Truly passionate about development and transformation, Palena is a highly experienced international development professional, coach, mentor, and lecturer. Adept in identifying needs and solutions in diverse settings, she has worked with UN, NGO, government, private sector and academic partners on gender issues and women’s empowerment, sexual and reproductive health, HIV, AIDS, and leadership programs in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Committed to helping people fulfil their potential, she coaches development professionals worldwide, driving forward management and leadership capacity to end poverty, fight inequalities, tackle climate change, and ensure that no one is left behind. She designs, delivers, and evaluates team building, group dynamics, communication, leadership, mentoring, and employee engagement interventions and has created an international mentoring program for development professionals in NGOs in developing countries. This is being piloted in India. Palena speaks English and French, and has a PhD in Gender and International Politics, has conducted post-doctoral research on employee engagement, and is a Barefoot (UK) accredited Business and Personal Coach. She is also lecturer on Masters’ courses in Management, Leadership, Human Resource Management, Geopolitics and International Business in Paris and the UK – proud to inspire the next generation of socially responsible leaders.
Dy DG, All Together in Dignity Fourth World
Diana Skelton is Head of Mission of All Together in Dignity/ATD Fourth World. She spent nine years as part of its International Leadership Team, supporting ATD Fourth World?s members in the Central African Republic, Haiti, the Philippines, Ireland, and 30 other countries. As part of ATD?s full-time Volunteer Corps since 1986, she has lived and worked in low-income communities in Madagascar, the US, and France, and has represented ATD at the United Nations and UNICEF.
In 2004, Skelton edited How Poverty Separates Parents and Children: A Challenge to Human Rights, a study carried out in six countries, with a foreword by UNICEF. In 2014, Skelton published the first volume of Artisans of Peace Overcoming Poverty. The second and third volumes of this book were published in 2015 and 2016.
Skelton is a member of the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty. Her degree is in history from Cornell University, and she has a background in youth work and in journalism. She is currently preparing several publications.
In January 2017, at the Women Economic Forum of the European Union, the Hague, Skelton was honoured with the Award of Iconic Leader Creating a Better World for ALL.
Myriam Fournier Kacimi
Executive woman in investment banking in otherwise NYC, Japan, Paris and Munich, Myriam Fournier Kacimi, was born in Algiers.
She was convinced by solar energy while working in Japan and in Germany as she had the chance to see how far those countries were in developing solar energy.
She then decided to found SunGy to make it happen in Africa.
SunGy develops projects for solar farms and global solutions for farmers and corporates. its added value is both in financial and energy engineering. SunGy first focus on the algerian market where she can now rely on key strategic partnerships, deep knowhow on regulatory and grid specificities, as of the public and
private sector, the institutional. We master the legal and financial environment.
David Martin is a British and Canadian citizen who has been living and working in Paris, France for 30 years. He teaches Economics and English at the most prestigious accounting school in Paris. He is an award winning speaker and the creator of the Speak the Rainbo concept which uses the seven colors of the rainbow to explain the elements of a great speech which will connect colorfully with an audience. He has done workshops and coached TEDx speakers and professionals using his method which the World Speech Day calls in Define, Develop, Deliver its online Guide to Speaking in Public, a brilliant concept
Kate Parvis ? Your Fairy Godmother Originally from Upstate New York, Kate started her adult life in a tent in the pouring rain in a Paris campground. She was sure of just one thing; she didn?t want to be a typical employee, chained to a dull job, paying off loans, worried about retirement. But how to achieve financial freedom? Kate decided to invest in property, and slowly but surely earned her wings. Kate sure isn?t sleeping in a tent today (unless she wants to). She now owns 25 apartments right next to Paris generating positive cash flow, more than enough for her and her husband to live on comfortably. And the tenants are as delighted as she is, living in specially designed shared housing arrangements, for tenants of all ages. Forming a community like in the sitcom ?Friends? is an increasingly popular dream, and moreover, an ecological choice! What do you do when you?ve got the castle, the prince, and loads of energy? There?s only one answer: become fairy godmother to other budding or confirmed women investors. After all, shouldn?t everyone live happily ever after? Kate Parvis is a compelling and entertaining motivational speaker, with over 20 years of experience on stage as a conference interpreter and amateur standup comedian.
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