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


Wee Seng Lim


Executive Director,

Satellite Research Centre,

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

LIM, Wee Seng is the Executive Director of Satellite Research Centre, School of EEE in Nanyang Technological University (Singapore).


He oversees the centre space program and is managing the university’s VELOX-series of nanosatellites.


"The complexities of human problems need innovative ways of approach and new ways to solve them.

Technology and spacetech will have a huge role to play and the youth will need to drive the next era of innovation forward.

Looking forward to collaborating with the young minds and examining the endless possibilities that we can forge whilst working together"

-Weng Seng


Mariama N'Diaye


Fullbright Scholar, Ex Manager Bloomberg Philanthropies Foundation, USA

Mariama N’Diaye served as a Manager of the Social Services Discipline of Bloomberg Associates, the pro-bono consulting arm of the Bloomberg Philanthropies foundation. She led projects domestically in support of President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Challenge, and internationally in support of several marginalized communities.


Her work in Paris focused on creating the City's first homeless count, in Lima focused on creating a citywide domestic violence awareness campaign as rates of domestic violence increased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Mariama is currently a Fulbright Scholar studying how different city agencies in Milan and Berlin support migrant communities, specifically through the lens of human centered design. 

"I am devoted to supporting marginalized communities globally, and passionate about entrepreneurship"

-Mariama N'Diaye

Our 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.


Mickel Lauritsen


Head of Risk and Security

Brøndby IF



Scott Cohen


Chief Innovation Officer, Warner Music Group


Scott Cohen is Chief Innovation Officer, Recorded Music, Warner Music Group. Scott works closely with Warner’s senior management team to help chart the long-term course of the company at the intersection of music, technology, and culture.

A prominent public speaker and lecturer, Scott travels the world evangelizing new business models for the digital age. An outspoken proponent of AR, VR, Blockchain and AI, he is also the co-founder of CyborgNest, a company exploring the interface of biological and digital intelligence.


Aachal Chand


Lead Nutritionist, World Food Program, South Sudan


An experienced programme manager & public health nutritionist with over 13 years of field-based experience in nutrition & food security encompassing strategic programme design, emergency & development related implementation, advocacy, capacity strengthening and innovative partnerships.

Currently Aachal is based in Juba, South Sudan where I work as a nutritionist at World Food Programme.


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. 


Jervais Choo

Deputy Director, National Heritage Board Singapore


Jervais has been transforming the National Museum of Singapore (NMS) through high-tech, immersive exhibitions. He executed the DigiMuse programme in 2016 for museums to explore ways to use new, emerging technologies and partner with private sector groups for digital innovation.

Jervais has developed Chatbots such as Heritage Granny, a Facebook messenger bot built with Bus Uncle Company (of Bus Uncle chatbot fame), and the 15-metre high Story of the Forest, featuring digital artwork inspired by the museum’s William Farquhar Collection of natural history drawings


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.


Anwaar Al Shimmari

Chief Innovation Officer, UAE Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy

Anwaar Al Shimmari is Chief Innovation Officer and Director of Design at the UAE’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy where she also leads the artificial intelligence (AI) team and the authority’s Scientific Research committee.

Eng. Al Shimmari has 19 years of multi-discipline experience in architecture, urban planning, engineering, and infrastructure sectors. She is an official judge, keynote speaker, and trainer in the fields of engineering, Innovation, AI, and Leadership. She has judged over 4000 individuals, entities, and projects.


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.


Itunu Akintola |


Assistant Project Manager, The Model Group


Itunu works in affordable housing development at Model Group, a Cincinnati-based real estate development company. The mission of Model Group is to positively transform communities, and we do that by providing quality low-income and market-rate housing that radically revitalizes neighborhoods. 

Itunu am passionate about youth skills training and leadership development in Africa, specifically Nigeria


Chetan Singh Solanki

Scientist, Social Entrepreneur, Researcher, Author and Professor 


Chetan Singh Solanki is an Indian scientist, social entrepreneur, researcher, author and a professor at the Department of Energy Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay