Regional Director, Ashoka Arab World
Iman Bibars is the Vice President and Global Diaspora Leader of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and the Regional Director of Ashoka Arab World. For over 30 years, Iman has been a visionary for social entrepreneurship and a pioneer of women-led and gender-focused development initiatives. She is also a co-Founder and the current Chairperson of the Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW), a leading Egyptian CSO that provides credit, legal aid and empowerment through advocacy efforts for impoverished women. Iman consistently focuses her efforts on systematically changing the social and ideological conditions that prevent women from enjoying equal opportunities to men.
A specialist on the theory and practice of social innovation, Iman holds a PhD in Development Studies from Sussex University and a BA and MA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo. She was a Peace Fellow at Georgetown University and a Parvin Fellow at Princeton University. Her diverse experience encompasses strategic planning, project design, skills provision, impact assessment, advocacy and communication. She is a highly sought-after freelance trainer and consultant, a published writer, an academic and a speaker at prominent national and international conferences on social entrepreneurship, gender and youth.
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 develops 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.
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.
Director of the Department of Social Inclusion, Organization of American States
Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian is Director of the Department of Social Inclusion at the OAS Secretariat for Access to Rights and Equity and has over 15 years of professional and research experience in Latin American and Caribbean issues. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications on issues relating to democracy, and elections, social inclusion and equity, among other topics, with a specific focus on gender and groups in vulnerable situations in the Americas. She is the former Director of the OAS Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation, where she led the professionalization of the electoral work of the OAS. In 2008 and again in 2016, she received the OAS General Secretariat Outstanding Performance Award in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to the Organization.
Betilde holds a PhD in Political Science from Florida International University (Miami, FL) and a Master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of South Florida. Her most recent publications include the edited volume “Women, Politics and Democracy in Latin America” published in 2017 by Palgrave McMillan (NY, NY), and the book “Inequality and Social Inclusion: Overcoming Inequality Towards more Inclusive Societies”, recently published by the OAS.
Senior Lecturer at the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne
Jiyoung Song is a Senior Lecturer at the Asia Institute of the University of Melbourne and Global Ethics Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Prior to her current positions, Jiyoung was the Director of Migration and Border Policy at the Lowy Institute, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Singapore Management University, Associate Fellow of Chatham House, Consultant for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Human Rights Officer at the National Human Rights Commission of South Korea.
Jiyoung has held several academic positions at the National University of Singapore, the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. She completed a PhD in Politics and International Studies (Cambridge, UK), LLM in Human Rights (Hong Kong), and BS in Mathematics (Seoul, Korea). She is the author of The History of Human Rights Society in Singapore, 1965-2015 (London: Routledge, 2017), Irregular Migration and Human Security in East Asia (London: Routledge, 2014), Human Rights Discourse in North Korea: Post-colonial, Marxist and Confucian Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2010), and a number of peer-reviewed academic articles. Her current research focuses on migration and human security in Asia, using complexity theory.
Principal Civil Society Advocacy Officer, African Development Bank
Zéneb Toure works for the African Development Bank as the Principal Civil Society Advocacy Officer. For the past 6 years, Zéneb has been responsible for African Development Bank’s engagement and collaboration with civil society. Before joining the AfDB, she held numerous positions including Permanent Secretary of the African Women Ministers and Parliamentarians Network (REFAMP); Coordinator of the Decentralization Programme in Burkina Faso; Chair and Founder of the NGO ACFED (Support for Women Environment Development). She has 23 years of professional experience in managing development projects, leading dialogue and engagement on civil society, gender and other several sectors, including environment, decentralization, participatory governance and accountability.
Zéneb holds a Master in Environmental Sciences from the Institute of Environmental Sciences (ISE) at the Cheick Anta Diop University in Dakar; and a Master’s Degree in Geography from the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. Her experiences include the elaboration of the African Development Bank’s Framework for Enhanced Engagement with Civil Society in 2012 (CSO Framework); many country gender profiles in Africa and particularly in fragile states; as well as the conduct of research and publications in Africa.