Schermata 2017-11-19 alle 21.08.19John CROWLEY

Chief of Section for Research, Policy and Foresight, Social and Human Science, UNESCO

Since joining UNESCO in 2003, he has also been a programme specialist in social science (2003-05) and head of the communication, information and publications unit (2005-07), chief of section for ethics of science and technology (2008-11) and team leader for global environmental change (2011-14). Before joining UNESCO, he worked as an economist in the oil industry (1988-95) and as a research fellow at the French National Political Science Foundation (1995-2002). From 2002 to 2015, he was editor of the UNESCO-published International Social Science Journal. He is the author of Sans épines, la rose. Tony Blair : un modèle pour l’Europe ? (Paris: La Découverte, 1999) and editor of Tony Blair, le nouveau travaillisme et la troisième voie (Paris: La Documentation française, 1999), Pacifications, réconciliations (special issue of the journal Cultures & Conflits, Paris: L’Harmattan, 2001), and Rethinking Human Security (Paris/Oxford: UNESCO / Wiley-Blackwell, 2008, with Moufida Goucha). He has published a further 100 academic articles and book chapters, mainly on political theory and comparative politics.

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Junior Event Manager, EURORDIS

As part of the Communications and Development team, Emilie supports the Senior Events Manager in the development, organisation, promotion and fundraising of the major flagship events such as the European Conference on Rare Diseases and Orphan Products (ECRD), the EURORDIS Awards & Black Pearl Evening, the Multi-stakeholder Symposium on Improving Patient Access to Rare Disease Therapies and the ERTC (EURORDIS Round Table of Companies) Workshops. Emilie also provides support to other special events projects, such as the INNOVCare workshops. Prior to joining EURORDIS, Emilie worked with DIA (Drug Information Association) in the planning and operations department where she handled the patient fellowship programme for the DIA EuroMeeting. Emilie also worked at the student support unit at the Paris-Sorbonne University, as an assistant for students with disabilities. Emilie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Language and Culture studies and a Master’s degree in International Management and Trade from the Paris-Sorbonne University.


Josephine GOUBE

CEO, Techfugees

Nominated two times in a row by Forbes as one of the top 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur in 2016 and 2017, Joséphine is an hacktivist for migrants and refugees’ social inclusion. As CEO of Techfugees, a non-profit coordinating the tech community to respond to the refugee & migrant challenge, Josephine promotes the use of mobile & new digital technologies to empower the displaced and provide them access to information, healthcare, and education. She previously worked as tech evangelist for the web-based cross border recruitment platform, Yborder, worked as an informal expert on immigration for the EU commission and helped build a web-based AI for migrants to apply to visa to Europe for tech startup Migreat.


Fabrice MURTIN

Head of Unit in the Households of Statistics and Progress Measurement Division, OECD

Dr. Fabrice Murtin is a Head of Unit at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in the Households Statistics and Progress Measurement Division. He is also an Associate Researcher at Sciences Po Paris. A French national, he holds a PhD from Paris School of Economics, and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University prior to joining the OECD. His research has focused on well-being measurement, the long-term dynamics of economic development and economic policy. He published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Economic Growth, Economic Policy, European Economic Review and the Review of Economics and Statistics.

DarioDario PISELLI

Ph.D. candidate in International law at the Graduate Institute of Geneva

Dario is a sustainable development professional  in the fields of public international law and global governance. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in International Law at the Graduate Institute of Geneva and a Research Officer at the  university’s Global Health Centre. A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc in Environment and Development) and of the University of Siena (JD, cum laude), his main areas of expertise are international environmental law, international trade law, climate change, global health, ocean governance, and social-ecological resilience. Upon his graduation at the University of Siena in 2015, he was named a ‘cultore della materia’ in Public International Law and EU Law and has since published extensively on international law and sustainable development. Since 2012, he has collaborated with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, most recently as the Project Leader for the Solutions Initiatives of SDSN Youth and as a representative in the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data.

In July 2017, he was a co-recipient of an Erasmus+ Grant for Jean Monnet Modules (project title: European Union Law and Sustainable Development). In this capacity, he is now the programme manager of the module, which is hosted by the University of Siena.



PhD and Vice Chancellor for St. Lawrence University in Uganda.

Andrew is an expert in Institutional Evaluation (Higher Education) and Corporate Governance. In addition, he is a professional Accountant and a Certified Financial Consultant. In his academic career, he led Cavendish University Uganda in the initial stage of its existence and served as Dean in one of the faculties at Kigali Independent University.  He has lectured at both Makerere and Bugema Universities. He has served as a Research Consultant for the Association of African Universities at a continental level and  as an academic external examiner for several local and external universities.