1991: Entrepreneur and visionary William (Bill) Melton and peace activist Patricia Smith create the Melton Foundation.
The fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of the Pinochet regime in Chile, and the economic and social transformations taking place in China and India in the 1990s, all influenced by young people, profoundly inspired Bill Melton and Patricia Smith. Bill Melton, who founded VeriFone and other pioneering companies, was convinced that deliberately bringing together talented young people from fast-changing yet cultural disparate environments would create a network capable of positive global impact.
Thus was born the Melton Foundation.
From this early vision, the Foundation grew into a thriving network of more than 500 Melton Fellows who, through their lifetime Fellowship, form deep and lasting relationships across boundaries that once seemed impermeable.
Today, the Melton Foundation is the only global Fellowship program specifically designed to develop global citizens and integrate them into a lifelong global network.
Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Global Internet Ventures
William (Bill) Melton is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Global Internet Ventures, an Internet Holding Company. For more than 20 years, Mr. Melton has been an entrepreneur bringing technology to the financial industry.
He was the original founder of VeriFone Inc, the transaction automation company that has made credit authorization terminals ubiquitous on retail counters throughout the world. He was also an early investor in America Online and served on its Board of Directors for several years. He currently serves on the Board of several private early stage technology companies. He holds a master’s degree in Asian Studies and Chinese Philosophy.
Melton Foundation Co-Founder
Patricia Smith, the Melton Foundation Co-Founder, is actively involved in the global fora in the areas of conflict resolution.
Patricia is a playwright with productions throughout the U.S. She is also a photographer who has taught at the Smithsonian Institution, a poet, and an entrepreneur. Currently her work is mainly oriented to founding and directing the PEACE X PEACE Global Network. This organization uses the internet to connect women-based groups in the U.S. in one-to-one relationships with women-based groups working in their home nations outside the U.S. The aim is to foster the conditions necessary to achieve and maintain peace.
Our Board is made up of Melton Fellows!
Meet Melanie Miller Garrett
Meet Jason Liu
Meet Gagan Achar
Meet Dr. K. Mallikharjuna Babu
Meet Steffen Bethmann
Meet Jolea Bryant
Meet Dr. Gottfried Jetschke
Meet Ruth Kwakwa
Meet Ricardo Hernan Herrera Lara
Meet Torunn Meighan
Meet Dr. Yolanda Page
Meet Jenny Town
Meet Divya Tyam
Meet Jianhua Yan
Meet Winthrop Carty
Executive Director (Ex Officio)Read Bio
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Junior Fellow (Non Voting Representative)Read Bio
In addition to being an original Melton Fellow, Mel is a Clinical Social Worker of over 20 years, with clinical specialization in the areas of trauma and abuse. She currently serves as the Director of Clover House for St. Francis Community Services, a national organization with international ties. She is developing and implementing the first Restorative Residential program for minor survivors of sexual exploitation in her state, and one of a few in the U.S. In addition, she holds expertise in program design and assessment. Mel maintains a private, outpatient psychotherapy practice, focusing on supporting trauma survivors in their healing journeys. Mel also serves as Vice President of the American Board of Functional Medicine. In the past, she has served as the Coordinator of the Anti-Sexual Exploitation Community Roundtable for Action (ASERCA), and sat on the National Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance (RHYTTAC) Advisory Board. To balance life as a professional and mother of 4, Mel enjoys family, friends, travel, and good red wine.
Jason Liu is currently the global economist at Anbang Asset Management based in Hong Kong. He analyzes the global macroeconomic trends for the asset manager and advises on the firm’s overseas investments. Prior to Anbang, Jason was an Asian economist at Morgan Stanley for five years, covering Greater China and Korea economies. He has done extensive research on the topics of central bank monetary policies, foreign exchange rate movements and Asia’s property markets. Jason began his career in financial industry at Goldman Sachs and Standard & Poor’s in Singapore. He also worked as a financial management trainee at General Electric in Shanghai. Jason holds Master’s degree in economics from National University of Singapore and Bachelor’s degree in economics from Zhejiang University in China. Jason has been a Melton Fellow since 2002.
Gagan Achar is an Information Science graduate from BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore. He started his professional career as a software engineer with Lucent Technologies. He currently works for Akamai Technologies, a leading Internet Content Delivery company, where his roles have included service delivery, pre-sales, managing a services line and most recently, product management and strategy. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys singing and playing the guitar in his free time.
Dr. K. Mallikharjuna Babu is Principal of BMS College of Engineering in Bangalore, India. He has published or presented 50 Technical Papers in referred Journals, National and International Conferences, and has authored six books in Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Dr. S. R. Gollapudi Award for contributing substantially to the spread of the Industrial Engineering profession and the Institutional activities. Widely traveled, Dr. Babu has enjoyed visiting several foreign universities in countries like the USA, Chile, Kenya, Germany, China, and Tanzania.
Steffen Bethmann works at the Center of Philanthropy Studies at the University of Basel in Switzerland as researcher, consultant and teacher in executive nonprofit management courses. At the same time, he is pursuing a PhD in Sociology at the University of Heidelberg. Steffen has always been interested in philanthropy and nonprofit management. He has played a very active role in the foundation since he became a fellow in 2001. In his free time, he loves to do all kinds of sports – recently, he has fun with basketball, swimming and soccer.
Jolea has dedicated much of her professional career to managing and growing adult education and workforce development programs that help individuals gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to improve their lives and communities. Currently, she serves as the Director of the Gulf Coast Adult Education and Literacy Consortium which offers literacy services and workforce skills training to more than 20,000 adult learners annually. Jolea also serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of Literacy Advance of Houston, which helps adults achieve personal goals and self-sufficiency through improved literacy. She has aMaster of Science in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has been a Fellow of the Melton Foundation since 2001. Jolea enjoys mentoring, coaching and encouraging others, reading, and dancing.
Dr. Gottfried Jetschke has been a member of the Melton Foundation since 1991, and a member of the Board since 2000. After getting a PhD in physics (1979) he moved to mathematics for another ten years before he finally came to the Institute of Ecology at the University of Jena as a professor in ecology and mathematics/statistics. His research is focused on vegetation survey and modeling, population biology and dendrochronology, and he has supervised PhD students from Germany, Jordan, Iran, China and Yemen. Gottfried is married, with two children and two grandsons. He enjoys reading, has been a runner for more than 30 years, likes to hike in foreign countries and enjoys regularly, alongside his wife, ballroom and Latin dancing.
Ruth Kwakwa is the Dean of Student and Community Affairs at Ashesi University College in Ghana. With a background in educational administration, social marketing and international development, she joined Ashesi because of its compelling vision as a groundbreaking liberal arts college in Africa. At Ashesi, Ruth focuses on creating opportunities that complement academic experiences and which generate richer lifelong options for students. Ruth graduated from Swarthmore College, USA with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology, and received a Master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
Alongside his role as a senior advisor to the Rector and CEO for Institutional Performance Agreements at Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile, Ricardo is also consultant for Higher Education and Advanced Human Resources Development Programs at CONICYT (Chile´s National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research). He previously served as Head of the Teaching and Instruction Office, Head of the Accreditation Office, Head of the International Cooperation Office, Acting Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and General Secretary; all posts at Universidad de La Frontera, Chile. He holds a MA and Ph.D. in Anthropology from University of Illinois, a Professional Title in Anthropology from Universidad de Chile, and a BA in Philosophy and Social Sciences from Universidad Austral de Chile.
Torunn Meighan is Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the Melton Foundation. Prior to working for the Melton Foundation, she was the Corporate Controller for Molson Breweries USA in Reston, Virginia from 1990 to 1995, and was the Corporate Accounting Manager for Guinness USA in New York City from 1984 to 1995. Prior to that, she worked in public accounting. Torunn has a B.S. in marketing and statistics from the Norwegian School of Management in Oslo, Norway, and a MBA in accounting from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen, Norway.
Before assuming the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dillard University, Dr. Yolanda Page was dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). For twenty years, Dr. Page has served academia in various roles, including instructor, director, department chair and assistant dean. She received her B.A. in English and Business Management from Dillard University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in American and African American Literature from Louisiana State University (LSU). Dr. Page is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, has studied abroad in Ghana as a UNCF/Mellon International Faculty Seminar Fellow, and has worked extensively with learning communities and high-risk students. She is married to David D. Page, and they have two children, William David and Brooke Alexis.
Jenny Town is the Assistant Director of the US-Korea Institute (USKI) at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Managing Editor and Producer of “38 North,” USKI’s web journal providing analysis on events in and around the DPRK. She is also an expert reviewer for Freedom House’s Freedom in the World Index, where she previously worked on the Human Rights in North Korea project. Prior to working in Korean affairs, she was the Communications Director for Peace X Peace and the Director of the Washington (DC) Office/Special Projects Manager for Government Relations at the College Board. She holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies and International Relations from Westmar University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. She is a Senior Fellow of the Melton Foundation and a former Board Member of Korean Focus.
Divya Tyam has been a fellow of the Melton Foundation since 2003. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from BMS College of Engineering and Master’s Degree from Carnegie Mellon University, both in the field of computer science. She currently works on artificial intelligence at Google, and has previously worked at Microsoft. Outside of work, she engages her creative side through improvised theatre, photography and art, and participates in the community through local STEM mentorship programs. She currently lives in Seattle.
Prof. Yan joined the Board of Directory in 2014 as representative of Zhejiang University (ZU), where he has been working and teaching since 1985. Prof. Yan is a leading scientist in the field of thermal power energy and has served in distinguished positions at Zhejiang University, including his appointment as Vice Secretary of the University’s Party Committee in 2013. He has published more than 200 scientific papers and four books and owns over 40 Chinese patents. Prof. Yan has served as co-chair of the Association of Chinese Graduate School (ACGS) since 2012 and is Vice Chairman of the National Alliance of Innovative Waste to Energy. He is also serving as Chairman of both Zhejiang Provincial Association of Renewable Energy and Zhejiang Provincial Association of Waste Treatment and Resource Utilization.
Executive Director (Ex Officio)
Executive Director (Ex Officio)
The Melton Foundation
Cambridge, MA, USA
Junior Fellow (Non Voting Representative)
Francisco Andaur Suárez
Junior Fellow (Non Voting Representative)
Universidad de La Frontera
Meet Akwasi Aidoo
Senior Fellow at Humanity United; Chair of the Board of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa, and the Fund for Global Human RightsRead Bio
Meet Mary Gordon
Founder, Roots of EmpathyRead Bio
Meet Mariana Christen Jakob
Founder, Social Entrepreneurship Initiative & Foundation (seif); Lecturer, Lucerne UniversityRead Bio
Meet Rachel Kleinfeld
Senior Associate, Democracy and Rule of Law Program, Carnegie Endowment for International PeaceRead Bio
Meet Henriette Kolb
Head, Gender Secretariat, International Finance CorporationRead Bio
Meet Almaz Negash
Founder, African Diaspora Network & Sr. Managing Director of Step Up Silicon ValleyRead Bio
Meet Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen
Vice President, Europe, Middle East, Africa, BSR - Business for Social ResponsibilityRead Bio
Meet Rory Stear
Chairman, Flambard Holdings; Co-Founder, Lifeline Energy (formerly Freeplay Foundation)Read Bio
Meet Bjoern Struewer
Founder and CEO of Roots of ImpactRead Bio
Meet Assaf Weisz
Co-founder and Managing Director, Purpose CapitalRead Bio
Senior Fellow at Humanity United; Chair of the Board of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa, and the Fund for Global Human Rights
Akwasi Aidoo is the former executive director of TrustAfrica, a foundation dedicated to advancing equitable development and democratic governance in Africa. His previous roles include head of Canadian International Development Research Center’s health and equity program for West and Central Africa, head of the Ford Foundation’s office for West Africa, and director of the Ford Foundation’s Special Initiative for Africa. He previously served as a trustee for several international organizations, including OXFAM America and Resource Alliance.
Also a poet, Akwasi has taught at universities in Ghana, Tanzania, and the United States, and received a PhD in medical sociology from the University of Connecticut.
Founder, Roots of Empathy
Mary Gordon is recognized internationally as an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator, author, child advocate and parenting expert who has created programs informed by the power of empathy. In 1996 Mary outlined the initial curriculum of Roots of Empathy and began piloting the program in Toronto. In 2000 she established it as a national and international organization. Roots of Empathy now offers programs in every province of Canada, and in New Zealand, the USA, the Isle of Man, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, and Germany.
In 2002, Mary was named the first female Canadian Ashoka Fellow, and she is a Member of the Order of Canada. She is also the founder of Canada’s first and largest school-based Parenting and Family Literacy Centres. She speaks and consults to governments, educational organizations, and public institutions, and her book, Roots of Empathy: Changing the World Child by Child, is a Canadian bestseller.
Founder, Social Entrepreneurship Initiative & Foundation (seif); Lecturer, Lucerne University
Mariana Christen Jakob is a lecturer at Lucerne University and head of research projects in the fields of corporate social responsibility, with a focus on corporate partnership, social innovation and social impact measurement. She is also the program director of the CAS Corporate Social Responsibility program and is in charge of building a business network in central Switzerland. In 2010 Mariana founded the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative (sei), supported by the Confederation’s innovation promotion agency, Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI), the Gebert Rüf Foundation and Suva Insurance. Based on its first successful pilot year, Mariana turned over the initiative as founder in the Social Entrepreneurship Foundation (SEF-Swiss) under the umbrella of the Fondation de Fondateur.
Senior Associate, Democracy and Rule of Law Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Named one of the Top 40 under 40 Political Leaders in America by Time magazine, Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld’s passion lies in improving opportunity and security to enable human flourishing. As the founding CEO of the Truman National Security Project, she spent a decade leading a movement of rising politicians, policy experts, and military and civilian security leaders to promote U.S. security policies that advance stability, security, and human dignity worldwide.
From 2011-2014 she was chosen by Hillary Clinton to serve on the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, which advised the Secretary of State quarterly. Currently, as a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Rachel works to advance research and action in improving the rule of law, security, and governance.
Head, Gender Secretariat, International Finance Corporation
Henriette Kolb is the Head of the Gender Secretariat at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. She serves as an advocate for gender equality issues in the private sector and leads a team that works with IFC’s clients to include both women and men as entrepreneurs, employees, consumers, community stakeholders and leaders. Before joining IFC in September 2013, Henriette was the CEO of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, where she remains involved as a senior advisor. Henriette also serves as a member of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s International Council on Women’s Business Leadership. Earlier in her career, Henriette was the UN representative in the Middle East Quartet team advising Tony Blair in Jerusalem. She also worked for the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO).
Founder, African Diaspora Network & Sr. Managing Director of Step Up Silicon Valley
Almaz Negash is Sr. Managing Director of Step Up Silicon Valley, a social innovation network and anti-poverty laboratory utilizing disruptive, research-based strategies to reduce poverty and increase economic opportunity in Silicon Valley. The latest of her contributions to community economic development include her leadership in Step Up Silicon Valley’s exploration and incubation of Pay for Success (a.k.a. Social Impact Bond), a new model of social innovation financing that resulted in a $6 million project to reduce homelessness in Santa Clara County. In 2010, Almaz founded the African Diaspora Network (ADN) to inform and engage Africans in the Diaspora and facilitate collaboration with social entrepreneurs, innovators, and business leaders. Almaz is a frequently sought out speaker on regional and global development and has authored several articles on global trade, social and educational issues. She serves as an advisory board and committee member at Samaritan Medical Center, Silicon Valley Education Foundation, and One World Children’s Fund. She is the co-founder of the Global Women’s Leadership Network at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. She holds an MBA from Golden Gate University and a BA from University of San Francisco.
Vice President, Europe, Middle East, Africa, BSR - Business for Social Responsibility
Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen leads BSR’s activities in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa as well as the organization’s global Research and Partnership Development teams. A member of BSR’s executive team, he also leads BSR’s Program Committee, which sets the organization’s programmatic priorities.
An experienced sustainability executive, Peder Michael works with the world’s leading companies in consumer, financial services, transportation, health care, and energy sectors on business strategy and operations to help them manage sustainability risks and opportunities. He is a member of several sustainability advisory boards, including the Kingfisher Net-Positive Advisory Board and the Melton Foundation Advisory Board, and he is a member of the UN Women/UNGC Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group.
Chairman, Flambard Holdings; Co-Founder, Lifeline Energy (formerly Freeplay Foundation)
Rory Stear is the Executive Chairman of Flambard Holdings, a privately held international investment company, and Lifeline Technology, a micro-energy social enterprise focused on the aid and development sector. Rory co-founded Freeplay Energy, an award winning micro-energy company that pioneered renewable energy products for use in the developing world, as well as founding Lifeline Energy (formally the Freeplay Foundation) in 1998. Lifeline Energy is a multi-award winning charity registered in the US and South Africa.
Rory is chairman of the advisory board at the Business School at Nelson Mandela University. He was a member of the Renewable Energy Council for the Global Agenda at the World Economic Forum from 2009 to 2011 and a fellow of the Schwab Foundation at the World Economic Forum from 2002 to 2010.
Founder and CEO of Roots of Impact
Bjoern Struewer is founder and CEO of Roots of Impact, an incubator and consulting firm that is building the market for impact investing. Roots of Impact creates intermediaries, investment vehicles and partnerships that help finance social enterprises and scale social innovation. Bjoern is also senior advisor to Ashoka on social finance, co-founder of the Financing Agency for Social Entrepreneurship (FASE) and initiator of the Ashoka Angels Network. Bjoern has more than 20 years of experience in the finance sector. Until 2013 he was Managing Director of Credit Suisse and is actively engaged in developing solutions for responsible investments, social finance and impact investing for many years.
Co-founder and Managing Director, Purpose Capital
Assaf Weisz is co-founder and Managing Director of Purpose Capital, a leading impact investment advisory firm that supports financial institutions, foundations and investors on impact investing. At Purpose Capital, Assaf steers the firm’s overall strategy and operations. He led Purpose Capital’s work on revolutionizing post-secondary education through a $10M venture philanthropy fund in Canada, and a similar project under development in the US. He also oversaw the firm’s work with Gordon Brown, former UK prime minister and UN Special Envoy for Education on the future of online education. His work has been featured in Fast Company, the Globe & Mail, National Post, CBC and Business News Network. Prior to this, he was a founder and Executive Director of the Young Social Entrepreneurs of Canada, a social network for social entrepreneurs that originated the country’s first social financing program for youth-run social ventures. In 2014, Assaf was awarded as a Possibility Thinker, and in 2011 he was named an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship. He has further been recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and as a Canadian Under 30 Who is Changing the Country, by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Assaf is the Chair of the Board of Operation Groundswell, a fast growing social enterprise changing the way the world travels.
Meet Winthrop Carty
Location: Cambridge, MA USA
Meet Patricia Ortiz
Location: Temuco, Chile
Meet Torunn K. Meighan
Chief Financial Officer
Location: Vienna, VA USA
Meet Micah Trippe
Director of External Relations
Location: New York, NY USA
Meet Lars Dietzel
Global Network Manager
Location: Santiago, Chile
Meet Julia Maier
Joined: 2013 Location: Berlin, GermanyRead Bio
For over two decades, Winthrop has helped build, support, and promote global networks of change agents. As Executive Director, Winthrop has led a comprehensive strategic planning process involving all stakeholders of the Melton Foundation and has helped expand its worldwide network of partners and collaborators. He is co-convener of the “Leveraging Networks for Impact” roundtable series and currently represents the Melton Foundation in MIT D-Lab’s Practical Impact Alliance, where he co-leads its Co-creation and Local Innovation Working Group. Winthrop is also co-founder (in 2005) and senior editor of Innovations journal published by MIT Press. His previous roles include Associate Director for the Global Innovators Network at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and Program Officer for Brazil, Central America, Colombia, and Ecuador at LASPAU, a Harvard-based academic development organization. Winthrop holds an Ed. M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard University and a B.A. in Political Science from Boston University.
Born in Colombia to U.S. journalist parents, Winthrop has spent his life learning from the different parts of the world where he has hung his hat. Many things fire up his neurons, from languages to cooking with family and friends. He balances all this excitement with forays into nature, be it a walk in the woods with the family whippets or a winter climb.
Patricia joined the Melton Foundation in 1996 as a Fellow. She is a Physical Education teacher and graduated from Universidad de la Frontera in Temuco, Chile. After graduation she worked in a private school teaching elementary and middle school students. She coached high school track and field for four years in Chile and then moved to Honduras, where she worked for two years as a volunteer teacher in an orphanage with at-risk children. After a short time in Oregon (USA), Patricia began working for the Melton Foundation in various capacities and currently serves as Program Manager.
Patricia finds that running is a joy and a great way to discover beautiful landscapes for her other hobby – photography.
Chief Financial Officer
Torunn is responsible for the Foundation’s internal and external financial reporting, budgeting, treasury, taxes, legal affairs, and governance and compliance requirements. Prior to working for the Melton Foundation, she was the Corporate Controller for Molson Breweries USA in Reston, Virginia from 1990 to 1995 and was the Corporate Accounting Manager for Guinness USA in New York City from 1984 to 1995. Prior to that, she worked in public accounting. Torunn has a B.S. in marketing and statistics from the Norwegian School of Management and a MBA in accounting from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.
Torunn is a rising French student, always looking for opportunities to travel to France.
Director of External Relations
Micah oversees strategic partnerships, editorial content, and funding for new initiatives for the MF. Micah was drawn to the non-profit sector, and to the MF in particular, because of his own wanderlust—he’s traveled to locations as far flung as Mongolia and Senegal, and went to graduate school at Cambridge—and because of his experiences volunteering at youth centers and homeless shelters while a student at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Having worked in the Investment Affairs office of the American University in Cairo, he crossed to the other side of the financial table and found his legs as a fundraiser with the New York African Film Festival. He joined the MF in 2013. When not fundraising, he writes fiction and screenplays, plays tennis, and scours New York for the best flat white to start the day, and the perfect Negroni to end it.
Global Network Manager
Lars first joined the Melton Foundation as a Fellow in 2002 and served as chair of the Education Program Area of the Melton Foundation’s Grant Committee and as an intern in the Melton Foundation’s Chile office. Prior to joining the Melton Foundation staff, he worked as a community and child-care worker in the Wishing Well Family Centre in Belfast (No. Ireland). He also interned at Culture et Expression, an organization working with migrants in Le Luc en Provence (France). In 2010 and 2011, Lars was part of the senior management team of an international summer school in Salisbury (UK). He has a MA in Education Science and Languages.
Lars loves to try different foods and digests them by playing music, riding a bike or having conversations with friends and family. A glass of wine doesn’t hurt either.
Julia coordinates the Learning Program for the New Fellows and Junior Fellows of the Melton Foundation. She is also a Senior Fellow who joined the foundation in 2009. She holds a B.A. in Culture and Economic Studies from Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, an M.A. in Sustainable Economics from Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Sustainability and Quality Management from the Berlin School of Economics and Law.
Born in Austria and raised in Germany, Julia found her third home in Mexico. Now she is based in Berlin, but is always open for her next destination. A child of nature, Julia loves mountain climbing, bicycle trips and exploring rivers and forests with her dogs.