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Introducing the Inspirational Speakers 2018!

We are honored to share our ten Inspirational Speakers who will join us to add color and depth to our upcoming Summit and Seminar!

In less than two weeks, our Fellows 2018 and Professional Development Educators 2018 will join us in Cambridge, MA for the 5th Annual Global Citizens Youth Summit and the inaugural Professional Development Seminar. Each day will feature an inspirational speaker to complement the day’s discussions and activities and serve to motivate, encourage, provide reflection, compel action, and stimulate creative ideas. Topics covered will include social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, leading innovation, communicating through storytelling, and the importance of finding your passion. In addition, Fellows will hear from an Ambassador on his own personal journey as a global citizen and both Educators and Fellows alike will learn about design thinking methodologies.


Mr. Kevin Zhen


Yale University

Kevin is a GCI Ambassador 2015 from Miami, FL. He attended Exeter (‘16) and lived in Cilley Hall, where he met and quickly became friends with Hiro, Yumi’s son. Not long after this friendship began, Kevin met Yumi herself, who encouraged him to apply for the second Global Citizens Youth Summit. Kevin’s Glocal Service Project was the “We All Bleed Red Project,” an arts showcase where students were challenged to answer the question: “What is it like to be __ at Exeter?” Students from all grades submitted artwork ranging from photographs to personal essays to spoken word poems. The project culminated in a gallery opening in the winter of 2015, where the exhibit was put on display for over two months. Currently, Kevin lives in Ezra Stiles College and studies Global Affairs at Yale. Outside of class, he is the Director General of Administration for the Yale Model United Nations Taiwan team and President of the Yale Breakdance Club. He is passionate about business, particularly social enterprise, and loves to travel and learn languages. His other hobbies include anime, poker, and reading fiction novels.

Mr. Eugene Korsunskiy

Lecturer in Design Thinking

Dartmouth College

Eugene Korsunskiy teaches design thinking at Dartmouth College. Prior to arriving at Dartmouth, he has taught at Stanford University and co-founded SparkTruck, a delivery van turned into a classroom-on-wheels, which he drove around the USA with shop tools and art supplies, helping elementary and middle school kids become innovative problem-solvers and develop their creative confidence. Eugene has received a Fast Company Innovation by Design Award and has been a speaker at several TEDx events and the Aspen Ideas Festival. He holds an MFA in Design from Stanford University and a BA in Art & Art History from Williams College.

Dr. Seung Kim

Director of the Stanford Diabetes Research Center

Stanford University

Dr. Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea, and immigrated to America. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard College, then received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine. He trained in medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston and in oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He and his wife Dr. Nancy Plauth have four children. Dr. Kim has been a faculty member at Stanford since 1998, and is a professor in the Departments of Developmental Biology and Medicine. He co-directed or directed the Stanford MD/PhD program from 2001 to 2013. He also teaches science at Commack High School in New York and at Exeter. Dr. Kim’s laboratory at Stanford has discovered new approaches to create and regenerate pancreatic islets, and to detect pancreatic cancer. They envision that this work will be useful for generating novel therapies for diabetes and cancer. In addition to other honors, Dr. Kim was chosen to be a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator in 2008, and received the Ho-Am Prize in Medicine in 2013. He is a recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the Excellence in Mentoring and Service Award from the Stanford Biosciences Program.

Mr. Jack Meyer

Chief Executive Officer, President, and Senior Managing Partner 

Convexity Capital

Mr. Meyer is particularly admired for his inv