Ms. Alfsen was born in France and received her undergraduate training in Political Sciences at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP), followed by graduate degrees Public Law and Development Economics. She also has degrees in Russian and Romanian languages and civilizations. She joined the UN system in 1979. The focus of her work in the last ten years has been on governance of urban areas and ecosystems functions in human dominated landscapes. Christine Alfsen is now teaching sustainable development at Sciences Po, Menton in the South of France, Le Havre and Paris. She is also building an ecological house and developing ecosystems services such as biodiversity, pollination services, food and water storage on the land.
For the past year and half, Clémence has always had an emergency blanket in her bag. She can also list all of Paris’ free Wi-fi spots by heart, and hold a semi-decent conversation in Pashto (she’s still working on Farsi, Arabic and Tigrinya). A regular team member at first, Clémence is now one of the Material Needs Team Coordinators for Sciences Po Refugee Help, an apolitical student association aiding asylum seekers and refugees. Using a positive mindset and rights-based approach, our organisation provides material and legal assistance, as well as French lessons and social activities to help integrate asylum seekers and refugees into France’s social and cultural life. For Clémence and her team, this mostly means running around in the streets with bags full of underwear, city maps and Decathlon gift cards.
Hyung Joon Won
Founder of Lindenbaum Music
Hyung Joon Won is a South Korean violinist widely recognized for his musicianship and national activism. A child prodigy, Mr. Won gave his first solo performance with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of ten. Before enrolling at Juilliard, he won numerous competitions such as the Kingsville International and New York Philharmonic Festival. Mr. Won has worked with a number of world-renown orchestras as a soloist, including the Hong Kong Pan Asia Philharmonic, Massapequa Philharmonic, and the Marrowstone Festival Orchestra. In 1990, Mr. Won proudly represented South Korea when he performed at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Switzerland. The forum, which celebrated the 1990 reunification of East and West Germany, inspired Mr. Won to think of music as a medium of reconciliation. In 1996, he performed at the UN General Assembly Hall under the theme World Peace. Such performances strengthened his resolve to leverage his musical career for the reunification of North & South Korea.
Laurent Rivière est le fondateur de Sunbirds : une startup qui commercialise le premier drone solaire au monde capable de voler toute une journée pour la cartographie de grands espaces !
Liang Chun Lim
Liang Chun is an agronomist who has worked with farmers in Japan and Malaysia. Last year, he joined the Malaysian Agroecology Society to reframe the ways in which producers, consumers, researchers, activists and policymakers relate to one another. Recently, he had the opportunity to highlight challenges of rural living and aspirations of rural communities in Southeast Asia when he led the grassroots campaign and created the conference agenda under the ASEAN Work-Life Balance Project.
Founder of Math 42
Maxim est devenu à 14 ans le co-fondateur de MATH42, afin de créer une technologie qui offre des cours de maths privés pour collégiens, lycéens et universitaires. Il rend ainsi l’éducation mathématique accessible aux jeunes dans le monde entier. Maxim a étudié les mathématiques, l’économie et la philosophie à l’Université Technologique de Berlin.
Maxim co-founded MATH 42 at the age of 14, to create a technology, which automates private math tutoring for 5th-12th grade and college students, making high-quality math education affordable and accessible to children worldwide. Maxim studied mathematics, economics and philosophy at the TU Berlin.
Installés dans un atelier à Ivry, nous imaginons des solutions innovantes et nous fabriquons des prototypes avec notre équipe de développeurs : les Blackfoot Makers. Nous nous appuyons sur notre expertise software et hardware pour développer des objets connectés, des drones, des robots, des algorithmes d’intelligence artificielle… Véritables éclaireurs, les Blackfoot Makers portent un regard neuf sur les nouvelles technologies et les usages qui leur sont associés.
Michel Aloui is an entrepreneur. In the 1990s, he worked in Western Siberia where he directed various projects including the building of a hospital or a huge wooden factory and technological projects such as radiation / wireless monitoring. In 2000 he returned to Germany and then worked on the development on social entrepreneurship.
Thomas has four years of experience working across the United States for major electoral campaigns, most recently serving as a Field Organizer and Regional Field Director for Senator Bernie Sanders’ Democratic presidential primary campaign in five states, including working as part of the teams behind Senator Sanders’ upset wins in the New Hampshire and Michigan primaries. In 2015 he obtained a "Licence de sciences politiques", also from Sciences Po.