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Yaron Shavit

Former President of the Israel Movement for Progressive and Reform Judaism (IMPJ), where he is still active on various areas within the institution. He is also Vice President of the WUPJ.

Member of the Executive Committee of the World Zionist Organization, largest group of the Zionist movement in Israel, and representative of the ARZENU group in Israel and of the JAFI (The Jewish Federations of North America).

Professionally, he is one of the most respected attorneys in Israel in commercial litigation, corporate law, computer law, software and intellectual property legislation, among other topics.

He obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Law from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his LLM from the Bar-Ilan University.

He served as official in the school of cadets of the IDF and is currently a coronel in the reserves.

Rabbi Sergio Bergman

Argentina's Environment and Sustainable Development Minister since December 2015. He was the first rabbi elected to a position in a municipal legislature in Argentina in 2011, as representative in Buenos Aires. In 2013 he was elected to a position in the national parliament.

He has a degree in Pharmacy and Biochemistry from the University of Buenos Aires. He studied at the Latin American Rabbinical Seminar and at the HUC-JIR in Jerusalem.

He participated in programs in Jerusalem, where he specialized in community education. He returned to Buenos Aires a few months before the terrorist attack on AMIA and was one of the founders of the Memoria Activa, organization dedicated to finding those responsible for the tragedy.

Founder of the Arlene Fern Community School and of community service projects at the NCI Emanu-El synagogue.

He was also Executive President of the Fundación Judaica and rabbi at the CIRA, Argentina's first synagogue, founded in 1862.

Rabbi Roberto Graetz

He is the President, since 2015, of the Yad B'Yad Task Force, which was created in 2002 to provide support for projects in Latin America after a delegation of the WUPJ International visited the region.

He works at the Temple Isaiah, in Lafayette, California since 1991 after having served as rabbi in Buenos Aires and in Rio de Janeiro for almost 20 years. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the North American Board of Rabbis for Human Rights.

He was ordained rabbi in 1972 by the HUC-JIR in Cincinnati. During his trajectory, he has been dedicated to human rights issues and inter-religious dialogue, for example, as President of the Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, coalition of religious communities that act in the sector of accessible housing for people with financial difficulties.

When he was Rabbi of the Emanu-El Congregation, in Buenos Aires, he was one of the founders of the Permanent Assembly on Human Rights. In Rio de Janeiro, when he worked at the Associação Religiosa Israelita (ARI), he participated in activities on behalf of street children.

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Andreas Heinecke

Social entrepreneur and creator of the Dialogue in the Dark exhibit. He was nominated as the first Ashoka fellow for Western Europe by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public.

Founder of the Dialogue Social Enterprise GmbH, he is a professor of Social Management at the EBS University in Germany. He studied history and literature in Heidelberg and has a PhD in Philosophy from the Goethe University in Frankfurt.

Topic: Prejudice, tolerance, diversity and empathy – how to democratize access

Bruno Laskowsky

Bruno works in the Financial, Real Estate, Consulting/Corporate Management and Corporate Finance market and at present is CEO of Inpar/Viver SA. Previously was CEO of Cyrela Commercial Properties.

He is president of the Federação Israelita de São Paulo (FISESP) and member of the board of the Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo. He was president of Unibes from 2005 to 2011. At present he is member of the board of the Verdescola and is a member of the Parceiros da Educação of the Municipal Education Office of Rio de Janeiro.

He has a MBA from COPPEAD with an extension at NYU and is currently attending the OPM at the Harvard Business School.

Topic: The architecture of the Jewish community in São Paulo
Denis Plapler

Grandson of Holocaust survivors, is a UNESCO consultant for the Education Ministry. Has a Master's Degree in Philosophy of Education from the Faculdade de Educação of the University of São Paulo, a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences from the PUC in São Paulo and a Bachelor's Degree in Social Communications from the FAAP in São Paulo. Creator of the Portal do Educador, was a member of the coordination team of the CONANE, member of the fomentation team of the III Manifesto pela Educação of the Românticos Conspiradores network and a founding member of the Rede Nacional de Educação Democrática. Participated in the Comissão de Difusão da Jornada de Educação Centrada na Pessoa in Barcelona.

As an educator he worked with EJA, where he met adults who wished to bring back the school experience that they were denied as children; he worked with imprisoned boys at the Fundação Casa; and for over ten years worked with the kids in assemblies, helping them create rules and solving their conflicts, as well as learning from projects developed from their interests, in a non-serial manner at the Colégio Viver.

Topic: Education and democracy: ways to combat fascism
Eurípedes Alcântara

Eurípedes directed VEJA magazine, the largest and most influential weekly news magazine in Brazil, from 2004 to March 2016. Before that he was a VEJA correspondent in New York, and upon his return to Brazil, was associate director of the magazine for four years.

Under his command during the past twelve years, VEJA established itself as news reference in the defense of freedom of speech, democratic values, market economy and sustainable growth. When he stepped down as editorial manager, Editora Abril, which publishes VEJA magazine, announced that Alcântara will remain on the Editorial Board and will write a column in the magazine.

Topic: Journalism and exemption
Fernando Kasinski Lottenberg

Attorney with a Masters and Doctorate degrees from the Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de São Paulo (Law School of the University of São Paulo);
Fulbright Scholar at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas;
Member of the Board of Directors of the Porto Seguro company;
President of the Board of Directors of CIAM;
Member of the Board of Directors of the Lasar Segall Museum and the Albert Einstein Hospital;
Secretary of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture;
Vice President of the World Jewish Congress;
Member of the American Jewish Committee;
General Secretary of the Confederação Israelita do Brasil from 2008 to 2014;
President of the Confederação Israelita do Brasil from 2014 to 2017;

Topic: The new anti-terrorist law in Brazil
Rogerio Chequer

Despite loving psychology, Rogerio graduated with a degree in engineering, worked in the financial market for 18 years, the majority of them in the United States, and 5 years ago made a small transition to the Communications market. At SOAP, working with the preparation of executives for decisive moments, he finally returns to psychology.

In 2014, in the middle of this journey that transits between the rational and the emotional, he created the Vem Pra Rua (Come to the Streets) Movement with friends. The Vem Pra Rua, together with other social movements, brought over 10 million people to the streets in the past year, the largest demonstrations in the history of Brazil.

Topic: Is Latin America tired of populism?
Rabbi Michel Schlesinger

He has a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of São Paulo. He conducted his Rabbinical Studies and his Master's Degree in Jerusalem at the Schechter Institute. He worked at a Jewish camp in the United States and trained at the Jewish Pastoral Care Institute In New York to offer support to the sick and their families. Has been a Rabbi at the CIP since 2005.

He is the representative of the Confederação Israelita do Brasil (CONIB) for inter-faith dialogue and is the Coordinator of the Jewish Delegation at the National Commission for Catholic Jewish Dialogue of the CNBB (National Conference of Brazilian Bishops). In 2013 he was in Doha, Qatar to participate in the Tenth Doha Conference on Inter-faith Dialogue.

Topic: The issue of gender in Judaism – the evolution from the patriarchal society to the inclusive society
Rabino Ruben Sternschein

Rabbi at the Congregação Israelita Paulista since January 2008, Rubén has a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's in Jewish Philosophy from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he also completed his Doctorate in Jewish Philosophy. He was ordained rabbi at the Hebrew Union College where he also got his Masters degree in Jewish Sciences.

Topic: Democratic Halakha? The individual and tradition in Judaism today
Sally Gansievich

Director of the Escuela Comunitaria Arlene Fern and Director of the Centro Comunitário Judaica Belgrano in Buenos Aires.

Edy Huberman

Executive Director of the Fundación Judaica.

Topic: Doing your best – Work and passion in community service

Mona Dorf

Multimedia journalist with over 30 years of experience in TV, radio and Internet. Was a newscaster for news programs at Globo, TV Cultura and other networks. Developed projects at Jovem Pan, Eldorado, AOL and Terra.