PLENARY SPEAKERS

We are proud to present speakers for the plenary sessions (in alphabetical order). Breakout and dialogue session speakers can be found here. This page is being updated as speakers are confirmed:

Abdoul Wahab Annou, Lecturer, International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2ie)

Abdoul Wahab Annou is a Lecturer with an MBA in Management Eco-innovation (Université Paris-Dauphine/2iE, France) and a Master’s Degree in Innovation and Development of Societies (2iE, Burkina Faso). Abdoul is working closely with incubatees in Burkina Faso to provide managerial services and to coach them in finding legal, financial and technical support. Training students on different aspects of the business plan is also a strong part of his job, as well as sharing an entrepreneurial culture among students.

Bareeba Felix Budara, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda

Felix Bareeba has over thirty five years’ experience in agricultural development, teaching and training, research, management, agribusiness and consultancy. Prof. Budara has conducted research mainly on evaluation and utilization of tropical feed resources by ruminants and fodder conservation for dry season feeding, and has authored and co-authored over 80 publications on different aspects of animal production, especially in the area of feed resources evaluation, conservation and utilization and livestock farming systems. Having served in various administrative positions in the university and planned and managed various donor-funded projects, Prof. Budara is well versed with establishment and maintenance of both local and international linkage research programs.

Patricio Gabriel Belloy Kauak, Advisor, Center for Entrepreneurial Learning, Universidad Austral de Chile

Patricio Belloy is adjunct professor at the Institute of Economics, Associate Researcher at the Transdisciplinary Center for Environmental Studies (CEAM) and Advisor at the Center for Entrepreneurial Learning (CEM) at Austral University of Chile. He holds a BA in Business Administration from UACh and a M.A. in Global Studies from Leipzig University, Germany. Patricio has been involved in a number of institutional projects related to climate change, renewable energy and local development. As the coordinator of UACh’s Master Program in Human Scale Development and Ecological Economics, he has lectured and supervised different courses and theses covering the use of the Human Scale Development Approach for the improvement of quality of life in districts of the region of Los Ríos. Patricio has also worked in private consultancy, specifically in the field of carbon market development. Alongside his experience in academia and the private sector, he worked at the Directorate General for Climate Change from the European Commission.

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).

Lorlene Hoyt, Executive Director, Talloires Network, Tufts University

Dr. Lorlene Hoyt is the Interim Executive Director of the Talloires Network and Associate Research Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. From 2002-2011, Dr. Hoyt was an Assistant then Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) where she founded MIT@Lawrence, an award-winning city-campus partnership with the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts. At Tufts University, she advises graduate theses and teaches graduate seminars. From 2012-2016, she coordinated a research and writing collaboration with university faculty, staff, students and community partners who are leading exemplary university civic engagement programs in seven countries. Their collective work entitled Regional Perspectives on Learning-by-Doing: Stories from Engaged Universities Around the World will be published by Michigan State University Press in 2017.

Roberta S. Jacobson, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico

Roberta S. Jacobson was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico on May 5, 2016. Before then, she served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.  She served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, with responsibility for regional political and economic issues, management and personnel, and regional security issues.

In addition to her role as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, she was the senior coordinator for the Citizen Security initiatives in the Western Hemisphere.  From June 2007 until that date, she was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Canada, Mexico and NAFTA issues in the Bureau.  She served as Director of the Office of Mexican Affairs from December 2002.

Ms. Jacobson holds a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (1986) and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.  She also worked for the United Nations from 1982-1984 in the Center for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs.  She is the author of several articles, including “The Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women” in The United Nations and Human Rights (Oxford University Press; 1990) and “Liberation Theology as a Revolutionary Ideology.”

Japhet Killewo, Professor of Epidemiology, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania

Japhet Killewo is a professor of Epidemiology at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Tanzania. He teaches epidemiology and biostatistics to undergraduates and post-graduate students in the university and offers short courses in data management, entrepreneurship, research methodology and monitoring and evaluation to other scholars. He does research on communicable and non-communicable diseases and he was the first in Tanzania to design the largest field study for monitoring HIV infection trends and evaluating the impact of HIV interventions in one of the twenty or so regions of Tanzania. Japhet has been involved in  initiating an urban based health and demographic surveillance system in Tanzania where more than 100,000 residents of all ages are being tracked for in- and out-migration, vital events, socio-economic status and food insecurity issues. Japhet has been a focal person (human health) for Tanzania representing One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA). Japhet has been published widely in local as well as international journals and has written chapters in books and edited a section in the International Encyclopaedia of Public Health. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the derivative volume on Epidemiology and Demography in Public Health and has more than 80 published articles in journals to his credit.

Sara Ladron de Guevara, Rector of Universidad Veracruzana

Sara Ladron de Guevara is the current Rector of Universidad Veracruzana. She previously served as Provost of Acacemic Affairs at the same institution, between 1997 and 2001. In addition, she was the Director of the Museum of Anthropology of Xalapa between 1995 and 1997, and again between 2005 and 2013.

A scholar with more than 100 national and international publications under her name, Ladron has been a member of the National System of Researchers since 1993. Since 2005, she has served as an external evaluator. In 2007, she received INAH´s Popularization of Science Award to the best publication for her book Hombres y dioses de El Tajín (Men and gods of El Tajín).  She also received the acknowledgment “Mujer Veracruzana 2008” (Veracruz Woman of the Year 2008) from the Legislature and the Government of the State of Veracruz.

Ladron graduated cum laude from UV with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, and a specialization in Archeology. She went on to obtain a Master’s degree on Art History from the University of Paris I – Sorbonne and a PhD in Anthropology with an honorable mention from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Carol Ma, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University (Hong Kong)

Dr. Carol Ma is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy and the Assistant Director in the Office of Service-Learning (OSL) at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. She was awarded a W.T. Chan Fellowship to study and practice service-learning at the University of California at Los Angeles and was also awarded a Lingnan Foundation Scholarship to complete a research internship at the National Primary Health Care Centre, University of Manchester.

Since the establishment of the OSL, Lingnan University has institutionalized the idea of service-learning as part of its Liberal Arts Education. Carol is one of the leading persons in Asia to promote service-learning (SL) initiatives by setting up the joint Higher Education Network on Service-Learning in Hong Kong and the Service-Learning Asian Network in Asia.

Lorraine McIlrath, CKI Project Coordinator & Academic Staff Developer (Service Learning), National University of Ireland Galway

Lorraine is responsible for developing and supporting the introduction of the service learning component of the Community Knowledge Initiative and management of the overall project.  Prior to her present position she worked at the UNESCO Centre at the University of Ulster (1998 – 2003).  There she embedded service learning as a teaching tool and developed strong relationships with the diverse communities of Northern Ireland, transforming the conflict and working toward democratic peace.  Since joining the National University of Ireland Galway in 2004, using the experience gained though her work in Northern Ireland, she has worked with over 50 academics to develop in excess of 25 service learning modules that connect student learning to communities on the island of Ireland. She also supports student volunteering through the ALIVE programme and finds innovative ways to connect the institution with communities nationally and internationally.  In addition, through Campus Engage, a network to support civic engagement activities in Ireland, she is sharing knowledge and experience gained through coordinating the CKI with colleagues nationally.  Lorraine recently edited the book Higher Education and Civic Engagement: International Perspectives (2007).

Mapendo Mindje, Steering Committee Student Representative, Talloires Network

Mapendo is pursuing his Masters in Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resources Management at the University of Rwanda. He is seconding as a Teaching Assistant and serves as a program coordinator of level one students in the college of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Rwanda.  He also assists in teaching entrepreneurship skills to students, as a trained candidate from Solve the Equation East Africa (SEE-Rwanda) Project and acted as a facilitator in a number of trainings organized by SEE Project. His early passion and collaboration with a number of youth has strengthened his leadership skills. Mapendo co-founded the Problem Solvers Association in his village, where fellow youth gathered to discuss how to improve livelihoods by using one’s potential and talent, later use the gained income to create small and medium enterprises. Mapendo’s dream is to become a leader who serves his community and helps it to be part of solution generation, but his priority is youths as they induce long term changes.

Phil Mlanda, Co-Founder, paNhari, Zimbabwe

Phil Mlanda is a Technology Development Specialist who focuses in addressing youth unemployment by providing support for entrepreneurial initiatives in Zimbabwe. He is the co-founder of paNhari, an organization that develops youth, mainly university students, into transformational and ethical entrepreneurial leaders and responsible citizens. Through his role in paNhari, Phil has managed the development of a business incubator that houses innovative start-ups geared to address societal challenges and strengthen communities. Over 750 students have graduated from paNhari’s university-accredited program. Phil was inspired to work with higher-learning institutions in his country after working with organizations in Washington DC that include Service for Peace, and the Global Peace Foundation. During this time, Phil led projects geared toward using technology for development in marginal communities in the Dominican Republic & Kenya. Phil’s professional background as an enterprise software development lead for public and private firms has allowed him to coach paNhari program participants on lean and agile principles in the development of their businesses. Phil holds a Master of Arts Degree in Sustainable Development from the School for International Training in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science & Statistics from the University of Zimbabwe.

Maryam Mohiuddin Ahmed, Founder and Co-Director, Social Innovation Lab, Pakistan

Maryam Mohiuddin Ahmed is the Founder and Co-Director of the Social Innovation Lab,which hosts Pakistan’s first social enterprise incubator called ‘The Hatchery’. The SIL functions as a hub for Social Innovation in Pakistan and beyond, with a unique Community Engagement wing that combines sustainable development with concepts such as human centered design and appropriate technology. Combining this with Consultancy and Research wings, SIL serves as a one-of-kind bridge between academia and the field. SIL expanded operations globally in 2015 by launching a joint-venture company with its partner, UpEffect, in London called ‘InnHive’.Maryam is also a founding partner at ‘Daftarkhwan’, a unique co-working and community space in the heart of Lahore that brings together innovators and change makers under the same roof. She also previously co-founded ‘Literaty Pakistan’, a magazine and platform aimed at cultural revival by bringing Pakistani youth towards social enterprise; was a Pakistan Fellow with Acumen, a global impact investment fund with operations in Africa, Latin America and Asia; and serves as the Vice Secretary-General of the International Muslim Jewish Conference, a Vienna-based not-for-profit that brings together young Muslim and Jewish leaders from all over the world to create a more tolerant, harmonious world. Maryam holds B.A & LL.B. degrees from the Lahore University of Management Sciences and an LL.M. degree with a specialisation in International Law from the University of California, Berkeley.

Anthony Monaco, President, Tufts University

Anthony P. Monaco became the thirteenth president of Tufts University on August 1, 2011. A distinguished geneticist, he had served as the pro-vice-chancellor for planning and resources at the University of Oxford since 2007. An accomplished leader, scientist and teacher, he brings to Tufts deep-rooted commitments to academic excellence and inclusion, a global perspective and an understanding of the consequential role that universities have in society.

President Monaco holds faculty appointments as a professor of biology in the School of Arts and Sciences and as a professor of neuroscience at Tufts University School of Medicine.

A native of Wilmington, Delaware, President Monaco received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1981, and his M.D. and Ph.D. through Harvard Medical School’s Medical Scientist Training Program, where he specialized in the genetics of neurological disorders. His doctoral research led to a landmark scientific discovery: the gene responsible for X-linked Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies.

Dr. George L Openjuru, Professor of Education and First Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Gulu University

George Openjuru was formerly Dean of the School of Distance and Lifelong Learning, College of Education and External Studies Makerere University, and Head Department of Community Education and Extra-Mural Studies, Institute of Adult and Continuing Education. He was also an Associate Professor of Adult and Community Education, Makerere University. He holds a PhD in Adult Education from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has published a number of articles and books chapters in the area of lifelong learning and adult literacy education.

Dr. Openjuru is currently the Chairperson of the Uganda Adult Education Network (UGAADEN), a network of Adult Education Organizations  and Individuals in Uganda. His areas of professional specialization is Adult and Community Education with specific focus on adult literacy education, Higher Education, Educational Exclusion and Social Justice, Community Based Action Research, Community University Engagement, Lifelong Learning, and Indigenous Knowledge and Knowledge democracy. He is a partner in the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education. Coordinator of UNESCO Chair in Youth Education and Work based at Gulu University.

 Dr. Imanol Ordorika Sacristán, Activist and Professor at National Autonomous University of Mexico 

Dr. Ordorika is a social activist, political leader, academic and intellectual. In the late 80’s he initiated and led the University Student Council at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), a student organization with political power at the university. As leader of the University Student Council, he faced head-on those in the Mexican government overseeing higher education policy. He was also the founder and a prominent member of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), one of three major political parties in Mexico, formed after the 1988 electoral fraud in Mexico. He was a fierce supporter of the 2000 PRD presidential candidate but later distanced himself from the party and became a strong critic against electoral policies, corruption, and opportunistic positions political leaders play in elections. He is currently a professor of social sciences and education policy at the UNAM and a contributor for La Jornada and other Mexican media. He is recognized as an expert in higher education policy, his publications include: Universities and the Public Sphere: Knowledge creation and state building in the era of globalization, Hegemony in the age of Knowledge Critical Theories of the State and Contest in Higher Education in the Globalized Era, A decade of International University Rankings: A Critical Perspective from Latin America.

 Eduardo Rinesi, former Rector of Argentina’s National University of General Sarmiento 

Eduardo Francisco Rinesi is a philosopher, political scientist, social scientist, and educator. He was Rector of the National University of General Sarmiento from 2010 to 2014. A university he founded for first-generation students. Before that, he was head of the Institute of Human Development at the university from 2003 to 2010. Rinesi also was chair of the Sociology department at the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, one of the country’s most prestigious high schools, for more than 20 years . He has published many books and articles on politics and culture. Some of these include Política y tragedia. Hamlet, entre Hobbes y Maquiavelo (Politics and Tragedy. Hamlet, between Hobbes and Machiavelli), Buenos Aires salvaje (Wild Buenos Aires), and ¿Cómo te puedo decir? Notas sobre el pensamiento de Oscar Landi (How can I tell you? Notes on the musings of Oscar Landi).

Jorge Sanchez, Head of Technology Transfer Office, Universidad Veracruzana

Jorge has a BA in Business at the Veracruzana university, a Master in Finance from the University of Xalapa and he is currently a student of tech Master’s in commercialization of science and technology at the University of Texas at Austin, has specialized in Consultancy for family enterprises and in the generation of business models since 2011. During the last 5 years, he has taught different courses in the School of Business Administration of the University of Xalapa. He has experience in the design and operation of social projects led by students, collaborating with foundations, universities and civil society organizations as Peraj Mexico, A.C. In 2004, he began his career as an entrepreneur in the field of entertainment and food. He is former administrator of the General Directorate Office of Engagement of Universidad Veracruzana, and currently, he is the Head of the Technology Transfer Office of the same institution where he also gives consults on issues on intellectual property protection and commercialization of technology; as well as Co-coordinating the Youth Economic Paticipation Initiative (YEPI). 

Mr. Paul Sserumaga, Senior Lecturer, University of Rwanda – Nyagatare

Paul Sserumaga has a Master of Science degree in Food Production Management from the University of Nottingham and a Bachelor of Food Science and Technology degree from Makerere University. He is an employee of the University of Rwanda in the Department of Animal production, teaching animal production and entrepreneurship, and is also the project manager of Solve the Equation East Africa (SEE). Paul’s work has concentrated on the animal production industry, producing feed and rearing different species.  This industry contributed highly to his learning of business and business management.

Rajesh Tandon PRIARajesh Tandon, President, Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) & Steering Committee Member, Talloires Network

Dr. Rajesh Tandon is an internationally acclaimed leader and practitioner of participatory research and development. He founded the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), a voluntary organisation providing support to grass roots initiatives in South Asia, twenty-five years ago, and has been its Chief Functionary since 1982. Dr. Tandon specializes in social and organisational change and has contributed to the enhancement of perspectives and capacities of many voluntary activists and organizations. He has served on numerous government task forces and committees and is the founder of the Board of Directors of World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS). He has a Ph.DD from Case Western Reserve University and undergraduate and graduate degrees in electronic engineering and management. He has written a number of articles, books and manuals on Participatory Research and related topics. Recent publications include Citizen Participation and Democratic Governance: In Our Hands; and Participatory Citizenship, Identity, Exclusion, Inclusion. Dr. Tandon is currently the co-chair for the UNESCO Chair on Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education.

Nieves Tapia, Founder and Director, Latin American Center for Service-Learning

Nieves Tapia is the Founder and Director of the Latin American Center for Service-Learning, a major provider of training, program development assistance, and research in Latin America and beyond, and a partner regional organization of the Talloires Network.  From 1997 to 2009 she initiated and coordinated national service-learning programs for the Argentina Ministry of Education.  In 2002 and 2003 she coordinated the Solidarity Program Schools for the city of Buenos Aires.

A professor history with over 30 years of experience in tertiary and secondary education, she is the author of numerous books and articles about service learning in Spanish, English, Portuguese and Italian. A pioneering leader in higher education civic engagement (and in primary and secondary education as well), she has delivered speeches at higher education conferences in many countries including Ireland, Australia, Spain, South Africa, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and U.S.  Prof. Tapia was a founding board member of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. She has participated in numerous national and international selection panels including the Presidential Award Solidarity Schools in Argentina and the Talloires Network’s MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship and Youth Economic Participation Initiative.

Norngainy Tawil, Deputy Director at Center of Entrepreneurship and SMEs Development, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 

Norngainy Mohd Tawil is the Associate Professor and is currently the Deputy Director at Centre of Entrepreneurship and SMEs Development, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and member of The Association of ASEAN-Japan Entrepreneurship Education (AAJEE). Norngainy obtained her PHD in Property Finance from University of Malaya. By attending Entrepreneurial Courses for MOE-DCU at Dublin City University, Ireland and as a Stanford Faculty Fellow at Stanford Technology Venture Program (STVP), Stanford University, USA, she strengthened her knowledge and capability as an entrepreneurship educator. She coached and mentored start-ups among students and micro entrepreneurs. She was appointed as trainer and assisted in developing modules for entrepreneurship courses at UKM, Social Entrepreneurship for the Institute of Social Malaysia, Young entrepreneurs for SMECorp Malaysia, and the graduate entrepreneurs program for students at HEI. Her research interests are online teaching and learning, entrepreneurship development, and property finance.

Adam Weinberg, President, Denison University

Adam Weinberg joined Denison University as its 20th president on July 1, 2013. He previously served as president and CEO of World Learning, one of the premier international education, exchange and development organizations. World Learning works with young people from more than 140 countries, helping them develop the ability to address critical global issues.

Previously, he was vice president and dean of the college at Colgate University, where he was a member of the sociology department for more than a decade. At Colgate, he gained national prominence for his work on increasing the level of civic engagement at colleges and universities. He also founded a number of organizations, including the Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education (COVE) and the Partnership for Community Development.

Director of the Raymond Ackerman Academy, Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town

Elli Yiannakaris is the director of the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development. Elli is responsible for the management of the RAA Cape Town campus, including student selection, curriculum development and design, stakeholder relationships, marketing, incubation support and strategy. In the time she has been director of the RAA she has built a respected and credible program with measurable success. RAA alumni have featured prominently in national entrepreneurship programs and to date, over 75% of RAA Cape Town alumni are contactable and approximately 90% of those are economically active.

Under her leadership the Raymond Ackerman Academy was selected to be part of the Talloires Network Youth Economic Participation Initiative. Experience and areas of Interest: Youth, entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurial mind-sets, inclusive education, livelihoods development, soft skills development, school to career transition.

Yiannakaris holds a honours in Business Science from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and is currently enrolled for a Masters in Commerce at UCT in the field of youth entrepreneurship.