Meet Our Speakers

"The goal of effective communication should be for listeners to say 'Me too!"

H.E. Felipe Calderon

Former Mexican President

Dr. Makaziwe Mandela

Eldest Daughter of President Mandela

Dr. Hilda Fankah-Arthur


CeFIE Canada - Event Organizer

Arisa Cox


Executive Producer - Big Brother Canada Popular Canadian television personality Arisa Cox is best known as the host and executive producer of the wildly popular reality competition show, Big Brother Canada. It has earned her three Canadian Screen Award nominations and the respect of fans across Canada for her love of game theory and as a champion of equity in reality television. But that just scratches the surface of her skills, experience, and talent.

Hon. Salma Lakhani

Lt. Governor of Alberta

Japheth Habinshuti N

ESG Expert, Kigali Rwanda

Kwame Adinkra


Luther King Adinkrah (Kwame Adinkrah) is a Ghanaian broadcast journalist with decades of industrial and professional experience. He is also a professional Graphic Designer and Visual Communication Expert, Singer, Master of Ceremonies and Public Speaker. He is the Chief Operating Officer of Angel Broadcasting Network (ABN), the General Manager of Pure 95.7FM and the Morning Show Host of Pure Morning Drive. He is a PhD candidate and holds an MPhil in Communication Design.

Angie Seth


CTV News Anchor

Maria Drueco


Maria Drueco is an immigrant and woman of color who specializes in the intersection of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), talent management, and intercultural competence. As a DEI expert, she provides insightful guidance to leaders across industries, drawing on her personal experiences and well-traveled background to understand the unique challenges faced by people of color. Maria leverages her extensive travel experiences to promote intercultural understanding and create safe work environments where diverse teams thrive.

Dr. Khristine Carino


Dr. Khristine is a board member of Centre For Intellectual Excellence (CeFIE Canada), organizers of the World Diversity in Leadership Conference. Dr. Khristine G. Cariño is a community connector and change catalyst. Social justice, anti-racism and inclusion are the cornerstones of her leadership. She draws on lessons learned overcoming the challenges put in front of her as a leader and an immigrant. In everything she does, in every organization she works with, Dr. Cariño strives to increase the visibility of immigrants and amplify the voice of racialized women.

Dr. Khwezi Mbolekwa


Dr. Khwezi is a board member of Centre For Intellectual Excellence (CeFIE Canada), organizers of the World Diversity in Leadership Conference. Dr. Mbolekwa is the Lead Consultant, Anti-Racism Program, with the Calgary Police Service (CPS), where he is designing and delivering the Anti-Racism Training and Development for the Executive and Senior Leadership Teams and to the Calgary Police Commission.

Dr. Yvonne Kangong


Dr. Yvonne is a board member of Centre For Intellectual Excellence (CeFIE Canada), organizers of the World Diversity in Leadership Conference. Dr Yvonne Kangong, MD is a keynote Speaker , mentor , advocate and community builder .She is a board-certified Family and obesity Medicine Dr in Calgary, Canada and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Culinary Coaching Certificate from the Harvard CHEF Program. She is also a transformational and lifestyle coach.

Lianne Hannaway


Lianne Hannaway, CPA joined the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) as CEO on January 22, 2024. The BBPA is a non-profit organization with a 42-year legacy of supporting Black businesses and professionals from coast to coast to coast. In collaboration with the Board and Staff, she is responsible for articulating the organization’s strategy and delivering on its purpose of serving the Black community’s business, professional and economic development needs.

Jonathan Moser


President Moser Public Affairs Ltd. With 30 years of practical experience, Jonathan is a well-regarded public affairs and ESG leader who positively transforms challenges facing clients in private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, leveraging collaboration and consultation to achieve success. A seasoned advisor, Jonathan has developed and implemented strategic external relations and communications plans designed to attain mutually beneficial and impactful outcomes.

Paula Calderon


Paula Calderon is a dedicated nonprofit executive with over 20 years of leadership experience in workforce development, education and socio-economic impact projects. An Immigrant from Colombia, Paula has lived experience that informs her work and fuels her passion in supporting the successful integration of newcomers to Canada. She boasts a distinguished career in nonprofit leadership spanning various sectors. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association (CIWA) since June 2022, she continues to champion her commitment to empowerment and inclusivity.

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