Founder of Shiftbalance
Based in: Barcelona, Spain
Aurélie Salvaire is a French author, trainer, PCC coach, and facilitator passionate about gender, diversity and inclusion. Graduated from France’s leading business school HEC Paris, she has been working for the past 20 years in the humanitarian and social innovation field. From 2012 to 2015, she has curated different TEDx events and especially TEDxBarcelonaWomen and coached hundreds of international speakers.
In 2012, she founded her own brands The A Factor which has run innovation tours and inspiring events in places as diverse as Beirut or Nairobi and Shiftbalance to develop storytelling workshops to empower women all around the world.
Between 2016 and 2018, she spent a large amount of time in Pakistan, shooting a documentary on masculinity called Maard Ban, or “Be a man,”and designing and publishing various books with the support of Pakistani designers:
-an anthology of gender equity solutions in English called Balance the World
-an illustrated book about 40 inspiring Pakistan women called Fearless published by Penguin India
-travel chronicles in French called Chroniques Nomades.
She loves to leverage media and storytelling to generate empathy, challenge stereotypes and foster behaviour change.
Aurélie works fluently in French, English, and Spanish. She is also an experienced facilitator, member of the Facilitators Pool of Airbus Leadership University and Ashoka Changemaker Exchange.
Based in: Málaga, Spain
Mahdy Charafeddin has been a Gender and Sexuality human rights activist since 2005. He studied Information Technology and Programming. He currently trains on social security, security planning and digital security, he has also written booklets on the subjects of sexual health, gender and sexuality training, people living with HIV, how to work within conservative environments. Charafeddin has worked with different refugee groups in Lebanon and trained many organizations in both Lebanon and the SWANA region about comprehensive service provision for diverse social groups, he has also trained many groups on SOGIESC around the SWANA region. Mahdy Charafeddin currently worked as an associate director and director of programs at the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality and the director of the gender and sexuality MENA region conference NEDWA. Mahdy Charafeddin works now as a DEI expert on with UNOPS.
Inclusive Leadership Coach
Based in: Nairobi, Kenya
Reshma did her undergraduate degree in Calgary, Canada, and over the past 15 years, has worked in development and humanitarian aid in communications, leadership, strategy and culture. Diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging. She also led global leadership and strategy workshops for senior leaders, both in person and virtually.
Reshma set up K’enso Consulting in 2020 to support social impact leaders in their conscious leadership, through her leadership coaching, team effectiveness and Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Dialogue facilitation work. She is an accredited Leadership Coach and Global Facilitator, as well as a Certified Practitioner for the Herrmann Whole Brain Dominance Instrument. She continues to work with global leadership teams in the social impact space.
Based in: Almaty, Kazakhstan
Aigerim Khafizova is an EdTech entrepreneur, Fulbright Fellow, founder, speaker, and consultant with over 12 years of experience in the realm of educational technology, business development, and community building. Passionate about creating transformative, engaging, and inclusive learning experiences, Aigerim has launched, scaled, and consulted projects across diverse geographies—from LATAM and North America to EMEA and Southeast Asia.
Aigerim has started her e-learning career in the Silicon Valley 7 years ago being a Fulbright Scholar in the U.S. and interning at Udemy and Pathbrite (acquired by Cengage). In 2016-17, Aigerim has managed a blended learning team at a Stanford University funded venture Amal Academy in Pakistan, and in late 2017 Aigerim cofounded her own company in the EdTech space – Edgravity, impacting over 18,000 learners and launching over 50 online programs with leading scientists, industry professionals in Central Asia.
In 2022, Aigerim has successfully exited Edgravity, and embarked on a solo around the world travel. Amid her travels, Aigerim launched a new EdTech/HRTech B2B consultancy, introduced online courses on career reinvention and expertise leveraging, and launched new business projects from Singapore to Kazakhstan. Aigerim holds MS in Education from SUNY at Albany (Fulbright Scholarship), and BS in International Relations from Kimep University.
Based in: Copenhagen, Denmark
Fahad, a proactive communications strategist, facilitator, and public speaker, stands out with a clear focus on diversity and inclusion. A prominent figure within the Danish NGO sector, he holds esteemed positions on the boards of prestigious organizations such as KVINFO and Copenhagen 2021. With a keen understanding of effective communication strategies, Fahad brings his expertise to the forefront, contributing to the advancement of inclusive initiatives and amplifying voices within the Danish community.
Cross-Cultural Communication Coach
Based in: Bangkok, Thailand
American-born-Taiwanese-Ethiopian, Solonia’s personal and professional journey has comprised of culturally-enriched life chapters in the US, Asia and Europe, a portfolio career in various professional roles and sectors, and a wealth of experience in helping people to discover their strengths, define their values, and transform this awareness into meaningful actions and choices.
In her current role as JUMP! Foundation’s Chief People Officer, she brings a unique approach to organisational design, culture building, change management, and people development — incorporating philosophies and practices that aim to foster growth mindsets, design thinking, scaled impact and values-driven leaders.
Solonia’s foundational education in International Relations and Business have shaped her body of work as a ‘changepreneur’, transformation strategist, thrive coach and storyteller. She has been recognised among Asia’s 50 Women Leaders for Leadership Excellence as a trainer, facilitator and community builder. She has been honoured to address inspired audiences on various speaking platforms including TEDxAuckland as an evangelist for Global Citizenship and change as a force for good.
To learn more about Solonia and her body of work, visit soloniateodros.com
Disability and Neurodiversity Expert
Based in: Manila, Philippines
Ryan Gersava (he/they) is a neurodiverse social entrepreneur, educator, and DEI facilitator. He is the Founder and Chairman of Virtualahan, an online vocational school providing inclusive training to people with disabilities and other disadvantaged communities who experience employment inequality, while simultaneously empowering companies to become inclusive employers. He is also an Ashoka Fellow, an honoree of Forbes 30 under 30 and a TED speaker. Ryan has worked with WFP, ILO, and UNDP as well as Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, Accenture, and SAP.
System Change Facilitator
Based in: Southern Africa
Nombulelo Mbokazi is Partnerships Manager and Youth Lead for Southern Africa. Nombulelo has experience in accelerating initiation of sustainable economic and social wealth through nurturing business potential; focusing on ensuring that entrepreneurs have access to the most relevant conditions of sustainable business growth in the most valuable ways. As the inaugural Lead of Agenda 2063 Academy, Nombulelo undertook the task of rolling out the birth of this organization. Prior that Nombulelo, through the African Union, was the Programs, Entrepreneurship Curriculum and Training Coordinator at xHub Addis, which is a social enterprise start-up incubation hub based in Ethiopia. She has experience in accelerating initiation of sustainable economic and social wealth through nurturing business potential. Since Africans represent the world’s largest youth population, growing integrated African systems that flourish make up her pertinent responsibility. She is passionate about exploring new sustainable models to enhance the developing world’s current challenges. She believes that one of the best skills any human being can ever aspire to have is the skill of unlearning and relearning