TN2020 is a network of outstanding young professionals from North America and Europe, drawn mostly from the 25 to 35 age range. Each of them - from a Los Angeles police officer who specializes in gang violence to a Portuguese immigration activist – has already demonstrated potential for leadership in their field.
In March 2008, the first 30 pioneers met in Berlin for three days to give life to the Transatlantic Network 2020 programme. Following this meeting, new members were identified through a nomination and application process for the program's inaugural summit in Northern Ireland and Ireland in October 2008. The now 150 members of this network bring diversity of ethnicity, nationality, language, profession and social and religious beliefs. United by their creativity, leadership and global awareness, they make the Transatlantic Network 2020 their own.
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TN2020 members are drawn from 24 countries from across North America and Europe. They represent a variety of professional areas: public sector/charity/NGOs (26%), government (20%), media (18%), business (15%), arts (9%), health and sciences (5%), education (4%) and academia (3%).You can find out more about them by clicking on the countries below.
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Yasmine Abou Mansour
Project Officer, Public Diplomacy
After working in Lebanon with the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, the Ministry of Information, and local NGOs, Yasmine now builds bridges between the transatlantic community and the Middle East on peace and security issues through her work at NATO Headquarters.
Coordinator, Présence Musulmane
Gamila Dahri is Coordinator of Présence Musulmane in Belgium, a global network focused on engaging discourses around Muslim issues in French-speaking countries. Gamila is a Co-founder of the “Women from Minorities & the Media” project at the European Youth Council in Budapest. The American Society for the Muslim Advancement has also chosen Gamila as a Muslim Leader of Tomorrow. Gamila Dahri is also Co-founder of the Hijabi Monologues Project in Brussels (British Council).
CEO, EiE Expansion in Europe
Sam is CEO at EiE Expansion in Europe, a Management Consulting Firm started in March 2012. Prior to that, Sam served as E-Commerce Campaign Designer at eBay International AG. He is a scholar in the EU programme “Future Capital” with his book about the Polish migration in Berlin, and as president of the European Convention of Young Citizens Berlinheld, held debates about the European Constitution. Last year, he founded the network EiE Expansion in Europe with other young international economists specialising in cross border trade.
Delegation of the EU to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mirza Redžić is working for the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina and European Union Special Representative. He has worked for the Office of Secretary of House of Representatives of Parliamentary Assembly of B&H. He is the President of the Archery Association of B&H and proud member of Association of Journalists of B&H. He also serves on various non-profit boards that advance Euro-Atlantic integrations in the Southeast Europe. He studied Law and International Relations at the University of Sarajevo and the Kanazawa University.
Engineer for Climate and Environment Impact Assessment
Born in Canada to Scottish parents, Lyndsey has always had one foot on either side of the Atlantic. Graduating from York University in Toronto with a Master’s in Environmental Studies, she now works for an international energy company, Statoil ASA, headquartered in Norway. She works with HSE advising new energy projects on environmental solutions, as well as on climate change policy. Prior to her current position, she worked with several environmental not for profit organisations and the Council of the European Union Environment Unit. She lives in Stavanger, Norway.
Chief Operating Officer
Charmian serves as chief operating officer of an organisation that helps corporations and social enterprises develop and scale market-based solutions to social and environmental challenges.
Special Project Coordinator: Environmental Causes of Cancer at Environmental Defence, Canada
In addition to her work as an NGO campaigner and spokesperson, she is also a novelist, playwright and musician; her most recent musical, Paper Laced with Gold, was staged as part of the HATCH Residency program at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, in April 2012. Her previous musical, The Rat King Rock Opera, was staged Off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, and her short film You Can't Wear Suede in the Rain was screened as an official selection at the Ottawa International Film Festival in 2011. MacDonald is an active member of Blocks Recording Club, a Toronto-based record label and co-operative, and is an alumna of the 2012 Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference. She currently lives in Toronto.
Principal, MASS LBP
MASS LBP is an innovative firm based in Toronto which works with visionary governments and corporations to deepen and improve public consultation and engagement. He writes and speaks frequently about the citizen's experience of the state, the importance of public imagination and the future of responsible government.
Senior Policy Analyst
Office of the Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians
A senior policy analyst with Canada’s federal government, Cheryl previously founded the Centre for Native Policy and Research and started a consulting company for Aboriginal research, policy analysis, facilitation and project management.
Director of Development, Climate Economics Chair
Now based in Paris, David previously founded and for eight years was Principal of 2degreesC, a consultancy specialized in institutional entrepreneurship. He has worked in 21 countries on six continents, is a published author and editor with contributions to nearly 40 publications and a keynote speaker on climate change to diverse audiences from around the world.
Documentary producer, broadcaster and writer
Based in Vancouver Canada, Paolo’s radio productions have been broadcast across Canada, the USA, the UK and Australia and have received the highest accolades in broadcasting, including a Peabody Award and the Prix Italia. Paolo’s voice has been heard regularly on CBC Radio, Canada’s national public broadcaster, since 2001. In 2009, he participated in the Banff Centre Science Communications Program. His writing on science has since appeared in The Vancouver Sun and BoulderPavement.ca. Prior to his radio career, Paolo completed a degree in music from the University of Toronto and toured extensively with a taiko drumming ensemble. Paolo currently hosts In Concert, Canada's national classical music performance program, on CBC Radio 2.
Editorial Director, Shameless Magazine
Sheila Sampath has worked as a counselor, organizer, educator and advocate in the anti-violence movement. Currently, she combines her background in grassroots, anti-oppression activism with her passion for creative idea-making at The Public, a studio specializing in creative communications for social and economic justice. Sheila is also the Editorial Director of Shameless magazine, a feminist magazine for teen girls and Trans youth. Her areas of interest are community-based organizing, politics, music, journalism and popular education.
Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce
Mualla Cirakli is a Turkish Cypriot educated on international and European studies in the US and Belgium. She was involved in UN negotiations for the comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem between 2003-2004. Mualla founded the Brussels office of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce in 2005 and still serves as its EU Representative. Mualla participates in several EU-level professional networks and chaired the JCI-The Heart of Europe, which focuses on socially responsible entrepreneurship and leadership.
Global Youth Fellowship Manager
Romina grew up in Germany and Cyprus. She co-founded a youth group bringing together young Greek and Turkish Cypriots, allowing them to express their views regarding the Cyprus conflict and design strategies for re-unification. She completed her undergraduate work at Macalester College, and has an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago. Today, she lives in Washington, DC, works for Ashoka and is striving to catalyze a global movement of young change makers.
Staff Reporter, Ilta-Sanomat
Kyösti Hagert is mainly focused on working as a political journalist in the second biggest newspaper in Finland and is working on finishing his Speech Communication studies. In the past he worked as Communication Officer at the Prime Minister of Finland’s Office. Kyösti has also served several NGOs, the Green League of Finland and the media. He is interested in Sociology/Psychology, Politics, Literature, Journalism, International affairs, History, Geography/Migration, Finance and Education.
Sustainable Development Director, Altavia Group
Laetitia Adhemar is Franco-Colombian and has been working in the public affairs, influence and lobbying area for Renault for 6 years. She has also worked at the Renault-Nissan alliance CEO office and was executive assistant to the CEO and founder of the Altavia company; the number one independent communication group in France. Laetitia is now the sustainable development director at Altavia as well as a teacher of European Lobbying at Sciences Po Paris. Laetitia is interested in how people, groups and ideas can influence public debates, as well as in yoga, literature, religion, food, and is a member of the slow food movement. She has a son of 3 and a half years and is expecting a daughter in December. She believes that there must always be a balance between family life, work life and commitments to social action particularly addressing women’s rights.
CEO, Stand Alone Media
Karim Amellal is a French writer, lecturer and media entrepreneur who spent several years living in Algeria. Karim is very involved in public debates about education, art and literature and cultural issues concerning minorities. He has written and contributed to several books (novels and essays) and articles and he is the co-founder of Stand Alone Media (www.sam.tv) that aims at making knowledge and creation more accessible to everyone. He's currently CEO at Stand Alone Media and lecturer at Sciences Po, one of the leading universities in France.
Advisor to the Director-General
World Trade Organization
Emmanuelle Ganne is advisor to the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Europe, the United States, Canada, and Turkey, and issues related to services, intellectual property, and global governance. Prior to joining the Office of the Director-General, she was responsible for handling the WTO accession processes of countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, Lebanon, and Russia. She also played a key role in the accessions of Saudi Arabia and Vietnam, and was awarded Vietnam's medal of friendship in 2007. Before joining the WTO in 2002, she worked at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, putting in place the Stability Pact Anti-Corruption Initiative, which assisted South Eastern European states in curbing corruption.
Director, NYSE Euronext
Rabah Ghezali is Director at NYSE Euronext, Adjunct Professor of Economics at Sciences-Po Paris and Fellow Researcher at the Centre for Analysis and Proposals for Middle East and North Africa (CapMENA). He is also a blogger on the Huffington Post, CNN and several other media outlets. He has been awarded the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Fellowship and named a Young Atlanticist by the Atlantic Council.
Gabriella is a French-American documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. She has made films for etsy, BurdaStyle, Video Volunteers, and Dowser; and worked on documentaries for Pennebaker-Hegedus Films, ARTE, France 5, Link TV, and the Sundance Channel, among others.
Education Programme Specialist
Olivier Laboulle is a French citizen who has worked and studied in several European countries, e.g. Germany, Spain, Italy and Holland. He holds a German degree in Social and Political Sciences as well as a Masters Degree in Human Rights. In line with his Masters thesis topic about the social responsibility of consumers, he works today at UNESCO in Paris, where he coordinates several projects in the field of Education for Sustainable Development. He is also the founder of the initiative "Battery Solidarity" that encourages people to give used batteries to places with recycling facilities.
Independent Performing Arts Professional
Camille is an actress, art-therapist and communication adviser. She spent the past year acting in Festivals, on tour and on a Parisian stage. She was also very much involved in TEDX PARIS, coaching the speakers, staging and presenting the whole show. She regularly leads art-therapy workshops in which she uses the clown character. She also coaches high profile managers and CEOS while giving lectures about the art and pleasure to speak in public and to express one's true potential.
Head of Emerging Markets Development, Allianz
Michael Anthony has set up the micro insurance programme at Allianz, one of the world’s largest insurance companies. Allianz today offers micro insurance to low income households, reaching about 5 million individuals in Asia and Africa. He has advised the Executive Board of Allianz on climate change adaptation issues and the role of the insurance industry and also participated in the international climate change negotiations in advisory capacities. He currently works with Allianz Reinsurance and several Asian Governments to introduce risk management solutions to small holder farmers in Asia. He is a board member of Boond, a Delhi-based social business that provides solar lamps and other development goods to very rural areas of Rajasthan and trains the local population to become entrepreneurs.
Self-employed Social Worker
Hamze Bytyci was born in Kosovo but grew up as a refugee in Germany. He finished the Freiburg Acting School and worked as a theatre and film actor in Switzerland and Germany. For the last four years he been a freelance theatre pedagogue and social worker in different schools and NGOs in Berlin. He is the founder of the national Roma youth organisation Amaro Drom e.V., which strengthens the empowerment and mobilisation of Roma youth in Germany.
Min-ku Chung was born in Bochum, Germany and educated in Korea, England, the Netherlands and Germany. He holds a masters degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and a diploma in political science from the University of Potsdam. He is Communications Manager for Vattenfall, one of the biggest energy supply companies in Europe, and manages a team of communication officers who are working on renewable energies and power plant developments. Min-ku facilitates political workshops and seminars for teenagers and students within the Association for the Promotion of Political Action.
Center for International Cooperation at Freie Universitat Berlin
After working for the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and Berliner Festspiele, the city’s largest cultural festival, the British Council’s Challenge Europe Programme, Herbert now works for the Center for International Cooperation at Freie Universitat Berlin.
Digital Communications Consultant
Boris Moshkovits is currently working on digital communications strategies, campaigning and online publishing. His work sits at the crossroads of social entrepreneurship and advocacy. Boris also founded Postnovum, a political social online network , and co-founder of the Form of Immigrant Leaders in Europe (FILE). Prior to this, he served as project director of the Russian Jewish Museum in Moscow, while publishing the international culture magazine "Berliner.” As a member of the “Roundtable for Jewish-Turkish dialogue” of the American Jewish Committee, he actively contributes to the mutual understanding of minorities in Germany. He has worked as an editor and publisher in Milan, Moscow and New York. Currently Boris is living in Berlin.
Victoria B. Robinson
Project Manager – Germany, Zazzle
Victoria B. Robinson works in Internationalization for tech companies and holds an M.A. in American Studies and Public Law from the University of Hamburg (grad study at University of Maryland, College Park). She is the author of 4 book publications, countless articles and explosive poetry and is the founder of "Oakland Ink - A Writers of Color Collective", a founding member of Black European Women's Council, as well as the founder of "ISD SiSTARS" - a German Black women's organization.
PhD Programme, Researcher, Teaching Assistant and Trainer
Arn Sauer is a MA graduate of Humboldt University/Berlin in history and politics and a Research Associate of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at the Concordia University in Montreal. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD in gender studies as a recipient of the Heinrich Böll Foundation dissertation scholarship.
Dr. Michael Arvanitis
EMEA Sales Manager, Geophysical Survey Systems
Michael worked for many years as a researcher and lecturer at several universities before becoming more entrepreneurial. Michael is the owner of three international patents, two of which have been sold to major companies in the USA. Prior to his current position, Michael served as managing director at Geomorph Instruments, and served as a member of several committees at the European Commission on Research and Development.
Project Manager, Quality Net Foundation
Ioanna is Project Manager at Quality Net Foundation (www.qualitynet.gr) a Greek non for profit organisation that brings together the business sector, the wider civil society and citizens in order to promote sustainable development. Ioanna was also responsible for the organisation of sustainability Dialogue (BRAVO 2010, 2011, 2012).
Head of the Research & Development Department
Association for the Social Support of Youth
In addition to developing media training methodologies, Evi works for an NGO where she has managed national and transnational projects for non-privileged people, including migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and those affected by child trafficking.
Human Rights Lawyer
Immigrant Council of Ireland Independent Law Centre
Catherine Cosgrave is a human rights lawyer and currently works as Senior Solicitor with the Immigrant Council of Ireland Independent Law Centre in Dublin. She is a graduate of University College Dublin, the University of Edinburgh and Honourable Society of the Kings Inns. Catherine lectured in European Law at the University of Limerick and she currently co-teaches the Refugee, Immigration and Citizenship Law course at the Dublin Institute of Technology. She is a member of the Board of Women’s Aid and the Public Interest Law Alliance Advisory Board. She is the author of Family Matters: Experiences of Family Reunification in Ireland (2006, ICI).
Kensika Monshengwo has lived in Belgium, Canada, Congo, France, Switzerland, the USA and is now based in Ireland. Kensika holds a postgraduate degree from the Sorbonne in Paris. He has worked with the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Intercultural issues, delivering intercultural training to various organisations in Ireland and abroad. Presently, Kensika devotes his time raising awareness about climate change by conducting a reforestation project in the Congo.
Freelance architect and urban designer
Conor O’Brien is an Irish architect and urban strategist. He studied Architecture at University College Dublin. Previous work experience includes working for Dublin City on a major community regeneration project and Gerry Cahill Architects. He is currently working independently in ecological architecture and urbanism and is actively involved with the promotion of urban cycling culture. Conor is part of British Council’s ‘Climate Leaders’ programme and has been actively involved with the Asia Europe Foundation, contributing to the culture|futures seminar in Copenhagen during COP15.
Political and Legal Advisor
Regina is Irish and author of "The Reasons Why" a guide for world citizens as to the workings of the EU. She is a Solicitor formerly with Ireland´s top law firm A&L Goodbody, graduate of a Masters from the prestigious College of Europe in Bruges, has worked in the three political arms of the European Union, and has worked as a lawyer in Australia and the USA. Currently she is legal and political advisor to the Liberal Political Group in the European Parliament and recently advised the Director of Ireland for Europe Campaign, central player to success of the Lisbon II Treaty, Ireland.
Maire O’Neill (nee McLoone)
Lead – Cryptography Research Group
Queen’s University Belfast
The 2007 British Female Inventor of the Year and a recent recipient of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Leadership Fellowship, Maire leads the cryptography research group at the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) at Queen’s University, Belfast.
Humanitarian and Social Entrepreneur
Selene is the founder of several social ventures, including Plain Ink - educational comics for children and communities in developing countries - and Youth Action for Change (YAC), high-quality, free, online courses for young change-makers in 130 countries. She has been a consultant, trainer and speaker for organizations including the UN, Amnesty International, the World Bank, Oxfam, OSCE, Council of Europe, Columbia University and Microsoft. She is now part of the Taskforce on Innovative Startups of the Minister of Economic Development of Italy and serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Innovation in The Third Sector of Banca Prossima. Her social innovation and technology for development work has appeared in The Washington Post and WIRED, and she has received over forty awards and fellowships. She has also been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Programme Assistant, Division for Gender Equality, Office of the Director General, UNESCO
Sara Callegari specialized in gender and development at the Institute of Development Studies (UK), Sara works for the Division for Gender Equality of UNESCO in Paris, focusing in particular on gender equality in education, sustainable development, climate change and water. Previously, Sara worked as Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist in Cape Verde, piloting the Delivering as One UN reform, and in the development sector in North Africa, Latin America and the Balkans for non-governmental and governmental organizations. A former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and UN Department of Social Affairs Fellow, Sara is a founder of Pari o Dispare and a member of the Italian Rete per l’Eccellenza Nazionale (RENA).
Elena Donnari is an Ernst&Young external consultant currently advising the “Italian National Agency of the EU Youth in Action Program” (ANG) on training and resources for youth workers and young people. She also consults for various NGOs and local public administrations with a focus on EU funding and programs for economic, social, educational and employment development. She currently focuses on encouraging girls of all ages to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She has studied throughout Europe.
Advisor, Ministry of Economic Development
Alessandro is currently an Advisor for European Affairs, innovation and youth to Minister Corrado Passera at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. He holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute (Florence). He previously worked at the Council of the European Union, the G8 Sherpa Office, WTO Secretariat (Geneva) and with Emma Bonino former Italian Minister for International trade and European Affairs (Brussels). He is also an author of novels and a recent passion is parachuting.
Manager of the Coordination Practice Network
UN Development Operations Coordination Office
Francesco Galtieri works for the UN Development Operations Coordination Office in New York, managing a global e-network on UN Reform and coordinating the implementation of the UN Reform in Africa. Before joining the UN, he was Attaché to the Diplomatic Advisor of the Minister of Defense. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Napoli “L’Orientale” and Teaching Assistant at University of Trieste. He is the author of several articles and published a book on chemical and biological disarmament in the Mediterranean region. Francesco is Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts and Founding Member of the Italian Rete per l’Eccellenza Nazionale (RENA).
Emiliano currently works at the European Commission in the Financial Services. He previously worked as an associate of a leading Wall Street law firm and he clerked for a judge at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. He also worked in the Cabinet of the President of the European Commission.
Regional Development Agency, Kosovo
Shemsedin Aliu studied Political Sciences and holds a postgraduate degree on EU Studies from the European College of Parma, Italy. He has also been in a traineeship in the Directorate General for External Relations of the European Commission in Brussels. He is involved in EU funded projects in Kosovo including the management of communication and PR-activities. He believes in reconciliation and is committed to bringing people of various nationalities to work together in the post-war Kosovo.
Bernardo Altamirano Rodriquez
Chief of the Federal Network for Service to Citizens
Office of the Mexican President
Bernardo has worked extensively on the relationship between government and civil society, in addition to serving at the office of Mexican Representation to the EU, the Chamber of Deputies and currently leading the Federal Network of Citizen Services at the Mexican President’s office.
Arts & Cultural Tourism Consultant
Cristina Ballí is a bilingual social and cultural manager with 15 years of experience in Texas-Mexican border culture and services to Mexican-American migrant communities. As Director of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center in San Benito she produced numerous public programs and led the efforts to develop a cultural tourism program based on San Benito’s unique Tex-Mex music history. Ballí has also worked for KMBH/KHID,covering the arts beat and producing radio documentaries. Ballí received a Bachelor of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.
Fernando de la Mora Salcedo
Mexican Foreign Service
Fernando is a career diplomat in the Mexican Foreign Service, currently commissioned at the UNM School of Law as part of a program on legal research in Mexico-US cooperation. His most recent post was as Consul for Protection Policies and Security at the Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso, Texas. He holds a degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is currently enrolled in the Professional Certification in Humanitarian Law and Conflict Resolution Program at Harvard University and is an Associate of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI). He has published on human security and "new diplomacy".
Juan Esteban Gutiérrez
Juan Esteban Gutiérrez has volunteered and worked with various NGOs and studied Political Science and Public Administration. He decided to get involved in a few political campaigns and has collaborated with the President of the Republic Office. Juan is currently establishing public relations companies to support his continued work with government NGOs. His life plan is to continue contributing to his country and the world to ensure a more just, democratic and equal society.
Raúl Ramírez Riba
Raul Ramirez Riba is an enthusiast of digital content publishing. His passions are filming and music. He studied Communication & Film Direction at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He currently works as Digital Projects Director at Portada Magazine, a leading news source on Latin marketing and media. He's also starting his first tech start-up, nebu.mx.
What makes our cities? That is the question that triggers Samir Bantal, an independent architect/designer currently based in Amsterdam. Samir previously worked as an architect/researcher for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture of renowned architect Rem Koolhaas. For the last two years he has helped to set up a new chair at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Technology in Delft called Design as Politics, which focuses on urban design issues with strong socio-political implications. Samir indicates new trends in culture, architecture and urban planning and pushes the boundaries by using design thinking.
Member of European Parliament (D-66 Party)
With a specialization in diversity, integration and Islam in the West, Marietje has worked in the Netherlands with the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights designing and organising meetings, conferences, and programmes, as well as advising on long-term strategies. A Member of the European Parliament, Marietje represents the D-66 party.
David van Veenendaal
After serving in the Royal Dutch Navy, David studied law and later interned in Washington, DC, where he conducted research on (de-)radicalization in the West. His recent studies focus on international security.
Senior Political Advisor, OSCE
Alexander is currently the Senior Political Advisor at the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, a position he has held since 2011. Prior to that position, he served as the Senior Political Officer at the OSCE Field Mission in Kyrgyzstan, as head of the 15-strong Politico-Military section of the OSCE field mission, where he oversaw all political reporting, managed a sizeable budget, and maintained a dialogue with key political, civil society and media figures. Formerly at NATO Headquarters, Alexander enhanced co-operation with Central Asian states bordering Afghanistan and oversees efforts to fight terrorism.
Senior Policy and Communication Officer
Marianne Vorthoren studied public administration at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, the city where she still lives and works. She is a senior policy and communication officer for SPIOR, the local Muslim umbrella organisation. One of the major projects she led was ‘Joining Hands against Forced Marriages’ and the European Campaign against Forced Marriages. As a volunteer, she is involved in interfaith work, like ‘Multicoloured Religions Rotterdam’, an initiative from different faith traditions to organise visits to the rich diversity of houses of worship in Rotterdam.
UNDP Office of Communications
Nora Wellhausen is currently working with the United Nations Development Programme's Office of Communications on Social Media. Her research interests include material culture and craftsmanship as well as fashion production. Her passions include traveling, cooking and cats.
Project Specialist, EBay
Aleksandra’s interest lies in both the NGO world and business as well. She is working for eBay, previously as a trainer and now leading European projects. After 5 years in Ireland she has now returned to Berlin. In her spare time she is a passionate runner.
Susana Frazao Pinheiro
Susana Frazao Pinheiro holds a Doctorate in HIV Immunology from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Oxford SAID Business School (Skoll scholar in Social Entrepreneurship).She has worked in the UK, West Africa, USA, Portugal, Geneva, Haiti, Guinea-Bissau and Angola. Susana has work experience with governments, the United Nations, UNDP/GF, communities and academia. She founded and directs Local Insight Global Impact (LIGI).
Marketing Deodorants Category Leader
Zakir Karim – Marketing Manager in Unilever Portugal, for the Hair & Deos categories. Zakir is also the co-founder of two initiatives that promote dialogue between Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Hindus and others, He sits on the Lisbon Islamic Community’s board, serves as Head of the Islamic Youth and is a member of “Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow.”
International Relations Officer, Portuguese Office of Sport and Youth
Virech Maugi is a Policy Officer for International Cooperation, a position that has allowed him to gain experience in the Monitoring and implementation of international policy in the fields of sport and youth and to support international cooperation in the fields of sport and youth, with the Community of Portuguese-speaking countries, European Union and the Council of Europe. Virech is a Community activist and founder of several Community based NGO and youth empowerment initiatives. He also implements and monitors the workflow of the Ministerial Conference of Ministers of Youth and Sport of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries. Virech works to make sports a tool of Economic Diplomacy, and support to regional cross-border cooperation and projects.
Paulo is a Sociologist, Post-graduate in Social Sciences currently preparing a Master's dissertation on "Modes of Incorporation of Immigrants in the Azores”. He is a weekly columnist in the newspapers "Açoriano Oriental" and "Terra Nostra" and regular collaborator to the Cape Verde press. In 2007, he published “Atlantic Insular Bridge” a book about the Cape Verdean community in the Azores. Paulo is also a researcher in the Social Studies Centre of the Azores University, and founder and President of AIPA - Association of Immigrants in the Azores, as well as founder and Coordinator of the PERCIP - Representative Structures of Immigrant Communities in Portugal. In 2008 he was honoured as the "Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year” by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. He currently directs the Azorean Delegation of COMPETIR (Training & Services).
Director of the Social Innovation Program, TESE
Joao Meneses is the director of the team in charge of the rehabilitation of Mouraria in the Municipality of Lisbon. Mouraria, the place where Fado was born, is an ancient neighbourhood in the centre of Lisbon full of social challenges, going through a major urban and social rehabilitation process. He is also the President of the NGO TESE and a professor of management of nonprofit organizations at ISCTE-IUL and professor of social business and social entrepreneurship at the Portuguese Catholic University.
Working with the creative industries of architecture, advertising, cinema, design, music and educational software, Razvan and his organization (the ORICUM Association) aim to establish Romania as the regional centre for creativity and innovation within Eastern Europe. The projects he is developing include: shortsUP - Romanian's nr 1 short film experience; Mentorship - an online mentoring tool; One World Film Clubs - a nation wide network of high-school ran film clubs on the subject of human rights; and AIC – A first of its kind, investment fund for startups in creative industries.
General Manager, GEA Strategy and Consulting
Dragos Pislaru is a Romanian economist, with both academic and consultancy background, active for more than 12 years in the area of public policy research and strategic development. He has graduated a BA in International Economics at the Academy of Economic Studies of Bucharest followed by a MSc. degree in International Relations at the London School of Economics. As an expert for the Romanian Centre for Economics and later as the co-founder and Executive Director of the Group of Applied Economics, he was involved between 2000 – 2006 in several projects concerning economic growth, structural and institutional reform, regional development, business competitiveness, entrepreneurship & RDI. Since December 2006, he has started his consultancy career as the General Manager of GEA Strategy & Consulting, a dynamic and high growth enterprise providing valuable advise on public and private development.
Adviser on European Affairs
Romanian Ministry of Development
Smaranda has previously worked for an NGO consulting on children’s rights and working on development and educational projects. Smaranda is keenly interested in Lebanon and peace in the Middle East and is currently researching electoral law in Lebanon. She is passionate about photography.
Coca-Cola HBC Romania
A founding member of the International Advertising Association for Young Professionals in Romania and a former vice president of Students’ International Forum, Janina is now managing the employer branding and internal communication strategy for Coca-Cola HBC Romania and Moldova. She is involved in running educational and career orientation programmes for Romanian youth. Janina graduated from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations studying International Business and Economics.
Foreign Affairs Advisor
Spanish Prime Minister’s Office
Raquel C. Alvarez is a political analyst and international development expert. She is currently foreign affairs advisor at the Spanish Prime Minister´s office. Prior to this, Raquel worked for the European Commission in Brussels and West Africa, at the UK-based think tank Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), and advised former Minister for Europe, Labour MP Denis MacShane. She has an MSc from the London School of Economics and a first-class BS the University of Manchester. She has widely published opinion pieces in the national and international media. Raquel´s most recent publication is “Budget Support: a False Panacea”.
International Tax Consultant
Elena is an Experienced Senior on US and Spanish International Tax at Deloitte in Madrid. She advises foreign and Spanish corporations on inbound and outbound transactions. Her work includes corporate restructurings and cross-border tax planning with a special focus on US and Europe related projects.
Robert Bosch España
Oscar Hernandez is a Physicist from Madrid, Spain. He has lived in Munich, Germany, for three years working at the Siemens research and development department for Solar Energy. Apart from his current Job at Robert Bosch in Madrid developing new processes for microelectronic devices, he is the director, scriptwriter and host of Parallel Universe, a weekly radio program that aims to spread knowledge of science. The radio where he is working since 2009, Radio Circulo, belongs to a free cultural organisation of the city of Madrid which hosts conferences, movies, theatre pieces, exhibitions, concerts…and now Science.
Victoria Martin is a journalist currently working as a press officer for the S&D Group in the European Parliament. She is a Fulbright Scholar and has two Master's Degrees: one in Journalism from Columbia University and another one in European Political Studies from the College of Europe. She is President of the Abraham Forum for Inter-religious Dialogue (Spain), author of the book "Viaje a la ciudad de Belén" (ed. Barrabés) and a fellow of the UN Alliance of Civilizations
Angela Perez Brunete
Madrid City Council
Angela Perez Brunete is the Department Manager for International Strategy of the Madrid City Council. She became a civil servant in January of 2006 and since then has worked as legal advisor for the Unemployment State Institute, the Transportation and Connectivity Regional Minister of the Madrid Government, and for the Madrid City Council. She combines her career with her role as a Law teacher. Angela received her B.A. in Law and Business Administration and Management at the Carlos II University of Madrid. She also studied English at Trinity College in Dublin and attended a German course at the University of Vienna.
Álvaro Vermoet Hidalgo
Law & Business Student
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Alvaro is in the fifth of six years in the Business Management and Law joint master’s degree program at the Autonomous University of Madrid, and is currently an exchange student at the K.U. Leuven in Belgium. Alvaro was recently elected International Officer of the "Mises Youth Club" think-tank, in Brussels and regularly cooperates with the FAES Foundation, a think-tank led by the former Spanish Prime Minister.
Since the mid 90s, Laurent Haug has been observing the impact of new technologies on society and business. Laurent is an Entrepreneur (coComment, Lift Conference, Lift lab), lecturer (HEC University of Lausanne), writer (Wired UK, Techcrunch, Le Temps) and speaker, and he now works as an innovation strategist with CEOs and boards, helping them answer the challenges raised by the growing importance of digital technologies. As a venture partner at Anthemis, Laurent is an advisor to the Montreux Comedy Festival, Founders Institute Switzerland, Galixo and Lift Conference. He was twice honored as one of the most influential person in Switzerland (L'Hebdo in 2006, Bilan in 2011), won a Swiss ICT award, and was named one of the top 20 Swiss young entrepreneurs in 2011.
An ecologist specializing in species interactions and ecosystem dynamics, Rebecca was born in New Zealand and raised in Tanzania. Her University studies have taken her from New Zealand to Montana, USA to South Africa and finally to Ireland. She is currently doing her PhD in Ireland on how climate change has and is altering bird migration patterns and changing interactions across trophic levels. She has also worked on a number of conservation and scientific projects, ranging from heading biodiversity surveys in Afromontane forest in Mpumalanga, South Africa, to setting up conservation education programs, research into optimal habitat restoration of mine sites and spatial use of large carnivores.
Senior Energy Expert
Turkish Competition Authority
A senior energy specialist actively involved in the liberalisation and shaping of Turkey’s new energy policies and laws, Yesim has represented Turkey on energy and competition issues at the EU, WTO, OECD and UN Conference on Trade and Development. She previously worked at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., and OIES in Oxford, England. She has various publications, and gives seminars to trade associations, energy experts and professional groups such as engineers and lawyers.
Columnist and Opinion Editor, Turkish Daily News
Mustafa Akyol is a commentator on Turkish politics. He is currently a columnist for Turkish Daily News, Turkey's foremost English-language daily. He also writes a regular column for the Turkish national daily, Star. His articles have also appeared on publications such as Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and others. He is the author of Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty.
Suat Seyitoglu is a deputy governor in Diyarbakır, Turkey. He was born in Van and was educated in Turkey graduating from Gazil University Facility Economic and Administrative Sciences in 1997. He holds a masters degree from Ankara University in Political Science gained in 1988. In 2000 he graduated from the War Academy. In 2001 he graduated from Sheffield University Management School in England. His interests include political science.
Samata, a fashion designer and entrepreneur, is the CEO/Founder of Samata, a British womenswear brand. She is also the Global Campaign Director of Red Carpet Green Dress, an international dress design contest started by Suzy Amis Cameron, environmental advocate, education pioneer, and wife of Director James Cameron. The contest challenges entrants to create an Oscar® worthy dress made entirely of sustainable materials.
Institute of Local Government Studies
Sophia Bokhari is Research Fellow at INLOGOV, School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham. Her areas of interest are child poverty, cultural identity and socialisation processes of new communities. Sophia actively supports using creative approaches when undertaking research, such as video narratives to stimulate debate in focus groups. Her PhD research focuses on the educational success of British Pakistani children in the UK and covers issues around religion, race and culture.
Senior Policy Adviser for Trade and Investment
Confederation of British Industry
After serving as an international trade policy expert and working in the European Parliament and in the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, Stuart now helps the Confederation of British Industry encourage international businesses to act on climate change.
Founder and CEO, Enternships.com
Rajeeb is the Founder/CEO of Enternships.com – a portal that connects students and graduates to work placements in start-ups & SMEs for which he was named the “02 X Young Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2009 and the world’s youngest Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012. He is also the Co-Founder of StartUp Britain – a national entrepreneurship campaign launched by Prime Minister David Cameron in March 2011. Rajeeb is a Trustee of UnLtd – the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, Advisory Board Member of Channel 4 (Education) and the UKTI Sub-Saharan Africa Taskforce. Rajeeb graduated with First Class Honors in Economics & Management from the University of Oxford.
Diplomat and Academic
Alexander Evans is a senior fellow at Yale University and a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the Asia Society in New York. A career member of the British diplomatic service, he is interested in history, policy and international affairs.
Public Affairs Consultant
Simon Fell set up the first London-focussed think tank, has lobbied and written on London's governance, and contributed to UK Conservative thinking on human rights. More recently, Simon has spoken and advised the next generation of political leaders on internet safety, media literacy, net neutrality and the empowerment offered by the internet. He is a passionate advocate of the democratising power of the web.
Founder and Executive Director, Accountability Lab
Blair Glencorse is Founder and Executive Director of the Accountability Lab- an independent, non-profit organization that works to make power-holders responsible. Previously, Blair worked on issues of state and market-building across Africa, Asia the Middle-East and Latin America at the Institute for State Effectiveness and the Aspen Institute, and on post-conflict and fragile states at the World Bank. Blair is a frequent commentator on development issues for media outlets including CNN, The Independent, and WABC Radio, among others. He is Fellow at the British-American Project and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA); and a BMW Foundation Young Leader. In 2011 during the Arab Awakenings, Blair was honored as a UN Fellow for the Middle East and North Africa, and in 2012 he won the Johns Hopkins Outstanding Recent Graduate Award for his work on accountability.
Ben Hammersley is a British technologist, writer, and broadcaster, based in London, England. He is the UK Prime Minister's Ambassador to TechCity, London's Internet Quarter; Editor at Large of WIRED magazine; Innovator in Residence at Goldsmiths, University of London; and Fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC.
North East England Office in Brussels
Representing her home region to the EU institutions, Sarah-Jane re-launched the NEEO in 2007 with new strategic focus on renewable energy, transport, social inclusion, culture and innovation policies, and a broad membership including local authorities, the regional development agency, universities, businesses and trade unions. One year later, she and her team were shortlisted for Best Regional Representation in Brussels. Sarah-Jane read law at Oxford where she gained a double first and topped the university in European law. She has also worked in the non-profit sector as an employment law caseworker, and has contributed to several publications on European and employment issues. Sarah-Jane is currently on maternity leave following the birth of her first son in 2009.
Cultural Relations Project Manager
British Council USA
Andrew Kneale manages external relations and evaluation at the British Council in Washington, DC. He represents the British Council's global portfolio to US stakeholders in government, NGOs and academia. Andrew has held previous posts with the British Council in education, and in governance and society - coordinating the TN2020 project in North America. Originally from the UK, Andrew moved to the US with his family when he was a teenager. He holds a BA in Political Science and Psychology.
Project Officer, Gulbenkian Foundation
Annabel is passionate about understanding and affecting long-term change for intractable social problems. With a particular interest in cross-cutting and cross-sectoral approaches to value creation - both social and economic - Annabel has worked with entrepreneurs from the private and social sectors. She currently leads on the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation's Fulfilling Potential strand, coordinating transnational and national initiatives. She manages two strategic programmes of support tackling acute need including an extensive European programme on Ageing, and in England, initiatives to support adults with Multiple Needs. She is a member of Transatlantic Network 2020, a British Council initiative working to strengthen ties between Europe and North America through the creation of a sustainable network of young leaders. Having lived and worked in the UK, Spain, Portugal and Chile, Annabel graduated from the University of Sheffield with a first class BA in Philosophy and Hispanic Studies and pioneered a colleague exchange programme between the UK and Portugal.
Operations Manager and Youth Pastor
Mount Zion Community Church
Errol is Operations Manager and Youth Pastor at a pioneering and thriving Inner City Church in Birmingham, England. His areas of study are Leadership, Management and Christian theology. By launching the “World Changers” Youth Ministry, Errol has engaged in his passion for developing and equipping the next generation of leaders. He also speaks in local schools, sits on various local committees, and in 2010 he will be publishing his first book entitled “Do Something! Success tips for Teens”.
Operations Manager, Eurasia
BBC World Service
Anjula enjoys her strategic role within the World Service of the BBC setting the vision, making change and taking people through it. She works across a broad agenda including the launch of a TV channel for Iran, transforming the radio production process, moving production overseas and away from the UK, and restructuring a group of 130 staff. Anjula joined the BBC as a Studio Manager, and has since been promoted to Regional Production Manager, Asia & the Pacific region.
Executive Director, Silent Impact, LTD
Ushrat Sultana is an award winning Director and practicing Lawyer who has developed an impressive breadth of experience working in the political, legal and community sectors. She was previously a Strategic Manager for a Member of Parliament for over 5 years which included leading and coordinating Local, General and European Elections. She has worked on sustainable regeneration projects in deprived neighborhoods and in developing countries and has also been instrumental in forcing change in the way public bodies provide services for people with complex disabilities. She has worked tirelessly on honor based violence for over a decade which has involved working with the Government to reevaluate policies and legislation, and speaking at the United Nations on the issue. In 2004 Ushrat was appointed the youngest serving Magistrate in Bedfordshire and in 2010 she was elected as a Governor of the Luton & Dunstable NHS Foundation Trust.
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Founder of an award-winning online herd management service, FarmWizard.com, Terry has also developed and led information technology projects for global businesses such as Nortel Networks and BT.
CEO, Shhmooze Ltd
Michelle Gallen co-founded shhmooze.com and founded talkirish.com. She is a public speaker and fiction author and is fascinated by technology's disruptive impact on education, business and health.
Director, Strategem International
Ryan Gawn is Director of Stratagem International, a strategic political affairs consultancy which provides advice to organisations, parties, governments and individuals who wish to understand and advance their interests in complex political environments. With a background in public affairs consultancy, he has advised government departments in the UK and overseas, and is currently based in Islamabad with the British High Commission.
A PR professional, Chris Johnston heads a start-up in Belfast called adoreboard.com which predicts and measures how people feel about different brands online. He is interested in International Affairs, Business and Marketing.
Business in the Community
Jennifer challenges companies to improve their impact on society and the environment. She supports female entrepreneurs in working with Women in Enterprise and oversees the youth development efforts of twenty-six credit unions.
Adventurer and Motivational Speaker
Having become blind in a two week period, Mark rapidly learned how to adapt to changing circumstances. Now, he delivers lectures, pursues research into resilience, creativity and innovation and competes in extreme sports events.
Director of Finance
Clarendon Fund Managers, Ltd.
Neil oversees investments and represents the funds under management’s interests on the boards of four portfolio companies.
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Portfolio Manager, Creative Scotland
Anita Clark is a Scottish woman who works in the arts. Currently she works for Creative Scotland, the national development agency for the arts, where she has responsibility for Festivals, Dance and Touring. She lives in Glasgow with her husband Neil. She graduated last year with an MA in Arts in Social Contexts from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Corporate Affairs Manager
Scottish Youth Parliament Ltd
Steven Kidd is currently responsible for communications and policy at the Scottish Youth Parliament, which he has helped establish as the premier route to engagement with young people in Scotland. Steven has written pieces for a variety of publications, facilitated at events from Nigeria to Bangladesh and has been involved in several important policy groups. Steven also has a passion for Scottish amateur football and is Secretary of his local club. Steven is a former Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament and Vice-Chair of the UK Youth Parliament.
Laura spent her formative years in both Kenya and in Scotland. Growing, living and learning as a mixed race girl in Scotland in the 1980’s has formed her passion for justice, equality and fairness and also developed her strength and desire to succeed. The dedication of Laura's family to change race relations inspired her to build her early career in broadcasting. Following working with the BBC, Laura co founded Urbanscot, an organization committed to supporting the Music of Black Origin scene in Scotland. After working with disadvantaged youth on a music development programme, Laura furthered her training in Mental Health and Music and now works as Development Officer for a BME women’s organization called Saheliya.
Hansard Society Scotland
Emma Megaughin is the Projects Manager for Hansard Society Scotland, the UK’s leading independent, non-partisan political research and education charity. Emma is responsible for managing the production of Hansard Society educational resources for Scottish schools, and runs additional activities and projects that consider issues relating to the Scottish Parliament and their implications and lessons. She also manages the Postgraduate Certificate in Government & Public Policy, in association with the University of Edinburgh.
Head, Community Affairs, RBS Group
Simon Watson is the Head of Group Community Affairs for The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, employing 140,000 people and has operations in more than 40 countries. He previously held senior policy & communications roles in the non-profit sector. Simon is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and Vice Chairman of a national community development charity.
Director, Deryn Consulting Limited
Alison Goldsworthy is a Director of Wales' fastest growing public affairs agency, Deryn Consulting and works as consultant for top London agency Maitland Political. A senior Liberal Democrats Alison is deputy Chair of the party’s - the junior coalition party in the UK Government - Federal Executive. Alison has previously run award winning campaigns in the voluntary sector on organ donation and disability issues. Educated in the UK, US and Czech Republic, Alison is also a Director of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust.
Member of the Welsh Parliament
Bethan Jenkins was elected as Plaid Cymru regional Assembly Member for South Wales West in May 2007, and is the youngest Assembly Member at the age of 27. Bethan’s political interests include international affairs, women’s rights, asylum matters, the safeguarding of local services, and eating disorder provision in Wales. She is the founder member and chair of the Cross Party Committee on Eating Disorders at the National Assembly. Outside the political arena she enjoys swimming, going to the gym, watching football and rugby league, music, and playing the viola.
Lecturer, Cardiff University
Samer is a Law graduate from Swansea university and possesses a number of qualifications from LLB, LLM, MA, PGCE, Fciarb to being licensed as a third party neutral in the state of Texas, USA and a civil and workplace mediator. Her passion is human change and is currently a lecturer at Cardiff University and a director of a training company.
LGBT Excellence Centre Wales
Federico Podeschi was born in the Republic of San Marino and moved to the UK in 1997. He is a social entrepreneur, Chief Executive Officer of the LGBT Excellence Centre Wales, and president of LGBT San Marino. His work is focused on developing sustainable models for delivering equality and human rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Federico was nominated Honorary Consul to San Marino in Wales in 2008 and was invited by the Prime Minister Gordon Brown to celebrate LGBT History Month in February 2009.
Founder and CEO, Cube
Wil Stephens founded and served as CEO of BAFTA award-winning technology company Cube. In 2011, Stephens moved to oversee International Business Development at NYC startup Boxee. Stephens recently returned to Cube to push the company forward into the emerging connected television and gaming space. Stephens has been featured in Broadcast magazine as a HotShot, recognizing new and upcoming talent. Stephens sits on the Board of television industry trade body PACT and is a Fellow of the RSA.
Amar C. Bakshi
MBA and JD Student, Yale University
Amar C. Bakshi was most recently World Producer at CNN and Managing Editor of the Global Public Square, CNN's premier international analysis site (www.CNN.com/GPS). In this role, Amar solicited pieces from the world’s sharpest minds, interviewed global leaders, and worked closely with Fareed Zakaria to write analytical pieces about current events for CNN’s massive online audience. Amar also launched “Uncommon Ground,” a web-based show placing people from around the world that would never otherwise talk in virtual conversation. Before joining CNN, Amar served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan E. Rice, where he worked on global health, Muslim outreach, speechwriting and development policy. He also worked on integrating new media into diplomatic efforts. He is currently pursuing a joint MBA-JD at Yale.
Legislative Assistant, Congressman Sean Duffy
Sentell Barnes is a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin). He is interested in Politics, International affairs, History, Geography/Migration, Finance and Education. Active in politics since 1998, Sentell served a U.S. Governor, U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative, and also worked as a policy analyst for the American Bankers Association's Card Policy Council. He was recently selected as a UNAOC Fellow.
Corporate Strategy Manager
Shane Belvin was born and raised in the United States and received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. While serving as a Captain in the Army, Shane was awarded the Bronze Star for direct fire engagements during Operation Iraqi Freedom and took part in the capture of Saddam Hussein in December 2003. Upon leaving the Army, Shane served as an engineer in the aerospace industry, focusing primarily on human space exploration. More recently, he has worked as an investment banker, corporate strategy manager, and an entrepreneur developing a platform to trade weather derivatives.
Director of Fellowships and the Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program at George Mason University
LaNitra is the Director of Fellowships and the Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program at George Mason University. Previously, she served as the director of leadership and international programs for an education association in Washington, D.C. that focuses on creating equal opportunity in higher education, where she specialized in internationalizing historically black college campuses. Since 2004, she has been a freelance contributor to the American Prospect online magazine, where she has written book reviews and short articles. She received her B.A. in art history and international relations from Stanford University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from Duke University.
Volunteer, Peace Corps
Marisa Catalina Casey is currently serving in rural Ecuador as a Peace Corps Volunteer with her husband following five years of working in community-based arts as the founder and executive director of Starting Artists, Inc. in Brooklyn, New York. An International Youth Foundation YouthActionNet Global Fellow, Marisa has attended the American Express Nonprofit Leadership Institute and the Lucca Leadership Foundations Course in Cape Town, South Africa. Marisa is a founding member of Emerging Leaders of New York Arts and was an Emerging Leaders Council board member of Americans for the Arts in addition to holding positions at the Hearst Foundations, CARE, Alliance for Children Foundation, and APERTURE.
Los Angeles Police Department
A 13-year veteran of the police force, Jose aims to build racial tolerance, equality and understanding through gang violence prevention. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and was recently accepted to the West Point Leadership School.
Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies, Georgetown University
Dr. Marcia Chatelain is the Assistant Professor of History and African-American Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Brown University's Ph.D. program in American Civilization and the Missouri School of Journalism, Dr. Chatelain is a historian of African-American women's activism, girlhood in the United States and Black political movements around food. Dr. Chatelain has served on the board of Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, and has been an active volunteer with the YWCA and other women's organizations. She runs a speaking and consulting practice called Marcia Chatelain Speaking Of.. (www.marciachatelain.com), and has presented on student leadership, social change, financial literacy and student borrowing.
Head of Content Development, Disney Interactive
Zadi currently works as the Head of Content Development for Disney Interactive Entertainment. She is a two-time Webby Award winner and four-time nominee for her work with Smashface Productions, a new media production company focused on developing original programming for the web. She is best known as the co-creator, producer and host of Epic Fu, one of the most respected original web series about Internet culture which began in 2006, with over 85 million views worldwide.
Innovation Consultant and EntrepreneurGeorgeta Dragoiu recently graduated from Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS) and is passionate about designing technologically innovative solutions to governance and business challenges. Prior to HKS, she worked at the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank implementing infrastructure and social development projects tailored to the poor in Latin America. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago where she examined holistic approaches for integrating Roma into Romania. Last but not least, she is a published playwright, speaks four languages and promotes "artship" (artistic expression + leadership) as a balm for social ills.
Senior Electrical Engineer
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
Building on his nine years of aerospace and optical telecommunications experience, Biagio, a California native, aims to create opportunities to expand and develop green technology. An Italian-American, he strongly identifies with his Italian heritage, which inspires an appetite for travel, music, language, and culture. As a lover of the outdoors, he has developed a passion for environmentalism.
Director of the Office of Policy at U.S. Agency for International Development
Steven Feldstein specializes in foreign policy issues related to foreign aid, development, UN and international organizations and post-conflict reconstruction and peace building. He has worked in several different places including the State Department, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and USAID.
Founder and CEO, Revolution Strategy
Gwyn R. Fisher is the founder and CEO of Revolution Strategy, a firm dedicated to providing economic and community development guidance to organizations as they build strong public/private partnerships to help solve some of our most pressing urban issues. She is the former Executive Director of MPACT Memphis, a nationally and internationally recognized organization dedicated to engaging and supporting young professionals. Ms. Fisher is also an attorney and contributing author for Smart City Memphis. In her spare time, she likes running, hiking, kayaking, and enjoying Memphis' many cultural amenities.
Outreach and Services Coordinator
Equity Trust, Inc.
An activist for economic justice, Rebecca combines the best aspects of public and private ownership in her work at a small, national non-profit, Equity Trust, where she implements models of land use that meet long-term community needs for affordable housing and working farms. Currently organizing for regional access to land for natural burial and serving on the boards of Grow Food Northampton and Holyoke Community Land Trust, Rebecca makes her home in Western Massachusetts.
MBA Candidate, Harvard Business School
Matthew is currently an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School. He spent this past summer as an intern in BT’s summer MBA leadership programme in London. Prior to that, Matthew served as the Assistant Commissioner for Digital Excellence and Education for the City of Chicago’s Digital Excellence Initiative, a partnership that leverages digitally-engaged communities to advance key issues like healthcare, education and sustainability.
Senior Managing Director
Tofer Harrison is the co-founder of Avascent International, an international strategic advisory company, and RHM Global, a leading provider of macro-economic policy intelligence to hedge funds, investment banks and asset managers. Previously, he was the chief international strategist for the Medley Macro Fund, a private investment management firm. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Hamilton Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes entrepreneurship and education in the Middle East. Tofer served as an official at the State and Defense departments during the George W. Bush Administration. Tofer attended Harvard University and Washington and Lee University.
Writer, Teacher and Entrepreneur
Katie Hellerman is a writer, teacher, and entrepreneur. She explores strategies for creating happy teachers, students and schools. Some of her interests include Community Management/Development, Environmental Sustainability, Social Media in Education, and Business/Marketing.
Molly Hellerman currently serves as a strategy consultant to social sector organizations. Her professional focus is on start-ups, turn-arounds, strategic planning and curriculum development. Her personal focus is on the use of sport to empower young women and girls, develop cross-cultural understanding and ultimately build the next generation of leaders. Her dedication to the social sector has gained her recognition as a United Nations Fellow, White House Fellows Finalist, a Kentucky Colonel and a Harvard Business School Service Leadership Fellow.
Pauline Herrera Serianni is owner of PaulineMarie, a green fashion retail business featuring vintage, up styled, handmade and near new items. Pauline has 14 years combined experience in nonprofit, government and corporate sectors. Her expertise includes project management, event management, communications and marketing strategy and execution, media relations, community relations, partnership development, writing/editing and nonprofit management and governance. Prior to starting her own business, Pauline was the Director of Communications and Marketing at the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs.
Co-Founder and Advisor, New Amsterdam Ideas
Mr. Hidalgo is an Eagle Scout, advocate for human powered transport, world traveler, API idiot, Drupalista, community organizer, croquet master, collegiate dropout, news junky, former Salzburg Seminar Instructor and a member of the Royal Society of Arts. He previously served as the Associate Director for Engagement Technologies for the World Economic Forum.
An expert in transatlantic affairs and public diplomacy, Oliver’s recent research and publications focus on defence budget and modernization issues, as well as emerging technologies.
Founding Partner, Shareholder and Chief Engineer, De novo Technologies
Nicholas Hu studied biomedical engineering at the Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Institute at the Johns Hopkins University. Upon completing his studies, he has founded and partnered in a variety of ventures in the areas of education, mobile applications, telemetric healthcare and medical technology. Nicholas also consults in the area of systems & system-of-systems engineering, project management and development strategy for various entities that range in size from start-ups to large institutions. Nicholas is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
Vice President, University Now
Joe Hurd is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. He is a globally focused, experienced strategic executive with a background in line operations/general management (P&L ownership), public policy and strategy. A former senior political appointee in the Obama Administration, Joe advised U.S. Commerce Secretary on international trade policy and U.S. export promotion.
TV Host and Correspondent
Black Entertainment Television
Born in the United Kingdom and currently residing in Washington, D.C., Jeff Johnson has spent the last decade merging the worlds of politics and popular culture in order to provide cutting-edge broad-based consulting to improve urban communities. Johnson is currently Chief New Correspondent for Black Entertainment Television (BET). Johnson created the Jeff Johnson Institute that is currently working to develop young political candidates, and advance African-Americans in the field of environmental justice and green energy. In September of 2009 he released his first book, Everything I'm Not Made Me Everything I Am.
America’s Future Foundation
David is Senior Director of Academic Programs at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, where he manages programs for aspiring academics in the humane and social sciences. He is also an associate policy analyst with the Cato Institute, where he researches libertarian voting preferences. David holds an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School.
Shawn Renee Lent
Fulbright Scholar, Egypt
Shawn Lent was Arts Integration Program Specialist at Columbia College Chicago for 6 years, a dance educator, choreographer, and is a 2012-2013 Fulbright Scholar lecturing at the Academy of the Arts’ High Institute of Ballet in Cairo, Egypt. Shawn has the unique honors of being selected as a member of the British Council’s TN2020, UN Alliance of Civilizations International Fellowship Program, American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy, and YNPN (Young Nonprofit Professionals Network) Leadership Institute. In May 2011, Shawn taught dance in North West Bosnia as part of the Most Mira Youth Festival. She serves on the Associates Board of Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the Founding Board for Donna’s Good Things, and is Founding Chair of the Associates Board for Links Hall.
Director of External Affairs
Daryl Niemerow is currently Director of External Affairs at LA’s BEST, an after school enrichment programme in Los Angeles, California. With corporate offices in the Los Angeles Mayor’s office and a partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District, the programme serves 28,000 children per day in 180 public elementary schools. Daryl facilitates community partnerships in order to bring local and national exposure to the organisation and foster those relationships to ensure their long-term support of the programme.
Assistant Superintendant of Elementary Education
Baldwin Park Unified School District
As an instructional aide, teacher, assistant principal, principal and current assistant superintendent in a California school district, Arturo has worked in the educational field for the last seventeen years.
Secretary of State’s Special Adviser on Global Youth Issues, Department of State
Zeenat Rahman serves as Secretary Clinton’s Special Adviser on Global Youth Issues and Director of the Office of Global Youth Issues (J/GYI) as of June 26, 2012. In that capacity, she works to coordinate and enhance the Secretary of State's efforts to empower, engage, and elevate global youth issues. She previously served as Deputy Director of the Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Initiatives at USAID.
US Institute of Peace
Azita Ranjbar is a Program Specialist for Afghanistan and Pakistan Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace. This past summer she was a research fellow for the International Research and Exchanges Board, where she conducted research on legal and economic challenges facing families of migrant workers in Tajikistan. As a Rotary scholar in 2009, she also conducted research in Morocco on gender reparation programs through the Equity and Reconciliation Commission.
Maria is a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, currently working on a PhD in Politics focusing on China and Russia. Her professional and academic interests include journalism, international media cooperation, migration, media assistance, and the study of non-democratic regimes. Maria was previously a Fulbright scholar in Northeast China and the Russian Far East, researching Chinese migration to Russia. She speaks Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and English.
Field Director and Research Fellow, Harvard University’s Initiative for Sustainable Arts in America
Claire Rice is currently a Field Director and Research Fellow for Harvard University’s Initiative for Sustainable Arts in America, a three-year project examining patterns of audience participation, funding, and demographic change at major US arts and culture institutions. Previously, she served as the Interim Director of Education and Community Engagement at UMS, a 131 year-old performing arts presenter bringing internationally-renowned artists in dance, music, and theater to Ann Arbor, Michigan. There, Ms. Rice worked to build context around and connection to the arts for a wide variety of from 1998-2003, Ms. Rice was a management consultant for Accenture, working with Federal and State government clients in Washington DC. She transitioned to the arts through six months as a full-time volunteer.
Director, US Regulatory Policy, Merck
Andrew's current work focuses on the policies and laws governing the research, development, and regulatory approval of new medicines. Prior to joining Merck, Andrew worked as an intellectual property litigation attorney in Silicon Valley, California and as a consultant and subject matter expert on the development of new drugs and vaccines for neglected tropical diseases. From 2005 to 2007, Andrew was a AAAS S&T Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of the Secretary, where he worked on policies concerning emerging and neglected disease threats. He held a faculty research fellowship at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Centre in Cambridge, UK, from 2004 through 2006. Andrew is an alum, and currently a Trustee of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, and holds a Ph.D. in molecular genetics from Cambridge University.
Owner and Director, Village Energy
Roey Rosenblith is based in Kampala, Uganda where he owns and operates Village Energy, a company which imports electronic components and makes affordable solar systems. Village Energy also provides consulting and technology sourcing services for those interested in the developing world market. He has also in the early stages of starting a company called Mandulis Energy that is looking at creating large scale energy production using waste agricultural residue. Previously he has worked as a Field Organizer in the Obama Campaign, a researcher for Arianna Huffington, an entrepreneur in the bio fuels sector, and a project manager with agro-processing projects in Uganda and Guatemala. He received much media attention for his firsthand account entitled “Over Detroit Skies,” describing his experiences on board NW Flight 253 which was attacked by Al-Qaeda on December 25, 2009.
Co-author of “Grand New Party” and a fellow at the New America Foundation, Reihan also writes a weekly column for Forbes.com. He previously worked for NBC News, The New York Times, the Council on Foreign Relations and The New Republic.
Director of Outreach
Global Voices Online
David Sasaki is the director of outreach for Global Voices Online and the research director of the Technology for Transparency Network. He manages a portfolio of small-scale projects around the developing world that use citizen media to affect social change. Sasaki now also directs a collaborative research mapping that evaluates the impact and effectiveness of technology projects that aim to promote government transparency, political accountability, and civic engagement.
Social Media Manager, Raytheon
Stephanie Schierholz has more than 10 years’ experience leading strategic communications, media relations and public outreach. She is the liaison between Raytheon and its external, online communities and an advocate for incorporating emerging communications technologies into outreach. Schierholz spent five years at NASA as a spokesperson then was the agency’s first social media manager. She’s been recognized for her work with many awards, including the Shorty Award for Best Social Media Manager. She is the president of Women in Aerospace. She holds an MBA from Georgetown University and bachelor’s degrees in business administration and English.
Rustic Canyon Partners
David is an Associate at Rustic Canyon Partners, an early stage venture capital firm based in Southern California. Previously, David worked at the White House as the Executive Assistant to the National Security Advisor, where he was awarded the Secretary of Defence's Award for Outstanding Public Service. David also worked in Category Management at eBay and in Corporate Strategic Planning at The Walt Disney Company. David currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of LA's BEST Friends. David received his BA from Stanford University and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Katy.
Global Tech Ethnographer
Tricia Wang is an American ethnographer and sociologist whose work generates understanding about the everyday lives of new and under-served technology users. She is a Fulbright scholar and currently researching in urban China and rural Mexico. Prior to her academic turn, Tricia worked as a technology educator in New York City. Most notably, she started the first national network advocating for the pedagogical uses of hip-hop. Tricia posts field notes and analyses about technology usage on her blogs: Cultural Bytes, Digital Urbanisms, and YouMeiTI. Her website is www.triciawang.com.