Panel Discussion: Internationalization and the SDGs


Monika Froehler

Chief Executive Officer, Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens
Vienna, Austria

Monika Froehler is CEO of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and is a passionate change maker, advocate, founder and speaker. She was entrusted to create the BKMC after working at the UN in Geneva, NY and Vienna, the EU, the Austrian Foreign Ministry and in field missions around the globe. She is passionate about the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. Throughout her career she managed to support hundreds of women, young people and communities all over the globe e.g. working in Africa and Latin America to ban landmines; working to improve hospital care in rural Central Asia and Africa; assisting in eco-friendly city planning in Asia and bettering the living conditions of women in the Middle East and West-Africa.

Andrea Baumann

Associate Vice-President, Global Health, Faculty of Health Sciences
McMaster University

Andrea Baumann RN, PhD, FAAN, C.M. is the Associate Vice-President of Global Health, Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre in Primary Care and Health Human Resources at McMaster University. She has experience creating international partnerships within an SDG framework. She has developed and directed projects and initiatives to advance equitable, inclusive and sustainable high-quality education and support institutional capacity building and strengthening. Dr. Baumann has over 200 peer-reviewed publications and has written and contributed to several books. She has received numerous awards, including the Order of Canada in July 2018.

Meghna Ramaswamy

Director of International Office
University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Meghna Ramaswamy is the Director of the International Office at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, where she leads a team to support the university’s strategy on internationalization and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She is an executive and steering committee member of the Commission of International Initiatives at the Association of Public Land Universities, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities Higher Education and SDGs Network. She chairs the Saskatchewan Education Alliance on international research and SDGs with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Government of Saskatchewan, Canada, and has published peer-reviewed book chapters and manuscripts on the SDGs. Recently she contributed to a practical guide on “Accelerating education for the SDGs in universities” by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Dr. Ramaswamy has a BSc Microbiology (Kings College London, UK), MSc Virology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK) and a PhD in Clinical infection (University College London, UK).

Charles Hopkins

York University

Charles Hopkins holds the UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability at York University conducting research on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and coordinating two research networks. The first network is comprised of teacher education institutions spanning 50 countries, focusing on the SDGs and the Global Education 2030 Agenda. The second network covering 40 countries aims to embed sustainability in curricula to improve the education of Indigenous youth.

He is advisor to the UN University’s Institute of Advanced Studies in Sustainability and their Global Network of Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD, and Co-Director of the Asia-Pacific Institute on ESD in Beijing China.

Charles has a long relationship with education and sustainability and has been a continuous part of UNESCO’s efforts. Beginning in 1989 as part of the UN preparation team for the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Hopkins was a drafter of Chapter 36 of Agenda 21: Promoting Education, Public Awareness and Training.

Omar Hernández

Omar Hernández

Public Information Officer
United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)

Before joining the UN Academic Impact, Omar worked as Volunteer and Conference Management Specialist for the UN Climate Change Secretariat and as a Consultant for the “Education for Justice” initiative of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. In his home country, Venezuela, Omar was an International News Analyst and Editor in a local media outlet including assignments as Temporary Correspondent at the UN in Geneva, and while being a member of the UN Association of Venezuela and the Academic Council on the UN System, he was a Professor of International Journalism and International Public Law at Andrés Bello Catholic University. He has a Master’s degree in Cooperation for Development with Specialization in International Humanitarian Aid, a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Freedom of Expression and Right to Information, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies.