We are delighted to announce that Emily Leys has joined the list of distinguished speakers for AUDACIA 2011. Emily Leys is the Global Director of Girls’ Education at Room to Read. She joined Room to Read eight years ago as the third member of its growing Global Office team and has been leading the Girls’ Education program since 2005. This holistic program supports disadvantaged girls to complete secondary school and develop the skills required to negotiate key life decisions. The Girls’ Education program includes life skills education, engages parents and communities, and provides local mentors for the over 10,000 girls that currently participate in the program in Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zambia. Emily has spent the past 15 years working on global political and social issues, and her greatest passion is promoting gender equality. She lived in South Africa for three years working on youth empowerment and successfully led a local youth program in Cape Town, for which she was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Cape Town Rotary Club. Emily earned a master’s degree in South African and African Politics from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.