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After iGEM | Ambassador Program

Ambassador Program

About the Program

The iGEM Ambassadors represent and promote iGEM and synthetic biology in their respective regions. The iGEM Ambassadors are a diverse and international team of regional leaders who have experienced iGEM and now work together to promote initiatives to expand iGEM and collaborate with local stakeholders to disseminate cooperation across their community.
The pilot Ambassador Program was held in 2006 and was re-launched in 2017. The Ambassadors attended regional events, encouraged local teams and supported the implementation of new iGEM teams. The program continued in 2018 and 2019, and in 2020, it was adapted to assist the iGEM Competition due to the global pandemic.

Program Goals

Find, connect with, and excite past iGEMers

The After iGEM community is made up of over 40,000 iGEMers and holds tremendous potential in impacting the development of iGEM and synthetic biology worldwide. The iGEM Ambassadors work with iGEMers to build a support network which enables alumni to share their experiences and to give back to the iGEM community. The iGEM Ambassadors work with alumni to create workshops, receptions, and other events to bring togethers iGEMers past, present, and future to create a vibrant and supportive iGEM community.

Increase the visibility of iGEM and Synthetic Biology

Increasing the visibility of iGEM and synthetic biology is essential for the development of a strong synthetic biology ecosystem. By increasing the awareness of iGEM and synthetic biology amongst various groups such as government, industry, and scientists, iGEM Ambassadors aim to increase the number of participating teams and the number of people talking about iGEM and synthetic biology. iGEM Ambassadors have been working toward this goal through talks, presentations, and workshops at conferences, meetings with stakeholders, and other events. By bringing iGEM to the attention of important stakeholders, we hope to generate more interest and support for teams and iGEMers on their path to accomplishing greatness.

Meet the 2021 Ambassadors

To contact the whole 2021 Ambassador team, please email
ambassadors-2021 [AT] igem [DOT] org.

Africa

Erikan Balaku
Uganda
Sara Ghoul
Belgium
Youssef Abdelmaksoud
Egypt

Asia & Oceania

Avadhoot Jadhav
India
Ayesha Sameer
United Arab Emirates
Cynthia Lam
Hong Kong
Roudlotul Jannah
Indonesia
Jianzhe Yang
Ireland
Nympha Elisa Sia
Philippines
Ryo Niwa
Japan
Seyeon Park
South Korea
Shiva Srinivasan
India
Shruti Sridhar
India
Soumodeep Sarkar
India
Zhandong Jiao
China

Europe

Abigail Conner
United Kingdom
Assaf Kazakov
Israel
Claudia Clemente
Spain
Leandros Tsiotos
Greece
Matthew Turk
United Kingdom
Sagi Sheinkman
Israel
Srishty Rathee
Germany

Latin America

Abril Hernadez
Mexico
Ana Ruth Quintero
Mexico
Heloísa Oss Boll
Brazil
Jimmy Linhares
Brazil
Minerva Castellanos
Mexico
Samantha García Arias
Costa Rica

North America

Erin Kim
United States
Ethan Levy
United States
Kaavya Ashok
USA/Japan
Marie Peras
USA
Navya Lam
USA
Nimaya De Silva
Canada
Qitong Luan
USA
Rocky An
USA
Tim Ho
United States

Ambassador Coordinators

Carolina Elizondo
Global Ambassador Program Coordinator
Alex Kyabarongo
Regional Program Coordinator for Africa
Shrestha Rath
Regional Program Coordinator for Asia & Oceania
Athina Milona
Regional Program Coordinator for Europe
Heber Torres
Regional Program Coordinator for LATAM
Ansley Gnanapragasam
Regional Program Coordinator for North America