Keynote Speakers

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Lorena Ochoa

Lorena Ochoa was born on November 15 in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco. An athlete, mother, entrepreneur, and an unbreakable promoter of golf in Mexico. She was the best player in the world for 157 consecutive weeks (April 2007-April 2010).

Ochoa began her professional career in May 2002; she conquered 27 tournaments in the LPGA, including 2 majors. She was named one of the World’s Most Powerful People in 2008, same year she was listed as one of the 100 Most Influential People by TIME.

In 2010, Ochoa paused her professional career as a golf player to focus on her Foundation, which started in 1998 focused on the education of low-income children. It currently it supports 360 students through altruistic activities.

In March of 2012, she became the host of the TV show ‘Vive el Golf’ that airs on CNN en Español with a rating of 34 million people. A 30-minute show that shows how golf is growing and getting more popular in Latin America.

Mother of 3 kids, Pedro (9), Julia (7) and Diego (5) she is happy married with Andres Conesa and lives in México City.

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Francesco Lotoro

Born in 1964 in Barletta (Italy), Francesco Lotoro is a pianist, composer and conductor in addition to being a piano professor at the “U. Giordano” Music Conservatory, in Foggia. He obtained his piano diploma at the “N. Piccinni” Music Conservatory in Bari, then continued his piano studies with Kornel Zempleny and Laszlo Almasy at the “F. Liszt” Music Academy in Budapest, and fine-tuned his studies with Viktor Merzhanov, Tamas Vasary and Aldo Ciccolini.

For the past 30 years, he has tirelessly been involved in recovering, studying, revising, archiving, executing, recording and promoting thousands of works of concentrationary music. He has recovered over 8,000 scores – often produced in a condition of deprivation of the most elementary human rights, in concentration, extermination and civil and military imprisonment camps all over the world between 1933 (opening of the KZ Dachau) to 1953 (death of Joseph Stalin and amnesty for Gulag prisoners).

He is the author – as pianist, organist, conductor – of the Encyclopaedia in 24 CD–volumes KZ Musik (Musikstrasse – ICML), containing 407 works written in civilian and military captivity during the Second World War, and of the Anthology of Concentrationary Music.

Currently is working on the edition of the Encyclopaedia Thesaurus Musicae Concentrationariae, a monumental multi- volume work dedicated to music written in concentration camps and to all related composers.

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Sharon Morgan

Sharon Leslie Morgan is a writer and genealogist. She is the founder of Our Black Ancestry (OBA), an online community dedicated to providing resources for African American genealogical research, preserving historic materials and properties, and promoting healing of wounds that are the legacy of slavery. OBA is a partner with FamilySearch on the ROAR (Reclaiming Our African Roots) Project.

Morgan is the co-author of Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade (Beacon Press, 2012). She is also a contributor to Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race & Reconciliation (Rutgers University Press, 2019) and The Little Book of Racial Healing: Coming to the Table for Truth-Telling, Liberation, and Transformation (Good Books, 2019).

In 2019, she received the James Dent Walker Award from the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS). It is the highest award that can be bestowed “upon a person who has exhibited distinguished accomplishments through a significant and measurable contribution to the research, documentation, and/or preservation of African American history.”

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Nick Vujicic

International motivational speaker and New York Times best-selling author Nick Vujicic was born in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia. Without any medical explanation or warning, Nick came into the world with neither arms nor legs.

Throughout his childhood, Nick dealt with the challenges of school and adolescence, such as bullying, self-esteem issues, depression and loneliness as he questioned why he was different from all the other kids.

As Nick grew up, he learned to deal with his disability and gradually went onto tertiary education, obtaining a double Bachelor's degree, majoring in Accounting and Financial Planning. By the age of 19, Nick started to fulfill his dream of encouraging other people through their struggles.

Nick is now a highly sought after motivational speaker travelling the world speaking and coaching others to overcome their obstacles. He has visited to over sixty-five (65) countries, met with 16 presidents, addressed 9 governments and spoken to over 6.5 million people live! He is an accomplished author with five (5) titles including a New York Times best seller “Unstoppable” and is published in over thirty languages.