GGF 2030 Fellows

GGF 2030 will take place over the course of 2018 and 2019. The 27 fellows – three each from Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa and the US – have formed three working groups focusing on the role of cities in global governance, futures of global order and global migration and refugee challenge. The fellows will meet in four dialogue sessions, where they will have the opportunity to challenge each other, exchange ideas with experts and policymakers, and develop scenarios of the future of global governance.

The three GGF working groups will each be supported by a senior fellow who will mentor the fellows by providing expert input and analysis, acting as an intellectual sparring partner, and help translate scenarios into policy relevant outputs. 

Futures of Global Order

​David Bargueño – United States, Political Officer in Karachi, Pakistan

David Bargueño is a US diplomat currently serving as a political officer in Karachi, Pakistan, where his portfolio focuses on human rights, political-military relations, and Balochistan province. He previously served as vice consul in São Paulo, Brazil and as foreign affairs officer in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Food Security in Washington, DC. Other short-term assignments include Mozambique, Vietnam, and Peru. His doctoral research at King’s College, London focused on how governance affects sustainable development in Brazil, South Africa, and India. David holds a master’s degree from the Yale University Graduate School and a bachelor’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, New Jersey.

​Darshana M. Baruah – India, Research Analyst and Program Administrator with Carnegie India

Darshana M. Baruah is a research analyst and program administrator with Carnegie India, where she oversees all projects and development outreach. Her research focuses on maritime security in Asia, specifically the Indian Navy and its role in a new security architecture. Her current research projects include the strategic implications of infrastructure development in the Indo-Pacific, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and the strategic importance of small islands in the Indian Ocean region. She also leads Carnegie India’s Bay of Bengal and maritime security initiative. Darshana was a 2016 National Parliamentary Fellow in Australia and a UK Next Generation Foreign and Security Policy Scholar in 2017. Previously, she was with the maritime security initiative at the Observer Research Foundation, where she was the associate editor of the South China Sea Monitor. Darshana holds a master’s degree from Cardiff University in UK, where she wrote her thesis on the South China Sea and the changing power dynamics in the region.

​Carolina Costa – Brazil, Regional Director at the Brazil and Southern Cone Practice of McLarty Associates

Carolina Costa currently serves as regional director at the Brazil and Southern Cone practice of McLarty Associates, a Washington-based strategic advisory firm, where she advises multinationals on their investments and the region’s business and political environments. Previously, she was manager of institutional relations at Walmart Brazil, where she managed the company’s relations with Brazilian government officials at the national and state levels as well as an advisor for institutional relations at the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA), where she was responsible for managing the organization’s relations with Brazilian and foreign stakeholders. Since 2014, she has served as member of the board of the Association of Women in International Trade. Carolina holds a master’s degree in international trade and investment policy from George Washington University in Washington, DC, as well as a bachelor's degree in economics from Calvin College, Michigan.  

Ambre Eyoum – France, Multilateral Affairs Manager at TOTAL

Ambre Eyoum is a multilateral affairs manager at TOTAL and a French representative of the Young Professionals Committee of the World Petroleum Congress, where she leads the global mentoring program for participants from over 30 nationalities. In her current position, she focuses primarily on business diplomacy, think-tank partnerships on energy policy, and strategic mapping. Previously, Ambre spent five years in various strategy analyst positions, with a particular focus on geopolitical issues as well as market and financial analysis, and was a digital consultant at L’Atelier BNP Paribas. She is particularly interested in issues relating to Corporate Social Responsibility in emerging countries and has recently been involved with several projects on access to education and refugees. Ambre graduated from the Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux (Sciences Po Bordeaux), where she specialized on Sub-Saharan Africa. She also holds a master's degree in geo-economics and risk management in emerging countries.

​Liana Fix – Germany, Program Director at Körber Foundation

Liana Fix is program director in the international affairs department of Körber Foundation, a German philanthropic foundation, where she oversees the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum, among other things. Previously, she was  a researcher with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), focusing on Russia and Eastern Europe. Liana was a Mercator Fellow in International Affairs, working on European and transatlantic policy toward Russia at the German Foreign Office, the Carnegie Moscow Center, and the EU Delegation in Georgia. She has published in and appeared on national and international media, commenting on topics related to European security, transatlantic relations, and German foreign policy. Liana holds a master’s degree in theory and history of international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is undertaking a PhD on the topic of Germany's leadership in Europe.

​Liana Lim Hinch – Indonesia, Corporate Governance Consultant with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Jakarta

Liana Lim Hinch is a corporate governance consultant with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Jakarta, Indonesia. At IFC, she engages with companies, regulators, and market intermediaries to build technical capacity, raise regulatory standards, and promote the adoption of good corporate governance practices in the East Asia and Pacific region. Previously, Liana conducted research on corporate governance, risk management, and internal control at KPMG Indonesia. Until 2014, she worked at the World Bank in Indonesia, where she focused on public financial management reform, and in Washington, DC, to improve access to agriculture financing worldwide. Liana holds a master’s degree in international relations and international economics from Johns Hopkins University.

​Yuho Nishimura – Japan, Director of the International Department at The Genron NPO

Yuho Nishimura is director of the international department at The Genron NPO, a Japanese independent, not-for-profit think tank. She has led several projects on issues of global governance and democracy by promoting domestic debates and multilateral dialogues with ten different countries. She has also developed track II dialogues and public opinion poll projects with China, South Korea, India, and ASEAN nations for more than nine years, with the aim to establish a peaceful, stable environment and promote mutual understanding in the East Asia region. She has contributed articles about political and diplomatic issues as well as public sentiment in the region to many newspapers and academic journals. Yuho graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she majored in global studies.

​Cyril Prinsloo – South Africa, Researcher in the Economic Diplomacy Programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

Cyril Prinsloo is a researcher in the Economic Diplomacy Programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). His research portfolio includes infrastructure financing and development in African countries, specifically focusing on the role of multilateral development banks. He also focuses on South Africa and the African continent’s interaction with strategic global partners such as the United States, the EU, and BRICS. Previously, he worked as an economic development consultant, providing technical assistance and capacity building support on trade and investment, regional integration, and infrastructure development to various international development partners, governments, and the Regional Economic Communities across Southern and Eastern Africa. He holds a master’s degree in international studies from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

​Hang Zhou – China, Doctoral Candidate, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Hang Zhou is a doctoral candidate in politics and international studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. His research focuses on the role of African public servants in the negotiations and implementation of Chinese infrastructural engagements, with Uganda as a case study. Previously, he worked as a researcher in the China and Global Security Program at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), where he focused on China’s foreign policy in East Asia, China-Africa relations, and China’s evolving policy on international norms. He later joined Oxfam Hong Kong as a program officer in the China and the Developing World Program to facilitate engagement between Chinese and foreign stakeholders on the growing China-Africa partnership. He holds a master’s degree in peace and conflict studies from Uppsala University, Sweden and a master’s degree in development studies from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS-Paris) in France.

Senior Fellow

Wolfgang Reinicke – President of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)

Wolfgang H. Reinicke is president of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) and founding dean of the School of Public Policy at Central European University in Budapest. He is also a non-resident senior fellow in the foreign policy studies program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. His areas of expertise include global governance, global finance, international economic institutions, public-private partnerships, global public policy networks, and EU-US relations. His numerous publications include Global Public Policy: Governing without Government? (Brookings Institution Press, 1998), Critical Choices: The United Nations, Networks, and the Future of Global Governance (with Francis Deng, Thorsten Benner, Jan Martin Witte; IDRC Publishers, 2000), and Business UNusual: Facilitating United Nations Reform Through Partnerships (with Jan Martin Witte; United Nations Publications, 2005). He was a senior scholar with the Brookings Institution from 1991 to 1998 and a senior partner and senior economist in the Corporate Strategy Group of the World Bank in Washington, DC, from 1998 to 2000. From 1999 to 2000, while in Washington, he directed the Global Public Policy Project, which provided strategic guidance on global governance for the UN Secretary General’s Millennium Report. He co-founded the Global Public Policy Institute in 2003. From 2000 to 2011, he worked in the private sector as managing director of Galaxar SA in Geneva. Wolfgang received his master’s degree and PhD in political science from Yale University. He holds a master’s degree in international relations and economics from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Queen Mary University of London. 

Global Migration and Refugee Challenge

​Sayid Abdullaev – United States, Associate Product Marketing Manager at Google

Sayid Abdullaev is an associate product marketing manager at Google, where he works on marketing and communication strategy for the Google Analytics products. Motivated by his personal experience as a refugee, Sayid is harnessing the power of technology and big data to develop a Digital Refugee Empowerment Center that will serve as a resource hub for programs and policy related to capacity building and advocacy for refugees. Previously, he worked as a consultant at the United Nations, focusing on the World Humanitarian Summit and youth activation programs. He has founded multiple initiatives under the umbrella of refugee empowerment, youth for peace, and LGBTQ, and helped raise over $10 million for a variety of causes. He has been recognized by multiple organizations and foundations, including former US presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, for excellence in global activism. Sayid is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School’s Venture Management Fellowship and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.

​Thiago Assunção – Brazil, Assistant Professor of International Relations at University Center of Curitiba (Unicuritiba)

Thiago Assunção is assistant professor of international relations at University Center of Curitiba (Unicuritiba), Brazil, where he created a course on refugee law and designed a global governance study tour, taking a group of students to international organizations based in Switzerland, including the United Nations, UNHCR, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He participates in initiatives on migrants and refugee integration in Brazil and has previously worked for the government of the State of Paraná on human rights policies. He  has worked on human rights education for the Robert F. Kennedy Center in Italy, as well as on international cooperation at UNESCO in Paris. He was also a visiting researcher at the University of Geneva. Thiago holds a master’s degree in peace studies from the University of Rome, and will soon complete his PhD in international law at the University of São Paulo.

Cédric Bischetti – France, Director and Founder of Makers for Change

Cédric Bischetti is the director and founder of Makers for Change, an NGO based in Strasbourg, France. In his role, he coordinates, implements, and develops various projects in the field of newcomer inclusion and youth empowerment. He provides workshops, organizes events, and manages an intercultural team of more than 30 people. Until early 2015, he was a co-secretary of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, where his role comprised organizing and preparing the official monitoring visits to member states of the council such as Ukraine, Denmark and Azerbaijan, reporting directly to the secretary general of the local chamber. Cédric holds a bachelor’s degree in law and a master’s degree in political sciences and international relations from the University of Lyon III, France, where he focused on migration and crisis management. He is a fellow of the ChangemakersXChange and MitOst European programs.

​Fransisca Christanti – Indonesia, Migrant Care Assistant at the International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Fransisca Christanti is the migrant care assistant of the psychosocial division of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Indonesia, which aims to assist migrants in maintaining their mental health and well-being. She has also worked with Rohingya migrants in Langsa and Lhokseumawe, Indonesia, for UNESCO’s Andaman Sea Project. Previously, Francisca was a Pengajar Muda (Young Teacher) in the Gerakan Indonesia Mengajar (Indonesia Teaching Movement), where she was assigned to remote villages in the east of Sulawesi, Banggai, Sulawesi Tengah, and Indonesia. There, she focused on curricular and extracurricular activities as well as society development and educational network advocacy. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia, where she majored in psychology.

​Naoko Hashimoto – Japan, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Sussex (International Fellow of Nippon Foundation)

Naoko Hashimoto is a doctoral candidate at the University of Sussex (International Fellow of Nippon Foundation) and a research associate in the Refugee Law Initiative at University of London. Her doctoral thesis analyzes states’ practices of admitting refugees through resettlement. Prior to her doctoral studies, she gained 15 years of practical experience in refugee and forced migration issues, working for UNHCR, the International Organization for Migration, and the Government of Japan in New York, Geneva, Sri Lanka, and Tokyo, among others. She has authored numerous publications on refugee and migration issues and has served as an independent advisor for many projects. She regularly appears on various media as an expert on refugees and migration. Naoko holds a master’s degree in refugee and forced migration studies from the University of Oxford (as a Sir John Swire scholar), and a master of laws’ degree in international human rights law from Queen Mary University of London and University College, London.

​Astha Kapoor – India, Independent Public Policy Consultant

Astha Kapoor is an independent public policy consultant, specializing in the delivery of government welfare services. Recently, Astha designed a $15 million grant strategy to improve Indian government services in light of increased use of technology for the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives. Previously, Astha worked at MicroSave, where she advised Indian state as well as the Indian central governments on the design of programs with a focus on access to food. While at MicroSave, she designed and implemented India’s first pilot on using cash coupons for food in Karnataka. She has also worked with Dalberg Global Development Advisors, consulting clients such as Japan’s International Cooperation Agency and USAID. Astha has  contributed to the Government of India’s 12th five-year Plan as part of  the planning commission and has worked on India’s only universal basic income pilot with the Self Employed Women’s Association. Astha holds a master’s degree in social development from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands.

​Tze-wei Ng – China, Part-time Lecturer and Consultant in Hong Kong

Tze-wei Ng is a part-time lecturer teaching media law as well as a project and legal consultant working with various social enterprises and a family businesses focused on sustainable finance in Hong Kong. Most recently, she worked for the international legal capacity building NGO PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law, where she helped launch its Hong Kong office and programs in Asia. The organization connects pro-bono lawyers and law students with over 100 NGOs serving a range of poor and disadvantaged communities in the region. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, she was a Beijing correspondent for South China Morning Post, covering international affairs, rule of law, and human rights. Tze-wei was recognized as an Emerging Leader on the Rule of Law and Policy in Asia by the Thailand Institute of Justice in 2017 and was a 2009 recipient of the Asia Journalism Fellowship. She holds a master of laws’ degree from Columbia Law School.

​Helidah ‘Didi’ Ogude – South Africa, Social Development Specialist at World Bank in Washington, DC

Helidah ‘Didi’ Ogude is a social development specialist at World Bank in Washington,  DC, and a doctoral candidate in public and urban policy at The New School, New York. At the World Bank, she works on complex political environments such as Central, East and Southern Africa, advising governments on policies and interventions geared towards protecting and enhancing refugee/IDP self-reliance and host community livelihoods. She has previously worked for the South African government in the Ministry for Economic Development as well as the Presidency, focusing on policies to address inequality. In her scholarly capacity, Helidah has conducted research in Syria, Israel, Jordan, and Palestine, including interviews with senior government officials, journalists, academics, organized civil society, and private-sector professionals. Her doctoral research explores how structures of power and discourse, neoliberal capitalism, and millennial consumerist culture relate to notions of identity, structural and spectacular violence, and migration. She holds a master’s degree in global affairs (post-conflict development) from New York University.

​Angela Pilath – Germany, Doctoral Researcher at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford

Angela Pilath is a doctoral researcher at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the politics of environmental displacement and theorizes the influence of experts on global policymaking relating to the protection of people displaced by natural disasters. In her work, Angela examines the intergovernmental negotiations of the Nansen Initiative and the UN climate change negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Previously, she worked at the Paris Climate Conference as part of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) delegation, and was a visiting research fellow in the department for global governance at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB). Angela has lectured at the University of Oxford and the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. She worked as research consultant for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). She also was the academic editor for the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration. Angela holds a master’s degree in refugee and forced migration studies from the University of Oxford, a minor in international relations from Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence, and a bachelor’s degree in European studies from Maastricht University.

Senior Fellow

Anne Hammerstad – International Relations Scholar

Dr Anne Hammerstad, an international relations scholar who specializes in the intersection of conflict and insecurity with humanitarian politics, refugee movements and migration. She is the author of the book The Rise and Decline of a Global Security Actor: UNHCR, Refugee Protection and Security (Oxford University Press, February 2014) and has written several articles in academic journals, as well as briefing notes, op-eds and book chapters on humanitarianism, refugees, migration, conflict and security, particularly in Southern Africa and South Asia. Her most recent work focuses on refugee and irregular migration movements to Europe and the impact of migration on the EU-Africa relationship. She has written on India as an ‘emerging’ humanitarian actor, South Africa’s response to Zimbabwean immigration, and transnational security challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is a contributor to the Oxford Handbook on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (Oxford University Press, 2014). Anne received her DPhil from the University of Oxford and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and holds a bacherlor’s degree from the University of Oslo. She works on development assistance and humanitarian policy as a senior fellow with Agulhas Applied Knowledge and is an honorary senior research fellow at the University of Kent as well as a research associate at the South African Institute of International Affairs. She was formerly a global insecurities fellow at the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and has worked at the University of Kent; Royal Holloway, University of London; and the South African Institute of International Affairs, in Johannesburg.

The Role of Cities in Global Governance

​Anjana Agarwal – India, Master’s Student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Anjana Agarwal is undertaking the second year of her master’s of business administration at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she focuses on finance, strategy, and entrepreneurship. After completing her master’s studies, she plans to work at the intersection of sustainable infrastructure, finance, and regulation. Previously, Anjana worked with the World Resources Institute’s energy team in India, where she helped scale up renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and policy efforts. She has also worked as a corporate lawyer with Amarchand and Mangaldas’ projects and infrastructure practice, and was a legal consultant with the public-private partnerships team at the Federal Planning Commission of India (now Niti Ayog). Anjana holds a bachelor of laws’ degree from the National Law School of India University and a master of laws’ degree from Harvard Law School.

Jodi Allemeier – South Africa, Program Lead at the Economic Development Partnership in Cape Town

Jodi Allemeier is a program lead at the Economic Development Partnership in Cape Town, South Africa, where she delivers partnering solutions to public sector-led processes. She focuses on adaptive and collaborative approaches to urban development and her current programs include the establishment of a global city academy, the establishment of an urban development entity for the Metro Central area, and partnering for well-located affordable housing in Woodstock, Salt River, and the inner city. Previously, Jodi was the central city development manager at the Cape Town Partnership  and a director at Urban-Econ, a local development consulting firm. She is a co-founder of Open Streets Cape Town and has served on various boards, including the South African Vegan Society, Open Streets Cape Town and The Service Dining Rooms, and currently the Observatory Improvement District (OBSID). Jodi was a Harvard Kennedy School Emerging Leader and Kistefos Fellow for leading economic growth. She has an academic background in social work and public leadership and holds a master’s degree in development finance.

​Max Bouchet – France, Senior Research Assistant at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program

Max Bouchet is a senior research assistant at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. His primary research interests are the economic competitiveness of city-regions and their global economic connections. He is currently working on the Global Cities Initiative to help US and international metro areas develop global economic strategies and forge international partnerships. Previously, Max was chief analyst of Conway, Inc., an Atlanta-based economic development consultancy firm, where he managed research and statistical analyses on investment attraction strategies for state and local economic development organizations. He holds a master’s degree in public affairs and a bachelor’s degree in political science, both from Sciences Po Paris.  

Carolina Guimarães – Brazil, International Consultant for Cities Alliance in Latin America

Carolina Guimarães is an urbanist and social scientist. She is currently an international consultant for Cities Alliance in Latin America, where she coordinates the Urban Housing Practitioners Hub knowledge management platform. She liaises with regional actors, leads the creation of a best practices module and manages an open call for ideas to identify inspiring practices that can support decision and policy-making to improve sustainable urban development. Previously, she worked at UN-Habitat and other multilateral organizations, focusing on technical assistance projects to support cities in finding solutions for their main challenges. She is a public transportation advocate and has a website as well as a web series addressing the human side of the topic. Carolina holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and a master’s degree in international cooperation and urban development from the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany.

Aidy Halimanjaya – Indonesia, Researcher, Consultant and Affiliate at the Padjadjaran University Center for Sustainable Development Goals Studies

Aidy Halimanjaya is a researcher, consultant and affiliate at the Padjadjaran University Center for Sustainable Development Goals Studies in Indonesia. She is currently working as an advisor on climate finance for Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry and serves as a monitoring and evaluation expert for several climate change programs in Indonesia. Previously, Aidy was a researcher and expert with the Overseas Development Institute in London as well as several other organizations, including Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the United Nations Development Programme, and climate funds such as the Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund and the Green Climate Fund. Aidy received a PhD from the University of East Anglia in the UK and a master’s degree from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. During her studies, she focused on development assistance for environmental purposes and development more broadly.

​Ryo Ishida – Japan, Managing Director and Head of Global Markets at Liquid in Tokyo

Ryo Ishida is the managing director and head of global markets at Liquid in Tokyo, where he leads the project to introduce Liquid’s biometric authentication platform to governments and private sector businesses in Japan and Southeast Asia. Most recently, he led the platform installation for the Philippines’ government, the first step in establishing a digital national identification  system. Until 2016, Ryo was engagement manager at McKinsey & Company in Tokyo, where he focused on city development and public sector projects. He developed a city planning toolkit suitable for mayors around the world, supported the Japanese ministry in charge of creating a vision and action plan for the 2020 Olympics, and published a report on global affordable housing challenges. He holds a master’s degree in architecture design from the University of Tokyo.

​Ana Ramic – United States, Stakeholder and Outreach Manager at Atlantik-Brücke in Berlin

Ana Ramic is the stakeholder and outreach manager at Atlantik-Brücke in Berlin, where she is responsible for diversifying the organization’s membership and contributes to content management and event organization. Most recently, she was a 2016-2017 Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow. During this time, she developed a new regular political series for the European broadcaster ARTE and worked on digital issues with Microsoft’s government affairs team in Berlin.   Previously, Ana spent six years at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, where she was the director of the Chicago Forum on Global Cities, an annual event bringing together leaders for a cross-sector dialogue on the power and limitations of global cities. Ana holds a double bachelor’s degree in international relations and French language and literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Chicago.  

​Cara Stauß – Germany, Civil Servant, Representation of the German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union in Brussels

Cara Stauß is a civil servant working in the representation of the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union in Brussels. For three years, she represented the State Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration before transferring to the Ministry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection in 2017. Previously, she served as head of office of a Member of the European Parliament for four years. During that time, she was directly involved in drafting several legislative proposals in the area of consumer protection and the European internal market. Cara is a former fellow of the joint Franco-German Future Dialogue program of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Ifri (the Institut Français des Relations Internationales), and the Robert Bosch Foundation. Cara holds a joint master’s degree in contemporary European studies, which was funded by a scholarship from the Philipp-Matthäus-Hahn-Foundation. She studied at the University of Bath in the UK as well as Sciences Po Paris and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and received a bachelor’s degree in European studies from the University of Passau, Germany.

​Min Yang – China, Program Assistant at UNESCO in Beijing

Min Yang is a program assistant for the social and human sciences sectors at UNESCO in Beijing. In this capacity, she focuses on realizing the Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Agenda set by the United Nations through implementing the UNESCO program, empowering youth, promoting social inclusion, and coordinating with membership officials, international organizations, and other stakeholders. Prior to joining UNESCO, Min worked for the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences as a journalist and editor, where she covered academic development in the areas of social sciences and produced special columns. She also engaged in several research projects on global governance as a researcher. Min has experience working in different media organizations (including newspapers, TV as well as new media cooperation) and was awarded the fellowship of German-China media ambassador in 2015. As a freelance writer for the Goethe-Institut China, she has published articles on the humanities and environmental protection. Min holds a bachelor’s degree in information management and information systems, and a master’s degree in journalism and communication from the Communication University of China.

Senior Fellow

Michele Acuto – Professor of Global Urban Politics at the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne

Michele Acuto is professor of global urban politics at the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne. He is also senior fellow (global cities) at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and a fellow of the Programme for the Future of Cities at the University of Oxford. He is currently a co-chair of the Nature Sustainability international expert panel on science and the future of cities. He was previously professor of diplomacy and director of the UCL City Leadership Laboratory at University College London, a fellow at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) at the University of Oxford, and a fellow at the Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. He has taught at Australian National University, University of Canberra and National University of Singapore and has worked for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), the Kimberley Process for conflict diamonds, and the European Commission’s response to pandemic threats. He has also served as expert advisor on city diplomacy for the World Health Organization and the World Bank group. He holds a PhD from the Australian National University.