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Renata H. Dalaqua

Head of Project Division, Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI), Brazil

Renata H. Dalaqua is a Political Scientist and head of the project's division at the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI).


She holds a PhD degree in History and Politics from Getulio Vargas Foundation (2017) and a MA in International Politics and Security from University College London (2011). Her main research interests combine technology and policy, such as energy governance and dual-use technology controls.

Tameka Hill

Chief Executive Officer, Tameka Hill Foundation, Jamaica

Tameka Hill was recognized by the United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth as a Caribbean Youth Expert in Baku, Azerbaijan and also serves as a Queen Leader’s Youth Advisor (United Kingdom), Communication Fellow for Force 11 (Germany) and a UN Mentor for Madagascar, Africa.


She served as the Jamaican Youth Ambassador and represented the country's youth at the national and international level for four years. A Youth and Women’s Rights Advocate, she has received numerous awards and recognition. Her most recent achievement to date is the Commemorative Award from the Commonwealth Secretariat- Bangladesh for her work on Women and Leadership. Tameka started her foundation, The Tameka Hill Foundation in December 2016 which focuses on literacy in children 6 months to 12 years. Ms. Hill holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media and Communication and Cultural Studies, as well as a Master’s of Science degree in Gender and Development Studies.

Idia Irele

Social Justice Educator/ Master’s Student, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Nigeria

Idia Irele is a Nigerian-American dual national who is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Education Policy at Harvard University.


Prior to this year, she was living in Andorra, teaching English and youth leadership to upper-secondary school students as a Fulbright Fellow. Her professional experience is rooted heavily in education and non-profit work, having worked as a social justice educator and community organizer in Greater Boston, and an English language teacher at the high school and university level in Spain. Her academic and professional passions include education for women and girls, human rights, youth empowerment, and transferable comparative analyses across developing and middle-income nations. Drawing from her experiences living and working in Nigeria, Boston, Spain, and Andorra, she hopes to dedicate her career to serving the world’s most vulnerable populations through the use of cross-cultural collaboration. This cross-national engagement, she believes, is the key to sustainable peace. She hopes to find meaningful work where she can apply her skillset and make a valuable contribution to the global community.

Ana Janaina Nelson

Corporate Responsibility Director- Latin America, Bacardi, Brazil

Ana Janaina Nelson (Jana) is the Government Relations and Corporate Responsibility Director for Latin America at Bacardi.  Prior to Bacardi, she was the multinational consulting firm Speyside Corporate Relations where she served as Vice-President for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.


From 2010 to 2015, Jana served as a policy adviser and diplomat at the United States Department of State.  For the U.S. government, she also worked in the U.S. Senate and at the Pentagon. Before joining public service, Jana was a consultant for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a DC-based think tank. Jana received her M.A. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her B.A. in International Relations from University of Brasilia.  Jana is a native speaker of English and Portuguese and is fluent in Spanish and French. In Latin America, Jana has lived and worked in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina. 

James Kirchick

Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution, United States

James Kirchick is a visiting fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe and Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution.


A widely published journalist, he is author of “The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age” (Yale, 2017), a correspondent for The Daily Beast, a columnist for Tablet Magazine, and a frequent contributor to a wide array of publications including the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Politico, Foreign Policy, The Weekly Standard, and Commentary among many others. Kirchick works on European politics, American politics, and U. S. grand strategy. He began his professional journalism career at The New Republic covering domestic politics, lobbying, intelligence, and American foreign policy. In 2010, he moved to Prague to become writer-at-large for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, traveling widely to cover the politics and cultures of the 21 countries in RFE/RL’s broadcast region. Among the stories he reported on were the fraudulent 2010 presidential election in Belarus, ethnic cleansing in Kyrgyzstan, and the Libyan Civil War. Prior to Brookings, he spent four years as a fellow with the Foreign Policy Initiative in Washington. He has been a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow in Berlin, a Hoover Institution Media Fellow and a Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellow, and he is a professional member of the PEN American Center and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Kirchick has spoken at venues around the world including the Oslo Freedom Forum, the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, the Stockholm Free World Forum, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the Royal United Services Institute, the Henry Jackson Society, the Institute for Human Sciences, Yale, Columbia and Princeton Universities, in addition to numerous other venues. He is a frequent commentator on television and radio. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Kirchick is a graduate of the Roxbury Latin School and holds degrees in both history and political science from Yale.

Dustin Klaudt

Law Clerk, Constitutional Court of South Africa, South Africa

Dustin Klaudt, BCom, JD, is presently a Law Clerk at the Constitutional Court of South Africa.  He previously consulted for South Africa’s largest and oldest domestic legal NGO, the Legal Resources Centre, on multiple human rights matters spanning equality, government accountability, and environmental law. 


He also has experience practicing estate, trust, family, and commercial law in Canada.  He is also presently completing a Master of Laws degree at Osgoode Hall at York University in Toronto, Canada, where his research focuses on international climate change litigation, particularly cases involving climate change harms causing human rights abuses.

Blanche Leridon

Head of Operations, Institut Montaigne, France

Blanche Leridon has been Head of Operations at the Paris-based think tank Institut Montaigne since June 2017. She coordinates all editorial and event activities of Institut Montaigne. She is also in charge of relations with the governance and Montaigne’s Board members.


Blanche joined Institut Montaigne in 2015 as Policy Officer. She was actively involved in the analysis of the programs of the 2017 presidential campaign. She also conducted Institut Montaigne’s work on digital technology and its link with tourism and higher education. In 2017, she contributed to publishing a major report on investment in Sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining Institut Montaigne, Blanche worked for cultural institutions like Centre Pompidou museum in Paris. She has an acknowledged expertise on public policies and a comprehensive knowledge of the French and international cultural sectors and industries. Blanche holds a Masters degree in Public Affairs from Sciences Po Paris. She also studied History, Art History and Cinema at the University College London (UCL).

Sem Mandela Uutoni

Special Assistant to the Advisor of The Chairperson on Regional Integration, African Union Commission, Namibia

Sem Mandela currently works as a Special Assistant to the Advisor of the Chairperson on Regional Integration in the Office of the Chairperson at the African Union Commission in Addis Abba, Ethiopia. 


He works on issues of importance pertaining to regional integration such as Trade, Peace and Security, Free Movement of People and Infrastructural Development.  Sem Mandela holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Regional and Rural Development and he recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in Regional Development and Environmental Economics (Summa Cum Laude). Sem Mandela is also a National Best-Selling Author of The Extraordinary Aftermath (2017).

Robel Minassi

Summer Analyst and Contract Consultant, Mckinsey and Co., Ethiopia


Robel Minassi's recent experiences in management consulting with McKinsey & Co. have combined his passions for emerging markets and his past learnings from investment management to get a clearer picture of what actions must be taken for Africa's advancement.


His first experiences in investment management were through internships in private equity and  getting awarded in competitions such as the Uber case competition and Goldman Sachs case competitions where he had to provide strategic recommendations to grow company revenues and increase share prices. However, his consequent experiences in sourcing and analyzing investment opportunities in West African and East African private equity funds and providing strategy recommendations in management consulting have confirmed his desire to use a private sector approach for Africa's advancement which will be complemented with sharing best practices between different countries. He holds a Bachelors degree in Finance from American University.

Marie Louise Mujawayezu

Program Manager, Youth and Women Drivers of Peace, Rwanda

Marie Louise Mujawayezu is the currently the manager of the  YWDP, a Rwandan NGO working on the fight against poverty among the vulnerable widows, single mothers, early pregnant girls and the youth  drop-out from school.


She is also a volunteer Program manager and founding member of Rwanda Green  Initiative that raises awareness on climate change and environment protection in Rwanda.  Marie Louise holds a  University degree ( 4 years) in Environmental Chemistry from the College of science and Technology of the University of Rwanda. After some years of professional life, she is interested in pursuing her passion for green solutions and is looking for a practice-based Master’s Program in the area of renewable energy and green economy.