Senior Policy Fellow
Leandro is an Economist, with a PhD in Development Economics and post-PhD in Creative Industries (Sorbonne-Paris 13). Visiting Chair in the Economy of Culture in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary from 2018-2020, he is an Associate at both People’s Palace Projects and Network – Queen Mary’s Research Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy as well as being a Queen Mary GPI Fellow. From September 2018 to September 2020, he holds a Newton Advanced Fellowship from the British Academy for his research project with PPP at Queen Mary, Counting Culture. Leandro is an Advisory Board member at the UK’s national Policy and Evidence Centre for the Creative Industries (NESTA/AHRC), and also sits on the PEC’s International Board (convened by the British Council). Leandro’s permanent post is as Professor of Creative Industries and Economy of Culture at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). He has been an Advisor in Cultural and Creative Industries for Brazil’s Ministry of Culture, Argentina’s Ministry of Culture, UNESCO and OEI. He was the Creator of the Centre of Studies in Cultural and Creative Economy (NECCULT) at UFRGS. An international conference speaker and lecturer, he has presented in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
Senior Policy Fellow
Sabin Khan has demonstrated a life-long commitment to public service through numerous positions of leadership within civil society, local authority and Government. Sabin has worked in the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) at the Home Office over the past 10 years. Throughout this period, Sabin has demonstrated a very strong personal commitment to serving Ministers, the Government and the Civil Service in maintaining national security and protecting the public from terrorism. Sabin has been central to the development of several Government reviews. She has provided advice to the highest levels of Government at critical moments of national security and represented the UK at numerous global forums. Sabin has addressed and shared her expertise with thousands of people from diverse backgrounds across the UK and overseas.
Senior Policy Fellow
Roberto Alvarez is a systems-thinker and doer who has been working at the intersections of technology, business, policy, global issues and communications for more than 25 years. A native of Brazil, he has worked and implemented joint initiatives with organizations and partners around the world throughout his career.
As a citizen, he is particularly concerned with how organisations and countries can innovate to “solve for sustainability” and societies can address an increasingly complex array of themes in the policy arena. His professional focus has been on convening cross-sector global groups of leaders to address economic and societal issues and building partnerships to accelerate innovation in technology, business models and institutions.
Roberto currently serves as the Executive Director of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), a global multi-stakeholder organization with a footprint in more than 30 nations. Before joining the GFCC, he was a Senior Manager at the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI), where he led innovation, internationalization and sectorial development initiatives. Roberto also worked as a management and operations consultant and is an author and organiser of publications on innovation, industrial development and manufacturing strategy and operations.
He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, was trained in Quality and Productivity at the Japan Productivity Center and Exponential Technologies and the NASA AMES-based Singularity University. He is a global speaker and has made angel investments in Brazil and the U.S.
An avid advocate for children’s mental health and wellbeing, Zelna Lauwrens is active in influencing policy makers in multiple Common Wealth countries. With her background in Special Needs Education, School Counselling and Lecturing Behavioural Studies spanning over two decades, she has offered in-depth consultation to various institutions relating to resilience, leadership and peak performance in children. In 2003, Zelna founded The Kids Life Studio®, a global organisation with representatives in 27 countries which offers sustainable solutions to challenges children are facing through her Play Based Life Coaching model now translated into 4 languages. She is an international speaker and the author of multiple books and co-founder of The Secret Parent Foundation, a foundation that offers psycho-social support, training and research with a focus on building family resilience in multiply disadvantaged contexts.
Makan Fofana is a designer and culturemaker from Paris. He is currently completing his Postgraduate thesis at the CNAM (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers), which Catherine Fieschi (Counterpoint) is supervising.
Makan is involved in research on the relationship between community, design, and public policy. His focus has been on how design can help reimagine the future of fragile/segregated communities by thinking about public policy through a design lens. Makan Fofana’s research project is a comparative analysis of the effectiveness of policies designed to manage diverse communities in the Eastern Suburbs of Paris and the East End of London. His work dovetails with the GPI’s research on resilient communities. He is the founder of l’Hypercube, a community space that blends design and public policy.