Our Team

GenPol’s international team share a keen interest in gender equality issues, have excellent interdisciplinary research skills, and experience in policy-making, the media world and campaigning. The international profile of the team also allows them to research, import and spread best practices across different countries.

Dr Lilia Giugni

Dr Lilia Giugni

Chief Executive Officer

    Lilia is a political scientist and Fellow in Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge. She has worked with numerous think tanks and charities on matters of politics, policy-making, gender and education. She has studied at LUISS (Rome) and Sciences Po Strasbourg, and has been a visiting researcher at the London School of Economics and the European University Institute. Lilia is also the chair of F Come, an Italian charity promoting gender equality and publishing an online feminist magazine in Italian and English.

    Chiara De Santis

    Chiara De Santis

    Chief Policy Officer

      Chiara is a consultant on international public policy. She has worked for the European Commission, the European Parliament, and has overseen several EU funded projects. She holds a Bachelor’s and two Master’s degrees in Politics and International Relations and has worked for the United Nations and extensively researched matters related to regionalism, foreign policy and political and economic relations between the EU and Asia.

      Caitlyn Merry

      Caitlyn Merry

      Business Development Officer

        Caitlyn works as Content Manager for the Raspberry Pi Foundation. She is completing a Masters degree in Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge, where her academic research focuses on community enterprise and gender empowerment. She has two bachelors degrees, having studied archaeology at the University of British Columbia, and law at SOAS. After completing her law degree, Caitlyn worked for human rights charities, and in the pro bono department of law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Her interest in education as a means of social change led her to complete the Teach First Program. She taught in an inner London secondary school for four years and was head of the secondary school computer science department.

        Ellen Davis-Walker

        Ellen Davis-Walker

        Chief Communications Officer

          Ellen is completing a PhD in French at the University of Edinburgh having completed her Ba and MPhil at the University of Cambridge. She is a freelance writer and translator, and has worked at several international film festivals in France, Italy and the UK. She has additional experience in simultaneous interpretation, and has previously worked as a legal researcher focusing on international and employment law in Francophone Africa. Her academic research focuses on colonial memory and transnational migration, and their impact on city spaces.

          Pauline Kiesow

          Pauline Kiesow

          Chief Operations Officer

            Pauline is completing a PhD in History at the University of Cambridge. She has previously worked at the British Embassy in The Hague and at the Amsterdam Economic Board, and has additional experience working in the non-for-profit sector. Pauline holds a Bachelor’s and two Master’s degrees in the respective fields of European Studies, International Relations, and History, and has a special interest in gender dynamics in international organisations. With her solid background in management and event planning, Pauline is responsible for the organisation and logistics involved with GenPol’s events and conferences.

            Francesca Di Nuzzo

            Francesca Di Nuzzo

            Chief Financial Officer

              Francesca is a consultant for the cultural sector with a background in environmental economics and statistics. She has worked on matters relating to gender, organised crime and environmental policy, and has experience working in the public sector and academia in Italy and the UK. She started reflecting on matters of gender during her time at female-only Newnham College (Cambridge University), where she obtained her Master's Degree.

              Our Board

              Prof Jennifer Howard-Grenville

              Prof Jennifer Howard-Grenville

              Non-Executive Director

                Dr Jennifer Howard-Grenville is Diageo Professor in Organisation Studies and Director of the PhD Programme at the Cambridge Judge Business School. An alumna of Queen’s University, Oxford and the MIT, she is recognised as a leading qualitative researcher with a focus on process theorising. Reflecting her interest in change around social and environmental issues, Jennifer's work contributes to an interdisciplinary scholarly conversation on how people work to transform their organisations, as well as the impact of business on the natural environment. Jennifer’s work has been published in the most prestigious management journals, and has received several awards. She also served as Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Journal, and as Editorial Review Board Member of the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and Organization & Environment.

                Lara Miller

                Lara Miller

                Non-Executive Director

                  Lara Miller is the co-founder and CEO of AmaElla, a Cambridge-based social venture specialised in premium sustainable and ethical lingerie and nightwear. Lara is Cambridge MBA with a marketing background in fast moving consumer goods and e-commerce. She has experience managing brands ranges from leading media campaigns to conducting market research and launching new products. Prior to founding AmaElla, Lara attended courses at the London University of the Arts with a focus on fashion design and the lingerie industry. A lover of natural spaces, she likes to spend time by the sea and at the countryside. Her concept of active lifestyle involves physical exercise, thought provoking conversations, and meditation.

                  Dr Neil Stott

                  Dr Neil Stott

                  Non-Executive Director

                    Dr Neil Stott is the Co-Director of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, the Director of Master of Studies in Social Innovation Programme and a Senior Faculty in Management Practice at the Cambridge Judge Business School. He was Chief Executive of Keystone Trust, one of the largest development trusts in the country delivering community development, social enterprises and property development, until April 2015. Neil is also a Senior Associate of Locality's consultancy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Place Management (SFIPM) and a Fellow of St. Edmund College. He is passionate about social innovation, organisational socialisation, and supporting social entrepreneurship and institutional change. He has widely published on these topics.

                    Our Advisors

                    Dr Jill Armstrong

                    Dr Jill Armstrong

                    Advisor

                      Jill's background is in advertising and communications strategy. Having worked for top companies in the industry, she went on to set up her own successful businesses market research companies. Jill is experienced in qual and quant research, especially in the field of consumer facing marketing strategy and innovation research. Her academic expertise is in gender equality at work with a focus on masculinity and femininity at work and unconscious bias.

                      Bill DeMarco

                      Bill DeMarco

                      Advisor

                        Professor J. William "Bill" DeMarco, Col, USAF (ret), serves as the Chair and Dean of Education Leadership Department, Professor of Leadership Studies Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) , and the interim Director of Air University’s Innovation and Leadership Institute, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. His Leadership and Command experiences include command at the squadron, group, and region level, as well as serving as ACSC’s 44th Commandant.
                        Bill is an adjunct professor with Auburn University in Leadership. He served as a National Security Affairs Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and is a fellow at The Judge Business School, Cambridge University (UK), as well as a senior associate with GiANT Worldwide leadership consulting. He also contributes as a leadership consultant for the National WWII Museum’s Corporate Leadership Academy in New Orleans, LA, and is the founder and CEO of the Mastermind Century Group, LLC.
                        A command pilot having qualified in five different weapons systems (C-23A, C-12F, C-141B, KC-10A, and the KC-135R), he holds three masters degrees and is a graduate of the USAF’s School of Advanced Air and Space Studies.

                        Mark Goodson

                        Mark Goodson

                        Advisor

                          Mark Goodson has been a business advisor with Cambridge Social Ventures (part of the University of Cambridge) since its inception in 2014. During this time he has worked with over 100 social ventures, supporting their growth and helping them make a positive impact in the world. Prior to this he spent over 30 years in technology, co-founding venture capital funded start-ups, taking on senior positions at companies such as Cambridge Silicon Radio and acting as a consultant to technology companies. He has founded a number of ventures, both commercial and social, and is also a post-graduate qualified coach and mentor

                          Our Research Associates

                          Sarah Awan

                          Sarah Awan

                          Research Associate

                            Sarah is a Manager in Digital at PwC, previously working for a Microsoft consultancy and IBM. As a tech-enthusiast and girls’ rights advocate, Sarah is particularly interested in the role of technology to advance the rights of women and young girls. As a current 30% Club Scholar at the University of Cambridge, Sarah is researching gender diversity within social innovation and how gender parity can be achieved across industries. Sarah has worked with multiple girls’ rights organisations including Plan International and Girl Rising and currently sits on the Board of Australian not-for-profit, CARAD, with the ambition of providing access to an equal education for young girls from vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds.

                            Venera Dimulescu

                            Venera Dimulescu

                            Research Associate

                              Venera is a freelance journalist and researcher based in Bucharest. She is completing her PhD in nihilism and contemporary feminist theory at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy. She is also writing about revenge porn and online social behaviour. She taught children in schools about online abuse and played several performance art pieces on gender inequality issues. She has a particular interest in gender relations in the digital world.

                              Carolina Feijao

                              Carolina Feijao

                              Research Associate

                                Carolina is a Journal Development Specialist for an Open Access Journal on food sustainability. She has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, where she focused on optimizing the conversion of crop waste material to biofuels. Previously, she spent some time in India researching the sustainability of reptile farming for her MSc degree from Imperial College London. Carolina has also worked with the UK Government on policies for implementing agri-environment schemes nationwide and has done consultancy work in a variety of projects. Coming from a scientific, policy and now publishing background, Carolina brings insights from a wide variety of experiences. These experiences have enriched her perspective on the role of gender in different contexts.

                                Dr Iole Fontana

                                Dr Iole Fontana

                                Research Associate

                                  Iole is a political scientist and a researcher at the University of Catania. She has a PhD in Institutions, Politics and Policies and has been a visiting researcher at the London School of Economics and at the Université Hassan II in Casablanca. She has worked as a research intern for the Delegation of the European Union in Tunisia and is specialized on EU politics and Euro-Mediterranean relations. Her first book has recently been published by Routledge. Her academic research currently focuses on migration, organized crime and migrant smuggling, asylum, development cooperation, EU external policies and (cyber-) security. She has a great interest in gender issues, policies and dynamics in the Euro-Mediterranean area.

                                  Nathalie Greenfield

                                  Nathalie Greenfield

                                  Research Associate

                                    Nathalie works in education in the not-for-profit sector, and will shortly be moving to a policy-based position in Brussels. She is particularly interested in women's advocacy and policy, and writes extensively on these topics, her work appearing in the Huffington Post amongst other publications. She also regularly collaborates with journalists across the mainstream media on topics relating to sexual violence. Nathalie holds an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a BA from the University of Warwick.

                                    Tobias Müller

                                    Tobias Müller

                                    Research Associate

                                      Tobias is a final year PhD candidate in Politics and International Relations at the University of Cambridge, and a research associate at the Cambridge Institute on Religion & International Studies (CIRIS). He is teaching 19th and 20th century political thought, including feminist theory. He has a strong research interest in intersectional analysis focusing on gender, class, race and religion. Tobias holds an MPhil in Politics and IR from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Study of Religion and Culture from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, where he has also previously worked as a Lecturer in Political Theory. Dedicated to champion inclusive access to world class education, he has been a board member of the free online learning platform Serlo.

                                      Antonia Sudkämper

                                      Antonia Sudkämper

                                      Research Associate

                                        Antonia is a social and organizational psychologist doing her doctoral research on men’s support for gender equality and masculinities at the University of Exeter. Antonia holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Behavioural Sciences from the University of Groningen, and has been a visiting researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Cambridge. In the past, she has been involved in organizing conferences, e.g. on the topic of women in STEM, and has contributed towards policy papers by the Cambridge Wilberforce Society. Currently, she is working for the Equal Opportunities Department of the European Union, and regularly speaks and publishes on the topic of gender equality (for an overview see www.antoniasudkaemper.com).

                                        Valentine Welter

                                        Valentine Welter

                                        Research Associate

                                          Valentine is currently based in Spain where she works for European-level volunteering service committed to providing support to people with autism and educating about autism. She was previously involved in advocating for the abolition of the prison system, having worked for the International Prison Observatory and the NGO Genepi. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and a Master's in Communication and Information Sciences. Her academic research is focused on the the cultural intervention in prison. She also volunteers for several feminist associations.

                                          Emmanuela Wroth

                                          Emmanuela Wroth

                                          Research Associate

                                            Emmanuela works in cultural tourism and has previously worked as a freelance translator and a research assistant. She holds a BA and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, where her research focused on gender and post-colonial theories. She has written on narratives of Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya and comparative female experiences of Catholic, fascist dicatorships in Italy and Spain and has presented papers at conferences such as WISPS and the King’s College lecture series. Emmanuela is on the committee of Wolf Whistled, a London-based feminist support group, and is also undertaking training as a volunteer on the National Rape Crisis helpline.

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