Keynote & Featured Speakers

Dr. Reg Crowshoe

Dr. Dinga-Dzondo, PhD

Dr. Dinga-Dzondo, PhD

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Dr. Reg Crowshoe,  is a Blackfoot elder,  former chief of the Piikuni, bundle keeper and survivor of Alberta's Residential School system. Indigenous ways of knowing and de-colonization will be an important sub-theme woven into SWSD2020.  In this gripping keynote Crowshoe will discuss his devastating experience in Canada's residential school system, and how returning to Indigenous culture and ceremony helped him to heal, and better cope with his past. He is now able to focus on helping the next generation by passing on his wisdom to his own community as well as working to help bridge the gap toward reconciliation with settler communities. Crowshoe will talk about creating ethical spaces where settlers and Indigenous peoples can meet.

Dr. Dinga-Dzondo, PhD

Dr. Dinga-Dzondo, PhD

Dr. Dinga-Dzondo, PhD

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Dr. Dinga-Dzondo, PhD, is the Minister of Social Affairs and Humanitarian Action in the Republic of Congo. This agency has the mission of ensuring the prevention, protection, care, promotion and empowerment of vulnerable people. 

As Minister, Dinga-Dzondo has created the vision to strengthen social work as key component for achieving sustainable social development.  In her keynote address, Minister Dinga-Dzondo will discuss the challenges, successes and critical importance of social work in future social development.

Dr. Alicia Kirchner

Dr. Dinga-Dzondo, PhD

Dr. Alicia Kirchner

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Dr. Kirchner is the Governor of the Argentinian province of Santa Cruz and is internationally known and respected for her role in creating social change as a policy maker and government leader. 

Dr. Kirchner was formerly the Minister of Social Development for Argentina (2003–2005, 2006-15) where her achievements included working with the Argentine Federation of Professional Associations of Social Service to pass the Federal Law of Social Work in Argentina, Law (No. 27.072.) 

Dr. Alicia Kirchner

Dr. Arikana Chihombori Quao

Dr. Alicia Kirchner

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Dr. Kirchner is the Governor of the Argentinian province of Santa Cruz and is internationally known and respected for her role in creating social change as a policy maker and government leader. 

Dr. Kirchner was formerly the Minister of Social Development for Argentina (2003–2005, 2006-15) where her achievements included working with the Argentine Federation of Professional Associations of Social Service to pass the Federal Law of Social Work in Argentina, Law (No. 27.072.) 

Dr. Arikana Chihombori Quao

Dr. Arikana Chihombori Quao

Dr. Arikana Chihombori Quao

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Dr. Arikana Chihombori Quao was born in Zimbabwe but moved to the U.S. where she became a successful physician and entrepreneur. She was appointed as  African Union representative and Ambassador to the United States in 2017, where she was incredibly outspoken about colonialialim . In particular, she singled out France in a speech, saying, "Today, France is taking out of Francophone Africa over US$500 billion...” She was removed from this position in 2019, which created an uproar, and a petition calling for her reinstatement.  At SWSD2020 she is expected to address IFSW's Global Agenda for 2020-30 addressing the beed to breakdown colonial structures, and bring African states and the world's African Diaspora population together.  Read more.

Dr. Cindy Blackstock

Dr. Arikana Chihombori Quao

Dr. Arikana Chihombori Quao

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Dr. Cindy Blackstock, PhD is a member of the Gitksan First Nation and a Professor of Social Work, she's been called Canada’s ‘relentless moral voice’ for  the rights of Indigenous children. She has devoted her life to  mobilizing attention and action against the systemic inequalities in  public services experienced by First Nations children, youth and  families.

Dr. Victor Paul

Dr. Angelo McClain, PhD

Dr. Angelo McClain, PhD

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Dr. Victor Paul, PhD, is the Head of the Department of Social Work and Sociology at CHRIST University, Bangalore, India.  Paul's keynote address will focus on how his projects empowering women have led to real social change.   Paul has 33 years of professional experience working with Corporations, NGOs and Academic Institutions. Paul is a graduate in Economics and Law.  He holds a master’s degree in Social Work and a Ph.D in Sociology. 

Dr. Angelo McClain, PhD

Dr. Angelo McClain, PhD

Dr. Angelo McClain, PhD

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Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW, is CEO of the National Association of Social Workers and President of the National Association of Social Workers Foundation. 

NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in America with over 100,000 members. NASW promotes, the Profession of social work and social workers, and advocates for sound social policies that improve well-being for individuals, families and communities.