An experienced storyteller, photographer and international development professional with a background in social marketing and a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Social Change and Development. She has 17 years experience leading teams, managing programs and building relationships on four continents. She created One Globe Kids and partnered with families across the globe to bring it to life.
Director of Marketing and Tech
Sanny is an engineer, educated in user experience of spaces and tech with a Master Degree in Innovation Management. She has over 15 years of experience in strategy, marketing and innovation, to help individuals and organizations to prepare for what’s next. With her background in technology, (future) user/consumer behavior, she takes on our long-term perspective, marketing communication and everything tech.
Chair and Treasurer
Ms. Quispel is an experienced Dutch diplomat currently working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands in Ottawa, as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Dutch Embassy to Canada. She has had previous postings in The Hague, Rwanda and Burundi. Her European connections, diplomacy skills and experience with human resources are of great benefit to Globe Smart Kids.
Mr. Yusuf is an expert in conflict analysis and resolution specializing in asylum seekers, refugees, conflict mitigation and disaster management. Originally from Somalia, he has a Master’s in Social work from the University of Michigan and is finishing a PhD at George Mason University where he also teaches and co-leads an international education program sponsored by the U.S. State Department. He has worked in Somalia, Ethiopia and Yemen, and brings a very personal understanding of intergroup conflict and how it can be overcome to his work on the Globe Smart Kids board.
Ms. Nyambuya is a Chicago-based lawyer specialized in legal writing/advising, rule of law/governance, outsource contracting, software licensing and organizational change management. She was a legal and governance officer for the United Nations Development Program in Liberia as well as the Vice Consul of Innovation and Economics at the British Consulate of Chicago. Her dedication to equality, civil and human rights guides both her professional and volunteer contributions, including membership on the boards of Survivor’s Truths and the Minority Legal Educational Resources (MLER).
Dr. Jennifer Kerzil is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Catholic University of the West in Angers (UCO) in France. In addition to lecturing on research methodology, she conducts research on the following themes: identity, social categorization, stereotypes and discrimination and social representation.
Global Education Specialist
Lisa Petro is a Curriculum Development Consultant and Co-founder of Know My World, a Global Education Resource organization, which focuses in the development of Social, Emotional, Academic, and Cultural Learning (SECAL) through digital cross-cultural exchanges.
She has lived, taught and designed curriculum & teacher training workshops all around the world. Lisa is a stand for creating global connections and cultural understanding in classrooms everywhere.
With funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and starting in October 2016, Globe Smart Kids and the University of Kent will collaborate in a 4 year CASE Studentship Programme for joined research titled: Virtual intergroup contact to create Global Citizens – Tackling prejudice in children using new digital media. Read the press release here for more details.
Anna Jordan-Douglass is currently a PhD student in Curriculum & Instruction, Digital Media at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before moving to Wisconsin, she was the VP of Interactive at The Jim Henson Company in Los Angeles where she produced games, apps and websites for shows like Dinosaur Train, Sid the Science Kid and Doozers. She is passionate about kids media, and her current research is focused on what kids can learn about technology and media through their own production of it, as a way to express creativity and improve technical literacy and know-how.
Dutch market advisor
Mieke Siebers is a business development consultant with a special interest in social enterprises. She has 15+ years experience in sales and marketing development, and an education background in team management, marketing and psychology. She is able to connect ideas to practical solutions and guiding the way in strategy and change. The Dutch market is her playground.
Phoebe Mihael is an experienced Early Childhood and Elementary school teacher, educating young children in New York, in both public and private schools, in both English and Spanish. Besides being an educator for over 15 years, she worked with the Jewish Children’s Learning Lab and McGraw-Hill Companies to integrate global education into their curricula. At World Education Services she learned about the diverse systems of education that exist globally. She has explored various parts of the world, with extended stays in Greece and Spain. Through her travels it has become evident to her that knowledge of language, culture and custom goes hand in hand. It is Phoebe’s goal to always make the foreign feel familiar as part of her students’ 21st century skills.