We are a community of more than 1,200 mentors. The individuals listed below have worked with us in the past three years and asked to be listed. 45% of our mentors are women. 46% of our mentors have lived or worked outside of the USA. More than 2/3rds of them have started or led organizations.

Mentors volunteer based on their interest, expertise, and availability. There is no guarantee than any particular mentor will be assigned to a particular company. We use a business plan review process and various video chats and meetings to help mentors and entrepreneurs decide who they want to work with — it is important that both the mentor and the entrepreneur choose each other.

Aarti Chandna is an angel/impact investor and advisor. She co-leads Impacts investing for Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund. Previously, she held executive positions at technology companies such as Oracle, Hitachi, Autodesk, and Nikon, where she led global IT teams. Currently, she co-leads Impact Investing for Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund(SV2). She has been a guest lecturer for an Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurship class at Stanford and CWRU. She also serves on the Board of Trustees at Case Western Reserve University(CWRU). She is a board member at SV2, Peninsula Bridge, Teen Success Inc, and on the advisory board at the Miller Center. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Bombay University and an M.S. in Computer Science from CWRU. | LinkedIn
Abhi Rele has a broad software background and works with social entrepreneurs looking to use technology to help underserved populations. | LinkedIn
Abigail Sarmac is a philanthropy professional with twenty years’ work experience in Senegal, Ecuador, the Philippines, Italy and the U.S.A; Ten years in international philanthropy developing and managing high-level, public-private partnerships (grants and contracts) with USAID, Government of Canada, and private funders and investors to support work in Peru, India, Indonesia,and Kenya that have improved the lives of millions in the developing world; strong network in science and technology for development, social entrepreneurship, and impact investing. Ten years additional experience with the United Nations, the World Conservation Union and the Wildlife Conservation society in multi-stakeholder dialogue for sustainable development and environmental policy. Native English speaker; fluent Spanish, French; Basic Portuguese, Italian, Tagalog, Ilocano (Philippine dialects), Wolof (Sénégal). | LinkedIn
Achim Jedelsky is president of a NGO that is focussing on digital innovation in the real estate industry. 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. | LinkedIn
Adam Bornstein has over 20 years of private equity/privates experience, He has started two tech companies, and for the past 10 years he has worked in development and humanitarian assistance. | LinkedIn
Adam Camenzuli is an experienced entrepreneur and financial professional. Fluent in Swahili, he lived and worked in Africa for 5+ years running a business that reached 20,000 people. He holds an International BBA from the Schulich School of Business and is a CFA Charterholder. Adam is a Canadian Top 30 Under 30, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Laureate Global Fellow, UN Global Accelerator and he holds a US patent. His work has been featured in Forbes Africa, CNN, The Globe and Mail, and the CBC. He has language skills in Swahili, French, Spanish and German. | LinkedIn
Adam Cole is a non-profit founder of a financial inclusion social impact organization and professional communicator for the U.S. military. | LinkedIn
Adam Liposky is a young, well-rounded builder and creator focused on business and personal growth. His various roles in organizations, large and small, have provided him with a unique perspective on business and innovation. Adam’s passion for technology and entrepreneurship has guided his career path where he has worked in technology startups, venture capital, and enterprise firms to bring to market innovation that makes lives better. | LinkedIn
Adin Miller an innovative and entrepreneurial manager in the philanthropic sector, has more than 20 years of success in building, implementing, and directing visionary and strategic efforts bringing about positive social change. | LinkedIn
Ajax Greene is the Founder/Principal of the Coherence Collaborative, a founding B Corp. We specialize in Strategy and leadership development with an emphasis on mindfulness based brain coherence. A former world class outdoor adventure athlete, a serial social entrepreneur and as an advisor he has created value for dozens of organizations in a diversity of sectors and has maintain a 40+ year meditation practice. | LinkedIn
Akhil Khurana is working as a digital innovation manager at Roche for the Asia Pacific region, and holds prior experience in preventative healthcare | LinkedIn
Albermar Dominguez works to promote among young professionals the use 3D printing technology and its applications with sustainable materials. | LinkedIn
Alex Vaz is an enthusiastic marketing professional with a deep-rooted passion for innovation and business development. Vast experience in delivering strategic brand awareness and growth solutions to local and global businesses. In-depth knowledge of developing new product and services concepts, collaborating with cross-functional teams and launching high-performance campaigns across diverse market segments. National and international experience. | LinkedIn
Alexandra Tureau is Chief of Staff at Mt. Tam Innovations where she specializes in facilitating effective and efficient spaces where people can freely bring big bold ideas into the real world. She has experience in both the private and public sector working in a diverse array of business areas such as strategy, development, and communications in order to help organizations achieve their ultimate goals. Alexandra holds a master’s degree in International Relations from American University with an emphasis on social enterprise and concentration in gender and development, and a bachelor’s degree from The Fashion Institute of Technology. | LinkedIn
Amanat Anand is the co-founder of SoaPen Inc (www.soapen.com), which makes hand washing fun for kids. He grew up in New Delhi, India and has a BFA in Industrial Design from the Parsons School of Design in New York. | LinkedIn
Amanda Gant is a manager of The Land Accelerator hosted at WRI, which supports social entrepreneurs whose companies restore farm and forest land. She previously was a Small Business Lender in DC providing loans of $10,000-$250,000 to over 50 DC-area businesses. She also volunteers as a DC chapter lead for the Startup Leadership Program, a 6-month startup cohort program with chapters in 23 cities and 12 countries around the world. | LinkedIn
Amanda Lonsdale has spent over 15 years living and working in emerging markets. She 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. | LinkedIn
Amrie Grammer co-founded AMPEL bring precision medicine to patients to predict “flares” and the “right drug for the right patient at the right time” using predictive analytics, machine learning and AI. Dr. Grammer has over 20+ years’ experience in genomics and is a recognized Immunologist with >50 publications. Dr. Grammer managed a highly productive NIH laboratory and received multiple NIH awards for her team’s work comparing genes expressed in patients compared with healthy individuals, including the prestigious Director’s Award. Amrie grew up in Northern Virginia and her early scientific training was at UVa (Chemistry, BS ’89; Pharmacology, MS’91) and UTSW (Immunology, PhD’96). Dr. Grammer was elected to the board of VA Bio in 2016 and is a leader in the VA community for recruitment/training of scientists. Amrie is a member of the scientific societies Sigma Xi and Sigma Delta Epsilon. She serves as a Chair of the UVA Alumni Board of the professional Chemistry Fraternity, Alpha Chi Sigma, and was elected to the University of Virginia Fralin Art Museum board in 2011. | LinkedIn
Amrit Khalsa is an executive with a small natural food company manufacturing and selling products into natural grocery stores in the US. | LinkedIn
Amy Kincaid guides and works with social entrepreneurs, funders, and university programs through the pressure points of transition, turnaround, and renewal to increased growth and impact. The founding principal of ChangeMatters, a strategy consultancy for impact organizations that was the country’s first Benefit LLC, Amy has been designing programs, raising capital, and measuring impact for nonprofits and mission-based enterprises since 1998. | LinkedIn
Amy Meadows is a serial entrepreneur (Trekking Green LLC, & Impact Circles Cooperative). She has led teams in academia, corporate, healthcare, and finally in the entrepreneurial world, growing an SaaS start-up from 0 to 35 global employees in charge of all people and operational logistics. | LinkedIn
Andres Chiodi is a System Engineer with a MSc in Finance and an MBA with specialization in International Trade from IE Business School. He treasures experiences from a 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. | LinkedIn
Andrew Hobbs is a co-creator of Village Capital’s VIRAL™ investment readiness framework and the Senior Lead for Village Capital’s Abaca.app product. Andrew has worked with Village Capital for six years during which time he also recruited and trained entrepreneurs in investment readiness and financial modeling in Mexico, India, and the United States, led the firm’s Investment Analyst team globally, and built out Village Capital’s communications infrastructure. Prior to Village Capital, Andrew worked at the Indian School Finance Company in Hyderabad, India to build their first credit-scoring algorithm and portfolio delinquency monitoring tools. Andrew holds a Master of Management Studies from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, a Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and a Bachelor of Arts from Bennington College. | LinkedIn
Andrew Smiles is founder and principal at StepChange Partners, a strategy consulting firm for philanthropists, foundations and social mission organizations. | LinkedIn
Angie Hanily is a strategy consultant and entrepreneur based in Panama. She worked most of her career at the Panama Canal where she led the Strategic Planning and Innovation Office. Angie holds an MBA from Yale University and loves to help others get better results. | LinkedIn
Anne Pellicciotto is president of the 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. | LinkedIn
Anne Steeves wants to design a better world and is 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. | LinkedIn
April Thompson is marketing and sales director for a startup embedded within DC Water, a food/travel writer, an instructor and organizer with Knowledge Commons DC and a former trainer/capacity building specialist, and hold an MBA focused on sustainable business. She has worked on agro-business models in East/West/Southern Africa while working with TechnoServe, and have some background in agriculture. | LinkedIn
Ariele Scharff is the Sr. B2B Marketing Manager at a healthcare technology company in the US. She has experience marketing to facilities of all sizes, launching new tech products, and developing pricing strategy. | LinkedIn
Ashley Willms 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 her career. Previously, she worked for three start-up organisations and an established mid-sized company in a newly launched product portfolio. | LinkedIn
Avneet Gujral is 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 | LinkedIn
Aydrian 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). | LinkedIn
Azizullah Bangash has 8 years of experience in business development, training and project management. He is leading Center for Awareness Training and Development as a Co-Founder and Director of Programs which is a training and management consulting firm. He previously served at the Resolution Project in New York NSA, a nonprofit organization that provides a full ecosystem of support for aspiring young social entrepreneurs. He served the Center for Awareness Training and Development as CEO for four years before he joined the organization in the USA. He specializes in Training and Facilitation, Program Development, Project Management, Instructional Design, and Skill development. He has earned MBA – HR and B.Sc Civil Engineering degree. | LinkedIn
Becca Darr Litchfield has spent 20+ years working with large multi-nationals, prominent consultancies, and emerging brands to catalyze change that benefits people + planet. She is the co-founder of BIG Acts, which helps brands to create disproportionately positive impact in the world and a strategist with Brand Intersection Group. Becca spent nearly a decade as a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program and co-founder/ COO of Atayne, a certified B Corp and brand of progressive performance apparel. Previously, she co-founded Deloitte’s first global corporate responsibility team. She started her career as a strategy + operations consultant. A few organizations Becca has worked with over the years include J&J, IDEO, McKinsey, LinkedIn, PepsiCo, Ford, BlackRock, and the Centers for Disease Control. | LinkedIn
Becki Ueno is the co-founder of Sustainable Law Group an award winning Certified B Corp social enterprise law firm based in Southern California. She specializes in corporate counsel to nonprofits, social enterprises, and mission driven businesses. | LinkedIn
Benjamin Lieblich is an early stage investor and CFO. Most of his professional experience is in business services and IT services, but his fund also invests in consumer products, media, and information services. | LinkedIn
Betsy Garcete Cohen, a native Washingtonian, is the founder of ZOPHIA. Shortly after obtaining her undergraduate degree in Psychology, Betsy seriously considered medical school and a career in neurosurgery. Having been drawn to fashion from a young age however, she made the decision to change course and pursued her childhood passion instead. Having been raised in a family of strong Latina women, Betsy wanted her fashion to be an expression of the same strong, empowering femininity she grew up admiring and emulating. In 2010 and while attending Catholic University in a Masters in Management program, Betsy launched ZOPHIA, naming it after her Grandmother who was a highly skilled seamstress from Peru. Inspired by the women she met in her program, she wanted to design a product that would cater to women of all sizes and help them to feel confident about their own unique shape and body type. After two years of testing different products and researching the market intensely, in 2013, ZOPHIA proudly launched the powerskirt collection. With a real passion for the business of fashion, Betsy enjoys the challenges of the entrepreneurial world. As an advocate for women, Betsy also feels strongly in working with other female entrepreneurs and helping them pursue and achieve their own dreams. She, her son and husband currently live in Maryland. | LinkedIn
Betsy Densmore is the founder 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. | LinkedIn
Bill Kramer founded and ran a dozen enterprises in and around Washington DC. He worked with a major environmental/economic development ‘think and do’ tank in DC, where he was part of a team analyzing triple bottom-line enterprises across the developing world. He has recently been advising multiple start-up ventures. | LinkedIn
Blair Glencorse is Founder and Executive Director of the Accountability Lab, an organization that makes governance work for people around the world. He is an Echoing Green Fellow and Responsible Leader with the BMW Foundation. He won the International Anti-Corruption Excellent Award in 2018 with the Accountability Lab. | LinkedIn
Bob Snyder has spent many years as an incubator manager for tech and sustainability organizations. He is currently on the Board of Bethesda Green. | LinkedIn
Bob Spoer is Chief Enterpreneur for People at Ashoka. A veteran of Silicon Valley search, Spoer has recruited business and technical innovators globally for a number of Silicon Valley companies. In addition to LinkedIn, he has worked with Bloom Energy, Trimble and Teknekron. He began his search career with Spencer Stuart based in Hong Kong. He is the founder of two NGOs: “Recruiting for Good,” sponsored by the Linkedin for Good Foundation, enables teams of employees to “crowdsource” the best talent for key executive and technical roles for NGOs on a pro bono basis. It has shown promise as a productive model for cross sector collaboration for hiring as well as professional development and knowledge transfer. As well as supporting NGOs dealing with crisis situations such as COVID-19. Pro bono clients have included the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows, Playworks, Global Network Initiative and Ashoka. He also founded “Collaboration for Talent” which is shifting the frame for untapped talent by ending the “war for talent” and starting collaboration for talent in a people-centered economy. | LinkedIn
Bob Zdenek has worked in community development for over four decades, mostly domestic and have done rural development projects. He has developed a few business plans of my own, and have reviewed many for federal funding programs and was a reviewer for Mentor Capital Network last year, even though both the proposals were U.S. based businesses. Mr. Zdenek is on the board of two international organizations and chairs one of them, IDEAS. He has a good sense networks and how to use networks and intermediaries as a way to scale business opportunities for low-income entrepreneurs. | LinkedIn
Bobby Frank is the COO of a family office in Seattle. In that role, he manages the family’s real estate operations (multifamily development, buy and hold warehouses, offices, apartments); manage the family’s startup investment activities; and get plugged into a variety of their operating businesses. Previously, he: practiced corporate law, founded a microenterprise lending non-profit, a VC fund focused on inner city investing, managed and grew an education software company to be IPO-ready, and even produced a golf tv show for a year. He invests in startups. | LinkedIn
Bobby Jefferson, CTO, DAI serves as Board Advisor for technology startups THINKMD, ClickMedix, CodePartners, DataElevates, Covelocity.Health and SimPrints. Society for International Development-Washington, D.C. Chapter has named him to its Board of Directors. He has performed technology due diligence of pre-revenue startups, early-round innovators, niche digital solutions in collaboration with incubators and accelerators. He is an expert in applying private-sector digital health, interoperability, and cybersecurity solutions to supporting international development projects. Mr. Jefferson sits on the Steering Committee for Racial and Social Justice Initiative and hosts panels on race and diversity in global development. | LinkedIn
Brad Eisenberg is a lean operations expert passionate about business as a vehicle for personal agency and positive change. His business, BE Lean helps startups and small businesses build the systems and structure they need to achieve long-term sustainable growth. | LinkedIn
Brian Baker is the Executive Director for Economic Development and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Mary Washington with expertise in financial risk management, market analysis and the customer experience. He manages an incubation program, student and faculty project engagement program and a Small Business Development Center that provides consulting, management training, and strategic research. His areas of investment include scalable energy, real estate and hospitality industries. | LinkedIn
Bridget Ware has a strong background in community economic development, community development financial institutions (CDFI’s), New Market Tax Credit evaluations, and rural health sector development. She is currently mentoring a multi-bottom line chocolate manufacturing company as it grows its ties with cocoa-producing nations. | LinkedIn
Carlos Domínguez Rullán, M.Sc., has eight years experience in the financial industry, including corporate finance, M&A, fund management, community development finance and start-up financing. Mr. Domínguez is the founder and CEO of Carbono3, an impact investment and financial services platform targeting early-stage start-ups that solve environmental, health and social problems. Mr. Domínguez also is the co-founder of MBQ Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company developing therapeutics to block cancer metastasis. Previously, Mr. Domínguez worked as fund manager for the first seed fund launched in Puerto Rico, and prior to that, he worked at KPMG and PwC managing transactions in the banking, asset management and real estate industries. | LinkedIn
Carlos Domínguez Rullán, M.Sc., has eight years experience in the financial industry, including corporate finance, M&A, fund management, community development finance and start-up financing. Mr. Domínguez is the founder and CEO of Carbono3, an impact investment and financial services platform targeting early-stage start-ups that solve environmental, health and social problems. Mr. Domínguez also is the co-founder of MBQ Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company developing therapeutics to block cancer metastasis. Previously, Mr. Domínguez worked as fund manager for the first seed fund launched in Puerto Rico, and prior to that, he worked at KPMG and PwC managing transactions in the banking, asset management and real estate industries. | LinkedIn
Carrie McKellogg is the Chief Program Officer at REDF, a venture philanthropy providing grants and loans to social enterprises that employ people with barriers like histories of homelessness, addiction, or incarceration. REDF started its own accelerator in 2016 with a dedicated program for early stage employment social enterprises. Prior to REDF, Carrie spent fifteen years in international policy and development at the U.S. Treasury and Inter-American Development Bank. | LinkedIn
Christian Daube is currently designing and coordinating programs of acceleration of worldwide Startups & their expansion, connecting them with valuable advisors & experts, as well as supporting their financing rounds & match-making with potential financing sources, with the objective to connect Startup ecosystems and all of their players. He has worked with successful social entrepreneurs especially in the Philippines and also in Myanmar, as well as in Tanzania and especially in South-Africa – in the last 5 years. Before that, he has been leading commercial client relations as an Account Executive of German SMEs for Hewlett-Packard’s Enterprise Services (infrastructure, enterprise applications) for a couple of years. He has been visiting and travelling in more than 30+ countries of our world on all continents, learning from their cultures and traditions. | LinkedIn
Christine Jacobs is a facilitator and consultant for TNC’s Agility Lab, with expertise in appling Human Centered Design to conservation challenges. | LinkedIn
Christine LeViseur Mendonça 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. | LinkedIn
Colleen Robb currently serves as an assistant professor for Florida Gulf Coast University’s School of Entrepreneurship. | LinkedIn
Collins Roth has 25 years experience as a private equity investors in developing markets, with a focus on industrial and infrastructure related investments. | LinkedIn
Courtney Lytle is a practicing attorney and Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Law. She specializes in business law and intellectual property law. She has been General Counsel to a start up Ethanol company and is currently General Counsel at Wally Products, LLC. | LinkedIn
Daisy Carlson was a home goods designer and CEO of an Italian luxury goods company.She has since focussed on sustainable development and climate change with a masters eq. in Sustainable business and Corporate Social Responsibility. | LinkedIn
Dave Feldman is a social entrepreneur, community builder, thought leader and international speaker in sustainability, entrepreneurship and leadership development. He and his wife, Dara, founded Virtues Matter to enhance the wellbeing of individuals, organizations and communities by helping them cultivate virtues. They created the Virtues Cards mobile app, create meaningful content and deliver experiential workshops and retreats worldwide. He was previously founding director of Bethesda Green, a nationally recognized community hub and green business incubator; Consul, at the British Embassy, helping foster strong business ties between the U.S. and UK and co-founder of Media4Green, a video production company. | LinkedIn
David Caballero Pradas is a scientist turn businessman turn social entrepreneur. He studied biotechnology and business and gained a broad diversity of perspectives working in more than 10 countries and in all sorts of organizations: academia, start-up, multinational pharmaceutical companies and supporting entrepreneurs; and in functions as diverse as technology analysis, project management, business development and scientific research. Currently researching and developing training on XXI-century skills and innovation with impact steaming out of the Global South. | LinkedIn
David Ceaser has worked in various types of agriculture for more than 25 years. He currently works as the lead agronomist for Agritecture Consulting. He has lived and worked in numerous countries and loves to play soccer. | LinkedIn
David Moss is an award-winning nonprofit professional with experience on both sides of the funding spectrum. In 2015, he founded the Unfunded List to help make sure that the next generation of social startups get the feedback and recognition they need to be successful. | LinkedIn
David 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. | LinkedIn
David 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. | LinkedIn
Dawn McGee is the CEO of Good Works Ventures, LLC a Montana based company that invests in high social impact companies. She is also President of the High Stakes Foundation, which provides support to visionary people and organizations that are leading and implementing changes that create a sustainable future for Montana. | LinkedIn
Debra Johnson is the CEO of two startups, with almost 20 years’ introducing innovation to industrial sectors. Her passion is to change how essential industries solve insidious challenges and adopt innovation. She also served as GE Transportation’s Digital Solutions as their Global Director, Digital Mine Business Operations & Innovation from 2017 through 2019. | LinkedIn
Devon McIntosh is a wind turbine entrepreneur who developed a patented generator and is developing a horizontal axis wind turbine designed around the generator with funding that includes government grants and contracts. Prior experience includes teaching and ten years as a government scientist. | LinkedIn
Dina Finta is an entrepreneur with deep experience developing and directing entrepreneurial accelerators, pitch programs and corporate supplier diversity growth programs. These impactful programs support long term organizational growth for maximum viability and sustainability. Dina incorporates her corporate, entrepreneurial and higher education experiences into each mentoring engagement. | LinkedIn
Dorrit Lowsen is an entrepreneur and impact investor who has worked globally across a range of sectors including Fortune 500, non-profit, government and start-ups. She is currently President of Change Finance, a start-up financial services company doing public-market impact investing. Prior to joining the founding team at Change Finance, Dorrit worked on environmental and energy policy at the US Embassy in Beijing. Following her early career in technology, she served as a strategy consultant and as the COO of Agora Partnerships, a field-building organization in the social enterprise/impact investing space. | LinkedIn
Dragana 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. | LinkedIn
Drew Tulchin is a start-up executive with more than 25 years of experience with triple bottom line businesses and impact investing. His efforts have led to launching 6 B Corps. His previous roles include CFO of Meow Wolf, a creative design company, and Managing Partner of UpSpring (formerly Social Enterprise Associates). | LinkedIn
Dustin Shay leads strategic partnership development and grant fundraising for Village Capital. He led the development of the financial health practice at this organization and have helped expand this series of accelerators and research from a US base to a global one. | LinkedIn
Ede Ijjasz retired after 23 years with the World Bank, In his career, Mr. Ijjasz led work in a wide range of development topics including global environmental issues, sustainable development, green infrastructure, water resources, climate change, agriculture, blue economy, resilience, fragility and conflict, resettlement, PPPs, ESG, and urban development. He worked in more than 90 developing and emerging countries in all regions of the world – from fragile and conflict-affected countries to high middle-income countries. During his career he was for responsible for a portfolio of about $80 billion of investments and close to 800 policy and advisory reports. | LinkedIn
Ellen Fish has over 25 years experience in developing new businesses and online financial information services delivered to major financial firms. She has 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.  | LinkedIn
Eric 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. | LinkedIn
Erin Rackelman is an entrepreneur and strategist. She co-founded Night & Day Studios, which made the first app for toddlers on the market: Peekaboo Barn. She led the company to become one of the top, independent mobile development studios, by designing and launching over 100 apps before her exit. Currently, she works as a consultant, advising startups and small businesses on how to build their brand, expand their audience, and scale. | LinkedIn
Esther Awovi Akafia is an Attorney, an International Development professional and a banking and education consultant with over 20 years’ experience working and leading teams in Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Esther is currently a Senior Partner at LexKudoz, a law professor at Central University and Founder & CEO of Pioneers International Academy. Esther’s work over the years has been extensive and include being a Corporate Attorney for Opportunity International, a global banking & finance organization, leading its businesses in Africa in compliance, governance, corporate and expansion matters, instituting governance structures for its Ghana, Malawi, Uganda, and Kenya operations; Africa Director for Human Resources for FINCA International, a global banking, finance & International Development organization, overseeing its 3500 employee management and development across the Africa continent; Deputy Chief Executive Officer of FINCA Microfinance Bank, Nigeria; a Fellow at RSF Social finance in Sans Francisco; a Banker with the Royal Bank of Scotland, England; and the founder and Executive Director of Pioneers International Academy. Esther holds a bachelor’s degree in law (LLB, University of Ghana), a master’s degree in International Business (LLM, University of Manchester, England), and an MBA in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise development (Colorado State University, USA). She is a member of the Ghana Bar Association, a certified Global Professional in Human Resources, and a member of High Scope Educational Research Foundation, USA | LinkedIn
Fran Strachan is one of the founding entrepreneurs in the Natural personal Care Industry. He was elected to “The Top 25 who made Naturals Beautiful” by New Hope Communications. Fran was the founder of Zia natural Skincare which was acquired by the Hain Celestial Group. As Chief Business development Officer at EO Products he and his team experienced a 29.4% compounded annual growth rate during his tenure. Fran took EO Products from the Natural Channel to Food, Drug and mass including Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Kroger, Albertsons, Costco and TJMax. Fran is an entrepreneur with a great depth of experience in leadership, strategy, sales management, business analysis, brand development, marketing and product development. | LinkedIn
Francie Wasser is the former CEO and Founder of FranciePants, a line of body-positive and size-inclusive 100% cotton undergarments for women. Francie pioneered the crowd manufacturing business model and coined the term. Prior to founding FranciePants, Francie was a leadership and strategy execution consultant who worked with clients in a wide variety of industries. Francie currently works in professional services. | LinkedIn
Gary Robinson is a consultant in sustainable packaging and have 26 years of experience with fast moving consumer packaged goods and retailers. He has worked directly for, and consulted for, personal care companies. | LinkedIn
Gayatri Mehta works within the space of financial inclusion/technology and social impact. She currently consults with financial institutions and healthtech startups in India, Zambia and Tanzania. Prior to obtaining her MPA from the LSE, she managed the Impact division in an Indonesian Fintech and led business development for tech and life science startups at Silicon Valley Bank. | LinkedIn
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. | LinkedIn
Greer J. McPhaden is an outsourced COO and management operations consultant for nonprofit, higher education, and small businesses. She specializes in nonprofit governance; diversity, equity, and inclusion in board and employee recruitment; helping non-business people understand how a business works. She has been involved with the Mentor Capitol Network as a reviewer and mentor for 15 years. | LinkedIn
Greg Payne has twelve years of consulting and operational experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Practitioner in the fields of strategy, change management, and social entrepreneurship. Four years of in-country experience in Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia, leading market studies, supporting entrepreneurs and small business owners, and working with VC funds and accelerators. BA in Anthropology, MBA with focus on Finance and Social Entrepreneurship, and fluency in Spanish. | LinkedIn
Hany Makhlouf was a professor at the University of the District of Columbia. He wrote 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. | LinkedIn
Hemant Nitturkar is an Agribusiness mentor. | LinkedIn
Herb 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. | LinkedIn
Inji Elabd is an evaluator with over 15 years of experience in the field of sustainable development. She has served as lead evaluator for number of donors and social investors; designing research methodology and leading the research team through evaluation and analysis. She has worked in the Middle East and North Africa as well as in Latin America, conducting over 15 baseline and endline studies. In addition to evaluation she worked on strategy and scaling up processes for prominent social enterprises. Livelihoods is her key area of expertise, with youth and women’s economic inclusion as key themes. Advocacy is her secondary area of expertise, designing advocacy road maps and setting indicators for large advocacy programs. She has also worked on projects promoting civic engagement. She has conducted baseline studies and evaluations for projects funded by the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the European Commission, United National High Commission for Refugees, United Nations Development Program. She has assisted several international organizations and foundations in evaluating and reviewing their portfolios; including CARE International, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Save the Children, the Global Fund for Children, Ashoka, Drosos Foundation, and Nacional Monte de Piedad. | LinkedIn
Isabelle Clerie has consulted on and reviewed business plans for bilateral agencies, business development firms, and private sector actors usually to assess sustainability and social impact. She was the director of a small business incubator and most of her work to date as an anthropologist centers around social impact strategies. | LinkedIn
Isabelle Strauss is a Senior Project Manager at Chemonics International, where she focuses on implementing USAID-funded economic growth and entrepreneurship programs. She has an MBA and has mentored women entrepreneurs in the early stages of their business growth, and startups with a for-profit/non-profit blend, providing support primarily in operations, sales, marketing, and market research. This work has taken her to Peru, Panama, Jordan, Tunisia, Kenya, and Uganda. She previously worked for the Albanian investment promotion agency and in commercial real estate in Albania and Kosovo. | LinkedIn
J.A. Colantonio manages technology commercialization initiatives for the National Renewable Energy Lab. | LinkedIn
Jacen Greene is co-founder and assistant director of PSU’s Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative, a multidisciplinary research center dedicated to addressing issues related to homelessness through a racial equity lens. He previously designed and managed social innovation programs in PSU’s School of Business, and is an instructor, speaker, and author on social entrepreneurship. Jacen’s books include The Rule of One: The Power of Social Intrapreneurship and Elevating Impact: Case Studies in Sustainable Business and Social Entrepreneurship. He has contributed chapters to three other books on social innovation, published in the Social Enterprise Journal, and co-authored several award-winning case studies.He has led workshops for Mercy Corps, the Fulbright Program, and AmeriCorps, and has presented at the Net Impact Conference, VentureWell OPEN, Swarthmore Engaged Scholarship Symposium, Ashoka U Exchange, and Social Enterprise World Forum, among many others. Jacen graduated Beta Gamma Sigma with an MBA in sustainability from Portland State University and magna cum laude with a B.A. in China Studies from Willamette University. He has worked or taught in Uganda, Tunisia, India, China, Cambodia, Honduras, and Nicaragua. | LinkedIn
Jamie Johnson founded Verde Energy Efficiency Experts and participated in the Mentor Capital Network as an entrepreneur. After receiving and adapting to feedback, Jamie has since grown Verde to be an impactful efficiency company, services public buildings and private businesses to reduce their energy usage. | LinkedIn
James Lincoln has, over 35 years, gained experience in public equities, private equities, fixed income and real estate by managing operating companies, or creating and managing investment portfolios. James has created significant financial return and community wealth through: a) Operations (benchmarking results to market financial return and social return); Education (business consulting and speaking at numerous conferences); and, Governance/Policy (as a board member of numerous socially responsible entities). | LinkedIn
Jane Meacham works as a writer, researcher and editor specializing in corporate sustainability in Washington, D.C. She has served as a consultant for MSCI Inc.’s ESG Research Group, the World Bank, International Finance Corp., ISOS Group and the Sustainable Investments Institute, among other clients. Jane previously analyzed the sustainability practices of public companies for RiskMetrics Group’s institutional investor clients, and worked as a business journalist for nearly 20 years in Asia and the United States for Dow Jones & Co. | LinkedIn
Jason 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. | LinkedIn
Jay Lester has held executive or founding roles with four technology-driven startups and currently lives in Charlottesville, VA with his family. Over his career he has consulted and held leadership positions with dozens of leading global corporations. | LinkedIn
Jean-Luc Park has been investing in cleantech and SRI companies since 2003. | LinkedIn
Jen Coken works with women in power positions who don’t feel so powerful anymore. She shatters their self-doubts so they can learn to love themselves, embrace their genius and own their success. Recognized by ABC, MSNBC, and TEDx, Jen is an international peak performance coach, Fortune 500 speaker, Imposter Syndrome expert, and a recovering standup comedian. Fortune 500 clients to seven-figure CEOs trust Jen to shake things up with no apologies, no limits, and all the laughs. | LinkedIn
Jennifer Woofter has two decades of experience in corporate sustainability and sustainable investing. She owns a boutique sustainability consulting firm, with clients across a range of industries. She holds a Master’s Degree in Sustainability Leadership. | LinkedIn
Jeremy Berke is a renewable energy developer skilled at growing successful teams across different energy use cases. He is also a writer helping entrepreneurs craft business plans, pitch decks and go-to-market strategies. Sailor, poet, coffee farmer. | LinkedIn
Jeremy Gorelick is a development finance advisor who works with bilateral aid agencies and development finance institutions to shape their strategies in infrastructure, sub-national finance, and climate finance. He received his PhD from the University of Cape Town in infrastructure finance in sub-Saharan Africa and has lectured at the Johns Hopkins University on development finance since 2010. | LinkedIn
Jessica 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. | LinkedIn
Jessica Loman-Dickinson is a bridge-builder, strategic leader, community organizer, facilitator, operations architect for 15+ years in fields of health, education, impact investing, and entrepreneurship. She builds strategies, systems, networks, and teams for the growth of social enterprises, and supports hundreds of leaders to do the same. She also supports business and community leaders in the movement to create safe space and eradicate sexual violence. | LinkedIn
Jessica Margolin is a facilitative community builder who uses qualitative and quantitative methods to uncover the important insights that guide productive conversations. After a decade in marketing and finance, Ms. Margolin moved into philanthropic strategy, where she honed her analytics expertise. From there, she participated in many roles within the then-emerging financial field of impact investing, moving beyond traditional financial analysis into mechanisms for understanding those human interactions that lead to motivation, engagement, productivity, and a sense of well-being.She has worked with clients ranging from Ricoh Inc.’s Innovation Lab to HIP Investor, published ‘The Future of Finance’ with Institute for the Future, and spoken at TEDxHayward on “The Things in Life that Really Matter,” about new forms of metrics and analysis, and why they’re needed.  Ms. Margolin has a BA in Physics from UC Berkeley, and an MS in Materials Science (nanotech) and an MBA in Strategic Management from the University of Minnesota. | LinkedIn
Jessica Pointer is a management professional in DC with a background in international education and development, and NFP leadership. | LinkedIn
Jesús Salas! Jesús is from the northside of Fort Worth, Texas and is the son of Mexican immigrants. Jesús graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Science, Technology & Society and a minor in Latin American studies. At Stanford Jesús explored the public and private sector through internships and even his own startup. Upon graduation he joined Deloitte Consulting as a Business Analyst in Dallas, Texas. After Deloitte, Jesús worked in Nicaragua and Kenya for a nonprofit impact investor. These experiences led him to Columbia Business School (CBS) where he graduated from in 2019 with his MBA. While at CBS Jesús was Co-President of Microlumbia, the student-run impact investing fund, and held internships with Credit Suisse and Rethink Education. Jesús is currently an Associate with the Omidyar Network where he supports the sourcing and evaluation of venture investments and influence tools that catalyze the supply of purpose-driven technology. | LinkedIn
Jim Hurd founded the GreenScience Exchange and the NanoScience Exchange. He has worked with cleantech start-ups and tech for developing country start-ups for more than ten years. He works with Senators, Congressmen and their staffers on Capitol Hill to develop technology and innovation initiatives. | LinkedIn
Jim Kucher is an Associate Professor of Social Innovation in the Graduate School of the University of Maryland, Baltimore; where he directs the groundbreaking Master of Science in Health & Social Innovation. An internationally recognized thought leader in social entrepreneurship, Dr. Kucher previously led the Baltimore Social Enterprise Collaborative – a program that was nationally recognized for its innovative curriculum and helped over 60 area nonprofits develop new models for meeting the needs of their constituents while increasing the sustainability of their organizations. He has successfully secured over $70m in working capital on behalf of mission-oriented enterprises and assisted over 100 area nonprofits and social enterprises in developing new models for meeting the needs of their constituents while increasing the sustainability of their organizations. Kucher earned a Doctorate in Public Administration with a concentration in Social Entrepreneurship from The University of Baltimore, where he also earned an MBA with an Entrepreneurship specialization. He holds a B.A. from Kean University, a Graduate Certificate in Urban Theology from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary and University and has also earned certification as a project management professional and a new product development professional. Among his many honors, he has been recognized as a Baltimore Renaissance Seed Scholar, an Unsung Hero of Small Business, and a Fulbright Specialist Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship. | LinkedIn
Jim 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). | LinkedIn
Jim Stroiney is currently a management consultant having supported clients for the past 20 years. He has been reviewing business plans and providing advice to entrepreneurs for nearly as long. He has worked with a variety of clients in different industries over the years with a heavy focus in technology. | LinkedIn
Jimmy Edgerton co-founded Watusee Foods. He previously built a sustainability focused real estate development and property management company as a licensed professional civil engineer. | LinkedIn
Joana Videgain is the head of People & Investor relations at Kaya Impacto. She is passionate about supporting people and organizations achieve their dreams. Joana holds a dual Masters Degree in Business Management from EGADE (Mexico) and NEOMA (France) Business Schools, as well as a Master of Arts from the UN University for Peace (Costa Rica). Since 2012, Joana has been working in innovative entrepreneurial ecosystems in Mexico, the US and Spain. First as an impact accelerator consultant at Agora Partnerships, she provided business & finance consulting for impact entrepreneurs; then as the head of the French Chamber of Commerce in Houston, Texas she designed & executed initiatives to build business communities among organizations and people from different backgrounds. Since 2018, she is based in Bilbao Spain where she has supported seed entrepreneurs in building their business & financial strategies to grow their impact. | LinkedIn
Jody Garcia is a commercialization officer for a global organization with a focus on technologies for low-resource settings in developing countries. | LinkedIn
Joel Henry has 30+ years in consumer packaged goods across multiple channels and geographies, in both large corporate and boot-strapped envrionments. | LinkedIn
John Halbert is a film 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. | LinkedIn
Dr. John A. Kilpatrick is a financial economist, and is the Managing Director of Greenfield Advisors, serves as a Director of the Washington State Economic Development Finance Authority, and is on the National Board of Advisors for Carson College of Business at Washington State University. In 2020, he was named to the Advisory Board of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. Dr. Kilpatrick’s consulting and academic research activities include work for and/or funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Departments of Energy, Interior, Defense, and Commerce, Oak Ridge National Lab, Southeastern Universities Research Association, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and numerous city and county governments and private organizations. He is one of the leading authorities in the world on mortgage-backed securities. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, The New York Times, and other national publications. | LinkedIn
Jonathan Levine has a Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University. Part of his Ph.D research was designing a water purification system for the back of pickup trucks in Africa for the U.N. Millennium Villages Project. He has led Folia Water from a business idea to a customer-tested, industrially-manufactured product. His vision is for Folia Filters to be sold on every retail store shelf in the developing world, a mass market staple bought along with soap, snacks, and SIM cards. | LinkedIn
Jonathan Rosenthal is the Executive Director of the New Economy Coalition. He has spent over 30 years working to transform the power of business from a destructive into a healing force. He co-founded Equal Exchange, Oké USA and Belmont-Watertown Local First and is a board member of the Coffee Trust and an emeritus board member of Root Capital. | LinkedIn
Jorge Arredondo Carlos has a background in sales & marketing and procurement in the consumer goods and tech industries. His interest for supporting social entrepreneurs began when he worked at the Mentor Capital Network in 2009 as a senior in college. He currently lives in the Netherlands where he is helping Roamler, a tech scale-up, grow globally. He holds a BA from ITESM and an MBA from IESE. | LinkedIn
Julio Castaneda serves as COO and CoFounder of Turbodega, an e-commerce platform for small and vulnerable family owned grocery stores in Latin America. Prior to founding Turbodega, he obtained his MBA Degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and served for seven years in several customer development positions in Unilever in Mexico. He holds a BA in Business degree from ITESM, Mexico City | LinkedIn
Julius Buenconsejo is the founder of Soap Market, an organic and all natural go-to market place for cosmetic and beauty products operating from the Philippines. He is a Chemist with expertise in quality and process improvement, a beauty Tech Entrepreneur, and a mentor for start ups with a social mission. | LinkedIn
Junaid Malik started his career in Pakistan as founding team member of Enterprise Risk Management department of Telenor Pakistan. Ultimately, after gaining key insights across multiple industries (ranging from telecommunications, plastics manufacturing to Media) he launched his own startup, called Raise d’Bar – developing a series of food products for Pakistan’s growing health conscious urban market. Junaid’s health lifestyle product, Raise d’Bar, was accelerated by Invest2innovate (i2i), and subsequently Junaid has mentored a number of startups, including the award winning social startup making cookstoves for off-grid communities – Jaan Pak, Seattle based woman beauty brand Bath Beauteas and Prokkle, UK based toy sharing platform. | LinkedIn
Justin Gupta is an independent consultant advising social enterprises and nonprofits on growth and strategy, with a focus on the US and Latin America. He previously served as corporate strategy manager at a Mexican eye-care social enterprise. Prior to that, he served as a strategy consultant for Community Wealth Partners, a Washington DC firm that advises nonprofit organizations and foundations on growth and mission. | LinkedIn
Karen McCord plans and manages 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. | LinkedIn
Kari Klaus is the Founder and CEO of www.RealtySage.com a national business award winning tech start-up company. Realty Sage (RS), is an enhanced residential real estate platform, powered by intelligent data, incorporating scoring and matching tools to help buyers learn even more about each property, and where sellers and agents can more accurately market their home listings including homeownership benefits and potential market value. Kari’s background in sustainability, outside the box thinking, appreciation for big data, and her professional and personal experience are drivers behind Realty Sage. | LinkedIn
Katherine Bergeron is an Agricultural Engineer who works as a consultant to social enterprises in both the non/for-profit sectors. Through a collaborative approach, she propels impact projects by means of program development, fundraising, and effective branding strategies. She is a trilingual facilitator and cross-sectoral team player, having worked across Canada and on development projects in Peru, Mexico, and Uganda. | LinkedIn
Katsiaryna Syrayezhkina has a decade of working with international development projects across four continents (sustainable transport, energy, green growth, climate resilience, agriculture, civil society, etc.), and since 2019 has been working with business development and business mentoring (primarily targeted projects positively impacting economy, society, and environment). | LinkedIn
Kaylene Alvarez has been in impact investing for 20+ years and my firm has closed transactions in almost 50 countries. She founded her own firm to represent social entrepreneurs in emerging markets build sustainable business models to find funding from investors. She also provides advisory services to social entrepreneurs. In additional to general advisory for Access to Finance (MFIs, SME banking, mobile money, transaction support) they focus on three major value chains: renewable energy, ethical fashion & design, and agriculture (food and beverage). | LinkedIn
Kayo Lakadia is an experienced strategy professional with a demonstrated history of success in challenging/dynamic environments. He is skilled in data analysis, extracting insights and visual storytelling – successfully adapting narrative for all audiences from analyst to executive. He has co-founded two social enterprises. | LinkedIn
Kayode Yussuf is an IT expert, technology salesman and serial entrepreneur. A graduate of Electronics Computer Engineering from Lagos State University, Kayode started his career as Technical Assistant at Telecom Answers Associates, a telecommunications consulting firm. He moved on to become Senior Business Executive at Routelink Integrated Systems Ltd. Kayode moved on to found several small businesses such as Greenville Organic Foods, Securepoint Technologist Ltd and Hikrz Travels and Tours. | LinkedIn
Keith 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 that provide energy and housing improvements for low-income, elderly and disabled families and other underserved communities. | LinkedIn
Kevin Jordan has worked in healthcare, consulting and coaching, with significant strategic and operational expertise. He has directly managed, mentored and coached professionals at all career stages. As the Executive Consultant to a Vice President of Human Resources at Kaiser Permanente, a national non-profit health plan, Kevin helped to drive the transformation effort for a $500M systems integration and lifecycle change process. As the Director of the PMO for Future State, Inc., a successful boutique b-corp consulting firm, he delivered a coaching facilitation program for the C-suite and senior leadership team to drive strategic planning and operational effectiveness within the first 120 days. As Director of Digital Operations for Kaiser Permanente, he drove digital thought leadership and strategy development and championed partner business priorities to ensure strategic alignment and value realization. Earlier in his career, Kevin served as a consultant with The Lewin Group, the premier health policy analysis and consulting firm in the nation. | LinkedIn
Khizr Imran Tajammul has spent the last five years writing about entrepreneurship, and building a cleantech social business called Jaan Pak that’s working to eradicate open fires across the globe. In this period he has written numerous articles for a variety of global English dailies, appeared in various international media publications, with honorable mentions for his work in Vanity Fair and Cause Artist. Khizr has also raised over USD 250,000 to support his cleantech business, and received scholarships/ awards from the One Young World (Prof. Muhammad Yunus), Shell-Tameer Foundation, UNIDO, Social Capital Markets (SOCAP), including in-kind support from the Acumen Fellowship Program. | LinkedIn
Kia Guarino is a Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focused on program advocacy for family planning and gender equality. She has degrees in International Health Systems and in Development Economics from Johns Hopkins, and previously managed the African programs for Operation Smile based in the region. She also has experience in health consulting. | LinkedIn
Kirsten Bonanza-Diaz holds her M.A. in Sustainable Communities and Socially Responsible Business from Goddard College. She received a fellowship through StartingBloc. Kirsten has been working in the field of sustainability consulting since 2008 mainly in the areas of organization development and communications. Aligned with ideas that are good for the benefit of all beings, Kirsten connects mindfulness, sustainability, and communications. | LinkedIn
Kristi Faulkner is the strategic lead and creative director for Womenkind, an award-winning strategic communications firm that provides brand strategy and creative solutions to companies who must increase their share, relevance and appeal to women. | LinkedIn
Lalit Gautam founded his first startup at the age of 23, and has gone on to found four startups – three of which are funded with an exit. He is the first and the only entrepreneur awarded by three European governments with an innovative startup visa and funds for his work and represented India and his work at the UN twice. Mr. Gautam has won multiple fellowships including Ashoka Changemaker, Bosch fellow, SOCAP, and is a Robert Swan Artic Expedition Fellow. He is a mentor for various incubators and a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum. He is an Indo American youth leader for 2019 and ASEAN Youth leader for the year 2019, and was recently selected as a member of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for Europe for 2020. He is writing two books on the topic of Startups – ‘How to win the hardest marathon’ and ‘Startups and Life after the Arctic’. | LinkedIn
Lauren Thomas is a social entrepreneur who founded Mozambikes, which was a prize winner of the MCN Sustainable Business Plan Competition 2012. Her general career expertise includes investment banking and private investment, both in the US and throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. | LinkedIn
Leni 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. 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. | LinkedIn
Linh Do has worked in the climate action space for over a decade with experience in social enterprise, non-profits and the UN. Most of her career has been in Australia, with a focus and experience in the broader Asia Pacific region, Europe and North America. | LinkedIn
Lisa Farrell has a passion around the food system as the connection point to drive change in health, the environment and social inequities backed by a 15+ year career working in the food space and finance in operations, sales and finance. She was immersed early on at UC Santa Barbara in all things sustainable in the US’s 1st environmental studies program. She honed her food space business skills from the ground up starting with operations and sales at The Fresh Samantha and Odwalla Juice Co.’s, MBA from MIT Sloan, finance in investment banking running the numbers for Private Equity, built and ran the Sales Strategy team with the Lipton Unilever/Pepsi Joint Venture. Launched local food start up Red Apple Lunch focused on providing healthy locally sourced lunches to schools and camps. Currently running Food rEvolution a mission based shared kitchen space in greater Boston focused on supporting food start ups with a focus on under-represented ownership, plant forward ingredients, local sourcing and minimizing waste. | LinkedIn
Lynn 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. | LinkedIn
M. von Nkosi is a licensed architect and the principal of Liquid Studios® (LS) and outgrowth of his parent company, The MXD Collaborative, Inc. founded in 1992. LS is a collective of likeminded independent practitioners and intellectuals (practellectuals) operating from a ‘shared vision’ to help communities optimize their potential. LS focuses on finding and implementing locally driven solutions (www.liquidstudios360.com). In June of 2012 he also incorporated the Institute for Local Innovations (ILI) in Louisiana based in New Orleans. ILI is a 501c3 organization that provides organizational stability capacity building technical assistance (OSCB TA), knowledge capture and transfer across generations and seeks out and lifts up innovations (www.ili360.org). In 2017 he solidified a five year agreement with NASA GSFC to help the space agency move NASA patented technology into the marketplace by building of entrepreneurs led by HBCU Students (https://tinyurl.com/ybef9mww). Mr. Nkosi also designed, raised capital for and brought the Mi Rialiti [my reality] Smartphone App platform to market for $300,000 (as of 06/2017) as a part of my commit to community development, social justice and civil society (www.mirialiti.com). | LinkedIn
Mamadou Sow is a Rural Development Engineering Specialist by training and certified in many fields: social entrepreneurship, climate change, and natural resources management for sustainable development. He has several years of experience in project management and food security programs, agricultural development, improvement of household economic security and risk and vulnerability management. He promotes promote green fertilization for sustainable agro-ecology through circularizing wastes to composts and also renewable energies (solar energy, biogas…..) for the democratization of access to energy everywhere in rural Guinea in general and solar irrigation powered system for women groups and youth agripreneurs. He is based in Guinea Conakry. | LinkedIn
Mark 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, has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, and has been involved with the Mentor Capital Network since 2016. | LinkedIn
Mark Rylander is an accomplished architect and industry leader in sustainable design. His current focus–both as a professional and as a member of citizen boards– is the thoughtful resolution of development and preservation. He teaches and writes about the intersection of technology, culture, and nature. | LinkedIn
Mary Kearns holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology with a focus on behavioral health. She has extensive experience in marketing research, branding, consumer goods, entrepreneurism, and behavioral health. Dr. Kearns is the founder of Your Stellar Self, a mind-body-spirit wellness practice offering workshops, yoga classes, and energy healing. | LinkedIn
MaryAnne 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. | LinkedIn
Matt Deasy grew his first business from running holidays in one small ski lodge in France into a multinational tourism company operating multiple ski chalets, backpacker hostels, bars and surf camps across Europe and North Africa. Now specializing in mentoring and coaching impact entrepreneurs, he is a qualified B Corp consultant and studied Sustainable Business Strategy at Harvard Business School. | LinkedIn
Matt 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. | LinkedIn
Matteo Sabattini is Director of IP Policy at Ericsson and he is based in the Washington, DC, office. In his role, he is responsible for IP Rights policy, advocacy and promotion at standard defining / setting organizations (SDOs / SSOs), industry fora, trade associations, governmental agencies, etc. Matteo holds an MBA from the George Washington University, a Ph.D. in Communication Theory and Systems from the University of California, San Diego and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bologna. | LinkedIn
Professor Megan Kashner serves as the Director of Social Impact at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. In her leadership of Kellogg’s Social Impact offerings, Kashner focuses on the areas of impact investing, social entrepreneurship, sustainability, nonprofit management, policy, global development, values and ethics. Kashner leads up the global Impact & Sustainable Finance Faculty Consortium, the Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge, and more collaborative work at the intersection of markets and impact. Kashner is additionally the founder of Benevolent – a platform inviting individual givers to fill gaps in the safety net for low-income families. Kashner previously served as an executive director for the Taproot Foundation and before that spent a career in direct service with families and individuals in a variety of social service settings. Kashner holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, a Master’s from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and a B.A. in Public Policy from Brown University. She has spoken at the White House and at national conferences on social innovation, impact finance, philanthropy, public-private partnerships, and entrepreneurship. She has been featured on CNN, in FastCompany, Mashable, MSNBC, the New Yorker, the Financial Times, Newsweek, the New York Times and more. | LinkedIn
Melanie Mossard is the Director of Venture Support at Impact Hub Phnom Penh in Cambodia. | LinkedIn
Melissa Menke is Founder of Access Afya, an innovative healthcare enterprise operating in informal settlements and towns across Kenya. Access Afya has a tech-enabled approach to primary healthcare including micro-clinics that they build, stock, staff, telemedicine services, and a franchise model to facilitate scale. She is a Venture Partner with Assiduity Capital scouting for and building support services for healthcare business in Africa. Melissa has a background in finance and human centered design and an MPA from NYU Wagner. | LinkedIn
Meredith Randall is a an art historian and have consulted a number of small craft and design businesses on how to get their product to market.
Michael Brownrigg has been in venture capital for 15 years, 12 years as a Managing Partner at ChinaVest investing in logistics, manufacturing, services and IT in China, and for the last three years as a Founding Partner of Total Impact Advisors (TIA), a merchant bank for social entrepreneurs. In the course of these related careers, he has read hundreds and helped craft dozens of early stage business plans. TIA has looked at green energy, water, agriculture, recycling and many other social ventures. | LinkedIn
Michael Park is currently the VP of Finance at Fresh Coast Capital, a mission-driven urban revitalization firm that develops storm water infrastructure projects to provide social, environmental, and economic impact to low-income communities. Prior to Fresh Coast, he 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, contributing 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, community development, commercial real estate, non-profit, and Alaska Native Corporation transactions. | LinkedIn
Mihai co-founded and is the CEO of Caravanserai Project, a mission-driven consulting firm supporting change makers. He also co-founded Mozaique, a social business working with artisans in Guatemala and Romania. which joined the 2020 Mentor Capital Network cohort. In 2020, he was a semi-finalist of the European Social Innovation Competition. He currently is an Entrepreneur in Residence on Social Entrepreneurship at University of California in Riverside where he designed and launched the first social entrepreneurship pre-accelerator at the University. He started his professional career as a diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania. He served as Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC, and was the recipient of the U.S. State Department Transatlantic Diplomatic Fellow (2013/2014 cohort). He completed his graduate work at Central European University in Budapest (MA ’10) and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC (MIPP ’17). | LinkedIn
Mike 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. | LinkedIn
Miranda Phua is the Co-Founder & CEO of ZigWay, an award winning social enterprise in Myanmar that helps low income families obtain household essentials affordably.  She has over a decade of experience across entrepreneurship and finance globally.  Previously, Miranda co-founded CityTaps, an IoT social enterprise that helped people prepay for water via mobile money.  She also worked with BlueOrchard Finance, an impact investor focusing on microfinance, United Nations Development Programme as Finance Advisor and ANZ, structuring debt transactions for institutional clients.  Miranda was selected for Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp class and holds a Master of Applied Finance from the University of Melbourne, Australia. | LinkedIn
Mitra Ardron was 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, traveling extensively to work with them, and seeing the challenge that led to the founding of Lumeter. | LinkedIn
Monika Blaumueller is a business strategist who has coached tech startups, launched some for clients, and gave a TED Talk on healthcare analytics. | LinkedIn
Monisha Merchant is the Managing Director of Lotus Advisory Ltd. She has experience in engineering, product management, consulting, government regulation, and higher education. | LinkedIn
Moriah Meyskens is an adjunct professor at the School of Business Administration at the University of San Diego, where her areas of interest lie in entrepreneurship, strategy and design thinking with a particular focus on social entrepreneurship, bottom of the pyramid, corporate social responsibility, green-techs, business planning and partnership research. Moriah has published several book chapters, GEM reports and peer-reviewed articles in this area. 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. | LinkedIn
Mike Focal has been a branding designer for over 15 years. | LinkedIn
Nancy Goldstein is the Director of Strategy and Insight at The Connell Group, a company that inspires companies to shape their future by better understanding and connecting to the people they serve. Nancy spent eight years as the founder and chief strategist of Compass(x) Strategy, a brand strategy firm committed to helping purpose-driven CEO’s create sustainble growth. | LinkedIn
Natalie Baer is an MBA working in technology. She has previously worked in and researched in the organic agriculture space as well as renewable energy, and has worked with multiple startups from the investing as well as the consultation side, assisting with business planning and strategy. | LinkedIn
Nataliey Bitature is the Chief of Staff at The Simba Group, an East African group of companies spanning Hospitality, Energy, Telecom, Real Estate and a Foundation. In this capacity, Nataliey oversees operations, impact, and partnerships across these sectors within Uganda. Nataliey is the founder of Musana Carts, a social enterprise building solar-powered street food vending carts and HER an online mentorship platform with over 2500 young African women. She has been recognised by Forbes 30 Under 30, The World Bank, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and World Economic Forum as a business leader and innovator. Musana Carts has partnered Coca Cola, The Rockefeller Foundation, Mastercard Foundation and Ideo.org on an array of projects promoting inclusive business growth. Nataliey has been a speaker for UNFPA, UNDP, Rotary International and ILO, advocating for youth and women’s empowerment. | LinkedIn
Natasha 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. | LinkedIn
Nathalie Guzmán was selected. with her company Atellier Organic Joyas de Autor. in the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) 2020 by the U.S. embassy where emerging entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs with the greatest potential in Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. She was given one of the 20 positions in Mexico. And she was the winner representing Mexico at the Pacific level at the “Pacific Trade Show” in Toronto Canada, within “Women & Business Contest” 2019. | LinkedIn
Neal Henderson is the founder and President of FrontRow Performance Coaching, is an experienced Organizational Development Consultant and Coach based in Seattle, WA. A Systemic Team Coaching Master Practitioner, 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 large complex industrial maritime maintenance projects, 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. | LinkedIn
Nigel 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. | LinkedIn
Nikolaus Eichman is an agribusiness entrepreneur, investor and international development consultant. | LinkedIn
Nirmal De Silva is a management consultant (focusing on SME’s, startups and social enterprises), entrepreneur, board director, impact investor. With close to 2 decades of ‘C’ level experience across the globe, he has set up, run or managed companies in diverse industries such as technology, food and beverage, agriculture, apparel, education, handicrafts, professional services and real estate. | LinkedIn
Olha Krushelnytska works on sustainable finance and impact investing at the World Bank, where she covers projects in climate change, land degradation and biodiversity, as well as greening the financial system/ESG. She is also a Board Treasurer at The Ocean Foundation, working on ocean-related investments, and a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley. Olha worked on startup projects for Y Combinator and held various positions at ERM Hong Kong, UNHCR Kyiv, and private companies in Mexico and Ukraine. Olha holds CFA designation and master degrees from the Fletcher School at Tufts University (USA) and Lviv University (Ukraine), and was a fellow at Kiel, Harvard and Duke Universities. Olha designed and conducted green finance and impact investing workshops for more than 1,700 experts, policy makers, business executives and other professionals around the world, attended by 130+ countries | LinkedIn
Oluwatosin Ogunsola is a Climate Action strategist leading change on Agri-food systems, environmental peacebuilding, landscape restoration and inclusive participation to build resiliency within communities globally. Few out of the many roles he functions in include Global Landscape Forum Social Media Ambassador, Vice Chair for Partnerships and Engagement Committee of Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network, Director of Pan-African Affairs for Sustainable Green Environment Initiative, Director of Impact Measurement for Global Socio-Economic and Financial Evolution Network in Africa, Central Africa Facilitator for Major Group for Children and Youth in support of UNFSS in Africa, UNEP MGCY member for Environmental Peacebuilding working group, YOUNGO member for Agriculture, Gender & Women and Indigenous working group and Mendeley Advisor. | LinkedIn
Pam Rothenberg is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP where she practices in the areas of commercial real estate, business and entrepreneurship. Pam is a change agent and founded her firm’s Impact Business Group, whose mission is to “Power Commerce in the Impact Economy.” Pam is driven by the notion that enterprises of all kinds can harness the positive power of businesses to both generate revenue and solve endemic social problems. In June of 2018, the firm’s Impact Business Group was part of a team that won the inaugural Grunin Prize for Innovation from NYU Law for the development and documentation of a new equity investment structure. Pam serves on a number of boards, including the Advisory Board for the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland. | LinkedIn
Pandwe Gibson is the President and Founder of EcoTech Visions. A business Maker incubator focused on deepening the innovative ecosystems to include light manufacturing and production firms. EcoTech Visions brings innovation down to the middle core of the community, while addressing environmental challenges, systemic poverty, and start up growth by capitalizing on the green collar economy. As an educator, serving in the public school sector, Dr. Gibson co-founded ReNEW- the first Charter Management Organization (CMO) in the Southern United States. As director, the organization doubled in growth from 6 schools in one year, 11 schools the second year, and 16 the following year. | LinkedIn
Patrick Kimathi is a social entrepreneur with a passion for renewable energy and productive use of energy. He has developed a business model that includes communities around the energy resource to be part of the investment using social equity approach. He has successful deployed the model to develop a 7.8MW small hydro project to sell power to the national grid that has included 1200 Household. He has successfully raised USD 2M for development and is at advanced stage in investment mobilization for USD 18.6M construction capital. HIs model has received support from partners such as Sustainable Energy Facility for Africa (SEFA), African Development Bank, Kenya Climate Innovation Centre and Kenya Innovative Financing Facility for Water ( A Dutch Fund supporting water related projects). | LinkedIn
Patty Simonton is the Director of the Be Green Business program at Bethesda Green, where she works with entrepreneurs, idea stage through Series A, who are building innovative solutions in the areas of environmental sustainability and sustainable food systems. Patty has a background in program management, community building, operations and strategic planning, event organizing, and crowdfunding. She earned a degree in International Business from Georgetown University and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. | LinkedIn
Paul Collier is the founder of Coeffect, a consulting firm that helps nonprofit executives and founders of social enterprises to leverage data to make a greater impact. The leaders he works with often feel overwhelmed and uncertain about how to implement an impact measurement strategy. After working with Paul, clients report significant increases in their data quality, knowledge of data & evaluation, and making better decisions about where to invest their time. Ultimately Coeffect’s clients find that data helps them provide better services and raise the money that they need to grow. | LinkedIn
Prachi Vakharia lives and works in Washington DC, where she works on Autonomous Vehicle pilots and shared mobility projects in DC, NY and LA. Previously, She worked with the World Bank and mentored startup companies; 3 of which were acquired by Daimler AG (German auto maker of Mercedes Benz) for $100 million in a single deal on a single day. She chairs three committee for the National Academies of Sciences Transport Research Board, and was approached by SAE last year to serve as the first Global Chairperson for the development of new worldwide Digital & Shared Mobility Standards with SAE. Additionally, she serves on the advisory board of the International Association of Transport Regulators and three transportation software start-ups. She has also co-founded WOMANIUM; one of the most unique Science+Entrepreneurship organizations in USA that has worked with NASA, ARPA-E, NIH, Industries, etc. for women’s advancement in STEM+Entrepreneurship in domains ranging from Energy, Space, Astronomy, Computational Neuroscience, Industrial Additive Manufacturing (3-D Printing), Automation, Transportation to Nuclear Weapons Safety. In 2017-2018, they gave away 177 Scholarships to students in 42 countries. | LinkedIn
Prasoon Raghuwanshi built his career around helping small businesses in emerging economies, working in investment advisory, consulting and operations for over six years. He was a Fulbright scholar from India focusing on entrepreneurship and venture finance in emerging economies, especially in agriculture and food sectors. | LinkedIn
Radhika Batra is an Investment Officer of an emerging markets impact investing firm that provides access to credit to financial institutions that then onlend our capital to under served entrepreneurs and individuals. | LinkedIn
Raheel is obsessed with empowering disadvantaged communities and people at the bottom of the pyramid. He started White Rice, a behaviour change agency back in 2006, to partner with leading impact organisations to address some of the worlds most wicked social problems. White Rice has pioneered the way for over a 100 clients to successfully deliver hundreds of behaviour change and advocacy campaigns, across 13 SDGs in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, as a result impacting millions of lives. Raheel is a certified Behavioural Designer, Design Thinker & Social Impact Strategist, and actively contributes to the social impact space by serving as an advisor, mentor, facilitator, board member and consultant for local and international institutions. | LinkedIn
Rene 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). | LinkedIn
Richard 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. More information is available at www.americaconsulting.net. | LinkedIn
Richard Rothstein works with expert professions to set up their sales and marketing processes and systems, and oversee those systems when we are done to make sure that while they own the revenue program at their company, they don’t have to worry about it breaking or not being fully optimized in changing times. We especially help companies set up their CRMs (customer relationship management software), Email marketing, and Sales automation. | LinkedIn
Robert Wilson-Black is the CEO of a mid-sized non-profit ($7 million annually USD) and provides advice to business leaders, entrepreneurs and organizations on products, ethics and markets. | LinkedIn
Roberto Tenorio is a finance professional with a master’s degree in Strategic Design. He is currently working in a PE firm that focuses its investments on the Andean Region. | LinkedIn
Saba Rehmani is a management consultant with 10 years in financial services, ex-consultant (Oliver Wyman), Product Leader at Visa, Prior Non-Profit Fellowship with Acumen LatAm. | LinkedIn
Saheed Ottun holds an M.A degree in Sustainable Development, focusing on Monitoring and Evaluation from SIT Graduate Institute, Washington DC. Prior to this, he had a Masters of Business Administration in Human Capital Development and B.Sc in Sociology from Lagos State University. He is also a PMP certified. | LinkedIn
Sam Downs Carroll is the owner and principal consultant of Bastion Strategies, a management consultancy with a focus on e-commerce, retail-tech, and social commerce. He is also the publisher of Oxford & Evergreen, a sustainable menswear hub online. Sam holds a BA from Carleton College and a MA in Economic Policy from the University of Michigan. | LinkedIn
Sameel Osuri is an investor, advisor, and fractional CFO to direct to consumer ventures focused on media and consumer products, as well as mid-stage companies seeking to jump start innovation and growth. Prior experience includes divisional CFO, operations, and M&A for a global media company. | LinkedIn
Sameer Hajee is the co-founder of Nuru Energy, an international social enterprise that provides low power electricity and lighting solutions to the 1 billion people in developing countries that are disconnected from the electricity grid and who live below the poverty line. As a leading authority on rural energy provision through micro-enterprise, Sameer has been invited to speak at various international conferences, including the World Economic Forum, UN Private Sector Forum, Fortune Global Forum, the Vienna Energy Forum and the Financial Times Global Energy Leaders Summit. Sameer has received numerous personal awards for his work including the McMaster University Arch Award for Outstanding Young Alumni, Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Africa by the Schwab Foundation/World Economic Forum and the INSEAD Alumni Force for Good Award. Previously, Sameer worked as a microprocessor design engineer in Silicon Valley, California and as a telecom engineer for Afghanistan’s first mobile phone network provider. Sameer has a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University in Canada and a MBA from INSEAD, where he is currently an Entrepreneur-in Residence. | LinkedIn
Sandeep Giri leads product/program management for a number of cool digital health and research projects at UCSF. Previously, he founded Gham Power, a solar company in Nepal that powers agro-processing and small businesses. He also co-founded a startup providing marketing analytics in the cloud (acquired). | LinkedIn
Sara Gibson is Co-Founder and CEO of 20°, a firm based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to guiding nonprofits to a sustainable revenue model consisting of both philanthropic and non-philanthropic capital through opportunities like earned revenue, Pay for Success, Opportunity Zone work, Program-Related Investments, and other place based investment opportunities. Sara is a strategic, collaborative and high-energy social investment broker skilled in securing the necessary resources, relationships, and systems to create meaningful change. Considered an innovator within the development field, she brings deep technical knowledge of fundraising and a record of success to her work in impact investing. | LinkedIn
Sarah Harris has gone from the MacArthur Foundation to founding an arts non-profit. She uses her ability to observe and tell stories to strengthen brands through positive ethos, whole-system health, and visionary reputation. Categories of experience include Entertainment, Arts, Hospitality, Food, Tech, Science, Education, and Wellness. | LinkedIn
Sarah Sterling has years of experience working with entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations on developing effective impact metrics, program development and management, social media outreach, fundraising, and team leadership skills and training. She worked with Mercy Corps, Oxfam International, SOCAP, and Agora Partnerships, as well as impact investment funds, and social entrepreneurs in Latin America in areas of organizational sustainability and impact metrics development. She is based in Guatemala. | LinkedIn
Sherri Pittman Howard brings over three decades of strategy, marketing and leadership development experience to her work as a board director, C-level executive coach and strategic advisor. Known for her ability to navigate complex projects and align diverse stakeholders, Sherri leads Fortune 500 teams and nonprofits through strategic planning work and helps startup executives navigate the complexities of early-stage growth. Her broad base of senior leadership experience in organizations of different sizes brings real world insight to her partnerships. Sherri has driven growth for multinational consumer brands, built functions at high-growth startups, consulted with social impact businesses, nonprofits and government agencies and reset a clean energy accelerator. | LinkedIn
Sherry Marin Altman is an experienced professional in the areas of business strategy, innovation, and environmental sustainability. She has over 20 years experience in management consulting and engineering consulting. She previously served as an Executive with Booz Allen Hamilton, and she currently serves on multiple Boards and committees, supporting socially-responsible business ventures and cancer care and research. Ms. Altman holds an MBA and a Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale University, and a bachelors in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University. | LinkedIn
Steve 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. | LinkedIn
Steve 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. | LinkedIn
Steve Offutt has been working at the intersection of business and sustainability for almost 30 years, in start-up small enterprises, with government, in the non-profit sector and as a free-lance consultant. He currently supports the World Bank’s Corporate Sustainability team, pushing the World Bank to be a more sustainable organization with its internal operations. | LinkedIn
Steve Weinberg ran a founding B-Corp providing sales and marketing to companies worldwide in the industrial sector. He mentors startups with a sustainability focus, has had leadership roles in solar, non-profit, electrical, toys, and religious and educational sectors. | LinkedIn
Susan Kask is currently an organizational strategist and sustainability expert. She is Managing Director and founder of Values2Action LLC, her consulting practice, and she serves as the Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer for Himalayan Wild Fibers LLC. Business and consumer choices and economic development have been the focus of Susan Kask’s 30-year career as a professor and consultant. Since completing her PhD in Environmental Economics, she has done consulting and research in the areas of tourism, agriculture, energy, manufacturing, health services, education, public lands, non-profits, and economic development. Over the course of her career Kask has published numerous articles and book chapters exploring the intersections between economy, environment, and society. These projects provide the foundation for her current work in business strategy and sustainability. | LinkedIn
Susan Munter has been in marketing for 20+ years and owns an agency. She has worked with Fortune 500 & startups; healthcare, medical devices & biotech. | LinkedIn
Svati 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. | LinkedIn
Swarandeep Singh Kambo is Country Head – India for Axon Partners Group, an international Investment, Corporate Development and Consulting firm specialized in global emerging markets. which has more than $250 million under management. Axon houses India Opportunities Fund which has already been completely deployed across five companies. In his role as the Investment Manager for India Opportunities Fund, an India-dedicated growth-stage venture capital fund. Currently, Swarandeep works closely with entrepreneurs in India, to apply his full time and energy helping them accomplish great results. Swarandeep has been a Board Observer for NxtGen Datacenter & Cloud Services (NDCT), Captronics Systems Private Limited (CSPL) and iYogi. He was also a Board Observer at Ampere Vehicles before he steered the exit for the fund. | LinkedIn
Tapan Kumar Das is a member of ICAI and alumnus of The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA). He is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, Investor and advisor. He founded itiffin.in, one of the health and wellness fresh- foods Tech Company. It was one of most trusted fresh food venture in Bangalore in the year 2013, 2014 and 2015. He raised 1 Million USD and managed more than 10000 customers in Bangalore; he also developed Nutrition based snacks to address diabetics and other non-communicable diseases. He served as Vice-President Finance in Flipkart.com in the year 2010-11, one of the world’s’ most respected and widely known E-Commerce company, played strategic role in setting up Process and System. He was part of “YLG” as founding member, managing multiple functions like Sourcing, Logistic and IT management in addition to core function “Finance & Accounts”. YLG is one of the successful Startup Venture in Bangalore. He managed pre IPO and post IPO processes of “Indian Terrain”, Chennai based apparel Brand and it was one of successful IPO in the year 2006. He was part of ‘Health and Glow’, managing investor relation and Corporate Finance. Currently, he works with multiple companies as a management consultant, Virtual CFO, SME IPO process, fund raising activities, designing Business plan, compliance management for growth companies and mentoring. Advisor to one of the Family run business and part of growth strategy team to manage M&A in healthcare sector. He has managed to raise more than USD 25 Million through equity and preferential route during his journey in different startups like Flipkart, YLG, Itiffin and eXabit.in and Timios (invested by MTR). 20 years of experience in corporate finance and family business. Core strengths are in corporate Finance, business operation, management consulting and Compliance management. | LinkedIn
Tapan Gandhi has over 20 years of international capital allocation, investing, and business experience. He has worked with several reputed global firms such as: Cambridge Associates, Lehman Brothers, Booz&Co., Capital One, and Philips. He has also raised and invested a private equity fund, build private investment portfolios for endowment and foundations, and also led a boutique strategy and transaction advisory firm. He has also been invited to speak at prestigious industry forums about growth strategies and investment management. He has experience serving on several Boards. Tapan is a CFA charterholder, has an MBA from Yale University, a Masters in Management Studies and a Bachelors in Commerce both from Mumbai University. | LinkedIn
Ted Johnson designs and manages strategic communications for NGOs, Social Enterprises, and Civil Society Organizations. He has more than two decades of experience as a communications professional in the private and nonprofit sectors. He has worked extensively in the US, and internationally from Bangladesh to Zimbabwe. | LinkedIn
Tiffany Espinosa is a social entrepreneur with experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit world. She has worked with hundreds of early stage entrepreneurs and small businesses across industries and co-owned a L3C the helped corporations amplify and leverage their philanthropic work. She currently serves as the executive director of professional and graduate education at Mount Holyoke College and as a Business Advisor for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative. | LinkedIn
Tina Luo is an impact investing professional who previously worked in healthcare investment banking, and is passionate about the areas of sustainable food, education, healthcare and financial inclusion. | LinkedIn
Tom Coogan is the former Director at the US African Development Foundation focusing on agriculture, renewable energy and youth and women entrepreneurship in sub Saharan Africa. He has additional experience in worldwide Fair Trade at Ten Thousand Villages and as VP of Finance at a major US corporation. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Notre Dame and he has an MBA from the Yale School of Management. | LinkedIn
Travis Breihan is a social entrepreneur, community activist and, passionate, supporter of the arts. He helped found, Teysha, an innovative fashion company working to create economic bridges through custom-made clothing in Central America for traditional and indigenous artisans. He’s also worked extensively in the food and agriculture industry helping build innovative farming companies, restaurants and local food businesses. | LinkedIn
Veronique Marier Built a successful green services and products portfolio for large energy supplier. Led DC’s Energy Administration to improved strategic and comprehensive planning, program performance and national visibility. Led Bethesda Green from 2014 to it’s 10th anniversary in 2018, strengthening the organization financially and programmatically, into an impactful organization. | LinkedIn
Wayne Curtis is an entrepreneur, with a consulting firm in economic development, including raising capital. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Northern Virginia Community College, teaching entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship finance, and small business management. He has a son that is s Chef at a major high-end restaurant, and is a foodie. Finally, his Phd research is about social entrepreneurs and wealth-building for working class Americans. | LinkedIn
Wayne Jones is the executive director of a private foundation and previously worked (for 15 years) as program staff for a large regional foundation that made grants related to sustainability, economic development, the arts, and education of children/youth. He has also consulted on strategy and organization development. | LinkedIn
William Hogan is the Senior Vice President for Investment Management at a socially-focused bank. He also served as COO of Hillsdale Group, a developer of green energy generation projects, primarily in the developing world, where he led the company’s strategy and execution efforts. | LinkedIn
Wouter van Rootselaar is a chartered accountant and director in KPMG’s deal advisory practice, having worked for the last 10 years in M&A consulting in the UK, Canada, Switzerland and the US, supporting clients through operational changes as a result of a major business transaction. | LinkedIn
YeSeul Kim is an execution-oriented business leader who also likes to brainstorm big ideas. She also loves talking to consumers as much as building efficient systems and processes. YeSeul has turned to the science of analyzing big data, the art of qualitative research, and the application of a growth mindset to fuel her passion for solving complex problems. In August, YeSeul was a featured speaker at TEDxBeaconStreetSalon. Some of her past jobs include working at Procter & Gamble as a consumer insights specialist and as the Director of Operations at Ashoka, the world’s largest convener of social entrepreneurs. Most recently, she was the Director of Business Development & Operations at Northeastern University. YeSeul received her B.S. and masters’ in Urban Planning from MIT. | LinkedIn