Meet the Students!

Aboagye Ohene Adu


Obuasi, Ghana

I am a Sustainability Consultant and a Social Entrepreneur with 28 years experience in the gold mining industry. I hoId a MSC/DIC from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, an MBA from Henley Business School, United Kingdom, a Postgraduate Diploma  in Strategic Engagement from University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and a Certificate in Social Impact Strategy from University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.I have been involved in geological activities, stakeholder engagement, human rights, environment, compensation  and local economic development for over 100 communities in the concession of a large gold mining company.



Ana Lilia AparicioAna Aparicio


Ana Lilia is a young passionate woman who seeks to empower the next generation of young leaders in Mexico.  Since 2011, she has been involved in several leadership positions. From developing a community project to prevent girls school drop off from high school, founding the first student group focus on gender issues awareness to leading and coordinating students groups in Panamá and Rome; She’s determinate to inspire the youth to discover their own personal print to leave in the world.  Right  now, she is creating and developing a project that will offer trainings and opportunities to leader so they can create a greater impact, this will be offer to students, government and private sector.



Alfonso Rodriguez Maroto


New York City, New York, United States

I am currently working with the “Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation” (AECID) and the “Ibero-American Secretariat General” (SEGIB), an international support organization for 22 countries that make up the Ibero-American community: the 19 Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries in Latin American. We seek a direct impact on strengthening national sectorial public policies. The main instruments of Ibero-American Cooperation are Programmes and Initiatives, which are mainly focused on three core areas: share knowledge, culture and promote social cohesion. Previously I worked in the United Nations Population Fund (New York), AMREF Health Africa, UNICEF – Spanish Committee and other major Spanish Foundations who have given me the opportunity to travel and see the importance of international cooperation for development. With creativity and innovation, sharing experiences and supporting one country to another we have the ability to change the world and worry about those who are more vulnerable, either because they live in remote or rural areas, or no access to education or that their lifestyles are less developed. If we have been able to travel to the moon, if we build large infrastructure such as the Panama Canal, we will not be able to end poverty in the world or open our borders to other people?



Anand Sharma


Washington D.C., United States

Anand Sharma is a Senior Program Analyst who helps to advance the   Center for the Study of Social Policy’s (CSSP) community change work, which assists distressed communities across the United States in building the capacity needed to improve outcomes for children and families. Focusing on neighborhood investment, his work includes providing support and technical assistance to communities engaged in place-based revitalization efforts through the federal government’s Promise Neighborhoods initiative and Building Neighborhood Capacity Program. In addition to neighborhood revitalization, he is interested in philanthropic strategy, performance measurement and management, and cross-sector collaboration. Prior to joining CSSP, Sharma taught at a New York City public school and served as  a legislative correspondent at the New York City Council. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.




Andreas Ufer

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Passionate about social innovation, designing business models and connecting people, Andreas graduated in engineering at University of Sao Paulo and at RWTH Aachen in Germany, has an MBA in Strategic Business Management at FGV and a certificate for the Executive Program for Social Impact Strategy in University of Pennsylvania. He has been active for 9 years in traditional business areas,  working in a sustainability consulting company and in strategic planning and project management in a large industrial corporation. His path includes professional and academic experiences in Germany, USA and China. For the past 5 years he has acted as managing partner in a mechanical engineering company. Andreas organized, facilitated and took part in several social innovation initiatives. and impact ventures. He is founder of a social innovation consultancy called Sense-Lab.



Andrew Kahan

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Andrew Kahan graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia with a degree in International Area Studies, with a focus on human rights and justice. He is currently the Government Affairs Officer and Outreach and Engagement Specialist at Joint Distribution Committee, a leading international humanitarian aid organization. Outside of this role, Andrew has founded We Bee Creative, LLC., a philanthropic event-based start-up, whose flagship event “We Bee Spelling” has raised over $25,000 for NYC education non-profits. Andrew is also on the Young Professional Board of Blue Engine, an organization that partners with public high schools serving low-income communities to increase academic rigor and prepare dramatically greater number of students for post secondary success. His interests include pho, body surfing, live music, and training for his first triathlon.



Anne Rambaud

Mexico City, Mexico

Anne is a Master in Corporate finance and Strategy from Sciences Po Strasbourg (France). She is Senior Strategy consultant in Deloitte Mexico, and prior to that was consultant in Corporate Finance in PwC Mexico. She is working on accelerating the development of social entrepreneurs in Mexico, through the volunteering program she founded in PwC to advise social businesses.She is also the co founder of 180 Degrees consulting France, the first student consulting organization in advising NGO and social businesses in finance and strategy.



Anthony Hehir


Basel, Switzerland

Anthony is a South African and Irish national and holds higher degrees in Human Physiology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Business Administration and Musical Theatre Performance. Having first trained in nutrition, Anthony worked as a clinical and public health Dietitian in rural South Africa, rolling out an integrated nutrition programme for at-risk groups as well as overseeing the nutritional support of patients on the national HIV care programme. Anthony has been with DSM Nutritional Products since 2005, first based in South Africa where he was responsible for the countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, driving co-development of staple food fortification programmes. Since then Anthony has held several global and regional marketing, communications and business development roles within DSM, having the opportunity to work globally and across cultures.Anthony is currently the director of DSM’s Nutrition Improvement Program, committed to the global fight against hidden hunger through the development of nutritious, safe and affordable solutions tailored to the needs of local communities in the developing world.Anthony is passionate about human connection and the possibility it allows to change the lives of millions. Through real partnership, he believes anything is possible.



Arturo VargasArturo Vargas


Arturo Vargas is a strategic planning professional and social entrepreneur with 15 years of experience in the private and public sectors. His work  spans from the corporate world in North America and Europe, to the slums in India and the underprivileged communities in South America. After 13 years in the for-profit sector, Arturo made a turn and started a social venture in Santiago, Chile. His project intends to use education, impact sourcing, and information technology as its main enablers to transform and develop communities. Before starting his current project, Arturo worked as a strategic planning manager at Xignux Group and as a senior consultant at Deloitte and KPMG consulting practices. Arturo holds an MS from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden and a BS in Engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico.


Bentley Noland

Bentley Noland

Washington, D.C., United States

Bentley Noland is a SP2 graduate from the class of 2000.

I’ve worked directly with clients, first as an individual and group psychotherapist and for the past 10 years in child welfare. I currently live and work in the Washington, DC area. My entire social work career has been devoted to assisting individuals and families discover their strengths and eliminate barriers personally and externally.  When we look for the good, we usually find it.  When we experience ourselves a effective, we can imagine even greater successes.  For every isolated and uninspired person, there is someone or something ready to inspire and uplift.  It is only a matter of introducing one to the other. I had a vision that began me on my social work path.  It was that there is a invisible net which supports and connects each human being.  Social working is networking of a humankind. I am in search of a powerful leap forward in human social networking.



Bianca Alles

London, United Kingdom

My desire to help others has been an innate part of who I am and has guided me everyday throughout my life. I grew up as an extended family member to the staff of my family’s tea company, which put me in the unique position of helping those around me. This led me to create the Mother’s Wish Foundation – a non-profit organization that is dedicated to giving women access to the resources and training required to provide for themselves and their families with a sustainable lifestyle. Since studying Social Entrepreneurship on Coursera and attending the Global Social Impact House 2014, I have started the groundwork for my next humanitarian project: a beekeeping company. With this company my goal is to increase the global bee population by creating innovative beekeeping equipment and providing related education.


Brody ClemmerBrody Clemmer

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Brody Clemmer is the Chief Innovation Officer at N2Growth, a global leadership consultancy. He has spent his entire career applying his passion for design and innovation with interests in psychology, sociology, and human behavior to understand how the world interacts with technology. Brody began his professional career in Communications as a journalist and producer, and after catching the design bug, became responsible for creating engaging advertising campaigns through special effect design  and creative audio engineering. He uses his information architecture and design skills to engineer creative solutions for startups through Fortune 100 company, and also serves as a solutions consultant for multiple businesses, establishing best practices and long-term technology strategies. Brody is an experienced speaker and writer and immerses himself in today’s business needs and solutions.




BT Irwin

Detroit, Michigan, United States

Apprentice and student of Jesus Christ. Husband. Father. Pilgrim. Citizen in business. Learning and teaching how to do good better. My best work should happen after I’m gone.





Caitlin Garozzo

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Caitlin Garozzo is Program Manager at Career Wardrobe in Philadelphia where she oversees all of the organization’s programs for women transitioning to work. Two of her accomplishments have been to develop a new job readiness curriculum for Career Wardrobe and strengthen Career Wardrobe’s relationships with the Philadelphia communities to provide information to women who need our services. Caitlin is passionate about empowering women to self-advocate for their own needs and believes education is the key to success for all people. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from The College of New Jersey in English and Women and Gender Studies. She lives in South Jersey with her husband, Brain and cat, Gladys.



Catalina Toro

Bogotá, Colombia

Colombian lawyer with a Master´s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University. Worked for the Colombian government in the 1998 peace negotiations and in the demobilization process. Entered the private sector in 2006 and worked for eight years in the corporate affairs management unit of an oil company dealing mainly with community relations. Currently starting a consultancy firm in corporate social responsibility.




Chandra Pratap Singh


Kolkata, India

Chandra has transitioned into social sector after over 18 years as entrepreneur and corporate professional. He currently works in areas of Smallholder Agricultural Initiatives, Value Chain Finance, Social Impact Loans, Capacity development and Skill development in India. Chandra has been engaged as an Advisor as well as Pro Bono Operations resource for structuring operations, enhancing impact and revenue generation. He is currently engaged with eKutir Social Business and National Skill Foundation Of India, and earlier has worked for Cargill India, Wal-Mart, Olam International and Spencer’s. Chandra is an Agricultural Graduate with Post Graduate in Management. Chandra is passionate about education and affordable senior citizen care in India.





Christa Preston

Entebbe, Uganda

Christa Preston is the Executive Director of embraceKulture an organization working in develop countries to create a world where all children are embraced for what makes them unique. embraceKulture provides an innovative solution to provide continuing education, training and resources for teachers to address the unique needs of children with intellectual disabilities. By showcase the unique abilities of all children we fight the negative stigma and foster acceptance.




Christina Letts


Detroit, Michigan, United States

Christina’s passion is to see the generosity and philanthropic resources of those in her sphere of influence used more effectively through strategic giving – leveraging financial, intellectual, social and human capital in creative ways towards a goal of maximizing social impact. She believes philanthropy and giving ought to be “hard”, and that as much or more effort should be put into allocating resources for good as is put into acquiring and growing those resources in the first place.   Christina is a Manager in Ernst & Young, LLP’s global Transaction Advisory Services practice with a background in financial analysis, due diligence, and technical accounting. At EY, she serves large multinational corporations   as well as middle-market corporations and financial buyers and sellers looking to acquire or divest a business or business unit.   Christina is a world traveler, a lifelong learner, and a live-music fanatic. She earned her BA and MS in Accounting from Michigan State University, and lives in  the Detroit metropolitan area with her husband Christopher. She tweets @ ChristinaLetts.




Christopher B. Waters

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Christopher Waters is currently the program manager for the Urban Affairs Coalition’s Community and Economic Development Department. He is a native of Wilmington, DE. Chris has earned a BA in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and a MS in Public Administration from Wilmington University, where he is an adjunct professor in the College of Business. Chris has a background in political outreach and strategy, nonprofit leadership and program implementation. He continues to serves on multiple boards and leadership positions including Stepping Stones Federal Credit Union, Peer Grant Reviewer for the Corporation for National and Community Service and has advised the White House’s My Brother Keeper Initiative through Public Allies’ Black Male Achievement Initiative.



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Dipa Sharif

Washington D.C., United States

Dipa recently quit her job as a renewable energy business development manager, to pursue her dream of traveling and volunteering internationally. She previously worked in the mortgage and asset-backed securities sectors at UBS Investment Bank and Freddie Mac. While pursuing her MBA at NYU, she interned at Grameen Bank and Grameen Shakti in Bangladesh, where she lived in different villages conducting research on the impact of microfinance loans and access to solar power. Dipa has installed solar panels on the rooftops of rural homes in Costa Rica and is very passionate about the impact investing sector. In New York, she has been involved with the Net Impact NYC Professional Chapter where she held the Finance Chair and President board positions.




Eliane Damasceno

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ms Damasceno is a CSR specialist at FIRJAN System – the Federation of Industries of the State of Rio de Janeiro, with experience in community mobilization, product development and entrepreneurship, in particular in the crafts sector. She also has extensive experience with low-income communities creating and implementing local development strategies to support the cultural industries and cultural entrepreneurs, as well as implementing assistance projects through corporate social investment and public/private partnerships. She has worked for several projects in Brazil, with leading institutions such as SEBRAE – the Brazilian Micro and Small Business  Support Service, the Ministry of Agriculture Development, Amazon Tourism Agency and in Mozambique with the Aga Khan Foundation. She is part of the UNESCO experts group for the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural expressions.




Elizabeth McHugh

Washington D.C., United States

Beth has over 10 years experience in online strategy, support, and development after graduating from the University of Richmond with a B.S. in Computer Science. She currently works as a Product Manager for CustomInk, working directly with executives on strategic priorities and aligning the vision with the work of her cross-functional team. In 2013, she was nominated for an “Inkademy Award” at CustomInk and in 2006 won the “Spirit of Generosity” award from the Corporate Executive Board. Her passion for helping within her community has led her to become a board member at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and create a meet-up group focused on creating social impact in DC.




Esperanza Cerdan

New York City, New York, United States

We are on a tipping point in how we solve social problems. Market based, entrepreneurial and innovative solutions to long-standing social problems, will attract enough capital to revolutionize investment patterns and social improvement.  Esperanza has 20 years experience in financial services, and is currently a Director in Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation responsible for Latin America; where she provides philanthropic grants, pro-bono  time and program-related-investments to social organizations, both non-profit and for-profit, in Latin America. Esperanza holds a Master in Telecommunication Engineering and a MBA from IESE.



Francelia Castañeda Cuéllar

Mexico City, Mexico

I have loved traveling since I am little, and I have had the opportunity to study in foreign countries like Singapore, US and Germany. I hold a Finance degree and although, most of my experience is in the customer service and sales areas in financial institutions, I believe it is time that I switch over to my passion, building solutions to improve the standards of living through better nutrition.




Haiyin Chen


Haiyin is a supply chain professional and a social entrepreneur in the making. Her efforts are focused on improving the nursing home community and society at large by encouraging and enabling youth to play music for the elderly. In this process, she finds use of her MBA, MSc, and a warm heart. Her interests include all things music, reading, and traveling.





Jeanette Dayana Perez Darnell

Houston, Texas, United States

Jeanette Dayana Pérez Darnell is a dynamic businesswoman and progressive philanthropist. She holds a Master’s Degree in Finance, focused on corporate finance and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with Honorable Mention. She is currently the Projects and Information Services Director at Grupo Vidanta (, the Co- Founder and Active President of Delia Morán Vidanta Foundation (, and a Counselor at Vidanta Foundation ( She is also one of the proud published authors of the book  “VIVIR SIN ENVEJECER XV”, which means “TO LIVE WITHOUT GROWING OLD XV.”



Jennifer Dawson


Sydney, Australia

Dr. Jennifer Dawson (Jenni) is a clinical psychologist who completed her doctoral thesis on the impact of large-scale disaster on the individual and community at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. As a result of the outcomes of her PhD, Jenni founded the not-for-profit organization TraumAid International (TAI) with the aim of equipping traumatized communities to understand and mitigate trauma, break the cycle of violence and transform and rebuild their communities positively through culturally relevant and locally run interventions. Her work with TAI has taken her to large-scale disaster zones and internally displaced peoples’ camps throughout Uganda, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Palestine, Israel, Sri Lanka and the Solomon Islands. Dr. Dawson has also trained community leaders from Rwanda, Papua New Guinea, Sudan  and Western Countries. Jenni continues to work full-time at her Clinical practice in Sydney, and spends several months each year on location in disaster zones across the globe. She conducts ongoing research into the impact of trauma with the emphasis of her research focusing on how to facilitate resilience and positive growth following adversity rather than just the mitigation of trauma symptoms.



Jennifer DeSimone

New York City, New York, United States

Jennifer is currently traveling the world for the next 12 months, seeking to develop a stronger relationship with herself and seek out projects with deep purpose. After spending time in both the federal government and in various social enterprises startups including Feelgoodz, The Akilah Institute for Women and Shea Yeleen – Jennifer is merging her love of travel with her desire to write the next chapter. With a deep understanding of women’s empowerment in Africa and the health and beauty industry, Jennifer is currently seeking out opportunities to offer her skills in business strategy, social good, and operations with purpose driven individuals and organizations. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s from Elon University and a master’s in political science from American University She is a StartingBloc Fellow, a Hive Global Leader Fellow, and an active member of Under30Experiences.



Joris Schut

Utrecht, Netherlands

Innovation Strategist working in the field of digital education and mobile solutions.







Juan Fernando Lucio Lopez

Cali, Colombia








Julia Hillengas

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

As the city’s Deputy Service Officer, Julia builds-out national service and volunteer partnerships to increase impact across the city. Additionally, she manages PowerCorpsPHL, an innovative, new AmeriCorps program designed to address the city’s environmental stewardship, youth workforce development and violence prevention priorities. Julia began her career in City government as a SERVE Philadelphia AmeriCorps VISTA with the Mayor’s Office of Education, where she coordinated and grew the start-up initiative, the Graduation Coach Campaign.  She has worked for over a decade as an educator, coach, and community organizer through organizations such as YouthBuild Philadelphia, Fairmount Youth Soccer Association and the YMCA of Philadelphia. She is a proud alumna of Central High School, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Social Impact Strategy.



Julia Vieira de Andrade Dias

Fortaleza, Brazil

Through my work at Endeavor, I am able to do what I am most passionate about: Help social entrepreneurs reach their full potential and increase their impact. I had the privilege to coordinate a BID program, where we selected and supported more than 100 social entrepreneurs all over Brazil. In 2015 I decided to go to Ceará, to support regional entrepreneurs on one of our poorest states. Besides supporting entrepreneurs that are changing Brazil, I also mentor Primeira Chance, a program that supports poor and brilliant teenagers through high quality education and Banco Palmas, an organization that uses social coins to generate social development in a favela in Ceará. Curiosity, commitment to make a difference in large scale and ability to adapt fast to new environments are the characteristics that come to light when I think on what enables me to be a change marker. This are the same characteristics that will help me to get the skills needed to turn my dream into reality and end poverty in Brazil.



Karen Ravago

United States

Karen has worked in the field of higher education for over ten years, specializing in diversity-related programming and research for first- generation and underrepresented students. She holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Southern California, with a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Boston College in between. Karen has extensive experience in the areas of career counseling, graduate school recruitment  and admissions, and managing federal and state grant-funded programs. Currently, Karen works for the USC Rossier School of Education, where she manages a grant program and conducts research on the role of peer outreach in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.




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Lauren Elizabeth Graham

Melville, New York, United States

Lauren is the founder of Velvet Frame, a social change strategy and communications agency that applies ecological principles to collective action problems. Prior to starting Velvet Frame, she worked as a social impact strategist for documentary film.Lauren has seven years of experience in the environment and sustainability field ranging from green building consulting and water policy to climate adaptation research, social impact gaming, disaster management, and sustainable design.In 2013, Lauren graduated with a masters degree in environmental management from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where she served as a director of the Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY). Prior to continuing her studies at Yale F&ES;, Lauren became certified as a LEED AP, and worked for almost two years as a project manager for a green building consulting startup working on commercial retrofits. She graduated from Stanford University in 2007 with a bachelors degree in international relations, and a masters degree in sociology.




Loren Dill

Bay Village, Ohio, United States

Loren Dill graduated from the University of Rochester in 1982 with a PhD in chemical engineering, and proceeded to have a diverse career that included research at the NASA Lewis Research Center, teaching and research at the University of Akron, and technical sales at Precision Made Products LLC, a metal injection molding company located near Cleveland, OH. In 2010 he learned that refugees were coming to the Cleveland area from war-torn areas of the world, and that mentors were needed to help them adjust to a new culture. The idea of working one-on-one with someone from a very different culture intrigued him, and he accepted the challenge of mentoring refugees. Today he mentors a medical doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo, whose heart to help hurting people has influenced Loren, and led to his current interest in social entrepreneurship and UPenn’s Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy. A social problem Loren plans to address concerns 1 billion women in the world face: lack of a safe and effective product to control menstrual flow.  Relative to men, this problem drags women down like an anchor, and hurts their chances for a good education and career.



Lucas Martin


Graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego in 2014, with a degree in Business Administration. Serving as an AmeriCorp VISTA for the organization Business and Community Lenders of Texas, through the University of Texas’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. My focus in these programs are on financial capability & the asset building line of business. Interested in entrepreneurship’s role in transitioning economies, as well as the role of responsible business practices in these ecosystems. Excited for the opportunity to continue  individual development, to learn applicable material, and to exchange ideas with like- minded leaders & professionals.



Megan Rosenbach
Megan Rosenbach

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Megan is currently the Education Director at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. Outside of work, Megan is a tireless advocate for public education. In 2012, she founded a community group, Neighbors Investing in Childs Elementary (NICE), to provide extra support and resources for her neighborhood school. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Organizational Studies in 2008, she moved to Philadelphia to teach middle school social studies as a Teach for America Corp Member. Megan was recently named one of 55 “Connectors and Keepers” by Leadership Philadelphia and was chosen as a Difference Maker by the South Philadelphia Review in 2013. She is a covenant member with Circle of Hope Church and lives in the South Philadelphia with her husband and two friends.



Mohamed Farzad Fazi

Jakarta, Indonesia

Farzad is a seasoned FMCG marketing professional with over 15 years experience. A Sri Lankan by nationality, he has lived and worked in multiple countries in South East Asia for a good part of his career. He is a ‘Charted Marketer’ of the Charted Institute of Marketing UK and a ‘Certified Professional Marketer Asia’ by the Asia Marketing Federation. His previous company affiliations include Royal Friesland Campina, Fonterra, J Walter Thompson and Lowe Lintas. Farzad is presently on a career break supporting his wife’s academic pursuits in the US. He loves to travel and explore new places during his leisure time.




Mohammed Sayed Abdalla

Dallas, Texas, United States

Mohammed Abdalla is the Founder & Chief Development Officer of Good Faith Energy, a renewable energy developer focused on delivering practical, sustainable solar energy production.  Prior to founding Good Faith Energy, Mohammed worked as a business development landman for the world’s largest independent exploration and production company.  He currently manages global energy accounts for Earth Day TX.Mohammed  holds a double major in Energy Management and Finance from the University of Tulsa, as well as an executive certificate in Social Impact Strategy from The University of Pennsylvania. He sits on the executive committee of the North Texas Renewable Energy Group and resides in Allen, TX.




Nancy Cely-Icaza
Nancy Icaza

Miami, Florida, United States

Strong background in international trade negotiations and export promotion. Currently concentrated in assisting small and medium size companies from Latina America and the Caribbean in their efforts to export to the US market, including the identification of potential of partnerships and joint ventures. For seven years she was the Trade Commissioner of Ecuador to the USA and previously the Under Secretary of Fishery Resources of Ecuador.






Natasha Thakkar

Los Angeles, California, United States

Natasha currently works at IBM where she develops and leads Cloud strategy for IBM Software. A journalist by degree, Natasha is a self-proclaimed “news-nerd” prolific reader, and lover of all things literary. She dedicates her free time to hacking delicious recipes to make them healthier, blogging about the intersection of technology and news, burning calories with pilates, and leading the Pencils of Promise LA Chapter as founding President. Find her on medium and twitter @natashathakkar.





Nima Maleki

United States

Hello, my name is Nima. I am a second year law student at Santa Clara University, and I love life to the fullest. I love everything from education to learning critical thinking skills through experience. On that note, I am infatuated with the human experience. I have held almost every type of job you can imagine, from caretaker to construction. I also love trying new hobbies, which includes things such as cooking, amateur mixed martial arts, learning the violin and woodwork.






Olyvia Zarchin

New York City, New York, United States

After graduating from the University of Maryland in 2011 with a BA in Psychology, I knew I had to directly make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate. After a semester of Social Work school, I felt there was something missing; I was in the wrong helping profession. Falling into the corporate world at Zenith Media, I was placed on the nonprofit pro-bono account Autism Speaks. I learned this account was part of Zenith’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. This experience opened my eyes to a career path that would ultimately merge my two worlds: my desire to make a difference for those in need and my appreciation for the corporate sector. Currently, I work as a Client Success Manager at Causecast, a modern software technology platform that makes it easy to engage employees in a company’s volunteering and giving efforts. Through its Community Impact Platform, Causecast automates and enhances systems for employee volunteering, giving, matching, rewarding and disaster relief. Causecast’s vision is to foster a cutting-edge social ecosystem that elevates corporate social responsibility to a whole new level, where sustainable and measurable accomplishments move the needle on an organization’s social mission, employee culture and bottom line.




Pedro Afonso Branco Ramos Pinto

Agadir, Morocco

Pedro Branco is the Director of International Partnerships of Filmmakers Without Borders, and a founding member of IRIS – the laboratory for visual anthropology at the University of Brasília -, awarded the best laboratory of the kind among anthropology graduate programmes in Brazil between 2010 and 2012. As a filmmaker, Pedro has worked in several independent short and feature films, music videos, and has been commissioned by clients such as the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation and the Brazilian Ministry of Rural Development. Having taught filmmaking to undergraduate and graduate anthropology students in Brazil, and also to at-risk youth in Honduras, Pedro now teaches a specially-tailored course in Film, Culture and Social Impact for students from a wide array of backgrounds in Agadir, Morocco.



Rachel Hoh


Rachel Hoh is a 2013 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University Schreyer Honors College, where she majored in Community, Environment, and Development, Spanish, and International Agriculture. Her passions for institutional sustainability, community food security, and international agricultural development have brought her to Philadelphia, where she currently resides. After college, Rachel was selected to join the Americorps VISTA program, which she served at Philabundance. While at this Philadelphia-based hunger relief organization, Rachel developed and coordinated a volunteer food rescue program that harvested over 600,000 lbs of fresh fruits and vegetables generously donated by area farmers. Rachel currently works at Weavers Way Co-op, a community-owned cooperative grocery store, where she is eager to further explore her deep interest in institutional food supply chain and purchasing. Her hobbies include running and hiking long distances in improper footwear, reading books on the subway, and tricking her friends into eating vegan food.



Rana Muminoglu


Seattle, Washington, United States

Rana Muminoglu is VP of Finance at Elevar Equity, a thesis based impact investor focused on generating outstanding investment returns by delivering essential services to underserved communities. Rana has 14 years of work experience focused on financial and strategic planning, operations and leading cross-functional teams.  She started her career at KPMG leading Audit and Risk Advisory projects.  Post MBA, she spent few years pricing wastewater treatment deals for the Linde Group, an international industrial gas and engineering company. Before joining Elevar, Rana spent seven years at as a finance lead supporting various early stage technology businesses to scale them globally and in a financially sound way.   Rana earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey and received her MBA with a focus on Finance and Corporate Strategy from University of Michigan Ross School of Business.  She completed the Executive Education program on Social Impact Strategy at University of Pennsylvania.  She has served on the board of non-profit organizations in Seattle and recently helped Potential Energy, a California based non-profit organization by initiating their carbon certification program. Rana has been living in Seattle, WA for six years and still continues to be amazed by Pacific Northwest’s nature.


Rishabh Jhol

Rishabh-JholNew Delhi, India

A seasoned consultant with a penchant for finance, analytics, and design thinking, Rishabh completed his MBA in Leadership and Innovation at Bentley University (US) on full-tuition scholarship. Pre-MBA, he worked with one of the fastest growing Indian e-commerce companies in lifestyle retail – Jabong, and with a US-based business advisory firm, CEB. Post-MBA, he started a policy advisory firm, advising politicians on their parliamentary and constituency work.  Purveyor of socially conscious leadership, he has volunteered with NAZ India for HIV orphans, the micro-finance vertical of Drishtee Foundation, and with the Afro-Brazilian Incubator in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  He is a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and completed his undergraduate studies from SS College of Business Studies.   Currently, he studies design thinking for social impact strategy from University of Pennsylvania and works as an Associate Director with GrowthEnabler Global.




Santiago Melo


As a Portfolio Associate at Acumen, Santiago is focused on growing the Latin America portfolio and providing management support to existing portfolio companies. Prior to joining Acumen, Santiago worked for Endeavor where he was in charge of searching and selecting high impact entrepreneurs, as well as providing strategic and operational assessment  for the portfolio companies. He previously worked in the real estate and oil & gas industries performing business development and strategic activities and evaluating new investment opportunities. Santiago holds BSc in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia.


Sharon Potter

Sheri Potter
Sarasota, Florida, United States

Officially I am the Director of Membership and Public Programs at the American Institute of Biological Sciences, a professional association that serves to strengthen research and education in the broad biological sciences. It is a super cool job where I have the opportunity to learn from and work with the brightest minds in biology to build programs that examine and catalyze change to address meta issues that impact science.  My favorite project is building the COPUS network.  Through COPUS, a lot of different people with unique perspectives examine a shared concern: how to improve the public dialog about science as a tool that serves people and society. I love the work I do nationally but my heart stays full through the hands   on work I do in my own community.  I have twin 12 year old daughters   that I have raised as a single mom, each with their own incredibly unique strengths and needs. Through raising them, I have benefited from and been able to serve so many great organizations through local programs: We build strong future female leaders through Girl Scouting.  We bring enjoyment and recognition to people with unique talents through Special Olympics. Serving our community with generosity and joy is a fundamental value of how our family thrives.  All together I get to see what it means to be a successful individual, family, community and society from a lot of different angles.  There is a lot of change to be affected in the world.  My mission is to empower others to believe that change is possible.



Shirley Nagar

New York City, New York, United States

I was born and raised in South Florida, but there are many places I call home. Currently, I live and work in NYC, but I spend a lot of time in Israel where my entire extended family lives. One constant in my life has been my passion for volunteering and helping others. This lead me to pursue a career in the non-profit world. So far I’ve learned a lot about the industry and I am excited and ready to take those experiences and new skills I  learn through this program to make a bigger social impact through the corporate world.






Sienna Dutkowski

Nairobi, Kenya

Sienna Dutkowski was raised in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration graduating in May ’07. Shortly after graduation, she moved South Sudan to manage residential and office compounds where aid workers and business people lived and worked. While living in South Sudan, Sienna volunteered at the Orphanage Home of Juba. It was while working with those 72 little ones at the orphanage that Sienna found her passion. Sienna decided then, that she wanted to change her career path from hospitality management to non-profit management and international development with a focus on child welfare issues. Sienna moved back to New York where she was hired as the Chief Operating Officer for the Institute for Conscious Global Change in September 2011. Sienna Returned to South Sudan in 2013, and joined with friends to open the American School of South Sudan, which is currently operating their preschool and kindergarten programs. She is currently working to expand the school to a pre-K-12 program.



Siew Joo Chua


I have been working with Singapore’s public service sector for 7 years. I left the sector in 2013 and I am currently working with an NGO that works on sanitation issues. I joined the programme with the intention of giving greater coherence to what I learned from public service and to discover new perspectives regarding creating social impact from the May cohort community.




Sonja Stang
Sonja Stang


Sonja Stang is an alumna of Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, with a concentration in macro practice and passion for social equality. Since moving back to Louisville, Kentucky after graduating Penn, Ms. Stang has been focused on utilizing prevention to address the social injustices in education. Currently working for the Exploited Children’s Help Organization, she is looking forward to gaining additional insight about changing systemic practices in school systems. Ms. Stang received her Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Louisville and is currently a volunteer hospital advocate for the Center for Women & Families.


Sophie Tran

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Aspiring social entrepreneur Sophie Tran considers herself not so much as a “business person” or “entrepreneur” but a “life-long student, learner, and observer” of many things. Professionally, Sophie seeks to enrich her experience through explorations of unique perspectives. Her range of interests is diverse, rich, and complex and usually involves social issues and conscious business models. Sophie Tran formally studied Architecture and received a Bachelor of Science from the Philadelphia University in 2012. However, her experience has ranged from creative fields such as marketing, branding, photography, and fashion to social service work and community organization. In 2014, Recently, Sophie dedicated her time and work as a Public Narrative Coach through a program based on the teachings of Professor Marshall Ganz at the Harvard Kennedy School.Her interests and business fields include marketing, branding, social service, community organization, education, health, and wellness, and women’s interests.




Spring Petta

Seattle, Washington, United States

I’ve dedicated my academic and professional career to English language programs and global stewardship. My goal is to promote global stewardship through transformative English language learning and introduce students to the power of multilingualism and the necessity to protect minority dialects, languages, and culture. I’m working to reform English as a Foreign Language (EFL) programs through the use of applied linguistics and by emphasizing the importance of global citizenry through practical applications of environmental education.



Stella HyeYoung Kim

New Jersey, United States


Stella H. Kim, SPHR is a People Analytics & Workforce Management Specialist at IBM specializing in data-driven talent development, employee engagement, and change management solutions. Formerly, she was a Senior Consultant working on organizational change projects for IBM’s clients and internal stakeholders. Stella graduated from Princeton with a BA in Economics, holds a Master Certificate in HR Management from Villanova University, and completed the 2015 CSIS Executive Program for Social Impact Strategy at UPenn’s School of Social Policy & Practice.Stella spends her free time learning new languages and singing with various NYC choral groups. She enjoys volunteering for nonprofits and strengthening Korean-American communities. She serves as the Head of Intern-Volunteer Programs and Global Advisory Board Member of CourseWorld, Inc., a nonprofit providing easily-accessible, high-quality educational videos in Classic Liberal Arts to all end-users. She also founded Korean-Americans at IBM, an official Business Resource Group at IBM, aimed to create a safe, meaningful platform for 105+ NY members to openly share their expertise, knowledge, and experiences through volunteering, career panel, and casual networking opportunities. Stella believes in the power of community-building for professional development and social impact, and strives to produce meaningful value in all her work, service and relationships.



Suman John


Bangalore, India

My mission and that of my organization, is to find and create job opportunities for the intellectually challenged in the community. By helping society see the abilities of this group of individuals rather than their disabilities, we strive to increase acceptance and inclusion for them.I started my career in market research after completing my business management studies. After 10 years in the field I moved to the social sector and became a qualified special educator with a focus on autism. For 12 years I served on the Board of Diya Foundation, a trust, working to provide vocational skills to the intellectually challenged. I moved off the Board to start a for profit social enterprise two years ago, employing those graduating from training as well as impacting other impoverished groups. The company makes and markets a line of hand crafted gifting products, in addition to doing packaging and assembly work for small businesses. Bangalore is home and I live here with my husband John, 18 year old daughter Nikita and 2 golden retrievers Kiah and Zoe.



Susan Richetti

Orlando, Florida, United States

A non-traditional student, Susie just finished my Bachelors at Rollins College in Organizational Behavior. Her concentration has been Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and she loves strategic planning and facilitating. This year she worked on campus as the Work On Purpose Liaison for Rollins, previously she helped created and coordinated the Impact Internship Program. Passionate about helping others put legs on their ideas  to develop impactful organizations for social change, Susie loves creating and developing infrastructure and being a changemaker!





Taylor Paul MacKay

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

I graduated with a degree in accounting and a passion for social entrepreneurship and economic development.  I spent a number of years living and working abroad for various for-profit and non-profit social enterprises in Uganda, Kenya, Paraguay, and India.  I am currently working in global supply chain management connecting small scale agricultural producers with international markets.  I’m currently living in Luxembourg and will be graduating with my EMBA from Oxford in 2017.




Trevor Huffmaster

Bozeman, Montana, United States

Trevor has worked for more than 15 years in the management of complex and diverse healthcare organizations, including The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  In 2014, he followed a lifelong goal by returning to Boston University (BU) to focus on his culinary training. After completing the BU Certificate Program in Culinary Arts, he was awarded the Julia Child Foundation Assistant position with the BU program.  Trevor is now based out of Bozeman, Montana where he is focusing on connecting the dots with healthcare, education, and food by working on projects to improve both the local food system and overall community health. In addition to his formal culinary training, Trevor holds a BA in Biology from Boston University and  a Master of Health Administration (MHA) from The Ohio State University, College of Public Health.



Valentina Humar

Bogota, Colombia

Bilingual entrepreneurial business administrator with a M.S in Public Relations and Corporate Communication from New York University. Solid background in strategic communications developed during four years of work both at the Ministry of Environment of Colombia and United Nations Environment Programme in New York. Valentina  worked for three years at Google Colombia first as  senior account manager at Google Colombia and then as an Account Executive. Currently, Valentina is the Head of Enterprise Relations at Bunny Inc. even though Valentina’s career has had a wide focus, her passion and ultimate goal is to have an impact on the world and change people’s life when possible. She is also Vice President and Co-founder of Potencial Ambiental which mission is to raise awareness of the challenges that climate change poses in our society. Valentina loves to write, travel and learn about different cultures.




Xiaocong Wang


Wang Xiaocong has extensive experience in digital innovation, strategy planning and execution, business development and market expansion & analytics productization and commercialization. She is focused, collaborative, with creative minds. Her specialties include corporate strategy (China market entry strategy, operating model strategy, sales & marketing strategy, M&A strategy, operations/ supply chain, project management), digital innovation (advanced analytics application, digital transformation enablement), and market intelligence (industry analysis, market research, due diligence, technology commercialization). She also has industry expertise in healthcare, smart public service, FMCG, clean- tech, and pro-bono work. While she is not thinking about how to change the world, she likes traveling and reading.



Yannick Foing



Yannick FOING was appointed Regional Manager, Nutrition Improvement Program Asia Pacific for DSM Nutritional Products, based out of Singapore,  in August 2012. In his role, he works together with industry, UN agencies, governments and civil society to bring innovative affordable and aspirational nutritional solutions to the base of the pyramid (BoP) and the region’s most vulnerable populations. DSM’s Nutrition Improvement Program follows a creating shared value strategy and works with like-minded partners to support staple food fortification programs and develop new sustainable and inclusive distribution channels and business models to improve nutrition of the BoP. Prior to joining DSM, from 2009 to 2012, Yannick was Director of Partnerships and Fundraising for a France-based non-profit, BioVision, organizer of the World Life Sciences Forum. From 2004 to 2008, Yannick co-founded the US subsidiary of a leading French biotechnology company, Genfit, and was appointed US Business Development Director, based out of Boston, USA. Yannick holds a Master of Science in Molecular Biology from University of Strasbourg (France). He also holds a Master of Science in Biochemistry from University of Montreal (Canada).



Zachary D. Hill

New York City, New York, United States

Zac Hill is the COO and Chief Strategy Officer of The Future Project,  an organization devoted to inspiring every young person in America to discover and pursue a purpose.  Previously he was a lead game designer for the card game Magic: The Gathering, which he played professionally from 2001-2009.  An ‘08 Henry Luce Scholar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Zac has also worked as a Research Affiliate at the MIT Game Lab and as a public policy adviser for the mayor of Memphis, TN. Beyond all that, he digs writing like crazy: his stories, poems, and articles have appeared in The Believer, The Huffington Post, Seattle Magazine, Seattle CityArts, and twenty-something smaller journals and reviews.  An avid harborer of ambivalent feelings towards dogs and cats alike, Zac’s current side-project is to function non-embarrassingly as the front-man of a alternative-soul band called The Banquet Hounds.  He is all about hyphens, semicolons, and em-dashes, and lives in New York City.



Zhen Wang

Shanghai, China

Zhen recently joined Ogilvy PR as a senior consultant in the Shanghai, China office. Prior to this, she worked as a bilingual investigative reporter for China’s most influential business magazine Caijing for seven years. Her reports cover a broad spectrum of industries and topics, ranging   from China’s state-owned enterprises to high-tech rising stars, from CEO’s features to complex internal power struggles. She was a participant of the German-China Media Ambassador Exchange Program and European Union Visiting Program. She holds a Master’s degree in East Asian Area Studies from the University of Southern California. A native Chinese, she speaks fluent English and conversational Japanese. Zhen is married and has one daughter.