Our team is an incredible mosaic of women from all over the world and a hundred different professions but we all share one thing: a curiosity for the world of science.

Curious too? Hover over each team member's photo to learn more about what they love! Or click here to get to know our interns.

An engineer herself, Melissa loves the Big Bang TV show, so much so that she does a workshop based on it, one of the favourites of the girls! Melissa is a true science geek and doesn't mind who knows this! Her story is our story so check it out here!

Founder and Chairman
Brussels, Belgium

Melissa Rancourt, Chairman & Founder. Melissa is an engineer herself and loves the Big Bang TV show. So much so that she does a workshop based on it which has proved to be one of the favourites of the girls. Melissa is a true science geek and doesn't mind who knows this! 

Her story is our story so check it out here!

Our Board of Directors

Joyce loves all sciences related to plants, animals and planets and is addicted to... the Discovery Channel! Read more about Joyce's g4g Projects here.

Africa & Event Activities Chair
Kinshasa. DRC

Chandana loves technology and loves research!  She is our leader in gender equality.  Chandana brings passion to everything she does - and this is contagious for all of us. Read more about her work with g4g in India here! 

Asia & Gender Equity Chair
Bangalore, India

Sarah is the ultimate teacher.  She looks forward to our future work with teachers to bring fun new ideas into the classroom.  It isn't the surprising to know that Sarah loves to dive into the fun detail of the science experiments. Her work with g4g in the US here!

Sarah is the ultimate teacher.  She looks forward to our future work with teachers to bring fun new ideas into the classroom.  It isn't the surprising to know that Sarah loves to dive into the fun detail of the science experiments. Her work with g4g in the US here!

Americas & Education Chair
Bridgewater, MA, USA

Advisory Board and Project Managers

From global communications & event coordinating, she manages various g4g internal projects, creates science workshops, supervises our lovely young interns and ambassadors and loves to lead the DNA workshop across the globe! She loves all things science, but what really gets her going is studying the core of all living things... the molecules of life! Get in contact with here here!

International Project Manager
Brussels, Belgium

Having grown up wanting to be Indiana Jones, Alexaundra loves to find new ways to combine her passions for science, history, languages and world travel. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree and co-teaching an after school science program. 

Having grown up wanting to be Indiana Jones, Alexaundra loves to find new ways to combine her passions for science, history, languages and world travel. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree and co-teaching an after school science program. 

Project Coordinator
Brussels, Belgium

Aurelia is on our advisory board for corporate partnerships and is our diversity & inclusion expert, ! She’s piloted our‘g4g@work’ concept w/ Cisco, which we will use with other companies around the world! As a “world citizen” in Brussels, she loves kitchen science and watching "The IT Crowd"! She hopes to inspire the next generation of female STEM leaders around the world! All about her launch in Jordan here!

Global Cisco Contact, Project Manager
Brussels, Belgium

Kelly can tell you the best time of the year for star-gazing!  She is our resident Astrophysicist and we wouldn't be surprised at all if the number of scientists in Ouro Branco, Brazil triples due to Kelly's passion in sharing her knowledge about the stars.

Country Manager
Ouro Branco, Brazil

Andrea has been a teacher for 15 years. Her goal is to bring experiential learning into the classroom, whether it's math (her favourite), science or even making history come alive. When she's not teaching, Andrea loves to spend time traveling, kayaking, and cooking. Read up on a blog about her first event in NY here.

Project Manager
New York City, USA

Cate is passionate about nanotechnology and the physics of light, so much that her PhD project focuses on that. She enjoys spreading her passion for science and technology to others especially to girls! "You do not need to look like a nerd to be into science & tech" :-).

Project Manager
Dresden, Germany

Alexandra Georges-Picot is a g4g university ambassador and our Communications Queen here in Brussels HQ! She studies International Relations but all around, she is just really curious, eager to learn more about everything and an absolute sucker for Nat Geo!

Alexandra Georges-Picot is a g4g university ambassador and our Communications Queen here in Brussels HQ! She studies International Relations but all around, she is just really curious, eager to learn more about everything and an absolute sucker for Nat Geo!

Communications and Liaison Coordinator
Brussels, Belgium

Although her business field is in PR she is fascinated by science and wishes she could be a surgeon! Recently, she coordinates our new "g4g in the Museum" project in collaboration with the Herakleidon Museum!

Project Manager
Athens, Greece

 

Project Leaders & Coordinators

Maite is a Networking Engineer w/ Cisco focused on different Security Technologies for the last 9 years.  She enjoys sharing her knowledge and working with people. She believes education is the key for a better future. In her free time she loves travelling, learning and specially spending time with family and friends.

Maite is a Networking Engineer w/ Cisco focused on different Security Technologies for the last 9 years.  She enjoys sharing her knowledge and working with people. She believes education is the key for a better future. In her free time she loves travelling, learning and specially spending time with family and friends.

Point of Contact
Barcelona, Spain

Her passion for people & technology has driven her to lead many initiatives in Inclusion and Diversity, promoting STEM among young girls & empowering women in technical careers & is being recognised for manyawards for it! She is a proud mum of two kids and her favourite TV series? The Big Bang Theory!

Project  Coordinator
Barcelona, Spain

Dasha will be working to help launch Cisco events around the world. She graduated with a degree in management and finance from Boston University.  Dasha loves fashion and she is looking forward to experiencing the link between fashion and science.

Dasha will be working to help launch Cisco events around the world. She graduated with a degree in management and finance from Boston University.  Dasha loves fashion and she is looking forward to experiencing the link between fashion and science.

Project Coordinator and Cisco PC intern
Brussels, Belgium

Sonia is a teacher of Biology and Chemistry. Ever since the first g4g event at ISB in 2010, she has been an avid believer in what g4g stands for. In 2012, she organised the first g4g Day in Flanders, as well as g4g Day@Mol in hopes of encouraging more girls to pursue careers in STEM! She enjoys a good crime thriller book & loves genetics!

Sonia is a teacher of Biology and Chemistry. Ever since the first g4g event at ISB in 2010, she has been an avid believer in what g4g stands for. In 2012, she organised the first g4g Day in Flanders, as well as g4g Day@Mol in hopes of encouraging more girls to pursue careers in STEM! She enjoys a good crime thriller book & loves genetics!

Project Leader
Mol, Belgium

She is a Relationship Manager with the Global Engagement Team for Cisco Capital in San Jose, California, and Director of Global Operations for Goa Sudharop, a non-profit organization based in California. She represents Cisco’s commitment in g4g which brings about support and opportunities to young girls pursuing careers in STEM. 

Project Leader
Goa, India

She was born in a small farmers town in Spain and always loved to play with technology. She wants to show how fun working in technology can be and to make sure that everybody is given the same opportunity to choose their career. She was awarded European Digital Woman of the year in 2014.

Project Coordinator
Barcelona, Spain

Gwen is a PhD student at Imperial college, creating fabrication techniques for the electronics of the future. Starting as an electrical engineer she has a passion for understanding how everything in the world works and is keen to promote that STEM subjects should be accessible to all!

Project Coordinator
London, UK

Ria is an Electrical Engineer and works in the Transportation Industry designing new Light Rail Transit Systems in Oakland, California.  In her free time she enjoys traveling, yoga and cooking!

Project  Coordinator
Goa, India

Jess is a   PhD researcher in the Department of Physics and Centre for Plastic Electronics at Imperial College London. Jess spends her time in the lab printing flexible electronic circuits from conducting polymers, and all her time out of it telling school kids how great science is. Read about Jess’ science teaching!

Jess is a   PhD researcher in the Department of Physics and Centre for Plastic Electronics at Imperial College London. Jess spends her time in the lab printing flexible electronic circuits from conducting polymers, and all her time out of it telling school kids how great science is. Read about Jess’ science teaching!

Project Coordinator
London, UK

Roya is a communications engineer and a team leader at Estarta - Cisco TAC. She loves volunteering, especially when it comes to girls' futures! As a kid, she was AMAZED at how they could make science experiments just from a home kitchen! Since then she's been highly attached to everyday science and engineering.

Roya is a communications engineer and a team leader at Estarta - Cisco TAC. She loves volunteering, especially when it comes to girls' futures! As a kid, she was AMAZED at how they could make science experiments just from a home kitchen! Since then she's been highly attached to everyday science and engineering.

Project Coordinator
Amman, Jordan

Rana is an Industrial Engineer. Her passion for Science, Technology and Engineering is ever-growing and for more than six years now she has focused it in the field of Engineering Management. She is in love with Mathematics and Engineering, so much so that she is fond of creating graphs & analyses on Excel!

Rana is an Industrial Engineer. Her passion for Science, Technology and Engineering is ever-growing and for more than six years now she has focused it in the field of Engineering Management. She is in love with Mathematics and Engineering, so much so that she is fond of creating graphs & analyses on Excel!

Project Coordinator
Amman, Jordan

She is a computer engineer and now a Senior engineer at Estarta-Cisco TAC. She loves being around young people, and enjoy volunteer work, especially discovering the strength in young people. She enjoys working in the networking field, considering network issues a puzzle needing to be solved.

She is a computer engineer and now a Senior engineer at Estarta-Cisco TAC. She loves being around young people, and enjoy volunteer work, especially discovering the strength in young people. She enjoys working in the networking field, considering network issues a puzzle needing to be solved.

Project Coordinator
Amman, Jordan

Ewa works as Network Consulting Engineer. She loves math, networking and working with people. In her free time she travels with a photo camera, and enjoys a good game of volleyball!

Ewa works as Network Consulting Engineer. She loves math, networking and working with people. In her free time she travels with a photo camera, and enjoys a good game of volleyball!

Project Coordinator
Krakow, Poland

Gosia is part of the Krakow g4g team as Project Coordinator. She works at Cisco as a Security Customer Support Engineer. She plays computer games, always smiles, and loves ice cream.

Gosia is part of the Krakow g4g team as Project Coordinator. She works at Cisco as a Security Customer Support Engineer. She plays computer games, always smiles, and loves ice cream.

Project Coordinator
Krakow, Poland

Ola is one of the Project Coordinators for g4g in Krakow, Poland.  She has been a Cisco TAC Engineer for 3 years. She is passionate about new technologies and enjoys sharing her knowledge to promote science especially with young female students.

Project Coordinator
Krakow, Poland

Karolina has joined Cisco in 2014 as a Data Specialist in payroll team, now working as a combination of Continuous Improvement specialist and Business Analyst. She has maths background so naturally she likes numbers and analytics. Personally a mum of a girl and an equal rights believer. Plays flute and sings in Cisco choir. 

Karolina has joined Cisco in 2014 as a Data Specialist in payroll team, now working as a combination of Continuous Improvement specialist and Business Analyst. She has maths background so naturally she likes numbers and analytics. Personally a mum of a girl and an equal rights believer. Plays flute and sings in Cisco choir. 

Project Coordinator
Krakow, Poland

Anna joined Cisco in October 2013 as a BI Analyst in GBS BI team and loves creating stories based on the numbers provided :). She likes challenges, process improvements and project management. In her free time, she loves cooking, travelling and meeting with people.

Anna joined Cisco in October 2013 as a BI Analyst in GBS BI team and loves creating stories based on the numbers provided :). She likes challenges, process improvements and project management. In her free time, she loves cooking, travelling and meeting with people.

Project Coordinator
Krakow, Poland

As a long-term volunteer, Hasnae is always looking for more ways to get involved! She is coordinating all our activities in Morrocco and will lead us the the first ever g4g Day there. She is based in Brussels and regularly volunteers to help at events and run projects! 

Country Ambassador
Dresden, Germany

Nevena was our global coordinator in Brussels. She enjoys finding the fun in our everyday work and inspiring girls to find this as well!  She loves telling people that Albert Einstein signed her lab coat at her very first greenlight for girls event.... and he really did!

Nevena was our global coordinator in Brussels. She enjoys finding the fun in our everyday work and inspiring girls to find this as well!  She loves telling people that Albert Einstein signed her lab coat at her very first greenlight for girls event.... and he really did!

Mariana Garabini loves mathematics!  She really does!  Her enthusiasm in finding the fun in math is now shared by all her students at university and at greenlight for girls events.

Mariana Garabini loves mathematics!  She really does!  Her enthusiasm in finding the fun in math is now shared by all her students at university and at greenlight for girls events.

Ana is an Agrobiologist and shows our greenlight girls and her university students about the importance of Chemistry and Biology of the plant and harvesting world!

Ana is an Agrobiologist and shows our greenlight girls and her university students about the importance of Chemistry and Biology of the plant and harvesting world!

Melissa Cieto attends Bridgewater State University where she is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She loves meeting future scientists everyday as she encourages her students to explore the STEM fields. 

Melissa Cieto attends Bridgewater State University where she is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She loves meeting future scientists everyday as she encourages her students to explore the STEM fields. 

Elisangela is the person we go to for learning about Physics.  She brings her knowledge of how physics is a part of our everyday life right into her university classroom.

Elisangela is the person we go to for learning about Physics.  She brings her knowledge of how physics is a part of our everyday life right into her university classroom.

Elena is Italian and lives in Munich. She teaches science there in the European school. She's known about us since g4g Day@Brussels 2013 and she's been a fan since day 1! She 's going to look into getting g4g to come to Germany!

Elena is Italian and lives in Munich. She teaches science there in the European school. She's known about us since g4g Day@Brussels 2013 and she's been a fan since day 1! She 's going to look into getting g4g to come to Germany!