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WHAT is Carpe Global?

Our name plays on the famous Latin phrase Carpe Diem (“CAR-pay DEE-em”), which means “seize the day.” 

 

Our Mission and Vision

We curate international resources and opportunities to inform and empower people with global interests.

Carpe Global helps you discover worldly things relevant to your personal, professional, and academic goals. We broaden horizons, enhance growth and potential, and connect dots among people and places.




Carpe Global aligns with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals by spotlighting resources and opportunities related to “urgent economic, social, and environmental priorities worldwide.” Through our work and content, we encourage global citizens to engage and take action. The Carpe Global CEO is a member of the United Nations Association-USA.  

Our Core Values

We place high value on:

  • Sparking international awareness and global perspectives;
  • Making a difference as educators, catalysts, and changemakers; 
  • Celebrating diversity and helping reduce prejudice and racism;
  • Creating space and opportunity for productive, win-win collaboration; 
  • Making the world an even better place, one person and place at a time.   

Frequently Asked Questions

We created Carpe Global to address a premise and a paradox: 

The Premise
There are thousands of intriguing, useful, high-quality, “full of potential” international resources and opportunities out there, many of them created decades ago and some of them brand new.  

The paradox
Despite the premise, we have observed that much of the information shared here remains unknown even to some of the most globally interested and active people we meet. Evidence of that can be seen in testimonials about Carpe Global.

We understand reasons for the paradox – everyone is terribly busy, often doing more with less, no time even to begin imagining, researching, or sharing global gold nuggets like those we spotlight. Even with time and motivation on their side, some people do not know exactly what to look for, where to look, what search words to use, and who could best utilize the information if shared. 

Before we created this, a two-fold response to such information became predictable:
1) Confusion and frustration, as in “Why didn’t anyone ever tell me about this?” (very common among students); 
2) Gratitude and cartwheels of happiness.

Carpe Global is here to make that happen in a big way. We aim to empower life-changing potential and make the world a little better along the way.

Carpe Global was developed for people from all walks of life who have academic, professional, or personal interests in other countries, cultures, and global issues. They are the educators, the students, the worldly workers, the hopeful or intrepid travelers, the informed and active global citizens. They are open to new information and ideas, they like to learn and explore, they like to share and engage with others, and they understand that all the world connects.

We’re guessing that some of this describes you, because you are here. Welcome. We think you’re going to love this.

Visit the “Join” page for detailed information about membership levels and benefits. In short, becoming a member opens up a world of possibilities in support of your worldly interests and needs, windows of global opportunity limited only by your imagination. 

In short, the answer is “Have at it, then try Carpe Global.” We hope you read our answer to the question above, “Why was Carpe Global created?” As Albert Einstein once said, “Intelligence is not the ability to store information, but to know where to find it.” We developed this for intelligent people!    

Search engines often yield results with little relevance on “top,” the first couple of results pages. Efficient searches are unlikely unless one knows what to look for, though other things may still be missed. If ones does NOT know what to look for specifically – or if the goal is to to explore and discover things creatively –  search engines provide only limited help. Some of the best global gold nuggets might appear on pages 14 and 27 of a Google search, and they might be things not even imagined. In the meantime, those doing the searching must wade through time-wasting results of little interest or relevance. 

We have done the work for you! Carpe Global brings decades of professional experience and intuition. We bring information loop awareness of things that are relevant, useful, cool, fun, and enlightening for people with global interests. We identify, vet, curate, and compile content to serve global interests and needs.

No. There are organizations and websites known for featuring content primarily consisting of scholarships, or study abroad opportunities, or curriculum supplements, or travel opportunities, or career resources. We recognize, respect, and sometimes even shine spotlights on websites like those. 

We do feature some content like that, especially things that seem especially unique, or “well-kept secret” resources and opportunities. However, we have no interest in duplicating or replicating outstanding “specialty focus ” efforts. We applaud them and hope to collaborate with them creatively. 

The answer is complex, but here are some details for those who want to know.

First and foremost, our work is informed by a team of global citizens whose combined academic, professional, and personal experience spans a diverse range of global topics, places, and people. We have an intuitively good “feel” for the types of things that worldly people find interesting and useful. 

We do not have a perfectly specific and final set of selection criteria for content. Sometimes we seek things out deliberately, sometimes we stumble across them within various info loops, and sometimes we are informed about them. A creative process results in a creative collection.

We do apply specific general parameters when seeking and considering content. It must be: 

  • Global/international in theme and emphasis.
  • Useful, intriguing, inspiring, and/or just plain fun and interesting. 
  • Of interest to specific types of global citizens, and/or a broad range of them.
  • Representative of the world’s diversity of countries, cultures, and global issues.

We also apply “criteria of avoidance” when considering content:

  • Inactive or dead websites with no recent updates, like a “most recent” program deadline of three years ago.  
  • What the tech world calls “clickbait,” where something is used to lure one into an entirely different theme or purpose, often for commercial gain.  
  • Content that overtly pushes political or religious agendas. Organizations with such agendas sometimes create good, generic content items which we may share if there is no ideological baggage.  
  • For-profit commercial endeavors. We typically do not feature links to content created by such organizations unless we are working with them collaboratively, or if a certain something seems incredibly useful for our subscribers. Such exceptions are more likely if the resource or opportunity is free. 

When all is said and done, we make content decisions with the greater good in mind. When we make mistakes, it will be in the spirit of offering more, rather than less, for our discerning and diverse subscribers. 

No, but our sustainability model is based on doing business as a socially responsible force for good. We hope to become certified as one of only a few thousand “B Corporations” in the world, a new global movement balancing profit and purpose. 

5% of all subscription revenue is contributed to our “philanthropy partner,” Clowns Without Borders USA. We are excited about helping them accomplish their mission worldwide on behalf of children and families in areas of conflict and poverty.

Most of the content we spotlight is the good work of hundreds of non-profit organizations. Bringing more visibility to them is a meaningful part of what we do, helping them make a vital difference while ensuring our own sustainability and growth. We like win-win solutions. 

The more successful we are financially, the more able we will be to extend our mission worldwide to empower as many global citizens as possible.

We share this concern, especially since Carpe Global can be greatly useful to high school students, among many others. We welcome the subscription/membership of minors. With minors AND adults in mind, we do our very best to avoid content that can be reasonably construed as inappropriate or offensive. 

Much of our content consists of links to other websites. Some of those allow visitor comments, and sub-pages outside of our focus, and links to other websites. We attempt to scrutinize such things, but website content can change with the click of a button. Bottom line, we avoid content that seems hateful, discriminatory, misleading and non-factual, or inappropriate in some other way. 

Much like global issues in general, the world we bring to you via Carpe Global is complex, sometimes controversial and troubling (e.g. human rights issues). Some content shared by Carpe Global may be viewed negatively by certain individuals due to strongly held cultural, political, religious, and other views. This is to be expected in a diverse world, and it is why broad and informed global perspectives are so important. 

OUR STORY

Jay Harris, the founder and creative director of Carpe Global, likes to ask people what first sparked their interest in things international. In his case, it was meeting exchange students hosted by his grandparents and his immediate family, then his own experience as a high school student abroad. He was inspired by people going extra miles to broaden their knowledge and perspectives while extending the meaning of “family” worldwide.

Early in the international education career that followed, Jay encouraged two students to pursue little-known opportunities abroad. One of those opportunities emerged during dinner with an ambassador, dots connecting creatively. Lives were changed and everyone was happy. Jay got hooked on the feeling of sparking global engagement. He continued to help others navigate a maze of information toward their specific global goals. Years later, he had become proficient at discovering and sharing many more resources and opportunities. Along the way, he observed that such things often remain unknown even to some of the most active global citizens. He began to envision a large-scale solution and Carpe Global was born. 

Initial reactions to the concept were enthusiastic from a wide range of people and places. A diverse and talented team came together, all of them excited about the prospect of making a difference by empowering the global in others. The diverse team consists of what Jay calls “young global hotshots” because of their personal, academic, and professional experiences across borders and cultures. Their perspectives help make Carpe Global special. 

Executive Team

Jay Harris

Founder and Creative Director

An award-winning innovator in global/international education,…

Kira Lemons

Operations Manager

Kira is a recent graduate of the Middlebury Institute of…

Keely Thompson

Social media lead

Originally from Oahu, Hawaii, Keely is a sophomore at Brown…

Mona Elkalban

Public Relations

Mona works in the humanitarian aid field, with a focus…

Kyle Burnett

Podcast Lead and Host

Kyle is experienced with radio, television and other audio/video production…

Sarah Hyser

Blog Lead

Sarah is a junior at Seton Hall University. She majors…

Jay Harris

Position: Founder and Creative Director

Jay is an award-winning innovator in global/international education. His campus and private contract background has involved study abroad programs and study tours, international student and scholar support, K-12 global education, community outreach programs, development assistance (participant training), campus internationalization, and collaborative work with companies and organizations. Jay has designed and implemented numerous major grant programs funded by private and federal sources. He has helped review and develop curriculum products and global studies courses. At state and national levels, he has contributed to committees, task forces, and reports on global engagement and international education/studies. Jay has a Master’s in International Affairs from the George Washington University Elliott School. He serves on the Asheville Sister Cities board, coaches young distance runners, and enjoys travel, hiking, wilderness canoeing, music, and time with family.

Kira Lemons

Position: Operations Manager

Kira is a recent graduate of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey with a Master’s degree in International Education Management. She brings a diverse background of experiences and years spent abroad. She spent five years as a child in Germany, where both her parents were stationed with the U.S. Army. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in English, she spent a year in Japan, teaching with the JET Program. She spent some time back in the States, working in higher education, home health, and office administration, before she got the itch to go abroad again. She lived a total of four years in Mongolia; two volunteering with the Peace Corps and two as principal of an international school. More recently, she interned in the Study Abroad office at the University of California, Santa Cruz, assisting with the UC system’s first virtual study abroad fair. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing and playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Keely Thompson

Position: Social media lead

Originally from Oahu, Hawaii, Keely is a sophomore at Brown University studying Computer Science and International Relations. She has been studying Mandarin Chinese for seven years, including participation in the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program in Shanghai in 2017. She traveled to Hyderabad, India in 2018 for the Student Global Leadership Initiative. She currently runs social media for and serves as the Director of Outreach for Brown Model UN, where she volunteers to teach local Providence high school students about global affairs and presentation and research essentials. Keely is also quite passionate about video production and has worked in video departments at both Punahou School and Brown University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, making coffee, and running her own resin art business.

Mona Elkalban

Position: Public Relations

Mona works in the humanitarian aid field, with a focus on emergency preparedness and response for vulnerable populations in fragile settings across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. She also brings years of experience working in public affairs and crisis communication litigation, in which she represented and served a number of national and international clients. Additionally, Mona conducted research on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programs in order for former Boko Haram members in Niger to refrain from resorting back to violence in the Lake Chad region. She was a project participant on the issue with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. Mona graduated with an M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University, and holds a B.A. from the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at The American University in Cairo.

Kyle Burnett

Position: Podcast Lead and Host

Kyle is experienced with radio, television and other audio/video production after many years of such work.  He has expanded his professional trade into international communications, sustainable development, and pedagogical instruction. He taught English as a Second Language in France while gaining experience in language pedagogy.  Prior to that, he worked for Ion Media Networks as a Control Operator in the television sector. He was a speaker at the International Conference on Climate Change (Wash. D.C., 2019) to examine the viability of off-shore wind farm energy production. He was part of the founding group for the Global Solutions Arts and Music Festival in Monterey, CA to integrate communities together through art, music, and learning.  Kyle is a graduate of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, MA in International Environmental Policy. He is also an alumnus of the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Broadcasting and Electronic Media. He is bilingual in French and English, an accomplished musician, and enjoys movies, sports, and board games. He released his first EP of music in 2020.

Sarah Hyser

Position: Blog Lead

Sarah is a junior at Seton Hall University. She majors in Diplomacy and International Relations and minors in French and Middle Eastern Studies. She has a passion for human rights and global development, exercising that passion as a board member for the Amnesty International chapter at Seton Hall. Sarah also loves writing. She has a staff writing position with Seton Hall’s Diplomatic Envoy, where she publishes articles about current events in the Middle East. In the spring of 2021, Sarah will help launch a new professional research blog called Antisearch Magazine. She will be running the social media and publishing more of her own articles. She hopes to bring awareness to what she believes are the most pressing global issues of 2021. Sarah values generosity and gratitude above all else. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, writing poetry, and spending time with family and friends.

 

CARPE GLOBAL ASSOCIATES

Ariel Akuneme

Content

Ariel is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina…

Preeti Alluri

Newsletter Lead, content

Preeti is a senior at Indiana University. She majors in…

Zachary Burpee

Video Production Lead

Zack is a sophomore at Tufts University majoring in International…

Gabriel David

Content Specialist

Gabriel is a senior at Seton Hall University. He majors…

Kelsey Goodspeed

Partnership Development Lead, events calendar, content

Kelsey is a senior at Florida International University (FIU) studying…

David Lee

Blog, content

David is a rising junior at the George Washington University….

Hannah Murrah

Marketing Lead, social media, content

Hannah is a junior at the University of Texas (UT)…

Caitlin Valez

Ambassadors Lead, Video Production

Caitlin is a junior in the University of Delaware World…

Alec Vida

Content Lead, blog, social media

Alec is a senior at The George Washington University in…

Ariel Akuneme

Position: Content

Ariel is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and a member of her college’s Honors Program. She plans to major in Classics and Psychology. She was born to a Trinidadian  mother and a Nigerian father and lived in the Caribbean until her family immigrated to the USA. She has always liked to learn about different cultures and histories. Ariel is fluent in Latin and has translated several ancient Roman texts. She has served as a board member of the National Latin Honor Society. She hopes to pursue a career in Law. Her hobbies include piano, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Latin, history, and writing.

 

Preeti Alluri

Position: Newsletter Lead, content

Preeti is a senior at Indiana University. She majors in International Studies with a minor in Global Media. She is passionate about politics and media trends, especially the influence new age media has on politics and vice versa. Her interest in climate policy and advocacy resulted in a competitive selection as a participant at the 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP25 in Madrid, Spain. She served as the Director of Mental Health for Culture of Care, a student-led and staff supported initiative that advocates for safe campus culture. Preeti is multilingual and wants to learn as many languages as she can. She studied abroad in Berlin, Germany and interned as a Digital Marketing and Social Media Manager at Xibit, a Berlin-based tech start-up. In the future, she hopes to work on political and non-profit campaigns in Washington, DC. In her free time, Preeti loves watching movies, spending time with her family, traveling, and experiencing new cuisines. 

Zachary Burpee

Position: Video Production Lead

Zack is a sophomore at Tufts University majoring in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies. He studied Latin and participated in the Junior Classical League in high school and now studies Arabic at Tufts. He currently serves on the executive board of the Tufts Middle East Research Group, where he facilitates weekly discussions of current events and helps plan and moderate speaker panels of regional experts. He is especially interested in conflict resolution and the consequences of foreign intervention. With his high school jazz band, Zack toured Switzerland, France, and Italy, and he has also traveled to Israel, Mexico, and Canada. He has enjoyed mentoring young people, particularly through his coaching of ultimate frisbee at a youth summer camp and with his high school program after graduation. He is a contributing writer for the Tufts Daily newspaper, a member of the ultimate frisbee team, and an avid jazz trumpeter.

Gabriel David

Position: Content Specialist

Gabriel is a senior at Seton Hall University. He majors in Diplomacy and International Relations and minors in Economics and Russian. He has an interest in studying international law and is a participating member of Phi Alpha Delta’s Pre-Law chapter at Seton Hall. With a passion for economics, Gabriel has spent much time studying the economic aspects of international relations and is well-versed in the undergraduate topics of international economic development. Being a Filipino-American from New Jersey, he places great value on cultural learning. He has experienced other cultures through travels across 3 continents and 15 countries. Gabriel is learning Russian with the plan of visiting Moscow and immersing himself into Russian culture while adding another country to his list. In the future, he hopes to travel much more more and pursue a career in both law and international relations. In his free time, he enjoys playing piano, working on his chess repertoire, and hiking.

Kelsey Goodspeed

Position: Partnership Development Lead, events calendar, content
Kelsey is a senior at Florida International University (FIU) studying International Relations and Political Science with a certificate in National Security Studies. With a deep passion for education development, she is pursuing a certificate in Peace Corps Prep and currently perfecting her Spanish language skills to embark on a year in Spain as an ESL teaching assistant.  Kelsey has always had a deep passion for cultural exchange and is a fervent disciple of adventure. In high school, she spent several weeks in Québec learning about maple syrup production and the French language. She organized a benefit showcase to raise funds for the girl’s education initiative “Camp G.L.O.W” in Jamaica. This experience led her on a path towards discovering more about the world and how her own country operates within it. Kelsey spent a semester in D.C. interning with a political action committee working on human rights abuses in Pakistan. She primarily worked on women’s issues and education and understands the value of international education and its intersection with advocacy. At FIU, she has researched human trafficking policy in South Florida with a local human rights foundation to raise awareness in schools. In her free time, you can find Kelsey tutoring students at the Escuelita Maya Center, paddleboarding in the ocean, or reading a book at the library in her hometown of West Palm Beach, FL.

David Lee

Position: Blog, content

David is a rising junior at the George Washington University. He majors in International Relations and plans on declaring a minor in International Business and Applied Ethics. He hopes to use his knowledge and experiences to become a Foreign Service Officer in the future. When he was young, he made many trips to his parent’s home country, South Korea. His frequent experience with two different cultures, American and Korean, is what piqued his in cultural learning. During his Freshman year of college, he studied abroad in Paris which allowed him to travel to countries in Europe and Africa. So far, he has been to 20 countries on three continents. He is studying French, Korean, and Spanish. During his free time, you can find him taking photographs, watching Netflix, or spending time with friends and family.

Hannah Murrah

Position: Marketing Lead, social media, content

Hannah is a junior at the University of Texas (UT) Austin studying International Relations and Global Studies with a minor in Global Management. An eager language learner, she is pursuing a Business Spanish certificate and currently brushing up her last two years of French to study abroad at Sciences Po in Reims in fall 2021. In middle school, Hannah was spent two weeks learning about humanitarian work in Dano, a small village in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Having become friends with exchange students from China, Japan, Ukraine, Spain, France, and Germany, she now champions the power of cross-cultural relationships and knows the value of international education experiences. In high school, she spent two summers doing international development work in El Salvador and one summer studying Environmental Science in New Zealand. At UT, Hannah has worked with the International Justice Mission to raise awareness about human trafficking, assist with local refugee shelters, and welcome international students to Texas through Bridges International. In her free time, you can find Hannah cooking salmon, running around Austin with friends, and watching comedies with her family in her hometown of Boerne, TX.

Caitlin Valez

Position: Ambassadors Lead, Video Production

Caitlin is a junior in the University of Delaware World Scholars program and lived in the International House Living and Learning Community during the second year of the program with members of the international student community. She is majoring in international relations with a concentration in diplomacy and world order. Her minors include international business studies, politics and social justice, and history. She plans to attend law school and is passionate about human rights and learning other languages. She has studied French and Italian and is currently studying Spanish, Portuguese, and Czech. Cailin studied abroad in Italy for her first semester of college. She is the Peacekeeping Chair for the United Nations Association at UD and a Partner in the American Host Partner Project. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys community service, listening to music, and writing.

Alec Vida

Position: Content Lead, blog, social media

Alec is a senior at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He studies International Affairs with a concentration in the region of Europe and Eurasia. Born to a French mother, Alec holds dual citizenship with both France and the United States. Alec is an avid proponent of transatlantic relations, and he is dedicating his studies to the furthering of amicable relations politically, economically, socially, and linguistically between the U.S. and the European continent. He studied abroad at Paris Université X and Paris Université VIII where he studied the European construction. Later, he interned with the U.S. Embassy in Paris, serving as a member of the Political Section. Alec has also interned with the U.S. House of Representatives, where he advocated for stronger U.S. commitment to the international response to climate change. He loves traveling and fostering connections with other cultures and regions in his free time. Alec speaks English and French and is beginning Spanish and German.

 

Internship Opportunity

If you are an outstanding student or young professional with global involvements and experiences, and passion for what Carpe Global is all about, consider joining our worldly and diverse team of Associates! Perks include fun and interesting work, a solid resume builder, networking with our team, learning from our amazing content, and the “feel good” of making a difference for global citizens. A former graduate student intern told us that his academic and career paths became more clear during his time with Carpe Global. Others have earned academic credit for their work with us. Contact us using the form at the bottom of this page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Advisory Groups

We are humbled and fortunate that the esteemed people below believe in and support Carpe Global by informing others about us and providing valuable feedback. Any mistakes we make cannot be attributed to them. Some of the ideas generating our continued growth and improvement certainly can be!

Eminent Advisors

Adrian Beaulieu

International Educator

Adrian was a leader in international education for 30 years,…

Amin Matalqa

Writer, filmmaker, director

Amin was born in Jordan and raised in the USA….

David J. Smith

Peacebuilding and conflict resolution specialist

David is a consultant, educator, writer, and  career coach focusing…

David LaMotte

Songwriter, musician, speaker, activist, and author

David has performed over 3000 concerts worldwide and released twelve…

Ed Gragert

Global connector and learning transformer

Ed has four decades of experience in global education. He…

Kamana Mathur

Attorney, diplomat, writer, and world citizen

Kamana has lived, worked, and traveled in over 30 countries….

Nancy Hoque

Go-to-market strategist and Young Global Changer

Nancy is a Go-to-Market Strategist at Adobe and co-founder of…

Rachel Vincent

Feminist peacebuilders advocate

Rachel has 30+ years of experience in media and advocacy…

Urooj Malik

Professor of Practice, international advisor and consultant

Urooj considers himself a global citizen, having studied and worked…

Valeria Carbone

Professor, post-doctoral researcher and fellow

Valeria earned her Doctorate from the University of Buenos Aires,…

Adrian Beaulieu

Position: International Educator

Adrian was a leader in international education for 30 years, most recently as the first-appointed dean of international studies at Providence College. Prior to that, he held
study abroad director positions at Smith College and the George Washington University. He is a member of the Forum on Education Abroad, where he served as a peer reviewer and
an assessor in the Forum’s professional certification program. He holds an Ed.S. degree in higher education administration from the George Washington University and a S.T.L degree
in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (in Berkeley, CA).  Adrian is a proud charter member of Red Sox Nation.

Amin Matalqa

Position: Writer, filmmaker, director

Amin was born in Jordan and raised in the USA. He makes films about dreamers and unsung heroes, bridging cultural gaps between East and West. His films include: Captain Abu Raed, winner of the Sundance World Cinema Audience Award (2008) and the first Oscar submission from Jordan; Disney’s soccer drama, The United; Strangely In Love,  a Chaplinesque Los Angeles-set comedy adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Russian novella White Nights; and The Rendezvous, a caper adventure starring Stana Katic (Castle) and Raza Jaffrey (Code Black). Most recently, he co-wrote the pilot and directed two episodes of Netflix’s controversial first Arabic language teenage supernatural show, Jinn (2019). Amin has an MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute and is an alumnus of the ABC/DGA TV Directors program.

David J. Smith

Position: Peacebuilding and conflict resolution specialist

David is a consultant, educator, writer, and  career coach focusing on the fields of conflict resolution, international education, peacebuilding, and humanitarian action. He is  president of the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc. He was formerly a senior program officer and head of national outreach at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has taught at several post-secondary institutions including Georgetown University. David served as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tartu (Estonia) teaching peace studies and alternative dispute resolution. He is a recipient of the William Kreidler Award for Distinguished Service to the field of Conflict Resolution given by the Association for Conflict Resolution. His publications include Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace and Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource.  He  directs the National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar held annually at George Mason University. David is a graduate of American University (BA), George Mason University (MS, conflict resolution), and the University of Baltimore (JD).  He can be reached at www.davidjsmithconsulting.com.

David LaMotte

Position: Songwriter, musician, speaker, activist, and author

David has performed over 3000 concerts worldwide and released twelve full-length CDs. He performs with the musical trio, Abraham Jam, an interfaith band consisting of a Christian, a Jew, and a Muslim. David’s speaking engagements have included the PC(USA) Mission to the United Nations, peace conferences in Berlin, and Scotland’s Parliament. He and his wife Deanna founded PEG Partners, a non-profit organization supporting literacy, critical thought, and artistic expression in Guatemala. He is a consultant on Peace and Justice for the North Carolina Council of Churches, and served as Clerk the AFSC Nobel Peace Prize Nominating Task Group. David’s most recent book, Worldchanging 101: Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness, is being used as a textbook in universities in the United States and Australia. He is the creator of Let’s Be Neighbors, a project with emphasis on collaborative, compassionate decisions. Learn more about David at his website, www.davidlamotte.com.

Ed Gragert

Position: Global connector and learning transformer

Ed has four decades of experience in global education. He has most recently served as Interim Director of iEARN-USA in New York and the Global Campaign for Education in Johannesburg, South Africa. From 2012-2015, he served as the Director of the Global Campaign for Education-US, an advocacy coalition in Washington, DC of 80 organizations committed to securing a quality education for all young people worldwide. For 23 years previously, he served as the Executive Director of iEARN-USA, pioneering and expanding online collaborative learning among schools worldwide. He also served as Executive Director of ICYE-US, an international youth exchange program, and worked for the International Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Ed received a B.A. in Japanese political science from the University of Washington, an M.A. in Korean History, and a Ph.D in Japanese History from Columbia University. He published Landownership Under Colonial Rule: Korea’s Japanese Experience in 1994. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on educational technology and teacher professional development and has a column on Huffington Post.

Kamana Mathur

Position: Attorney, diplomat, writer, and world citizen

Kamana has lived, worked, and traveled in over 30 countries. She has over 20 years of experience in U.S. Immigration Law, with the federal government and in private practice.  She is a former U.S. Diplomat, having served as a Consular Officer in New Delhi, India; Public Diplomacy Officer at the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels, Belgium; and as an Economic/Commercial Officer for Southern Africa.  She has also served as an Asylum Officer and Community Relations Officer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  In addition, Kamana managed a law practice and was Chair of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association. She has won several awards, including the Women of Achievement Award, and was invited to contribute a chapter for the book Inspired Entrepreneurs.  Most recently, she volunteered to teach village children with the Peace Corps in Nepal.  Kamana is currently working on her memoirs.

Nancy Hoque

Position: Go-to-market strategist and Young Global Changer

Nancy is a Go-to-Market Strategist at Adobe and co-founder of “The Pursuit, Global Women for Change” (thepursuitforchange.com). A former solutions architect designing communications for the U.S. military, and founder of a global Muslim headscarf startup, she is a woman in leadership advocate, discussing the need for more women leader role models and addressed Chancellor Angela Merkel on the topic. She is part of the Leadership California 2020 cohort, a Young Global Changer Ambassador for Global Solutions, a NextGen Leader honoree and recognized as a Leadership scholar at Berkeley-Haas. She is part of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business professional faculty teaching Audience Focused Communications.She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University, and a M.B.A. from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Through “The Pursuit”, her goal is to create a global network of women who support emerging leaders in business and society.

Rachel Vincent

Position: Feminist peacebuilders advocate

Rachel has 30+ years of experience in media and advocacy and currently handles communications for the Canadian Association of University Teachers. Formerly, she co-directed the Nobel Women’s Initiative, where she led the development of a global strategy for increasing the power and presence of grassroots feminist peacebuilders in public policy conversations around foreign policy. She built a communications team that has succeeded in bringing the analysis of hundreds of grassroots women activists into mainstream media, and produced a wide range of multi-media and social media products to help make the case for why women are key to sustainable peace. Rachel started her career as a radio journalist, working in Canada, the US and Mexico, where she had her own radio program. She was then head of communications for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. She has also worked as a senior communications strategist on health and foreign policy issues, and for a global campaign on sexual violence in conflict. She is the editor of When We Are Bold: Women Who Turn Our Upside Down World Right.

Urooj Malik

Position: Professor of Practice, international advisor and consultant

Urooj considers himself a global citizen, having studied and worked at a number of places around the world. He is a seasoned professional commanding over 35 years of experience in sustainable development. He is currently a Professor at the Mindanao State University (MSU) where he is engaged in teaching in the doctoral program covering the topics of governance, development and peace education. He also serves as the Principal Adviser on Development Management at the Bangsamoro Development Agency. Urooj is the former Chairman and CEO of Hineleban Foundation Inc. (HFI), a social development organization with a focus on ecosystem conservation and livelihood development. Prior to joining HFI, he was with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) where his career spanned over two and half decades. During his last 10 years at ADB, he served in the senior management stream. Urooj holds a BSc in Natural Resource Management, an MSc in Resource Economics and a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development Management. He has authored a number of publications on sustainable development and has spoken at various Asian and global conferences. He is a recipient of high-level awards from public organizations and private sector agencies.

Valeria Carbone

Position: Professor, post-doctoral researcher and fellow

Valeria earned her Doctorate from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2017. She is Head of Applied Studies at the Chair of History of the United States, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, University of Buenos Aires, where she is also professor of the Graduate School. Valeria is a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Institute of Latin American Studies (University of Buenos Aires) and a Post-doctoral Fellow for the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina (CONICET). She is a two-time Fulbright Fellow (University of Massachusetts, 2008, and University of Pennsylvania, 2014) and a Roosevelt Institute for American Studies Research Fellow (Middelburg, Netherlands). She has been working on International Educational Cooperation since 2005 and is a firm believer in cross-cultural exchange as a medium to address the most critical global issues of the day within specific cultural and geographical contexts.

 

Student and Young Professional Advisors

Victoria Puglia

Victoria is a dual Spanish-American citizen who grew up abroad…

Isabela Arena Secanechia

Isabela is a multilingual young professional and International Development MA…

Sam Stone

Sam Stone is the Director of Global Engagement at Leading Cities,…

Ndaya Cynthia Malambi

Ndaya Cynthia is a Fulbright Grantee to Belgium, pursuing a…

Kehkashan Basu

The winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, Kehkashan…

Mona Elkalban

Development and public relations specialist – Advisory Group Chair

Mona works in the humanitarian aid field, with a focus…

Kate Wheeler

Thirty countries in, Kate’s travel is propelled by a curious…

Victoria Puglia

Victoria is a dual Spanish-American citizen who grew up abroad in Spain and the Netherlands. She is currently finishing her undergraduate degree in International Relations as a Marquis Scholar at Lafayette College. She is a Rhodes-Scholar elect, planning on pursuing an MPhil in Comparative Politics at the University of Oxford. Her academic interests include conflict, post-conflict reconstruction, refugee livelihoods, refugee economies, food security, and sustainable development. While at Lafayette, she has studied abroad in Senegal, India, Peru, Uganda, Rwanda, and Sri Lanka. While in Uganda, she conducted independent field research exploring the impact of humanitarian food assistance on socio-economic structures of refugee settlements. She has also carried out extensive research on disarmament policy in South Sudan and the role of settlement structures on food security and livelihoods across sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, she is using geospatial analysis and multiple regression models to explore the role of food insecurity as a driver of forced migration as her senior honor thesis. Victoria is passionate about international travel, having visited over 30 countries. She loves being outdoors (hiking, biking, walking), listening to music, dancing, and spending time with friends.

Isabela Arena Secanechia

Isabela is a multilingual young professional and International Development MA candidate at Middlebury College. She is serving for a second year as a virtual intern for the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. As she believes education is the foundation of everything, her primary career goal is to promote development through education in an international environment, specifically with underserved communities. Growing up as a Brazilian immigrant in a low-income Philadelphia suburb profoundly shaped Isabela’s curiosity and compassion for the world and its people. In 2017, she graduated from Arcadia University with a Bachelor’s in Italian and International Studies. Her final thesis was about the Italian refugee reception system. Her professional experiences include teaching English abroad, and working as an education officer at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. She completed business fundamentals certification through Harvard Business School, with the goal of better understanding social entrepreneurship. Isabela is a travel addict, having visited 20 countries. She has lived, studied, and worked in Brazil, the USA, England, Italy, France, and the Dominican Republic. Her other hobbies include teaching yoga, enjoying specialty coffee, cooking plant-based meals, and exploring conscious fashion.

Sam Stone

Sam Stone is the Director of Global Engagement at Leading Cities, an international NGO advancing sustainability, resilient city strategies, and technologies to improve the quality of life in cities around the world. He is also involved with OneShared.World and spearheaded the development of the Global Youth Coalition, a high school and university chapter system with pilots being created in the United States, Kenya, Turkey, India, the Philippines, and more. Despite growing up in a small town in Western Massachusetts, Sam’s focus and passions are deeply global, and his family of artists have given him the courage to try creating solutions to the world’s biggest problems. Identifying the state of human division as an unspoken existential crisis, Sam recently started writing at samuelastone.com. He is drawing together an advisory board for the Human Century Collective, an organization committed to fostering generational identity as a means to bridge divides, increase global cohesion, and ignite hope of a better future while connecting and empowering the individuals committed to building a sustainable, human-centered world. Sam is a junior at Wheaton College, MA, majoring in International Relations. When not at work, you can find him playing soccer or ultimate frisbee, exploring cities and nature, or relaxing with music and his friends.

Ndaya Cynthia Malambi

Ndaya Cynthia is a Fulbright Grantee to Belgium, pursuing a master’s degree in Conflict and Development. She earned a BA in Politcal Science and French at the University of Rhode Island and completed the Honors Program. She is a proud alumna of the University’s Talent Development Porgram, a member of the ONYX Senior Honors Society and a recipient of the Saint Claire Drake Award for Outstanding Scholarly Reaseach. During her undergraduate career, she conducted research examining the construction of identity after immigration among former child refugees in the United States, on which she presented at the 2020 National Association of African-American Studies conference. She spent an academic year in France with funding from the U.S. Department of State Benjamin Gilman Scholarship and the RI Beatrice S. Demers Language Fellowship. She also attended a summer program at UC Berkeley as a Public Policy and International Affairs(PPIA) Law Fellow. After spending her formative years in a refugee camp in Benin, West Africa, Ndaya and her family came to the United States more than a decade ago through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees resettlement program. Her experience as a former child refugee prompted her to create a podcast called “Refugee-American,” through which she shares her experiences of integrating into American society. She also writes a blog to share her multicultural influence perspective on the pressing issues affecting her and people like her, such as race relations, politics, immigration – and navigating the professional world as a Black, African, Congolese, young woman in her 20s.

Kehkashan Basu

The winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, Kehkashan is a trail blazer who challenges the status quo and breaks social strictures and taboos impeding the progress and rights of future generations. She is an iconic youth leader, global influencer, environmentalist, champion of children’s rights, TEDx speaker, Climate Reality Mentor, author, musician, peace and sustainability campaigner, and a passionate advocate of women’s rights. Kehkashan is a tireless advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She is a United Nations Human Rights Champion, a National Geographic Young Explorer, and the youngest ever Global Coordinator for the UN Environment Program’s Major Group for Children & Youth. In 2018 she was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence. She is the founder and president of the social innovation enterprise, Green Hope Foundation, a networking platform on sustainability for young people in 16 countries. She was named one of the Top 100 SDG Leaders in the world, and she is the youngest member of Canada’s Women in Renewable Energy forum. Kehkashan is a 2020 L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Honouree and the recipient of the 2019 Innovator of the Year Award for Sustainability Education on behalf of marginalized children. She won the John Muir Conservation Award for Habitat Restoration, the Energy Globe Award, the Turner Prize for Social Change, and the Women Super Achiever Award. She has spoken at over 155 United Nations and other global fora across 25 countries. She is majoring in Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto. Her hobbies include reading, art, singing, and playing the piano, guitar, and drums.

Mona Elkalban

Position: Development and public relations specialist – Advisory Group Chair

Mona works in the humanitarian aid field, with a focus on emergency preparedness and response for vulnerable populations in fragile settings across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. She also brings years of experience working in public affairs and crisis communication litigation, in which she represented and served a number of national and international clients. Additionally, Mona conducted research on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programs in order for former Boko Haram members in Niger to refrain from resorting back to violence in the Lake Chad region. She was a project participant on the issue with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. Mona graduated with an M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University, and holds a B.A. from the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at The American University in Cairo.

Kate Wheeler

Thirty countries in, Kate’s travel is propelled by a curious mind, an adventurous spirit and a need for new vegetarian recipes. She is a graduate of an European Union Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Education Policies for Global Development, with a specialization of Higher Education Systems in Cuba. She has worked in non-profit, higher education and international exchange spheres and is happiest working with a variety of stakeholders to empower leaders in the international education realm. Most recently, Kate managed Babson College’s San Francisco campus and semester exchange program. There she created curricula for domestic and international students with a strong focus on experiential learning, critical reflection, and community development. When she isn’t pulling others along on globe-trotting adventures, you can find her perusing farmers’ markets, hiking or making pancakes.

 

Partnerships

It is our great pleasure to team with organizations whose work we admire and whose missions align with our own.

 

Clowns Without Borders USA is part of a worldwide network of chapters building “Resilience Through Laughter” among children and families in refugee camps and areas of conflict and natural disaster. Their vision is a world where all people can experience laughter, play, and feel hope, especially in humanitarian crises. Carpe Global contributes 5% of all subscription fees to the Clowns. 

One Shared World is a broad and inclusive social movement of people in over 100 countries, working collaboratively across diverse cultures, communities, ethnicities, organizations, entities, interests, generations, and nations to ensure a better future for humankind and the sustainability of our collective home. Members include university presidents, former prime ministers and governors, artists, and people of all backgrounds, ages, and orientations.

SingleVoicesGlobalChoices is a global and collaborative project for middle and high school students and their teachers. The project is run by educators who are passionate about transforming education and sharing expertise in the field of global connections, global competencies, Education for Sustainable Development and project-based learning. They help students co-create knowledge and learn through mistakes in a safe environment. SVGC makes it possible for students to learn with people of diverse cultural backgrounds, and to understand the importance of appreciating different ideas, perspectives, and worldviews. 

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