The Futures Project Team


Our activities are carried out by a team of ambitious and impact-focused individuals convinced of the necessity to bring together thinking and doing, reflection and action. True to the TFP approach, we combine a wide set of perspectives, sectors, backgrounds and experiences. TFP is also supported by a wonderful team of international volunteers and works together with a global advisory board.

Dr Julia Stamm
Founder & CEO

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…founded The Futures Project as non-profit company in autumn 2019. Julia has long-standing leadership and management experience in national and international academic institutions and international organisations, such as COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. In 2017, Julia set up and ran the G20 Think Tank Summit Global Solutions. She is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Futures at the University of Queensland, Australia, a member of the Hertie School Alumni Council and its Academic Senate and a member of the Advisory Board of the Museum for the Future in Nuremberg, Germany.


Archana Dhakappa
Head of Communications and Partnerships

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…joined The Futures Project in July 2021. She brings over 16 years of experience in Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) across a broad range of audiences. She has been responsible for leading communications teams and driving communications strategy with a strong emphasis on employer branding, proactive media relations, and developing creative communications. Archana has also led organisation strategy and implementation of the CSR programme in the areas of Education, Healthcare, Livelihood’s training. Archana is based out of Dublin, Ireland.


Rachel Gutierrez
Programme Manager

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… joined The Futures Project in April 2020. She has six years of professional experience in global health and project management, having worked on the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project in Washington, DC and with Global Brigades Ghana, a health and sustainable development NGO. Rachel holds a B.A. in Political Science from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles/US and a Masters in Public Policy from the Hertie School in Berlin.


Jenny Shirar
Project Assistant

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… joined The Futures Project in December 2019. She has more than 8 years of experience in nonprofit programme management, social entrepreneurship, and the arts. In the years prior to joining TFP, Jenny co-founded and managed a small business focused on community arts and events. Jenny holds a B.A. in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis/US and a Masters in Public Policy from the Hertie School in Berlin. She is interested in issues related to equitable, sustainable urban policy and development. She is currently on maternity leave.



Natalia Mejia Pardo
Project Assistant

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… joined The Futures Project in May 2020. She has previous experience in public finances, formulation, and evaluation of investment projects, having worked in the National Planning Department in Colombia. Her interests lie in peacebuilding and the relationship between inequality and education policy. Natalia holds a B.A in Political Science and Government from Rosario University in Bogota and a Masters in Public Policy from the Hertie School in Berlin.


Anna Kubaszewska

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… joined The Futures Project as a student intern in June 2021. She has graduated from Newcastle University and will be joining the Hertie School of Governance in autumn to study Master of Public Policy. Anna has experience in research and charity work. During her bachelor studies, she has supported organisations such as OXFAM and the Youth Focus: North East.


Claire Heydacker

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…joined the Futures Project as a student intern in July 2021. She graduated from the Elliott School (GWU) in Washington D.C. with a bachelors of International Affairs, and minors in Spanish and French. Claire has previous experience interning with the department of Communication and Press at the French Embassy and the Humanitarian Information Unit at the U.S. Department of State. This fall she will be attending the Hertie School of Governance, studying for her Masters in International Affairs.


Bhavna Gupta

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…supports The Futures Project as an Advisor. Bhavna has a strong background in social entrepreneurship and extensive industry experience, having worked with Siemens Industry Software, where she led the concept-to-execution of a new value chain for a major technical skill development initiative. Before joining Siemens, Bhavna worked with Capco, a global technology consulting company. Bhavna holds a B.A. in economics from Delhi University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration majoring in Finance & International business. She is based out of Munich, Germany

bhavna.gupta [at]