Ms. Hermina Johnny is a humanitarian specialized in gender, human rights, sustainable development, inter-agency coordination and internal communications. Ms. Johnny has worked in several capacities within the United Nations system and its specialized agencies and programmes on a wide array of economic, social and political affairs. Ms. Johnny has written several reports for the UN Secretary General as well as served as focal point on inputs to drafting sessions for reports, outcome documents, and other United Nations instruments, including for high level conferences. She conducted substantial research studies as well as wrote guidance notes and papers, which had strong implications for the future of inter-agency coordination. Ms. Johnny formulated key partnerships with stakeholders, the private sector, civil society and businesses on climate change policy and coordination.
Ms. Johnny has worked with the European Parliament and the International Organisation for Migration as well as had extensive experience working in the private sector. She conducted a substantial amount of outreach activities for the private sector and supported CEOs and Executive management in elaborating strategies for market expansion managing all pre-launch aspects of new business development including sales, marketing, product design, risk assessment and compliance. She has taught English and written chapters for English language learning books, as well as for skits, intensive programmes and listen-and-learn tapes. Her teaching experience ranges from teaching English at John Cabot University and the American University of Rome, law firms, as well as to diplomats, and executives at big banks and pharmaceutical companies in the Czech Republic. Ms. Johnny has also worked in the area of Intellectual Property Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions and other legal areas.
Ms. Johnny completed her PhD studies in Law, gender and human rights in the area of fundamental rights and constitutionalism. She holds a Masterclass degree in International Communications and received her LLM in International Law and International Relations from the University of Kent's Brussels School of International Studies as well as her BA in International Relations with a concentration on Economics of the International Political economy and Anthropology from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut.
Ms. Johnny believes passionately in youth development and building strong communities. She also volunteers her free time to community service, mentoring youth, leadership development, and speaking out on the need for equality, justice, human rights, and women's empowerment. A native of Saint Lucia who has lived in several countries at different stages of development, her multiracial background, and her passion for playing her small part in building a better world for all, has given her unique insight into finding local solutions to facing global challenges.
Ms. Johnny is currently working on a regional photobook on women's empowerment. She has lived in her home country of Saint Lucia as well as in New York, Connecticut, Paris, Brussels, Prague, Madrid, Rome, and Copenhagen.
Ms. Dornella Seth has extensive knowledge of the United Nations System including in the Permanent Mission of Antigua to the United Nations, UNFPA, UNDESA and FAO. At the Permanent Mission to the United Nations she served in a number of areas including as representative of the 2nd and 4th Committees and on the Executive Boards of UNDP/UNFPA. At UNFPA, Ms. Seth assisted in the development of a comprehensive plan of action for the ICPD@15 process and provided support to the Task Team. She also assisted in the provision of substantive support for the preparation of RIO+20 with responsibilities for gender issues and the organization of the partnerships forum at UNDESA.
Ms. Sheila Roseau is Deputy Regional Director at the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office - Panamá of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. A registered nurse and social worker by profession, she possesses vast experience in the areas of social development work, advocacy and policy dialogue. Prior to joining UNFPA, she worked in senior positions in the Health and Social Services in the UK and recently for the Government of Antigua and Barbuda as the Executive Director, Directorate of Gender Affairs from 1995. In her role as Executive Director she made numerous invaluable contributions to the strategic development of the national machinery responsible for the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Using her contacts and experience she facilitated valuable partnerships that have greatly enhanced the work of the organisation and was instrumental in the establishment of the Caribbean Institute for Women in Leadership (CIWIL) and the Antigua and Barbuda Chapter of Advocates for Safe Parenting Improving Reproductive Equity (ASPIRE). She has worked tirelessly and passionately over the years as an activist and advocate for the rights of women and children. Her passion is exemplified by her strong commitment and dedication to improving the lives of others and ultimately the development of the Caribbean region.
In addition to her work as an activist and advocate for women’s empowerment and gender equality, Sheila has served as an elections observer for the Commonwealth Secretariat and the OAS observing numerous elections throughout the world. She also served as an expert for the monitoring of the implementation of the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of All Forms of Violence against Women (Belem do Para Convention). Until recently she was a member of the Antigua and Barbuda Planned Parenthood Association.
Sheila is the recipient of various awards, among which the US Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton Award Hero Acting to End Modern Day Slavery (2011), the National Award, Commander of the Most Illustrious Order of Merit (2009) and was nominated for Women of Courage Award (2011).
Sheila holds a BA (Hons) in Social Policy with Social Science, MBA in Public Sector Management and has pursued numerous courses and studies including International Human Rights Law.
Ms. Singel has achieved results in assessing talent for purposes of development, retention and restructuring resulting from buy-outs, investor funding and mergers & acquisitions. She has acted in the capacity as advisor and coach to C-Level Professionals in Global 10, Family Foundations and Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, Ms. Singel is experienced in performance management, productivity improvement, organizational development, leadership & management development, change and knowledge management. She has over fifteen years of experience in corporate environments: Estee Lauder, Gulf+Western Industries, General Instrument, and JPMorgan Chase.
She coaches, mentors, and facilitates experiential learning for next generation leaders and executives, as well as entrepreneurs with a special interest in social innovation and transformation. She is a speaker, writer and believer in empowerment of the individual and the ability of everyone to be in leadership in life.
Ms. Singel has authored two books, “Every Person a Leader” and “The Dandelions of Woodlawn Avenue”. She is a frequent Speaker and Presenter at Conferences and Trade Associations, addressing a variety of topics on leadership and management challenges in organizational environments.
Ms. Hannah Zoppi is a passionate social media specialist and artist. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts at Flagler University and went on to study Art at Hellenic International Studies in the Arts on Paros, Island Greece.
She had an incredible college experience in which she discovered that she learned best through traveling.
She lives by the quote from Mary Anne Radmacher " I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world." And that she has. A global traveler who has lived in Italy, France, Greece, the Czech Republic, she continues to believe that the way to change the world is through hearing the stories of diverse people. She has spent the past 4 years in Italy educating youth in schools and summer camps, exploring new cultures, creating art, and sharing it all on social media, of course! She believes that every child has the creativity and capacity to change the world, one action at time.
Her passion for travel and learning about new cultures is sparked by her strong interest in youth and female empowerment.
Hannah currently resides in Portland, Oregon where she works remotely for Aspire Artemis.
Ms. Alberta A.G.S. Richelieu is a young motivated individual from the island of Saint Lucia, who has been educated in the fields of Economics, Law and International Trade Policy. She is a passionate and fervent believer in women’s rights and hopes to inspire other young girls from the Caribbean to reach their full potential.
Alberta is a graduate of the University of the West Indies. She studied Economics and Law for her undergraduate degree and later, pursued a Master of Science in International Trade Policy. Her legal journey began at the BPP University in Waterloo, London where she pursued a Graduate Diploma in Law ( GDL) and after, the Bar Professional Training Course ( BPTC) at the University of Law, Bloomsbury London. She was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales on 8th March, 2018 and more recently, her home country, Saint Lucia on the 5th April 2018.
Through out the course of her studies, Alberta developed a passion for Gender Policy and Climate Change. She hopes to contribute to the creation of more resilient and diverse Caribbean economies through female empowerment and climate change resilience.
As an ardent believer in motivation and inspiration, she asserts that expectations, hope and aspiration are vital factors for inculcating confidence in one’s belief to succeed in the international arena.
Ultimately, Alberta hopes to contribute significantly to the improvement of Caribbean economies and continues to strive for sustainable development and a better world in whatever way she possibly can .