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

A political scientist by training, Dr Lilia Giugni is a research fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests and advocacy work cover the promotion of gender equality across multiple organisational settings, the prevention of gender-based violence, and the gendered side of entrepreneurship, technology and crime.

A multi-disciplinary researcher, Lilia holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and has studied and worked in academia, policy and the third sector between Italy, France, the UK, the US and Vietnam. She regularly writes and delivers talks and keynote speeches on matters of gender and women’s rights, and she sits in the board of several charities, social enterprises and feminist networks. These include the Italian charity and e-magazine F Come and the social justice network Rebel Network.

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.

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

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.

      Jessica Rose

      Non-Executive Director

        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.

                Giorgia Carofiglio

                Giorgia Carofiglio

                Communication Intern

                  Giorgia is currently based in London, where she is a Master’s student in Legal and Political Theory at UCL. After earning her degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from LUISS (Rome), she worked for some time in a literary agency in Milan. Her research currently focuses on the relationship between art and structural injustice within the context of gender inequalities. She also has a keen interest in bioethics and global justice.

                  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.

                          Jushya Kumar

                          Jushya Kumar

                          Research Intern

                            Jushya recently graduated from SOAS, University of London, with a Masters degree in Globalisation and Development. She also also holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology from Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi. She identifies as feminist and her professional interest lies in working in the field of gender and development. She has previously worked on various women-centred development projects - including a university research project on violence against women; a UNFPA project on child marriage and adolescent pregnancy; and an awareness campaign on menstrual hygiene in rural areas. She also extensively researched gender-based violence and women's empowerment for her Masters thesis: 'Aiding and abetting violence against women: A comparative analysis of Modi's India and Trump's America'.

                            James Mc Cann

                            James Mc Cann

                            Research Associate

                              James works in education as a language teacher. He has been a volunteer with the GREAT initiative since 2016, running workshops for boys on masculinity, mental health, homophobia, violence and pornography. His main interest is in social justice and he is in the process of starting an organisation that will encourage men to engage with feminist issues in the workplace.

                              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.

                                Mariana Plaza

                                Mariana Plaza

                                Research Intern

                                  Mariana is a Politics, Philosophy and Law Student at King’s College London and a passionate feminist. Her international background - originating from both Colombia and Spain and having grown up in the Netherlands - has made her interested in the global feminist movement; particularly the transformative ways in which patriarchy operates across different societal contexts. At the core of her interest lies the ways in which law can be used to advance women's rights. Furthermore, she is President of the Women & Politics Society at her university, where she is working to provide a platform that increases the participation and leadership of women in politics.

                                  Stella Rhode

                                  Stella Rhode

                                  Research Intern

                                    Stella is a third year philosophy undergraduate at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. She is currently writing her dissertation on sexual consent and power, and has particular interests in digital gender based violence and epistemic injustice. She is also the President of her college’s feminist society, which runs weekly discussion groups.

                                    Lily Rosengard

                                    Lily Rosengard

                                    Business Development Officer

                                      Lily is a philosophy and religion graduate, interested in the crossovers between gender studies and religious studies. She is also interested in the intersections of gender, race, sexuality and mental health. Lily was Trinity Hall Women’s Officer 2015-16. She has run and been a part of liberation campaigns within Cambridge University as well as nationally, the latter including the #passiton campaign, and It’s Not Justice which gives a voice to those who have been mistreated by the justice system.

                                      Emma Snell

                                      Emma Snell

                                      Communication Intern

                                        Emma recently graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Philosophy. Her dissertation focused on the emancipatory potential of ethical pornography, where she defended the view that certain types of pornography are able to alter sexual scripts and create new sexual ideologies that give women greater sexual parity with men. She is particularly interested in sexual politics and the rights of sex workers and is set to continue her work in this area by embarking on a 6-month placement with ethical pornographer Erika Lust. She is also passionate about promoting equality for marginalized communities and has spent time working for Standing Voice, an NGO that tackles the social exclusion of people with albinism in East Africa. She also volunteers for Action Tutoring, a UK based charity which supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds in achieving greater academic success, helping them to progress to further education, employment or training, with the ultimate aim of closing the attainment gap between the most and least privileged in society.

                                        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).

                                          Ciara Taylor

                                          Ciara Taylor

                                          Communication Intern

                                            Ciara recently graduated from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, with an undergraduate degree in philosophy, defending a dissertation on 'Feminist Practice and the Concept of Woman: Towards a Trans-Inclusive Concept of Woman within Feminism'. During her time as Trinity Hall’s Women's Officer, she campaigned for better support for survivors of sexual harassment, led consent workshops. She is very passionate about women's engagement in sport, in particular football, and sees it as important to challenge this male dominated space.

                                            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.

                                                Anna Yakovleva

                                                Anna Yakovleva

                                                Communication intern

                                                  After graduating with a degree in Biochemistry from King’s College London, Anna joined the Calicivirus Group at the University of Cambridge as a PhD student. Her research aims to develop thermostable vaccines, which hold the potential to lower vaccine associated costs, and in turn, increase access to vaccination programs around the world. In her spare time away from the lab, Anna is also involved with the student-led global health think tank Polygeia as the Cambridge Branch President. She is dedicated to tackling global health inequalities through laboratory, field and policy work, with a specific focus on gender inequalities. Previously, she has led a team of student researchers in a project addressing the future of UK surrogacy laws.

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