BREAKOUT AND DIALOGUE SESSION LEADERS

The Talloires Network is proud to introduce the Dialogue and Breakout Session leaders for TNLC 2017 (in alphabetical order). Plenary session speakers can be found here. This page is being updated:

Elvis Akomoneh, Lecturer, Saint Monica University Cameroon

Elvis Akomoneh is a Lecturer and former Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Saint Monica University Cameroon and Guest Lecturer at the University of Bamenda, Northwest Cameroon. He holds a Master’s degree in Microbiology and is currently a final-year PhD student at the University of Buea. With a strong background in Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Medical Laboratory Technology, his research interest centers around emerging infectious diseases, an established cause of morbidity and mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa. Elvis actively embeds civic engagement in his teaching and research. He initiated the Saint Monica University Health Center Franchise Project while working as the Coordinator of the School of Health and Human Services and is currently overseeing the projects in communities. He is also the Founder of Access Care Foundation, a community based Non-Governmental Organization which aims to promote access to quality health care, especially for the uninsured and the under-served, as well as join in the fight against highly prevalent communicable diseases including HIV, Malaria, Typhoid, Diarrhea, Tuberculosis and non-communicable diseases especially hypertension, diabetes, obesity, drug and alcohol addiction thereby improving the health of everyone in Cameroon.

Salvador Malo Álvares, Director, University Higher Education for Mexico

Biography forthcoming

Lisa Andersen, Program Manager, UTS Shopfront Community Program, University of Technology Sydney

Lisa is responsible for the overall direction, management, quality and activities of Australia’s longest running, cross-faculty community engagement program, UTS Shopfront Community Program, where she oversees dealings between staff and students and the community sector. She also supervises and manages a range of research and community-based projects through student coursework projects and internships.Lisa was a founder of Shopfront in 1996, but has also researched extensively in the creative and cultural industries including as Research Manager at the national industry development program, Creative Industries Innovation Centre, as Senior Researcher on the Australian Research Council’s CAMRA cultural mapping in regional Australia project, and as Manager of the Empty Spaces Project that facilitated ‘meanwhile’ creative and community uses for empty shops and buildings in Australia.

Her books include Creative Business in Australia (UTS ePress 2015), All Culture is Local (UTS ePress, 2013, with Margaret Malone) and Making Meaning, Making Money: directions for arts and cultural industries in The Creative Age (Cambridge Scholars Press 2008).

In 2014 Lisa was awarded a National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, and in 2005 she received a National Award for University Teaching for the Provision of Education Services to the Community.

Derek Barker, Program Officer, Kettering Foundation

Derek W. M. Barker is a program officer at the Kettering Foundation. With a background in political theory, he works primarily on research concerning the democratic role of higher education institutions; philanthropy and nonprofit organizations; journalism; and the professions. Barker is the coeditor (with David W. Brown) of Kettering’s Higher Education Exchange and also works closely with the foundation’s team of resident researchers.Barker’s contributions to Kettering research include “The Colonization of Civil Society” in the Kettering Review (2010) and the coauthored working paper Research on Civic Capacity (2011).  Barker’s academic publications include the book, Tragedy and Citizenship: Conflict, Reconciliation, and Democracy from Haemon to Hegel (SUNY Press, 2009). He recently published an article on the intersection between deliberative democratic theory and virtue ethics in Political Theory. He has also published scholarly articles on topics such as oligarchy and modern representative government; Wilson C. McWilliams and the state of contemporary populism; and conceptual frameworks for “engaged” forms of scholarship.Barker’s previous experience includes an appointment as visiting assistant professor of political studies at Pitzer College. He holds a PhD in political science from Rutgers University.


Abraham Muñoz Barbosa, CEO of Education for Sharing
Abraham holds an Executive MBA from the IPADE Bussiness School and is an Industrial Engineer from the Universidad Iberoamericana. He also holds Project Management Diplomas from the ITAM (Mexico) and International Finance from the Columbia Business School (USA). He has held executive positions in companies such as Banco Santander, Cemex/Neoris, and Grupo Tadco.In 2012 he was recognized as distinguished alumni of the Universidad Iberoamericana for his social impact. In 2013, he obtained the “Outstanding Innovation Award” from the Dell Education Challenge. Abraham has also been part of the selection panel of Ashoka’s program “Escuelas Transformadoras”.Abraham is the CEO of Education for Sharing (E4S), an international non for profit organization that forms better citizens from childhood. E4S has the mission of forming better citizens from childhood using education innovation and playful activities. Its four programs, Sports, Science, Arts, and Initiatives for Sharing aim to help children to empower themselves as local change makers by learning about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the practice of civic values.
Jamie Cassels, President of the University of Victoria

Prof. Jamie Cassels, QC, is the president of the University of Victoria. His areas of research expertise include remedies, legal theory, contracts, and torts. Other interests include environmental issues, law and society in India, and race and gender issues in the law of tort. In April 2016, he was honoured with the Chair’s Award of Distinction by the United Way of Greater Victoria, its most prestigious award, in recognition of his longstanding commitment to the United Way

Houy Siew Chua, International Medical University, Malaysia

Biography forthcoming.

Phillip Clay, former Chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Phillip L. Clay, PhD served as the Chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2001 until 2011. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a doctorate from MIT. Professor Clay also held other leadership positions at MIT and was Department Head at  the Department of Urban Studies and Planning where he has been a faculty member since 1976. Professor Clay is widely known for his work in U.S. housing policy and urban development.

Professor Clay is Chair of the Board of The Community Builders, Inc., one of the nation’s largest nonprofit developers of affordable housing. He is a member on several foundation and nonprofit boards, including The Kresge Foundation and The MasterCard Foundation. Professor Clay also has experience in public higher education as a member of the board of the University of North Carolina. He is a member of the board of the Aga Khan University.

Nelly Corbel, Executive Director, Lazord Foundation

Nelly Corbel is the Executive Director of the Lazord Foundation and an independent consultant in civic education. Prior to this, she served as the Associate Director of the Gerhart Center forPhilanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo (AUC) until March 2015, where she has been providing leadership to a number of programs including the Ma’an Alliance for an Engaged Higher Education, AUC’s Community Based Learning Program (CBL) where she served as a Board Member.

She holds an MA in International Affairs: Civil Society Development and Conflict Resolution from the American University in Paris (AUP), a Mastère 2 in Sciences Economiques et Sociales: Sociologie des Conflits from the Institut Catholique de Paris, and a BA in International Politics from AUP. Nelly Corbel is also a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School’s executive education program on the strategic management for leaders of non-profit organizations. She has been the recipient of the Annenberg fellowship, the Newman fellowship for Social Justice, and was the representative of the Dalai Lama Fellowship in Egypt.

Gunther Dietz, professor of interculturalism at Universidad Veracruzana

Dr. Gunther Dietz is a specialist on issues relating to minority, indigenous, and ethnic communities, including migration and integration. With an M.A. and D.Phil. in Anthropology from Hamburg University, Dr. Dietz’s main research interests are in minority integration and development policies in indigenous regions, ethnicity, and intercultural and interreligious education. He has also focused on the concept of ethnic and multiculturalist movements and non-governmental organizations as new social actors.

As a current Research Professor at the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico, Dr. Dietz’s area of study includes ethnographic fieldwork on handicraft and indigenismo policy as well as on indigenous communities and ethnic movements in Michoacán. His area of study expands to migrant communities, non-governmental organizations, “multiculturalist” social movements, and intercultural education in Hamburg and Andalusia, Spain. He has also taught at the Universities of Hamburg, Granada, Ghent, and Aalborg (Denmark) due to his educational background in anthropology, Hispanic studies, philosophy, and sociology.

Theodore Duxbury, M.Pharm candidate, Rhodes University South Africa

Theodore Duxbury is an M.Pharm student at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa supported by the 2016 and 2017 Research Development Programme Grant awarded to Prof. Sunitha Srinivas. He completed a certificate in peer mentoring with the Trojan Academic Initiative (TAI) Student Peer Mentoring Programme in 2014 and graduated with a B.Pharm in 2016. He also completed a Good Clinical Practice course with Research and Training Solutions (Retrasol) in 2016.  His work addresses health and gender inequalities and facilitates health promotion through leadership strengthening at Rhodes University and in the Grahamstown community. These activities include: workplace health promotion; National Science Festival exhibitions; student volunteering; National Science Week workshops; and student mentorships. He is also the Faculty of Pharmacy postgraduate representative, chairperson of the Rhodes University Anglican Society and engages in a variety of spiritual activities on and off campus.

Filliam Efiti, Dean of the School of Media Technology, LivingStone International University Uganda

Filliam Efiti is the Dean of the School of Media Technology at LivingStone International University, where he also lectures course units in the same school. He is a journalist by profession, and is currently pursuing a PhD Communication and Media at Kisii University, Kenya. Filliam has 25 years of experience in the field of media and community engagement, including with the African Development Bank Smallholders Agricultural Program in Uganda, Refugee Repatriation programs in Uganda and South Sudan with Danish Refugee Council, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Northern Uganda, Internship Program entrenchment as solution to joblessness and community engagement in LivingStone International University. Currently, he manages the community engagement program, internship, research and partnership programs in the LivingStone International University, besides the position of a Dean and lecturer.

Joseph Francis, Professor, University of Venda

Joseph Francis is a development practitioner and academic who holds a Ph.d. in integrated crop-livestock systems from the University of Zimbabwe. Currently, he is an Associate Professor as well as the Director of the Centre for Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation at the University of Venda in South Africa. Prior to this appointment, he was a Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Youth Studies at UNIVEN, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Pretoria’s Postgraduate School of Agriculture and Rural Development and Lecturer at the Zimbabwe Open University. He has worked extensively with grassroots communities in Southern Africa, including Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Particularly noteworthy is his leadership of the on-going Amplifying Community Voices program, which won a silver award in the Impumelelo Innovation Trust competition in 2007 and third prize in the MacJannet Prize of Global Citizenship in June 2011. He has authored academic books and more than 25 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Daniela Gargantini, former Vice Rector of Argentina’s Catholic University of Córdoba

Daniela Mariana Gargantini is a professor and researcher of architecture and planning. She currently is a researcher at the Experimental Center of Affordable Housing at CONICET, the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina. She remains a professor at the Catholic University of Córdoba, where she was Vice Rector from 2005 to 2011. Some of her published works include Índice de gestión socio-habitacional. Pautas operativas para monitorear la gestión sociohabitacional en municipios (Indicators for the monitoring and evaluation of socio-housing management in non-metropolitan cities), Reformas legislativas y el acceso de los pobres al suelo urbano: análisis crítico de las actuales propuestas normativas (Legislative reforms and the access of the poor to urban land: critical analysis of current policy proposals).

Prof. Catherine Odora Hoppers, Chair in Development Education at the University of South Africa

Professor Hoppers is a pioneer in the study of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS). Hoppers, who led a task force that drafted South Africa’s IKS Policy, is also an expert in local knowledge generation, disarmament, and democratizing society through higher education. Hoppers has served many international organizations including UNESCO as a Basic Education expert and on the World Economic Forum on Benefit Sharing and Value Addition Protocols. Some of Professor Hoppers’ accolades include UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning Honorary Fellow, the Nelson Mandela Distinguished Africanist Award, the Presidential Medal of Honour from the president of Uganda, and selection as an Ambassador for Non-Violence at the Durban Universities’ International Centre for Non-Violence.

Ignacio Irarrázaval, Director of Centro de Políticas Públicas, Universidad Católica, Chile

Ignacio Irarrázaval is Director of the Public Policy Center and Associate Professor of Public Policy at the institute of Sociology, both at Catholic University of Chile. His research interests are poverty, social development, civil society organizations and policy evaluation. Ignacio received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Social Policy from The London School of Economics.

Ignacio Irarrázaval is Director of the Public Policy Center and Associate Professor of Public Policy at the institute of Sociology, both at Catholic University of Chile. His research interests are poverty, social development, civil society organizations and policy evaluation. He has been heavily involved in the promotion of public engagement within Catholic University of Chile. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and Interamerican Development Bank in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala and Perú and earned his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Social Policy from The London School of Economics.

Ignacio has published a range of journal articles, book chapters and discussion papers; among them: “The role of community organizations in fighting poverty in Chile”, “Comparative non profit sector study: Chile”, “Too much or too little? The role of tax incentives in promoting philanthropy” and “Social information systems and social protection”

Mathew Johnson, Associate Dean of the College for Engaged Scholarship and Director of the Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service, Brown University

Mathew Johnson serves as the Associate Dean of the College for Engaged Scholarship and Director of the Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service. As Associate Dean of the College for Engaged Scholarship Dean Johnson is responsible for facilitating and coordinating engaged scholarship activities of faculty and students. As Director of the Swearer Center, Dean Johnson provides the vision and strategic leadership for the Center. Prior to his appointment at Brown, he was a tenured faculty member and founding director of the Center for Academic Community Engagement at Siena College. Dean Johnson began his career as a graduate of Siena College (1993) after which he earned his Ph.D. at Brandeis University (Sociology, M.A. 2000, Ph.D. 2002). He is committed to critical furtherance of higher education’s civic mission and believes strongly that rigorous experiential education is a fundamental to robust liberal arts and sciences. Dean Johnson’s areas of scholarly activity include considerations of the role institutions play in creating or inhibiting personal, political, and community agency; community organization and agency in indigenous and rural communities; and development as creator/inhibitor of community agency.

Martina Jordaan, Senior Lecturer, University of Pretoria

Martina Jordaan is a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria responsible for the compulsory module, Community-based Project Module (code: JCP), for all undergraduate students of the Faculty Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology. Her experiences as an educator and field worker in the informal settlements next to Pretoria ensured that she was able to develop this module and adapt it to the challenging circumstances in South Africa. Martina received the University of Pretoria’s Community Engagement Award for 2014/2015. The module received recognition via the Education Innovation Awards (2006), as a finalist for the MacJannet Prize (2010) and won the Marketing Advancement & Communication in Education (MACE) Excellence Award in the Category: Integrated campaigns/projects and Subcategory: Social responsibility Citizenship Development in 2014. In 2016 she was one of the awardees for the University Education for Transformative Leadership in Africa Faculty Support of the Talloires Network.

Martina has a doctorate in History and a Masters in Development Studies. She was previously head of the Education Museum in Pretoria and thereafter responsible for the development of pre-schools in the informal settlements next to Pretoria as well as skills development of staff of various schools in Pretoria. She is a co-author of published chapters in books and has published articles in accredited journals and has presented various papers at national and international conferences.

Hlekani Kabiti, PhD Candidate, University of Venda, South Africa

Ms. Hlekani Muchazotida Kabiti holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness Management from the University of Venda where she is currently completing a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics. Since 2010, Kabiti has been an integral participant in the Amplifying Community Voices (ACV) program, which promotes engaged scholarship in rural community development. She was one of the pioneering leaders and is currently Chairperson of the Amplifying Community Voices Students Association (ACVoSA). ACVoSA leads efforts to develop students’ capacity to contribute to community-engaged scholarship for rural development. In 2012, Kabiti participated in the Eastern/Southern African and Virginia Networks and Association Study Abroad Program run by the University of Virginia as well as the 2013 Intensive Inter-session Program.

James Koh Kwee Choy, Head of the Department of Medicine, International Medical University, Malaysia

James Koh is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Medicine at the International Medical University (IMU) where he has been a faculty member since 2000. He also serves as the Infectious Diseases Consultant at the Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar in Seremban, Malaysia. James completed his subspecialty training in infectious diseases at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia. His research interests lie in the area of HIV medicine, infectious diseases, advocacy, marginalized communities, and the use of information technology in the practice of medicine. James has served on many conference and workshop program committees in delivering updates on HIV medicine and infectious diseases and the training of medical officers aspiring to be physicians. He has served in an advisory role for a number of NGO’s that cater to the needs of marginalized communities in Malaysia. Koh was the leader of the team that pioneered the adoption of an aboriginal village as an avenue for providing teaching-learning experiences for IMU students. This initiative received the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship in 2013.

Margaret Malone, Managing Editor of Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Margaret Malone has over 25 years’ experience in publishing, both in Australia and England. For the last ten years, she has been the Managing Editor of the online peer-reviewed ejournal Gateways, which publishes excellence in community-university engaged research and practice. As well as being responsible for every aspect of the journal’s editorial process, Margaret has mentored emerging academics and those from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, as part of Gateways’ mission to widen participation in the dissemination of engaged research. Margaret has also worked variously as researcher, writer and editor on a wide range of collaborative publishing projects, including All Culture is Local (UTS ePress 2013, co-editor with Lisa Andersen); By-Roads and Hidden Treasures: Mapping Cultural Assets in Regional Australia (UWA Publishing 2015); and Creative Business in Australia (UTS ePress 2015). She is interested in oral history and art and has worked with the Art Gallery of NSW on their exhibition publications.

Pakiname Yousri Mamdouh, Program Manager, Ma’an Arab University Alliance, American University in Cairo

Pakiname is currently working as a Program Manager for Ma’an Arab University Alliance, at the John D. Gerhart center at the American University in Cairo. Her work involves developing and advancing the Ma’an Alliance nationally and regionally, and conducting strategic planning for Maan including outreach, partnerships, fundraising. Her main role is leading the efforts of institutionalizing Maan and scaling it both nationally and regionally, as well as implementing the activities and objectives of both the NED and the RBF Grants.

She has previously worked as a Senior Development Specialist in Charge of Cooperation with European Countries in the Cabinet of the Minister of International Cooperation. As an assistant to the Minister, her responsibilities included acting as a coordinator and a focal point with European Countries’ Embassies in Egypt, as well as European agencies of development in addition to conducting research in relevance to development aid and cooperation between Egypt and European Countries. She was also responsible for monitoring and assessing development projects carried out with European partners. Pakiname holds an MA degree in Political Science from the Saint Joseph University in Beirut.

Laura Selene Mateos Cortes, Research Professor of Intercultural Studies, Universidad Veracruzana

Laura holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa (Mexico), an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Universidad de Granada (Spain). She is a currently research professor in Intercultural Studies at Universidad Veracruzana. She has published prolifically and her latest writings include: Los Estudios Interculturales en Veracruz (Editorial de la Universidad Veracruzana, 2009), La migración transnacional del discurso intercultural (Abya Yala, 2010), Interculturalidad y educación intercultural en México (SEP, 2013), Universidades interculturales en México: balance crítico e la primera década (co-coordinador, topic issue of the journal Revista Mexicana de Investigación Educativa, Mexico-City, 2016.

Janice McMillan, Senior Lecturer and Director of Global Citizenship Program, University Cape Town

Janice joined the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1994 first in the Department of Adult Education where she trained community activists and educators, and since 2000, in the Centre for Higher Education Development. From 1999 – 2001 she was the UCT representative on a national service-learning research and development project funded by the Ford Foundation. From 2010-2014, she was seconded 50% as the service-learning Coordinator of Stanford University’s Bing Overseas Study program in Cape Town where she was responsible for establishing community partnerships and leading a required seminar on service, citizenship and social justice. Currently, she is Senior Lecturer and Director of UCT’s Global Citizenship (GCP) program, which she co-founded in 2010.

Janice obtained her PhD (Sociology) in 2008 from UCT, analyzing service learning as a form of boundary work in higher education. Janice’s teaching and research interests focus on service learning, critical pedagogy and reflective practice, the relationship between community engaged pedagogy and curriculum transformation, and the identity and role of educators in higher education – particularly of emergent black scholars. Since 2016, she has been a faculty representative on the university’s curriculum change working group (CCWG). The CCWG was established with the explicit aim of exploring curriculum transformation in the post #RhodesMustFall context.

Deborah Nassanga, Student at School of Media Technology, LivingStone International University Uganda

Deborah Nassanga is a fourth-year student at School of Media Technology LivingStone International University, Uganda. She coordinates Internship and Student-Community Engagement projects, and also leads a student team of Media Technology students whose internship program relies on how to build attachment, intimacy, and innovation in social entrepreneurship with the communities through media, technology, and public communication. Deborah led the students in two major community-building programs through meetings, practicum, and workshops, and was involved in shooting two documentaries in collaboration with community groups within the Bungokho Rural Development Program. She also held the position of Guild Speaker, Public Relations Officer of the Guild Election Commission at LivingStone International University 2014-2015, is a writer for the LivingStone Media Academy and  is well known for being a public speaker and community mobilizer in rural setting especially on health issues and community sustenance. Currently,  Deborah is a Student’s Mentor  for the academic year 2016-2017, Project Manager for English Club to support students from non-English speaking nations, Coordinator for Volunteering Club 2014-2017.

Prof. Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor of Simon Fraser University, Canada

Professor Andrew Petter is the President and Vice-Chancellor of Simon Fraser University in Canada. A lawyer by training, he also has played a key role in programs fostering dialogue between the community and the university. Since becoming President, Professor Petter has overseen the development and implementation of a Strategic Vision that seeks to distinguish SFU as Canada’s Engaged University “defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting edge research, and far-reaching community engagement.” He has worked to make SFU a leader in community engagement, pioneering programs such as SFU Public Square (to foster public dialogue on key public issues), promoting community-based research initiatives such as the Hakai Network (to undertake collaborative research with First Nations in support of environmental and social sustainability), and establishing community engagement centers (to serve as hubs for service learning, community-based research and community programming).

Mariana Perez Rivera, Head, Department of Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation, Universidad Veracruzana

Mariana Alejandrina Pérez Rivera is a professional in Advertising and Public Relations, graduate of the University of Veracruz, at present completing a Master’s in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Salamanca. She has collaborated with social institutions such as the National System for Integral Family Development (DIF) of Veracruz, foundations and civil society organizations. She has vast experience in organizing cultural events for fund-raising for various causes. Mariana is also an entrepreneur in the field of advertising and marketing. Currently, she is an independent consultant in marketing, entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility, as well as the head of the Department of Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation (Emprende UV) and Co-coordinator of Youth Economic Participation Initiative (YEPI) at the Universidad Veracruzana.

Prof. Andrew Vann, Vice-Chancellor and President, Charles Sturt University, Australia

Professor Andrew Vann is the Vice-Chancellor and President of Charles Sturt University in Australia.  Charles Sturt University, is a university that is led by the motto “for the public good.” The university develops holistic, far-sighted people who help their communities grow and flourish. Acknowledging the culture and insight of Indigenous Australians, CSU’s ethos is clearly described by the Wiradjuri phrase: ‘yindyamarra winhanganha’ (‘the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in’.) 

Professor Vann’s experience ranges from civil engineering and artificial intelligence to pedagogical change in engineering programs. He is a firm believer of access to education for indigenous communities and as the leader of CSU, continues to nurture an environment at the university that fosters and embraces diversity and individual growth.

Mark Wilson, Coordinator of Community and Civic Engagement, Auburn University

Mark Wilson is coordinator of community and civic engagement in the College of Liberal Arts, or CLA. He earned a doctorate in history from Auburn University and has assisted CLA in outreach efforts since 2006. He teaches Introduction to Community and Civic Engagement, coordinates practicum courses for students minoring in community and civic engagement and directs externally funded projects with communities, faculty and students. He is an Appalachian Teaching Fellow with the Appalachian Regional Commission, secretary of the Alabama Historical Association, a member of the board of directors for Bridge Builders Alabama and Just Connections and an advisory board member of Jean Dean Reading is Fundamental. Current projects include a mentoring project in Macon County funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission; Living Democracy, an ambitious experiment in long-term collaborations with students and communities funded by the Kettering Foundation; and an internship program with the David Mathews Center for Civic Life in Alabama.

Sebastian Zuze, Certification Services Director, Zimbabwe National Standards Body

Sebastian Zuze currently serves as the Certification Services Director of Zimbabwe’s National Standards Body (SAZ). He has previously worked in industry for nearly two decades in the Food and Manufacturing Sectors. He is an accomplished entrepreneur, the founder and owner of one of Zimbabwe’s Infrastructure Construction and Maintenance Company. Sebastian works collaboratively with a variety of businesses, government, churches and the independent sectors. He has Leadership and practical skills in the design, validation and delivery of a range of Corporate Leadership and Strategy courses and programmes to meet a variety of stakeholder needs.

He is a business consultant for the World Bank Entrepreneurship Skill Development Program called “Stepping It Up”. He is also a high profile motivational speaker, has a range of presentations which he has presented at both national and international forums. Sebastian is a holder of a Master of Business Leadership degree (MBL) and a holder of a Bachelor of Applied Sciences, BSc (Honours) in Applied Chemistry from the National University of Science and Technology. Sebastian is also a part time lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), a part time lecturer at the Catholic University in Zimbabwe (CUZ).