International Educator - May/June 2019 - 46

JASMINE
GILL
HOME COUNTRY
CANADA

amilo Navarro

HOME COUNTRY
CHILE

EDUCATION
Management and Business Track
Entrepreneurship & Project Management,
International Diploma Program (2017), the
University of California-Berkeley Extension
CURRENT POSITION
Cofounder and Chief Operations Officer,
Wheel the World

During a solo trip to Patagonia, Camilo Navarro, 33, realized he wanted
to help his friend Alvaro Silberstein, who was in a wheelchair, have the same
experience. They crowdfunded a special trekking wheelchair and shot a
documentary about their exploration of Torres del Paine National Park in
southern Chile. Their story went viral.
The documentary's success paved the way for what would become Wheel
the World, a company designed to help people with disabilities travel the world.
For their business idea to become a reality, Navarro and Silberstein
decided to pursue an international diploma in entrepreneurship and project
management at University of California-Berkeley Extension (UC Berkeley).
"I was thrilled by the start-up ecosystem in the Bay Area, the amazing
entrepreneurs, investors, and universities," Navarro says. "[It] seemed to be
the perfect combination to get inspired to start up my own business, and
also to learn all of the skills I needed to achieve the objectives to become a
successful entrepreneur."
Taking what they learned and the connections they made, the two friends
launched Wheel the World in 2017. The company is housed at Skydeck, a start-up
incubator at UC Berkeley. Since its founding, the company has raised more
than $750,000 and booked more than 700 travel experiences around the world.
"We connect travelers with disabilities [to] local travel services that can satisfy
their specific needs," Navarro says. "Our purpose is to empower people with
disabilities to explore the world without limits, beyond what they thought possible."
When he and Silberstein started talking about a travel company for
people with disabilities, they encountered some resistance. But professors
and classmates at UC Berkeley told them, "Guys, you have something."
Navarro adds that studying in the United States allowed him to develop
technical and leadership skills to start his own business. "[It] also allowed me
to generate an incredible network of people who support what we want to
achieve: to make a more inclusive and accessible world for everyone," he says.
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INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR M AY + J U N.2019

CURRENT POSITION
PhD Candidate in Astrophysics,
Harvard University

As a child growing up in British
Columbia, Canada, Jasmine Gill,
22, wanted to become an astronaut.
After completing high school in
the United States, she was initially
set on attending Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT)
to study space science, but she
decided to apply to EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University in
Prescott, Arizona. "I was just blown
away because they offered me
hands-on research and a full-ride
scholarship," she says.
In addition to earning her
degree from Embry-Riddle, Gill
regularly visited Johnson Space
Center in Houston, Texas, and
worked for 2 years at the California
Institute of Technology (Caltech)
as a research scientist.
These experiences paved the
way for Gill, at the age of 21,

COURTESY CAMILO NAVARRO; COURTESY JASMINE GILL

C

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science in
Astrophysics at Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University (2018)



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Feature: Africa’s Education Evolution
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