PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

Primary & Secondary Education

Morlena T. Robinson is an Assistant Principal in the New York City Public School System. She has had over 10 years of experience as an educator in New York City. She began her work as a substitute teacher, and became a high school teacher of health education, human anatomy and physiology, and leadership education. Ms. Robinson was recently admitted to the New York City Department of Education Principal’s Pool. The Principal’s Pool is designed to “ensure that only outstanding, qualified leaders are eligible to become school principals.” In order to continuously improve student achievement, support teachers, and develop a higher standard of leadership, Ms. Robinson embraces professional development by regularly attending educational conferences and network events in the state, and receives mentoring from successful veteran principals. She is also a 2011 cohort graduate from the Advanced Leadership Program for Aspiring Principals (ALPAP), which is supported by New York City Council. Ms. Robinson holds a Master of Science degree in Education and a Certificate of Advanced Studies from the College of Saint Rose, both focusing on Educational Leadership and Administration. She also earned a Master of Art degree in Education Psychology from New York University, and her undergraduate studies in Health Education were completed at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Higher Education

Prof. Joshua Guild is an Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at Princeton University, specializing in twentieth-century African American history, urban history, and the making of the modern African Diaspora. His research has been supported with fellowships and awards from a number of institutions, including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. In 2009-10, he was a fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard. He is currently completing his first book, provisionally entitled, Shadows of the Metropolis: Urban Space and the Transformation of Black Communities in Postwar New York and London. His next project will focus on struggles for racial and economic justice in New Orleans from the mid-20th century black freedom movement through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. A graduate of Wesleyan University, where he was a Mellon Mays (Minority) Undergraduate Fellow, he received his PhD in History and African American Studies from Yale University.

Environment & Sustainability

Dr. Weslynne Ashton an Assistant Professor of Environmental Management and Sustainability at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)’s Stuart School of Business. Prior to IIT, she was as an Associate Research Scientist and Lecturer at Yale University where she also directed the “Industrial Ecology in Developing Countries” program. Dr. Ashton works on issues of sustainable development, particularly environmental performance assessment, corporate sustainability strategy and social entrepreneurship. She was a US National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a Teresa Heinz Scholar for Environmental Research. She holds a PhD and MSc in Environmental Science from Yale University and a BSc in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Energy Solutions

Philipp Blechinger is a doctoral candidate at non-profit research institute Reiner Lemoine Institut gGmbH in Berlin. His research seeks to find the main barriers to implement renewable energies on Caribbean islands in respect of technical, economic, political, and social conditions. The main objective is to identify the barriers and to provide guidance to overcome them. First the technological and economic potential of power generation by renewable energies should be identified. This analysis is performed based on the data of the Reiner Lemoine Institute, which are used to show the economic potential compared to the existing energy supply systems. Philipp completed an internship for the consultancy Rödl & Partner He was also a fellow of Summer School of Renewable Energies in Jülich. He is a contributor to the network Solar Solutions Net e. V. Philipp completed his pre-degree studies in economics and engineering at the FAU Erlangen. He completed his Master’s degree at the Berlin Institute of Technology and concentrated on energy- and resource-management. While completing his Master’s degree, Philipp spent 6 months doing research at the University of Trinidad & Tobago.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Julian Hall is an award-winning Digital Marketer, Speaker, Author, Lecturer and Chairman and CEO of the Hall Group of Companies in London, UK. Prior to this, he has worked as a consultant to major financial corporations, such as Morgan Stanley, Société Générale, Schroder, Schlumberger Sema, Siemens & General Electric in London. Mr. Hall specializes in helping companies big and small to meet and exceed their revenue targets using digital strategies that work. His company has been awarded UK’s Most Innovative Internet. He was selected to mentor the UK’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010, and he launched the UK’s first 100% user generated news channel – YouReportTV.com. Mr. Hall is also ambassador for the Richard Branson’s Virgin Pioneer Program, as well as a popular columnist in the Voice Newspaper and a representative to the Jamaican High Commission and the UK Diaspora Youth Association.

Medical Sciences

Dr. Koye Odutola is a Specialist Registrar in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in the South-West Region of the United Kingdom. His main interests are in Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction Surgery and General Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2011. His academic research interests include outcomes following pelvic trauma surgery, radiographic predictors of pre and post-operative function in patients undergoing hip and knee reconstruction, and the follow-up of patients following such surgery. He has a keen interest in Medical Education at undergraduate and post-graduate level, and is currently enrolled on a Post-Graduate degree in Teaching and Learning for Healthcare Professionals. A long-standing aspiration of his has been to be involved in the transfer of healthcare technologies and knowledge between developed and developing countries, with a particular focus on sustainable development. He was recently involved in running a Basic Surgical Skills course in Northern Ghana, sponsored by the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, as part of their International Development Initiative. Dr Odutola obtained his Pre-Clinical undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge and went on to complete his Clinical Studies at the University of Oxford. He has spent time at the Decision Systems Group, Brigham and Womens’ Hospital (Harvard University), furthering his interest in Information Technology and its applications in Clinical Practice.

Public Health

Dr. Tiphani Burrell-Piggott is a Senior Associate at the Inter-American Development Bank. Dr Burrell-Piggott is a sociomedical scientist and Public Health professional. Dr. Burrell-Piggott, who was born in Jamaica, has over ten years of experience in health care management, project management, project implementation, and health care policy. Her areas of expertise include: global health, domestic US health, HIV/Aids, sexual and reproductive health, minority health, eliminating health care disparities, quantitative data analysis and qualitative research. Dr Burrell-Piggott holds a Doctor of Public Health Degree in Sociomedical Science from Columbia University, a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology from Howard University.

Science & Engineering

Dr Warren Grayson is an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering Department at Johns Hopkins’ University. He is currently the Director of the Laboratory for Craniofacial and Orthopaedic Tissue Engineering. Dr Grayson’s research on bioreactor design and engineering anatomically-shaped bone grafts has received widespread national and international attention with articles appearing in the New York Times, BBC, Science Translational Medicine and several other news agencies. He has been recognized by the Maryland Science Center as the Outstanding Young Engineer for 2010 and was awarded the Career Development Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society (2007). He has authored numerous original and review articles and book chapters and holds 2 patents for bioreactor designs. Currently, his lab focuses on spatial and temporal regulation of stem cell differentiation in 3D constructs to generate clinically useful engineered grafts. Dr Grayson received his B.Sc. in Chemical & Process Engineering at The University of the West Indies, his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Florida State University in 2005, and completed his postdoctoral training at one of the world’s premier tissue engineering labs at Columbia University from 2005 to 2009.

Information Technology

Dr. Anthony Ruto is the Chief Technology Officer of Within Technologies Ltd, an engineering design company based in London. He currently leads the development of Within’s design software used to create state-of-the-art 3D structural designs for automotive, aerospace, medical and footwear industries. Dr. Ruto has previously been involved in the research and development of a number of innovative technologies including image-based medical diagnosis, 3D body scanning, digital TV broadcast scheduling at the BBC and a patented 3D monitoring system used for radiotherapy treatment. Dr. Ruto holds a first degree in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge and the Master of Science and PhD in Engineering at University College London, specialising in Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation.

Sports & Physical Activity

Kimberly Vandenberg is an American Olympic and World Championship Medalist in swimming. For the past decade, she has traveled around the globe for swimming competitions and motivational talks given to youth swim teams, International schools, and a variety of companies sharing her Olympic journey while encouraging the development of goal setting, overcoming setbacks and achieving success.Kim is an Olympic Bronze Medalist, a World Championship Silver Medalist and a Pan American Gold Medalist. Outside the pool, Kim writes for the brand Sachin & Babi and has worked with the Wild Magazine and Photographer Rebecca Handler on Marketing, Photo shoots, Event Management, and Social Media strategy. Kim works with several organizations, including Up2Us, a leading national movement to advance youth in sports as a means of addressing critical issues facing today’s youth and Kid’s Play International. She is a Program Coordinator for Educational non-profit Shashamane Sunrise, directing their Sports and Physical Activity projects. Kim has a Bachelor’s of Art degree in History from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Literature & Performing Arts

Erik Schuchort is a German Professor of literature living and teaching in Bremen. For more than two years, he instructs students not only in German and French literature at the University of Bremen but also in German as a foreign language at the Goethe-Institute of Bremen. His key skills include teaching, lesson plan design, specific knowledge transfer (history of literature, German as a foreign language) and scientific writing techniques. Erik is interested in soccer, theatre, movies, reading and music. He likes to go abroad to share everyday life with people from different cultures. In the age of 18, he served voluntary service in Lommel, Belgium, on the largest German military cemetery in Western Europe during one year. At the age of 23, Erik lived in Paris, France for one year. His cross-cultural-competence, empathy, self-motivation and belief in human power make him unique for Shashamane Sunrise Organization. Erik has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in literature, cultural and media studies from University of Siegen and a Master’s degree in German as a foreign language from University of Jena. .

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