Advisory Panel

For the selection of the Solutions which are included in the Report and showcased in the Youth Solutions Hub, SDSN Youth and JCI work together with a high-level Advisory Panel, comprising world-renowned experts from different disciplines, representatives of the SDSN Secretariat and members of SDSN Youth Executive.




Djaffar is originally from Tehran, Iran, where he was born in 1961. He has lived in Copenhagen, Denmark since 1970. Djaffar obtained a bachelor’s degree in constructional engineering in 1988. In 1999 he founded his own construction company, which flourished rapidly and led to great financial success.

Djaffar is an accomplished entrepreneur in the property development business and at the forefront of philanthropic activities focusing on ending extreme poverty. After successfully building up many property companies, Djaffar decided to dedicate the majority of his time and fortune to eradicate extreme poverty. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Move Humanity.



Cherie Nursalim is Vice Chairman of GITI Group, a Member of the International Advisory Board of Columbia University and the Asia Advisory Board of the MIT Sloan School of Management. She also sits on the boards of the Yale Center for Environmental Law Policy and the University of Indonesia Climate Change Center, as well as the China Disabled Persons Foundation Board and the United in Diversity Foundation.

Ms. Nursalim has recently been appointed to the Executive Board of International Chamber of Commerce. She organizes international and education forums and has won the Baiyulan Award from the Shanghai government. She was listed among Forbes' 48 Heroes of Philanthropy.

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Giovanni Bruna is a Program Associate on the SDSN Secretariat, tasked with developing and managing National and Regional Networks in Latin America. Prior to joining the SDSN, he worked as an Account Manager at Guinness World Records. He also worked in Corporate Relations at the Council of the Americas, an international organisation committed to socio-economic development, the rule of law, and democracy in the Western Hemisphere.

Giovanni holds a Master’s degree in Global Governance and a B.A. in International Relations, both from Florida International University in Miami. Giovanni also obtained a postgraduate certificate in Cultural Management and Communications from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales.



Anna Ruggerini is Operations Director and Member of the Board at the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN).

She is committed in translating evidence based scientific data into effective policy recommendations to enable stakeholders to make informed choices on food and the related systems for our health and for the one of the Planet. Anna previously served as Marketing Manager for European countries and as Group Communication and External Relations Manager being in charge for Corporation equity and events at the Barilla Group. Among others, she gave birth to an Italian private-public alliance promoting healthy food and life-styles for the future generations and in 2014 she established the BCFN Foundation.



Anna Nordén is an Assistant Professor in Economics at the Jönköping International Business School of Jönköping University. Previously, she served as the Network Manager of SDSN Northern Europe. She holds a PhD degree in Economics from the University of Gothenburg and has also worked as a Research Fellow at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science of Lund University.

Her primary research interest is in policy design and behavioral economics for sustainable development. Her research has so far focused on policies for sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation, especially in Costa Rica, with topics like crowding out of donations to national parks, spillovers of payment for ecosystem services and environmental impact of forest certification.



Maud is the Head of Programmes at the Kofi Annan Foundation, where she leads the areas of Transitions to Peace and Promoting Youth Leadership and the work of the Foundation on the issues of transitional justice and reconciliation. She also coordinates the Extremely Together initiative, a youth-led effort to improve young people’s capacity to reject the narratives of violent extremists.

Before joining the Foundation in 2017, Maud was the Head of Learning and Policy and a member of the Strategic Management Team at Interpeace, and she also worked on political transitions, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration and human rights at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the French Embassy in Namibia, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Niger and Amnesty International in Paris.


Oliver B. Libby is the Chair & Co-Founder of The Resolution Project. Resolution identifies and empowers undergraduate students around the world who wish to launch new social ventures, supported by Resolution’s global network of resources. 

Oliver is also a founding Managing Director of Hatzimemos/Libby, a global growth catalyst firm based in New York, focusing on the energy and advanced technology sectors. He serves as a Trustee of the philanthropic Harvard Club of New York Foundation and a member of the Clinton Global Initiative's LEAD program. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard.



Jay Johnson is an internationally renowned speaker specializing in behavior and organizational development. He currently serves as the 2019 JCI Vice President for Europe. Jay joined JCI Redford in 2009 and has served in leadership at every level of the organization. He is a graduate from the 2018 JCI Academy in Himeji, Japan and has been honored as JCI Senator No. 75257.

Professionally, Jay works with Fortune 100 companies and national organizations such as Ford Motor Company, United Way, Consumers Energy, Keller Williams, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Crain Communication, Junior Chamber International, UM Health Systems, the Detroit Chamber, and AmeriCorps. He holds a Master's Degree in communication, is a designated Master Trainer from the ATD, and was twice honored with the Excellence in Training Award by the APCC. He has served in government and a variety of NGO boards of directors.



Marie Fischborn works as the Lead for Protected Area Solutions at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), engaging with a wide range of partners and stakeholders as the IUCN partnership coordinator for the PANORAMA - Solutions for a Healthy Planet Initiative initiative. Marie has also played a leading role in the emergence of PANORAMA, a global partnership that seeks to identify and promote examples of inspiring, replicable solutions across a range of conservation and development topics.

Marie holds a master’s degree in Biodiversity and Ecology and a bachelor degree in Biology.


Stefan Henningsson acts as Senior Advisor Climate, Energy & Innovation at WWF Sweden and is in the Leadership Team for WWFs global Climate & Energy Practice. In the Leadership Team role he oversees WWF’s strategic work and prioritises global initiatives in relation to all climate & energy issues within policy, business, finance & city sector action platforms.

Previously, he was programme manager for Sweden’s SME business development programmes focusing on environmental sustainability as a driver for profit and innovation. He worked on the Food and Drink Industry at the Environmental Management and Business Research Unit of the University of Hertfordshire, UK from 1998 to 2001.



James is the Director of Sustainable Development Goals at the WBCSD, where he supports companies’ efforts to integrate the SDGs into their strategic considerations and works with individual industry sectors to develop detailed roadmaps exploring how they can maximize contributions to the SDGs.

James joined WBCSD in March 2016 from Mitsubishi Corporation, where he led teams across a variety of corporate sustainability, public affairs and investor relations roles in both Europe and Japan over ten years. He has an undergraduate degree from Durham University, an MBA from Madrid’s IE Business School, and a Certificate in Investor Relations.



Esben is the Managing Partner of Nordic Sustainability. He leads the organisation’s business development efforts with the ambition to move clients towards sustainability impact. He advises Nordic and global clients on sustainability strategies, SDG impact, and thought leadership across sectors. Esben has a background working for sustainability think tanks in partnership with foundations and NGOs as well as advising international organisations and companies.

He has worked with organisations such as Storebrand, Nykredit, C40, Realdania, the Asian Development Bank,etc. and was formerly the Director of Insights at the think tank Sustainia. Esben holds a MSc in political science from the University of Copenhagen.



Dr Kate Roll is an Assistant Professor in Innovation, Development and Purpose at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP).

Prior to joining IIPP, she was based at the University of Oxford, where she was a faculty member at the Saïd Business School, contributing to the strategy and innovation curriculum, and ran the Mutuality in Business Project, a large multi-year research partnership on responsible business. She also taught undergraduates in Oxford’s distinctive tutorial style as a Lecturer in Empirical Politics for Somerville College and Lecturer in General Management, Lady Margaret Hall. In recognition of her dynamic teaching, she was nominated for the Most Outstanding Lecturer award in 2018.



Catherine is one of the top global experts in the intersection of retail and digital transformation since 1996. She develops the PEPS Lab, a Retail Innovation Lab that offers guidance to brands and retailers seeking to adapt to new consumer behaviours and values.

Prior to that, Barba founded and sold several digital businesses in France. A trusted angel investor and mentor, she serves on the board of directors of successful tech startups, including Euveka, Reech, Retency, Popshop, and on the board of multinational organizations such as Renault. In 2015 and 2016, she was named one of 50 most influential figures in Europe’s digital economy and in 2014 one of 3 most influential female figures in France. Barba is a Knight of the French National Order of Merit and Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor.



Fabio is the Director of Programmes at the E4Impact Foundation, the spin-off of the Catholic University of Milan aiming at growing impact entrepreneurs in Africa. In partnership with African Universities E4Impact has trained and accelerated 600+ entrepreneurs in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Senegal.

Previously, Fabio worked for Italian oil company Eni as a Sustainable Development Expert contributing to Eni’s work on to the UN Rio+20 Conference, the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative and UN Global Compact LEAD programme. He interned in  the European Parliament where he contributed to legislative & policy processes in the Culture and Education Committee and the Delegation for Interparliamentary relation with the Parliament of Azerbaijan.



Itai Manyere is a young active citizen who has been a member of JCI since 2004. He has served over the years at the local Level (JCI Harare); at the national level (JCI Zimbabwe Board); and at the international level (JCI Board of Directors). He currently serves as Chief Executive Assistant to the President. He is well travelled in JCI and in his professional life, with over 15 International JCI Events. He was conferred a life member as Senator #74629

Professionally he is an IT Professional with BlueDOT Technologies. They have interests in ICT Security and Mobile Value Added Services within Africa and beyond.



Katherine Sparkes is a global entrepreneur and charity changemaker. Sparkes founded Flamingo Creative, a corporate responsibility consultancy group which helps businesses function ethically and responsibly as well as providing management consultancy services to the third sector. Her work also includes acting as CEO for a variety of charities. Sparkes has worked with global corporations such as KPMG, Accenture and Credit Suisse, as well as with the British government, where she is a regular speaker at the Cabinet Office. 

Sparkes also founded two not-for-profit organizations; Styleabilityand inclusive danceschool Flamingo Chicks, which sees 3000 disabled children come through its doors each year. She has won numerous awards for her contribution to the global community including the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award in 2012and a Point Of Light Award from the British Prime Minister.


Dr. Frannie Léautier is Chairperson and Co-Founding Partner of Mkoba Private Equity. Dr. Léautier previously served as Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). A Tanzanian national, she served as Vice President of the World Bank and Head of the World Bank Institute from December 2001 to March 2007.

She also served as Chief of Staff to the former President of the World Bank from 2000 to 2001. Cumulatively, Dr. Léautier served in various capacities at the World Bank from 1992 to 2007. From 2007 to 2009, she was a Managing Partner at The Fezembat Group, a company focused on risk management and leadership development.



Jennifer Gross founded the Blue Chip Foundation, which focuses on alleviating extreme poverty in the developing world; education in the United States, and social enterprise at the local level. Ms. Gross is a member of The Gross Family Foundation which has donated to Mercy Ships, Doctors Without Borders, the Earth Institute and Duke University, among others. She also serves on the board of the SDSN, Duke Global Health Institute and LA Kitchen.

She has 10 years of philanthropic and business experience and earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University. She is currently partnering with PixHug, a social media platform designed to bring money to charitable campaigns through member participation.


Lauren Barredo is Head of Partnerships for the SDSN, where she manages relationships with institutions, companies, and individuals, finding new ways to collaborate on SDG implementation. In addition, she manages three Thematic Networks (Health, Agriculture, and Extractive and Land Resources) as well as three Regional Networks (Amazon, Australia Pacific, and Caribbean).

From 2010 to the SDSN’s founding in 2012 she worked as a Special Assistant to Jeffrey D. Sachs at The Earth Institute, Lauren also held positions at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and the Yale University Herbarium.



Alexander Dale leads MIT Solve’s Sustainability work, where he supports people and organizations passionate about tackling food, energy, water, and climate challenges. He has an academic background in the life-cycle impacts of energy and water infrastructure, and a professional background in environmental policy, engineering education, and nonprofit management.

Alexander was Executive Director of Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) from 2013 until 2015 and continues to serve on the organisation’s board. From 2015 to 2017, he was an AAAS Policy Fellow hosted by the US EPA’s Transportation and Climate Division. He has also taught courses in social entrepreneurship, energy and science communication, and technical sustainability.



Cristiane Lourenço is Global Food Stakeholder Manager for Bayer Latam. In this position, she is responsible for establishing strategies and relationships with the main stakeholders of the food chain in Latin America countries. The proposal is to create solid partnerships and promote connection between the main players in the food chain by encouraging sustainable food production and diets.

Cristiane Lourenço graduated in Public Relations from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) and is a specialist in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining Bayer, she worked with Sustainability and Innovation for many years at Unilever and in the energy sector. The executive has extensive experience in the area of sustainability and innovation, managing projects in India, USA, Europe and Latin America.



Teresa Poon is the director of three companies and resides in Hong Kong. She currently serves as 2019 JCI Vice President for Asia and the Pacific, and is assigned to Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Taiwan and Vietnam.

She joined JCI City Lady in 2008 and served as the Local President in 2011. She became Secretary General for the 2012 JCI Asia-Pacific Conference in Hong Kong. She was appointed as a 100th Anniversary Committee Member and Growth and Development Chairperson, and in 2017 she became JCI Hong Kong National President and initiated the first SDGs report for JCI Hong Kong.



Reem Abdel-Hadi has a degree in Industrial Engineering. She is currently the M&E and Capacity Building Advisor at USAID Takamol project focusing on gender mainstreaming. She resides in Amman. Abdel-Hadi is currently serving as 2019 JCI Africa and Middle East Development Council Chairperson. She previously served as the 2017 JCI Vice President assigned to Africa and the MIddle East.

Abdel-Hadi was a founding member of JCI Jordan where she served as the first President of the first established Local Organization JCI Amman in 2010. She continued to serve as National President in 2012.  She has attended ten JCI Area Conferences and seven JCI World Congresses. She speaks Arabic, English and French.