SPEAKERS SPEAKERS Selina Leem Republic of the Marshall Islands × Selina Leem Speaker Selina Leem is an islander from the republic of the Marshall Islands. She graduated from the UWC Robert Bosch College in Freiburg, Germany. Before moving to Germany for her education, Selina spent much of her life in her home, Majuro, which is the capital of the Marshall Islands. Growing up, her grandfather told her stories about how climate change would soon cause her island to flood. Later on in Germany, Selina took on the role of becoming an advocate for the fight against climate change in her country. She was the youngest delegate at the 2015 COP21 in Paris, which brought a wider awareness of the effects of climate change on her home country. She currently works at the United World Colleges Changshu China as an International Educator Intern. Mark McCurties United States of America × Mark McCurties Speaker Ever since he was a young child, Mark McCurties developed a deep love and passion for the Bible. Throughout his life, Mark has had several different experiences in the file dof education as a summer camp director, outdoor educator, athletics coach and resident counselor. In 2010, Mark decided to focus his life solely on studying and sharing Christian Science with the world. Mark McCurties is currently located in Ann Arbor Michigan as member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. He will be giving a talk titled, “Making Meaningful Change: How God’s love can change your life and the world” Killian Stokes Ireland × Killian Stokes Speaker Killian Stokes has worked for more than 20 years in telecoms and NGO sectors all across Africa, Asia, Europe and America. Killian’s practical work as a global social entrepreneur focuses on social justice and reformation of economic models, engaging directly with farmers and local communities in Africa as full partners. For over a decade, Killian has worked as a consultant to philanthropic organisations and as an active fundraiser. He has goal to transform a key component of international trade for many African nations on earth. So far, he has helped raise €8m for good causes and focuses on overcoming climate change and poverty through the power of business, shared values, and ethical sustainable trade. Additionally, Mr. Stokes lectures in business and global development at University College of Dublin. Patricia McFadden Swaziland × Patricia McFadden Speaker Patricia McFadden is an African feminist, sociologist, writer, educator, and publisher from Swaziland. She has worked in the anti-apartheid movement for more than 20 years. She attended the University of Botswana and Swaziland where she studied politics and administration, with minors in economics and sociology. She then continued her education, and earned her master’s degree in sociology from the University of Dar es Salaam as well as her PhD from Warwick University. Her research focuses on gender in southern Africa, racism, sexuality, and AIDS. She has been teaching at universities since 1975 and is the former director of the Feminist Studies Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe. She is also the former editor of the Southern African Feminist Review and of African Feminist Perspectives. She currently works at the SAPES Trust, a civic research foundation in Zimbabwe. Sulaiman Khatib Palestine × Sulaiman Khatib Speaker Sulaiman Khatib was born and raised in the village of Hizme, northeast of Jerusalem. Growing up, Sulaiman and his family were severely impacted by the ongoing conflict between the Israelites and Palestinians. As a result, he decided that he wanted to make a difference. Unfortunately, he didn’t see any other option but to join, informally, the “Fatah” movement, which participated in violent protests against Israeli soldiers. At just 14 years old, Sulaiman threw stones, wrote graffiti on public buildings, and prepared Molotov cocktails. At one point, he and a friend decided to steal weapons from the Israeli soldiers, stabbing two Israelis in the process; this resulted in Sulaiman being sentenced to 15-18 years in jail. During his imprisonment, he watched Schindler’s List which changed his life forever and reconstructed his world view. He began to see the Israeli soldiers as human beings who were suffering as well, and he discovered that the only enemy he needed to face was hatred and fear. After he was released from 10 years in prison, he and some friends established an organization that fought the conflict through peaceful means. He is currently the co-director and co-founder of the Combatants for Peace, a grassroots nonviolence movement in Israel and Palestine.