Alice Akinyi Kaudia (Phd) is the former first Environment Secretary at Ministry of Environment and Forestry in Kenya during 2008 and 2018 period. She has extensive professional experience spanning over three decades and has held various high-level national, regional and international engagements including being Associate Lecturer at Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation, University of Nairobi thought leader on community driven agribusiness and air pollution management. She is the former regional Director for the International Union for Conservation of Nature in East Africa, Co-Chair of Global Green Growth Knowledge Partnership and National Chair of Global Green Growth Forum Kenya. Currently, she is a member of World Resources Forum Advisory Board; Coordinating Co-Chair of Integrated Assessment of Air Pollution and Climate Change in Africa and Senior Africa Adviser at the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.
Dr Kaudia provides professional consultancy services in ecosystems restoration, community driven agribusiness, environmental policy development and implementation and technical support to research students.


Mrs. Beatrix Bouwman (Bibi), has experience as a development practitioner, academic and researcher in the field of microbiology, agriculture, business, sustainable development, in technology transfer, as well as community engagement management for more than 15 years, at North- West University (NWU) in South Africa (SA). She has an MSc degree from the University of Johannesburg and an MBA from NWU. She has participated in Participatory Rural Appraisals in Mpumalanga and community needs and asset assessments, doing engaged research. Currently she heads the strategic sustainability reporting team of the NWU, which includes reporting with an emphasis on people, planet and profit. As such, all universities are now members of a Community of Practice in SA, which are coordinating and promoting reports on how Higher Education is contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals. She heads up a subcommittee to advocate for this work. She is also a member of the South Africa Global Reporting Initiative Focal point. At the NWU, she is driving impact measurement in community engagement. As longest serving executive member of the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum (SAHECEF), previous Chairperson and representative of the NWU on SAHECEF, she is well informed on the latest developments in community engagement in SA. She also acted as the webmaster for www.sahecef.ac.za and manages the SAHECEF Facebook page. She has access to an extensive network in South Africa and is keen to facilitate the practice of service-learning as a pedagogy in African universities. She is currently also a member of the Universitate academic sounding board.


Daniel holds both the Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in International Business and Politics (cand. merc POL) from Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked both in the academia and corporate world. Currently Daniel is a Business coach, trainer and lecturer in the area of Social entrepreneurship and sustainability. He has coached and mentored over 200 sustainable social businesses across various sectors in different counties and countries with an aim of enabling the entrepreneurs uncover high potential, new growth opportunities and converting them into concrete growth initiatives. He has trained Youths and Women running enterprises in Mango, Coffee, Dairy and Sustainable energy value chains. He is the founder of Social enterprise society of Kenya ( SESOK) and Industry Sector Board Member -Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). He has been very instrumental in linking the students to the community leaders, business fraternities, potential investors, incubators/ accelerators and partners. Daniel is the current patron of Tangaza University Students Service Learning Alliance (TUSSLA) and a member of the Tangaza University Service Learning interim committee.


Sr. Dr. Margaret Aringo is an educator and a religious sister. She is currently serving as a Senior Lecturer at Tangaza University College, School of Education, Religious studies Department. She is a renown Theologian in the area of Biblical Theology and Spirituality of Jesus. She has a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.). Master of Arts in Culture and Spirituality, Master of Arts in Franciscan Spirituality, Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), Master of Arts in Theology of Religious Sciences, Bachelor of Arts in Theology of Religious Sciences and a Certificate in Retreat and spiritual accompaniment. She is currently a member of Service Learning interim committee at Tangaza University College, the Africa Hub for Service Learning under Uniservitate programme.


Pro Vice-Chancellor for Social Justice and Inclusion, University of Technology Sydney

The Hon. Verity Firth is the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Social Justice and Inclusion at the University of Technology Sydney. Prior to this, she was the Executive Director for Social Justice at the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion at the same university.

Ms Firth has spent fifteen years working to address educational disadvantage in Australia, as Minister for Education and Training from 2008-2011 and as the Chief Executive of the Public Education Foundation from 2011-2015. 

As CEO of the Public Education Foundation she led the Foundation’s transformation from a fledgling organisation into a major provider of financial and advocacy support to public education.

Ms Firth is the Chair of the Australian pilot of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

Associate Professor and Head of Gerontology Programmes, Singapore University of Social Sciences

Dr. Carol Ma is known among academia and the community sector as an active and passionate practitioner of Service Learning (S-L) and aging in Asia. She is the founding member of S-L at Lingnan University and has revitalized the Service-Learning Asia Network, and was among the first to promote S-L in Mainland China. She serves as a senior consultant to conduct various community-based research and trainings for students, teachers, and community partners in Asia and Canada.

As an energetic and committed scholar, Carol has published books and articles on S-L and aging in refereed journals and policy papers for global agencies, including UNESCAP and US higher education institutions.
Currently, Dr. Ma is the Senior Fellow of the Centre for Experiential learning, Associate Professor, and Head of Gerontology Programmes (Master & PhD) at Singapore University of Social Sciences.

General Councilor for Pacific-Asia Regional Conference

Br. Ricardo Angel Laguda FSC, or more popularly known as Br. Ricky, is the General Councilor for Pacific-Asia Regional Conference from August 2014 to present.
He completed his formation in Manila and Lipa City in the Philippines and made his final vows in the year 1999. He has earned B.A. in Philosophy, a Master of Arts in Education, a degree in Philosophy, Religious Education and a Ph.D. in Education.
Prior to his assignment as the De La Salle University President (June 2012-August 2014), he was appointed as Sector Leader of the De La Salle Brothers, Inc. and President of De La Salle Philippines, Inc. from May 2011-June 2012.

Consultant, Director of South Asia Programs, United Board

Dr. Maher Spurgeon has worked with the United Board as a regional program consultant for the South Asia region since 2015. In this role, he works with colleges and universities of South Asia to promote whole person education by visiting, coaching and guiding them, and enabling them to apply for grants from the United Board.
Before joining the United Board, he worked as an Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Chaplain of Madras Christian College for more than 20 years. He has an MA in economics and an MA in Philosophy and Religion from Madurai Kamaraj University; MTh in Pastoral Theology from the University of Wales, UK; and MPhil and PhD from the University of Madras.


Alžbeta Brozmanová Gregorová

Alžbeta Brozmanová Gregorová is an associate professor at the Faculty of Education, Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia. Since 2017, she has been a vice-dean for international cooperation, public relations, and third mission. She focuses primarily on volunteering, service-learning, the nonprofit sector in Slovak conditions, and participatory approaches in social work. She authorizes several publications, research studies, and articles in these areas. Since 2013, she has been the coordinator of the service-learning strategy at MBU. She is a recognized expert in academia but also in practice and within the decisive sphere. She has been actively working in advocacy and development of volunteering since 2002. Since 2011 she has been the vice-president of the Platform of Volunteer Centers and Organizations and is currently president. She has coordinated several international and national projects. In practice, she also works as a trainer, consultant, and supervisor. She is a graduate of the Fulbright program, a member of the Government Council for Nongovernmental Organizations, a member of the Board of the Directors of the European Association on Service-learning in Higher Education, and a member of the Service-Learning Network for Central and Eastern Europe

Bojana Culum
University of Rijeka (Croatia); TEFCE/CEE Service-learning Network; Uniservitate Academic Sounding Board.

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

Peter Beer

Peter Beer has been Professor and Head of Research and Development at the Centre for Child Protection (CCP) since 2020, now at the new Institute of Anthropology. Interdisciplinary Studies on Human Dignity and Care (IADC) at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and, since 2019, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt Foundation. From 2010-2019 he was Vicar General to the Archbishop of Munich and Freising. During this time, he also chaired the VDD’s Human Resources Commission and was a member of the bishop’s working group on church labour law. Before his time as Vicar General, he headed the Catholic Office Bavaria after working in the field of youth pastoral care and elementary education of Catholic day-care centres. As an honorary professor for religious education, he was involved in the Philosophical-Theological College of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Benediktbeuern.



PhD in Sociology (UCL-Belgium). Master of Social Sciences (PUCSP-Brazil)). Bachelor of Social Sciences (UFRGS-Brazil). Professor of the Post-Graduate Program in Social Sciences, University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS). Jesuit priest. Director of the National Observatory of Socio- environmental Justice Luciano Mendes de Almeida (OLMA). Leader of the Research Group: “Trans-disciplinarity, Integral Ecology and Socio-Environmental Justice”. Other themes:

Sociology of Religions, Identities, Trans-disciplinarity, Ethnic-Racial Relations.

Chantal Jouannet Valderrama
Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Chile

Psicóloga de la Universidad de la Frontera y Magister en Política Educativa de la Universidad Alberto Hurtado de Chile. 

Fue coordinadora del Curriculum de Formación Humanista Cristiana de la UCTemuco, hasta el año 2007.

Entre los años 2009 y 2012 coordinó el Programa Aprendizaje Servicio UC, liderando la incorporación del aprendizaje servicio durante más de diez años, centrándose en el diseño de modelos de institucionalización y en la evaluación de los efectos de la metodología. 

Desde el 2020 es directora del Centro De Desarrollo Docente liderando la implementación de las clases online de pregrado y magister, además de la formación de profesores universitarios.

Líder Nacional de la Metodología Aprendizaje Servicio, implementando talleres y dictando conferencias para instituciones educativas de Chile, Latinoamérica y Europa. Además asesora diferentes Instituciones de educación.

Hoy Participa activamente en la Red Nacional de Aprendizaje Servicio y es Miembro de la red nacional de Aprendizaje Servicio y  de “The Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship”.

Enrique Ochoa
Executive Director of CLAYSS, Argentina

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.

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.


Doctora en Ciencias de la Actividad Física y el Deporte. Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación. Universidad de Granada. Miembro del Consejo Asesor del Observatorio de Responsabilidad Social Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile.  Miembro del Comité de Base de la Red de Responsabilidad Social Universitaria de ODUCAL (Organización de Universidades Católicas de América Latina y El Caribe) en representación de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile.

Coordinadora y Docente Diplomado: Formación en Responsabilidad Social, orientado a

los académicos de las Universidades Miembros de la Red de Responsabilidad Social de

ODUCAL. Coordinadora del Comité de Área de Educación Física, Arte y Música de la Comisión Nacional de Acreditación, Chile.

Entre 1998 y 2013, desempeñó diversos cargos de gestión universitaria, como: Decana de la Facultad de Filosofía y Educación; Directora de Desarrollo Curricular y Formativo; Vicerrectora Asuntos Docentes y Estudiantiles y; Directora de la Escuela de Educación Física.

Leticia Ivonne López Villarreal

She studied a Master ́s degree in education with specialty in teaching-learning processes and a Doctorate degree (PhD) in Social Sciences at Tecnológicode Monterrey. A Master ́s degree in Cultural, Social and School Services Management at the University of Florencia in Italy. She has been a teacher in secondary, High School and Higher Education in different educational institutions such as the MaterInstitute, Tecmilenio University, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey University, on topics of: humanities, social sciences, entrepreneurship and social responsibility. She has collaborated in the development and consolidation of different projects and social initiatives. She founded the organization of Little Mexican Giants A.C. that protects the human rights of girls, boys and adolescents who live in residential care in Nuevo León, through which it has contributed to generation of public policy in favor of this population. She is currently Director of the Center for Solidarity and Philanthropy at the University of Monterrey.



Julia is the Executive Director of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education (CMHE). Working in concert with a 13-member Board and the Mercy Presidents Council, Julia develops programs, policies, and practices and builds relationships intended to sustain and enhance the Catholic identity and Mercy ethos of the 17 US colleges and universities founded by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Prior to joining CMHE, Julia served as Director of Assessment and Institutional Research at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and as the Executive Director of the Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities.

Andrew Furco
Professor of Education

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).

Patrick M. Green

Patrick is the Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship (CELTS), and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago. He teaches community-based learning, academic internships, global service-learning, undergraduate research, and graduate courses in the Higher Education Program at Loyola Chicago. He has published several scholarly articles and book chapters on faith, justice, and community engagement (December, 2020). Dr. Green serves as a Scholar-in-Residence with the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSCLE) and an Engaged Scholar with the National Society of Experiential Education (NSEE).

Bishop William M. Joensen

Bishop Joensen serves as the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa. He studied at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He has been a faculty member and dean of campus spiritual life at Loras College. As a priest, he served as faculty for 12 summers in the Tertio Millennio Seminar in Krakow, Poland, where young adults from the United States, Poland, and eastern and central Europe, explored Catholic social teaching in the spirit of St. John Paul II. He currently serves as Chairman for the Higher Education Working Group and as a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education.

Rebecca Sawyer

Rebecca joined ACCU in September 2016 after spending four years as the vice president for student life at Notre Dame of Maryland University. She has more than 20 years’ experience in higher education, notably in areas of change management and working with diverse groups. At Notre Dame of Maryland, she supervised campus ministry, residence life, student activities, intercollegiate Division III athletics, community service, leadership programs, diversity initiatives, and more. At ACCU, Rebecca is responsible for the on-going operations of the association including finances and human resources, overseeing the association’s programs and services for members, working with annual meeting sponsors and other advancement efforts, and supervising association research.


Anne-Marie Verhoeven

Anne-Marie Verhoeven studied Social Work and Public Sector Management. She is very socially engaged and is actively striving for a more just, sustainable and inclusive society based on solidarity. In her former role she was secretary of the Christian workers’ movement in Antwerp and Flanders and nowadays she is still director in various social organizations fighting against poverty and injustice. As director of Pax Christi Flanders she aspires to promote peace based on active nonviolence. She is also chairwoman of the Cooperative Housing Network which offers affordable and qualitative housing in an inclusive housing setup.

She makes all possible efforts for equal life-long learning opportunities and education and is director of the LBC-Adult Education organization in Antwerp. As director of the University Center Sint Ignatius in Antwerp she is very interested in the Service Learning methodology.

Bea Cantillon

Bea Cantillon is professor of Social Policy at the University of Antwerp and the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy. She is president of the Universitair Centrum Sint Ignatius Antwerpen (UCSIA), member of the Royal Belgian Academy and corresponding member of the British Academy. She holds an honorary doctorate from the Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles. During 2004-2008 she was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Antwerp.

Loïc De Cannière

Loïc De Cannière is founder and Chair of the Supervisory Board of Incofin Investment Management, a global impact investment fund management company. Incofin develops and manages funds investing in agri-focused financial institutions, agri-food and safe drinking water companies in 65 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The company aspires for positive social and environmental impact.

He is also Chair of the Board of Directors of the Social Performance Task Force (SPTF), a global membership organization dedicated to social and environmental performance management—a way of doing business that puts client well-being, employees, and the environment at the center of every decision.

He studied economics and philosophy at the Universities of Louvain (Belgium) and Munich (Germany). He is Chair of the Board of Directors of Karel de Grote University College (Antwerp).


Peter Jonkers

Peter Jonkers (Eindhoven, the Netherlands, 1954) was, until his retirement in 2020, professor of philosophy at the School of Catholic Theology of Tilburg University (the Netherlands). His teaching and research expertise includes philosophy of religion, metaphysics, philosophy of culture, history of modern philosophy (especially Hegel and his contemporaries) and contemporary continental philosophy. From 1993 till 1996, from 2003 till 2006, and in 2013 he served as dean of this faculty. He is member of the Scientific Committee of the Vatican Agency for Quality Evaluation and Promotion of Canonical Faculties (AVEPRO), and member of the advisory board of the accreditation committee for curricula in the field of Catholic theology in Germany (AKAST), and member of the Steering Committee of Fisp, the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie.


Míquel Martínez Martín is a Retired Professor at the University of Barcelona (Spain)

He is a retired professor and a member of The Group Research of Moral Education (GREM) at the University of Barcelona. His professional activity focuses on value education, teacher training, prospective education and ethical learning, and university. He has not only delivered classes within the national territory but has also been a visiting professor at several foreign universities. In addition, he works as a consultant and evaluator in different educational projects, agencies, institutions and administrations.

He has been the Head of the Institute of Education Sciences, Dean of the Faculty of Pedagogy and Vice-Rector of the University of Barcelona.

He is the author of numerous books and articles in Spanish and Catalan including: La ética del aprendizaje servicio en la universidad: una interpretación desde el pragmatismo [The ethics of service-learning at university: an interpretation from pragmatism], in Bordón (2017); La educación, en teoría [The education, in theory), in Sintesis (2016); Aprandatatza Aprenentatge servei: de l’escola nova a l’educació d’avui, in Temps d’Educació (2014); y Aprendizaje servicio y construcción de ciudadanía activa en la universidad: la dimensión social y cívica de los aprendizajes académicos [Service-learning and the construction of active citizenship in the university: the social and civic dimension of academic learning], in Octaedro (2008).

Vice-Rector for the Academic Organization, Educational Innovation and Quality of the University of Deusto in Bilbao (Spain).

She had her degree in Psychology in 1987 and her PhD in Psychology in 1991 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 Psychology and Education.

She has been the Director 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 worked in 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.

Professor of Education at the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain)

She is a Primary School Teacher, has a degree in Pedagogy and Speech Therapy and a PhD in Education from the Complutense University of Madrid, as well as a degree in Special Education from Hunter College of the City University of New York.
Her training in education and work experience developed mainly in Spain and New York, where she worked as a bilingual therapist, education evaluator and researcher. From 1997 to 2008, she worked as an assistant professor of education at IE University in Segovia (Spain). She currently works as a professor in the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education at the Autonomous University of Madrid.
Since 1989, she has been the chief researcher and coordinator of international projects related to teacher training, early childhood and health education. Since 2008, she has focused her research interests on service-learning and education for social justice. Her work has been published in several books and national and international scientific journals, and she has been working on service-learning projects with university students since 2000.
She is a member of the Spanish Service-Learning Network and the Network of Service-Learning in Higher Education and coordinates the Madrid Network for the Promotion of Service-Learning. On this topic, she has lectured, published, coordinated special issues of the International Journal of Education for Social Justice and organized national and international conferences.

professor of Psychology at the Catholic University of Valencia and the Director of the Scholas Chair in Valencia (Spain)

She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Valencia, a diploma in Religious Sciences from the Comillas Pontifical University and a PhD in Philosophy and Education Sciences from the Jaume I University of Castello.

For more than 20 years, she has carried out his professional activity at the Catholic University of Valencia, San Vicente Mártir. She is currently delivering classes at the School of Psychology at this university and is the co-director of the Master’s Degree in Aid Relationship and Counselling. She is also the Director of the Open Chair Scholas Occurrentes, and member of its Executive Board.

She participates in national and international congresses and seminars, contributing with talks and lectures on her research work on Service-learning methodology. She is the author of several articles on school life, intrinsic motivation to develop vocational jobs and the Service-learning methodology. She has used this methodology in the classroom for more than 10 years.

She has delivered multiple courses on Service-learning in schools and universities. She is part of the State Service-Learning Network and the University Service-Learning Association, both of the national scope, and the Service-learning promoting group in the Valencian Community.

Arantzazu Martínez Odría, foto

Arantzazu Martínez Odría

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