Ayu Kartika Dewi
Managing Director at Indika Foundation
Ayu Kartika Dewi dedicates her life to creating social change and empowering youth. Currently, she is the Managing Director of Indika Foundation. In 2019, she was appointed to be one of the Special Staffs to the President of Indonesia. Her interest in social issues can be traced back to the time when she chose to leave a well-established career at P&G in Singapore to be a primary school teacher in a remote island of Indonesia. Since then, she has held various strategic positions in the Indonesian government, including Associate Director at President SBY’s Delivery Unit (UKP4) and Aide to the Governor of Jakarta. She co-founded several social movements: AjakGerak —a microgrant funded personally by Ayu and mentorship to empower youth’s movements, SabangMerauke —a program that provides cross-cultural experience for youth, Milenial Islami —a platform that teaches Islamic values through critical thinking, Perempuan Gagal —a movement that aims to normalize failure, and Toleransi.id —a platform to promote tolerance acts in daily lives. Ayu has represented Indonesia on the global stage, e.g. being asked to give a speech about her work in peace and tolerance in front of Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-Moon in London in 2017. Ayu also represented Indonesia in Future Leaders Connect, selected from 11,000+ applicants from 11 countries. Ayu was selected by the Australia Awards Indonesia to take part in the Women Leadership Program in Melbourne. She was chosen by Tempo as one of 13 "Young people who will paint the future of Indonesia in 2045". She has an MBA degree from Duke University (USA), supported by both the Fulbright and Keller Scholarship. When she’s not at work, she likes to meditate, play guitar, read a book, do yoga, or write. She writes gratitude journals daily, and she is currently writing her first book about mindfulness.
Barry Van Driel
President of International Association for Intercultural Education – President of World Coalition for Equity and Diversity in Education (WECDE)
Barry van Driel is the President of the International Association for Intercultural Education, and newly elected President of the World Coalition for Equity and Diversity in Education (WECDE). He is Editor in Chief of the academic journal Intercultural Education. He is also a Board Member of SIRIUS, the European Policy Network on Migrant Education. 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 developed educational projects in more than 20 countries. He is an expert consultant in the European Commission's work on citizenship education. Barry is also a member of Global Experts, a UNAOC initiative, as well as being an international jury member since the second edition of the Intercultural Innovation Award.
Lorena Garcia Duran
Global Lead for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative (DEI)
Lorena Garcia Duran is the Global Lead for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative at Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs. She launched the DEI initiative in the summer of 2020 and remains part of the Ashoka U.S. Partnerships team. Lorena joined Ashoka in 2008 and has been orchestrating partnerships between social and business entrepreneurs since then. She launched Ashoka in Miami back in 2011 making it a Latin American hub for all Ashoka efforts. She is Board member of Imperative Fund, an impact investment fund focused on sustainable models addressing poverty. She also seats at the Board of Directors of Freedom for Immigrants, an organization dedicated to abolishing immigration detention while ending the isolation of people currently suffering the profit-driven system. Lorena grew up in Mexico City. At eighteen years old she moved to Paris to study French at La Sorbonne. She graduated from La Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca in Spain. She now resides in Los Angeles, California.
President of Women in Africa Initiative
One of three leaders of Connected Women Leaders, Hafsat Abiola is the President of Women in Africa Initiative, the foremost platform organizing the continent’s leading women into a force for sustainable development. An economist with degrees from Harvard and Tsinghua; a pro-democracy activist who lost both parents to her country’s democracy struggle; and a former member of her state’s cabinet in charge of the MDGs and trade and investment portfolios; Hafsat believes women’s equal engagement in the economy and governance systems at all levels will lead to a better world. Her commitment to harnessing women’s power to transform society is reflected in her work, which spans from the local to global. In Nigeria, she founded KIND, a civil society organization that trains thousands of women in service-oriented leadership. She is one of 50 Councilors of the World Future Council, a Special Envoy to Africa for Women Political Leaders, a member of BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Group, Vital Voices 100 and an alumna of the World Economic Forum’s Community of Young Global Leaders. She is also the recipient of several global and national awards; including, in 2019, the U.S. Civil Rights Museum Public Service Award.
Director of the Centre for Learning in Intercultural Effectiveness and International Assistance Policy
Brigitte Lapierre is Director of the Centre for Learning in Intercultural Effectiveness and International Assistance Policy, which is part of the Canadian Foreign Service Institute of Global Affairs Canada. She has been with the Centre since 2005 and has focused on the development of intercultural competencies as well as research and training for people working in high risk international environments. Her work has had intercultural competencies as its main focus since 1991 when she first lived and worked overseas in various countries including Malawi, Egypt, Pakistan, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Cuba. Ms. Lapierre has extensive experience conducting research related to intercultural competencies and has presented on topics related to intercultural competence at various international fora. Presentations include: Going Global: Cultural Aspects of International Business; Intergovernmental Collaboration in Cultural Awareness Training of Military Personnel; Intercultural Competence and the Interculturally Effective Organization; Making Cultural Differences Work in the Workplace; Best Practices in Intercultural Preparation for the Canadian Force; Best Practices for Preparing for International Assignments; and Intercultural Effectiveness in Canada and Abroad. Ms. Lapierre holds a Bachelor of Arts, History, from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, as well as a certificate in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia.