Founder and Chair, Institute for Inclusive Security; Professor Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
Mary Ellen Iskdenderian
President and CEO Women’s World Banking
Vice President - Center for Applied Conflict Transformation, United States Institute for Peace
Co-Founder, The Enough Project
Francesca is a soon to be graduate of the University of British Columbia, studying Conservation of Natural Resources with a major in Global Perspective. As an avid skier, surfer, and climber, she sees British Columbia as the perfect place to live and study. Francesca has a passion for nature and the environment and can always been found outside. She is also interested in emerging technologies such as Blockchain, and is excited to combine her passion for philanthropy, social enterprise and protection of the natural environment with innovative technologies to help save the planet.
For the past two summers (2017 and 2018) Francesca has been living in El Astillero, Nicaragua working with Casa Congo, an environmental NGO which she was on the initial team who brought the project to life in 2017. Through Rockflower, Francesca raised $5000 to help upgrade a local women’s’ collective, Las Tejedoras’, smoothie and snack shop. She was responsible for implementing and completing this project on the ground in the summer of 2018.This was the second phase of an economic empowerment partnership between Casa Congo and Rockflower which started summer of 2017 with Rockflower giving an initial investment to Las Tejedoras to start their smoothie business. Francesca strongly believes that investing in women and girls is the key to a prosperous global future.