Meet the Fellows

Meet Mel Hua, our new Hoffmann Fellow

Mel just joined us in October 2021 together with Felipe as our new Hoffmann Fellow on Circular Economy & 4IR with the INSEAD Business School.

During her Fellowship, she will lead efforts on primary research into on the topic of “Dirty Innovation” – using waste as raw material in new products. Her role will be to engage key Forum partners in bridging research and policy.

Before joining the Forum, Mel was a doctoral candidate at University College London where her focus was creativity and innovation. She uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to study how individuals and teams select, develop, and execute their ideas.

Meet Felipe Vizzotto, our new Hoffmann Fellow

Felipe just joined us in October 2021 as our new Hoffmann Fellow on Food Systems and Data with the INSEAD Business School.

During his Fellowship, he will take part in multiple projects related to food systems (100 million farmers, Future of Protein, etc.). He is expected to use his knowledge on food chains and experience with data analysis to support the Forum in leveraging data to monitor and improve food systems’ sustainability, nutritional value and efficiency.

Before joining the Forum, Felipe was a Sustainability Management PhD candidate at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Italy). During his scientific training, Felipe used mainly quantitative methods and experiments to address two main issues: (1) help food service companies to reduce the amount of food waste they generate in their operations; and (2) help food manufacturing companies to communicate the environmental footprint of their products in an effective and accurate way.

Meet Alfredo Giron, Hoffmann Fellow on Ocean Data & 4IR with Stanford’s Center for Ocean Solutions

Alfredo Giron joined us at the beginning of September 2020.

He joined this programme because he wants to learn how to design and use platforms to enable global change in global ocean sustainability issues.

Alfredo’s focus over the term of his fellowship is to design a tool to help fishing companies assess the risk of illegal, unregulated or unreported fishing activities in their supply chain, so that they can take action and mitigate them.

The oceans Fellows are currently collaborating on an independent review to assess the efficacy of the Friends of Ocean Action model, intended as a case study in a university-affiliated publication.

Kevin Doxzen named André Hoffmann Fellow in Precision Medicine and Emerging Biotechnologies

Biotechnology research and policy expert joins Thunderbird School of Global Management and Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU through World Economic Forum fellowship - meet Kevin Doxzen

Introducing Kate Crosman — the new André Hoffmann Fellow in Big Ocean Data

Meet our fellow Kate Crosman - she is a social scientist from the U.S, with expertise in the complex governance of oceans and coasts. For the next three years, she will be living in Norway, working on the overall theme of “trustworthiness and trust in big data for oceans”. She recently moved to the city Trondheim.

Meet our Alumna Fellow Dr. Emily Kelly

Dr. Emily Kelly was a Hoffmann Fellow on Ocean Data & 4IR with Stanford’s Center for Ocean Solutions.

She played a leading role in a multi-institution advisory group that delivered a major report to the President of Palau. Emily’s work on the core team advising the President on how to implement the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS) drove notable international collaboration, bridging cultures and scientific disciplines. The report, entitled “Palau’s National Marine Sanctuary: Managing Ocean Change and Supporting Food Security,” was officially presented to the President in December 2019.

Emily is also lead novel work on technology solutions for ending slavery in the tuna supply chain, with a focus on digital contracts and payments. This is follow-on activity to the Tuna Traceability Declaration launched by the Forum at the 2017 UN Oceans Conference. Emily is drawing in concepts and stakeholders from the fintech sector to intersect with diverse actors in fishing, human rights, and supply chains. She delivered a series of stakeholder engagement activities, including the design and facilitation of in-person and virtual workshops in February and July 2020, as well as related research.

Emily joined the Forum and its UpLink team at the beginning of 2021 as a full-time employee and continues to create impact in the field of the oceans.

Meet our Alumna Fellow Dr. Annie Brett

Dr. Annie Brett was our first Hoffmann Fellow! In partnership with Stanford's Center for Ocean Solutions, she successfully completed the two-year programme in summer 2019.

She joined to drive work that supports a major pillar of the Forum’s high-level Friends of Ocean Action (FOA) initiative focused on illegal fishing. She also focused her work on new ocean data initiatives linked to the FOA, including opportunities to drive work on public-private data sharing, as well as large-scale data implementations.

She was the lead author on the Forum white paper ”Ending Illegal Fishing: Data Policy and the Port State Measures Agreement” released in May 2019.

Dr. Annie Brett served as a co-author of a blue paper commissioned by the high-level panel on the Sustainable Ocean Economy entitled “Technology, Data and New Models for Sustainably Managing Ocean Resources” and contributor to the blue paper “Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and Associated Drivers”.

She is now working as an Assistant Professor at University of Florida - Fredric G. Levin College of Law.

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