Founding Director & Chief Inspiration Officer
Having formed a deep connection to the Philippines through a year of living with local communities and writing about his experience in The Genius of the Poor, Tom has dedicated the last decade in creating a wider network of changemakers and inspiring the youth through meaningful education through his inspired work as the chief leader of MAD Courses. Watch his TEDx talk here.
Education Innovator & Founding Partner
An international educator for the past 20 years, Suji’s passion lies both in democratizing education for the underserved and empowering youth to become skillful changemakers. Today, she channels her coffee addiction into the creation of innovative online courses to achieve these goals.
Program Mentor & Founding Partner
Raf has established multiple social enterprises: MAD Travel and MAD Market, alongside the Plastic Solution and the Circle Hostel. He is also a TEDx Speaker. He helps MAD develop immersive programs with local communities.
Andrea believes in the power of good storytelling. She combines her career backgrounds in creative advertising and community development to lead the creation of MAD’s core video products: Interactive Adventures and Side Quests. Her hope is that people around the world build more empathy for each other, and the planet, through the stories that MAD Courses showcases.
Shared-value Partnerships Lead with Schools
During her international business studies, Sophie was triggered by the disconnect between impact and business. She delved into social entrepreneurship across Latin America & Asia, equipping her to cultivate impactful partnerships with schools and universities
Curriculum & Impact Lead
With a degree in Business Administration and an MBA in CSR, as well as having years of experience working with local communities in the Philippines, Aline’s wealth of knowledge on the issues we tackle is extensive. Her deep passion for creating social change and inspiring local action shows in the programs and curriculums she creates for MAD Courses.
Values mean nothing if they don’t have a tangible impact on the way you approach your mission, so here’s a quick take on how our values have helped to shape us so far.
We know that empathy starts with the curiosity to explore, understand and appreciate various perspectives.
Tom, Sophie and Aline all separately arrived in the Philippines expecting to stay a few months - and ended up staying for years because of the inspiring people they met there!
We believe in and rely on authentic relationships. We hold ourselves accountable and take ownership for our actions.
Some of our longest community partnerships already span over a decade!
We spark inspiration because taking meaningful action often begins by connecting with people who are creating positive change.
One of our most popular courses revolves around the 'Ikigai' concept, which challenges students to reflect on their role as Changemakers. no matter our age - we can ALL make a difference!
We believe that creating shared value unleashes everyone’s potential. We know that we can achieve more when we work as a supportive team and partner with others.
MAD Travel and MAD Courses combined have partnered with over 50 schools, universities and corporations over the past decade.
We sprinkle a little fun in everything we do, because creating a kinder, fairer world begins with ourselves being joyfully engaged with it.
During official 'work hours', we've discovered that Raf dances like a Dad, Tom can't sing (he thinks he can) and Aline - a French national - prefers Rice and 3-in-1-coffee to anything 'la gastronomie francaise' can offer! Sacriligeous, surely?!
MAD COURSES EDUCATION
Our mission is to shine a light on the perspective of local people who are facing up to SDG-related challenges in their own, unique way. Whether indigenous communities in the Philippines to social entrepreneurs in France (or countless other stories waiting to be heard elsewhere in the world), we believe that the power of their stories has the potential to positively shape how we all see the world, as well as our role within it.
See below a list of the organisations we have partnered with:
We have partnered with over a dozen international schools around the world, working very closely with some to help integrate the SDGs into their curriculum.
We also currently partner with a range of prestigious university organisations, including:
Corporations play a crucial role in enabling MAD to create more adventures, and reach more schools around the world. See below some of the companies to whom we owe the most gratitude:
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