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Theme: The Times They Are A-Changin'

This event occurred on
September 24, 2019
London, London, City of
United Kingdom

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The American School in London
1 Waverley Place
London, London, City of, NW8 0NP
United Kingdom
Event type:
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Amanda Mond

Amanda ’20 is a senior at the American School in London. It is safe to say that she has been through more than the average students: after briefly sharing her story with her class two years ago, she is finally ready to share it with the world. Amanda has survived the unthinkable, and stared death in the face. Her experience has taught her many valuable lessons that allowed her to grow stronger in the face of adversity. Amanda is not only surviving: she is thriving.

Giacomo Manca di Villahermosa

Environmental Activist
Giacomo Manca di Villahermosa is a young human rights and environmental activist who has worked for Extinction Rebellion, Amnesty International and the Mozambican NGO Kulima. After his Masters at London School of Economics, he has presented his research in the magazine Longitude and in public speeches at universities, various conferences and the April Rebellion week in London. He has been practicing engaged Buddhism and Transcultural Shamanism for 8 years, allowing these spiritual disciplines to transform his political activism.

Isabella Muri

Isabella ’22, a sophomore student at ASL, delves into how technology has eradicated values that were treasured in past generations: Truth, Trust & Patience. She compares the pace of her life to her parents and grandparents, acknowledging all the opportunities technology has provided her with, whilst also explaining technologies detrimental effects. In addition to being a cadet at Sunningdale Golf Club and representing Varsity Golf at ASL, Isabella is enthusiastic piano player, having just passed her Grade 6 Piano Exam at the Royal Academy of Music with Distinction. She is also a member of the Debate Team and the Sustainability Council, and above all, Isabella loves spending time growing her recently founded fashion franchise: A Perdifiato, which is now retailed at Net a Porter.

Johannes Heldén

Johannes Heldén is a visual artist, writer and musician. His interdisciplinary works deals with poetry, ecology, artificial intelligence, sentience and narrative structures. Recent projects include the Encyclopedia AI (2015-2018) and New New Hampshire & Clouds (2017, for the Momentum biennial, hybrid installation/publication) and Astroecology (2016) which was published simultaneously in three languages, made into an interdisciplinary performance at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and a digital artwork published by Bonniers Konsthall. He has published four music albums, recently Takträdgårdar (OEI) and System (Irrlicht), and seven digital online works of poetry and visual art.

Jordan Levy

Activist, NGO Founder
As one of the founding executives of Ubuntu Pathways, Jordan Levy has played a key role in professionalizing Ubuntu’s grassroots service delivery model that places orphaned and vulnerable children on a pathway out of poverty from cradle to career. In 2003, Jordan went to Port Elizabeth, South Africa to volunteer at the Ubuntu Centre for six months. Inspired by the strength, resilience, and hope of the community, Jordan stayed for 11 years. Jordan has directed the organization’s External Relations Department across its offices and has launched a number of platforms to challenge the status quo in the development sector, changing the way we think about scale, impact, and sustainability. He is the creator and host of Failures from the Field, a podcast series that explores the unheard realities and challenges of the nonprofit sector. He has also contributed to various publications, and speaks regularly at major events.

Jose Francisco Lecaros

Jose ’20 is a senior at the American School in London. He is passionate about philanthropy and philosophy, and enjoys debating about controversial topics and issues. Through his talk, Jose hopes to convey how the practice of philosophy can allow us to see past the algorithms and echo chambers that have limited and hidden our access to information.

Micaella Lavi

Micaella ’21 is a junior at the American School in London. She is originally from Israel. Her background has led her to work with Seeds of Peace and the Social Justice Council. She is passionate about social justice, and uses her voice to invoke change and to leave a positive impact on the community. Micaella hopes that her efforts can inspire her generation to become vocal activists for proactiveness and inclusivity.

Nadine Hachach-Haram

Surgeon, Entrepreneur
Dr. Nadine Hachach-Haram is a surgeon, lecturer and clinical entrepreneur. She drew on her passion for innovation, education and global surgery to co-found Proximie, an augmented reality platform that allows doctors to virtually transport themselves into any operating room, anywhere in the world, to visually and practically interact in an operation from start to finish. From marking up a patient to providing real-time virtual presence in assisting and instructing on an operation, Proximie aims to provide safe, accessible and cost-effective surgery to every patient around the world. Dubbed the "future of surgery" by CNN, Proximie has won multiple awards as well as being the main focus of the Foreign Press Association Science Story of the Year. It aims to revolutionize the delivery and education of healthcare by reducing the cost of that delivery while providing improved quality to the end patient, ensuring that every patient gets the best care, the first time, every time.

Rukmini Banerji

CEO of Pratham Education Foundation
Rukmini Banerji is Chief Executive Officer of Pratham Education Foundation - well known organization working on children's education in India. Trained as an economist in India, she was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and later earned her Ph. D at the University of Chicago. She returned to India in 1996 and has been with Pratham ever since. Rukmini has extensive experience in the field - working directly with rural and urban communities as well as in designing and implementing large scale partnerships with governments. She led Pratham’s research and assessment efforts including the well-known ASER initiative (Annual Status of Education Report) from 2005 to 2014. Originally from Bihar, Rukmini now is based in Delhi. She enjoys telling and writing stories for children.

Organizing team


London Uk, United Kingdom


London, United Kingdom
  • Arhan Sarma
  • Marie Ogino
  • Natalie Vann