Aleksandra Nasteska

UMD Montreal/Canada Regional Representative

Aleksandra Nasteska was born and raised in Skopje, the Republic of Macedonia, where she first became outspoken in the women’s rights movement at 14 years old, participating in UN-organized public panels on the status of women and girls in Macedonia and the Balkan region.

She began honing her strategic planning and public relations skills while working as a correspondent and assistant producer for youth culture shows at national television networks, and creative associate in world-renowned advertising agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann Erickson, and Ogilvy & Mather.

Some of her recent engagements include: co-founder and communications director of the nation-wide sustainability campaign for Earth Summit 2012, We Canada; founder of the startup Vancouver Heartbeat, a multi­media project that explored local culture with focus on social and environmental change; member of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Youth Steering Committee for the International Children and Youth Conference Tunza 2011; and headline speaker in 12 universities on the Canada-wide tour Dialogues and Action for Earth Summit 2012.During this tour Aleksandra was the opening speaker for Dr. David Suzuki, Jeanne Sauvé executive director Désiée McGraw, and international author and activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki.