Keynote Speakers

Steve Sostak

Following a decade of touring the globe as a saxophonist and performer, Steve spent the next 14 years teaching literacy, sustainability, and community journalism in Chicago, Lima, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. Now, as the co-director of Inspire Citizens, he coaches diverse learners through designing media and global impact projects, helping spark educator and student passions to build community and problem solve in a challenging world.

For Inspire Citizens, Steve specializes in embedding global competence frameworks and sustainable thinking into classrooms. He prepares primary and secondary school teachers to incorporate global competence in their curricula and lesson plans, remaining sensitive to standards and criteria, language objectives, and tools for effective and efficient planning, feedback, and assessments.

Follow Steve on Twitter at @inspirecitizen1

Alexandra Amanda M. Eduque

Alexandra (Alex) Eduque’s foray into the world of philanthropy began when she was fifteen years old as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity Philippines. Her involvement with the international organization strengthened through the years, and in 2010, she founded the Habitat Youth Council – a fund and awareness raising youth initiative that raised millions of pesos to build homes for communities around the Philippines.

In 2012, Alex decided to take her vision in bettering the lives of others a notch higher. As an offshoot of her undergraduate thesis, she founded MovEd – a non-profit organization that advocates in bringing holistic early childhood care and development programs to underserved communities around the Philippines, where she is currently the Chairperson.

This last school year (SY 2017-2018), MovEd served a total of 695 students and their families across 18 Learning Labs in Navotas, Pasig, Parañaque and the third district of Camarines Sur, graduating a total of 1,181 students since its inception in 2012. In June 2018 (for SY 2018-2019), MovEd is expanding its reach to serve a total of 1,050 students in 24 Learning Labs. On the side, Alex dabbles as a doodler/designer with multiple artisans and entrepreneurs, keeping her cause at the forefront and center of all projects and collaborations she undertakes.

Isabel & Mia Sieh

Isabel and Mia Sieh are high school students at International School Manila. The twins started helping their community based on their own interests when they were in Grade 6.

Isabel founded Girls Will Code, an organization in the Philippines that encourages girls to take part in STEM activities through coding workshops and providing online and offline resources to local and private schools. Back in October, Girls Will Code held an event called Girl Forward 18 in celebration of UN’s Day of the Girl.

Mia founded Left Ahead, an organization that works with underfunded public schools to provide right and left-handed chairs. Her work has led to a legislative house bill mandating left-handed chairs in schools. Mia also co-founded empowHER, an organization helping empower young girls in public schools and enabling them to step out of their comfort zones and build their confidence.

Isabel and Mia are both members of ISM’s Sustainability Council and active members of the GIN Community.