Summit Keynoters 2018

Dr. Mads Gilbert has a broad range of experience from international humanitarian work, especially in locations where medical and political issues merge. Since the 1970s, he has been actively involved with solidarity work concerning Palestinians, and he has served as a doctor for several periods in the Palestinian territories and Lebanon for NORWAC. His efforts have been central to leading the city of Tromsø, since 2001 a twin town of Gaza, to claim to be the city that has sent more health workers to the Palestinian territories than any other in the world. His 2009 book on the Gaza War, Eyes on Gaza, has been translated into several languages.

Kathy Kelly is an international peace activist from the United States. She is an author and one of the founding members of Voices in the Wilderness, and currently a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. As part of peace teamwork in several countries, she has traveled to Iraq twenty-six times, notably remaining in combat zones during the early days of both U.S.-Iraq wars. Her recent travel has focused on Afghanistan and Gaza, along with domestic protests against U.S. drone policy. She has been arrested more than sixty times at home and abroad, and written of her experiences among targets of U.S. military bombardment and inmates of U.S. prisons. She lives in Chicago.

Jordan Hattar is a 25-year-old humanitarian who serves as director of From building a medical clinic in South Sudan to delivering prefabricated housing units in the Syrian refugee camp, and finally to his recent time interning in the White House with First Lady Michelle Obama, Jordan’s story is one that emphasizes the difference one person can make, what it means to never give up, and the importance of fearlessly following one’s dreams. Jordan received a B.A. in International Studies from California State University Long Beach and a MPhil in International Relations & Politics from the University of Cambridge. Since leaving the White House in January of 2017, Jordan has delivered over 160 presentations in more than 30 countries as part of his full-time efforts to put a human touch to the Syrian conflict.

Helen is a respected coach, consultant and facilitator both in the UK and abroad.. She has designed and facilitated coaching and leadership programs for the University of Manchester and served as a magistrate in Greater Manchester. Building authentic relationships and leading with courage and compassion lies at the heart of her practice. Helen is skilled at facilitating teams to explore leadership dilemmas, create opportunities and effectively manage challenging issues in the context of changing priorities.

Helen currently works with school senior leadership teams in Manchester in the UK, and with the British Schools in Kathmandu and Tbilisi. Helen has been acknowledged for her work on original interviews and transcripts for the book ‘Educating Drew, the real story of Harrop Fold School’ following the success of the Channel 4 documentary ‘Educating Greater Manchester’, second series due to begin filming soon.

Her qualifications include an MA in Social Work Studies, Post Grad. Cert. in Process Consultancy and a BA Hons in Education and Community Studies. Helen is a licensed Yoga Teacher and co-founder of supporting the sustainable education of a school in the remote Himalayan mid hills in Nepal.