Shan Ni is a public affairs professional with cross-continent working experience in both public and private sectors in the U.S., Southeast Asia and China. She has relevant experience in dealing with multiple stakeholders and addressing analysis on both regional and national issues. Her key areas of competences focus on trade and investment analysis (SME development, utilization of Free Trade Agreement and economic corridor development); government relations (stakeholder mapping and engagement, event management and political risks analysis); strategic communications (corporate social responsibility, media relations and risk management); and project proposal development and project management.

Shan Ni has worked as Program Management Coordinator and Project Manager in the Trade and Investment Facilitation Department of the Mekong Institute– an inter-government organization in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) and Project Consultant at APCO Worldwide, a leading U.S. public affairs consulting company. Before that, she has also worked for the UNESCO Asia Pacific, MSL Qorvis Communications, Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Royal Thai Consulate General and other institutions. Throughout her work, she has performed her full profession in multi-cultural environment and obtained wide appraisal.

Shan Ni is keen to continue to provide consulting services for clients in both commercial and non-commercial areas.


  • Johns Hopkins University School for International Advanced Studies (SAIS), Master of Arts, International Relations and International Economics (Specialization in Emerging Market);
  • China Foreign Affairs University, Master of Law, Diplomacy;Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Bachelor of Administration, Public Administration (Minor major in Law)

Darin Wahl

Resilience, Sustainability Science and Curriculum Development 

Kiel Walker

International Law

Kiel is a passionate young professional who has dedicated his life to to public service. Throughout his youth, he was viewed by his peers as a leader who was an outspoken advocate for social and administrative changes he viewed as necessary to improve the human condition.

A well accomplished academic, Kiel has successfully completed university degrees in both English and French, including a BA in criminology and an LLB in civil law. In addition, he is currently competing a juris doctor.

Kiel has experience applying his legal knowledge(or education?) to issues in domestic as well as international law. Recently, his career has seen him work for the International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic, in Quebec City Canada, where he drafted comprehensive research memorandums relating to the international criminal procedure and evidence. As persistent as he is accomplished, there is no doubt that Kiel will make a noteworthy contribution to the international community over the duration of his career. 


  • Universite de Sherbrooke - Juris Doctor (under completion)

  • Universite Laval - LLB, Civil Law

  • Simon Fraser University - Bachelor of Arts, Criminology

Mustafa Khan

Urban Development and Legal Services

In his studies in Canada and the UK, Mustafa has completed a BA honours specialization in Urban Development and a LLB (Hons) in English law. Throughout he has completed a variety of projects involving business feasibility studies, GIS (geo-spatial) analysis, and other business related activities. He has held leadership positions requiring the organization of small to large social events and leadership activities.

Entering into legal services has been an exciting step for Mustafa. He has had the opportunity to participate in providing legal advice (pro bono) to start ups and small businesses, as well as working with an NGO, the Open Bail Project, to sit in immigration bail hearings and report on any impropriety in the procedure. In the future he hopes to qualify to practice in Canada, and to work with various people in commercial and non-commercial capacities.


  • City University London - LLB (hons)
  • University of Western Ontatio - Bachelors Degree, Urban Development

Alyssa is committed to women’s social development and empowerment through her extensive research, education, and non-profit experience. Currently working as a Partnership Development Associate to Wedu Global, a leadership development organization that aims to unlock the leadership potential of young women in Asia, Alyssa is passionate about the advancement of women’s issues. Her strengths include organizational development, effective communication, and creating strategic partnerships, with a focus on social entrepreneurship.

Alyssa holds an M.A. in Peace and Justice Studies, focusing her research on social enterprise and international development. For her Master’s thesis, she studied creative solutions for alleviating homelessness, highlighting social enterprise as an approach to women’s social development. She is a firm believer in sustainable development through multi-sector partnerships and innovative financing. 

Alyssa also has experience working for Catholic Relief Services, the National Conflict Resolution Center, and the County of San Diego. She has managed an employment rehabilitation program for low-income and homeless women in San Diego through a social enterprise called The Tomorrow Project. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her commitment to advancing women’s issues as well as received commendation for her research. She is dedicated to making a contribution towards increasing greater female leadership.


  • University of San Diego - Masters Degree, Peace and Justice Studies- International Development
  • Loyola University New Orleans - Bachelors Degree, English Writing

Alyssa Patterson

Social Enterprise and Women's Issues

Fanny Moreau

Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering and Chemistry

Dr. Fanny Moreau received her Ph.D. with honors from the Department of Biology and Chemistry at the Joseph Fourier University of Grenoble in Biotechnology: Genetic Engineering & Epigenetics. Dr. Moreau spent five years as a Research Scientist at the Institute of Sciences Research and Technologies of the CEA in France and worked collaboratively with international researchers on Genetic Improvement and development of new methodologies enabling a genome-wide analysis of chromatin activation dynamics in order to understand how chromatin is brought from a repressed to an active state and is maintained and propagated through time and cell division in specific cell types.

She was initially trained and supervised in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetic Methods in Biology Research by Dr. Christophe Laloi and Director Christophe Robaglia, CEA-CNRS-LGBP Laboratory of Marseille after which she obtained her Master’s degree with honors form University of Marseille in Microbiology, Plant Biology & Biotechnology. 


  • Joseph Fourier University Grenoble – PhD. in Biotechnology: Genetic Engineering & Epigenetics
  • Aix-Marseille University of Sciences – Master’s degree in Microbiology, Plant Biology & Biotechnology

Francis Fayolle

Refugee Issues, Translation and Event Management

Francis is a young professional with a rather unique profile as he has worked in a lot of different fields. Francis completed a Bachelors degree in Languages, Literature, and Foreign Civilization from the University of Clermont-Ferrand ll.  While completing his education, he assisted with organising cultural events, including a music festival and a short movie festival. After graduating, Francis decided to explore the world to gain a better understanding of its working. Over the course of two years, his travels lead him to Australia, Lao DPR, Viet-Nam, Kenya and Uganda.  Through this experience he was able to discover the complexity of the world, its contradiction and the beauty of its people.

Francis returned to France in August 2012 to complete a Master’s degree in Language, Culture and International Affairs at the University of La Rochelle, France which permitted him to intern at the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu. His time was mainly spent with the 'Education For All' project, which allowed him to develop valuable skills relating to the daily management of a large scale project.

After graduating, Francis started a new internship in February 2014 with the NGO Asylum Access Ecuador, worldwide specialists in refugee’s rights. Since then, Francis has continually worked with Asylum Access as a legal advisor in the office of Esmeraldas, Ecuador. The proximity with the Colombian border makes the northern border of Ecuador a key region for people fleeing the 60 years-old armed conflict. The work in AAE is directly in contact with the beneficiaries and permits Francis to learn about the daily life of a refugee, and its difficulties, but also how to look forward for a better future.

Andrea is a rising star in the Washington D.C. legal scene. Now entering her final year of law school at the American University, she has already gained impressive experience in her field.  She has completed work for Senator Barbara Boxer and was an editorial board member for The Human Rights Brief.  Andrea has also been selected twice as the Deans Fellow for the The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law and the The Student Debt Project.

In addition to her legal expertise, Andrea is well versed in the issue of public health in developing regions.  She completed a 27 month placement with the United States Peace Corps in rural Kenya where she worked on HIV/AIDS and hygiene projects.  Andrea successfully collaborated with regional stakeholders to establish a maternity ward, a scholarship program for underprivileged women, an HIV advice hotline and chaired the Gender and Development Committee.  She also served as Public Relations Senior Advisor for the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA).

Andrea Flynn-Schneider

Law, Public Health and Gender Issues

Marco Parlato

Business and Translation

Marco was born and raised in Napoli, Italy. After living in Rome, Lyon, and in Tuscany he settled in Vancouver, Canada where he works for a tech company dealing with smart mobility. He holds an MBA from LUISS Business School Rome and has previously worked for Piaggio as a marketing manager for Vespa and Scarabeo. Marco is fluent in Italian and English and has a working knowledge of Spanish and French. His services include branding, marketing, business management, and translation.

Extended Network

Darin is a sustainability scientist with a strong background in resilience thinking, curriculum development and learning. Darin’s work at environmental think tanks in Stockholm and Bangkok focus on the science-policy interface. He uses applied and action research to engage in the complex dynamics of change with a dual interest in rural and urban contexts focusing on resilience, disaster risk reduction and climate vulnerable livelihoods.

With this background, he consulted on the development of an e-learning course for UNEP focused on sustainable food systems in Southeast Asia. Other projects have included resilience assessments, development of bio-cultural resilience indicators, the development and testing of an assessment framework for a post-disaster community resilience transformation, and co-authoring a policy brief for the UN Global Sustainable Development Report (2016) focused on the cultural interaction between development actors and local communities. He has also worked with a rural renewal project in Argentina assessing the functionality of low-cost renewable energy systems and grey/black water systems. 


  • Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University - MSc Social-ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development
  • Smith College - MEd, Secondary Teaching
  • Warren Wilson College - BA, Intercultural Relations and Race

Sayali is a public-policy researcher with a degree in Urban-planning and Architecture.  She has been working in sectors like WASH, poverty, public-policy and governance. She has focused her work in the international development sector and has an experience in working across various towns and cities across her native country of India. 

Sayali has worked as a research-consultant on projects dealing with sanitation issues like assessment of the National Sanitation Policy, India and housing strategies for slums. During her consulting term with WaterAid in London, she created a learning document for WASH projects in southern-African countries like Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.   

Sayali has worked with elite research institutes, Think-tanks, NGO’s and directly with Government bodies. She has worked on projects funded by international organizations like Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, IDRC-Canada and TeamElva, Georgia. As a researcher, she is hands-on with various research-techniques and approaches like community-led-development and participatory planning. She is also fluent with Monitoring & evaluation process, qualitative & quantitative data-analysis and innovative communication techniques. 

Sayali is keen and exited to continue working on WASH and in international development sector.  


  • CEPT University - Masters Degree, Urban Planning
  • RTMN University - Bachelors Degree, Architecture  

Sayali Borole

Water and Sanitary Hygeine and Urban Planning and Poverty Issues

Divya Km

Public Health

Attiq Sadiq

Programme Development

Attiq is a passionate and able individual with a formidable track record of flourishing in working environments across the globe. He has worked in several countries including South Korea, Nepal, Brazil, UK and Tanzania. He possess outstanding experience of working with NGOs and Education Institutions, with the capacity to preside over a myriad of duties, including drafting grant proposals, implementing and evaluating projects, designing curriculums, conducting research and writing reports.  He is capable of harnessing the synergies between a multitude of disciplines to provide critical support in realms such as programme development, education and gender rights.


  • University College London - Masters Degree, Education, Gender and International Development
  • Coventry University - Bachelors Degree, Journalism and Media

Candice is a mathematical engineer specialized in statistical data analysis and computer science. While studying at the INSA Rouen, she also graduated from a second MSc in financial risk management and volunteered in several humanitarian organizations including the Red Cross and Student Without Boarders. Throughout time, she has completed several projects that required theoretical approach, mathematical modelling and computational implementation in different programming languages. In her last year, she also acquired the status of student-entrepreneur which enabled her to work on a business start-up while still studying.

Since May 2016, Candice has been working at the United Nations ESCAP in Bangkok where she has worked under the supervision of Dr. Masato Abe as a statistical data analyst for the Asian Productivity Outlook and Policy 2016, developed in partnership with APO, OECD and ERIA. She has also been in charge of the preparation of several sections of the paper including taxation, agriculture, infrastructure, finance, migration and education among others. 

  • University Pasteur Rouen – Masters Degree, Financial risk management
  • INSA Rouen - Engineering Degree, Mathematics and computer science

Maayan Frenkel

M&E in Conflict and Post Conflict Settings

Maayan is a research and evaluation consultant specializing in M&E and program evaluation in conflict and post-conflict settings, primarily in East Africa and the Middle East. She has broad experience supporting and evaluating development and humanitarian assistance projects promoting social and educational community empowerment of marginalized groups. Maayan is trained in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and has a wide range of organizational competencies gained through coordinating projects aimed to improve the lives of vulnerable communities affected by conflicts.


  • MA Development Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • BA Sociology and Communication, Tel Aviv University

Divya has been involved in charity work for as long as she can remember. As a teenager, she would assist her dad by developing programs for the under-privileged in her village. During the course of her bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy, she was actively involved in community rehabilitation at ‘Kanakapura village’. Responsibilities included designing physiotherapy treatment in a village backdrop with limited resources; Designing and implementation of sustainable programs at the grass root level and encouraging community involvement in the projects. After graduation, briefly worked with the  ‘Association of people with disability, India’ which involved screening of high risk babies in rural parts of Karnataka; imparting knowledge of ‘early intervention’ to the village rehabilitation workers and empowering the differently abled members of the charity.

At present, pursuing a master’s degree in public health under the prestigious Commonwealth scholarship 2014, which is regulated by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. The master’s program involves health promotion in developing countries, global health and environment and health economics. Currently, Divya is conducting a quantitative study that evaluates the awareness of the relationship between cardiovascular diseases and tobacco consumption amongst South Asian women in Birmingham, England.

Candice Branchoux

Mathematical engineering and computer science – Financial risk management

Shan Ni

Trade and Investment Analysis, Government Relations and Strategic Communications, Project Management