SDG Solution Space Manager
Thomas Maillart leads hands-on and challenge-based learning at the SDG Solution Space, a maker space at the heart of International Geneva, which conveys an open source spirit and a culture of innovation as a fun collective practice, to foster the SDGs. Thomas Maillart also leads the SDG Innovation X-change, a continuing education program for impact entrepreneurs, corporate sustainable innovation, and innovation labs at NGOs and international organizations.
After 20 years in IT services as a network and Telecommunications engineer and support specialist within several UN organizations (International Telecom Union, World Health Organization), Jean-Marie discovered the maker movement and digital fabrication and decided to jump into it. He is confident that the maker movement, fablabs, hackerspace will contribute to change the way we produce, the way we consume, the way we learn…in many ways in fact. Under GTI, he supports students, academy, International organizations, NGO, citizens who want to tackle SDG; the opportunity to discover, learn and use digital fabrication in an environment where cooperation is being promoted.
Afroditi is a MSc candidate of the GTI Master in Innovation, Human Development and Sustainability. She is providing support to GTI educational projects and events. As part of the SDG Solution Space team, she is working on the organisation and coordination of events, being the Space’s liaison to international entities and in charge of managing the communication through its social media accounts. Previously, Afroditi has worked for UNHCR and CERN.
Natacha works part-time for the Solution Space along with Afroditi and takes care of the organization of certain events such as the Sustainability Leaders Night. She is also in charge of communication and the recruitment of new students for the Geneva-Tsinghua Initiative.