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Global Solutions Fellows

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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. 

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 two-year period, it is standard practice to invite Global Solutions Fellows to partake in the Global Solutions Summit, the Initiative’s annual conference in Berlin. Fellows consult in aspects of its program and assist in finding qualified speakers. Furthermore, fellows are actively involved in the various programs of the GSI by participating and speaking at events such as workshop sessions, producing content that is aligned with the work of the GSI, and consulting on issues surrounding the G20 and G7.  

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 us. 

The Global Solutions Fellows

Colin Bradford
Lead Co-Chair, China-West Dialogue
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

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 the Lead Co-Chair of the China-West Dialogue (CWD), which gathers leaders from China and the West to define an “alternative framework” to the current geopolitical status quo.  

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Nicolas J.A. Buchoud
Co-founder and President, Grand Paris Alliance for Metropolitan Development

Nicolas Buchoud is a member of the T20, served as co-chair of the T20 Task Force on infrastructure investment and financing in 2019 and 2020, and is currently a coLead Chair of the Japan T7 2023. 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 specializes in multilateral negotiations and the management of complex science to policy interface in the field of sustainable development. 

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Bambang Brodjonegoro
Lead Co-Chair T20 Indonesia and Professor, University of Indonesia

After completing his academic studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including a Master’s and PhD in Urban and Regional Planning, Bambang Brodjonegoro began his career as a lecturer and Dean at the University of Indonesia. He then held various public positions including being a member of the Assistance Team for Ministry in Fiscal Decentralization and Vice Minister of Finance. He later served as the Minister of Finance from 2014 to 2016, Minister of National Development Planning from 2016 to 2019, and Minister of Research and Technology from 2019-2021.

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Sean Cleary
Executive Vice Chair, FutureWorld Foundation

Sean Cleary is Executive Vice-Chair of the FutureWorld Foundation, an Advisory Council member of the Club de Madrid, and EIT Climate-KIC, a Faculty Member of the Parmenides Foundation, and a Senior Fellow and Senior Advisor of the Salzburg Global Seminar. He is an author, lecturer, and advisor on a range of topics including conflict resolution, the challenges of globalization, and development economics.

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Marc Fleurbaey
Research Director, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and
Professor, Paris School of Economics

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, and a member of the Steering Committee for the International Panel for Social Progress. Furthermore, Dr. Fleurbaey has co-chaired Think20 (T20) task forces under Germany’s 2017 G20 Presidency and Argentina’s 2018 G20 Presidency. 

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Colm Kelly
Global Leader - Corporate Sustainability, PwC

Colm is PwC’s Global Leader for Corporate Sustainability, and a member of the Global Markets Leadership Team His previous roles with PwC globally include Global Leader of the Tax and Legal Services business and Global Chief Operations Officer. Prior to this, Colm was the leader of the PwC Ireland Tax and Legal Services business for a number of years. Colm is a council member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a Fellow of the Global Solutions Initiative, and chair of the Foundation for Fiscal Studies.

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Ilona Kickbusch
Founding Director, Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute of Geneva and Council Co-Chair, World Health Summit

Professor Ilona Kickbusch advises international organizations, national governments, NGOs and the private sector on new directions and innovations in global health, pandemic preparedness, governance for health and health promotion. She is the founding director and chair of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She has been appointed a senior distinguished fellow at the Graduate Institute. She is also the Co-Chair of the Council for the World Health Summit.

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Arun Maira
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 sectors 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. Currently, he is the Chair of HelpAge International, a non-profit that aims to support older people across the world 

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Beatriz Nofal
Executive Committee Member, CARI and former Argentinian G20 Sherpa

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. 

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Andrea Ordóñez
Executive Director, Southern Voice

Andrea Ordóñez Llanos is Executive Director of Southern Voice, a network of over sixty think tanks from Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean, and Asia leveraging southern evidence and analysis to promote fair global development debates.

An economist by training, Andrea was previously Research Director at Grupo FARO, a think tank in Ecuador. Her main research interests are social policy, public finance, financing for development and international cooperation. Her aim is to ensure that new voices and ideas from the Global South are heard across regions. She is a member of FCDO’s International Development Expert Group and of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) and a board member of Publish What You Fund. 

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Julia Pomares
Chief Advisor to the Governor, Government of the City of Buenos Aires 

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. She is also a former Executive Director of CIPPEC.

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Shuva Raha
Head of New Initiatives, Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW)  

With 22 years of experience in public policy and business, Shuva Raha leads the CEEW’s strategic initiatives on energy-development-climate geopolitics – energy access, security and transition, industrial decarbonisation, and circular economies of resources. Raha manages CEEW’s advisory on India’s G20 Presidency and the UN Energy Compacts process with several Union Ministries 

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Helge Sigurd Næss-Schmidt
Næss-Schmidt Advisory and Fellow CIP Foundation

Helge Sigurd Næss-Schmidt is an applied economist with over 35 years of experience. He has worked for the EU Commission, in the Economics departments of OECD, as head of division at the Danish Ministry of Finance, and as partner and co-owner of Copenhagen Economics (CE), a European consultancy specialised in regulatory economics and competition. His key areas of work are the green transformation of the global energy system, the role of financial markets, macroeconomic policy, and public finance. 

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Margo Thomas
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. Dr Thomas served as Co-Chair of T20 Task Forces under Argentina’s 2018 G20 Presidency, Japan’s 2019 G20 Presidency, and Saudi Arabia’s 2020 G20 Presidency.  

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Paul Twomey
Co-Chair, Global Initiative for Digital Empowerment and Distinguished Fellow, Center for International Governance Innovation

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.

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