In its 18th year, SECON addresses the big questions and central tensions in the field of social enterprise under the theme of “What’s the Bottom Line?” From social enterprises’s own triple-bottom line — aspiring to financial, social, and environmental returns — to getting to the core of its most complex issues, join like-minded students, academics, and professionals in an engaging and interactive exploration of these critical concerns.
|Fran Seegull is the Executive Director of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance. The Alliance seeks to increase awareness of impact investing in the U.S., foster deployment of and demand for impact capital across asset classes globally, and partner with stakeholders, including government, to build the impact investing ecosystem.
Seegull was the Chief Investment Officer at ImpactAssets where she headed investment management for The Giving Fund—an impact investing donor advised fund. She also oversaw product development and managed the Global Sustainable Agriculture and Microfinance Plus Notes.
Seegull has a BS in Economics from Barnard College/Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She tweets on impact investing at @franseegull.
|Ben Berkowitz is CEO and Founder of SeeClickFix. SeeClickFix enables residents to document non emergency issues in their community to officials with the intent of building trust, efficiency, connectivity and engagement through the process of maintaining and improving the shared physical environment. In his hometown of New Haven Ben is an active neighbor instigating public art projects and creative uses of shared spaces. Ben is currently the President of the non-profit board of MakeHaven, a 130 member makerspace which he helped to found.|
|DiDi Delgado is a writer, activist, freelance journalist, and poet. She is currently Head of Operations at S.O.U.P (The Society Of Urban Poetry), a collective of artists and musicians whose mission statement is to help shed light on the diversity amongst various creative individuals and groups. Currently an organizer of Black Lives Matter Cambridge, she has served on the leadership team for the ACLU’s BCPA Committee, and the Boston Branch of the NAACP’s Young Adult Committee. She is the recipient of the 2015 Jack Powers Stone Soup Savor award which is awarded annually to one poet that serves the Boston and Cambridge communities as a mentor while consistently providing distinguished contributions to the art of poetry.|
|David France is an international performer and an innovative educator. He is currently the founder and Executive Director of Revolution of Hope, an arts for social change initiative in Boston whose flagship program is the Roxbury Youth Orchestra. He was recently named a Top 40 Urban Innovator Under 40 in the United States and a top 100 most influential people of Color in Boston. In 2009 he became the Concertmaster of the first orchestra auditioned on the internet, The YouTube Symphony. He has been featured in Time Magazine, NBC Nightly News, BBC Radio, and has recently spoken at TEDx Fenway and SXSW in Las Vegas. He has performed with today’s leading artists including Smokey Robinson, Josh Grobin, Kenny Rogers, and Quincy Jones.|
|Rich has nearly two decades of experience building, leading, and developing high-growth organizations and teams in diverse settings, including driving global B2B sales, scaling a non-governmental organization, and building a national political campaign. He has developed specific expertise over the last decade in B2B information services and marketplace businesses.
Rich joined Catalant (fka HourlyNerd) almost three years ago as the first Head of Sales. In that role, he oversaw Catalant’s shift to enterprise sales while building and directing a commercial team that secured ~150 of the Fortune 1000 as Catalant customers. Recently, Rich launched a new channel and partnership sales function at Catalant.
|As the former Social Enterprise Specialist at the World Bank Innovation Labs, Marta Milkowska has over eight years of experience in private-sector innovations in digital healthcare, finance, and labor markets. At the Bank, she was instrumental in designing ~$330M innovation programs across Africa and Asia. She also pioneered and helped launch the first course on scaling social enterprise innovation, the World Bank internal Human-Centered-Design incubator. Currently, as a MBA – MPA Candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School and Stanford Graduate School of Business, Marta co-launched the first Harvard Social Innovation Studio. Marta also founded several award-winning social ventures, including Dignify, a mobile platform linking refugees to digital micro-work.|
|Kendra Hicks is a first-generation Afro-Latina from the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. Recognized with the Emerging Leader Award by Community Change Inc. for her commitment to Racial Justice and as a Boston Neighborhood Fellow for her transformative anti-violence work internationally, Kendra is committed to building resilience in neighborhoods and capacity in movements. She currently sits on the Young Professionals Advisory Committee at the Ms. Foundation for Women and is the Co-Director of Radical Philanthropy at the Resist Foundation where her focus has shifted from movement building to movement resourcing.|
|Bob Bland is the CEO + Founder of Manufacture New York (MNY), a social enterprise that is rethinking the fashion ecosystem (design, development, distribution) and creating a new, vertically-integrated business model that will transform apparel & textile production for the 21st century. An international speaker + advocate for domestic manufacturing, ethical supply chains and design entrepreneurship education, Ms. Bland has presented Manufacture New York as a case study in Copenhagen, Seoul, Los Angeles, Raleigh, Las Vegas, Washington D.C. and NYC. She has also been featured in two books, Sustainable Fashion: Past, Present & Future (2015), We Own the City (2014); the film “Making It In America: Empowering Global Fashion;” and multiple TV interviews including CNBC & CBS Evening News.|
|Katie is a social enterprise development officer with Pact Ventures, an impact investing unit within Pact Inc., where she leads pipeline development and supports market based initiatives within Pact’s portfolio.
An entrepreneur with over five years of experience working on social impact businesses in Southeast Asia, she founded award-winning sibling social enterprises Soksabike Tours, an educational cycling tour, and Kinyei Cafe, a specialty coffee training café in Cambodia. Katie’s experience spans the non-profit and private sectors, and she has consulted with clients including DAI and Nike Foundation.
Katie received a Masters of Law + Diplomacy from the Fletcher School where she focused on international business and human security.
|Andreas Vailakis, partner at Strategic Good. Andreas works with social enterprises around the world, primarily supporting training programs and measuring impact (M&E). He’s passionate about spreading knowledge and understanding of social enterprise all over the world, integrating design thinking into organizations, and mindfulness in the workplace. He currently serves as the lead consultant to Kate Spade & Company’s on purpose social enterprise initiative in Rwanda as a Life Skills Empowerment Program Manager and M&E specialist. He previously founded Beyond Volunteering, a for-profit social enterprise in Peru. When not working, Andreas likes to rock climb, meditate and do yoga. He holds an M.A. in Social Enterprise from American University.|
|Agnes Dasewicz, is the Director of the Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise (PCM) within the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment of the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID). She developed and led the implementation of the private sector outreach strategy under Power Africa, securing over $20 billion of investment commitments from U.S. and African financiers and corporations towards energy transactions. She has over 20 years of experience in private equity and impact investment in emerging markets, including development of new investment strategies and financing structures across Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia. She holds an MBA from the McDonough School of Business, and a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University.|
|Nick Boedicker, partner at Strategic Good. Nick is an international development professional turned social entrepreneur and educator who is passionate about bringing more people and organizations into the social enterprise movement and helping them to succeed. His past positions have included work in post-conflict recovery, community health, education, disability, migrant and refugee populations, and sustainable livelihoods in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Nick holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree from the School of International Service at American University.|
|Alessandra Clará, partner at Strategic Good. Alessandra is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about social business models. She has worked for several years as a social enterprise consultant in the DC metropolitan area. Alessandra is originally from El Salvador and has experience designing, leading and managing high impact projects in Latin America particularly in the fields of education and economic empowerment. She has taught Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford and Georgetown University’s Summerfuel program, and conducted research projects for the ASPEN Institute, Emory University and TechnoServe. Alessandra holds a B.S. in Business from Johns Hopkins University and a M.A. in Social Enterprise from American University.|
|Quyen V. Tran
Equity Portfolio Specialist
As a portfolio specialist on Wellington’s Global Impact team, Quyen helps shape the firm’s impact strategy in public equities. She partners with other members of the team to ensure a sound investment process and its clear communication internally and externally. She is drawn to impact investing based on her experience as a classroom teacher in Vietnam, a college student in India, a volunteer for public school children in the US, and as an investment consultant at Cambridge Associates working with endowments and foundations. Quyen earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA in philosophy from Mount Holyoke College.
|Quyen V. Tran
Equity Portfolio Specialist
As a portfolio specialist on Wellington’s Global Impact team, Quyen helps shape the firm’s impact strategy in public equities. She partners with other members of the team to ensure a sound investment process and its clear communication internally and externally. She is drawn to impact investing based on her experience as a classroom teacher in Vietnam, a college student in India, a volunteer for public school children in the US, and as an investment consultant at Cambridge Associates working with endowments and foundations. Quyen earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA in philosophy from Mount Holyoke College.
|Dr. Hutchinson is a nurse midwife and public health researcher. In addition to her work at Pathfinder International, she also spent several years in the field with Doctors Without Borders, working in Chad, DRC, Haiti, South Sudan and Sudan. Her dissertation research examined access to emergency obstetrical care among preeclamptic women in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.|
|Brita Vitello is a teacher of early childhood, elementary, and special education, specializing in urban education. Mrs. Vitello focuses on creating inclusive learning communities for special needs and typical students together, as well as advancing underserved populations through Massachusetts’ Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Programs. She has served students at the Cape Verdean Community UNIDO Boston to ease immigration transitions and is a founding member of Action for Human Trafficking in Natick, an organization dedicated to awareness and multi-tiered solutions at a grassroots level. She is currently an at-home mother and a campus minister for the Archdiocese of Boston.|
|Thomas A. Kochan is the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Co-Director of the Institute for Work and Employment Research. He came to MIT in 1980 as a Professor of Industrial Relations. In 1973, he received his Ph.D. in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin. Since then he has served as a third-party mediator, fact finder, and arbitrator and as a consultant to a variety of government and private sector organizations and labor-management groups. He was a consultant for one year to the Secretary of Labor in the Department of Labor’s Office of Policy Evaluation and Research.
He has done research on a variety of topics related to industrial relations and human resource management in the public and private sector.
|Rachel Sinha is a British award-winning social innovator, named by the Guardian newspaper as one of 50 Radicals “changing the face of the UK for the better”. She founded The Systems Studio in 2016 to speed up the evolution from dysfunctional systems, to those that allow humans and nature to flourish. She co-authored a series of articles in Harvard Business Review and Fast Company around systems entrepreneurship and co-wrote a book on systems change. Prior to this Rachel co-founded The Finance Innovation Lab. A systems change organization launched after the financial crisis to empower positive disruptors in the financial system. She was a THNK Scholar at the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership, has a MA in Marketing (specialized in CSR) and a BA in Psychology.|
Lorin Fries is the head of Food Systems Collaboration at the World Economic Forum. She is an expert on sustainable business models and inclusive development, drawing experience from the World Economic Forum, Harvard University, USAID and Save the Children in Uganda. Through such roles she has engaged partners ranging from farmers to CEOs; published thought leadership including with the Harvard Business Review and Forbes; built new initiatives; and gained deep technical expertise with an emphasis on inclusive, sustainable and nutritious global food systems. She speaks French and Spanish, lived in rural Uganda for several years, and has worked in multiple countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She received a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Michael Alden is the VP/GM of Social Enterprise at Ascentria. Michael is growing Language Bank, a successful social enterprise that trains and employs refugees and other new Americans as language interpreters in over 60 languages. Michael completed the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford GSB and has a MBA from UNC Kenan Flagler Business School with an enrichment concentration in Sustainable Enterprise. He also has a MSA from UVA and a BBA from UMass. Michael started his career at Ernst & Young and later worked at Grant Thornton as a manager in the corporate restructuring practice in NYC.
“As Director of Social Enterprise Partnerships, Ed is focusing on creating a range of social enterprises that will provide real-world work opportunities for the young adults and revenues for the organization. UTEC currently runs three social enterprises: mattress recycling, Cafe/catering and woodworking. They are about to open a commercial kitchen that will provide more jobs for the young adults and a community kitchen for local entrepreneurs. Ed joined UTEC in June 2013 after nearly 30 years in advertising and restaurant marketing. He earned his MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and is following his passion to serve disconnected youth.”
Sharif co-founded the Nepali Chapter of the Diyalo Foundation in 2014, where he serves as an International Coordinator and the Director of Sustainability. He also founded Herbs For Change, an initiative to alleviate poverty by helping locals in Mude, Nepal capitalize on an indigenous herb, swertia. Herbs For Change is a gender-balanced cooperative that has provided a 75% increase in income for 23 workers, and has also created partnerships to sell the abundant, local medicinal herbs internationally. An undergraduate in Hamilton College and majoring in Bio-chemistry and Economics, Sharif is active in Hamilton’s Social Innovation Team, TEDxHamilton and the Student Assembly. He was also selected as one of Hamilton’s prestigious Social Innovation Fellows for 2015.
Grace is Senior Manager, Corporate Programs at Yahoo, where she leads Tech for Good initiatives for Yahoo’s corporate social responsibility team, focusing on leveraging products and technical expertise to create social impact. She also supports the Office of the CEO through special projects pertaining to products, technology, and employee engagement. Previously, Grace worked with telecom and public sector clients to introduce new technology in emerging markets. She is passionate about improving access to information and technology around the world.
Dr. Falko Paetzold initiated and leads the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth at University of Zurich, a spin-off from his Next Gen Impact Investing program for ultra-wealthy millenials at the Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard University.
He is also a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan, and founder of the global network of sustainability intra-preneurs GreenBuzz.
Falko developed sustainable investing structures at Bank Vontobel AG in Zurich, advised banks and family offices, and holds a PhD from University of Zurich and an MBA from University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland.
Hicham Oudghiri is co-founder and CEO of Enigma, a data intelligence company that puts data in the context of the real world, and makes it connected, open and actionable. Enigma won TechCrunch Disrupt in 2013, and releases all of its data for the open-source and civic communities to freely build upon and extend. Prior to Enigma, Hicham managed the private sustainable finance program at BMCE Bank, in partnership with the World Bank Group, where he created energy models for large-scale alternative energy projects across Africa. Hicham holds a B.A. from Columbia University, where he studied Philosophy and Mathematics.
Ashwin Naik is a an entrepreneur/advisor with interests in healthcare delivery, social enterprise and
tech enabled health startups. Ashwin is the Founder of Vaatsalya Healthcare, afacebn award winning social
enterprise, which was the first network of hospitals focused exclusively on Tier II and Tier III towns in
India. Vaatsalya has been recognised globally as winner of the Inaugural Porter Prize in India for value
based healthcare, the Most Innovative Healthcare Company by VCCircle in 2014 and India’s top 10
innovative companies by Fast Company in 2013 among many other recognitions.
Gina Nebesar is the Chief Product Officer and co-founder of Ovia Health, the health technology company behind the Ovia Fertility, Pregnancy, and Parenting apps. Ovia Health helps millions of women and families take control of their reproductive health and start families with confidence.
Gina worked as an engineer and production line manager at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems before founding her first startup Automatic Apparel. Automatic Apparel is an automated retail startup selling clothing and electronics through touchscreen vending machines.
She received her undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Southern California and her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Anwar Khan is the Chief Executive Officer of Islamic Relief USA. He has more than twenty years of experience working in the field of humanitarian and development assistance. On behalf of IRUSA, Mr. Khan has been appointed to the board of Interaction, Joint Learning Initiative (JLI) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA). Along with other leaders in the international development field, Mr. Khan provides advice, analysis and recommendations to USAID on the most pressing development issues in the world today. He is also serving on the U.S. State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group, where he advises on humanitarian issues and the intersection of faith and development.
Piyush Tewari is the Founder and CEO of SaveLIFE Foundation (SLF), a non-profit organization committed to improving road safety and emergency medical care in India. Previously, Piyush led the India operations of Calibrated Group LLC, a US-based private equity fund focused on the US-India corridor. Prior to Calibrated, Piyush served on the founding team of the India Brand Equity Fund, an initiative of the Prime Minister of India to promote the country as a competitive investment destination. Piyush is an Ashoka Fellow and an Echoing Green Fellow. In 2010, Piyush won the prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise as a Young Laureate. He’s currently at Harvard University as an Edward S. Mason Fellow, pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration.
Andrew Kassoy is one of the co-founders of B Lab, a nonprofit building a global movement to redefine success in business so that all companies compete not just to be best in the world, but best for the world, creating a shared and durable prosperity for all. Before B Lab, he spent 16 years in the private equity industry; as a Partner at MSD Real Estate Capital, an investment vehicle for Michael Dell; and as Managing Director in Credit Suisse First Boston’s Private Equity Department and a founding partner of DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners. Andrew is a Board Member of Echoing Green, on the U.S. working group of the G8 Social Impact Investing Task Force, and on the Forbes Impact 30 list of leading social entrepreneurs. He graduated with Distinction from Stanford University.
Joann Chen is Vice President at Bain Capital Double Impact. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Joann was an Investment Officer at ImpactAssets where she contributed to investment management of an impact investment-focused donor advised fund and the development of new impact investment products. She previously served as Program Director at Spark Ventures, a social enterprise that incubates companies in developing countries to support local education programs. Joann started her career as a management consultant at The Cambridge Group where she developed growth strategies for Fortune 500 companies in consumer packaged goods and retail. Joann holds a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago.
Patrick is a portfolio manager on Wellington’s Global Impact strategy. He conducts fundamental and impact analysis on equities considered for inclusion in this portfolio. Patrick has conducted thematic research on broad global issues, including water scarcity, sustainable growth, environmental clean-up, alternative energy, and the disruption in the energy and transport sectors. Previously, Patrick worked in research roles at Alydar Capital, CR Intrinsic (SAC Capital), The Boston Company, and Schroder Investment Management. Patrick earned his MBA from Babson College and his BA in English and philosophy from Bowdoin College.
“Sasha is the Chief Innovation Officer at Acumen Fund. As Acumen’s Chief Innovation Officer, Sasha oversees Acumen’s work in Leadership and the spread of ideas. Before Acumen, Sasha worked at GE Money to expand financial offerings to underserved communities globally; at IBM, spearheading the company’s corporate citizenship strategy and launching a leadership program for school administrators; and at the microfinance group of Bank Rakyat Indonesia. Sasha began his career at Booz | Allen | Hamilton consulting to telecommunications companies in Latin America and Europe. Sasha holds a BA from Harvard College, a Masters in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School and an MBA from Harvard Business School.”
|Michael Cobb is a partner at Strategic Good. Michael is a passionate advocate for social enterprise and asking big questions about ourselves and society. In addition to Strategic Good, Michael serves as Managing Director of The Bodhi Foundation. He has worked in grassroots non-profit organizations, and served as Impact Investment Advisor at the AARP Foundation, and has been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. His passions include social enterprise, impact investing, effective grant-making, and organizational strategy. Michael holds an M.A. in Social Enterprise from American University and a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Denison University.|
|Colleen is a program manager at Harvard Social Innovation & Change Initiative. Colleen Kelly manages the New World Social Enterprise Fellows Program and the Social Innovation Studio, and supports SICI’s mission by empowering students to advance solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems. Previously, Colleen supported research and educational efforts in global philanthropy at HKS’ Hauser Institute for Civil Society, including an executive program for nonprofit leaders. While at Hauser, she co-authored, From Prosperity to Purpose, a report that explores philanthropic giving and social investment among high net worth individuals and families in six Latin American countries.
Before joining Harvard, Colleen was a Program Associate at The Philanthropic Initiative.
“Elsa is the Founder & CEO of Agora, a venture-backed tech startup with a mission to reimagine democracy in the 21st century. Elsa created Agora, an online townhall platform for building engaged communities while pursuing her joint degree at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her belief in the power of ordinary citizens to change the world was further affirmed by her experience serving as a policy advisor for the Obama campaign in 2012. Prior to Harvard, Elsa was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. where she advised Fortune 500 executives on growth strategy, organizational effectiveness, and risk management. During the recent financial crisis, Elsa was at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, advising G20 finance ministers on fiscal stimulus policies”
Danielle Heitmann, LCSW, is social worker with training in complex trauma psychotherapy. At RIA House, Danielle serves as the Outreach and Care Coordinator, where she provides crisis intervention, mobile accompaniment, clinical case management and trauma psychotherapy to survivors of human trafficking in the MetroWest region. In addition, she serves on the Board of the Bakhita Safe House for trafficked women and is a core member of the Massachusetts Coalition to End Human Trafficking. She holds two masters degrees from Boston College and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
“Matt Plummer is a manager in The Bridgespan Group’s Boston office. Matt has advised nonprofit organizations, and funders, in significantly growing and scaling effective programs and practices to meet the full size of the need. Through work with these nonprofits and others, Matt has had significant experience working in the public health, specifically chronic disease prevention, space and child welfare space. He is a key contributor to Bridgespan’s knowledge efforts to advance the field’s thinking on what it takes to scale programs to truly solve social problems (“transformative scale”), and in particular, to generate demand for solutions to key social problems. Matt is co-author of an article focused on demand generation published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in Winter 2016.”
Sara founded StellarEmploy and its predecessor, Farolito, as part of her doctoral work at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she also holds a Masters Degree (MPA-ID). She has ten years of experience implementing social programs internationally as a Country Director and Principal Investigator with Innovations for Poverty Action. She is a member of the Leadership Council at The Resolution Project, which offers funding and mentorship for college students launching social ventures. She holds a BA with Honors in International Relations from Stanford University.
“Stephanie Khurana identifies and supports DRK Entrepreneurs, serving on the boards of Braven, Immigrant Justice Corps, EdBuild, and Empower Schools. Stephanie is a serial entrepreneur in the private and social sectors. She was a founding member of Cambridge Technology Partners and co-founder, CEO and Director of Surebridge, an early software as a service firm. She was Executive Director and is a current Board member at the Tobin Project. Stephanie also serves as Faculty Dean, Cabot House and Outreach chair on the President’s Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging at Harvard University. Stephanie received her BS, Economics Cornell University; MBA/ MPP, Harvard University.”
Stephanie is a co-founder of UNCHAINED. Stephanie’s background is in Global Women’s Health and Activism at the Ohio State University and her experience at The University of Arts London at the London College of Fashion. Unchained merges her two passions to set women free by using fashion & to tell stories of hope.
“Michael McCreless, Senior Director of Strategy and Impact, Root Capital Mike oversees Root Capital’s social & environmental due diligence and impact evaluation, and facilitates long-term and annual strategic planning and organizational development. His article “”Toward the Efficient Impact Frontier”” was featured in the Winter 2017 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. He previously consulted for Monitor Company and conducted research for Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter. Mike holds an M.B.A. with Distinction and an M.P.A. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Yale University.”
Rob Koenig is the Director of Strategy and Operations with the Government Performance Lab. Previously, Rob was a Consultant in the Boston office of Bain & Company, where he worked with clients in the education, industrial goods, private equity, and retail sectors. Before Bain, Rob worked as a Special Advisor in Massachusetts’ Executive Office for Administration & Finance through a Harvard Business School Commonwealth of Massachusetts fellowship. Prior to business school, Rob spent four-and-a-half years helping governments on climate change and health financing with the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Rob holds an AB in Earth & Planetary Sciences from Harvard College and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
“May Samali is Director at Tumml, a startup hub for urban technology in San Francisco. Tumml has provided seed capital and mentorship to 38 startups, working to solve tough city challenges. May is responsible for building the organization’s national presence and working closely with its portfolio companies. In April 2017, May will start as Associate at the Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital fund investing in transformative urban technology. May holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School where she was a John Monash Scholar, a New World Social Enterprise Fellow and a Gleitsman Leadership Fellow. She also holds degrees in economics and law from the University of Sydney, and is a delegate at the Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue.”
“Stewart leads investments in LeapFrog’s priority markets in South Asia. He co-led LeapFrog’s landmark investments in Shriram, Mahindra, BIMA and SMK. Stewart has 15 years of experience in investment banking, corporate finance and private equity. His experience includes mergers, acquisitions, disposals, IPOs, debt raisings and restructurings. Before joining LeapFrog, he worked at Rothschild for six years in London and Dubai. He specialised in the insurance, banking and telecom sectors and worked throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Stewart chairs the Asia Scotland Institute’s Business Advisory Council. Stewart is a Chartered Accountant and holds a degree in law from the University of Aberdeen.”
Sridhar Rajagopalan is the co-founder of Educational Initiatives and is currently Director of it US subsidiary. He is an educational entrepreneur who has helped change the way student learning outcomes are seen in India. He worked in IBM India for two and a half years before co-founding and running Eklavya School in Ahmedabad. Sridhar is a member of various central and state government committees related to education, including the committee for devising model rules for the Right to Education Act in Gujarat. He is a member of NCERT’s National Expert Group on Assessment in Elementary Education (NEGAEE) and a trustee of Pratham, Gujarat and other educational institutions.
“Caitlin Reimers Brumme is Program Director, Impact Collaboratory at the Harvard Business School; a research-led effort to understand and advance issues in impact investing, social impact and transformative scale. In designing and conducting rigorous and relevant research, done in conjunction with industry, the Impact Collaboratory aims to accelerate practice and educate the next generation of leaders on critical issues of impact. Prior to joining HBS, was a Director on the Social Investment team at Social Finance US. Previously, she worked in strategic management consulting at the Parthenon Group and asset management and Strategic Value Capital Management. Caitlin holds an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar.”
Yesh is a senior at The George Washington University, majoring in economics and biology in the 7 Year BA/MD Program. As a lifelong runner, Yesh started Project Dream Miles (PDM) to make charity running simpler and more engaging. In late 2016, the PDM team created DreamRun, a run-tracking app that lets runners fundraise 10¢ or more for their favorite charity for every mile they run. Currently, the app is in a live-beta with over 600 runners. Aside from his work with DreamRun, Yesh volunteers as an EMT in Prince George’s County, MD and will be pursuing a MPhil in Public Health at University of Cambridge this fall before returning to DC to begin medical school at GW in 2018. In his free time, Yesh loves to run, bike, and read, and he is excited to be racing the 2017 Boston Marathon.
“Amnat Chittaphong is a seasoned diversity & inclusion leadership trainer, educator, social justice/mission integration consultant, and community activist, with over 16+ years of experience in the field. He serves on the Center for Excellence in Adult Learning at Teach for America (TFA) and is one of the organization’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Content and Strategy specialists. As a knowledgeable and practical diversity educator, trainer, facilitator, and movement builder, Amnat has worked with state/government officials, students, and business professionals and executives nationally, independently through his consultancy group, andJustice4All; and in partnership with the Organization of Chinese Americans as a Leadership Trainer.”
Jeff retired with over 25 years of experience in U.S. Army Special Operations. He has commanded units during combat operations around the globe including Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In addition to combat experience, his non- traditional assignments were influential at the policy and strategy levels of the US Government. As the Chief Operating Officer with Guardian Group, he is building a nationwide network of veterans who partner with law enforcement agencies to put an end to sex trafficking in the United States. He has a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
Tom Flahive is responsible for the firm’s advisory services and sits on the investment committee of CrossBoundary Energy. Mr. Flahive earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Diplomatic History from the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he has provided private advisory for African firms throughout both East and West Africa. Mr. Flahive has developed a range of CrossBoundary’s thought leadership in the fields of frontier market and fragile state investment. Mr. Flahive’s international experience prior to joining CrossBoundary was at a leading emerging market private equity firm, Abraaj Capital in Dubai, and at the Mongolia International Capital Corporation in Ulaanbaatar.
Pitichoke Chulapamornsri serves as the Director of Business Development at Neighborly, a mission-driven financial technology company that empowers community members to directly invest in local public projects they care about. In February 2017, Neighborly facilitated the City of Cambridge’s first minibond sale, offering residents the chance to invest directly in Cambridge infrastructure. Concurrently, he is a research fellow at the Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Prior, he worked as a senior analyst at Goldman Sachs’ Private Equity Group. Pitichoke earned a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he served as the student body president.
“Dan Teran is the CEO and co-founder of Managed by Q, the platform for office management. Founded in 2014 with a vision of creating an operating system for the built world, Q now powers office operations for thousands of top companies nationwide, ranging from fast growing start-ups to the Fortune 500. Managed by Q has been recognized as a standard bearer of good jobs in the on-demand economy. The hallmark of Q’s business is its commitment to creating good jobs, and using technology to not only increase efficiencies, but economically empower communities. Dan has been recognized by the White House, Department of Labor, and others as a leading voice in the national conversation around the future of work.”
Lujain AlUbaid was born and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and is the co-founder and CEO of Tasamy for Social Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit dedicated to establishing an ecosystem and a safe haven for social entrepreneurs in the region. Previously honored by HRH King Salman for her various volunteering activities conducted during her tenure at AlGhad forum, an esteemed national youth development focused organization in which she was a founding member of the strategic planning team. As well as being an associate at SADIG, a group working on creating new industrial ventures and added value in turnaround services, innovation, and sustainability consultancy. She is also an Acumen Global Fellow and she worked as the Chief Strategy Officer for Ignis Careers in Hyderabad, India.
Elizabeth David-Dembrowsky is an attorney admitted to practice in NY, NJ, MA, FL, and CA. Her newest venture, Good Counsel Services, is a not for profit, New York-based organization dedicated to providing affordable access to legal advocacy and education to social entrepreneurs via white papers, webinars, workshops, and one-on-one services. She also serves as the Executive Director of Keren Or, Inc .- The Jerusalem Center for Blind Children with Multiple Disabilities, a position she has held since February 2012. Elizabeth holds her B.A. in Psychology from Boston University, Masters in Writing from the University of Warwick, and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School where she attended night school while working full-time. Elizabeth is also a published poet and novelist and a produced playwright
Professor Bloom is founder, Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory (SE Lab) @ Stanford, Harvard and Princeton. He teaches about the design, development and leadership of innovative social ventures in global health, development, and the environment. He is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) @ Harvard Innovation Lab (i-Lab) and teaches jointly on the Health Policy & Management faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health, and the faculty of Leadership Management and Decision Sciences at Harvard Kennedy School. He also served as an EIR @ Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, and as Dean’s Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Princeton. While teaching at Stanford from 1997-2003, Gordon created the SE Lab.
Catherine Mahugu is a seasoned techpreneur, changemaker, youth empowerment champion and a strong advocate of gender equality and equity.
With a love of all things binary and a keen eye for design, Catherine has been involved in various ICT for Development projects. In these projects, she has applied design thinking for social innovation. She is a certified human-centered design expert, a skill acquired at Stanford University – Hasso Plattner – d.School (California, USA). Catherine is the Founder of Soko, an ethical, innovative, fashion brand that expands access to economic opportunity for artisans in emerging economies. Her international achievements have made her a global thought leader in matters about Africa, next generation leaders and the role ICT and women play in entrepreneurship.
Farai Chideya is a reporter, political and cultural analyst, and educator. She has worked in print, television, radio, and digital media and covered every Presidential election since 1996.
A fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, she previously covered the 2016 election for FiveThirtyEight.com, with a focus on demographics and the American voter; hosted NPR’s News and Notes; was a reporter for ABC News; a political analyst for CNN; a host for the Oxygen Network; a consumer data and privacy reporter for The Intercept; and a reporter for Newsweek magazine.
She has won awards including a National Education Reporting Award, a North Star News Prize, and a special award from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association for coverage of AIDS.
David Eaves is a public policy entrepreneur and expert in information technology and government. In 2009, as an adviser to the Office of the Mayor of Vancouver, David proposed and helped draft the Open Motion which created one of the first open data portals in Canada and the world. He has gone on to work with numerous local, state, and national governments advising on technology and policy issues. In addition to working with government officials, David served as the first Director of Education for Code for America. David has also worked with 18F and the Presidential Innovation Fellows at the White House providing training and support. With a background in negotiation, David also advises non-profits and advocacy groups on critical negotiations.
Nina Huntemann is director of academics and research at edX. Nina is leading cross institution faculty initiatives, developing curriculum strategies and providing pedagogical expertise, managing educational policy projects, and facilitating research across edX university partners. Nina has over 15 years of college-level teaching, program administration, and faculty development experience. Earlier, she was an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at Suffolk University in Boston where she taught courses and published research in digital media studies. Nina received her Ph.D. in communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also co-director of Women in Games Boston, a professional network for women working in the digital games industry.
Dr. Brad Braxton is the Founding Senior Pastor of The Open Church in Baltimore, Maryland, a culturally inclusive congregation committed to social justice activism and interfaith collaboration. He holds a Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Emory University, a Master’s degree in theology from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. degree in religious studies from the University of Virginia. He is the author of three scholarly books and numerous essays exploring the intersection of religion and social justice. Formerly he served as the Program Officer for Religion in the Public Sphere at the Ford Foundation in New York City. In spring 2017, he is a Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School.
As Vice President for Programs for Catholic Charities of Boston, Larry Mayes manages over 100 programs statewide and directs public policy and government relations for the charity at the municipal, state and federal levels. In February of 2015, Mr. Mayes was appointed by Mayor Martin Walsh to the Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel, to review conduct and professional interaction with citizens by the Boston Police Department. Mr. Mayes’ underlying interest is in human infrastructure and social culture policy, especially relating to the areas of urban studies, families, community policing, and media literacy. Mr. Mayes has his Master of Public Policy from Regent University. He and his wife reside in the Hyde Park section of Boston, MA.
Ava Lala is part of Geneva Global’s senior leadership team, helping to shape the company’s strategic direction and growth. One of her current initiatives is to leverage Geneva Global’s expertise as a systems entrepreneur to educate other organizations on how they can apply a systems change approach to solve international development challenges. Before joining Geneva Global, Ava spent 12 years at SEI, a global financial services company where she led global marketing for one of the company’s five business divisions. Ava has been a trustee on various nonprofit boards and has also been active in Philadelphia’s impact investing and social entrepreneurship communities. Ava has an MBA from Villanova University and a BA in Communications from the University of Michigan.
|Eric M. Rice, PhD
Eric is the architect of Wellington Management’s social impact strategy. He manages our flagship Global Impact Portfolio and serves as a thought leader for social impact and thematic investment ideas that support the firm’s portfolio managers and analysts. Eric’s passion for social impact developed through his work as US diplomat in Rwanda and deepened during his doctoral studies and his position as a country economist at the World Bank. Eric received his PhD from Harvard University and his AB from the University of California at Berkeley, both in economics.
|Andrew M. Snow, CFA
Director of Multi-Asset Product Management
Drew leads our Multi-Asset Product Management team and serves as the Investment Director for our Global Impact portfolio. In these capacities, Drew and his team support the firm’s investment effort by spearheading the development of innovative investment strategies to help meet the evolving needs of our clients, ensuring the investment integrity of our existing capabilities, and meeting with clients and consultants to discuss specific investment solutions. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at The Parthenon Group and Cambridge Associates, where he worked with endowments, foundations, and non-profit organizations. Drew received his MBA from Dartmouth College (Tuck) and his BA from Colby College.
Dr. Tamara Stenn is a bi-lingual (Spanish/English) eco-business developer, sustainability trainer, Fair Trade business owner, researcher and academic. She is the founder and CEO of KUSIKUY, a fair-trade clothing company specializing in hand knit alpaca fashion produced in the Bolivian Andes. Stenn teaches Social Entrepreneurship and Economics at the SIT Graduate Institute and holds a Doctorate in Leadership, a Masters in Management and is working on a 3-year Fulbright research project studying the well- being of Bolivia's women quinoa growers. Stenn is also the author of Social Entrepreneurship as Sustainable Development (2016) and The cultural and Political Intersection of Fair Trade and Justice (2013).
Before graduating from UC Berkeley, where he majored in Sociology and Human Geography, Travis worked as a public affairs assistant for the Peace Corps San Francisco Regional Office. He was invited to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in China and departed for service in the Summer of 2014. While he spent the bulk of his time teaching English alongside faculty at Guizhou Normal University, he also facilitated several weekly clubs and meetings. After completing service in 2016, Travis decided to bring his Peace Corps experience full circle and work as a recruiter to inspire others answer the call to serve.
Ryan is the founder and CEO of WrightGrid, a Boston based startup on a mission to enhance personal connectivity by deploying accessible and sustainable power solutions in emerging markets. They deploy their solution, a solar powered cell phone charging station, Wifi hotspot and mobile money ATM in the DRC in partnership with major telecommunications providers, beverage distributors and advertising companies. Prior to WrightGrid, Ryan spent 10-years in manufacturing operations and engineering project management, working at BAE Systems and Skyworks Solutions. Ryan has a bachelor of science in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA from Babson College.
“Jessie is the founder of Cabbige, an online tool designed to increase profitability for diversified growers. Cabbige makes digital record-keeping, pricing, and sales analysis easy and actionable. Prior to Cabbige, Jessie was a veteran of Boston’s start-up tech scene, specializing in product & marketing for mobile commerce and digital media companies, such as Enpocket (acq. Nokia), Quattro Wireless (acq. Apple), Nexage, and PayPal. In 2013, Jessie made the move to sustainable agriculture, but took her love of technology with her, applying what she learned to the challenges facing our food system. Connect with Jessie on Twitter – @jomjessie”
“In her fifth year with the Social Innovation Forum (SIF), Anna has worked across all aspects of SIF’s work including program management, development and communications, strategic partnerships, and infrastructure and sustainability. Through all of her work, Anna strives to build the internal strength of SIF’s team as well as strong relationships with funders, peer organizations, and social impact leaders across greater Boston. A graduate of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management (CSOM) Honors Program. Anna is passionate about applying business tools to the social sector to increase effectiveness and impact and about incorporating sustainable social responsibility into mainstream corporate practices.”
Felicia is a co-founder of UNCHAINED. Felicia’s background in Political Science and International Relations from University of Evansville and the American University in Cairo, Egypt led her to the Ohio House of Representatives, where she served as a Legislative Aide for the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. During that time Ohio passed its first human trafficking legislation in Ohio House Bill 262. She also spent time in Calcutta, India with an organization that employs trafficking survivors. Her time there birthed a passion to develop social enterprises that help eradicate modern day slavery.
“As the Senior Director of Teach For All’s Scale team, Darrin guides the development of Teach For All network partners’ public affairs, fundraising, government affairs and recruitment efforts by capturing and sharing network best practices and serving as a consultant to local teams. Prior to joining Teach For All, Darrin worked in various capacities at Teach For America supporting the growth and development of more than 200 participants and alumni of the program. Darrin was a Teach For America 2005 corps member and taught middle and high school English and Global History for three years in the Bronx and Harlem. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism in Strategic Communications from the University of Missouri-Columbia and lives in New York City.”
Amanda Zheng is Principal of China Impact Ventures, an impact investment fund with a focus on energy innovations and sustainable mobility. Previously, Amanda was with Morgan Stanley Investment Banking Division in Hong Kong. En route to realizing her passion and aspiration to develop China’s impact investing eco-system, she served at multiple impact investment organizations such as Transist Impact Labs and SOW Asia Foundation. Amanda holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard Kennedy School and awarded the Dubin Emerging Leaders Fellowship from the Center of Public Leadership of the Kennedy School.
“Susan has led the Boston-based Social Innovation Forum (SIF) since 2005. During this time, Susan oversaw the transformation of SIF from a small program of Root Cause to a thriving, independent nonprofit organization that brings together investors (individuals and foundations) and nonprofit and for-profit social entrepreneurs to accelerate solutions to critical social problems. Susan’s leadership has guided SIF through significant organizational growth and change, including its 2015 spin-off into an independent nonprofit and its 2016 acquisition of Next Mile Project, which added a coworking and collaborative space to SIF’s range of programming for social impact organizations. Susan has also served on many local boards, including as past chair of Congregation Beth El’s Tzedakah Hevra group.”
Pranav Kothari heads the Large Scale Education Programme and Mindspark Centres divisions at Educational Initiatives. This includes all the work with Governments, Foundations and Corporate CSR in the domain of learning level assessments, interventions and advisory consulting. Prior to EI, Pranav worked as a management consultant with Boston Consulting Group in USA, Germany, Chile and Argentina. He also worked as a Private Equity investor with GTI Global in USA and India. Pranav graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Pooja Wagh is Community Director of Solve’s Health pillar. She develops and nurtures relationships with Solve’s health-focused members, advisors, and Solvers, and works with them to drive forward promising, innovative solutions to intractable challenges in the health and wellness space. She is also responsible for defining Solve’s strategic direction for the Health pillar and measuring the impact of Solve’s partnerships on the ability of Solvers to affect change. Prior to joining Solve, Pooja was a Program Manager at Innovations for Poverty Action and previously worked as a consultant at IBM Global Business Services. Pooja holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelors in electrical engineering from MIT.
Yulkendy is a social entrepreneur, writer, and public speaker. With diverse experience across the private and public sectors, she has received numerous fellowships from organizations including the Resolution Project, Young People For, Net Impact, HKS Public Policy Leadership, and StartingBloc. Yulkendy is currently a senior at Babson College where she co-founded Project 99, a leadership development company that develops immersive experiences that help the Fortune 500, leading service firms, and other organizations bridge the leadership gap by attracting, retaining, and promoting diverse talent. Project 99 has executed leadership development programs in the Dominican Republic, Chile and Mexico, and is now focusing on the U.S. She had been featured in NPR, USA Today, and other outlets.
“Anish is the Co-Founder of Greenlight Planet. Greenlight Planet makes low cost solar-powered energy devices for the 1.5 billion off-grid villagers who use dirty, dangerous kerosene lanterns for light at night. In seven years, the organization has brought safe solar lighting to 6 million off-grid families in 40 countries and adds 5,000 new homes each day. Anish served as Greenlight’s CEO until 2016, overseeing its growth from an early stage organization to a profitable, development-focused business with sales and operations in 40 countries in Asa and Africa. Today he serves on Greenlight’s board and in an executive capacity, focused on fundraising and go to market strategy for new businesses. Anish resides in Washington DC with his wife, Bethany, and one year old son, Arthur.”
Nidhi Chaudhary is the VP of Challenge Success at HeroX and has been with the company since August 2013. She is a design-thinker, strategist and community builder with over 12 years of experience in philanthropy, social innovation, and international development, with leading organizations like Echoing Green, The Rockefeller Foundation, UNICEF, and New York City Public Schools. At Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, she successfully designed and executed global innovation-challenges, in multiple languages, for organizations ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to the G20. Her thought leadership pieces have been incorporated into curriculum at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and she has been an invited speaker at Harvard and the US Peace Corps.
Jeff Glenn is a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) student studying health systems and systems entrepreneurship at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. His DrPH field work has focused on health financing in South Africa and health policy reform in Myanmar, and he is part of a team conducting a sustainability assessment of the Alive & Thrive nutrition program in Bangladesh and Vietnam. Before coming to Harvard, Jeff worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he helped launch CDC’s Office of International Cancer Control. Jeff holds an MPA from the University of Southern California and a BA in International Relations from Brigham Young University.
Melissa Zimdars is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media at Merrimack College. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa, and her M.A. and B.A. in Media Studies and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Zimdars primarily researches television programming, communication policies, and global media industries. This year, Zimdars began working with a team of librarians and computer programmers to create tools for navigating fake news and other news websites through the OpenSources project. Additionally, she is working on a co-edited anthology entitled Fake News, which brings together scholars in order to examine the history and contemporary realities of fake, misleading, propagandistic, and conspiratorial news.
“Paris Wallace currently serves as President and CEO of Ovia Health, a Boston-based healthcare technology company helping people navigate their fertility, pregnancy, and parenting journeys. Ovia Health’s mobile apps, Ovia Fertility, Ovia Pregnancy, and Ovia Parenting have helped millions of women and families conceive naturally and start families with confidence. He attended Harvard Business School, worked in the asset management division at Goldman Sachs, and did consulting for A.T. Kearney. Paris co-founded Good Start Genetics, a genomics technology company focused on fertility and reproductive health, and has remained in the health technology industry since. He serves on the boards of Boston-based startups Acceptional and Apartment Streaming, and he’s a mentor at Techstars Boston.”
Christian is the Leo Tindemans Chair for Business Model Innovation at KU Leuven. He is also a research fellow at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and an academic visitor at the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford. Previously, he was the Director of the IESE Platform for Strategy and Sustainability and faculty of the Strategic Management Department at IESE Business School.
Adam Seldow is the Head of Education Partnerships at Facebook, where he works with educators and partners to bring personalized learning, coding education opportunities, and educational virtual reality to learners worldwide. Adam taught high school mathematics and led technology in US public school systems. He earned his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and his masters and doctoral degree from Harvard University.
“William leads a diverse team of talented people from all over the world currently based in Accra & committed to building Impact Hub Accra as the leading convener of active stakeholders to create the city’s first Innovation Enclave. He has led the implementation of projects for partners such as Ashoka, Siemens Foundation, USAID, and British Council. William was one of 100 global innovators to work with IDEO and British Airways on Ungrounded, the first social innovation lab in the sky. He is one of the leaders of Social Enterprise-Ghana and currently serves on the taskforce drafting the first Social Enterprise Policy for the Government of Ghana.”
Emily S. Niehaus is the Founder and Executive Director of Community Rebuilds, a nonprofit whose mission is to build energy-efficient housing, provide education on sustainability, and improve the housing conditions of the workforce through an affordable program. Emily holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Sociology and has worked as a social worker, a loan officer, and a bookkeeper. Emily is building a better world for the next generation. She furthers her passion of building affordable and energy-efficient housing through savvy networking, successful fundraising, mentoring emerging professionals, and lifting families out of poverty. She lives with her husband and son in Moab, Utah.
Jess is a Case Team Leader in The Bridgespan Group’s Boston Office. Since joining Bridgespan in 2012, Jess has worked with a variety of U.S. nonprofits and foundations on strategy, organizational effectiveness, and change management. Her clients include the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, YMCA of the USA, The Gates Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Salvation Army, Nurse Family Partnership, and Enterprise Community Partners.
Jess helps to lead Bridgespan’s work on strategy for national nonprofit networks and federations as well as Bridgespan’s Pay-What-It-Takes initiative focused on ending the “overhead fiction” in nonprofit funding.
Michael Brown is CEO and Co-Founder of City Year, an education-focused nonprofit organization that mobilizes idealistic young people for a year of service in high-need schools and promotes the concept of voluntary national service as means of building a stronger democracy. This year more than 3,100 City Year AmeriCorps members are helping to address the nation’s high school dropout crisis and turnaround low performing schools by serving as full-time tutors, mentors and role models in high-need schools in 28 U.S. cities. Michael is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He currently serves on Harvard’s Board of Overseers. Prior to co-founding City Year, Michael served as a legislative assistant .
Hardy Merriman is President of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC). His work focuses on how grassroots civil resistance movements around the world can successfully fight for rights, freedom, and justice. He presents widely to activists and organizers, scholars, civil society groups, and members of international organizations. He has also contributed to multiple books on civil resistance and is co-author of A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle, a training curriculum for activists. Merriman also is an adjunct lecturer at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University).
Alex is the Director of Special Projects, Department of Innovation and Technology, City of Boston. In this role, Alex oversees several high-priority, cross departmental, strategic project areas for the City of Boston. Since 2014, Alex has worked for on a re-haul of the city’s permitting and licensing process, including leading the charge on Boston Permits & Licenses, the cities new front end permitting portal.
Alex holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to graduate school, Alex was an Operations Manager for Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), New England’s largest human service agency. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Wesleyan University in Ct. and grew up in the Greater Boston area.
Mark Kramer is a leading researcher, writer, speaker and consultant on strategies for social impact. He is best known as the co-author of seminal articles on Creating Shared Value, Collective Impact, and Catalytic Philanthropy. Together with Professor Michael Porter, Mark co-founded FSG, a global consulting firm which helps develop social impact strategies for many of the world’s largest foundations, corporations and nonprofits. Porter and Kramer also co-founded the Center for Effective Philanthropy, a nonprofit dedicated to improving foundation performance. Mark is a Senior Fellow in the CSR Initiative of the Center for Business and Government at HKS and a Visiting Lecturer at HBS. He is a graduate of Brandeis University, The Wharton School, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Derek Yach has focused his career on advancing global health. He is Senior Vitality Consultant of the Vitality Group, part of Discovery Holdings Ltd. Prior to that he was SVP Global Health and Agriculture Policy at PepsiCo, where he supported portfolio transformation. He headed global health at Rockefeller Foundation, has been a Professor of Global Health at Yale University, and is a former Executive Director for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health at the World Health Organization. He has authored or co-authored over 250 articles covering the breadth of global health. His has an honorary DSc from Georgetown University, MBChB from the University of Cape Town, BSc (Hons Epi) from the University of Stellenbosch, and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Anisha graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2012, then joined the Boston Consulting Group where she consulted with a variety of private and public sector clients. In 2014, she joined Strategic Grant Partners (SGP), a venture philanthropy focused on K-12 education. At SGP, she drove the grant-making process of due diligence, strategic planning, and investment white paper writing in support of $2M in grants, and provided consulting support to grantees. She is now pursuing a joint MPP-MBA degree at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School.
Alan Fritzler is a Researcher on LinkedIn’s Economic Graph initiative based out of San Francisco. In this role, he consults governments on workforce development, manages research partnerships with groups like the World Bank, and develops scalable data products based on one of the world’s richest data sets on human capital. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Alan lived in Chicago where he held roles in policy research at the University of Chicago’s Center for Data Science & Public Policy and the Illinois Network of Charter Schools. He holds an MS from Northwestern University and BS from the University of Iowa.
|Oliver B. Libby is Managing Director and co-founder of Hatzimemos / Libby, an impact-focused strategy and venture firm. H/L is dedicated to enhancing and accelerating companies in key growth industries that add value to society. He is also Chair & Co-Founder of The Resolution Project, Inc., a non-profit that helps undergraduate students launch new social ventures. Hundreds of Resolution Fellows are working on diverse ventures and have benefitted about one million people in nearly 70 countries. He serves as a member of the Advisory Council of the Clinton Global Initiative, a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a Milken Young Leader, a Concordia Summit Advisor, a GLG Social Impact Fellow and an Intel Ed-Tech Accelerator Mentor. Mr. Libby graduated from Harvard College.|
Isaac Blankensmith is a multidisciplinary designer from Seattle, who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. He studied and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design, with a BFA in Industrial Design. Today, he works as a designer at the Google Creative Lab. In the evenings, he works as an adjunct professor of Interaction Design at the School of Visual Arts.
|Mara has 20 years of experience working in the fields of international development, emerging markets finance and business. Mara manages Oxfam’s Shareholder Activist Fund, as well as leads on Oxfam’s influencing work on impact investing. Mara led set up of the Women in Small Enterprise initiative, which includes Oxfam America’s first impact investing fund that focuses on women entrepreneurs in Latin America.
She has also worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as an emerging markets financial sector analyst and with various international finance and development organizations, including US Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the World Bank. She has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
|Scott A. Roy is the co-founder and joint CEO of international sales consultancy Whitten & Roy Partnership, which helps socially minded businesses transform their sales results.
With formidable career experiences in door-to-door sales and sales management, in 1989 Scott went on to co-found what is today a billion dollar nationwide insurance company in the US. Scott then moved into the social space dedicating his career to transforming other people’s lives by bringing business rigor and experience to solve social problems.
His consultancy advises social enterprises, NGOs and socially minded businesses on how to devise, organize, train and implement strategies to sell life-changing products to millions of people in developing countries.
|Felicia Jadczak is a recognized speaker, strategist, and voice in the field of diversity and inclusion. She has deep, extensive and personal experience with leadership, innovation, women in the workforce, multiracial concerns, and disability. She has worked in the technology industry for over ten years before moving on to the startup and consulting life. She holds an MBA and a Masters in Information Systems from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University, and a BA in Comparative Literature from Haverford College.|
Before co-founding OpenGov, Zac served as Advisor to U.S. Army General H.R. McMaster on the Transparency task force at the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. He previously practiced trial litigation at Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco where he represented Silicon Valley and Fortune 500 clients in contract, trade secret, white-collar criminal, and patent matters, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sandra S. Ikuta on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. As a Fulbright Fellow, he also studied transparency and corruption in Mexico through the lens of Mexico’s Freedom of Information Act. Zac holds a JD from the Yale Law School, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA from the University of Maryland.
“Sam White co-founded Promethean Power Systems in 2007 and Greentown Labs in 2010. Promethean Power is a thermal storage technology start-up that enables cold-storage of perishable foods where there is unreliable power. Today, for the first time in India’s history, this revolutionary battery is eliminating the need for diesel generators for over 17,000 dairy farmers when chilling milk. Greentown Labs has become the largest cleantech incubator in the US. He is the recipient of a few awards such as the GE Ecomagination prize (2010); Boston Globe’s Innovator of the year (2011); NASA’s Launch Energy Innovators Fellows (2012); World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer (2012) and VentureWell/Lemelson Sustainable Practice Impact Award (2015).”
Howard has a broad range of experience in business, media and law, having worked at CNN, CBS News, The Economist and the UN. He is currently a graduate student at Harvard and the Director of Global Outreach at Vox Pop Labs, the creators of Vote Compass, an award-winning online civic engagement app that has partnered with national media organizations across the world including the Wall Street Journal, Sky News (UK), the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Since 2011, his team has reached millions of voters worldwide, and has been credited by academic studies for increasing youth voter turnout and fostering a more informed electorate.
Aimee Sprung is the Civic Engagement Program Manager on the Technology & Civic Engagement (TCE) Team at Microsoft’s New England Research & Development Center (NERD). The Technology & Civic Engagement team brings Microsoft’s best assets to bear to help civic leaders — and the communities they serve – use technology and cutting edge ideas to solve their biggest challenges. Aimee is responsible for STEM education outreach and local community engagement. Aimee has also held roles at Microsoft focused on marketing to NERD Site Leadership, Academic (K-12) and US Federal Government audiences. Prior to her 14 years at Microsoft, Aimee was the Marketing Director at Information Strategies – a software development company and Microsoft partner in Washington, DC.
As President and CEO of Save The Children for nearly two decades, he increased the scale of its impact by helping to reduce newborn and child mortality by nearly 50 percent around the world. Reaching tens of millions of children annually, the nonprofit organization is active in over 50 countries. He is based in Connecticut.
“Chris Walker Social Innovations Director, Mercy Corps At Mercy Corps, Chris manages a fund that finances the scale-up of social enterprises and advises Mercy Corps’ Social Venture Fund. Previously, he was the head of the Innovative Finance Program at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, where he developed initiatives that attracted investment capital to address malnutrition and led the creation of the Access to Nutrition Index. Chris was also a Fellow with Acumen Fund in Mumbai, India and worked at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the U.S. Treasury Department, and the U.S. State Department. He has an MPA from Princeton University and a BA from Williams College.”
“Shu Dar is Director of Capital Formation and Investor Relations at Social Finance, a nonprofit organization which is leading the development of Pay for Success financing and Social Impact Bonds, an innovative public-private partnership that mobilizes capital to drive social progress. Prior to joining Social Finance, Shu Dar was a Vice President at Citi, focusing on inclusive finance and digital acceleration. Shu Dar has also been a consultant at Bain & Company, worked at the World Bank Group’s private sector financing arm International Finance Corporation and was an investment banker at JPMorgan. Shu Dar received an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and graduated Magna Cum Laude from NYU, Stern School of Business with a BS in Finance and International Business.”
“Michael Etzel is a partner in The Bridgespan Group’s Boston office. Since joining Bridgespan in 2006, Michael has focused on effectiveness across the full spectrum of social innovation financing, advising corporate, institutional, and family philanthropists and investors—including The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Ford Foundation, Bain Capital, and Goldman Sachs. This work has addressed a wide range of fields, including child welfare, criminal justice reform, early childhood, economic development, public health, and recidivism. Michael earned his AB cum laude with high honors in Social Studies from Harvard College, and his MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was co-president of the Social Enterprise Club.”
Dr. Nien-hê Hsieh is an associate professor of business administration in the General Management Unit. His research concerns ethical issues in business and the responsibilities of global business leaders. Professor Hsieh teaches Leadership and Corporate Accountability to first-year MBA students and to Executive Education participants in the Program for Leadership Development. He joined the faculty from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an associate professor of legal studies and business ethics and served as co-director of the Wharton Ethics Program. Professor Hsieh holds a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College, an M.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.
“Jeff applies the knowledge garnered in a twenty-year career in Finance to the Not-for-Profit and Social Innovation spaces. He serves in leadership roles in several ventures including as a board member of Social Venture Partners, Boston and Prospect Hill Academy Charter School. He is Board Chairman of GRIT Inc., a Boston based social venture that designs and builds mobility devices. Jeff is also an active angel investor and mentor, working with diverse organizations such as Launchpad Venture Group, Harvard Ilab, and Social Innovation Forum. Jeff is an adjunct professor in the School of Art, Media, and Design at Northeastern University. He received his MPA from the Kennedy School of Government, holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in History from the University at Albany.”
“Anne Healy leads Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Global Development Lab. DIV is USAID’s venture capital-inspired, tiered, evidence-based fund that invests comparatively small amounts in relatively unproven concepts and continues to support and scale only those that prove they work. Anne has worked across the private, public, and social sectors on evidence and innovation in government and international development, including at Innovations for Poverty Action, McKinsey & Co., and the U.S. State Department.”
Shannon Carroll is an artist and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. She is Founder and Creative Director of Vivid Story, a Certified B Corporation harnessing the power of visual storytelling for causes. She produces compelling visual narratives for social enterprises to increase their impact and authentically connect with core audiences. As an experienced collaborator, she brings her skills spanning video production, virtual reality, and interactive design. She has presented projects at SXSW, Sundance Film Festival, Brown University, Creative Time Summit, and Made in NY Media Center by IFP. Shannon is a graduate of Tufts University and was a UnionDocs Fellow.
Mansi recently graduated from New York University, with a major in Economics and minors in Mathematics and Public Policy & Management. While at NYU, she founded a nonprofit, Brighter Today, that brings cost-effective, ecofriendly light bulbs to cut costs and increase productivity in rural areas of developing countries. Having partnered with Philips, they have lit up over 5000 lives to date. Along with being a Resolution Fellow, her work has also been recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative, Glamour Magazine and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Born in India and growing up in Bangladesh and the Philippines, she has been exposed to the hardships that come with living in impoverished areas, developed an appreciation for diversity, and found a passion to take initiative to help others,
Hazami Barmada is a Public Affairs and Strategy Consultant, social innovator and social justice activist. She served as an advisor and strategist to public and private institutions including the United Nations (UN-Office Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, UNDP, UN-Habitat, Office of the UN Envoy on Youth), United Nations Foundation, Royal Court of the Sultanate of Oman, Save the Children, TechGirls, and The Washington Diplomat. Hazami serves as an advisor to several NGOs and philanthropic initiatives focusing on humanitarian action, women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship and youth engagement. She was selected as a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar by the Presidential Centers of US presidents George W. Bush, William Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon Johnson.
George Tsiatis is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Resolution Project, a nonprofit paving the way to socially-responsible leadership and collaboration for motivated young people across the globe. Through crowd-sourcing, mentorship, and funding, Resolution has built a community of over 300 young leaders in nearly 70 countries who are solving the most pressing issues facing the world today impacting over 1,000,000 people. George also founded Group 113, LLC, a brand management business and certified B Corp serving impact-focused small and mid-size businesses. George previously worked at Rubenstein Associates, a public relations firm in New York City. George received his BA from Harvard University in Byzantine Studies and JD from St. John’s University.
“As Manager of the Investing in Inclusive Finance team, Danielle works closely with investors making active, sustainable investments in financial institutions serving the base of the pyramid. Danielle actively coordinates all of the Investing in Inclusive Finance projects, focusing primarily on risk management and developing the capacity of board members. Before coming to Boston, Danielle worked in Beijing at Wokai, a nonprofit microfinance start-up, and also spent time in Hyderabad, India working for Intellecap, a leading microfinance consultancy. Danielle worked part-time with Accion Investments while pursing master degrees in international business at Tuft’s Fletcher School and public administration at the Harvard Kennedy School.”
Amy Silverstein is a Senior Manager with Deloitte LLP and a senior leader of the Monitor Institute. Amy’s work includes developing transformative solutions for private sector and social enterprise clients to integrate social purpose into their core business, including Deloitte where Amy spearheaded leading edge corporate social responsibility programs, such as Deloitte’s National Pro-Bono Program which resulted in White House recognition and more than $3B in private sector pro bono commitments. Amy’s experience spans strategy at the intersection of social impact and business including in Retail & Consumer Products, Technology, and Financial Services. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Psychology with honors from Indiana University.
Haviva Kohl manages Tech Development Programs for Google, dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented students in Tech. This work builds on her professional career, leading Local, National and International educational initiatives focused on eradicating the ambition gap among young girls (www.swsg.org), expanding educational access (www.twb.org), and, inspiring others as a Teacher in the South Bronx and an Adjunct Prof. of Social Entrepreneurship at NYU. It also builds upon her personal struggle, leaving home at age 12 to get an education, and becoming the first in her family to attend and graduate college.
Haviva is a cum laude graduate of USC and has an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School. She lives in Silicon Valley.
David Wood directs the Initiative for Responsible Investment’s research and field-building work on responsible investment across asset classes, and currently manages projects on responsible investment strategy to successfully channel private investment to public purpose in the US. David has worked in the responsible investment field for over a decade, dating back to the IRI’s founding as the Institute for Responsible Investment at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.
He has served on the board for the US SIF and currently serves on the boards of the Brookline Community Foundation and Stoneman Family Foundation.
A native of Baltimore, MD, David holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in History from the Johns Hopkins University.
Josh Deems is an Assistant Vice President in State Street’s Emerging Technologies Center, a group exploring disruptive technologies and their application in B2B banking and finance. Josh’s primary area of research centers on blockchain, the underlying framework of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, and smart contracts. Prior to joining State Street, Josh was a consultant in the Asset Management practices of both EY and PwC, focused on creating digital asset manager experiences through new product offerings such as robo-advisors. Josh graduated from the George Washington University in 2011 with a degree in Business Administration, and is an avid paddle-boarder, hiker, and amateur cook.
In March 2017, Jaime Saavedra has been recently selected as the Senior Director of the Education Global Practice at the World Bank. From October 2013, until December 2016, Mr. Saavedra served as the Minister of Education of Peru. Prior to this position, he was the Acting Vice President of the World Bank’s Poverty Reduction and Economic Management network and Director for Poverty Reduction and Equity, based in Washington. A native of Peru, Saavedra Chanduvi has overseen operational, technical assistance, and analytical work in the areas of poverty and inequality, employment and labor markets, economics of education and monitoring and evaluation systems. He holds a Ph.D in economics from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the Catholic University of Peru.
Tami is the chief strategist at TBL Alpha Advisory. A pioneer and thought leader on impact investing and taking social concepts to scale, Tami is currently helping the UN launch its first VC fund. A Harvard-trained strategist and former Bain consultant, her clients range from entrepreneurs to investors, corporations to intergovernmental organization. She also advises family offices on evolving their investment strategies. A sought after speaker on accelerating impact, she regularly addresses high profile audiences globally. Additionally, Tami advises a handful of standout startups each year, including last year’s $1mil Hult Prize winner. She serves on the Nexus Impact Investing Working Group’s Steering Committee and is Chairman of the Board for AIESEC.
Brittany Packnett is a protester, activist and educator who is vice president of national community alliances for Teach for America, a co-founder of Campaign Zero (a comprehensive policy proposal to reduce police violence in the US based on community and activist input, research and rigorous data), and a member of the President’s 21st Century Policing Task Force. Packnett helped launch a newsletter covering protests around Michael Brown’s death and other police killings of African-Americans across the country — what has become known as the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Packnett was previously executive director for Teach for America in St. Louis after serving as a 2007 TFA corps member. She is an alum of Washington University in St. Louis and American University in Washington, DC.
Lant Pritchett is Professor of the Practice of International Development at the Kennedy School of Government. Prior to returning the the Kennedy School in 2007, he was lead Socio-Economist in the Social Development group of the South Asia region of the World Bank, resident in Delhi 2004-2007. Moreover, he worked as an adviser to Lawrence Summers when he was WB Vice President from 1991-1993.Professor Pritchett has published widely in economics journals and in specialized journals on demography, education, and health.. In 2006 he published his first solo authored book, Let Their People Come, and in 2013 his second, The Rebirth of Education: Schooling Ain’t Learning. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1983 with a B.S. in Economics and from MIT in 1988 with a PhD. in Economics.
Andrea is the Vice President for Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability at M·A·C Cosmetics and the Vice President for the M·A·C AIDS Fund. She develops and executes the M·A·C AIDS Fund’s global grant-making strategy and public-private partnerships, CSR communications strategies, and employee engagement programs. Currently, M·A·C raises $40 million annually through the Viva Glam Campaign, 100% of the selling price of which goes to support the M·A·C AIDS Fund. She began her career as a clinical social worker at Boston Children’s Hospital and Cancer Care Inc. Andrea received her MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Boston College, and a bachelor’s degree from The College of the Holy Cross.
Meighan is currently at the Harvard Kennedy School as the Shorenstein Entrepreneurship Fellow. She has served as the President of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai’s Malala Fund, working to empower girls globally to achieve their potential through a quality secondary education. She is on the Board of social entrepreneur startup Pencils of Promise and has led projects with Bono’s ONE Campaign, the United Nations, Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum, FIFA World Cup and with world leaders and corporations globally. Meighan believes communities can and must equip women to be powerful forces for change. She hopes to encourage girls and women to speak up, take action and serve in excellence.