Alusine Barrie | Sajia Darwish | James Kernochan | Bonnie Chiu | Kamna Kathuria | Jacob Navarrete | Reetta Heiskanen | Shay Wright
Isadora Baum | Wilson Carter | Francisco Hernandez | Dominique Dryding | Harry Glass | Harmony Siganporia | Erin Farley
Jacob Deleon Navarrete
Dominique Alyssa Dryding
Alusine BarrieAlusine Barrie is a young EducAid teacher running two primary schools and a junior secondary school for an education charity called EducAid Sierra Leone in the northern district of Tonkolili (Sierra Leone). Alusine is the last twin-brother of a single-parent family of 8 children plus 4 adoptees, who was almost half raised up by EducAid where he now teaches, trains teachers, and runs schools. For three years, prior to moving to Tonkolili, he was coordinator and lead trainer for EducAid's teacher training programme - the Quality Enhancement Programme (QEP).
Sajia DarwishSajia Darwish was born in the year Taliban took over Afghanistan and never left the country until she was 13. In 2009, she was one of ten students selected to attend the Seeds of Peace summer camp in Maine. That year after returning home she applied for high schools and got full scholarship to attend The Ethel Walker School in Connecticut. In 2014, she enrolled in Mount Holyoke College and is currently a junior. In summer of 2016, she co-founded the Baale Parwaz Library in order to help re-establish the reading culture in her country.
James KernochanOriginally from outside Boston, James Kernochan studied Ancient Greek at Oxford and Yale, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Afterwards, he served through Americorps in a high-needs school in Queens, New York. He then worked for the investment firm Riverside Partners, and during this time became involved in capitalizing Broadway shows. He recently completed an MBA at Stanford, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. Currently he is a producer on the upcoming Broadway production Oh, Hello! with John Mulaney and Nick Kroll.
Bonnie ChiuHong Kong-born 23-year-old Bonnie Chiu is the co-founder and CEO of non-profit social enterprise Lensational, which aims to empower marginalised women by equipping them with cameras and photography training. Since launching in 2013, the organisation – which has expanded to a team of 60 volunteers – has taught photography to 300 women across ten developing countries. She is also the Managing Director of The Social Investment Consultancy, an international consulting firm that helps charities and businesses maximise their social impact. She holds a MSc International Relations at the London School of Economics (LSE), and has just been awarded Young Achiever of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards.
Kamna KathuriaKamna Kathuria is currently working in management consulting. Before this role, she taught fifth and sixth grade as a Teach for India fellow in Mumbai, India. While teaching, she came to realize education's potential to reshape our world and the dire necessity of attaining education equity. She graduated from Brown University in 2014 with a degree in Applied Math and Economics, although her interests and classes ranged from creative writing and Spanish literature to biology.
Jacob Deleon NavarreteJacob Navarrete is a native of Dallas, Texas. Jacob is as an educator, counselor, organizer, and entrepreneur. A graduate of St Mark's School of Texas and Skidmore College, Jacob worked as an admission officer traveling throughout the United States. After nearly half a decade, Jacob switched “sides of the desk” and hemispheres to become a college counselor in China (after taking a year long break to work on a presidential campaign and start a boutique counseling company). Jacob returned to Dallas in 2015 and Is pursuing his Master's degree at Stanford University's Graduate School of Education, concentrating in educational leadership.
Reetta HeiskanenReetta Heiskanen works as CCO at Mehackit. Mehackit is building technology education for high schools in Europe. Reetta is Bachelor of Social Sciences from University of Helsinki and is currently finishing her master studies in political history and communications. She was in charge of the news-content production for Europe's leading startup event, Slush in 2013, and 2014, and has worked as a politics and business journalist at the largest newspaper in the Nordics, Helsingin Sanomat.
Shay WrightShay is a social entrepreneur, strategist and co-founder of the fast-growing education enterprise, Te Whare Hukahuka. Shay was recently named in the Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 list for Social Entrepreneurship. Te Whare Hukahuka combines entrepreneurship, innovation, education and indigenous knowledge to empower leaders to grow world class organisations. The organisation has trained hundreds of indigenous Maori leaders who collectively serve more than 200,000 Maori people. Te Whare Hukahuka exists to change the game for indigenous NZ Maori people who generally experience lower levels of prosperity and social wellbeing. They are nearly three times as likely to be unemployed and/or convicted of a criminal offence. Rebuilding an indigenous Maori economy is a huge driver behind Te Whare Hukahuka to change these statistics. Shay is also a founding board member of Teach First NZ, recruiting and training leaders to serve as effective teachers in underprivileged communities.
Isadora BaumA freelance writer and content marketer, Isadora Baum also is a major foodie, doggie-lover, Greek yogurt fanatic and expert sampler. Having graduated from Northwestern University with an extensive background in journalism and creative writing, as well as psychology and health, she loves connecting with others, hearing their stories, and bringing creativity forth in all her ventures. As a content marketer, she specializes in bringing words to life through blog posts, website content, newsletters, and social media content for businesses across a variety of industries. She is also a regular writer for Bustle magazine. To view her writing, visit isadorabaum.com, and for health inquiries, visit liveforyounow.com.
Wilson CarterWilson C Carter III was born in Boca Raton, FL and spent his childhood summers with his family in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His birthday is February 20, 1992, he is 24 years old. Following his graduation from Florida State University and inspired to change the world he volunteered in public schools as an English teacher in Barranquilla, Colombia. One day, while exploring the beaches of Colombia, he, by chance, befriended Marco, a former Drug transporter for the A.U.C, a Narco Para-military organization. Marco's story was so awe inspiring that Wilson, with Marco's permission, recorded, translated, wrote and published the novel Pinched. Wilson currently lives in Tallahassee, FL and is pursuing his Masters degree in Marketing from Florida State University. His twitter handle is @ImWilsonCarter3
Francisco HernandezFrancisco Javier Hernandez Jr. was born in California, raised in Hawaii, and educated at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Presently he is settled in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Francisco has led social and political theory seminars in both undergraduate classrooms and maximum security prisons. He also taught sixth graders in the South Bronx. He writes primarily about philosophy, politics, poverty, and poetry. Francisco is an intermittent musician, mediocre surfer, and amateur librarian. Most people call him Kiko.
Dominique Alyssa DrydingDominique Dryding is a young South African, currently completing her MSc in Security, Leadership and Society at King's College London. She is also a Leadership, Peace and Security fellow with the African Leadership Centre. She has completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Town in Political Science, Economic History and Gender Studies as well as an Honours degree in Justice and Transformation at the same institution. She is passionate about state building, sustaining peace and the governance of security in Africa, and especially the role young people have to play in ensuring the peace and security of the African continent.
Harry GlassHarry Glass is currently a teacher in the New York City Public School system and is attaining his master's degree in education. He graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in Political Science and is passionate about all things education related: be it pedagogy, policy, research, or just a personal story. Harry is dedicated to the idea that all human beings deserve the opportunity to explore and understand the world around them and believes firmly in the fundamental truth as stated by John Dewey that "education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself".
Harmony SiganporiaHarmony teaches in the area of Culture and Communication at MICA-India. She has a Ph.D. in social history, and her thesis was on the langue and parole of reformist discourse around the ‘women's question’ in late-19th century Western India. Her other research interests include the making of modern India, ethnomusicology, gender and performativity, student movements in/and the neoliberal university, culture and conflict, and semiotic theory. A practicing musician herself, Harmony's current research examines how cultural artefacts such as music, film, literature aid in the emplacement of identity in exile settings, focusing on the experiences of Tibetan refugees in India. Harmony believes strongly that teaching is a form of activism, and it is this thought that animates her every move.
Erin FarleyErin Farley recently turned 23 and is living out her dreams in the Big Apple's News Industry. She is a graduate of Emerson College where she studied journalism. Farley has covered major stories including the Boston Marathon bombings. Her reporting on this tragic event appeared on CNN, mtvU, CMT.com, and Logo TV. While hard news is her passion, Farley's most memorable moment out in the field would be her coverage of a couple who were married at Fenway Park after meeting over the Red Sox Twitter account.