Tessy Antony de Nassau

Former HRH Princess Tessy of Luxembourg, Doctorate & PHD Candidate in Integrative Medicine, TEDx Speaker, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Board Member

 

Tessy is the Founder of the Global consultancy ‘ Finding Butterflies Consultancy Ltd’ which aims to be supporting governments, institutions and business leaders in  Impact projects, educational campaigns, women inclusion, and conference attendance and organisation. Tessy is also an associate at LSEideas at the London School of Economics a global recognised educational institution in London. 

Her commitments to education can be seen in her Charity, Professors Without Borders where she holds the title as President and Co-Founder– that brings top-level educators and global experts to the doorsteps of students worldwide, in order to develop talent. 

Moreover, Tessy is an ambassador for UNAIDS (Global Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls) and is the patron to UNA-UK. In the past, She spent five years in the Luxembourg military, during which she was deployed in Kosovo as a peacekeeper and only woman of her draft.

Tessy is working on her medical doctorate and phd in integrative medicine at the moment.

After an impeccable educational journey Tessy decided to put theory into practice. She actively promotes a number of issues, including global health and women’s rights. She is passionate about pushing her different agendas to benefit the Sustainable Development Goals and has committed her time and energy to furthering the work of organisations in which she believes in. Moreover, she is actively committed to strengthening basic human rights for all and empowering young women and adolescent girls around the world. She got bestowed the Dame Grand Cross of Order of Adolphe of Nassau from HRH Grand Duc Henri of Luxembourg. Moreover, she received the Woman of the Decade award from the Women Economic Forum in January 2017, the Humanities medal for spreading humanistic ideas worldwide and the Global Empowerment Award for her work in Africa. She was named “Leader of the Year 2019” by the Leadership Academy in Luxembourg. 

Tessy received her Honorary Doctorate for her work in and around education globally by the Paris College of Arts in May 2019.

In 2019 Tessy was awarded with other distinctions for her work in education and women empowerment globally namely:

  • Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Drum received from HE The Majesty the King of Rwanda, London UK

  • NATO Medal of recognition for her Deployment to Kosovo, Luxembourg 2004

  • United Nations Peacekeeping Medal of recognition for her deployment to Kosovo, Luxembourg 2004

  • Legacy Resident Recognition for Efforts to improve access to Higher Education around the world by the Beverly Hills City Council, California

  • Knight of the Order Lafayette by the Order Lafayette, Switzerland 

  • Pioneer of Growth & Economic Development Award by The Los Angeles City and The Honourable Council of Jamaica in Los Angeles, California

  • Pestalozzi Cross of Merit from the International Pestalozzi Gesellschaft, Switzerland 

  • Chairman’s Commendation for global Leadership for Youth and Women Empowerment, London UK 

  • TIAW World of Difference Award for the outstanding contribution of making all the difference in the world to the economic empowerment of women, Australia

Tessy distinctions for 2020:

  • Professor Honoris Cause from the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition in London

Tessy holds an MSc in International Studies and Diplomacy. She has certifications in Sustainable Business from the Harvard Business School and Pandemics and Epidemics from the University of California. She also holds a diploma and has actively worked for 8 years as a trauma psychologist in Luxembourg. Currently, Tessy lives in London with her two sons, but is often traveling for her various work projects.

 

Michael Adekunle

Business Developer, Project Manager, Social Entrepreneur, Realtor

 

Ogunnariwo Michael Adekunle is a graduate of Sociology from  Lagos State University.  He is a vision-inclined person and a good team lead. His level of social and moral impact is beyond comprehension. He is a program director for Motivated Mankind Initiative, an Initiative solving SDG 1, 4 and 8.

He is also a Business Developer who engages in business research, business models and proposal. He is a member of Nigeria Institute Of Management (chartered). Michael Adekunle loves humanity and his lifestyle towards humanity is channeled to Leadership, Career path and Growth. His level of competence in related social issues is second to none as he daily leverages social tools to solve social problems.

Silvia Alessi

Queen Mary University of London Postgraduate Student, International Development Advocate

 

Silvia Alessi is currently pursuing a Master’s of Arts degree in International Relations at Queen Mary University of London. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Catania, where she had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at the University of Salford and was selected for a European project on migration policies, awarded a Special Mention by the Council of Europe. In 2016, she co-founded a youth-led association committed to the requalification of local territory and charity activities. During the summer, she interned at the German Institute on International and Security Affairs in Berlin, researching EU elections and reforms within the Area of Freedom, Justice and Security framework. She is currently volunteering as a UK Youth Ambassador with The One Campaign.

 

Zack Polanski

Green Party London Assembly Candidate

 

Zack Polanski is a Green Party London Assembly Candidate. Having previously run as a Parliamentary candidate for Cities of London & Westminster in 2019, he’s now fully engaged in the campaign to help London get Sian Berry as it’s first ever Green Mayor!

An activist, artist and educator, Zack is very passionate about education and human connection whether from the hyper local to the truly global.

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle

Green Party Life peer

Alexandra Bulat

Young Europeans Network Manager at the3million

 

Alexandra Bulat is the Young Europeans Network Manager at the3million, the largest grassroots organisation campaigning on EU citizens’ rights in the UK. She has a PhD from UCL on attitudes towards immigration and tweets @alexandrabulat.

Chris Smith

Co-Chair of the BMA’s Medical Students Committee

 

Chris is a final year Graduate-Entry medical student at the the University of Southampton. He is a Co-Chair of the BMA’s Medical Students Committee and was elected to represent students on BMA Council. Chris has worked in research labs in the UK, Italy and the USA and is an aspiring Clinical Oncologist, with interests in Public Health, health inequalities and novel drug development.

Jennifer Purdom

Head of Peace Projects, Educating Beyond Borders

 

Jennifer Purdom is the Head of Peace Projects at Educating Beyond Borders, having joined in July 2020. She regularly completes research into policy changes within Higher Education. This has resulted in a number of articles on topics including work experience, the mis-selling of courses and public health, which can be seen on our LinkedIn page. She is also planning some projects around creating policy solutions in these areas. Prior to Educating Beyond Borders Jennifer completed a masters degree at the University of Birmingham where she honed her research and report writing skills. 

Deji Adeoshun

Non-practising barrister

Dominic Buxton

University of Greenwich

 

Dominic Buxton is a Liberal Democrats (UK) activist and worked as aide to former Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson, in 2019. He is currently a member of the London Regional Executive and is passionate about a wide range of social issues.

Martin Dearlove

Qualified Social Worker (Break), Master of Arts in Human Rights – University of London

 

Vision: ‘To support the marginalized and abused who need a voice to depict their adversity, solutions and hopes West Busselton, Western Australia, Australia



Carlo Steensma

Community Engagement Manager, World Merit

Carlo is a motivator. He has the most chic wardrobe of the team and can usually be found playing office cricket whilst on skype to the various members of our community. Always one to look on the bright side, he is never without a smile – or his crazy laugh. In his spare time, you may catch him trekking across Spain on the Camino de Compostella, enjoying the different eateries Liverpool has to offer or telling anyone who will listen why veganism is the best thing ever.

Layla Hosny

Founder, Youthiety

Give youth a platform to express themselves freely. Interviewed inspiring individuals and working with influencers with a total following of 5+ million followers.

Mariah Soda

Head of Education, Educating Beyond Borders

 

Mariah is a passionate, diligent and willing graduate/ runner with experience working with NGO’s and companies such as YO-YO and Educating Beyond Borders. This experience alongside part time jobs have equipped her with a useful skillset and to be comfortable in dynamic environments.

Nicole Skyes

External Affairs Director at Pro Bono Economics (PBE), a charity co-founded by Andy Haldane and chaired by Gus O’Donnell to in August 2020

 

Nicole uses economics to support the social sector and to increase wellbeing equality across the UK. She works with policymakers, businesses, charities and civil society in all its forms. Outside of PBE, she is a trustee of the Peek Foundation, an eye-health charity working across Africa, Asia and the Middle East to make vision accessible to all.

Prior to PBE, Nicole was Head of EU Negotiations at the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) where she led the UK’s premiere business organisation’s work on Brexit and the negotiation of the future trading relationship between the UK and EU. She has also worked for Microsoft in crisis management and on a number of political campaigns.

Matt Friedman

Chair of the Board of Directors, UN Youth Australia

 

After being involved in high school for a few years as a delegate, Matt began volunteering with UN Youth in 2015. So much of what he has learnt in the last five years has come from the HR and welfare related positions that he has held in both the NSW division and in the National organisation. Matt also was the Deputy-convenor of two International Activities, taking young people on an educational tour of Europe and Timor-Leste.

Matt believes that being on the Board will give him a different angle of understanding the UN Youth to make decisions that benefit the whole organisation, both now and into the future, where he is looking forward to having the opportunity to innovate, consolidate, and review. Some projects I’m particularly excited for are the creation of our second Strategic Plan, and the formation of a Reconciliation Working Group.

Outside of UN Youth Matt runs ‘2 Birds 1 Bee’, a sex and relationships education project addressing topics that aren’t covered in the curriculum with young people, parents, and organisations. Matt is also currently studying a Bachelor of Arts and Economics at Sydney University.

Lucija Karnelutti

Board Member and International Officer (Dijaška Organizacija Slovenije (DOS) (Slovenia)

 

After the dissolution of the Union of students Slovenia (ZDS) in October 1993, on the initiative of the students under the Student Organisation of the University of Ljubljana (SOU), a project called School Student Section of Slovenia (DSS) started. The main aim of the DSS was to improve the position of the secondary school students in the educational process and protect the rights of students. DSS was later renamed to the Students’ Organisation of Slovenia.

Natasa Constantin

4th year Law Student at the University of Warwick

 

Natasa values the power of education for young individuals who seek to study in the UK. Debater, volunteer and aspiring commercial solicitor.

Adi Joshi

Imperial College London student

 

Adi is focussing on accessibility to medical education

Full list of speakers:
 
Tessy Antony de Nassau



Michael Adekunle
Deji Adeoshun
Silvia Alessi
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle
Dominic Buxton
Alexandra Bulat
Natasa Constantin
Martin Dearlove
Layla Hosny
Jemima Hungbeme
Josiah Hyacinth
Adi Joshi
Cllr Richard Kemp CBE
Onyi Pipi
Zack Polanski
Nicole Skyes
Matt Friedman
Marc Sloan
Mariah Soda
Carlos Steensma
Chris Smith
Jennifer Purdom
Lucija Karnelutti