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Accelerator Facilitator Team

Yuki Ueda

Program Director

As a Program Director, Yuki designs and facilitates experiential education programs that promote cross-cultural communication, empathy-building, personal reflection, and social sustainability. She is passionate about promoting diversity and inclusive practices in education because she knows that inclusive teams produce the strongest and most creative solutions to our societies’ most pressing challenges. She is grateful to work with a committed community of changemakers, volunteers, alumni, and colleagues in creating a more peaceful and equitable world. She joined the VIA team in 2017 and brings over ten years of experience in education and nonprofit administration in both the US, China, and Costa Rica.


Carrie Soo Hoo

Program Development Fellow
Cohorts: Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Spring 2021

Carrie grew up in the deserts of Arizona. She moved to Hawaii to attend the University of Hawaii at Hilo where she obtained baccalaureate degrees in Marine Science, Psychology, and Communications with certificates in Educational Studies and STEM. While in college, she had the opportunity to travel to various countries through the Semester at Sea program and studied abroad in India through the School of International Training (SIT). Through her undergraduate experiences, she developed passions for multi-disciplinary studies, teaching, and travel while gaining the identity of a lifelong learner who yearned to work abroad. After graduation, Carrie worked in different capacities teaching various age groups in diverse educational settings. Prior to joining VIA, she completed her first year teaching 3rd grade at a small Hawaiian culture, agri-science elementary school where she was recognized as the Hawaii State Teacher Association (HSTA) Teacher of the Year Honoree for her school.


Hannah Sorenson

Program Development Fellow
Cohorts: Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Spring 2021

Raised in rural Minnesota, Hannah never intended to travel to Asia. A 2019 graduate of St. Olaf College, she holds a B.A. in Political Science, Asian Studies, and Chinese. Although much of her life took place far from Asia, opportunities to study abroad in Shanghai and Tokyo, farm in Japan’s Tochigi prefecture, and conduct research with WWF-Hong Kong instilled in Hannah a passion for intentional learning communities and working with local leaders to address global issues. Hannah served as a 2019-2020 VIA Programs Global Community Fellow at the University of Jember’s Centre for Human Rights, Multiculturalism, and Migration in East Java, Indonesia, where she was a copyeditor for the Journal of Southeast Asian Human Rights. While there, she cemented a passion for individual experiences of Southeast Asian state formation. Hannah continues to serve as a coordinator for VIA Programs’ Social Impact Leadership Accelerator program. In addition to her work with VIA, Hannah is currently an MA International Studies student with the Johns Hopkins Nanjing Center and engages in exciting projects as a member of the HNC Washington Admissions student team. Inspired by her experience with VIA, Hannah plans to pursue a PhD in political sociology focused on re-imagining the modern state and, most importantly, use her educational experiences to empower others.


Laura Galang

Program Development Fellow
Cohorts: Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Spring 2021

Laura grew up in the Silicon Valley and graduated with a BS in Economics from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 2019. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Development Practice at UC Berkeley. As a research fellow and research assistant, Laura explored a variety of economic issues during her undergrad, ranging from increasing housing prices in Los Angeles County to bankruptcy law on the national level. Although her formal education was in Economics, Laura developed an interest in environmental sustainability, food security, and international development. Through her work with local community organizations in the greater Los Angeles region and abroad, Laura was exposed to the importance of sustainably-sourced agriculture and the disproportionate negative impact of human consumption on communities of lower socioeconomic status and their surrounding environments. Through VIA, Laura hopes to contribute to positive social change through active global citizenry.


Sergius Santos

Program Development Fellow
Cohort: Spring 2021

Sergius is the co-founder of Exora, an energy solutions company in the Philippines. He has been actively involved with VIA since 2018. He joined the design thinking program in San Francisco in 2018, the alumni leadership in Thailand in 2019, and the social impact accelerator program in 2020. He is currently serving as a coordinator for the spring 2021 social impact accelerator.


Hannah To

Program Development Fellow
Cohort: Spring 2021

Hannah grew up in the Philippines and graduated with a BS degree in Management and a minor degree in Creative Writing. Since college, she has been helping run her family’s property development business while volunteering abroad and exploring creative endeavors on the side. As she loves to learn through travel, she attended conferences in China, Singapore, and the United States. She recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship.

Hannah is passionate about social impact. She volunteered to teach cultural understanding to children in Kraków, Poland through AIESEC. She also became a talent in UNLEASH, a global innovation lab in Shenzhen, China. She first joined VIA as a participant in the Social Impact Accelerator prior to serving as a coordinator.

Hannah loves to write. In late 2020, she started OwnBloom, a personal growth movement to empower self-starters to direct their growth and make a difference in their communities.


Me Zin Anawar

Program Development Fellow
Cohort: Spring 2021

Raised in Kachin State, Myanmar. She got her bachelor’s degree from Myitkyina University specialized in English Literature. She is working as a Human Resource Professional in one of INGO,in Myanmar. She is passionate about equality education and youth empowerment and believes in peer learning. She is running a peer resources center in Myanmar. She joined the Media Literacy workshop implemented by VIA in 2019. By the experience of serving as a Program Coordinator in VIA, she hopes to learn positive changes to global social issues.