MEET THE ADVISORS

The advisors have a critical role in developing and delivering the Greenpreneurs program, and have specific expertise to offer participating teams as well as in-depth knowledge about the program itself.

Please use the listed expertise to guide your interactions with the Advisors.

 
 

 
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dominique souris, youth climate lab

location: canada

Dominique is a self-proclaimed “climate nerd” whose passion, research and work focuses on innovative climate action. As Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Youth Climate Lab, she designs initiatives that channel the innovation and creativity of young people into climate policy and entrepreneurship. She’s particularly passionate about youth engagement in the UN climate negotiations and design thinking for climate innovation. This year, she was named among the Top 25 under 25 Environmentalists in Canada and Top 100 Visionary Leaders in the world by Real Leaders.

Contact me about:

  • Creating Global Partnerships  
  • Local to global entrepreneurship networks
  • Community-building and engagement
  • Climate policy and innovative climate finance
 
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Ben O'Connor, youth climate lab

location: uk

Ben has spent the past six years working across both the property and technology industries, as well as running his own funded startup for several years. For two years, Ben specialised in product management for a software company which partnered with top universities and organisations in Australia. He currently works in the sustainability team for property development company, Lendlease, which specializes in regeneration of existing urban areas with a focus on social and environmental impact

His main areas of interest are in renewable energy technologies, particularly as they relate to the built environment, as well as how technology can aid the mass movement towards renewables implementation within cities.

Contact me about:

•    Product management
•    Strategy for scaling technology platforms
•    Feasibility studies

 
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ANA F. GONZÁLEZ GUERRERO, Youth Climate Lab

location: Canada

Ana is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at the Youth Climate Lab, where she leads the role in the operations of the organization, developing and implementing resources needed to accelerate our impact by empowering youth in climate entrepreneurship and policy.

Ana currently leads an Innovation Fund through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Partnership for Municipal Innovation in Local Economic Development. The fund aims to strengthen the capacity of partners in 6 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. This fund will be contributing to the implementation of innovative local economic development approaches that benefit communities, with a particular focus on women and youth.

Prior to her current roles, Ana worked as a Capacity Building Coordinator with the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, where she developed tools and resources to support over 370 local governments in their efforts to take action on climate change.

Ana is passionate about community-led action, sustainable local economic development, and the empowerment of diverse stakeholders such as young people, women, and girls. Ana believes that by advancing those goals we can help to achieve a more just and inclusive transition towards a sustainable future.

Contact me about:

  • Local government climate action
  • Local economic development
  • Managing operations
  • Community outreach and engagement
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juhern kim, global green growth institute

location: Republic of Korea

Juhern Kim is a certified climate policy expert and seasoned manager with around 15 years of experience, based on enthusiasm in green growth. He has a special passion on nurturing young and innovative entrepreneurs implementing green growth. His fundamental professional focus is to get things done, achieve success, and share it (thus grow) with colleagues.

He is currently a Manager of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). He has been serving both Colombia and Viet Nam as an Acting Country Representative of GGGI, where he advises the governments of developing countries to structure bankable projects across forestry, agriculture, water, waste, and energy sectors that generate 3-dimensional impact (and get them financed), while providing content-based policy inputs. Previously, he worked for UN Environment, TEEB, and the Ministry of SMEs and Start-ups of Republic of Korea. He also has a journalistic background.

Contact me about: 

  • Green Growth Policy/ Ecosystem Management
  • Climate Finance/ Project Structuring
  • Communication/ Partnership Building/ Fundraising
  • Climate Diplomacy
  • Program Management
 
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helen watts, student energy

location: canada

Helen Watts is Student Energy’s Manager of Partnerships. She spearheads strategy for Student Energy’s partnerships and manages stakeholder relations. Helen drives collaborations with the potential to make skill-building, knowledge-exchange, and leadership development accessible to youth globally.

Growing up in four continents was the catalyst to Helen’s engagement with global challenges. Before Student Energy, she spent three years working with the global youth organization AIESEC, working in cross-cultural skill development, youth empowerment and international teamwork. Before AIESEC, she worked with the International Organization for Migration at the United Nations, attending Security Council, committee, and ECOSOC meetings to report on global migration trends and forecasts.

Contact me about: 

  • Communications
  • Project management
  • Fundraising
  • Public Speaking
  • Strategic Partnerships
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Lucas kengmana, youth climate lab

location: new zealand

Lucas has tackled climate change from a range of different angles. He's worked as a researcher on the international climate negotiations, helped Oxfam develop their position on  climate justice, developed many of the forestry aspects of New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme, founded a company that helps people build more sustainable homes which won people's choice and judges choice awards from Climate Colab, and currently leads the development of a big corporate's climate change strategy. Last year, he launched the Auckland Climathon, an event where >150 participants worked on launching climate related businesses during a 24 hour period.

He holds an MBA from INSEAD and has a general interest in business and finance. He has experience developing impact models and measuring the wider benefit of a project.
 

Contact me about: 

  • Agriculture/Forestry
  • Finance
  • Impact evaluation
 
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Shakti Ramkumar, student energy

location: Canada

Shakti is the Administration Lead at Student Energy, and supports the implementation of Student Energy's core programs and initiatives. Outside of her role at Student Energy, Shakti studies Geography at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and is involved in various local and regional climate action initiatives. She was previously the Director of Common Energy UBC, the largest student-run sustainability group at UBC, and now sits on its Board of Advisors. Shakti is also part of a team spearheading the new UBC Climate Hub. 

Shakti has also worked as a research assistant with Decolonizing Water and the City of Surrey's Department of Sustainability, and has designed and taught a course on energy, climate science and sustainability for middle school students in her hometown in rural southern India.

She is passionate about sustainable food systems, and climate action that is centered on principles of justice and equity.

Contact me about: 

  • Team-building and communication
  • Climate justice, food sustainability, and energy transitions
  • Climate action and advocacy at universities
  • Budget development and project administration