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Ms. Sade Abraham

Program Director/ Fellow, Harvard University (Trinidad and Tobago)

Sadé Abraham is a learning scientist and pipeline initiative strategist committed to supporting the underserved in our education pipeline.


Born in Trinidad & Tobago and raised in Queens, New York, Sadé recently completed her second masters in cognitive neuroscience at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and continues to serve at the university as a Presidential Fellow. Committed to finding solutions to today’s most urgent problems, Sadé’s research explores poverty, economic mobility and class through the lens of neurocognition, socio-linguistics and education. Prior to Harvard, Sadé spent 5 years working in post-secondary education including 3 amazing years in Abu Dhabi and Dubai serving U.S. institutions in the Middle East instructing first year students and serving as an academic advisor. A firm believer the work of equity, diversity and inclusion, Sadé is passionate about creating a supportive, informative, and engaging experience that celebrates the intersectionality and nuance of identity. In Sadé non-existent free time, she enjoys brunches, soca music, flirting with vegetarianism and unpacking the Myer-Briggs/Strengths Quest results of anyone that would allow!

Ms. Ishita Aggarwal

Founder and Executive Director, MOM’S THE WORD (Canada)

Ishita Aggarwal holds an Honors Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and is currently a Master of Public Health Candidate at Western University.


She has a keen interest in health equity, gender equality, and social sustainability. She has served as Access and Equity Student Blogger at U of T Student Life Blog, Founding Member of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) National Conference, and Research Associate at International Women's Rights Project. In April 2016, Ishita founded MOM'S THE WORD (MTW), a non-profit organization that hosts free prenatal workshops for homeless and low-income pregnant women in Toronto, Canada. MTW has raised $100,000+ and hosted 60+ workshops, advising 750+ impoverished women on how to have a healthy pregnancy. She has been named a Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leader, a Top 25 Canadian Immigrant, a Queen's Young Leader, and a Johnson and Johnson One Young World Scholar, among others. Through her work, Ishita hopes to give voice to those who often go unheard and make a long-lasting impact on her community.



Patricia AHANDA is an Entrepreneur,Consultant in Leadership, Founder of LYDEXPERIENCE, a training platform, coaching in Leadership.


Patricia AHANDA is also Deputy Mayor in charge of Digital and Vocational Training in the Paris region, in the city of Champigny-sur-Marne. Committed to the issues of Women's Leadership, Women's Entrepreneurship and to fight against social, economic and gender inequalities, she is named in 2018 Forbes Under 30 Fellows.

Ms. Ana Paula Barreto

Intern - Gender, Human Rights and Advocacy, United Nations Human Rights Office of the Higher Commissioner (Brazil)

Ana Barreto is a graduate student in International Affairs at The New School and a researcher on migration, with special focus on women and girls. 


She has several years of experience as human rights international professional and worked with UNICEF in Brazil and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Ethiopia. Ana is also one of recipients of the 2018 United Nations Fellowship for People of African descent in Geneva and she is currently working on her thesis on the health needs of Internal Displaced and refugee women in Ethiopia. The thesis will also become a short-documentary.

Mrs. Ana Barufi

Research and Innovation Manager, Bradesco Bank (Brazil)

I hold a position of Research and Innovation Manager at the Innovation Department of Bradesco Bank, in Brazil, in which I conduct studies about new technologies and business models in the banking sector.


I am also a researcher at The University of São Paulo Regional and Urban Economics lab, and I hold a Ph.D in Economics from the same university, having spent two semesters abroad at Arizona State University (GeoDA Center) and VU Amsterdam (Spatial Economics Department). Moreover, I have experience with research projects in the academic and professional environments, with a significant list of publications in academic journals. My research is mostly centered on applied economic analysis, with a specialization in regional and urban economics. In that sense, I am involved with the international academic network in regional science, having participated on many international conferences in the area, and being a founding member of the Regional Science Academy.

Ms. Laura Basagni

Program Coordinator, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (Italy)

Laura Basagni is a program coordinator at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Brussels.


She coordinates GMF’s portfolio on North-South and South-South cooperation, focusing on the Mediterranean and the wider Atlantic regions. Her research interests are EU foreign and trade policy, and the future of governance. She leads the organization of GMF’s Atlantic Strategy Group meetings, and coordinates the Brussels chapter of GMF’s Young Transatlantic Network (YTN.)

Laura joined GMF as a trainee in 2016, working on Mediterranean politics and European foreign policy. She studied at LUISS Guido Carli and the London of School of Economics and Political Science (LSE.) She holds a BA in international relations, an MSc in comparative politics, and a postgraduate degree in European project management.


Mr. Mohamed Amine Belarbi

Co-founder & CEO, VUL9 Security Solutions (Morocco)

Mohamed Amine Belarbi is a New York University alum and currently co-founder and CEO of VUL9 Security Solutions, the region’s fastest growing cybersecurity company currently helping UAE tech giants better secure their platforms and data, as well as assisting various marquee brands in the MENA region better defend against cyber attacks and cyber breaches.


Mohamed is also co-founder of millennial publication Gulf Elite based in Dubai with over 30,000 monthly readers, as well as author of Amazon Kindle Best selling Book The Art of the Grind: What they don't Teach you in College. Mohamed has been recognised "Young Entrepreneur of the Year" by Arabian Business, "10 top African change leaders" by African Leadership University and was the youngest entrepreneur to ever be featured on the cover of Forbes Middle East Magazine.

Mr. Andrew Bishop

Deputy Head of Research & Director, Global Macro, Eurasia Group (United States)

Andrew D. Bishop is Deputy Head of Research at Eurasia Group, the world's leading political risk consultancy.


In his role, Andrew is responsible for overseeing the relevance, timeliness, rigor, and accuracy of the firm’s research. Andrew is also a Director in the firm's Global Macro practice, where he advises clients about global political phenomena (e.g. populism, prospects for structural reform, global governance). Prior to joining Eurasia Group, Andrew was a senior political analyst in the foresight and policy planning unit of the World Economic Forum. Andrew has been a regular participant in the WEF’s annual meeting in Davos, and is a Munich Young Leader of the Munich Security Conference as well as a Term-Member of the Council on Foreign Relations

Mr. Ayoub Bouafia

Project Manager, OCP Group – SADV, Morocco

Ayoub Bouafia is a Project Manager, working for OCP Group, precisely for SADV, a subsidiary in charge of the development and planning of OCP’s major urban projects.


Prior to this, he worked for AL OMRANE as a Project Manager, a leading operator of urban development and housing in Morocco. In his current role, Ayoub is working on several of OCP’s leading projects, such as Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Lycée d’Excellence (High School of Excellence) and the Start Up Incubator Innovation Hub, in the green city of Benguerir. He is also a member of “Morocco Green Building Council”, which is an association whose role is to accelerate change for sustainable construction and green building in Morocco, and is a part of the Mena Regional Network, World Green Building Council. Ayoub holds an engineering diploma in civil engineering from “Ecole Hassania des Travaux Public”, and is currently pursuing his Executive MBA at Africa Business School in partnership with Columbia Business School. 

Mr. Anders Brudevoll

Advisor, The Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans), Norway

Anders works with intergovernmental cooperation in marine and maritime science and innovation at the JPI Oceans Secretariat in Brussels. 


He has experience in public policy including developing and implementing political strategies, political framework conditions, international trade policy, as well  as experience from international organisations and foreign affairs. Having worked or studied in six different countries he has substantial international experience. He holds an MA in Geopolitics, Territory and Security from King's College in London and a BA in International Relations & Politics from London Metropolitan University.