Facilitating Sustainable Change through Education and Integration
GLOBAL ISSUES NETWORK 12th European ANNUAL CONFERENCE
23 – 25 March 2017
Andy Cunningham – Andy came at our annual GIN conference in 2009 – a truly inspiring young man who over the last 10 years has emerged as a global leader in advancing access to quality education through innovation for the most marginalized children. In 2006, Andy co-founded the Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research (WISER) in Muhuru Bay, Kenya as the first girls’ secondary boarding school and community centre for development in the region. He now works for the Aga Khan Foundation in Geneva.
Isabel Falkenberg – We met Isabel – who is the CEO of Walkabout -in November at the GIN Forum organised by the Halcyon’s GIN students in London, and she impressed us with her dynamism and the very hands on approach of her foundation. Walkabout Foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on funding research to find a cure for paralysis and donating wheelchairs to people in need around the world.
Sophia-Jansen – our youngest speaker so far as she is just 10 years old ! Sophia initiated her Garden Concerts for the Mobile Mini Circus for children in Kabul following watching the prestigious Dutch TV awarded programme called “Floortjeto the end of the World” in which Floortje Dessing featured David Mason’s Mobile Mini Circus (which mission is to bring the joy of educational entertainment to thousands of children through performances and workshops in Kabul) . Both David and Floortje (if she is in Europe in March) will “assist” Sophia in her presentation !
Marie Christine Nibagwire- as a survivor of the genocide in Rwanda, Marie Christine arrived in the UK in 1998 as an asylum seeker. A fears later she founded “Saferefugerwanda” to help refugees and survivors of the Rwandan genocide rebuild their lives.
Rob and Paul Forkan- who tragically lost their parents in the 2004 Sri Lanka tsunami created a company that devotes 10% of its profits to helping orphans in that region. Gandys, a new “brand for good”, now sells flip flops in over 400 stores in the UK and globally, with the support of high profile fans including Richard Branson!
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