Jana Tikalova is an HR enthusiast embracing diversity and inclusion in the workplace; promoter and advocate for diversity, inclusion and human rights. She has spent 18 years in professional & personal development and almost 20 years volunteering for NGO OPIM she has founded. Jana has tasted positions in two corporates but most of her carrier she is freelancing because it gives her chance to hop on and off to schools with Living Library program. She is a member of the SALTO Youth and the Council of Europe training pools. She is an associate for the PDT Global for diversity and inclusion.At the summit she will open the topic on diversity, disclose the concepts of inclusion and equity so we all understand how diverse diversity is. We will also look into unconscious bias - the roots of exclusion around us. Her intro is going to be more interactive than theoretical
Lucia Rijker is a world champion professional boxer and kickboxer as well as an actress and producer. Dubbed "The Most Dangerous Woman in the World," Ms. Rijker has never been defeated by a female opponent in boxing or kickboxing. Her sole defeat came in a kickboxing match with a male opponent, Thai boxer Somchai Jaidee, in 1994. She holds five world kickboxing titles and has won the Junior Welterweight title from the Women's International Boxing Federation. She has appeared in the Oscar-winning film Million Dollar Baby and was featured in the documentary film Shadow Boxers.Ms. Rijker serves as the global ambassador for AYUDH’s RespAct programme against bullying and cyberbullying, launched in Germany at AYUDH’s 2015 European Youth Summit.
Mathieu Labonne is general coordinator of the Amma Center of the Plessis Farm where he is in charge of Embracing the World’s ecological branch in Europe. He has been teaching Amma for over 10 years. After engineering studies in space, he was a researcher on climate change at the CNRS and a consultant in carbon governance and participatory governance. Since late 2014, he is also the director of the movement Colibris.
"For a long time I have been interested in other spiritual traditions than in my childhood, it is this curiosity that has brought me to India, and I find that there is something scientific about the Indian spiritual approach."
Br. Shubamrita (India) is a meditation teacher and personal empowerment speaker. Born in South India, he grew up in Mumbai and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in biochemistry. He has lived as a monastic disciple of Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) since 1989, and was ordained as a monk in 1996. Br. Shubamrita regularly tours the world, holding public programmes and mindfulness retreats throughout Europe, India, Middle East, Africa and the Mediterranean region.
Drawing on more than 25 years of experience as a spiritual disciple of Amma, he shares his great understanding of the Eastern spiritual traditions in practical and easily accessible terms.
Meg Jones (Australia) recognizes that providing people with opportunities, and the support to leverage opportunities can change lives. She has worked for the United Nations in Geneva and New York for 12 years on human rights, trade, economic empowerment and the Sustainable Development Goals; and with the private sector on diversity and inclusion. Meg has also held positions at several universities and loves the challenges youth bring to orthodoxy. She is currently exploring alternative futures for children of methamphetamine addicts.
Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri (India) is the Vice-Chairman of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math and President of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University). He is the most senior disciple of renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma). He has been living in Amritapuri Ashram since its inception in the late 1970s. He holds a Masters degree in Philosophy and is a renowned author and translator, having written "The Colour of the Rainbow: Compassionate Leadership" as well as two biographies of Amma. A magnificent singer, he has composed numerous bhajans, and has travelled around the world more than 30 times with Amma.
Jani Toivola (Finland) is the first black member of the Finnish Parliament and one of the few openly gay politicians in Finland. Jani Toivola is known for his work on human rights, equality, inclusive education and championing the LGBTIQ-issues in the political arena. His biggest political success was passing the same-sex marriage act in 2016, where he played a key role in the process between the citizens’ act and the parliamentary discussions.
Jani Toivola has served in the Finnish Parliament from 2011-2019 as an elected member of the Green party. He has served as a member of the Education and Culture Committee, Employment and Equality Commitee, Legal Affairs Commitee and the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on LGBTIQ-issues. Jani Toivola will moderate the iTAGe panel discussion.
Dr. Jens Zimmermann (Germany) has been a member of the German Parliament since 2013, where he is a member of the Finance Committee, the Digital Agenda Committee and the chairman of the Hessian SPD regional group. Zimmermann was also elected digital policy spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group. As a delegate from the Odenwald constituency, in which the European Youth Summit takes place, he represents the interests of the citizens of the region at the federal government.
Niklas Nienass is a 26 year old newly elected MEP for the Green Party in Germany. Niklas grew up and was educated in Aachen, Germany, and later spent time traveling through Southern Europe, Kenya and Tanzania. In 2013 he moved to Rostock for university studies in history and sociology, graduating with a Bachelor of Law in 2018. His thesis focused on the connection between the Paris Climate Agreements and the national coalition exit. Niklas has long has an interest in politics, becoming an active member of the Green Youth. He has been spokesperson for LAG Peace, Europe and International Politics in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern since 2015. He is passionate about the environment and regularly takes part in Fridays for Future demonstrations in Rostock. In 2019 he was elected as a Green Party candidate to the European Parliament.
Bri. Dipamrita Chaitanya met Amma during her travels in India in 1988, and was ordained as a monk in 1997. Upon Amma’s request, she has travelled throughout Europe conducting meditation programmes since 1998 and was appointed as the Head of the Amma Center in France by Amma in 2002. She is Amma’s representative in France, where she coordinates regional activities on behalf of Amma throughout Europe.
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