Our Board of Directors
Melissa Rancourt, Chairman and 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!
Joyce Lualaba is part of the Board of Directors and the Africa & Event Activities Chair. She is based in Kinshasa! Joyce believes in project management as a way of being successful in business and life. She loves all sciences related to plants, animals and planets and is addicted to... the Discovery Channel! Read more about Joyce's g4g Projects here.
Sarah Thomas is part of the Board of Directors and the Americas & Education Chair. She is the ultimate teacher. She works in International Education and 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 learn -- and she loves to dive into the fun detail of the science experiments. Her work with g4g in the US here!
Chandana Bhattacharya is part of the Board of Directors, and the Asia & Gender Equity Chair. She loves technology and loves research! She is our leader in gender equality and we all learn so much from her. 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!
Advisory Board & Project Managers
Aurelia Takacs is on our advisory board for corporate partnerships and is our diversity & inclusion expert, global Cisco contact, AND Project Manager for g4g in Amman & Krakow! 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 girls to think “outside of the box” and study and pursue careers in STEM. All about her launch in Jordan here!
Jelena Lucin is our Project Manager & Science Advisor in Brussels HQ. From global communications & event coordinating, she manages various g4g internal projects, supervises our lovely young interns and ambassadors and loves to lead the DNA workshop across the globe! From astronomy to animals, 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!
Kelly Torres is our Country Manager for Brazil. She 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.
Milena Amvrazi-Diamantopoulou is the Project Manager for our upcoming event in Athens, Greece. She is a PR wiz woman who is fascinated by science and wishes she could also be a surgeon!
Andrea is our Project Manager in New York! She has been a teacher for 15 years. Her goal is to bring experiential learning into the classroom, whether it's math, science or even making history come alive. But she would teach Math all day long if she could! 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.
Juliana Mitrevski is our Project Manager in Denmark. She is an Australian teacher living in Denmark and LOVES so many things from science to tackling gender issues, organizing events and especially a good challenge!
As a long-term volunteer, Hasnae is always looking for more ways to get involved! She is our Project Manager in Morocco, coordinating all our activities there. She is based in Brussels and regularly volunteers to help at events and run projects!
Jess is one of our Project Leaders for g4g Day@London! She 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!
Ro'ya Hatamleh is one of our Project Coordinators for g4g Jordan. She 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.
Rana Itani, one of our Project Coordinators for g4g Jordan, 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!
Rania Halabi is one of our Project Coordinators for g4g 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.
Ewa Zuba is one of our Project Coordinator for g4g in Krakow, Poland. 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!
Malgorzata Kozubska 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.
One of our project coordinators for g4g in Krakow, Agnieszka Czypionka-Grzesiak has been working at Cisco’s IT department for over 3 years as an analyst and a project manager. Her passions include user centric design, human-computer interaction and travelling. She hopes to inspire young women that working in IT is full of passion and creativeness!
Aleksandra Kaczmarek 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.
One of our project coordinators for g4g in Krakow, Anna Toporkiewicz 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.
Nevena Kostic 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!
Elena is our Germany Ambassador! She 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!
Ana Paula Urzedo 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!
Melanie attends the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth where she is pursuing her bachelor of science in medical laboratory science and biotechnology. She loves reading about women scientists and is a self-proclaimed chemistry geek, crocheting the periodic table of elements into blanket to pass time after breaking her leg.
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.
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.
As leader of the g4g Detroit Chapter, Bridget used her tenacity and determination to establish our first chapter in the United States. Working with a group of dedicated volunteers, the Detroit chapter serves girls who are interested in the STEM fields. The group meets once a month and they continue to grow each month. Thanks for being persistent, Bridget—we are lucky to have you!