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FEATURED SPEAKERS

FELIX FINKBEINER
Founder, Plant-for-the-Planet

At the age of 9, Felix Finkbeiner, inspired by the story of Wangari Maathai, developed the idea that children could promote climate justice by planting a million trees in every country. With the support of children from over a hundred countries, Felix launched the children and youth initiative Plant-for-the-Planet in 2007. So far, over 63,000 children and youth in 58 countries have been trained in Plant-for-the-Planet Academies. As climate justice ambassadors, these children and youth give speeches to adults, pressure them to act and fight for their future. Their goal is to plant a Trillion Trees together with people from all over the world to capture CO2 and slow down the climate crisis.


OLIVIER ADAM
Executive Coordinator, United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Mr. Olivier Adam (France) took up his appointment as the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme on 2 January 2017.

Olivier joined UNV after having served with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as Deputy Regional Director and Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Regional Bureau for Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States (2014-2016). Prior to this, Olivier served in different capacities with UNDP (1990-2014), including as Manager of the Bratislava Regional Centre, UN Resident Coordinator/Resident Representative in the Ukraine, Head of Global Fund Partnership, Deputy Resident Representative in Argentina, Assistant Resident Representative in Haiti and Deputy Director, Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People. He started his career in the UN system as Junior Professional Officer with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (1987-1990).

Olivier holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a Master in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po).


CRISTINA RIGMAN
President, European Volunteer Center (CEV)

Cristina currently works as international trainer and consultant specialized in strategic planning, organizational development, network development, nonprofit governance, project management, volunteer management, monitoring and evaluation, needs analysis, data collection and analysis, and development of tailored evaluation tools.

Cristina has worked for 14 years in the volunteerism movement in Romania, acting as executive director of Pro Vobis – the National Resource Center for Volunteering in Romania and initiator and first president of the national umbrella for volunteer involving organizations in Romania (VOLUM Federation). She has been active in CEV network since 2005, serving two mandates on the Board of Directors before 2011 and was elected as President in 2015 for a 4 year term.

Cristina is trained as Political Scientist, combining the professional work with academic research as part of various scholarships and fellowships in EU and US. She currently serves as Secretary General of ChildPact – the Regional Coalition for Child Protection and is part of the trainers’ network for Erasmus+ managed by the Romanian National Agency.


DR. DANNY SRISKANDARAJAH
Secretary General & CEO, CIVICUS

Dr Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah has been Secretary General and CEO of CIVICUS since January 2013. Headquartered in Johannesburg, CIVICUS is the global civil society alliance with members in 170  countries.

His previous roles have included Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Interim Director of the Commonwealth Foundation, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research.

Danny is the author of numerous reports and academic articles on international migration and economic development. He writes and appears often in the media on a range of topics, including contributing regularly to Al Jazeera, Guardian, HuffPo, and Weekendon the BBC World Service.

He sits on the boards of several organisations, including the Baring Foundation, Comic Relief and International Alert, and was a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Humanitarian Finance. He has been a consultant to several international organisations and is a co-founder of the Ockenden Prizes and the Migration Museum Project.

Danny holds a degree from the University of Sydney, and an MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 2012, he was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Born in Sri Lanka and a national of Australia, Dr Sriskandarajah has lived and worked in five continents, and been invited to speak at events in over 50 countries. He can be found @civicussg on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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