The Futures Project Team


Our activities are carried out by a growing 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 managed the G20 Think Tank Summit Global Solutions.
Julia is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Centre for Policy Futures at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Furthermore, she is a member of the Advisory Board of Deutsches Museum Nuremberg, the first museum for the future, to be opened in late 2020.


Bhavna Gupta
Programme Manager

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… joined The Futures Project in April 2020. She has a strong background in social entrepreneurship and extensive industry experience.
Bhavna is co-founder of PractiDesk Solutions – a social enterprise working in women sanitation and economic independence in India. Prior to this, she 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.


Jenny Shirar
Project Assistant

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… joined The Futures Project in December 2019. She has a background in social entrepreneurship, having founded and directed a small community arts enterprise, and has prior experience as a non-profit programme manager. Jenny holds a B.A. in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis/US. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy at the Hertie School



Rachel Gutierrez
Project 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.


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. Currently, she is in her second year of the Masters in Public Policy at the Hertie School.


Katrin Hermann
Project Assistant

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…joined The Futures Project in September 2020. Katrin holds a degree in European Studies from Maastricht University. She has experience in sales research, marketing and PR. Her areas of interest include the intersection of international development and education, with an emphasis on the empowerment of women and girls. She is currently pursuing a Master of International Affairs.



The Futures Project Volunteers

Our work on the Call for Innovators for the Future is supported by a group of wonderful volunteers. They come from diverse professional backgrounds and countries and each contribute their own experience and perspective to our work.

Farhan Abrar

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… is a project management and private sector development specialist with eight years of experience in private and bilateral organizations. Farhan is committed to closing the digital divide in underdeveloped and developing countries and is passionate about collaborating with the private sector to catalyze economic growth and expand affordable access to technology and resources to underserved communities. He is based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Aline Bocamino

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… has three years of experience with project and change management consulting, implementing big transformations in both the private and public sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and she just finished her Master of Public Policy at the Hertie School. Her areas of interests are at the intersection of implementation, digitalization and social innovation. Aline comes from Brazil, but she is based in Berlin, Germany.

Durva Bose

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… supports The Futures Project as part of the Communications team. She is a writer and photographer for a sustainable fashion media platform in Southeast Asia. Durva advocates social and sustainable innovation to be the foundation to any future society. She aims to further research the economic, social and environmental impacts of sustainable design, fashion and media. Durva is based in Singapore. 

Caroline Canihan

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… holds a History degree from King’s College London, and focuses on drawing relevant lessons from global anti-colonial movements. She has worked for an animal welfare charity and advocates for environmental protection, ethical tourism and adopting more sustainable practices. As a volunteer, Caroline looks forward to supporting projects that facilitate tangible social and environmental change in creative ways. She is currently based in Granada, Spain.

Pierre-Eloi Coste

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… tries to embrace the complexities of multidimensional project management, from construction to scientific research. He adopts a contextual and holistic approach within his works while envisioning a more sustainable future that fuses the global and local dynamics. As a volunteer, he wishes to deepen his knowledge on current global issues. He is finishing his Masters in Architecture in France and aims to pursue a PhD soon after. Pierre-Eloi is based in Lyon, France.

Frances Doebelt

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… has a background in Human Resources and Recruiting and 6 years of experience of working in corporate enterprises. Frances holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from TU Dresden.
She has a strong interest in mentoring and coaching and is currently pursuing an extra-occupational training to become a personal and business coach in the future. Apart from that she is passionate about diversity and inclusiveness topics. Frances is based in Berlin, Germany.

Jana Elbrecht

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… Jana has previous experience in research and conference organising. She cares most about implementing the UN Agenda 2030 in a way that empowers women and girls around the world. Jana holds a BA from University College Utrecht, where she majored in political science and international law. She is currently pursuing a Master in International Affairs at the Hertie School. 

Eric Gonzalez

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… is an independent filmmaker based out of Calgary, Alberta. He has over 7 years of experience producing corporate and short-form documentaries. General clients are non-profits, mid-large size business and educational. His work has brought him to places such as India, Sri Lanka, Mexico and Peru. He is interested and excited to apply creative storytelling to the Futures Projects. Topics that Eric would like to tackle in future documentaries are: Income Inequality, Urbanization, Access to Education, and Immigration. He holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary.

Thamires Herzing

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…is a passionate Brazilian Teacher with almost 10 years of experience in the Educational area. During college she worked as a Director of Communication in an international student organization and was engaged in local educational projects. She took a break from her Social Sciences Bachelor degree to travel around the world and work in different community development projects in Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Currently living in Germany with her family, she returns to college this fall and explores her love of social engagement, education and international politics through volunteering, research, activism and writing.

Zimran Khan 

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… is a social innovation, financial inclusion and project management specialist. He has 8 years of experience in leading projects in energy, telecommunication, ICT, biometrics, communications, finance, and development. Zimran is a 2020 Innovator Fellow at the European Institute of Innovation & Technology, 2019 Global SDG Talent at the Unleash Innovation Lab and a 2018 SDG Leader at the Institute of Innovation Research. He is currently pursuing Master’s in International Development at the University of Edinburgh.

Nathania Emily Lysandra

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… is an undergraduate law student at Universitas Indonesia and possesses a strong interest in international affairs and sustainable development. She has experience working as a board director for an international student organization and currently volunteers in advocating for human rights in the ASEAN region. As part of the Communications team, she looks forward to help accelerate innovative projects making a positive impact on communities. She is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

Esther Meyer

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…holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights, which she obtained at Utrecht University. During her studies, she conducted field-research in the MENA region and developed a strong interest in community resilience, peace-talks and local empowerment. As an intern at the Dutch peace-organisation PAX, she assists in creating new initiatives, like a local peace-building project in Jerusalem. 

Naomi Milstein

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 has a background in Urban Management (Project Management and Urban Development) and has experience working with Urban Development topics including sustainable transportation and urban financing. She currently works in Project Management for a large multinational firm. She holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Management from the Technical University of Berlin and a Bachelor’s in International Relations from the College of Wooster in Ohio, USA. She is based in Berlin, Germany.  

Hélène Morales

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… is a highly motivated and multilingual individual with over 5 years of professional experience in project management and international cooperation  in sustainable development, culture and migrations. She currently works as an Associate Project Officer at UNESCO in the Culture Sector, supporting the work of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture. Previously, she worked on cultural policy and funds for the Ile-de-France Région and the French Overseas Ministry. She holds a Master’s Degree in History, with a specialization in Latin America history and migration studies. She is based in between Paris and Strasbourg.

Joy Priya

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… has a legal background focused on the arbitration of foreign direct investment disputes, and has experience  working in foreign drect investment attraction and economic development strategy formulation for clients from Asia, the Middle East, Western Europe and North America. She is interested in crafting sustainable economic development strategies geared towards the needs of specific communities, as well as the role of urban environments in promoting economic inclusion, entrepreneurship and competitiveness. Joy is currently a Manager at Conway Inc and has a Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. She is based in Berlin, Germany.

Tarunikaa Ravi

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… is a Singaporean, who moved to Dubai in 2017 and subsequently moved to London during her final year of university. She is a LLB (Hons) Graduate (Upper Second Class) from Middlesex University London. She will be taking her Legal Practice Course in the UK soon. She is enthusiastic about corporate, commercial, employment, arbitration and dispute resolution areas in law. She is interested in supporting causes that contribute towards systemic and sustainable change such as pro bono work, universal healthcare and education. She is currently based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

Kristin Sperling

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… brings excellent organizational and collaborative skills to the table, with more than six years of work experience in project management in the creative media industry. She is a digital thinker who is comfortable working in agile environments and believes firmly in the transformative power of human-centric design. Kristin is a facilitator by heart, she loves to improve process flows and streamline projects in order to enable sustainable and value-oriented shifts in society.
Kristin holds a B.A. in Sociology and an M.A. in Gender Studies from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.