Farah Cherif D’Ouezzan
Founder and Director, Center for Cross-Cultural Learning
Farah Cherif D’Ouezzan is the Founder and Director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Learning, as well as the President of Thaqafat Association-EIL Morocco, and has been serving since April 2014 as the current President of the Federation Experiment in International Living (FEIL).
Farah studied Comparative Literature and Religions at the Mohammed Vth University in Rabat and started her career as an Arabic teacher to non-native speakers at the school for International Training (SIT) and Marlboro College, in Vermont, USA and in various French and Moroccan schools in Morocco. Farah became involved in teaching, training, and researching in the fields of education, intercultural learning, comparative religion, Human Rights Education, Volunteerism, Youth Participation in Civil Society, Conflict Resolution and curricula development. In this capacity, she has participated in workshops, conferences and seminars in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the USA. She also has contributed in the editorial team of textbooks and wrote a few articles in these fields in both English and Arabic.
Her academic research interest has led her to conducting modules, seminars and workshops on religion and culture in Morocco for all CCCL programs. Farah has worked as a freelance expert trainer in the field of non-formal education, and a consultant with several national and international organizations, such as the Council of Europe, Adyan Foundation, Anna-Lindh Foundation, UNV-UNDP, INGO-UNDPI.
DR. BARRY VAN DRIEL
Vice-President, 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 an international jury member for the Intercultural Innovation Award presented at both the 5th and 6th UNAOC Global Forums.
Executive Director, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt
Markus Hipp studied philosophy and Catholic theology in Munich from 1989 to 1994. Upon graduation, he spent two years as a lecturer in German and philosophy at the Czech universities of Budweis and Brno, before taking up positions in the marketing and publishing industry in Munich and in Augsburg. In 1998, he joined the Robert Bosch Foundation in Stuttgart as assistant to the executive director. In 2000, he became the Foundation’s deputy chief executive for Central and Eastern Europe, before being appointed to establish the Berlin office of the Robert Bosch Foundation in 2002, which he directed until August 2006.
Since then he has been the executive director of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt. The married father of four also holds a number of honorary posts in other organizations. He is a member of the advisory council of the Association of German Foundations in Berlin, a member of the board of trustees of the Breuninger Foundation, a board member of the Paretz Foundation as well as a founding director and member of MitOst e.V., an association for language and cultural exchange in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Since 2008 Markus Hipp is an elected member of the city council of Ketzin, Brandenburg. In 2011 he became a board member of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA).
Deputy Director, Centre for Intercultural Learning
Brigitte Lapierre is Deputy Director of the Centre for Intercultural Learning (CIL), which is part of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. She has been with the Centre since 2005, first as Learning Specialist and later as Senior Learning Advisor, with a focus on research and training for high risk contexts. Her work has had intercultural dynamics as its main focus since 1991 when she began working overseas in Malawi, Egypt, Pakistan, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Cuba.
Brigitte has worked extensively in the area of adult education; she designed and delivered workshops in the areas of Intercultural Effectiveness, Pre-Departure Orientation, Harassment Awareness, Diversity in the Workplace, Training the Trainers, and Re-entry for Canadians working overseas as well as Adaptation to Canada for newcomers. She has extensive experience conducting research related to Intercultural Effectiveness. She was Manager and Co-Researcher for a learning level evaluation project and subsequent transfer level evaluation project in West Africa with the purpose of examining the impact of training on intercultural performance.
Brigitte 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. In addition she has participated in training focused on Conflict Mediation, Results-Based Management and Strengthening Civil Society.
Dr. Frannie Léautier
Chairperson and Co-Founding Partner, Mkoba Private Equity
Dr. Frannie Léautier is Chairperson and Co-Founding Partner of Mkoba Private Equity, a fund offering growth capital to small and medium enterprises in Africa. She previously served as Vice President and Chief of Staff to the President of the World Bank; Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF); and Founder and Managing Partner of the Fezembat Group, a company focused on risk management and leadership development. She holds several Board Director positions, is Vice Chair of PTA Bank, and serves on Women’s World Banking’s Advisory Board and President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative. She was Co-Chair World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa and is a member of the WEF Global Agenda Councils.
Dr. Léautier has a Masters and Doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Dar es Salaam. She graduated Harvard University’s Executive Program and holds an honorary degree in Humane Letters from North Central College in recognition of her contribution to Africa. She holds the title of Queen of Development for Agona in Ghana.
Dr. Léautier was Distinguished Professor at Sciences Po Paris and is well published including a well-acclaimed book on Leadership in a Globalized World.
Chairman, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute
Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) is a Google pioneer, award-winning engineer, international bestselling author, thought leader and philanthropist whose work has received 7 nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. He retired from Google as its Jolly Good Fellow. He is co-chair of One Billion Acts of Peace and chairman of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.
At Google, Meng led the creation of a groundbreaking mindfulness-based emotional intelligence course called Search Inside Yourself, which was featured on the front page of the Sunday Business section of the New York Times. Search Inside Yourself is also the title of Meng’s New York Times bestselling book which has been endorsed by world leaders such as President Carter of the United States, business leaders such as Eric Schmidt of Google and John Mackey of Whole Foods Markets, and spiritual leaders such as the Dalai Lama. Meng hopes Search Inside Yourself will eventually contribute to world peace in a meaningful way.
Meng delivered a TED talk on compassion at the United Nations and spoke at the White House about the development of kindness. His personal motto is, “Life is too important to be taken seriously”. Meng hopes to see every workplace in the world become a drinking fountain for happiness and enlightenment.