The primary purpose of the Advisory Board is to monitor the work of Momentum Novum and make recommendations on how the organisation can improve. Further, the Advisory Board constitutes a valuable source of expertise and experience that supplement our work.
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Currently, our Advisory Board consists of the following distinguished members:
Dr. Nicole Aeschbach (née Vollweiler) is a lecturer at the Institute of Geography at Heidelberg University. After having served as executive manager of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) from 2011 to 2017, she worked as coordinator at the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich / Switzerland from April to December 2017. In research and teaching, Nicole focuses on climate and paleoclimate research, interdisciplinary human-environment research, transdisciplinary sustainability research and environmental ethics. She gives lectures, seminars and workshops at University and also for schools and the public, and is involved in activities in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). In the field of science management, Nicole has many years of experience in coordination and PR.
Matthew Duhan leads the energy practice at Global Counsel, a public policy advisory firm based in London, Brussels and Singapore. Matthew leads teams advising clients on understanding the impact of changing EU and UK energy and climate change policy and regulation on their businesses. He has worked with clients across the energy sector, from oil and gas majors to renewables investors, with a particular focus on how they understand and navigate the policy challenges of the transition to a low carbon energy system. Matthew is a regular author of insight, analysis and thought leadership, both on behalf of clients and in his own name.
Johannes is the founder and managing director of Foresight Intelligence. He is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, teaching in its new global risk programme. Johannes is a non-resident fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, Germany. He was a PhD student with the Daimler AG’s internal futures research division and wrote his thesis about the philosophy of science of future studies. He has more than ten years of working experience in the field of strategic foresight.
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Harnisch is a professor of international relations and foreign policy at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Heidelberg. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) and a spokesperson of the Foreign and Security Policy group within the German Association for Political Science (DVPW). His main research areas include German and American foreign and security policy, international relations theories, foreign policy of the People’s Republic of China, the Korean peninsula, cybersecurity, and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. He has taught at Trier University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, and Al-Farabi National Kazakh University, Almaty, and was a Research Fellow at Columbia University in New York, Yonsei University in Seoul, and the Japan Center for International Exchange in Tokyo.
Jordan Kassalow is the Founder of VisionSpring, a high-impact social enterprise that expands access to eyewear by selling radically affordable, durable, attractive glasses into emerging and frontier markets. Jordan is also the co-Founder of the EYElliance, a coalition of multi-sector experts including public, private, academic, and NGO partners. EYElliance functions as a leader, convener, and coordinator to channel collective efforts and bring clarity and clear action to address the global unmet need for eyeglasses. Jordan also founded Scojo New York and the Global Health Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to his position at the Council, he served as Director of the River Blindness Division at Helen Keller International. Jordan is a fellow of Draper Richards Kaplan, Skoll, Ashoka, and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He was named one of Schwab Foundation’s 2012 Social Entrepreneurs, was the inaugural winner of the John P. McNulty Prize, and was recognized in Forbes Impact 30. VisionSpring has been internationally recognized by the Skoll Foundation, the Aspen Institute, and the World Bank; is a three-time winner of Fast-Company’s Social Capitalist Award; and a winner of Duke University’s Enterprising Social Innovation Award. Additionally, Jordan is a partner at Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick & Associates, a leading contact lens and laser specialty practice in Manhattan. Jordan earned a Doctor of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry (NECO), received an Honorary Doctor of Human Letters from NECO in 2016, and a Fellowship in Preventive Ophthalmology and Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins.
Carlos Montúfar is an Ecuadorian physicist devoted to education throughout his whole life. He studied undergraduate and graduate programs in the University of Notre Dame where he earned his Ph.D. in Physics. Carlos is a Liberal Arts firm believer and was one of the founders of Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ, the top university in Ecuador after just 30 years of foundation. In 1995, Carlos was also one of the founders of Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito (Elementary, Middle and High School) recognized as one of the best in the city. The school has over 1,600 students and owns the AdvancEd accreditation, one of the most important in the world. Recently, a new campus in Guayaquil was opened with overwhelming acceptance. The success of these institutions lays over the quality of their teachers, its curriculum based in Liberal Arts and the foundational principles of “Goodness, Beauty and Truth.” Carlos strongly believes that education is essential for development and transcendental for the future of a country. Particularly, he considers that education in science and technology is the only way in which a country can move into the future.
Prof. Dr. Jale Tosun is a professor of political science and the managing director of the Institute of Political Science at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. After studying political and administrative science in Konstanz and Pavia, she completed her PhD at the University of Konstanz on the topic of transformative change of environmental policy in Latin America and Eastern Europe. Jale was a Research Fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research before arriving at Heidelberg in October 2013 as an assistant professor of international and comparative political economy. She has been a professor of political science since March 2015. Her teaching and research focus mainly on the comparative study of regulation in the areas of environment, energy, and climate change, as well as on distributive conflicts within the European Union and the influence of the European Union on regulatory measures in third-party states. She is an External Fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, a Fellow at the Marsilius Kolleg at the University of Heidelberg, and a Deputy Director of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE).
Dr. Sanam Vardag currently serves as the executive manager of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE), where she focuses on coordinating and strengthening interdisciplinary environmental sciences at the University of Heidelberg. Her academic background is in environmental physics; she has engaged in measuring and modelling of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and designing an international measurement network. As part of her work at HCE, as well as through voluntary commitments, Sanam has coordinated and initiated projects, campaigns, and lessons on human rights, sustainable development, climate change, and the carbon cycle. In 2017, Sanam was awarded the environmental prize of the Sigrid and Viktor Dulger Foundation.