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Wednesday October 5, 2022
15:00pm - 16:00pm SC 206 A,B,C

SDG 16   

SDG 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels


Moderator Felipe Queipo - United Nations


Mr. Felipe Queipo began his United Nations career at the NGO Relations & Advocacy Section of the Department of Public Information (DPI) in 2008. He currently serves as the Communications Officer responsible for outreach, engagement and global communications with civil society within the recently renamed Department of Global Communications (DGC). 

Mr. Queipo is a member of the United Nations Speakers Bureau, and travels extensively invited to speak at conferences, forums and academic institutions on civil society and public diplomacy, the role of youth in the international arena, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, among other subjects. His presentations are dynamic and participatory, and he is often invited to address young audiences given his capacity building approach to youth empowerment and engagement. He has given presentations at conferences in Australia, England, Germany, Kenya, Malaysia and Thailand among others. He is also the focal point for technology and social media platforms in the Civil Society Unit in DGC and is a strong advocate of new information tools and their role in developing effective communication and media strategies. In this capacity, he assists civil society organizations in developing media policies and strategies to increase the efficacy of their outreach efforts in support of the United Nations. 

Mr. Queipo is also the focal point for faith-based organizations within DGC. In this capacity, he leads the team that organizes the "Focus on Faith" briefings within the Department, an initiative that studies the links between faith traditions and religious organizations, and the work and mission of the United Nations. The Focus on Faith Series has explored, amongst other themes, the role that gender plays in religious institutions, the contribution of religious organizations in preventing violent extremism, as well as the efforts to address the refugee and migrants crises around the globe and the resettlement work of governments and faith-based civil society.

Before Graduating from Brigham Young University Idaho, where he studied Political Science, Mr. Queipo studied Theology and Biology in Spain, emphasizing his training on Political and Social Theology.


Maggie O’Donnell - Responsible Business Initiative


Maggie O’Donnell is the Senior Campaign Manager at the Responsible Business Initiative for Justice (RBIJ). In this role, she helps oversee the day-to-day operations of various campaigns that work to reduce mass incarceration, end extreme punishment, and provide opportunities for people who have experience in the justice system. She works in collaboration with businesses and advocates at the city, state, and national level.

Maggie joins RBIJ from the National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC), where she provided direct guidance and technical assistance to criminal justice practitioners and advocates in the U.S. and internationally. As a Field Advisor, Maggie oversaw the implementation of a leading violence reduction strategy and managed partnerships with elected officials, senior law enforcement, policymakers, and community leaders across the U.S. She also led the NNSC’s strategic response to COVID-19. Prior to this Maggie worked for the Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington, D.C., where she lobbied on a diverse portfolio of international human rights issues with a focus on militarism and civil liberties. Maggie holds a BA in Peace Studies from Goucher College where she graduated cum laude.

Kim Sadique - De Montfort University


Kim Sadique is Associate Professor and Head of Community and Criminal Justice Division at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. She is an activist criminologist working in the field of atrocity prevention. Kim is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Prevention of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity and Chair of the East Midlands Regional Board for Remembering Srebrenica UK. Her most recent publication: 'I feel like I can't do a lot': Affectivity, reflection and action in 'Transformative' genocide education, explores educational trips to sites of mass atrocity from a visitor perspective.

Ryan Koch - International Affairs


Ryan Koch was appointed the Director of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Public and International Affairs Office in New York City in 2014. In this capacity, Ryan oversees the Church’s outreach to the diplomatic communities in New York and at the United Nations, including representing Latter-day Saint Charities, the Church’s humanitarian arm. Ryan is also responsible for directing the work of the Church’s office in Geneva, Switzerland.Ryan was the recipient of Utah Valley University’s Atlas Award in 2021.

Prior to his work for the Church of Jesus Christ, Ryan spent 11 years as a Public Diplomacy Officer for the U.S. State Department. During this time, he served abroad at the U.S. Embassies in Manila, Philippines; Kyiv, Ukraine; and Stockholm, Sweden. He also spent three years in Washington, where he was heavily involved in the State Department’s social media efforts.

Ryan has a degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University and speaks Swedish, German and Russian. The son of an Air Force pilot, Ryan has lived at thirty-five different addresses, but has finally found his home in New Jersey. Ryan and his wife Laura are the parents of four splendid children.