Chair, Expert Advisory Committee on Supporting Vulnerable Populations
Rick Barton was the first Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations (2011-14), U.S. Ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in New York (2009-11), Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2002-9), Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees at UNHCR (1999-2001), founding Director of USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (1994-9). He is currently the Co-Director of the Princeton Woodrow Wilson School Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative. His book, Peace Works – America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, was published in 2018.
Member, Strategic Planning Group
Jorge Bernal is a Software IT Engineer, teacher at the Tecnologico de Monterrey and an Entrepreneur. With experience in managing IT companies in America, Europe and North Africa. With more than 35 years in the IT business and more than 12 years managing multinational offices and creating startups.
Malaika is a rising freshman at Duke University. She has worked on several political campaigns, lobbied at a national level for gun control, interned at the NIH, and during her gap year worked as the Assistant Press Secretary for the US delegation to the European Union. As a member of OneShared.World, Malaika is also the Outreach Coordinator for the Education Committee and a Coordinator for Social Media.
Owen Buckley is a high school senior from Manhattan Beach California and a junior coordinator for the Engagement group at OneShared.World. In his spare time, Owen enjoys food tasting and going to the beach with his friends. On the weekends, you can find him tasting dim sum at his favorite restaurants in Los Angeles or writing papers for debate. At school, Owen is very passionate about Model United Nations and is one of the Secretary Generals for his 2020-2021 class. Diplomacy, debate, and research are some of the factors that drive his high school career and interest in politics. Joining OneShared.World in May 2020, Owen has been working alongside Omar and Miguel to expand Engagement and delve deep into the world of Civil Societies.
Co-Chair and Project Director, Expert Advisory Committee on Global Public Health
Dr. Chander is a physician, neuroscientist, and futurist who trained at Harvard, UCSD, UCSF, and the Salk Institute, and is the Co-Chair and Director of One Shared World’s global health task force. She is Chair of Neuroscience and Faculty of Medicine at Singularity University, Visiting Scholar in Medicine at Stanford (where she was on faculty for 8 years), Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center, founder and CEO of lucidify, a tele-neuroICU platform and Founder and CMO of Plexxus, a company building the world’s connected global immune system. Dr. Chander also serves on a NASA-White House task force for COVID-19. Her research interests center around mapping human consciousness. In 2004, she was a finalist for astronaut selection, and has since maintained a passion for building medical systems in space to sustain human exploration.
Vineet is a high school senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in New Jersey who likes to play soccer and hangout with friends. He has a great interest in government and law which he pursues by being on the Debate team and in Student Council. He loves to read books about American history and watch the Star Wars movies. In college, he hopes to study public policy and government in order to pursue a career as a public servant. He is honored to work on the OneShared.World Education and Training Working Group as a toolkit coordinator along with an amazing global team.
Co-leader, Arts and Culture Working Group
Rachel Cooper is a cultural and arts producer working on the development of international and interdisciplinary projects, through live performance, film, and literature. She is Director of Global Cultural Diplomacy at Asia Society and is on the Board of Cambodian Living Arts. She was on the Executive Committee for Ben Barber’s Interdependence Movement and advisory committee for Centerstage global exchange. Cooper was awarded a Best Practices Award for Citizen Cultural Diplomacy, Manhattan Borough Award for presenting diversity, and a Dawson Award for Performing Arts Programmatic Excellence from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP).
Julie is a recent alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she received her Ed.M in Human Development and Psychology with a focus on Child Advocacy, as well as a certificate in Child Protection from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has worked in a variety of educational settings, from childcare centers, to domestic violence living residences, as well in K-3 public schools.
Along with her Ed.M, Julie also has her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education with a focus on Developmental Psychology. She graduated from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts in 2018, and has taught in multiple primary grade classrooms. In the spring of 2017, she also taught preschoolers abroad in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
With OneShared.World, Julie has enjoyed working as a Project Coordinator on the Education team, being one of the main creators of the Hope Talks conversations guides, and a contributor to the Deep Dive educational resources. She has made close friends through the organization, and is grateful for the opportunity to work with others from around the world.
Currently, Julie is a Kindergarten teacher in New Hampshire, working in a public school with children ages 5 and 6.
Co-leader, Arts and Culture Working Group
Jacqueline Davis is Executive Director Emerita of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, the former Executive Director of the Lied Center of Kansas, a former staff member of Senator Edward Kennedy, and Chair of Benjamin Barber’s Executive Committee on Global Interdependence.
Leader, Concept Framing Working Group
Dr. Vishakha Desai is senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President and Vice Chair of the Committee in Global Thought at Columbia University. Prior to joining Columbia, she was President and CEO of Asia Society. A scholar of Asian arts and culture, and a recipient of five honorary degrees, Dr. Desai is a frequent contributor to international publications on issues dealing with the intersection of culture, politics, women’s leadership and contemporary Asian art and culture. She is currently working on her memoir, to be published by Columbia University Press in early 2021, with a focus on global belonging.
Burak Doğaner is a third year Management student at Bogazici University, Istanbul. He was born in Turkey and he has been living there ever since. He started working with OneShared.World as a coordinator at July 2020. His biggest incentives of volunteering at OneShared.World are being a voice for his community and hear various voices of the world. International cultures and relations, languages, marketing strategies, social entrepreneurship, environmental and feminist activism are his ultimate interests. Burak can be reached at [email protected]
Co-Leader, Digital Infrastructure and Strategy
Jamie “Buster” Douglas is a U.S.-based, award-winning creative director, writer, designer, and communications strategist for progressive public advocacy causes and campaigns — from climate change and children’s health care, to workers’ rights and international aid. Over the last three decades, he has worked with many successful electoral campaigns, including candidates for U.S. President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives, as well as hundreds of state and local campaigns, ballot measures, and initiatives.
Jamie owns Daylight Communications, a boutique agency specializing in strategic planning, message and brand development, research analysis, and content creation for digital, online, print, display, and video media. Previously a journalist, Jamie published profiles on a diverse collection of cultural icons, including psychologist Bruno Bettelheim, writers Michael Ondaatje and Russell Banks, biologist Paul Ehrlich, linguist and activist Noam Chomsky, and talk radio pioneer Larry King. Jamie is a graduate of Brown University.
Jamie designed, developed and contributes content to the OneShared.World website and organization brand, including the OneShared.World logo.
Nelle Douglas is a senior at Boston College, pursuing a double major in Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies with a concentration in Climate Change and Societal Adaptation. At Boston College, she plays Club Water Polo and is a research assistant in the Hispanic Studies department. Last fall, she studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she interned for an environmental non-profit called EcoHouse. As a coordinator for OneShared.World, she is leading the Biosphere group and research for the G20 Strategic Planning group and WASHPAP campaign.
Ken Dychtwald is one of North America’s foremost visionaries and original thinkers regarding the lifestyle, marketing, health care, economic and workforce implications of the longevity revolution. The Founder and CEO of Age Wave, he is a psychologist, gerontologist, documentary filmmaker, and best-selling author of 17 books on aging, health and longevity-related issues. During his career, Ken has advised more than half of the Fortune 500 and has addressed more than two million people worldwide. His strikingly accurate predictions are regularly featured in leading print and electronic media worldwide and have garnered more than twelve billion media impressions.
Katherine Elias is a third year student at the University of California, Berkeley, studying political economy and demography studies. She is interested in understanding and combating inequality, especially within the context of international relations and national and international institutions. She is an active member of Delta Phi Epsilon, a co-ed professional foreign service and international relations fraternity. As a coordinator for OneShared.World, Katherine helps direct the launching of various campaigns, including most recently the launch of the “Rise or Fall Together” report.
Leader, Finance and Funding Working Group
Betsy Fader is a nonprofit and philanthropy executive who has been working towards a more just and peaceful world for the past 30 years through her work with nonprofit organizations and three large endowed foundations. She has served on numerous boards including Echoing Green, Computers for Youth, and Educational Foundation for Nuclear Science.
Member, Strategic Planning Group
Lucia Ferreira leads Russell Reynolds Associates’ non-profit team in New York and co-heads the firm’s Global Development Practice. She conducts Board and senior executive assignments for domestic and international nonprofit organizations with a focus on economic & social advancement and inclusion, global health, education and youth development, civil and human rights, and conservation and the environment.
Lucia was previously based in our London and Paris offices and led the firm’s European Banking, Markets and Private Equity Practice. She is active in searches that cut across the private and nonprofit sectors and is also a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion and Leadership and Assessment Practices. Lucia has led senior level projects involving succession planning, Board development, and broad organizational assessments.
Lucia joined Russell Reynolds Associates in 1996. She has chaired the firm’s Learning and Development Committee and was a Member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee. Prior to executive search, she was in the Corporate Finance Department of Smith, Barney, Harris Upham & Co., Inc., in New York and London.
Lucia received her A.B. in economics and political science from Yale University and her MBA from Columbia Business School. A dual national of Brazil and the United Kingdom, she is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.
Lucia serves on the Board of the National Book Foundation and is a member of the Economic Club of New York.
Mateo is a student at Dalhousie University in Halifax with a proposed major in Political Science with a focus in international politics. Mateo is an administration and events coordinator with OneShared.World.
Tianna is a Rhodes College Alumna and a Master of Science in Public Health Candidate at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Herman currently works for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as a Data Abstractor analyzing opioid overdoses. She has previously worked on a number of projects including running a task force in Southwest Florida to combat the opioid epidemic; testing well water for fecal coliforms in Kisumu, Kenya; and improving access to family planning services for immigrant teens in Teton County, Wyoming. She is passionate about promoting and improving public health through advocacy and policy reform.
Kenna is a freshman at the University of Southern California majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Law with a Pre-Law emphasis. She is passionate about global philanthropy with a focus on vulnerable populations.
Seth is a 20 year old attending the University of Guelph currently studying environmental governance. Seth loves and is passionate about the environment and enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities. Seth is naturally curious in the sciences and space and always enjoy learning new things. Says Seth, “I think I really shine when working with others, as I believe I am quite confident and enjoy tackling a problem with a team when multiple world views can be applied to the same problem.”
Arnav Jalan is a second-year student at Krea University’s School of Interwoven Arts and Sciences. He is majoring in Economics and minoring in Computer Science. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and is the founder of Moqqua, a collaborative start-up club based in India, alongside a Director of a Home-schooling start-up called Flexi-Ed. Arnav focuses on impact and collaborative growth through strategy and research and is eager to bring his skills to the OneShared.World community.
At university, he enjoys being a part of the Student Government in the position of a Representative of the Academic Committee alongside being a member of the Work-Study Committee at Krea, where he takes on administrative work to set up and aid setting up of different work-study programs on campus. He was recently announced as the winner of the Prospect 100 Global Tech Competition and will be working to implement his idea with his team in the upcoming months.
Arnav is excited and committed to working with a global community at OneShared.World and aims to propel impact through the organization.
Madeline Kelley is a second-year student at the University of Southern California, studying International Relations and Legal Studies with the hopes of attending law school after completing her undergraduate studies. Her other academic interests include the Arabic language as well as intelligence and defense.
In college, she enjoys being a part of WYSE (Women and Youth Supporting Each Other), a national curriculum-based group mentorship program that provides young women with the resources, information and support necessary to make informed decisions about their futures in order to create community change. Madeline is also a part of the Near Crisis Project, a long running undergraduate research assignment which seeks to identify and create a data set of every near crisis in the last 100 years.
Madeline enjoys working with the talented intergenerational community at OneShared.World and is constantly inspired by the experience all the members bring to the table.
Michael Kulma serves as a Senior Advisor to OneShared.World. Previously, Michael was the Senior Director for Global Programs & Resource Development at NAFSA: Association of International Educators. In that capacity, he was responsible for managing the research and scholarship agenda for the organization, leading intellectual collaboration across departments to develop high quality learning resources and publications relevant to the field of international education. Michael also oversaw NAFSA’s global programming portfolio. Prior to joining NAFSA, Michael worked at the University of Chicago as Associate Vice President for Global Engagement, where he oversaw four different areas, including global centers, initiatives and partnerships, operations, and external relations and communications. Before coming to the university, Michael worked for over thirteen years at the Asia Society, most recently as Executive Director for Global Leadership Initiatives. Michael has a background in policy, media, and academic research and writing and has contributed to print and broadcast media on Asia-focused issues. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Chicago, a master’s in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in political science from the City University of New York.
Co-Leader, Global Engagement Working Group.
Luchen Li is an International Educator and John Steinbeck Scholar. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and Scholar in Residence at San Jose State University. He is the former Dean of Global Services at Northeastern University.
Sharon is the Translations Coordinator and one of the original signatories of OneShared.World. She recently graduated from Columbia University’s MA in Global Thought program, where she researched the regulation of Big Tech in the context of US capitalism to discuss concepts of public and individual rights in the digital age. She has also been working with the Columbia Engineering’s Entrepreneurship Team, helping manage the School’s design challenges, venture competitions, and events. Sharon is currently an intern at Future\Perfect Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund with a global focus.
Miguel López de Silanes Gómez
Co-Leader, Global Engagement Working Group
Miguel López de Silanes Gómez is the market leader for Europe and Latin America at Family Office Exchange (FOX). He is responsible for delivering FOX services to current members, and also actively works to expand FOX’s network in Europe and Latin America. He is based in Madrid, but spends half of his time in Latin America. Previously, he worked at UBS Wealth Management in New York, Chile, and other locations in Latin America. He began his career at Bain & Company as an Associate Consultant in London and Madrid. He has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics from Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) in Madrid.
Core Leadership Council
Jim Marggraff is a serial inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, author, speaker, and a proud dad and husband.
Jim has founded and co-founded 6 Silicon Valley technology companies, and is launching #7. Jim’s companies and inventions include fast-packet switching, Stratacom (co-founder), the Odyssey Atlasphere at Explore Technologies (co-founder) the LeapFrog
LeapPad (co-founder), the Livescribe Smartpen (founder), and eye-tracking technology, Eyefluence (co-founder) that he recently sold to Google. He holds over 40 issued patents, is an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, one of MIT’s top 150 inventors, and was declared a Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Council.
Jim was recognized as a STAR Humanitarian Award Recipient and the 2018 Rotarian of the Year by Rotary by the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary. He recently spoke on education and technology to over 30,000 Rotarians, and led Rotary International to adopt Virtual Reality, in a partnership with Google, to address peace and polio, setting a world record with over 3,000 simultaneous, co-located VR viewers. With a team of Rotarians, Jim recently co-founded The Global Impact Group, a new non-profit helping organizations adopt technology for social impact.
Jim has been on the TED main stage twice, has been covered by the NY Times, WSJ, The Atlantic, USA Today, Entrepreneur, The New Yorker, Fortune, Wired, Yahoo News, The Rotarian, and hundreds of other periodicals, conferences, blogs and broadcast media including Oprah, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Bloomberg, Fox, CNN and more.
Jim’s recent book, “How to Raise a Founder with Heart” has been recognized by Forbes as a best book for startup founders and first time entrepreneurs, and was quoted by Tony Robbins as “A tremendous pleasure to read. Jim has nailed it.”
Jim is currently advising MoJo Vision, Foresight Mental Health, Lifekind, and Jibb, and is on the boards or advising nonprofits The Gratitude Network, Team Gleason, The Global Impact Group, and OneShared.World.
Co-Leader, Coordinators Group
Grace Martens is a third-year student at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Mathematical Economics. Her other academic interests include political science, the Spanish language, and data analysis. She hopes to pursue these interests in college through minoring in Hispanic Studies and Survey Research & Data Analysis.
In college, she enjoys being a part of the Secretariat for UPenn’s Model United Nations Conference. She will be the Secretary-General for next year’s annual conference where she will be responsible for planning and overseeing all aspects of the event for nearly 1000 international delegates. Grace also is the Vice President of External Operations for UnEarthed, an organization that publishes an educational magazine for kids in the West Philadelphia community. In this role, she coordinates school visits where members have the opportunity to interact with students and share the magazine.
Grace enjoys working with the diverse intergenerational community at OneShared.World and is inspired by the organization’s purpose. She is especially grateful to work with the wonderful group of young coordinators.
Founder and Chair
Jamie Metzl is a leading technology and geopolitical expert. A science fiction novelist, faculty member of Singularity University Exponential Medicine, and Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, he was appointed in 2019 to the World Health Organization expert advisory committee on human genome editing. Jamie previously served in the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee and with the United Nations in Cambodia. Jamie appears regularly on national and international media discussing global issues and his syndicated columns and other writing are featured in publications around the world. He is the author of a history of the Cambodian genocide, the historical novel The Depths of the Sea, and the genetics sci-fi thrillers Genesis Code and Eternal Sonata, and the recent bestseller, Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity. An avid ironman triathlete and ultramarathoner, Jamie holds a Ph.D. from Oxford, a law degree from Harvard Law School, and is a graduate of Brown University.
Joseph is a 23 year old born in the Western region of Kenya. He now currently resides in Nairobi the capital of Kenya.He was able to get to university where he undertook a degree in Psychology with IT. He graduated in the year 2019 after attaining a second-class-upper honors for the degree. Joseph enjoys playing football and listening to music. He also loves to make friends and write a little bit of poetry as well. Judging from his footballing experience he enjoys humor, team-work and he is very passionate when it comes to completing his objectives; that would be scoring goals. That brings us to a conclusion that he is goal-oriented.
Besides all these he is a people person and loves to help out in especially issues to do with mental health.
Barack Omondi Odiambo
Barack Omondi is a fourth-year journalism undergraduate student at Multimedia University of Kenya, pursing bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism, he has been undertaking volunteering opportunity at media leading opportunity such as Pamoja Radio in Kibera, Multimedia University radio and photography and video editing at Youth and Success Association all based in Kenya.
Barack is a founder and the chairperson of his high school alumni, Olympic High School Alumni Association (OHSAA) in Kibera. He also serves as the chairperson of Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health TICAH Learning Circle.
He is also a humanitarian and a leader volunteering with different organization to promote human welfare.
Member, Strategic Planning Group
Manoj Panjwani has over 25 years of international banking experience with HSBC across Asia, Europe and North America. During this time, he held several senior leadership positions in business, strategy, and risk management. Manoj is now engaged in the social enterprise sector and advises in the areas of strategy, risk management, governance, and operational efficiency. He is particularly passionate about education, sustainability, and youth development. Manoj currently serves on the board of Knology, a research-driven think tank based in NYC, and on the Alumni Advisory Council at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. He is also a member of Impact Capital Forum in NYC, Columbia Sustainable Finance Professionals Network, and the NYC Chapter of Risk Management Association.
Marie Papazian is a rising senior at Barnard College of Columbia University, majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She is also pursuing a double minor in both East Asian Studies, with a focus on Chinese language and literature, and Visual Arts.
At Barnard, Marie is an Athena Scholar with Barnard’s Athena Scholar Program for Leadership Studies. She is also a Coordinator for Artists Reaching Out, a Columbia University volunteer organization which recruits student volunteers to teach art classes to elementary school students in schools and shelters in Harlem. She was set to attend Harbin Institute of Technology for her semester abroad before the pandemic and plans to study in China upon graduating.
As a member of OneShared.World, Marie is also an Education Resource Coordinator for our Education Group and a Coordinator for the Executive Leadership Council.
Core Leadership Council
Mary Papazian has enjoyed a long career in higher education, as a professor of literature and an academic administrator, and currently serves as president of San Jose State University. Throughout her long career in higher education, she has been committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunity for all, as well as to supporting education’s mission to engage with the significant problems facing our community and our world. She draws her strength from the spirit of her grandparents and their generation of survivors of the Armenian genocide who, despite profound suffering, drew on their internal faith to rebuild their lives and create a foundation for the future.
A rising sophomore at Krea University, Munir has a great interest in, and knowledge of Economics, investments and stock markets. When he’s not busy number-crunching, Munir likes to spend his time reading, delving into the stock market and brushing up his finance knowledge. Munir is your go-to guy for number crunching.
Core Leadership Council
Paula M. Rayman is Professor Emerita at the University of Massachusetts. She served as Chair Advisory Council of SEAChange, American Association for Advancement of Science, and Founding Director of the Radcliffe Public Policy Institute at Harvard University. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar (2008-2014) at Queens University, Northern Ireland and University of Haifa, Israel. She is the author of Nonviolent Action and Social Change, The Equity Equation, Beyond the Bottom Line: The Search for Dignity at Work, and numerous research and research-action publications linking economic justice, gender equity and human rights. Professor Rayman has been a lifelong activist and trainer for nonviolent movements in the United States, Northern Ireland and the Middle East. She was named a Bunting Fellow at Harvard University and was the recipient of the Martin Luther King Award from UMass Lowell.
Stella is a junior at Brown Universitt studying International and Public Affairs, with a focus on security and East Asia, as well as Mandarin Chinese. Stella interned at the National Bureau of Asian Research for the past three summers, providing publications and research support. In this capacity, she researched and wrote reports on such topics as Sino-Russian relations, US cyber security policy, and Cold War military strategy. She is currently the Vice President and Research Director for the Brown Institute for Policy and the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Intercollegiate US-China Journal. Born in Hong Kong and having lived in Tokyo and Seattle, Stella believes strongly in fostering cross-cultural understanding through scholarship and engagement. She is excited to be working towards this purpose as the Senior Research Coordinator for the Education Working Group at OneShared.World.
Tarana studies History at Brown University, where she is a Writing Fellow and Managing Editor of the Brown Political Review. She has previously interned in a number of law and policy organizations, including Human Rights Watch, Latham & Watkins, and the Migration Resource Center. She also volunteers as a literacy tutor for several organizations, including EduMate and the Refugee Dream Center in Providence. She is currently studying Modern Standard Arabic, Levantine Arabic, and Spanish.
Sarah is a recent graduate of Hamilton College, a private liberal arts institution located in upstate New York. She studied sociology, French, and government with a strong focus on social justice education. She plans on leveraging her talents as a writer into a career in corporate social responsibility, empowering and giving back to various communities. Sarah is an avid writer, reader, and consumer of all things pop culture. Her passions include practicing yoga, listening to podcasts, and telling stories. When she is not interning for OneShared.World, you can find Sarah taking walks in nature, scrolling through Facebook Watch, or drinking copious amounts of coffee.
Co-Leader, Coordinators Group
Omar Sana is the founder of Inveniam Consulting, a Toronto-based consultancy firm working with individual and institutional clients, primarily from the asset management industry. Prior to that he worked in property development, where he was involved in project forecasting, strategic development, and financing. Building off a background in financial analysis, research and analytics, and corporate development, Omar is eager to bring those skillsets to the OneShared.World community.
His passion for sustainability stems from prior experience working on green development projects, and more recently through consultancy work with leaders in the ESG investment space. Omar is also keenly interested in non-profit work. He is a member of the Global Sustainability Network, a coalition of business leaders and institutions, including the Vatican and the Church of England, which is focused on achieving goal 8 of the UN SDGs with a particular focus on the eradication of modern slavery. He is also a member of SWAaT — the Social Welfare Academics and Training Trust — a non-profit focused on providing psychological treatment, educational opportunities, and vocational training to deradicalized Pakistani youth.
Omar graduated with distinction from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University with a Bachelors in Finance.
Thomas studied computer science and math at UCSC, and continued on at the same university to get a Ph.D. in computer science (programming languages and information flow security). He did a few summer programming jobs along the way, including one internship at Google. Thomas was a teaching assistant for a total of 6 years during the Ph.D. program, where he led discussion sessions to help students learn the concepts. He loves video games and has participated in several “game jams” where he got together with a group of friends to create a video game in a weekend. Most recently, he started the Santa Cruz Yang Gang to meet other supporters of Andrew Yang’s 2020 presidential campaign, and to help promote the idea of universal basic income. He also loves to dance!
Co-Leader, Coordinators Group
Shagun recently graduated from Columbia University with a Masters in Global Thought. Prior to that, she studied Political Science and Sociology at The University of Delhi. Shagun’s interests lie at the intersection of social development, globalization and business.
Shagun currently works as a consultant for corporate social responsibility and not for profit work at Grant Thornton. Shagun has experience as a researcher and consultant on social impact and development projects and has worked for consultancies, policy think tanks, government bodies and nonprofits in this capacity. Shagun is passionate about women’s rights and gender and has started her own non-profit initiative in India entitled ‘Be A Man’, aimed at creating curricula and curating fundraising programs to fight gender inequality in the subcontinent. She was also invited to give a TedX talk about gender.
Member, Social Architecture Working Group
Isha Sesay is an award-winning journalist who led the CNN team that won a 2014 Peabody Award for coverage of the missing Chibok girls. She hosted CNN NewsCenter, headed the network’s Africa reporting for ten years, and received a Gracie Award for Outstanding Anchor for her coverage of the Chibok girls’ story. She is the founder of W.E. (Women Everywhere) Can Lead, a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing and empowering teenage girls to become Africa’s next generation of leaders. Of Sierra Leonean descent, Sesay grew up in Britain and holds a BA with honors in English from Trinity College, Cambridge University.
Kelly Shea is a rising freshman at the University of Delaware’s Honors College. She will be majoring in International Relations with a big passion for working for nonprofit organizations.
Co-Chair, Expert Advisory Committee on Global Public Health
Jack Sim is the founder of the Restroom Association of Singapore, the World Toilet Organization, the World Toilet Day initiative and Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) Hub. Jack was named one of 2008 the Heroes of the Environment by Time magazine.
Chirag is a college student from India, who is planning on joining the field of sports management after he graduates. He has shown interest in topics such as Data Analytics and Design Thinking, which are valuable skill sets required in today’s world. He is a person who loves learning on the job and is always ready to work with new people. He is always ready to help whenever possible, and is currently working with several teams in OneShared.World. Chirag aims at helping to create change so that it can lead to a better future for everyone.
Payton is a rising freshman at UCLA where she will be studying political science. In high school, she was involved with Model UN, cross country, and community service. She has previously worked with the Steppe Nomads organization in Mongolia and the Azaghar Association in Morocco. She is looking forward to pursuing my passions and participating in global change-making with OneShared.World.
Co-Leader, Education Working Group
Katja Speck founded DigitalMarketExpert in 2014. Her mission is to empower value-driven organizations to achieve their goals in the digital landscape. DigitalMarketExpert successfully advises Start-ups, Enterprises and NGOs. One of Katja’s ventures is ID4me AISBL a Non-for-Profit Organization whose mission is to keep the Internet open by establishing a standard for user’s digital identity. Katja is a lecturer at Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW).
She has been passionately involved in human rights and environmental projects, working with organizations like WWF, and became a ClimateRealityLeader in Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project in 2018.
In 2019 Katja has received the “InspiringFifty DACH” Award. InspiringFifty is a non-profit that aims to increase diversity in tech by making female role models in tech more visible.
Katja earned a degree in business administration from Munich University of Applied Sciences and spent a year at the University of Málaga.
Sam is a rising junior at Wheaton College, MA, majoring in International Relations. Despite growing up in a small town in Western Mass, Sam’s focus and passions are global. While his interests range across many topics — including sustainable development, U.S.-China relations, and strengthening social cohesion— his mission is ultimately to bring the world together. Sam’s work is guided by three core tenets:
1. We are more similar than we are dissimilar.
2. We are mutually interdependent upon one another for survival.
3. Our differences can give us strength; we just need to ask ourselves the “How?”
This fall, Sam will be taking a new step in this mission with Leading Cities, an international NGO advancing sustainability, resilient city strategies, and technologies to improve the quality of life in cities around the world.
Sam recently started a blog to develop and share his thinking at samuelastone.com
Leader, Technical Architecture Working Group
Klaus Thalmann is a global Executive with wide ranging international business experience in large mission critical projects of digital democracy and banking systems. He is a global citizen, having lived in Mönchengladbach, Chicago, Santiago, Mexico City, and Madrid.
Alexander Watson is a student at American University in Washington, DC studying political science and music. Alex is a co-leader of the Global Youth Coalition, the chapters branch of OneShared.World focused on outreach, recruitment, and education through academic institutions and communities. Originally from Florida, Alex has organized for March For Our Lives and Ted Deutch’s congressional campaign.He has also interned for Congressmen Joe Kennedy (MA-04) and Ted Deutch (FL-22) where he worked on voter registration and the Congressional Art Competition. Alex is the author of four YA historical fiction novels. He founded Let’s Write Together in 2014 with the goal of increasing young peoples’ love for literature by providing a free comprehensive writing, editing, and publishing guide and an annual writing contest that published short stories by K-12 students across the United States.
Michelle A. Williams
Co-Chair, Expert Advisory Committee on Global Public Health
Michelle A. Williams is Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development, a joint faculty appointment at the Harvard Chan School and Harvard Kennedy School. She is an internationally renowned epidemiologist and public health scientist, an award-winning educator, and a widely recognized academic leader.
Elizabeth is a third-year Political Science and International Development student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is one of OneShared.World’s Directors of Global Administration, working alongside Mateo Gomez to facilitate communications for the entire organization and several working groups. She also runs OneShared.World’s Twitter account alongside the social media team. Her background includes two years of leadership experience as the Editor-In-Chief of the Graffiti Newspaper at North Toronto Collegiate Institute, for which she designed, edited and authored bi-monthly issues. She volunteered for Greenpeace for one year, researching the environmental and socioeconomic issues impacting the Canadian Arctic. She also conducted research that revealed the ecological implications of using animal cadavers in science classrooms. Because of her advocacy, her school now uses computer programs for its lab dissection curriculum. Her diverse work history also includes experience as a waitress, hostess, horticulturalist, home renovator and baker.