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ReDefine Next 100 2018

2018 projects


   International Remittances Project

We are innovating the international remittance system. We are redressing remittances to support local investment and savings. We plan to partner with leading, transparent, cost-effective money-transfer service providers, international organizations as well as community-based projects.


These community-based projects empower and create new infrastructures in developing countries. We seek to design a platform that connects the ability to transfer remittances (money) and community projects to invest in.

Project ReDefiners:


Sebastian Woller

Tyler Vogel



We propose developing a customer-oriented app which creates a peer-to-peer platform to manage energy consumption and serves as a hub for its distribution in a microgrid.


The sophisticated technology-enabled solution enhances the coordination and planning of energy supply and increases capacity to manage smart energy management by making clean energy accessible and, thus, leads to sustainability by giving consumers a real metric of how they consume energy, making them able to plan ahead their energy needs.

Project ReDefiners:


Andrew Charles Pasquier

Natalya Evseeva

Julio Bonilla


We are developing an Integrated Assessment Tool for small farmers to analyze the economic and environmental landscape. The tool will incorporate critical data on soil, hydrology, topography, future climate risks, local stakeholders such as NGOs, regional markets and buyers, and other supply chain information.


This product is intended to inform farmers, and also to build capacity for using technology to make more evidence-based decisions. 

We will pilot this project in Uganda, where 60% of the population derives economic benefit from farming, and yet there is only  only 1 agricultural extension officer per 24,000 farmers.


According to recent information provided by Slow Food Uganda, farmers are seeking more information on pests and drought management, as well as post-harvest reduction of food waste. This indicates a clear need for better information.


Since internet access remains unequally distributed in the country, but 75% of farmers have access to mobile phones, we will develop this tool as a mobile application.


Project ReDefiners:


Ali Aghazadeh Ardebili

Next100 ReDefiners 2018

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Tyler Vogel

Candidate for Master of Development Practice from Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; Acara Institute fellowship winner; Resolution Project fellowship winner

Tyler Vogel is originally from Iowa (U.S.A) where he graduated from Wartburg College receiving his B.A. in Biology while also serving as 2016-2017 student body president. He is currently pursuing a Master of Development Practice (MDP) from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Mr. Vogel is very passionate about interdisciplinary approaches in sustainable development, specifically balancing biocultural heritage and Western technological advancement. For his work in social entrepreneurship in the Loreto region of Peru, Mr. Vogel has been awarded fellowships through the Acara Institute and Resolution Project.

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Anne Laure White

Research Assistant at the Earth Institute, Member of People Magazine Editorial Board of Science

Anne-Laure White was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Columbia University in 2017. She is a research assistant at the Earth Institute, where she helped produce flood maps of New York State in a variety of climate change scenarios, and is now working on the Geo-Referenced Demographic Data for Development (GRID3) project. Outside of work, Anne-Laure is on the Editorial Board of the Science for the People Magazine, and is an avid writer and reader. She is passionate about sustainable agriculture and equitable food policy, and excited to rethink data collection and use to support small farmers around the world.  


Sebastian Woller

2017 Hamburg Ambassador at G20 Presidency Summit 2017, 2018 G20 Young Global Changer, 2018 WiWi Talent participant

Sebastian Woller is currently studying International Management at the International School of Management in Hamburg, Germany. His interests include management and innovation, foreign affairs and foreign policy, and sustainable development. He was the Hamburg Ambassador at the G20 Presidency Summit 2017 and a G20 Young Global Changer 2018. He was also a part of WiWi Talent 2018 [a program that supports the most talented young students in Germany]. Also this past year, his essay on ‘How to stay human in a Robot Society’ ranked in the Top Ten of the Drucker Challenge Essay Award 2018 - Peter Drucker Society Europe.

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Kirill Sosnin

Law student at Lomonosov Moscow State University, DECA and LEAP Award Winner, Yidan Prize nominee

My name is Kirill and I came from Ekaterinburg which is a big city in the heart of Russia. Currently I live and study in Moscow. I am a 3rd year student of Lomonosov Moscow State University with major in law. My key interests are: law, education, IT technologies, history, project management Awards: my educational project won two major awards – DECA and LEAP Award. Plus, it was nominated for Yidan Prize and gained a shortlist in that prestigious award.

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Ernesto Hernandez Otero

Young Leader, European Development Days 2018; Leader, Climate Reality Project; Global Shaper in San Salvador

Ernesto is from El Salvador, he has a Bachelor Degree in Math and Sciences from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris and is a middle school teacher on technology science and business professor at the university. He is part of the Global Shapers Community in San Salvador, pushing for gender equality in education through local projects. He is also an entrepreneur and has launched his own business, one with the social purpose to improve school cafeterias by providing healthy food and another with a focus in a healthy lifestyle. He was chosen by the European Commission as a Young Leader for the European Development Days in 2018, he is a Leader of the Climate Reality Project and he is developing a new approach of education through technologies for developing countries to overcome the challenges in our era.  

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E-Learning Analyst at the Center of IT-Development and Expertise, Bard College Globalization & International Affairs Program alumni

Natalia Evseeva is a rising education professional based in Moscow, Russia. Natalia occupies position of e-learning analyst at the Center for IT-Development and Expertise, where she is responsible for developing actions, policies and e-learning initiatives in the framework of the Russian National Education Project “Modern Digital Learning Environment”, as well as contributing to the development of national policies and strategies, including preparing inputs for standards to evaluate online courses. She holds B.A. from Saint Petersburg State University (Russia) and Bard College (USA), having completed an academic and internship program as a part of Bard College Globalization & International Affairs Program (BGIA). Interned for World Policy Institute (USA).

Natalya Evseeva

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Andrew Pasquier

Researcher at Urban Design Forum, Researcher for Kieskompas

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Andrew pursued studies in Political Science and Urban Planning at Columbia University. Andrew currently works as for the Urban Design Forum in New York City and as freelance researcher for the electoral politics group Kieskompas affiliated with Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. In his work for the Urban Design Forum, Andrew promotes conversations and research about building more sustainable and equitable cities, including considering the role of technology in urban space.


Luis Ferrán Colon

Political Science and Economics Student at University of Puerto Rico

Luis A. Ferrán Colón was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Presently studying for a double major in Political Science and Economics at the University of Puerto Rico (Class of 2020).  He’s interested in International Relations and Security, domestic politics and policy, energy policy and community development. Currently working with Mentes Puertorriqueñas en Acción (Puerto Rican Minds in Action), a non-profit focusing on development, as a volunteer creating and conducting evaluation and impact surveys for the organization's different projects, he participated in their summer 2018 internship (#EnAcción2018) which worked on community projects focusing on reconstruction after Hurricane Maria.

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At 17, Esther was named Uganda's Ambassador for Women and Girls.

She donated her university tuition and started a community health facility with a Teenage Centre supporting 2,134 child mothers annually. She is a European Commission Young Leader and the United States Department of State Young African Leader 2018. She is a Board Member of the AU-EU Youth Co-operation Hub. She owns Africa's best high school reality television show on teenage pregnancy called “Saving Innocence Challenge” applauded by EU in Uganda as one of the best self-sustaining girl-lead models in the world, championed as well as financed by local girls for local girls. Amidst the world's refugee crisis, she is championing “Lift up her Voice” Expedition where girls from selected universities around the world innovate to create a decent life for refugee women and girls in a Global Girls Movement.

She has won 7 National Awards and a Geneva Women's World Summit Prize. Esther’s passion is innovation to give migration a human face.

Esther Nakajjigo

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Julio Bonilla

Power Distribution Engineer at Eaton Industries

Julio is from Mexico and has a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology (Mexico) with a main focus in Renewable energy. He's currently a Power Distribution Engineer  leading United Kingdom’s Electrical market technical support at Eaton Industries, Budapest Hungary. Julio is very passionate about cross-cultural exchange and the design of photovoltaic systems on which he has had the pleasure to have been involved in research projects in various places across Europe, Asia and North America such as : New York, USA, Qingdao, China, Mexico City, Mexico  and Budapest, Hungary. He was awarded for his broad research on combining cutting-edge agriculture processes with renewable energy supply by the Spanish Academic Publication and has published his research under the National German Library legal deposit.


Madalin Blidaru

PhD student at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration; Youth Fellow for the AU-EU Youth Plug-In Intiative

Mădălin Blidaru is a PhD student at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest, Romania. His research focus is the foreign policy of the European Union. Mădălin graduated in International Relations and European Studies and further pursued MA studies in Diplomacy, International Negotiations and Labour Studies. Besides the major research interest, he is passionate about comparative politics, human rights and the impact of emerging technologies on society. In 2017, he was one of the youth fellows within the AU-EU Youth Plug-In Initiative working on the intercontinental youth agenda for the AU-EU Summit.  


Baird Howland

Data Scientist at Harmony Labs

Baird Howland is interested in quantifying the structures underlying mass media, politics, and public opinion. After receiving a B.A. in Physics from Cornell University, he worked with the Political Science department and New York University to design artificial neural networks to analyze political discussion on Twitter. Presently, Baird is a data scientist at Harmony Labs, where he works in collaboration with Microsoft Research to build and analyze datasets which describe mass media and media consumption.

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Ali Aghazadeh Ardebili

PhD Candidate in Industrial Engineering University of Trieste, 4-time patent recipient in industrial implementations in energy efficiency and machine parts, member of Iran Construction Engineering Organization

Ali Aghazadeh Ardebili is a PhD Candidate in Industrial Engineering and Information in University of Trieste. He received the B.A., M.A., in Mechanical engineering and system management and productivity respectively. His research field is project risk management and quantitative tools to evaluate the impacts of risks in the whole project with the aim of accepting the risks. His research interests are Risk management, project management, sustainability, Mathematical simulation and optimization, and machine learning. Moreover, he has 4 patent with industrial implementations in energy efficiency and machine parts. He is a member of the Iran construction engineering organization (IRCEO).

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