This is a partial list of individuals who have served as reviewers, mentors, prize sponsors, and/or investors with our network in the past few years. Mentors volunteer based on their interest, specific expertise, and availability during the reviewing windows. There is no guarantee than any particular mentor will be assigned to a particular company.
Mr. Addison works at Virgin where he manages the Virgin Earth Challenge and collaborates with colleagues on some of Virgin’s People and Planet activities. His undergraduate studies in Geography (BSc, first-class) focused on earth system science, especially environmental and climatic change, alongside environmental economics, biodiversity, ecology and global development. He also holds an MSc in Environmental Technology, specializing in Energy Policy, from Imperial College London.
Dr. Albion was a student and professor at Harvard for 20 years, after which he co-founded six organizations, including Net Impact. Most recently, he served in the Office of the President at Babson College, helping to integrate social values into the college. He has made over 600 speaking visits to business schools and written seven books. In 2010, Dr. Albion became the first social entrepreneur to receive the distinguished national entrepreneur of the year award, presented at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. His articles, books and award-winning short film can be found at www.makingalife.com and www.more-than-money.com.
Sherry Altman (Founding Member)
Ms. Altman is a specialist in business strategy and environmental management and is currently a Principal with Booz Allen Hamilton. She has 14 years experience advising public and private sector organizations, with special focus on developing and assessing business plans and market entry strategies. She holds an MBA and Masters of Environmental Management from Yale and a BSE in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke.
Kaylene Alvarez (Founding Member)
Ms.Alvarez has been in impact investing for 20+ years and her firm has closed transactions in almost 50 countries. Five years ago I founded my own firm and one of the things we do is to represent social entrepreneurs in emerging markets build sustainable business models to find funding from investors. They also provide advisory services to social entrepreneurs. In additional to general advisory for Access to Finance (MFIs, SME banking, mobile money, transaction support) we focus on three major value chains: renewable energy, ethical fashion & design, and agriculture (food and beverage).
Richard Ambrose (Founding Member)
Mr. Ambrose is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Pomona Impact, an impact investment firm that invests in for-profit businesses with a social mission across Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Ecuador. He co-founded two dynamic co-working spaces in Guatemala, Chamba and the Impact Hub Antigua, and is actively working to expand the benefits of co-working spaces across more of Central America. Richard has also worked 10 years with Latin American Partners and EMP Global developing investment funds and making direct investments across Latin America and Middle East & North Africa in infrastructure, agriculture and heavy industry.
Mitra Ardron (senior adviser)
Mr. Ardron was most recently the CEO of Lumeter Networks, which has developed a pre-paid electricity meter that it provides to renewable energy companies so they can provide power to off-grid rural poor in developing countries. Mitra is passionate about solving projects at scale. He built a solar company in Australia that crowd-sourced community purchase of residential PV. He co-founded the Association for Progressive Communications (www.apc.org) that pioneered the internet in the early ’90s into much of the emerging economies and is now a leading voice on ICT for development and human rights. His background bridges technology and business, from editing internet standards to being acting CEO of a banana paper company that IPO-ed. Immediately prior to co-founding Lumeter, he spent a few years mentoring innovators with clean tech solutions to developing world problems.
Ms. Aravindakshan has been the Director of Talent Operations at Ashoka. She has over a decade of impact in the private, governmental and philanthropic sectors leading strategic, financial and operational initiatives. Previously, as Chief of Staff to the Chief Technology Officer for Washington, DC, Asha created the award-winning TechStat performance management program and led critical citywide initiatives related to public safety, health and economic development. She is passionate about the potential of applying innovative solutions across sectors and their ability to strengthen governance, improve education, and transform lives. She serves as a Board Member for The George Washington University Alumni Association, Advisor for Blue Tiger Labs, mentor for SXSW V2V, SXSWedu and Mentor Capital Network, and member of the Echoing Green Social Investment Council. Asha holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Finance from The George Washington University and an MBA from MIT.
Mr. Baird developed the Village Capital concept in 2009. Village Capital sources, trains, and invests in entrepreneurs solving major global challenges, using a peer review process that delivers better results for entrepreneurs and investors. Village Capital has supported more than 500 entrepreneurs through programs over the past five years; companies have created 7,000 jobs and raised $100 million in follow-on capital. Before launching Village Capital, Ross worked with First Light Ventures, a seed-stage venture fund and participated in the founding and development of four education-related start-up ventures: the Indian School Finance Company in Hyderabad, India, the National College Advising Corps in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and two ventures using technology to promote civic participation. He has a MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was a Truman Scholar and a Jefferson Scholar.
Ms. Barrera’s work strengthens the bridges between art-craft-design to foster social and human changes with a focus on sustainability. Honesty and open disclosure from the conventional and privileged designers position shapes the essential part of Kythzia’s creative leadership as Head of Innovating Tradition and CEO of Colectivo 1050º that support the development of pottery communities in Oaxaca, México.
Dr. Boutla has been leveraging her neuroplasticity PhD to build startups and advise innovators for the last 12 years. Her first startup, More Than Money Careers, was among the first Certified B Corps in Maryland and inspire over 5,000 students to turn their education into meaningful employment. MTMCareers was awarded the 2013 AshokaU/Cordes Award for Social Innovation in Higher Education, and was one of the first companies housed at the 1776DC incubator. Dr. Boutla is currently teaching entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland and has been advising startup executives through the I-Corps DC node, HeraHub, and AccelerateDC. A first generation high school graduate, Dr. Boutla earned her Psychology Bsc from the Universite Catholique de Louvain, and her MA and PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester.
Ms. Koenig’s interests lie at the intersection of business, innovation and impact. She has helped launch ventures of all shapes and sizes, ranging from community-run ecotourism businesses in Mexico and Guatemala to a national strategy for sustainable tourism development in Bhutan. She is the founder of Wello, an award winning social venture that co-creates disruptive innovations designed to provide better, more reliable access to basic needs, like water, education and income. Cynthia earned MBA/MS degrees from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources and Environment and holds a BA in Anthropology from Trinity College. She is an Unreasonable Institute Fellow and a member of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainability’s External Advisory Board.
Mr. Aaron is a retired Navy Captain with 24 years of combined active and reserve service (12 years active, 12 reserve). After leaving active duty, he obtained an MBA with a focus in nonprofit management. He currently serves as the President and CEO of Special Olympics PA.
Mr. Adair works in eco and social developmental projects on the ground in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Mr. Albert is a lawyer in New York City and a former law professor. He has advised and taught on issues of corporate governance, finance, and intellectual property. He is also a seasoned commercial litigator.
Mary Coller Albert
Ms. Albert is a marketing and brand executive who has worked with large and small consumer companies focusing on digital commerce. She currently works with non profit organizations to help amplify their message through digital media. Her past experience includes senior management positions at entertainment start-ups and large media companies.
Anneliesa Clump Alprin
Ms. Alprin is a brand-builder and proponent of storytelling as an effective marketing strategy. Having worked in Washington, D.C. for twenty years, Ms. Alprin has helped raise awareness on many social issues, and presently serves as a strategic partnership consultant. She has a Masters in Leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
Ms. Alvarez is a communications and design specialist working in International Development and Social Enterprises. She creates brands, tells stories, and designs products, processes, services, and experiences. She is based in Mexico City and knows a lot about the Latin Market.
Dr. America worked on SME policy in the U S Government, taught Investing in Africa at a major US Business School, MBA Program and has visited 40 business schools in 25 countries in Africa. and taught short courses at a management school in Dakar, Senegal.
Mr. Ang previously developed and deployed information systems with an emphasis on the health field. He subsequently sold that business to a cybersecurity firm. Raymond then spent 2+ years helping people on social assistance start their own businesses. Currently, Raymond operates a fracture screening program designed to prevent future osteoporotic fractures.
Jenny Andersson is a brand consultant who works exclusively with organisations and start-ups who want to activate purpose within their organisation to support the worldwide delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She has worked for many recognised global consumer brands, NGOs and charities including Virgin, Levi Strauss, Timberland, Patagonia, WSPA, Compassion in World Farming and Chain of Hope.
Ms. Armitage was co-founder and marketing director for weBike, a company that offers simple, affordable station-less bike sharing for college campuses. She also works at the Entrepreneur’s Organization managing Mentorship programs, and is active in various entrepreneurial groups in DC, such as Sandbox & the Hub.
Mr. Apte is a senior executive with rich diverse experience covering many facets of business management. Suhas has developed a valuable global perspective, extensive CPG industry experience and sustainability credentials based on a broad career path working in Asia-Pacific, developing markets, Europe and the United States. Suhas held several executive positions at the Kimberly-Clark Corp. including Global Sustainability Officer, President of Family Care Europe and Vice President of Baby & Child Care Business for Emerging Markets. He is a partner in the Blue Earth Network; member of the Forum For the Future North America advisory team, member of the Green Chamber of Atlanta and charter member of TiE Tampa organization. He is also on the boards of social NGO Global Giving and EPI Breads. He is a Mechanical Engineer from India, with MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Allison Archambault (Founding Member)
Ms. Archambault is the president of EarthSpark International. She collaborates with innovative companies and organizations to effect fast, efficient, and widespread adoption of sustainable renewable energy and energy efficient technologies.
Mr. Astrada works in the White House Office of Management and Budget in the Office of Federal Financial Management. Previously he worked for JPMorgan Chase as a mortgage banking compliance analyst. He has also served as an attorney assisting entrepreneurs, non-profits, and small business with tax and legal planning along with strategy and business development. He has partnered with the US Department of Commerce as a merit review panelist for their entrepreneur and investment fund grants.
Dr. Babcock-Lumish founded Islay Consulting LLC to meet the needs of innovative clients committed to effecting positive change, from local to global. Terry’s research interests involve decision-making in financial innovation at the intersection of science, technology, and society, with implications for private and social entrepreneurship alike. She has worked in local, state, and federal government.
Ms. Baer is an MBA working in product management. She previously worked in and researched in the organic agriculture space as well as renewable energy.
Ms. Ballard is a lawyer turned sustainable fashion social entrepreneur who started a social enterprise creating clothing for professional women.
Juan Barbed Isusi
Mr. Barbed is the Portfolio Manager for Central America, Caribbean and Mexico for Kiva. Kiva is an American NGO that connects people around the world through high impact loans. He leads the business development efforts and the Due Diligence process in the region.
Mr. Bagni has experience in brand, market and product development, with a deep understanding of the “enthusiast” mindset. Have recently worked on projects in the outdoor, bike, natural foods, green automotive categories.
Mr. Baker is the Executive Director for Entrepreneurship at the University of Mary Washington Center for Economic Development. He manages an incubation program, student and faculty project engagement program, the Virginia Business Incubation Association, and a Small Business Development Center that provides consulting, management training, and strategic research.
Ms. Balachandra, Senior Vice President, TechVision21, a consulting company whose clients are largely technology developers spanning a number of industry sectors – biopower, nanomaterials, ocean thermal energy conversion, solar (PV, CPV, solar thermal), energy storage, IC engines. TechVision21 helps them navigate the federal labyrinth.
Amanda Barrett (Founding Member)
Ms. Barrett is a digital marketing and strategy consultant for social enterprise companies. Formerly, I was the head of marketing for Mediabisto.com, a startup that sold for $23 million in 2007.
Mr. Bartley’s area of expertise is global strategy. He has lead / participated in the various aspects of entrepreneurship, from launching ventures, to building and selling them, to working on both sides of acquisition deals. His education includes graduate degrees in engineering and business. Through one of his current projects he is heavily involved in the water technology sector, liaising with companies, investors, and NGO’s. He helped get one of the 14 official UN Global Compact Cities its designation for its work in fresh water research. He has traveled the globe working in water issues, and connects with such companies as GE Water, Siemens, Veolia, and NGOs as UNESCO, OECD, IWA, and AWS to mention a few.
Ms. Bates is a Principal and Founder of MacKenzie Public Relations, Kira Bates directs public relations and strategic marketing campaigns for core clients. In addition to overseeing business development, Kira provides clients with branding solutions that include public relations, social media, crisis communications, copywriting, and event marketing. Prior to launching MacKenzie PR in Washington, DC, Kira worked in the fashion industry in NYC. Kira managed public relations campaigns for high end fashion clients that include Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, and Halston, along with the premiere fashion boutique Intermix. Her experience overseeing the press and marketing for these clients, as well as understanding the amount of work that goes into producing fashion lines shown in NYC, Milan, and Paris, provides her with a unique understanding of the fashion industry.
Ms. Bender is an angel investor focusing on ventures that promote sustainability. She has advised numerous start-ups on strategy, product development, partnerships and fund-raising, and was the co-founder of a venture-backed Silicon Valley start-up. Her prior experience is in financial services product development and strategy, and she currently co-manages a niche investment fund. She is on the board of a social enterprise based in Senegal, and is part of a team starting a sustainable farm in the New York City vicinity.
Mr. Berke is a sales and marketing consultant, a past participant in the William James Foundation competition with a business plan for hand-crafted, renewable-sourced candles made in Latin America and distributed in the US.
Ms. Berliner promotes investment and builds organizations to grow the sustainable economy and foster mitigation and adaptation to the effects of climate change. She has a record of achievement in land-based economic development, with skills in strategic planning, industrial operations management, and project, corporate and environmental finance. Her governance skills include evaluation, financial oversight, design and management of joint ventures, sustainability planning and corporate development including investor relations and M&A. Ms. Berliner volunteers as a Business Mentor for the Clean Tech Open and the Mentor Capital Network, helping clean energy entrepreneurs hone their business models, position their companies in the right markets, and prepare to raise capital. She holds a seat on the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Energy Utility of Washington, DC, an organization contracted by the DC Department of Energy and Environment. Ms. Berliner is bilingual English-Spanish, has an MPIA in Economic and Social Development from the University of Pittsburgh, and an Honors BA in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is LEED certified and active in the renewable energy and energy efficiency policy world.
Mr. Berruto has stated and financed several companies including the first significant sustainable furniture company in the US _ sourcing both certified and reclaimed wood from Latin America and manufacturing in Asia, Mexico and the USA.
Mr. Bershatsky started his career in clean energy finance in 2007, having worked on Wall Street raising capital for energy technology companies and renewable power project developers, as well as advising the federal government on its renewable energy programs. He holds an MBA in Strategy & Entrepreneurship and is currently preparing for the Chartered Financial Analyst Level III exam.
Mr. Bihl grew up in advertising; his father, grandfather and many aunts and uncles were in the business. He has worked at award-winning agencies across the country and sine 2004 has provided direct advice and support to agencies and Fortune 500 clients around the world. Mr. Bihl is a frequent contributor to industry publications globally, and teaches marketing and advertising in the Philadelphia area.
Ms. Bhogle has worked in the area of clean cooking energy for about 25 years, largely in India. She started a company that sells wood fired cookstoves for commercial, large scale cooking operations 4 years ago. She designed fuel efficient stoves made of mud and constructed onsite, wood/ agro residue burning stoves for several rural post harvest processing operations and transferred technology to rural grass root entrepreneurs, and factory produced cookstoves for commercial cooking.
Hugh Blodget (Founding Member)
Mr. Blodget is a Management Consultant in financial services, helping clients resolve strategic and operational issues. He has a BS in Operations Research & Engineering, as well as MBA (Yale SOM) and Master of Architecture (Yale School of Architecture) degrees. He also designs and build wood furniture and have worked in green construction.
Ms. Bolger is a consultant working with mission-driven organizations to help meet their strategic and funding needs. She has a background as an intra-preneur in both the business and nonprofit worlds.
Mr Boehm is currently VP of Investments at Golden Mean Capital, which invests in the agricultural supply chain in Africa.
Ms. Bonanza holds her M.A. in Sustainable Communities and Socially Responsible Business from Goddard College and is a StartingBloc fellow. Kirsten has working in the field of sustainability consulting since 2008 mainly in the areas of organization development and communications.
Mr. Boyle is a commercial lender for a community bank and a former board member of Sustainable Business Network of Washington.
Ms. Brantner has recently launched PB Work Solutions, a consulting and counseling firm for those in toxic work situations, and is writing her first book. She was the Executive Director of Workplace Fairness from 2008-2016, after serving as its Program Director from 2003 to 2007, writing legal content for the Webby-nominated site www.workplacefairness.org, and developing products for WF’s social enterprise program, 0.1.2.3. Paula was formerly the Program Director for Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, and the Working America Education Fund. An employment lawyer for over 24 years, Paula has degrees from UC-Hastings College of the Law and Michigan State University’s James Madison College. She is a former co-coordinator for NetSquaredDC, a Startup Weekend participant, a Lean Impact Summit People’s Choice Winner and a retired DC Rollergirl.
Mr. Breedlove is a Partner of Blue Earth Network and the Founder of Choose Goodness, LLC. Prior to joining Blue Earth Network and founding Choose Goodness, Tommy was on the Board of Directors, a Senior Partner and the International Practice Leader for a large CPA firm where he advised international manufacturing and distribution companies on financial strategies for setting up operations in the US as well as domestic entities establishing operations abroad. Tommy and his international practice were winners of the 2012 Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Global Impact Award, and he is the current President of the British American Business Group in Atlanta, GA.
Ms. Amanda Britt is the founder of Panzanzee, Chicago’s social impact coworking space, incubator & entrepreneur community on a mission to grow companies that tackle the world’s toughest challenges. She built her vision from early career roles in the United Nations, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and State Department followed by 8 years at Bank of America. She rose quickly to Senior Vice President serving in Senior Strategic Planner, Portfolio Manager, and Transactions & Investments Manager roles in corporate and commercial real estate. In 2012, her team incubated give companies, four received funding through her platform and one is negotiating for sale. Later in 2012, she opened a coworking space for entrepreneurs in River North which grew to 40 members and 25 startup companies in six months. Not stopping there, she and her team are building impact-focused incubation products and laying groundwork for a center for social impact in Chicago. A North Carolina native, Amanda holds a B.A. in Political Science from Davidson College with additional concentrations in French and Vocal Performance. She actively serves on the board of Young Ambassadors of Opportunity, which she helped found in 2008, and frequently supports Opportunity International’s global microfinance work. She co-founded the Young Professionals Leadership Forum in Charlotte, NC and actively supports a children?s home in Oaxaca, Mexico. You might also find her in Chicago fostering collaboration through the Chicago Ideas Week Co-op, teaching yoga on the beach, or fronting her rock band, The Recasts.
Ms. Jessica Britt has worked for an educational NGO in the Guatemala City garbage dump community, and is now a member of the Democracy and Governance Sector focused on the administrative and financial management side of managing eight different USAID contracts, primarily in Latin America.
Ms. Brown is a corporate/tech lawyer, startup advisor, human rights advocate, nascent angel investor, and bass player. After working for a technology start-up, Binta worked exclusively on technology and internet IPOs and transactions at Cravath. She advised (and advises) senior management and corporate boards of media, technology, telecom and entertainment companies on corporate governance matters and special situations, and was a partner in Kirkland & Ellis, before leaving to undertake innovation research at Harvard, while advising 12 different early stage technology companies. Binta has advised Hillary Clinton, Andrew Cuomo and members of the Obama Administration on a variety of policy matters. Binta has been recognized as one of the Root’s 100 Most Influential African-Americans, Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 business leaders, Crain’s New York 40 under 40, and by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. She has been featured in Real Simple magazine on mentorship, the Washington Post, the New York Times, on CNN and an Intelligence Squared debate featured on NPR, sits on a handful of advisory and philanthropic boards (including 2U Inc., Barnard College, Human Rights First, the American Theatre Wing and New York City Parks Foundation), and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. For a full bio see: http://about.me/bnbrown
Mr. Brown specializes in humanitarian technologies.
Mr. Budak is a social entrepreneur who founded a fintech startup. He now coaches and advises social entrepreneurs around the world.
Mr. Bueno is an Investment Officer at the Grassroots Business Fund where he leads pipeline sourcing, due diligence and supervision of SME investments in the US, South America, East Africa, India, and Indonesia.
Mr. Calabrese is the CEO of Boom Algae. He holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder and has been a full time entrepreneur since 2014. Boom Algae manages waste streams from breweries, such as CO2 and canning rinsewater, to reuse these resources for co-located algae production. The algae is then sold companies who make algae-based products. Currently, Boom Algae is using waste streams from Upslope Brewing and producing an algae strain that’s used as a 100% biodegradable, algae-based ink produced by Living Ink Technologies.
Mr. Cameron directs a Washington, DC think tank on the policy impacts of emerging technologies. He has served as an adviser to technology startups. In one recent year he was invited to keynote events on all five continents, with topics including the future of the workplace, impacts of life extension, social media and content. He writes on social enterprise and CSR. He is also a Commissioner of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, and chairs its Social and Human Sciences Committee.
Mr. Carney is an experienced NGO administrator and fundraiser currently working in Washington, DC. In addition to advanced degrees and training in other fields, he holds a BSE in Management and a BS in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. His business specialty is developing effective and efficient operating systems that mirror an organization’s values and create a framework for sustainable growth.
Ms. Carney is interested in creating brands (as entrepreneur) in the food / farming/ health/ arena, and in developing powerful brand experiences (for clients). She has been Executive Producer at Tribal Code since 1994, and is a serial entrepreneur and Founder of Zen Heart since 2003. Her past experience includes leading slow food restaurants, initiating international fair trade exchanges, marketing tech start up companies, and promoting slow money strategies.
Mr. Carter was a member of the Communications, Technology, and Mobile Practice Group at Arent Fox LLP, where he has a particular emphasis on disputes between telecommunications carriers, and regulation of the open Internet, the mobile web, and mobile health devices. David also has an active practice working with nonprofit organizations and social enterprises. He has served as a lead representative to Accelerating Market-driven Partnerships (“AMP”), an international partnership convened by the United States Department of State to tackle social issues through market-based approaches and also advises several Native American tribes on renewable energy projects. He is an Adjunct Professor for the Graduate Program in Social Entrepreneurship and Change at Pepperdine University.
Mr. Casten is CEO of Recycled Energy Development, LLC, which develops, owns, and operates waste energy recovery projects, with a corporate mission to profitably reduce GHG emissions. He previously ran a company that manufactured custom-designed co-generation plants with a similar mission. He has significant experience raising and deploying capital from private equity and institutional markets.
Ms. Cayce is award winning executive with 15+ years experience creating transformational marketing strategies and operating plans that help organizations bring new ideas to market.
Ms. Chamberlain has extensive experience working for corporations, trade associations and nonprofits, using her listening skills, organizational prowess, and problem solving abilities to provide technical assistance, trainings and resources to meet the needs of different audiences. Kathy has a BA in Liberal Studies from American University and an MS in Organization Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University. She was Managing Director of UnSectored (2014-15), which facilitated online and offline conversations and experiences related to cross-sector collaboration, social innovation and social enterprise issues.
Ms. Chavatte brings 16 years of experience working with, and for the private sector, in finance, marketing and corporate social responsibility (CSR). She has counseled and educated more than 30 corporations and businesses -across industrial sectors-on how to create shared value for all stakeholders, thus aligning business and social value. Fluent in English, Spanish, and French.
Ms. Cherry founded and runs a healthy snack delivery service, has worked for a start up social enterprise in India and is steeped in food and social enterprise in other areas including roles with the U.S. Healthful Food Council and Echoing Green.
Andres Chiodi Enrico
Mr. Chiodi. System Engineer, MSc in Finance, MBA with specialization in International Trade from IE Business School. He treasures experiences from a 13 years career at leading international financial institutions, in managerial, directive and representative positions; as well as Professor at graduate courses for more than 10 years, in fields like finance, management, economy and administration. He is also an independent consultant on financial matters and business valuation for corporations and individuals, and at educational projects. Andres developed an academic and professional career focused on every aspect of creating and driving international businesses, with special interests on sustainability, ethics and collaborative advantage. He started up AlValor.com (an internet based business valuation service), prior to create abcdexperts, caring since 2009 for the integrity of its business and social value proposition, operative model, user experience, marketing, selling & strategy. Andrés wants to leave a better World for his triplets and to raise them as good children for the future.
Ms. Chirumbole is a social entrepreneur and consultant with a background working with a broad range of organization types from small businesses in Africa to multinational life sciences companies to community-based organizations.
Mr. Cocle is CEO and a co-founder of SVX Mexico, where he is in charge of Operations as well as Investment Readiness Services for social entrepreneurs and impact investors. Previously, Antoine has done consulting work for a Mexican High Net Worth family developing an investment thesis for a Mexican early stage impact-investing fund and was Director of Entrepreneur Services at Agora Partnerships, where he managed the accelerator and the Capital Advisory Services area. Before dedicating himself to fostering social entrepreneurship, he was working in the financial sector, at AXA and JPMorgan. He has a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University and a Master in Business Engineering from the Solvay Business School (Belgium).
Mr. Cohen is the Managing Partner of City Light Capital, a venture capital fund focused on supporting US based, high-growth companies dedicated to tackling some of society’s toughest challenges in safety, education and the environment.
Ms. Berit Coleman is a serial entrepreneur in the business to support other entrepreneurs and non-profits.
Ms. Jessa Coleman was a fellow with Frontier Market Scouts, posted in Cameroon managing a microfinance fund and consulting for OiLibya. She previously worked for Holland & Knight’s clean energy lobby in Washington, DC. She speaks French and work primarily in francophone Africa and the Middle East. She is currently working on a MiM at Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris.
Mr. Connell is the Executive Director of Ignited Leadership and a professional speaker. Ignited Leadership is dedicated to helping young adults get involved with local and global civic engagement and becoming the type of leader who changes our world.
Ms. Coren is a social enterprise business consultant who has developed food distribution, production and processing ventures to advance and stabilize local food systems. Among these are food hubs, food business incubators, groceries and farmers markets that trade on source identification and bring producers together with business and consumer purchasers.
Ms. Corrado is a philanthropic professional with experience in grantmaking, evaluation, and program management. She is on staff at the National Center for Family Philanthropy.
Ms. Courtney is a former WJF Competition winner based on a plan centered around saving a rainforest through the sale of carbon credits while providing ancillary benefits such as biodiversity conservation, economic development, empowerment and cultural survival in several countries where the plan had been implemented. She is also a government business development consultant with a focus on sustainability.
Mr. Crawford, AICP, LEED AP is a recognized expert in green building, sustainable design, energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, markets and policy. He also serves on boards of several non-profit organizations which provide energy and housing improvements for low-income, elderly and disabled families and other underserved communities.
Ms. Craytor ran a non profit focused on sustainable development. During her tenure she led the project management of a eco-industrial park feasibility study, which included an anchor tenant C&D recycling component. This concept was envisioned by using the environmental justice issues facing the community as the filter to conceive the project. Currently she is NYC’s industrial policy director.
Ms. Curtis is an independent strategy consultant who works with IT, Biotech, Health Care, and Apparel clients. She worked at Microsoft for 10 years, and Levi Strauss & Co. for 5 years. She developed quality of care metrics for General Electric, a self-insured company at that time. She obtained her MBA at the Yale School of Management. Prior to that, she had a career in health care administration. At the moment, she is working with health insurance organizations on strategy relative to health care reform. She has consulted to bioinformatics and health care robotics entrepreneurs.
Dr. Curtis is an entrepreneur, with a consulting firm in economic development, including raising capital. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of the District of Columbia’s School of Business and Public Administration, teaching entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship finance, and small business management. His PhD research is about social entrepreneurs and wealth-building for working class Americans. He has over thirty years of experience in the financial services industry.
Mr. D’Esposito is President of RESOLVE, an independent organization with a thirty-year track record of success helping diverse interests engage in dialogue, collaborative decision-making and action. RESOLVE strengthens the capacity of others to act as collaborative leaders. The Solutions Network is a RESOLVE initiative designed to catalyze, incubate and reward solutions to urgent environmental challenges.
Ms. Daniel is Director of Fellowship at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. She completed her PhD in Community Sustainability at Michigan State University, where she focused on networks and entrepreneurship in the North American food movement. Prior to that, she founded and led FoodLab, an organization founded by and for entrepreneurs who are working together towards a more just, sustainable, and diverse good food economy in Detroit. Before FoodLab, Jess spent time developing and implementing programs in a diverse range of contexts, including as policy intern for the network-based National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition; farming apprentice on a biodynamic farm in Western Washington (where she raised and slaughtered pasture-fed poultry); technical advisor to NGOs in Cambodia; marketing manager for Google’s cloud-based collaboration tools; and chief operating officer for an education start-up in the Bay Area.
Ms. Darley founded her company, The Transitions Coach in early 2000 with a burning desire to make a difference in people’s lives and businesses. Trained and mentored by renowned business consultant, Dr. David Zelman she trains individuals and teams in delivering results and having extraordinary lives. She supports leaders in “walking their talk” and creating a culture where personal responsibility and accountability reign.
Ms. Daruwala is a successful entrepreneur and independent consultant with over 20 years of experience specializing in corporate responsibility, nonprofit operations, responsible investing, gender equality, entrepreneurship as a vehicle for closing the racial wealth gap and labor/human rights.
Ms. Davies-Adewebi leads an initiative at United Nations Global Compact, which helps multinational companies evaluate emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Internet of Things and develop sustainable business models powered by these technologies that address the Sustainable Development Goals. She has several years of experience in working with startup companies and social enterprises to design business models, to engage in partnerships with multinational corporations and to prepare them for debt and equity financing. To date she has helped such companies qualify for over $4 million in seed financing. She holds an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and B.A. in International Relations and Economics from Boston University. She is also a StartingBloc Fellow.
Ms. Davenport is an investment professional with South Valley Angels, an investment firm that provides capital, strategic analysis and capacity building to high potential ideas in high tech, clean tech, sustainable agriculture and worthy social endeavors. She sits on the board of the Sustainable Business Institute. Previously she worked at Agilent Technologies, Royal Dutch Shell and HP, where she managed large scale strategic teams and initiatives for the past 18 years. She managed global teams and multi-million dollar budgets for the implementation of critical M&A and operational/IT strategy. She graduated from UC Texas with an M.S. in Computer Science and from San Jose State University with a B.A. in Economics.
Ms. Davidson was Green America’s Director of Standards and Certification 2012-16. She also served as the researcher and Senior Regional Director for Green Festivals 2004-2012 and holds an MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. She is based in Washington DC, but leaves the US as often as possible!
Mr. Davis is the founder and CEO of RENEW LLC – an investment advisory and management consulting firm for angel investors seeking to gain financial and social returns from their investment capital.
Ms. Davis has the perfect blend of both technical and grassroots/community organizing skills. She is currently a Partner and Principal Planner at Nspiregreen, LLC. She is responsible for the management of the major planning functions and the public involvement projects for transportation. She is a transportation guru who uses her knowledge to spark progressive social change in the community. She has been innovative in founding a women’s biking group, implementing an annual transportation summit for her community, and participating on the Citizens Advisory Council for the Transportation Planning Board for the DC region. She lives in Washington, DC.
Ms. Dean leads grantmaking focused on renewable energy and solutions to climate change for a California-based foundation. Previously, she led the Agriculture subprogram at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and worked for the U.S. Fair Trade Certification organization, Fairtrade USA. She has an MBA from the Haas School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from U.C.L.A.
Mr. Decker is a principle consultant at Impact Makers, a founding B-Corporation in Richmond, Virginia. He began his professional career as a high school teacher before returning to school to get an MBA at the Yale School of Management. He has started and managed several product management organizations, focusing in health care, with a particular focus on creating repeatable service oriented products.
Ms. Densmore is President of the Academies for Social Entrepreneurship, an educational organization which provides training, mentoring and funding guidance for social entrepreneurs, especially those in not-for-profit organizations. She is an entrepreneur herself, having founded three hospitality businesses, an insurance agency and two nonprofit organizations.
Mr. Deriso is a serial entrepreneur, adjunct professor of management & entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, Director of Member Services for Toniic LLC, mentor for the Global Social Benefit Incubator and Unreasonable Institute, and member of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship Board of Directors.
Ms. Diefendorf is the Executive Director of the Environmental Finance Center at Dominican University of California. Her work focuses on developing sustainable enterprise for disadvantaged people in the USA and abroad including American Indian Tribes in the Southwestern USA and refugee communities in South Africa.
Mr. Doll has a broad IT and product development background, and leads multidisciplinary teams to bring great ideas to scale.
Mr. Dougan is an attorney and angel investor who advises North Americans looking for SMEs in Africa to invest in. Kwame investment focus is in financial technology, ecommerce, and increasingly, energy.
Mr. Drewery is a startup veteran who has launched approximately 15 new products and / or businesses. Further background includes marketing strategy, finance, and operations consulting with McKinsey & Company, MMR Strategy Group, and Drewery & Associates. A green energy enthusiast, hobbies include solar and wind power generation, having built small scale wind generation models (VAWT variety).
Mr. Drozd is the Impact and Growth Lead at Backspace, an Amsterdam-based startup studio, previously COO of Ecosia, Germany’s first B Corporation.
Dr. Dubb has a strong background in community development, with a focus on community wealth building—using different forms of community ownership of land and business as a strategy to meet business needs and build wealth in low-income communities. Dr. Dubb specializes on the use of social enterprise and employee-ownership as forms of business organization, as well as on the development of supply chain strategies that tap into the spending of universities, hospitals and related place-based anchor institutions to jump-start economic development in low-income neighborhoods.
Ms. Dubit is an experienced social entrepreneur whose numerous publishing, entertainment, online and non-profit initiatives — built under the Vergant and WonderWorks brands and for such entities as America Online, Bertelsmann Music Group, New Line Cinema, Pantone, Primedia, Omnimedia, Unilever, The Council on Economic Priorities and the New York City Department of Education — all carry a common thread: The creation and promotion of highly visible, meaningful and profitable programs and partnerships that can be leveraged across an array of industries and media.
Mr. DuBuisson works in technical policy development for a non-profit organization focused on carbon offsets. He was a member of the winning team in the 2008 WJF competition.
Ms. Dupont brings financial, strategic and economic analysis to projects. She has worked as an antitrust attorney and economic consultant and in her current position is developing strategic sales channel pilots for a health care company.
Mr. Edgerton founded and manages a sustainability focused real estate company, which consults, manages property, and develops damaged properties. He has worked and/or consulted in the engineering, fitness, nutrition, farming, and education industries.
Ms. Eichsteadt is the Head of Community for Good Life Project where she coaches entrepreneurs and consults with enterprises in the use of community building and organizing to drive growth for mission-based businesses. Prior to joining Good Life Project, Harmony was the Evangelist for NationBuilder, a community organizing technology company, where she worked with a wide array of cooperatives, nonprofits, and businesses to use technology and community organizing principles to build sustainable ventures. Harmony is also a member of the leadership team of Eco-Villagers Cooperative – a real estate investment co-op dedicated to the development and sustainability of ecovillage neighborhoods.
Mr. Eliot is a Managing Director at Paladin Capital Group, where he leads investments in early stage technology companies. He has served on the boards of directors of many of Paladin’s portfolio companies, providing guidance at every stage of growth from pre-revenue through $100M+ acquisitions.
Ms. Elliott is a program officer with VentureWell, supporting student entrepreneurs who are mostly cleantech and medical inventors with products that help people in the US and abroad. Previously she was a co-founder of a cleantech materials startup based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She as an MBA with a focus on Sustainable Enterprise and a BA of Environmental Policy.
Mr. Engel has advised companies on strategy and organizational development, and provides counseling to social enterprises in particular as local mentor-chair of a national clean-tech business-plan competition.
Ms. Espinosa is a social entrepreneur, a co-owner in a L3C, have managed marketing and financial activities for a mid-sized NPO, and consult with a number of entrepreneurs at various stages. Her day job currently is in educational leadership and innovation; she oversees a group of eight graduate programs related to sustainability, culture, the arts, community empowerment, communication and digital media, and triple bottom line management.
Mr. Estes is a former VC and management consultant who has run a consulting practice for tech startups for the last 10 years, focusing on strategic advisory and capital raising. He most recently worked in the internal startup incubator for American Express, originating and building new product ideas. He currently is developing and launching a FinTech startup project, scheduled to launch later this year.
Ms. Fedri serves as GW’s Coordinator for Social Entrepreneurship. Her passionate involvement in social entrepreneurship education began five years ago and reflects in the roles she has taken on as a researcher, guest lecturer, student venture mentor, and business plan competition judge and organizer. For her doctoral studies in Higher Education at Penn State University, she is completing a dissertation on how social entrepreneurship curriculum evolves and benefits students. Melanie is a University of Virginia alumna and has lived and worked overseas for a combined three and a half years, taking her from the farm fields of India to the board rooms of Israel to the start-up hubs of Kenya. Around DC, she can sometimes be found on stage performing with her improv troupe.
Ms. Feinberg has launched six design for social innovation startups and a track record in sales and partnerships in retail cause marketing.
Mr. Feldman is co-founder/partner of the Livability Project, a mission-based professional services firm launched in 2006. Dave currently speaks on a variety of topics including sustainable communities, incubation, green community hubs and leadership skills. In 2008, Dave is founding director of Bethesda Green, a collaboration of business, government and citizens working together to promote sustainable living practices. He set up a center that incubates green businesses, educates the community about sustainability and facilitates the implementation of green solutions in the region. In 2009, Dave was named one of “The 25 CEOs You Need to Know” by The Gazette of Politics and Business and as “Innovator of the Year” by The Daily Record. In 2010, the Montgomery County Council named him one of the “40 Environmentalists in 40 Years”. From 2002-07, Dave was Consul, Trade & Investment at the British Embassy and helped foster economic development between the U.S. and U.K.
Mr. Fernandes is a banking professional with over 13 years of experience in Risk Management and Emerging Markets.
Mr. Ferrari is a visual artist, businessman, social entrepreneur, filmmaker, writer and is at work on a multitude of projects using media as an inclusive vehicle to social enterprise, all with an eye on empowerment through interpersonal and digital interaction.
Ms. Fish has over 25 years experience in developing new businesses and online financial information services delivered to major financial firms. She’s managed relationships with technology and business partners as well as led project teams designing real-time financial information services and systems for financial and investment professionals globally. Currently, she is the founder and director of Friends of Tilonia, Inc. which takes its name from Tilonia, a small village in India that is home of the Barefoot College. She is an active member of Investors’ Circle and mentor social enterprise start-ups through IC and Mentor Capital Network.
Mr. Fleisher has more than 25 years of experience in business development, sales and technology. He has been involved with 8 start-ups, which included ID verification, networking hardware, speech, streaming video, collaboration, intelligent agents and RFID. He has helped build early stage technology companies in Software, Hardware and Service areas. His current start-up is Urgnt.ly. It connects people with an urgent or top of mind need to the nearest party that can meet it. Prior to Urgnt.ly, He co-founded Honesty Online, which provides identity credentials to curb fraud and trust issues online. Ric was also co-founder of Reliacast, designer of the standard for digital media audience management, which was purchased by Comcast Interactive in 2006.
Mr. Flores scored, screened, and selected companies to present to an investor network comprised of angels, foundations, family offices, and social venture funds, all of which are looking to invest equity capital into enterprises capable of making a large social and/or environmental impact.
Mr. Force is a roboticist, currently running a startup company that processes wet grass biomass to dry hay cubes on a mobile autonomous vehicle. He is familiar with pelleting and dewatering in farming contexts, electronic controls, vision processing, and RF communications. He has participated in a number of national and international business accelerator programs in both agriculture and energy sectors.
Mr. Frangione is the Senior Director of the Energy & Environment Prize Group at the X PRIZE Foundation where he is responsible for overseeing the design of incentivized innovation prizes related to energy and the environment. Prior, he was a management consultant to CEOs in the engineering industry on issues related to strategy. He has worked in all sectors of the energy field – wholesale, retail, renewable technologies, energy efficiency, and public outreach and education. He has developed associations in the energy sector, assisted in the start up of both a for-profit and a non-profit, and worked as a consultant to federal and private sector clients on management, energy, and environmental issues. Mr. Frangione received his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy from Colby College and a Master of Business Administration and Master of Environmental Management from Duke University.
Ms. Frank is a social entrepreneur who successfully founded and ran a non-profit financial services organization supporting microfinance in the U.S. .
Ms. Friedman runs a consulting practice focusing on environmental businesses and policy. Her main area of expertise is climate and energy. She previously worked for a private equity group that placed capital in environmental businesses, and also at the US EPA where she worked on the Kyoto Protocol and the effects of domestic environmental policy on US industry.
Ms Froehlich currently works as a Business & Peace Program Manager for a Peace-building foundation. Before that she supported Social Entrepreneurs in Nepal, including through a Social Enterprise Award she co-created and implemented. In the past, her work has included retail, the banking sector, the sporting goods industry, event and trade fair management and some communication and change management.
Mr. Gaboury has managed the implementation of infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia for over a decade. He is the Founder and Managing Director of a Southeast Asia based engineering consulting firm and the Co-Founder and CEO of a solar microgrid development company in Indonesia. Awards and honors include Global Entrepreneurial Summit (GES) 2016, PERC Enviropreneur of the Year 2015, Bozeman, MT; ASEAN-USA Business Summit Panelist, Siem Reap, Cambodia 2012; The Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) member 2011, Osaka, Japan. He holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Columbia University, Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado and holds a professional engineering license in the USA.
Mr. Gandhi runs a strategy consulting and investment banking firm. He has experience of working with Fortune 100 companies and mid size companies and scaling them up using organic and inorganic strategies.
Ms. Gardner combines her unique experience across private, public and social sectors to design dynamic solutions for community impact. With a passion for cultivating cross-sector partnerships and initiatives, Jamie works to leverage the power and productivity within each sector to optimize its potential for positive social change.
Mr. George has experience in small business ownership, international and community development finance. His particular interests include social entrepreneurship, renewable energy at the BOP, and community development finance. He cofounded a crowd-sourced impact investing fund and started a community development small business loan fund focused on the metro DC area. He received an MBA from Cornell University with a focus on social enterprise and international SME development
Mr. Gidwani co-founded CSRHub, which provides access to sustainability information using a freemium model (free access to all, additional data to subscribers). Prior to founding this company, he founded, invested in, and/or has been on the board of about fifteen web-based companies.
Mr. Gilkey is the founder of a business development and strategic advisory firm for clients providing goods and services with a positive impact on the environment and society. He is also a recording artist who has a particular focus on bringing together the global creative industries, innovative solutions benefiting the environment, and cause-related campaigns.
Mr. Gillespie is an experienced CFO with both for-profit, social ventures and non-profit experience. He has also started two consulting businesses and sold them.
Ms. Glover is the VP of External Affairs at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, the nonprofit organization that manages the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a national model for sustainable industrial parks, spearheading strategic partnership development, public affairs and fundraising, Ms. Glover plays a key role in supporting the Yard’s growing sustainability initiatives, leading the marketing and communications efforts for a newly opened exhibition and visitors center, and growing the Yard’s base of supporters, donors and partners. Prior to joining the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, Ms. Glover held a senior position at the Center for the Urban Environment, New York City’s largest provider of environmental education programs. There, she led a team that furthered the Center’s efforts to provide access to environmental education through standards-based curricula and community-led programming and was instrumental in Green Brooklyn, the borough’s first and largest green event. Ms. Glover is a strong advocate social responsibility and local manufacturing in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York and a MPA from Baruch College of the City University of New York, and a Leadership certificate from the Columbia Business School, School of Social Enterprise.
Mr. Gold is an M.D./Life science entrepreneur. An experienced serial entrepreneur and angel investor with former real estate sales experience, he is currently a Senior Partner for Entrepreneurship at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.
Mr. Goldman is a social entrepreneur and co-founder of d.light design.
Ms. Goldstein is a social entrepreneur and the founder of a B Corporation business.
Ms. Goldstein is the Founder and Chief Strategist of Compass(x) Strategy, a brand strategy and marketing consulting firm that works with Purpose-driven CEOs to create sustainable growth for their companies. Prior to launching her own firm four years ago, Nancy spent 20 years running and consulting for some of the world’s most iconic brands.
Ms. Goldstein is the Global Sustainability Director at Mars, Inc.. Previously she was the Team Leader for EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program. She has an engineering degree and an MBA with environmental management concentration.
Mr. Goldstein is a partner at the Paxton Law Group, a boutique corporate law firm based in Washington, DC. His practice includes advising startups and early stage companies on legal and business issues. Previously, he served as Managing Partner of the Washington, DC office of Perry, Krumsiek & Jack, LLP and was the founder and President of GroupMagellan Legal Search LLC.
Ms. Goovaerts is an economic developer focused on biotech and IT for the last 20 years, in Belgium, the Sate of Maryland and Montgomery County, MD and has worked with many startups.
Mr. Gorelick is a financial consultant working with municipal governments and non-governmental organizations in the developing world. Most recently, he has worked as the Lead Technical/Financial Advisor to the City of Dakar (Senegal) to assist the sub-national government in preparations for the launch of the region’s first municipal bond. Prior to that 3-year assignment, he worked on Wall Street as an investment banker at BNP Paribas and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. He also founded his own real estate development firm, responsible for the construction of over 500 residential units and 300,000 square feet of commercial space in the greater New York metropolitan area. Additionally, he worked as a consultant to Homeless International, analyzing their long-term growth strategy and developing a financial plan to enable sustainable expansion into new geographical markets. He has been a professor at the Johns Hopkins University since 2010, teaching classes on real estate development, financial innovations, and emerging markets.
Mr. Grand has over 15 years experience as an entrepreneur, business planner, and management consultant.
Mr. Gresham is National Director of Expansion at SEED SPOT. C’pher previously served as the Phoenix Director of Entrepreneur initiatives. In addition to his work at SEED SPOT, C’pher is a co-founder of Swillings Coffee, an impact-driven Colombian coffee company. Swillings Coffee works directly with small family owned farms in rural Colombia to improve the quality of their harvest using sustainable growing techniques, roasts at origin to employ women in the local growing community, and distributes to high-end restaurants, coffee houses, and direct-to-consumers in the USA. Prior to SEED SPOT, C’pher has consulted with non-governmental organizations and institutional investors. He has worked with the alternative investment arm of the Arizona State Retirement System, the African Development Bank and Non-Governmental Organizations in Tunisia, and a Biotech Hedge Fund in San Francisco. C’pher was an early employee at Razoo.com, a crowdfunding platform for nonprofits and socially minded causes. C’pher has lived on a 135′ tall ship in the Caribbean studying oceanography, and worked internationally in Thailand, Tunisia, and Nepal. He graduated with a B.A. from The George Washington University in Psychology with a Pre-Medicine concentration and an MBA Summa Cum Laude from the Thunderbird School of Global Management with a concentration in early-stage financing for growth companies.
Mr. Grayson manages the sustainability program for a Fortune 500 company. He works closely with utilities as both a customer (renegotiating our own utility contracts and making some REC purchases) and as a supplier (selling electrical products and MRO to our utility customers, and building demand for sustainability solutions from these customers.) Prior to this he worked as a management consultant on climate action plans. He is also the founder of two youth civic engagement non-profits.
Mr. Green started an eco-friendly disposable plate company that uses byproducts of betel nut palm trees.
Mr. Greene is a serial entrepreneur/ CSR evangelists/ trusted generalist business advisor/ Localist to global connector of confidential transactions
Mr. Greene provides strategy, finance, and impact analysis consulting to both for-profit and nonprofit social enterprises. As Ames Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship with Portland State University’s Impact Entrepreneurs, he assists with the program’s field studies, incubation, and leadership training initiatives to catalyze social innovation worldwide. Jacen graduated Beta Gamma Sigma with an MBA in sustainability from Portland State University.
Ms. Guintu won a business plan competition from one of the world’s top business schools. After completing her MBA, she launched a for-profit microfinance institution spearheading the company’s operations. Professional experience includes corporate finance and microfinance. She has a BA from the University of Notre Dame (USA) and an MBA from IE Business School (Spain) where she was a Fulbright Scholar.
Ms. Gujral, an architect by training with over 16 years experience in master planning, urban design and design projects works as a green building consultant with Sustainable Design Consulting . She transitioned to the green building sector after a graduate degree in sustainable design from Carnegie Mellon University
Ms. Gupta is the VP of Program Investments for The Chicago Public Education Fund. Prior to that she was the founding managing director of Teach For America’s Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Initiative where she helped alumni start new education ventures that fight educational inequity. In this role she has coached and advised numerous alumni-founded startups, created design-thinking workshops, and launched a new award to fund early-stage entrepreneurs. Chaula also worked for several years with Ashoka, where she helped select social entrepreneurs in US and India, started a new global staff recruitment program, and researched appropriate technology innovations.
Mr. Gupta is a business consultant based in Mexico City. He previously served as manager of strategy implementation at a Mexican eye-care social enterprise. Prior to that, he served as a strategy consultant for a firm that advises nonprofit organizations and foundations on growth and mission. He has also worked in research for an organization in India that assisted rural communities in the implementation of microinsurance programs.
Mr. Halbert is a producer in Los Angeles who once interned for Businesses for Social Responsibility, worked at Whole Foods, and a Web startup several years before Google was launched.
Ms. Haller is an entrepreneur and environmental professional with experience in the payments industry and business intelligence and an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy. She has worked with NASA/GISS climate scientists on GCMs and in the carbon mitigation space and been in charge of social media and communications at an environmental not-for-profit that focused on sustainable food movement.
Mr. Hammerstrom helped to found and build a socially conscious IT support business, growing it from 6 to 40+ staff with an annual revenue of roughly $4mil.
Mr. Hannigan is a successful entrepreneur in the B to B business products market. Experienced in planning stage, start-up, and management of growth to maturity. Also familiar with equipment leasing business models.
Mr. Elliot has been a management consultant to nonprofits for over 20 years. He has also spent many years as an IT consultant.
Mr. Hartung co-founded a business accelerator for social and environmental ventures.
Ms. Haynie is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Three Stones Consulting, LLC, a fundraising and philanthropy consulting firm that demonstrates the triple bottom line model. She earned her MBA from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, where she focused on social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management.
Mr. Henderson, founder and President of FrontRow Performance Coaching, is an experienced Organizational Development Consultant and Coach based in Northern Virginia. He has spent over 30 years creating successful organizations that are grounded in organizational and leadership development practices. A former Navy Master Chief Petty Officer, his extensive public and private sector experience ranges from developing leaders and managers, leading complex change efforts, increasing human performance, and developing high performance teams. He possesses expertise in Management and Leadership Coaching and Development for individuals, executives, and teams
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Dr. Reschke has a business economics PhD in bio-pharmaceuticals; he is a forensic and intellectual property consultant, a researcher on strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship; he has business plan development and internet start-up experience.
Mr. Herold is a CPA with a Masters in Tax who runs a financial services firm for 20+ years serving a wide variety of individuals and small businesses.
Ms. Herridge is Manager in the Relief and Reconstruction Division of the International Resources Group (IRG), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Engility Corporation. She directs the Washington, DC – based Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services (MOBIS) contract providing essential staffing and mission support to USAID’s priority efforts in the Middle East, Asia, Iraq and the Arabian Peninsula. In 2011 she achieved and currently implements a 3 year, $30 M extension. Christine has more than 19 years of experience serving in international disaster management roles, creating alliances for disaster preparedness, and risk mitigation, in the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. From 2004-2010, she worked with several international donors, including USAID and OFDA, to design and implement the Pan American Development Foundation’s Disaster Management Alliance – an initiative that helped 154 communities in nine countries develop emergency and risk reduction plans. She also served as a Founding Coordinator of the NGO, the Dominican Disaster Mitigation Association, to implement training programs in prevention and preparedness.
Mr. Hertrampf has been a managing director of a social enterprise for more than 25 years. He holds degrees in Economics Affairs and Psychology. In 1982, he was a founding member of the Berlin-based organization Lebenswelten e.V., a social enterprise which stimulates job creation for its own companies in areas such as catering, event management, high tech manufacturing, and wage and financial accounting. Lebenswelten also runs rehabilitation schemes for persons with mental health problems and labor market integration services.
Mr. Hinton is an independent consultant with over fifteen years of experience helping organizations in sectors including education, online services and not-for-profit services evaluate market opportunities, launch new products and leverage external partnerships successfully. He is the author of “The Fundamentals of Revenue Forecasting,” published on pragmaticmarketing.com, which focuses on the development of high-quality revenue projections for new products and services. As a research associate in the Entrepreneurial Management department of Harvard Business School, Mr. Hinton interviewed over 90 “Inc. 500” company founders for a study summarized in the Harvard Business Review article “Bootstrap Finance: The Art of Startups.” Mr. Hinton has an MBA degree from NYU-Stern School of Business and a BA degree from Williams College. In addition to serving as an MCN mentor, Kevin has served annually since 2003 as a judge and coach in the “Entrepreneurs Challenge” business plan competition held at NYU-Stern.
Mr. Hoops is a former Corporate Marketing/Business Development Executive BS Former Entrepreneur. He has 8+ years of experience in consulting, coaching nonprofit organizations in strategy and capacity building. Mr. Hoops has traveled internationally extensively throughout Africa and SE Asia. He is the chairman of the board of directors of a US-based NGO working in Sub-Saharan Africa to bring clean water and clean blood (HIV/AIDS) to rural communities. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago with focus on Entrepreneurship & Strategy.
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Ms. Howland is a brand consultant, inclusion strategist and global thought leader working on the front lines of diversity and inclusion and sustainability. Her company Ibis Communication provides innovative marketing solutions to help brands bridge to new markets via inclusive communications. She is the founder and executive producer of the Global Diversity Leadership Exchange, hosting ongoing dialogues with C-Level executives of multinational corporations including Toyota, General Motors, Hewlett Packard and UBS, and serves on the board of the American Sustainable Business Council, an advocacy agency for small business created to advance public policies for a just and sustainable economy.
Ms. Hristova has worked in international development for a variety of projects (commercial and judicial reform). She obtained her Master’s degree in International Finance and Economics in 2009 from SAIS, Johns Hopkins University and subsequently worked in impact investing for 3 years supporting investments in Latin America and Europe. She is currently working in trade and project export finance and portfolio management in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Humiston was appointed by President Obama as California State Director for USDA Rural Development in 2009. Her previous experience includes Peace Corps in Tunisia, work on farmland preservation, economic development and agricultural policy. Humiston served President Clinton 1998 – 2001 as Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at USDA. She managed the Sustainable Development Institute at the 2002 World Summit for Sustainable Development in South Africa and the World Water Forum in Mexico City in 2006. Humiston recently completed her Ph.D. at U.C. Berkeley on U.S. agricultural policy; a Master’s degree in International Agricultural Development from U.C. Davis and her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Colorado State University.
Mr. Hurd founded the GreenScience Exchange and the NanoScience Exchange. He has worked with cleantech start-ups for eight years and tech for developing country start-ups for ten years. He works with Senators, Congressmen and their staffers on Capitol Hill to develop technology and innovation initiatives.
Irna Hutabarat is a global business executive and serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in building enterprises in the United States, Asia, Africa and South America. She has played leadership roles in early-stage startups in mobile communications, renewable energy, and international development. She also has commercial sales, strategy, and management experience working for corporations such as United Technologies Corporation (UTC), CNN, CareFirst, Accenture and Goldman Sachs. Finally, she has extensive experience working with social enterprises and government agencies like Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), United States Postal Service (USPS), etc.
Ms. Hyland is currently an analyst at Angel Ventures Mexico, Mexico’s leading angel investment network as part of the Fulbright Binational Business scholarship. She manages project analysis as well as strategic projects. Before Mexico she worked for local development organizations in Panama, Honduras, and Peru, specifically on projects of microenterprise development, women in business, and maternal health. She received a double Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Journalism from Baylor University, and is currently taking MBA courses at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico. She has received fellowships for New York’s 99u Conference as a Social Entrepreneur and MIT’s Global Startup Workshop.
Mr. Hyland is CTO for Digital Operations at the nonprofit publisher of a newspaper on education policy, overseeing web technology development, integration, infrastructure, and strategy. He has also served on several nonprofit boards, and worked for social change nonprofit organizations, other media organizations, and at interactive agencies providing technology consulting and development services to nonprofit and for-profit start-ups.
Mr. Ilesanmi is a Nigerian who worked in Oil and Gas (Shell) and Banking (GT Bank) in Nigeria. He has an MBA from McGill University, and runs Zenith Cleaners which started in traditional cleaning and now uses cleaning for education, leadership and organizational and societal transformation. Tolulope mentors and invests in Entrepreneurs in Africa. He is a guest teacher at McGill University in Montreal and Columbia University in NYC
Mr. Inamdar is Fund Manager; Verde Ventures. Successfully financed a range of high impact SME’s in Latin America and East Africa.
Mr. Islam started an organic venture to serve the poor farmers community of Bangladesh with a novel lignin-based agro-input. He also provides young entrepreneurs with training and mentorship on business plan development especially on Marketing, Finance & Human resources. He has received training on Social Entrepreneurship from the Global Business Center, University of Washington, Asia Innovation Forum, Tokyo and Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He was awarded by the Nobel Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus.
Mr. Jedelsky is a manager in a coporate real estate company. Coming from the creative industries he worked early in his carreer as architect. After completing a MBA he worked as consultant to start-ups before he joined a large coporation for improving their internal processes.
Mr. Jordan is an experienced leader who cares deeply about the health and healthcare of the members and communities that Kaiser Permanente, a US-based non-profit, vertically integrated health system, serves. He has significant experience in successfully designing, directing and executing complex programs across multiple teams in high-velocity change environments.
Ms. Joseph is the founder and executive director of the Student Global Ambassador Project (SGAP). Previously, she was Director of Brand Strategy, Training and Execution for klick consultants LLC, a marketing consultancy which has been transforming and aligning teams through clear messaging since 1997. She has an MBA in strategic marketing, certificate in sustainability.
Ms. Jutze is a a consultant who has provided guidance and organizational capacity building support to early stage social entrepreneurs.
Mr. Kamal confounded and ran Bennu, which is a social media marketing company focused on sustainability campaigns for FORTUNE 500 companies. I also write for popular sustainable business websites, such as GreenBiz and TriplePundit, and previously won 3rd prize in Cornell’s Bottom of the Pyramid essay competition.
Mr. Kamarck spent the last ten years working overseas as an entrepreneur and finance professional. A follower of lean and agile practices, he launched tech and agriculture startups in the Middle East and Africa and managed SME capital raising and corporate turnarounds in Ghana, China and Eastern Europe. He currently works as the Director of Business Innovation for Coexist (www.coexist.org).
Mr. Kass is an Environmental engineer and social business entrepreneur at Toilets for People.He is focused on the design and manufacture of desirable, affordable toilet products for the developing world that work where conventional sanitation technologies like pit latrines and flush toilets don’t.
Dr. Kearns holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology with a focus on behavioral health. She has over 10 years of marketing research and branding experience, as well as 10 years of entrepreneurial experience. Dr. Kearns is the founder of a certified sustainable bath and body product business.
Mr. Keep is a PHD physical chemist with 27 years industrial experience, with elements of use of biomass, renewable energy and materials, and environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional chemical treatments. He is also an entrepreneur, involved to varying degrees with 4 different companies.
Mr. Kellett has a mix of private sector, NGO and government experience managing private equity/venture capital investments and international development projects in the US, European and former Soviet Union.
Ms. Kent combines training in genetic engineering and ecology with a Sustainable Enterprise MBA to lead impact focused start-ups from idea to reality. She started in Impact Investing focused on private equity impact measurement with HIP Investor. She is the Co-Founder of ImpactAlpha.com focused on investment news for a sustainable edge. She is an expert in experience design combining elements of neuroscience, behavioral psychology, and human centered design to craft participatory conference experiences in the impact sector. She is the Executive Director of Conveners.org a registered non-profit serving impact focused conveners and accelerators.
Ms. Keshavan is on the advisory board of 3 social enterprises. She has worked as an executive in the Enterprise Solutions, globally. Her research interests are in the areas of social innovation and social enterprises.
Ms. Kesselman is a business development consultant who works with a range of social impact entrepreneurs and global organizations including the United Nations and multiple corporate/non-profit partnerships. She earned her Masters at Harvard focusing on Cross-Sector Strategies with curricula across Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School. Prior to launching her own firm she was a consultant at Bain & Company and Director, Global Corporate Strategy at American Express. Much of her current focus involves helping clients leverage mobile technology to meet global development challenges.
Mr. Khalsa has been an executive in the natural food industry, as a manufacturer of packaged food products that are sold in natural grocery stores, for almost 16 years. His experience spans business from start-up to almost $100M in revenues, and he has been a CIO, CFO, COO, and CEO.
Ms. Khan is currently developing a multimedia project that highlights the work of, and facilitates the development of emerging black entrepreneurs, leaders, and change agents in South Africa and Brazil through short biographical films, photography, written narratives, and podcast series.
Ms. Khoja launched Better Business Enterprise (BBE), a consultancy identifying new opportunities in emerging markets and the developed world for businesses to address the needs of base of the pyramid populations, to explore commercial opportunities using technology and to develop innovative business practices. Focusing on triple bottom line business models and social innovation to create maximum impact from mobilized funds. Since January 2012, BBE has secured projects in Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Zambia, Afghanistan, and in the USA.
Mr. Kiere is Co-Founder & CEO of eVolutionary Green Holdings, LLC, a Strategic Business Development & Investment Company, focusing on the environmentally sustainable products, services, technologies and real estate development processes that are part of tomorrow’s solutions, today. As CEO of eVolutionary Green Holdings, he manages a small portfolio of companies, including Urban Green Development, where, as a Principal, he serves as President & CEO. He has helped to strategically and successfully grow a variety of companies using Decision Mapping®. He is currently serving as a Director of the Board for HUB Boulder; and has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Social Venture Network.
Ms. Kincaid works with social entrepreneurs and funders on program design, organizational development, and impact evaluation to help grow and turnaround programs and organizations. She is the Founder and Principal of ChangeMatters, a strategy consultancy, which has been advising, raising capital and measuring impact for social enterprises businesses since 1998.
Mr. Klass has three decades of capacity building work in government, business and nonprofit sectors. Government work focused on intergovernmental relations, planning, policy, budgeting, performance measurement, community development, public health and technology development programs. Commercial and SCORE volunteer consulting in nonprofit start up, governance, strategic planning and revenue diversification. Nonprofit leadership founding Net Impact Utah and initiator of B Corp certification in Utah.
Ms. Klovers is the Founder and CEO of Lyon Park Associates, a boutique economic development and grant management consulting firm. She has nearly a decade of experience marketing, developing, administering, monitoring, and evaluating state, local and federal programs. Ms. Klovers represented the U.S. Department of Commerce on the White House Inter-agency Task Force on Regional Innovation Clusters. She has also served as a facilitator at the D.C. Citizens’ Summit; developed business plans for several enterprises on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana; and co-authored a study for Bristol-Myers Squibb on corporate social responsibility in the health care sector.
Ms. Knight is a Design and Product Development Operations Manager at a leading US lingerie and apparel retailer. Her current work focuses on scaling operations to the company’s growth strategy. Her previous work focused on business development, industrial retention and community involvement across a variety of social ventures and non-profits in New York City.
Dr. Kordari is a technology expert and product manager, with experience in software, internet technologies, navigation systems, mobile applications, robotics, smart spaces, biomedical devices, and sensor systems. He has been part of successful tech companies at TRX Systems, Techno-Sciences, and DuPont. He is an innovation mentor and technology transfer board member at the University of Maryland helping with the strategic mission of creating 100 ventures from University technologies in the next 10 years.
Mr. Kreinik is a small business growth consultant and has owned and operated manufacturing and internet businesses.
Ms. Kruger is a financial services professional and MBA candidate in Sustainable Management.
Mr. Krueger is a sustainability consultant, expert on effectively deploying student/postgrad expertise in community. He has read more than 1,000 business plans. He also holds a PhD in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship and does research on entrepreneurial learning.
Ms. Kruse is a Returned Peace Corps Burkina Faso volunteer from Chicago. She has my masters in public administration and three years of experience working with small business development and financial literacy.
J. Howard “Jim” Kucher is an Assistant Professor in the Brown School of Business and Leadership at Stevenson University, where he teaches courses in social entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, project management and public administration. An internationally recognized thought leader in social entrepreneurship, Dr. Kucher holds an MBA in Marketing and a DPA in Social Entrepreneurship, both conferred by The University of Baltimore.
Ms. Kumar is an entrepreneur with an engineering degree from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Michigan – with a focus in marketing and corporate strategy. She has over 15 years of experience in branding and consumer focused marketing for major brands. Sunita has experience working in developing economies has speciality expertise in nutrition, wellness, cosmetics, and consumer packaged goods.
Mr. Kurdek is a product manager in the financial services sector with an MBA. His previous experiences include socially responsible investing and sustainable development consulting.
Ms. Lakhani runs a social enterprise intermediary focused on building the social entrepreneurship space in Pakistan. She also writes extensively on the social enterprise and innovation space in Pakistan. She holds an MA in International Affairs/Conflict Resolution from the George Washington University, and a BA in Foreign Affairs/Middle East Studies from the University of Virginia.
Mr. Lambert is a business professional with a variety of experience, including 16 years as a Director of International Marketing for a consumer products company, experience in product management and most recently, nearly 10 years as the manager of the Wyoming Market Research Center, which provides marketing research services to businesses of all types in the state of Wyoming. He has evaluated hundreds of product submissions, been heavily involved in product development and marketing teams, and have worked closely with inventors and companies to understand their products, markets and potential.
Mr. Landry is the founder and CEO of richmedium, a strategic consulting firm serving emerging organizations in media, information technology, consumer services, and for-profit and non-profit social enterprises. A senior executive with more than twenty years of experience leading emerging organizations through periods of transformative change, Mr. Landry started his career as editor-in-chief and associate publisher of PC World magazine. He later became Chairman and CEO of HyperMedia Communications, publisher of NewMedia magazine and newmedia.com, one of the first advertising-supported media ventures on the Internet.
Ms. Diana Lee is a social entrepreneur whose first careers were in public health and community development, working in the government, academic and nonprofit sectors; lots of experience with management, measuring the impact of social justice and community improvement efforts and building the capacity of small organizations to scale up.
Ms. Gina Lee is working with Unfold – the online platform to democratize lobbying. Prior to entering the start-up world, Gina had a specific focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Impact. She has expertise in strategic planning as well as business and product development. Gina most recently worked as a consultant for the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education and UCI’s Environment Institute. Gina loves working with multiple stakeholders and across different sectors. In the corporate sector, Gina was an analyst at Cambridge Pharma Consultants (acquired by IMS Health) and a project manager at Medsite (acquired by WebMD). Gina has a BA in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She has contributed to the development of the HIP Impact Investing methodology, is a judge for Echoing Green, a member of the Nexus Youth Summit, and has also served as a Board Fellow for CARE’s New York Advisory Board.
Mr. Lieberman is the New Programs Director for the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, housed at Santa Clara University. He focuses on developing strategy, partnerships, and content for the Global Social Benefit Institute, which has provided training and mentoring to over 600 social enterprises and a growing number of Network partners.
Mr. Lief is a lawyer and real estate developer with a long background in starting and managing social enterprises. He is the immediate past board chair of the Intervale Center, a long established food systems non profit in Burlington, VT that supports local farmers, operates a county wide Food Hub delivering CSA products to businesses and nonprofits. He is also the vice chair of the Vermont Community Loan Fund, a CDFI working in several areas of community development including sustainable agriculture
Ms. Leinheiser is an attorney who advises nonprofits and social ventures on a wide range of matters including corporate formation, governance, commercial transactions, intellectual property, and privacy issues.
Ms. Leonard is an MBA with a background in investment banking, venture capital and for-profit start ups.
Mr. Lieberman is the Director of New Program R&D at Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society. His passion is to leverage his background in technology, education, and international development to create innovative solutions that help social enterprises scale their reach and impact. His current areas of focus are the new GSBI Online program, GSBI Network, Off-grid Energy Sector program, and GSBI curriculum development.
Mr. Lieblich has served as CFO for more than a dozen companies, primarily in healthcare technology, business services, and SaaS. He is currently the Senior Vice President, Finance of Hanover Research; CFO of Emerge Clinical Solutions; and Partner and COO of GP Ventures, an early stage investment fund.
Mr. Lief is a lawyer and real estate developer with a long background in starting and managing social enterprises. He is the immediate past board chair of the Intervale Center, a long established food systems non profit in Burlington, VT that supports local farmers, operates a county wide Food Hub delivering CSA products to businesses and nonprofits. He is also the vice chair of the Vermont Community Loan Fund, a CDFI working in several areas of community development including sustainable agriculture
Mr. Lincoln has been in the investment/asset management business for nearly 30 years, catering to the institutional marketplace. Total investments under his management reached $440 million by the year 2000, exclusive of the management of two closely-held equity mutual funds. Venture capital/private equity expertise was layered on in the mid 90s and Mr. Lincoln continues to oversee a private equity fund. Real Estate investment management was added in the late 90s culminating with an assignment at Champion Partners, an Arizona-based real estate development company. He is a member of the Social Investment Forum and a Board member of the Investor’s Circle.
Mr. Lipton is program manager for the Energy Initiative at National Geographic. He overseas the Great Energy Challenge grant program, which supports innovative efforts to address energy and environmental challenges. In 2013, Chad submitted the winning idea to be the subject matter for National Geographic’s challenge competition called the Terra Watt Prize. He helped develop the prize objective, which is to address the challenges of energy access by facilitating the flow of capital between entrepreneurs and investors and also to identify viable business models. Chad’s past experience includes working as a residential energy auditor, verifying greenhouse gas emission reduction projects and carrying out water and sanitation programs in Côte d’Ivoire and Mozambique.
Rebecca Darr Litchfield
Ms. Darr Litchfield is a senior fellow with the Aspen Institute, a sustainability consultant to organizations in North America and Asia, & co-owner of certified B Corporation Atayne (eco-friendly athletic apparel).
Ms. Loman is the Operations & Impact Director at Toniic – the global action community for impact investors. She has lived in the US, UK, Mexico and Indonesia with leadership roles in community organizing, operations and social entrepreneurship. In 2007, she was awarded a Fulbright grant, with which she taught hundreds of high-school students and fundraised internationally to establish a national creative writing program and annual competition in Indonesia. Upon her return to the US, she worked to further build cultural awareness through the sale of Indonesian textiles, internationally inspired jewelry, and study abroad programs. The social impact of her efforts and travels inspired her to help other business leaders redefine business success beyond profit. Since 2010, Jessica has been actively supporting young social entrepreneurs through organizing events, fundraising, recruiting mentors, and facilitating workshops. Alongside these activities, she managed the operations of The Future Leaders Institute and the establishment of SoBiz: Beyond Profit. She received her MBA from Hult International Business School, and BA from University of Richmond with studies in Rhetoric & Communication, Music and Arts Management.
Ms. Lonsdale has spent over 15 years living and working in emerging markets. Amanda spent her early career in international development, working with local governments and communities primarily in South and Southeast Asia. After finishing graduate school, Amanda shifted her focus to private sector approaches to impact investing and economic development. With over 10 years’ post-MBA experience in private equity and management consulting, Amanda has closed transactions and provided advisory services to companies in numerous industries, including fashion, clean technology, renewable energy, and food and beverage. Her experience in renewable energy provides her with the technical knowledge to better identify potential clean technology applications applicable to the fashion and textile industries. She speaks Indonesian.
Mr. Alcala focuses on the effect that environmental and social issues have in the profitability of companies, projects and other investments.
Mr. Lovaas is an environmental advocate and policy analyst who has worked in the environmental field for 20 years, with a focus on sprawl and natural resource issues.
Mr. Lovel-Troy judge is a tech entrepreneur and advisor to several companies including at least one other solar firm serving the BoP in a different way. With a degree in computer science and experience with electrical engineering, as well as his capacity as a company advisor he can examine your business plan from technical and strategic viewpoints. I’m a versatile engineer with global experience managing and developing projects from small webapps to the largest virtual worlds, from designing and building supercomputers for fluid dynamics research to controlling the world’s largest optical telescope. For me, the scope of the problem to be solved at scale is interesting regardless of the size of the codebase, userbase, or installation. I’m also an advisor and mentor to various SMEs with a focus on technical strategy and rapid product development/testing. I tend to work with firms that define themselves by their social impact as well as profits. We also specialize in cloud engineering projects with a focus on strategic direction and large scale systems. My two startups, (oneleap.com and intros.to) are experiments in the space of scaling personal networks.
Ms. Lowsen is a consultant specializing in social enterprise and non-profit strategy. She has a background in impact investing and entrepreneurship through her work as COO of Agora Partnerships, an accelerator for early stage social enterprises, and most recently worked on energy and environmental policy with the US Embassy in Beijing. She holds an MBA in international business and strategy from the NYU Stern School of Business.
Joana Videgain Luzar
Ms. Luzar believes that social entrepreneurship has the power to counterbalance social, economic, and environmental injustices. After accumulating financial acumen in leading engineering and energy companies, she now serves as a finance and business consultant to social entrepreneurs. In 2014, she raised the single largest investment of capital for one of the ventures under Agora Partnerships’ portfolio, an accelerator serving impact entrepreneurs in Latin America. Currently, Ms. Luzar serves as impact investor coordinator for Good Works Houston and provides consulting on innovation projects to strengthen international impact ecosystem.
Ms. Lydia is a documentary filmmaker; she direct and produce stories steeped in history and culture. Long track record of social impact work with US nonprofits, within my home communities, and in the media arts. Lifelong participation in African Diaspora culture, movements and dialogue. www.kuyamba.com
Ms. Lytle is a practicing intellectual property and corporate attorney and an Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Law. She is the author of a recent law school text book on Intellectual Property and several academic articles. Ms. Lytle represents artists and authors as well as a variety of start-up and established companies.
Mr. Macharg brings 15 years of experience applying entrepreneurial approaches to addressing global social challenges. Michael is currently Sr. Advisor to the new Social Ventures team at the international NGO Mercy Corps – seeking to identify, invest in, build and scale businesses that can leverage market-based approaches to achieve outsized social impact. Prior to Mercy Corps, Michael was Co-Founder of Simpa Networks, a venture-backed energy services company with a bold mission: to make modern energy simple, affordable, and accessible for everyone. Simpa sells distributed clean energy solutions on a pay-as-you-go (Progressive Purchase) basis to underserved consumers across rural India. Prior to Simpa, Michael led Arc Finance’s research into micropayment approaches for financing pro-poor clean energy and water enterprises in developing countries. Michael also served as a strategic consultant to WECARE Solar, targeting off-grid health facilities globally. Prior to Arc, Michael consulted to the social venture capital fund, Acumen Fund, mapping private sector investments across east Africa. Michael was on the founding team of the first nonprofit pharmaceutical company, the Institute for OneWorld Health, whose goal is clinical development and distribution of affordable new medicines for diseases of poverty in the developing world. Michael spent his early career with the Social Development Department of the World Bank. Michael holds degrees from Duke University (CASE Scholar) and Vanderbilt University (Ingram Scholar) and has studied at the Universidad de la Habana in Cuba.
Mr. Makhlouf is a professor at the University of the District of Columbia. He has written two books on entrepreneurship and authored many articles on entrepreneurship in general and international entrepreneurship in particular. He is an expert on economic and business development in the emerging markets, including Africa and the Middle East.
Mr. Maloney is an investment consultant based in Portland, Oregon who has been working in impact investing for most of his career. His consulting company, Occam Advisors, helps investors and entrepreneurs who are building companies that create both financial and social or environmental returns.
Mr. Mantha is an investor with nearly two decades of experience in institutional investments, including ten years of experience managing a multi-billion dollar global/emerging markets fund for Fidelity Investments. He serves as adviser to social enterprises, and is an angel investor and mentor to several start-ups.
Mr. Margolis is a solar project financier and developer.
Alejandro Flores Márquez
Mr. Flores Márquez is currently a teacher of Management and Finance, World Class Business and Communications and Entrepreneurship Spirit. Also currently working in social enterprise incubators in a fishing community of the Gulf of California.
Mr. Martin is a retired commercial banking and securities industry executive with a background in strategic planning. He also has some military experience. Presently, he is working in SE Asia as a consultant with humanitarian and political organizations.
Ms. Massey is a public relations professional who specializes in storytelling and branding for creative organizations and artists. Sarah originally founded Massey Media LLC in 2005 to build the progressive movement with creative and strategic communications. As we head into our tenth year, Massey’s work has evolved to promoting arts, culture and community in the nation’s capital. Before launching the public relations company, Sarah served as Media Specialist for the AFL-CIO, where her campaign experience included the national campaign to raise the minimum wage, the “Show us the Jobs Tour,” and Stop the F.T.A.A. Prior to specializing in communications and media, Sarah was an Urban Planner in New York City, where she worked with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as a transit rider’s advocate. While in New York City, Sarah worked as Communications Director for the environmental justice group WE ACT for Environmental Justice and as Communications Director for the National Employment Law Project. Sarah is also the Founder of the Fabulous Women Biz Owners DC, a networking and support group.
Ms. McBride is a Senior Consultant for a leading franchise consulting firm, MSA Worldwide. Her area of expertise is in using the franchise business model to rapidly expand social businesses so that more people have access to jobs and more consumers have access to life saving products and services. Ms. McBride has worked in both the commercial and social sectors, particularly health care, in North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe.
Mr. Mattison worked in investment banking and venture capital prior to getting an M.B.A. at Chicago Booth and starting a mobile platform business.
Ms. McCann is a seasoned communications professional, specializing in advising nonprofits and foundations on the use of social and new media as it relates to advancing their social change goals. Ms. McCann also has an MSW, specializing in children with disabilities and their families.
Ms.McCord’s experience includes planning and management of technical and financial projects associated with drug development prevention products in the developing world. She has successfully helped raise significant funds in both non-profit and for-profit ventures, including development of financial cost models and strategic business plans.
Mr. McIntire pursues opportunities for social and technological innovation and has worked or studied in Singapore, Mexico, Ecuador, Tanzania and India. He holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MBA/MS in sustainable enterprise management from the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan. He has worked with social entrepreneurs at Ashoka and in the Usambara mountains of Tanzania and spent close to two years attempting to build an online equity investment platform for India’s approximately eight million small and medium size enterprises. His most recent venture was Real Good Food, a peer to peer food sharing platform to allow America’s 30 million enthusiastic home cooks to connect, share and celebrate their homemade and homegrown food.
Mr. McNulty is a Senior Investment Officer at a development finance institution and has worked for over twelve years on international trade and development projects and provided financing to companies in over twenty countries.
Ms. Mdachi has experience in the impact investing and social entrepreneurship sector. In a self-designed internship in 2010, Thembi worked as a research assistant for FINCA International in Malawi, where she studied the role of micro-finance in reducing poverty and realized the vital importance of financial literacy, particularly among women, in achieving this goal. In 2011, she helped CARE International in the Malawi Economic Development Unit analyze the impact of Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) through story telling. Currently, she works with early-stage impact companies in Latin America that are harnessing the power of business to solve critical social, economic and environmental challenges in their communities. She is dedicated to seeing more impact investing work replicated in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Ms. Meacham works as a writer, researcher and editor specializing in corporate sustainability in Washington, D.C. She serves as a consultant for the World Bank, International Finance Corp., ISOS Group and Sustainable Investments Institute and also edits retirement plan administration compliance publications. Jane previously analyzed the sustainability activities of public companies for RiskMetrics Group’s institutional investor clients, and worked for nearly 20 years in Asia and the United States for Dow Jones & Co.
Mr. Megela is an international executive in the sustainable development field, with over 20 years of investment banking, microfinance and enterprise development background (mainly Latin America and Africa).
Mr. Mellen is an entrepreneur with 20 years of experience working in online businesses and commercial real estate. In addition to overseeing Netcito, Peter runs Mellen Investment Properties, a real estate investing firm that manages and develops residential and commercial properties. Highlights from his earlier career include: Co‐Founder and CEO of Edison|Wright, where he launched one of the first PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) programs in the world. Director, Premium Education Services at AOL, where he managed a portfolio of online education services provided to K‐12 students. VP of Business Development for Safari Books Online, where he helped to generate a 5-fold increase in revenue over 3 years. Co‐founder of Headlight, an online learning company that raised more than $15 million of venture capital from investors that included Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Peter currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Tides Network, as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Georgetown University, and as President of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance. Peter was born in Toronto, grew up on a yoga ashram, and earned a BA and MBA from Georgetown. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and two children.
Ms. Mendel, a management consultant and a founder of ANAGRD, LLC, works with startups to develop their technology commercialization pathway, and with small business owners on develop their growth strategy. Previously, she has been working for 15 years as a product manager and software engineer for IBM and Alcatel-Lucent launching innovative new products to the market. She has an MBA and MS in Computer Science.
Ms. Mendoca is the managing director at Shore to Shore Advisory, LLC. Previously, she was an associate for Jalia Ventures and Serious Change, both of which are Impact Investing firms.
Ms. Menke is committed to developing communities and economies through market-based approaches, creative business strategies, community engagement, and human-centered design. Her experience spans the private, public, and non-profit sectors in Kenya, Jordan, and the U.S. She has founded Access Afya, a chain of clinics providing affordable healthcare to the poor in Kenya’s urban slums, and continues to be an advocate for the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in social change.
Ms. Merchant is the Managing Director of Lotus Advisory Ltd. She has experience in engineering, product management, consulting, government regulation, and higher education.
Mr. Meyer co-founded the sustainable forestry business Planting Empowerment in Panama. He was also a Peace Corps volunteer for three years working in the agriculture sector in Panama. He has worked at the confluence of climate change, conservation, deforestation, and Indigenous Peoples development policies for the Environmental Defense Fund. He is also a minority investor in Central Washington Biodiesel.
Dr. Meyers is a PhD/MBA with many years experience in entrepreneurship, business consulting, environmental finance and international development. He started and ran Madagascar Bamboo, a triple bottom line bamboo flooring company, and he was the founding CFO/COO of Mission Markets – an impact investing financial services company. As Principal at Green Ant Advisors he currently consults on sustainable business, entrepreneurship, conservation finance, and biodiversity strategy.
Dr. Meyskens is clinical professor of management in the School of Business Administration at the University of San Diego, where her areas of interest lie in entrepreneurship, strategy and international business with a particular focus on social entrepreneurship, bottom of the pyramid, corporate social responsibility, green-techs, business planning and partnership research. At USD, Meyskens teaches classes in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship and Small Business management. She is the co-faculty advisor of the microfinance club, and actively assists with the Social Innovation Challenge and entrepreneurship initiatives on campus. Meyskens has published several book chapters, GEM reports and peer-reviewed articles. She holds a PhD from Florida International University, where her dissertation focused on the role of partnerships in nascent social ventures. She also conducted post-doctoral work at Babson College. Meyskens completed her bachelor’s degree at UCLA and her MBA at NYU. She worked for eight years in finance and microfinance prior to becoming a professor
Ms. Middleton is an associate with Jalia Ventures, which provides expansion capital to companies owned by entrepreneurs of color that have a social/sustainable mission inherent in the business model, and/or make a positive impact on underserved US communities. Their investment size ranges from $250,000-$500,000 and they have the capacity to provide follow-on capital.
Mr. Miller, an innovative and entrepreneurial manager in the philanthropic sector, has nearly 20 years of success in building, implementing, and directing visionary and strategic efforts bringing about positive social change.
Ms. Milusheva is a research assistant at a think tank, focusing on domestic economics, who has also in the past worked with young entrepreneurs in Kenya to scale up their business plans.
Pinaki Ranjan Mitra
Mr. Ranjan Mitra is the CEO of a mid-sized Microfinance venture in India.For five years, he worked as the Operations head of a company that provides debt capital to socially relevant enterprises (institutions in micro finance, livelihood, renewable energy, education sectors,etc.) in India. Apart from providing debt capital, He also assisted start-up enterprises (partner institutions) to build their capabilities in strategic planning, information systems design and new product development. Earlier, he worked for the Indian government’s Ministry of finance and Ministry of labour & employment for fourteen years. He completed his postgraduate degree in Management at Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad) and at University of Texas at Austin (USA). He also studied for a Masters degree in International politics and economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi).
Ms. Morgan currently works in the sustainability field, creating strategies to reduce facility’s environmental impacts and provide relevant educational programming. She has experience working with social enterprises in Uganda and Ghana.
Mr. Morrison has lived on three continents, spent eight years in credit unions, achieved an MBA from IE Business School, and pitched a startup. Today he is Program Manager for the 49th State Angel Fund, investing $12.7 million in Anchorage high-growth businesses by early 2014.
Mr. Moss is a corporate environmental sustainability and CSR practitioner. Prior to his involvement in the world of sustainability, Kevin’s career path included product management, marketing and corporate strategy.
Mr. Moukad is a consultant and business analyst with wide experience with community development organizations and social enterprises in the US. He has a particular interest in food and farming innovation and serves on the board of an organization that is focused on building the small and sustainable farm sector in the New England.
Mr. Munoz is a PhD researcher in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability at Newcastle University Business School (UK). He holds a BA in Social Communication, an MBA, and an MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Prior joining the School he worked for four years developing and implementing continuous improvement processes for manufacturing companies and afterwards for five years as Postgraduate Director of the School of Communications and Lecturer of Innovation Management at Universidad del Desarrollo in Chile. He currently conducts research on sustainability entrepreneurship and the emergence of sustainability-oriented innovations.
Ms. Murphy has been supporting social enterprises and entrepreneurs for the last 6 years. She formerly worked at an organization that supported social entrepreneurs through mentorship. Currently, she work at a non-profit that certifies women-owned businesses and connects them to multinational supply chains. She has also volunteered as a judge for a number of business plan competitions and impact investors.
Eleanor Musarurwa Manske
Ms. Manske has started two agriculture-based companies. She also grew up on a diversified farm in Zimbabwe where they raised livestock including chicken.
Ms. Navarro has 12 years of experience in international development with the UNDP, focused on environment and local governance, particularly in Africa. She has been coaching social entrepreneurs and working in impact investment since 2006.
Ms. Neal is a community builder and nonprofit manager.
Mr. Neilson is a disaster risk management specialist who has worked in post disaster and conflict zones for more than 12 years. His work includes a focus on food and water security, donor relations and public information. He currently works as a disaster risk management consultant for a large international organization based in Washington, DC.
Mr. Newberg serves as Senior Impact Advisor to Snowden Advisors, and Director of Impact Strategies for The Stella Group, Ltd., while also advising a portfolio of startup companies. Mark previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Small Business Administration, where he focused on high-growth entrepreneurship, innovation, impact investing, and disaster recovery, and as an Advisor to the New Orleans City Council.
Mr. Niang is a co-founder of a social enterprise based in Mali that builds and operates rice processing centers that produce locally grown fortified rice and byproducts such as rice husk-based biochar fertilizer and animal feed.
Ms. Nice is a senior associate attorney at Patton Boggs LLP specializing in energy and agriculture regulation and policy. Ms. Nice’s energy and clean technology practice includes strategic federal public policy and regulatory counseling on an array of issues, including clean technology manufacturing incentives, energy efficiency standards development and compliance, energy performance contracting, renewable energy project finance, Greenhouse Gas emissions regulation, federal funding to support renewable energy and biofuel research and development, and clean tech research and development. She is currently serving as Deputy Director of the Cleantech Open Mid-Atlantic Region, a global business accelerator for cleantech entrepreneurs.
Mr. Nuttle started two successful for-profit corporations as well as an international charity, is a published author & inventor, was CEO of a public corporation, and has engaged in assorted development/ agricultural development projects in 42 Third World nations.
Mr. Nwanze is the Chief Finance Officer of Heirs Holdings- Responsible for administering and managing the overall investment programs, strategy and performance management, financial control and risk management for the group. He earned a Masters in Finance from Cranfield University in the UK
Mr. O’Brien is director of sustainability at American University where his goal is zero net carbon and zero waste to landfill by 2020. He has experience in green building, energy conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy, having developed the largest solar installations in Washington D.C. He also has the experience in the craft beer and homebrewing industries, as well as the coffee industry, and has a long history in the fair trade movement, and extensive involvement in national and global sustainability standards and certifications. Mr. O’Brien now works developing the large-scale renewable energy market in higher education.
Ms. O’Connell lived in West Africa for a number of years as a Foreign Service Economics Officer. She has a Master’s in Philanthropy and served as Executive Director 2 different health care foundations for another period of time – focused on developing countries. Now she is the Executive Director of a workforce development program in the DC area that serves primarily immigrant adults from developing countries, and serves on an international grantmaking committee that provides funds for projects helping women and girls in developing countries.
Ms. Oliva is the Director of InVenture Foundation. InVenture is a social enterprise comprised of two entities, the InVenture Capital Corporation (ICC) and the InVenture Foundation, both working together to unlock affordable capital to half a billion people, using mobile accounting and a proven financing model. InVenture provides the capital, guidance and financial tracking tools needed to empower micro-business owners to lift themselves and their communities out of poverty. Bonnie received a BA in International Politics from Wesleyan University. She is a StartingBloc NY ’09 Fellow and a 2011 Echoing Green Fellow. She also serves as the Secretary and Alumni Representative on the Board of Trustees at De La Salle Academy in New York City.
Ms. Page-Bailey has worked in design, R&D and sourcing for US & Chinese fabric manufacturers, and apparel brands Calvin Klein & Ralph Lauren. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
Mr. Park has been investing in cleantech and SRI companies since 2003.
Mr. Park’s career includes extensive experience in transactional finance and investments spanning project finance, energy finance, commercial banking, and tax credit finance. He led the due diligence process on over $10 billion in transactions. Most recently, Michael served as part of the executive team for a tech-enabled financial services startup in the energy efficiency industry, Noesis. At Noesis, he managed the capital supplier relationships and commercial lending operations, and he contributed to the successful sale of the company. Prior to that, Michael served as a Senior Investment Officer for the Loan Programs Office at the United States Department of Energy (DOE) where he performed due diligence for more than $9 billion of first-of-kind energy project finance transactions. Prior to DOE, Michael worked for the National Cooperative Bank (NCB) where he held roles financing renewable energy, tax credit, commercial real estate, non-profit, and Alaska Native Corporation transactions. He also worked in roles at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Citibank, and the Corporate Finance Institute. Michael obtained his BA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and his MBA from the George Washington University with concentrations in Finance and International Business.
Ms. Parsons is an experienced social venture capital investor and community builder. She has reviewed deals from a variety of sectors including healthcare and provides recommendations for funding to private investors. She currently consultants in a variety of sectors, one specifically addressing global maternal healthcare issues.
Ms. Partlow is the founder and a partner of Earthrise Capital, a venture capital fund investing in emerging technologies for energy, power and water. Key areas of interest include energy and materials’ efficiency, cost effective energy storage and environmental technologies and services. Previously, Ann served for more than two and a half decades as financial advisor and portfolio manager to members of the Rockefeller Family. At Rockefeller & Co. she created one of the earliest impact investment funds focused on emerging businesses addressing key social, environmental, and alternative energy businesses.
Mr. Pathak is a radio broadcaster in public service broadcasting keenly interested in social initiatives specifically for the bottom of pyramid populace. He holds an MBA degree from the Booth School of Business.
Mr. Paxton is a partner in Paxton Law Group, a boutique corporate law firm based in Washington, DC which provides a range of commercial and corporate legal services to businesses of all sizes. Mr. Paxton has particular expertise in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, an important issue for any company doing business abroad.
Mr. Pearlman is the founder of a mission-driven software-as-a-service company with approximately 60 employees; he is currently starting up a second company.
Ms. Pellicciotto, President of her own firm, SeeChange, has 20 years’ experience as a change consultant, facilitator and coach. In 2010, she took a two-year sabbatical from her own business to work in rural and indigenous communities of central Mexico, teaming with the Mexican EPA to cultivate small, sustainable businesses of native plants for projects of reforestation.
Mr. Petty has worked in microfinance is Africa, Asia and Latin America for the last 15 years. He has also financed many SMEs and in the process reviewed numerous business plans. Petty has a BA in South Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison through which he studied at Benares Hindu University, Varanasi, India for one year. He speaks English, French and Spanish, though his Hindi is dormant.
Dr. Petty teaches entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, and innovation management at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has been active in entrepreneurship for over twenty years, including roles as founder, CEO and investor in Asia, the USA, and Europe and continues to advise commercial and non-profit ventures globally.
Mr. Pirron is the founder of Impact Makers, a unique for-profit consulting firm that has no shareholders and all profits go to local charitable organizations in the community.
Mr. Pitts works in impact investing for a fund, and previously worked for a social enterprise that focused on education. He is the former COO of nonprofit dealing with health and education.
Mr. Platzer is a physicist, Harvard MBA, experience working in Start-ups and launching them, some angel investing experience
Ms. Pointer is a former NGO Director and works with the US Gov’t on sustainable development projects worldwide.
Mr. Price is a writer and project director at the impact investing media company, ImpactAlpha. He directs ImpactAlpha’s research services where he manages projects for clients including the Gates, MacArthur, and Hewlett Foundations. As a writer Dennis covers innovative finance vehicles, social ventures, and business trends in developed, emerging and frontier markets including the U.S. and Europe, South America, East Africa, and South Asia.
Mr. Prilutsky is an Investor-backed entrepreneur seeking to invest in and help grow a great company. Background in middle-market private equity and M&A, with industry experience spanning a variety of sectors including education, business services, technology and renewable energy. Independent consultant to and advisory board member for several growth stage companies. Strong interest in entrepreneurship, growth company operations, social enterprise, finance and investing.
Ms. Pullaro has 18 years of experience in the private and nonprofit sector. Her leadership roles have focused on supporting high impact innovative organizations with an uncompromising commitment to creating a path from poverty to empowerment. In 2009 Michelle launched a management consulting practice and in 2011 partnered with Quidoo Consulting. Prior to Quidoo, Michelle was the Executive Director for Taproot Foundation, Eastern Region. Taproot Foundation, the largest national nonprofit consulting firm in the country, strengthens nonprofits by engaging business professionals in service. In addition to increasing revenue in Taproot’s Foundation Eastern Region by 40% and launching the Boston and DC operations, she built a high performing team that managed an $8M portfolio of pro bono consulting engagements in the areas of marketing, strategy management and leadership development.
Mr. Raderstrong is the Founder and Editor of UnSectored, a community platform for people who believe social change is the responsibility of all organizations, individuals and sectors. He has run successful, long-term online campaigns in the social innovation space, such as developing and executing the social media strategy for Leap of Reason, a book on nonprofit outcomes management with over 55,000 copies distributed.
Mr. Raghuwanshi is a second year MBA student at the Haas School of Business. He build his career around helping small businesses in emerging economies, working in investment advisory, consulting and operations for over six years. At Haas, he is a Fulbright scholar from India focusing on entrepreneurship and venture finance in emerging economies, especially in agriculture and food sectors.
Mr. Rajpara serves as a Senior Consultant (focusing on Strategy & Innovation) at the DC Small Business Development Center Network (Public-Private Partnership between Howard University and the US Small Business Administration). In his current role he advises small businesses and entrepreneurs on developing business plans, strategy, and conceptualizing unique value propositions. He also directs small businesses on positioning for: Government Contracts, Financing and Strategic Partnership development. In addition to serving DC SBDC clients, Mr. Rajpara has engaged in outreach and public speaking for his network (some of which have been broadcast on public television). Mr. Rajpara has contributed to the “small business/entrepreneurial ecosystem” in Washington, DC by facilitating and developing robust engagements with various governmental agencies and private organizations tasked to serve small businesses for the purposes of Economic Development. Moreover, Mr. Rajpara serves on the DC-SBDC Strategic Planning Committee, where he helped direct his network to complement the economic development initiatives in Washington, DC. Moreover, Mr. Rajpara has instructional experience in teaching business concepts to adult learners. He began teaching as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Management at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) School of Business and Public Administration in 2004. During his service, he was awarded “The Most Outstanding Professor of the Year” in 2006. He also served as faculty advisor for the Epsilon Sigma chapter of Delta Mu Delta, a business school honors society. He has lectured abroad at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine in Trinidad & Tobago. In addition to teaching and consulting small business Nick Rajpara has researched business issues around Sustainable Business and Social Entrepreneurship. He has advised local educational institutions on workforce training programs, acquired a small (high volume) business, where he served as managing director of operations, and co-founded a non-profit organization which represented the affordable housing needs of close to 1,000 residents in the District of Columbia. Mr. Rajpara serves as a Mentor for the Mentor Capital Network (a mentor group that hosts a social enterprise business plan competition), as well as, a Mentor for Accelerate DC an initiative of the Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) to foster technology entrepreneurship in Washington, DC.
Ms. Randall is a curator who has organized and advises on a variety of arts projects including exhibitions on 4 continents. Based in South Africa, she works with contemporary art, photography and crafts.
Devi Prasad Rao
Mr. Rao is a social entrepreneur who works in South India and with dairy farmers. He has beena banker for a large part of his career, working with small and medium enterprises gaining an insight into the risks to their businesses and their credit worthiness.
Mr. Ravilochan is a co-founder of the Unreasonable Institute, a mentor-intensive acceleration program for high-impact entrepreneurs from around the world. Each year, 25 chosen entrepreneurs are brought together to live in one house and work with mentors ranging from the co-founder of Google.org to the founder of an organization that has lifted 24 million farmers out of poverty. These entrepreneurs also have the chance to pitch to hundreds of investors and receive pro-bono, professional consulting.
Nicole Reed Fry
Ms. Reed Fry is a Managing Consultant in the Energy Practice at Navigant in Boulder, Colorado. She brings wide-ranging technical, business and policy expertise in energy efficiency and renewable energy in the areas of program and project management, market and policy assessment, technology commercialization, finance, and business development. Nicole also manages business operations at Boom Algae, a startup venture that converts waste CO2 from breweries and ethanol plants into algae-derived omega-3 oils.
Ms. Rehmani is a management consultant with experience in Financial Services, Consumer Goods, Technology, Pharmaceuticals, Aviation and Telecom in U.S., Canada, Colombia, Mexico, South Africa and Australia. She is an ex-entrepreneur, impact investor and advisor to LatAm start-ups.
Mr. Reid is a management consultant who works with renewable energy start-ups. He also has experience in the publishing/editorial and nonprofit sectors. He holds an MBA from San Francisco State University and a BS in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ms. Reinke has mentored and taught entrepreneurs in a variety of industries, particularly with a focus on social entrepreneurship. Her experience is in strategy development, change management, process improvement, market entry planning and forecasting, leadership and organizational culture, and social impact and sustainability.
Mr. Rentschler tried tried selling renewable energy products to dairymen, but in the Central Valley of CA. He is a recovering renewable energy CEO, a former VC, and recently CFO of an impact investing startup.
Mr. Reynolds has been a pioneer in the areas of fair trade, organics, and environmental practice in the sustainable fashion movement. He has worked for over twenty years in bringing together organizations around the world and helping to create numerous collaborative initiatives. His passion and dedication have firmly established him as a leader in the global organic and fair trade fashion movement. Matt currently holds the title President and Co-founder of INDIGENOUS, a leading premium organic apparel brand and producer of hand-crafted fair trade clothing.
Ms. Reynolds is a finance and strategy executive with 15 years of experience structuring deals, financings and executing strategy in a variety of industries.
Mr. Rheingold most recently served as the COO of InVenture Capital Corporation, a credit scoring, direct lending and financial identity business for the world’s unbanked and financially underserved utilizing Android, mobile money and big data analysis. During his tenure the loan book grew from 0 to 500,000 loans. Ted has built founded and sold internet businesses, and is a regular advisor and mentor in the Silicon Valley area.
Dr. Robb is an internationally recognized researcher in the area of strategy and social entrepreneurship, specifically examining how social ventures can maintain advantage in the marketplace. Dr. Robb currently serves as an assistant professor of entrepreneurship for California State University, Chico (CSUC).
Mr. Rocco has worked in microfinance, CDFIs finance, traditional capital markets and a double bottom line fund wall street for 15 years
Mr. Rodriguez is a real estate professional with a Master’s in International Affairs and Urban Planning.
Jessica Scannell Rooks
Ms. Rooks is an accidental entrepreneur and fierce advocate for social, economic and environmental justice issues specifically impacting urban youth and individuals involved in the criminal justice system. Most recently, Ms. Rooks worked to create clear and viable career pathways in the green economy and sustainable food systems for formerly incarcerated men and women. She is currently consulting for a national AAPI women’s grassroots organization focused on immigration and reproductive rights.
Lisa Hodes Rosen
Ms. Rosen is the General Counsel and Director of US Markets for The Gold Standard Foundation. She is responsible for legal issues related to all nine offices worldwide, including India, China, Mexico, Switzerland, the Philippines, Egypt, Rome, Austria and the US.
Mr. Rosenthal is Executive Director at New Economy Coalition. His previous career was dedicated to making the fair trade coffee and natural and gourmet products industries more just for over 30 years. He is an advisor to numerous fair trade organizations and is co-founder and former executive director of Equal Exchange, a worker-owned, fair trade coffee company. He holds a B.S. in international studies from Lesley University.
Mr. Roth is a private equity investment professional who has been 20 years of experience arranging, structuring, executing and monitoring investments in private companies in emerging markets across the world. In that context, he reviews business plans frequently, and both invests and arranges equity and debt financing for companies.
Ms. Rozenfeld is the CEO of Incite International, an award-winning organizational development and executive coaching company (www.inciteinternational.com) and founder of YES!Circle, a networking and educational organization for entrepreneurs, based in Washington D.C. (www.yescircle.org).
Mr. Rubenstein is the President, Sustainable Business Group – Consulting firm; Lecturer, Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship Five Day Class Sponsored by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment; Lecturer, Graduate School of Business, University of Colorado Denver, Lead Author, Breakthrough, Inc.: High Growth Strategies for Entrepreneurial Organizations and over 100 articles on leadership and entrepreneurism; and Executive Director, THE LEEEGH.
Mr. Sachs is founder of Sachs Capital, LLC, a private equity boutique located in Potomac, MD. Sachs Capital targets investment opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic region that do not meet the investment criteria of larger, institutional venture capital and private equity funds.
Ms. Saltman has developed a career around social entrepreneurship, community building, public relations, cause marketing and collaboration to facilitate business and community growth. During her tenure at the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado she focused on a partnership with Progress Now and the Daily Kos to develop and implement the BIG TENT, a Bloggers and New Media Headquarters at the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver. She funneled her expertise across many disciplines in helping democratize media, providing unprecedented access to over 500 bloggers. The Tent became the linchpin for the DNC’s new media strategy, and has since been chosen for curation in the Smithsonian Institute and Newseum. Formerly, Rebecca was the National Community Relations Manager for Dex One, a 1.3 billion dollar company that helps small businesses get found and get chosen.
Ms. Samec launched Small World Carbon with the mission to improve clean energy infrastructure systems. Her professional areas include specialization in project finance, carbon market analysis, project risk assessment, rural electrification, energy policy and clean energy technology implementation. She has about a decade’s worth of experience in small-scale renewable energy project financing and development such as cellulosic ethanol, off-grid solar PV and hot water, small and micro hydro, and grid-connected wind. She acts as a volunteer mentor through Wild Gift, VC4Africa and Mentor Capital Network.
Ms. Santos is a seasoned financial consulting professional and a serial entrepreneur. Her experience includes being a CFO for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Santos has also managed the financing process for startup companies from family and friends through pre-IPO and acquisition.
Deepa Ayesha Sanyal
Ms. Sanyal is a principal at DS Consulting, an international consulting firm offering professional consulting in Sustainable Planning and Development. DS Consulting is based in North Carolina, USA. Deepa lives and works in the United States and in India.
Ms. Scanlon is in financial services in the equities space and works on women’s economic empowerment and social consciousness. Prior to starting that, she graduated from Georgetown University in 2006. During her time there, she studied at the American University of Paris and worked for two terms for Senate Banking Committee under Senator Christopher Dodd.
Ms. Scharff is marketing associate at a supply chain technology company. She runs the media buys from our department, but also collaborates closely with the digital marketing team.
Liz Cotter Schlax
Ms. Cotter Schlax is a fundraising executive at a human services nonprofit in the American midwest. She holds an MBA degree and served previously in sales, marketing and strategic planning roles at a major US manufacturing company.
Ms. Schneider graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Organizational development in 2006. She has worked throughout Africa, southeast Asia and North America for start-up social enterprises and is beginning her Global MBA at UNC Chapel Hill in January 2012.
Mr. Schulman is an Architect, zero-waste entrepreneur, and community sustainability activist. He is the Founder of the Community Forklift used building materials store and is President of the non-profit organization A Thousand Friends of Virginia’s Future. Jim is currently working on enhancing the regional economies of Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Richmond via the Alliance for Regional Cooperation (in formation).
Mr. Schutter’s firm, Takamoto Biogas provides biogas to small-scale farmers on a pay-as-you-go basis ensuring access to Clean Energy for everyone.
Mr. Schwartz is an experienced sustainability and strategy consultant with a passion for disruptive business solutions that challenge the status quo. As a member of the inception team for Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room (CWR), David was directly responsible for creating and implementing large-scale strategy and cost-reduction consulting projects for clients looking to transition to a low-carbon infrastructure in multiple sectors. These engagements mostly focused on creating products that addressed market failures preventing capital from flowing to sustainable solutions within a client’s industry.
Ms. Sellers founded a young social enterprise called Bézi, www.bezi.co, which provides luxurious skincare and grooming products using oils that are wild-harvested by women’s cooperatives in Zambia and Zimbabwe. In addition, she consults with social enterprises, non-profits and donors and volunteer as a business start-up instructor in the Phoenix area.
Mr. Sena is an international economic development practitioner with private sector and donor project experience in Peru, Jordan, Armenia, India, and Tanzania. MBA holder with diverse technical/program knowledge and experience and a passion for market-based solutions in a range of sectors such as: Access to Credit, Entrepreneurship/Enterprise Development, Local Economic and Community Development, Housing and Urban Development, and Post-Disaster Reconstruction. Experience collaborating with varies stake holder groups to identify and act on opportunities to improve businesses, institutions, communities, and livelihoods. Engaged in project planning and implementation, financial management, technical assistance, research and analytic, backstopping, and business development for clients such as USAID and the World Bank.
Mr. Seymour has over 37 years of investment and finance experience in international and emerging markets through 18 years at Bankers Trust living and working in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Europe, and Latin America; 13 years at Commonfund Capital managing international/emerging markets private equity funds of funds; 4 years at EMP Global, a Washington based emerging markets private equity firm; and since 2010 with Pontefract Global Strategies, LLC (PGS). PGS advises investors and investment management firms on investing in emerging market private equity opportunities with a primary focus on social impact investing in frontier emerging markets. Examples of current relationships include a corporate finance firm based in Vietnam; a Cambodia based private equity firm; a private equity firm in Haiti; an early stage venture capital firm in India; a private capital firm in Nigeria; and a pan-African investment vehicle to invest in mixed-use property developments for educational institutions. Mr. Seymour has served on 18 international and domestic private equity fund advisory boards and is currently on the board of the Ashmore EMM Africa Emerging Markets Fund and several non-profit boards including the Global Partnership for Afghanistan, the Coalition for Green Capital, the Thunderbird Private Equity Center in Glendale, AZ, and the Social Enterprise Greenhouse in Rhode Island. In the past he has served on the boards of The Brent School, an Anglican boarding school in Baguio, the Philippines, the American Church in London, Christ & Holy Trinity Church in Westport, CT and the Westport Public Library. Mr. Seymour is a graduate of Yale University in International Relations and Harvard Business School in International Finance and served four years in the U.S. Navy submarine force.
Dr. Shah is a physician with experience in clinical research and consulting on life science investments for venture capital.
Ms. Shah is an international sustainability consultant who helps social enterprises get investor ready. She has worked with both investors and investees on deals in the renewable energy, energy efficiency, solid waste, and sustainable commodities sectors. She was with the International Finance Corp (IFC/World Bank) for many years and has worked with clients in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and North America.
Mr. Shah is an insurance professional responsible for information management and reporting. He is focused on enterprise risk management and finding ways to visualize data.
Ms. Share, principal of MLSHARE Creative Solutions) creates educational ventures, new institutions and innovative partnerships that generate revenue, engage and retain customers (visitors) and address societal issues. New museums, foundations, government programs as well as books, software, films, curricula and games are among the results.
Ms. Shukla is an innovator and entrepreneur focused on discovering, developing and scaling simple yet powerful ideas for wellness. Most recently, she was a Principal at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), the world?s largest venture capital firm with $13 billion in committed capital. During nine years as a member of NEA?s healthcare investing team, Amita evaluated thousands of biomedical innovations for new drugs, diagnostics and medical technologies. She invested in cutting edge companies, and worked closely with scientists, doctors and entrepreneurs to successfully take their ideas from the petri dish to the patient. Previously, she was the Vice President of AmiKa Corp., a biotechnology company where she helped develop and commercialize novel biomedical research tools for which she holds 10 issued patents until its acquisition by Harvard Bioscience (Nasdaq: HBIO). Earlier, Amita founded two startups and was an analyst at Merrill Lynch, where she focused on healthcare companies. Amita actively mentors young startups, frequently judges business plan competitions, and often speaks to audiences of not just entrepreneurs and innovators but also leaders in academia, policy and the military. In 2010, Amita was the youngest appointee by Maryland Governor Martin O?Malley to the Board of the state?s Technology Development Corporation, which has been ranked #1 nationally by Entrepreneur Magazine for seed investing in startups. In 2007, she was among the youngest members invited to the Johns Hopkins Medicine Alliance, where she works with leaders in academia and industry to evaluate innovations from the university?s world-class research labs. She has also written about scientific innovations for publications such as the MIT Technology Review. She holds a BA in Biochemistry from Harvard, where she was a Senior Editor at the Harvard Crimson, and an MBA from Stanford, where she led a team that won the university-wide Stanford business plan competition for a novel cardiovascular device.
Mr. Simmens has spent over 30 years working in the public, academic, private and non profit sectors as an urban planner, town manager and sustainability expert. Currently he owns a wellness center in D.C, is a life and business coach, as well as an angel investor.
Ms. is the director of client engagement at DaizyLogik, a consulting company specializing in Salesforce customization for nonprofits and mission driven companies. Prior to this role she was the community manager at the Mentor Capital Network, and the director of support at StartSomeGood, a global crowdfunding platform for social entrepreneurs and changemakers. She serves on the Board of Directors for DC Net Impact and Playa del Fuego. She earned her BSBA at Georgetown University and her MBA and Johns Hopkins University.
Mr. Sinclair is a sustainable investment strategist at SinCo – Sustainable Investment Consulting LLC. At SinCo he leads engagements to design and develop the sustainable investment case for clients managing billion dollar investments or global investor initiatives. As ESG architect he integrates environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment strategies, processes and indexes in frontier and emerging markets. Recent projects tackled private equity in emerging markets, infrastructure funds and ESG, green bonds, pension fund investment value chains, a national sustainability index and impact investing. As an original thinker at the frontier of sustainable investment, his work over the past decade has explored sustainable investment themes including long-term investment, influential investor networks, fiduciary duty, carbon intensity, water scarcity, biodiversity, nutrition security, and sustainable mining. Before joining KLD in Boston, he worked in investment banking and managed private sector pension funds, exiting global multi-manager SEI Investments in 2002. Graham chairs the Prudential Assets Working Group of the investment industry group ASISA, is a member of the Investment Analysts Society and lifetime member of Net Impact. Graham is President and co-founder of the not-for-profit Africa Sustainable Investment Forum project, AfricaSIF.org. Graham has lectured on sustainable investment at leading business schools in North America, Europe and Africa, and has contributed three chapters on Private Equity, Africa and Sustainability Indexes to Evolutions in Sustainable Investing (Wiley Finance, 2012). He presented his big idea Investing As If The Future Matters at TEDxTableMountain. Graham holds an MBA from the Villanova School of Business (where he co-designed the long-only US equity Arnone-Lerer Fund) and an LL.B from the Howard College School of Law, as well as various industry certifications including the inaugural WWF/IMD One Planet Leaders program in 2008. Graham resides in Vermont, USA and Western Cape, South Africa.
Ms. Singel has mentored, coached and been a semi-finalist judge for four years at NYU Stern School of Business (The Berkeley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation) Competition and in particular reviewing plans and providing feedback on the social track. Included in this experience has been judging in social enterprise competitions within the business school’s social entrepreneurship program. She is also on the advisory council for the Global Fellows in Social Enterprise leadership program. Additionally, she coaches and advises graduate school students in career management & development and runs a business providing organizational transformation, executive coaching and retainer search services to industry, not-for-profits, Foundations, Philanthropies and NGO’s.
Mr. Snyder is an incubator manager of a nonprofit sustainability organization who has worked in economic development and entrepreneurship support for many years.
Ms. Sosna, BA, part of the Executive Chef team of Fresh Start Catering (FSC), a social enterprise of DC Central Kitchen DCCK). FSC provides both catering and farm-to-table contract food service for charter schools and day care centers in the nation’s capital’a model that has been included in the First Lady’s Let’s Move program toolkit. Chef Sosna also sits on the DC Chapter of the Farm to School Board, and served on the committee writing the Healthy Schools Act of 2010, legislation passed unanimously by the DC City Council on May 4, 2010. The act substantially raises nutritional standards of school foods, and brings more fresh and local fruits and vegetables to the school table.
Mr. Spring is a founder of a consulting firm offering services in change-management, non-profit development and fundraising, and political operations. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Kings College London’s world-renowned Department of War Studies.
Mr. Stainburn’s career spans years in international business, logistics and corporate finance. He has significant experience pulling complex projects together. He is a keen strategist and has worked with large corporations as well as many small businesses in emerging economies. He has recently started a high value agricultural products company in Lesotho, southern Africa. The first product is quality grown, fresh asparagus under the brand Kingdom Asparagus.
Ms. Staller is a sales and marketing professional with 15 years experience.
Ms. Steeves wants to design a better world and I’m excited to meet others who have the drive to do the same. She is driven by a passion for wellness, design thinking and entrepreneurship and an aim to create sustainable, large-scale impact.
Ms. Stephenson is a business school professor who has interest and experience in developing income generating opportunities for food banks in US and has founded a non profit in Africa to help women empower themselves out of poverty. Founded business plan competition with social enterprise track.
Ms. Stiefel runs a nonprofit investment fund on behalf of her family foundation (http://theoilageisover.com). They make seed-stage investments in cleantech companies and give the proceeds away as grants to sustainability projects in the US and Middle East.
Mr. Stroiney is a senior managing consultant with more than 10 years experience focusing in business and sustainability strategy for a large corporation. He holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University.
Mr. Strong is a program officer at The Hitachi Foundation, where he co-leads an initiative to discover and promote business practices that help low-wealth people move up the economic ladder, while also creating returns for owners, investors, and consumers. He previously worked for several years as a trainer, marketer and entrepreneur in the natural foods industry. He has an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona.
Ms. Stutts is an associate professor of public administration, policy and nonprofit studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and recently piloted a graduate social innovation course in VCU’s DaVinci Center. She started an online civic hub in 2000, which continues today in a nonprofit to nonprofit form as ConnectVA.org.
Ms. Takasu is currently a fundraiser for a non-profit that focuses on U.S.-Japan relations and is heavily involved in a public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to benefit the people of Japan affected by the March 2011 triple disaster. Her background is also in global supply chain operations and strategic marketing at a consumer packaging company.
Ms. Taylor is a former CEO/owner of a manufacturing company, turnaround executive, and founding partner of a water technologies company bringing new technologies to U.S. and Africa, with an MBA and sustainability background. Now founder and president of an anti-slavery NGO using Internet-based technology to raise awareness and catalyze grassroots abolitionists.
Mr. Thiel teaches college students powerful, engaging, persuasive communication while inspiring them to become social entrepreneurs. The course is an interactive, student-driven environment that delves into design thinking, value proposition, impact measurement, and many other elements of social entrepreneurship. The backbone of the course is the Social Venture Plan in which students devise an innovative social venture and then showcase their effective writing and pitching techniques to engage investors and persuade them to fund it.
Ms. Thomas is a social entrepreneur who founded Mozambikes, Limitada, which was a prize winner of the WJF Sustainable Business Plan Competition 2012. Her general career expertise includes investment banking and private investment, both in the US and throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.
Mr. Thomas worked 11 years as financial advisor for UBS. As president of Social(k) he now works with financial advisors and Registered Investment Advisors throughout the US. He grew up in family retail business, and opened a video store chain in 1984 which became one of the top 100 chains by revenue in 1989-1991. He also works on inner city employment issues with the Gasoline Alley foundation.
Mr. Thorsen is an entrepreneur and technologist.
Mr. Titus is an attorney who specializes in startup, technology and privacy law. He also has a degree in architecture, and as the Privacy Director for the Liberty Coalition, is an avid policy wonk.
Ms. Tobias is the founder of an advisory firm active in green buildings and renewable energy.
Mr. Tompt is the founder and managing director of William Verde & Associates, a consultancy advising organisations on sustainability, business development, and marketing strategy. For the last 20 years, Jay launched, led, or advised numerous companies and non-profit organisations across a range of industry and non-profit segments.
Miss Tsioutis currently runs Australia’s national ‘sci-tech’ accelerator for scientists at Australia’s national science research agency, CSIRO. She works with research teams and entrepreneurs looking to solve some of the world’s biggest problems – helping build start ups from idea stage all the way through to getting them investment ready. Amanda holds a BSc (hons) in Environmental Science & Geography and is an admitted lawyer in Australia.
Mr. Tulchin is a triple bottom line management consultant who has been judging socially responsible business plans for many years and has worked in international microfinance for more than a decade. He is currently a Managing Partner of Social Enterprise Associates.
Ms. Katie Turner is an international development practitioner who carries out economic development projects in developing countries around the world, with a focus on the agriculture sector. She has worked extensively in Latin America.
Ms. Suzanne Turner was called “the best communicator in America. by the National Journal. Her communications campaigns have helped pass more than 40 pieces of legislation. She has worked for Fortune 500 companies, devising branding and marketing campaigns that have moved millions of dollars worth of products. As senior vice president at Fenton Communications for seven years, Suzanne helped grow the firm from four people to more than 100 in three cities. She was Mid-Atlantic regional manager of the high-tech PR firm The Launch Company, where she built the client base and managed a half-million dollars in client billings monthly. She is co-founder of the Internet Advocacy Center and a founding member of Progressive Communicators of DC. She studied at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and the Université de Paris IV – La Sorbonne, and holds a BA from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Ms. Ü has worked extensively with foundations, financiers, nonprofits, and social enterprises in the US to find solutions to economic, social, and ecological issues. She is a passionate advocate for increased access to appropriate financing for food-based entrepreneurs, and social investing opportunities.
Becki Kammerling Ueno
Ms. Ueno is the president and co-founder of Sustainable Law Group, PC a social enterprise law firm based in Los Angeles. She specializes in corporate counsel to nonprofits, social enterprises, and green businesses.
Mr. Ungar is the Chief Operating Officer of a non profit community development corporation. He previously served as the Executive Director of two CDCs, and has experience in economic development and small business assistance.
Ms. Unger has been a business advisor for the Wyoming Entrepreneur Small Business Development Center for over 12 years with a specialty in business plan reviews. In addition, she was the program manager to develop a similar system to track developmentally disabled infants and toddlers for the Colorado Department of Health.
Kristin Sander Urhammer
Mrs. Urhammer has 15+ years’ experience working for large multinational hotel companies in the US and UK in the areas of business analysis, brand marketing, corporate responsibility, and major project implementation. London based, Mrs. Urhammer holds a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Oxford.
Renata van Diest
Ms. van Diest has a Computer Science degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, where upon graduation she worked as a Software Engineer at Microsoft, building backend systems as well as desktop and mobile applications. She also has an MBA from London Business School, and has worked with several startups in the London area. She is passionate about businesses that combine technology with a social mission in order to improve people’s lives. When able to escape from behind her laptop, Renata enjoys photography, snowboarding, documentary films, traveling, and playing the guitar and piano.
Danielle Jennie Vetter
Ms. Vetter is a dynamic leader who loves her job leading social change across the world. Danielle currently works for Cummins Inc. on the Corporate Responsibility team. She manages $12 million of charitable spending through the Cummins Foundation Community Development Grant program, and coordinates grantmaking in over 60 countries. In addition, Danielle has a Master of Public Affairs from the top-ranked School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She is passionate about data-driven programs that empower and strengthen communities, and has experience in project management, Six Sigma, community investment, database management, technology implementation, strategic philanthropy, and creating public-private partnerships.
Ms. Waite is a civil and environmental engineer and advocate for sustainable development. She has experience in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas in textiles, water resources, energy, organic farming, rural development and infrastructure. She has written a book on Sustainable Water Resources in the Built Environment.
Mr. Wallet-Houget is the founder and owner of DID – Dine in the Dark, a pitch dark fine-dining restaurant employing visually impaired persons and with branches located at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok, Thailand, and in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He is also the founder of another social enterprise named LUSH, an initiative promoting and funding social and environmental projects in Thailand through music festivals and site-specific nightlife experiences in Bangkok. Julien is a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and is currently a business development consultant for Clyde & Co LLP, an international law firm. I also is a Project Specialist for the Khonthai Foundation, a Thai non-profit organisation part of the Premier Group of companies, where he focuses on the development of social enterprises and corporate social responsibility. Previous positions include Julien being a consultant on rural energy access for the poor at the United Nations Development Programme – Asia Pacific, a consultant in the external relations division of the World Trade Organization, as well as a Corporate Social Responsibility Officer responsible for environmental matters at the Mechai Viravaidya Foundation, one of Thailand’s largest philanthropic organisations active in rural development. Julien regularly mentors social enterprises and at times is part of the judging panel of social enterprise business plan competitions in Southeast Asia. He holds a MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a BA in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Relations, Geneva, and an LLB from the University of Law of England and Wales.
Mr. Walters is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, looked in depth at a similar deal some years ago in Massachusetts.
Mr. Warwick founded his first company, Mal Warwick Associates, in 1979 and has founded or cofounded several more in the decades since then. Currently, he is a partner in the One World Futbol Project LLC, a B Corporation. Mal joined Social Venture Network in 1990 and served as chair of its board from 2002 to 2006. With Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s, he wrote Values-Driven Business: How to Change the World, Make Money, and Have Fun. His new book, The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New Customers, co-authored with Paul Polak, will appear in September 2013.
Ms. Welch is a social serial entrepreneur who has started or been involved with starting over 28 businesses in the past 30 years. She currently is a partner in a business consulting firm that specializes in alternative methods of raising capital, crowd sourcing and finding the soul (authentic purpose) of a business.
Mr. Whitaker is a Manager at SustainAbility, a think tank and consultancy working to inspire transformative business leadership on the sustainability agenda. He holds a Master of International Public Affairs degree with a focus on International Business and Governance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in history and economics from Wake Forest University.
Mr. Whitehead-Bust has consulted to numerous organic farms, organic food product companies, and CSA’s.
Mr. Widman is a business school professor in the disciplines of management and finance. Prior to entering academia in the late 90s, he had 20 years experience as a CFO/COO at leading nonprofit organizations working in the areas of disabilities and economic development. He holds a doctorate from Pace University in Management and Finance and a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
Mr. Wiesner is a Senior Loan Officer with NCB Capital Impact, a leading nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution. Mr. Wiesner has been with the organization since 2007 and has helped to underwrite and close more than $125 million in loans to charter schools, health centers, and other community organizations during that time. Mr. Wiesner holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Yale University School of Management. Mr. Wiesner is based in Ann Arbor, MI.
Ms. Willms is a consultant who advises public and private organisations globally regarding their human capital strategy and management. She has launched existing products in new markets and new products in existing markets across my career. Prior to my work as a consultant, she worked for three start-up organisations and an established mid-sized company in a newly launched product portfolio.
Mr. Wine has been an officer and aviator in the Coast Guard for a majority of his professional career. Most of that time, he worked as helicopter pilot conducting counter narcotics missions and search and rescue throughout the Caribbean and Central America. When not flying Josh used data analytics to help partner nations track the patterns of nacro traffickers and improve interdiction results. He now serves as financial manager and logistician helping to manage almost $1 billion in inventory throughout the world. Outside of government Josh has helped launch several websites including a social enterprise where travelers can connect with micro entrepreneurs throughout the developing world.
Mr. Witzel is an independent entrepreneur and founder of a successful web development/social media consulting firm. He has 30 years experience catalyzing innovation with technology for social progress.
Ms. Woofter owns a boutique sustainability consulting firm, with clients in the agriculture industry operating in developing countries with issues including rural electrification, water treatment and distribution, and community ownership of jointly-held equipment. She holds a Master’s Degree in Sustainability Leadership.
Ms. Yamla-or is a part-time university lecturer in Business & Society and Social Entrepreneurship. She also teaches social entrepreneurs though social entrepreneurship enablers in Thailand such as Thailand Social Enterprise Office and ChangeFusion. She co-founded and ran Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) in Southeast Asia from 2007-2013. She also co-founded a company promoting sustainable business through researches, events, course and social impact assessment.
Ms. Yonavjak is an independent impact-investing consultant with a background in geography/GIS, environmental markets research, environmental and social metrics development, and sustainable agriculture. She has done extensive research in land conservation and ecosystem service markets in the United States and used to work for a business accelerator that provided technical assistance services (including growth strategy and access to markets and capital) to environmentally-focused small and medium enterprises in six emerging economies in Latin America and Asia.
Mr. Younkman has more than 30 years senior management experience working for national and international conservation and environmental organizations He also ran a successful consulting practice for more than five years and taught graduate level coursework at UCSD.
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Ms. Planthaber is a small business owner, providing small business development assistance nationally for over twenty years working both as a consultant for a large national nonprofit as well as delivering assistance directly to micro and small businesses. Ms. Planthaber has reviewed and financed hundreds of micro and small business plans from urban, rural and suburban centers.
Mr. Zdenek has a strong background in community development and is familiar with urban food issues.
Mr. Zecha is a Founding Partner at health industry consulting firm We Scale Impact and is the Executive in Residence at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He brings to these roles more than 25 years of broad-range executive expertise in operations, strategy and finance, and vast experience from work in more than 35 countries. He has launched numerous multi¬million dollar, multi-national initiatives and has raised more than $15m in capital for ventures. He previously founded Sproxil and served as CFO and Strategist, growing it to profitable operations in 7 countries, founded and served as CFO of ultra-luxury travel company PrivatSea and CFO of Rethos, a social media site. He has founded an OTC drug distribution company and worked with the Japanese MHW (FDA) on regulatory compliance issues for Procter & Gamble. He previously worked with consulting firms Monitor Group and BearingPoint, and served as international economic development specialist for the State of Hawaii.
Mr. Zieger is a specialist in impact investing and economic development currently serving as the Senior Director of Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurship for Catholic Charities USA. Previously while serving as the Vice President of The Forbes Funds, Mr. Zieger founded UpPrize, BNY Mellon’s impact investing and social innovation platform which invested $1 Million in its first year of operation.
Mr. Zia is a managing partner and co-founder of DC Community Ventures, a community development venture capital fund that seeks to invest in companies that deliver both financial returns for the fund as well as social returns for the communities in which they operate.
Ms. Zoninsein is a Beijing-based Brazilian-American journalist and entrepreneur focused on environmental business and agricultural technology opportunities in China.