Bill Calhoun (Nigeria/USA/Brazil)

Bill has his roots in Nigeria but soon gained a strong interest in Latin America that arises from his student days at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he worked as a research assistant in the Center for Latin American Studies. In 1991 Bill moved to Brazil to create the Development, Culture and Social Justice study abroad program which since its inception has received hundreds of students from various parts of the world interested in social justice and global citizenship training. He has created and led numerous international education programs for students from dozens of USA based universities in Brazil, Kenya, and Cuba. These educational programs are focused on issues of social justice, human development, racial equity, colonial relations of power in academic and wider social contexts, pluralization of knowledges in higher education, epistemic difference, transnational literacy and global citizenship. He is also involved with the support of numerous community based associations and social movements such as the MST (Movement of Landless Rural Workers),and human rights groups in Fortaleza, Brazil. Bill is an initiate of Yoruba traditional religion with initiations in Cuba, Brazil and Nigeria and is the father of two children, Luiza and David.

Nitya Sambamurti Ghotge (India)

Nitya is a veterinarian with a specialization in veterinary surgery. She has been working on issues related to development and the environment since 1986. She is one of the founders of Anthra and presently the Director. Her work includes research, training and policy advocacy on different aspects of livestock development especially on systems of health care as well as planning for gender sensitive and sustainable ways of farming and livestock rearing where an important aspect has been respecting community knowledge. A special focus for her now is pastoral and nomadic communities and the animals they rear. The time she spends in the field gives her the opportunity to constantly learn about different systems of knowledge and share this with others. She has significant publications on the themes of livestock development, bio diversity and systems of veterinary medicine. She is the author of the book "Livestock and Livelihoods: The Indian Context" published by Center for Environment Education, Ahmedabad and Foundation Books New Delhi. Nitya loves music and traveling to wide open spaces.

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Ben Ooko Ouma (Kenya)

Ben was born in Kibera - a slum in Nairobi. He founded several development and literacy community initiatives in Kibera slums aiming to reach young people to change their lives. Ben runs a free community library that serves more than 350 formal and non-formal educational institutions within Kibera. He also co-founded Amani Kibera and Initiative for sports and social art, a community initiative that promotes peace through education, sports and women empowerment.  Amani Kibera was born with the help of friends. Ben's passion is to try and make the world a more peaceful place in any small way he can. He also believes that he can not do it alone thus the saying that goes, however big a tree is, it requires other trees to be a forest. Joining hands with like minded people is what brought Amani Kibera to where it is now and hopefully it will continue growing and making a positive impact in our society.

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Mary Alice Arthur (Denmark)

Mary Alice is a Story Activist.  She specialises in using story in service of positive systemic shift and to access and create collective intelligence on critical issues.  She has been in, and around, groups for as long as she can remember, keen to discover and empower the stories, visions, dreams and purpose that live behind the stated reason of people coming together. She sees her art as creating and hosting spaces for wise action, where people can step in, step up and step out powerfully together, clear about their common foundation, committed to their highest aspirations and taking back the power of their stories. Mary-Alice’s work demonstrates her belief that our stories are the key to unleashing our knowledge, the wisdom is in the group, and that life is too short to have a boring meeting, an unchallenged imagination or an uninspiring conversation. For more than 20 years she has been working with groups of all types and has been an intentional nomad, working, contributing and living all over the world. She is a global steward for the Art of Hosting ( and yes, she was a Girl Scout for almost 10 years.

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Madza Ednir (Brazil)


Madza is a Brazilian pedagogue, with Master’s Degree in History and Philosophy of Education. She was a Paulo Freire’s student in the end of the years 1980 and was a part of his team in the Secretary of Education of São Paulo City.

Since 1992, she belongs to CECIP - Center for Creation of Popular Images, an education and communication civil society not for profit organization, that puts into practice Paulo Freire’s approaches. In CECIP she has been developing educational materials and social mobilization campaigns in Education and Civil Rights, as well as organizing training processes for change agents in the use of these materials as tools to transform realities.

Madza is one of the leaders of the Brazilian pioneer Restorative Justice project “Justice and Education, a Partnership for Citizenship”, being responsible for supporting principals and teachers of Sao Caetano city in moving from punitive to restorative practices.


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Sanjeev Ghotge (India)

Sanjeev originally trained and worked as a technologist. Subsequently, he has been a researcher, activist, academic and policy wonk. His major contributions have been in the areas of environmental and social policy, energy policy and climate policy over about 35 years. He was a professor at the Centre for Applied Systems Analysis in Development, Pune and Senior Fellow in Climate and Sustainability policy at World Institute of Sustainable Energy, Pune, India. He has written and overseen Climate Action plans for five states in India and has co-edited a book for the Indian Institute of Advanced Study,Shimla, India. Sanjeev's current interests include the evolution of international climate policy and actions.

Colm A. Regan (Ireland/Malta) 

Colm has been involved in development and human rights education internationally for over 30 years and has worked in a variety of contexts and settings.  He is an educational activist and is best known for his editorship of 80:20 Development in an Unequal World, now in its 7th  edition. As Co-ordinator with 80:20, Colm worked, along with many colleagues, on a wide variety of projects with young people in, for example, Ireland (on human rights and women’s rights); in Northern Ireland (on justice and peace issues in the context of the conflict there); on diversity and intercultural issues in Australia (with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities, especially in the Kimberley); with Palestinian refugees in Beirut and with those living with the HIV virus in Zambia. Colm currently lives in Malta where he teaches, writes and is involved in a variety of local and international issues.


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Vanessa Andreotti (Brazil/Canada)

Understanding global issues often requires us to examine a complex web of cultural and material processes and contexts on local and global levels. Vanessa explores how critical global citizenship can be an effective way to support people in that process. Her research examines historical and systemic patterns of reproduction of inequalities and how these limit or enable possibilities for collective existence and global change. Her work in teacher education is about expanding possibilities for ethical solidarities. Her academic work is committed to protecting the public role of the university as critic and conscience of society and as a space of independent, multi-voiced, critically informed and socially accountable debates about alternative futures. Vanessa also a research fellow at the University of Oulu, where she was chair of global education from 2010 to 2013. 

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