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Seyma Sevik, Anadolu University, Turkey

Seyma is a first-year graduate student of Creative Drama in Education. She graduated in 2015 with her Bachelor’s Degree in English Language Teaching, and is now focused heavily on children’s education and language teaching. She is also a member of the Contemporary Drama Association, through which she organizes drama workshop for people of all ages. She is involved in many social responsibility projects of creative drama, and sees creative drama as a way to take people’s natural world, creative play, and develop it further using theater techniques to create learning experiences. She was a 2017 Elephant Initiative fellow for the Talloires Network.

Sebastian Suze, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

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)

Mark Wilson, Director of Civic Learning Initiatives, Auburn University

Dr. Mark Wilson is Director of Civic Learning Initiatives and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University. He holds degrees from the University of Mobile (B.A. Religion), McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University (Master of Divinity), and Auburn University (Ph.D. History).  He is the author of William Owen Carver’s Controversies in the Baptist South, co-author of the forthcoming book Living Democracy: Students as Citizens, Communities as Classrooms, and several articles.

Wilson is an Appalachian Teaching Fellow with the Appalachian Regional Commission and Secretary of the Alabama Historical Association. His teaching duties include Introduction to Community and Civic Engagement, as well as practicum courses which provide living-learning experiences for students in rural, Alabama communities and beyond. He has coordinated contracts and grants with the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Appalachian Regional Commission, Kettering Foundation, David Mathews Center for Civic Life, Alabama Humanities Foundation, and others.  Wilson is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Issues Forums Institute.

Enrique Ochoa, CLAYSS, Argentina

Enrique Ochoa holds a Bachelor in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires with a specialization in International Relations and Negotiations by FLACSO and the University of San Andrés.

Between 2000 and 2015 he was a consultant in the Ministry of Education of the Nation, specializing in the promotion of service-learning projects in schools, higher institutes, universities and youth organizations.

Since the creation of CLAYSS, he has contributed to the development of the international work of the organization, participates in the meetings of the Ibero-American Network of Learning-Service and coordinates the Latin American node of the Talloires Network of Universities.

Since 2010 he is the coordinator of the Support Program for Latin American solidarity universities.

He adds to these activities the development of his teaching career at both the middle and university level and his experience in teaching workshops and courses.

Trang Vuong, Hanoi Architecture University, Vietnam

Trang Vuong is a professor at Hanoi Architecture University. She received her Masters Degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and was a Fulbright fellow. Most recently, she was a member of the Talloires Network Secretariat as a visiting scholar. She managed the University Education for Transformative Leadership in Africa program and contributed to several publications including:

Vuong, Trang, Newcomb Rowe, Amy, Hoyt, Lorlene, and Carrier, Carol. “Assessing Faculty Perspectives on Rewards and Incentives for Community-Engaged work. A Multi-national Exploratory Study.” Gateways: International Journal of Community Research.

Nguyen, Long, Singalavanija Tossatham, Vuong, Trang. 2014. “Engaging the Future.” Retrieved from

From the MacJannet Foundation:

Bruce Berzin  has over 40 years of experience in Finance and General Management in both the private and non-profit sectors. He has been responsible for multiple organizational turnarounds, specializing in risk management, finance, and operations.

Bruce most recently served as President and Board Member of Habitat for Humanity of Fairfield County (CT, USA). Prior to that, Bruce was the Chief Operating Officer and Board Member of Dalet S.A., a publicly traded French software company.  Bruce began his career at J.P. Morgan & Co. where his 25-year career spanned Corporate Finance, Risk Management, Control, and Banking, in New York and Paris. His volunteer interests have centered on Housing and Homelessness. He a Trustee and Treasurer of the MacJannet Foundation and a Board Member of the Family and Children’s Services of Greater Lynn.

Bruce earned his MBA at the Harvard Business School and attended Lehigh University where he graduated with honors in Industrial Engineering.

Dan Rottenberg (bio forthcoming)