LIVE Championship Round

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11:00 AM ET – Welcome & Opening Remarks

Musa Ali Shama
Acting President, Virtual Enterprises International


Musa Ali Shama is a seasoned educator that has served as superintendent, principal and digital media teacher over his 27-year career in New York City schools. In his role of Executive Vice President of Programs, Mr. Shama will spearhead VE’s organizational goals as it relates to program growth, curriculum and resource development, assessment, research and professional development. Ali began his career as a teacher at Lehman High School in the Bronx, his alma mater, where he taught fine arts and graphic design. After 12 years as a teacher, Ali took on his first role as a school administrator at Kennedy High School as assistant principal. In this capacity, he led the development of career and technical education programs in a variety of technology related fields.

Ali later took on the leadership of Francis Lewis High School in Queens, one of the city’s largest and most successful schools. After leaving the principalship he became the DOE’s director of principal evaluation, overseeing the citywide principal evaluation process, both evaluating principals directly and providing professional development to superintendents before serving as deputy superintendent for high schools. He most recently served as the Superintendent of New Visions Charter High Schools where he led the network through significant changes that resulted in highest student outcomes in regards to graduation and college readiness rates in the network’s history.

He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from CUNY-Lehman College, a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Queens College, City of New York and a bachelor’s degree in art education from C.W. Post College / Long Island University.

11:05 AM – Greetings from Our Partners

Nico Valencia

Head of Innovation, Corporate Responsibility



My objective: Make education the most innovative sector in the world. I develop and lead a variety of initiatives designed to transform student capabilities, improve school design systems, and build a sustainable culture of innovation. I’m passionate about helping individuals unlock their creativity, and channel this creativity into innovations that delight the world.

Julia Daher

Head of Design for LATAM



Julia Daher is Head of Design for LATAM at Intuit, a Silicon Valley multinational.

Julia was born in São Paulo, Brazil – Graduated at PUC-SP in Social Communication and has a postgraduate degree from Humber College for Digital Design, in Canada.

She worked for 7 years in Canada and Costa Rica as a Digital Designer, where she had her first interaction with Design Thinking to solve complex customer problems and develop digital products. In 2011 she returned to Brazil to work in companies such as Valor Econômico, Designit, Intel and the startup Avante, where she was responsible for creating the UX area from scratch with a strong customer-centric culture.

For almost 4 years at Intuit, she has led the Design LATAM teams using CDI/D4D, directing business strategy with a customer-centric mindset.

Savannah Hobbs

Product Design Researcher



Savannah is a design researcher that focuses on the DIY TurboTax product. She spends a majority of her time talking with customers to understand their needs and determine potential opportunities to improve their tax filing experience. Savannah graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Anthropology and Geography and currently resides in San Diego, CA. Outside of work she enjoys the San Diego sunshine, working out, and spending time with her family and two dachshunds.

Michael Bellantoni

Vice President, Sustainable Finance Capital Markets



Michael is a Vice President on BNP Paribas’ Sustainable Finance Capital Markets team where he helps financial, corporate, sovereign and supranational issuers raise sustainable capital. Over his career, Michael has helped raise over $135 billion in debt, including $22 billion in the sustainable finance capital markets. At BNP Paribas Michael has led a number of impactful transactions including the Republic of Chile’s inaugural $2.0 billion Sustainability-Linked Bond and the Republic of Peru’s $3.25 billion inaugural Sustainable and Social Bond transactions. 

Prior to BNP Paribas, Michael was a member of the Credit Agricole’s Latin America debt capital markets team where he developed an expertise in sustainable debt by helping expand the product throughout the region. Michael started his career consulting at Deloitte before graduating from Columbia with a dual masters degree in journalism and international affairs. Michael has led a number of impactful sustainability transactions throughout his career including the Republic of Chile’s inaugural Green, Social and Sustainable Bond transactions, United Mexican States’ Inaugural SDG Bond, and Suzano’s inaugural sustainability-linked bond. Michael double majored in Economics and Spanish at Lafayette College, speaks Spanish and holds dual citizenship with Italy.

Katerina Trostmann

Head of Sustainability, Brazil




Katerina is a climate and sustainability professional with eight years of experience. Currently she is the Head of Sustainability at BNP Paribas Brazil, where she is responsible for implementing the Bank’s leading CSR policies and driving the growth of sustainable finance. Over the past eight years, Katerina has amassed experience across climate finance, deforestation, and climate adaptation, working to design and implement transformative climate strategies.


Katerina worked for the UK Government’s International Climate Finance programme from 2018-2020, where she designed a climate finance strategy focused on forests and sustainable land use in Brazil. Prior to that, Katerina worked at the World Resources Institute (WRI), where she helped set up the Brazilian office, and launched and ran WRI Brasil’s climate adaptation programme.


Katerina completed her Masters with Distinction in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London and has a Bachelor of Science in International Business and French from the University of Warwick Business School.

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM ET – Roundtable Discussion on Sustainability

11: 45 AM – Championship Round Presentations

  • Maya Panoutssos OLivia S.
  • Ziva Z.
  • Alyssa Ayu M.
  • Mahila Z.
  • Ilinca A.
  • Ian M.

11:45 AM ET – TEAM 14 

  • Giovana B.
  • Catarina Maria R.
  • Syafiq R.
  • Taryn C.
  • Henrique Mader C.
  • Bianca Alves S.
  • Muhammad Kresna A.
  • Muhammad A.
  • Muhammad Jordan A.
  • Alexandra M.
  • Lauren L.

12:00 PM ET – TEAM 7 & 12 

  • Beatriz Lima C.
  • Nour F.
  • Clara Vieira N.
  • Caleb S.

12:15 PM ET – TEAM 2 

  • Ana Carolina A.
  • Evan Belvadra G.
  • Mutiara M.
  • Marpinus P.
  • Ashley D.
  • Leon V.
  • Lauren P.

12:30 PM ET – TEAM 10

12:45 PM – Awards Ceremony

Overview of the Challenge

The Global Innovation Challenge is one of the world’s most unique business-related events for high school students. Students representing different countries work in multinational teams to solve a pressing global issue using design thinking principles.

In preparation of the Global Innovation Challenge, multinational teams of students will meet and collaborate online during February, March, and April. Students will work with mentors who will coach them on strategies to address the problem and develop a slide show, which will be presented to judges at the final event in April 2022.

The Challenge

You and your team have been challenged to develop solutions for communities to combat climate change. You are tasked with using the design thinking process to identify problems communities face in combating climate change and providing solutions that not only help communities reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also have “co-benefits” that contribute to a better, more equitable world, that also support their prosperity financially and socially.

You will be tasked with 1) identifying 1-3 common problems your communities face in combating climate change (ex. Why is it hard/what decisions are difficult to support efforts that reduce greenhouse gas emissions), 2) finding a solution to these problems that incorporates the challenge criteria, and 3) developing a hypothesis statement and experiment to test to see if your solution would work.

As you prepare for this year’s Innovation Challenge, it is important to research and understand the challenges faced by communities in combating climate change, to be knowledgeable about climate solutions as described by Project Drawdown and Climate Interactive, and to learn about and apply the design thinking process. The following sections of this packet will outline these objectives and provide resource materials to support your efforts.

Community Challenges

This year’s challenge focuses on the barriers communities face in taking steps to combat climate change. Most communities are ill-equipped to invest in solutions for climate change, as well as to adapt to climate change’s negative impacts.

Communities often lack the knowledge, tools, and financial resources to proactively invest in climate solutions to reduce their carbon footprint.

For example, cities are home to half the world’s population and produce around 75% of the world’s GDP and carbon emissions. By 2050, between 65% and 75% of the world population is projected to be living in cities, with more than 40 million people moving to cities each year. They can also be very exposed and vulnerable to climate risks such as water shortages, floods and heat stress. The mass congregating of people and rising demand for resources, under poor organization and governance, make cities prime sources of pollution, congestion and waste.

However, cities and communities are also a key part of the response. They afford multiple opportunities to dramatically reduce carbon emissions while sustaining prosperous standards of living. Indeed, there is no hope of reducing global emissions to safe levels if new and expanding cities are based on a sprawling, resource-intensive model of urban development.

The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate found that compact, connected and coordinated cities and communities are more productive, socially inclusive, resilient, cleaner, quieter and safer. They also have lower greenhouse gas emissions – a good example of the co-benefits of pursuing economic growth and climate action together.

UN Sustainable Development Goal 13

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all people around the world. The 17 goals address interconnected global challenges: poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace, and justice. The target date for achieving these Goals is 2030.

Across the world, responsible businesses are acknowledging climate change and their crucial role in addressing it. Many companies are developing long-term climate action plans, outlining ways they will reduce their corporate emissions over time – with some aspiring to reach “net zero” emissions by sometime mid-century.

Although these are important, admirable, and necessary first steps, they are missing an opportunity to lead and do more. Today’s climate plans mainly focus on how companies can do less harm, gradually reducing their emissions and the damages they cause. Most do not consider how businesses can go beyond this and help the broader world transition to a sustainable, climate-safe future. Businesses will need to dramatically reduce their own emissions and develop outward-looking climate plans that help other organizations, communities, and governments address climate change. This will enable them to go far beyond being “climate neutral” and “Paris compliant” companies, and achieve much larger impacts in the global effort to stop climate change.

HOW? By reducing emissions OUTSIDE of a company’s operations – through climate change solutions for its employees, customers, partners, and COMMUNITIES.

And this is where you and the Global Innovation Challenge come in. We are challenging YOU to leverage design thinking to help move your own communities forward and address climate change in a way that promotes prosperity for all.

Participant and Mentorship Details

For Student Participants

Student representatives will apply for the chance to take part in the Global Innovation Challenge in February 2022. Each VE firm will have the opportunity to nominate two (2) students to participate. Student participants will be grouped to form multi-national teams of 6-8 students per team. Over the months of February, March, and April, teams will participate in online training sessions and working sessions with their team members to work through the design thinking process to solve the challenge. During the 2022 Youth Business Summit, Global Innovation Challenge teams will present their solutions to a panel of judges with the top teams presenting in a Championship Round to be held on April 6, 2022.

For Mentors

All Global Innovation Challenge teams will be matched with mentors consisting of professionals from VE corporate partners (Intuit, HSBC, and BNP Paribas). Mentors will help guide student teams and provide feedback on their work to solve the challenge and develop their presentation. Mentor sessions will be conducted via Zoom video conference based on the schedule outlined below. In advance of the mentor sessions, mentor teams will be provided an orientation and training on the Global Innovation Challenge and the Design For Delight design thinking approach. All mentors and partners will have the support of VE staff in coordinating and moderating the online mentor sessions.


January 17, 2022 – February 11, 2022

Registration for students

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET

Session #1: Kickoff Meeting with Students
(D4D: Deep Customer Empathy & Problem Statement)


All participants will participate in a general kickoff meeting to introduce the Global Innovation Challenge and provide an overview of the Design For Delight, the design thinking principles that will be used for this event.

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Global Innovation Challenge Kickoff Presentation
Downloadable Breakout Room and Follow-Me Home Activity

Wednesday, February 23, 2022
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET

Session #2: Team Working Session with Mentors
(D4D: Deep Customer Empathy & Problem Statement)


Teams will meet for a separate working session with their mentors to address “Deep Customer Empathy” and develop their “Problem Statement”.


Breakout Activity, Follow Me Home, Customer Problem Statement

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET

Session #3: General Session
(D4D: Go Broad To Go Narrow)


All participants will participate in a general session for an introduction to the “Go Broad To Go Narrow” process for brainstorming and narrowing.

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Global Innovation Challenge 2022 – Go Broad To Go Narrow

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET

Session #4: Team Working Session with Mentors
(D4D: Go Broad To Go Narrow)


Teams will meet for a working session with their mentors to brainstorm and ideate potential solutions through the “Go Broad To Go Narrow” process.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET

Session #5: General Session
(D4D: Prototypes & Rapid Experimentation)


All participants will participate in a general session for an introduction to building effective prototypes and conducting “Rapid Experimentation.”

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET

Session #6: Final Team Working Session with Mentors
(D4D: Prototypes & Rapid Experimentation)


Teams will meet for a working session with their mentors to build a prototype of their solution and design a “rapid experiment” to test it.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET

Preliminary Round Presentations


Teams will present their final projects to a panel of judges.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Championship Round


Teams will present their final projects to a panel of judges.

Access Meeting Here

GIC Team Assignments

Team 1

Larissa BBrazilStudent
Clara Chaves A.BrazilStudent
Ephraim T.IndonesiaStudent
Viviana S.RomaniaStudent
Karina Mihaela M.RomaniaStudent
Naftali H.CTStudent
Isabella F.FLStudent
Preston BILStudent
Jose Ricardo G.D.Mentor - Intuit
Alexander B.Mentor - BNPP
Melanie L.J.Mentor - BNPP

Team 2

Beatriz Lima C.BrazilStudent
Clara Vieira N.BrazilStudent
Muhammad D.IndonesiaStudent
Mario C.D.RomaniaStudent
Vlad M.RomaniaStudent
Caleb S.FLStudent
Nour F.ILStudent
Isabelle S.NJStudent
Mumtaz M.Mentor - Intuit
Jiayao Z.Mentor - BNPP
Joel A.Mentor - BNPP

Team 3 & 4

Henrique Batista L.BrazilStudent
Daniel M.RomaniaStudent
Frenkli J.NYStudent
Dominic S.NJStudent
Bernardo Ferreira C.BrazilStudent
Radhiya Adelio I.IndonesiaStudent
Marius A.RomaniaStudent
Elliot S.ILStudent
Brendan B.NJStudent
Graziela L.Mentor - Intuit
Camila Z.S.Mentor - Intuit
Ted S.Mentor - BNPP
Brock H.Mentor - BNPP

Team 5

Artur Gonçalves V .BrazilStudent
Pedro Etienne C.BrazilStudent
Nadira A.IndonesiaStudent
Kaesar S.A.IndonesiaStudent
Nicolas O.RomaniaStudent
Jason A.NJStudent
Kiersten D.NYStudent
Addyson M.ILStudent
Selbi A.NYStudent
Frederico Valle D.S.Mentor - Intuit
Umu W.Mentor - BNPP

Team 6

Maria Luisa S.BrazilStudent
Lucas Estevão C.BrazilStudent
Julianno T.BrazilStudent
Addie R.I.IndonesiaStudent
Alexandru M.RomaniaStudent
Arvi Joshua R.NJStudent
Victoria L.NYStudent
Carlos S.NYStudent
Melinda D.Mentor - Intuit
Joseph C.Mentor - BNPP

Team 7 & 12

Giovana B.BrazilStudent
Syafiq R.IndonesiaStudent
Watson B.NYStudent
Henrique Mader C.BrazilStudent
Bianca Alves S.BrazilStudent
Muhammad Kresna A.IndonesiaStudent
Muhammad A.IndonesiaStudent
Muhammad Jordan A.IndonesiaStudent
Alexandra M.A.RomaniaStudent
Cuong T.CAStudent
Kenna V.TNStudent
Lauren L.NYStudent
Kevin G.Mentor - Intuit
Saif K.Mentor - BNPP
Bryan D.Mentor - Intuit
Jeffrey B.Mentor - BNPP

Team 8

Valter Iago S.BrazilStudent
Rafael C.BrazilStudent
Kenichi Rafael H.IndonesiaStudent
Camelia R.RomaniaStudent
William M.CAStudent
David M.Mentor - Intuit
Brian K.Mentor - BNPP

Team 9

Caio N.BrazilStudent
Beatriz P.BrazilStudent
Qylan Luth G.IndonesiaStudent
Muhammad A.IndonesiaStudent
Nabhila Ayu Senjaya P.IndonesiaStudent
Stephen Z.NYStudent
Meaghan H.NYStudent
Melanie P.Mentor - Intuit
Marco T.Mentor - BNPP

Team 10

Ana Tereza F.BrazilStudent
Ana Carolina A.BrazilStudent
Evan Belvadra G.IndonesiaStudent
Mutiara H.IndonesiaStudent
Marpinus P.IndonesiaStudent
Ashely D.CAStudent
Sarah H.NCStudent
Leon V.NYStudent
Lauren P.NYStudent
Aditi B.Mentor - Intuit
Amy K.Mentor - BNPP

Team 11

Giovanna T.BrazilStudent
Mariana Prata M.BrazilStudent
Marchianno Z.IndonesiaStudent
Andrew L.CAStudent
Briannon W.NCStudent
Jarod C.NYStudent
Karla M.Mentor - Intuit
Tom D.Mentor - BNPP

Team 13

Thiago T.BrazilStudent
João Schafer C.BrazilStudent
Haiko Abiyan W.IndonesiaStudent
Simona S.RomaniaStudent
Kathleen N.CAStudent
Abigail K.TNStudent
Rastin H.CAStudent
Zara R.NYStudent
Teymour A.Mentor - Intuit
Aubrey M.Mentor - BNPP

Team 14

Zemira S.BermudaStudent
Maya Panoutssos O.BrazilStudent
Livia S.BrazilStudent
Ziva Z.E.IndonesiaStudent
Alyssa Ayu M.IndonesiaStudent
Mahila Z.IndonesiaStudent
Ilinca A.
Ian M.SCStudent
Cathy S.Mentor - Intuit
Haridoss S.Mentor - Viacom
Stephane X.Mentor - BNPP

Team 15

Marina Ayumi A.BrazilStudent
Sultan M.IndonesiaStudent
Muhammad Rafa W.IndonesiaStudent
Daiyan H.IndonesiaStudent
Alexandru L.RomaniaStudent
Valerie L.SCStudent
Beckett K.CAStudent
Pham K.Mentor - Viacom
Eddie B.Mentor - BNPP