Sophie Jama Malindi is an international keynote TEDx Speaker and women empowerment leader. After a 14 year career in the United Nations, Sophie began pursuing her individual calling: sharing her journey of being a young Ethiopian refugee, separated from her parents, integrating her own story within a narrative of change. Sophie aims to heal inter-generational wounds by speaking the 'unspeakable' and breaking the narrative of silence.
Poojitha (Pooja) Tanjore is an international relations student, polyglot, and intercultural competency enthusiast at the University of St Andrews. After being offered a book deal at 19 years old, she took on the challenge of writing the fantasy novel Rules of the Red Book. Tanjore has had a six-year-long career as a public speaker, international summit chairwoman, presidential campaign organizer, and non profit founder.
Allie De Lacy is a graduate from the University of Edinburgh, where she studied Chinese and Russian. She was adopted from China when she was 2 years old and has grown up with a very multicultural background. Campaigning in activism for the past 7 years, she has co-ordinated events such as the UN's 16 Days of Activism in Edinburgh. She hopes to use her platform to raise awareness about the rising hate crimes towards East and South East Asian people.
Ms. Chelsea Ann Jackson is a hippie-nerd-activist who wants freedom for Black people around the world. She is the co-author of the UK abolitionist handbook Brick by Brick (2021), anti racism expert, organizer, & a political scientist, an American Rhodes Scholar, a Harry S. Truman Scholar, holds an MA in political science from Emory University, and advanced degrees in Criminology and Public Policy from the University of Oxford. Her research has been presented at the American Political Science Association and National Conference of Black Political Scientists and she's been featured on the BBC World News, ITV News at Ten, and NPR-WABE.
Emma Carroll is a data scientist with a background in mapping and data analysis. Emma worked on creating the witches.is.ed.uk maps from June to September in 2019. These maps show the geographical location of Scottish accused witches places of residence among other pieces of interesting geographical information. The website has had over 300,000 views and has produced new insight into the history of accused witches in Scotland. Emma now works as an energy consultant for a renewable energy software company, creating maps that provide insight into installing onsite renewables.
Krish Joshi, is a youth worker who has the best job in the world - they get to work with young people all across the UK delivering a peer-to-peer violence reduction programme for the charity StreetDoctors. Krish's interests lie in tying feminist practice into their everyday work, and by feminist practice Krish means working to create a world where every living being is free from oppression and free to live a life full of love and joy.
Eleanor Duce is in her fifth and final year as an undergraduate at the University of St Andrews studying English and Spanish and also spends her time writing and traveling. She is especially dedicated to advocating for girls' access to quality secondary education and aspires to inspire others in their pursuit to unlock their potential. With an intellectual curiosity, love for languages and passion for engaging in intercultural dialogue, she believes that - through empathetic discourse, cultural awareness, and local knowledge - we can develop pragmatic solutions to nurture and empower truly compassionate, sustainable, and globally connected communities.