Plenary Speakers 2023
Peyton is a fearless conversationalist, community builder and founder of Global Minds Initiative. Created in her freshman year, Global Minds is a student-led movement working to combat cultural intolerance and discrimination in schools internationally.
Through after school programming bridging English Language Learners and Native English Speaking (NES) students, Global Minds builds intercultural understanding and empathy through courageous conversations. Since 2016, Global Minds has expanded into 25 schools and 2 countries impacting over 2,600 students.
Peyton is a TEDx speaker, HERLEAD fellow, Bezos Scholar, 2019 Global Teen Leader and Princeton Prize in Race Relation winner. Her work has been featured on the Today Show, Fox News, in Teen Vogue, and the New York Times.
As an aspiring policy maker, Peyton will attend Stanford University next year as a Public Policy major where she will study the intersection of urban education and government.
Zehra is originally from Turkey and has been living in Luxembourg since 2021 with her husband, 8-year-old daughter, and 1.5-year-old cat. With 20 years of experience in business management and marketing across various regions in Europe, she is currently pursuing illustration courses and working on her first children's book on inclusion and equality, as part of a project with the United Nations. Since the start of the pandemic, she has been studying gender, diversity, equity, and inclusion, specifically in the areas of immigration and climate crisis.
She has also worked as a mentor on gender equality and environmental issues with young people, particularly international school students. She decided to use social media to help young people become more visible and raise awareness for social causes. She firmly believes that the younger generation has the will, power, and tools to make a difference and create a fairer world not just for humans, but for all living beings. While she respects those who dream of life on Mars, her dream is to create a better life on earth.
Melati Wijsen is a 21-year-old Indonesian/Dutch full time changemaker.
At 12 years old, she founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags in 2013 with her younger sister Isabel, then 10, and has been leading the movement driven by youth since. After 6 long years on the frontline, the official ban on plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam has been enforced by the Balinese government (June 23, 2019). This is thanks to the thousands of supporters and loyal, determined partners on the island. Bali is the first Indonesian province to make the ban on plastic bags happen!
Melati graduated from Green School Bali in 2018, one year early and has been a full-time change-maker ever since.
Melati also founded the people's movement One Island One Voice in 2015 where over 500+ Bali based businesses come together to say NO to single use plastics. In 2017 Mountain Mamas was established, a social enterprise empowering women in the mountains of Bali: every woman gets paid per bag that she produces and 50% of the proceeds of the sales go back to the community for education, waste management and health insurance, the other 50% help fund BBPB.
Melati has spoken on world stages such as TED, the EU parliament in Brussels and the UN in NYC. She has also been selected as FORBES top ten most inspiring women in the country in 2017 and recently co-chaired at the World Economic Forum.
In 2019 Melati completed the filming of her first feature film length documentary, Bigger Than Us, traveling the world to visit young changemakers.
Her most recent project YOUTHTOPIA is focused on empowering more young people to accelerate change by providing them with relevant skills and tools to create impact through peer-to-peer programs.
Anne Cuvillier (Unity Foundation)
Founded in 1991, Unity Foundation is a Luxembourg-based NGO that promotes community empowerment through education. They work with a network of local partners in Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia and support their efforts to empower their communities to take charge of their own development through three lines of action: community schools, the Preparation for Social Action (PSA) program and training centers.
Since 2016, they have been carrying out development education activities in Luxembourg that allow young people from 11 years old and adults to reflect on their potential and their role in bringing about positive change around them.