Diana Chaman is a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a B.Sc. in Political Science. She has 5 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Most recently, she served as a project manager for the Rural Agroindustry Network of Peru where her job focused on sustainable rural development in Andean communities through capacity building. She co authored the Peruvian National Strategy for Family Farming and Food Security. Currently, she is a board member of Meals on Wheels. Diana is a De Sardon Glass and World Bank 2015 - Ideas for action Awardee.
Elizabeth Hang is a strategic policy and public affairs advisor with extensive government experience.
Most recently, Ms. Hang served in the Obama Administration as Congressional Liaison Officer at USAID, managing Congressional oversight and advocating for the Global Development Lab. Prior to USAID, Ms. Hang worked as Human Resources Project Manager at Volunteers of America and served as Legislative Counsel to Congressman David Cicilline.
A Minnesota native and a first-generation American, Ms. Hang holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Commerce, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship from Brown University.
Binta Kanteh is a Policy Research and Outreach Intern for the Office of Representative Ilhan Omar at the State Office Building. Binta is also an Education Policy Fellow for The Center of Policy Design and in addition, serves as the communication coordinator for the Saint Paul youth leadership and employment program called Right Track. Binta graduated from DePaul University in 2017 with a B.A in International Studies concentrating on Immigration and Refugee Studies along with a minor in International Politics. Her family is originally from Gambia and she resides in East Saint Paul. Binta hopes to help illuminate the voices and narratives of individuals and communities of the African diaspora in Minnesota by cultivating empowerment through legislative advocacy and providing open channels of access and communication between historically marginalized communities and relevant stakeholders.
Mohamed Malim is currently a senior at the University of St. Thomas, studying Marketing. He is the founder of Dream Refugee, helping refugees connect to their broader communities through the power of storytelling. Before coming to the U.S. Mohamed was a former refugee from Kenya, feeling the civil war in Somalia. He has been invited to numerous summit workshops, including the United Nation youth summit. He has been awarded numerous scholarships, including Promise Prize Award for his Innovation initiative. He is also running track at St. Thomas, 2x track, and Field Conference Champion. Overall, he is a big advocate for refugees.
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Hailing from Kathmandu, Nepal, documentary film writer and educator Ishwari Rajak speaks on cultural history, customs and taboos involved with a woman’s coming of age – specifically a woman’s menstruation cycle and its manifold relationship with advertising and products, health, male and female perspectives, economic/life opportunities, and inhuman practices. She sees positive masculinity as a key toward not just preventing gender based violence, but promoting positive changes at both the policy level and in everyday life.
Her courage, grit, and determination drive her to educate women and men, as well as inspire immigrant communities by finding their voices.
Richa T. Sharma is a Master of Human Rights candidate at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the College of Liberal Arts, UMN. This past summer she interned with UNHCR's Division of International Protection at their headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to graduate school, she worked at Ameriprise Financial and UN Association of Minnesota after graduating from Carleton College with a degree in Political Science/International Relations. Her interest in refugee issues stems from her lifelong experience as a Bhutanese refugee.
Elaine Tymchak founded Cultivate International in 2016 in order to address a growing problem: leaders of communities that struggle with poverty and injustices are often not spearheading change due to a growing dependency on charity from the hands of outsiders. A Brazilian native with a MA in International Development, she’s worked for over 14 years in nonprofit management and community development while serving communities worldwide, and building relationships with global community leaders. An avid lover of people, knowledge, and the world’s diversity of culture, she is using her talents, experiences, and networks to build a global movement through Cultivate.
Jake Wild Crea
Jake Wild Crea is a Social Entrepreneur from St. Paul Minnesota. He believes that successful and sustainable development must come from within the community. Since he graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Peace, Justice and Conflict Resolution he has worked alongside neighbors (locals and immigrants) in Córdoba Argentina. Recently his work through Loyola Marymount University has focused on connecting US university students to marginalized communities in Córdoba for an education focused on the whole person. Relationships are at the core of his work and he wants to take the skills, lessons, and values from his friends in Argentina back home to work being done in Minnesota.