MEET THE TEAM
Ana Ynestrillas is the Project Lead of the Local Pathways Fellowship at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth Initiative. A sustainable cities and innovation advocate, her background combines experience from the public, private and non-profit sectors at the intersection of smart cities, innovation ecosystems and sustainable urban development. Ana previously ran operations at Smart Cities New York where she delivered events that convened global thought leaders to share effective strategies to deploy smart cities technologies. Prior to this, she gained experience in city infrastructure from her time at NYC Department of Environmental Protection and at Efficiency Matters Corporation. She´s passionate about network learning and best practices city exchanges. That is why she works as a Program Associate at the Urban Tech Hub and serves as an advisor to Civ:Lab on connecting local innovators with government, academia, business, and community both within their cities and around the world.
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Anastasiya Kostomarova is co-founder and senior advisor of the Local Pathways Fellowship at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth Initiative. A climate change and youth advocate, her background combines consulting, data analysis and strategic research at the intersection of clean energy, climate policy, innovation and sustainable urban development. In Paris, Boston and London, she has gained a diverse experience from startup to corporate world, to publishing and international organizations. In Boston Anastasiya supported the Initiative on Violence Against Women of the Harvard Kennedy School, which today makes her particularly passionate about cities that are safe for women and young girls. Anastasiya holds a Master's degree in International Relations from Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, and has spent her graduate year at Sciences Po PSIA, where she specialized in energy and sustainable development.
DAN KOON-HONG CHAN
Dan Koon-hong Chan Co-founded the Local Pathways Fellowship at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth Initiative. Dan is also an analyst with a global consulting firm, covering China’s political economy and U.S.-China relations. From 2014 to 2015, Dan was a Chevening Scholar of the U.K. Foreign Office, where his research focused on "city diplomacy" – the role of city-to-city cooperation as an alternative to state-to-state negotiation (see his research here and here). Dan has previously worked with the Asian Development Bank's Cities Development Initiative in China, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Singapore, the National League for Democracy in Myanmar, and the Migrant Outreach Education Initiative in Thailand. Dan holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and Public Policy from the University College London and a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Global Studies from The University of Hong Kong.
ANA CRISTINA GARCIA
Ana Cristina Garcia is a Project Officer for the Local Pathways Fellowship at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth Initiative. Ana brings over ten years of international experience working in various roles, including human resources, finance, business analysis, logistics and customer service. Ana holds a graduate diploma in International Business as Summa cum Laude and Valedictorian from the Universidad Regiomontana in Mexico, and the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Troyes in France. Ana is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Global Affairs at the New York University, where she focuses on sustainable development and humanitarian assistance. Her research interests are within the realm of social and urban development, poverty alleviation, and youth empowerment.
KAORI OTA CABRERA
Surakarta, CENTRAL JAVA
Kaori Ota Cabrera is a Project Officer of the Local Pathways Fellowship at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth Initiative. A feminist and human rights activist, Kaori pursued her undergraduate degree in International Relations and Affairs at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, with a focus on South Asian and Transcultural Studies during her academic exchange in the University of Heidelberg, Germany. She worked for the Global Platform for the Right to the City, advocating for this concept world-wide, namely the right of all inhabitants to produce, govern and enjoy just, inclusive, participatory and sustainable cities, villages and settlements. She is currently a volunteer researcher for the Women Speak project of Women's Earth & Climate Action Network, International (WECAN), while living in Indonesia and working for Kota Kita Foundation, a grassroots NGO focused on urban issues and citizen participation and inclusion.
Gabriela Aguinaga-Gumuzio is a Project Officer for the Local Pathways Fellowship at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth Initiative. She also supports the SDSN Thematic Network on Sustainable Cities. Prior to her current role, Gabriela has worked for the GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation) in South Africa on the Violence and Crime Prevention Program, supporting the development of integrated policies on urban safety in South African cities. She specializes in international urban development, specifically in urban resilience and disaster response. Her research has centered on the urban dynamics of refugee crises, slum upgrading, the development of sustainable infrastructure and the creation of social cohesion within cities. Gabriela holds a Master’s degree in Regional and Urban Planning from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a Bachelor’s in Political and Administrative Sciences from the University of Konstanz, Germany.