Expert Speaker Initiative

Our extensive network allows us to connect with expert speakers from all around the world. We believe in the power of learning first-hand from other people‘s experiences, and being able to illustrate the concepts we cover in all of our programs with examples of people whose daily work revolves around the issues of global significance that we care about.

Listed below is a sampling of experts that have worked with Envoys in the past, who could potentially join your program through webinars, Q&A sessions, workshops, live interviews and virtual tours. Our networks are wide, and, depending on the timing, Envoys is able to seek out expert speakers on a topic of your choice.

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    Dr. Fernando ReimersBoston, MA, United States
    Dr. Fernando Reimers
    Boston, MA, United States

    Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He studies and teaches about innovative education policies and programs that help students develop competencies necessary for civic participation, work and life in the 21st century. He also works in the area of global citizenship education and in how to align education policies with the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

    Tags: international education, education policy, higher education, 21st century skills, civics education

    Dr. Carolyn FinneyMiddlebury, VT, United States
    Dr. Carolyn Finney
    Middlebury, VT, United States

    PhD, Scholar-in-Residence, Environmental Affairs at Middlebury College. She is a storyteller, author and a cultural geographer. The aim of her work is to develop greater cultural competency within environmental organizations and institutions, challenge media outlets on their representation of difference, and increase awareness of how privilege shapes who gets to speak to environmental issues and determine policy and action.

    Tags: outdoor education, experiential education, race and privilege, environmental justice, environmental policy

    Manjula DissanayakeGaitherburg, MD, United States
    Manjula Dissanayake
    Gaitherburg, MD, United States

    Manjula is the Founder of Educate Lanka Foundation, whose mission is to empower economically disadvantaged children and youth by enhancing their access to education, mentoring, and employment opportunities in Sri Lanka. Their students are driven leaders who are committed to personal and professional advancement while creating positive changes in their communities. Manjula is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and currently lives in the greater DC area.

    Tags: cross-cultural education, Sri Lanka, non-profits, educational access, education inequality, fundraising

    Casey LartigueSeoul, South Korea
    Casey Lartigue
    Seoul, South Korea

    Advocate and activist for educational freedom who has gained recognition in both South Korea and the United States. He is now based in South Korea where he is co-founder and International Director of Teach North Korean Refugees Global Education Center, along with South Korean researcher, Lee Eunkoo.

    Tags: North Korea, South Korea, ESL, non-profits, TEFL, entrepreneurship

    Liz RickettsAccra, Ghana
    Liz Ricketts
    Accra, Ghana

    Co-founder of The OR Foundation, an organization working to expand perspectives across borders and beyond single stories, and coordinator of Dead White Man’s Clothes, a multimedia research project exploring the secondhand clothing trade in the context of Accra, Ghana.

    Tags: supply chain economics, fashion industry, secondhand clothing, Ghana, non-profits

    Maria Paula MartinezBogotá, Colombia
    Maria Paula Martinez
    Bogotá, Colombia

    Executive Director of Save the Children Colombia, an organization that aims to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. They ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard, delivering lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

    Tags: healthcare, international development, Save the Children, human rights, education

    Esteban Morales DominguezLa Habana, Cuba
    Esteban Morales Dominguez
    La Habana, Cuba

    Economist at the Center for U.S. Studies at the University of Havana. He has issued abundant writings on Cubas race problems, including a 385 page report published in 2008 by Cubas Editorial de Ciencias Sociales, The Challenges of the Racial Problem in Cuba. Morales is a member of the main government body tasked with dealing with issues of race and identity, the UNEACs Comisión Aponte.

    Tags: Cuba, racism, identity, social sciences, Caribbean society

    Farah Cherif D OuezzanRabat, Morocco
    Farah Cherif D‘Ouezzan
    Rabat, Morocco

    Founder and General Director at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning, a private cultural institution founded in 1995 and directed by Moroccan academics with many years of experience in cross-cultural education. The CCCL organizes a variety of cultural and educational activities which include Arabic courses, seminars and conferences on different topics.

    Tags: Moroccan history, contemporary Morocco, women and gender, cross-cultural communication, Islamic history, Islam

    Mathias Ben AchourMarseille, France
    Mathias Ben Achour
    Marseille, France

    Professional Tour Guide and Founder of Visite Massalia. He has worked at the MUCEM in Marseille and at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris as a cultural mediator.
    He has been in charge of designing and producing guided yours, storytelling tours and other events for all audiences. With Visit Massalia, he wishes to introduce the history and heritage of the city to Marseilles residents and tourists.

    Tags: Marseille, French history, France, french language, Mediterranean history, immigration

    Andrea Coché MendozaPanajachel, Guatemala
    Andrea Coché Mendoza
    Panajachel, Guatemala

    Andrea is the Director of Monitoring and evaluation at MAIA Impact. She works to support MAIA‘s mission of empowering indigenous girls in Guatemala. By investing in girls, MAIA is creating a generation of empowered leaders who have the knowledge and resources they need to lead choice-filled lives, break cycles of poverty and ignite transformational change in their communities. Andrea is a passionate educator and a magnificent human being.

    Tags: rural education, girls empowerment, poverty, community development, Guatemala

    Tarciso LeaoLondon, UK
    Tarciso Leao
    London, UK

    Conservation Researcher at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, BSc in Biological Sciences at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil. He is a plant ecologist and conservation scientist with expertise in statistical analyses and macro-ecology of tropical plants. He has worked in partnership with environmental NGOs, government and private sector on project related to forest restoration, invasive species and floristic inventories. His current work at Kew focuses on factors affecting species geographic range size and extinction risk.

    Tags: environmental conservation, invasive species, Brazil, Brasil, extinction, big agriculture

    Shara MohtadiNew York, NY, United States
    Shara Mohtadi
    New York, NY, United States

    She works for Bloomberg Philanthropies advancing the organizations philanthropic work in support of taking action on climate change. She also served on Mike Bloomberg‘s 2020 Presidential Campaign Climate Policy team. Bloomberg Philanthropies Environment program brings together a wide range of partners, including cities, businesses, public health and environmental advocates, and citizen groups, to address some of the most serious threats to our environment, including climate change and overfishing.

    Tags: climate policy, philanthropy, advocacy, lobbying, climate change, global warming