Stories worth sharing Food For Thought Food For Thought offers an engaging platform for individuals from diverse backgrounds to come together and share their life stories. Our aim is to facilitate learning and inspiration through the art of storytelling, fostering a secure, stimulating, and inclusive social environment, all while enjoying a delightful dinner. Click here for 2023 Food for Thought Calendar Insightful Speakers Engaging Audience Community Dinners Explore the Fft concept The Concept The Food for Thought concept originates from the belief that each of us possesses a unique life story worth sharing, one that can impart lessons and inspiration. This idea also aligns with the sentiment: ‘I tell my story, therefore I am.’ The phrase ‘Food for Thought’ has been in use since the 1800s, referring to something deserving of profound contemplation. At Crossing Borders, we firmly believe that every individual holds a distinctive story that merits a listening ear. This conviction led us to develop Food for Thought as a secure space where individuals can share their life stories, particularly those intertwined with contemporary issues. Participants have the opportunity to network and relish a delectable vegetarian dinner, skillfully crafted by the international chefs of the ‘Send Flere Krydderier’ social entrepreneurship restaurant. In today’s world, Food for Thought stands as one of Crossing Borders’ flagship initiatives, increasingly indispensable. It serves as a platform for individuals from diverse backgrounds to converge and bond over two universally appealing aspects: stories and food. We would also like to extend Food for Thought as a service to companies, fostering dialogue and team cohesion among colleagues concerning pressing topics such as Social Responsibility, Climate Change, Green Transition, Diversity, Inclusion, Global Health, Well-being, and Environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) Wall of fame Previous speakers at Food For Thought 2023 Marek Azoulay Jørgensen Youth Leadership Marek Azoulay Jørgensen Youth Leadership With his diverse background in NGOs, the EU, democracy, and youth engagement, Marek aims to foster more debate in our society and educate young people about democratic behaviors, particularly online. “I think that if we young people drop the democratic conversation online, then we lose our voice and opportunity for influence.” he stated in Berlingst, July 2021. Morten Meldal Chemistry is Everything Morten Meldal Chemistry is Everything He was awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the groundbreaking development of ‘Click chemistry and biorthogonal chemistry’. Throughout his career, Morten has had an outstanding influence on contemporary chemistry methodology and has always contributed with innovative and practical solutions to the most pressing general problems in these scientific fields. Charlotte Flindt International Relations Charlotte Flindt International Relations Charlotte Flindt is the Executive Director of the Danish Foreign Policy Society, a private and non-profit organisation aiming to promote interest and raise awareness about foreign policies and international affairs in Denmark. She is specialized in human rights, especially of societies and countries of the former Soviet Union, and worked in cooperation with civil society organisations and government agencies. Galvin Harrison The Next Generation Project Galvin Harrison The Next Generation Project Meet Galvin Harrison, founder of The Next Generation Project, who hails from an Indian/Irish background and was born in Winson Green Prison, Birmingham, UK, where his mother was incarcerated. He grew up in a harsh care system, finding solace in reading and drawing. These experiences inspired him to create a community-based sculpture project, emphasizing empathy and inclusivity. Norman Fearrington Uniting with Music Norman Fearrington Uniting with Music Norman is a multiple award-winning African American musician, university and conservatory professor, whose life story embodies the history of the struggle for justice and equality in the US. He has won multiple gold records and a Grammy. Rhea Lobo Tuberculosis Advocate Rhea Lobo Tuberculosis Advocate Rhea Lobo is an international award-winning filmmaker with a background in health journalism, a Tuberculosis (TB) survivor and is also a Board Member of UNOPS’ Stop TB Partnership in Geneva. She is a strong TB advocate and co-founder of Bolo Didi (Translation: Say Sister), an informal network of women TB survivors in India that help people affected by TB navigate health systems, promote treatment adherence and counselling. She has extensive experience in working for both Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases in organizations such as Dalberg Media, The Union and TBpeople. Anita Mathal Hopland Moosa Lane Documentary Anita Mathal Hopland Moosa Lane Documentary Anita is behind the CPH:DOX awarded documentary “Moosa Lane”, about her encounter with her Pakistani family and their life – shot over the course of the last 15 years. The film is supported by the Danish Film Institute and produced by Sara Stockmann from Sonntag Pictures. Karen Blincoe Achieving Sustainability Karen Blincoe Achieving Sustainability Karen Blincoe has dedicated her entire life to researching sustainability. To that end, she used the COVID lockdown to write her PhD about sustainability. The PhD has recently been published as a book titled “Achieving Sustainability: The Ultimate Human Challenge.” Golo Joachim Pilz India’s Climate Guru Golo Joachim Pilz India’s Climate Guru Golo Joachim Pilz is a prominent member of the worldwide spiritual organisation at Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India. He is an experienced meditation teacher who lectures on a wide range of spiritual and environmental topics and has travelled to more than 75 countries. He advocates for sustainable solutions through an ethical and value-based approach. Previous speakers at Food For Thought 2022 Alex Sabour Creative Director and Strategist Alex Sabour Creative Director and Strategist Award Winning Creative Director, filmmaker and storyteller with a strong background in Marketing strategy, copywriting, social media producer. Alex is the founder of Gorilla Media in Denmark which has won 79 awards for its campaign videos and other insightful media production. Alex’ video ‘Jeg er Dansk’ has over 2 million views and went viral in just within 24 hours. He is also a passionate humanitarian campaigner with special focus on the rights and wellbeing of children across the globe. This resulted in him raising 10 million DKK for UNICEF Sofie Jama Danish writer and Debater of Somali Origin Sofie Jama Danish writer and Debater of Somali Origin Sofie Jama, a name that may ring a bell, is an author of character who echoes in literature and social issues discussions such as refugee life and refugees' hybrid and tumultuous identity.Danish writer and debater of Somali origin, Sofie Jama has drawn on her experience as a war refugee and nomad, speaking frankly and lucidly about belonging, recreating one's own identity, integration, and reshaping values in order to fit in a new society. Natasha Al-Hariri Director of DFUNK and Human Rights activist Natasha Al-Hariri Director of DFUNK and Human Rights activist Natasha Al-Hariri has become one of the faces of minority women's struggle for justice. In the public debate, she discusses topics such as integration, Islam, and gender equality - not because she necessarily wants to, but because she believes it is important. Even though it has led to hatred and threats against her and her family.Natasha has appeared, been portrayed, and featured in several newspapers, radio, and TV broadcasts in many contexts, which, however, are usually always connected to the debate on the integration of immigrants. She is declared a feminist and has marked herself as a clear voice in the Muslim gender struggle. Dr. Deborah Dunsire CEO of a Global Medical Corporation Lundbeck Dr. Deborah Dunsire CEO of a Global Medical Corporation Lundbeck Named Woman of the Year by the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association in 2009; recipient Rising Star award by the Health Care Business Women's Association in 2000; Excalibur Award by the American Cancer Society in 2001; Corporate Leadership award by Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) in 2009 and the Creative Spirit award by Creative Center for Women. Meet Crossing Borders next guest speaker Dr. Deborah Dunsire at Food for Thought, where she will share her life story with the experiences and challenges that formed the person she is today.With more than 30 years of experience with clinical, commercial, and international management experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Deborah Dunsire is currently the President & CEO of Lundbeck. Lundbeck is a global pharmaceutical company specializing in developing innovative treatments for brain diseases.Dr. Dunsire was born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa, before coming to Denmark in 2018 to join Lundbeck; giving her a strong cross-cultural and a global mindset, and making her a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. Yasmin Abdel-Hak Human Rights Lawyer and founder of Global Migrations and Politics Yasmin Abdel-Hak Human Rights Lawyer and founder of Global Migrations and Politics Yasmin used to work for the Danish Immigration Service, dealing with refugees from around the world, including Afghanistan and Iraq. She has been working with UNHCR and resettled refugees from the Middle East in Denmark.She has also been working as a Project Manager on EU projects in Turkey, Romania and Poland. She is the founder of Global Migration and Politics, and teaches and gives classes and lectures on Middle East politics, human rights, international politics, democracy, global citizenship and civic empowerment. She is also working on her podcast series on the Middle East (Let´s talk about the Middle East), which covers the climate crisis in the region, politics, reviews on books on and from the region, female agency and women´s rights issues in the Middle East. Mille Rode General Secretary of the Danish part of the writer's organization PEN Mille Rode General Secretary of the Danish part of the writer's organization PEN Mille Rode, the general secretary of the Danish part of the writer's organization PEN spoke about the current situation in the world and telling us a bit about her personal story with PEN Denmark. Mille Rode has been the general secretary at the Danish affiliate of PEN since 1995.Dansk PEN is an association with more than 400 Danish writers and journalists who work for the spread of freedom of expression and literature across borders. Previous speakers at Food For Thought 2021 Elizabeth Löwe Hunter Ph.D. student Elizabeth Löwe Hunter Ph.D. student Elizabeth Löwe Hunter is a daughter of two harbors – Savannah, Georgia, and Copenhagen, Denmark. She centers expressions of subjectivity, belonging, and material realities among racially minoritized people in Western Europe, specifically Denmark. She specializes in articulations of racism in a ‘raceless’ context through transnational feminist theories, decolonial, and African diasporic thought. She examines relations between racialization, nation, sexuality, and gender to raise questions around Western constructions of humanness and the citizen subject. She is a Ph.D. student in the department of African American Studies and African Diaspora Studies at the University of California Berkeley, with a designated emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She also has a MA from The University of Copenhagen and a BA from Roskilde University. Elizabeth is motivated by working towards writing the things she always wanted to read and to embody a kind of professor she wished she had grown up and studied in Denmark. Dr. Phaedria Marie St. Hilaire Science Business Leader Dr. Phaedria Marie St. Hilaire Science Business Leader Dr. Phaedria Marie St. Hilaire is a Dominican born Science Business Leader with over 20 years of experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. She has a proven track record of inspiring and driving multicultural teams to deliver results in her previous leadership positions at Carlsberg and at Novo Nordisk. Phaedria has over 45 publications and patent applications. Phaedria is passionate about diversity and inclusion and influencing the gender and race narrative. She is a co-founder and current President of ProWoc, a non-profit organization that provides a platform for women of colour in Denmark to connect, grow, evolve, and affect change in the world around them. She believes in continuous learning, self reflection, and reinvention and is a mentor and coach. She enjoys pushing mental and physical boundaries and being out of her comfort zone. She has recently successfully climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro (2019) and completed a Marathon (2021). She lives in Copenhagen, Denmark with her husband and son. Dr. Samay Hamed Regional Representative and Senior Consultant Dr. Samay Hamed Regional Representative and Senior Consultant Dr. Samay Hamed is Regional Representative and senior consultant at StrategyHouse.dk for Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, and India. Dr Hamed is a Medical doctor, MD on Internal Medicine and holds a master in Persian /Dari language and Literature. Dr. Hamed is particularly experienced in health, culture, and gender equality, democracy and human rights. Besides medical project management, and 20 years’ experience as an Afghan and international health, gender equality and development consultant, Dr. Samay Hamed is a well-known poet, music, and TV director in Afghanistan. He has published 32 books and written more than 100 songs for Afghan singers across the world. He has got 3 International Awards: International Free Press Award 2003, USA, Kurt Tocholsky literature prize 2010, Sweden, and World Empowered Poet Award 2014, CANADA. He is a member of PEN International. Franciska Rosenkilde leader of the Green Alternative political party in Denmark Franciska Rosenkilde leader of the Green Alternative political party in Denmark Franciska Rosenkilde is the Culture Mayor of Copenhagen and leader of the Green Alternative political party in Denmark. She has a degree in health and nutrition from Metropol University College and a MA in geography from the University of Copenhagen. In 2017, she was elected to the Citizens' Representation in Copenhagen in the local elections. Here she sat as a member of the Citizens' Representation and the Alternative's group chair at Copenhagen City Hall until October 2018. In October 2018, after a vote in the Alternative Association in Copenhagen, Franciska Rosenkilde was elected to the post of Mayor of Culture and Leisure, after the party's former mayor. At an extraordinary national meeting, on February 7, 2021, she was elected by party members by party members to become the political leader of the Alternative. Four candidates ran, and Franciska Rosenkilde received 260 votes out of a total of 471 Jeannette Ehlers Copenhagen-based artist Jeannette Ehlers Copenhagen-based artist Jeannette Ehlers is a Copenhagen-based artist of Danish and Trinidadian descent whose practice takes shape experimentally across photography, video, installation, sculpture, and performance. She graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2006. Ehlers’ work often makes use of self-representation and image manipulation to bring about decolonial hauntings and disruptions. These manifestations attend to the material and affective afterlives of Denmark’s colonial impact in the Caribbean and participation in the Transatlantic Slave Trade—realities that have all too often been rendered forgettable by dominant history-writing. In the words of author Lesley-Ann Brown, “Ehlers reminds all who participate in or gaze at her work that history is not in the past.” Ehlers insists on the possibility for empowerment and healing in her art, honoring legacies of resistance in the African diaspora. She merges the historical, the collective, and the rebellious with the familial, the bodily, and the poetic. Jeannette Ehlers has just been shortlisted for the national monument to The Windrush Generation at London Waterloo Station. On 31 March 2018 she unveiled, I Am Queen Mary, a public sculpture project in collaboration with La Vaughn Belle, at KAS, Cph, DK Previous speakers at Food For Thought 2020 Jan Grarup Award-winning war photographer Jan Grarup Award-winning war photographer Throughout his twenty-five-year career, Jan Grarup photographed many of recent history’s defining human rights and conflict issues. Grarup’s work reflects his belief in photojournalism’s role as an instrument of witness and memory to incite change and the necessity of telling the stories of people who are rendered powerless to tell their own. His images of the Rwandan and Darfur genocides provide incontrovertible evidence of unthinkable human brutality, in the hope that such events will never happen or be allowed to happen again. His work, The Boys from Ramallah and The Boys from Hebron, covers both sides of the Intifada expressed through the lives of children coming of age amidst the violence. Grarup’s work takes the viewer to the limits of human despair, dignity, suffering, and hope. His images are relevant to us all because they form a chronicle of the time in which we live, but at times do not dare to recognize. Grarup has been honored with many of the most prestigious awards from the photography industry and human rights organizations, including:8 World Press Photo awards, UNICEF, W. Eugene Smith Foundation for Humanistic Photography, Oskar Barnack Award, POYi, and NPPA. In 2005 he was awarded with a Visa d’Or at the Visa Pour l’Image photo festival in France, for his coverage of Darfur’s refugee crisis. Carsten Jensen Danish author, journalist, and adjunct professor Carsten Jensen Danish author, journalist, and adjunct professor Carsten Jensen, born in 1952, is a Danish author, journalist, and adjunct professor at the University of Southern Denmark. He has published a number of novels, critical essays, articles, and travel books. Carsten Jensen had his big popular breakthrough with the travel books I HAVE SEEN THE WORLD BEGIN from 1996 and I HAVE HEARD A SHOOTING STAR from 1997 and with the novels WE, THE DROWNED from 2006 and LAST JOURNEY from 2007, Carsten Jensen has become one of Denmark's most-read living authors. Dr. Samay Hamed Regional Representative and Senior Consultant Dr. Samay Hamed Regional Representative and Senior Consultant Dr. Samay Hamed is Regional Representative and senior consultant at StrategyHouse.dk for Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, and India. Dr Hamed is a Medical doctor, MD on Internal Medicine and holds a master in Persian /Dari language and Literature. Dr. Hamed is particularly experienced in health, culture, and gender equality, democracy and human rights. Besides medical project management, and 20 years’ experience as an Afghan and international health, gender equality and development consultant, Dr. Samay Hamed is a well-known poet, music, and TV director in Afghanistan. He has published 32 books and written more than 100 songs for Afghan singers across the world. He has got 3 International Awards: International Free Press Award 2003, USA, Kurt Tocholsky literature prize 2010, Sweden, and World Empowered Poet Award 2014, CANADA. He is a member of PEN International. Dennis Dalgaard Art Photographer Dennis Dalgaard Art Photographer I'm an Art Photographer and Filmmaker based in Kongens Lyngby, just north of Copenhagen, Denmark. I started taking photographs when I was 13 and used gifts of money I received for my confirmation to buy my first camera. I'm primarily a portraitist whose work explores emotion and tells truths about what it means to be human. I believe that if we can really see and feel the person in the frame, it allows us to grow, look beyond ourselves and consider the world through their eyes. I believe we have so much to learn about this world and each other, that we must never stop looking. I've studied with the New York City based International Center of Photography and with The Danish School of Art Photography Fatamorgana . Alex Sabour Creative Director and Founder at Gorilla Alex Sabour Creative Director and Founder at Gorilla Award winning creative director with a strong background in marketing, strategy, copywriting, social media, as well as production. Alex has a background in social media and film production and is behind some media content that has truly changed ideas in Danish society. Ehab Gamal Youth Leader from Egypt Ehab Gamal Youth Leader from Egypt Ehab Gamal is a 28-year-old political and social activist from Egypt. Committed to social development and inclusive change, he has been working in civil society since 2008 and helped to co-found and manage different youth NGOs, spaces and movements in Egypt before he was forced to leave for his optional political exile in 2017. He is currently in charge of the Youth Driving Change program at one of Denmark’s largest privately funded child rights organizations and a master's student in Global Studies and International Development at Roskilde University. Bonnoir Trio Afro-Jazz Music Band Bonnoir Trio Afro-Jazz Music Band The international Bonnoir Trio is working with the link between jazz and it’s rooted in African rhythm. They take inspiration from traditional music from West Africa, nordic music, blues, and jazz. Simon plays bamboo flute, N'Goni, and L’Arc a bouche. Katrine plays saxophone and flute, Solomon plays Calabash and djembe. The three musicians are all composers and instrumentalists and they tour all over the world with their music. Their music is powerful, meditative, lyrical, and groovy with lots of space for improvisation. Katrine Suwalski saxophonist, composer, and front figure of her own group Another World. She has released eight CDs in her own name. Her music is also being recognized in Africa where she has been touring several times. Simon Winse vocalist, flutist, n’goni player, composer, originally from Burkina Faso but lives in Paris where he leads his own group Dangada. He has released the CD Dangada (Gigantorium 2018). Ayi Solomon grew up in Ghana but has lived in Denmark for 30 years. He is a main figure at the Danish Jazz and World music scene. He is known from musical cooperations with Palle Mikkelborg, New Jungle Orchestra, Randy Brecker, and many more. Previous speakers at Food For Thought 2019 Jacob Holdt Author, Photographer & lecturer Jacob Holdt Author, Photographer & lecturer Acclaimed photographer, author, and activist Jacob Holdt, the author of the American Pictures, and the new published book "Om at sige ja", the sharp critique of deep-rooted racism, the tireless campaigner for racial justice, refugee rights, religious freedom and sexuality freedom, and the founder of the Ubuntu House in the heart of Copenhagen. Karen Blincoe Educator Karen Blincoe Educator Karen has been working with sustainability since the 1980s. Karen is an advisor and educator, is focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals. Being an educated designer, she set up the ICIS Center in 2001, teaching about sustainability to designers and architects. She subsequently became director of Schumacher College in the UK and during the past 7 years she has been engaged in founding and developing Chora Connection (now Chora 2030) based in Copenhagen. Bent Melchior Former chief rabbi of Denmark Bent Melchior Former chief rabbi of Denmark Bent Melchior, former Chief Rabbi of Denmark, is more than religious authority in Denmark. He has been an important figure not only for Jews but also many other communities. Melchior is also a human right activist who has been one of the first members of Amnesty International in Denmark. His public appearances on behalf of Israel and the human right campaigns that he has taken part in all around the world made him quite controversial for many. Carriene Rendbo Entrepreneur Carriene Rendbo Entrepreneur Carriene is a Brit living in Denmark since 2009. Her story of being an entrepreneur started with her decision to take care of her natural hair as it is without the constant use of weaves and extensions. She is now a Trichologist (hair and scalp specialist) and has started her own company called ‘’I Love Natural Hair’’ for providing health care for the various hair conditions. Carriene will tell us her story as an expatriate, entrepreneur, and woman who are married with 2 kids. Join us on the 21st of February to hear the story of this inspiring businesswomen! Lasse Johansson Founder of “Connected Dreams” Lasse Johansson Founder of “Connected Dreams” Lasse is the founder of the Swedish NGO “Connected Dreams”, whose main themes are Water Sustainability International Cooperation and the Invisible Children. Ex movie maker and documentarist, Lasse is an eclectic artist who defines himself as “A creative dreamcatcher boy, hidden in a waterproof old body that doesn’t look old at all.” At the current age of 61, he is now Project Leader of “Beetogether”, an original initiative which is inspired by the most important pollinators of the Planet, our Bees, aiming to interconnect and evolve School Systems, Governments, and Human Sustainability. Nanna Sine Munnecke Co-funder of Voltwomen Nanna Sine Munnecke Co-funder of Voltwomen In her late 30s, Nanna has started to run and soon after co-founded Voltwomen, a global community of female runners, for empowering women. Together with her 2 running mates who are also co-founders of Voltwomen, she has been using sports and running to connect people with different backgrounds all around the world. She has also involved in fundraising for Girls Girls Gotta Run Foundation, Inc., a project that creates athletes scholarships for girls in Bekoji Ethiopia. Nanna's story is about pushing the boundaries and crossing borders that are sometimes physical, social and cultural. Come and join us to listen to the story of this incredible woman to feel empowered! Monk Owen Director, Mahasala Parahita School Monk Owen Director, Mahasala Parahita School Monk Owen is the founding Director, Mahasala Parahita School and Director of Crossing Borders Myanmar, Mandalay. Owen who is also a former Crossing Borders Global Studies student, got inspired by the values, mission and vision of Crossing Borders and involved in a range of activities spread them in Myanmar through education. John Jørgensen Founder of Fiskerlussing John Jørgensen Founder of Fiskerlussing John Jørgensen, the man with fisherman’s slap (Fisker-lussing)! John (55) from Jutland is a disability helper who has had enough of conservative Danish politics. With the video he made in reaction to Danish People's Party's (DF) campaign ‘’the throw the scarf and sign up in Denmark’’ (smide tørklædet og melde sig ind i Danmark), he became the voice of many other Danes who felt the same way. Having a daughter that wears a hijab, John personally felt offended by the current situation and felt the urge to express his thoughts and emotions. Now he is running for the parliament as a non-attached member from Nørrebro. Sana Mahin Doost Danish Union of Students Sana Mahin Doost Danish Union of Students Sana Mahin Doost, daughter of two Iranian refugees, today represents 165.000 students in Denmark as the president for the National Union of Student in Denmark. She has led the campaign against the proposal to abolish the education ceiling introduced by the government that limits the young people's opportunities to train. Today she is an important figure in Denmark as an activist, student, advocate for students rights, education quality and as a Danish/Iranian. Celine Faty Entrepreneur Celine Faty Entrepreneur As a child, I had very low self-confidence and at the age of 11, I was 5 ft 11 and I felt that I did not fit in. People used to tell me that I was too tall, too big or too loud so I decided to quiet myself down for a long time. But deep down inside, I always knew that I had a voice so, at the age of 17, I started to sing. Singing was a therapy for me, and I was blessed to perform to an audience of 15000 people at “Les Francofolies de la Rochelle” in 2013. After, almost 20 years in the music industry, I knew that I was ready to change my professional career and I had the inspiration to delve into fashion. As a result, in 2011, I created QIIM, a unique “African-inspired” clothing line. www.iloveqiim.com Through my entrepreneur journey. I became a visibility and branding coach. I started to help the people around me to identify what they are uniquely gifted at. I love my job! My motto today is to empower people to take action and boost their self-esteem so they can have the life they deserve. Ron Da Costa Prison teacher Ron Da Costa Prison teacher Ron Da Costa, has experience to hear about from no less than 68 countries including Denmark, since 1994. He works closely with the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Center Wingate Institute into what he calls “Context Manipulation”. As an educator, he has extensive experience with Danish pedagogical system and the youth referred to as “Beyond pedagogical compliancy” . So join us to hear about Ron’s personal experience and story with Danish prisons, integration initiatives! Edicio Dela Torre Scholar & priest Edicio Dela Torre Scholar & priest Edicio Dela Torre is a Renown scholar, priest, an international speaker and liberation theologist. He spent 9 years in jail for his fight, together with farmers, against the dictatorship of Marcos. Upon his release and downfall Marcos, he founded Education for Life Foundation in the Philippines, ELF. Rita Tisdall Project Coordinator at ATOS Rita Tisdall Project Coordinator at ATOS Rita Tisdall is a longtime educator and advocate for special needs education. After escaping from one of Irelands infamous Catholic "mother and baby homes" at the age of 17 and coming to Denmark, Rita eventually moved to Nepal where she spent 12 years living and working to improve the conditions around special needs education. Through this work, she encountered the harsh reality of the orphanage system in Nepal where 80% of "orphans" have a living relative who could take care of them. Many of the children are exploited for different reasons. Now, Rita is a board member and project coordinator for Alternatives to Separation (ATOS), an NGO working to keep Nepali families together and to create alternatives to the orphanage system. Previous speakers at Food For Thought 2018 Sherin KhanKan Author & Imam Sherin KhanKan Author & Imam Sherin Khankan is Denmark's first female imam, who has founded the Mariam Mosque—a women-led mosque in Copenhagen. As an activist for issues such as extremism and the integration of Muslim women and a defender of the reformation of Islam with a feminist agenda. As the CEO of Exicirklen, Sherin has also organized support groups, sessions and workshops for mentoring victims of psychological violence. By means of storytelling, Sherin, and Exitcirklen provide a safe space for women and girls who have been exposed to psychological violence or social control. Sara Omar Author Sara Omar Author Sara Omar was born in Kurdistan, but fled with her family in the 1990s. Since 2001, she has been living in Denmark where she supports various human rights organiations. Her 2017 novel ‘‘Dead Washer’’ quickly became a bestseller in Denmark and the Nordic countries. Sarah is a poet, author, human rights activist, columnist and border-crosser. Many people came to meet this incredible woman and hear her inspirational story. Claudia Adeath Photographer Claudia Adeath Photographer Working with PhotoTrack as a photo editor I has been commissioned to Create Visual Narratives, by the Danish Board of Technology Foundation, Emergency Architecture&Human Rights, Cycling without age organization, ADDA (Agricultural Development Denmark Asia) Lundsgaard&Partnere, Den Lille Musikskole, CkulturA, ToRs (Copenhagen University)-Odin Teatret, Verdenskvinder i Danmark, AXIS Uddannelse & Udvikling... As a photographer, I have been hired to make photo reportages, to document conferences, cultural events and artistic presentations, as well as to create stories to present in NGO's exhibitions. As one of the leaders in CkulturA, I have curated and coordinated different cultural and artistic events like the festivals: "Sonamos Ltinoamérica Cph" & "Husk Mig! the day of the dead in Copenhagen. The events "Minestrone Fortælling", "Chilango Hawkers" for Metropolis Festival. A log the last 8 years I have worked in collaboration with the National Museum in Denmark, Verdens Kulturcentret (Union), kulturcentret Assistens, kulturhuset Indre by, Musikmuseet, Cinemateket, Krudttønden, the Mexican Embassy in Denmark and Metropolis Festival. Khalid Albaih Cartoonist Khalid Albaih Cartoonist Khalid is a renowned Sudanese artist and political cartoonist, as well as Copenhagen’s ICORN resident artist for the past two years. Khalid Albaih has many featured in media outlets such as the Guardian, NY Times, the BBC and Al-Jazeera due to his influential cartoons that have been shared by thousands of people throughout social media the past few years. Ross Jackson Author Ross Jackson Author Ross Jackson has for many years been an innovative leader in both the business and NGO worlds. Born in Canadian, he has since 1964 lived in Denmark, and became a Danish citizen in 1972. He is chairman of Gaia Trust, a Danish-based charitable entity he co-founded in 1987 to promote a more sustainable and spiritual world. In the period 1995-2015 he was the major shareholder in Urtekram, Scandinavia’s largest organic foods wholesaler, which he has sold off after a successful turn around in 2015. been supporting the fast-growing ecovillage movement, and in particular GEN, the Global Ecovillage Network, as well education for a sustainable future, and in Gaia Education. Charline Skovgaard Entrepreneur Charline Skovgaard Entrepreneur Charline has a background in the fashion industry with a Master in Design and has styled models for famous magazines, television and fashion shows. she uses her experience to put sustainability at the forefront of the Danish fashion industry. In 2010, Charline reshaped her work life to focus on sustainability. First with FairStyles, a sustainable agency, online, My-Fair-Shop.com - the world's first sustainable lifestyle store. She is one of the most knowledgeable persons when it comes to sustainability. She advises and mentors others who work to make their businesses more sustainable or start new businesses in this field. Lesley Ann Brown Writer and Poet Lesley Ann Brown Writer and Poet Lesley-Ann Brown is a Copenhagen-base Trinidadian-American poet, writer and educator. Her work has been published in journals both in the U.S. and Europe. She has been a contributor for NBCBLK and co-created Say It Loud! a poetry collective for Black female poets in Denmark. Her latest book, "Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black woman to her European son" (Repeater Books, 2018) explores throug motherhood what role identity, migration, history, representation and de-coloniality play in the liberation of black and indigenous people. Nicol Foulkes Writer Nicol Foulkes Writer Nicol is an African-American writer who is a managing director of Asia in Focus at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies. In her research, Nicol investigates Nordic social citizenship and its relationship to migration. Her future research plans are to deepen the understanding of how privilege, difference and culture interconnect in an era of globalization. She has a particular interest in how social inclusion and exclusion arises in cross-cultural encounters. Nicol Foulkes Savinetti is for equal opportunities and the founder of IMMART (Immigrant Art). Morten Steiniche Journalist Morten Steiniche Journalist My name is Morten Steiniche. I am an activist and also work as a journalist at Ritzau's Bureau, Dagbladet Information and Forbrugerrådet Tænk. I come from the music and media industry where I have worked most of my life. I have been a music critic, editor-in-chief, record company manager and entrepreneur on a large number of projects. Since 2012, I have explored the field of tension that arises when activism meets spirituality. Spiritual activism is far from something new. Gandhi was a spiritual activist, so was Martin Luther King, and there are many activist movements around the world today that have very strong spiritual roots. The Standing Rock movement in the USA is one example, Lia Via Campesina, the global alliance of small farmers and indigenous peoples another, and here at home, the Friendly Residents are a third example of a movement with a spiritual foundation. Fatima Osborne Activist Fatima Osborne Activist Fatima Osborne came to Denmark from Somalia in1980s, just 12 years old. Today she is an optician and active in the women's struggle in Islam.Fatima Osborne grew up as a sheep shepherd. Here she wandered with her nomad community from place to place according to the seasons to find new pastures. As the ravages of the Civil War erupted, they left the animals and fled to Ethiopia and later to Denmark. She experienced a lot of unwritten rules in Denmark that were hard to find head and tail after growing up in Somalia. Lori Webb Entrepreneur & Author Lori Webb Entrepreneur & Author Lori is an international speaker, writer, life designer and innovation strategist. She marks her fascination with and appreciation of life as a defining factor in her own life. She has always been an entrepreneur, a pioneer, thriving on the exploration of possibilities. I am adept at navigating unchartered territory, overcoming challenges & developing creative solutions. Rikke Rønholt Enterpreneur & Athlete Rikke Rønholt Enterpreneur & Athlete Rikke was a Danish-Ghanaian athlete who is a part of Sparta Athletics team. She competed at the 1997 World Championships, the European Championships in 2002 and 2006 and the European Indoor Championships in 2005 and 2007. She is the CEO of EIR soccer and co-founder of Global Goals World Cup and member of CB Advisory Board. Julliette Estrella Lloren Project Coordinator Julliette Estrella Lloren Project Coordinator Julliette is an international project manager in the field of advocacy of SDGs and the protection of health and rights of vulnerable groups.She strongly advocate for the potentials of business-NGO partnerships (BNP’s) in developing sustainable innovation for the benefit of public health. She believes that building the business of tomorrow requires that businesses must align their strategy and operate within universal principles on human rights, environment and take actions that advance societal goals. Julliette work as an NGO consultant for companies. Dada Krsnasevananda Buddhist munk Dada Krsnasevananda Buddhist munk Dada Krsnasevananda is a senior teacher of the yogic, spiritual path Ananda Marga. Born in Canada, he spent much of his childhood in Japan and majored in East Asian Studies at the Australian National University. Having been a monk and teacher in Ananda Marga for more than 30 years, he has worked in India, Australia, East and Southeast Asia, Russia, Europe and the Middle East. As a teacher of yoga and meditation, Dada makes use of his knowledge and experience of both East and West in his ECOfarm learning center Ananda Goirii Mozhdeh Ghasemiyani Psychologist Mozhdeh Ghasemiyani Psychologist Mozhdeh Ghasemiyani has been on the run all her childhood, but she has always stuck to the dream of a university education. Today, she uses her own experiences when helping unaccompanied refugee children. - I can use my experiences in the way that I understand what happens with the whole family dynamic and with one's siblings when a family is on the run from war. I myself have experienced it up close, she says. Mozhdeh Ghasemiyani also experiences that her own story gives the children comfort. It becomes a proof that you can get an education and a good life, even if you have been on the run and are in the middle of a rootless time. - I can give the children a hope that one day, it will probably succeed. Shana Baban Entrepreneur Shana Baban Entrepreneur Born from a family of Kurdish freedom fighters in the Kurdish resistant party in Slemani Kurdistan, Shana Baban started her life as a refugee at the age of 2. After two attempts fleeing Iraq, she and her mother finally made it to Denmark where she would spend her first years in Asylum Center amongst other children from war torn countries. Shana values meaningful work and social entrepreneurship, and has worked for several non-profits, advocating for human rights. She believes that telling these stories, is what brings us closer to understanding one another, and eliminating the borders between us. Octave Hirwa Entrepreneur Octave Hirwa Entrepreneur Octave Hirwa was born in Kigali, Rwanda. In 1994, he and his family were forced to flee the country along with millions of other Rwandans. His journey through the Congo, Kenya and Zambia ended in Denmark and in 2017, he graduated from CEMS (The Global Alliance in Management Education) in Sydney. Jacob Holdt Author, Photographer & lecturer Jacob Holdt Author, Photographer & lecturer Acclaimed photographer, author, and activist Jacob Holdt, the author of the American Pictures, and the new published book "Om at sige ja", the sharp critique of deep-rooted racism, the tireless campaigner for racial justice, refugee rights, religious freedom and sexuality freedom, and the founder of the Ubuntu House in the heart of Copenhagen.