SPEAKER PROFILES

Communications Officer, Department of Global Communications, United Nations 

If you ask him, Felipe will tell you that there is nothing more significant than placing yourself at the service of others. A man of deep faith, he credits his humble upbringing in Spain and the values instilled in him by his parents for his love and passion for helping others.

The first in his family to attend college, Felipe found himself at the United Nations, where he first joined as an intern and has slowly built a career in public service focusing on facilitating the creation and strengthening of space for civil society at the U.N. through global communications; giving the many voices often ignored and silenced, a platform through the different programs and projects he leads.

His love for the United Nations and the people it serves does not deter him from addressing the Organization’s shortcomings through an honest and critical analysis, focusing his advocacy efforts to expand the vital role that civil society plays at the global level. 

Felipe believes that only by working together, bringing to the table all global actors at all levels, in the true spirit of multilateralism, the ambitious vision of the United Nations will be accomplished.

His faith is the driving force that inspires his work and gives him purpose, and at the same time, his service at the United Nations strengthens his determination to become the best version of himself. But, as he likes to say, he is still working on it.

Founder and CEO of ImpactHK and Love 21 Foundation 

Multiple connections are essential for overcoming difficult times. Giving people in need an opportunity for happiness is Jeff Rotmeyer’s passion. 

Jeff transformed his passion into making a positive impact for those in need. He founded two different charities on the same day. 

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, he has spent his last 16 years in Hong Kong.  

He founded ImpactHK to transform the lives of those experiencing homelessness in Hong Kong. 

The charity started with just a few individuals aiming to show kindness to those in need and has now grown into a humanitarian movement involving over ten thousand volunteers who have helped hundreds of individuals off the streets. 

His second charity, Love 21 Foundation, supports the down syndrome and autistic community with sport and nutrition programs. 

Love 21 Foundation cares for over 100 families with a holistic program that strives to give the neuro-diverse community the very best opportunity to reach their full potential.  

Jeff is dedicated to living a meaningful life through social impact.

His story will inspire and empower you to allow your passion to become your purpose for creating a positive impact in your communities, locally and globally. 

Founder and CEO, LiteHaus International

Quality education can only be a digital education, and no one should be left behind. “Thank you for not stopping at the red lights” remains the best compliment Jack Growden has ever received. 


Jack made the best decision of his young life in September 2017 by founding LiteHaus International. This not-for-profit organisation aims to digitise dreams and bridge the digital divide, primarily across Papua New Guinea and Australia, and further afield Uganda and Pakistan. 


He remains steadfast on his mission to provide children in developing countries with the same tools as those living under better circumstances. 

A delegate at the 2017 University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS), he did not know how a 20-year-old Australian like himself could create a social impact. 

He listened to people, who were not much older than him, reflect on how they summoned the courage to start their own initiatives. It was there that he scribbled a name for his initiative in a notebook – “LiteHaus.” Papua New Guinea’s vernacular for lighthouse.

A month after the USLS, he donated his laptop to a school in Papua New Guinea, where he was doing research. This was the start of an incredible mission.

As Program Advisor with Humanitarian Affairs Asia, he has addressed delegates at the 2019 University Scholars Leadership Symposium and continues to provide input in empowering budding social entrepreneurs worldwide. 

He was named one of the most inspiring Queenslanders of 2020 and received the Queensland Community Foundation Emerging Philanthropist of the Year Award.

His journey will inspire and empower you to remain steadfast in the mission that you have all the power within you to create social change.

Social Impact Researcher, Author, and Advisor

How do social issues and movements influence you, and how do you influence others to support them? 

Derrick Feldmann leads the research team for Influencing Young America to Act, studying how young adults affect social impact. 

He also teaches at the Impact Lab at the Skoll Centre, Saïd Business School, Oxford University.

A sought-after speaker and advisor on how causes and companies can drive public interest for social issues, Derrick is recognized as a leading researcher in cause engagement. His work is regularly cited by outlets such as Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. 

He is Managing Director of INFLUENCE|SG, a social movement design studio working

with leading brands and causes to research, ideate, and test new movement approaches, and Managing Director of Ad Council Edge, the Ad Council’s strategic

consulting division that advises during the formative stages of public engagement programs.

Derrick has written three books, The Corporate Social Mind: How CompaniesLead Social Change From the Inside Out; Social Movements for Good: How Companies and Causes Create Viral Change; and Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement.

His expertise will help you invest in your ideas and take the first steps to nurture an idea to transform it to enact social change. 

Author, Keynote Speaker, Educator and Brand Architect – United States 

How do you uncover your brand’s DNA? How do you close the gaps that make your social impact project harder to scale? 

Brand clarity in the emerging digital age is lacking. Orly Zeewy’s mission is to address this. This is why she launched her brand consulting practice. To help startups build their brand’s awareness quickly so they can scale their impact. 

Before launching her practice, Orly ran the award-winning Zeewy Design and Marketing Communications firm and directed comprehensive marketing programs for national clients such as CIGNA and Kraft Foods. 

As an educator, Orly has lectured at Wharton and taught emerging entrepreneurs at The Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship at Drexel University. 

Her articles have been published in Smart Hustle, The Marketing Journal, SpeakersBase, Small Business Trends, and Comcast Business Community. In June 2021, she was featured on the global media platform, Medium.

Her book, Ready, Launch, Brand: The Lean Marketing Guide for Startups, is a powerful introduction to branding and the magic of getting it right.

With Orly, learn the build-a-brand process that will help you build your brand’s DNA to enact real change. 

Founder and Chief Executive, Speakers Institute 

He defied all odds from a fatal near-death experience and sprung into a newfound love of life.

Traveling at 206 kilometers per hour, a man falls asleep at the wheel when his car collides with a semi-trailer truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene for more than three minutes. Sam Cawthorn’s life flashed before his eyes, then brought back to life, he was soon presented with new challenges.

What happens when a person’s life flashes before their eyes? In a brief moment of lonely silence, Sam reflected on how he had lived his life up until that world-shattering moment.

He had lost his arm and severely damaged his leg, he was told that he would never walk again, yet just one year later, Sam took his first steps. You see, life presented Sam with a choice; to remain the victim of a tragic accident or transform impossibilities into possible realities. Sam chose to bounce forward in life.

Sam’s decision led him to become an international best-selling author, an entrepreneur, and one of the world’s most in-demand keynote speakers.

Sam chooses to live each day with meaning and purpose. He is living proof that our decision, not our condition, determines our happiness and success in life. His story will challenge you to think about how you live your own life and the essential everyday decisions you can make to live with a spring in your step.

Leadership and Team Building Coach – United States

Impacting the world positively requires good management. Yet research shows that 2 out of 3 new managers fail within the first two years. 

Makeda Andrews’ mission is to change that.

Makeda is a mentor, guide, manager, and leadership coach who trains new managers to become impactful leaders and create high-performing teams.

With over 15 years of experience, she guides first-time managers to navigate the common challenges and pitfalls that can make or break the critical transition from individual contributor to team leader.  

She is an ardent believer that managers are the linchpin of the Organization and have the power to change lives every day through their leadership and example. Yet, so many are thrust into the role with no guidance or training.

Her impact is to help more new managers and emerging leaders, like you, infuse their personal values, personality, and vibe into their leadership style to better lead their teams and produce outstanding results.

With Makeda, learn and implement effective ways to motivate your team, unleash your leadership potential, and actively concretise your ideas to impact the world positively. 

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