Meet YOur Keynote Speakers
D'Arcy's dreams and daily life are dedicated to a world without extreme poverty for everyone, everywhere! In the past 15 years d’Arcy experienced more than 80 countries, gave over 500 presentations to more than 50,000 people and worked with leading aid, development and global education organisations and people. His self-initiated project and presentation, Teaspoons of Change, focuses on the personal choices, decisions and actions that have a positive impact on people and the planet.
John-Son Oei is creating a better tomorrow by bringing people together to build homes for the Orang Asli of Malaysia. He does this through his social enterprise, Extraordinary People Impacting Community (EPIC). Their key project EPIC Homes, has an ambitious plan to ensure that every Orang Asli has safe modern housing. To date, more than 75 homes have been built with over 4000 volunteers from 50 countries. He believes that change happens through, “mass numbers of people engaging in tiny purposeful actions.
Safeena Husain is the Founder and Executive Director at Educate Girls – a non-profit organisation that aims at tackling issues at the root cause of gender inequality in India’s education system.
After graduating from the London School of Economics, Safeena spent 15 years working with grassroots projects in Ecuador, Mexico, Bolivia, South Africa & Asia. In India, Safeena chose the agenda closest to her heart – girls’ education. Safeena together with a local team, conducted a 50-school project in Pali district, Rajasthan. Post its successful test phase, Safeena established Educate Girls as an NGO in 2007. With focus on enrollment, retention and learning, in the last eight years, Educate Girls has metamorphosed into an 8,000 schools program with over 2.8 million total beneficiaries of its programmatic interventions.
Safeena’s efforts to bridge the gender gap in education in India have been widely recognized. Under her leadership, Educate Girls has received the prestigious 2015 Skoll Award, 2014 WISE Award, the 2014 USAID Millennium Alliance Award and the 2014 Stars Impact Award and the India Development Marketplace Award in 2011 from the World Bank. Moreover, in 2013, she received the British Asian Trust’s Special Recognition Award from HRH Prince Charles for outstanding contribution in education.
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