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.



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.


Jennifer 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


Anna Steinmeier
Executive Assistant

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… joined the The Futures Project in June 2020. She has a strong background in political communication and policy advice. Anna has worked as a social media advisor for a member of the European Parliament and on several election campaigns in Germany and the US. She holds a M.A. in Political Strategy, Communication and Foreign Policy from the University of Kent, where she focused her research on the role of social media in international politics.


Rachel Gutierrez
Project Assistant

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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 first year of the Masters in Public Policy at the Hertie School.


Jana Elbrecht
Project Assistant

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… joined the Futures Project in May 2020. She 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.


Arshiya Bhayana

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Arshiya joined The Futures Project in May 2020. She is currently a third-year undergraduate at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, US. She has a background in international relations and psychology, with specific interests in the peace-building and conflict resolution.

Arunima Jain

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… supports the Futures Project as research assistant. She is a recent graduate from the University of London with a Bachelor’s in Economics. She hopes to do her part for the conversation to ensure a sustainable future for all.