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

Headquarter team

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

 When she is not posting/youtubing/instagraming or hashtaging, Marie is usually in front of her sewing machine. Or learning how to do aerial hoop. Or taking a webinar on cyber security! She visited 20 countries in the world so far and doesn't plan to stop before she saw them all. An ecofriendly advocate she firmly believes that the children will be the ones to save our planet and she can't wait to see them succeed.

When she is not posting/youtubing/instagraming or hashtaging, Marie is usually in front of her sewing machine. Or learning how to do aerial hoop. Or taking a webinar on cyber security! She visited 20 countries in the world so far and doesn't plan to stop before she saw them all. An ecofriendly advocate she firmly believes that the children will be the ones to save our planet and she can't wait to see them succeed.

Communication & Event Coordinator                 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 has a Master's degree in European Studies, co-taught an after school science program at ISB, and currently loves being a member of the g4g headquarter team!

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 has a Master's degree in European Studies, co-taught an after school science program at ISB, and currently loves being a member of the g4g headquarter team!

Operations Manager
Brussels, Belgium                     

 Déborah is a Master student in Communications at the VUB. She loves to travel and explore new cultures. She’s passionate about music, especially singing. There are so many things she still wants to learn in her life, from learning a few more languages, to learning to play a few more instruments, to learning to code. Luckily at G4g, she is learning lots of new things.

Déborah is a Master student in Communications at the VUB. She loves to travel and explore new cultures. She’s passionate about music, especially singing. There are so many things she still wants to learn in her life, from learning a few more languages, to learning to play a few more instruments, to learning to code. Luckily at G4g, she is learning lots of new things.

Project Coordinator
Brussels, Belgium

 Lucy Reynaud is an Aussie expat married to a fabulous Frenchman and has 3 young children who were each born in different countries. She’s an all or nothing girl, therefore most likely to be found either out training for a half marathon… or lazing around reading her third book this week. She is a Gemmologist and Diamond Grader by profession, a total nerd, and likes to think of herself as a semi-professional dumpling & massage tester too.

Lucy Reynaud is an Aussie expat married to a fabulous Frenchman and has 3 young children who were each born in different countries. She’s an all or nothing girl, therefore most likely to be found either out training for a half marathon… or lazing around reading her third book this week. She is a Gemmologist and Diamond Grader by profession, a total nerd, and likes to think of herself as a semi-professional dumpling & massage tester too.

HQ Coordinator       Brussels, Belgium                                                                 

 Combinin her love of technology, design and science, Nikki helps lead our g4g Makerspace in Brussels. Having two daughters of her own, Nikki is passionate about inspiring the next generation to look for innovative solutions to today’s most pressing problems. When not at the g4g Atelier, Nikki can be found teaching at the International School of Brussels, tinkering with her family at home or off-the-grid in her cabin in Canada.

Combinin her love of technology, design and science, Nikki helps lead our g4g Makerspace in Brussels. Having two daughters of her own, Nikki is passionate about inspiring the next generation to look for innovative solutions to today’s most pressing problems. When not at the g4g Atelier, Nikki can be found teaching at the International School of Brussels, tinkering with her family at home or off-the-grid in her cabin in Canada.

Makerspace Instructor, Brussels, Belgium

Global partners

 I have been working in SBD for 6,5 years. In the past year, I have been in the role of Talent Management Director - beside of overall strategic talent management, learning & development and talent acquisition, also in the lead of coordinating the strategic approach for GTS EANZ (Europe Australia & New Zealand) in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility, Diversity & Inclusion and Health & Wellbeing. I am officially certified as Coach, Internal Trainer and Internal Mentor – actively involved in developing and supporting our diverse talents and running programs related to among other things D&I. I am also actively involved in the corporate partnership with g4g and PWI and a strong supporter of empowering makers (our first CSR pillar) by engaging partnerships with educational institutions and organizations, like universities and g4g.

I have been working in SBD for 6,5 years. In the past year, I have been in the role of Talent Management Director - beside of overall strategic talent management, learning & development and talent acquisition, also in the lead of coordinating the strategic approach for GTS EANZ (Europe Australia & New Zealand) in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility, Diversity & Inclusion and Health & Wellbeing. I am officially certified as Coach, Internal Trainer and Internal Mentor – actively involved in developing and supporting our diverse talents and running programs related to among other things D&I. I am also actively involved in the corporate partnership with g4g and PWI and a strong supporter of empowering makers (our first CSR pillar) by engaging partnerships with educational institutions and organizations, like universities and g4g.

Global Stanley Black & Decker Contact         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

 In her work life, Rachel Owen is passionate about communicating the cool science behind a multinational company and how this translates into getting more girls inspired by STEM subjects. In her private life, she is an expert in juggling (metaphorically speaking!) two ‘lively’ young kids, a cheese and gin habit and a penchant for bad karaoke … usually on her own.

In her work life, Rachel Owen is passionate about communicating the cool science behind a multinational company and how this translates into getting more girls inspired by STEM subjects. In her private life, she is an expert in juggling (metaphorically speaking!) two ‘lively’ young kids, a cheese and gin habit and a penchant for bad karaoke … usually on her own.

Covestro Head of Communications
Frankfort, Germany

 I am truly passionate about our wonderful partnership with Greenlight for Girls and I love developing new fun events together!

I am truly passionate about our wonderful partnership with Greenlight for Girls and I love developing new fun events together!

AIG Corporate Citizenship and Events Manager
London, UK

Country representatives

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

 Maria took the lead initiating the global SBD partnership with greenlight for girls, as well as the advisory board. She is a D&I Champion, inspiring and connecting with the Women’s network and budget owners across the globe. She has almost 20 years of service at SBD covering several leadership roles, has been a key note speaker at Brussels Day in 2017 and Global Point of contact for 2 years. Through her leadership, our our collaboration has grown and continues to develop!

Maria took the lead initiating the global SBD partnership with greenlight for girls, as well as the advisory board. She is a D&I Champion, inspiring and connecting with the Women’s network and budget owners across the globe. She has almost 20 years of service at SBD covering several leadership roles, has been a key note speaker at Brussels Day in 2017 and Global Point of contact for 2 years. Through her leadership, our our collaboration has grown and continues to develop!

Project Manager, Brussels, Belgium

 Doom is a graduate of Chemistry and is currently working on pursuing a Masters in Medicinal Chemistry. Her passion for Science has led her to take up different volunteer jobs in teaching students Basic Science, especially those in less privileged communities.  She currently works as the Senior Programme Officer for the Women’s Right to Education Programme (WREP), a Non-Governmental, non-profit organization that works to promote Girl-Child Education and Women Empowerment in Nigeria. Doom believes in empowering Girls to become global leaders and she thinks one of the ways to achieve this is through Science and innovation. At her free time, she likes to watch movies, read, play games and hang out with friends.

Doom is a graduate of Chemistry and is currently working on pursuing a Masters in Medicinal Chemistry. Her passion for Science has led her to take up different volunteer jobs in teaching students Basic Science, especially those in less privileged communities.
She currently works as the Senior Programme Officer for the Women’s Right to Education Programme (WREP), a Non-Governmental, non-profit organization that works to promote Girl-Child Education and Women Empowerment in Nigeria.
Doom believes in empowering Girls to become global leaders and she thinks one of the ways to achieve this is through Science and innovation.
At her free time, she likes to watch movies, read, play games and hang out with friends.

Project Manager                   Abuja, Nigeria

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

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            

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!Although her business field is in PR she is fascinated by science and wishes she could be a surgeon! She coordinates all of our activities in Athens, including our g4g Day events and our new "g4g in the Museum" project!

Project Manager
Athens, Greece                       

 Michelle is our Project Leader in launching the first ever g4g event in Canberra, Australia! She has been a Software Engineer for the past 19 years, and a Girl Guide Leader with Girl Guides NSW & ACT for over 15 years. On the side, she has been involved in online businesses and system innovations, loves the adventurous outdoors and has a passion for STEM and for promoting skills and leadership in girls.

Michelle is our Project Leader in launching the first ever g4g event in Canberra, Australia! She has been a Software Engineer for the past 19 years, and a Girl Guide Leader with Girl Guides NSW & ACT for over 15 years. On the side, she has been involved in online businesses and system innovations, loves the adventurous outdoors and has a passion for STEM and for promoting skills and leadership in girls.

Project Manager       Canberra, Australia

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 and San Francisco

 Loredana is our Venezuelan numbers geek who is able to learn first someone’s phone number or date of birth than the actual name. She is also an avid traveller who loves to meet people from all around the globe because of her interest on how people could do simple daily life so different from one place to another…specially eating given her Italian family background! She was living in Brussels when g4g was getting started and always stayed around the organization to help in any possible way ( even just to cheer-up for the great success stories it has had). Even though her personal /career path did not guided her straight into Engineering or science studies as she would loved to, she has followed numbers and STEM path through Finance and Project Management within several multinationals in the Technology, Telecom and Engineering industries. Being a witness during her work life of the need for diversity initiatives including more girls into STEM subjects, and now mother of a little girl, she is currently supporting g4g her knowledge and passion for global projects and exposure to amazing people/girls from around the world.

Loredana is our Venezuelan numbers geek who is able to learn first someone’s phone number or date of birth than the actual name. She is also an avid traveller who loves to meet people from all around the globe because of her interest on how people could do simple daily life so different from one place to another…specially eating given her Italian family background! She was living in Brussels when g4g was getting started and always stayed around the organization to help in any possible way ( even just to cheer-up for the great success stories it has had). Even though her personal /career path did not guided her straight into Engineering or science studies as she would loved to, she has followed numbers and STEM path through Finance and Project Management within several multinationals in the Technology, Telecom and Engineering industries. Being a witness during her work life of the need for diversity initiatives including more girls into STEM subjects, and now mother of a little girl, she is currently supporting g4g her knowledge and passion for global projects and exposure to amazing people/girls from around the world.

Project Manager      Barcelona, Spain

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!

Project Manager         Tangiers, Morocco                  

 Priscila is a Brazilian recent graduate in Mechatronics Engineering. She helped organize the very first g4g event in Brazil in 2012 and since then, she's just been more and more engaged with the goal of getting girls in STEM. Now, love has brought her to Luxembourg and the passion to inspire girls & the g4g experience has just become greater. Beginning of 2018, she will be leading the planning to launch the first ever g4g day event in Luxembourg!

Priscila is a Brazilian recent graduate in Mechatronics Engineering. She helped organize the very first g4g event in Brazil in 2012 and since then, she's just been more and more engaged with the goal of getting girls in STEM. Now, love has brought her to Luxembourg and the passion to inspire girls & the g4g experience has just become greater. Beginning of 2018, she will be leading the planning to launch the first ever g4g day event in Luxembourg!

Project Manager  Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

 

Around the world

 Emma is a French and English law student at Leicester University who loves to advocate for women’s rights. She hopes to one day be at the head of the UN. When she isn’t reading textbooks, she loves to watch horror movies and eat Nutella, mostly at the same time!

Emma is a French and English law student at Leicester University who loves to advocate for women’s rights. She hopes to one day be at the head of the UN. When she isn’t reading textbooks, she loves to watch horror movies and eat Nutella, mostly at the same time!

Project Leader             Leicester, UK

 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

 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

 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!

Project Coordinator
Brazil

 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

 Jackie is one of our first official Ambassadors since fall of 2014 at Brussels HQ. At just 12 years old, she developed her first educational app called J's Flashcards. Jackie has lived and studied in the US, China, and Europe and speaks four languages fluently, including Mandarin Chinese! She is passionate about girls' education in STEM and in her spare time takes coding, physics and math courses.

Jackie is one of our first official Ambassadors since fall of 2014 at Brussels HQ. At just 12 years old, she developed her first educational app called J's Flashcards. Jackie has lived and studied in the US, China, and Europe and speaks four languages fluently, including Mandarin Chinese! She is passionate about girls' education in STEM and in her spare time takes coding, physics and math courses.

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

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

 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.

Project Coordinator      Bridgewater, MA, USA

 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

 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.

Project Coordinator
Brazil

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

 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

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

 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!

Project Manager
Dresden, Germany