❖ WBG | Global Director for Education, Jaime Saavedra Chanduvi
The World Bank Group plays a key role in the sector of education. As the largest financier of education in the developing world, the World Bank works on education programs in more than 80 countries, calling for access to quality education and learning opportunities for all by 2030. Jaime Saavedra leads the Education Global Practice at the World Bank Group and has a lifetime experience in the field of education, having served as Minister of Education of the Government of Peru from 2013-2016. Jaime’s perspectives in education and economy, as well as their links to equity, poverty reduction, and sustainable development, will bring a unique opportunity for the discussion on how to navigate the learning recovery process during the COVID-19 pandemic.
❖ For Love of Children | Executive Director, Brandelyn Anderson
The event will kick off with empowering opening remarks from Brandelyn Anderson, Executive Director of D.C based non-profit partner For Love of Children (FLOC). FLOC provides educational support and services beyond the classroom to help students succeed from second grade through college and career, regardless of ZIP code, skin color, or family status. Recognizing that children and equality are attached, FLOC believes the best education combines quality in the classroom with enhanced learning opportunities outside the classroom.
❖ WBG | Education Specialist, Maria Eugenia Oviedo
An influential and young professional with experience and passion in the WBG Education GP will support Jaime’s overall intervention by presenting the WBG Education Recovery Package. Specifically, her voice and space in this event will further support the importance of youth becoming involved in the future of education, and discussing the current urgencies for political commitment to education due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
❖ WBG | Education Specialist, Himdat Iqbal Bayusuf
Himdat Iqbal Bayusuf is an Education Specialist at the World Bank, focusing on higher education and skills development in the Western and Central Africa region. Her operational and analytical experience at the World Bank spans 10 years, where she has led project design, preparation, supervision and implementation support. She is a task team leader of the Africa Centers of Excellence Higher Education Project (ACE project), which covers nine countries and 22 universities in West and Central Africa. Himdat is also one of the regional team leads of the newest series of regional ACE projects, The ACE Impact, which covers more than 10 priority sectors across 10 West African countries and 40 universities in West Africa and Djibouti. Himdat will bring her unique lens in the field of education in the African region, enriching the conversation with all her practical experience.
❖ Virtual Educa | Director of Innovation, German Escorcia
Partnered with the Y2Y Community since it's foundation, Virtual Educa focuses on promoting innovation in Education with the aim of promoting social transformation and sustainable development, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean. Escorcia will discuss the future shift from an information-based society towards an imagination and creativity-based society. Organizations are becoming less based on material activities and more based on intangible products. Significant changes appear on the notion of property, depreciation, and digital so that education will have a mastering role for tomorrow, as the most market valued products will emerge from imagination.
❖ Italian Ministry for Education | Undersecretary of Education, Senator Barbara Floridia
Previously, as a Professor of Literature, Italian and Latin since 2000, Senator Floridia provides industry expertise and experience in her current role as the Undersecretary of Education for the Italian Minister for Education. Her political career launched in 2017 where she has since been elected and served as a Senator, Education Secretary, and Member of Parliament. Since February 2021 she has been the Undersecretary for Public Education in the Draghi government for the Republic of Italy. She will provide insight and share her inspiring words through a pre-recorded video for this Educating for Tomorrow event.
❖ Youth Voices | Brazil Chapter Lead, Flavia Bedicks
The Y2Y “Youth Voices” program was first initiated by the WBG office in Lima, Peru in 2002 as Youth New Voices (Voces Nuevas), a voluntary advisory group composed of 23 non-staff young Peruvian men and women from various backgrounds. Since 2002, the Youth Voices Initiative, nurtured by Y2Y leadership, has formed 9 active chapters including Dominican Republic, Brazil, Chile, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, China, Tanzania, and Western Europe. During this event, the Youth Voices Brazil Chapter will share their experiences and the work they’ve been leading on the ground.