MEET THE TEAM
DAN KOON-HONG CHAN
Dan Koon-hong Chan is a Project Manager of 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.
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Anastasiya Kostomarova is a Project Manager 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.
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Mounir is a Project Officer for the Local Pathways Fellowship at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth Initiative. Mounir has over 5 years of professional experience in the fields of water and wastewater treatment in addition to urban development. Since 2015 he has been working in City Development & Operations at Emaar Economic City, a private company that is the master developer of a 173 km2 city called King Abdullah Economic City. Mounir is a Global Shaper and former Curator of the Jeddah Hub, the youth initiative of the World Economic Forum. He is also an Entrepreneurship Enthusiast currently working on Mobilicious, a smartphone application to promote and empower local food truck business through connecting them potential customers. Mounir is also a co-Founder of Blossom, a non-traditional accelerator that aims to foster the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Saudi Arabia. He holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and a Master of Engineering Design in Sustainable Infrastructure from McMaster University in Canada.
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.
Martín Rabbia is the G20 Focal Point for the Local Pathways Fellowship at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth Initiative. Over the past 4 years he has been working at the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina, which has given him exposure to major international processes and negotiations including the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assembly meetings. In his capacity as the Argentinian representative of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to the Global Environment Facility (GEF), he was part of negotiations around, among others, the criteria for applying the climate financing. He holds an undergraduate degree in Urban Environmental Management at Universidad Nacional de Lanus, a Master’s degree in Climate Change at Universidad Europea del Atlántico and is currently pursuing a second Master’s in Urban Economy at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. As part of his studies, Martín is focusing on the role of cities and metropolitan areas in climate change mitigation as is writing his thesis on elasticity of electricity demand in the context of its relevance to carbon tax design.
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.
Kinga is a Project Officer of the Local Pathways Fellowship at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth Initiative. She is a PhD candidate in Development Policy and Management at the Global Development Institute in the UK, focusing on climate change adaptation and climate justice. She is a Women Deliver Young Leader, World Contraception Day Ambassador and member of the European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights - YouAct. She has five years of project and training management experience from higher education and private sectors, as well as an extensive international background from Poland, the United Kingdom, United States, and Spain. Kinga holds a Masters of Research from the University of Pompeu Fabra, Spain in Sociology and Demography.
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JOAO MARCELLO LEME
RIO DE JANEIRO
João Marcello Macedo Leme is a Project Officer of the Local Pathways Fellowship at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth Initiative. João is also currently collaborating with: Humana Sustentável, a sustainability consulting firm; Fruitsteps, a social business focused in financing, investing, data and education for social impact; and Agenda Awaete an initiative for indigenous people empowerment and wisdom exchange. Previously, João worked in the development sector supporting communications at the UNDP World Centre for Sustainable Development, and in the private sector at Accenture, Deutsche Bank and Citibank. João is an MBE student in both Economics and Sustainability Management, and in Social Responsibility and 3rd Sector at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He is also studying Project Management at Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV), Design for Sustainability at Gaia Education and is pursuing a MicroMasters certification in Leadership for Sustainable Development at the University of Queensland.
TEOH KING MEN
King Men is a Project Officer of the Local Pathways Fellowship at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – a Youth Initiative. She is passionate about issues such as quality education, human rights, democracy and accountability, public policy and government. She aims to raise awareness about sustainable development and its benefits to society, including youth. As part of her internship with the Member of the Parliament, she has gained a valuable insight into legislative processes and public policy design. King Men holds an L.L.B. degree from the University of Liverpool Law School, and is a certified legal practitioner, currently chambering at an advocates-and-solicitors firm and providing legal aid to socio-economically disadvantaged citizenry.
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.
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