Keynote Speakers

Federico Lombardi, SJ
Director, Holy See Press Office
The Vatican
“Staying Faithful to the Jesuit Mission in our Schools”
Fr. Federico Lombardi S.I. a Jesuit priest, is director general of the Vatican Television Centre and of Vatican Radio and, since July 2006, also director of the Holy See Press Office. Born in 1942, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1960. He studied philosophy in Gallarate, mathematics in Turin and theology in Frankfurt am Main. From 1973 to 1984 he was editor and later vice director of the magazine Civiltà Cattolica. He served as the provincial of the Jesuit Province of Italy from 1984 to 1990, and became director of programmes for Vatican Radio in 1991. At the ICJSE, Father Lombardi will speak on how Jesuit educators, as a network, can best stay faithful to the very essence of the society – the Jesuit Mission.


José Alberto Mesa, SJ, PhD
Secretary for Secondary and Pre-secondary Education
Society of Jesus
“An Eye to the Future: Our Continued Collaboration”
José Alberto Mesa, SJ is the Secretary for Secondary and Pre-secondary Education for the Society of Jesus throughout the world. As such, he is responsible for the coordination of the Jesuit school global network. Aside from his primary role as a member of the Jesuit Curia, this year Father Mesa is a visiting professor in the Cultural and Educational Policy Studies program at Loyola University in Chicago. Father Mesa will open the Colloquium by sharing his vision of the direction of our Jesuit network of secondary schools in the 21st century. Father Mesa will also guide a discussion on how we can best continue our collaborative efforts following the Colloquium.


Vivien Stewart
Vice President of Education
Asia Society
“A Classroom as Wide as the World”
Vivien Stewart is Senior Advisor for Education at Asia Society. For the past ten years, she has been responsible for its programs to promote the study of Asia and other world regions, cultures, languages, and global issues in America’s schools and for building connections between U.S. and Asian education leaders. Her recent book, A World-Class Education describes what the U.S. can learn from high-performing education systems around the world.

Ms. Stewart has had a long involvement with education and youth affairs. She directed the children, youth and education programs at Carnegie Corporation of New York and led the shaping of reform agendas in early childhood education, urban school reform, science education, teaching as a profession, and healthy adolescent development.

Ms. Stewart serves as a board member of ACT, the Education Development Center, National Center on Education and the Economy, and the Longview Foundation for Education in World Affairs and International Understanding. She has also served as Senior Policy Advisor to the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, and to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and been a Visiting Scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She received her B.A. and M.Phil. degrees from Oxford University.

At the ICJSE, Ms. Stewart will highlight the importance of global programs within educational institutions and offer practical ways we can actively prepare our students to be leaders in an increasingly globalized world.


Daniel Patrick Huang, SJ, PhD
General Counselor and Regional Assistant for Asia Pacific
Society of Jesus
“Maintaining our Jesuit Identity in the 21st Century”
Daniel Patrick Huang entered the Jesuits in 1980. After ordination to the priesthood in 1988, he obtained a doctorate in theology from the Catholic University of America in 1996. From 1996 to 2004, he taught systematic theology at Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University. He served as Rector of San Jose Seminary, a national inter-diocesan seminary in Manila, from 2000 to 2004, and was Provincial Superior of the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus from 2004 to 2008. During GC 35, in 2008, he was appointed General Counselor and Regional Assistant for Asia Pacific by Fr. General Adolfo Nicolas. At the ICJSE, Father Huang will explore what implications the evolving sense of Jesuit identity today has for institutions that bear the name “Jesuit”.


Rev. Martin T. Connell, SJ, PhD
Founding Headmaster, St Peter Claver High School
“In the Footsteps of Saint Ignatius: Ignatian Educators as Pilgrims on the way”
Fr. Connell entered the Jesuits in 1981 after graduating from St. John’s Jesuit High School, Toledo, Ohio, USA. He did his regency at St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, where he returned after ordination to serve as the Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs. As the principal at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, he began a program of faculty development based on providing teachers opportunities to have discussions about their teaching in small groups. The success of this program – called “colleagues in conversation” – served as an impetus for him to do further research on teacher learning, which he did as part of a PhD program in the anthropology of education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His doctoral research and subsequent research has concentrated on teacher conversations as resources for teacher learning. In 2009, after serving four years in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, USA, Fr. Connell accepted an invitation to serve as the founding headmaster at St. Peter Claver High School in Dodoma, Tanzania. Father Connell will explain how we can be guided by the life of St. Ignatius and the Spiritual Exercises in our work as Jesuit educators.


Chris Lowney
Author and Lecturer
“Leadership: Born from the Jesuit Mission”
Chris Lowney, formerly a Jesuit seminarian, later served as a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan & Co in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and London until leaving the firm in 2001. He served successively on Morgan’s Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Investment Banking Management Committees.

His first book, Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World, was the #1 ranked bestseller of the CBPA and was named a finalist for a 2003 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord magazine. It has been translated into ten languages. He is also author of Heroic Living: Discover Your Purpose and Change the World, and A Vanished World: Medieval Spain’s Golden Age of Enlightenment, which was nominated for La Corónica award. Chris was featured in the PBS-aired documentary, Cities of Light, which echoed many of the book’s key themes.

He currently serves on the board of CHI, a healthcare system comprising more than 70 hospitals across the United States. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University, where he also received his M.A. He is holder of five honorary Doctoral degrees. Mr. Lowney has spoken to countless Jesuit communities about the power of Ignatian leadership, and for the first time will do so with a focus on the entire network of Jesuit secondary schools.


Daniel Villanueva, SJ
Assistant Director
Fundación Entreculturas – Fe y Alegría
“The Jesuit Network and Technology”
Daniel Villanueva, SJ is a Spanish Jesuit priest working as assistant director of Entreculturas – Fe y Alegría foundation, a Jesuit NGO of the province of Spain. As Jesuit and computer science engineer he has always looked for venues to integrate social justice, pastoral work, technology and networks. He directed the African department of Entreculturas and has extensive experience in Africa with the Jesuit Refugee Service. He has been promoting the use of information and communication technologies within the Jesuit international network including leading digital communications in Rome during the last General Congregation (2008), and in Madrid, during the MAGIS experience on World Youth Day (2011). He authored a thesis entitled “The Jesuit Way of Going Global” which speaks on the potential of the Jesuit network to answer global challenges to faith and justice, using JRS as a model of Jesuit transnational platform. Last April he worked with the Jesuit Institute and the Graduate School of Social work at Boston College in the organization of a conference of International Jesuit Networking. Villanueva joins us in Boston to highlight the various methods and importance of using technology within the Society of Jesus to enhance the work we do at the international level.


Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, SJ, PhD
Provincial of the Eastern Africa Province
Society of Jesus
“When I First Went to School, There was No School”
Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, SJ is a Nigerian Jesuit currently serving in Kenya as the Provincial of the Eastern African Province, a position he has held since 2009. An author, editor, and lecturer at Hekima College Jesuit School of Theology in Nairobi, Kenya, Father Orobator specializes in ethics and theology in the church and religion in African society. His most recent work, Reconciliation, Justice, and Peace: The Second African Synod (Orbis Books, 2011), addresses the relationship between African religions and Christian teachings of the Catholic Church in Africa. At the ICJSE, Father Orobator will lead participants in a reflection on education as accompaniment, solidarity and compassion.