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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. 

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 for decades 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 or researching global gold nuggets like those we spotlight. Even with free time and motivation, some people do not know exactly what to look for, where to look, what search words to use, and so on. That leads to yet another problem, information being overlooked. It happens all the time.

While sharing global gold over the years (before Carpe Global), a two-fold response became predictable: 1) Confusion and frustration, as in “Why didn’t anyone ever tell me about this?” 2) Gratitude and cartwheels of happiness. Carpe Global is here to make that happen in a big way. We are here to enable 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 smart people!    

Search engines often yield results with little relevance on “top,” on the first results page or even the second. Efficient searches are unlikely unless one knows what to look for and is willing to accept missing out on lots of other things.
If ones does NOT know what to look for (e.g. has not imagined certain search words) – 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, maybe things not even imagined specifically (and easy to miss). 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, curate, and compile such things to broaden horizons and change lives.

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 things like those. 

We do feature some of those types of things, especially those that seem like unique, “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 combined several decades of experience as students, educators, project and program coordinators serving diverse groups, travelers, and global citizens. We have an intuitively good “feel” for the types of things that worldly people will find interesting and useful. Our awareness of such things is often the result of informing others about them over the years. 

We do not have a perfectly specific and final set of selection criteria for our 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: 

  • Global/international in theme and emphasis.
  • Must be useful, intriguing, inspiring, and/or just plain fun and interesting. 
  • Broad coverage of:
    • member types (students, educators, and a long list of other professionals)
    • content types (static resources like articles and websites in general, and active opportunities like grants and upcoming webinars). 
    • global topics and issues, a long list developed with help from respected multinational organizations and global studies sources;
    • cultures, countries, and regions.

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” across borders and cultures.

Early in the international education career that followed, Jay encouraged two students to pursue little-known opportunities abroad. One of those 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 a finger on the pulse of many more resources and opportunities. Along the way, he continued to observe that such things often remain unknown even to some of the most active global citizens. While considering the lost potential, he began to envision a large-scale solution, and Carpe Global was born. 

Earth Globe inside labyrinth maze, 3D rendering

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. 

Executive Team

Jay Harris

Founder and Creative Director

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

Janessa Schilmoeller

Operations Manager

Janessa Schilmoeller is an international educator who has designed and…

Lucas Carvalho

Global Citizen Engagement

Lucas is a rising junior at Sewanee: The University of…

Jayla Williams

Content Editor, Special Programs, Marketing

Jayla is a rising senior at Temple University where she…

Mona Elkalban

Public Relations

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

Keely Thompson

Social media lead

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

Kyle Burnett

Podcast Lead and Host

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

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.

Janessa Schilmoeller

Position: Operations Manager

Janessa Schilmoeller is an international educator who has designed and implemented education programs in non-profit and academic settings in the US and abroad for students ages 4 to 28. She has led international teams to execute ethical global leadership programs for hundreds of students in over 30 countries. She has experience in teaching, research and education management in the USA, the Middle East, and Africa. After graduating with a BA in International Relations from St. Catherine University, Janessa worked for a study abroad program in Southern Africa and was an international correspondent for an online media company. After returning to the USA, she incorporated cross-cultural learning into technology education, then became the Director of Programs for an international, full-scholarship leadership program. Janessa holds an MS in Curriculum and Instruction, emphasis in International and Multicultural Education, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She believes in creating online spaces for educators and students to collaborate across differences through programs that transcend borders.

Lucas Carvalho

Position: Global Citizen Engagement

Lucas is a rising junior at Sewanee: The University of the South (Tennessee). He is pursuing his B.A. in International and Global Studies with a minor in Politics. He concentrates in global capitalism, and human development in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2015, Lucas became the first student of his community in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) to be awarded the AFS-BP “Global Citizens of Tomorrow” scholarship. While in Chicago for a year, he saw the differences between that city and his local community and became a strong advocate for the development of the favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro. Lucas’ core values and work focus on the elimination of poverty and inequalities, and other forms of social injustices. Passionate about education and how it can support people on breaking the cycles of poverty and inequalities, he implemented a mentorship program to support favela residents through college applications. He was Editor-in-Chief of Intercultural News, a local newspaper focused on bringing access to educational opportunities to vulnerable communities. He appreciates learning languages (fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, and learning French), cultures, beaches, great human connections, and music. He is also an acapella singer!

Jayla Williams

Position: Content Editor, Special Programs, Marketing

Jayla is a rising senior at Temple University where she is pursuing a degree in Global Studies with a concentration in global economy. She has studied French and Japanese, and she traveled to Japan on a short exchange program. She served on the executive board of Temple University’s International Business Association, and she  works at a non-profit community in Philadelphia that promotes the economic and financial development of the Latino community. She led a crew of environmental preservation volunteers on the Potomac Coastline for the future of wildlife. When she is not working or studying, Jayla enjoys cooking, traveling and learning about other cultures, which includes studying the French and Japanese languages. She hopes to pursue a career in international 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.

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.

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.

 

CARPE GLOBAL ASSOCIATES

Ariel Akuneme

Content, Blog, Special Programs

Ariel is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina…

Grace Bechdol

Newsletter, social media, content

Grace is a sophomore at New York University Abu Dhabi…

Trent Peel

Content, Blog, Marketing

Trent is a sophomore at the American University of Paris…

Ariel Akuneme

Position: Content, Blog, Special Programs

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.

 

Grace Bechdol

Position: Newsletter, social media, content

Grace is a sophomore at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) in the United Arab Emirates majoring in Philosophy and Legal Studies and minoring in Political Science and Arabic language. She has traveled to France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Oman, and Canada. Raised in the United States, studying at a global institution in the UAE, and now living in Rome, Italy during academic breaks, she has seen the importance of global citizenship and international perspectives in world affairs. She is particularly passionate about the implications of international law on human rights and humanitarian aid, and how governmental and non-governmental initiatives can be improved to address an ever-changing global political climate effectively.  Previous internships working with immigrants and refugees in her home state inspired her strong dedication to these issues, which she hopes to continue to pursue academically and professionally. At NYUAD, she is president of the Model United Nations society, works in the office of Student Life, volunteers as a peer counselor. She is also involved in student government, the effective altruism student group, and the university dance group. In her free time, Grace loves playing the piano, watching movies, and playing card and board games with her friends.

Trent Peel

Position: Content, Blog, Marketing

Trent is a sophomore at the American University of Paris through a University of Southern California transfer program, where he will attend next fall. He is majoring in the historical foundations of law and culture with a minor in anthropology. He has done internships involving international relations with a focus on student and education connections. He also has years of experience in speech and debate and Model UN. Trent has a passion for traveling and studying different cultures. While studying in Europe, he has traveled to Southern France, the Netherlands, Spain, Monaco, and Bosnia. While he enjoys the many beautiful cultures of Europe, his heart truly belongs in Orange County, California, where he has learned much from the expansive and beautiful diasporas of Southern California. When Trent returns to Southern California, he intends to improve his Spanish and pick up an Asian language to better communicate with the community around him. One of his best memories is seeing the Dia de Muertos celebration in Los Angeles for the first time with Mexican culture and traditions on full display. Outside of studying cultures, school, and internships, Trent has a passion for sports with lacrosse, hockey, and surfing being his top three.

 

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 volunteer 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 credits for their work with us. 

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 brings 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 brings 30+ years of experience in media and advocacy to her work at the Nobel Women’s Initiative (nobelwomensinitiative.org) in amplifying the voices of feminist peacebuilders. She has 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 has led the organization in its work with women’s movements in Latin America and the Middle East, including fact-finding delegations to conflict areas. She 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. Rachel 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

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…

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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