Our Speakers


Jacqueline Aldrovandi

Jacqueline Aldrovandi

Born and raised north of Toronto, Canada, Jacqueline Aldrovandi is living the dream trying to find a balance between her love for working with youth and her passion for international development.  Jacqueline was a full-time member of the JUMP! team in Beijing from 2011-2014, acting as a Partnership Manager, China Program Director, and most recently as the Global Program Director.  Before moving to China, she spent eight years working at a summer camp for inner city girls and volunteering in rural Thailand at a children’s home for displaced youth. Jacqueline has also worked as an intern at Free The Children in Toronto and as a research assistant for the 2010 Millennium Summit/Sommet du Millénaire in Montréal. She loves baking, reading, playing, laughing, and spending time with her family and friends. Jacqueline holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a double minor in International Development and Educational Psychology from McGill University in Montréal.

Justin Bedard

Justin Bedard

Born in Lilongwei, Malawi, Justin Bedard spent his childhood playing in the islands of Indonesia and his formative years exploring the depth and history of culture in China. He now lives in Bangkok, Thailand and is the Executive Director of the JUMP! Foundation, a non-profit social enterprise focused on leadership development.  Justin has a strong passion for community development and educational innovation, and he is recognized for his commitment to youth programs around the world.  Justin has filled his life with adventure guiding, organizational consulting, leadership facilitation, community development, and time playing in the wilderness. He is a co-founder of the JUMP! Foundation and has been a key driving force behind JUMP’s growth and development since 2006. In addition to his work with JUMP!, Justin currently sits on the board of directors for two non-profits:  Educo Canada (British Columbia, Canada) & Sports Beijing (Beijing, China).  Justin has also been a key contributor to the development of the Global Issues Network (GIN) as an advisor on GIN’s International Council of Advisors, and was co-creator of the WAB Wild Outdoor Education Program at the Western Academy of Beijing.  Justin has been awarded the Canadian St. John’s Ambulance Award of Merit and the Dragon Award for Courage and Service to Humanity. He is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences and has spoken at Round Square International Conferences, the Round Square Regional Conference for Africa, the Round Square Regional Conference for Australia, TEDx Events, East Asian Conference for Overseas Schools Conferences, the European Council of International Schools Conference, and Global Issues Network Conferences in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. Most importantly, Justin is a passionate mountaineer and enjoys spending as much time as he can on mountain peaks around the world.

Dan Kinzer

Dan Kinzer

Dan Kinzer came to JUMP! after several years of working as an international school educator in the Caribbean and East Asia, where he taught Theory of Knowledge, IB Psychology, Humanities and History; was the faculty advisor for the Global Issues Network student groups; and coached several varsity basketball and volleyball teams. Dan has also spent time in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Suriname, Peru, and the Philippines, working to empower youth in developing communities. Before joining the international school scene, Dan taught in a large public high school in northwest Florida and served as a wilderness counselor and teacher for ‘at-risk’ youth with Eckerd Youth Alternatives. Dan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where he also pursued his passions for adventure and exploration by white water rafting, rock climbing, surfing, and trekking. Dan is a PADI Advanced Open Water scuba diver, has surfed waves breaking on the shores of six continents, and also loves mountaineering. He enjoys laughing at himself while he wanders his way through broken Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and hopes to learn many more languages as he makes his way around the world. Dan finds so much to learn, and so much room to grow, in adventures of all kinds; and his greatest joy is sharing in these adventures with his wife, daughter, son, friends, and other curious minds.

Frank Cohn

Frank Cohn

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Frank has worked with youth and community groups in over 100 rural villages and urban neighborhoods in almost 20 countries in Latin America and Asia.  He is the Executive Director and founder of Global Potential, a youth leadership organization with 120 volunteers operating out of offices in 3 cities. Since 2007, Global Potential has provided over 2500 youth from inner-city and rural communities in New York, Boston, Paris, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua, with transformative life experiences through travel, cultural exchange, service learning, and experiential education. Frank also works as a management, program development/evaluation, and leadership consultant for several other non-profit organizations, currently as a Parent Leadership Consultant for Cool Culture in New York’s Chinatown. His previous work includes Field Director for an NGO in Central America and with the United Nations in Social Policy and Development. Frank was selected in 2011 as the New Yorker of the Week by NY1 Television, and in 2010 won the Emerging Social Worker Award from the National Association of Social Workers – NYC Chapter, and was designated a “Robin Hood Lionheart”. In 2008 he was a ‘We Are All Brooklyn’ Fellow and is currently on their advisory committee, and in 2005 he was the Founding President of the Columbia University Partnership for International Development (CUPID). Frank brings 13 years of managerial and supervisory experience with designing, running, evaluating, and overcoming challenges within community service and development programs. He is a graduate lecturer at Rutgers University and Columbia University, and guest lectures and keynotes for various universities and events. Frank conducts training in 5 languages, around the world, on Non-Profit Management, Experiential Education, Social Entrepreneurship, Communication, Stress Management, and Team Building; for corporations, grassroots community groups, non-profit organizations, school administrators and teachers, and students. Frank holds his Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, specializing in International Social Development and Social Enterprise Administration, and speaks fluent French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Haitian Creole, and is functional in several other languages.

Tara Yip-Bannicq

Tara Yip-Bannicq

No stranger to issues of international development and crisis management, Tara Yip-Bannicq has spent the last ten years working on and managing complex projects in the United Kingdom, China, Indonesia, Guatemala, and most recently, Haiti. She has extensive experience facilitating collaborations in fast-paced environments and emergency situations with low infrastructure and among diverse stakeholders, including governments, multinational organizations, private sector companies and communities. Most recently, as a community development officer for UNICEF Haiti, Tara employed human-centered program design to coordinate a national program for the Haitian government in partnership with the World Bank and UNICEF. Her most recent project involved identifying and visually mapping Haiti’s most vulnerable population using a socio-economic census and establishing a network of 200 community-based agents to accompany vulnerable families according to their personal needs. A youth champion, Tara has previously supported youth leadership conferences in Haiti for the JUMP Foundation, which she represented at the UN Commission for Sustainable Development; designed and implemented a Scholarship Programme as the Haiti education coordinator for European Disaster Volunteers; and served as the Haiti country representative for Future Generations. She serves as the Haiti ambassador for the One/Thousand Network (formerly Sandbox), a global community of young entrepreneurs and serves on the boards of EduHaitian & Jacob’s Colour Link Initiative.

A dual French-American citizen, Tara holds a Master’s in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford. In addition to her native English and French, she speaks fluent Spanish, Bahasa Indonesia, and Haitian Creole, and has working proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. When she’s not at work, she can be found up a mountain or on a Caribbean beach.

Tara has spoken on JUMP!’s behalf on three occasions: the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development in 2010 in NYC on ‘Youth for Positive Change,’ in Beijing in January 2011 on the Haiti Rise Campaign, and in Brunei in March 2015 on ‘Combatting Global Diseases.’

 

d’Arcy Lunn

d’Arcy Lunn

d’Arcy Lunn is from Australia, once-upon-a-time-ago but in the past 15 years is more of a global citizen nomad. He is a registered teacher and educator who is passionate about teaching, sharing, volunteering, travel and learning. For the past 15 years his passions have taken him to more than 65 countries around the world – including Kyrgyzstan, Arctic Canada and most recently Africa, working with UNICEF in Uganda and South Sudan.

Since 2009 d’Arcy has delivered a mix of information and inspiration in over 400 presentations and workshops to a blend of audiences from schools, universities, hospitals, businesses, community groups, panels, Rotary, government, at conferences and in many other forums.

The relationship between JUMP! and d’Arcy is something special. JUMP! and d’Arcy try to be in the same place at the same time as often as possible and he is has been a senior facilitator on many JUMP! programs. In 2014 d’Arcy represented JUMP! and delivered a global citizenship presentation tour speaking to more than 80 groups, in seven countries, to over 5000 people and in just two months.

d’Arcy’s vast array of experiences has seen him work as an educator, project innovator, campaign manager, program manager and communications specialist.

When not working with developing countries he is usually on global awareness presentation tours, walking and cycling journeys, building tiny houses or creating and managing projects for polio eradication and the betterment of the planet and people.

d’Arcy’s dream and daily life is dedicated to see of a world without extreme poverty for everyone, everywhere & forever!

Alexandra MacLeish

Alexandra MacLeish

Alexandra MacLeish developed a passion for experiential education during her college years at Duke University. As a former athlete, Alex was eager to find another venue for the non-traditional learning that came from being part of a team. In 2010, she began volunteering for The Grassroot Project (TGP), an organization run by student-athletes that uses the power of play to educate at-risk youth in Washington, DC about HIV/AIDS. TGP’s model struck a chord and inspired Alex to start her own organization in the Duke and Durham communities. Alex came to JUMP! as part of the Princeton in Asia fellowship in 2012 and loves that she’s able to bring experiential learning to young people all around the world.