia University’s inaugural David Bartsch and Joan Haffenreffer Bartsch Global Fellow. She was selected as a part of a working group that planned and hosted the CGT’s Global Youth Summit and is currently a member of the core analysis team for the Youth in a Changing World project. Born and raised in Tunis, Yasmine is currently based in Paris.
Philip Rosedale is the Founder of Linden Lab, parent company of Second Life, an open-ended, Internet-connected virtual world and pioneering metaverse. Following Second Life, he worked on several projects related to distributed work and computing. Excited by innovations in these areas and the proliferation of new VR-enabling devices, he re-entered the virtual worlds space in 2013, co-founding High Fidelity, a company devoted to exploring the future of next-generation shared virtual reality. Philip rejoined Second Life in 2022, as Strategic Advisor, focused on helping to shape and build a better metaverse. Prior to Linden Lab, Philip created an innovative Internet video conferencing product (“FreeVue”), which was later acquired by RealNetworks, where he went on to become Vice President and CTO.
Shagun Sethi, is the Programs and Operations Manager at Pontoka, a global Environment Social Governance Advisory, based in Denmark and India. She has a master’s degree in Global Affairs from Columbia University, where she studied on a merit fellowship. Prior to that, she studied Political Science and Sociology at The University of Delhi. Shagun has experience as a researcher and consultant on social impact and development projects and has worked for national and international consultancies, policy think tanks, government bodies and nonprofits in this capacity. Shagun serves as a Director For Global Leadership for OneShared.World, and is on the Advisory Board of the Center for Career Development. For her work on global leadership and development, she has been recognized on India’s A list. Shagun is a passionate feminist, and has brought her expertise in research to Urban Design, and serves as a Research Fellow at Leading Cities, Boston USA, where she has published ‘Walk With Women: Gendered Perceptions of Safety in Urban Spaces.’ Shagun is passionate about women’s rights and gender, and was invited to give a TEDx Talk in 2016, she also started a non-profit initiative in India entitled ‘Be A Man’, which aims to provide original curricula on gender stereotypes and empower women with information. In 2021, she founded Nunah, a platform for women of color, created by women of color to find support, mentorship, and community.
Manvendra Singh Shekhawat
Manvendra Singh Shekhawat is a quintessential explorer and a creator at heart. His fascination for distant lands, their heritage and extraordinary stories led him to establish boutique hotels in India. In 2013 he formed an alliance with local communities of Rajasthan to address systemic problems of the region and founded The I Love Foundation. His deepest quest and greatest joy are to understand and innovate on the ‘how to elevate living’ and to build a community where people can meet their truest potential. Over the last 8 years, he and his team have regenerated 500 acres of barren land to a thriving ecosphere. And now, they want to integrate the greatest civilizational breakthroughs as they build Dhun and craft a blueprint for the future of living.
David S. Waslen is Co-Founder of Wilder World, a 5D NFT Metaverse, and CEO/Founder of Accretive, a tech investment & advisory practice. He has executive experience in corporate finance, venture capital, and private equity, and has been full-time in the Web3 sector since 2016. His expertise lies in discovering and building out next generation tech platforms with a focus on decentralized, open protocols.
David is based out of Singapore and is a graduate of London Business School and Dartmouth College.
Peter is graduate student at Northwestern University in Chicago, U.S.A., pursuing his Master of Science in Global Health. He also works as a clinical research coordinator at Northwestern focusing on wound healing and scar recovery.