In her teen years, she joined PRISM as a quest for peacebuilding. She has a Masters in Comparative Ethnic Conflict and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Human Rights Law.
From 2004, she has worked as the Campaigns and Media Officer at Amnesty International in Northern Ireland. For the last 15 years, she has worked across Amnesty, Oxfam, the UN and Christian Aid. From 2011 to 2015 at Oxfam, she was responsible for leading the Middle East policy and advocacy team during the time of the Arab Spring focusing specifically on Yemen, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory and led the Oxfam Advocacy response to the Syria Crisis. She has since worked very closely with Yemeni Women activists and CSOs, Colombian Women HRDS, Women Lawyers in CAR calling for Women’s representation in the transitional Council, as well as women leaders in Sudan as part of the transition period, facilitating Ala Salah to address the UN security council.
Last year while at Oxfam, she managed the development and launch of the IMatter campaign a campaign which worked with women crisis contexts to gain a seat at the table in peace talks, as part of this campaign. One of the tactics of this campaign was to use art, poetry and drama. She also commissioned and co-authored a paper with renowned women peace and Security experts, on how to transform power and put women at the heart the Women peace and Security agenda. She currently leads the Global Policy and Advocacy team at Christian Aid.
Deborah Dauda ( she/her) is a mother/dancer/ educator/activist and a Ph.D. student in the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (SGISD) at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She holds master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) and African Studies (MA) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Her work focuses on Gender and Security matters as it relates to the intersectional experiences and narratives of Black women and girls wherever they are positioned geopolitically. Her research interests include mapping the aesthetic values and practice of Black female creatives as a process of cultural preservation, the policies of inclusion/exclusion that target Black girls/women and the implications it has on health outcomes and socio-economic security, and the self-care practices of Black women living in violent and post-conflict settings.
Deborah is passionate about youth development, storytelling, and co-creating opportunities, spaces, and resources for African and African Diaspora peoples to flourish and thrive. In her spare time, Deborah enjoys spending time with her family, reading, street-dancing in her living room, cooking, and curating ‘Bridges X Connections’; a podcast that features folks with fascinating projects, ideas, and research that is necessary for the world to know and bear witness.
Hamzat Lawal (Hamzy!) is an activist who has successfully led grassroots campaigns in over 40 African countries with over nine years’ experience in the non-profit sector. He is also the Founder of Follow The Money, a Pan-African grassroots data-driven movement and leads a team of technology & innovation driven campaigners to amplify the voices of marginalized communities in promoting accountability.
He is currently the Chief Executive of Connected Development (CODE), a local NGO he founded in 2012 dedicated to helping the continent achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He seats on the Executive Board of the largest Youth Movement in Africa: African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) and have influenced policy in his advocacy drive to get young people to run for public office as a Leader of the Not Too Young To Run movement driving youth political inclusion.
He was honoured and recognized on the 2018 and 2019 list of the world’s 100 most influential people in digital government by Apolitical. He was also recognized amongst the 100 most influential people in Africa in 2019. His Follow The Money won the United Nations SDG Action Award as Mobilizer 2019 and he won the 2019 Future Africa Award under the ‘Advocacy’ category.
Leveraging on Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and other mobile phone technologies, CEO and an educator, Ms. Hla Hla Win is on a mission to democratize access to quality education. She received her master’s degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and her undergraduate degree in Education from William Penn University and a leadership diploma from East West Centre at Hawaii University.
She was also selected for the prestigious Singularity University program, based in NASA research centre in Silicon Valley for the program for entrepreneurs to address big problems where they can impact a billion users. After launching the 360ed company in Silicon Valley, she moved the headquarter to Myanmar and has built a team of 70 individuals. 360ed is providing policy advice, conducting teachers training and applying technological innovation to pedagogy in Myanmar.
Their work had been recognized by UNESCO and received an award for innovation in digital technologies in February 2018 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. She is now heading Myanmar office and working on EdTech projects dedicated to bringing scalable, immediate, and exponential impacts in transforming national education and beyond.
Bronner is an award-winning writer, producer, director and longtime journalist. After many years as a staff producer at CBS News/60 Minutes and long-form magazine writer for Vanity Fair, Foreign Policy and others, Bronner transitioned to feature film in 2005, collaborating with director Paul Greengrass on Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning United 93; Oscar-nominated Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi); and Green Zone (Matt Damon).
He wrote and is producing the feature film Chasing Agent Freegard (James Norton, Gemma Arterton; in pre-production for 4/21 shoot).He wrote and is producing an epic film about the apartheid-era relationship between South African musician Hugh Masekela and gangster monk Trevor Huddleston, whose relationship was tested over the Graceland controversey around the Cultural Boycott of South Africa.
While at 60 Minutes, Bronner co-produced the Peabody Award-winning documentary Death by Denial about the HIV/AIDS crisis in Southern Africa, with Ed Bradley as correspondent. His work has also been recognized with the Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting and three Emmy nominations, as well as the Silurians Press Club “President’s Choice Award” for a Vanity Fair expose based on never-before-heard NORAD recordings from the 9/11 attack.
Chidi Anselm Odinkalu is a human rights activist, lawyer, professor and writer. He was the former Chairman of Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission (Nigeria) and currently the senior team manager for the Africa Program of Open Society Justice Initiative.
He has worked as an advisor for the Ford Foundation New York, World Bank, African Union, International Council for Human Rights Policy, Geneva; and many others. In 2018, he co authored a book titled Too Good to Die.
Born to a German mother and a Kenyan/Indian father, Sarika was raised in the South of Germany. She began her professional career as a production assistant and coordinator for Studio Babelsberg, followed by several national and international productions. Sarika studied Film Production from 2002-2006 at the German Film- & TV Academy (dffb) in Berlin, and completed a post-graduate program entitled “L`Atelier Masterclass”, a collaboration of the Film Academy in Ludwigburg and La Femis in Paris.
During the Production of “Germany 09”, Sarika was approached by Marie Steinmann and Tom Tykwer to support their pilot project SOUL BOY. Today she is working as a producer for ONE FINE DAY FILMS, and is in charge of all operations.
Theron Patterson, originally from the USA, has taught filmmaking at the university level for 22 years. He was a faculty member at institutions in Singapore and Istanbul, Turkey, and is currently a professor (and director of the Program in Film) at the American University of Rome. He’s also taught several dozen filmmaking workshops in: South Korea, Turkey, Austria, Portugal, The Netherlands, and the US.
He also has over 25 years of professional experience in filmmaking in the U.S., Asia and Europe both in the independent film and television worlds, as well as in corporate communication. He’s written and directed short and feature-length films as well as worked professionally as a film editor and sound designer.