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March 21, 2020
Nanjing, Jiangsu

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Nanjing International School Performing Arts Center
Xue Heng Road 8
Nanjing, Jiangsu, 210023
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Ali Qadir

Founder of FCTA
Ali Qadir is from Pakistan and a postgraduate student of Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA). He is deeply concerned about the global challenges and he is passionate about taking voluntarily actions on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030. He is the founder of ‘From Compassion To Action (FCTA)’, an independent group of international student and expat volunteers, from various countries with different skin colors and diverse languages, who share the same belief: turning compassion into action and contributing to society with love. Since its inception in 2016, FCTA has organized several projects on achieving the goals of SDGs 2030 in Nanjing, Jiangsu and Anhui province of China. Ali Qadir wants to create the sense of responsibility among everyone to get involved with the global challenges and voluntarily start taking actions on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Emmanuel Dean

CEO and Founder of Boomi
Emmanuel Dean is from Indonesia and graduated from Colgate University, NY, in 2018, majoring in Economics and Chinese. Emmanuel has a deep passion for entrepreneurship as well as making a positive difference. He wanted to make a start-up that was not only profitable but also beneficial for the Earth. That was when he decided to found Boomi in the summer of 2018. He himself is still a novice eco-warrior, but as the company grows, so does his passion for living more sustainably. He has done numerous talks in school and conferences on the topic of sustainable and zero-waste living. This time, he will discuss several issues of recycling and why recycling should be our last option when it comes to sustainable living.

Forest Leung

Business Development and Communication Manager at Inclusion Factory
After graduating from Special Education School, Forest started exploring the inclusive work for people with disabilities with his own practice. Previously at the Guangdong Disabled Persons Federation and the NGO Guangzhou Zhanrong Culture (NGO), where he promoted Diversification Employment for the Blind Program, Forest now supports more people with disabilities to be included into mainstream workplaces and by that change their lives for the better.

Geoff Bell

Associate Professor of Communication Arts at New York Institute of Technology
Geoffrey Bell is a new media artist and designer who combines emerging technologies with traditional media. His artistic projects include multimedia theatrical productions, interactive video installation and experimental animation. In March, 2019, he produced the visuals for Philip Glass’ Madrigal Opera at Notre Dame University. He is currently Associate Professor of Communication Arts at New York Institute of Technology in Nanjing, China.

Joseph Smith

While working for IBM, Joseph Smith was the first foreigner to come and live and work at the Huawei HQ in China in 1999. For the last 20 years, he has led or guided every major transformation project for Huawei, which has helped them to become the #1 telecommunications company in the world. During 2019, he witnessed the media war on Huawei and China, and after extensive research has reached some startling conclusions which may affect the way we live for the next 50 to 100 years.

Junlah Madalinski

Assistant Head of Primary at Nanjing International School
Junlah is an educator, equity advocate, wanderlust and writer. She has dedicated the last 15 years to the field of education in a variety of roles, places and spaces. Currently she is the Assistant Head of Primary at Nanjing International School. As a woman of color, she has been able to navigate through a variety of systems by leveraging her personal passion around engaging local and global communities. She actively seeks out opportunities to establish partnerships in disrupting white, heteronormative power structures.

Lorenzo Riccardi

Managing Partner RsA Asia
Lorenzo has always been fascinated by geo-economics, and he has combined his passion for traveling new frontiers with interest for emerging markets in multiple journeys covering every sovereign nation ( He is based in Shanghai, where he is Managing Partner of the consulting firm RsA, specializing in emerging countries ( Lorenzo teaches at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and has published extensively on investments in developing and frontier economies as a columnist for several journals and author of publications in different languages.

Rob Burton

Professor at Communications University of Zhejiang
Dr. Rob Burton is from the UK. He spent over 25 years teaching and working in British Universities such as the University of Exeter (where he earned his PhD in Sociology), University of Plymouth and Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of three novels and two IELTS books for students and current works at the Communications University of Zhejiang (Hangzhou) teaching Public Speaking, Oral English and IELTS. He has been in China for 7 years.

Trina Ryan

English teacher at Nanjing International School
Educator. Writer. Minstrel. Collector of Rare and Marvelous Moments. Born in Ireland, she moved to Spain for the summer back in 2003 and stayed for a decade. Now based in Nanjing, China, Trina spends her free time feeding her cats, picking cushions off the floor and pondering the paradoxes of the human condition. She also sings, often and everywhere.

Yixing Zheng

High school student
Yixing Zheng is a sophomore student at NIS. He is born in Singapore and has lived in China, from Beijing, Suzhou, to Nanjing. He is an avid participant in school musicals, Model United Nations, the Student Council, and badminton tournaments. He has started playing piano since kindergarten and has excelled in several graded examinations. Often times, you will find him humming an obscure piece of classical music in the school hallways. As the driving force behind his Personal Project, he is passionate about the potential for classical music in our modern society.

Organizing team


Nanjing, China


Nanjing, China
  • Javier Bahilo
    Team member
  • Ronald Paredes
    Team member