President and CEO, UN Foundation
Kathy Calvin is President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation. Her career has spanned work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She is a passionate advocate for multi-sector problem-solving, U.S. leadership on global issues, and the inclusion of women at all levels and in all sectors.
Kathy leads one of the most innovative organizations advocating for the UN and the creation of public-private partnerships. Her leadership brings together the largest network of supporters of UN issues in the United States and a global network of corporate, civil society and media partners. The UN Foundation was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation advocates for the UN and connects people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. As a public charity with many partners, the UN Foundation’s work is focused on decreasing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a clean energy future, using mobile technology for development, and improving U.S.-UN relations.
In 2011, Kathy was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Rock the World,” and in 2012, she was listed in Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women.” Her innovative work in the philanthropy and international NGO sector was featured by the New York Times in 2011. She has received numerous other awards for philanthropy and leadership.
Prior to joining the UN Foundation as Chief Operating Officer in 2003, Kathy served as President of the AOL Time Warner Foundation where she guided AOL Time Warner’s philanthropic activities and was the chief architect of the company’s corporate responsibility initiatives. She joined America Online in 1997 as Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, and was responsible for the company’s brand, social responsibility, and external relations.
Immediately prior to joining AOL, she was a Senior Managing Director at Hill and Knowlton, a global public relations company, where she led the U.S. Media Relations practice. For 12 years before that, she served as Director of Editorial Administration for U.S. News & World Report, overseeing budget, personnel, innovation and strategy. From 1976 through 1984, Kathy served as Senator Gary Hart’s press secretary in his Senate office and his 1984 Presidential campaign.
She was one of the first women to hold that title in American Presidential campaigns. Throughout her career, Kathy Calvin has taken an active role in a range of philanthropic activities, including the boards of the International Women’s Media Foundation, City Year, Internews, the Newseum, Share Our Strength, the United Nations Association of the United States of America, and the East-West Center. She is a frequent public speaker and commenter.
Kathy is a graduate of Purdue University.
Chairman and President, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation
NBA Legend DIKEMBE MUTOMBO was born in the capital city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mutombo is the seventh of ten children born to Samuel and Biamba Marie Mutombo. He arrived in the United States in 1987 on an academic scholarship to attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In his second year, Coach John Thompson invited the 7’2″ Mutombo to try out for the university’s renowned basketball team. After joining the team, Mutombo re-directed his pre-med ambitions and graduated from Georgetown with dual degrees in Linguistics and Diplomacy. Mutombo is fluent in nine languages, including five African languages. He played professional basketball for 18 years before retiring from the Houston Rockets in 2009.
Giving back has always been a trademark of Mutombo ever since he entered the NBA in 1991. As a former spokesman for CARE, the international relief agency, Mutombo visited the Somali refugee camps in Northern Kenya in 1993 and traveled with NBA Commissioner David Stern and Georgetown colleagues Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning to Cape Town and Johannesburg.
In 1996, Mutombo paid for the Congo’s women’s basketball team’s trip to Atlanta for the Summer Olympics games and also picked up the tab for the track team’s uniforms and expenses. He is the first Youth Emissary for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and he also served on the Advisory Board for the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health. Mutombo presently serves on the boards of the National Constitution Center, Special Olympics International, the CDC Foundation and on the National Board for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Mutombo has been named ABC’s Person of the Week, Essence Magazine’s 2001 Achiever, and Sporting News’ No. 1 Good Guy. He has been featured in Europe’s TIME magazine, Sports Illustrated for Kids, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Houston Chronicle and Forbes magazine.
In 2009, NBA Commissioner David Stern appointed Mutombo to the newly created position of NBA Global Ambassador where he works to grow and celebrate the game of basketball through international events while working with NBA Cares to bring attention to important social issues.
Honors and awards:
- Naismith Memorial Basketball HALL of FAME inductee – 2015
- World Economic Forum – Young Global Leader
- Wilt Chamberlain Award – Operation Smile
- Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters – SUNY/Cortland
- Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters – Georgetown University
- Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters – Haverford College
- NAACP Phoenix Award
- The Henry Iba Citizen Athlete Award
- 2000 – The President’s Service Award awarded by President Bill Clinton
- J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award – NBA
- Ernie Davis Humanitarian Award
- The Samuel J. Halsey Award – Georgetown University
- Constituency for Africa’s Trailblazer Award.
- 2007 – Mutombo was recognized by President George W. Bush during his State of the Union address.
- 2010 Laureus World Sports Award
- 2010 B.C. Forbes Peopling of America Award for Sports – Ellis Island Foundation
- 2010 Miracle Corners of the World Award
- January 2010, President Barack Obama served as a surprise guest at the eighth annual “Let Freedom Ring!” event celebrating of the life and legacy of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and honoring NBA great and philanthropist Dikembe Mutombo who received the John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream award.
- 2010 Humanitarian in Sport Award during the Beyond Sport Summit, which was attended by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
- 2010 Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy awarded to the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
- 2011 Goodermote Humanitarian Award – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- 2011 Public Service Award – Big Brothers/Big Sisters of New York City
- 2013 Congressional Humanitarian Award – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
- 2013 Gateway Award for Excellence in Humanitarian Service – Washington Adventist University
- 2013 Legacy Award – Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta
- 2014 Global Leadership Award – Upwardly Global
- 2014 Global Leadership Award – The French-American Chamber of Commerce
- 2014 Chairman’s Award – 100 Black Men of America
Mutombo is the Chairman and President of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation which he created in 1997. Located in Atlanta, Georgia the Foundation’s mission is to improve the health, education and quality of life for the people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
One major project was the construction of a new general hospital in the capital city of Kinshasa, DR Congo.
In December 2007 and at a cost of $29 million, the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital opened in the DR Congo. Named in memory of Mutombo’s beloved mother, the hospital has treated over 100,000 men, women and children.
Dikembe Mutombo and his wife Rose live in Atlanta, Georgia with their 3 children.
Stephanie von Friedeburg
CIO and VP, IT Solutions, World Bank Group
Stephanie von Friedeburg was appointed World Bank Group Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information and Technology Solutions in 2012. With over 20 years of investment and development experience within the World Bank Group, von Friedeburg is bridging the gap between the business and technology, transforming the role of IT at the World Bank Group into that of a strategic business partner.
Von Friedeburg is driving an IT strategy that leverages current technology trends, such as cloud computing and mobility, to enable to the organization’s diverse and decentralized workforce to more effectively communicate, collaborate, and connect with each other and with clients.
Von Friedeburg has been with the World Bank Group since 1992, serving in a wide variety of roles including CIO for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Senior Manager for IFC Global Information and Communication Technologies, Manager for IFC General Manufacturing Investments in Russia and the former Soviet republics, and Manager for IFC’s Global Telecommunications Portfolio.
Von Friedeburg is on the Advisory Board of Box.org, an organization helping nonprofits be more productive and collaborative in achieving their mission. She is also an advocate for the advancement of women in information and technology, serving as a leader of the International Finance Institutions Women in IT organization. Von Friedeburg also sits on the board of the Bank-Fund Staff Federal Credit Union.
In addition to an MBA from the Wharton School, von Friedeburg holds a Masters of Arts from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Armen Orujyan, PhD
Founder and Chairman, Athgo
Armen Orujyan, PhD is an entrepreneur and innovator who is the Founder and CEO of Athgo, one of the world’s leading entrepreneurial platforms in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and the United Nations Department of Public Information. Armen established Athgo while in college as a stage for young people striving to make social impact through entrepreneurial engagements. Starting with a small program at UCLA in 2003, Athgo quickly evolved into a global organization establishing recurring Global Innovation Forums at the United Nations and World Bank headquarters as well as in Europe and Africa. Under Armen’s leadership, Athgo has since provided financial, intellectual, and networking opportunities to nearly 10,000 young innovators, entrepreneurs, and students from over 600 universities in 80 countries. Read more
Co-founder & President, MCW Global
Since 2006 Eddie Bergman has served as Executive Director of the Africa Travel Association (ATA) and was recently appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).
Eddie co-founded and volunteers as President of the Board of MCW Global, a non-profit organization devoted to empowering youth, primarily through programs of leadership training, community center development and oral healthcare outreach, with a special focus on Africa.
He is also an Adjunct Professor of Tourism at New York University (NYU) and lectures on Social Entrepreneurship at Stony Brook University.
Innovation Evangelist, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID
Alexis Bonnell is the Innovation Evangelist in the U.S. Global Development Lab of USAID. Over her career, Alexis has developed and delivered over a billion dollar of humanitarian and development programming in over 25 conflict, post-conflict, and emergency countries, in almost every sector from education to stabilization, for more than 30 International Bi-lateral donors, 10 UN agencies, the military, and private sector. She has held positions with every side of development including: implementers, donors, policy makers, and beneficiaries and is proud of her “360 degrees” of development experience. Her more than 20 years of experience in management and communications has provided her incredible opportunities to work on/with: Wall Street, “Dot.coms”, Middle East Peace Plan, Afghan and Iraq Elections, Tsunami Response, Pakistan Earthquake, Haiti Earthquake, over 500 construction projects, and major logistics operations.
After years of living and working overseas, Alexis returned to the USA with USAID as the Senior Advisor on Business Transformation and Knowledge Management. She then served as the Chief of Engagement for the Office of Education at USAID, where she helped shape the strategic communication and execution of the USAID Education Strategy. In 2013 she joined the leadership team of the new U.S. Global Development Lab of USAID as the Director of Engagement and Communications. Alexis’s is most excited about her new role as the Innovation Evangelist in the U.S. Global Development Lab, and the platform the Lab serves to bring new minds and ideas to the discovery and scale of solutions to humanity’s biggest challenges. Her focus at the Lab is to help convene and connect people and organizations around the world with the most innovative applications of science, technology, innovation, and partnership to accelerate the end to extreme poverty. Alexis is leading the team around the new Global Innovation Exchange, a industry level platform to share all globally relevant development innovation.
Alexis received a dual major in Advertising and Public Relations from Pepperdine University (where she later returned as a professor), a Global Executive MBA from Kellogg Northwestern, as well as a Masters in Direct and Interactive Media from NYU. She maintains a “CFRE” (Certified Fundraising Executive) as well as an “SAPM” (Advanced Project Management Accreditation) from Stanford University, and a Certificate in Non-profit Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Prior to her career in development, Alexis worked as the Director of Marketing for the Internet Trade Association, where her job was to help Wall Street and the corporate world understand the impact that the internet, innovation, and technology would have on business, customer experience, and society; as well as to match-make new innovative technologies to traditional business paradigms creating strategic change management models as well as major supply-chain and distribution reforms. Alexis is the co-author of the book “Get your Dream Job”. Alexis is an avid horsewoman, scuba diver, home renovator, and lives with her husband in Virginia.
CEO, Vanu Inc.
Dr. Bose is CEO of Vanu, Inc. Founded in 1998, Vanu, Inc. pioneered the commercialization of software-defined radio and was the first company to receive FCC certification of a software-defined radio in 2004. Vanu, Inc. has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Software-Defined Radio Forum Achievement Award, IEEE Spectrum Magazine’s Wireless Winner, and the GSM Association Technology Award for Most Innovative Infrastructure Product. Dr. Bose has been granted the personal distinctions of being named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and a ComputerWorld Honors Program Laureate. Dr. Bose is currently serving as a Commissioner to the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development, as a member of the Army Science Board, and as a member of the MIT Corporation. Dr. Bose was a technical expert for the President’s Council of Advisors (PCAST) report: “Realizing the full potential of government-held spectrum to spur economic growth”, and is the founder of the National Spectrum Consortium. Dr. Bose received his B.S, M.S. and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.
COO, Agency 2.0
Naila Chowdhury is a global leader specializing in creating self-sustaining programs that empower the economically disadvantaged.
Naila was the first woman director of GrameenPhone Ltd in 1999, and held the Acting CEO position from time to time. She was part of its growth into the largest mobile operator in Bangladesh. The GrameenPhone’s Village Project supported the grassroots women of remote villages as they extended telecom to the rural population. This project earned Professor Muhammad and the Grameen Bank, the Nobel Peace prize in 2006, and allowed her to work closely with Professor Yunus for 17 years.
Naila has been involved in global networking, developing effective teams and providing sustainable technology driven entrepreneurial platforms for young people globally, and empowering individuals by creating opportunities to self-organize and succeed with minimal resources and options.
Naila’s international work spans Bangladesh, Africa, India and the Americas with organizations including but not limited to UNICEF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation among many others, with more than 1.2 million members globally. Locally, she is also Co-Chair of Alliance4Empowerment in San Diego, which gives Nano-credit to immigrants, and works on several projects to eradicate poverty in San Diego through Social Credit Empowerment. Her focus is to take people from an extremely low income into a sustainable income bracket and thus empower them economically.
Havovi Cooper is a multimedia producer and reporter for Thomson Reuters’ latest video startup ‘Reuters TV’. She works with a network of Reuters journalists from around the world to cover breaking news stories and package them for the Reuters iphone app which launched in January. Prior to that, Havovi covered global financial markets as a producer for Reuters Insider- a subscriber based financial news website. Her assignments included covering the G20 meeting in 2010 from Toronto, Canada. Havovi got her start as an anchor at Pakistan’s largest news channel GEO News. She reported from her hometown of Karachi and also anchored the channel’s first English language newscast from their bureau in Dubai, UAE. She has a master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a Pulitzer Moore fellow. She now calls New York her home.
Chief Economist, Small Business Administration
Giuseppe’s academic research focused on how changes in the financial markets affect small business lending, and labor migration during periods of economic transition. He later worked in the Equity Research Department of a major investment bank, where he focused on natural resource industries.
At the SBA, Giuseppe advises the Agency on economic trends affecting small businesses, and leads research on economic impact evaluations and strategic planning. He serves as the Chair of the interagency Subcommittee on Evaluating Business Technical Assistance Programs (E-BTAP), a group responsible for developing best practices for implementing economic impact evaluations. He also serves as the U.S. Permanent Delegate to the OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship. Giuseppe also works with international organizations such as APEC and ASEAN. He severs on the scientific committees of several academic institutions and publications, and is a frequent speaker on the domestic and international arena.
Before joining the U.S. Small Business Administration, Giuseppe headed the consulting firm, DASSI Corp. His other areas of interest include the construction industries, tourism, information services, and regional economic development. Giuseppe earned a graduate degree in economics from The New School For Social Research. During 1996 to 2001 Giuseppe served as vice president and then president of the SUNY Purchase College Alumni Association., He also served as Alumni Representative to the Purchase College Council, a gubernatorial appointed oversight body.
Senior Online Editor, Forbes
In her six years at Forbes, senior editor Caroline Howard has tracked the rise of a new generation of education entrepreneurs, and is editor of the leading college ranking based specifically on outcome-based measures, America’s Top Colleges. She is also the editor of the site’s education channel, 30 Under 30, 100 Most Powerful Women and World’s Most Powerful People. Formerly a People correspondent and photo editor at Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, she has been invited to speak at key education summits such as SXSWedu, EdTech Europe, Council of Independent College’s College Media Conference, and Rethink Education.
Futurist, Transhumanist Party
Zoltan Istvan is a futurist and the 2016 US Presidential candidate of Transhumanist Party, a political organization that aims to put science, health, and technology at the forefront of politics. Istvan also writes three national columns and is a former journalist with the National Geographic Channel. His novel The Transhumanist Wager was a #1 bestseller in Philosophy.
Co-Founder, CEO, CoFoundersLab
Shahab is a social entrepreneur based in the DC area. He has over a decade of experience starting, scaling, and exiting companies. Shahab was most recently the co-founder and CEO of CoFoundersLab, which merged in 2014 to create Onevest – an equity crowdfunding platform headquartered in NYC. CoFoundersLab has become the largest community of entrepreneurs in the world with more than 75,000 members worldwide. Prior to CoFoundersLab, Shahab co-founded HyperOffice, where he led product and marketing; he operated the startup for over 7 years serving more than 400,000 customers worldwide, prior to its successful successful exit to Atlanta based Company.com. Shahab’s passion is in helping to build and foster the innovation economy, which he’s currently realizing through his efforts as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland teaching International Entrepreneurship, and as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Startup Maryland.
Shahab speaks around the world on the subjects of entrepreneurship, building startup teams, and fundraising. He earned his BA in Economics from University of Maryland, College Park.
Business Development Manager, NextEnergy
Aniela Kuzon lives and works in Detroit as a Business Development Manager at NextEnergy, one of the nation’s leading accelerators of advanced energy and transportation technologies. In addition to consulting for early stage technology developers, Aniela is responsible for developing and executing technology demonstration programs with partners including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of
Transportation. Recent focus areas have included advanced electric vehicle charging, vehicle-to-home communications, smart city infrastructure, and multimodal transportation systems. Prior to joining NextEnergy in 2012, Aniela worked in Beijing, China for a company commercializing U.S. energy technologies in Chinese markets. Her primary responsibilities included client relations and providing on site interpretation support for engineering teams during technology installations in Western China.
Kuzon holds a B.A. in Economics from Wesleyan University.
Ben is the co-founder of BootstrapLabs, a Venture Investment Company that invests capital, experience and skills into disruptive software companies from around the world and helps their founders relocate to Silicon Valley to build BIG. Born in France and in Silicon Valley for the past 16 years, Ben is a repeat entrepreneur who launched, built and exited two startups in the financial technology space, one to Mergent and another one to SecondMarket. He also helped CEOs raise over $300M of capital from Venture Capitalists and Private Equity Investors and close $5B worth of technology M&A transactions as an investment banker earlier in his career. He is also a frequent speaker on innovation, investing, technology, entrepreneurship and globalization.
Principal, Jamie Enterprises
Jamie McCourt is a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur, venture capitalist and philanthropist whose proficiency in identifying talent and opportunity has been the foundation for an accomplished career spanning business and baseball. Her investment firm, Jamie Enterprises, principally invests in high-value real estate, biotechnology ventures, and technology start-ups. From 2004 to 2011, Jamie was Co-Owner, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers. She was the highest-ranking woman in baseball and one of the few female executives in all of professional sports. This past fall, Jamie celebrated the first harvest at her vineyard in Rutherford in Napa Valley, where she is committed to producing a world-class hillside Cabernet Sauvignon. Jamie graduated from Georgetown University. She also has a diploma from the Sorbonne in Paris, a JD from the University of Maryland School of Law, and an MS in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
Jamie Metzl is a Senior Fellow for Technology and National Security of the Atlantic Council and Senior Adviser to a global investment firm. He has served on the US National Security Council, State Department, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and with the United Nations in Cambodia. A regular guest on national and international media, he is the author of a history of the Cambodian genocide and the novels The Depths of the Sea and Genesis Code.
Navneet Singh Narula
Navneet Singh Narula is an award winning serial entrepreneur and the the CEO of nBrilliance, who focuses on global development, sustainability and innovation. He is also the Chief Leadership Officer at United Sikhs, a United Nations mandated human rights and international development NGO, where he has led many disaster relief and humanitarian aid programs.
Formerly, he was a management executive at Accenture and recognized as one of the “Best Finance Executives” at American Business Awards 2007 and honored by the prestigious Consulting Magazine as the “Top 30 Consultants” in America 2008.
He was also honored by Hillary Clinton as “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business”, selected Georgia’s “Top 40 under 40” Leaders and recently named as “Top Progressive American Leaders” in the nation by New Leaders Council.
Navneet has dedicated many months rescuing people, providing relief in Asian Tsunami 2004, Hurricane Katrina 2005, Kashmir Earthquake 2006, Haiti earthquake in 2010 and now Japan Tsunami in 2011 to lead and support humanitarian aid projects over $USD 500 million.
Narula was honored by President Obama with the Lifetime Presidential Service medal and selected as Humanitarian of the Year by MIB foundation. He was selected as the prestigious American Marshall Memorial Fellow by German Marshall Fund, Asia21 Fellow, Aspen Institute Socrates Fellow, New Leaders Council Fellow and StartingBloc Fellow to help create solutions for a sustainable world.
As a Global Leadership expert, he is invited frequently to give keynote talks and has inspired thousands including speaking at World Bank, United Nations, German Marshall Fund, UC Berkeley, Emory, Accenture, Home Depot, UPS & others. He has been interviewed by CNN, CBS, NBC & other media.
Navneet has been educated at Stanford School of Business, Georgetown MBA, Cornell, ESADE and Michigan State University. He currently lives in Atlanta and played NCAA Division 1 college tennis.
Specialties:Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Management Consulting, Social Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, IT Outsourcing Advisory Services, International Affairs Expert, Corporate Relations, Community Affairs & Public Relations Leadership, Public Policy, Corporate Citizenship and Community Service Activist
H.E. Jean Philbert Nsengimana
Minister of ICT and Youth, Rwanda
Jean Philbert Nsengimana is the Minister of Youth and ICT of the Republic of Rwanda since 2011. He has spearheaded several initiatives including TransformAfrica Summit in 2013, that is the next generation of ICT4D agenda after Connect Africa. Before joining the Government of Rwanda, Honorable Jean Philbert Nsengimana worked for the Washington D.C-based interactive mobile health services company Voxiva Inc. as a Country Director for Rwanda. During his tenure, Voxiva won several awards and accolades including the African Technology in Government Award (TIGA) for best e-health and e-agriculture solutions. Prior to that, he worked as Regional Coordinator for Africa with the Development Gateway Foundation, advancing the use of modern technology in Aid Management, Public Procurement and Knowledge Sharing.
Jean Philbert Started his career at the National University of Rwanda as Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science. While the University, he initiated and Directed for 5 years the Rwanda Development Gateway, an organization that was instrumental in advancing Rwanda’s Government web presence.
He holds a Global Masters in Business from SP Jain School of Global Management in Singapore and a Masters of Information and Communication Technology from the National University of Rwanda.
CEO & Founder, Agency 2.0
Senior Editor, Fortune.com
Scott Olster is a senior editor at Fortune Magazine, where he oversees Fortune.com’s leadership and finance coverage. He is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and he lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
CEO, Lime Energy
CEO, 100 Women in Hedge Funds
Ms. Pullinger is the Chief Executive Officer of 100 Women in Hedge Funds. She leads a small staff team and manages over 350 volunteer practitioners globally, overseeing the operations of the organization, which now has over 13,000 members in 20 locations.
Ms. Pullinger is a former principal of Aquamarine Capital Management, where she was responsible, over a period of seven years, for managing marketing, investor relations and back office administration for two private investment funds.
Ms. Pullinger is currently on the Boards of two British charities – she is Chairman of the Board of The HALO Trust (www.halotrust.org) and is on the Board of Trustees of SkillForce (www.skillforce.org) and serves on the Advisory Board of the Oxford Alumni Association of NY. She previously served on the Boards of the NYU Cancer Institute and Girls’ Prep, and was on the founding Board of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, serving as its President for two years. She is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Ms. Pullinger graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford University in 1987 with an Honours Degree in Modern History. She earned an MBA from La Salle University, Philadelphia, in 1998, and received the Academic Award for MBA student of the year as well as the Beta Gamma Sigma designation.
Principal, Yucaipa Companies
Frank Quintero joined The Yucaipa Companies in 2003. His responsibilities as a Principal in the Firm encompass deal origination, negotiating transactions, investor relations and corporate communications. At the Yucaipa portfolio company level, Frank is tasked with identifying and evaluating potential opportunities and strategic initiatives. Working closely with The Yucaipa Companies’ founder, Frank has actively participated in multiple phases of the investment process since joining the Firm. The Yucaipa Companies has completed mergers and acquisitions valued at more than $35 billion.
Prior to joining The Yucaipa Companies, Frank served as Special Assistant to California Governor Gray Davis. In this position he served as a liaison to labor officials and business groups; as well as local, state, and national elected officials. Frank was also an advisor to Governor Davis on over 300 boards and commission appointments within California State government. Under Governor Davis’ leadership the Appointments Unit placed more women and people of color in appointed positions than any of California’s previous governors.
In 1994, Frank received a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA.
Entrepreneur in Residence, Samsung Accelerator
Rao is an entrepreneur, technologist, and executive responsible for innovating and bringing products to market in areas including mobile, digital media, hardware (IOT), and e-Commerce. He has built companies, advised, and managed teams of various sizes including launching intrapreneurial projects at large companies. His involvement has been throughout all phases of a company’s life-cycle – pre-concept, early-stage, venture/angel financing, growth, and exits. Core areas are product, strategy, business modeling, and partnerships.
Eros has over 16 years of experience in Gaming and Digital Entertainment, focused on customer-facing roles in both small and large company settings. Most recently Eros ran Marketing and Developer Relations at GREE, a role he held through the acquisition of OpenFeint, where he was an early employee. Eros has held similar roles at Hewlett Packard and Real Arcade (GameHouse), and is a founding partner of San Francisco’s independent music label Los Kamikaze Records. Eros is currently Partner and Head of Marketing at Studio 9Plus, a YouWeb Incubator program.
Senior Editor, TechCrunch
Jonathan is a Senior Editor running the Contributors Network at TechCrunch. Previously he worked as a senior reporter for Dow Jones & Co. writing for its newswires, The Wall Street Journal, VentureWire and LBO Wire, covering venture capital and private equity investment from New York and Shanghai.
Head, Speakers Bureau, World Bank
SVP and Chief Information Officer, Panda Restaurant Group
Emerging Markets-Global Affairs Correspondent, Bloomberg
Sangwon Yoon is responsible for Bloomberg’s coverage of political risk in emerging markets. Most recently, Sangwon covered United Nations and the State Department as part of the National Security team that handles U.S. foreign policy and foreign affairs. Ms. Yoon is based in New York.
She has reported on the Arab Spring for Al Jazeera English from Doha, Qatar, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for Reuters from Jerusalem and instability on the Korean peninsula for the Associated Press out of Seoul, South Korea.
CEO and Founder, Roberta Annan Consulting
At RAC, Roberta has been responsible for the expansion of several multinational corporations and small to medium-sized enterprises into Africa and the establishment of foundations for several HNWIs. She has worked on projects valued at $6 million to $200 million. Her work spans across numerous industries from fashion to aviation where she has made a significant contribution. She was instrumental in winning the $25 million grant for Africa 2.0 and Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration to set up the Regional Leadership Center for the Obama Young African Leaders Initiative. Some of her past clients includes President Obasanjo, VistaJet, BNP Baripas, Jordanian Government, EnviroBoard, Vogue Italia, Miss Universe Organizations, StorAfrica Group. Her affinity for fashion in Africa has served as a catalyst for her to create a non-profit organization that is focused on expanding the global footprint of African luxury and premium brands- Frallain, Inc.
She also serves as an advisor for several organizations such as VistaJet, Invest Africa Club, Nexus Africa, Africa 2.0 and Global Luxury Fund. She has been a recipient of several leadership awards and is part of Young Leader Circle from Africa for Milken Institute. Roberta is currently enrolled in the Program For Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School and holds a Masters degree (summa cum laude) in Biotechnology from Georgetown University. She received a Bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) in Biochemistry and Biotechnology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Originally from Ghana, West Africa, Roberta has lived and worked on four continents. Her passions include traveling, speaking, reading, and volunteering.
CEO, Barnes and Barnes
Joe Barnes is a senior executive and successful entrepreneur. He has spent over 22 years developing executive level management and leadership experience while personally starting and building viable service related companies. Joe is the Founder and CEO of BARNES & BARNES LLC, a business consulting company which has provided services since 2003.
Joe is currently the Executive Vice President at Pathology Inc., the premier Women’s Health Laboratory in the United States.
Joe serves on the Board of Directors for Athgo International, an organization that provides constructive entrepreneurship programs to college students and under-served youth from over 80 countries. Joe also serves on the Healthcare Advisory Board for Fremont College.
Managing Partner, zoOceanarium Group
Chris’ educational background was marine biology and this led him to his first job as part of a team doing population assessments of wild dolphins in southern waters of the United States. Wanting a more hands-on career, Chris went to The Living Seas at Disney’s EPCOT Center where he had a chance to learn the intricate components that when combined, are the recipe for a truly unique customer/guest experience. He was also part of the original project team responsible for pre-operations and construction of Disney’s largest park, Animal Kingdom. This gave him an opportunity to see how a world-class theme park as well as the ever important staff are built from the ground up.
With his interest moving more towards the technical side of the business, he left Disney and went to SAIC which was at the time, one of the largest US government contractors. His specific assignment was at a SPAWAR facility (Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command) with the US Navy’s Marine Mammal Program. A couple of years later, he again returned to the public sector and managed a few facilities for a dolphin interaction company that had several facilities spread between Hawaii, Bermuda and Tahiti. This gave him unique experience required for managing multiple projects spread between numerous countries; each with their own very different set of laws, labor practices/norms and local customs.
Chris has always had entrepreneurial ambitions and started a consulting firm in 2002. Since then, his company has merged and grown to over 100 full-time employees with projects that have taken him to various countries around the globe including Mexico, South Africa, China, Taiwan, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Netherlands, Bahamas, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.
In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with family, traveling, road trips, SCUBA diving/snorkeling and his true passion relates to anything involving food; from cooking his family recipes that he grew up on to trying all types of street food and unique restaurants.
Darel Engen, PhD
Vice President, Education and Training, Athgo International
Dr. Engen has served as the Vice President of Education and Training of Athgo International since 2002. He has taught at UCLA, Gonzaga University, and is currently an Associate Professor of History at California State University, San Marcos. For the past twelve years he has conducted a travel study program in Greece for UCLA Summer Sessions. Dr. Engen has published numerous articles on the ancient Greek economy and is presently working on a book: “Honor and Profit: Athenian Trade Policy and the Economy and Society of Greece, 415-307 B.C.E”. His experience with students in the classrooms and in organizing student travels abroad has contributed greatly to Athgo International’s global outreach goals. He earned a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and a Ph.D. in Ancient Greek History from UCLA.
Consultant, Development Economics, World Bank