Day 1: Monday, October 2
17 Rooms Opening Session featuring the Brookings Institution and winners of the SDG2: Zero Hunger International Student Challenge. Details to join coming soon!
President of EARTH University, an innovative global institution based in Costa Rica that prepares young leaders from across the world as change agents for advancing sustainable development and nature-positive food systems. Dr. Condo led the creation of EARTH Futures, a global center which aims to transform rural areas and he guided the launch of EARTH Ventures, an initiative to launch new businesses with purpose. He served as President of INCAE Business School between 2007 and 2015 where for two decades he served in several positions, including Dean of the MBA, Dean of Innovation and Development, and professor in strategy, competitiveness and sustainable development.
He has a Doctorate in business strategy and competitiveness from Harvard Business School and was recognized as a “Distinguished Scholar” in his MBA at INCAE. In 2007, the World Economic Forum recognized him as a Young Global Leader (YGL). Dr. Condo is a strong believer in the power of youth to change the world and his work also focuses on ethics, gender equality and dignity. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Bancolombia, of Vital Voices Costa Rica, Country Chair to Costa Rica for the organization Global Dignity and a member of the Inter-American Dialogue. He lives in Costa Rica, is married and has three children.
Ángel Cabrera is the 12th president of the Georgia Institute of Technology. One of America’s leading research universities, Georgia Tech serves 44,000 students through top-ranked graduate and undergraduate programs ranging from engineering and science to business, computing, design, and liberal arts, and receives more than $1.2 billion in research awards every year. Cabrera came to Georgia Tech on Sept. 1, 2019, after serving for seven years as president of George Mason University (GMU) in Virginia. During his presidency, GMU joined the top tier of research universities in the Carnegie Classification and was the fastest growing institution in the state. Before leading GMU, Cabrera was president of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, now part of Arizona State University, and dean of IE Business School in Madrid.
Cabrera has been named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum, a “Star of Europe” by Bloomberg Businessweek, a “Henry Crown Fellow” by the Aspen Institute, and a “Great Immigrant” by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He has received honorary degrees from Miami Dade College and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
Cabrera serves on the boards of the National Geographic Society, Harvard College Visiting Committee, Atlanta Committee for Progress, Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Bankinter Innovation Foundation in Spain. He has served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, the advisory boards of Georgia Tech and Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, and three publicly traded companies. Cabrera earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in psychology and cognitive science from Georgia Tech, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar. He also holds a B.S. and an M.S. in computer and electrical engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
Attend one of the six 17 Rooms.
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La educación superior es un elemento esencial para la erradicación de la pobreza, la mejora de la salud, la igualdad de género, el trabajo decente, la educación por la paz y el crecimiento económico. Los vínculos entre las universidades y las empresas deben formularse en una estrategia a través de planes claros y específicos, ya que este es un elemento esencial para construir un ambiente de trabajo transparente y de confianza, mejorando así la integridad, la estabilidad financiera e implementando la ética empresarial y profesional en cualquier ámbito, ya sea público o privado.
Heidy Yelni Díaz Oviedo is a professor with postgraduate studies in Education and a Master's in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. She works at Veracruzana University and she is currently the regional internationalization coordinator at Veracruz Port. Email email@example.com
María tiene una Licenciatura en Administración, una Maestría en Marketing y un Doctorado en Dirección Ejecutiva. María es docente de la Universidad Veracruzana, con especialidad en el Cuerpo Académico enfocado en Retos y Expectativas de las Organizaciones.
Maria holds a Bachelor's in Administration, a Master's in Marketing, and a PhD in Executive Management. Maria is a faculty member at the University Veracruzana, specializing in the Academic Body focused on Challenges and Expectations of Organizations.
How can Higher Education Institutions embed and mainstream ESD in degree curricula in a way that can equip graduates with the skills, competencies and attributes needed to tackle these global challenges, as set out in the UN SDGs, both now and throughout their careers.
Aspiring entrepreneur with a passion for technology and innovation. Possessor of a distinguished master's degree in advanced computer science from Newcastle University. Accumulated valuable expertise during internships at pioneering tech startups. Acclaimed for a robust work ethic and adept problem-solving abilities. Driven by a fervent desire to craft solutions that drive positive societal change. Currently charting a path towards entrepreneurial success.
Kali is a Professor of Extension and Associate Director of Research for the Statewide 4-H Youth Development Program at the University of California (UC), Davis and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. Kali studies the development of self-perceptions across the lifespan with more recent work focused on improving self-perceptions and non-cognitive skills in children, adolescents, and young adults with the goal of increasing their achievement and work outcomes. Kali writes curriculum, design and evaluate interventions locally and globally, conduct basic research, and seek to improve measurement across literacy levels and diverse contexts. Kali has worked with communities in the US, Indonesia, South Africa, and Jordan.
Mequanint studied Mechanical Engineering at DBU, Industrial Engineering at AAU, MBA at CPU, and BTh at HTTU, Ethiopia. His research focused on Industry 5.0, SDG, & Industrial Engineering with more than 17 scientific articles published in reputable journals. Currently, Mequanint actively participates in several journals, conferences and workshops as an editorial board, reviewer, keynote speaker, moderator, presenter, and section editor.
Krista Houser manages McGill University's sustainability strategy and governance portfolio, which includes the institutional Climate & Sustainability Strategy, climate- and biodiversity-related initiatives, as well as sustainability monitoring and reporting activities. Krista has over 8 years experience in developing and implementing sustainability initiatives across the University's campuses, including her work on the flagship Sustainability Projects Fund, the largest of its kind in Canada.
She has also previously served as a co-chair of McGill's Management Forum, member of the Board of Directors of ECOLE, and Learning Committee Chair for Women Investing for Impact (WIFI). Krista holds an MBA in Global Strategy & Leadership and Marketing from McGill University.
Juan, reporting through the office of Research and in close coordination with the Provost's office, works with schools, colleges, interdisciplinary research institutes (IRIs), and other relevant campus units for strategic and capital planning, policy development/oversight, and coordination for academic and research facilities across campus.
He is highly involved across campus, having served in leadership roles in the Georgia Tech staff council and employee resource groups (ERGs), and currently teaches a class on equity and sustainability in the built environment.
Martin has 10 years of experience working with sustainability best practices focused on sustainable architecture, long-term sustainability plans and strategies, and tracking and reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions for different organizations. Martin is passionate about learning and supporting sustainable development initiatives, climate change resilience, and ecosystems and biodiversity protection.
Empowering youths to drive actions towards biodiversity conservation and climate change in their everyday life.
Dr. Oduye is a Christian environmentalist, medical doctor, entrepreneur, SDG advocate passionate about climate change. and aspires to be a public health consultant. She talks about environmental health, climate change, good health and well-being (SDG 3,13 and 15). She enjoys giving her time to the community as she volunteers frequently. She is currently the Public Relations Officer at Uccare Initiative in the No To Rape Global Campaign, she is also a volunteer at YOUNGO, she is a greenie volunteer in the Green With Grin NGO, a volunteer at Green child international organization, and a project manager for maternal, infant and young child nutrition.
She was a Millennium fellow in 2021 and an African Youth for Environment fellow at U-recycle Initiative in 2021. She recently attended the 76th World Health Assembly in Geneva Switzerland as an International Federation of Medical Student Association delegate. She continues to show dedication, hard work and passion for public health in her everyday life.
Etotépé A. SOGBOHOSSOU is an agricultural engineer with a PhD in Conservation Biology. Currently director of the Department of Environment at Senghor University, Egypt, she was an associate professor at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, BENIN. Her field of interest is natural resources management, wildlife and protected areas management. Her goal is to contribute to an improved conservation of biodiversity for human well-being.
As the head of the UN Non-governmental Liaison Service (NGLS), Kathryn Good oversees the team responsible for engaging academia, NGOs and the private sector in intergovernmental events. Kathryn previously led learning and capacity development programs for various audiences at and outside UNHQ.
Before joining the UN in 2010, Kathryn was director of international programs and language area studies at Brown University and supervisor for teacher training at Boston University.
Day 2: Tuesday, October 3
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Explore the power of local communities in driving climate action through grassroots initiatives. This room delves into the vital role community engagement plays in addressing climate challenges, showcasing inspiring projects and strategies that empower individuals and neighborhoods to make a significant impact on the path toward a sustainable future.
Sean Schrader is in the final year of his MBA program at the University of South Florida (USF) and will graduate in the spring of 2024. He previously graduated with his undergraduate degree in business management in the spring of 2022. Throughout his life, Sean has been passionate about staying engaged to make a positive difference locally, nationally, and worldwide.
Sean has been fortunate to work with government, nonprofit, and educational institutions and aligning work with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Ultimately, Sean aspires to have a career in public service in some capacity.
Mane Umaru Saidu is a Gombe State University graduate with a BSc in Public Administration. Mane co-founded and lead the "Start the Future Initiative," an NGO dedicated to empowering and engaging youth across vital sectors like climate, leadership, and health. With a fervent commitment to sustainable development goals, particularly climate action, Mane has earned recognition, including a Certificate of Excellence from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) for contribution to the Climate Actor Accelerator Program (CAAP).
Additionally, Mane received a certificate for outstanding leadership for his role in the World Environmental Day 2023 campaign themed "Beat Plastic Pollution."
Attend one of the four 17 Rooms.
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Exploring the Dynamics of Poverty Alleviation in East African Nations: Insights from Uganda and Kenya. Join us as we delve into the unique challenges, successes, and sustainable solutions in the fight against poverty in these two East African countries.
Kaijamahe is a devoted scholar, currently immersed in the study of Law at Makerere University, while also pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Economics at Kyambogo University. He is recognized for his adaptability, unwavering discipline, and exceptional organizational abilities, which he excels at in both academic and professional pursuits.
Kaijamahe enjoys driving organizational success through seamless teamwork, effective communication, and the exchange of knowledge. Fueled by an unwavering commitment to excellence, he thrives on collaborative efforts for the betterment of our collective progress.
Sophie Javers develops outreach strategies and builds partnerships to ensure that research focused on poverty, food security, improved technology adoption, risk management, and resilience informs policy and development programming. Her efforts create knowledge sharing and engagement at local, national and international levels.
She holds a B.A. in History from Princeton and a M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford.
Ifeoluwa is a young lady passionate about nutrition and health. Her research spans community nutrition, food security, and behaviour communication change. She is a recipient of a number of awards and research grants and has scholastic articles in reputable journals. She loves singing, traveling, and bringing about changes wherever she finds herself.
She holds a masters' degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist.
Join us to discuss various facets of SDG 4, particularly relating to resources within academia for including the SDGs (4.7), training for relevant skills (4.4), and education access (4.2 & 4.3). The connections of SDG4 to other SDGs through policy and practice will also be discussed.
Esther is an undergraduate student of civil engineering at Ahmadu Bello University, in Zaria Kaduna, Nigeria. She interested in the development of world education and poverty reduction.
Aliar is the Head of Department for MSc Advanced Practice at Northumbria University London. He is also the key contact for industry and civic engagement as well as leading the Employer Engagement Advisory Board (EEAB) at London Campus. He is a highly skilled and resourceful Academic Leader with a strong background in learning and teaching pedagogies, leadership training, strategy development and consulting on SDG’s. Aliar has more than 18 years of consulting, lecturing and supervision experiences at various levels of governmental and private higher education in the UK.
He is also enthusiastic to contribute to raising public awareness for good governance, fight against corruption, the concept of global citizenship, importance of doing business ethically and significance of sustainable development in the global village. Drawing on this extensive international experience, Aliar has produced two timely works (Sustainable Development Handbook – A South Asian Perspective, 2011 and Developing The Ministerial Mindset – A Global View, 2013) (available on google search) that highlights the shortcomings of many of those called to serve in sustainability and governance. He supports several not-for-profit projects in the South Asian region that are involved with improving their living standards, sustainable business ideas and free medical treatment. He is an Editorial Board Member for Journal of Business and Retail Management Research
The SDG 8 Room discussion will explore the concept of intersectionality between skills training, access to startup funds (grants) and its significance for achieving Positive Youth Development through youth entrepreneurship.
Halimatu is a motivated and passionate individual with a vision to empower young women. She aspires to lead a generation of ethical and transformational female leaders.
Smith is a Professional Clinician and Positive Youth Development Ambassador from Malawi. He is the Principal Founder & CEO of Jehovah's Solar Cooperation (JSC), a Non-Profit NGO dedicated to Positive Youth Development, Clean Energy, Environmental Sustainability, Sustainable Development Policy Analysis and Sustainable Agri-Food Systems Research & Development in Northern Malawi.
Day 3: Wednesday, October 4
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With our shared passion for equal access to education for people with disabilities and experiences with accessibility barriers in education in the Global South, we would like to host a room to qualitatively and quantitatively examine the state of education for people with disabilities in developing countries. We hope the global input can provide insight into current inadequacies, differences in policies and governmental commitments, and possible ways international higher education and government stakeholders can help support more disability-inclusive education systems in developing countries.
Siyu (Suzanna) Chen is a Chinese-Canadian student passionate about disability equality in education and beyond. She leads and participates in evidence-based initiatives towards accessible sustainable development as a Global Youth Ambassador at Theirworld, a Millennium Fellow affiliated with United Nations Academic Impact, an Ambassador of Higher Education for Good Foundation, and a member of disabled-led education organizations, including Disabled Students UK and the Alliance for Inclusive Education.
Believing in the impact of youth leadership, Suzanna has contributed her voice as a disabled youth on various international platforms, including as a delegate at the UN Economic and Social Council Youth Forum, the UN General Assembly, and the World Bank Group Youth Summit. Most recently, she wrote and delivered an intervention as a youth and NGO representative during the 2023 UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), in which she advocated for more comprehensive consultation with civil society stakeholders and more inclusive data collection mechanisms in the Canadian Government’s effort towards the SDGs.
Oladipupo Oluwaseyi is a Sport Development Enthusiast particularly passionate about seeing sports effectively deployed as a tool of impact for individuals with special needs. He holds a B.Ed. Human Kinetics (First Class Honors), from University of Ibadan (Oyo state, Nigeria).
Oluwaseyi is presently concluding a Masters Degree in Sports Management and Policy Development at the African Union’s Flagship University ‘Pan African University Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (PAULESI), Ibadan. He runs an adapted sport initiative for individuals with visual impairment- 'See Beyond Sight' fostered by the PAULESI Center of Excellence supported by Africa Development Bank. In the next 5 years, Oladipupo envisions this initiative reaching about 5,000 individuals with visual impairment in Africa.
Day 4: Thursday, October 5
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Around 130 million girls are out of school. Why? Education is one of the most essential tools for the development of society and building of structures based on the values of inclusiveness. How can we ensure that community leaders are working on giving chances for girls to finish their schooling? What has to be done to rebuild and rethink existing leadership?
Kamila's past few years has been a journey of constant discovery for answers about humanity and its essence. Peace engagement in Pakistan, being with Tuaregs in the Algerian desert, researching social engagement in Jordan, observing social development of the Republic of Dagestan, facilitating Community Development in a Fijian village, supporting village Poland on the Pacific Ocean, learning from Australian First Nation’s Elders and speaking at multiple international events as the beginning.
Kamila is holds a masters of Innovation, Human Development, and Sustainability form University of Geneva and an ED from the European Academy of Diplomacy.
Emmanson Bright is a youth who is passionate about making social impact and is committed to learning. Emmanson is from Awka Ibom, Nigeria and currently volunteers in faucet a Ngo that is committed to reaching out to vulnerable children and teens.
She is a student of psychology at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka.
Aleezay Khaliq is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, George Mason University. Her research focuses on the sense of belonging, social integration and identity of Muslim immigrants. Her research examines how Muslim negotiate their intersectional identities based on their racial and ethnic background.
She has been teaching in the sociology department for the past 5 years. Prior to joining doctoral studies, she received a master of science and bachelors of science (Hons) in economics with a special focus on development economics.
Ukazu Beauty Uzochi holds a bachelors degree in political science. She is passionate about quality education, climate change, and gender equality. She is a member of the United Nations Girl Child education initiative advocating for gender equality through education. She is the founder of Ignite by Beauty Initiative.
God'sfavour Idowu-Agida is a Backend Developer at Versity Edge and a civil engineering student of the University of Ibadan, hailing from Ogun state, Nigeria. His career goal is to harness technology to address global challenges such as hunger, poverty, malaria, and education disparities. Currently, he's passionately working on building tech startups. In his free time, he enjoys coding, playing video games, playing chess, dancing, and applying his problem-solving skills. With expertise in software engineering and cloud development, God'sfavour is poised to make a meaningful impact in the tech world.
Wanlin Bai is a sophomore at Duke Kunshan University majoring in economics. Born and raised in China, Wanlin is passionate about poverty alleviation and rural development. She has worked to promote the use of technology among rural elders. Wanlin has the distinction of being a Difference Maker and would like to dedicate her efforts to changing the local community in the future.
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Ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all means the total achievement of all the SDGs. Sustainable management of water resources and access to safe water and sanitation are essential for unlocking economic growth, sustainable development, and productivity and provide significant leverage for existing investments in health, education, and the achievement of the other SDGs and the 2030 Agenda.
Edwin is a driven and motivated individual who is currently pursuing his bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science at CEPRES International University in Liberia. He is passionate about contributing to the improvement of healthcare systems. He is also a social entrepreneur, a community leader, and Founder and Executive Director of Youth Action Lead Liberia, a non-profit organization that advocates for climate change and youth participation in democratic processes in Liberia. He is committed to improving the lives of people in his community and beyond, and works tirelessly to promote the success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Liberia, with particular focus on SDG6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) and SDG4 (Equality Education).
Edwin holds a diploma in Medical Laboratory Assistant from the Apostle Wisdom School of Health Assistant.
Joyce has research interests in development, especially sustainable development and social policies, enterprise development and financing; Market resilience and Universal health coverage, climate change, food security, etc. She is a professor in the department of Development Management at the Faculty of Sustainable Development Studies. She has taught courses such as Theater for Development; Development Communication; Social Protection Policies and Development; Development Theories, Planning, and Policy Studies; Social Impact and Livelihood Studies; Right-Based Approach to Development; Internationalization and Education; Democracy and Development; Gender and Rural Development; Culture and Development; Human Rights Treaties and Conventions; Multicultural Education; Media Education; and Social Marketing for Public and Non-Profit Organizations, and various courses from the Development Education curriculum.
Joyce holds a PhD in Endogenous development, an MPhil in Development management, and a BA in integrated Development studies, all from the University for Development Studies, Ghana.
Luis Gillen is an EARTH University Professor for the course Integrated Waste Management since 2019. He holds a Master´s degree in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida and a Profesional Master´s degree in Project Management from Universidad Interamericana de Costa Rica.