Keynote Speakers

Steve & Lucy Sostak

Steve Sostak, a #TeachSDGs global ambassador and co-director of Inspire Citizens, and Lucy Sostak, his 11-year old daughter and one of the Inspire Citizens’ student interns, work globally with policy makers, schools, teachers, and students help change mindsets and encourage action for the good of all and the sustainable development of the world. Grounded in empathy, togetherness, and reciprocal action, Steve and Lucy’s vocation centers on four key questions for every human:

1. What’s your target?

2. What’s your talent?

3. What’s your impact?

4. What’s your story?

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.

Dr. Heidi Sampang

Heidi is a pediatrician and has been working in the humanitarian sector since 2005 and has been to Haiti, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mozambique, and the Philippines. To further improve the efficacy of her service, Heidi finished her Masters in Global Health at Northwestern University.

Currently, Heidi is the country program manager of Remote Area Medical Philippines (RAM-Ph). The organization aims to provide free medical care in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas in the country.

Heidi believes that robotic technology will be a game changer in addressing the different humanitarian problems that we faced today. Heidi hopes that Philippines Flying Lab will be able to provide services to remote communities and help improve the health outcome in these areas.

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.