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European Commission & SciencesPo Paris

Anne Houtman was until April 2016 the Principal Advisor in the Directorate General for Energy at the European Commission after having been for 4 years Head of the Representation in France of the European Commission. She now teaches at Sciences Po, Paris. She holds a Graduate degree in Mathematics from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium and a PhD in Statistics from Princeton University, New Jersey. She is a member of the Belgian Royal Academy and sits on the Board of various entities.



Nicolas is a graduate of SciencesPo with a MA in European Affairs, majoring in Public administration. Parallel to his position at the Direction Interministérielle de la Transformation Publique, he co-founded Eklesia a started-up to foster citizen participation online. Eklesia is incubated at the SciencesPo’s Center for Entrepreneurship. Nicolas also studied with the pianist Anna Vinnitskaya and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from HfMT Hamburg.



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 has published a further 100 academic articles and book chapters, mainly on political theory and comparative politics.


SDSN Youth

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. His main areas of expertise are international environmental law, international trade law, climate change, global health, ocean governance, and social-ecological resilience. 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.



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.


City of Paris

Expert in local authorities’ management, he used to be both elected official (deputy-mayor of his birth town, in charge of university and international relationships) and administrative director in other French municipalities (for economic and local development). He graduated a Master in Innovation management in public organizations and policies. He’s specialist in sustainable development and urbanism, and social crisis management through municipalities focus. As Paris CRO, he has been building the city resilience strategy with a wide panel of stakeholders, in two main directions: how to strengthen social cohesion to face any kind of crisis, and how to adapt middle and long term city urban planning to face global warming consequences.



Currently based in Berlin and working at GIZ, the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation, has been seconded to the United Nations Sustainable Development Solution Network (UN-SDSN) secretariat in Paris. This engagement came after a mission as component manager within the GIZ-Program for the “Support of Entrepreneurship and Innovation” in Tunisia and before as adviser for Local Economic Development within the “GIZ-Urban Development Programme in Syria” in the city of Aleppo. Holger holds a PhD in Social Sciences with focus on regional and urban development from Humboldt-University and a first degree in Political Sciences from Free University Berlin.



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.



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. 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.


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.