Meet the Speakers
Framework Change Leader, Ashoka South East Asia
For the past eight years, as the Program Director of In-Docs, Amelia has created game-changing strategies that have connected Indonesian and Southeast Asian documentary bio films with funding, distribution, and social impact partners. These strategies build an early infrastructure for Indonesian documentary films, that enable high quality films to be produced and achieve social impact. Documentary filmmaking has been a deprived ecosystem without formal avenues of funding and distribution. Creative documentaries that reflect on important and critical views of Indonesian society were deemed to have no commercial value.
Her leadership at In-Docs has elevated the visibility, financial possibilities and impact of creative documentaries from Indonesia and Southeast Asia. In 2015, In-Docs co-created Dare to Dream Asia program in partnership with STEPS, a documentary organization. Through Dare to Dream Asia, Asian talents were supported with international mentorship and funding that can help the global distribution of their projects. To date, 8 films produced under the Dare to Dream Asia program have been selected to more than 50 international film festivals and have been awarded in more than 10 international film festivals. Six films have been broadcasted globally. In partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, in 2017 In-Docs initiated Docs By The Sea. The international forum connects most promising documentary projects from Southeast Asia with the international industry. In the past 3 years, Docs By The Sea has supported 74 documentary projects. 22 projects have been completed to date, and they have been shown in more than 90 international film festivals. These projects have attracted more than 40 funding and financing from all over the world, and nine films have been broadcasted globally.
In-Docs is also the host of Good Pitch program in Indonesia, that connects best documentary films from Indonesia and Southeast Asia with 400+ changemakers from various fields. Attending changemakers are asked to consider how can they collaborate with the films to achieve social impact. Since 2017, nine films in the Good Pitch program have forged more than 350 partnerships. Good Pitch program is a collaboration with Doc Society, a U.K and U.S. based documentary organization. Amelia lives with her two children and a husband in Jakarta. Before finding a little oasis in the frantic city, she has studied, lived, and worked in the United States, Germany, China, and Timor-Leste.
Vice President of Empathy, Ashoka Africa and CEO, Greening Youth Foundation
Angelou Ezeilo’s love for the environment stretches far back to when she was a little girl who had the chance to escape the dense urban streets of Jersey City, New Jersey, to summer in her family’s home in upstate New York. After a brief stint of practicing law, it was through her work as a legal specialist for the New Jersey State Agriculture and Development Committee that Ezeilo embarked upon a career as an environmentalist.
Ezeilo further honed her skills as a project manager for the Trust for Public Land (TPL) in both its New Jersey and Georgia offices. In her position, Ezeilo acquired land for preservation and worked on the New York/New Jersey Highlands Program, Parks for People-Newark, the New York/New Jersey Harbor Program in New Jersey, the Atlanta Beltline, and the 20 County Regional Greenspace Initiative in Georgia.
While at TPL, Ezeilo realized the disconnect between the land that was being preserved and the education of people about that preservation — particularly as it related to our next generation. This was the impetus for the Greening Youth Foundation. As a woman and minority-founded and led nonprofit, Ezeilo is at the helm of a movement to provide environmental and wellness education and career pathways to a new generation, both in the United States and in countries throughout Africa.
Ezeilo was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2016 for her work at the Greening Youth Foundation, where she remains the CEO today. The Greening Youth Foundation is cultivating a generation of youth of color to be stewards of our land and natural resources, ultimately shifting the demographics of the environment conservation movement.
Ezeilo is a graduate of Spelman College, Georgia. She received her juris doctorate in Law from the University of Florida, College of Law. Angelou is a member of the National Center for Civil and Human Right’s Women in Solidarity Society, and Georgia Audubon boards; advisory board Member for Outdoor Afro, The Million Mile Greenway, Inc., Keeping It Wild, Inc., and Rachel’s Network; and most recently the author of “Engage, Connect, Protect: Empowering Diverse Youth as Environmental Leaders.”
Ezeilo is a lover of cultural dance, hiking and birds and good avocado toast! As recent empty nesters, Ezeilo and her husband of 25 years, split their time between Atlanta and Lagos, Nigeria.
Nadia Gamal El Din
CEO, Rahet Bally
Nadia is the Founder and CEO of Rahet Bally, a platform from home, trying to reach and support as many mothers as possible. It all started when Gamal El Din gave birth to Yassin. She does not have siblings and her friends did not have kids yet so she was looking for a place to answer her questions and offer her much needed new-mom support. She was surprised that there is not a single trusted, support platform for moms. And that was the trigger; Rahet Bally was born.
She started by visiting a huge number of doctors and experts to bring them on board to Rahet Bally, to offer moms on the spot answers to all their questions, free of charge, in numerous fields.
She managed to have over 100 doctors and experts in just one month. She was so excited and relieved to see moms going to sleep with some peace of mind because of Rahet Bally.
She then continued hustling and coming up with brilliant pillars to support moms; intellectually, mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. She did it all with her baby boy. She took him to meetings, worked on her laptop with one hand and hugging him with the other. She had so much passion and willpower to bring every single mom peace of mind, because she deserves it. Gamal El Din graduated from the American University in Cairo, top of her class, with highest honors, majoring in Business Finance. She formerly worked in P&G.
Journalist and Author
An award-winning reporter, Pallavi Aiyar has worked as a foreign correspondent for over two decades reporting from China, Europe, Indonesia and Japan. She writes a weekly column called, My Family and Other Globalizers, on raising "global" children. She is the author of several books including the China-memoir, Smoke and Mirrors, the novels, Chinese Whiskers and Jakarta Tails, and a parenting memoir, Babies and Bylines: Parenting on the move. Her latest book is Orienting: An Indian in Japan.
Septi Peni Wulandani
Ashoka Fellow and Founder, Institut Ibu Profesional
Septi Peni Wulandani is empowering Indonesian housewives to be more self-reliant by teaching them easy educational methods that involve them in their children’s early education. In addition to enhancing mothers’ roles in the family and community, Septi’s program provides additional income for their families. Ibu Professional is a community of mothers that are striving to improve the quality of women's support communities in more than 10 countries by growing, learning, and strengthening each other. Starting from the concern on women’s passion and enthusiasm in Indonesia, especially mothers who are full of dynamics in carrying out their daily lives their role in the household and also in other public spaces. Ibu profesional exists to accompany mothers, both those who take part in the domestic and public sphere, to be able to learn together, grow together, strengthen each other in the process of educating children and managing their families. In 2011, this community was born in a small town in Indonesia from 1 mother, now it has penetrated into 45 cities/regencies in Indonesia and has spread to 10 countries. Ibu Professional is expanding its network to reach 1 million mothers in Indonesia in 2020.
Yetty Williams is a social entrepreneur and the founder of LagosMums, the leading parenting resource and community for parents raising digital citizens. As a Lead Consultant at Slay with Digital, she is passionate about working with small and medium-sized businesses to optimise technology and digital tools to successfully grow and scale their businesses and brands. She has over 10 years of experience consulting and coaching business owners on their digital transformation and Strategic digital media marketing planning.
Some of her clients have included P&G, Kimberly Clark, Nivea, AXA Mansard, Google, several SMBs, schools and many more. She serves on the boards of the Bethesda Child Support Agency and Afro-Tech Girls.
As a speaker, she has been invited to speak several times on Parenting, work-life balance, digital media, and entrepreneurship at various companies, schools, company retreats and many more platforms locally and globally. Some of her speaking engagements include being the keynote speaker during the Google Women's Entrepreneurship Day celebration. She is a co-host of the Parenting Today show on LagosTalks 91.3 FM on Thursdays at 12.30 pm where she delves into various parenting topics.
Yetty has won many awards over the years some of which include, being announced as the winner in the social media/Online media category in the ELOY (Exquisite Lady Of the Year) 2015 Awards and was a nominee in the Digital Media Entrepreneur category in 2019. Yetty was recognized as a conversation starter in the YNaija 100 media list and in 2021 was named as one of the Top 500 Most Influential Africans in the World (Tropics Global Business and Lifestyle Magazine) and listed as an Eko Women 100, recognition from the Lagos State Governor, for her work with Women and Girls as part of the International Women's Day celebration 2022. LagosMums was selected as an organization to implement Google Online Safety Roadshow workshops in the community and schools in 2019. This was successfully done, reaching over 1,000 participants. In 2020, Yetty was selected as a partner for the POWER Initiative; (Providing Opportunities for Women's economic rise), in partnership with the US Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S.Consulate Lagos and supported by Google.
In 2021, LagosMums was selected as one of the winners in the Africa Online Safety Fund, set up by Google.org. It is certainly an honour to have been selected as one of the 26 organizations across 9 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The grant will go towards promoting online safety and digital well-being for parents, teachers and children.