Molly Hurley-Dépret is the Storyteller and Policy Manager for the Smart Villages Initiative. She has been of part of the Smart Villages Initiative since its inception and has over a decade of experience in communication and policy focusing on development and science & innovation. She was recently invited to speak to the European Parliament’s Development Committee about energy access prior to a committee vote on this issue (October 2016). She has led stakeholder outreach, media relations, digital strategy, and policy-related communication for science & innovation-focused organisations in Germany, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and English with a minor in Spanish (magna cum laude) and a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology. She has taught in New York City (Baruch College – CUNY) and Washington, D.C. (George Mason University). She resides in Luxembourg / the United States and speaks English, French, Spanish, and some German.