Gayatri is a final year student at the University of Delhi, India, and is pursuing her Bachelor’s in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. She is passionate about international affairs and policy, gender and sexuality, and is the Co-Founder of Project MicDrop; an inclusive, intersectional and intergenerational initiative which focuses on issues faced by women and gender minorities. As a coordinator for One Shared.World, Gayatri is a part of the Education and Training team, and helps with the creation of the “Hope Talks” Conversation Guides and IDEA School Toolkits to generate awareness about relevant global issues in the contemporary scenario.
Rick Barton was the first Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations (2011-14), U.S. Ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in New York (2009-11), Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2002-9), Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees at UNHCR (1999-2001), founding Director of USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (1994-9). He is currently the Co-Director of the Princeton Woodrow Wilson School Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative. His book, Peace Works – America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, was published in 2018.
Jorge Bernal is a Software IT Engineer, teacher at the Tecnologico de Monterrey and an Entrepreneur. With experience in managing IT companies in America, Europe and North Africa. With more than 35 years in the IT business and more than 12 years managing multinational offices and creating startups.
Malaika is a rising freshman at Duke University. She has worked on several political campaigns, lobbied at a national level for gun control, interned at the NIH, and during her gap year worked as the Assistant Press Secretary for the US delegation to the European Union. As a member of OneShared.World, Malaika is also the Outreach Coordinator for the Education Committee and a Coordinator for Social Media.
Owen Buckley is a high school senior from Manhattan Beach California and a junior coordinator for the Engagement group at OneShared.World. In his spare time, Owen enjoys food tasting and going to the beach with his friends. On the weekends, you can find him tasting dim sum at his favorite restaurants in Los Angeles or writing papers for debate. At school, Owen is very passionate about Model United Nations and is one of the Secretary Generals for his 2020-2021 class. Diplomacy, debate, and research are some of the factors that drive his high school career and interest in politics. Joining OneShared.World in May 2020, Owen has been working alongside Omar and Miguel to expand Engagement and delve deep into the world of Civil Societies.
Dr. Chander is a physician, neuroscientist, and futurist who trained at Harvard, UCSD, UCSF, and the Salk Institute, and is the Co-Chair and Director of One Shared World’s global health task force. She is Chair of Neuroscience and Faculty of Medicine at Singularity University, Visiting Scholar in Medicine at Stanford (where she was on faculty for 8 years), Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center, founder and CEO of lucidify, a tele-neuroICU platform and Founder and CMO of Plexxus, a company building the world’s connected global immune system. Dr. Chander also serves on a NASA-White House task force for COVID-19. Her research interests center around mapping human consciousness. In 2004, she was a finalist for astronaut selection, and has since maintained a passion for building medical systems in space to sustain human exploration.
Vineet is a high school senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in New Jersey who likes to play soccer and hangout with friends. He has a great interest in government and law which he pursues by being on the Debate team and in Student Council. He loves to read books about American history and watch the Star Wars movies. In college, he hopes to study public policy and government in order to pursue a career as a public servant. He is honored to work on the OneShared.World Education and Training Working Group as a toolkit coordinator along with an amazing global team.
James is from Canada and is a graduate of Law, International Relations, and Global Development Studies. James advocates that our advancement towards a more sustainable future is rooted in quality education, empathy, science, technology, self-development, and global cooperation. He also really likes chess and naps.
Rachel Cooper is a cultural and arts producer working on the development of international and interdisciplinary projects, through live performance, film, and literature. She is Director of Global Cultural Diplomacy at Asia Society and is on the Board of Cambodian Living Arts. She was on the Executive Committee for Ben Barber’s Interdependence Movement and advisory committee for Centerstage global exchange. Cooper was awarded a Best Practices Award for Citizen Cultural Diplomacy, Manhattan Borough Award for presenting diversity, and a Dawson Award for Performing Arts Programmatic Excellence from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP).
Margaret Creighton is a recent graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism from which she obtained her BSJ. She has completed a fellowship with Al Jazeera English at their headquarters in Doha, Qatar, and she intends to pursue a law degree, focusing on international law and human rights. As a coordinator for OneShared.World, she currently serves as co-leader of the Events Team.
Julie is a recent alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she received her Ed.M in Human Development and Psychology with a focus on Child Advocacy, as well as a certificate in Child Protection from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has worked in a variety of educational settings, from childcare centers, to domestic violence living residences, as well in K-3 public schools.
Along with her Ed.M, Julie also has her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education with a focus on Developmental Psychology. She graduated from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts in 2018, and has taught in multiple primary grade classrooms. In the spring of 2017, she also taught preschoolers abroad in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
With OneShared.World, Julie has enjoyed working as a Project Coordinator on the Education team, being one of the main creators of the Hope Talks conversations guides, and a contributor to the Deep Dive educational resources. She has made close friends through the organization, and is grateful for the opportunity to work with others from around the world.
Currently, Julie is a Kindergarten teacher in New Hampshire, working in a public school with children ages 5 and 6.
Simone Cutts Chiu
Simone is a responsible global citizen who have interest in making positive impact to the world. To drive for a balance view in life, she is constantly seeking knowledge on all sort of global events from different perspectives. She sees herself as a well-balanced and open-minded individual who enjoy intellectual stimulation. To improve her critical thinking skills, she seeks wisdom from diverse sources through educational/analytical podcasts, online streaming subscriptions, and geo-political analyses from key opinion leaders. She also enjoys nature and sport. She is a biker, swimmer, runner, and hiker enjoy being outdoor. She believes continuous learning and sharing allow her to become a more informed global citizen. Knowing multiple languages open diverse platform sources to conduct research on her interested topics. Her migration experience at teenager year from one multi-cultural city (Hong Kong) to another culturally diversified country (Canada) allows her to understand different cultural and social values. When it comes to understand global challenge, she has a special blessing due to her upbringing, which help her able to compose a wide-perspective integrated viewpoint.
Cicille Dan Morton
Cicille Dan Morton joined our team as coordinator in the Events team. She is passionate about women’s rights and fighting injustice.
Jacqueline Davis is Executive Director Emerita of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, the former Executive Director of the Lied Center of Kansas, a former staff member of Senator Edward Kennedy, and Chair of Benjamin Barber’s Executive Committee on Global Interdependence.
Dr. Vishakha Desai is senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President and Vice Chair of the Committee in Global Thought at Columbia University. Prior to joining Columbia, she was President and CEO of Asia Society. A scholar of Asian arts and culture, and a recipient of five honorary degrees, Dr. Desai is a frequent contributor to international publications on issues dealing with the intersection of culture, politics, women’s leadership and contemporary Asian art and culture. She is currently working on her memoir, to be published by Columbia University Press in early 2021, with a focus on global belonging.
Burak Doğaner is a third year Management student at Bogazici University, Istanbul. He was born in Turkey and he has been living there ever since. He started working with OneShared.World as a coordinator at July 2020. His biggest incentives of volunteering at OneShared.World are being a voice for his community and hear various voices of the world. International cultures and relations, languages, marketing strategies, social entrepreneurship, environmental and feminist activism are his ultimate interests. Burak can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie “Buster” Douglas is a U.S.-based, award-winning creative director, writer, designer, and communications strategist for progressive public advocacy causes and campaigns — from climate change and children’s health care, to workers’ rights and international aid. Over the last three decades, he has worked with many successful electoral campaigns, including candidates for U.S. President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives, as well as hundreds of state and local campaigns, ballot measures, and initiatives.
Jamie owns Daylight Communications, a boutique agency specializing in strategic planning, message and brand development, research analysis, and content creation for digital, online, print, display, and video media. Previously a journalist, Jamie published profiles on a diverse collection of cultural icons, including psychologist Bruno Bettelheim, writers Michael Ondaatje and Russell Banks, biologist Paul Ehrlich, linguist and activist Noam Chomsky, and talk radio pioneer Larry King. Jamie is a graduate of Brown University.
Nelle Douglas is a senior at Boston College, pursuing a double major in Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies with a concentration in Climate Change and Societal Adaptation. At Boston College, she plays Club Water Polo and is a research assistant in the Hispanic Studies department. Last fall, she studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she interned for an environmental non-profit called EcoHouse. As a coordinator for OneShared.World, she is leading the Biosphere group and research for the G20 Strategic Planning group and WASHPAP campaign.
Ken Dychtwald is one of North America’s foremost visionaries and original thinkers regarding the lifestyle, marketing, health care, economic and workforce implications of the longevity revolution. The Founder and CEO of Age Wave, he is a psychologist, gerontologist, documentary filmmaker, and best-selling author of 17 books on aging, health and longevity-related issues. During his career, Ken has advised more than half of the Fortune 500 and has addressed more than two million people worldwide. His strikingly accurate predictions are regularly featured in leading print and electronic media worldwide and have garnered more than twelve billion media impressions.
Katherine Elias is a third year student at the University of California, Berkeley, studying political economy and demography studies. She is interested in understanding and combating inequality, especially within the context of international relations and national and international institutions. She is an active member of Delta Phi Epsilon, a co-ed professional foreign service and international relations fraternity. As a coordinator for OneShared.World, Katherine helps direct the launching of various campaigns, including most recently the launch of the “Rise or Fall Together” report.
Betsy Fader is a nonprofit and philanthropy executive who has been working towards a more just and peaceful world for the past 30 years through her work with nonprofit organizations and three large endowed foundations. She has served on numerous boards including Echoing Green, Computers for Youth, and Educational Foundation for Nuclear Science.
Lucia Ferreira leads Russell Reynolds Associates’ non-profit team in New York and co-heads the firm’s Global Development Practice. She conducts Board and senior executive assignments for domestic and international nonprofit organizations with a focus on economic & social advancement and inclusion, global health, education and youth development, civil and human rights, and conservation and the environment.
Lucia was previously based in the London and Paris offices and led the firm’s European Banking, Markets and Private Equity Practice. She is active in searches that cut across the private and nonprofit sectors and is also a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion and Leadership and Assessment Practices. Lucia has led senior level projects involving succession planning, Board development, and broad organizational assessments.
Lucia joined Russell Reynolds Associates in 1996. She has chaired the firm’s Learning and Development Committee and was a Member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee. Prior to executive search, she was in the Corporate Finance Department of Smith, Barney, Harris Upham & Co., Inc., in New York and London.
Lucia received her A.B. in economics and political science from Yale University and her MBA from Columbia Business School. A dual national of Brazil and the United Kingdom, she is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.
Lucia serves on the Board of the National Book Foundation and is a member of the Economic Club of New York.
Yijing is a first-year student at University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She is passionate about international communication and literacy development for vulnerable learners. She served as a co-editor for our weekly newsletter.
Sandi Gendi is a OneShared.World Director of Global Leadership and acts as a lead coordinator for our WASHPAP team. Sandi is a student of law at Queens University, Faculty of Law in Ontario, Canada. Prior to that, she studied a joint Honours degree in Law with Business and Management from the University of Sussex in the U.K. Sandi has been an active member of community legal clinic, StreetLaw, in advocating for members of the homeless community and ethnic minorities suffering with homelessness, against a piece of legislation that targeted these communities. In addition, Sandi has been an active member of the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, as an ambassador to multiple Youth Assembly conferences and an intern working with the United Nations-affiliated NGO. Recently, in 2021, she founded Nunah, a platform for women of colour, created by women of colour to find support, mentorship and community.
Mateo is a student at Dalhousie University in Halifax with a major in Political Science with a focus in international politics. Mateo is also the Director of Global Administration and is a communications coordinator with OneShared.World.
Marianus Graf Von Korff
Marianus Von Korff is a client engagement and support specialist from Canada with a background in political science, history, and business and project management. His past experience spans several industries in for-profit and non-profit organizations, including research and technology, and he has held various customer and client facing roles. In addition to his belief in providing exceptional support experiences, his interests lie in international security and environmental policy and research. He hopes to use his skills and expertise to promote social awareness and change for the better.
Lucas has been an advisor at the Argentine Senate since 2013. He’s also working on some projects about sustainability, and helping in different NGOs aimed to promote peace and economic development in Latin America.
Izzi Henig is an undergraduate at Yale University studying Earth and Planetary Science. They are a team member at the Coalition for Green Capital, working with the Communications team as well as assisting in web design and advocacy. Izzi works as a Communication and Consent Educator on campus, cultivating a more positive social climate on campus. Previously, they interned at CitySeed, Inc. in New Haven, CT and worked with the environmental non-profit Green Foothills in San Mateo County as a Community Advocacy and Leadership student. In their free time, Izzi enjoys swimming and spending time in nature.
Tianna is a Rhodes College Alumna and a Master of Science in Public Health Candidate at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Herman currently works for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as a Data Abstractor analyzing opioid overdoses. She has previously worked on a number of projects including running a task force in Southwest Florida to combat the opioid epidemic; testing well water for fecal coliforms in Kisumu, Kenya; and improving access to family planning services for immigrant teens in Teton County, Wyoming. She is passionate about promoting and improving public health through advocacy and policy reform.
Kenna is a freshman at the University of Southern California majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Law with a Pre-Law emphasis. She is passionate about global philanthropy with a focus on vulnerable populations.
Seth is a 20 year old attending the University of Guelph currently studying environmental governance. Seth loves and is passionate about the environment and enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities. Seth is naturally curious in the sciences and space and always enjoy learning new things. Says Seth, “I think I really shine when working with others, as I believe I am quite confident and enjoy tackling a problem with a team when multiple world views can be applied to the same problem.”
Arnav Jalan is a second-year student at Krea University’s School of Interwoven Arts and Sciences. He is majoring in Economics and minoring in Computer Science. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and is the founder of Moqqua, a collaborative start-up club based in India, alongside a Director of a Home-schooling start-up called Flexi-Ed. Arnav focuses on impact and collaborative growth through strategy and research and is eager to bring his skills to the OneShared.World community.
At university, he enjoys being a part of the Student Government in the position of a Representative of the Academic Committee alongside being a member of the Work-Study Committee at Krea, where he takes on administrative work to set up and aid setting up of different work-study programs on campus. He was recently announced as the winner of the Prospect 100 Global Tech Competition and will be working to implement his idea with his team in the upcoming months.
Arnav is excited and committed to working with a global community at OneShared.World and aims to propel impact through the organization.
Diya is a third- year undergraduate student at Delhi University, India, pursuing Political Science Honours. Her interest lies in International Relations. She latterly co- founded ‘Project MicDrop’- an inclusive and intersectional platform for collaborative action in feminist discourse. She engrosses herself reading books of fiction and literature during her free time. She is also an ardent art enthusiast and a digital illustrator who uses her art to express and garner attention to concerning issues. As a coordinator for OneShared.World, she helps in creating content and manages social media platforms.
Devashree Kar is an Indian lady in her mid fifties from Mumbai. Her passions include reading, watching the news , listening to music and watching movies. She had taught software programming for a while and worked on a couple of short free lancing projects with Oracle back-end and D2k front-end. She is passionate about digital technology and how it can make life so much more convenient. She is very perturbed by global warming which is adversely affecting every nook and corner of the world. Also very worrying is the rise of nationalistic and populistic leaders who fuel people’s fears to stay in power and run autocratic governments. She firmly believes that for society to progress as a whole the need for quality education for all is a must with importance given to science.
Madeline Kelley is a second-year student at the University of Southern California, studying International Relations and Legal Studies with the hopes of attending law school after completing her undergraduate studies. Her other academic interests include the Arabic language as well as intelligence and defense.
In college, she enjoys being a part of WYSE (Women and Youth Supporting Each Other), a national curriculum-based group mentorship program that provides young women with the resources, information and support necessary to make informed decisions about their futures in order to create community change. Madeline is also a part of the Near Crisis Project, a long running undergraduate research assignment which seeks to identify and create a data set of every near crisis in the last 100 years.
Madeline enjoys working with the talented intergenerational community at OneShared.World and is constantly inspired by the experience all the members bring to the table.
Michael Kulma serves as a Senior Advisor to OneShared.World. Previously, Michael was the Senior Director for Global Programs & Resource Development at NAFSA: Association of International Educators. In that capacity, he was responsible for managing the research and scholarship agenda for the organization, leading intellectual collaboration across departments to develop high quality learning resources and publications relevant to the field of international education. Michael also oversaw NAFSA’s global programming portfolio. Prior to joining NAFSA, Michael worked at the University of Chicago as Associate Vice President for Global Engagement, where he oversaw four different areas, including global centers, initiatives and partnerships, operations, and external relations and communications. Before coming to the university, Michael worked for over thirteen years at the Asia Society, most recently as Executive Director for Global Leadership Initiatives. Michael has a background in policy, media, and academic research and writing and has contributed to print and broadcast media on Asia-focused issues. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Chicago, a master’s in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in political science from the City University of New York.
Luchen Li is an International Educator and John Steinbeck Scholar. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and Scholar in Residence at San Jose State University. He is the former Dean of Global Services at Northeastern University.
Sharon is the Translations Coordinator and one of the original signatories of OneShared.World. She recently graduated from Columbia University’s MA in Global Thought program, where she researched the regulation of Big Tech in the context of US capitalism to discuss concepts of public and individual rights in the digital age. She has also been working with the Columbia Engineering’s Entrepreneurship Team, helping manage the School’s design challenges, venture competitions, and events. Sharon is currently an intern at Future\Perfect Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund with a global focus.
Miguel López de Silanes Gómez
Miguel López de Silanes Gómez is the market leader for Europe and Latin America at Family Office Exchange (FOX). He is responsible for delivering FOX services to current members, and also actively works to expand FOX’s network in Europe and Latin America. He is based in Madrid, but spends half of his time in Latin America. Previously, he worked at UBS Wealth Management in New York, Chile, and other locations in Latin America. He began his career at Bain & Company as an Associate Consultant in London and Madrid. He has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics from Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) in Madrid.
Camila Louge, leadersip coach, provides courses on leadership, neurolinguistic programming and emotional intelligence, is a communication advisor to the Argentine parliament of the city of Buenos Aires, and leads projects such as connected legislatures in Argentina, and training programs on sustainable development goals for the Argentine government, and participated in the ceiling organization for 7 years coordinating social projects
Jim Marggraff is a serial inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, author, speaker, and a proud dad and husband.
Jim has founded and co-founded 6 Silicon Valley technology companies, and is launching #7. Jim’s companies and inventions include fast-packet switching, Stratacom (co-founder), the Odyssey Atlasphere at Explore Technologies (co-founder) the LeapFrog
LeapPad (co-founder), the Livescribe Smartpen (founder), and eye-tracking technology, Eyefluence (co-founder) that he recently sold to Google. He holds over 40 issued patents, is an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, one of MIT’s top 150 inventors, and was declared a Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Council.
Jim was recognized as a STAR Humanitarian Award Recipient and the 2018 Rotarian of the Year by Rotary by the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary. He recently spoke on education and technology to over 30,000 Rotarians, and led Rotary International to adopt Virtual Reality, in a partnership with Google, to address peace and polio, setting a world record with over 3,000 simultaneous, co-located VR viewers. With a team of Rotarians, Jim recently co-founded The Global Impact Group, a new non-profit helping organizations adopt technology for social impact.
Jim has been on the TED main stage twice, has been covered by the NY Times, WSJ, The Atlantic, USA Today, Entrepreneur, The New Yorker, Fortune, Wired, Yahoo News, The Rotarian, and hundreds of other periodicals, conferences, blogs and broadcast media including Oprah, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Bloomberg, Fox, CNN and more.
Jim’s recent book, “How to Raise a Founder with Heart” has been recognized by Forbes as a best book for startup founders and first time entrepreneurs, and was quoted by Tony Robbins as “A tremendous pleasure to read. Jim has nailed it.”
Jim is currently advising MoJo Vision, Foresight Mental Health, Lifekind, and Jibb, and is on the boards or advising nonprofits The Gratitude Network, Team Gleason, The Global Impact Group, and OneShared.World.
Grace Martens is a third-year student at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Mathematical Economics. Her other academic interests include political science, the Spanish language, and data analysis. She hopes to pursue these interests in college through minoring in Hispanic Studies and Survey Research & Data Analysis.
In college, she enjoys being a part of the Secretariat for UPenn’s Model United Nations Conference. She will be the Secretary-General for next year’s annual conference where she will be responsible for planning and overseeing all aspects of the event for nearly 1000 international delegates. Grace also is the Vice President of External Operations for UnEarthed, an organization that publishes an educational magazine for kids in the West Philadelphia community. In this role, she coordinates school visits where members have the opportunity to interact with students and share the magazine.
Grace enjoys working with the diverse intergenerational community at OneShared.World and is inspired by the organization’s purpose. She is especially grateful to work with the wonderful group of young coordinators.
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.
Joseph is a 23 year old born in the Western region of Kenya. He now currently resides in Nairobi the capital of Kenya.He was able to get to university where he undertook a degree in Psychology with IT. He graduated in the year 2019 after attaining a second-class-upper honors for the degree. Joseph enjoys playing football and listening to music. He also loves to make friends and write a little bit of poetry as well. Judging from his footballing experience he enjoys humor, team-work and he is very passionate when it comes to completing his objectives; that would be scoring goals. That brings us to a conclusion that he is goal-oriented.
Besides all these he is a people person and loves to help out in especially issues to do with mental health.
Meena is a cross functional specialist and has over 25 years of international development experience in India, Egypt, Cambodia and Vietnam. Meena has held various leadership positions and is driven to achieve social impact through effective use of data and evidence; improved program design, implementation, replication and scale; and advocacy and policy influence efforts. During this time, she has also led the creation, representation and contribution to networks, coalitions, academic and technical support organisations in India. Meena was associated with the Aga Khan Foundation, Plan International (India Chapter) and most recently led Water For People’s operations in India. During the course of her careers, in addition to managing international funding partnerships, notably with the European Union, Canadian International Development Agency, Swedish International Development Agency, Aga Khan Foundation, Meena also established long term programmatic and funding partnerships with the Indian Foundations, Trusts and Corporates. Currently, at StratComm Consulting (India), Meena advises on the policy and partnerships linked work, and is currently engaged as a Senior Strategist for the Strategic Review to inform the development of the India Country Strategic Plan for Malala Fund.
Barack Omondi Odiambo
Barack Omondi is a fourth-year journalism undergraduate student at Multimedia University of Kenya, pursing bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism, he has been undertaking volunteering opportunity at media leading opportunity such as Pamoja Radio in Kibera, Multimedia University radio and photography and video editing at Youth and Success Association all based in Kenya.
Barack is a founder and the chairperson of his high school alumni, Olympic High School Alumni Association (OHSAA) in Kibera. He also serves as the chairperson of Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health TICAH Learning Circle.
He is also a humanitarian and a leader volunteering with different organization to promote human welfare.
Manoj Panjwani has over 25 years of international banking experience with HSBC across Asia, Europe and North America. During this time, he held several senior leadership positions in business, strategy, and risk management. Manoj is now engaged in the social enterprise sector and advises in the areas of strategy, risk management, governance, and operational efficiency. He is particularly passionate about education, sustainability, and youth development. Manoj currently serves on the board of Knology, a research-driven think tank based in NYC, and on the Alumni Advisory Council at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. He is also a member of Impact Capital Forum in NYC, Columbia Sustainable Finance Professionals Network, and the NYC Chapter of Risk Management Association.
Marie Papazian is a rising senior at Barnard College of Columbia University, majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She is also pursuing a double minor in both East Asian Studies, with a focus on Chinese language and literature, and Visual Arts.
At Barnard, Marie is an Athena Scholar with Barnard’s Athena Scholar Program for Leadership Studies. She is also a Coordinator for Artists Reaching Out, a Columbia University volunteer organization which recruits student volunteers to teach art classes to elementary school students in schools and shelters in Harlem. She was set to attend Harbin Institute of Technology for her semester abroad before the pandemic and plans to study in China upon graduating.
As a member of OneShared.World, Marie is also an Education Resource Coordinator for our Education Group and a Coordinator for the Executive Leadership Council.
Mary Papazian has enjoyed a long career in higher education, as a professor of literature and an academic administrator, and currently serves as president of San Jose State University. Throughout her long career in higher education, she has been committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunity for all, as well as to supporting education’s mission to engage with the significant problems facing our community and our world. She draws her strength from the spirit of her grandparents and their generation of survivors of the Armenian genocide who, despite profound suffering, drew on their internal faith to rebuild their lives and create a foundation for the future.
Aman is the cultural outreach coordinator with OneShared.World. He is currently a second-year undergraduate at the University of Southern California, majoring in computational neuroscience. His main goal is to take a systematic approach to tackling humanity’s greatest challenges: identifying the systems-level sources of problems, proposing and evaluating new ways to outmaneuver them, and developing methods of implementing solutions and preventative measures.
His academic interests include emerging technology governance, philosophy, AI research, mental health, physics, political science, and engineering. Outside of academics, he enjoys hiking, biking, meditation, and floorball. He thinks humans can create an immensely beautiful future if we figure out how to organize ourselves well, and he’s excited to be a part of this endeavor.
A rising sophomore at Krea University, Munir has a great interest in, and knowledge of Economics, investments and stock markets. When he’s not busy number-crunching, Munir likes to spend his time reading, delving into the stock market and brushing up his finance knowledge. Munir is your go-to guy for number crunching.
Paula M. Rayman is Professor Emerita at the University of Massachusetts. She served as Chair Advisory Council of SEAChange, American Association for Advancement of Science, and Founding Director of the Radcliffe Public Policy Institute at Harvard University. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar (2008-2014) at Queens University, Northern Ireland and University of Haifa, Israel. She is the author of Nonviolent Action and Social Change, The Equity Equation, Beyond the Bottom Line: The Search for Dignity at Work, and numerous research and research-action publications linking economic justice, gender equity and human rights. Professor Rayman has been a lifelong activist and trainer for nonviolent movements in the United States, Northern Ireland and the Middle East. She was named a Bunting Fellow at Harvard University and was the recipient of the Martin Luther King Award from UMass Lowell.
Yasmine Rejeb is a 19-year-old student in the European University of Tunis. Currently undergoing the first year of a Bachelors in Political Science, she is very enthusiastic about promoting diversity and positive change in order to create a more united, integrated world. A firm believer in the power of dialogue and communication, she pursues learning languages with great passion and currently speaks five. An active member of Tunisian civil society, she volunteered with the Red Crescent and founded an Interact club in addition to various charity related independent endeavors. As a coordinator for OneShared.World, she currently serves on the Social Media and Events teams.
Stella is a junior at Brown University studying International and Public Affairs, with a focus on security and East Asia, as well as Mandarin Chinese. Stella interned at the National Bureau of Asian Research for the past three summers, providing publications and research support. In this capacity, she researched and wrote reports on such topics as Sino-Russian relations, US cyber security policy, and Cold War military strategy. She is currently the Vice President and Research Director for the Brown Institute for Policy and the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Intercollegiate US-China Journal. Born in Hong Kong and having lived in Tokyo and Seattle, Stella believes strongly in fostering cross-cultural understanding through scholarship and engagement. She is excited to be working towards this purpose as the Senior Research Coordinator for the Education Working Group at OneShared.World.
Tarana studies History at Brown University, where she is a Writing Fellow and Managing Editor of the Brown Political Review. She has previously interned in a number of law and policy organizations, including Human Rights Watch, Latham & Watkins, and the Migration Resource Center. She also volunteers as a literacy tutor for several organizations, including EduMate and the Refugee Dream Center in Providence. She is currently studying Modern Standard Arabic, Levantine Arabic, and Spanish.
Sarah is a recent graduate of Hamilton College, a private liberal arts institution located in upstate New York. She studied sociology, French, and government with a strong focus on social justice education. She plans on leveraging her talents as a writer into a career in corporate social responsibility, empowering and giving back to various communities. Sarah is an avid writer, reader, and consumer of all things pop culture. Her passions include practicing yoga, listening to podcasts, and telling stories. When she is not interning for OneShared.World, you can find Sarah taking walks in nature, scrolling through Facebook Watch, or drinking copious amounts of coffee.
Omar Sana is the founder of Inveniam Consulting, a Toronto-based consultancy firm working with individual and institutional clients, primarily from the asset management industry. Prior to that he worked in property development, where he was involved in project forecasting, strategic development, and financing. Building off a background in financial analysis, research and analytics, and corporate development, Omar is eager to bring those skillsets to the OneShared.World community.
His passion for sustainability stems from prior experience working on green development projects, and more recently through consultancy work with leaders in the ESG investment space. Omar is also keenly interested in non-profit work. He is a member of the Global Sustainability Network, a coalition of business leaders and institutions, including the Vatican and the Church of England, which is focused on achieving goal 8 of the UN SDGs with a particular focus on the eradication of modern slavery. He is also a member of SWAaT — the Social Welfare Academics and Training Trust — a non-profit focused on providing psychological treatment, educational opportunities, and vocational training to deradicalized Pakistani youth.
Omar graduated with distinction from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University with a Bachelors in Finance.
Thomas studied computer science and math at UCSC, and continued on at the same university to get a Ph.D. in computer science (programming languages and information flow security). He did a few summer programming jobs along the way, including one internship at Google. Thomas was a teaching assistant for a total of 6 years during the Ph.D. program, where he led discussion sessions to help students learn the concepts. He loves video games and has participated in several “game jams” where he got together with a group of friends to create a video game in a weekend. Most recently, he started the Santa Cruz Yang Gang to meet other supporters of Andrew Yang’s 2020 presidential campaign, and to help promote the idea of universal basic income. He also loves to dance!
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 One Shared 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. Recently, in 2021, she founded Nunah, a platform for women of colour, created by women of colour to find support, mentorship and community.
Isha Sesay is an award-winning journalist who led the CNN team that won a 2014 Peabody Award for coverage of the missing Chibok girls. She hosted CNN NewsCenter, headed the network’s Africa reporting for ten years, and received a Gracie Award for Outstanding Anchor for her coverage of the Chibok girls’ story. She is the founder of W.E. (Women Everywhere) Can Lead, a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing and empowering teenage girls to become Africa’s next generation of leaders. Of Sierra Leonean descent, Sesay grew up in Britain and holds a BA with honors in English from Trinity College, Cambridge University.
Kelly Shea is a rising freshman at the University of Delaware’s Honors College. She will be majoring in International Relations with a big passion for working for nonprofit organizations.
Jack Sim is the founder of the Restroom Association of Singapore, the World Toilet Organization, the World Toilet Day initiative and Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) Hub. Jack was named one of 2008 the Heroes of the Environment by Time magazine.
Chirag is a college student from India, who is planning on joining the field of sports management after he graduates. He has shown interest in topics such as Data Analytics and Design Thinking, which are valuable skill sets required in today’s world. He is a person who loves learning on the job and is always ready to work with new people. He is always ready to help whenever possible, and is currently working with several teams in OneShared.World. Chirag aims at helping to create change so that it can lead to a better future for everyone.
Payton is a rising freshman at UCLA where she will be studying political science. In high school, she was involved with Model UN, cross country, and community service. She has previously worked with the Steppe Nomads organization in Mongolia and the Azaghar Association in Morocco. She is looking forward to pursuing my passions and participating in global change-making with OneShared.World.
Gabrielle is a compassionate and outgoing aspiring physician. She recently graduated from UCLA with a degree in Economics and a minor in German. Gabrielle is passionate about languages, speaking fluent German, French and Hebrew. While studying at UCLA she was on the Chabad Board for 4 years, was an active member of Alpha Delta Pi and volunteered for organizations including the Ronald McDonald House, Miracle Babies, OPICA and Yoga for Flexible Futures. She also interned with Alternative Breaks in an effort to fight against Human Trafficking. Gabrielle is currently studying at National University to serve her community as an Emergency Medical Technician and resides in San Diego.
Katja Speck founded DigitalMarketExpert in 2014. Her mission is to empower value-driven organizations to achieve their goals in the digital landscape. DigitalMarketExpert successfully advises Start-ups, Enterprises and NGOs. One of Katja’s ventures is ID4me AISBL a Non-for-Profit Organization whose mission is to keep the Internet open by establishing a standard for user’s digital identity. Katja is a lecturer at Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW).
She has been passionately involved in human rights and environmental projects, working with organizations like WWF, and became a ClimateRealityLeader in Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project in 2018.
In 2019 Katja has received the “InspiringFifty DACH” Award. InspiringFifty is a non-profit that aims to increase diversity in tech by making female role models in tech more visible.
Katja earned a degree in business administration from Munich University of Applied Sciences and spent a year at the University of Málaga.
Sam is a rising junior at Wheaton College, MA, majoring in International Relations. Despite growing up in a small town in Western Mass, Sam’s focus and passions are global. While his interests range across many topics — including sustainable development, U.S.-China relations, and strengthening social cohesion— his mission is ultimately to bring the world together. Sam’s work is guided by three core tenets:
1. We are more similar than we are dissimilar.
2. We are mutually interdependent upon one another for survival.
3. Our differences can give us strength; we just need to ask ourselves the “How?”
This fall, Sam will be taking a new step in this mission with Leading Cities, an international NGO advancing sustainability, resilient city strategies, and technologies to improve the quality of life in cities around the world.
Sam recently started a blog to develop and share his thinking at samuelastone.com
Silvi Mary Sunil
Silvi Mary Sunil is in her penultimate year pursuing Majors in Political Science and Minors in Psychology at Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University. Her interests lie in teaching underprivileged children, working in NGO’s, voicing her opinions on social and environmental issues and empowering women especially from rural India. She is passionate about football, adventure sports, travelling and has a green thumb. She plans to channel her talents and capabilities to be an asset for World Peace and Human Development.
At OneShared.World, she as a coordinator participates actively in the planning, advertisement and outreach departments. Through this platform she wishes to have a greater positive impact on the World and gain experience through influential leaders and working on important social problems.
Klaus Thalmann is a global Executive with wide ranging international business experience in large mission critical projects of digital democracy and banking systems. He is a global citizen, having lived in Mönchengladbach, Chicago, Santiago, Mexico City, and Madrid.
Peter is a Project Coordinator at OneShared.World contributing to the WASHPAP campaign. His role has focused on the United Nations resolution that the team has built in conjunction with the Model United Nations Impact team. Alongside this group of youth leaders, Peter helps draw inputs to the resolution from various sources including the German and Spanish foreign ministers, the India Sanitation Coalition, OneShared.World mentors, and other meaningful partners. The resolution has been an ever-evolving document which draws from diverse perspectives, and Peter has helped piece together these viewpoints to establish the resolution we see today.
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.
Smriti is a 2nd year undergraduate student at Krea University and is currently doing her Joint Major in Economics and Environmental Studies. Intending to work in policy making, she wants to pursue her Masters in Environmental Policy. Being brought up in a naval environment, she has learned and played close to 15 sports and heads the Sports Club alongside a fellow colleague at the university to make sure Krea Sports culture grows. Apart from her keen interest in sports, art and design is her creative outlet. At OneShared.World she aims to grow a culture of connectivity and influence change in any way possible.
Alexander Watson is a student at American University in Washington, DC studying political science and music. Alex is a co-leader of the Global Youth Coalition, the chapters branch of OneShared.World focused on outreach, recruitment, and education through academic institutions and communities. Originally from Florida, Alex has organized for March For Our Lives and Ted Deutch’s congressional campaign.He has also interned for Congressmen Joe Kennedy (MA-04) and Ted Deutch (FL-22) where he worked on voter registration and the Congressional Art Competition. Alex is the author of four YA historical fiction novels. He founded Let’s Write Together in 2014 with the goal of increasing young peoples’ love for literature by providing a free comprehensive writing, editing, and publishing guide and an annual writing contest that published short stories by K-12 students across the United States.
Michelle A. Williams
Michelle A. Williams is Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development, a joint faculty appointment at the Harvard Chan School and Harvard Kennedy School. She is an internationally renowned epidemiologist and public health scientist, an award-winning educator, and a widely recognized academic leader.
Elizabeth is a third-year Political Science and International Development student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is one of OneShared.World’s Directors of Global Administration, working alongside Mateo Gomez to facilitate communications for the entire organization and several working groups. She also runs OneShared.World’s Twitter account alongside the social media team. Her background includes two years of leadership experience as the Editor-In-Chief of the Graffiti Newspaper at North Toronto Collegiate Institute, for which she designed, edited and authored bi-monthly issues. She volunteered for Greenpeace for one year, researching the environmental and socioeconomic issues impacting the Canadian Arctic. She also conducted research that revealed the ecological implications of using animal cadavers in science classrooms. Because of her advocacy, her school now uses computer programs for its lab dissection curriculum. Her diverse work history also includes experience as a waitress, hostess, horticulturalist, home renovator and baker.
Brynne is a recent graduate from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada where she obtained a BSc in Marine Biology and minor in Philosophy. She is passionate about the climate change issue and making sustainable changes within our daily life. She is a social media coordinator within One Shared.World.