Representative of the Minister of Education | CHILE Remote Learning: Opportunities and Challenges Vivian Heyl is Economist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where she also completed a Master’s in Sociology with a major in Planning and Development. She holds a Master’s in Education, Administration, Planning and Social Policies from the Harvard University – Graduate School of Education. Between 2006 and 2009, she was president of the National Scientific and Technological Commission, CONICYT. Ms. Heyl was Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies, and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences of the Central University of Chile. In recent years, she has actively participated in instances such as the Presidential Commission of Science for Development of Chile; the Executive Commission for the Creation of the New University, in the Region of Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins; and the Presidential Advisory Commission for the preparation of a Proposal for the Modernization of the Institutionalism of Science, Technology and Innovation, currently is part of the Undersecretary for Higher Education of the Ministry of Education in charge of coordinating an inclusion and equity policy in Higher Education.
Rector of the Oaxaca State University System & Honorary President of the Mexican Association of International Studies | MEXICO Long Term Implications of an Unequal Access to Education During COVID-19 Prof. Seara-Vazquez studied law at the University of Madrid and took his doctorate in International Law of the Université de Paris (Sorbonne) with a pioneering thesis on the law of outer space. Modesto Seara-Vázquez has dedicated 72 years of his life to academia in UNAM and in the State University program in Oaxaca. He was also a professor at the University of Utah and El Colegio de México, and he has created and presided over numerous academic institutions and has an extensive written output, disseminated in several countries and languages. He is considered one of the founders of outer space law in the late 1950s and has contributed original ideas to the development of the disciplines of international law and international relations. In Oaxaca, he has designed and directed a high-quality university system. Prof. Seara-Vazquez has combined his intense management work with other scholarly activities. As Rector of the Oaxaca State University System, he constantly tours the different campuses. He continues to publish scholarly works and regularly participates in national and international academic conferences, as well as lecturing in Mexico and other countries. Prof. Seara-Vazquez has published more than thirty books and pamphlets and scores of contributions in academic journals and newspapers on international issues, mainly in the fields of law, politics, history, and international relations theory, always from a global perspective.
Executive Director of Mzansi Empowerment Enterprise & Social Cohesion Advocate at the Department of Arts and Culture | SOUTH AFRICA Dr. Rajendran Govender is the Executive Director of Mzansi Empowerment Enterprise, a consultancy that focuses on skills development and training, research development, diversity management, mediation and reconciliation, and project management. Dr. Govender also serves as a Social Cohesion Advocate with the Department of Arts and Culture, Republic of South Africa and have been tasked to head a Rapid Response Task Team to address issues related to racism, xenophobia, gender-based violence and other social ills that confront society. Dr. Govender was the past Chairperson of the Ford Foundation International Alumni Association for three terms where he was responsible for developing leadership for over 450 Ford Foundation Masters and PhD graduates. He regularly features on National TV and radio as a cultural commentator and a newspaper columnist. He is the Founder Member of Prioritizing Education Now (PEN). Dr. Govender received numerous awards including the Four Outstanding Young South Africans Award, Minister’s Award for the most outstanding official in the Department of Arts and Culture, the Love to Live Nelson Mandela Peace Award, the King Shaka Award and the BMW Supertech Business Award for the best Government Department in KZN in 2014 and 2015.
High School Senior, The Childville, Ogudu GRA, Cage Free Voices Ambassador Program | NIGERIA Youth Leadership in Establishing Community Resilience and Combating Climate Change Anne Eta is an active changemaker and Cage Free Voices Ambassador looking who hopes to use her skills and talents to change the world for the better. She is a 15-year-old high school senior, an alumna of the Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) program, and former co-host of Leading Youth to Foster Transformation in Africa (LYFT Africa). Anne is currently the head girl of her high school, a platform she uses to take up the role of a problem solver to address issues in her school. Anne has also facilitated menstrual education for young teenage girls, while striving to remove the stigma around menstruation in her community.
Founder and President of Ecomujeres Foundation | ARGENTINA The Role of Women in Combating Climate Crisis: Best Practices Aleandra Scafacti has specialized in sustainability, climate change and green finance, with more than 50 projects implemented, for mitigation, adaptation, and compensation. She is the Founder and President of Ecomujeres Foundation, a space for education and information to empower women to lead the change towards sustainability. Ms. Scafacti leads the development of the Argentinian National Environmental Information Data Center. She led the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency of the City of Buenos Aires. Academically, Ms. Scafacti is a member of LEAP, a global academic network for research and education for sustainability, and of the Expert Review Committee of the International Academy of Management. She is a PRME Professor (Principles for Responsible Management Education by the United Nations). She chairs the Postgraduate Program “Environment and Sustainable Development” and the Postgraduate Program “Environmental Expertise” at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina. She has published 12 books and collaborated with shared editions on sustainability and finance. She participates in the Argentine chapter for ISO on sustainability, sustainable purchasing, social responsibility, compliance, and governance. Ms. Scafacti holds a master’s degree in social sciences and public policy from Milano Graduate School and Environmental Law and Economics from Carlos III of Madrid. Postgraduate in finance from Harvard University and in economic journalism from New York University.