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Max D. Bouchet

Research Analyst, The Brookings Institution (France)

Max Bouchet is a researcher with the Metropolitan Policy Program and the Global Economy & Development Program of the Brookings Institution in Washington.


Max researches regional inequality, the global competitiveness of city-regions, and the role of cities in global governance. He also stewards the SDG Leadership Cities network to help local leaders implement the UN 2030 Agenda. In this capacity, he regularly engages with local leaders from the Global North and South. Over 2018-19, Max combined his analysis on global cities with a Robert Bosch Foundation fellowship (Global Governance Futures 2030). He graduated from the Sciences Po Paris with a BA in Political Science and a Master of Public Affairs.

Chaimae Bourjij

National project coordinator, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (Morocco)

Chaimae Bourjij is currently the national project coordinator of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Morocco. In parallel, she is founder chairwoman of the International Youth Council – Morocco chapter and MENA regional director for the International Youth Federation.


Previously she co-founded the Sustainable Development’s Youth Association which won «Mobilizer of the SDG» for the year 2018 by the UN SDG Action Campaign. After a Master’s degree in Auditing and Management control, she has participated in several symposiums as a member of the official youth delegation in the Open Government Partnership Summit in Ottawa (Canada) 2019 and the youth representative in the closing panel. She also was the only youth representative in the MENA-OECD Meeting in 2019 and lately was awarded by the Tariq Ibn Zyad Initative, «Hope» of 2019. Mrs Bourjij’s commitment is driven by the intention to familiarize young people with decision-making processes and strengthen their capacities under the aegis of democratic governance.

Charlotte Brandsma

Senior Program Officer, The German Marshall Fund of the United States. (The Netherlands)

Charlotte Brandsma is a political scientist and activist with an interest in security, civic engagement and women’s rights. Her geographic focus is Europe, the United States and the Mediterranean region.


She currently works for the German Marshall Fund (GMF), developing its research on Mediterranean geopolitics and security, informing European and U.S. policy making. In 2017, Charlotte co-founded The Brussels Binder, a non-profit organization with the mission of bringing more women into the public debate. She developed an open database of women experts and is responsible for growing an international ecosystem of stakeholders that are committed to a gender-balanced debate. Previously, Charlotte worked at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on human rights and European affairs. She has an MA in International Relations from the University of Groningen.

Chiara Maria Cocchiara

System Operations Engineer, EUMETSAT. (Italy)

Chiara Cocchiara is a System Operations Engineer at EUMETSAT, preparing future Earth Observation Space Missions to monitor weather and climate. She was awarded the MIT Innovator Under35 and the ESNC Prizes for a new drone technology design to help saving human lives, especially the immigrants in the Mediterranean Sea.


Forbes listed her as «30 Under 30 Leader» in Industry. She was the Captain and Crew Engineer of a Mars simulated analogue mission, leading technical and psychological experiments. She leads the SpaceOps program for the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications.

She speaks five languages, has one Bachelor and three Master degrees in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Jessa Coleman

Programs Manager, PACE Financial Servicing (USA)

Jessa Coleman is the Programs Manager for PACE Financial Servicing, which designs and administers property assessed clean energy (“PACE”) programs throughout the United States.


PACE financing funnels private capital into clean energy improvements to commercial property, incentivizing local economic development. She is also a co-founder of the SASI Co., a Paris-based consulting firm that offers business training on sustainability. Jessa consulted for social enterprises in Europe and in Africa from 2015 to 2018. She was a Frontier Market Scouts fellow in Social Enterprise Management and Impact Investing through the Middlebury Institute in 2015. She holds a Master in Management from HEC Paris with a major in Sustainability and certificate in Energy and finance. Jessa received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the American University.

Francisco Cordoba

CEO, NaaS Digital Banking , San Francisco, US (Colombia)

Francisco Cordoba is currently CEO at NaaS Digital Banking in San Francisco, USA.


Prior to this he was the co-founder and COO at WeSend in Singapore where he was awarded the «Innovators under 35» recognition by the MIT for his contribution on Blockchain for social good.

His previous professional experience includes co-founding Seed software & Red Diaspora Colombia at Berkeley University. Francisco was also a Westerwelle foundation fellow, ITEC fellow from the Indian government and Global Shaper from the World Economic Forum. His publication Beat the robots analyzes the implications of artificial intelligence in the future of work. He completed his master's degree at University College London and his BA in Colombia.

Teresa Danso-Danquah

Manager of NextGen Initiatives, Disability:IN. (USA)

Teresa Danso-Danquah is the Manager of NextGen Initiatives at Disability:IN, where she leads career development programs for U.S. college students with disabilities


Previously, Teresa worked as a Field Organizer for Stacey Abrams’ Georgia gubernatorial campaign, and worked for three years at Capital One, where she was part of a development program for future leaders in HR. Teresa’s prior work includes youth employment in Hyderabad, India, therapeutic arts for girls in Cusco, Peru, civilian personnel policy at the Department of Defense, and disability policy for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Teresa is a 2014 Truman Scholar and a 2015 graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations and a minor in Spanish.    

Teresa de Almeida Braga Rossi

Project Analyst, Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI) (Brazil)

At CEBRI, she is responsible for coordinating the think tank’s Environment and Climate Change Program.


Prior to this, she worked in the heritage sector of the Roberto Marinho Foundation and contributed to the reconstruction of the Portuguese Language Museum in São Paulo. As an intern, she acquired experience in teaching history and public policy analysis. Teresa holds an undergraduate degree in History from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and a graduate degree in Museology from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). She is a historian specialized in contemporary Latin America, memory, heritage and public history.

Bushra Ebadi

Youth Advisory Group and Executive Committee Member, Canadian Commission for UNESCO (Canada)

She recently worked as a Global Security and Politics Research Associate with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), where she provided research and project support to the World Refugee Council in developing solutions to transform the global refugee and internal displacement systems; advanced research on the ethical and social implications of emerging technologies on marginalized populations; and co-developed the Women in Global Governance project, focusing on women in decision-making and leadership in security and politics.


Her previous professional experiences include developing refugee housing and integration strategies for arrival cities around the world, supporting humanitarian coordination through her work with the UN Interagency Standing Committee in Geneva, and leveraging her skills in research and design to support the advancement of peace, justice, and sustainable development with various non-profit organizations. Her forthcoming publications include: Youth Engagement in UNESCO National Commissions, Towards a Model of Meaningful Youth Engagement, Intergenerational Dialogue, And Partnerships and Meaningful Youth Engagement in the Governance of the Global Refugee System. She holds a Master of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto and a Joint Honours BA in Political Science and Philosophy, with minors in French and Management from McGill University.

Adil El Madani

Economist, Enabel (Belgium)

Adil El Madani is a young economist currently working for the Belgian Development Agency (Enabel) as a private sector development expert, based in Brussels, Belgium.


Prior to this, he was a policy analyst at the Belgian Ministry of Economic Affairs where he conducted research on SME Policy and was a member of the expert group “Policy-relevant research on SMEs and entrepreneurship” of the European Commission. He also has experience working with the Belgian Foreign Office and Credendo. Besides, he is a member of the Friday Group, a Belgian policy think tank for young professionals financed by the King Baudouin Foundation.  

Adil holds a Master’s degree in Business Engineering from Solvay Brussels School where he is achieving a Ph.D. in Economics.