Melikte Paulos Weldetensaye is the founder and executive director of ZuZu for health and education, a non-profit organization based in Ethiopia, which aims to provide free mental health resources and promote inclusive education. In this role, she designs various projects and teaching manuals that promote mental health for women and youth, as well as audio educational materials for blind and visually impaired students...
Disability Rights Activist
Felicia Mburu holds a masters in international human rights law from American University, Washington College of Law. Felicia is interested in pursuing the rights of persons with disabilities to live and be included in the community on an equal basis with others. In the past, Felicia has worked with various civil societies in Kenya, Latvia, Hungary, the United States and across Africa on intersectional matters of gender and disability justice...
Dr. Maymunah Yusuf Kadiri, popularly referred as the "Celebrity Shrink" is a multiple award-winning mental health physician, advocate and coach who is passionate about people’s mental wellness and provides workable tools to ensure that. Maymunah is a leading voice in Nigeria on mental health and wellness and has almost 20 years of experience as a practicing physician...
Director of Programs/ Non-profit Practitioner
Currently the director of programs for the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, Gulnar Feerasta (she/they) is passionate about promoting empowerment, resiliency, and leadership throughout marginalized communities. With advocacy and outreach at the forefront of her vision, her goal is to build strong support systems while improving the quality of life through long-term policy and social change...
Lecturer in Physiotherapy
Belaynew Adugna is a lecturer and pioneer of the undergraduate physiotherapy program at Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia. He is the owner of Bahir Dar Physiotherapy Specialty Clinic — the only private physiotherapy clinic in the region — and the founder of One Love Day Service Center, a non-profit therapeutic center for profoundly disabled children...
Clinical Social Worker
Sarah Chambers is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing at the intersection of neuroscience, integrated medicine, and health promotion. She currently works as an interdisciplinary team member in the Department of Neurology at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, Illinois where she provided psychotherapeutic care to patients with neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders...
Environmental Health Specialist
Dr. Geminn Louis Apostol is a physician, educator, and researcher specializing in environmental public health, climate-resilient health systems, and socio-ecological determinants of health. He currently serves as a scientist for the Philippine Inter-Agency Committee on Environmental Health (IACEH) where he helps convene government, academia, civil society and the private sector towards generating evidence, developing policies, and operationalizing programs for environmental protection and public health promotion...
Nutritionist and Public Health Specialist
Rana al Qawasmi is a Palestinian nutritionist, public health specialist, and Hubert Humphrey alumna for Public Health Policies and Management. She works as a health systems strengthening consultant for the Stability, Services and Reform Program by DFID. In her role Rana works on strengthening and developing healthcare status and services for Palestinians through policies, despite political and social barriers...
Artist & Community Advocate
San Francisco, California
Gloria Aguirre is an artist and community advocate in San Francisco, serving as program manager for community outreach at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. Advocating for long term investments to improve health literacy and access to care in often marginalized communities, she believes that humanity’s most powerful tools for change are curiosity and creativity...
Economic Development Coordinator & Political Activist
Claire Thomas is an Economic Development Coordinator for the East Side Neighborhood Company. In this role, she works with community members to design and implement innovative solutions for more inclusive economic systems for BIPOC-owned small businesses and equitable community development...