Mr. Drew Edwards
Position: International Development Practitioner, Pangea Educational Development
Country: United States of America
Drew Edwards, an international development practitioner, was born and raised in Rochester, Michigan in the United States. After graduating from secondary school, Drew took a gap year of service, and became dedicated to exploring tangible, empowering solutions to the causes of displacement and the global education deficit. Drew graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor of arts in international studies with a concentration in forced migration and a minor in community service studies. He studied the causes and consequences of migration for children as a Vincentian Mission Fellow, founded Pangea Educational Development (PED), and served as captain of the men’s track and field team. On graduation, Drew was honored with the St. Vincent de Paul Award, the university’s highest student honor. In 2013 Drew moved to Uganda full-time as PED’s Director of International Operations. He then served as Manager of Project Hello World, an organization using technology innovation to bring education resources to the world’s most remote and isolated children. He has since returned to PED, embarking on a new literacy project with the organization. Throughout his studies and career he has centered his work on international education and the development of sustainable, community-led solutions while maintaining a keen focus on displacement. He has spoken on education, migration, and development for several platforms including UNESCO, NPR, SXSW, and at universities around the globe.