Rachel is a young leader with a history of championing social impact causes. Working across sectors, she developed and implemented projects to advance progress in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
As Foundations Partnerships Consultant at UNICEF USA (UUSA), Rachel supports a $300M portfolio by working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, UN Foundation, and other foundations directly to advance UUSA’s role in their efforts in achieving global public health, climate change, and innovation impact for youth worldwide. She also holds numerous other appointments including, but not limited to, the following: Consultant to UN award-winning fashion designer Berny Martin, Podcast Host for the private equity firm, ImpactVest, Co-Founder of Global Futurist Initiative, young alumni advisory board member for Purdue University’s Vice Provost for Student Life, and Board member of InternetBar.Org Institute.
Julia is a youth advocate committed to empowering youth around the world, transforming the private sector, and much more. She currently works as a Sustainable Finance Capital Markets Analyst at French investment bank, BNP Paribas, helping clients finance impactful projects. She is extremely passionate about the private sector's role in financing climate solutions and social impact initiatives.
She is graduate from Columbia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Development, while also studying Mandarin, Korean, and French. During her time at Columbia, Julia was captain of the NCAA D1 Women's Swim Team, in addition to a 2018-2019 Executive Board member of Columbia's LIGA Filipina. She was a Zhi-Xing US-China Young Leaders Fellow in Summer 2018 where she participated in geopolitical and economic development programming. Julia has been part of Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society as a data analyst on the ACToday-Bangladesh project team working to improve climatic variability solutions for small-landholders in Bangladesh.
Beyond her professional commitment, she has been involved in many youth engagement initiatives around the world. She served as a US Core lecturer in Harvard’s Summit for Young Leaders in China in 2020 and 2021 where she taught Climate Change-Development Economics and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In Spring 2021, she founded the Sustainable Ocean Alliance NYC Hub working to bring awareness and drive innovation for local marine ecosystems in the New York City region. She is a 2021 speaker at the Wall Street Green Summit. She is also a listed mentor for The Trebuchet.
Julia is committed to mobilizing SDG 18 Youth Equity around the world.
Selina Kuang is a Master of Science candidate at Leiden University in The Hague, Netherlands, specialising in Economics and Governance and Cybersecurity Governance. She represented Leiden University at the Geneva Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge, a cyber policy and strategy competition, winning the award for the best oral presentation in 2022. By exploring the intersection between data governance and digital inclusion, she participates in the 17th Internet Governance Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as a youth observer of the United Nations Association of Germany.
Her interest in evidence-based policymaking and feminist policy research reflects her involvement with various youth engagement initiatives across multiple organisations and regions. As a member and mentee of the intersectional feminist German network, Netzwerk F, she dedicates herself to building a knowledge hub for women and non-binary people in politics and public policy. As such, she participated in a panel discussion on European approaches to feminist foreign policy at the Young Security Conference in Munich, Germany, in 2022. Committed to creating inclusive spaces, she is part of the SDG 18 Advocacy Committee at the Global Futurist Initiative, which advocates for an additional Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), the SDG 18 “Youth Equity”.
Founder and President, Fashion Community Foundation
Founder, Catou Wear
Senior Partner, ESG, Oxford Global Accelerated Ventures
Founder and CEO, Carii, Inc.
Board of Trustees, Appel Farm