Bistra Kumbaroska from Macedonia, 29 yeas old. BA studies in English language and literature + Master candidate for International Business at University of Ljubljana. Bistra spends her time witnessing and supporting courageous steps made by humans, leading towards life-changing experiences and long-lasting impact. Youth, social innovations and poetry are her three main passions. Mladi Info and Challenge:Future are two crucial organizations that enabled her to take part in creating new perspectives and possibilities for young people all over the world. At the moment, together with more than 5,000 social innovators, she is part of the Global Impact Hub Network, managing the community in Vienna.
Carina Schmid is the co-founder and CEO of The Global Experience, a non-profit organization and international youth media network dedicated to increase the inter-cultural dialogue. Since being in high school Carina enjoyed exploring different fields of work, including media production, marketing and journalism. A trip to Namibia eventually changed her life and made her become passionate about creating opportunities for young people to gain inter-cultural experiences – offline, as well as online. During her studies she dedicated most of her time on building up The Global Experience that eventually expanded from a local school project to an international youth network of today over 10,000 members in more than 180 countries. Carina has also co-founded a number of social initiatives including the book donation platform Call for Books and the Digital Participation Camp & Summit, an international conference format for young digital change makers and Easy Languages, a social business that utilizes street interviews as authentic language learning material.
Known as “Hot Foot Harewood” by her friends, because she is never in one place for too long, Liesl Harewood has been to over 30 countries and continues to add at least “one new country” a year to her list. She loves planting herself firmly into people’s homes and hearts and tries to avoid hotels at all costs. Wheels up!
Monika Pisula is a management student from Poland. She has visited 20 countries, and speaks Polish, English, German and a bit of Italian. She wants to learn as many foreign languages as possible because they are the key to freedom of movement, in her opinion. Monika inspired Momal to initiate The Freedom Traveller. She is always there to listen and gives incredibly valuable advice on a regular basis.
Nanci Lee is a self-employed analyst, adult educator and poet from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her work has focused on the connection between women’s own economic security and their expanded voice and capacities in their lives and communities. Nanci dedicates part of her time to capacity building and research to support associations to make informed choices as well as expand their options. She also facilitates part-time in women’s leadership programs. Her facilitation has included university-based courses, government bodies, distance and blended learning platforms, institutional mentoring and training workshops. As a poet, the use of story in social change and self-awareness is central to her work. She is also an avid community volunteer and outdoor adventurist.
Seisei Tatebe-Goddu is a multi-faceted entrepreneur with a background in social entrepreneurship, environmental policy, and conflict resolution. She holds a B.A. from McGill University, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, is the co-founder of Covalent, a network of tech entrepreneurs, and founder of tandem Consulting Group. Her client list includes organizations like The B Team, Mercy Corps, CARE, UNESCO, Bayer Schering Pharma, Aramex, the International Criminal Court, and the World Economic Forum. While at Columbia, she led the SIPA Environmental Coalition in 2011-2012 and the Columbia University Earth Summit in 2013. An avid classical and jazz singer, she likes to lend her voice to fascinating projects like The Freedom Traveller.
Momal Mushtaq is originally the one who concocted the idea of establishing a platform where women of all nationalities and beliefs can actively network, share knowledge and resources, and map their experiences of travel; from promoting to defining it in its present mold, her contributions to The Freedom Traveller are massive. Besides her work for The Freedom Traveller, she leads a busy life; reading, writing, listening to music, indulging into projects – she does it all with a smile.
Bernard Lim is from Singapore. He loves the humanities – politics, history, sociology. They make him alive and beating. He also loves to travel. Hedonistic wanderlust had struck his life ever since he flew to China at the age of 15. Bernard envisions his life taking one of the four distinctly possible paths: a social activist, a political science and history professor, a politician, or a happy-go-lucky globetrotter. Watch him soar.
Brenna Conley is a recent graduate of Berry College in Rome, Georgia with a degree in Creative Writing. She is grateful for the restless nature she was born with; for her constant desire to travel and learn. Much of her fiction writing is inspired by the landscapes and people that she meet, the beautiful climates and surreal moments that surround her. She and her best friend recently hitchhiked from Portugal to Italy and through the U.K. The experienced turned into the most defining experience of her life. She hopes that her heart will never stop craving the road, and that as long as her feet can carry her, she will continue to run towards adventure.
Nudra Tun Naeem recently joined us as the media assistant; she is particularly in charge of our Facebook page. She successfully completed her O-levels with flying colours, and is currently an A-levels student. Nudra aspires to be a global citizen working towards the welfare of society as a whole. Nothing gives her more pleasure than community work. She is an active member of the community centre at her school.