Knowledge Compass

When human aid actors face critical decisions, it is a challenging task to see trusted expertise and to keep an overview of relevant information. Recent developments in data management, analysis, and automation allow for the acceleration of knowledge extraction, as well as the optimised finding of meaningful information and the collaborations that can provide it. We aim to create a minimal-effort, transparent, neutral, and distributed knowledge exchange system to make decisions with more impact in less time.

Project Team

Aidan Bonner

Aidan is originally from New York City and has a BA in Psychology from Cornell University and an MSc in Geography from the University of Zurich. He is passionate about data science, and about global development and the empowerment of the marginalized in society; his research focus has been on global migration.

Andrea Choi

Andrea received her bachelor degree in economics and environmental studies from Dartmouth College. She worked on the trading floor of Louis Dreyfus Commodities in its North American headquarter and Beijing office for 4 years. In 2016, family brought her to Geneva, prompting her to reflect on her career and find what she really loves. During her self-discovery journey, she joined an ed-tech startup and worked in an International NGO. Currently, she is pursuing a masters degree in Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development (STAREG) at the University of Geneva.

Andy Andrea

Collaboration for tangible impact: Andy has a fundamental belief in the power of convening people to share experience, to resolve problems and create opportunities. He now has the luxury to build private sector collaboration with humanitarian organisations on emergency preparedness and response. His approach is based on lobbying and mediation experience that tailors high level objectives into the strategies of senior executives for practical outcomes. He has more than 25 years of experience within the following sectors: aid and development, global health, humanitarian relief, and armed conflict mediation (between rebel groups and governments) in the non-profit sector and United Nations agencies. His communications strategies incorporate Government relations and fundraising, information and knowledge management, as well as branding, media relations, social media and specific project campaigns.

Anna Gottschalk

Anna holds an MSc in Development Economics from the Rome University of Tor Vergata and a BA in European Studies from Passau University. She is PMP and Six Sigma Green Belt certified. Currently, she works as a Consultant Project Manager for the Stop TB Partnership of the United Nations, in Geneva. While her organization operates in the health sector, fighting to eliminate TB worldwide, Anna’s main professional focus is delivering IT projects for her organization (ERP, order management system, data warehouse). As such, she loves challenges, resolving problems and delivering result. She is passionate about new technologies, innovative ideas and new ways of humanitarian aid. In the past, she was lucky to have been given the chance to work on different IT and Finance related projects, all over the globe (Rwanda, US, Italy, UK). For the time being she enjoys life in Geneva. “If you want to learn to swim, jump into the water.”

Anne-Laure Lamure

Anne-Laure is a multi-purpose engineer who obtained her engineering diploma from Ecole Centrale Lyon, with a specialisation in applied physics and international project management at Ecole Centrale Paris. She worked as CERN fellow on carbon coating as a Large Hadron Collider vacuum material, and studied thermal finite element simulations for the ATLAS experiment. As foresight and futures engineer of the GHL, she created and organised AR & VR experiences at the Davos World Economic Forum 2018 Sustainable Impact. Hub.

Barbara Rusconi

Barbara works as Financial Support Officer at CERN where she takes care of EU funded FP7 and H2020 projects’ financial aspects, including Marie Curie Actions. She holds a B.Sc. in Management (Hons) and plans to start her master studies in Finance in order to widen her knowledge base hence maximizing her career opportunities. Her experience as intern auditor in a multinational company taught her how to work in team and to be reliable, responsible and productive. Being an open-minded and ambitious person, she looks forward to taking on new challenges and experiencing something fresh.

Ben Segal

Ben earned his BSc at Imperial College and his PhD at Stanford before he came to CERN in 1971 to work on computer networking. He adopted Internet protocols like TCP at CERN and helped Tim Berners-Lee with some World Wide Web design decisions, pointing to existing protocols to assist his invention of the HyperText Transfer Protocol. Ben is an honorary CERN staff member and an active advocate of volunteer computing and citizen science.

Beris Gwynne

Beris brings extensive international relations and development experience (Vietnam, Poland, Mexico and Nauru) with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian “aid”. Positions in not for profit organisations included senior roles with a large international NGO, a think tank and an intergovernmental organisation. Beris launched her own platform (Incitāre) in 2016, using futures thinking to help design and demonstrate 21st Century-fit ways of thinking & working to accelerate achievement of the SDGs.

Duco Tellegen

Duco is an award winning filmmaker, communication specialists and developer with knowledge and experience in human rights. He started filmmaking at a School of Art in Utrecht. Besides directing and producing his own documentary films on different social issues, he worked as production- and director assistant, researcher and sound engineer for many film productions worldwide.

Elisabeth Pfund

Dedicated to building win-win relationships across sectors, Elisabeth secured strategic partnerships and mobilised resources in key European markets for the past 15 years. With a background in International Relations and corporate social responsibility, she combines experience across entrepreneurial, not-for-profit and private sectors. Lately, she headed partnerships for the UN hosted Global Humanitarian Lab, fostering cross- sector collaborations for innovation.

Evi Kavrochorianou

Evi is an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science & Biomedical Informatics and an Open Source enthusiast. Her scientific interests encompass various disciplines of Computer Science in the context of how they affect humans, especially as agents of positive social change. When not tinkering with code, Evi can be found exploring a small number of creative hobbies, picking up spoken languages, and definitely not making puns.

Jean-Marie Le Goff

Jean-Marie Le Goff is a senior applied physicist and computer scientist that focuses on applying advanced IT techniques and concepts to Particle Physics. He first studied how to move objects over the internet using CORBA to service the control system middleware of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments at CERN. He then worked on extending the concepts of Unified Modeling Language (UML) layers with a description-driven layer for classes and objects which led to the development of a software (C.R.I.S.T.A.L.) dedicated to the tracking and assembly of detector parts. This versatile software found applications outside particle physics, in particular in industry as Enterprise Resource Programming (ERP) software and Business Process Management (BPM), and in accounting and finance. He is currently working on the use of emerging graph, semantic and structural abstraction techniques for data management and visualization in conjunction with techniques acquired in his previous work. This led to the development of the Collaboration Spotting software, a generic platform for visual analytics of complex datasets. The platform is being used to build various demonstrators including for compatibility and dependency relationships in software and metadata of an experiment at CERN, in scientometry with publication and patent information, pharmaco-analytics and neurosciences. Jean-Marie Le Goff holds a PhD in experimental particle physics and a DPhil in Computer Science. From 06/2003 – 06/2009, he has been Visiting Professor at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.

John Skidmore

John has an extensive background in Business, Project and Change Management. His 30 year career has mainly been based in the IT sector, working with Shell, Natwest Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Deutsche Bank. More recently, John has been involved in Business & Project Management with high net-worth individuals in London and the Middle East.

Margot Montassine

Margot is a young professional with work experiences in leading global companies on particularly challenging missions (project management, talent management, skills development). She is a strong problem-solver, with analytical curiosity and agility, trained in design thinking. She is specifically interested in offering thrilling experiences to employees and exploring innovative ways of learning. Passion: Build a compelling, effective and meaningful learning experience to enrich people’s life.

Mathis Gerdes

Mathis is a graduate student at the elite MSc course on theoretical and mathematical physics at the LMU and TU Munich. He studied physics at the University of Göttingen and specialized in computer science during an ERASMUS year abroad at the University of Edinburgh. Mathis was a summer student at CERN in 2018 and is passionate about exploring the impact of data and information technology on society.

Nicoletta Garelli

Nicoletta is a particle physicist looking back at a career of more than 13 years working within the ATLAS experiment at CERN (Geneva) and SLAC (California). She became a skilled problem solver with experience in silicon and gas detectors, readout, data acquisition, trigger systems, and software development. Always results in mind, Nicoletta held several coordination roles, driving work until its conclusion while being a good team player motivating the colleagues with an optimistic approach. Beyond that, Nicoletta has extensive experience in organizing professional trainings, conferences and workshops. Looking for sharing her passion for science, she led the CERN contribution at Expand Your Horizons 2017 in Geneva.

Nina Laribi

Nina is a multidisciplinary student that is particularly drawn to areas that make intensive use of math and physics. She is currently finishing her dual master’s degree in intelligent systems and entrepreneurship at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Her master thesis aims at contributing to the field of learning analytics through capturing quantitative data about the real-world social interactions in collaborative learning in STEM fields. During her journey at university, Nina worked in diverse industries as a way to explore the applications of her studies. These experiences led her to discover what she wants to focus on for the next few years, which is becoming a valuable contributor to the responsible development of AI. When not tinkering with tech, Nina can be found enjoying a book, traveling, debating contentious subjects with her peers around a coffee, and definitely not dreaming about a world bundled with extra dark chocolate.

Peter Glenday

Peter Glenday is Programme & Research Director at the School of International Futures. He has seven years’ experience delivering consultancy and research projects including horizon scanning and foresight projects for governments, consulting in the non-profit sector, and academic research. He has worked on horizon scanning projects for School of International Futures for clients including BOND Development Futures, UK Government, Arts Council England, IATA and a refresh of the Technology and Innovation Futures project commissioned by Government Office for Science, as well as facilitating scenario planning and foresight workshops. He previously worked at the Horizon Scanning Center, Government Office for Science as a lead researcher on the 2010 Technology and Innovation Futures and ‘Dimensions of Uncertainty’ projects.

Randolph Kent

Randolph is a former senior United Nations Coordinator in emergency operations in several East African crisis zones including Somalia, Rwanda, Sudan, Ethiopia as well as UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Kosovo. He is the programme director of the Humanitarian Futures Programme of the King’s College London which helps organisations to prepare for future humanitarian threats.

Richard Forster

Richard received his BSc degree working on GPU acceleration of computing intensive algorithms, further exploring scheduling of parallel algorithms on GPUs, that concluded in his MSc degree. He was responsible of the GPU acceleration of the medical imagining software at GE Healthcare. He was involved in multiple projects at CERN both during my studies and while being a World Laboratory Fellow and he was doing his PhD work also at CERN working on graph visualization and processing using heterogenous architectures. Now he is responsible for database related operations and deployment.

Robin Coupland

Robin Coupland studied at the Cambridge University School of Clinical Medicine, UK. He worked as a field surgeon and medical adviser in the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from 1987 until he retired in 2015. He developed a public health approach to a variety of issues relating to violence and weapons. He has published medical textbooks and numerous articles about care of wounded people and all forms of armed violence.

Simone Montesano

Simone is an applied physicist with 8-years experience in overseeing the R&D of new technologies for CERN accelerators, from the overall strategy to the design of optimised devices, to the data analysis. As a scientist, he is convinced that true development stems from a deeper understanding reality and shall bring benefits while reducing costs and side effects. He has learned that bringing together diversity of expertise, culture and method is fundamental for advancements in knowledge and for innovation.

Skip Shelly

Skip Shelly is Associate Teaching Professor & Faculty Director at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). A graduate of the CMU School of Design and seasoned consultant, Skip was a director at MAYA Design group, founded a strategic design consultancy and negotiated its acquisition by an IBM business partner. At CMU Skip design curriculum and teaches Digital Service Innovation, Service Design and Interaction Design Studio.

Stefan Haselwimmer

Stefan has been developing innovative technology solutions since the 1990s. He launched The Independent and Mirror newspapers on the internet, set up the UK’s first telephone voice portal and is currently developing “”, the world’s first “citizens game” for literature-based knowledge discovery. He has a Philosophy degree from Cambridge and writes screenplays in his spare time.

Tina Beattie

Tina is an economist (econometrics & pure mathematics) with a 30 year career in Financial Services and senior Investment Banking Research Director roles. She was heading the Research team of Merrill Lynch Australia, integrated it in the USA business and was EMEA Head of Research Management. For ABN AMRO she was as Global Head of Research running 950 analysts in 44 global location. For Julius Baer she served as Executive Director and for the UNOPS hosted Global Humanitarian Lab she headed Impact Investment & Operations.

Umang Mishra

I am a sophomore at New York University Abu Dhabi, pursuing a double major in Physics and Computer Science. I am currently working on a research project in collaboration with The Icecube Neutrino Observatory, optimizing algorithms to help in the detection of magnetic monopoles. I enjoy using Computer Science as a tool to get a better understanding of the physical world, and am very passionate about educating people around me in whatever way I can. I have been involved in community projects which ranged from delivering leadership workshops to high school students to astronomy workshops to walking along the beach in search of the endangered hawksbill turtles’ nests so we can protect them. When I am not working on Computer Science or Physics projects, I can be found reading/writing poetry with my lovely (toy)kitten sitting on my table.

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