As participation in the “Conversation with The Little Prince” writing contest can be in any of the 6 official languages of the United Nations, the Organising Committee* will make a pre-selection of 10 of the most imaginative and inspiring texts in each of these languages in December 2020, i.e. 10 finalists per language and 60 finalists in total.
For each language, a jury - made up of 3 personalities emblematic of the world of Art, Science and Education - will select a Laureate among the 10 finalists.
Kiran Bir Sethi is a Designer who became a Teacher, a Principal who grew into an Education Reformer and subsequently morphed into a Social Entrepreneur. A trained Graphic Designer, she comfortably uses the language of Design – iteration, prototype, design specs – to develop not only curriculum innovation, but also community-based Social Programmes.
After graduating from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad (India) in 1989, Kiran successfully ran her own Graphic Design Firm for over a decade. She moved into Education when she founded The Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India in 2001, which is now viewed as a Laboratory to prototype “design processes” that enables “transformative” student learning experiences.
Kiran is also the founder of 'aProCh'—an initiative to make our cities more child friendly, for which she was awarded the Ashoka Fellow in 2008. In 2009, she received the "Call to Conscience Award" by the King Centre at Stanford.
In 2009, Kiran launched “Design for Change” (DFC) which uses a simple 4 step design framework – FIDS (Feel, Imagine, Do, Share) to cultivate the I CAN mind-set in all children. Today, DFC is the world's largest movement of change - of and by children, and is in 60+ countries — impacting over 2.2 million children and 65,000 Teachers.
Laureate of the first edition of the Yidan Prize for Education Development (2017) and 2013 WISE Prize for Education Laureate, Vicky Colbert is founder and director of Fundación Escuela Nueva. Colbert is a Sociologist from Javeriana University in Colombia and pursued her graduate studies in Sociology of Education at Stanford University in the United States. In 2015, the American University of Nigeria distinguished her with an Honoris Causa Doctorate in Philosophy. She is co-author of the worldwide renowned Escuela Nueva model and was its first National Coordinator. Colbert has pioneered, expanded and sustained this educational innovation from many organizational spheres: as Viceminister of Education of Colombia, UNICEF´s Education Adviser for LAC and now from Fundación Escuela Nueva (FEN), an NGO she founded to ensure its quality, sustainability and innovation. She has been recognized with several awards and distinctions in the fields of leadership and social entrepreneurship, such as the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the Clinton Global Citizenship Award and the Kravis Prize. She has also been recognized as Outstanding Social Entrepreneur by the Schwab Foundation, Ashoka and the World Technology Network.
Lebanese illustrator, painter, collagist and engraver born in 1986 in Lebanon. Based in Angoulême since September 2012. Passionate about painting, and more broadly, art and travel. Interested in illustration, drawing, collage and all narrative techniques. Graduated with a Master’s degree in Comic Art from the EESI of Angoulême in 2014, a second Master of Design Packaging & Communication from the CEPE of Angoulême in 2015 and a third Master of Artistic Practices and Social Action from the University Bordeaux Montaigne in 2017. He draws his inspiration from French and Lebanese cultures, from which he develops his own pictorial language. He has exhibited his work in Bordeaux, Poitiers, Angoulême (La Maison des Auteurs), La Rochefoucauld, Marburg in Germany and in Lebanon in 2019 with the French Institute of Beirut, entitled the "Beirut-Angoulême-Bordeaux" exhibition.
Claudie Haigneré is a rheumatologist and the first French female astronaut selected by CNES, in 1985. She took part in two space missions, first on board the MIR station in 1996, then on board the space station for ESA in 2001. She became Deputy Minister for Research and New Technologies in 2002, then Deputy Minister for European Affairs in 2004. In 2009, she was chosen to merge the Palais de la Découverte and the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, thereby creating Universcience. She is now working at ESA on the concepts of manned space exploration.
Professor of Arabic language and literature
Dounya was born in 1991 in France to a German mother and a Syrian Father. She grew up in Paris, where she completed two master’s degrees : “Communication and Journalism” from CELSA and “Comparative Literature” from Sorbonne University. In her thesis, she focused on the modern novel, where she explored theoretical questions like the definition of new literary genres. She feels deeply rooted in both German and Arabic cultures and has been on various academic and professional assignments in Munich, Berlin, Beirut, Damascus and Tunis. After having specialized in Arabic literature, she passed the competitive examination of the French Ministry of National Education and has since been teaching Arabic in high schools and in higher education institutions (INALCO and Sciences Po). She regularly publishes articles on cultural and literary subjects in Arabic newspapers.
Ekaterina Loshkareva, R&D Director for WorldSkills Russia, Official Delegate to WorldSkills International and WorldSkills Europe, and Head of the Skills Development Working Group within BRICS Business Council.
Throughout her 15 years of experience in the skills development field, Ekaterina has worked in partnership with multiple business, non-profit, governmental, and industrial institutions to bring a solution to complex issues and global challenges of our society.
In 2013-2016, as a Head of the Skills development for industrial growth department in the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, Ekaterina was responsible for the establishment and development of WorldSkills Russia. She worked on the design and implementation of the WorldSkills Hi-tech Competition in 2014 - 2015, organized the project of Dual Education for TVET in 13 pilot regions, and designed the skills development for industrial growth regional standard. Her major fields of research are global trends and the future skills for new and transforming economies.
Angel Llacer is a Catalonian actor, director and teacher, having taught acting at ESADE for several years. For the past ten years Angel has been directing the Little Prince-themed play 'El Petit Princep' in Barcelona, which has proven to be a resounding success each year.
Leonora is the Director of Rose Development Consultants, a firm specialising in delivering projects and advisory services with a focus on international education development, and is currently serving as the #LearningPlanet’s Head of Partnerships. A former Philosophy teacher, and a specialist in literacy, gender, and early childhood development, she has taught in the UK, France, Uganda and Hong Kong, implementing improvement programmes with students and teachers to impact learning outcomes.
Through her twelve years of professional experience, Leonora has served as Chief Operating Officer for Aqua Africa, a social impact business developing and implementing government-to-government water projects in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as Head of Partnerships and Ghana Country Director for the Varkey Foundation, where she was responsible for four large-scale donor-funded education pilot projects, and a nationwide school leadership project in partnership with the Ministry of Education, as well as the development of the Foundation’s relationship-building with leaders in government and non-government institutions.
Leonora’s work in education has won prizes from WISE and UNESCO, and has taken her to numerous countries across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Pavel Luksha is a global thinker, change catalyst, and social entrepreneur. Founder of Global Education Futures and University for the Planet, fellow of World Academy of Art & Science, co-founder of Living Cities, Future Skills R&D alliance, Future Capital, and more. He also sits on Boards of University 20.35, Whittle Schools & Studios, Russian Agency for Strategic Initiatives, Weaving Lab, and a number of EdTech startups and research institutions.
Born on 9 June 1951 in Etterbeek (Belgium), Françoise Nyssen obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 1972 and is an associate in secondary education. She then began her PhD in biochemistry. She also studied at the Institut Saint-Luc in Brussels from 1975 to 1978, where she obtained a diploma in urban planning from the Institut Supérieur d'Urbanisme et de Rénovation Urbaine in Brussels, before joining the Architecture Directorate of the Belgian Ministry of the Environment and Living Environment.
In 1980, Françoise Nyssen joined the publishing world, first as a partner and CEO of the Paradou publishing cooperative. In 1987, she became a partner and president of the management board of the publishing house Actes Sud founded by her father Hubert Nyssen, and also founded the Actes Sud bookstore.
In 2014, she founded with her husband the Ecole Domaine du possible, a school for "precocious children" in line with the Progressive Education movement. She was Minister of Culture under Edouard Philippe’s Government and under the presidency of Emmanuel Macron from May 2017 to October 2018.
Mark Osborne is an American director known for his collaboration on many successful animated films such as “Sponge Bob” and “Kung Fu Panda”, but especially for the animated film "The Little Prince", released in 2015, which he directed this time alone. The film was presented out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 and won the César for the Best Animated Film the same year. Mark Osborne is also the patron of the Antoine de Saint Exupéry Youth Foundation.
Political scientist from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan and Master's degree in Political Science from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She was director of the El Ágora Cultural Centre and consultant to the Chilean Asia-Pacific Foundation. She worked for many years in the newspaper El Mercurio. Currently, she is part of the board of Fundación Imagen Chile, the Committee of Bibliographic Recommendation for Public Libraries and the National Advisory Committee of CIGIDEN. She is the founder and president of Fundación Convivir and Fundación Puerto de Ideas, which organizes two annual festivals of cultural and scientific reflection in Valparaíso and Antofagasta, respectively.
Ms. Chiu Siu Fung Noletta entered the licensing industry for over 25 years and she works as Executive Director in the first public listed Agency in Hong Kong, Medialink Group Limited. She handles many brands such as The Little Prince, Transformer, Star Wars, Thomas & Friends, Peppa Pig, and Baby Shark in Asia. Out of all brands, The Little Prince is the brand she has handled for the longest time and this is her all-time favorite too. She has taken care of The Little Prince brand for over 17 years and now gathered more than 100 licensees in Asia. She successfully established The Little Prince as one of the best brands in Asia. Meanwhile, she never abandoned her dream of becoming a writer and debuted with her first novel <<Dynami+>>. She spent over 10 years writing this much-anticipated maiden novel <<Dynami+>>, which received high recognition from professionals. As a writer, she aims to deliver a positive message to the public. Her favourite quote from The Little Prince is “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ― Antoine de Saint Exupéry.
Co-founder and President of CRI, François Taddei advocates for the co-construction of a Learning Planet and the cultivation of learning communities that develop sustainable solutions for the education, digital, and SDG sectors. He is an alumnus of Ecole Polytechnique, a senior engineer of the Corps des Ponts, des Eaux et des Forêts. He holds a Ph.D in molecular and cellular genetics. He is an internationally renowned researcher in education and evolutionary systems biology and an Ashoka Fellow.
He served in the Scientific Advisory Board of Universcience, DGESCO and the Haut Conseil de l’Education. He is the co-commissioner of several research & education reports for the French Government, OECD, the UE, UNESCO and author of a book entitled Learning in the 21st century. He was awarded Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques . He is an honorary causa doctor from UC Louvain. In February 2020, he was awarded the Eureka North Shore Prize for the promotion of science education and outreach.
Professor Xu Jun is one of the most famous translators and translation theorists in China and the world. He serves now as the Executive Vice President of the Translators Association of China, Distinguished Professor of Zhejiang University, and Senior Advisor to Nanjing UNESCO Creative City of Literature. He has translated more than 30 French novels and works of social sciences, authored 8 monographs, and published more than 270 academic papers centering on translation studies and French literature. He sits in the Judge Panel for The Prix des cinq continents de la francophonie (literally "Prize of the five continents of the francophonie") created by the OIF.
Associate professor, Vice Dean, Xingjian College Deputy director, Center for Nano and Micro Mechanics, Tsinghua University
Luping Xu is the Vice Dean of Xingjian College and the deputy director of Center for Nano and Micro Mechanics (CNMM) of Tsinghua University, China. As a scientist he implements interdisciplinary methods to investigate the dynamics of complex living systems such as self-organization, evolutionary dynamics, innovation and learning.
In 2008 Luping created alongside Francois Taddei, the director of CRI Paris, Wiser-U, an international initiative to promote the idea of University 2.0, aiming at facilitating the growth of next generation innovators. Since then, Luping has been contributing to a series of leading education innovation programs in Tsinghua University, including leading the development of “Learning through research” system and the honor degree program in Tsinghua University. In 2015 he founded Open FIESTA, a Franco-Chinese educational program between Tsinghua and CRI, to co-explore the future of education and innovation.