Francesco Bonini
Universidad LUMSA, Italia

Francesco Bonini is the current Rector of LUMSA.
He graduated from the University and Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa.
He specialised in history at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa and obtained his Master’s degree and PhD in Political Science at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. Following this, he was engaged in research at ISAP (Institute for Science and Public Administration) in Milan and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, with a NATO-CNR Fellowship.
He is a member of the International Commission for the History of Representative & Parliamentary Institutions, the executive board of the Italian Association for historical archives of political institutions and the scientific committees of various journals, publications and research centres.
He was an adviser to Leopoldo Elia, Minister for Institutional Reforms under the Ciampi Government in 1993-94, and has been adviser to the National Office for Social Communications of the CEI and scientific coordinator of the National Service for the Catholic Church’s Cultural Project.

Richard Brosse

Richard Brosse
Porticus, Países Bajos

Portfolio Manager of Vital Catholic Thought at Porticus. International Higher Education management and design, strategic planning, research management and HE quality assurance systems with experience of working in a huge range of locations, cultures and contexts. Special attention to an integral approach of global challenges as well as to new models of education towards broader accessibility to quality HE and an increased social responsibility of Catholic universities.

María Nieves Tapia
Director of CLAYSS, Argentina

She is the Founder and Director of CLAYSS, the Latin American Center for Service-learning. Between 1997 and 2010, she initiated and coordinated the Solidarity Schools programmes of the Argentine Ministry of Education. 

She is the author of numerous books and papers in several languages and has received several international and national awards. 

She has been a founding member of the International Association of Researchers on Service-learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) and the Ibero-American Service-Learning Network.

In 2019, she was appointed as a member of the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship (ACES). She is currently head of the online diploma course on service-learning of CLAYSS, OEI and UNSO (Raúl Scalabrini Ortiz National University).

Isabel Capeloa Gil
Rector of Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal

President of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) and Rector of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP), where she previously served as Vice Rector for Research and Internationalization (2012-2016) and was Dean of the School of Human Sciences (2005-2012). She received her PhD in Germanic Studies from that university, where she also serves as Professor of Cultural Studies in the School of Human Sciences. In addition, she is an honorary fellow of the IGRS, School of Advanced Study (University of London) and serves as a visiting professor at the University of San Jose (Macau).

María Rosa Tapia photo

María Rosa Tapia
Coodinator of UNISERVITATE, Argentina

Coordinator of Higher Education at CLAYSS and the Uniservitate Programme. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, a certificate in Instructional Technology and Design (San Diego State University), and a Specialization and Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). Member of CLAYSS since its foundation in 2002, she has served as Coordinator of the Volunteer Programme for Youth in Latin America and the Caribbean “PaSo Joven,” of the Distance Education Area and of the Solidarity Schools Support Programme. She has taught courses and workshops on service-learning for educational institutions and CSOs in Latin America and the Caribbean, the United States, Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kenya and South Africa. She is in charge of teacher training in Social Educational Practices at the Academic Affairs Office of the University of Buenos Aires and is a professor of Learning and Technology at the “Raúl Scalabrini Ortíz” National University of San Isidro.

Carina Rossa
Universidad LUMSA, Italia

Doctor in Pedagogy and Social Transformation, is currently doing a PhD course in Education Sciences. She is a professor of Social Pedagogy at the Sophia University Institute in Florence, Italy, and a researcher at the High School for Education to Encounter and Solidarity of the LUMSA University of Rome. She is a member of the promoter committee of the Global Compact on Education in the Congregation for Catholic Education of the Holy See. Her main research topics are the pedagogy of pope Francis, prosocial behaviour, service-learning, inclusive didactics and the culture of childhood. She has presented the results of her research in more than 20 academic publications, including books and papers.

Daniela Gargantini
AUSJAL (Asociación de Universidades Confiadas a la Compañía de Jesús en América Latina), Universidad Católica de Córdoba, Argentina

PhD in Architecture, researcher-teacher at the Catholic University of Cordoba (Argentina) and regional coordinator of the University Social Responsibility Network (RSU) of the Association of Jesuit Universities of Latin America (AUSJAL).
Researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina and member of the Experimental Centre for Affordable Housing. She coordinates the Socio-housing Service, where she develops service-learning initiatives for urban-housing improvement in vulnerable settlements.
He has published articles and taught courses on USR in several countries, among which his contributions to the “Policies and System of Self-Assessment of USR”, the “Compendium of Significant Experiences of USR” and the “Diploma of USR” of AUSJAL stand out.

Vice President for Lasallian Mission of De La Salle University

Fritzie is currently the Vice President for Lasallian Mission of De La Salle University. As an active Lasallian Partner, she also serves as Chair of the Lasallian Partners Council of De La Salle Philippines of the Philippine Sector. She is also a member of the Lasallian East Asia District Mission Council and the PARC Secretariat for Formation with/for Association. She is serving the Institute of the Brothers of Christian Schools as a member of the International Council for Lasallian Association and the Educational Mission (CIAMEL). Fritzie finished a degree in Bachelor of Arts Major in Psychology and a Masters in the Industrial /Organizational Psychology in De La Salle University. She finished all the academic courses and currently writing her Dissertation for her PhD in Educational Leadership and Management also in DLSU. She is a mother of two children named River and Sky. 

Barbara McCrabb Photo

Barbara MacCrabb
Catholic Conference of Bishops, EE.UU.

Assistant Director for Higher Education in the Secretariat of Catholic Education, at the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops. Barbara assists bishops and presidents of Catholic colleges and universities by promoting dialogue and collaboration for the advancement of Catholic Higher Education. She supports Catholic campus ministers in all institutional venues through formation and networking opportunities. Barbara coordinated two national studies on Catholic campus ministry. Prior to working at the USCCB, Barbara served in campus ministry engaging students and faculty in promoting justice, spiritual enrichment, and team building.

Juan José Etxeberria
Universidad de Deusto, España

Juan Jose Etxeberria has a PhD in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. In 2003, he got a degree in Canon Law from the Institut Catholique de Paris. He was Deputy Head of the Student Affairs and Innovation and Quality Departments of the Faculty of Law from 2003 to 2006. 

He is currently a lecturer at the University of Deusto, where he teaches Philosophy of Law at campus Bilbao. He has also taught Natural Law and Canon Law at the University of Deusto and Ecclesiastical Associative Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

He has publications in Canon Law and Natural Law, mainly on living wills, ecclesial movements, secularism approach and confessionalism in new social contexts. 

Elena Auzmendi
Universidad de Deusto, España

She had her degree in Psychology in 1987 and her PhD in Psychology in 1991, both from the University of Deusto.

She is a professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and Education Sciences in the department of Statistics and Educational Research and the current Faculty of Education and Sports.

She was Head of the Department of Pedagogy and Assistant to the Head of the Strategic Plan of the University of Deusto until 2009 when she assumed a new role as a Director of Innovation.

She has collaborated on various research projects in areas such as evaluation, special education needs, leadership and school management, prevention of drug addiction and the development of personality variables like self-esteem and creativity.

In addition, she has contributed to publications concerning the development of attitudes, self-concept, leadership, and evaluation, as well as in the coordination of several works of translation, adaptation and validation of our socio-cultural reality for programmes developed abroad.

Chantal Jouannet Valderrama
Pontificia Universidad Católica Chile, Chile

Psychologist from the Universidad de la Frontera and Master in Educational Policy from the Universidad Alberto Hurtado de Chile. She was Coordinator of the Christian Humanist Education Curriculum at the Catholic University of Temuco between 2004 and 2007. Between 2007-2009 she was a professional at Puentes UC, linking academic resources with municipalities in the Metropolitan Region.
Between 2009 and 2012 she coordinated the UC Service Learning Program, leading the work of the national network and transmitting the methodology to different educational institutions. From 2012 – 2019 she is Deputy Director of the Centre for Teacher Development UC. Since 2020 she has been the director of the centre, leading the implementation of online classes for undergraduate and master’s degrees, as well as the training of university professors.
National leader of the Service Learning Methodology, implementing workshops and giving conferences for educational institutions in Chile, Latin America and Europe. She also advises different educational institutions. Member of the national network of Service Learning and of “The Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship”. She has presented at national and international seminars on the methodology and has published in several educational journals.

Andrew Furco
Universidad de Minnesota , EE.UU.

Andrew teaches in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development at the University of Minnesota. Previously her served as Associate Vice President for Public Engagement at the University. For over 30 years, Furco has championed the expansion of the philosophy and practice of service-learning, community engagement, and experiential learning in primary, secondary, and higher education, both in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to arriving in Minnesota, he served for as a faculty member and founding director of the Service-Learning Research and Development Center at the University of California-Berkeley (1990 – 2007). 

Italo Fiorin
Escuela de Alta Formación EIS-LUMSA, Italia

President of the Master School of LUMSA University, Rome, which mission is to delve into and promote Service-learning in Italian universities and schools. As a consultant of the Congregation for Catholic Education of the Holy See, he directed the Educating Today and Tomorrow Report in preparation for the 2015 world meeting, promoted by the Holy See. He collaborates with the Scholas Occurrentes pontifical foundation and is the president of the International Scientific Committee “Scholas Chairs.” He served in the Italian Ministry of Education taking over important tasks (he was a board member at the European Agency for Development in special Needs, coordinator of the National Observatory on the Condition of Persons with Disabilities; he is a member of the National Observatory on Interculturality). At the Ministry he coordinated the drafting of the national programs (national indications for the 2007-2012 curriculum). He has recently coordinated the national experimentation for the introduction of Service-learning that concluded with the document La Via Italiana al Service-learning. In addition to Service-learning, his research includes topics of general and social pedagogy, didactics and innovation. Among his numerous publications we recall the compilation of the volume: Oltre l’aula: la proposta pedagogica del Service-learning (Milan, 2016); in addition to numerous contributions in various volumes, including: Una via Italiana al Service-learning (Rome, 2020), Il Service-learning come proposta pedagogica di educazione al bene comune (Naples, 2020), New Horizons for Education and Service-learning: from the Paradigm of Usefulness to the Paradigm of Gift (Vatican, 2018); Service-learning: una novità dal cuore antico (Milan, 2017). Regarding the topics on pedagogical and didactic innovation, we recall the monographic volumes: La sfida dell’insegnamento (Milan, 2017); Scuola accogliente, competent scuola (Brescia, 2016); Insegnare ad apprendere (Brescia, 2014).

María Cinque
Universidad LUMSA, Italia.

Maria Cinque is full professor of Teaching Methodologies and Special Pedagogy at LUMSA University in Rome, where she also coordinates the Bachelor Degree of Educational Sciences and the Post-graduate School “EIS” (Educare all’incontro e alla solidarietà). 

She has a PhD in Teaching and Communication Technologies, and her main research interests focus on soft skills and digital skills, special educational needs in the classrom (she directs the specialization course for teachers supporting students with disabilities), service-learning and faculty development.  She teaches Didactics and Communication at the Campus Bio-Medico University in Rome and holds every year seminars on active learning in different Italian Universities (Palermo, Catania, Pisa, Genoa, Turin, Milan, Pordenone, Udine).

She has directed several European projects (currently 6 running) and is the coordinator of a working group on the Global Compact on Education set up by the Congregation for Catholic Education in 2020.

Matthew Pink
Australian Catholic University, Australia

Dr Matthew Pink is the Associate Director (Acting), ACU Engagement at Australian Catholic University. His research areas of interest include the transformational processes of university-community engagement, sport for positive youth development in developing, and developed nations, and athlete welfare and development. Matthew is passionate about harnessing the power of universities and communities to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. Matthew was a student who was personally transformed by a service-learning experience working with football in Timor Leste and has since always made time for service-learning and community engagement in his career spanning 12 years with Australian Catholic University. He is author of over 10 publications across the community engagement, sport for development, and sport and exercise psychology fields and was lead academic in developing the 3×3 model of student learning and well-being during international community engagement. Matthew received his doctorate from ACU in 2016 and was co-academic-lead in establishing the ACU and DePaul University (Chicago) Conference on Community Engagement and Service-learning. In his teaching career, Matthew has received two citations for the quality of his teaching and in particular for showing empathy and support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Matthew has been the representative in ACU’s first three years of involvement in Uniservitate. 

Dr. Shaji Joseph SDB
Salesian of Don Bosco

Shaji Joseph (Puykunnel), Salesian of Don Bosco (b. 1964) has a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute (Biblicum), Rome (1998), and a Ph.D. in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome (2004). He is currently Adjunct Professor of Old Testament and Director of the Department of Spirituality at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) Rome. He is also Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Religion in the Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati, India. Along with his academic responsibilities and interests, he is also involved in promoting the rights of the differently abled and children at risk. From 1987 to 1991 he served as a volunteer in Don Bosco Ashalayam, a Salesian project for the rehabilitation of street children in Kolkata, India. From 1998 to 2013 he was Director of Caring for Disabled Children, a social outreach program of Sacred Heart Theological College, Shillong, India.

Dr. Jairo Humberto Cifuentes Madrid
General Secretary

Jairo H. Cifuentes Madrid is a lawyer from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, with
specializations in Commercial Law and Socioeconomic Sciences from the same University, and an MBA from the University of Miami.
At Pontificia Universidad Javeriana he has worked as Contracts Lawyer in the Legal Department in Bogotá. He was Head of Human Resources, Secretary General in the Cali Branch and, subsequently, its General Academic Director. From 2002 to 2008 he was appointed Academic Vice Rector of Universidad Javeriana Bogotá. In 2008 he assumed the position of Advisor to the Rector of the University and since 2010 he has been the General Secretary of the University.
Between 1997 and 2003, he was a member on two occasions of the Board of Regents of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Jesus in Colombia and of the Board of Directors of the Caja de Compensación Familiar CAFAM. He is President of the Superior University Council of the CAFAM University Foundation and President of the Board of Directors of TELESCOPI: Network of Observatories of Good Practices of Strategic University Management in Ibero-America. He was a member of the Superior University Council of the University of Ibagué.
He has been a consultant to Colombian and foreign universities; peer evaluator and consultant on issues of university governance for the Ministry of National Education. On several occasions, international peer evaluator of the National Accreditation Commission of Chile.
Author of articles and book chapters on higher education issues, and academic editor of the books: Strategic Management of Universities in the Ibero-America Region – A comparative perspective (Springer) and University Governance Issues (Editorial Javeriana).
In 1996 he received the Academic Merit Award from the University of Miami. In 1997 he received membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, The Honor Society for AACSB Acredited Business Programs. In 2001 he was awarded the Order of the Javeriana University.



BA in Political Science (University of Buenos Aires-UBA), with a postgraduate degree in International Relations and Negotiations (University of San Andrés and FLACSO Argentina). He studied at the University of Bologna (Representation in Buenos Aires) and won a scholarship for the Workshop for Young Latin-American Leaders in “Leadership, Democracy and Social Development” of the Inter-American Development Bank (Washington D.C headquarters).
He has 15 years of experience as a consultant to the Ministry of Education of Argentina, specializing in the promotion of service-learning projects. He provided support to the service-learning institutionalization processes as an external consultant at several Latin American Universities.
He builds up his career as a professor at the School of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), in the Programme of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences of CIEE-FLACSO and as a visiting professor in various chairs of public and private Universities.
Since the creation of CLAYSS, he has been in charge of the International Relations of the organization, and the coordination of training activities and support for Higher Education Institutions.

Arantzazu Martínez Odría, foto

Universidad San Jorge, España

She is a professor and researcher at the San Jorge University (Zaragoza, Spain), where she served as Vice-Dean of the Education Department, being responsible for the design and implementation of the degrees in Early Childhood Education and Primary Education and the Master’s Degree in Secondary Education. In 2005 she defended the first doctoral thesis on service-learning in Spain at the University of Navarra. Since 2003, she has been working on service-learning at an academic and professional level, implementing this approach in her university. She is also dedicated to the training of teachers of all educational stages in service-learning and is the author of several publications related to the subject. She is a member of different service-learning networks in Spain and of the ECONOMIUS-J research team at San Jorge University

Bojana Culum Photo

Bojana Culum

Bojana Culum is an Associate Professor at the University of Rijeka (Croatia), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Education, and serves as a member of the National Council for Youth Work, appointed by the Croatian Government. She is a member of the European Association of Service-Learning in Higher Education and has been engaged in several EU funded projects focused on service-learning development in the EU

Mariano García
Uniservitate-CLAYSS, Argentina

He is a member of the Spirituality and Research Team of Uniservitate, coordinator of the educational ministry of the Santa Rosa de Lima Institute and professor of Religion at the San Luis Institute in Buenos Aires. He was a national coordinator for the Episcopal Conference of Argentina (2015-2018) and was summoned by the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops as a consultant for the International Seminar on the Condition of Youth (Rome 2017) and as an auditor for the Synod of Bishops “Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment” (Rome 2018).

Andrés Peregalli
Uniservitate-CLAYSS/UCA, Argentina

Andrés Nicolás Peregalli de Palleja is deputy coordinator of the Uniservitate Programme: Service-learning in Higher Education (PORTICUS-CLAYSS). He has a PhD in Education, Master and Specialist in Education with a Concentration in Educational Management (University of San Andrés, Buenos Aires, Argentina). He has obtained a degree in Education Sciences with a specialization in Research and Teaching (University of the Republic, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Education Sciences, Uruguay). Graduated in Philosophy (University Salesian Institute, Montevideo, Uruguay). Salesian member of a religious order from 1995 to 2001. Full Professor, Catholic University of Argentina (Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. Inclusive and effective education). Undergraduate and postgraduate lecturer in national and foreign universities. Educator and member of management teams of Civil Society Organisations in Uruguay and Argentina working with children, adolescents and young adults from low-income sectors. Member of national and international academic and research networks. Author of books, book chapters and papers. https://scholar.google.com.ar/citations?user=f6ndZsQAAAAJ&hl=es