Hive Global Leaders Program January 2015

Steph Cordes

Cordes Foundation
steph@cordesfoundation.org

Steph is a graduate from UC Santa Barbara. She joined her family foundation as Vice Chair after transitioning out of a career in publishing at Self Magazine within the Conde Nast group. Currently, Steph advances the foundation’s Women & Girls Portfolio as well as other field building activities that directly leverage capital to organizations that elevate the role of women and girls worldwide. Steph is also a long time fashionista and has held various positions in the fashion industry, including Allure magazine and conscious luxury brands such as Alberta Ferretti and Maiyet.

Virginia Campo

Fundación Capital
virginia.campo@fundacioncapital.org

Virginia Campo is a young social entrepreneur from Colombia, passionate for the economic empowerment of vulnerable communities.

Virginia holds a bachelors degree from Florida State University in International Relations, Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship.

Virginia has experience in NGO’s like WFP and FAO, banking at HSBC Bank and in startup’s at 2DegreesFood and Kiva Zip. Virginia has started Hecha y Derecha to empower rural women through entrepreneurship; the Bank of Stuff, to connect women to seed capital and the Girl Rise-a-thon a global movement of simultaneous GirlRising Screenings.

Currently, Virginia works in Fundacion Capital leading ”?LittleBigMoney” a crowdfunding platform connecting vulnerable communities with seed capital.

Cindy Dinh

UC Berkeley School of Law
cindydinh@gmail.com

Cindy Dinh is a second-year law student at the University of California’Berkeley School of Law and in a joint JD/Master in Public Policy degree program with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Since 2009, she has organized legislative advocacy visits for religious clerics and community leaders to discuss the Vietnam Human Rights Act with Members of Congress and was the youngest and only female panelist at a White House Briefing on Vietnamese American issues in March 2012. Cindy is also the co-inventor of DoseRight Syringe Clip (www.DoseRight.com), which was recognized at the Clinton Global Initiative University in San Diego.

Caroline Roma

Denver School of Science and Technology
ceroma17@gmail.com

Our most valued resource, our future generations, are unfortunately at the mercy of our continued disservice every day in our country. Previous teacher and current consultant for a startup, I have a serious passion for human-centric design and how to incorporate it in the classroom. My hope is to help current, past and future thought-leaders better service our most needed population.

An east coast native and current Colorado transplant to the PNW, I love everything outdoors, healthy food and staying active. My family and friends are most valuable to me.

Dylan Flinn

Rothenberg Ventures
dylan@rothenbergventures.com

For as long as he can remember, Dylan Flinn has been enamored with people that went against the grain, stood out from the pack, and accomplished what others wouldn’t dare. He’s made it his life’s mission to do things differently while being empathetic of everyone at the table. He believes that the key to life is to find something that fully engages your heart and your mind. Venture Capital, which allows Dylan to work side by side with entrepreneurs and people going against the grain, allows Dylan to practice his passion every day.

Wingee Sin

State Street Global Advisor
wingee@gmail.com

Wingee is a co-founder of Wingpact, with the ambition to inspire and mobilize women angel investors and entrepreneurs. She is also currently the Head of Global Product Strategy within State Street Global Advisor. Prior to her current role, she headed up sales for State Street in the non-Japan Asia region, was an Senior Investment Strategist for BGI’s quantitative hedge fund business, and authored derivative research at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Wingee received her BA in economics and developmental studies from University of California at Berkeley. Her interest in development sprouted from her undergraduate days at Berkeley, with a specific passion for social enterprises.

Victor Kung

Solstice Mobile
victor@victorkung.me

I was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai and attended college at the University of Chicago where I graduated in June 2014. After being exposed to entrepreneurship from my thirty-year-old college roommate (a former college-dropout-turned-entrepreneur), I found my calling and never looked back.

My passion is to find different ways to create value for others through taking action and utilizing technology. In university, I co-founded two companies: ReliefWatch, a medical platform that allows health organizations to track their inventory using basic mobile phone technology, as well as UEvents, an aggregator of college events.

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity be around such passionate and talented individuals and I can’t wait to be inspired by everyone. Feel free to reach out to me at victor@victorkung.me – I’d love to stay connected.

Juan Carlos Perez

Crux
jc@crux.la

Juan Carlos Perez is the co-founder and CEO of Crux, a messaging app that offers all your group communications in one place, organized into threads, available everywhere, and totally customizable.

As CEO, Juan Carlos Perez previously built and led companies including a social e-commerce platform, a social network for Hispanic Americans, and a luxury real estate agency in Los Angeles.

Juan was born in Mexico, grew up in Southern California, speaks Spanish, has 2 beautiful sisters and loving parents. He is dedicated to fitness, & healthy eating. Recently he adopted a spunky cat named Tobi. Juan lives by the mantra “Journey of Purpose”.

Jordan Knox

Crux, Inc
jordan@crux.la

Jordan Knox is the Co-founder & CMO of Crux, a messaging app that offers all your group communications in one place to be organized into threads, available everywhere, and totally customizable.

He is a talented and creative marketer who has led marketing teams in the tech and political campaigning industry.

Jordan was born and raised in the Bay Area, and currently resides in Orange County. He is a huge sports fanatic, and through curiosity fell in love with technology that is changing the world. Jordan cherishes and lives off of the mantra ”?One with life”.

Aziz Alsalim

Sabic
alsalim@live.com

Aziz is partof SABIC’s corporate strategy & planning, the third biggest supplier of chemicals in the world. He currently plays an active role in developing and implementing SABIC’s 2025 strategy. He enjoys reading non-fiction and thinks the world can reach a better place if we all include a dose of non-fiction on a regular basis.

Aziz holds a bachelor of science degree in applied economics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities class of 2010.

Dhaval Chadha

Metta
dhavalchadha@gmail.com

Dhaval is the Chief Business Officer at Metta, a startup focused on unlocking human potential through behavior change and other approaches. He is a serial entrepreneur having co-founded four different companies and has more than 7 years of experience in strategy, business development and investment. Dhaval graduated from Harvard with a major in Social Studies and also holds a diploma from the GSP at Singularity University.

Dhaval is one of 200 Global Leaders of Tomorrow 2014 (University of St. Gallen), a fellow of INK (in association with TED), a Gifted Citizen of Ciudad de las Ideas and part of the Sandbox/HQ Network.

Megan Eiss-Proctor

Safe Passage Project
eissme@gmail.com

Megan is the Director of Operations and Development at Safe Passage Project, a New York not-for-profit that matches immigrant youth with pro bono counsel and trains counsel in best practices for representation. Megan is happy to have found a job that combines her legal skills (developed while working in the New York City family court system) with her passion for teaching (acquired during her time in a 5th grade classroom in the South Bronx with Teach for America). Megan loves to travel and is always planning a trip somewhere.

Erica Matluck

One Medical Group
ericamatluck@onemedical.com

Dr. Erica Matluck is a naturopathic doctor, family nurse practitioner, yoga and meditation instructor and former massage therapist. She incorporates these various lenses into her integrative medicine practice at One Medical Group in San Francisco. With a background in anthropology, healthcare and extensive world travel, Erica has a passion for the intersection between culture and health. When she is not working with patients individually or teaching, she applies her multidimensional perspective to the corporate setting, designing programs that transform workplaces into healthy platforms that drive wellness and thriving cultures.

Shamini Dhana

www.Dhana.com
shamini@dhana.com

Shamini is the founder of Dhana Inc, a Certified B Corp. Dhana is an award winning, sustainable fashion brand for our next generation leaders (0-16 years).

Dhana strives to stand for a more enlightened humanity by emphasizing our global connections, bringing awareness to the impact of people and planet via clothes, and offering a brand identity for kids and youth who truly care about a sustainable future.

Shamini gives back to the global community through educating kids and adults on the impact of their choices every day, and through partnerships with other socially and environmentally conscious organizations.

Tyler Alterman

(1) The Effective Altruist network; (2) Leverage Research; (3) The World Forum for Institutional Experimentation (The WorldFIX)
tyleralterman@gmail.com

Tyler has lived a few different lives:
1. As a communications designer living in Manhattan
2.. As a cognitive scientist living in Brooklyn
3. As a nonprofit director living at UChicago

Now Tyler is on his fourth life in the Bay, which includes:
– Running EA Ventures (eaventures.org)
– Planning the EA Summit (www.effectivealtruismsummit.com)
– Ambassador-ing for the World Forum for Institutional Experimentation (http://theworldfix.org)
– Championing the Reducetarian movement (reducetarian.com)
– Eating the darkest dark chocolate

If you lead or know of a project that fits these criteria (http://bit.ly/1xYjHsw), then get an app in to EA Ventures stat!

Hugh G. Martin

CommunityCode, Inc.
hmartin@communitycode.org

After graduating from Harvard College in 2012, Hugh G. Martin took a leave from Columbia Law School in 2013 to co-found CommunityCode, a nonprofit organization committed to inspiring the next generation of design-thinkers, through the development of innovative STEAM and life skills programs for K-12 students and teachers.
Over the last 14 months, CommunityCode’s programs have reached more than 2000 youths in the Southeastern United States, with plans for broader expansion in the near future.

Hugh is a budding Social Entrepreneur, a 2-Time 2014 Clemson EnterPrize Award Winner, and a 2016 Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Fellow.

Ali Wyne

RAND Corporation
awyne@alum.mit.edu

Ali Wyne is a member of the adjunct staff at the RAND Corporation. He serves on two Council on Foreign Relations study groups, one on Chinese foreign policy and another on U.S. policy towards Russia.

A 2008 graduate of MIT, Ali was a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 2008 to 2009 and a research assistant to Graham Allison from 2009 to 2012. From January to August 2013 he served on UN Ambassador Samantha Power’s transition team.

In 2013 Ali coauthored a book, “Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World” (MIT Press).

Ron Slavick

AMRAP NUTRITION
ron@amrapusa.com

Ron Slavick is the founder of AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible) Nutrition; a sport nutrition company focused on producing paleo friendly products that boost athletic performance without sacrificing long term health.

Driven to empower his community to reach their full potential Slavick grew AMRAP from $0 to $1M revenue in 15-months. On track to grow 300% through 2015. Slavick manages to find balance through nightly meditation, intense exercise, self discipline and bedroom gymnastics.

A committed husband and father of three young children, Slavick also takes time to practice the art of flying with the dream of one day competing in the RedBull AirRaces.

Dijon Bowden

Souls of Society
dijon@soulsofsociety.com

Dijon Bowden is a San Francisco based filmmaker and photographer.

Since 2011 he has been walking the streets capturing thousands of stories for his ongoing street photography project SOULS OF SOCIETY. SOULS is the story of our community told by the people who make it what it is.

The community of over 140,000 people on social media serves as a place for people to come together and connect. On Souls everyone has a chance to be seen, be heard, and focus on what matter most: honoring every person by treating them with love and respect.

Jennifer DeSimone

Waveborn
jend24@Gmail.com

Jennifer holds a BA from Elon University and a MA from American University. She has held positions focused on economic empowerment in the federal government and various non-profts and social enterprises and is a StartingBloc Fellow. She is currently the Sales and Marketing Director for Shea Yeleen, a social enterprise that supports financial independence for women in Africa through shea production. She was recently accepted into the Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy at U Penn. In her free time, Jennifer loves to cook and is an avid traveler.

Coby Gould

The GrowHaus
coby@thegrowhaus.com

Coby Gould is the Executive Director of The GrowHaus, a nonprofit food hub in Denver, Colorado. A Denver native, Coby’s background is in food systems, environmental education and nonprofit management. He holds a degree in Philosophy and Geopolitics from The University of Colorado and has spent time exploring community development in South Africa. Previously, Coby taught environmental education to low-income youth in South Boston and has worked as facilitator and for Seeking Common Ground, an organization that brings together Israeli, Palestinian and American youth for dialogue a leadership development.

Misha Talavera

NeoReach
misha@neoreach.com

Misha is the founder of NeoReach, a marketing technology startup helping social media celebrities and leading brands collaborate on promotional campaigns. He is half Russian half Mexican, grew up in Paris, and has explored more than 50 countries. In 2014, he dropped out of his Stanford Computer Science degree to focus full-time on NeoReach. The company now has 16 full-time people, clients like the New York Times and Zappos, and has raised $1.8M in seed-funding. Ultimately, Misha wants to build solutions (through policy and/or technology) for the 40% of people at the bottom of our global economic system.

Calvin Liu

Outpour & Transmedia Capital
cjliu49@gmail.com

Calvin Liu is the founder of Outpour, a mobile social app, as well as Entrepreneur in Residence at Transmedia Capital, a venture capital firm primarily focused on the ad technology, digital media, and E-commerce industries. He is also a mentor with The Last Mile, a tech and entrepreneurship education program at San Quentin State Prison.

Previously, Calvin worked in management consulting with Promontory Financial, where he advised financial technology and digital currency startups, and in technology M&A investment banking with Houlihan Lokey.

Calvin graduated from Cornell University in 2009 with degrees in Economics and Philosophy, and is self-studying Computer Science on an ongoing basis.

Colin Robertson

Nevada Museum of Art
colin.robertson@nevadaart.org

Colin Robertson is the Charles N. Mathewson Curator of Education at the Nevada Museum of Art, where he is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating public programming, school services, docent training, and educational and interpretive programming driven by the museum’s collections, exhibitions, and initiatives. He has helped develop the strategy and plans for the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, including the museum’s Art + Environment Conferences in 2008, 2011, and 2014. He directs the successful Black Rock Design Institute architecture and design program; a popular Art Bite lecture series; and a design conference known as DICE: Reno.

Chris Markuson

Pueblo County, Colorado
chris.markuson@co.pueblo.co.us

Christopher Markuson serves as the Director of Economic Development and Geographic Information Systems for Pueblo County, Colorado.
Chris serves as a senior adviser to the Board of County Commissioners, implementing progressive economic development policy and GIS technology throughout the County’s enterprise. Under his leadership, Pueblo County has significantly increased revenues, reduced operational costs, is more efficient and better serves the public’s needs.

Chris has been recognized nationally for innovations in economic development, virtualized GIS, and for his work with the United Nations.

Chris and his wife are proud parents of three fantastic children, and are proud to call Pueblo home.

Cindy Yang

Harvard University Graduate School of Education
cindy_yang@mail.harvard.edu

Cindy is completing her Masters in educational technology at Harvard University. When she is not in class, Cindy is working at HarvardX and MIT Media Lab. She is also busy growing her non-profit, Mobilizr, which aims to provide motivated homeless individuals with digital access as a means to rising out of poverty.

Cindy’s focus for the next year will be on investigating opportunities for non-profits to reach financial sustainability without compromising their ethos.

Cesar Romero

Under30Experiences.com
cesar@under30experiences.com

Cesar Romero is starter of conversations that create change and connector of people, ideas, and experiences. As a community manager for Under30Experiences, Cesar is currently working on making traveling more accessible and creating the biggest most engaged community of young travelers who want to see the world, understand it, and get inspired to create projects that change the world for the better. Cesar’s big intention is to truly serve others in their journey by writing about personal development and participating in transformative experiences that serve as a launching pad to help people figure out their next step.

Edmilson Rodrigues

EduDream
edmilson@edudream.co

Business administration graduate from UFPE (2011). Serial entrepreneur passionate about technology, entrepreneurship and social business.

Ed is the co-founder of EduDream, a platform to help people accomplish their educational dreams by connecting them with information, contacts, mentors and financial resources through grants, scholarships, crowdfunding and people as investments.

Ed also loves music and is on a mission to connect Silicon Valley and Brazil’s ecosystems.

Lindsay Branham

Discover The Journey
lindsay@dtj.org

Lindsay Branham is the Executive Director of Discover The Journey, a non-profit organization that creates research-based localized media to foster attitudinal and behavior change, including stigma reduction, aiding the return and reintegration of former child soldiers, and reducing psychological distress for war-affected populations. Lindsay is a published qualitative and quantitative researcher and a frequent columnist and speaker. Lindsay has produced dozens of short films for non-profits and original long form journalism for CNN and BBC. Lindsay most recently produced the award-winning short film, They Came at Night. Lindsay is a USC school of journalism graduate and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Ben Wolf

Wells Fargo Capital Finance
benawolf@umich.edu

Ben Wolf is a product of the midwest and a Michigan grad who just left banking three weeks ago to enter the startup community. Ben is an avid traveler as long as work does not get in the way. He has been in the Bay area since last May and enjoys cycling, hiking and playing tennis in his spare time.

Jennie Sze

Currently unemployed. Previously Disney Institute
jennie.m.sze@gmail.com

Jennie Sze is a strategy consultant who is passionate about the people side of business. She believes the world is a better place when organizations sustain healthy cultures that foster employee and customer engagement, creativity, and innovation. She brings experience from global consulting firms and Fortune 500 companies including The Walt Disney Company, Starbucks Coffee Company and Boston Consulting Group. Jennie was most recently an Engagement Manager with Disney Institute, where she led culture change initiatives in areas of leadership, employee engagment, and customer service for corporate clients. Jennie received her MBA from The Wharton School of Business. She currently resides in Seattle, WA.

Tori Hogan

The Bay Area Teacher Development Collaborative
torihogan@gmail.com

Tori Hogan is an author, educator, and explorer. Her endless curiosity about the world has taken her to every continent and more than eighty countries. As a specialist on the subject of international aid effectiveness she has produced a 10-part documentary series, led a global research fellowship, and published a memoir on aid in Africa called “Beyond Good Intentions.” She has even spent time working as a polar expedition photographer in the Arctic and Antarctica. Tori now lives in San Francisco where she is dreaming up her next big project and is getting ready for her upcoming wedding and round-the-world honeymoon.

Shilpa Gadhok

Procter & Gamble
shilpa.gadhok@gmail.com

Shilpa Gadhok is an Assistant Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble where she manages the Pants and Ethnic businesses at Pampers. Her role involves leading the strategy of the brand, development and execution of holistic marketing plans, and in-market business management to drive sales and volume growth. Previously, She was a lead financial analyst at Lockheed Martin where she held several roles in Program Budget Management, Capital Investing, Overhead Management, International Accounting and Pricing Strategy. She received her BSBA at Drexel University in 2007 and her MBA at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2013.

Holly Davis

Global Zero
hollydavisone@gmail.com

Holly Davis is the Managing Director at Global Zero, working to eliminate nuclear weapons and managing the people, projects and processes the campaign needs to be successful. Prior to joining Global Zero, Holly worked to advance democracy and civic participation at AmericaSpeaks and the Minnesota State University Student Association.

Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska and now living in Washington, D.C. (with many stops along the way), Holly earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and child development and care systems from Cornell College, and her master’s degree in Public Administration from American University. Travel, yoga, nice whiskey and good friends are key to her well-being.

Kalimah Priforce

Qeyno Labs
kapriforce@gmail.com

At eight years old, Kalimah Priforce held a successful hunger strike against his Brooklyn group home to add more books to its library, which drew the attention of a community of Buddhist monks and nuns who tutored him until the age of 14.

He left the order as a lost irrepressible teenager, but was discovered by legendary educator Dr. Lorraine Monroe. By 16, Kalimah started his first computer tech company that primarily served low income neighborhoods and the elderly. In October of 2000, his younger brother was shot and killed, inspiring him towards founding Qeyno Labs – a leader in inclusive impactful youth hackathons.

Casey Burgess

City of Wilmer
cdb228@cornell.edu

Casey Burgess is a senior assistant city attorney in the Dallas City Attorney’s Office and deputy chief of the municipal/regulatory practice section. Mr. Burgess’s practice primarily focuses on urban development and construction issues, special events, ethics, and environmental law. Mr. Burgess has served as council to the city plan commission, landmark commission, board of adjustment, zoning ordinance committee, and building inspection advisory, examining, and appeals board.

Mr. Burgess is also mayor of the City of Wilmer. Prior to election as mayor, Mr. Burgess served as a city councilmember and as chairman of the planning and zoning commission.

Idris Mokhtarzada

Webs
idris.m@gmail.com

Idris Mokhtarzada co-founded Webs, a DIY website builder for micro businesses, in 2001 with two of his brothers. He continues to work as Senior Architect at Webs, which was acquired by Vistaprint in 2011. In addition, he has been an active angel investor for the past three years. He is currently working on a project to make food recovery more efficient. Idris is looking forward to his next venture, and would like to bring his experience and expertise to world of social ventures and non-profits.

Carlos Mazo

Virtual Education Hub SAS
carlosmazo1@babson.edu

I am an education entrepreneur. I founded a company that outsources the marketing and admissions departments for American & European universities in Latin America.

We are a team of over 80 people located in both Colombia and Peru. Our mission is to improve people’s lives by helping them get optimal education.

I have worked for Fortune 500 companies in the US, for universities, and now in my own company.

I found that my passion is to help people improve their life through education. I think online education is the way to offer high quality education to middle class.

Cody Candee

Intuit
codycandee@gmail.com

Cody Candee is a Product Manager at Intuit where he’s worked on various mobile and web products for the US, India, the UK, & Canada. Prior to that, he founded GoodMate & Badger Innovations and attended the University of Wisconsin.

Diana Jaunzeikare

Google
dianajzk@gmail.com

By day Diana Jaunzeikare is a Senior Software Engineer at Google; her expertise is in large scale distributed databases and systems. She is passionate about mentoring female software engineers early in their careers. By night Diana is a competitive west coast swing dancer. Originally from Latvia, Diana came to United States in 2007 to attend Smith College. Upon graduating in 2010 she moved to San Francisco to work for Google. In 2013 she took three month long sabbatical to travel around the world. Her interests span productivity, habit building, goal setting, foreign languages, brain chemistry, happiness, and peak human performance.

Jessica Huai

Apple
putiliving@gmail.com

Jessica has worked in the internet industry for over 18 years as both a manager and engineer for Apple, Paypal, Yahoo and other startups. She experienced a miracle through her practice of Bodhi Meditation and would like to promote it as a way to benefit others.

Christopher Ategeka

www.ridesforlives.org
chris@ridesforlives.org

Chris was born in Uganda and is oldest of five. He became an Orphan after losing both his parents to HIV/AIDS. He became the head of the household and caretaker of his siblings at an early age. Chris spent many years in poverty, struggling and laboring in fields. After many life events, Chris ended up in the USA. He holds a BS and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley. With his experiences, Chris founded Rides for Lives, a company that builds innovative vehicles like mobile hospitals and drones-for-humanity, used for healthcare access and economic opportunities in East Africa. In 2014, Chris was named as a Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneur.

Jordan Phoenix

Project Free World
jordan@projectfreeworld.org

Jordan Phoenix is an author, social entrepreneur, speaker, and scalability consultant. He founded Project Free World, facilitating the creation of collaborative social innovation projects to provide the proper food, rights, education, and environment to every person on the planet.

His book, “It’s All My Fault: How I Messed Up the World, and Why I Need Your Help to Fix It” describes paradigm shifting ideas to address the biggest global challenges we face; such as poverty, homelessness, and underemployment.

He also writes a personal development blog called Uncommon Sense for 21st Century Living; examining the rapidly evolving landscape of life in the modern era.

Bernice Radle

Buffalove Development, LLC
berniceradle@gmail.com

Bernice Radle is the co-owner of Buffalove Development which aims to creatively bring new life to vacant houses in Buffalo, NY. Bernice Radle and her husband Jason Wilson, just filmed a TV series called American Rehab Buffalo for DIY Network / HGTV. Since 2011, Bernice manages energy efficiency retrofits in historic buildings for Buffalo Energy.
Both Bernice’s personal and collective work with the Buffalo’s Young Preservationists have been highlighted by TedXBuffalo, NYTimes, CityLab and Huffington Post. In 2014, Bernice was awarded the Peter H. Brink Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She holds a B.S. in Urban Planning from Buffalo State College.

Gaurav Valani

TrueBridge Resources / CareerSprout
gaurav.valani@truebridgeresources.com

Gaurav Valani is a staffing enthusiast, career coach, and among anything else, a life-long learner.

For nearly the past decade, Gaurav has been fortunate enough to put his recruiting footprint on a plethora of skill sets and industries including: accounting, finance, IT, marketing, aerospace, engineering, etc. He has partnered with companies, such as Warner Bros, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Space X, Disney, etc. to help them develop strategies/best practices around hiring, retaining, and nurturing top talent.

As a co-founder of TrueBridge Resources and the founder of CareerSprout, Gaurav’s sole goal is to help as many people as he can to develop the career of their dreams.

Justin Barr

None – Just closed down my start-up
jivebotic@gmail.com

Justin started his online advertising career in online direct response marketing campaigns, driving user-acquisition and sales for advertisers world-wide.

In 2011 he co-founded TapIt!, a mobile advertising platform and ad network that was acquired in December 2012.

He is currently evaluating new business opportunities that he is passionate about while also making a positive impact on the world.

He grew up in San Francisco and currently lives in Orange County, CA, with his wife, 15-year old son and 4-week old newborn daughter.

Julia Guerin

GUERLAIN – LVMH Group
juliaguerin@hotmail.com

Julia is a French 28 year-old pragmatic idealist who works in HR Management and is passionate about people development. She pursued literary studies and later a business school path. She then spent time in Spain, Sweden, and Italy.

Julia started her career at Guerlain, a luxury SME where she has been working for 4 years now, mainly as a HR Business Partner. She understood that the development of people’s talent was her talent and passion.

She is extremely sensitive to values : integrity, excellence, passion, and generosity.

Currently, she is building a sabbatical year project around talent development and that is what brought her to Hive.

Autumn Anderson

WilmerHale
autumncanderson@gmail.com

Autumn Anderson grew up in NYC. She loves trying new things, following passions, and developing new ideas. At 7, Arthur Mitchell selected her for a scholarship to the Dance Theatre of Harlem to become a ballerina. However, she was passionate about science and later attended Bronx Science, worked for NASA as a researcher, and graduated from Princeton. An internship at Warner Bros. led to her being mistaken for an actress, prompting modeling (Seventeen Magazine, Abercrombie & Fitch), a start in acting (Hannah Montana), and an interest in intellectual property law. She attended UCLA Law and is an associate attorney at WilmerHale in Palo Alto.

Julia Bossmann

Robert Bosch Research & Technology Center
julia.bossmann@gmail.com

Julia Bossmann’s conviction is that many of the world’s urgent problems can only be tackled with synthetic superintelligence. She wants to make that happen.

Her background is in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience. Previously founder of a magazine, award-winning artist, scientist in several labs, entrepreneur, and management consultant at McKinsey – Currently works at Bosch RTC on a stealth technology project, researches innovation and future technologies, and has launched various projects to inspire others that a better future is possible.

Starting up, Julia is currently looking for people skilled in electrical engineering, neural networks machine learning, and material sciences.

Stefano Gurciullo

University College London
etstefano@gmail.com

Stefano is a PhD candidate at University College London. His vision is to harness network and data science to help making societies safer. He has been building a framework that contributes towards the prevention of financial crises. Stefano is also involved in the field of anti-corruption and organized crime, and has worked as an external expert for Transparency International, the Italian Government and the EU Commission.
Stefano co-founded Quattrogatti.info, a no-profit data and explanatory journalism platform for Italian citizens. He is passionate about space science, and has very recently started developing a business idea in this field.

Rahul Gupta

Big Wheel Brigade / Omaha Code School
rahul@bigwheelbrigade.com

Rahul Gupta is a software entrepreneur and small business owner. His career as an entrepreneur began as a professional actor, and continues today in software consulting and product development. Inspired by the work of Charity: Water, Rahul is currently looking for his place in the world of social entrepreneurship. In the meantime, his company, Big Wheel Brigade, reserves 10% of gross revenue for social good, supporting NPOs, artists and community events. In addition, through Omaha Code School, he’s working towards increased diversity in tech. Rahul is married with a pair of children (6 & 8) and lives in San Francisco.

Rieke Weel

IFDC/ www.ifdc.org
riekeweel@gmail.com

Rieke is an International strategic communication specialist with experience working for both for- and non- profit organizations. She is passionate about social/behavior change, new technologies and strengthening projects/businesses through communication. She gets excited about creative problem solving and loves managing (emerging) talent.

Rieke has a BA of design in advertising & photography and MA of arts in Global Communications. She swopped advertising for non profit communications, and swopped Europe for East Africa and now proudly calls Rwanda her home. She is a Lover of travel, all things geeky and high heels.

Rieke has worked in Europe, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Uganda, Morocco, Guatemala and India.

Devin Chesney

FairWear Inc.
devin@fairwearclothes.com

After a 10 year career in nonprofits and international development Devin Chesney founded FairWear, a social enterprise dedicated to solving the problem of garment worker abuse in developing countries. Devin lives in the Washington DC area with his wife and 1 year old daughter. His favorite hobbies are flying helicopters, guitar playing and riding his motorcycle.

Adela Poudratchi

International Organization for Migration
adela.poudratchi@gmail.com

Adela Poudratchi is an international development professional experienced in program and grants management of community stabilization projects. Currently based in Islamabad, Pakistan with the International Organization for Migration, Adela designs and manages small grant activities awarded to local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in the sectors of peace-building, civic engagement, social entrepreneurship, and livelihoods. Previously she has worked with international and local NGOs in Washington DC, Iran and Yemen. Her passions lie in economic empowerment programming for women and youth. Adela studied International Relations at Florida International University.

Alejandro Manzanares

Gustazos.com
amanzanares30@gmail.com

Alejandro is a speeding bullet from a gun. Impossible to describe in 100 words and only using one language.

Tenacious, ambitious, strong, reliable, dynamic, persistent, patient, kind, gracious, determined are some. Humble is not one he would choose but many times he feels humbled by the people he connects and collaborates with.

He feels the need to understand the economy, world issues, new and helpful ways in which all sectors can benefit from each other, ones spiritual path, the importance of connecting, on all levels and in different ways. He believes that true success is ideally where the most amount of people are benefiting.

Sarah Hidey

JVA Consulting
sarah.hidey@gmail.com

Sarah Hidey is a social enterprise consultant in the midst of launching a consulting business’working with innovators from around the world. Previously, she worked for JVA Consulting, where she managed the social enterprise and business planning department. At JVA, Sarah developed the ”?Social Enterprise BaseCamp”’a 4-day intensive that has helped more than 20 social entrepreneurs develop their business models’and was selected as one of Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. Sarah worked in Africa and Asia before moving to Denver in 2008. Sarah is a board member at Children’s Future International (Cambodia) and is on the planning committee for the SEA 2015 national summit.

Andrew Benson Greene

B-Gifted Fpundation of Sierra Leone
b.giftedfoundation@gmail.com

Andrew Benson Greene Founded B-Gifted. He has 15 years experience in the non-profit sector, youth and technology and the issues human rights of children in areas of conflict. He has traveled extensively to share his vision of using information technology amongst children and war scarred youth. In 2004/5 Greene was a Jeanne Sauve Scholar at McGill in Canada and an ITU Telecom Fellow 2011 in Geneva. “Mr. Greene’s efforts efforts attracted the United Nations to his project as a model to be used in countries affected by war”. He holds a BA in English, Civil Law and International Relations from Fourah bay College.

Nikishka Iyengar

Deloitte
nikishka.iyengar@gmail.com

Nikishka is a consultant at Deloitte, focused on helping Fortune 500 companies incorporate sustainability into their business strategy to create triple bottomline growth. Outside of her day job, she explores her entrepreneurial interests through eco-fashion, sustainable food and sustainable personal care products.

Nikishka has a BBA in Finance and a BA in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin. She has experience conducting sustainability and social impact research in developing countries across Asia, including with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. Nikishka is passionate about making a long-term impact on our collective journey towards sustainable, collaborative consumption.

Jules Walter

Storefront
jules.walter@gmail.com

Jules is the founder of EducationHaiti, an organization that enables young Haitians to fully capitalize upon their academic and leadership potential. EducationHaiti fosters success through multiple initiatives, including mentorship, college preparation help, and hands-on workshops.

Jules graduated from MIT with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He currently is a Product Manager in San Francisco.

Pratik Chhetri

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM)
chhetripratik@gmail.com

Originally from Nepal, Pratik is currently a first-year medical student at Central Michigan University (CMU) College of Medicine (CMED). Pratik has been involved with Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) since 2008. UAEM is an international non-profit focused on equitable and affordable access to medicines globally. Currently, he serves as the interim ‘International Chapter Outreach Coordinator’, and is in charge of guiding existing chapters and helping to start new chapters in lower and middle income countries. Pratik has also worked on Native American health equity issues since 2010 and currently working with a Michigan tribe to design a health equity partnership program.

Juan Aramburo

Inquietudes Inmobiliarias / DeQo SAS
jjaramburo@hotmail.com

Juan is an entrepreneur from Medell’?n, Colombia. Since 2012 he has been leading Inquietudes Inmobiliarias, a commerical boutique real estate development company. Between 2004 to 2012, Juan worked at Procter & Gamble. He primarly worked in marketing their beaty care businesses throughout Latin America, predominantly in Mexican & Brazilian markets.

Juan majored in Business Engineering from EIA (2004) and received an MBA from Tulane University (2010 – Scholarship). He also attended several leadership and social responsibility programs. Most recently he attened a program at Georgetown University (2013 – Scholarship). Juan is married to his wife, Catalina, and has a three-year old daughter, Alicia.

Sydney Alfonso

Etkie
sydney@etkie.com

Sydney is a native New Mexican, social entrepreneur, and founder of Etkie, a jewelry company that provides financial stability for talented Native American female artisans.
After working abroad designing products and developing distribution methods for low-income women’s cooperatives, she returned home and started Etkie in 2014. In partnership with Kiva, artisans earn more than double the per capita income and have access to design, financial, and social wellness resources. Their work has been featured in galleries around the globe and soon to be at the Accessories Show for Paris Fashion week. Sydney is a former CBYX Scholar, Mellon Fellow and Davis Peace Project recipient.

Megan Sigesmund

The Advertising Council
msigesmund@gmail.com

As a Campaign Director at the Ad Council, Megan Sigesmund has overseen a number of fully integrated national communications programs, including the Autism Awareness and Teen Dating Violence Prevention campaigns as well as the Philippines and Haiti disaster relief initiatives.

Ms Sigesmund’s tenure at the Ad Council has helped shape her understanding of the power of developing compelling content that engages audiences and ultimately helps build awareness and spark action.

Ms. Sigesmund is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Honors College where she earned a B.A. in Communication. She is an avid traveler, surfer and skier, and huge proponent of saving the environment.

Lindsay Hillcoat

Schulich School of Business, York University
lhillcoat@gmail.com

Lindsay is currently the Associate Director, International Relations at the Schulich School of Business. Prior to Schulich, Lindsay worked with various organizations internationally from supporting social entrepreneurs in Nepal to evaluating a microfinance program in Uganda. She is passionate about social change and has been engaged in her local community through working and volunteering with Ashoka Canada, sitting on the Community Engagement Taskforce for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and consulting with a start-up to achieve B-Corp status. Lindsay holds a BScH in Biology and Psychology from Trent University and an MBA in Social Sector Management from the Schulich School of Business, York University.

Atrayus Goode

Movement of Youth, Inc.
agoode@movementofyouth.org

Seeing such a need to address the educational and social needs of underrepresented populations, Atrayus founded Movement of Youth (MOY) as a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. MOY is based off a similar program that Atrayus completed during middle- and high-school sponsored by the Greater Charlotte Chapter of the 100 Black Men of America. Serving only 11 students in 2006, MOY currently impacts over 200 students with a 100% college acceptance rate for graduating seniors. MOY strives to be the leading force for young people to disrupt the status quo and construct a safer, smarter, and more socially-conscious world.

Alen Amini

Southeast Arkansas Community Foundation; Jamshid Rug Gallery;
alenamini@gmail.com

Alen Amini operates Jamshid Antique Rugs, LLC in Cincinnati, and is the Diretor of the Corps Member Education Foundation, a nonprofit working to provide educational opportunities for low-income students.

Alen served as a TFA member and assistant principal at Lakeside High School in Arkansas, and worked with community members to raise $100,000 to send students on domestic and international trips. Alen also served as the ED of the Southeast Arkansas Community Foundation, disseminating funds to local charities, and he worked with the Mayor’s Office in Greenville, MIssissippi to establish the Go Greenville! Program, placing college students at organizations for 10 week internships.

Edgar Seah

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Africa
edgar@seo-africa.org

Edgar Seah was born and raised in Singapore. He attended Carnegie Mellon, obtaining a degree in Business and Economics. He worked at Merrill Lynch in New York and Tokyo as a bond trader and was among the fastest to be promoted in the history of the company. He left finance in 2010 and has been traveling around the world since. From mid-2012 until mid-2014, Edgar lived in Ghana building up SEO Africa, a financially sustainable nonprofit leadership development organization whose mission is to instill the values of hard work, integrity and giving back into the future leaders of Ghana.

Sherry Hakimi

Cambridge Leadership Associates
sherry.hakimi@gmail.com

Sherry Hakimi is co-founder of She Ventures, an organizational development firm. Sherry’s career spans the corporate, non-profit, academia, and government sectors. Prior to co-founding She Ventures, she worked for Cambridge Leadership Associates, a consulting/advisory firm, as well as the City of New York, where she led strategic planning efforts for multiple economic development City entities. Sherry holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, as well as a BA in International Development / BBA in Marketing from University of Massachusetts-Amherst. A New England native (and avid Patriots fan), Sherry enjoys traveling, yoga, cooking, and lively foreign policy discussions.

Payal Shah

Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
payalshah3@gmail.com

Payal Shah makes life less risky. She currently is a risk management consultant for banks around the globe through PwC. In 2013 she completed a Pro Bono Tour of Duty with the firm at the US Fund for UNICEF where she worked on a new Donor Management system.

Originally from NJ, she’s lived and traveled all over the world and has managed to pick up a quirk from every location visited. In her spare time, she volunteers for social empowerment causes, particularly for women. Payal holds a BS in Supply Chain Management from Penn State and a MS in Business Analytics from NYU Stern.

Tiffany Lee

NewSchools Venture Fund
tlee@newschools.org

Tiffany Lee is the Senior Development Associate at NewSchools Venture Fund, a nonprofit venture philanthropy firm that supports high-impact entrepreneurs who are improving public education in the U.S. She is passionate about educational equity and works in investor relations and communications, with an expertise in creative and visual strategy. Tiffany is also a freelance graphic designer and volunteers as Co-Chair of Princeton AlumniCorps Bay Area, which places alumni in social impact fellowships to inspire a lifelong commitment to civic engagement. She has a BA in Architecture from Princeton University and currently lives in San Francisco.

Mikey Muhanna

Morgan Stanley // Operation Spark
michael.muhanna@gmail.com

Mikey is a nerd. By day, he is works as a quant at a multi-alternative fund at Morgan Stanley in NYC. By night, he spends his time working on starting up ventures that overly excite him. Mikey was heavily involved in the formation of the following ventures: Positive Space NOLA, Operation Spark, AFIKRA, Little Bets, and Willow Education.
Previously, he has worked as an actuarial consultant in Chicago and was a Teach For America corps member in New Orleans. Mikey studied economics and jazz piano from Duke where he spent most of his time salsa dancing and making YouTube videos.

Manar Marouf

Brandeis University
mimar@brandeis.edu

Manar Marouf is an Open Society Fellow studying a dual MA in Sustainable International Development and Conflict Resolution at Brandeis University in Boston, USA. She has an extensive experience in teaching English for Specific Purposes and English as a Foreign Language in several Syrian universities and institutions. Prior to coming to the United States, she volunteered, established and helped develop many local and public initiatives in social awareness and citizenship. Manar holds a BA in English Literature and Culture as well as one graduate Diploma in Literary Studies and another one in Translation and Arabization from Tishreen University in Lattakia, Syria.

Moritz Gekeler

SAP SE
post@moritzgekeler.de

My goal in life is to inspire people to live and work more happily. I do that by helping them work creatively and collaboratively with each other ‘ especially across boundaries of scientific backgrounds.

At the moment I am facilitating this kind of creative collaboration as a design strategist at SAP, a big German software company. Before that I used to be a teacher and program manager at the School of Design Thinking in Potsdam, Germany.

On my way to finding this professional focus I worked as a futurist for Mercedes-Benz and as an assistant director for opera and radio productions.

Lisa Leinert

University of Applied Sciences, Zurich
leinertl@ethz.ch

After finishing her PhD in Economics at ETH Zurich, Lisa engaged in a startup that aimed at increasing and improving collaboration and communication among scientists and could celebrate some early success. She is now employed by an Applied University where she does lecturing and consulting. Very recently, she started supporting a climbing centre in a slum in Rio de Janeiro. Outside of work she is a mountain guide for the Swiss Alpine Club where she enjoys leading others to achieve their goals.
Lisa sees her greatest asset in a mixture of analytical thinking and creativity and is now looking for the next challenge.

Bryan Locascio

ICAP Partners
bryan.locascio@gmail.com

Bryan Locascio currently works as a Project Coordinator for ICAP Partners and Tideline Advisors, two start-up impact investing consulting firms. Bryan previously worked at two hedge funds – Scout Capital Management as a Legal & Compliance Associate and briefly at Farallon Capital Management, also in regulatory compliance. He started his career as a fellow in the New Sector Alliance AmeriCorps Residency in Social Enterprise and worked as a Foreclosure Prevention Associate at Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation after receiving an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Liana Taylor

Nasdaq
liana@startupstories.life

Liana is a life-time learner, currently based out of San Francisco, CA, having lived in Finland, Russia and Switzerland. She has degrees in Finance and Education (Instructional Technology).

Liana currently works in product management at Nasdaq, but is in the process of moving into her own ventures and projects, focusing on learning and development. At the moment she is working on Silicon Valley Start-Up Stories, a narrative collection of experiences of start-up entrepreneurs in the Valley, giving realistic perspective. She also works with Russian entrepreneurs in focusing on ethical business practices.

Liana is passionate about school nutritional programs, education and sustainable business practices.

Heta Jangla

Deloitte Consulting
hetajangla@gmail.com

Heta currently works as a Management Consultant with over two years of experience in Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Planning, and Supply Chain Strategy across High-tech, Retail, and Financial Services industries. She is known to apply advanced critical thinking skills, from gathering the requisite qualitative and quantitative data, to gleaning keen insights through research and analysis, to making recommendations via business case development. She demonstrates an outstanding ability to perform rigorous financial modeling, structure and organize complex information, ramp up quickly in unfamiliar spaces, and deliver high-quality client-ready deliverables on demanding deadlines in high visibility settings.

Jordan Axani

A Ticket Forward
j@jordanaxani.com

Jordan is the Founder and Executive Director of A Ticket Forward, a California-based charity dedicated to sending survivors of cancer, abuse, and veterans on the trip of a lifetime. He believes that travel is transformative and can be pivotal for those who have survived major life hurdles. The Toronto native first gained international notoriety by offering a free trip around the world to anyone with the name Elizabeth Gallagher. He has now turned his pay-it-forward attitude into a forthcoming Hollywood feature film, TV series, book, social enterprise ventures and corporate partnerships – all of which focus on helping those in need see the world.

Maria Rohani

Arabella Advisors
rohanimaria21@gmail.com

Maria Rohani works at Arabella Advisors, a consulting firm specializing in philanthropic advising. In her role, she incubates and manages social projects for philanthropists and foundations. Prior to this position, she managed the Sub-Saharan Africa grantmaking portfolio at the Global Fund for Women. While at UC Berkeley, she served as a community organizer in the fight for public education, and as a researcher on U.S. immigration reform. Her activism earned her a 2011 Young People For Fellowship. She graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies. Maria is from the SF Bay Area and currently resides in Brooklyn.

Andy Sontag

http://www.fromthecore.dk/
andy@fromthecore.dk

Andy was born in the US, and lives in Copenhagen. The guiding star of his work is the evolution of capitalism towards purpose. He has a background as a Kaospilot – an international school in social entrepreneurship and leadership – and he has cofounded the Kaospilot masters course in Experience Design. He has also cofounded CORE, an organization devoted to transformational experiences that unfold potential and prevent stress. He is currently working for a Danish organizational change consultancy and co-writing a book about Scandinavian Leadership and trust. He is relentlessly curious, positive and lives for creating meaningful relationships.

Ying-Ying Lu

Vizalytics Technology
ginyginy@gmail.com

Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and schooled at Duke University in North Carolina, Ying-Ying is a Southerner at heart. In 2012, her passion for serving as a bridge-builder inspired her to cofound Weipin, a Beijing-based online/offline platform that trained and placed hundreds of blue-collar migrant workers in service industry jobs. Currently based in the Bay Area, Ying-Ying works with Chinese technology companies with their international marketing and business development. Her interests include journalism, community building, and supporting grassroots social entrepreneurs.

Dmitriy Kozlov

Maverick NEXT + Vision Tech Team
dima@mavericknext.com

Dmitriy runs a network for successful young entrepreneurs (25 and under), introducing them to high level mentors, unique events and experiences, and educational resources to accelerate their impact. This is a partnership with his mentor Yanik Silver.

Dmitriy also runs a web agency, Vision Tech Team, that caters to visionary entrepreneurs.

Having recently traveled the US by car, Dmitriy now lives in La Jolla, CA. Outside of entrepreneurship, his greatest passion is spoken word poetry.

He also loves reading, writing, extreme sports, drawing, travel, learning, coaching, music (many genres), and exploring many forms of spirituality.

His favorite historical icon is Steve Jobs.

Anarghya Vardhana

Rothenberg Ventures & Ushahidi
avardhana@gmail.com

Anarghya is an investor at Rothenberg Ventures, and previously led product teams at startups. Before that, she spent three years at Google developing and launching products, mostly focusing on internationalization. She spent some time on the Google Ideas team, as well as Ushahidi, working on technology in the developing world, specifically looking and information access and data management. She attended Stanford university, and wrote a thesis on cell phones in the rural sector of developing countries. Anarghya runs and tweets a lot, and blogs infrequently. She is a proud Oregonian and currently lives in SF.

Roy Rao

Lavastorm Analytics
royyirao@gmail.com

Roy helps companies make sense of their data and people practice their emotional intelligence. He is interested in tech startups and social innovation where he founded a mobile app that tracks and share people’s dreams from sleep; he is an organizer of Chicago Startup Weekend and a Startingbloc fellow LA’14 & mentor for New Sector Alliance. Outside of work, Roy enjoys the outdoors, extreme sports and world backpacking. Roy is originally from the Panda Town, Chengdu, China.

Kim Nicol

Kim Nicol
hello@kimnicol.com

Kim Nicol is bringing meditation and mindfulness to companies like rdio, Dropbox, Symantec, and McKesson. She’s helped hackers, attorneys, data scientists, and Fortune 500 executives develop resilience and handle the emotional highs and lows of life. She is currently developing mindfulness-based programs for a legal services organization, and a fast-growing mobile tech start-up. Kim is also co-founder of Awareness Academy X, a behavior design and well-being program for mission-driven leaders. She is based in San Francisco and teaches world-wide. Kim is a former attorney.

Jeffrey Sada

Sada Solutions and Zenhaler
jeff@jeffsada.com

I want to show people how to get more focus, peace of mind, and productivity by maintaining a healthy boundary with digital technology. I founded a company that supports this vision with a simple and effective tool.

My passion is to help people get the most out of life, to remind them of it’s preciousness. I like to talk about vision and how we can execute better because, let’s face it, we’re here for a short time. Lets make an impact!

Farzana Brownia

SHORNOKISHOREE Network Foundation (SKNF)
browniacbs@gmail.com

Farzana is a post graduate in Business Administration from the Victoria University of Melbourne, Australia in addition to Master of Science in Sociology from the University of Dhaka. She is presently pursuing M.Phil. in disaster management in the University of Dhaka. Farzana is a media journalist with over 10 years years of experience in news anchoring, reality shows, celebrity game shows, quiz shows, cooking competitions, political discussion shows, ethnic cultural shows, live shows on transgender employment, talk shows on safe pregnancy, and social educational shows on adolescent health and safe motherhood. She is now working as DGM program, channel i and Chairman Shornokishoree Network foundation.

Heather Faison

SOCAP/Impact Hub
heather@socialcapitalmarkets.net

Heather Faison is an award-winning communicator and digital strategist. She joined SOCAP in the role of Brand Manager where she manages all digital properties for the social enterprise and leads the communications strategy. Before SOCAP, she served as Senior Digital Producer at the United Nations Foundation, a nonprofit that builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. In this capacity, she gained a reputation for building successful online marketing campaigns including #GivingTuesday, Girl Up and Mashable’s Social Good Summit.

Sean Nasiri

GenYrator
sean@genyrator.com

Sean Nasiri is the Co-Founder of GenYrator, an online platform with the mission of advancing society through supporting young entrepreneurs. Born and raised in the heart of Silicon Valley, Sean has entrepreneurship in his blood. Sean left Silicon Valley to attend the USC and got involvemed with entrepreneur organizations such as Kairos Society. Sean made some attempts at the corporate world, working at Motorola Mobility and Salesforce.com, but quickly realized it was not the right route for him. He is now dedicated to driving social and economic change through empowering his peers with the resources needed to succeed.

Jin Zhou

Women 2.0
jin.hui.zhou@gmail.com

Jin Zhou is the Global Programs Manager for Women 2.0, where she is connecting, building, and inspiring the next generation of women leaders. She is deeply passionate about the cross section of technology, human potential, and entrepreneurship for global change.

Prior to this role, she was the co-founder of Eventbacker, an online marketplace for event sponsorships. She has led marketing and events at the Alchemist Series, StartupBus and led US marketing for Vanceinfo prior to its IPO.

An avid bookworm and explorer, she has traveled to over 30 countries. She has fancy pieces of paper from Stanford and UCSB.

Timothy Lipton

Momentum Partners
timmylip@gmail.com

Tim is a seasoned finance executive that draws on over 20 years of finance experience as a CFO, equity research analyst, investment banker, and advisor to startups. While working on Wall Street, he covered consumer electronics, the PC channel, and the interactive entertainment software sector.
Tim has worked with 50+ startup and public company clients over the last 16 years where he has helped his clients raise more than $100 million.

Tim lives in SF and is an avid sailor and snow skier. His artistic creations involve interactive art using steel, LED lighting and LPG hot air balloon burners.

Ben Fowler

Global Good Brokerage
ben@ggbrokerage.com

Ben Fowler is currently the cofounder and COO of Global Good Brokerage, a new financial ecosystem for international development. The model eliminates risk for donor and creates a public channel for anyone to invest in community development around the world.

Ben is known for his love for people and passion for learning from individuals of all walks of life. Through his travels he has been able to deeply connect with a vast array of people around the world. The inspiration of human connection in combination with a naturally adventurous spirit is what has lead Ben on his quest to improve our world.

Kunal Sood

TEDxUNPlaza
Kunal@tedxunplaza.com

Asya Tabdili-Azar

kissthisworld
asyatabdili@gmail.com

Asya was 2 months old when she received her passport. 24 years later, she’s lived+worked in 4 countries, traveled to 34, and is driven to develop a travel fund where travel is a right, not a luxury. After graduating UCLA, Asya moved to India where she filmed a mini-doc on women entrepreneurs in Southern India, conducted research on the communication of consciousness, and managed a startup in Bangalore.

She’s back in town now (SF) and is currently creating kissthisworld, an experiential movement to discover+share the spectrum of human experience as it relates to connection. If she’s not gallivanting through her inner or outer world, you’ll find her playing the egyptian tabla, gazing under the stars, or rallying people to do something exhilerating.

Brian Ferguson

US Navy SEALs/United States Navy
fergusoncb@gmail.com

Brian Ferguson currently serves as an Officer in the US Navy. He works in special operations and is currently leading a project focused on understanding the future of Navy special operations in the context of our dynamic world.

He believes deeply in the value of multi-disciplinary relationships and innovation to better inform global and national security policy-making.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Brian has lived in Kenya, Washington DC, Europe, the Middle East and now, Hawaii.

He has attended Singularity University, the London School of Economics, and Miami Unicersity.