Global Solutions Fellows
The Global Solutions Initiative’s Fellows program encourages recognized researchers, policy advisors and thought-leaders to engage with scholars, implementers and civil society to bring research-based insights to the GSI network, the Group of 20 (G20) and Think20 (T20) processes, and the wider public.
Global Solutions Fellow positions are open to outstanding researchers, thought-leaders and policy advisors who have made an ongoing commitment to supporting the G20 policy process. Our fellows produce innovative, implementable recommendations for tackling global problems, they have a strong voice in the public debate on global issues and are well-connected to policymakers concerned with global problem-solving.
Global Solutions Fellows participate in activities of the Global Solutions Initiative and contribute to its research and interaction with policymakers. The Global Solutions Initiative’s staff offers its fellows privileged support in the fulfillment of their roles.
Appointed for a three-year period, it is standard practice to invite Global Solutions Fellows to speak at the Global Solutions Summit, the Initiative’s annual conference in Berlin. Global Solutions Fellows play a significant role in the T20/G20 policy process leading up to the Global Solutions Summit by helping shape the event’s agenda and various workshops around G20 priorities. Global Solutions Fellows also help identify future contributors in the T20/G20 process, future speakers for the annual summit and candidates for the Council for Global Problem-Solving and the Global Solutions Multistakeholder Council.
Progress in the Global Solutions Fellows’ global problem-solving efforts is assessed annually and future collaboration with the Global Solutions Initiative is developed on this basis.
For more details about our Global Solutions Fellows program, please contact Simon Wolf (Program Director).
The Global Solutions Fellows
Colin Bradford is a development economist who in the early 1990s pushed for the integration of social impacts into economic policy. He was the first person to push for transforming the G8 to G20 at the leaders level. Dr. Bradford also helped create the THINK20 (T20) engagement track for G20 Summits and is co-chair of VISION20 (V20), an informal engagement group that encourages longer-term strategic thinking for the future.
Nicolas J.A. Buchoud
Co-founder and President, Grand Paris Alliance for Metropolitan Development (Cercle Grand Paris de l’Investissement Durable).
Nicolas Buchoud is a member of the T20, and served as co-chair of the T20 Task Force on infrastructure investment and financing in 2019 and 2020. He is a consultant to academic, civic and corporate social responsibility initiatives on urban and global transitions, a trusted and creative metropolitan entrepreneur and policymaker. He is specialized in multilateral negotiations and the management of complex science to policy interface in the field of sustainable development.
Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies at Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School and Center for Human Values)
Marc Fleurbaey’s research has contributed to the theory of social choice and fair allocation, and includes applications to health policy, education, income taxation, climate mitigation and the construction of indicators of well-being and social welfare. He is a member of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy. Furthermore, Dr. Fleurbaey has co-chaired Think20 (T20) task forces under Germany’s 2017 G20 Presidency and Argentina’s 2018 G20 Presidency.
Chairman, HelpAge International
Arun Maira is a thought leader on social and economic development and transformational change. He brings an unusual combination of hands-on leadership experience in the private, public and social development sector as well as in leadership consulting. He served as a Member of the Planning Commission of India and was Chairman of the Boston Consulting Group in India, among other positions.
Co-Chair of T20 Saudi Arabia 2020 TF3 on “Infrastructure Investment and its Financing” and former Co-Chair of T20 2019 Japan TF 4
Beatriz Nofal was Argentina’s G20 Sherpa in 2017 and Special Representative for G20 Affairs, with the rank of Secretary of State, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship. She fulfilled this responsibility during Germany’s G20 Presidency, until the Hamburg Summit. In this position she collaborated closely with Germany’s G20 Presidency. At the same time, she contributed to the formulation of the priorities for G20 Argentina 2018 and led the preparatory work.
Executive Director of CIPPEC
Julia Pomares holds a PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Comparative Politics and in Research Methods from the same university. She is a specialist in public policy research and project monitoring and evaluation. Dr. Pomares has worked for numerous international organizations and think tanks, including the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Organization of American States (OAS), among others. Under Argentina’s 2018 G20 Presidency, Dr. Pomares served as co-chair of the Think20 (T20) engagement group.
Founder and CEO, Women’s Economic Imperative
With a Doctoral Degree in Public Policy and Private Sector Development from the University of Manchester, Dr. Thomas’ areas of focus include: trade and competitiveness, business environment and regulatory reform, investment policy, and women’s economic empowerment. During her career spanning over two decades as a senior official at the World Bank Group, Dr. Thomas provided policy advice to over 50 national and sub-national governments. Under Argentina’s 2018 G20 Presidency, she served as Co-Chair of the Think20 Task Force on Gender Economic Equity, and she served as Co-Chair of the Think20 Task Force on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development under Japan’s 2019 G20 Presidency.
Paul Twomey is an expert on internet governance, e-commerce, cyber security, biosecurity and robotics, who was one of the founding figures and CEO of ICANN and CEO of the Australian National Office for the Information Economy and the Federal government’s Special Adviser for the Information Economy and Technology. He has been Co-chair of the Digital Economy and Future of Work Task Force for the Think20 organ of the G20 over the last several years. Paul is an internet and cyber security consultant and co-founder of several enterprises.