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ABOUT OUR FOUNDER, NEELLEY HICKS

Neelley Hicks is the Founder and Executive Director of Harper Hill Global, an international communications organization dedicated to improving living conditions for people around the world. Previously, she was the Director of ICT4D Church Initiatives for United Methodist Communications and Vice President/Director of Interactive Media at GodwinGroup. She is an ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church and serves through the Tennessee Annual Conference.

Projects include:

Congo Women Arise, a project that brings physical, psychosocial and spiritual support for survivors suffering from the physical, sexual, psychological, social and domestic issues associated with brutal rapes in an area known as “the rape capital of the world.”

Fighting Ebola with Viral Animation, an award-winning, global collaboration to dispel myths about the spread of Ebola and promoting prevention through animated videos distributed throughout the world and primarily to West African nations affected by the disease.

Imagine No Malaria, using the newest in technology to get health messages to those in need in the fight against malaria. She drew the ICT4D map, assembled a team of technological innovators and activists, initiated contacts and practices, serving as a bridge builder across continents.

Using Technology to Fight HIV and AIDS, spearheading the effort to utilize mobile phones and SMS in support of HIV/AIDS support groups and health management classes in Malawi.

Rebuilding Communications in the Philippines, serving as the lead for a UMC team helping to rebuild the information and communications technology, including Internet access, in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, including the use of FrontlineSMS, Ushahidi mapping tool.

Ham Radio in the Philippines, building a ham (amateur) radio network among United Methodist clergy to serve as a non-commercial exchange of messages and emergency communication during typhoons, landslides and other catastrophes in which power has been destroyed or compromised.

Neelley has also spoken to the United Nations in Geneva and in New York, including the InfoPoverty World Conference on communications and methodologies in reaching citizens around the world using the latest in technology  advancements. She is a dynamic, engaging speaker who has also spoken to groups in a variety of settings from small, casual assemblies to large, formal conferences and on multiple continents.

She has a Masters in Divinity from Vanderbilt University and a BS in Business from Belhaven University.