Mentors for the Young SDG Innovators Programme

As a part of the Young SDG Innovators Programme, young professionals that participate in the programme gain access to Mentors with expert experience on business innovation and sustainability.

Check out some of our Mentors for the programme.

Meet the Mentors

Global Compact Network Bangladesh Mentors

Vaibhav Garg
Director - Talent & Culture, AccorHotels

Postgraduate in Human Resource Management and Six Sigma certified from Motorola University, Singapore. Advisory Board Member at Cornell Institute of Healthy Futures, New York. Advisor at Harvard Business Review Advisory Council. Responsible for driving Human Resources, Learning & Development and CSR Initiatives at Movenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives. Part of the 101 Top Global HR Minds in the Hotel Industry by the World HRD Congress in 2019, and 50 Most Talented HR Leaders for 2018 by HR Maldives Association.

Rakib Avi
Senior Programme Manager, Social Innovation Lab, BRAC

Leads the Social Innovation Lab at BRAC, which is the knowledge and experimentation hub of the organization. Member of INGO Innovation Leads Network, committee member of Alliance for Digital Financial Innovation by Government of Bangladesh. Alumni of the UNLEASH Global Innovation Lab to develop solutions for the SDGs. Portfolio of projects includes financial services, digital tools for development, youth empowerment, and institutionalizing human-centred design principles.

Mohammed Zahidullah
Chief Sustainability Officer, DBL Group

23 years of experience in apparel, textiles, sporting goods, ceramic tableware, electronic industries. Portfolio of projects includes Partnership for Cleaner Textiles (PaCT) by IFC, Mothers@Work by UNICEF, Female Leadership Development Programme, and Sustainability programmes at DBL Group aligned with SDGs.

Abir Ahmed Chowdhury
Senior Technical Specialist, iDE (International Development Enterprises).

Development professional with a focus on inclusive markets such as agricultural mechanization and technology development, agricultural market development, women’s economic empowerment. Technical expertise includes market facilitation, private sector partnerships, access to finance, proposal development and communications.

Mamunur Rahman
Digital Specialist, BBC Media Action

15 years of experience in using digital tools for development such as educational game development on critical thinking, decision making, communication and negotiation for conflict resolution, GBC and gender inclusion situations. Social intervention programs on family planning, health, information for first-time mothers, Child marriage, GBC and sexual harassment. Other specialties include corporate brand management and consultancy, digital tools and product development, research and data analytics.

Global Compact Network Brazil Mentors

Ana Paula Carrecedo
Chief Risk & Compliance Officer at Votorantim

Marketing and Economics Bachelor's Degree from PUC-SP and Anhembi Morumbi University. Economics and Business Management MBA from FGV-SP.

Andre Gustavo de Oliveira
Head of Legal and Compliance Chief Officer of BASF South America

United Nations Global Compact Brazil Network President and co-chair of the B-20 Thematic Group on Anti-Corruption.

Jorge Soto
Sustainable Development Director at Braskem

Chemical Engineer Bachelor's Degree, MBA, Masters in Chemical Engineer & D.Sc. in Environmental Planning. Teacher at Masters Degree course on Sustainable Development.

Juliana Lopes
Sustainability, Communication and Compliance Director at Amaggi and Executive Director at André e Lucia Maggi Foundation

International Relations Bachelor's Degree, Social Responsibility and Third Sector MBE, Corporate Communication MBA, Leadership and Learning for Sustainability Extension, Certified as CCEP-I (Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional - International).

Leonardo Vitoriano
Product Manager Stabilizers and Functional Systems at Tate & Lyte

Chemical Engineer Bachelor's Degree, International Management of Resources and Environment MBA. More than 15 years of experience in Sales, Market and Business Development, Sustainability and Project Management.

Ligia Camargo
Head of Sustainability and Communications at Danone

Marketing and advertising Bachelors’ Degree, communications post grad, marketing strategy MBA, Sustainability Specialization by Cambridge University.

Luciana Villa Nova
Sustainability Manager at Natura

Pharmacy and Biochemistry and Business Administration Bachelor's Degree.

Luis Andre Soares
Territorial Integration Manager at Fundação Renova

Masters in Administration, Social Sciences Bachelor's Degree, Teacher and Researcher at Fundação Dom Cabral Sustainability Center.

Luiz Xavier
Sustainable Development Corporate Coordinator at Braskem

Electrical and Safety Engineer Bachelor's Degree, Chemical Business Management MBA and Sustainable Development Specialist.

Marcia Massotti
Head of Sustainability at Enel

Economics Bachelor's Degree, Master’s in Economics with a major in Finance from IBMEC-RJ, as well as three postgraduate degrees: Marketing, from IAG-PUC-RJ; Telecommunications Management, from Dom Cabral Foundation; and Entrepreneurship, from ESPM.

Paulo Do Amaral Boneff
Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Gerdau

Business Administration Bachelor's Degree, Global Business, International Marketing, Negotiation e Globalization Specialization.

Rafael Campolina
Employee Experience Coordinator at Natura

Public Administration Bachelor's Degree at UNESP and exchange at UNCUYO-Arg. 3 years at Natura doing unique things, he believes in multidisciplinary and he’s a design and photo enthusiast.

Ricardo Siqueira
Associated Dean for Sustainability & Social Projects at Fundação Dom Cabral

Communication Bachelor's Degree from FAAP and Business Administration UNA, MBA from FDC / University of British Columbia, post-MBA from FDC / Kellogg, Corporate Sustainability Management from FDC and Advanced Management from FDC / Insead.

Rodolfo Sirol
Institutional Affairs and Sustainability Director at CPFL

Oceanography Bachelor's Degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande Foundation, master and doctorate in Zootechnics from the Federal University of Viçosa.

Thiago Augusto Terada
CEO at Aegea

International Relations Bachelor's Degree. Master in Business Management, Global Business and Sustainability MBA from IAG-PUC-RJ;


Global Compact Network Lebanon Mentors

Sarah Abdallah
Founder & CEO at LIBRO, Lecturer at University Saint Joseph (USJ)

Sarah has six years of experience in the technical consultancy sector and four years of volunteering experience with more than six social organizations working on women and youth issues. Sarah was selected as a youth leader by the Swedish institute of Alexandria in 2016.

Krystel Khalil
Programs Director, Berytech

With more than 13 years’ experience in the field of communication, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and innovation, Krystel has developed an extensive experience in communication and outreach, business development, program development and implementation.

Imad Abou Khalil
Corporate Trainer and Public Speaker

Imad has trained thousands of people in Canada and the MENA region. In Lebanon, Imad was a trainer or a public speaker at many highly recognized organizations like ABC, AUBMC, MAZDA, Phoenicia Hotel, Doctors without Borders, HOLDAL, Lebanese Red Cross, Antonine University, UNRWA, Order of Engineers, and Caritas.

Mona Itani
Founder of Riyada for Social Innovation, GCNL Ambassador

Mona is a published author on entrepreneurship, women, ethics, and engineering education. Mona is a social entrepreneur, change agent, and academic of a computer and communications engineering background. Mona’s entrepreneurial work leverages on partnerships such as ones with UNDP YLP and PeaceTech Lab.

Rami Farran
Director, Academic IT, American University of Beirut (AUB)

Rami holds an Executive Masters degree with a computer and communications engineering undergraduate background. Rami has extensive experience in eLearning and Student Learning Experience Design, in addition to extensive experience in Software Design, Architecture and Implementation.

Gilbert Tegho
Ecopreneur, CEO of e-ecosolutions

Gilbert is a Sustainability Consultant and a Green Building Expert who was the first to achieve the LEED Green Associate Certification in Canada. Gilbert was selected among 1000 persons worldwide to join the Climate Reality Leadership Corps at a personal training with Al Gore. Gilbert is an active green-minded professional, speaker and member of many governmental technical sustainability committees.

Aseel Honein
Serial Entrepreneur

Aseel is an Architect and the founding Managing Partner of Val de Fii sustainable real estate development company based in Lebanon. Aseel also teaches part time since 2011 several topics in Architecture and Business School, which cultivated her leadership skills and triggered her interest in persistently seeking creating opportunities to expand the role of young graduates and women in STEAM fields.

Global Compact Network Turkey Mentors

Arda Eren
Co-Founder & CTO, Whole Surplus

ÖSS Scholarship recipientComputer Science Bachelor’s Degree and Intelligent Systems Engineering Master’s Degree obtained at Istanbul Bilgi University. Experienced in Tech and Software Development Projects

Atilla Erel
Co-founder, Workinlot

Graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering, Atilla obtained a MBA from Quinlan School of Business. Skilled in startup development, and experienced in brand and construction management.

Ayse Sabuncu
Co-Founder, Impact Hub Istanbul

Graduated from NYU Stern School of Business specializing in Social Impact and Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. Designed the NYU Impact Investing Fund and was a Kiva Fellow in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Baran Korkut
Chief Producer, Workinlot

BA in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and an MBA from University at Buffalo. Experience working in management and strategy consulting. Turkey partner of Business Models Inc., designed his own consultancy practice “Betakorp”, now chief producer at Workinlot.

Ayse Damla Iseri
Founder & President of Executive Board, Dem Dernek

Social entrepreneur, Founder and President Executive Board. Experience as a News Reporter and in Social Project Management, graduated with a Master’s degree inSocial Projects and NGO Management from Istanbul Bigli University.

Dogan Celik
Founder, Innovation for Development

Disaster and Humanitarian Relief, Civil Rights and Social Action volunteering experiences. BA in Political Science and Government from the Istanbul Bigli University. M.Phil Public Administration from University of Bergen. Sustainability research and consultancy experiences.

Duygu Vatan
Co-founder, Joon

Expertise in Human Centred Design and as an Illustrator. MA in Industrial and Product Design from Middle East Technical University, focusing on design for rural development and Smart Village Project

Eray Erdogan
Co-founder, Reflect Studio

Hult Prize Dubai Regional Finalist. BA in Business Administration specializing in Entrepreneurship from Robert College. Program Coordinator at Koç University, Fellow at Türkiye Girişimcilik Vakf, experienced in business development focusing on social impact.

Meric Bicakcioglu
Instructor, Ozyegin University, Operating Advisor, Technolera

Instructor with experience at the Istanbul Chamber of Industry and Istanbul Kemerburgaz University. MBA Business Administration and Management focusing on Knowledge Management, Organization Design and Change. Phd in Organization Studies-Entrepreneurship.

Rana Babac Celebi
Aromatherapist & Veterinary Technician

Clinical aromatherapist, Veterinary Technician and History of Medicine researcher at Medipol University’s Medical Faculty. Experience as an advisor for Impact Hub Istanbul, Founder ofCerciYusuf and Partner at Atelier Aromaterpi for the past 10 years.

Semih Boyacı
Co-Founder – Impact Hub Istanbul

MA in Management focusing on business strategy and finance from LSE. Business analyst and consultancy experience in the UK, German and Turkish market. Co-Founder of Impact Hub Istanbul.

Volkan Ozyilmaz
CEO & Founder – Keyzy

Graduated from the Istanbul University specialising in Computer programming and software project management. CEO and Founder of Keyzy focusing on SMEs and software licencing.

Zafer Elcik
Co-Founder – Otsimo

Tech social entrepreneur. Asoka Fellow. Social Impact awards including Leader of Tomorrow award from the St. Gallen Symposium. Computer Science Graduate from Middle East Technical University.

Cihan Koral
Co-Founder – Hasat

Nature-based un-consultant and facilitator. European Business Awards for the Environment, Winner Istanbul Chamber of Industry, ÇEVKO Green Dot Awards, ÇEDBİK Sustainability Award. Two MA European Social Policy from KU Leven, European Integration and Development from Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Basak Demir Saral
Co-Founder – DCUBE Circular Economy Innovation Cooperative

15 years experience in sustainable development. Active member of Global Entrepreneurship Network, TOBB Youth and Women Entrepreneurship Boards of Turkey and the national Network on Checks and Balances. Executive board of the World Academy for Local Democracies of UCLG-MEWA.

Cigdem Toraman
Managing Director – StartersHub US & Startupbootcamp Scale San Francisco

Electronic trading system for Istanbul Stock Exchange, ten years in Dogan Holding. Advisor and board member for start-ups. Marketing, e-commerce, digital and social media, and entrepreneurship at universities and corporate companies

Emin Okutan
Co-Founder – Viveka Technology Incubator

Bilkent University Graduate. Technology start-up business strategy in emerging countries. Gamification. Data collection of smart grid systems.

Erdem Gulen
Advisory CFO – FineDineMenu, Co-Founder – Benfity

Decade experience in sound consultancy and strategic management positions. Half a decade experience with scale phase startups. BA in Economic from Middle East Technical University

Haluk Nisli
Director of Strategy and Finance – Thread In Motion

BA Industrial Engineering and MSc in International Management from Koç University. Total Cost of Ownership Model Project for PERA EEMEA. Investment and Legal Affairs experience.

Ilter Haliloglu
Chief Operating Officer – Viveka

Specialized in international cooperation activities, focus on science, technology and innovation. PhD International Relations from Middle East Technical University. Published Working Document: Towards a vision for research, technology and innovation cooperation between Russia and the E.U

Kadir Demircioglu
Co-Founder & CEO – Thread In Motion

Forbes 30 Under 30. Mechatronics Engineering degree from Okan University. Connect smart textile technologies. Motif Textile board member.

Naci Kahraman
Coordinator – SUCOOL (Sabanci University Startup Acceleration Center Founder –

YouTube talk-show program on technology and entrepreneurship. BSc Manufacturing Systems and Industrial Engineering with Merit Scholarship. MA Engineering Management. TÜBİTAK Innovative Entrepreneur’s Road Map grant program.

Sabrican Zaim
Co-Founder –

Software development and management, BSc Computer Science and Engineering. MSc Computer Engineering. Team Lead for Turkcell TariffMan handover project with Ericsson.

Sahin Caglayan
Co-Founder & CEO – REENGEN

BA Electrical and Electronics Engineering minor in Nanotechnology from Middle East Technical University. Smart Grid Graduate from Technische Universitat Berlin. Executive Program Exponential Technologies – Digital Energy

Serra Titiz
Founder – Mikado Consulting

20 years experience in sustainable development. Ashoka Fellow. Eisenhower Fellow. BMW Responsible Leader Award. International NGO programs and Civic Activism. Senior expert for UNDP projects.

Tanzer Bilgen
Co-founder & CEO – Doktar

Business Transformation and Management consulting. BSc Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Fluent in English, Turkish and German.

Tuba Yilmaz Gozbasi
Assistant Professor – Ozyegin University, Co-Founder – Optiyol

Mathematical Modelling and Operations Research. AI for Transportation. BSc Industrial Engineering from Boğaziçi University. PhD Industrial and Systems Engineering specializing in Supply Chain Engineering.

Emre Danaci
Co-Founder – Fonzip, Co-Founder – Yuvarla

Award in Çözüm Kumbarası and from Sabancı University Social Investment Program. Innovation Management. BSc Information Systems. MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Ercin Temel
Co-Founder – Proente

Software Development and Software Project Management. BSc Computer Science and Engineering Sabanci University. MSc Computer Engineering Istanbul Technical University. Experienced IT Specialist and Service Engineer.

Arzu Deniz Aksoy
Communication Advisor

International marketing & communication experience in CPG/B2B with Fortune 100 companies. Honored in the “Global 500 Turks”, “Best 50 Corporate Communications Director in Turkey”. MBA Communications and Media Studies.

Gulcan Ergun
Founding Partner – DCube

Member of TOBB's Young Entrepreneurs Board and Women Entrepreneurs Board. BA International Relations and Affairs. MA European Union Law. Habitat Development and Governance Association.

Akan Abdula
Founding Partner – FutureBright Group of Companies

17 years experience in advertising, marketing strategies, brand management and market research. Golden Effie. BA Business and Administration Bilkent University. MBA Marketing.

Gozde Sekercioglu
Founder – Onemsiyoruz

10 years experience in design communication. BSc Industrial Design Anadolu University. Volunteer experience in the areas of health and social services. Bilgi Young Social Entrepreneur Awards

Duygu Yilmaz
Co-Founder&CEO – Biolive

Food Engineering. BA Chemistry. MA Business Administration Istanbul Technical University. Biotechnology, Business Development. Forbes The Fortune 40 Under 40 Years Business Award. Accelerate 2030.

Erman Fenerci
Sustainability Consultant – S360

Strategic Management Consultancy focused on sustainability and Innovation for industry-leading clients. Data analytics. BSc Engineering Physics, MSc Clean and Renewable Energies.

Erdem Ergin
Resilience Advisor – UNDP Turkey

Disaster risk management and recovery specialist. Climate Resilient Advisor for UNDP Turkey. Professor at the University of Rome. UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination. World Bank Post Disaster Need Assessment. MSc Engineering Management. Master of Design Studies Risk and Resilience Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Ali Erhat Nalbant
Founder – Arf

Multiple Publications. Best Director in EMEA – Start-Up Ecosystem Builder Award. BSc Aerospace Engineering. Product and Business Development.

Ozlem Erkan
Fashion Designer – Ozlem Erkan Studio

Senior Creative Director and Textile Fashion Design consultant, personalised designs and applications. Istanbul Fashion Week. Women’s clothing.

Sercan Celebi
Board Member – Inveon

McKinsey & Company Alumni. Management consultancy projects for multinationals and public sector. Agribusiness and ecological farming. Co-founder, spokesperson and chairman of Vote and Beyond – independent election monitoring organisation

Global Compact Network Ukraine Mentors

Roman Zinchenko
Co-founder of Greencubator

Ukrainian cleantech and smart energy evangelist, head of energy committee at Ukrainian Venture Capital Association, entrepreneurship and communication trainer, visiting lectures at Lviv Business School of UCU. Roman advises green startups as well as corporations, and has developed ecosystems for low- carbon entrepreneurship in Ukraine since 2009.

Vitalii Vereshchagin
CEO, Caparol Ukraine

Seasoned professional with solid background in Finance, Sales, Supply Chain & General Management.

Olga Levitan
Managing Director of HiPP Ukraine LLC

Olga has 16 years of managerial experience in different roles. The area of responsibility is a strategic and operation management of the company in line with the overall strategy of HiPP Group.

Dmytro Shestakov
Expert in Strategy and Innovation Management, MBA, PMP

Dmytro is the Strategy Adviser at the National Energy Efficiency Fund (Ukraine), a member of the Advisory Board at the Kmbs Alumni Association, and a lecturer in Innovation Management for executive MBA programs at the Kmbs Ukrainian business school.

Nadiia Artemieva
Grants Program Coordinator at Greencubator

10-years experienced trainer in ideas development and project management, grant program coordinator at Greencubator, national trainer at Peace Corps Ukraine. Nadiia is a former UN volunteer.

Pavlo Ryzhiy
Founder of Corporate Innovations & Community Entrepreneurship Institute

Pavlo is an expert on corporate innovations, design thinking, LEAN Startup, continued improvement and shared values. He has more than 15 years of applied experience in marketing, business development and innovation management in B2B and B2C international and local companies in Ukraine, Russia, Central and Eastern Europe.

Mykola Takzey
Founder and Managing Partner of Braintuition

Mykola possesses more than 15 years of experience in marketing and business development. He has worked in Ukraine, Switzerland, Benelux and most recently in Israel, where he established and managed a Global Innovation Center with the primary goal of promoting collaboration between corporate and tech startups.

Global Compact Network USA Mentors

Ann Rosenberg
SVP for UN Partnerships, SAP, SAP Team Mentor

It has been an incredible opportunity to mentor for the UNGC Young SDG Innovators Program and support the next generation as they bring their passion for sustainability to life through this initiative. It’s exciting to foster young people as they shape the future of business for a better world.

Erin Sedlak
Sustainability Project Manager, Brenntag North America, SAP Team Mentor

Erin has been in distribution for 16 years and started with Brenntag North America in 2010. Since 2016, she has been the North American lead for developing Brenntag’s sustainable supply chain, in addition to having a role in strategic sourcing. Due to the increased importance and value for sustainability in the chemical industry, Erin was recently promoted to Sustainability Project Manager for Brenntag North America. In addition, she is currently earning her Corporate Sustainability certificate from NYU Stern.

Paul Lalli
Global Counsel, Labor & Human Rights, GE Team Mentor

The UNGC’s Young Innovators SDG Program is a terrific way to engage our young leaders in helping us advance the SDGs within our company. It has been an honor to serve as a mentor for our GE team in the program’s inaugural session, and I have appreciated learning from all of the companies participating. I commend the Global Compact and Thunderbird School of Management for starting what will obviously be a very successful initiative going forward.

John Damonti
President, Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation

Having the privilege of being a mentor on the YSIP allowed me the opportunity to draw on my many years in multiple CSR functions at Bristol-Myers Squibb and focus on a challenging issue tied to the SDGs. I use the word privilege since I left the experience learning as much from the team as they may have learned from me.

Victoria Emerick, PhD
Global Head of Sustainability Strategy & Operations, BMS Team Champion

Serving as both the project sponsor and a team mentor has provided me the opportunity to increase enterprise support for integrating the UN Sustainable Development Goals into strategic planning efforts. The project team brought new ideas for approaching this work and raised the level of creativity and innovative thinking.

Mauricio Ferri, MD, MSc
Generation Lead |US Medical Cardiovascular, BMS Team Mentor

Mauricio Ferri is a critical care physician and health services researcher with experience in knowledge translation and implementation of scientific evidence in clinical practice. Mauricio worked as a clinician and technical officer for the World Health Organization (WHO) 2014/15 West Africa Ebola Outbreak Response in Sierra Leone. Currently, Mauricio is a Medical Scientist at the Cardiovascular Medical Team at Bristol Myers Squibb.

Dr. David Shepperly, MD
Global Head of Occupational Health Services, BMS Team Mentor

I started this mentoring project wanting to provide my guidance and knowledge. In the end I was challenged to think differently, and this ultimately helped with my own professional development.

Sonay Aykan, PhD
Associate Manager Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, Colgate Palmolive, C-P Team Mentor

The UNGC YSIP has been a great journey to gain deep insights about the UNSDGs, explore ways to connect them with business objectives and develop mentorship skills. Organizations can create sustainability-oriented curiosity among their teams and connect with their peers globally in a collaborative setting during the YSIP Program.

John Matthiesen
Senior Director, Smart Grid and Asset Management, Hatch Team Mentor

John has led and participated in numerous technical consulting engagements and power system installations. In the last decade he has focused on projects that deploy renewable energy (onshore and offshore wind) and distributed energy resources (energy storage, green hydrogen, microgrids, and EV charging). Once the YSIP team landed on the preferred energy source, John helped us sort the challenges and identify innovative solutions.

Nathan Tedford
Nuclear Technologies Lead, Hatch, Team Hatch Mentor

Nathan is responsible for Hatch’s Nuclear technologies program. In this role, Nathan works alongside advanced reactor vendors, government entities, and end-user industries to identify the right energy mix for projects or communities. Right from the onset, Nathan gave the YSIP team his undivided attention and posed different ideas and opportunities to make the best possible project!