GSI Fellows

The Global Solutions Initiative’s GSI Fellows program encourages recognized researchers, policy advisors and thought-leaders to engage with scholars, implementers and civil society to bring research-based insights to the GSI network, the Group of 20 (G20) and Think20 (T20) processes, and the wider public.

GSI Fellow positions are open to outstanding researchers, thought-leaders and policy advisors who have made an ongoing commitment to supporting the G20 policy process. Our fellows produce innovative, implementable recommendations for tackling global problems, they have a strong voice in the public debate on global issues and are well-connected to policymakers concerned with global problem-solving.

GSI Fellows participate in GSI activities and contribute to its research and interaction with policymakers. The GSI staff offers its fellows privileged support in the fulfillment of their roles.

Appointed for a three-year period, it is standard practice to invite GSI Fellows to speak at the Global Solutions Summit, the GSI’s annual conference in Berlin. GSI Fellows play a significant role in the T20/G20 policy process leading up to the Global Solutions Summit by helping shape the event’s agenda and various workshops around G20 priorities. GSI Fellows also help identify future contributors in the T20/G20 process, future speakers for the annual Summit and candidates for the Council for Global Problem-Solving and the GSI Multistakeholder Council.

Progress in the GSI Fellows’ global problem-solving efforts is assessed annually and future collaboration with the GSI is developed on this basis.

For more details about our GSI Fellows program, please contact Simon Wolf (Program Director).

The GSI Fellows

Colin Bradford
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution and VISION20 co-chair

Dr. Bradford is a development economist who in the early 1990s pushed for the integration of social impacts into economic policy. He was the first person to push for transforming the G8 to G20 at the leaders level. Dr. Bradford also helped create the THINK20 (T20) engagement track for G20 Summits and is co-chair of VISION20 (V20), an informal engagement group that encourages longer-term strategic thinking for the future


Marc Fleurbaey
Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies at Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School and Center for Human Values).

Dr. Fleurbaey’s research has contributed to the theory of social choice and fair allocation, and includes applications to health policy, education, income taxation, climate mitigation and the construction of indicators of well-being and social welfare. He is a member of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy. Furthermore, Dr. Fleurbaey has co-chaired Think20 (T20) task forces under Germany’s 2017 G20 Presidency and Argentina’s 2018 G20 Presidency. 


Julia Pomares
Executive Director of CIPPEC

Dr. Pomares holds a PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Comparative Politics and in Research Methods from the same university. She is a specialist in public policy research and project monitoring and evaluation. Dr. Pomares has worked for numerous international organizations and think tanks, including the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Organization of American States (OAS), among others. Under Argentina’s 2018 G20 Presidency, Dr. Pomares served as co-chair of the Think20 (T20) engagement group


Margo Thomas
Founder and CEO, Women’s Economic Imperative

With a Doctoral Degree in Public Policy and Private Sector Development from the University of Manchester, Dr. Thomas’ areas of focus include: trade and competitiveness, business environment and regulatory reform, investment policy, and women’s economic empowerment. During her career spanning over two decades as a senior official at the World Bank Group, Dr. Thomas provided policy advice to over 50 national and sub-national governments. Under Argentina’s 2018 G20 Presidency, she served as Co-Chair of the Think20 Task Force on Gender Economic Equity, and she served as Co-Chair of the Think20 Task Force on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development under Japan’s 2019 G20 Presidency.