Meet the Students!

Alessandra Costa

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Alessandra has been managing public policies for Culture for the last 15 years. As an actress, she performed in more than 20 theatre productions from 1990 until 2004.  Currently she’s the CEO of Associação Amigos do Projeto Guri, a non-profit organization which is in charge of the biggest music teaching program in Brazil: Projeto Guri. She’s also the president of ABRAOSC, the Brazilian Association of the Culture Social Organizations.


Alexandra Barreraalexandrabarrera

Miami, FL, United States

Alexandra Barrera currently is the head of Research for the newly created Social Impact Unit for Univision Communications and Fusion Media Group. The Rise Up, Social Impact department is responsible for partnering with Foundations in creating socially conscious and compelling campaigns with the goal of shifting attitudes and changing behavior. With over 15+ years International experience in Media Research and Programming in companies such as: Warner Bros. International, Viacom Networks Latin America and Hallmark Channel. Alex has been enjoying the recent shift to Social Impact in her career and is excited to participate in this program to learn more and implement in her current role.


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New York City, NY, United States

Alexandra Ostrow is a passionate strategist for social impact and innovation. A former marketing director, Alexandra managed global accounts for brands such as Mattel, JP Morgan Chase, Medtronic Diabetes, The Michelin Guide, and Pepperidge Farm, as well as spent two years in Communications at Cardozo Law School, and three years managing a New York animal rescue. After leaving her job at a top New York agency, Alexandra set out to support the nonprofit sector while also working to uncover the true potential of Corporate America: its potential to positively impact employees, communities, and industries.  Alexandra is in the process of writing a book on new models for work and life, and has been featured in Fast Company, Inc., and Huffington Post. A New York City native and NYU graduate, Alexandra currently lives in her East Village zoo — alongside her partner, two dogs, and two cats.


Alexandre Ayad

Geneva, Switzerland

Alexandre Ayad is a digital marketing specialist, co-founder of fundraising software editor GiveXpert. He trains non-profit organizations to grow online during workshops of the French association of fundraisers and Swissfundraising. Before joining the non-profit sector in 2009, he was previously marketing director of online advertising network Criteo and had also worked at Yahoo! and Adobe.




Alfredo Chavarin Pimentel

Guadalajara, Mexico

Alfredo is a mexican facilitator, coach and change maker. He co-founded Goodside, an innovation for the good startup company.Alfredo believes that by bringing out the best of human beings we can create massive possibilities and actions to solve civilization challenges. Yes, It’s possible.





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Alia Poonawala

Geneva, Switzerland

Alia Poonawala is of mixed Swiss and Indian origin and joined the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition in 2013 as part of the Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition team, bringing more than 10 years of experience in increasingly responsible roles in marketing, global brand management, advertising development and sales both at Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble. At P&G, Alia was most recently Market Development Manager for North and West African expansion models. She also designed and implemented social marketing campaigns in Water and Sanitation while working for PSI in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. During her academic career, Alia received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Psychology from Princeton University, USA and earned a Marketing and Communications degree from ESCP-EAP, France. At GAIN, Alia now leads the fundraising, design and supports the implementation of infant and young child health promotion campaigns, innovative delivery models and women empowerment projects across multiple countries, with a special focus on South East Asian geographies.


Ana Cavazosana

Monterrey, Mexico

Ana is a dreamer, a writer, teacher and instructional designer. She has volunteered for several NGO’s and social movements in which she discovered this passion that drives her to create a social impact in her community-and in the world.  She’s devoted her life to help women rise, empower them and make them responsible for their success. Her purpose is to live a life of service, social change, and impact future generations. She studied a major in Educational Sciences at Universidad de Monterrey, she’s a certified English Instructor from Tec de Monterrey.


Anand Sharmaanandsharma

Mumbai, India

Anand is a firm believer in the power of education to transform our societies and the role technology can play in realizing that change at scale. Currently leading technology and learning initiatives at Teach For India, a non-profit that’s building a network of leaders to eliminate educational inequity, Anand drives his passion for learning, community-building and realizing human potential as he enables over 3000 Teach For India stakeholders to bring an excellent education to more than 1,50,000 underprivileged students across India. His current charge is to build organizational and systemic learning capacities at Teach For India to re-define and demonstrate excellent education at scale by reaching a student-base of 1 Million by 2022. A tech-entrepreneur with over 10 years of work-experience, Anand is also a teacher at heart –  a Teach For India alumnus where he taught a 33 girls for 2 years in a Delhi slum – an experience he feels built his belief in collective action and need for systems leaders to resolve some of the most complex challenges our societies face today.


André Bueno

Lansing, MI, United States

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Andrea Millerandreamiller

New York City, NY, United States

Andrea has a diverse range of work and life experiences.  In addition to over 15 years in the field of international public health, she also has a background in policy and political experience, having begun her career at the New York State Assembly and in Washington, DC. Aside from her passion for improving public health, Andrea loves to travel and learn about other cultures. She has been to over 20 countries and spent a year in S. America, where she volunteered with adults and children living in local prisons. In her spare time, when not re-discovering all the amazing things NYC has to offer, she spends time with her family and friends; and can often be found looking for ways to improve her Spanish and French language skills.



Andres Montenegroandrem

Pasto, Colombia

Andres works at Catholic Relief Services – CRS as the South American Coffeelands Program Officer. He brings with him all of the great experience he gained in Borderlands, an innovative project funded by the Howard G. Buffet Foundation executed in Colombia and Ecuador. Andres got his start working in coffee-agricultural sector more than 10 years ago through a Public Private Partnership with Starbucks, Volcafe and the International Organization for Migration focused on supporting small-holders farmers affected by armed conflict in Colombia. He has since been involved in other coffee-agriculture related initiatives with Oxfam UK and Catholic Relief Services where he has been promoting public private partnerships, corporate social responsibility, and inclusive business development to achieve a brighter future for smallholder farmers, communities and the coffee industry. Andres is an Agro-Industrial Engineer with an MSc in process design and management with a major in food-bioprocesses. Currently, he is based in Pasto, Narino in the south-west of Colombia.


Anthony Allen

New Haven, CT, United States

Anthony Allen is Partner and Chief Impact Officer at Formata, a social impact action tank which is part social impact strategy firm and part launchpad for mission-driven companies. In October of 2015 he co-founded ARTTN Gallery, an online-only visual arts gallery which curates exhibits to tell the most important stories of our time and harness the emotional energy they evoke in order to generate tangible positive impact. Anthony has more passions and interests than he knows what to do with, and his Amazon wish list is ever-expanding (currently around 150 titles). As an avid backpacker and cyclist, he draws inspiration from the natural world and is an advocate of living simply. He believes that questions are more important than answers and listening is more important than talking, and he thinks humility is the most understated and overlooked marker of great leadership.  Anthony’s current projects involve circular economies and impact economic development.


Arlene Rivera Finkelsteinarlenefinkelstein

Philadelphia, PA, United States

Arlene Rivera Finkelstein is the Associate Dean for Public Service and Executive Director of the Toll Public Interest Center at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. For over a decade, Rivera Finkelstein has worked at the intersection of higher education and the nonprofit sector – focused on promoting access to justice and enhancing legal education through pro bono legal service. Before taking the helm of Penn Law’s award-winning pro bono program, Rivera Finkelstein launched the public service program at Widener Law School in Wilmington, DE. She works closely with the Philadelphia nonprofit sector, and currently leads the Boards of Friends of Farmworkers, Community Legal Services, and Philadelphia Legal Assistance. She began her career as an Assistant Defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, on whose Board she also serves. She earned a JD from Temple Law School, and a BS from Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology.


Art Jones


Washington, D.C., United States

As Vice President Global Public Affairs for Tyco, Art Jones is responsible for Tyco’s global government affairs, public policy, and advocacy initiatives, including corporate social responsibility.  Art manages a team of public affairs specialist in North and South America, Europe, and China.  He also leads the philanthropic activities as President of the Tyco Cares Foundation. Tyco Cares mission is to engage the passion of Tyco’s stakeholders around the globe, by leveraging employee engagement, corporate resources, and business capabilities to create safer and smarter communities and protect what matters most.Protecting the vulnerable, supporting first responders; and improving the safety of homes, schools and communities. Develop awareness, in-person trainings and other employee engagement opportunities, support innovative social good programs and products.  Inspiring youth engagement; promoting the next generation of engineers and leaders; preparing those in need for employment and economic success especially in the security industry.Art joined Tyco in April 2004 after serving as Manager of Public Policy at Kmart Corporation.


Arturo Fuentes

Provo, UT, United States

Arturo holds a degree in Middle Eastern Studies/Arabic. He is the executive director for HELP International, a nonprofit that aims to alleviate global poverty through multisector collaboration. He also currently works as a development officer for the Elizabeth Smart Foundation – overseeing their work for child victims of predatory crimes in Nepal. His global experience in research, needs assessment, and project oversight span 15 countries and four continents. Arturo is a former Arabic instructor for BYUs near eastern languages department and is a cat enthusiast.


Berndt PilgramBerndt

Munich, Germany

A Big Data Analytics expert by training, Bernie Pilgram is an innovative strategist and analytics business consultant with Teradata in the area of social media analysis, technology, and automotive industry. Bernie is passionate about unlocking the potential of Big Data to transform and accelerate social development and progress. He strives to drive initiatives for harnessing the power of data for large-scale social impact. Bernie earned a doctorate in Mathematics/Biostatistics via a joint doctoral-research program from University of Graz, Austria, McGill University, Canada, and Polytechnic Institute of Milan, Italy. Bernie is a sports enthusiast and loves to challenge himself.


Brian McCabe

New York City, NY, United States

Brian McCabe is currently the Manager of Global Financial Analysis at New York University where he is responsible for the strategic financial planning, reporting, and quantitative analysis of NYU’s 11 global academic centers. Brian has been with NYU since June 2013 and in that time has provided financial and operational support to various academic programs and research initiatives across the globe. Prior to joining NYU, Brian spent three years in public accounting advising mid-size NPO’s. Brian also serves as a Financial Consultant to numerous NPO’s including Trinity Education (formerly CaCHE Global), an international, education-based start-up based in Kenya. Brian is a member of the Junior Board for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York City and also serves as a Project Team Leader for New York Cares community outreach programs in Manhattan. He received a BS in Accounting & Business Administration from Sacred Heart University in 2010.


Claudia Newman-Martinclaudia

New York City, NY, United States

Claudia Newman-Martin is a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, concentrating in social impact work. Claudia has a Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University. Prior to BCG, Claudia worked as an attorney at a top Australian firm, for the Chief Justice of New South Wales, and for the Australian Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet.




Claudia Tse

Hong Kong

Claudia Tse is the Head of Brand for Asia at Macquarie Group. Currently based in Hong Kong, she has extensive experience in Brand and Marketing communications from working for various MNCs and 4As advertising agencies, both in Hong Kong and London.Claudia is passionate about making an impact to the communities and she was voted as the Global Volunteer of the Year in 2015 at Macquarie. She’s keen to go further in her social impact journey through this Executive Program in social Impact Strategy.


Craig Casseycraigcassey

Washington, D.C., United States

Craig is a leadership educator by trade, driven by a desire to empower individuals and communities to thrive. He also doubles as a consultant for PACs and communication firms, helping organizations get off the ground and create their desired impact from day 1. A board member of Spark The Wave and a founding team member behind Georgetown University’s Flourishing Program, Craig knows the difference experiential learning around leadership, service, and wellness can have on youth and looks forward to using the skills honed in the Executive Program to better serve is community. A yogi at heart and previous hackathon producer, Craig’s other interests lie in the intersection of wellness, technology, and education design targeting reflection and personal data mining, and is always looking to support teams doing similar work.


Dan Brown

Bronx, NY, United States

Dan is founder of the web-based publication, a somewhat disruptive trade publication. He has long been active participating, and mentoring, in various SE programs focused to the Jewish world. He is a strong believer in “age is a state of mind” and practices this by continuous learning, and creating. Dan holds graduate certificates in Nonprofit Program Administration and in Fundraising from the University of Pennsylvania.



Daniela San Romandaniellasanroman

Lima, Peru

Daniela is a bachelor in Economics from Universidad Del Pacifico. With work experience in the private sector, in research and consulting for social program evaluation, base lines for mining projects, opportunities for clean energy in Peru and with experience in field work in rural areas. Now a day, Daniela works in the ministry of education, in the decentralized unit of education at national level, responsible of the development and implementation of monitoring tools and strategies to boot the performance of the regions. Daniela also has experience in local volunteer organizations of education and environment. Having the role of director since 2015 of a life skills and debate education project in public schools in Lima. Also, she took the role of directing an environment education program in a public schools in Peru in a NGO.



Deidre Fraserdeidre

Cranston, RI, United States

Deidre Fraser is the Operations Specialist of Global Brand Relations for the CHARITY BY DESIGN division at ALEX AND ANI. Deidre manages regional, national and international non-profit partnerships on a marketing, communications, and brand strategic level, while developing systems and methods for business development. Deidre is also spearheading the launch of this division in the international market in countries such as Ireland, Australia, and Japan. Deidre is a Jamaican native who is a 2011 graduate of Bryant University with a Master’s in Business Administration.




Diana Catalina Buitragodianacatalina

Binghamton, NY, United States

Catalina has a Bachelor degree in Public and International Affairs, a Postgraduate degree in International Cooperation and Development Projects and a Master in Development Practice. She has more than 10 years of professional experience working with the Colombian Government and with United Nations in social development projects, gender, human rights and armed conflict issues. Her passion is social innovation and projects impact evaluation. She speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.


Diondra Johnsondiondrajohnson

Atlanta, GA, United States

Diondra Johnson currently works as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the Department of the Army’s Child and Family Behavioral Health Services. She specializes in trauma-focused therapy for spouses and children of the Military with a general focus on family and marital counseling.  Diondra has previously work in Department of Defense organizations to include Family Advocacy’s New Parent Support Program and Warrior Transition Battalion’s Community Care Unit. Diondra gravitates towards opportunities for social change and while she has a clinical, Military-focused background, she is excited and committed to exploring a broader, societal approach to generating social impact, specifically when it comes to dismantling systemic racism.



Dominik BeronDominikBeron_Foto_Refugeeswork.at_

Vienna, Austria

Dominik is a law graduate from Vienna, Austria. He worked at several international law firms such as Baker&McKenzie; or CMS in the area of corporate law, M&A, capital markets.In March 2015 he started his first social enterprise Alltagshelden (a matching platform for skills-based volunteering), in early 2016 he co-founded his second social enterprise (an online job platform for refugees), which he is currently focusing on. Apart from that Dominik is co-founder and shareholder of an HR consulting firm (Kooperate) that aims to help companies to combine employee training with the implementation of high impact projects for non-profits and social enterprises. Currently, he is working on “Digital Health Awareness”, which is a virtual health advisor for women & children in developing countries.



Dorothy Dulodorothydulo

Kisumu, Kenya

Dorothy is the founder and director of Rafiki Africa Foundation, a community based non-profit that serves rural communities in Kenya. She has experience in rural development; youth, women and girls social economic development and entrepreneurship; rural access to education; and food security in Kenya. She is the also the founder and owner of Rafiki Shoppe, a social enterprise that provides opportunities to  individuals at risk and with barriers for entering the job market. Dorothy is excited to explore strategies that can help scale her work in the communities she serves and beyond.



Ellen Rosner Feig

Nyack, NY, United States

Dr. Ellen Rosner Feig is an associate professor of composition and literature at Bergen Community College. Through her not for profit, Get BoxED, Inc., she has delivered educational systems to rural areas including Romania and Ghana. Currently, she is a founder/partner in FemInUs, Inc., an organization founded after the US November election to train and mentor the next group of feminist leaders. Dr. Feig won the Philanthropreneur award in 2016 from UC Berkeley’s Haas program in social impact strategy.



Emmy Negrinemmy

Mountain View, CA, United States

Emmy is a Social Entrepreneur and currently an intraprenuer at Yahoo focused on Social Impact and culture initiatives. In her current role, she manages the Yahoo Employee Foundation teaching employees about philanthropy and oversees a $12M donor advised fund which grants to thousands of nonprofits globally. She also designs, facilitates and leads cultural programs such as a Mindfulness Program and diversity initiatives for employees in partnership with community organizations. Prior to Yahoo, Emmy worked with organizations focusing on youth and experiential learning programs in the California Bay Area teaching innovation and entrepreneurship. She serves on the Advisory Board at UC Berkeley for the Executive Development program, Innovation and Leadership through Positive Psychology and is on the Advisory Board curating a new initiative called The Culture Conference. Emmy leads leadership workshops, mindfulness retreats and is passionate about helping organizations align purpose, values and impact. She received her BA in Communication and Culture, International Development and Social Change from Clark University.


Erin Harriserinharris

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Erin Harris loves working with organizations passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. As a Project Management Professional (PMP), Erin applies her training in a specific methodology to help drive results-driven impacts. Erin has worked for multiple industries in government agencies, social enterprises, corporations, nonprofits, and small businesses. She focuses her work on projects related to sustainability and community development. Erin earned her Master of Science degree in Sustainable Tourism and started SEE Tourism to advance sustainability efforts in travel & tourism. Erin is the Director of Projects for the Barbershop Harmony Society, a singing-based organization focused on creating a better world by bringing people together in harmony (quite literally). Erin is also the Head of Sustainability for Project Cordillera, an adventure travel social enterprise supporting mountain communities.  Erin earned her B.S. in International Business and B.A. in Political Science from the College of Charleston.


Erin SmithErinsmith

Nairobi, Kenya

Erin Smith, is an ex-corporate gal that left the chaotic and hectic gerbil wheel to make a positive impact in Africa.  She utilizes the skills, experience and acumen from over 25 years in finance, technology and general business to mentor, coach and advise entrepreneurs in Kenya.Currently, Ms Smith purchased a conservation entrepreneurship company, Ocean Sole and is working on how to make this organization more successful both in social impact as well as awareness of the flip flop problem in emerging markets.Waking up everyday to smiling faces whom want to learn, grow and make a positive impact on the environment and community is a dream that has come true.Besides traveling, eating out, reading, sailing and spending time socializing with friends in the bush or at the beach, Ms Smith likes to write funny short stories about her experiences across Africa.Erin also likes to learn.  She has her BS in MIS, MSc in IT, MCert in Change Management and has attended over 30 graduate level and executive programs to stimulate her brain.


Fatima AlmukhtarFatima

Vienna, Austria

Fatima is an Iraqi International Business Administration graduate based in Vienna. She studied a semester abroad at the University of Pittsburgh in 2013 specializing in international marketing and advertising. She completed an internship in the finance department at Bank Audi in Beirut in 2012. She volunteered with the organization Train of Hope at the Vienna main train station as a translator helping the arriving refugees and started many other refugee aid projects. Early 2016 she co-founded, an online job platform for refugees in Austria. Currently, she is working on “Digital Health Awareness”, which is a virtual health advisor for women & children in developing countries.



Fulvia Morales

Monterrey, Mexico

Fulvia is a Community Relations Manager at Citi-Banamex, where she manages the Social Entrepreneurship Portfolio. Before joining the CSR area of the company, Fulvia was part of the Strategic Planning team for México and Latin America – where she led priority business projects within the region. Additionally, she worked with Vittana and the Grameen Foundation to launch the first microcredit product for education in Ecuador back in 2012. Fulvia has worked in the entrepreneurship and social innovation space since 2010; she is a StartingBloc Fellow and a board member of Mexico’s National Advisory Board for the Global Impact Investment Steering Group founded by the G8. She has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey.


Gary SamowitzGary

Melbourne, Australia

Gary was appointed as Stand Up’s first CEO in 2009 and has played a key role in overseeing the explosive growth of its programs and volunteer community.Stand Up is all about the Australian Jewish community pursuing social justice and improving the world around us. Their current programs include empowering Sudanese Refugees, engaging with remote Aboriginal communities and running innovative education programs for the Jewish community.Gary was previously the Hillel Director in Sydney where he mentored and trained Jewish university students. Gary studied Jewish History and International Relations, and he was born and bread in Johannesburg, South Africa. He enjoys doing triathlons and crossfit and spending time with his gorgeous twin girls and his son.


Greg IvesGregIves

Pedasi, Panama

Greg is the Conservation Project Director for IMKM Architecture & Planning where he has been developing the mission and environmental impact programs for the Reserva Ecologica Panamaes over the past two and half years. He is responsible for planning and implementing the conservation, restoration and regenerative agriculture projects of the Reserva, developing a research program focused on dry tropic restoration and regenerative agriculture and overseeing outreach and partnership development. Greg has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied Sustainability and Environmental Management through Wharton’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership.


Harini Bhamidipatiharini

Sugar Land, TX, United States

Harini holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Anthropology and Human Biology from Emory University. Her professional interests lie in developing, implementing, and scaling public health behavioral change interventions. She hopes to alleviate hurdles for people with invisible illnesses through innovative entrepreneurship. Harini is a chocolate and yoga aficionado, with a taste for British comedies.



Harry Lopez

Miami, FL, United States

Harry is a social entrepreneur, actor, and education leader who is passionate about amplifying the voices of underrepresented communities in the United States. He currently works at CodeHS, an education technology start-up in San Francisco. Upon graduating from college, Harry became a Teach For America Corps Member in Nashville teaching 3rd grade for two years. He earned his master’s degree in Instructional Practice along with an Executive Coaching certificate from Lipscomb University. Harry was awarded the Austrian-Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Niederosterreich, Austria in 2012. Last year, he worked for Teach For America Greater Nashville as a Manager of Teacher Leadership Development, coaching and supporting a cohort of 30 pre-K to 12th grade teachers in public schools throughout Nashville. He speaks Spanish and German, and is currently learning Arabic. He is working on a TV pilot web-series in Miami called “Comeback Kid” about an aspiring boxer who defies all odds to attain his goals.


Hasan AlKurdi

Fairfax, VA, United States

Hasan believes that innovative solutions come out multi diminutional diversities, actions , and continuous learning. He transferred from Allied Health field in Syria to Financial Services industry in Kuwait, and finally Nonprofit Management sector in the US. Hasan gained an Allied Health bachelor degree from Egypt, a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (DL) from University of Leicester, UK, and the HBX CORe from HBS, US. He is working as a “project manager” for a small nonprofit charitable organization (Syrian Expats) in DC area. Syrian Expats main concentration is “Capacity Development for Local Councils and Civic Organizations in Syria.” Hasan is looking to develop himself in nonprofit management and Social Entrepreneur to help in developing Syrian American nonprofit organizations performance, and to help the Syrian diaspora in the US getting more engaged in their local communities in the US in a more positive and productive ways.


Ian CapstickIanCapstick

Ottawa, Canada

Ian is passionate about creating social change through communications. An experienced media coach, political tactician and engaging speaker, he is quoted widely in Canada’s media. He is a regular on CBC News Channel’s Power & Politics and is a go-to source for comment on the changing world of communications.He is the founder of MediaStyle, a social enterprise pubic affairs firm. As a Certified B Corporation, the company meet the highest standards of accountability, environmental and social performance. He has worked with leaders in the social innovation and social enterprise space in Canada.


Indah NuritasariIndah

Philadelphia, PA, United States

Indah Nuritasari is a writer, translator and Refugee and outreach specialist. She was born and raised in Indonesia and went to University of Indonesia for her Bachelor’s Degree in German Studies and Master’s in Economics and Public Policy. Before moving to Philadelphia in 2001, Indah worked as a  journalist for more than 10 years in Indonesia and Germany.  As an Outreach Specialist, she has been working with immigrants from more 35 countries.  She received The 2009 Art and Change Grant, The 2011 Art and Change Grant and The 2013 Art and Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation ( for her work with the immigrant communities. She is also a member of The American Translators Association and The International Federation of Journalists. Indah is now the Chief Editor of Indonesian Lantern magazine (, a contributor for and a Refugee Savings Program Coordinator  at Women Opportunities Resource Center, Philadelphia.


Irma L Uribe SantibáñezIrma

Mexico City, Mexico

Founder and Director of ateconqueso, a Mexican social enterprise that promotes development through early literacy, Irma is in constant need to re-imagine herself, her work, and her space. She believes that books are tools for individual, community and social change. Irma holds a MA Political Economy of International Development from the University of Toronto and a BA in International Relations from the Universidad de las Americas, Puebla. Before founding ateconqueso, she worked in social policy analysis and consultancy for almost 10 years in Fundación IDEA and the UNDP, specializing in youth and gender.She is a reader, a writer, a feminist, and a mom, and is currently obsessed with Chimamanda.


Ivan Moralesivan

Beacon, NY, United States

Ivan was born in Mexico City and obtained his Masters in Architecture at the Savannah college of Art and Design in 1999. Ivan founded with his wife the firm IM-KM Architecture and Planning, where he leads with comprehensive design strategy for landscape and site design, and oversees strategic planning and design detailing. He guides the diverse design and build team at IM/KM by stimulating collaboration with humor and cultural immersion. Prior to the formation of IM/KM, Ivan was associated with several award winning architectural firms’ Eisenman Architects, Platt Byard Dovell White, and most recently Selldorf Architects. Ivan’s work with associate offices has been published in Architectural Record, and the Architects Newspaper.


James Judgejamesjudge

New York City, NY, United States

James is a prime brokerage professional focused on innovative front through back office technology and partnership solutions for hedge funds, fund of funds, family offices, and allocators.  He is a graduate of Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business with a degree in International Business, a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), and holds FINRA Series 3, 4, 7, 24, 30, 55, and 63 licenses.  James has finished the Camino de Santiago, two ultramarathons, and loves exploring all of New York City’s playgrounds with his wife and two children.


Janice Ferebeejaniceferebee

Washington, D.C., United States

Janice is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and women and girls’ EMPOWERMENT STRATEGIST, with a Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. With over 30 years’ expertise in social and emotional/personal development for girls of color, she has the distinction of being recognized by Oprah and ESSENCE Magazine for her award-winning GOT IT GOIN’ ON?? empowerment brand for girls, and, she was the first Models Editor of African descent for Seventeen Magazine in the late 1970s.  She has turned her personal and professional life experiences into tools to help girls, parents, educators, juvenile justice, social service and faith-based professionals, organizations and institutions, empower girls to build confidence and cultural pride, and, develop personal action plans for their lives. She is committed to expanding her brand and transforming the lives of girls of color to achieve greater social impact, globally. “She brilliantly mixes her street-knowledge with her wit to successfully empower, educate and inspire!”



Jen Macapagal


Jen is a communications and programme management professional by day, and an avid sports enthusiast. She is the founder of Race2Share, a cause-driven sports organization connecting athletes and individuals in the use of sports as a tool to reach out to communities and disadvantaged groups. She is interested in immersing into the space of social entrepreneurship as a venue to translate collaborations and ideas, in order to make a difference in the lives of other people and therefore create a positive impact to society.



Jennifer SnapeJenniferSnape

New York City, NY, United States

Jennifer Snape is currently working as a risk strategy consultant within PwC’s Advisory practice in Financial Services. She graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in Managerial Economics and Strategy in 2014. Outside of the corporate sector, Jennifer has additional work experience at AMAR International, an NGO that works to recover and to sustain professional services in medicine, public health, education and basic need provision within refugee, and other, communities living under stress in war zones. She also volunteers her time as a translator and project manager for a documentary film production company.


Jill BrownfieldJillbrownfield

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Jill works at Democracy Works, a US-based nonprofit building technology to increase voter turnout. There she helps partners design and execute sustainable voter initiatives that have a huge impact! Jill is a graduate of Stetson University with a BA in political science. She is a native Floridian living in Los Angeles, and is a rugby player and an avid Cubs fan.




Jordan MuseJordanMuse

Philadelphia, PA, United States

Jordan is the External Affairs Associate at The Food Trust, a non-profit in Philadelphia whose mission is to ensures that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food. Her work pushes advocacy and policy efforts related to food and health equity locally and nationally. She always looks for opportunities to promote physical activity and intersecting that aspect in public health. She is a 2015 UNAOC Fellowship Alum and Alum of the YIP Board Prep Program. She plans on developing a social enterprise that will help improve her community throughout this program. Jordan plays tennis and is a Big Sister.


Jordana M. De Leon

Manila, Philippines / D.C., United States

Jordana De Leon is originally from Manila, Philippines, has called Washington, DC home for 13 years, and most recently completed a 3-year assignment in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. After working for 10 years in public health HIV/AIDS programs through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (the U.S. Government’s international HIV/AIDS program), Jordana is pursuing something new, as Founder of Macomber Farms. Macomber Farms is an agricultural enterprise based in Bataan, Philippines that aims to produce high-quality organic food products while providing employment to more than 30 local farmers. Jordana has a Master of Public Health from The George Washington University and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is excited to be a part of the 2017 Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy and plans to apply what she’ll learn to her venture in the Philippines, where she will be moving back to in March 2017.


Joshua Chuangjoshua_chuang_

Tucson, AZ, United States

Joshua Chuang is a professional software engineer and technical product manager with more than fourteen years’ experience.  He serves as a principal investigator of National Science Foundation (NSF) funded projects developing tools to empower diabetic and senior communities.  He recently started his entrepreneurial journey with a new venture, Colabcity (f.k.a Difference Maker), one of the finalists at the Get Started Tucson business pitch competition. Colabcity aims to better local community through crowdfunding & crowdsouring.  He’s passionate about creating products & services that make broader social impact.  He also served on the board of committees at a local Christian church.




Judith Martinez

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Bay area education, LA native, Judith is driven by a greater vision: activating an entire generation to come alive by engaging where passion intersects with what the world needs. Founder and CEO, Author, and Social Impact enthusiast, Judith has worked with world class leaders such as Leon Panetta, shared her voice on behalf of youth at the Youth Assembly, United Nations, and shares her love of design and media at GOOD Worldwide. Judith believes that a small group of committed individuals who dare to think big, work fast, and understand that at the center of getting anything done is a relationship, truly can change the world.



Juliana FleuryJulianaFleuryBrazil

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Juliana Fleury has an MBE of Social Responsibility and Third Sector at Economy Institute of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (IE-UFRJ). For more than 10 years, she’s involved in strategic issues of Associação pela Saúde Emocional das Crianças, an NGO focused to develop skills of life, within the Brazilian education environment. In 2016, became a member of the Board of Trustees of Partnership for Children, an independent charity based in UK, which promotes mental health and emotional wellbeing of children around the world, in which ASEC is one of 30 leading countries.



Karishma Patelkarishmapatel

Tustin, CA, United States

Karishma is currently working on developing her social impact business after going on a life changing journey to Lake Manasarovar and Mount Kailash. After living in New York for 6 years, she recently moved back home to California. She has previously worked at LiveIntent, ClassPass and Sony Music and received her Bachelor’s degree from New York University.




Karrie Pecekarriepece

Lisle, IL, United States

Karrie Pece is the Director, Talent and Operations at AutonomyWorks, a social enterprise designed to provide thousands of job opportunities to adults with autism.  Karrie is responsible for contributing to and executing the organization’s strategic plan and long-term vision.  Prior to joining AutonomyWorks, Karrie spent more than fifteen years working with individuals with disabilities and helping them to achieve independence in their professional and personal lives.  She is the co-author of award winning Self-Advocacy curriculum which resulted in hundreds of individuals with disabilities developing self-advocacy skills.  Karrie has an extensive background in disability services and is fluent in American Sign Language. Karrie earned her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and appreciates combining her business skills with her passion for changing the way the world views people with disabilities.  Karrie is excited to explore strategies and best practices with other social entrepreneurs and truly believes that together, we can make a difference.


Ken Chuakenchua


Ken in the Founder of Social Impact Start-Up, (these)abilities. His raison d’etre is to “Disable Disabilities” by re-designing both the outward and inward opinion of disability. A designer & engineer by training, he graduated from the pioneer batch of Singapore University of Technology & Design (in collaboration with MIT) [Magna Cum Laude, B.Eng (Engineering Product Development), SUTD Scholar & Deutsche Bank Study Award Scholar] Along the way, Ken has gathered a wealth of experience from companies ranging from (now Sephora Digital S.E.A.) to Embraer (World’s largest regional aircraft manufacturer). A TEDx speaker on Disability, Ken champions the notions of Inclusive Design, Disability as a Source of Innovation in Everyday Products and bringing about Empathy, not Sympathy. Ken has been active in the disability community for the past 8 years as a volunteer, friend, Assistive Technology researcher and now, Solutions Provider & Creative Capacity Builder. He believes that Disability has been designed for, and as such, can be re-designed to celebrate and embrace the differences in everyone. Essentially, Designing for (these) abilities.


Kimberley Pittman-Schulzkimberley

Fieldbrook, CA, United States

Kimberley Pittman-Schulz enjoys helping people unlock their human, creative, and intellectual potential. She serves as Executive Director of Philanthropy for Humboldt State University, where social justice and environmental responsibility are core to students’ learning. She’s stunned to realize she has nearly 30 years’ experience in nonprofit program leadership, team-building, charitable gift planning, and advising individuals from all walks of life who want change the world through their philanthropy. She previously worked with ChildFund International, and remains committed to collaborating with people in developing countries to create better lives for their children and communities. She’s taken on a new challenge in joining and fostering the growth of WE Rotary, a fledgling, virtual Rotary Club, with members around the country and the globe, focusing on peace-building initiatives. A poet and creative nonfiction writer, aka storyteller, she lives with her wildlife-biologist husband and calico along Northern California’s redwood coast.


Kristy Miller

Grayslake, IL, United States

Kristy Miller invests in three, related arenas. She raises her three children: Jake, Ben, and Sara with her husband in a Chicago suburb. A former high school teacher, Kristy is passionate not only about children but also about education’s role in peace-keeping. This passion is reflected in her work for Foundation46 which serves seven local K-8 schools in her community. In addition to conducting effective arts-integrated programming for students, Foundation46 partners with the Art Institute of Chicago to provide professional development opportunities for local teachers as well as classroom materials to facilitate the integration of inquiry and object-based instruction with traditional classroom instruction. Finally, Kristy is piloting a small business which aims to help communities define and articulate community-wide responses to local educational opportunities. Still in its infancy, Amateur by Design provides dialogue training and strategic planning facilitation to educational communities and employs high school students in a summer apprentice program. She is joining the Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy to bring community mapping, impact evaluation and additional strategic tools to her community.



Lakhsmi Subandi

Jakarta, Indonesia

Lakhsmi  has seventeen years’ experiences with International Non-Profit Organization in Asia. Her main interest are in the area of policies development, peacebuilding, human rights, conflict analysis, child rights and programming model.




Lars Thieslarsthies

Berlin, Germany

Lars Thies holds a degree in political science from the University of Hamburg. His passion is to create better educational and employment opportunities for young people. As a project manager for the Bertelsmann Stiftung, one of Germany’s leading think tanks and philantropy organizations, he is currently involved in research and advocacy towards improving the vocational training system in Germany and in finding best practices for bringing young people in Europe into employment. His previous experiences include volunteering for a school for underprivileged children in India, heading a research project on employment policies for young people in Europe as well as working as a lighting designer for theaters in Germany and the UK.



Lindsey Whitford

Boston, MA, United States

Lindsey is in her seventh year at Soccer Without Borders, a non-profit that uses soccer as vehicle for positive change in the lives of newcomer immigrant, refugee and asylee youth. Throughout her time at the organization she has held multiple roles including a Team Leader in Granada, Nicaragua and Monitoring & Evaluation Associate.  Currently, she’s the Director of Soccer Without Borders Boston.  A position she has held since 2012, in which she’s led the launch and growth of the program in its first five years.


Marcelo Repaccimarcelo

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Marcelo Repacci is co-founder and Executive Director of Livea (, a Brazilian NGO focused on improving the ecosystem of personal donations in Brazil, by making it more trustful, transparent and trackable. He has completed his Bachelor degree in Business Administration at University of Sao Paulo in 2013. He had strong experience with business development, business intelligence, marketing and partnerships, working for companies such as Airbnb and Google. He had been doing social projects for the past five years and he’s truly passionate about changing other people’s lives. He now lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and dreams to expanding his project to North America and Africa. While not working, he loves to ride his bicycle and venture himself in the kitchen.


Marcus Harris

Detroit, MI, United States

Marcus Harris is a Portfolio Manager in the SWOT City business support program for brick-and-mortar enterprises in Detroit neighborhoods at nonprofit business accelerator TechTown.  He also serves as an adjunct faculty in the Entrepreneurial Studies department at Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) in Detroit.  He has also taught undergraduate entrepreneurship courses at Oakland University in Rochester, MI and Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI.  Marcus is currently an entrepreneur trainer for ProsperUS Detroit, a neighborhood-based microenterprise development program.  In addition to teaching entrepreneurship courses at WCCCD for the past nine years, he also serves as a facilitator for BUILD Social, an innovative training and development program for social entrepreneurs, which he co-founded and launched with Detroit nonprofit Build Institute in 2014.  A life-long resident of Detroit, Marcus holds Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.  Currently, he is conducting dissertation research as a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program at Lawrence Technological University.


Marie Steinmariestein

Altadena, CA, United States

Marie Stein is a risk management and regulatory compliance consultant to financial services companies. In addition to her advisory work with banks and investment managers, she serves as an arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and  a volunteer mediator with various Los Angeles-based conflict resolution groups.  In 2014 she traveled to Vietnam and China as a fellow with Kiva, the global nonprofit person-to-person microlending site, and has served as a volunteer and on the boards of community arts and children’s nonprofits.   She is a graduate of Brown University (BA International Relations) and Boston University School of Law (JD), and has an MFA from USC Cinematic Arts, Peter Stark Producing Program.



Mateo Velez Rosiers

Bogota, Colombia

Professional in business administration and specialization in Strategy and Stakeholder management from Maastricht University NL, turned social entrepreneur and Innovation Consultant both for private sector and Foundation, is a firm believer about creating opportunities for social impact and innovation through shared-value where societal needs, business opportunities and academy converge. Being back in his home country, during post-conflict times, he is determined to take advantage of this opportunity to impact change in communities in need.


Matrika Bailey-Turnermatrikabaileyturner

New York City, NY, United States

Matrika Bailey-Turner is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility Team at Comcast NBCUniversal where she manages partnerships with startups, social entrepreneurs, and innovative nonprofits that use media and technology as catalysts for social change. Matrika currently serves on the New York Regional Board for the Jefferson Awards Foundation and the Associate Board for The LAMP (Learning About Media Project). Prior to joining Comcast NBCUniversal, Matrika worked in the Global Partnerships Team at the United Nations Foundation, building partnerships with entrepreneurs and private sector champions uniquely positioned to help find innovative solutions to global problems. From her earlier work at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to serving as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow, Matrika’s career has often connected the corporate and nonprofit sectors to drive cities and communities forward. Originally from New Hampshire, Matrika received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Justice and Women’s Studies from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Meenakshi Mittal


Delhi, India







Michael Mhangomichaelmhango

Zomba, Malawi

Michael Mhango is a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist  at Dignitas International and was selected by Global Health Corp Fellowship. While serving as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for Lusubilo Program under Catholic Relief Services, he managed to facilitate the establishment of 900 support groups for PLHIV and 176 Village Savings & Loans Groups. Michael’s passionate about women empowerment, girls’ education and environmental waste management.



Michelle Honaldmichellehonald

Denver, CO, United States

Michelle Honald serves as the Hansen Professional in Residence in UNC’s Journalism & Media Studies Program where, in addition to teaching, she creates pipelines for K-12 students to attend college as well as connects current students with internships and jobs. Michelle also mentors with Minds Matter of Denver, an organization helping high achieving but economically disadvantaged students attend and receive funding for college. Through both her professional and volunteer commitments, Michelle has developed a passion for helping first generation college students to thrive.Additionally, Michelle has 15 years of experience in strategy, brand management and fundraising. She has consulted for nonprofits, founded client services functions for start-ups; co-managed public information for a $2 billion project; and developed youth GOTV initiatives.Michelle holds an M.S. in Communications Management from Colorado State University and an M.A. in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School at the University of Denver. She completed her undergraduate work at The Pennsylvania State University. In her spare time, Michelle loves to try new restaurants and spend time outdoors with her dog Buddy.


Michelle Klinger

Golden Beach, FL, United States

Michelle Frohlich-Klinger is a Chairperson of the Miami Advisory Board of Musicians On Call (MOC), a non-profit organization that brings the healing power of music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. Michelle launched the Miami branch of MOC and as Program Director started programs at three separate hospitals, held two benefit concerts with Grammy Award winning artists Train and Jorge Villamizar and played to over ten thousand patients and family members. Michelle has spearheaded other social impact projects including SoulShine Colombia, an organization that inspires and empowers young, impoverished mothers through yoga, meditation and mindfulness. In partnership with Waves for Water, the team brought yoga and clean water to over 300 adolescent mothers and their families to one of the most impoverished areas of Colombia. In addition, Michelle led the effort to transform the walls of Miami Children’s Hospital with beautiful murals, transcending the sterile hospital environment and facilitating the healing process. Michelle earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami with a Major in English and Minor in Sociology.


Michelle TaylorMichelleTaylor

Philadelphia, PA, United States

Michelle B. Taylor, MSW is the Program Manager of Witnesses to Hunger at Drexel University’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities. A social worker and community organizer originally from New York City, Michelle is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (CAS ’02) delighted to return to the Philadelphia area to continue the work towards eradicating hunger, homelessness, and poverty. Michelle obtained her MSW in Organizational Leadership and Management from the Silberman School of Social Work and has almost a decade of program management experience. As a community organizer, she has organized global campaigns of resistance against police brutality, street harassment, and domestic violence for which she has received international acclaim and national honors. Michelle is also an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, EBONY, TIME, New York Times, Essence, and more. As a highly sought-after public speaker, Michelle has traveled the country and world speaking to audiences about social justice for the poor, women’s rights, and liberation for people of color.


Milena StottMilena

Seattle, WA, United States

Milena Cukierman Stott received her Masters of Social Work with a focus on Mental Health Policy and Administration from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 2004. In her career she has served in various capacities involving navigating complex systems, supporting community partnerships, interdepartmental and interagency communication, and advocacy.  She is well versed in integrated healthcare designs, overlapping government and private interest, leveraging community partnership, and creating innovative and sustainable models.  In her current work within the community safety-net the organization’s services address the most vulnerable patients with resource limitations.  Her current work entails bringing healthcare entities and institutions, managed care organization and government together to integrate the healthcare system, improve outcomes and reduce cost.



Mohammed Saleh

Aden, Republic of Yemen

I am just a humanitarian and development worker who strives to assist people in need





Molly WareMollyWare

Bellingham, WA, United States

Molly Ware is passionate about collaborating with innovative & dynamic thought leaders, social entrepeneurs, teams & organizations imagining & creating more sustainable, just, and democratic futures. She has worked at Western Washington University for the past 9 years as a formal and informal change leader learning to strategically design change accelerators that shift organizational culture, lead groups in ways that support innovation & participation in response to complex challenges that cannot be addressed individually, and communicate in ways that unleash the possibility of systemic, long-term change. She believes deeply in our potential to design thriving, generative (rather than extractive) economies through supporting for-profit & non-profits in developing solid triple bottom line practices (profit + social good + environmental good). Molly has loads of energy & believes that potential for great transformation lies within our most pressing challenges. She loves the natural world, yoga, dancing, travel to beautiful places, mountain biking, rock climbing, and her home in Bellingham. She is happiest working with others committed to taking practical, bold action towards creating an inspired future.


Monica Varela

Bogota, Colombia

Monica Varela has extensive experience in economic and social development. For the past 16 years, she has been working in structuring and implementing development programs mainly related to capacity building for small producers, market linkages, inclusive businesses and workforce development. She has worked for different USAID programs, the IDB and other bilateral and multilateral development agencies. Her academic background includes a Law Degree from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia and a Masters Degree in Latin American Studies from the London School of Economics. Currently, she serves as Director of Impact, Metrics and Evaluation for the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership. She is in charge of assessing holistic solutions to improving beneficiary impact, identifying opportunities for funding partnerships with governments, private companies, bilateral and multilateral agencies, supervise the impact accountability related to social objectives and track individual beneficiary impact. Likewise, she works along with governments to identify priorities that could lead to market driven solutions and replication of the Initiative´s business models.



Monish Kulkarnimonish

King of Prussia, PA, United States

Monish Kulkarni is a founder of 2 startups and and is based out of Mumbai. provides wellness massage services at home using visually challenged therapists. Techmatters is an HR advisory firm focused on talent acquisition & development , with a vision to create opportunities for underrepresented talent communities. Monish earned his MS in Computer Science and Finance from Temple University in Philadelphia.



Natalie Rathnernatalierathner

Brooklyn, NY, United States

Natalie is passionate about philanthropy, inspiring social change and communications. After working at the Australian Jewish Funders and LaunchPad (2013-2016) in Melbourne, Australia, where she helped to inspire strategic and impactful giving, and managed a year-long social enterprise incubator and co-working space, Natalie moved to New York City, U.S.A. Natalie currently works to give the best voice to those who want to change the world for the better with global communications firm, Tea & Water. She currently sits on the Advisory Board for The Jewish Teen Giving Initiative and the Facilitation and Leadership Committee for NextStep, encouraging young adults to become agents of change. Natalie is a certified Zumba instructor,  loves studying astronomy and lives to connect with other people.



Nilanjana Chowdhurynilanjanachowdry

Devon, PA, United States

I am a non-profit professional with more than a decade of work experience in Project implementation organization as well as grant making organizations. I am a self-motivated, goal oriented team player and a firm believer of rights. My expertise lies in project management, assessing project progress, program campaigning, developing donor reports, catering to donor needs and developing communications materials.



Oanh-Nhi Nguyen

Philadelphia, PA, United States

Oanh-Nhi Nguyen is a digital campaigner at where she leads campaigns in social justice, legislation, and civic engagement for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She is a Kairos Fellow alumna, a fellowship for campaigners of color, and a founding member of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.





Osman Cakiroglu

Istanbul, Turkey

Osman is the General Manager of Kiron Open Higher Education in Turkey. Kiron is a German based social start-up that focuses on providing refugees and displaced people unhindered access to open, free, and accredited higher education across the globe. His personal passion is promoting equality in accessing education and spreading the gospel of social entrepreneurship for a better world. Formerly, he has worked as a government relations professional with 10+ years of professional experience in government affairs, lobbying, and international business development. He currently lives in Istanbul, Turkey with his ever so patient wife, hyperactive daughter, and neurotic cat.


Pedro Guirola

Lake Mary, FL, United States

Pedro is passionate about mentoring students and helping to close the achievement gap in education. He has more than 10 years of work experience in Project Management, Insurance, Finance, Wealth Management and Retail Banking. Pedro holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance and International Management from Simon Business School at the University of Rochester, and a BA in Economics from Binghamton University. He is very proud to be the first college graduate of his Cuban family. Pedro serves on the Simon Alumni Board, his church’s Finance Committee and as a mentor for local High School students Pedro is looking to do a career pivot, and move from a career that he likes to a career that he loves and is passionate about. Through this program he looks forward to learning about strategies and tools to help drive change and make a positive difference in the world. His long-term goal and dream is to make a significant impact in helping to rebuild Cuba’s shattered economy.


Pooja Kulshrestha

Bangalore, India

Pooja Kulshrestha from India, has had a successful career of more than 11 years in the Semiconductor/Technology industry. While working for NVIDIA, she had been actively participating and lately also managing community giving activities for their Bangalore office. She holds a Bachelor degree in Electronics and Telecom and Master of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering with distinguished academic achievements and has also been a recipient of various awards in vocal music, dance, sports and technology at school, state and national levels. While pursuing the Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy, she hopes to work with peers and mentors so she can  take the next step of arriving at a concrete plan in order to pursue her dream of helping selected non-profits be self-sustainable with minimal fundraising and also to help advance specific initiatives in education/healthcare and in saving endangered species.


Rachel Dunganracheldungan

Washington, D.C., United States

In her current role at AcademyHealth, Rachel develops and applies strategies for translating health research findings that benefit policy and practice audiences; most recently, this has involved demonstrating the impact and value of community engagement in health research and policy decision-making. Previously, she has worked for social enterprises, initiatives, nonprofits, and companies ranging in size and scope: Justrojgar, Inc., TEDxJNJ, Music2Life, Think Local First DC, and Poverty Resolutions. After completing a professional internship with the United Nations Entity on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women), she became interested in studying social enterprise as it shapes the civil society landscape. She now seeks to better understand the best practices for facilitating cross-sector collaboration, and for engaging diverse stakeholders to help amplify the reach and impact of mission-driven entities. Rachel holds a Master of Science in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice. Her personal and professional interests include strategic storytelling, social justice advocacy, community development, and health/education equity.


Raheel WaqarRaheer

Islamabad, Pakistan

Raheel Waqar is the CEO and founder of White Rice Communications, a leading behavior change communications agency in Pakistan. His company is a pioneer in communication design for social change and thrives on using design thinking and Human-Centered Design (HCD) for breakthrough social innovations. Over the last 15 years, White Rice has touched the lives of more than a million people. Since 2006, he has worked with over a 100 organisations on major strategic campaigns and grassroots outreach programs, covering major Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Raheel actively pursues opportunities aimed at behavior change and innovation in social development by working closely with social enterprises, non-profits and businesses to bring creative approaches to their communication.


Reva Raghupathireva

Berwyn, PA, United States

Reva Raghupathi is a healthcare professional in the pharmaceutical industry. She has held varied roles in global marketing strategy and implementation, new product development, capability building and external partnerships. She has a BPharm from the University of Bombay, a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University, and an MBA in Healthcare Management and Marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Palmer Scholar.  Reva served as a Richard T. Clark Fellow in India with two NGOs on a public-private partnership project to reduce maternal mortality and serves as an advisory board member with the Merck Fellowship for Global Health and as a mentor for new Fellows. She is excited to learn from other social entrepreneurs and apply her business skills towards social impact.


Richa Dubeyricha

Redmond, WA, United States

With over two decades of communication and marketing experience under her belt, Richa shifted her focus to social impact organizations eight years ago. Passionate about gender equity, particularly in public spaces, and social justice, she conceived and mobilized a “no-spend weekend” in the city of Gurgaon, Haryana, India, called the ‘Gurgaon Girlcott’ (details here , , ) After moving to the US a year ago with her family, Richa is looking to re-engage with her work in a fresh context.



Sandy Yeung

Wanchai, Hong Kong

Sandy is currently a corporate and debt finance lawyer at Kirkland & Ellis where she is part of the pro bono committee and provides free legal advice to social entrepreneurs and The World Bank. Prior to her legal career, she used to work in corporate strategy at Fresenius Medical Care. She has a bachelor in laws from University College London, a bachelor of science in banking and finance from University of London and a masters in economics from University of Hong Kong.



Sarah Harris

Austin, TX, United States

Sarah Harris is the VP of Incite, a social marketing firm dedicated to entertainment-driven advertising campaigns that inspire positive action. Incite develops media and consume engagement campaigns that spark movements and drive sustainable change. Sarah leads Incite’s team with 5 US-based offices building on her belief in the potential of people to come together for good, the power of collective impact and the ability of ‘one’ to matter. Sarah is actively involved in leading behavior change marketing conversations throughout the industry and contributes perspective, leadership and relationships that yield significant impact for clients and community partners. Sarah holds a BA in Telecommunication Arts from Butler University, a MA in Philanthropic Studies and a MPA in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University. Sarah is actively involved in the Austin community she calls home while building her life’s work helping people and organizations realize we all have more to contribute that we know.


Sarah Kornhausersarahkornhauser

Denver, CO, United States

Creative strategist, ambivert, entrepreneur, organizational development consultant, yoga teacher and sometimes early-riser, sometimes night-owl, Sarah wears a lot of hats.  She has trained as a facilitator, organizational development consultant, and has experienced much of her professional life as baptism by fire.  To thrive (but sometimes just survive), Sarah draws on inspiration from mentors of all ages and backgrounds, cooking, and getting into nature.  Sarah lives in Denver with her husband Adam, son Oscar, and pup Mingus. Sarah travels both her city and the globe to widen her perspective, meet interesting people, help incubate and grow ideas and of course, taste delicious food.



Sarika Kulkarnisarika

Hong Kong

Sarika is passionate about impacting/ changing lives sustainably through her NGO Raah Foundation, her social business YANA and as the Head of CSR for a leading financial services company IIFL. She is based in Mumbai, India. She has a PhD in Management and was a faculty with a leading business school before quitting to start her IT company which she sold in 2010 to start a career in development sector. Author of 3 books in management, Sarika is currently working on her 4th book on writing about her experiences and best practices about change and transformation.


Sean BeattieSeanBeattie

Baltimore, MD, United States

A mission-driven nonprofit professional dedicated to advancing environmental conservation values and the arts, Sean currently serves as the Director of Institutional Giving for the National Aquarium, one of the nation’s foremost conservation education organizations and a leading science-based cultural attraction, welcoming more than 1.3 million annual guests. In this role Sean develops comprehensive institutional fundraising strategies and leads a team focused on generating foundation, corporate, and government resources to advance the Aquarium’s mission, vision and programs. He previously served in a similar capacity at Center Stage, the State Theater of Maryland. Sean holds a Master of Arts in Nonfiction Writing from the Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Music from Arizona State University. A conservation-focused outdoors enthusiast and avid fly angler, Sean volunteers on the Executive Committee for the Mid-Atlantic Council and on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a national nonprofit aquatic resources conservation organization.


Sidny Ginsbergsidny

New York City, NY, United States

Sidny has professional experience in the nonprofit, design, and technology sectors. She is a trained User Experience (UX) Designer and has lead the design and development of digital projects and products at a variety of organizations including nonprofits and technology companies. Most recently she was the Director of Strategic Projects at a technology research firm and previously served as a Community Manager on the the Kiva Zip loan team in San Francisco. Sidny is on the board of the Awesome Foundation, an international organization which funds “awesome” community projects in 18 countries. She is passionate about using the power of technology and innovative problem-solving to address resource inequalities, specifically concerning drinking water, and seeks to use human-centered solutions to combat social problems at scale.


Sissi Rodriguezsissirodriguez

Hialeah Gardens, FL, United States

Sissi serves as the Executive Director for Roots of Hope, a Miami based nonprofit organization focused on empowering and connecting Cuban youth on and off the island. She is responsible for setting and executing the strategic vision for the organization. Sissi graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Religion and Spanish Literature, before attending law school at Michigan State University College of Law. She’s excited to learn alongside other social entrepreneurs and apply these skills to the Cuba context.




Stephanie Fenniristephanierivera

Dallas, TX, United States

Stephanie Fenniri is a nonprofit professional committed to improving the quality of life of underserved populations through increased levels of capacity building, social change, and public service. Her passion for public service stems from her experience as an AmeriCorps member which informed her commitment to the nonprofit sector. Stephanie is currently the Senior Community Partnerships Manager for the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation where she is developing a network of local, regional and national community-based organizations for participation in the Dallas Information Exchange Portal project. Her responsibilities extend to serving as the project manager for the Data Across Sectors for Health Food for Health grant which aims to alleviate hypertension, diabetes and food insecurity in North Texas. As a McNair Scholar and AmeriCorps Alumna, Stephanie recognizes the increasing need for supporting vulnerable populations and developing a pipeline of future leaders who can leverage their personal and cultural experiences for professional growth. In her free time, Stephanie volunteers for nonprofit organizations, assists at a local yoga studio, and researches future trips to UNESCO World Heritage sites.


Tara PowersTarapowers

Lafayette, CO, United States

Tara Powers M.S., is an award winning leadership expert, sought after national speaker, experienced talent development consultant and crusader for understanding social impact in business. Her success in working with over 200 companies and 1000’s of leaders has taught her how to achieve results quickly and authentically. Tara is a 20-year talent development expert with a M.S. in Organizational Leadership, a coaching certificate from ATD and a Certified Training Manager. She’s a Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Authorized Facilitator and Everything DISC Solutions Provider. In 2016, Tara’s Engage Leadership Program was recognized as a Top 10 Leadership 500 Award winner by Her Evolving Leadership Virtual Program and Leadership Communication program won in 2014 and 2015. Tara is a national speaker on creating healthy, sustainable organizations. Tara’s commitment to her clients is to close the talent gap prevalent in most companies today and to deliver innovative, fully customizable solutions that actually work and create real change for you and your teams. Find out more about Tara’s coaching, consulting, training and speaking at

Tatiana Fraga Dieztatiana

Monterrey, Mexico

Internationalist devoted to strengthening social impact initiatives in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. With over 10 years of experience as a volunteer in an international organization, Tatiana has trained over 100 individuals in  leadership, conflict resolution, facilitation, peace education, among other topics. She is passionate about differences between people, groups and cultures and how these can trigger innovation and social impact. Tatiana is currently working on a social impact center initiative for Nuevo Leon, where innovators, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and social leaders will find a space to work together to solve the most pressing social problems in the state.




Thoko Ngendane

Johannesburg, South Africa

A social activist whose interest lies in enhancing Africa’s capacity and improving the lives of her women and children, one contact at a time.




Tresa Thomas MassiongaleTresa

Snolquamie, WA, United States

Tresa Thomas Massiongale has worked in and studied the social good/nonprofit sector for many years with special care in philanthropy and community development.  Trained as a medical anthropologist at San Francisco State University, Columbia University and the University of New Mexico, she managed participatory research projects for Yale University, the New York Academy of Medicine and the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter.  Ms. Thomas Massiongale has been acknowledged for collaborative leadership, especially during twenty years supporting international community development efforts in the US-Mexico Borderlands where she partnered with many community coalitions across four US states, six Mexican states and three tribal nations.   Tresa currently serves as the Chief Information and Partnership Officer with Bloodworks NW, is a co-founder and Chair of the Board of Directors with and is a member of the Board of Directors with the Freedom Project Seattle.  Tresa lives in Snoqualmie, Washington with her husband Marques and two robust Rhodesian Ridgebacks.


Vanessa Lynskey

Somerville, MA, United States

Vanessa is the program manager for ChildObesity180 at Tufts University, an organization that blends the rigor of science with the innovation of business to reverse the trend of childhood obesity. Since joining the organization at its inception she has played a key role in its success, leading numerous operational, programmatic, and research activities. Vanessa’s professional interests include developing future leaders, building multisector collaborations, and leveraging best practices from diverse sectors to address complex social problems. She earned her Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Tufts University.



Victoria Avivictoriaavi

Cleveland, OH, United States

Victoria has worked in the field of sustainability for over 10 years. The last 6 years were focused on developing and teaching an MBA course in Sustainable Business Practices at CSU. In addition to teaching and managing the Sustainable Business Center at CSU Victoria participates in developing entrepreneurship programs on campus.




Yen Hoangyenhoang


Yen works as a Senior Account Manager at Google APAC, taking care of Vietnamese digital advertisers in eCommerce industry. She loves working with kids and elders. Her dream is to help many orphans have loving shelters and education for their bright future.





Yuli Gao

Utrecht, Netherlands

I got my Bachelor of Social Work in Beijing, and Master of Social Work in Hong Kong. I am so interested in social innovation and social enterprise and very glad to join this program, which means I am close to my dream in social innovation and social enterprise. I have provided social work services to elders and ethnic minorities in Hong Kong in the past. In the future, I want to use social innovative ways to serve for vulnerable groups.



Zabeth TeelucksinghZabeth

Philadelphia, PA, United States

Zabeth Teelucksingh currently leads the Global Philadelphia Association, a non-profit designed to put Philadelphia on the map as a global city. With more than 25 years of international business, b2b and non-profit experience, Zabeth is highly skilled in all aspects of Marketing, Communications and Branding with a global vision. Her network of strategic alliances stems from prior professional appointments including marketing for Time, Inc. in Paris, Marketing Director at the World Congress, in Boston, and several years in advertising with J. Walter Thomson in Greater Miami. She serves on several boards including USA250, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Advisory Committee, PA Humanities Council and @GoUNESCO’s Make Heritage Fun! Born in Carthage, Tunisia, Zabeth was educated in boarding school in the UK and the French Lycee in London, graduating from Lancaster University with a triple major, she studied French Civilization at the Sorbonne in Paris.


Zara Basharatzara

Islamabad, Pakistan

Zara is interested in behavioral change to challenge the status quo. She has over ten years experience managing nationwide media and advocacy campaigns tackling varying issues from education, taxation to energy reforms. She is most excited about turning ideas into reality no matter how long it takes. Her interests are theatre, classic cinema and currently finding interesting content for children in mother tongue and regional languages in Pakistan.




Zoe PlotskyZoePlotsky

New York City, NY, United States

Zoe is passionate about cities, and the people, ideas and food that fill them. Born and raised between NYC and Los Angeles, she’s fascinated by the endless power of human capital in urban centers. After graduating from Barnard College in 2014 with a degree in Political Science and Psychology, she has worked in the non-profit sector, fostering grassroots community building among millennials. At OneTable, she coaches entrepreneurial hosts to create large-scale Shabbat dinner experiences for their communities. Zoe loves food, feelings and Friday’s.