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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

Being an interface between the teams and iGEM HQ and help improve iGEM experience

The iGEM Ambassadors connect with iGEM Competition teams throughout the year as an interface between the participants and iGEM HQ. Their activities help teams to navigate through the competition and along with communicating their progress with HQ to help build the best competition experience.

Recruit potential teams and identify barriers to entry

Whether it’s recruiting new teams or identifying barriers to entry, the iGEM Ambassadors promote iGEM and synthetic biology in their regions, and develop resources to help prospective teams. They are a diverse and an international team and their activities provide us insight into their local synbio ecosystems.

Connect to iGEM alumni and be a voice for regional iGEM communities

There are over 60,000 iGEMers all around the world. The iGEM Ambassadors connect with their local and regional iGEMers and work together with them for the worldwide development of iGEM & Synthetic Biology. They organize activities throughout the year and create platforms that enable alumni to collaborate on impactful projects.

Ambassador 2021 Projects

Meet the 2021 Ambassadors

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

Ambassador Coordinators

To contact the 2021 Ambassador Coordinators, please email
ambassador-coordinator2021 [AT] igem [DOT] org.
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

Africa

To contact the 2021 African Ambassadors, please email
africa_ambassadors2021 [AT] igem [DOT] org.
Erikan Balaku
Uganda
Sara Ghoul
Belgium
Youssef Abdelmaksoud
Egypt

Asia & Oceania

To contact the 2021 Asian Ambassadors, please email
asia_ambassadors2021 [AT] igem [DOT] org.
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

To contact the 2021 European Ambassadors, please email
europe_ambassadors2021 [AT] igem [DOT] org.
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

To contact the 2021 Latin American Ambassadors, please email
LA_ambassadors2021 [AT] igem [DOT] org.
Abril Hernadez
Mexico
Ana Ruth Quintero
Mexico
Heloísa Oss Boll
Brazil
Jimmy Linhares
Brazil
Minerva Castellanos
Mexico
Samantha García Arias
Costa Rica

North America

To contact the 2021 North American Ambassadors, please email
NA_ambassadors2021 [AT] igem [DOT] org.
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