ADVISORY BOARD

In order to help Design for Change spread to as many countries as possible and empower every child with the infectious I CAN Mindset, we have enlisted a range of superstars in the field of education from around the world to be part of DFC's advisory board. These experts will be using their extensive combined experience to provide guidance and direction to Design for Change and advance the I CAN movement globally.



  • Alison Bellwood

    Alison Bellwood


    Alison is a creative communications expert with a specific focus on children and education. She worked extensively with some of the world’s most recognised brands (PepsiCo, Unilever, Nestlé) before partnering in the creation of a children’s learning programme to encourage global citizenship in K6 students.


    Since 2014 Alison has created and directed the World’s Largest Lesson, a programme delivered in partnership with UNICEF, to build understanding for the UN Sustainable Development Goals and inspire social activism in students. She has worked to bring together United Nations agencies, NGOs, high profile figures such as Sir Ken Robinson and Malala Yousafai and the educator community, to introduce thousands of educators and millions of students to the Global Goals in over 130 countries.


  • Mei Lin Fung

    Mei Lin Fung


    Mei Lin Fung was on the 2-person skunkworks team that developed the proto Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system at Oracle hired by Tom Siebel and later reporting to Marc Benioff, now CEO of Salesforce. She chaired the Core Planning Committee of Douglas Engelbart, the inventor of the computer mouse. She was socio-technical lead for the US Dept. of Defense’s Federal Health Futures initiative. In 2015, she joined one of the “fathers of the Internet,” Vint Cerf, to co-found the “People-Centered Internet” and founded the Impact Network with Kartik Kulkarni chair of the IEEE Global Humanitarian Activities Committee. She is Standards Association Liaison for Humanitarian. She is on the World Economic Forum Digital ASEAN e-Payments Coalition and the Coalition for Digital Intelligence. Within UN EQUALS.org she set up the Singapore chapter of the UN Women-in-Tech Taskforce, she was shortlisted for Woman of the Year 2018 in Silicon Valley by Information Age. Mei Lin is an MIT SLOAN graduate where she studied under two future Nobel Economics prize winners. Her first job was as an assembler programmer for Shell Australia, moving to Operations Research where she had hands on experience doing scenario modeling for the $8B 25 year North West Shelf Gas Exploration project. Her undergraduate degree is in Pure Mathematics.

  • Ahmad Hanandeh

    Ahmad Hanandeh


    Chief Executive Officer with a passion for Technology, Entrepreneurship, Customer Experience and Innovation. International experience combined with a strategic mindset and a focus on deliverables and implementation. Insightful leader with versatile background in telecommunication, finance, operations and business development.
    Currently running own projects that include Startup Studio ( The warehouse) in addition to couple of other Entrepreneurial initiatives and own angel investment fund (ZKF), in parallel with that did an assignment on project basis to lead the setup of newly established company in the financial payment solutions in Iraq during the period of Sep-2018 till Aug-2019, prior to this was the Chief Executive Officer of Zain Jordan, a leading Telecommunications company with more than 1300 employees and over 469 million US Dollars in revenues. He joined Zain Group in Feb-2011 as Zain Sudan CFO appointed as Zain Jordan CEO Jun-2011 and decided to seek another path Sep-2018.


    Prior to joining the Zain Family, Hanandeh was Chief Executive Officer of Posta Plus, a Gulf-based company specializing in world-class delivery, courier and postal services across the Middle East and MENA , and Back in 1994 and till 2006, he was a key member of Aramex Group, where he initially joined as an accountant and became a country manager in numerous Aramex’s Asian stations.
    Throughout his career, Hanandeh focused on investing in people’s energy and company resources to better communities and provide fair and equal opportunities to its labor force by emphasizing key values of trust, respect and transparency. As a leader, Hanandeh is able to drive strategic direction and at the same time motivate people towards operational performance and excellence.
    Hanandeh claimed Socrates Award 2014 as ‘Best Manager of the Year’ by the Europe Business Assembly. In May 2016, Hanandeh was presented with the ‘Champion of Change Award’ at the 2016 MENA HR Excellence Awards. In November 2016, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from Coventry University in UK. In September 2017, he is received the award for being ‘CEO of The Year’ for The Telecoms World ME Awards 2017, in addition to many more regional and global awards received.


    Hanandeh was born on 1973, and holds a Bachelor degree in Banking and Finance from Yarmouk University in 1994.

  • Yaccov Hecht

    Yaccov Hecht


    Each and every one of us is unique and exceptional. Yaacov Hecht has been carrying with him this belief since early childhood, as a dyslexic "problematic" schoolchild, and until today as CEO of Education Cities - the Art of Collaborations.


    Yaacov’s belief along with his desire to help every child find his/her uniqueness and bring it to fulfilment, drove him to found, 30 years ago, the Democratic School in Hadera, Israel - the first school in the world to be called a democratic school.


    Next, in 1993, he initiated IDEC - International Democratic Education Conference as an instrument to maintain his support of the international network, which convenes every year in a different continent. IDEC has facilitated the establishment of hundreds of innovative democratic schools around the globe, 30 of them in Israel.


    After the assassination of Israel's Prime Minister, 22 years ago, Yaacov was asked by the Israeli Ministry of Education to promote democratic values and democratic educational perception in schools nationwide.


    In 1996, he founded IDE - the Institute for Democratic Education that worked on integrating democratic and innovative processes in Israeli public schools. As part of Yaccov’s work in IDE, he opened the first academic program for training of democratic education teachers in Kibbutzim College of Education, Israel's leadingcollege of education. Then, he opened a graduate program in Democratic Education in Tel Aviv University. In 2007, Yaacov initiated the Pioneer training program for innovative and groundbreaking school principals.


    After years of collaborative work in schools with the Israeli Ministry of Education, Yaacov came to the realization that the center of gravity is shifting from the State to local authorities. For instance, Mayors can implement today innovative educational programs in their municipalities, and promote the necessary collaborations for transforming the city into "one big school". Education Cities organization, which was founded in 2010 by Yaacov, perceives the task of weaving and maintaining these kind of municipal collaborations as a work of art.


    In January 2017, Education Cities was chosen by the Finnish project HundrED, as one of the ten leading education initiatives in the world.
    Today, Yaacov's work in Education Cities is wide-ranging and comprehensive and covers all levels of education: In the classroom, in the schools, in the city, nationwide and in the world.
    As a whole, Yaacov perceives the task of preparing the education system towards the future as his life’s mission.

  • Wendy Kopp

    Wendy Kopp


    Wendy Kopp is CEO and Co-founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent organizations that are cultivating their nations’ promising future leaders to ensure their most marginalized children have the chance to fulfill their true potential.

    Wendy founded Teach For America in 1989 to marshal the energy of her generation against educational inequity in the United States. Today, more than 8,000 Teach For America corps members—outstanding recent college graduates and professionals of all academic disciplines—are in the midst of two-year teaching commitments in 52 urban and rural regions, and Teach For America has proven to be an unparalleled source of long-term leadership for expanding opportunity for children. After leading Teach For America’s growth and development for 24 years, in 2013, Wendy transitioned out of the role of CEO. Today, she remains an active member of Teach For America’s board.

    Wendy led the development of Teach For All to be responsive to the initiative of inspiring social entrepreneurs around the world who were determined to adapt this approach in their own countries. Currently, the Teach For All network is comprised of partner organizations in 53 countries on six continents, including its founding partners Teach For America and the U.K.’s Teach First. Wendy has been recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards for public service. She is the author of A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All (2011) and One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way (2000). She holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where she participated in the undergraduate program of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Wendy resides in New York City with her husband Richard Barth and their four children.

  • Alyse Nelson

    Alyse Nelson


    Alyse Nelson is president and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership. A cofounder of Vital Voices, Alyse has worked for the organization for more than 20 years, serving as vice president and senior director of programs before assuming her current role in 2009. Under her leadership, Vital Voices has expanded its reach to serve over 16,000 women leaders in 181 countries.

    Previously, Alyse served as deputy director of the State Department’s Vital Voices Global Democracy Initiative and worked with the President’s Interagency Council on Women at the White House. Alyse is a Member in the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society and is a Board member of Running Start. Alyse is a part of the Expert Group for the B Team and is on the Advisory Board of Chime for Change. Fortune Magazine named Alyse one of the 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter. Alyse was honored with a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award.

    Alyse is the author of the best-selling book Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World and has been featured in various international and national media. She completed her graduate degree work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

  • Juan Antonio Ojeda Ortiz

    JUAN ANTONIO OJEDA ORTIZ


    Brother of La Salle. Doctor of Education from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, with the thesis: "The Universities in network for the generation and transfer of knowledge". Teacher and Bachelor of Pedagogy. Former Secretary General of Catholic Education in Spain. Former President of the National Association of University Teaching Centers of the Church, in Spain. Former Vice President for Europe of the International Association of Universities La Salle (AIUL). Former Dean of the La Salle University Center in Madrid, attached to the Autonomous University of Madrid. Speaker at multiple National and International Congresses. Trainer of trainers and Center Managers. Expert in Management and Organization of Educational Centers, as well as in educational trends, collaboration and networking. Advisor to different Educational Institutions, national or international, for the creation and development of a collaborative culture, working in their own networks and with others. He has been Director of the World Congress of Catholic Education, held in November 2015, in the Vatican, Rome. Gold Master Award from the Senior Management Forum and Gold Desk of the CEAAEC (Spanish Confederation of Alumni of Catholic Schools)

  • Marc Prensky

    Marc Prensky


    Marc Prensky is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed speaker & author, working to empower the planet’s two billion kids to Better Their World via a new, third-millennium upbringing and education. Coiner of the term “Digital Native,” Marc has authored seven books and 100+ essays -- translated into a dozen languages -- and has spoken and consulted in over 40 countries. He founded and currently runs The Global Future Education Foundation and the Real-World-Impact Project Education Network (ARISE-NET.WORLD). Marc attended Oberlin College and the Sorbonne, holds an MBA from Harvard, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Yale, and has taught at all levels from elementary to college. Earlier in his career Marc acted on Broadway, spent six years at the Boston Consulting Group, headed an early prototype charter school, and founded a learning games company that ran for over a decade. Marc’s writings, interviews and videos can be found at www.marcprensky.com.

  • Sandy Speicher

    Sandy Speicher


    Sandy Speicher is CEO of the global design firm IDEO. As a practicing designer and educator, Sandy is internationally recognized for her expertise in designing large-scale systems.

    Sandy has stewarded some of IDEO’s most significant client relationships creating impact for business and society. Her iconic work in Peru designing a school system from the ground up has been lauded as a game-changing example of systems design. As of 2019,Innova Schools has grown to 43 schools, 2,000 teachers and 43,000 students in Peru. It has recently scaled to Mexico, and the model is widely cited as inspiration in other countries.

    Sandy has been widely cited in publications such as the New York Times, Quartz, and the Wall Street Journal, and has taught at the Stanford d.school, Washington University in St. Louis, and Redding Elementary School in San Francisco. She serves as a member of the Thought Leadership Council at the Khan Academy, is a strategic advisor to Pearson, and frequently speaks about the value of design thinking to designers, educators, and leaders in business and government around the world.

  • Saku Tuominen

    Saku Tuominen


    Saku Tuominen is a Finnish entrepreneur, education innovation specialist and the founder of HundrED. HundrED helps schools change by seeking and sharing scalable innovations in K12 education globally. He has written 14 books, consulted various companies and been teaching innovation in Aalto University in Helsinki.