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Lilia Aguilar Gil
Deputy of the Legislature
Mexican Congress
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Tennille Amor
Singer/Songwriter
Co-founder of E.P.I.C.
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Dr. Richard Heinzl
Founder of Doctors Without Borders, Canada
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Emmanuel Jal
Recording Artist and
Peace Ambassador
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Dima Khatib
Managing Director
AJ+
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Ilco van der Linde
Co-Founder
MasterPeace
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John Loughton
Founder CEO
Dare2Lead
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Sarah Meredith
Australian Director
Global Citizen
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Natalia Ruiz
Multi-cultural Visual Artist

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Kian Hoe Seah
Managing Director
Heng Hiap Industries Sdn Bhd
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David Smolansky Urosa
Journalist and Mayor of El Hatillo (Venezuela)
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Jean Trudel
Co-Founder
Peace Day 365
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Daniel Wilkins
Executive Director
Pvblic Foundation
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Dr. Richard Heinzl
Founder of Doctors Without Borders, Canada
Peace on Our Planet: Is it Possible? Panel Discussion
Break-Out Session: End Extreme Poverty
Peace Project Showcase
RICHARD HEINZL is the founder of Doctors Without Borders Canada: the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization that has inspired a movement among medical professionals to help the world’s most vulnerable populations. Modest and deeply passionate, he shares stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the midst of war and other challenges—and how technology is changing the face of medicine around the globe.

In 1988, just out of medical school, Richard Heinzl founded the first North American chapter of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, the Nobel Prize-winning humanitarian organization. Shortly thereafter he became its first field volunteer, spending an extraordinary year in remote Cambodia. (These experiences are movingly captured in his memoir, Cambodia Calling.) Hundreds of volunteers have since followed in his footsteps, bringing their healing skills to help many of the world’s most vulnerable people. For his work, Heinzl has been named one of Report on Business’s Top 40 Under 40.

Today, Dr. Heinzl continues to work with DWB/MSF on technology issues as an advisor on their Telemedicine Advisory Committee. He is also the new Global Medical Director of the Boston-based, Harvard-affiliated WorldCare International: a leader in providing access to quality second opinions from physicians at some of the world’s top academic medical centers. A renowned speaker, Dr. Heinzl shares his stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the midst of war and other challenges.

“If I can share one lesson with you, it would be to follow what you love. Any one of you can dream up a country you want to go to, or an idea that you want to make happen, or a program that you want to create ... there is a world waiting for you.” — Richard Heinzl
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Tenille Amor
Singer/Songwriter Co-founder of E.P.I.C.
TENNILLE AMOR is a singer/songwriter, United Nations Youth Champion, philanthropist, public speaker, writer, and movement maker. Her brand is steadily growing across a number of platforms, and her desire to unite people of every race, class, and creed around the world is what fuels her passionate drive.

Tennille has written, worked and performed with artists like Shaggy, Mr. Vegas, Bunji Garlin, John Legend, Pixie Lott, Beenie Man, the Black Eyed Peas crew, Drew Chadwick, Anthony B, Red Fox, Ultimate Rejects, Jimmy October, Inzey, Rheon Elbourne, Pras, Chris Young, Michael Franti, Sly & Robbie, and Kwame.

Tennille’s music is a fusion of mainstream pop, meaningful hip-hop, and her soulful reggae roots. Originally from Trinidad, she has lived all over the world, including Scotland, Egypt, Singapore, and England. She is currently based in New York, but spends a lot of time in Los Angeles and Trinidad, working on material for her mixtape, ‘EVOLVE through LOVE,’ scheduled to be released this year.

To "EVOLVE through LOVE" for Tennille, means to grow through the many experiences love provides, in order to find a deeper meaning in life, and an ability to connect to a more lasting unconditional love. A worldly "one love" for humanity at large.

In following her personal path she has found her true sound, exhibiting her multifaceted capabilities (from mainstream pop to quick-tongued rap, and reggae groove), which allow her to create music that is unexpected, deeply addictive, commercially pleasing, and lyrically inspiring.

Tennille's song 'I Am a Girl' was officially launched as the anthem for International Women's Day, 2016, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Tennille is currently a United Nations Youth Champion, supporting the Gender Equality initiatives set forth by UN Women. She has sung at various events around the world, and spoken on a number of official panels about the importance of Female Empowerment.

Tennille co-founded the non-profit organization, E.P.I.C. (Everyday People Initiating Change), and through it, she drills clean water wells in Tanzania, Africa, providing hygiene and sanitation education programs in each village, while motivating other Everyday People to Initiate positive Change in the world in whatever ways they feel inspired to. (www.epicthemovement.org).

Tennille is a trained actor, talented creative writer on varying platforms, recognized and respected leader, and has spoken at a number of events, schools and universities about her work in the entertainment industry, as well as her work with the United Nations and E.P.I.C. She was chosen by P. Diddy to be featured in a commercial with him, DJ Khaled and French Montana, highlighting the next wave of movement makers in the entertainment industry. Tennille has been featured on Global Grind, Hello Beautiful, The Huffington Post, Revolt TV, Complex, and MTV. She was an #Earthmover for CAT Footwear, a ghost writer for a social media campaign recently released by one of the biggest names on the music scene, was the global brand ambassador for Quiksilver Women for 5 years, was part of a huge marketing campaign for JetBlue, had her songs played on the radio in Scotland, as well as being featured in a number of UK publications, has been featured on TV and in a number of publications in Trinidad, and currently has her songs playing on a few of the most popular radio stations in Trinidad.

By continuing to grow her brand over the next few years, Tennille Amor will be one of the leaders in the conscious movement of light and love that is becoming recognized as being of utmost importance in a time when our world is vastly divided and in need of tremendous healing. Having battled with alcohol and drug abuse in the past, as well as indulging in a various other vices, Tennille's decision to turn her life around came from recognizing the importance of using her platform for good. Her spiritual grounding and foundation keep her humble, reminding her that while we are all still so small in the large scope of the universe, every little thing we do can make a massive impact on the world at large.
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Emmanuel Jal
Recording Artist and Peace Ambassador
EMMANUEL JAL is a former child soldier from South Sudan and is now a successful recording artist and peace ambassador.

Emmanuel has released five award nominated studio albums and performed alongside artists such as Lauryn Hill, Peter Gabriel, Nelly Furtado, Nile Rodgers and Alicia Keys.

Emmanuel co-starred with Reese Witherspoon in the Warner Brothers motion picture, The Good Lie in 2013 and has published his own book ‘Warchild’ and released a documentary of the same name.

Emmanuel has his own charity ‘Gua Africa’ and is also the creator of Jal Gua, a gluten free super food powder made of organic sorghum and organic moringa, which has 140% iron, 45% Vitamin C and 40% Vitamin B1 of the daily recommended intake. Jal Gua is stocked in major health food stores including WholeFoods and Emmanuel also has runs his own organic café of the same name in Toronto.
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John Loughton
Founder CEO Dare2Lead
JOHN LOUGHTON led his first campaign at age 11 and was elected as the youngest ever Chairman of the Scottish Youth Parliament in 2007. After running a series of successful community organizing campaigns, he had a successful career running public affairs for leading NGOs in London. Loughton rose in profile after winning UK Big Brother Celebrity in 2008 and in 2011 and soon after founded his own global leadership training company Dare2Lead – which he heads to this day. He was a Co-Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Youth, sits on the Advisory Council to the Scottish Human Rights Commission and was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve on the Commission on Scottish Devolution. Loughton was also a JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World honoree in 2013. Loughton has worked in over 35 countries across five continents and directly engaged with major influential leaders around the world. Internationally, he has served as UK Prime Minister in Washington D.C. for the Youth Diplomatic Service and was a keynote speaker at the UN World Conference on Youth in Asia in 2014. His thematic passions are youth rights, civic political participation, leadership and gender parity.
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Kian Hoe Seah
Managing Director, Heng Hiap Industries Sdn Bhd (HHI)
Junior Chamber International (JCI) has just awarded Mr. Seah Kian Hoe as the one of the honorees for World Award for Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP), which is a non-profit organization (NGO) officially partnering with United Nations since 1954. This Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) of the World Program was developed by Durwood Howes, the President of United States for year 1930 and 1931.

Mr. Seah is the founder and Managing Director of Heng Hiap Industries Sdn Bhd (HHI). Formed in 2002, HHI is at the forefront of developing innovative recycling technologies. Conceived and developed locally, the company has rolled out a total of eight breakthrough technologies to date with eighteen patents filed.

One of their groundbreaking mechanical recycling technologies include transforming plastic scrap into Smart Plastics, which can be used in highly specialized niche applications. Some unique features of Smart Plastics include electric conductive, bio plastics, fast cycle, anti-bacteria, just to name a few. Through Thermal Recycling, the company converts plastics scrap into a New Coal, a substitute with three times calorific value higher than conventional coal. Lastly, the company also converts plastics scrap to New Oil, an industrial equivalent bio diesel.

As a pioneer and the founder of HHI, Mr. Seah is a Mechanical Engineer by profession. He obtained his MBA in the American Graduate School of International Business from Thunderbird University, Arizona USA under the Fulbright Research and Development Scholarship in 2000. At present, Mr. Seah is the first SEA representative of the Plastics Committee for Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) based in Belgium. He was also a guest speaker at the recent World Recycling Convention in May 2011 organized by BIR where he talked about the “Innovation Landscape in Recycling Malaysia”.
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Dima Khatib
Managing Director of AJ+
Dima Khatib is the Managing Director of AJ+ in its 3 languages: English, Arabic and Spanish. She is the only female executive within Al Jazeera Media Network. She joined Al Jazeera back in 1997 and has since set up bureaus in China and Venezuela, reporting from over 30 countries, interviewing presidents and people from all walks of life. Dima has been classified among the most influential Arabs on social media. She has one published book in Arabic: Love Refugee.
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Ilco van der Linde
Co-Founder of MasterPeace
For the past thirty-six years, Ilco van der Linde has been driven by his passion to bring people together, regardless of color, faith or cultural background. Music, art, media, events and informal education always play a central role in his campaigns. Directly as well as indirectly, millions of people are reached through the social causes he promotes.

In 2009, van der Linde felt the need to start a global grassroots peace initiative called MasterPeace—developed with former director of dance4life Egypt, Mohamed Helmy. Within 5 years, the initiative mobilized over 300,000 fans and 20,000 active young peace-builders with its “Be a Nelson” Campaign. All Nelsons use music, art, events, media, sport and dialogue to prevent new armed conflict. By 2020 MasterPeace aims to mobilize, train and connect 200,000 Nelsons. In December 2013, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon awarded both founders a UN “Certificate of Recognition” for developing “one of the most innovative peace-building initiatives.”

In January 2011, MasterPeace was awarded the ID Award by 1,000 Dutch business leaders during the Big Improvement Day (BID), and described as “The Most Innovative Idea of The Year.” In June 2013, the USA based Rockefeller Foundation awarded van der Linde and Helmy by adding them both to the “Top 100 of Next Centuries Innovators.” In October 2015, they were awarded the Luxembourg Peace Prize by the Schengen Peace Foundation and the World Peace Forum.

Since September 2012, van der Linde has been a regular blogger for the Huffington Post, covering topics such as positivity, youth empowerment, diversity, peace, disarmament and the mobilization of civil society. In July 2015, he opened “The Little Mandela House” in the center of Amsterdam where mediators support citizens to stop their conflicts, social entrepreneurs find support to develop their initiatives and the start of a brand new movement for respect began. In September 2015, van der Linde’s first book “Be A Nelson” was published.
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Daniel Wilkins
Executive Director, Pvblic Foundation
Daniel Wilkins is a media professional specializing in out-of-home media and digital display technologies. In January 2008 he launched the first ever privately held media agency solely dedicated to the planning and buying of digital place-based media campaigns, called n2. In 2012, he successfully negotiated the sale of both of his companies, Wilkins Media Company and n2, to a private investment group.

In December 2013 Daniel launched Agency672, which simplifies the planning and buying process of all out-of-home media formats, as well as digital display media, globally. He is also the Executive Director of the PVBLIC Foundation, a non-profit organization that harnesses the power of media to drive social change. When he isn’t helping create meaningful media partnerships globally, he can be found teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), competing in BJJ tournaments around the country, or spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Specialties: Strategic media planning and buying, out-of-home media, digital, digital place-based media, non-profit management, social impact, marketing.
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David Smolansky Urosa
Journalist and Mayor of El Hatillo Municipality in Caracas (Venezuela)
David Smolansky Urosa currently serves as the Mayor of the El Hatillo Municipality in Venezuela. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a specialization in Journalism from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and his Master’s in Political Science from the Universidad Simón Bolívar. Smolansky has held several journalism positions with news outlets, including BBC London and El Nacional Newspaper and currently serves as anchor of the radio show “Municipio Venezuela” as well as Director, Founder and featured columnist of Diploos Venezuela C.A., a Think Tank covering Venezuelan foreign policy.

His quest in leadership defending the rights and freedoms of Venezuelans began when he became the youngest Mayor in Venezuela when he was elected as the El Hatillo Municipality Mayor. Through this position, Smolansky has tirelessly worked to ensure the safety of more than 100,000 habitants in El Hatillo; since his election, crime rates have dropped significantly. He also introduced new environmental inspections and accountability systems and has tackled some of the municipality’s biggest educational system flaws. Smolansky has achieved partnerships with 150 different NGO’s, private sector companies, embassies and multilateral and regional agencies resulting in the provision of five municipality schools, the addition of two school bus routes and the First Census of Disabled Persons in order to promote social inclusion.

Smolansky’s administration is aimed at establishing modern and effective communications, through transparent management and operations. He promotes and stands for social progress and better standards of life so that all humans can enjoy freedom of speech and belief. For his tremendous efforts, Smolansky was honored as a JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) in 2015.
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Lilia Aguilar Gil
Founder & Director LIBRE
Lilia is a Mexican activist. She is the founder and the director of LIBRE, non-governmental organization, which promotes the empowerment of Mexican citizens to achieve full exercise of all their rights, contributing to the visibility of public problems and seeks an impact on the treatment and resolution of these.

Her dad, Ruben Aguilar is a politician and an activist, her mother Matilde Gil was a social activist focus on education of poor communities and was the head of a community school. As a result, her life was linked to the social activism from an early age.

Lilia has been a panelist on a Forum called Inclusive Security: Standing Up To Violence of The Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard University as a speaker along 3 other activist on conflicted areas. Also, she participated on Women in the World's 7th Annual Summit in New York City with the item: "WOMEN ON THE RUN: Why the women and girls of Central America are fleeing to the United States".

She carried out Seminar of Conflict Prevention, Resolution and Reconciliation, and Social Organization: Challenges and strategies.

After years of activism in favor of the youth and the poverty in her State, in 2004 Lilia became a State Representative at Chihuahua’s Congress. Later, in 2012 she was elected as a Member of Parliament for the LXII Legislature on the House of Representatives. While in Congress, Lilia promoted transparency talking about the government, women’s rights, justice, electoral equality, indigenous rights and poverty alleviation.

She holds two Masters degrees: One in Public Administration for the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (2012) and a previous one in Applied Public Management at the Tecnológico of Monterrey (2005).

During her studies at Harvard University she completed one research project, with the Economy Nobel Prize Amartya Sen and CalendriaGaray, called: "Poverty Programs in Mexico". She was also a Teaching Assistant for Dean Williams and Ronald Heifetz in their leadership courses,considered the most influential class inside Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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Sarah Meredith
Australian Country Director, Global Citizen
Sarah Meredith is Global Citizen Australia’s Country Director. Over a period of 13 years, Sarah has advised a number of Australia's Federal and State Government Ministers, including working as a Senior Adviser to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment. Sarah completed Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne and a Master of International and Community Development at Deakin University. Sarah was awarded City of Casey's Young Citizen of the Year in 2002, was selected as a member of the Australian Government's National Youth Roundtable and represented Australia in the 'Young People Can Change the World' World Youth Forum in Wales in 2001.
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Natalia Ruiz
Multi-cultural Visual Artist
Born in Colombia, raised in Canada and established in Mexico, Natalia is a multicultural visual artist who has focused her work on Art Direction and Set Design for film, theatre and television. She has also collaborated in various Latin American Film Festivals in Montreal, Vancouver (Canada) and Durango (Mexico).

Similarly, she has dedicated part of her life to social art projects in different organizations such as; Familia Ayara in Colombia and MasterPeace Latinoamérica, where she collaborates as an adviser of different projects as Barrios de Paz (Neighborhoods of Peace) in MasterPeace Colombia. In the same way, she is a voluntary in MasterPeace México where she has helped in different projects such as Barrios de Paz Mexico , Muros sin Fronteras (Walls of connections) and Peace Talks.

In her free time, Natalia has found in dancing and music, a beautiful language of healing and reconnecting, thus she has focused on Colombian and Mexican Folklore and Urban Dances recently.

Likewise, after living a long period abroad Natalia decided to return to Latin America to reconnect with her roots and origins. This path has allowed her to share with different Native Indigenous communities in Colombia and Mexico learning a little of their knowledge and Ancient wisdom.

She is currently in a transition from Latin America to Europe, where she will keep collaborating with MasterPeace and undertake new projects.
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Jean Trudel
Co-Founder Peace Day 365
A native Montrealer and world traveler, Jean spent his career as award winning producer/director and produced many “Docu-Variety Specials” for television. In 2004, while doing research for a documentary film, he came across the story of the United Nations International Day of Peace. Since that time he has become involved at the United Nations with the International Day of Peace and co-founded Peace Day 365 to assist in furthering initiatives related to peace education and global citizenship. He currently manages social media communication for the International Day of Peace, sits on the Peace Day NGO planning committee at the Department of Public Information (DPI), is on the NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous People, International Day of Yoga Committee at the U.N. Jean, in 2016, created the Steering Committee for the International Day of Education for Global Citizenship with the Permanent Mission of Korea to the U.N. as an advisor.
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