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Anthony J. Cernera, Ph.D.

Anthony is the President and Co-Founder of Being the Blessing Foundation and Center for Interreligious Understanding. He is initiator and lead organizer of the RME Network. He serves on the board of directors of the Global Refugee School and on the board of advisors for the Stem for Life Foundation and the Ignatian Center for Spirituality. He also chairs the board of advisors for the Real Sourcing Network.

Anthony has been involved in higher education for 34 years serving as vice president at Marist College, as vice president and president of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, and as president of the Sacred Heart University. Anthony has served on the Board of Directors of numerous colleges and universities and many other civic organizations.

Anthony holds a Ph.D. in theology from Fordham University and has written various papers on the Vatican and inter-religious dialogue.

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Fr René Micallef, SJ

Fr Micallef is a Maltese priest and member of the Society of Jesus. He lives in Rome and teaches Moral Theology and Social Ethics at the Pontifical Gregorian University, specializing in topics such as migration, conflict, human rights and the sources of moral reasoning. He holds degrees from the University of Malta, the University of London, the Facultés Jésuites de Paris, Comillas University (Madrid), and a doctorate in Sacred Theology from Boston College (2013).

During his studies, Fr Micallef has collaborated with NGOs such as the Jesuit Refugee Service (Malta, Uganda) and Pueblos Unidos (Madrid) that promotes the integration of immigrants. In 2012, he participated in “La Jornada” and journeyed through Central America and Mexico, visiting and staying at migrant reception centres.

Within the RME Network, Fr Micallef’s role is partly that of a consultant and partly that of a critic, given his international formation, his job as educator in an international academic context, and his training in ethics and migration studies.

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Julia Devlin

Dr Julia Devlin

Julia is the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary Center for Flight and Migration at Catholic University Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Germany. She is a historian with a focus on voluntary and forced migration with a particular interest in transgenerational transmission of trauma and the relevance of memory in diasporic communities.

Julia studied Eastern European History, Modern History, History of Art and Slavistics at School of Slavonic and East European Studies London, Moskovskij Linguistic University Moscow and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich.

Julia has taught a wide range of graduate courses at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and Catholic University of Eichstaett. She is a regular author with Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Bavarian Broadcast Company.

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Dr. Monika Hubbard

Monika studied agriculture and media consulting in Stuttgart and Berlin and has worked in communications management across a range of sectors, including non-profit. She worked as a research assistant at the University of Hohenheim where she taught internal communications and public relations. She holds a doctorate degree in social sciences and is a published author on brand management and internal communications.

Monika worked as a Director of Communications for the London based human rights organization Hello World and teaches Campaigning and Narrative Communications at Pforzheim University. She currently works at a management consultancy in Germany, and serves as a Advisory Director Communications for Pangea Educational Development. She also manages communications at STELP, a Stuttgart based aid organization.

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Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is a social entrepreneur, author, and coach with experience across sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. He has spent his career working in education with children in crisis and post-conflict settings with extensive experience in informal and primary education in low-resource settings. His research interests include early childhood literacy, inclusion and belonging, and the intersection of violence and education. He has written for UNESCO, spoken on NPR, and on stage at SXSWedu.

He holds a Master’s of Education in International Education Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Studies from DePaul University. He was a WISE Fellow on refugee education with the Qatar Foundation holds a Certificate in Child Protection from the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. Drew also serves as Expert Reviewer for education for LEGO Foundation.