Jo-Ann is the Founder & CEO of RareBirds Zine (formerly SecretBirds). She was born and raised in St. Croix, Virgin Islands to parents from St. Kitts and Nevis. She is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., Cass Business School in London and Kingston University also in London. Her professional and cultural experiences span continents, having worked in North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Prior to founding RareBirds, she worked in the corporate world in the property and construction industry for a decade. Alongside having a full time career in the above mentioned, she worked as a freelance writer and later as an independent consultant to social enterprises. Jo-Ann is currently teaching and guest lecturing at various academic institutions around the globe. Additionally, she acts as a mentor, advisor and champion to various global communities. Some of these communities include the United Nations Women (UN Women) Empower Women community based in NYC, the ALL Ladies League and Women?s Economic Forum, both based in India and the Fabulous Fempreneurship community based in Canada. Jo-Ann is an avid cyclist and runner, sustainability enthusiast, faithful writer, aspiring yogi, ardent traveler and burgeoning gardener. She?s been a vegan for 23 years and counting, so when she?s not engaged in the aforementioned you can find her in the kitchen, experimenting with vegan dishes!
Lecturer, Asian University for Women
Kathleen Ferrier is a (world)connector with strong cross-cultural communication skills. Born in Paramaribo, Suriname, she lived in Chili and Brazil, in the Netherlands and in Hong KongHer work experiences include politics, international organisations, the United Nations, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions and international businesses. She worked in slum areas in big cities, with migrant communities in the Netherlands and Europe and served as a member of Dutch parliament for the Christian Democratic Party. Until last year she lives in Hong Kong, where she works as an academic teacher and is involved in issues related to sustainability and human rights, such as fighting modern slavery.She is appointed as Honorary Professor of the Global Practice of Human Rights, at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh. She is a co-founder of Bright Hong Kong.
As a member of its sustainability Council she is involved un the European Chamber of Commerce. She is a public speaker, master of ceremony and writer of columns and articles on international relations and politics with a focus on Hong Kong, China and South East Asia.
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