Keith is currently a student at Utrecht University in The Netherlands studying Psychology. Keith uses his voice to best to represent the youth of Ireland and to discuss important issues like mental health, access to education, and action on climate change. He volunteers as a National Research & Evaluation Youth Advocate with Jigsaw, and is also an EU Youth Delegate & YP Committee Volunteer with the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI). Keith wrote and narratedo a spoken-word piece for NYCI's Young Person committee on a 'Just Transition', and also assisted in the creation of NYCI's Youth Climate Justice Manifesto; both of which were publicly released this year.
Keith will be one of the speakers in the Why Change? How to talk about Climate Justice event on Monday 30th November at 6:00 pm.
Sandra Phoma (she/her) is a South African first generation PhD researcher in Ocean Microbial Ecology at the University of Pretoria. She's currently the South African Ambassador in the inaugural European Commission supported All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador programme; an initiative that empowers youth to inspire Atlantic ocean communities to become ocean stewards.
Sandra is passionate about confronting social and racial injustices in academia.
Sandra will be one of the speakers in the Why Change? How to talk about Climate Justice event on Monday 30th November at 6:00 pm.
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is an environmental activist from Chad’s pastoralist Mbororo Community. She also serves as a UN Sustainable Development Goal Advocate, Conservation International Senior Fellow, and member of the Earthshot Initiative prize council and President of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT).
Hindou will be one of the panelists in the Who’s the change? event on Tuesday 1st December at 6:00 pm.
Jacqualine Qataliña Schaeffer
Jacqualine Qataliña Schaeffer is an Iñupiaq from Kotzebue, Alaska. She studied Interior Design & Sustainable
Building in London and the U.S. She is currently a Senior Project Manager for the Division of Environmental Health
and Engineering at the Alaska Native Tribal
Health Consortium. She has worked in comprehensive planning,
energy, housing and water/sanitation in rural communities across Alaska, utilizing a holistic approach to project
Qataliña also works with various indigenous groups to revitalize the return of traditional practices.
Jacqualine will be one of the speakers in the Who’s the change? event on Tuesday 1st December at 6:00 pm.
Nayeli Jimenez is originally from Mexico and works as a climate justice campaigner and art director in Vancouver, Canada. She has been organizing for climate justice locally and internationally for the last 6 years, mostly focusing on opposition to fossil fuel expansion and migrant justice. Nayeli has dedicated most of her creative career to projects related to social and environmental justice and worked as the Art Director at Greystone Books, a leading publisher of books about nature and the environment, social issues, science, and health. She recently moved on from publishing to become a Senior Campaigner at Leadnow, an organization that fuels community-led campaigns to build a just, sustainable, and equitable Canada. She has been featured in publications such as Teen Vogue, VICE, BBC Radio, the Toronto Star, among others, speaking about climate justice and the role of youth in the environmental movement.
Nayeli will be one of the speakers in the Who’s the change? event on Tuesday 1st December at 6:00 pm.
Ed is the Interim Parliamentary Political Manager at Green Party of Ireland / Comhaontas Glas. Experienced Political and Communications professional with an established history of work in politics and non profit sectors. Skilled in political and strategic communications, editing, public speaking and Media Relations. Strong administrative professional with a Master of Arts (M.A.) focused in European Politics from University College Dublin.
Ed will be one of the speakers in the How to change. How to advocate for policy change event on Wednesday 2nd December at 6:00 pm.
Rebecca is currently a Labour Party Senator on the Administrative Panel in the 26th Seanad. She was a member of Dublin City Council for the South West Inner City and she was also a Councillor for Crumlin-Kimmage. Before she became a Senator, she worked as a teacher in the Further Education sector.
Rebecca will be one of the speakers in the How to change. How to advocate for policy change event on Wednesday 2nd December at 6:00 pm.
Francis Noel Duffy
Francis Noel Duffy is a Green TD, advocating sustainable politics in Dublin South West for over a decade, serving on SDCC from 2014-20. Professionally, Francis is an architect and lecturer in the Dublin School of Architecture, TU-Dublin. As Housing Spokesperson, Francis is determined to develop strong policy that will alleviate the housing crisis and improve our standard of living, using sustainable planning methodology.
Francis will be one of the speakers in the How to change. How to advocate for policy change event on Wednesday 2nd December at 6:00 pm.
Peter Heffernan obtained his PhD in Marine Science at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
He has served on the EU Research, Innovation and Science Policy Experts and as an Adjunct Professor Marine Science NUI Galway. Peter was appointed in 2019 as a member of the EU Horizon Europe Mission Board for Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal & Inland Waters. He acts as a Special Advisor of the Board of the Oceano Azul Foundation, Portugal and is on the Strategic Advisory Board, Field Earth & Environment, Helmholtz Association, Germany. Most recently, he was appointed by the President of Ireland as the Chairman of the Council of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies in 2020.
Peter will be one of the speakers in the How to change – Meet the politicians event on Wednesday 2nd December at 6:00 pm.
Go Dance for Change
Lucille Aires & Karen Aguiar
Lucille Aires, is a Black woman born in Brazil but with a huge part of her heritage based in the African continent.
She has been teaching Dancehall in Ireland since 2018.
Lucille concluded a Masters degree in International Business Management, six months after starting her Dancehall journey.
Dancing has enabled Lucille not to only teach moves but also to share her feelings about the sense of community, regardless of how you look or where you come from.
Karen is a journalist and community organiser. Some of the ways she identifies in terms of social identity and social location are as a mixed-race. She works and researches the issue of race. From the creation at the beginning of 2018, Karen’s work on ‘Go Dance For Change’ platform involves promoting, producing and supporting a network of dance performers, as well as, organising and delivering dance workshops, talks, actions and events in collaboration with other organisations, groups and individuals in Ireland - and abroad, over the past two years.
Lucille & Karen will be the speakers in the Let’s Dance for Change event on Thursday 3rd December at 6:00 pm.
Molly is a musician, artivist, and aspiring educator from Tipperary, currently undergoing studies with Creativity & Change in social change, art, and activism.
She is super passionate about exploring the personal catharsis and healing that comes from focusing on the process of creative practice instead of the end result, and how we can use our creative expression to bring about social and environmental change.
Molly will be the speaker in the Get creative with the change event on Friday 4th December at 6:00 pm.
Samia Dumbuya is a climate justice activist who started her activist journey in her teens, campaigned against air pollution in East London. She believes in the power of young people, which is why she co-founded Seize the Vote, a platform for young people of colour to reinvent political spaces. Samia is now working in the Climate Justice and Energy team at Friends of the Earth Europe.
Samia will be one of the speakers in the I am the change event on Saturday 5th December at 4:30 pm.
Valery Molay’s passion for tackling inequalities has inspired her to work in climate and racial justice. Valery completed a BA honours degree in Politics, International relations, Philosophy and Social justice and Master’s degree in Environmental Policy from University College Dublin.
In May 2019, Ms Molay was selected as one of Ireland’s two UN Youth Delegates. She dedicated her one-year term to highlights young people’s perspectives on climate justice, descent work and mental health and inequalities.
Valery will be one of the speakers in the I am the change event on Saturday 5th December at 4:30 pm.
Clodagh Evelyn (she/her) is a climate activist passionate about slowing down fast fashion. Her background is in Film, Textile Design and Community Art brought her to project management; facilitating creative events with over ten years of experience across multiple industries. She is the co-host of the monthly Environmental Podcast 'Climate Queens' and is the founder of 'Swapsies' - which started as a fun clothes swap inspired by the sharing economy - now aims to make an engaging documentary series around the afterlife of our clothes and find out where do they really go!
Clodagh will be one of the speakers in the I am the change event on Saturday 5th December at 4:30 pm.