DR. BARRY VAN DRIEL
Vice-President of the International Association for Intercultural Education
Barry van Driel is the Vice-President of the International Association for Intercultural Education, and the International Director for Teacher Training and Curriculum Development at the Anne Frank House. He was educated at universities in the Netherlands and the United States, and holds a graduate degree in the Psychology of Culture and Religion. He joined the Anne Frank House in 2002, where he has conducted many interviews with print media, radio and television in various countries relating to xenophobia, racism and discrimination today. He is member of Global Experts, a UNAOC initiative. He was a jury for the 2011 Intercultural Innovation Award.
MS. MUNA ABUSULAYMAN
Effective Strategic Philanthropy and CSR, Directions Consultancy LLC.
Muna AbuSulayman is named as one of the most influential Arabs ,as well as, one of the most influential muslims in the World in numerous publications from 2009 to the present. Due to a unique and diverse cross-functional work experience, including leading The Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundations, AbuSulayman is internationally recognized as an expert in management, education, sustainable development, Islam/West, and female empowerment. She has spoken at the World Economic Forum, the UN, and the World Bank on the sensitive issues such as “Media Leadership in the Arab World” and “Monetization of Motherhood.”
Most notably, AbuSulayman led Alwaleed Foundations to create five centers of Islam/West Studies at Harvard, Georgetown, Edinburgh University, Cambridge University, American University of Beirut and American University of Cairo. She was also instrumental in creating and supporting various programs that looked at bridging the gap between the West and Islam in the legal , media, and philanthropy sectors. Other projects focused on providing health, educational, and work opportunities to women and families through partners such as Oxfam, Deworm the World, and the Carter Center.
Since leaving the foundation in 2011, AbuSulayman has successfully launched, managed, and scaled multiple businesses and is running a consultancy that focuses on finding “Big Ideas that Work” to solve problems in Education, Transportation, Gender Issues, and Entrepreneurship.
However, perhaps she is best known as an Award winning popular Arab media personality and co-host of the no. 1 Arab TV program on social issues, Kalam Nawaem; a show that focuses on Arab families and empowerment.
DR. FETHI MANSOURI
Chair in Migration and Intercultural Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University.
Professor Fethi Mansouri, Director of the strategic research Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, holds a Chair in Migration and Intercultural Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University. He is the editor of the Journal of Intercultural Studies (Routledge) and has served as global expert advisor to the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations on cultural diversity and intercultural relations. His publications include: ‘Political Islam and Human Security’ (2008); ‘Islam and Political Violence: Muslim Diaspora and Radicalism in the West’, (2007); ‘Identity, Education, and Belonging: Arab and Muslim Youth in Contemporary Australia’ (2008); ‘Youth Identity and Migration: Culture, Values and Social Connectedness’ (2009); ‘Australia and the Middle East: A Frontline Relationship’ (2011, second edition); and ‘Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations: Looking Through the Les of Social Inclusion’ ( 2011). His recent books include: ‘Muslim Diasporas and the Challenges of Representations and National Belonging’ (2012); and ‘The Arab Revolutions in Context: Socio-Political Implications for the Middle East and Beyond’ (2012). His forthcoming book is entitled ‘Reframing Multiculturalism for the 21st Century’s Realities’ (2013). His 2004 book ‘Lives in Limbo: Voices of Refugees under Temporary Protection’ was short-listed for the 2004 Human Rights Medals and Awards.
MS. HEATHER JOHNSTON
Learning Advisor, Centre for Intercultural Learning, Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
Heather Johnston holds more than 20 years experience in the field of intercultural communication in international contexts. Since 2003 she has been working as a Learning Advisor at the Centre for Intercultural Learning, a leading Canadian Center in intercultural training, belonging to the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. She has recently returned from a three-year posting in Ghana, West Africa where she was involved in a number of projects, including a large-scale maternal health project. She has lived and worked in Malawi, Honduras, the United States, Egypt and Ghana.
Heather has worked as an on-line facilitator for the University of British Columbia’s certificate in International Development, a course instructor in intercultural communication for Tele-com University in Lille, France, and has delivered numerous intercultural sessions for public, private sector and non-governmental clients over the past twenty years. Heather has worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Cairo American College, the Canadian International Development Agency, the North Vancouver School Board, and was a volunteer teacher with World University Service of Canada in Malawi. Heather holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta, as well as a Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations from Antioch University in the United States. Heather recently published a book based on her experiences living in Ghana. It is called “Please Be Upstanding – Letters from Ghana”.
DR. WANJIRU KAMAU-RUTENBERG
Founder and Executive Director of Akili Dada.
Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg is the Founder and Executive Director of Akili Dada. She is also on extended leave from the University of San Francisco, where she is an Assistant Professor in the Politics department. Her research and teaching interests center on the politics of philanthropy, gender, Africa, ethnicity, and democratization, and on the role of technology in social activism. Working at the intersection of academia and social entrepreneurship, Wanjiru is passionate about the synergy between rigorous academic analysis and committed social activism. A Kenyan, Wanjiru earned a B.A. in Politics from Whitman College and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from the University of Minnesota.
Wanjiru has received widespread recognition for her work with Akili Dada, including being honored as a 2012 White House ‘Champion of Change’, 2012 winner of the Award in Action for Female Education by the Cecilia Attias Foundation for Women, a winner of the 2010 United Nations Intercultural Innovation Award, and recipient of the 2011 Yamashita Prize from the Center for the Study of Social Change at the University of California at Berkeley, the 2011 African Achievers International Award, and the 2012 HOW Fund Fellowship.
Wanjiru is also a wife and mother of a 3-year-old son and an avid gardener and knitter.