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Our Board Members


Dan Lohrmann


Chief Strategist & Chief Security Officer, Security Mentor Inc.

Ex Chief Security Officer,

State of Michigan, USA

Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist, keynote speaker and author. During his distinguished career, he has served global organizations in the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities, receiving numerous national awards.

He has advised senior leaders at the White House, National Governors Association (NGA), National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), federal, state and local government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and nonprofit institutions.

"As technology and innovation continue advance around the world to solve complex problems that have plagued humanity for centuries, the role of cybersecurity, ethics and online integrity have never been more vital to society.  


It will be our youth who take this vision to the next level and who bring cutting-edge solutions. I am passionate about equipping young people with the tools to lead this charge.


At the same time, I am excited about the possibilities and adventures before us as we bring the next generation together from across the world.  


What an amazing time to be alive. And each youth empowerment ambassador can, and will, change the world by working together. Let's get started!"

- Dan


Julia R. Elmer, PhD
 Assistant Vice President, Data & Analytics, Huntington Bank, USA

Julia is a curious person with a global mindset, and she believes in the power of education – especially international education – to change lives. To this day, she stays in contact with pen-pals she has been writing to since primary school and with her German host family with whom she spent her final year of high school as a Congress-Bundestag exchange student. As the first person in her family to finish high school, she has been extremely fortunate to work on three continents and live on five.

Julia is an urban planner (MCRP / PhD) and public health (MPH) professional by training, and she currently works in data analytics. She’s an experienced servant leader with an interactive style, and her strong commitment to the creation of equity has guided many of her life choices. She’s passionate about animals, One Health, travel, culinary projects, and all things book-related.

"I had the pleasure of working with Ayusha when we both lived in Australia, so I’m familiar with the very high quality conferences, forums, and events she produces. I’m thrilled to be part of this work aimed at providing a platform for youth all over the world to grapple with the ‘wicked problems’ we face as they come together to propose solutions. My efforts are dedicated mostly toward making connections for the Teenspire team and ensuring that youth with fewer resources have what they need to engage fully with and benefit from all that Teenspire has to offer them.”

- Julia R Elmer

Past Speakers, Advisors and Mentors


Paul Misener


SVP, Global Corporate Affairs, Amazon Inc


Paul Misener is Senior Vice President for Global Corporate Affairs. An Amazon veteran of 25 years, Paul is an engineer, attorney, and inventor named in three patents. Prior to his current role, in which he explains and advocates Amazon’s culture and methods of customer‐obsessed innovation, Paul founded Amazon’s public policy operations and served as the company’s Vice President for Global Public Policy from February 2000 to May 2016.


Janett Tapia


Project Manager Urban Resilience, Netherlands Water Partnership


Janett is the Project Manager at NWP that supports and facilitates US-Dutch partnerships at local level by linking Dutch knowledge and expertise with local USA challenges, often in close cooperation with the Dutch consular network in the USA.

Areas for cooperation include integrated water management solutions related to flood resilience, spatial adaptation, and flood early warning systems. Smart and efficient water technology solutions on waste and drinking water, and algae control are, among others, specific Dutch solutions that are highly desirable in the USA. 


Matt Roberts


Global Head of insights,

Formula 1


Matt has 15 years of market research and analytics working across Radio and press before moving into world of sport in 2008 when he took over as Head of EMEA Research at Eurosport.


He headed up insight teams at ESPN, BT Sport and Sky Sports before joining F1 as Global Research Director in June 2017. At F1 he is responsible for all data and insight which helps drive fan engagement and commercial revenue opportunities within the sport.


Professor Cynthia Kiro |


Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori, The University of Auckland


Cindy focuses on developing a positive Māori profile within and about the University and helping develop Māori programmes in liaison with the Vice-Chancellor, Māori staff, students and the community.

She advises the University at all levels, from the Vice-Chancellor to the Senior Leadership Team and faculties.


Mona Ataya

CEO, Mumz World 


Mona Ataya is the founder and CEO of Mumzworld. She is a leading entrepreneur and a role model within this region.


In 2013, she was listed among the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women by Arabian Business and was listed among the most powerful Arabs, next generation in 2013.

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