Inès Boubaker

Former Urban Governance and Sustainability Coordinator and Researcher

Inès Boubaker, graduated cum laude in International Development at Sciences Po, is a geographer, specialized in risks management and urban governance.

She has previously worked with Paris City Hall’s Resilience Mission where she contributed to the design of Paris Resilience Strategy. After that, she joined the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to work on the sustainability indicators for European cities.

Engagement is one of her key personal features since she is also part of a crisis management organization and a coaching association. Furthermore, her HDRI team was selected as the finalist of a World Bank competition with an urban farming project and she has presented a paper on Urban Resilience for an international conference in Rome (August 2018). Lately, she was selected to be part of the 10 Parisian « Women4climate » to implement her project « Cities Pave the Way towards 2030 – SDG Reporting » on a common monitoring system for air pollution in four European cities.

Inès co-founded HDRI in 2016, and has successively held the positions of Coordinator of the Urban Governance Team and Secretary General. She holds the office of President for the second year now and is eager to pursue the work initiated last year, with even more determination.

She speaks French and English and German.

Louise Bicknese

HDRI’s Vice-President is a Dutch student currently pursuing the MA Dual Degree in International Affairs between Sciences Po and King’s College London. At Sciences Po, she studies International Security with a concentration in Diplomacy.

Before coming to Paris, she graduated cum laude from the bachelor program University College Maastricht. She has internship experience with the An-Nahar newspaper at the UN, with NATO and with the Strategic Policy Unit of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During her studies, she gained extensive organizational and management experience through multiple extra-curricular activities. Her focus is on international politics, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. She believes that development is at the heart of peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

She speaks Dutch, English, French and German and she is learning Arabic.

People Management Director
Víctor Arribas Martínez

HDRI’s People Management Director is a Spanish undergraduate student in Paris, reading a Double Degree between SciencesPo and University College London on European Social and Political Studies.

In his native Madrid he worked for organizations as UNICEF, Common Action Forum or the Madrid City Council on education and political programs for youth participation. Right now, he is taking part in the Paris International Model United Nations as Assistant-Secretary-General organizing the biggest student-led conference in France. He is part of the Executive Council of the Parlement Européen des Jeunes France and a member of the youth leadership network of Banco Santander, “Becas Europa”. 

He speaks Spanish, Portuguese, French, English and Italian and is currently learning German.

Publications Director
Jules Bracke

HDRI’s Publication Director is currently enrolled in a dual degree in International Relations between Sciences Po Paris and Peking University, focusing on global risk and East Asia.

As a Dutch native, he completed his undergraduate degree in Maastricht (the Netherlands), where he studied international relations. As part of his undergraduate studies, he has also spent time at UC Berkeley.

Further, Jules has been active in various volunteering positions and interned at an NGO helping human rights defenders. In the future, Jules wishes to continue to make a commitment to development around the globe and promote peaceful relations between countries.

In his role as Director of Publications, he hopes to contribute to publishing articles which inform policymakers and the general public to create a safer, more prosperous and more inclusive world.

Communications Director 
Alexis Pellier

HDRI’s Communications Director is a French and Canadian Social and Economic Science graduate. He is currently enrolled in Sciences Po Paris’ master degree in International Public Management. He focuses on global risks and the Middle East and management.

In his hometown, Alexis took an active part in its Youth City Council. He also rised up to the challenge of national politics and ended up managing the youth research team of a French center-left party. He also committed for the SDGs and leadership and social development by holding several managerial positions in AIESEC — the largest international youth-led movement. His extra-curricular experiences have allowed him to build an expertise in several areas such as management and communications and public speaking and the MENA region.

He speaks French and English and he is currently learning Spanish and Arabic. In his spare time, he enjoys drama lessons and strives for discovering the best places to go in Paris.

Finance Director 
Aishwarya Viswanathan

HDRI’s Finance Director is a master student of International Economic Policy, specialising in emerging economies. Previously, she studied at Christ University, Bangalore, India where she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Economics.

Her prior experience includes working in the field of international taxation at Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP and NITI Aayog respectively. Currently she is an intern at the United Nations Secretariat, New York where she is working in the area of development finance.

She speaks Hindi and English and Tamil and she is learning French. She loves coffee, does not like cats and is always up for a cheesy movie.

Advocacy Director 
Zoe Daruwalla

The HDRI Advocacy Director is a psychology graduate from St. Xavier’s College Mumbai. She is now currently in her first year of Master in International Development specializing in Project Management and Latin American Studies.

She has had experience working in commissioning research proposals for Oxford University Press, New Delhi and as a Recruitment Head Intern for Urban Support System Start-up ‘Bayside First’ in Mumbai. She has volunteered extensively in different parts of the world, as an English professor at Axentec Language Center Marrakech Morocco and as an educational co ordinater with Madrid for Refugees. She also dabbled with research on the needs to rural development as an intern with the Energee Foundation for the villages in Karjat India. In 2015 she represented St. Xavier’s College in the Global Next Leader Conference on Peace and Conflict in Hiroshima and Tokyo Japan.

After an academic gap year at Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid with a focus in Latin American studies and Economics, she now has a working proficiency in Spanish. She is fluent in English and Hindi and is currently learning French.