BEATRIZ: Brazilian journalist with more than ten years of experience in the newsroom (Globo TV – Brazil) and a Politics PhD student at the University of Manchester with a research project focused on the circulation and legitimisation of alt-right conspiracy theories. Beatriz also holds a Distinction Degree – MA in International Relations and Security (University of Westminster) and recently won the Transcendence Award given by Michigan State University in recognition of her work with young people.
DIRECTOR – LATIN AMERICA DIVISION
JAMES: journalist graduated from Cardiff University with a Master degree in International Journalism. A native of Santiago, Chile, he worked for several years for Canal 13 – the largest private TV station in the country – covering world news on a daily basis like the Colombian peace process and the Paris terror attacks. His experience has been enriched with field assignments in places such as Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Argentina, Peru, and the Falkland Islands. James believes words can heal the world because there is always good news to tell.
COORDINATOR – UNIVERSITY UK TEAM
PATRICIA: undergraduate student at Oxford University, reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
DIRECTOR – WORDS HEAL BRAZIL
MARCIO: Brazilian lawyer with more than ten years of experience in civil and criminal law. Marcio is currently based in Rio de Janeiro and he believes words can heal the world because they can bring people together if they are spread for the common good.
COORDINATOR – HOPE NEWS
LAURA R.: media student – UFRJ (Brazil).
SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR – MANDELA MILE PROJECT
MARIANA V.: media student – UFRJ (Brazil).
COORDINATOR FOR STRATEGIES AGAINST ISLAMOPHOBIA / JIHADISM
HIND: English teacher who completed her Masters in International Relations and Democratic Politics at the University of Westminster (UK). Before studying in the UK, Hind used to work as a human rights trainer in Gaza, Palestine.
COORDINATOR FOR STRATEGIES TO TACKLE ANTISEMITISM
ELENA: Elena, 19 years old, is a Political Sciences student who lives in Argentina. She works with subjects linked to the Holocaust since 2018, giving talks in schools, working as a volunteer guide for Anne Frank Center Argentina, and also writing articles for Words Heal the World. Elena was recently invited to attend the World Youth Conference on Kindness organised by UNESC-MGIEP. During this event, she was one of the speakers on the panel for preventing violent extremism through education. Besides her volunteering work with Anne Frank Center Argentina and Words Heal the World, Elena also has her own project: the YouTube channel “Lena To The Roots”, in which she does genealogical research to preserve and acknowledge identity through family history. Elena believes words can heal the world because they are the key to show compassion, and this is the only way to break the violence circle. By talking, by hearing, by showing love.