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 and 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: biology, zoology, astronomy, cosmology, chemistry 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 the field of 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 and how they work. 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!
Juliana Mitrevski is our Project manager in Denmark. She is an Australian teacher living in Denmark and LOVES so many things, science, gender issues, organizing events and especially a challenge!
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.
Jelena Lucin is our Project Manager in the Brussels HQ. From astronomy to animals, she loves all things science, but what really gets her going is studying the core of all living things... molecules of life! She is also our part-time juicing master over here at the HQ. Among other adventures of summer 2014, she will be organizing "g4g on the air" with RadioX!
Marzia is our Italy Ambassador! She has been our first Italian intern that joined the g4g team during her Master Degree.
She was involved in different projects and she helped us to organize our first event in Sondrio (Italy).
She really enjoyed her period at g4g and she hopes in a future g4g event in her beautiful city.......Naples!
Milena Amvrazi-Diamantopoulou is the Project Coordinator 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!
Hasnae has been a volunteer for greenlight for girls for a year now and she is always looking to get more involved. She is our new Morocco leader and will be in charge of coordinating all our activities in Morocco. She is also based in Brussels and regularly volunteers to help at events and run projects!
Aurelia Takacs is the Project Leader for G4G in Amman, Jordan! Truly a “world citizen” currently based out of Brussels, and when she's not working for Cisco, she loves to play science in the kitchen while watching "The IT Crowd" show! Aurelia has had the pleasure to be working in Jordan the last year and half and is looking forward to inspiring, empowering and encouraging girls there to think “outside of the box” and consider STEM subjects as their studies and possible future career paths!
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!
Ro'ya Hatamleh is one of our Project Coordinators for G4G Jordan. She is a communications engineer and now a team leader at Estarta - Cisco TAC. She loves volunteering, and when it involves inspiring girls for the best future, it becomes an amazing mix of motivation! When she was a kid, she was simply AMAZED at how they could make science experiments with outstanding results just from a home kitchen! Since then she's been highly attached to everyday science and engineering.
Wasan Talhouni is one of our Project Coordinators for G4G Jordan. She manages a team of 22 at Estarta solutions, which happens to be all females! She loves to tell people that she is magnetized and so attracted to her refrigerator! She is excited to have a positive impact on young ladies in schools by introducing them to local key people and success stories, making them believe that they, too can study STEM subjects!
As leader of the greenlight for girls Detroit Chapter, Bridget used her tenacity and determination to established the first greenlight for girls 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!
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 is math, science or even making history come alive. But what she truly loves to teach is Math and would do so all day 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.
Alexandra Georges-Picot is our new intern for the summer 2014. She is our Communications Queen here in Brussels HQ. She is about to study International Relations but all around, she is just really curious, eager to learn more about everything and an absolute sucker for Nat Geo!
Smita is our first intern of 2014! The issues of women’s equality and education are close to home for her both as a woman, someone of indian heritage, and as a graduating university student.
Nevena Kostic is 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@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,
Mariana Alencar has joined g4g as a training program during her Masters degree and is originally from Brazil! She brings the Rio carnival into the g4g head quarters and is great with all our Brazil communication.
Leonie Goettsch is one of our two new ladies joining the team as a training program during her Masters Degree. She is crazy about experiments and snow too!
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
Myrto is a student in Greece. She really loves Math and Physics, and she cannot wait until next year to start her Engineering degree! She is joining the team as our very first g4g global science tutor!
Siqi Huang is one of our newest interns! She loves volunteering and she is excited about this opportunity to work with g4g. She will be helping to plan a fundraising event in Brussels.
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.
Soundharya is also not new to greenlight for girls! She led the Global scholarships project in 2012 and helped us get 4 girls in India to University! She is back on the board for the next set of girls and will lead the project!