Pan-African feminist and diplomat
Aya Chebbi, a Pan-African feminist and diplomat. She rose to prominence as a voice for democracy and a political blogger during 2010/2011 Tunisia’s Revolution which toppled a twenty-three-year dictatorship. She served as the first ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet (2018 – 2021). She is currently the Founder of Nala Feminist Collective (Nalafem), Africa's largest multigenerational alliance of women activists and politicians united behind transformative change. She served on the Board of Directors of CIVICUS, World Refugee Council, Oxfam Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, among others. She is a graduate of University of Tunis El Manar with Bachelor in International Relations and Masters in African Politics from SOAS, University of London. She received the Gates Campaign Award and was named in Forbes Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women.
Barry van Driel
President of the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE)
Barry van Driel is President of the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE) and has been the Editor in Chief of the international academic journal Intercultural Education since 2000. Barry serves as a consultant to the European Commission, authoring several thematic papers on issues relating to equality. He also co-coordinates the education work of the War Childhood Museum in Sarajevo. Furthermore, he is a Board member of the SIRIUS policy network on migrant education. For 27 years he was responsible for international teacher education at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.
Director of the Department of Social Inclusion of the Secretariat for Access to Rights and Equity at the Organization of American States (OAS)
Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian (Venezuelan-American) is Director of the Department of Social Inclusion of the Secretariat for Access to Rights and Equity at the Organization of American States (OAS), where she is responsible for directing the work of the OAS in matters of social inclusion and access to human rights with special consideration to populations in vulnerable situations. She has edited, published and co-authored several articles and volumes on issues of Latin American reality. She is also a founding member and coordinator of the Network of Latin American Female Political Scientists #NoSinMujeres,” a project that seeks to promote, make visible and empower the work of women dedicated to Latin American Political Science. She is a regular columnist for the Venezuelan daily El Nacional, and for the Web portal Caracas Chronicles, as well as a guest columnist in various regional media. She is also a 2021 Fellow of the Draper Hills Fellowship on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law at Stanford University, and a Senior Associate (Non-Resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC. In 2008, in 2016, 2019 and again in 2020, she won the Outstanding Performance Award granted by the Secretary General of the OAS, in recognition of her extraordinary work and contribution to the American organization. Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian has a Master's degree in International Relations from the University of South Florida and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Florida International University.
Founder of Red Dot Foundation (India)
ElsaMarie D’Silva (pronouns: she/her) is the Founder of Red Dot Foundation (India) and President of Red Dot Foundation Global (USA). She created the technology platform Safecity, which crowdsources personal experiences of sexual violence and abuse in public and private spaces globally. Since its launch in 2012, Safecity has become the largest crowd map on the issue in India and abroad. ElsaMarie D'Silva has been recognized by various organizations and governments for her work, including the United Nations Secretary General, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the German Federal Foreign Office, and the Government of India's Niti Aayog and MeiTY. She was a W7 advisor under the German G7 Presidency, and a Fellow with several organizations including the Yale World Fellow, Reagan Fascell Democracy Fellow, Rotary Peace, Aspen New Voices, Vital Voices and a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader. She co-founded the Gender Alliance, a cross-network initiative bringing together feminists from various German networks. ElsaMarie is also an alumni of several prestigious programs including the Stanford Draper Hills Summer School, the US State Department's Fortune Mentoring Program, Oxford Chevening Gurukul, and the Duke of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Leadership Program. These programs have provided opportunities for professional development, networking, and leadership training which have helped shape her career and contributions to the field of sexual violence prevention and advocacy.
Manager of the Civil Society and Community Engagement Division at the African Development Bank
Zéneb Toure is the Manager of the Civil Society and Community Engagement Division at the African Development Bank. She has accumulated more than 25 years of professional experience in the areas of organizational management, gender, citizen engagement and social inclusion. She oversees and coordinates the African Development Bank's engagement with civil society. She leads strategic partnership with civil society on the continent to ensure inclusivity and access in delivering programs to all members of society, as well as ensuring transparency, accountability and citizen participation in Bank’s operations. She joined the Bank in 2009 as Gender Expert and supported the integration of the gender dimension in the Bank’s operations to accelerate women’s empowerment in the continent. Zéneb held numerous positions before the Bank including Permanent Secretary of the African Women Ministers and Parliamentarians Network (REFAMP) and led the advocacy strategy for gender and women empowerment with the African Union.