[{"id":"1","name":"Naveen Agarwal","firstName":"Naveen","lastName":"Agarwal","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/agarwal_naveen.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/agarwal_naveen.jpg","shortDescription":"Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, Prudential Financial, Inc.","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Naveen Agarwal is responsible for enabling digital and data analytics driven customer experience for all of Prudential’s US customers including consumers, intermediaries and institutions. His team is responsible for Prudential.com, and all logged on customer websites. He is also the executive sponsor of the US Marketing Caucus, and leads big data analytics efforts of the company to enable deep data insights to serve our customers and businesses better.


Prior to Prudential, Naveen was CEO of Pricelock, a startup helping energy professionals to hedge and transact physical energy contracts. Naveen joined the company at its inception in Silicon Valley and was instrumental in growing the business to multiple billion dollars in transaction volumes.


Naveen has deep experience in digitally enabled financial services businesses in both institutional and consumer space. He was President of E*TRADE Capital Management where he managed E*TRADE's retirement, mutual fund, wealth management, lending, and corporate stock plan business. Naveen has also served as Vice President at SunGard, driving its institutional interest rate and FX derivatives trading and risk management systems business.


Naveen brings entrepreneurial, marketing, data and digital expertise to our company and is actively involved with several Silicon Valley technology and Venture Capital firms. Naveen holds an MBA from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, CA and Bachelors in Computer Science & Engineering from IT-BHU, Varanasi, India.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"145","name":"Dmitry Alexeev","firstName":"Dmitry","lastName":"Alexeev","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/alexeev_dmitry_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/alexeev_dmitry.jpg","shortDescription":"Research and Development Director, Atlas Biomed","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Dmitry Alexeev oversees research and the conceptual development of Atlas Biomed scientific products, including the Atlas DNA Test and the Atlas Microbiome Test. He works closely with the Scientific Advisory Board for all product testing and is responsible for the structuring of intellectual property rights for Atlas Biomed.


Dmitry is a leading biomedical researcher. He is currently head of the bioinformatics laboratory at the Research Institute of Physico Chemical Medicine, Moscow. Having published over 100 research papers on proteomics, genomics and bioinformatics, Dmitry is considered to be at the forefront of genomic research.


In addition, Dmitry is involved in several external scientific projects that are conducted in partnership with pharmaceutical companies and food companies. He is also responsible for establishing networks with international leading scientists and institutes, for participation in the international projects.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"45","name":"Allan Alter","firstName":"Allan","lastName":"Alter","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/Judges/alter_allan_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/Judges/alter_allan.jpg","shortDescription":"Senior Principle, Accenture","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\n

Allan E. Alter is a senior principal specializing in business IT strategy research at Accenture Research in Boston.

Allan’s recent research includes machine-reengineering, the industrial internet of things, Silicon Valley IT and management practices and IT transformation. He was named the 2016 IIoT Influencer of the Year by McRock Capital, a venture capital firm specializing in IIoT investments. Previous research projects included the future of enterprise IT and the CIO, collaboration, data scientist teams, data monetization strategy, digital experience strategy, cloud computing, consumerization of IT and IT strategies during economic downturns.

Allan’s work has been published in numerous business and technology publications, including MIT Sloan Management Review, the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, the Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Accenture’s Outlook Journal, Chief Executive China, ITNext (India) and the European Business Review. Allan’s research has been quoted extensively by the international business press, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Xinhua News Agency, China Computer News, the Edge (Malaysia), CIO UK, ITweb (Brazil) and Strategy & Business. Allan speaks regularly at conferences and corporate events for executive audiences, including the Society for Information Management, the McRock IIoT Symposium, the Chinese Institute of Electronics, and the Babson College Center for Information Management Studies.

Before joining Accenture in 2008, Allan Alter was the editor-in-chief of the MIT Sloan Management Review, the editorial research director of Ziff Davis Media, the opinion and management editor of Computerworld, the executive editor of CIO Insight, and an editor at CIO Magazine. Allan holds masters and bachelor’s degrees in history from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"106","name":"Richard Ambrose","firstName":"Richard","lastName":"Ambrose","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/ambrose_richard_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/ambrose_richard.jpg","shortDescription":"Founder, Pomona Impact","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\t\t

Rich is Founder of Pomona Impact, an early-growth investment firm targeting Central American impact businesses in Agriculture and Basic Services. He is also Co-Founder of Impact Hub Antigua and Chamba, two innovative Co-Working centers located in Guatemala that serve as a catalyst for entrepreneurship. Rich is a member of the Board of Directors of Enactus Guatemala and of ANDE's Steering Committee for Mexico and Central America. Rich has more than 10 years' experience in capital investment at EMP Global, Latin American Partners and OPIC. He has a BA from Furman University and an MBA from Georgetown University.

\n\t\n"},{"id":"94","name":"Amon Anderson","firstName":"Amon","lastName":"Anderson","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/anderson_amon_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/anderson_amon.jpg","shortDescription":"Associate Director, Acumen","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Amon Anderson co-leads Acumen America, investing in high-growth, high-impact entrepreneurs changing the way we tackle poverty in the US.  Acumen America is focused on Seed and Series A stage investing in the health, financial inclusion, and workforce development sectors.


Amon previously worked on Acumen’s Global Portfolio team out of New York.  Prior to that, Amon led Acumen’s agriculture and water/sanitation investing in East Africa.  Amon was based in Nairobi for four years where he originated, diligenced, and managed a number of investments, building the agriculture portfolio from scratch.


Prior to joining Acumen, Amon worked in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with Cherokee Investment Partners, developing an impact investing strategy and building a community of entrepreneurs.  Amon began his career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, helping to launch the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative.


Amon holds a BA with Highest Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar.  Amon also holds a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he received the Frances & Arjay Miller Fellowship in Social Innovation and the Miller Social Change Leadership Award.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"99","name":"Jorge Arbache","firstName":"Jorge","lastName":"Arbache","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/arbache_jorge_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/arbache_jorge.jpg","shortDescription":"Professor of Economics, University of Brasilia","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Jorge Arbache has made several contributions to the study of the digital economy and the service sector and their impacts on economic development and economic growth. He has been leading a team in Brazil dedicated to those matters and a running a blog. Jorge writes frequently for many outlets in Brazil and elsewhere and has been publishing extensively in the areas of trade, technology, economic growth and the service sector. He is Professor of Economics at the University of Brasilia, and Secretary for International Affairs in the Ministry of Planning, Brazil. He has served in many positions, including chief economist in the Ministry of Planning, senior economist in the World Bank, and senior economic advisor in the Brazilian Development Bank. Jorge has also served in many advisory roles, both in Brazil and abroad.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"128","name":"Eric Archuleta","firstName":"Eric","lastName":"Archuleta","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/archuleta_eric_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/archuleta_eric.jpg","shortDescription":"Senior Manager, Deloitte Digital","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Eric has 23+ years of Executive and Consulting experience in Digital Transformation Strategy, Innovation and Leadership of Global firms. He has led Client initiatives involving Strategic Digital Business Envisionment across multiple industries including Media & Entertainment, Retail, Hospitality, CPG etc.


Eric has market eminence as a thought leader in Digital Transformation & Innovation. Eric won the 2015 MIT Sloan IDE (Initiative on the Digital Economy) A-lab Advanced Analytics competition. He is also a popular author/speaker on Digital Transformation.


Prior experience includes serving as an Executive/Leader of Digital Transformation Consulting at several Global Consulting firms.  As well as a CMO/CDO and a successful Digital Entrepreneur. Eric is obsessed with creating new ways to utilize Digital and Emerging tech to drive Revenue, Reduce cost, deliver innovative Customer Experiences, and improve lives.


Eric holds an MBA in Marketing/eCommerce from Georgia State University and a B.S. in Finance from CU Boulder (University of Colorado). He lives in Fort Lauderdale with his Wife and 2 Sons and enjoys playing guitar & boating.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"51","name":"Byron Auguste","firstName":"Byron","lastName":"Auguste","title":"","type":"Champion Committee","cms":"judges_g2","image":"image/judges/auguste_byron_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/auguste_byron.jpg","shortDescription":"President and Co-Founder, Opportunity@Work","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Byron was inspired by a diverse set of experiences to conceive and co-found Opportunity@Work in 2015. From his large extended family to a diverse range of friends in his \"hometowns\" of Detroit, Michigan and Phoenix, Arizona, he knows so many people who found themselves stuck, unable to contribute their full talents, nor to be rewarded for them. As an economist, he sees this waste of talent as a classic market failure. From his extensive work advising businesses, he knows the internal processes, constraints and risk aversion that shape employer behavior. In his public service, he has seen both the catalytic possibilities and the significant limits of workforce policy solutions. He has seen heroic non-profit efforts achieve inclusion but fall short of scale. Byron has never met a Mayor or Governor of either party who doesn't want to bring good jobs to her or his community, and is struck by the massive and inclusive economic benefits of re-wiring the labor market.

Prior to co-founding Opportunity@Work, Byron served for 2 years in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, where his policy portfolio included job creation and labor markets, skills and workforce policies, innovation, investment, infrastructure, transportation and goods movement.

Until 2013, Byron was a senior partner at McKinsey & Company in Washington DC and in Los Angeles, where he was elected Principal in 1999 and Director in 2005. Over 20 years at McKinsey, he worked primarily in the fields of technology & communications, information & media, services-based businesses, education, economic development, and innovation, leading McKinsey’s High Tech Services sector from 2002 to 2006, and its global Social Sector from 2007 to 2012. He was also co-author of several McKinsey Global Institute reports, including Changing the Fortunes of America’s Workforce (2009), Growth and Renewal in the United States: Retooling America’s Economic Engine (2011), and An Economy That Works: Job Creation and America’s Future (2011), and Help Wanted: the Future of Work in Advanced Economies (2012). His professional experience prior to McKinsey was as an economist at LMC International, Oxford University, and the African Development Bank. He is the author of The Economics of International Payments Unions and Clearinghouses (MacMillan Press, 1995)

Until his appointment at the White House, Byron was active in a number of not-for-profit organizations, serving as board chairman of Hope Street Group, and as a member of the boards of trustees of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Yale University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Byron earned a B.A. summa cum laude in economics and political science from Yale University, where he was awarded a Truman Scholarship and the James Gordon Bennet Prize, and a M. Phil. and D.Phil. in economics from Oxford University, as a Marshall Scholar.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"107","name":"Elizabeth Babcock","firstName":"Elizabeth","lastName":"Babcock","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/babcock_elizabeth_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/babcock_elizabeth.jpg","shortDescription":"Chief Public Engagement Officer, California Academy of Sciences","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

As Chief Public Engagement Officer and Roberts-Wilson Dean of Education, Elizabeth C. Babcock, Ph.D. is responsible for creating and implementing public engagement, outreach, and education programs for the California Academy of Sciences—and around the globe through digital initiatives. She seeks to ignite a lifelong curiosity and appreciation for the natural world among all of the audiences who come in contact with the institution.


The first person to fill the Academy’s newly-endowed Dean of Education role, Babcock is responsible for ensuring that the Academy's programs of education, public programs, aquarium exhibits, and planetarium productions remain fresh and engaging for approximately 1.3 million visitors of all ages each year from the Bay Area and around the world. The Academy is home to an aquarium with 38,000 live animals, a planetarium featuring award-winning shows produced by an in-house science visualization team, and compelling natural history exhibits on the evolution and sustainability of life on Earth.


Babcock's team of experience designers develop and deliver a variety of innovative programs within and beyond the museum's walls. Signature programs include the Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability, the Careers in Science intern program, award-winning planetarium productions, and online courses reaching thousands of learners. Dozens of daily and monthly programs for museum visitors offer the public opportunities to dive deeper into critical issues such as sustainability, conservation, and human health on a person-to-person level. Babcock also guides the development of new digital learning initiatives, which allow the Academy to reach audiences beyond the Bay Area through online courses and engage youth in creating their own science stories.


In 2013, Babcock was honored as a White House “Champion of Change” for her leadership in museum and library partnerships. Babcock was also recognized in 2011 as one of the Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times. Before joining the Academy in 2010, she was the Vice President of Education and Library Collections for the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. She demonstrated her innovative approach to museum-based education by launching several digital learning initiatives, including “WhyReef” and “Animal Adventures,” virtual world projects for teens and tweens that leveraged museum collections and new technologies to engage these audiences in the topics of ecology and conservation.


Prior to joining the Field Museum in 2002, Babcock worked for Sapient Corporation, where she managed user experience research and design projects in the financial, consumer products, and technology industries. She has also worked in the environmental sector for organizations such as the US Environmental Protection Agency, Chicago Wilderness, and Friends of the Chicago River, where she consulted on and designed community outreach strategies and environmental education programs. 


Babcock has taught K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and adult students in a range of content areas, including music for special needs students, environmental anthropology, sustainable development, introductory anthropology, and adult literacy. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Indiana University, where she studied international migration and Belizean voluntary associations. She also holds a B.A. in Psychology and a B.M. in Music Education from Northwestern University.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"108","name":"Catherina Ballout","firstName":"Catherina","lastName":"Ballout","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/ballout_catherina_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/ballout_catherina.jpg","shortDescription":"Chief Operations Officer, MIT Enterprise Forum Pan-Arab Region","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Catherina Ballout is the Chief Operations Officer at MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region (MITEF Pan Arab) overseeing the strategic direction and the expansion of its programs.  With a passion for entrepreneurship and supporting young talents in the Arab world, Catherina has become part of the MITEF Pan Arab since 2010 and is now based in Dubai after establishing the office there. 


Catherina has actively contributed to the development of the MITEF’s flagship Arab Startup Competition www.mitarabcompetition.com that has nowadays become the largest entrepreneurship competition in the Arab region receiving on average more than 6,000 applications yearly from 21 countries.  Besides running local programs in countries like Lebanon, Libya, Tunis, and Egypt, the MITEF Pan Arab has grown its activities to include: The Innovate for Refugees, another startup competition for the best technology solution in response to the global refugees crisis, and the Silicon Valley program for growth companies looking to expand into US markets. In 2015, it started the MITEF Saudi chapter, a local chapter focused on Saudi Arabia, and is looking to expand to other Arab countries. Most recently, MITEF Pan Arab has become a Founding Partner of MIT's Refugee ACTion Hub (ReACT), a global education hub for displaced populations and refugees. 

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"129","name":"Jeff Barrett","firstName":"Jeff","lastName":"Barrett","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/barrett_jeff_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/barrett_jeff.jpg","shortDescription":"President and CEO, J-Pac Medical","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Jeff Barrett is the President and CEO of J-Pac Medical, a leading manufacturing outsourcing partner to leading medical device companies. Jeff has more than 25 years of experience building high-growth medical device companies from initial funding through IPO. 


Jeff held CEO positions at GI Supply and Optim LLC and Vice President of Operations roles at Haemonetics (NYSE: HAE) and Aspect Medical Systems (Acquired by Covidien). He is also a successful entrepreneur. By applying his operational and engineering know-how, Barrett founded Eggrock Modular Solutions, which became a disruptive business in the building technology industry.


Barrett holds an MBA from Boston University’s Graduate School of Management and a B.S. in industrial engineering and B.A. in economics from Rutgers University.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"109","name":"Doug Bates","firstName":"Doug","lastName":"Bates","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/bates_doug_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/bates_doug.jpg","shortDescription":"Co-Founder, Apredica","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Doug Bates is an active angel investor, participating with Hub Angels and Walnut Venture Associates. He was a co-founder of Apredica which was acquired by Cyprotex PLC in 2010, where he subsequently served as a Director and Chief Marketing Officer. He is also the founder of Aderit, an internet marketing firm. He previously worked in a variety of marketing roles at Aquent, Providian, and The Franklin Mint.

Doug has long experience with business plan contests, both as a participant and a judge. His startup, Apredica, won two business plan contests prior to its launch. Since 2010 Doug has been a judge for the North of Boston Business Plan Contest.

He received an M.B.A. from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"110","name":"Brian Beachkofski","firstName":"Brian","lastName":"Beachkofski","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/beachkofski_brian_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/beachkofski_brian.jpg","shortDescription":"Managing Director, Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc.","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Brian Beachkofski leads Third Sector’s efforts in data, evaluation, and modeling. He joined Third Sector after a seventeen-year career researching and executing programs for the US Air Force, including probabilistic evaluation methods for jet engine reliability. Brian was the Director of the Office of Technical Intelligence where he applied data analysis techniques to identify and evaluate emerging and disruptive technologies.  Brian was named the Air Force Senior Analyst of the Year and won the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition’s Thompson Reuters Data Prize for best use of data in a business plan.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"96","name":"David Bent","firstName":"David","lastName":"Bent","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/bent_david_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/bent_david_900.jpg","shortDescription":"Associate Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

David Bent is passionate about playing his part in a generation that puts the world on a sustainable footing. David has worked at Forum for the Future, an independent non-profit working globally to solve complex sustainability challenges, for the last 13 years, most recently as Director of Sustainable Business. He advised dozens of companies in the UK, USA and India on strategy and innovation so they can be more successful by creating a sustainable future.

His perspective is that we need to shift so our global natural and social systems are coping (rather than overwhelmed, as they are now), and also people have access to what they need to choose their own lives. David supports institutions that are acting as a global ‘innovation function’, whether as advisor, executive, or social entrepreneur. He recently finished advising the Cabinet Office on an accelerator for an inclusive economy. His current priorities include: researching an industrial strategy for a sustainable world as an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge; and, starting a 'Gigatonne Lab' to accelerate a rapid transition to a zero carbon economy.

David has a Masters in Physics from Oxford, a Masters in Responsibility and Business Practice from Bath and is a qualified accountant, having spent 4 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He has been a tutor on the Post-Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"66","name":"Lucy Bernholz","firstName":"Lucy","lastName":"Bernholz","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/bernholz_lucy_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/bernholz_lucy.jpg","shortDescription":"Director, Digital Civil Society Lab, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Bernholz is a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and Director of the Digital Civil Society Lab. She has been a Visiting Scholar at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, the Hybrid Reality Institute, and the New America Foundation. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including the annual Blueprint Series on Philanthropy and the Social Economy, the 2010 publication Disrupting Philanthropy, and her 2004 book Creating Philanthropic Capital Markets: The Deliberate Evolution. She is a co-editor of Philanthropy in Democratic Societies, to be published in August 2016 by the University of Chicago Press. She writes extensively on philanthropy, technology, and policy on her award winning blog, philanthropy2173.com.


She studied history and has a B.A. from Yale University, where she played field hockey and captained the lacrosse team, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"146","name":"Jessica Bissey","firstName":"Jessica","lastName":"Bissey","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/bissey_jessica_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/bissey_jessica.jpg","shortDescription":"Senior Associate, Morrison & Foerster","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Jess Bissey is an attorney in Morrison & Foerster’s Corporate, M&A and Social Enterprise & Impact Investing practices. She advises clients through a broad range of day-to-day matters as well as through their most significant and transformational moments. Jess has a real passion for sophisticated transaction structuring, and for bringing those transactions from strategy through execution and ultimately to a successful integration, while paying careful attention to the mission and goals of her clients.

Jess works with emerging and fast-growth companies, as well as their sources of capital, in connection with organization, governance, financing and ultimately exit. She focuses primarily on working with clients in the impact economy, including social enterprises, hybrid organizations, impact investors, accelerators, incubators and anyone interested in exploring how corporate structure, form and governance can promote and preserve mission.

Jess is currently leading the pilot year of a Legal Advisory Group for Echoing Green, a global social impact accelerator, and serving on the NextGen Leaders committee of the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"91","name":"Ron Bodkin","firstName":"Ron","lastName":"Bodkin","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/bodkin_ron_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/bodkin_ron.jpg","shortDescription":"Vice President & General Manager, Artificial Intelligence, Teradata Corporation","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\t\t

Ron is responsible for leading a cross-functional team spanning product development, strategic offerings, and analytics consulting. The team’s charter is to identify and commercialize value that AI technologies can provide to Teradata. The AI team will both identify and incubate direct offerings that Teradata can sell to businesses and in future to use AI to improve the existing offerings and business operations of Teradata’s. 


Previously, Ron was the founding CEO of Think Big Analytics. Think Big provides end to end support for enterprise Big Data including data science, data engineering, advisory and managed services and frameworks such as Kylo for enterprise data lakes. Think Big was acquired by Teradata in 2014 and was the leading global pure play big data services firm. 


Previously, Ron was VP Engineering at Quantcast where he led the data science and engineer teams that pioneered the use of Hadoop and NoSQL for batch and real-time decision making. Prior to that, Ron was Founder of New Aspects, which provided enterprise consulting for Aspect-oriented programming. Ron was also Co-Founder and CTO of B2B applications provider C-Bridge, which he led to team of 900 people and a successful IPO. Ron graduated with honors from McGill University with a B.S. in Math and Computer Science. Ron also earned his Master’s Degree in Computer Science from MIT, leaving the PhD program after presenting the idea for C-bridge and placing in the finals of the 50k Entrepreneurship Contest.

\n\t\n"},{"id":"56","name":"Matt Bressler","firstName":"Matt","lastName":"Bressler","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/bressler_matt_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/bressler_matt.jpg","shortDescription":"Principal, TDF Ventures","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Matt is a Principal at TDF Ventures in Washington DC where he focuses on early-stage investments in IoT, cybersecurity, and machine learning startups. Prior to TDF, Matt worked with GE Ventures supporting investments and strategy in intelligent environments. Matt also served as the Director of Investments for the Wharton Social Venture Fund and as an Associate for FOUNDER.org, investing in and assisting early stage startups. Matt started his career as a management consultant for Oliver Wyman where he focused on growth strategy in a diverse set of industries including consumer electronics, transportation, energy, and healthcare IT. 


Matt graduated cum laude with a BA in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and earned his MBA with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"2","name":"Alessandra Brown","firstName":"Alessandra","lastName":"Brown","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/brown_alessandra.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/brown_alessandra.jpg","shortDescription":"Director, Roxbury Innovation Center","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Alessandra is Director at Roxbury Innovation Center. Alessandra is originally from Boston, Massachusetts where she received her BA at Boston College. She has an MFA in Production and Management from the California Institutes of the Arts (CalArts).


She has always been interested in the entrepreneurial spirit of the city. She previously worked for the Boston Public Schools and is passionate about creating opportunities for entrepreneurs to learn and grow.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"83","name":"Erik Brynjolfsson","firstName":"Erik","lastName":"Brynjolfsson","title":"","type":"Champion Committee","cms":"judges_g2","image":"/image/judges/brynjolfsson_erik_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/brynjolfsson_erik.jpg","shortDescription":"Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Erik Brynjolfsson is Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Professor at MIT Sloan School, and Research Associate at NBER. His research examines the effects of information technologies on business strategy, productivity and performance, digital commerce, and intangible assets. At MIT, he teaches courses on the Economics of Information and the Analytics Lab.


Brynjolfsson was among the first researchers to measure the productivity contributions of IT and the complementary role of organizational capital and other intangibles. His research also provided the first quantification of the value of online product variety, often known as the “Long Tail,” and developed pricing and bundling models for information goods. His research has appeared in leading economics, management, and science journals and has been recognized with ten Best Paper awards and five patents. 


Author or co-editor of several books including NYTimes best-seller The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, Brynjolfsson is editor of SSRN’s Information System Network and has served on editorial boards of numerous academic journals. Holding Bachelors and Masters degrees from Harvard University in Applied Mathematics and Decision Sciences and a PhD from MIT in Managerial Economics, he has also taught at Harvard and Stanford. His papers can be found at http://digital.mit.edu/erik.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"97","name":"Hal Burlingame","firstName":"Hal","lastName":"Burlingame","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/burlingame_hal_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/burlingame_hal.jpg","shortDescription":"Trustee and President, Innovation Resource Center for Human Resources","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Hal Burlingame has been trustee and president of Innovation Resource Center for Human Resources (IRC4HR) since 2003. He currently serves on the boards of his alma mater, Muskingum University (where he is chairman), Cornerstone-onDemand, Rutgers University’s Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Previously, Hal was EVP for Human Resources at AT&T, where he had a leadership role in the historic transformation of the Bell System from a collection of regulated monopoly organizations into a competitive player in the emerging global telecommunications marketplace. His innovative programs guided the human dimensions of this change, creating a constructive “workplace for the future” and furthering AT&T’s goals of attaining a world-class, diverse workforce. Since retiring, he has continued to share his expertise as an executive coach of choice for CEOs and other senior executives.

Hal is past chairman of the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR), having been named a distinguished fellow in 2006.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"3","name":"Linda Calhoun","firstName":"Linda","lastName":"Calhoun","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/calhoun_linda_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/calhoun_linda.jpg","shortDescription":"Founder & Executive Producer, Career Girls","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Linda Calhoun is the Founder and Executive Producer of Career Girls - a free, noncommercial, online platform which showcases video clips of diverse women role models sharing career and educational advice to inspire young girls to expand their horizons, improve their academic performance, and dream big about their futures. It offers the largest online collection of career guidance videos focusing exclusively on diverse and accomplished women, along with detailed career information, college major course listings and video based - classroom lesson plans.


After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Boston University, Linda started her professional life as a public relations assistant, later went on to plan fine art events for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; develop public databases and policies for the state government of Connecticut; and work as a foreign affairs consultant for The World Bank.


Thanks to her multi-faceted career, Linda has had the chance to travel across the United States and live around the world. She is the co-founder, along with her husband Ed Calhoun, of the EL Films production company. She is also an established, independent artist.


Linda’s community involvement activities includes serving as chair, International Relations Member Led Forum, Commonwealth Club of California; member of the Board of Trustees, World Affairs Council, San Francisco, vice president, Board of Directors, Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women and member of the Board of Directors, Enterprise for Youth.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"4","name":"Claire Calmejane","firstName":"Claire","lastName":"Calmejane","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/calmejane_claire_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/calmejane_claire.jpg","shortDescription":"Head of the Digital Centre of Excellence, Innovation and Partnerships, Lloyds Banking Group (LBG)","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\n

Claire Calmejane, is charged with test driving tomorrow’s banking to best suit Lloyds’ 30 million customers. The computer engineer joined the bank in October 2012 as Head of Digital Delivery and became Head of the Digital Centre of Excellence, Innovation and Partnerships in 2014, helping to devise a strategy to digitise one of the largest banks in Europe. She set up the Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) Innovation Labs, an internal sandbox enabling senior executives to de-risk strategic investments through a test and learn approach and other techniques from the start-up world.


With the HR team, she created the Digital Academy accessible to 75,000 Lloyds Banking Group employees and the UK’s first digital graduate scheme. French-born Calmejane is a board member and mentor at Startupbootcamp FinTech, having helped to drive Lloyds’ backing of the accelerator programme. Before joining the bank, she has worked in the London office of Capgemini Consulting and has served as a visiting scientist at the MIT Center for Digital Business in Boston.


Learn more about Claire on the Lloyds Digital Banking Digital Group Hub, her Linked In profile and follow her on Twitter.

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Kristin Calve, a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, is the founder of Topstone Angels and co-founder of Law Business Media. Her experience includes startups, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, new product development and nonprofits.


She has extensive experience in traditional media, including executive positions at American Lawyer Media, The Deal and A&E/The History Channel. She also served as VP of Revenue for LiftMetrix, a SAS platform that enables marketers to maximize ROI across social media channels. She currently serves as CEO of Law Business Media, a holding company focused on the development of products and services related to the business of the legal profession.


Kristin is a graduate of Fordham University, where she earned a BA in English Literature and an MBA in Finance & Marketing. She resides in Darien, CT with her husband, four children, three lazy dogs, two bad cats, a fat guinea pig and way too many fish.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"92","name":"Kathy Calvin","firstName":"Kathy","lastName":"Calvin","title":"","type":"Champion Committee","cms":"judges_g2","image":"image/judges/calvin_kathy_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/calvin_kathy.jpg","shortDescription":"President & CEO, UN Foundation","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\t\t

Kathy Calvin is President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation. Her career has spanned work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.  She is a passionate advocate for multi-sector problem-solving, U.S. leadership on global issues, and the inclusion of women at all levels and in all sectors.


Kathy leads one of the most innovative organizations advocating for the UN and the creation of public-private partnerships.  Her leadership brings together the largest network of supporters of UN issues in the United States and a global network of corporate, civil society and media partners.  The UN Foundation was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner's historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation advocates for the UN and connects people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems.  As a public charity with many partners, the UN Foundation's work is focused on decreasing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a clean energy future, using mobile technology for development, and improving U.S.-UN relations.


In 2011, Kathy was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Rock the World,” and in 2012, she was listed in Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women.”  Her innovative work in the philanthropy and international NGO sector was featured by the New York Times in 2011.  She has received numerous other awards for philanthropy and leadership.


Prior to joining the UN Foundation as Chief Operating Officer in 2003, Kathy served as President of the AOL Time Warner Foundation where she guided AOL Time Warner's philanthropic activities and was the chief architect of the company's corporate responsibility initiatives. She joined America Online in 1997 as Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, and was responsible for the company’s brand, social responsibility, and external relations.  


Immediately prior to joining AOL, she was a Senior Managing Director at Hill and Knowlton, a global public relations company, where she led the U.S. Media Relations practice. For 12 years before that, she served as Director of Editorial Administration for U.S. News & World Report, overseeing budget, personnel, innovation and strategy.  From 1976 through 1984, Kathy served as Senator Gary Hart's press secretary in his Senate office and his 1984 Presidential campaign.  She was one of the first women to hold that title in American Presidential campaigns.


Throughout her career, Kathy Calvin has taken an active role in a range of philanthropic activities, including the boards of the International Women's Media Foundation, City Year, Internews, the Newseum, Share Our Strength, the United Nations Association of the United States of America, and the East-West Center.  She is a frequent public speaker and commenter.


Kathy is a graduate of Purdue University.

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Tom is a consultant and investor focusing on financial technology with a particular interest in blockchain and artificial intelligence. He has worked with a number of companies, advising on projects and helping to define strategy. He is a Limited Partner at Hub Angels and manages an active angel investment portfolio.


Previously Tom spent close to twenty years in investment banking in various roles. He was responsible for various banks’ relationships with large global financial institutions assisting clients manage investment portfolios, obtain financing, and raising capital. He was responsible for the founding and building of branch offices for two broker dealers.


Tom holds the CFA designation. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Finance from Boston College.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"131","name":"Calvin Chin","firstName":"Calvin","lastName":"Chin","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/chin_calvin_940.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/chin_calvin.jpg","shortDescription":"Co-Founder and CEO, Transist Impact Labs","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Calvin is the co-founder and CEO of Transist Impact Labs, an incubator and investor in impact-driven tech startups in China and the US. Transist also operates a product studio with entrepreneurs in residence developing new companies and a venture fund focused on energy and environmental startups in collaboration with the Shell Foundation.

Calvin was previously founder and CEO of Qifang, China's first online student loan service and the first Chinese company recognized by the WEF as a Technology Pioneer. Calvin is a member of the Aspen Institute's inaugural China Fellowship Program, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and served on the WEF Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation. He was named one of Fast Company magazine's 100 Most Creative People In Business for 2011, was named 2009 Chinese Business Leader of the Year by Horasis and Baker & McKenzie, and is a Social Innovation Park Fellow. He has been a mentor, advisor and venture partner at accelerator programs such as Highway1 and 500 Startups, and is a partner at the E14 Fund. He has an MBA from TRIUM (NYU, LSE, HEC Paris), a B.A. from Yale University and has also studied social entrepreneurship, global leadership and other management and policy subjects at Harvard University and INSEAD.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"6","name":"Kat Cooley","firstName":"Kat","lastName":"Cooley","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/cooley_kat_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/cooley_kat.jpg","shortDescription":"Manager of Economic Growth, Palladium Group","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Kat Cooley designs and manages international development programs that drive economic transformation in developing economies around the world. An expert in the value chain and market systems approaches, Kat leads local teams in building the capacity and business intuition of agribusinesses, SMEs, and farmers to make smart investment decisions that support more economic opportunity and growth.


Kat is a Manager of Economic Growth with the Palladium Group based in Washington D.C. She holds a MA in International Development and Finance from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in Environmental Policy from Middlebury College.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"67","name":"Nicola Corzine","firstName":"Nicola","lastName":"Corzine","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/corzine-nicola_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/corzine-nicola.jpg","shortDescription":"Executive Director, NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Nicola Corzine serves as the Executive Director of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization designed to educate, innovate and connect aspiring and current entrepreneurs. As Executive Director, Nicola is responsible for strategic and operational leadership, working closely with the Entrepreneurial Center’s President and board of directors to drive and implement program planning, fundraising, and business operations.


Nicola brings over 15 years of strategic business development and entrepreneurial thought leadership programming experience to the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, most recently in her role as Deal Manager for the Band of Angels, a position she held since 2004. Nicola is also a Partner in the 2009 Acorn fund which includes investments in Practice Fusion, Niveus Medical, Materna, CrowdOptic and Flywheel, one of the biggest names in the E-hailing industry and acquired companies, 100plus (acquired by Practice Fusion) and nScaled (acquired by Acronis).


Prior to Band of Angels, she was the founder and executive director of Financing Partners, an organization offering specific programs designed to help entrepreneurs and investors reach their mutual objectives. Nicola has a broad background in investor relations and marketing at both startup companies, such as Digital Integrity, and financial institutions, including Credit Suisse First Boston and Fundraising Forum. She has served as Board Observer to Flipora, a unique search engine for your Web Memory, Meteor Solutions and Flywheel.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"46","name":"Patricia Crazzolara","firstName":"Patricia","lastName":"Crazzolara","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/Judges/crazzolara_patricia_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/Judges/crazzolara_patricia.jpg","shortDescription":"Global Communications Lead, Corporate Social Responsibility, SAP SE","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Patricia Crazzolara is leading communications about SAP’s social investment according to the company’s vision to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. As the market leader in enterprise application software, SAP focuses its CSR initiatives on helping to equip youth with tools they need to thrive in the digital economy.

Patricia Crazzolara joined SAP in 2001 and has accumulated in depth expertise in several leading internal and external communications functions. She holds a Master degree in German literature and language, History, and Spanish from the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"89","name":"Kate Curran","firstName":"Kate","lastName":"Curran","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/curran_kate_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/curran_kate.jpg","shortDescription":"Training and Outreach Coordinator, The Women’s Business Center at Capital for Opportunity and Change","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\t\t

Kate’s work with the Women’s Business Center at CEI includes the development of a comprehensive program of training, workshops and outreach initiatives specifically designed to support and advance women entrepreneurs looking to start, grow or finance a business. Her endeavors with start-ups and small businesses have taken her from Italy, where she lived for six years, to England to Maine, where she co-founded a SaaS company of her own. Ms. Curran is Co-chair of Marketing and a member of the Executive Committee of Maine Start-up & Create Week, an annual conference that brings more than 3,000 people to Portland, Maine. In 2016 Kate was invited to join Global Shapers, an initiative of the World Economic Forum which seeks to strengthen communities and build a more peaceful and inclusive world. Actively involved in Maine’s entrepreneurial community, Kate has launched a working group dedicated to increasing the number of women in investing, and was part of an advisory group to the Maine Office of Securities, tasked with identifying and recommending resolutions for issues associated with Maine’s Seed Capital Registration rule (Fund-ME). She holds a B.A. in International Business and Political Science from John Cabot University, in Rome, Italy.

\n\t\n"},{"id":"111","name":"Richard Cyr","firstName":"Richard","lastName":"Cyr","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/cyr_richard_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/cyr_richard.jpg","shortDescription":"President and Founder, Treadstone Enterprises","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Richard Cyr is an energetic entrepreneur who over the span of a thirty-year career has consulted with and advised over 150 companies on how to successfully brand and execute the launch of innovative technologies, new products, and business models. His private investment firm, Treadstone Enterprises, exclusively manages his personal investments and multiple business ventures.

Prior to Treadstone, Richard was the CMO and Equity Partner of Cate Street Capital, a private equity firm specializing in sourcing and funding new “green” sustainable technologies. He helped facilitate the company’s growth over three years from 5 to 57 employees and assisted in the creation and organization of five different subsidiaries that focused on delivering environmentally sustainable solutions in renewable energy, water treatment, landfill waste reduction, plastics recycling, and ocean preservation.

Early in his career and as co-founder of “Cyr & Knowles”, an Integrated Marketing Communications firm, Richard developed a proprietary methodology of developing and implementing highly targeted, synergistic marketing strategies that created a compound affect and increased program ROI. With Richard as President, “Cyr & Knowles” consistently ranked in the top 1% of most profitable agencies for its size throughout the country and won multiple professional award's over the span of its existence consisting of six national, four regional, and twenty-eight state wide for marketing excellence.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"68","name":"Tom Davenport","firstName":"Tom","lastName":"Davenport","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/davenport_tom_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/davenport_tom.jpg","shortDescription":"President's Distinguished Professor of IT and Management, Babson College","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Tom Davenport is the President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, cofounder of the International Institute for Analytics, Fellow at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and Senior Advisor to Deloitte Analytics. He teaches analytics/big data in executive programs at Babson, Harvard Business School and School of Public Health, and MIT Sloan School. 


Davenport pioneered the concept of “competing on analytics” with his best-selling 2006 Harvard Business Review article and 2007 book. His most recent book (with Julia Kirby) is Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines. He wrote or edited seventeen other books and over 100 articles for Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, The Financial Times, and many other publications. He is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal. He has been named one of the top 25 consultants by Consulting News, one of the 100 most influential people in the IT industry by Ziff-Davis, and one of the world’s top fifty business school professors by Fortune magazine.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"40","name":"Adam Davidson","firstName":"Adam","lastName":"Davidson","title":"","type":"Champion Committee","cms":"judges_g2","image":"image/Judges/davidson_adam_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/Judges/davidson_adam.jpg","shortDescription":"Co-Founder and Co-Host of Planet Money, Co-Production of NPR and This American Life","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Adam Davidson is co-founder and co-host of Planet Money, a co-production of NPR and This American Life. His work has most major awards in broadcast journalism, including the Peabody, DuPont-Columbia, and the Polk.


Davidson’s award-winning documentary on the housing crisis, “The Giant Pool of Money,” which he co-reported and produced with Alex Blumberg, was recently named one of the top ten works of journalism of the decade by the Arthur L. Carter of Journalism and New York University. It won near universal praise as the clearest and most entertaining explanation of the roots of the financial crisis in any media. It was probably the first hour-long radio documentary on mortgage finance ever to be described by anyone as “riveting. 


Davidson and Blumberg took the lessons they learned crafting “The Giant Pool of Money” to create Planet Money. In two weekly podcasts, a blog, and regular features on Morning Edition, All Things Considered and This American Life, Planet Money helps listeners understand how dramatic economic change is impacting their lives. Planet Money also proves, every day, that substantive, intelligent economic reporting can be funny, engaging, and accessible to the non-expert.


Before Planet Money, Davidson was International Business & Economics Correspondent for NPR. He traveled to many countries to cover the global economy and pitched in during crises, such as reporting from Indonesia’s Banda Aceh just after the tsunami, New Orleans post-Katrina, Paris during the youth riots.


Prior to coming to NPR, Davidson was Middle East correspondent for PRI’s Marketplace. He spent a year in Baghdad, Iraq, from 2003 to 2004, producing award-winning reports on corruption in the US occupation.


Davidson has also written articles for The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, GQ, Rolling Stone and many others.


Davidson has a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Chicago.

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Born and raised in Oklahoma, Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University (OSU) and a Masters of Business Administration from MIT Sloan School of Management. He serves on several boards with OSU, as well as for the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Lone Star Chapter. Joe has been instrumental in establishing the OSU Eastin/ISN Center for Talent Development, providing collegians a framework to enhance professional development, career readiness, and career services. He resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife and four children.


Joe ventured into entrepreneurship with ISN in 2001 and serves as the President and CEO.  Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ISN has additional offices in Calgary, Sydney, London, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto and Auckland. ISN is a platform business that manages and amalgamates performance, safety and compliance data for organizations in the oil and gas, manufacturing and other capital intensive industries.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"132","name":"Ivy Estabrooke","firstName":"Ivy","lastName":"Estabrooke","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/estabrooke_ivy_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/estabrooke_ivy.jpg","shortDescription":"Executive Director, Utah Science, Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR)","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Ivy V. Estabrooke, PhD., is the executive director of the Utah Science, Technology and Research Initiative, the State of Utah’s technology based economic development agency.  Following her appointment in 2014, Estabrooke led a strategic reorganization establishing new competitive grant programs, incubators and partnerships.  


Previously, Estabrooke served as a program officer at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in the Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department where she managed an integrated portfolio of basic research through technology delivery to the operational force in social and computational science and led the Navy’s basic research portfolio in cIED.  She has sat on multiple National Academies study boards, the ODNI Science & Technology Experts Group, was a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow and sits on multiple non-profit boards.  A cognitive neuroscientist by training, Estabrooke earned her PhD. in neuroscience from Georgetown University, an MS in National Security Strategy and Resource Management from the Eisenhower School of the National Defense University and a BA in Biological Sciences from Smith College.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"52","name":"Jonno Evans","firstName":"Jonno","lastName":"Evans","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/Judges/evans_jonno_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/Judges/evans_jonno.jpg","shortDescription":"Diplomat, British Embassy","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Jonno Evans is a diplomat at the British Embassy in Washington. He is responsible for covering the US economy and acts as an interlocutor between the US and UK governments on a range of economic policy issues. Prior to his tour in Washington, he served in the Foreign and Commonwealth in London, with several roles which included EU economic policy, the eurozone crisis and sub-Saharan African and Middle Eastern economic and development policy. Before joining the Diplomatic Service, Jonno worked for a think tank and as an academic researcher. He holds a Masters degree from Cambridge University and an undergraduate degree from Leeds University.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"43","name":"Mike Even","firstName":"Mike","lastName":"Even","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/even_mike_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/even_mike.jpg","shortDescription":"Chairman, Man Numeric","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Mike Even is the chief executive officer for Numeric and is a member of the Man Executive Committee. He joined Numeric in 2006 and served as president and CEO until January 2016. Prior to joining Numeric, Mike worked for Citigroup for nine years building a global asset management organization. After Citi merged with Travelers, he became global CIO of the Private Bank and eventually, global CIO for Citigroup Asset Management, overseeing investment teams running nearly $500B in client assets.  Prior to joining Citigroup, Mike spent 13 years at Independence Investment Associates in Boston. 


Mike received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, a Bachelor of Science degree in operations research from Cornell University and a master's degree in business from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Mike is a CFA® charterholder and currently serves on the investment committees of the Massachusetts Pension Reserves Management Board (PRIM) and the Trustees of the Reservation.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"33","name":"Robin Farmanfarmaian","firstName":"Robin","lastName":"Farmanfarmaian","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/farmanfarmaian_robin_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/farmanfarmaian_robin.jpg","shortDescription":"Investor & VP, Invicta Medical","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Robin Farmanfarmaian is a Professional Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur, and Angel Investor. Currently Robin is an Investor and VP at Invicta Medical, a medical technology company focusing on sleep apnea; VP at Actavalon, curing cancer by repairing p53; and Co-Founder and Board of Directors of the Organ Preservation Alliance, catalyzing breakthroughs in cryopreservation and tissue engineering for organ transplants. Her best selling book, “The Patient as CEO”, can be found on Amazon.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"34","name":"Rushika Fernandopulle","firstName":"Rushika","lastName":"Fernandopulle","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/fernandopulle_rushika_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/fernandopulle_rushika.jpg","shortDescription":"CEO, Iora Health","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Rushika Fernandopulle is a practicing physician and co-founder and CEO of Iora Health, a healthcare services firm based in Cambridge MA whose mission is to build a radically new model of primary care to improve quality and service and reduce overall expenditures.  In 2012 he was named an Ashoka Global Fellow, and is also a member of the Albert Schweitzer and Salzburg Global Fellowships. He was the first Executive Director of the Harvard Interfaculty Program for Health Systems Improvement, and Managing Director of the Clinical Initiatives Center at the Advisory Board Company. 


He is co-author or editor of several publications including Health Care Policy, a textbook for physicians and medical students, and Uninsured in America: Life and Death in the Land of Opportunity. He serves on the staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital, on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, and on the boards of Families USA and the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care. He earned his A.B., M.D., and M.P.P. (Masters in Public Policy) from Harvard University, and completed his clinical training at the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts General Hospital.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"82","name":"Alastair Fitzpayne","firstName":"Alastair","lastName":"Fitzpayne","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/fitzpayne-alastair_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/fitzpayne-alastair.jpg","shortDescription":"Director, Future of Work Initiative, Aspen Institute","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Alastair Fitzpayne serves as Executive Director of the Future of Work Initiative. Prior to his work at the Aspen Institute, he served as Chief of Staff at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Secretary Sylvia Burwell. In addition to serving as Chief of Staff at HHS, Fitzpayne also held a number of senior roles at the Department of the Treasury during the Obama Administration, including Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs. He has also served on Capitol Hill, in both the Senate and the House, as an economic advisor to Sen. Evan Bayh and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, respectively. He has also worked at the Office of Management and Budget and Abt Associates, a public policy consulting firm.


Fitzpayne holds a BA from Vassar College and an MPP from the University of California-Berkeley.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"112","name":"Melissa Flagg","firstName":"Melissa","lastName":"Flagg","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/flagg_melissa_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/flagg_melissa.jpg","shortDescription":"Founder and CEO, Flagg Consulting Services, LLC","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Dr. Melissa Flagg is currently the founder and CEO of Flagg Consulting Services, LLC.  She is also working with the University of Utah on a grant from the Richard Lounsbery Foundation to re-examine the foundations of our scientific structures and serves as an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Technology and National Security Research Program at the Center for a New American Security.  Before starting her own company, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research within the Department of Defense (DoD).  Prior to that she worked in various roles at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Office of Naval Research and the U.S. Department of State.  She has also served on a number of Boards including the Emerging Technology Research Advisory Committee at the Department of Commerce and the National Academy of Sciences Air Force Studies Board.


She received a B.S. from the University of Mississippi in 1996 and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2000.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"113","name":"Heather Fraser","firstName":"Heather","lastName":"Fraser","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/fraser_heather_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/fraser_heather.jpg","shortDescription":"Founder and Principal, Fraser Consulting","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Heather has over 20 years experience in strategy, operations, product and portfolio management across the healthcare, information technology, and environmental sciences industries. She is currently Founder and Principal at Fraser Consulting, providing strategy and operations services to established and start-up companies. Prior to opening her own firm, Heather served in senior roles for biotechnology companies, including Biogen and Shire. She also spent almost 8 years in management and technology consulting at Deloitte Consulting and IBM Global Services.

Heather earned her BA from Pennsylvania State University (University Park), her MS in Public Health from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), and was a Fulbright scholar in New Zealand. Heather is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"254","name":"Sameer Gadkaree","firstName":"Sameer","lastName":"Gadkaree","title":"Sameer Gadkaree","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/gadkaree_sameer_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/gadkaree_sameer.jpg","shortDescription":"Senior Program Officer, Joyce Foundation","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Sameer Gadkaree joins the Joyce Foundation as Senior Program Officer working with the Employment Program and the Joint Fund for Education and Employment, which looks for areas of joint interest between K-12, adult education and workforce development programs. He will also put his analytic and consulting skills to work assisting senior Joyce leadership with strategic planning.

Sameer had been working as a consultant to both Joyce and the Civic Consulting Alliance, specializing in workforce development, education issues and philanthropic strategy. Before going into consulting, he served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Adult Education with the City Colleges of Chicago. He also worked previously as a business analyst for Discovery Communications and McKinsey and Company.

Sameer earned his B.S. in Economics and Mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"114","name":"Lili Gangas","firstName":"Lili","lastName":"Gangas","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/gangas_lili_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/gangas_lili.jpg","shortDescription":"Chief Technology Community Officer, Kapor Center for Social Impact","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\n

Lili Gangas is the Chief Technology Community Officer. In this role, Lili helps catalyze Oakland’s emergence as a social impact hub of tech done right – where tech, diverse talent, and action driven partnerships can tackle pressing social and economic inequities of our communities head-on. Before coming to the Kapor Center, Lili was an Associate Principal at Accenture Technology Lab’s Open Innovation team, building bridges between startups and Global 2000 commercial clients through cross sector collaboration. She was also a founding member of the team at Booz Allen specializing in crowdsourcing, prize challenges, and open data solutions for the public sector. Before that, Lili could be found in the lab working on firmware solutions for the aerospace industry as a Senior Multi-Disciplined Software Engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. Lili holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and Systems Engineering Certification from UCLA Extension. In addition to her day jobs, Lili was an active TechStars Startup Weekend DC organizer, a judge of the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Startup in a Day Challenge, an open data innovation panelist at the White House Council of Women and Girls session, and advisor to Dreamwakers.org and OpenDataNation.com. Outside of work, Lili enjoys getting to know cities via distance races – she’ a 5-time half marathoner and last year completed her first full marathon.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"116","name":"Jennie Glazer","firstName":"Jennie","lastName":"Glazer","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/glazer_jennie_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/glazer_jennie.jpg","shortDescription":"COO for Field Talent Management, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Jennie is currently the COO for Field Talent Management at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. In her professional and personal pursuits, she strives to live her mantra, “Make Big Ideas a Reality, Help Teams Love the Journey.” As an industry, Wealth Management is undergoing a major disruption, and Morgan Stanley is focused on equipping leadership and advisors to adapt and change from transactional client relationships to more dynamic, goals based approaches. The Field Talent Management team plays a crucial role in accelerating Morgan Stanley’s Modern Wealth Strategy through significantly improved client focused engagement capability and impact. It strives to build a culture of innovation across the organization and establish and share best-practice tools and support to facilitate this acceleration. Jennie is accountable for identifying, developing and sharing the right tools, training, coaching and support. In her prior role as COO for Diversity & Inclusion programs in Wealth Management, she led the design and production of Leadership Summits for women and multicultural financials advisors—experiences that connected our talent in meaningful ways. Additionally, she innovated with programming such as “In the Know” to help everyone better connect with clients and each other through gender smarts and cultural fluency. Jennie worked in the Office of the COO, US Field Management as Head of Strategy and Program Management, helping Advisors and Teams grow their business and engage with clients. She was hired at Citi Smith Barney in 2008 as a part of the user experience team to redesign the advisor desktop application.

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Jennie was Director of Operations at New York University (2002-2008), focusing on NYU’s $2.5B fundraising campaign. Jennie started her career working in Technology/Internet consulting and project management. Jennie attended as an undergraduate at Earlham College and graduate school at McGill University, studying French. Jennie lives in Brooklyn, NY with her two children and husband.​

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"69","name":"Michael Goldberg","firstName":"Michael","lastName":"Goldberg","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/goldberg_michael_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/goldberg_michael.jpg","shortDescription":"Assistant Professor, Department of Design and Innovation, Case Western Reserve University","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Michael Goldberg is an experienced venture capitalist and international business leader whose teaching is focused on the fields of entrepreneurship and early stage finance. Goldberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design and Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. With support from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Goldberg created a massive open online course (MOOC) called Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies, which has attracted over 120,000 students from 190 countries with subtitles in 16 languages (most on Coursera platform). Inc.com named Beyond Silicon Valley one of the top online classes that \"will make you smarter and more interesting.\" Goldberg spoke about the impact of his MOOC at TEDxHeraklion in Crete (February 2015) and TEDxFulbright in Santa Monica (September 2015).

Goldberg co-founded the Bridge Investment Fund, a venture capital fund focused on investing in Israeli medical device companies that have synergies with the leading health care industries and institutions in Cleveland.

Goldberg was the Director of International Business Development for America Online, responsible for structuring and negotiating international partnerships in Asia, including AOL’s joint venture with Lenovo to develop interactive services for the China market. Goldberg spent several years in South Africa working for the National Democratic Institute, designing and implementing voter education programs for South Africa’s historic first democratic election in 1994. Goldberg also worked for Microsoft and the International Management Group (IMG).

Goldberg has deep experience teaching entrepreneurship in international markets. He was awarded Fulbright fellowships to teach entrepreneurship at the National Economics University in Hanoi, Vietnam (2012) and at the Polytechnic in Windhoek, Namibia (2015). Goldberg has also been a visiting professor teaching courses on entrepreneurial management and finance at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey and the ALBA Graduate School of Business in Athens, Greece. He has conducted seminars on behalf of the US Department of State on entrepreneurship in Argentina, Austria, Botswana, Cambodia, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Kosovo, Laos, Macedonia, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Goldberg is active in the entrepreneurship community in Cleveland, serving as a mentor to entrepreneurs through Jumpstart and FlashStarts. He has appeared as a frequent guest panelist on MSNBC’s “Your Business” and written on international entrepreneurship for CNBC, Entrepreneur.com and The Huffington Post.

Goldberg earned a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, MA in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"70","name":"Danielle Goonan","firstName":"Danielle","lastName":"Goonan","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/goonan_danielle_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/goonan_danielle.jpg","shortDescription":"Senior Manager II, Career Opportunity, WalMart Foundation","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Danielle Goonan is a Senior Manager II on the Opportunity team at the Walmart Foundation where she is responsible for investments in retail training worldwide. Most recently, Danielle was an appointee of the Obama Administration where she led strategic partnerships for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. In this role, she worked with stakeholders in the corporate, labor and philanthropic sectors on behalf of the US Department of Education. Previously, Danielle led the Clinton Global Initiative’s domestic education and skills development team with responsibilities that included managing the CGI U.S. Youth Employment Action Network in partnership with the Office of Secretary Clinton’s JobOne program, overseeing the strategy of CGI America’s education and skills Working Groups, and leading the growth of the workforce development portfolio of Commitments to Action. Prior to this position, Danielle worked at the Council on Foreign Relations in Member and Corporate Relations. She received her MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and her undergraduate degree in American Studies summa cum laude from Dickinson College where she was a Posse Foundation Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Danielle is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow and currently sits on the HiA U.S. Planning Board, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Italy. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"115","name":"Scott Gordon","firstName":"Scott","lastName":"Gordon","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/gordon_scott_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/gordon_scott.jpg","shortDescription":"CEO and Co-Founder, Salutary Data","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Scott’s career was formatively spent in the B2B Data industry – sales and marketing related data and products/services.  He presently runs, and co-founded, Salutary Data; acts as an Advisor to several companies, actively seeks alternate investments such as MLPs and seed offerings. Scott was an investor and Partnership head (and employee #8) at a Boston area company – NetProspex, which sold to Dun and Bradstreet in 2015. He also exited another data company Onesource in 2004.  He’s a keen advocate for and applauds the value creation and opportunities that startups bring to the table. Tufts B.A. and Babson MBA.  Outside joys include my family, tennis, masters swimming, coffee and IPAs.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"9","name":"Renee Richardson Gosline","firstName":"Renee Richardson","lastName":"Gosline","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/gosline_renee.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/gosline_renee.jpg","shortDescription":"Zenon Zannetos 1955 Career Development Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Management Science group, MIT Sloan School of Management","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Renée Richardson Gosline is the Zenon Zannetos 1955 Career Development Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Management Science group at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She has been named one of the “World’s Top 40 Professors under 40,” and an MIT “Iron Professor.”


Her primary interest is in how social structure affects decision-making. To this end, she has two main streams of research: 1) How status-based associations bias choice, and, 2) How technology affects choice and behavior. Her research projects include: the positive impact of imitation on brand strength, the effect of social media storytelling on persuasion, the role of status dynamics in health and performance, and the use of wearable technology to aid willpower. In order to address these issues rigorously, she employs experimental methodology, both in the field and laboratory.


Prior to academia, Professor Gosline was a Marketing practitioner at LVMH Moet Hennessy and Leo Burnett. Professor Gosline received her undergraduate and graduate training at Harvard University, including a Doctorate from the Harvard Business School.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"29","name":"Gina Gotthilf","firstName":"Gina","lastName":"Gotthilf","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/gotthilf_gina_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/ginagotthilf-thumb.jpg","shortDescription":"VP, Growth, Duolingo","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\n

Gina is the VP of Marketing and Growth at Duolingo, a platform bringing free language education to over 170 million people. Duolingo is currently the most downloaded education app around the world.


Previously, the Brazilian native lead Tumblr's growth in LATAM and developed digital marketing campaigns for brands like Louis Vuitton and American Express. She has a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Brandeis University, where she co-authored a social neuroscience study about memory and aging.


Gina was invited to the White House and had the honor of presenting Duolingo to President Obama in 2015.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"117","name":"Matthew Guarini","firstName":"Matthew","lastName":"Guarini","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/guarini_matthew_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/guarini_matthew.jpg","shortDescription":"VP, Research Director, Forrester","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Matthew leads Forrester's research team serving chief information officers. His team focuses on helping CIOs deliver effective technology strategies that win, serve, and retain customers. His team produces cutting-edge, insightful research focused on the issues most pressing for today's CIOs, including growth, leadership, change management, future operational and organizational models, and new technologies and business models. His team leverages its considerable expertise to provide advisory and consulting services to clients.

For more than 25 years, Matthew has worked with leading companies to develop and implement growth strategies. For the past 10 years, Matthew has focused on the use of technology to deliver real value to customers. His experience spans core areas such as application development, infrastructure, business relationship management, and enterprise architecture. He has worked to identify and implement new innovative technologies and business models that leverage emerging concepts in cybersecurity, mobile, internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and analytics. In addition, Matthew has hands-on experience leading transformational change at the enterprise level for corporate, strategic, and technology initiatives, providing him with the ability to turn ideas into successful actions.

Matthew has a B.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Virginia. He also has an MBA from George Mason University.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"71","name":"Vivian Guilfoy","firstName":"Vivian","lastName":"Guilfoy","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/guilfoy_vivian_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/guilfoy_vivian.jpg","shortDescription":"Senior Advisor, Education Development Center, Inc.","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Vivian Guilfoy has designed and led innovative programs and research focused on workforce development, learning and literacy, and community development. At the heart of her work are ways to grow the talents of diverse learners—especially those who face multiple obstacles in their journey to further education, civic participation, and promising employment. She encourages youth and other learners to co-construct and design the projects in which they and their peers will participate.


Guilfoy has overseen public-private partnerships, national resource and technical assistance centers, and the design of tools to enable schools and communities to implement effective programs. These partnerships include major national foundations, corporations, and corporate foundations; venture philanthropists; the US Departments of Education, Labor, Justice; the National Science Foundation; and many national organizations focused on education and equity.


Guilfoy is coauthor of many publications that study and share promising practices for combining work and learning. More than Title IX: How Equity in Education Has Shaped the Nation, which captures inspiring stories of how ordinary women and men did extraordinary things to open up opportunities in STEM, sports, employment, legislation, and business.


Before joining EDC, Guilfoy directed Nontraditional Occupations for Women at the YWCA; implemented a Flexible Curriculum Planning Methodology for Puerto Rico at Consad Research; taught School, Business and Community Collaboration at BU Graduate School of Education; and provided technical assistance to high school vocational-technical and academic faculty specialists at American Institutes for Research.


Guilfoy received a BS Ed in social studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in educational research from the University of Pittsburgh.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"47","name":"Monty Hamilton","firstName":"Monty","lastName":"Hamilton","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/hamilton_monty_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/hamilton_monty.jpg","shortDescription":"CEO, Rural Sourcing","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Monty Hamilton is CEO of Rural Sourcing Inc. (RSI) and is responsible for the company’s strategic direction and growth, including the launch of 10 new development centers with 2,000 colleagues across low cost of living, high quality of life locations in the United States. This is his second entrepreneurial startup venture after leaving Accenture in 1995.  His achievements were recognized by being named as a regional finalist for the 2015 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.


Monty is on the advisory boards for the Mobile Chamber of Commerce and The Bond Group; and he chairs the IAOP’s Domestic Sourcing Chapter. He holds an M.B.A. from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and a B.B.A. in business from Millsaps College.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"10","name":"Jean Hammond","firstName":"Jean","lastName":"Hammond","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/hammond_jean.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/hammond_jean.jpg","shortDescription":"Co-Founder and Partner, LearnLaunch","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Jean Hammond is a co-founder and partner at LearnLaunch. She is also the founder of JPH Associates. A serial entrepreneur, she co-founded AXON Networks, which was acquired by 3Com, led 3Com WAN marketing activities and also founded Quarry Technologies. Jean is an active angel investor focusing on early stage high-tech and high-growth start-ups. She is a member of Hub Angels and Launchpad Venture Group, and she is the founder of the Boston Forum of Golden Seeds. She has an active portfolio and has served as a director or advisor with over 30 of the companies within her portfolio.


Jean was awarded the 2011 Monosson Prize for Entrepreneurship Mentoring by the MIT Sloan School of Management and the 2014 Hans Severiens Award by the Angel Capital Association in recognition of her work advancing angel investing and entrepreneurship. Jean also was awarded the 2013 Boston Business Journal Lifetime Achievement Award.


Jean received her MS from MIT Sloan School of Management in 1986 and her BS in Biology from Boston University.


Board Seats Include: Member of MIT Corporation (Board of Trustees), North American Executive Board of the MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Innovation Index Advisory Committee, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (Trustee Emeritus), The Capital Network, InStream Media, Peach Underneath, Playrific, and Respiratory Motion.


Edtech Investments Include: SmartLunches, Testive, Yummico, Ten Marks (Amazon), Tikatok (Barnes & Noble, Pearson), and Socrative (Mastery Connect).

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"133","name":"Hala Hanna","firstName":"Hala","lastName":"Hanna","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/hanna_halal_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/hanna_halal.jpg","shortDescription":"Director, Economic Prosperity, MIT Solve","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Hala is the Director, Economic Prosperity community at Solve – an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her work focuses on solving through innovation and partnership some of the world’s wicked problems: economic equality, prosperity, and the future of work in an era of profound digital transformation. Hala’s career revolves around public policy, strategy, and building partnerships for social impact. This includes a public-private initiative for employment in the Middle East at the World Economic Forum, advising governments on public sector reform and donor engagement through her work at the World Bank and the UN, and advising non-profits on strategy and business models. Her last appointment at the World Economic Forum was as Director of Strategy & Impact. In 2015, she cofounded a policy platform that counts 54,000 subscribers. Hala holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University, and in Development Economics from American University, DC. Her Bachelor’s in Economics was from the American University of Beirut. She was a Global Leadership Fellow of the World Economic Forum. Hala is a Senior Advisor of Women Political Leaders Global Forum.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"11","name":"Isabelle Hau","firstName":"Isabelle","lastName":"Hau","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/hau_isabelle.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/hau_isabelle.jpg","shortDescription":"Venture Partner, Omidyar Network","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Isabelle Hau is a venture partner at Omidyar Network, where she drives the firm’s US education activities. She joined Omidyar Network in 2012 in investment management, evaluating new investment opportunities on the Investment Committee and managing the firm’s portfolio for positive social impact.


Previously, she was an executive director at Morgan Stanley, where she worked in venture capital investing in technology companies, and in investment banking. She also worked at ImpactAssets, a non-profit organization focused on increasing capital flows in impact investing.


Isabelle earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and also graduated from ESSEC and Sciences Po Paris. Isabelle was honored as 100 Harvard Business School Women in the Bay Area.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"147","name":"Michael Hayes","firstName":"Michael","lastName":"Hayes","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/hayes_michael_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/hayes_michael.jpg","shortDescription":"CEO, FeatureX","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

General manager with over 20 years of experience building and leading high-growth teams.

Currently CEO of FeatureX, an artificial intelligence software company which uses computer vision and other machine learning technologies to discover meaningful patterns of economic activity in the a variety of data. FeatureX is backed by Tudor Investment Corporation.

Prior to FeatureX, Founder and CEO of Tripleshot, the first game-proof block trading solution for institutional traders. Inventor of the market construction technique used by Tripleshot (US Patent 8,732,065).

Previously, ran a variety of sales, marketing, and client service organizations in fast-growing enterprise software companies. Also have significant experience creating business alliances between companies of all sizes, including between US and international firms.

Started career as an officer aboard the USS La Jolla (SSN-701), a nuclear-powered fast attack submarine.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"12","name":"Jeffrey Hendrickson","firstName":"Jeffrey","lastName":"Hendrickson","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/hendrickson_jeffrey_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/hendrickson_jeffrey.jpg","shortDescription":"Managing Partner, Greenfield Hill Group","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Jeffrey T. Hendrickson is Managing Partner at Greenfield Hill Group. Mr. Hendrickson has over 30 years of senior executive experience with a career record of success involving a number of diverse major public and privately held companies, operating in transportation, logistics and highly competitive consumer service businesses. Prior to forming Greenfield Hill Group, Jeff was a Principal at MCG Global LLC. MCG specializes in advising middle market companies that due to various financial and operational circumstances are not meeting their obligations or desired outcomes. Jeff was President and Chief Operating Officer for Velocity Express Corporation, the nation’s largest, time critical supply chain management service provider. Previously, Mr. Hendrickson was Chief Executive Officer and President of Sport & Health Company, a Carl Marks Inc. strategic investment.


In the late ‘70s, he was the Managing Director for Hertz Rent a Car in the United Kingdom, returning to the US as Senior Vice President, North American Operations. Mr. Hendrickson was the key operating officer involved in the sale of Hertz Truck Rental and Leasing to Penske Corporation. Subsequently, he joined National Car Rental as Executive Vice President, North American Operations with responsibility for all fleet purchasing and disposition, including retail car sales at over 100 locations, nationwide. When National was sold to General Motors, he was recruited to join Budget Rent a Car as Executive Vice President with responsibility for all aspects of Budget operations.


Mr. Hendrickson was Senior Vice President for Brink's Global Air Courier and ATM Services, providing secure air and ground transport of high value property and cash reconciliation at over three thousand ATMs. Previously, he served as President of the Chase Manhattan Corporation subsidiary established to issue and globally distribute the Visa Travelers Cheque in four currencies. Mr. Hendrickson is a graduate of Hartwick College (BA), the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire (MBA) and the Executive Education Program (EEP) at the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"85","name":"Chris Howard","firstName":"Chris","lastName":"Howard","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/howard_chris_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/howard_chris.jpg","shortDescription":"Founder, We Are Optimists","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\t\t

Chris Howard is a serial technology entrepreneur, adviser, and investor in both the UK and the USA.

Chris gained a Ph.D in Computational Physics at Reading University. After a colourful set of careers as a singer songwriter, chef, a professional cyclist, a ‘spy’, and an author, Chris found himself in the USA at MIT creating his first groundbreaking technology company, Libboo in 2009.

After helping establish five further high-impact technology companies and entrepreneurial communities (including the celebrated MassChallenge startup accelerator in the UK), Chris returned to London to take everything he had learned from being an entrepreneur and builder of ecosystems to inject those learnings back into the music scene.

\n\t\n"},{"id":"13","name":"Alanna Hughes","firstName":"Alanna","lastName":"Hughes","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/hughes_alanna_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/hughes_alanna.jpg","shortDescription":"Graduate of MIT Sloan School of Management (MBA) and Harvard Kennedy School (MPA)","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Alanna is a recent graduate of MIT Sloan School of Management (MBA) and Harvard Kennedy School (MPA). Although a Massachusetts native, Alanna comes from a background in international social entrepreneurship that has enabled her to launch the first Caribbean chapter of a MicroConsignment-focused organization, serve on Ashoka's Full Economic Citizenship team in Washington DC, and advice in community economic development with Peace Corps Dominican Republic. Alanna is particularly interested in the introduction of new technologies and platforms into emerging economies, as well as how to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystems of these markets.


Additional direct experience includes sales team management for an e-commerce start-up in Angola, co-founding of a venture focused on automatic emergency response in Kenya, research on effective mobile tools for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) throughout the developing world, co-facilitation of a tech incubator in Algeria, and consulting for an Uruguayan FinTech start-up exploring expansion into Africa. Alanna has also spent some time in consulting with Deloitte’s new Social Impact Service Line, and looks forward to returning to Deloitte’s commercial practice in October 2016.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"14","name":"Y-Vonne Hutchinson","firstName":"Y-Vonne","lastName":"Hutchinson","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/hutchinson_yvonne.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/hutchinson_yvonne.jpg","shortDescription":"Former International Labor Rights Lawyer - Founder, Ready Set","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Y-Vonne Hutchinson is a former international labor rights lawyer, the founder of Ready Set, a diversity solutions firm based in Oakland, CA, and a co-founder of Project Include. As a lawyer and advocate, she has worked with foreign national governments, the US Department of State, and the UN. She is a member of Harvard Law’s Institute for Global Law and Policy network and an expert on labor relations and diversity in the workplace.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"15","name":"John Irons","firstName":"John","lastName":"Irons","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/irons_john.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/irons_john.jpg","shortDescription":"Managing Director, Global Markets","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

John Irons joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2012. As Managing Director, Global Markets, he leads much of the Foundation’s work in the United States, particularly initiatives on employment, and contributes more broadly to economic analysis of the Foundation’s work. His focus includes leading the Foundation’s emerging work on Youth Employment in the US, the Sustainable Employment in a Green US Economy (SEGUE) Initiative, the Brookings–Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation, and other projects that focus on economic issues.


Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. Irons was the Research Director at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was the Director of Tax and Budget Policy at The Center for American Progress, and a Senior Economic Analyst and Staff Economist at OMB Watch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting government accountability and citizen participation. Prior to coming to Washington, Dr. Irons was a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Economics at Amherst College. He has also worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and briefly at the Brookings Institution.


Dr. Irons has authored numerous reports and articles on a range of economic topics including tax and budget policy, labor markets, and macroeconomic policy. His articles have appeared in several journals including the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of Applied Econometrics, and the Review of Financial Economics. Dr. Irons is co-editor of Testing Exogeneity, published by Oxford University Press.


He has been quoted in numerous national and local print publications and has appeared on TV and radio programs, including CNN, CNBC, BBC, and Bloomberg. He has been a guest lecturer and has presented research at many colleges and universities including American University, Harvard University, Middlebury College, MIT, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska, and others.


Dr. Irons was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, as well as a Graduate Fellowship from the Harvard/MIT Research Training Group in Positive Political Economy. He has won several awards for his economics websites, including top-5 awards from The Economist and Forbes.


He has served on the Committee on Electronic Publishing of the American Economic Association, and has served on the board of nonprofit institutions, including the Coalition on Human Needs, and was elected to the Board of Governors of the National Economists’ Club in Washington D.C. Dr. Irons holds a B.A. with High Honors in economics from Swarthmore College, and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"118","name":"Angela Jackson","firstName":"Angela","lastName":"Jackson","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/jackson_angela_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/jackson_angela.jpg","shortDescription":"Managing Director, Portland Seed Fund","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Angela Jackson is co-founder and managing director of the Portland Seed Fund, a private/public seed fund with $10 Million+ under management,~80 investments and 14 accretive exits. The Fund invests in high growth, capital-efficient companies primarily in the Northwest and has a strong record investing in founding teams containing women and people of color.

She also oversees Portland State University Business Accelerator, with 25+ resident biotech, technology and cleantech companies, a INBIA Incubator of the Year (tech focus) and Global 25 in the Stockholm-based UBI Index. Prior, Angela made angel investments in multiple sectors and advised entrepreneurs and seed-stage companies across a broad spectrum of industries. She is a past president of the Portland chapter of Keiretsu Forum and past Chair of one of the nation's largest angel investment competitions, Angel Oregon. Angela credits her serial entrepreneur family history with much of her comfort in the trenches of seed investment. She holds a B.A. in English and history from Boston University and a M.A. in environmental studies from University of Oregon. She was recently named Woman of Influence/entrepreneur category (2015) by Portland Business Journal. She serves on the boards of Crowd Supply, Lumen Learning, Angel Capital Association, and the Oregon Film Board. She chairs the grassroots public policy committee of ACA.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"119","name":"Myank Jain","firstName":"Myank","lastName":"Jain","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/jain_myank_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/jain_myank.jpg","shortDescription":"Head of Big Data Engineering, DataXu","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Myank is an accomplished technology executive and entrepreneur. He has held leadership positions at eDocs, FAST, Pegasystems, Millward Brown Digital, and currently he is the head of Big Data Engineering at DataXu. Myank founded iQuest Analytics and led the development of sophisticated platform & intellectual property for creating and analyzing social communities.

He is a member of Hub Angels, and has an active portfolio of companies. He is an avid speaker and expert group member of various standard technical committees.

Myank holds MS from Michigan State and BEng from IIT Roorkee and a recipient of internationally acclaimed Rotary Foundation Fellowship Award. Myank also attended MIT Sloan School of Management.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"93","name":"Leila Janah","firstName":"Leila","lastName":"Janah","title":"","type":"Champion Committee","cms":"judges_g2","image":"image/judges/janah_leila_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/janah_leila.jpg","shortDescription":"Founder & CEO, Samasource and LXMI","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\t\t

Leila Janah is the Founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, two companies that go beyond charity to #givework to low-income people around the world using cutting-edge social enterprise models in technology and luxury skincare, respectively. She is the author of the forthcoming book Give Work (Penguin/RandomHouse), to be released in September, 2017.


Prior, Leila was a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Program on Global Justice and Australian National University’s Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. She was a founding Director of Incentives for Global Health, and a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.).


Leila is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a Director of CARE USA, a 2012 TechFellow, recipient of the inaugural Club de Madrid Young Leadership Award, and the youngest person to win a Heinz Award in 2014. She was named one of Fortune’s Most Promising Entrepreneurs in 2014 and was the subject of cover stories in Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and Conscious Company Magazines.


She received a BA from Harvard and lives in San Francisco, or a suitcase...

\n\t\n"},{"id":"82","name":"Maurice Jones","firstName":"Maurice","lastName":"Jones","title":"","type":"Champion Committee","cms":"judges_g2","image":"/image/judges/jones_maurice_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/jones_maurice.jpg","shortDescription":"President & CEO, Local Initiatives Support Corporation","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

With deep experience in both the public and private sectors, Maurice Jones took the helm as LISC's fourth president & CEO in September 2016. Immediately prior to joining LISC, he served as the secretary of commerce for the Commonwealth of Virginia, where he managed 13 state agencies focused on the economic needs in his native state. He previously served as deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) overseeing operations for the agency and it's 8,900 staff members. Prior to that he was commissioner of Virginia’s Department of Social Services and deputy chief of staff to former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner.


Trained as an attorney, Maurice worked during the Clinton Administration on legal, policy and program issues at the Treasury Department, where he also helped manage a then-new initiative called the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) fund—a federal program that has grown to be a critical supporter of nonprofits that leverage its capital to bolster their communities. In the private sector, Maurice was the general manager of The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk and went on to become president and publisher of its parent company. He also worked for a Richmond law firm and a private philanthropy investing in community-based efforts to benefit children in Washington, D.C.


Raised by his grandparents in a rural southern Virginia community where his family had a tobacco and corn farm, Jones was awarded a full merit scholarship to Hampden-Sydney College, a small liberal arts school. In 1986, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was selected as a Rhodes scholar. At Oxford University, he earned a master’s degree in international relations.  In 1992, he graduated from the University of Virginia Law School.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"120","name":"Kyle Judah","firstName":"Kyle","lastName":"Judah","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/judah_kyle_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/judah_kyle.jpg","shortDescription":"Program Innovation Consultant, MIT Innovation Initiative","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Kyle Judah is a two time entrepreneur with a passion for solving big problems and creating impact at scale. Following his time as a founder, Kyle was a Program Director running MIT's startup accelerator program, which has produced startups that have raised over $100M in funding and led to acquisitions by companies like Dropbox, Athenahealth and Ultra Capital. He left MIT to run the Marketing department at a consumer electronics startup in the smart home space, before returning as a Program Innovation Consultant with MIT's Innovation Initiative.

Kyle has a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and his MBA from Babson College, where his research and thesis was on corporate innovation and engaging startup ecosystems.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"72","name":"George Kalan","firstName":"George","lastName":"Kalan","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/kalan_george_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/kalan_george.jpg","shortDescription":"Founder, Orien Advisory Services","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

George Kalan is the founder of Orien Advisory Services, where he utilizes nearly fifty years of extensive venture capital, management consulting and engineering experience to provide board level advisory services and general management consulting support to small and mid-sized high-tech ventures.  In the mid-1980’s, George co-founded and served as Managing General Partner of Orien Ventures, a unique venture capital partnership with Mitsui & Co. that managed two early stage high-tech venture capital funds and pioneered the concept of strategic corporate partnering between small US ventures and large Japanese companies. He also founded and co-sponsored the Indonesia Growth Fund, one of the first venture capital funds in Southeast Asia. Before becoming a venture capitalist, he was an international management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton International and subsequently founded and managed Kalan Sutton McGraw, a successful boutique management consulting organization specializing in growth and diversification strategies for technology-driven Fortune 500 companies. 


George began his career as an aerospace engineer with The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. (formerly called The MIT Instrumentation Laboratory), where he served as Lead Engineer responsible for software development, testing,  mission support and astronaut training  activities for the digital autopilot that controlled the Apollo Lunar Module during the Apollo Lunar Landing Missions.  He was also a member of the Houston Space Center Mission Control Team that received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for the Apollo 13 emergency rescue operation.  After Apollo, George managed a joint MIT/FIAT project in Torino, Italy that developed one of the first successful applications of expert systems for improving the productivity of automotive production lines.


George holds a B.S. with High Honors in Electrical Engineering from Case Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from The Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"16","name":"Sameer Kalwani","firstName":"Sameer","lastName":"Kalwani","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/kalwani_sameer_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/kalwani_sameer.jpg","shortDescription":"Founder, Element Analytics","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Sameer Kalwani is the founder of Element Analytics, where he oversees product strategy, marketing, development, and design.


Previously, he was CTO and Head of Product at Piramal Sarvajal, an innovative water utility that implemented a distributed infrastructure of water treatment plants. He led the development of patented solutions that reduced Sarvajal’s maintenance costs by >60% with predictive ML, the invention of the Water ATM, and reduced the customer’s price of water by 60x with business model innovations. Prior to that, as a Deloitte consultant, he helped industrial and public sector companies manage their IT strategy and architecture in post-merger situations. Sameer also has experiences in enterprise IT at Apcera, finance at Goldman Sachs, and manufacturing at Visteon Corporation.


Sameer graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Cognitive Psychology, and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"17","name":"Kathleen Kennedy","firstName":"Kathleen","lastName":"Kennedy","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/kennedy_kathleen.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/kennedy_kathleen.jpg","shortDescription":"Director, Special Projects, The Engine, MIT","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

In her 15 years at MIT, Kathleen has helped MIT Technology Review to redefine the magazine brand and to achieve success in a rapidly changing market. She has established several new lines of business in the United States as well as in Asia, Europe and Latin America. She leads events, sales and international licensing for MIT’s media company as well as the global team of the entrepreneurial support organization, the MIT Enterprise Forum.


Kathleen started her career in accounting at Deloitte and Touche, but she quickly found her true calling in media. She left the financial world to join a startup that specialized in media research for the film industry. Kathleen worked on a wide range of movies for major studios, including Warner Bros., Paramount, and 20th Century Fox.


She has been a long-time judge for the MITX awards and a distinguished juror for Lemelson-MIT prizes, also known as the “Nobel Prize for Innovators.” She sits on the board of the MIT Enterprise Forum and she was awarded the 2009 Folio: 40, which recognized the most innovative and influential people in magazines.


She was in the Rising Scholar program at the University of Virginia and she studied accounting at James Madison University.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"18","name":"Jess Knox","firstName":"Jess","lastName":"Knox","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/knox_jess_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/knox_jess.jpg","shortDescription":"Founder & President, Olympico Strategies","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\t\t

Jess is an agitator, movement-maker and growth consultant for high-growth companies and high-impact organizations. He founded Olympico Strategies in late 2012 where he utilizes his diverse background to build transformational events, initiatives, and programs for organizations of all kinds to achieve their goals. After graduating from college, Jess spent 15 years, building grassroots organizations across the country for candidates and causes. He also got his law degree and studied public organizational management along the way.


In 2009, he was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Associate Administrator for Field Operations in Washington, D.C., and oversaw the delivery of all SBA programs through a network of 119 offices and 1000 employees from Guam to Bangor. After returning to Maine and founding his firm, he dove headlong into his passion for community building.


In 2013, along with private startup clients across the country, he co-founded StartupPortland as a digital watering hole for entrepreneurs to connect, and he helped launch Startup Weekend Portland.


In 2014, Jess began working with Blackstone Accelerates Growth to build intentional communities of innovation and entrepreneurship as well as founding Maine Startup & Create Week which now brings more than 3000 people from 27 states to Portland, Maine. He also helped launch Maine House of Genius and the television show Green Light Maine.


In 2015, he helped launched the country’s most ground-breaking approach to building innovation communities via Maine Accelerates Growth. Outside of these initiatives, he serves as the vice-chair of the national Startup Champions Network as well as the boards of Treehouse Institute, Equality Maine, and the Maine Charitable Mechanics Hall. He lives in Portland with his wife Kate and two wonderful children, Edson and Lena.

\n\t\n"},{"id":"55","name":"Bernhard Kowatsch","firstName":"Bernhard","lastName":"Kowatsch","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/kowatsch_bernhard.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/kowatsch_bernhard.jpg","shortDescription":"Head of Innovation Accelerator, United Nations World Food Programme","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Bernhard Kowatsch is the Head of Innovation Accelerator at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The Innovation Accelerator’s aim is to accelerate high impact innovations for zero hunger across the globe. The accelerator supports entrepreneurs working on eradicating hunger using human-centered design and a lean startup approach.


Previously, Bernhard co-founded the ShareTheMeal smartphone crowdfunding app, built up WFP’s Business Innovation team and worked as management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).


Bernhard holds masters degrees in International Management, International Business Administration and Business Administration from HEC School of Management and the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"19","name":"Donna Levin","firstName":"Donna","lastName":"Levin","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/levin_donna.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/levin_donna.jpg","shortDescription":"Co-founder, Care.com - Entrepreneur in Residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship - Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Donna is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and a Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.


Donna is the co-founder of Care.com, the world’s leading online site for helping families find and manage family care. During the course of her tenure at Care.com, Donna played key roles in building and leading high performing teams, and scaling the company through 5 rounds of funding to IPO.


Donna has an 18-year career as a social entrepreneur.  Previously VP of Operations at Upromise, an online service that helps families save for college, she has also held several leadership positions across a broad range of technology and startup companies.


Donna serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Business Leadership, WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, and Zero to Three.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"134","name":"Yuriy Loukachev","firstName":"Yuriy","lastName":"Loukachev","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/loukachev_yuriy_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/loukachev_yuriy.jpg","shortDescription":"Program Manager, Center for Inclusive Growth, MasterCard","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Yuriy supports the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth in its initiative to leverage data and analytics for social good.  Prior to joining the Center, Yuriy spent two years supporting Mastercard’s strategy and analytics division of the North America markets team. In this role, he provided consulting support to merchant account managers regarding their financial and operational performance. While in college, Yuriy interned at Mastercard and GE Capital, and holds an award for undergraduate research relating to behavioral game theory. Yuriy studied Mathematics and Economics at the University of Connecticut.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"135","name":"Darko Lovric","firstName":"Darko","lastName":"Lovric","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/lovrik_darko_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/lovrik_darko.jpg","shortDescription":"Principal, Incandescent","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Darko is a Principal at Incandescent, a boutique advisory and venture firm. He advises organizations on their innovation strategies and capabilities and helps form and grow new ventures in the psychology/people-analytics/neurotech space.

Darko was previously a Fellow at the World Economic Forum, where he worked as an Associate Director in the Strategic Foresight department, leading a set of scenario projects for senior decision makers including deeper examinations of the impact of digital technologies on other industries, the future of health, the dynamics of resource scarcity, and the political realities of the Arab world. This work helped delineate the main future trends of large global shifts and explore societal implications of these changes. While at WEF Darko also founded and led Forum’s council on Neuroscience & Behaviour, composed of senior experts exploring innovations in neuroscience and behaviour change. Earlier in his career Darko worked for Deloitte as an advisor in their Human Capital practice, as well as in the Human Capital department of Goldman Sachs.

Darko advised Rockefeller Foundation on their approach to increasing youth employment in the US, and led the World Economic Forum examination of the political, social and economic impacts of digital technology – both of these experiences have created a strong interest in the future of employment and work and brought in sharp relief the importance of inclusive growth.

Darko holds five university degrees in the fields of psychology (Warwick), psychiatry (Oxford), business (Zagreb), foresight (Houston) and leadership (WEF). He now feels he is credentialed enough and is actively avoiding further university applications.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"84","name":"Caitlin Lownes","firstName":"Caitlin","lastName":"Lownes","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/lownes_caitlin_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/lownes_caitlin.jpg","shortDescription":"Senior Software Engineer, Duolingo","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\n

Caitlin Lownes is a full-stack senior software engineer at Duolingo, the most downloaded education app in the world. Caitlin writes algorithms to provide over 170 million people access to a high-quality language education, working on the development of statistical models used to predict learning outcomes. She joined the company early on and was responsible for building one of the first Android wear apps. Caitlin also spearheads inclusivity workshops as part of the company's diversity committee and leads Duolingo's Android development training program.

Caitlin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from MIT with a B.S. in mathematics and was selected to present at the Joint Mathematics Meetings. The North Carolina native was a recipient of the UC Berkeley Chancellor's Fellowship and has a working proficiency of Japanese.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"64","name":"Chris Lu","firstName":"Chris","lastName":"Lu","title":"Chris Lu","type":"Champion Committee","cms":"judges_g2","image":"image/judges/lu_chris_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/lu_chris.jpg","shortDescription":"Senior Fellow, Miller Center, UVA","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\t\t

Over the course of his 20-year career in public service, Chris Lu worked in all three branches of the federal government. 


From 2014 to 2017, Lu served as the deputy secretary of labor, having been confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate. Lu was only the second Asian American in history to be the deputy secretary of a cabinet agency. During his time at the Department of Labor, he was a board member of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and he co-chaired the federal Diversity and Inclusion in Government Council.


From 2009 to 2013, Lu was the White House cabinet secretary and assistant to the president, serving as President Obama's primary liaison to the federal departments and agencies. During the first term of the Obama Administration, Lu co-chaired the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.


Prior to his service in the executive branch, Lu worked for then-Senator Obama, first as the legislative director, and then as the acting chief of staff. During the 2008 presidential primaries, Lu was tasked by Senator Obama to begin planning for a possible presidential transition. The day after Election Day 2008, Lu became the executive director of the Obama-Biden transition planning efforts.


His government experience includes eight years working for Rep. Henry Waxman as the deputy chief counsel of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and serving as a law clerk for Judge Robert E. Cowen on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  


He began his legal career as a litigation attorney at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C. His campaign experience includes serving as a special advisor for communications for the 2004 Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign.


Previously, Lu was a fellow at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy, the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, and the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. He is the co-editor of the book, Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Congress  .


Lu is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from MacMurray College and the Department of Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.


In addition to his role at the Miller Center, Lu is a senior strategy advisor at FiscalNote, a D.C.-based technology company. He also serves as a board member of the American Sustainable Business Council.

\n\t\n"},{"id":"102","name":"Mary MacPherson","firstName":"Mary","lastName":"MacPherson","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/macpherson_mary_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/macpherson_mary.jpg","shortDescription":"President, M2Works and CEO Slovak-American Foundation","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Mary MacPherson is president of M2Works, a consultancy focused on entrepreneurship and economic development and is President & CEO of the Slovak-American Foundation, a non-profit that supports Slovak Entrepreneurs through its US Connections program.


Mary worked in senior management roles at Apple Computer, MCI Telecommunications Corp., Blackboard, Inc. and startups in the Washington DC area and served as Executive Director of Netpreneur.org, an initiative of the Morino Institute. Her international work includes experience in the Middle East and North Africa with Vital Voices Global Partnership and the MENA Businesswomen’s Network. She also serves as a Managing Director of Martlet Strategies, a company that works to build impactful partnerships between the federal government and regional stakeholders to foster economic growth and diversification and support the development of regional ecosystems. 


Mary co-chairs the Alumni Advisory Council for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Mary Washington, her alma mater.   

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"121","name":"Michael Malmberg","firstName":"Michael","lastName":"Malmberg","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/malmberg_michael_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/malmberg_michael.jpg","shortDescription":"Consultant","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Michael Malmberg is an operational leader with experience across a range of industries and has worked for organizations in the public, private and social enterprise sectors. He has served in senior leadership positions for a social enterprise in Kenya, an agricultural technology company in Massachusetts and helped launch an Amazon Fulfillment center in New Jersey. Michael has a degree in biology from NYU, an MBA from Yale School of Management and is passionate about workforce development and building high-performance human-centered teams.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"122","name":"Steve Mankoff","firstName":"Steve","lastName":"Mankoff","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/mankoff_steve_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/mankoff_steve.jpg","shortDescription":"General Partner, TDF Ventures","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Steve is a General Partner at TDF Ventures. Steve currently serves on the following Boards: Accruent, AgilePM, Appuri, Cloverpop, Nomis Solutions, OpsPanda, Stellar Loyalty, and Telestream. He also serves on the strategic advisory board of Genstar Capital. Previously, Steve was Senior Vice President Global and Technical Services at Siebel Systems, Inc., which was acquired by Oracle Corporation in 2006. Steve was a member of the Founder’s Circle of first employees, as well as the Siebel executive management team. Prior to Siebel, Steve held various product, marketing, and sales management positions at several software companies including Oracle. Steve earned a Master of Science in Management from the MIT Sloan School and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Brown University.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"123","name":"Kanyi Maqubela","firstName":"Kanyi","lastName":"Maqubela","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/maqubela_kanyi_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/maqubela_kanyi.jpg","shortDescription":"Partner, Collaborative Fund","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Kanyi is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist based in New York and California. Kanyi serves on numerous private company boards, including Spruce Holdings, Camino Financial, Hopscotch Technologies, and Buffer. He has invested in a few dozen companies across consumer internet, healthcare, financial services and education. He was most recently a Partner with Collaborative Fund and a Lecturer at NYU.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"148","name":"Gustavo Marini","firstName":"Gustavo","lastName":"Marini","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/marini_gustavo_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/marini_gustavo.jpg","shortDescription":"Founder and Co-CEO, Turim Family Office & Investment Management","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Gustavo Marini is Founder and Co-CEO of Turim Family Office and Investment Management (www.turimbr.com), one of the pioneers of the Multi-Family Office business in Brazil. With three offices in Brazil and one in London, Turim aims at providing customized wealth management services globally. He is also one of the directors of Junior Achievement Rio de Janeiro, an organization that inspires and prepares young people by awakening their entrepreneurial spirit and consequently aids sustainable development in Brazil. Gustavo is also one of the founders of Instituto Millennium, a Brazilian advocacy think tank that disseminates a world view based on economic liberalism. Gustavo has over 20 years of experience with asset management, corporate finance and relationship management, having worked as CEO of Santander Brasil Asset Management and Santander Brasil Private Equity, Managing Director of Banco Bozano Simonsen and as an Associate for Banco de Investimentos Garantia.

He is a Civil Engineer and holds an MBA from COPPEAD – UFRJ and a Master of Science in Business from MIT.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"81","name":"Andrew McAfee","firstName":"Andrew","lastName":"McAfee","title":"","type":"Champion Committee","cms":"judge_g2","image":"/image/judges/mcafee_andrew_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/mcafee_andrew.jpg","shortDescription":"Co-Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Andrew McAfee (@amcafee), a principal research scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management, cofounded the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy with Erik Brynjolfsson.  McAfee studies how computer technologies are changing business, the economy, and society.  His 2014 book on these topics, \"The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies,\" co-authored with Erik Brynjolfsson, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.  He is also the author of the 2009 book \"Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization's Toughest Challenges.\" He's discussed his work on The Charlie Rose Show , 60 Minutes, at TED, at the Aspen Ideas Festival, and in front of many other international and domestic audiences.


McAfee was educated at Harvard and MIT.  He lives in Cambridge.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"73","name":"Stephen McHale","firstName":"Stephen","lastName":"McHale","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/mchale_stephen_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/mchale_stephen.jpg","shortDescription":"Founder, Chairman, CEO, Explorys - IBM Watson","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Stephen has a 30-year career in founding, investing in and building information technology companies. He is recognized for his leadership in data mining, analytics and business intelligence related ventures. Stephen was Founder, lead investor and served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Explorys. Formed in partnership with Cleveland Clinic, Explorys addresses the national imperative to leverage electronic medical records for the improvement of Healthcare. Explorys was acquired by IBM [NYSE: IBM] in April 2015. Prior to Explorys he served as the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Everstream, the company he founded in 1999 which was sold to Concurrent [NASDAQ: CCUR] in 2005. In 1985, Stephen founded McHale and Associates, Inc., a USConnect regional office, where he served as Chairman of the Board and CEO. He was a founding investor and served on the Board of Directors and as CEO of the parent USConnect, an international systems integrator until its sale to IKON Office Systems [NYSE: IKN] in 1997. Stephen is Managing Director of 23Bell LLC Investments and an active Advisory Board Member to Genesis Inventions.


Stephen serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Families and Children, a non-profit organization that makes success possible for families in Northeast Ohio’s most challenged communities. Stephen serves on the investment screening committee for the North Coast Angel Fund and is a member of The Global Center for Health Innovation Industry Advisory Board. He is also an active member of the Entrepreneurs Organization and Kent State University’s Health Informatics Advisory Council.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"136","name":"Bradley Michelson","firstName":"Bradley","lastName":"Michelson","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/michelson_bradley_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/michelson_bradley.jpg","shortDescription":"Director of Business Development, Idealist","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Bradley Michelson is the Director of Business Development for Idealist, a nonprofit online platform where 122,000 nonprofits around the world post social good job, internship, and volunteer opportunities. There, he leads the development of the organization’s first mobile app as well as strategic partnerships to enhance the overall mission. He is also a Manhattan landlord.

Bradley spent 15 years in the for-profit apparel and consumer goods industries building and managing several brands. He was the Managing Director for Triple C which designs lifestyle technology products and Vice President of DDCLAB, a designer of high technology apparel.

Bradley currently is on the advisory board of Esusu, a social good financial technology start-up as well as TechWorks, a federally funded program to promote technology education to City University of New York students. He was a founding member of the Meatpacking District Initiative and is currently an organizational member of MIT Solve, Civic Hall, as well as a NationSwell Council Member.

Bradley graduated summa cum laude from State University of New York, Fashion Institute of Technology, where he studied International Trade & Marketing.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"31","name":"Michelle Miller","firstName":"Michelle","lastName":"Miller","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/miller_michelle.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/miller_michelle.jpg","shortDescription":"Co-Founder, Coworker.org","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\t\t

Michelle Miller is the co-founder of Coworker.org, a digital platform for worker voice. Since its founding in 2013, Coworker.org has catalyzed the growth of global, independent employee networks advancing wins like paid parental leave benefits at Netflix, scheduling reform at Starbucks and raising wages for REI employees, among many others. Michelle’s early work developing Coworker.org was supported by a 2012 Practitioner Fellowship at Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. She is also a 2014 Echoing Green Global Fellow and a 2015 JM Kaplan Innovation Fellow. In 2015, Michelle was proud to join President Barack Obama as co-moderator of the first ever digital Town Hall on Worker Voice, bringing the voices and concerns of workers directly to the White House.


Before co-founding Coworker.org, Michelle spent a decade at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) where she pioneered creative projects that advanced union campaigns. As a nationally recognized media artist, she directed the community creation process for Hollow, a 2014 Peabody award-winning interactive documentary about her home state of West Virginia. She is a board member at the Arts and Democracy Project and Brooklyn Institute For Social Research, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY.

\n\t\n"},{"id":"20","name":"Christopher Mirabile","firstName":"Christopher","lastName":"Mirabile","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/mirabile_christopher_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/mirabile_christopher.jpg","shortDescription":"Managing Director, Race Point Capital & Launch Pad Venture Group","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Christopher Mirabile is the Chair of the Angel Capital Association and the co-founder of portfolio management tool www.seraf-investor.com. He is also co-Managing Director of Launchpad Venture Group, a venture investment group focused on seed and early-stage investments in technology-oriented companies. Launchpad is the largest angel group in New England and top-three ranked group in the U.S. As a full-time angel investor and an active member of the Boston-area angel investing community, Christopher has personally made more than 60 investments in start-up companies. He was named one of  the \"Top Angel Investors in New England\" by Xconomy.  


Christopher is a columnist for Inc.com, an adjunct lecturer in the MBA program at Babson's Olin School of Business, a regular advisor and mentor to start-ups, and a frequent panelist and speaker. He is a member of the Board of Directors or Board of Advisors of numerous start-up companies and non-profits. Christopher has served as a public company CFO and General Counsel with IONA Technologies PLC, a corporate and securities lawyer with Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault and as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse's Strategic Consulting Group.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"35","name":"Suvankar Mishra","firstName":"Suvankar","lastName":"Mishra","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/mishra_suvankar_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/mishra_suvankar.jpg","shortDescription":"Executive Director, eKutir","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Suvankar is a social entrepreneur and CEO of eKutir Global,. Pioneering sustainable, tech-driven, social impact solutions in low Income markets, eKutir’s tech-driven, micro-entrepreneurship model uses a digital platform through a network of local entrepreneurs and extension agents connecting communities to markets and finance. His leadership in eKutir paved ways to impact more than 100,000 people in India by establishing 500+ digitally trained entrepreneurs to increase incomes through farming, be food secured, have access to basic sanitation systems, and build a tech-enabled ecosystem to tackle poverty. Suvankar has received fellowships from Intel Capital and GKPF, is an engineer from BITS Pilani, India and Executive alum with Stanford, Harvard, and UPenn.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"124","name":"Borja Moreno de los Rios","firstName":"Borja","lastName":"Moreno de los Rios","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/morenodelosrios_borja_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/morenodelosrios_borja.jpg","shortDescription":"Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Merlin","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Borja started his career at Goldman Sachs London doing interest rates trading. After a couple of years, he moved to Uganda and built a social enterprise providing microleasing services to women in rural areas. Although this was a satisfying first experience as an entrepreneur and generated substantial social impact, Borja became obsessed with the idea of building an internet company that he could truly scale. After 2.5 years in Uganda, Borja moved to Cambridge to do an MBA at MIT Sloan. At MIT, Borja focused on fintech entrepreneurship (MIT $100K finalist) and VC investing. In June 2015, Borja started working for an early stage VC. At FJ Labs, Borja focused on early stage, marketplace investing and specialized in fintech, logistics and classifieds.

For the last six months, Borja has been building Merlin, a venture backed, stealth company transforming the way people find jobs.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"61","name":"Mario Morino","firstName":"Mario","lastName":"Morino","title":"Mario Morino","type":"Champion Committee","cms":"judges_g2","image":"image/judges/morino_mario_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/morino_mario.jpg","shortDescription":"Chairman, Morino Institute & Co-Founder, Venture Philanthropy Partners","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\t\t

Mario Morino is chairman of the Morino Institute and co-founder of Venture Philanthropy Partners. His career spans more than 50 years as entrepreneur, technologist, and civic and business leader.  He also has a long history of civic engagement and philanthropy in the National Capital Region and Northeast Ohio.  He is the primary author of the book Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity (2011), which is informing efforts in more than 60 countries to increase the impact of nonprofits, foundations, and public-sector entities, and is a member of the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community that advances the theme that “performance matters.”


In the early 1970s, Mario co-founded and helped build the Legent Corporation, a software and services firm that became a market leader and one of the industry’s 10 largest firms by the early 1990s.  He retired from the private sector in 1992. Since then, he has sought to “level the playing field” for children of low-income families focusing almost exclusively on economic, social, and educational issues.


Mario founded the Morino Institute in 1994 to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship, advance a more effective philanthropy, close social divides, and understand the relationship and impact of the Internet on our society.  In 2000, Mario co-founded Venture Philanthropy Partners as a philanthropic investment organization that concentrates investments of money, expertise, and contacts to improve the lives and boost the opportunities of children of low-income families in the National Capital Region.  In 2013, he helped launch the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community, which is a private community of nonprofit thought leaders, leader practitioners, progressive funders, policy makers and instigators aiming to trigger a mindshift within a vital core of the social sector to accept that mission and performance are inextricably linked.


In addition to his role with the Morino Institute, he is founding chair and serves as a member of the board of directors of Venture Philanthropy Partners, member of the board of directors of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and the advisory board of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Institute; an honorary trustee of The Brookings Institution; an Emeritus Trustee of Case Western Reserve; and on the board of the Lawrence School.  Mario has benefited from a 34-year affiliation with the global growth equity firm, General Atlantic LLC; and also informally advises scores of organizations and individuals across a range of areas.


He lives in greater Cleveland with his wife, Dana. They are parents of three young adults.

\n\t\n"},{"id":"41","name":"Fiona Murray","firstName":"Fiona","lastName":"Murray","title":"","type":"Champion Committee","cms":"judges_g2","image":"image/judges/murray_fiona_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/murray_fiona.jpg","shortDescription":"Associate Dean, Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management - Co-Director of MIT Innovation Initiative","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Professor Fiona Murray is the Associate Dean for Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Co-Director of MIT Innovation Initiative, William Porter (1967) Professor of Entrepreneurship, Faculty Director Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, and
Faculty Director Legatum Center.   


Her research interests focus on entrepreneurship, the commercialization of science, women in entrepreneurship and the economics of innovation. She has done extensive work with entrepreneurs, governments, large corporations and philanthropists designing and evaluating the policies and programs that shape vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems: prizes competitions, accelerators, patent licensing rules and proof of concept funding programs.  


Murray received her MA ‘90 from the University of Oxford in Chemistry. She earned a PhD ’96 from Harvard University in Applied Sciences. She serves on the Prime Minister’s Council on Science and Technology in the United Kingdom.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"137","name":"Sergey Musienko","firstName":"Sergey","lastName":"Musienko","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/musienko_sergey_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/musienko_sergey.jpg","shortDescription":"CEO, Atlas Biomed","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Sergey Musienko is the CEO of Atlas Biomed, the personalised health company. He is a technology expert with over a decade’s worth of experience, specifically in the health sector.\u2028 Sergey took time out to join the Silicon Valley think tank, Singularity University, in 2011. It was here that Sergey realised that the future was, in his words, “integrative personal omics profiles, which gather information about the body at a molecular level”. This insight led to him to found Atlas Biomed where he is currently the CEO. Here, he has put together a very successful team that has developed two major products: the Atlas DNA Test and the Atlas Microbiome Test. 


These tests analyse how genes and gut bacteria influence various health traits like disease risk, nutrition, personal traits and physical activity, allowing people to take control of their health with actionable, scientifically proven recommendations.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"74","name":"Lisa Neuberger-Fernandez","firstName":"Lisa","lastName":"Neuberger-Fernandez","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/neuberger-fernandez_lisa_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/neuberger-fernandez_lisa.jpg","shortDescription":"Managing Director, Strategy + Innovation, Accenture","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Lisa Neuberger-Fernandez is a Managing Director @Accenture, where she is the global head of Strategy and Innovation for Corporate Citizenship. She leads a global team, cross-functional networks, and ecosystem partners to define strategic direction in areas such as Social Innovation, Skills to Succeed, #AI4GOOD, environmentally sustainable growth, and transparency on the company’s non-financial performance.


A social innovator, she has a track record of managing teams to launch social innovations such as a nonprofit consulting org (www.newsector.org) spun out of Accenture in 2001 and a patented Public Service Value ROI model that sparked a new consulting practice and internal think tank. She started working in sustainability in 2007 when she mobilized seventy-five volunteers to win first place in the Net Impact Green Challenge resulting in two new roles: US Eco Champion lead and Sustainability Business Development director for Communications & High Tech clients. She started her career as an Accenture strategy consultant with ten years of experience developing and implementing business strategies and performance management frameworks for clients across public, private and nonprofit sectors.    


A thought leader, she regularly sponsors pioneering research on topics such as #DigitalAdoption,Scaling Digital Learning to Improve Workforce Outcomes, and Business at its Best: Driving Sustainable Value Creation. She co-authored New Era of Sustainability CEO Study and serves on advisory groups to LinkedIn for GoodUpwardly GlobalREDF, and Save the Children. Lisa has direct public sector experience from working at the White House, the U.S. Senate, and the OECD and has graduate degrees from Wharton Business School and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"88","name":"Joshua New","firstName":"Joshua","lastName":"New","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/new_joshua_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/new_joshua.jpg","shortDescription":"Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy think tank affiliated with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, ranked for the last three years as the most influential science and technology think tank in the United States. Joshua studies how the public and private sectors can leverage data-driven innovation to generate social and economic benefits through technologies such as artificial intelligence, smart cities, the Internet of Things, genomics, and open data.

Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"138","name":"Andrew Ngui","firstName":"Andrew","lastName":"Ngui","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/ngui_andrew_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/ngui_andrew.jpg","shortDescription":"Senior Program Manager, MIT Bootcamps","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Andrew is a Senior Program Manager at MIT Bootcamps. He is a strategic innovator focused on shaping the future of education and life-long learning. He collaborates with organizations from around the world to scale innovation and accelerate impact.

After attending the flagship MIT Bootcamp, he co-founded Global Entrepreneurs, a social enterprise with a mission to mentor aspiring entrepreneurs around the world and equip them with the tools to bring about economic change and growth.

He is a graduate of the York University/Sheridan College's Program in Design, a specialized Design program that blends innovation, academic rigor and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Prior to joining MIT, Andrew worked with stakeholders in governments, executives and design teams to create wayfinding systems to help people find their way in college campuses, retail, healthcare and in one of North America's largest transit systems.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"75","name":"David Nordfors","firstName":"David","lastName":"Nordfors","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/nordfors_david_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/nordfors_david.jpg","shortDescription":"CEO and Co-Founder, i4j","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

David Nordfors is CEO and co-founder of IIIJ and the co-chair of the i4j Summit together with Vint Cerf. He was previously co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Communication at Stanford University. He has served on World Economic forum Global Agenda Councils and was one of the WEF Innovation 100 in 2009. He has served on advisory boards of the Poynter Institute, Discern Investment Analytics and Black & Veatch. He is an adjunct professor at IDC Herzliya in Israel, and has been visiting professor at Tallinn University, the Tecnologico de Monterrey, and the Deutsche Welle Akademie. He was advisor to the Director General at VINNOVA, the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems, where he co-initiated the national Swedish Incubator System and set up a bi-national R&D fund between Sweden and Israel for mobile applications. He was Director of Research Funding of the Knowledge Foundation, KK-stiftelsen, administering an endowment of $300MUSD, building a funding framework underwriting over a hundred innovation initiatives between universities and industry. He initiated and headed the first hearing about the Internet to be held by the Swedish Parliament. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the Uppsala University and did his postdoc  in Theoretical Chemistry in Heidelberg, Germany.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"36","name":"Tom Ogletree","firstName":"Tom","lastName":"Ogletree","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/ogletree-tom_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/ogletree-tom.jpg","shortDescription":"Director of Social Impact, General Assembly","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Tom Ogletree is Director of Social Impact at General Assembly, a global educational company. There, he leads design and implementation of programs which empower low-income adults from underrepresented communities to acquire digital skills and secure tech careers. Previously, he served as Director of Operations at the Clinton Foundation, where he led organizational development and employee engagement. He previously managed capital fundraising campaigns for nonprofit clients at CCS Fundraising, and oversaw messaging strategy for GLAAD, an LGBT advocacy organization. He received his BA from Yale and his MPA from NYU. He is Vice Chair of the Board of the Ali Forney Center, a nonprofit that provides housing and supportive services to LGBTQ homeless youth.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"21","name":"Jayme Okma Lee","firstName":"Jayme","lastName":"Okma Lee","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/lee_jayme-okma_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/lee_jayme-okma.jpg","shortDescription":"Investment Manager, Maine Venture Fund","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\n

Jayme Okma Lee is the Investment Manager at the Maine Venture Fund, Maine’s state-funded, revolving venture fund. The mission of the fund is to provide resources to attract, support, and help develop eligible small businesses with the potential for substantial growth and success that will contribute to the prosperity of Maine.


Jayme has spent the last 10 years working closely with entrepreneurs, investors, and board directors to provide equity and near equity capital to high growth potential companies with operations in Maine. She is experienced in deal screening, due dilligence, term sheet negotiations, deal syndication, follow-on funding, board governance and general start-up and growth company operations.


The Maine Venture Fund has a duel mission of providing an investment return for continued operations, and supporting companies in Maine that attract, hire and support Maine residents in a wide range of geographical and socio-economic areas.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"149","name":"Carrie Webb Olson","firstName":"Carrie Webb","lastName":"Olson","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/olson_carrie_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/olson_carrie.jpg","shortDescription":"Partner, Day Pitney LLP","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Carrie Webb Olson, chair of Day Pitney's Trademark Copyright and Advertising practice group, focuses her practice on domestic and international trademark law, although well-versed in all aspects of intellectual property. From selection and adoption, to prosecution, policing and enforcement, she works to link the creative, business and legal processes associated with establishing, building and licensing company brands. She represents clients in the financial services, sports and entertainment, publishing, travel, health and wellness, healthcare, consumer products and retail industries.


Carrie's clients receive strategic, practical advice through all stages in the life of a trademark, with a focus on client service, benefitting from her 360-degree perspective. Whether working as quasi in-house trademark counsel to well-known global companies, guiding foreign entities on U.S. protection, or educating start-ups about basic trademark principles, she delivers highly-regarded counsel and outstanding value to clients. In 2015, the World Trademark Review, an independent research directory focused exclusively on trademark practices and practitioners, noted that \"[Carrie] leaves no stone unturned and is very responsive. She provides premium-quality work and service and bills fairly. She has everything you would look for in representation.\"


Clients often call on Carrie's extensive experience managing intellectual property assets incorporate transactions. She identifies risks and liabilities related to target IP assets and works with companies to streamline the management of global trademark portfolios, large and small, including auditing and evaluating these assets to ensure alignment with commercial activities and business goals.


When IP disputes arise, clients turn to Carrie to manage international trademark matters and to assert and defend trademark and copyright claims before the United States Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the U.S. District Courts. She has represented clients in dozens of domain name and Internet-related disputes and provides counseling regarding Internet advertising practices.


Carrie is a popular speaker at conferences addressing emerging issues in trademark law. She also has been published and cited in leading business and legal media, including Law360 and the Boston Business Journal.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"76","name":"Vinod Parmeshwar","firstName":"Vinod","lastName":"Parmeshwar","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/parmeshwar_vinod_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/parmeshwar_vinod.jpg","shortDescription":"Director, Global Human Resources, Oxfam America","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Vinod is the Director of Global Human Resources at Oxfam America. He has significant expertise in program design, project management, team building, fundraising and financial management.  At Oxfam, he helped launch Saving for Change, an innovative microfinance program which leverages the power of human capital and personal relationships, to enable more than half a million people in 5 countries save more than $13 million. Prior to joining Oxfam in 2004, Vinod worked in both the private and social sector with positions at Citibank, Catholic Relief Services and SEWA Bank. He taught microfinance at Brandeis University for 10 years and has served as a mentor to startups from the Hult Prize, the MIT IDEAS Challenge and the Heller Startup Challenge. He has made presentations and trained people in microfinance in Bangladesh, Cambodia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Liberia, Macedonia, Mali, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and the United States. Vinod holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mumbai University and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management - Calcutta.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"30","name":"Lea Peersman Pujol","firstName":"Lea","lastName":"Peersman Pujol","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/Judges/pujol_lea-peersman-cherigie_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/Judges/pujol_lea-peersman-cherigie.jpg","shortDescription":"MBA Candidate, MIT Sloan","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\n

Léa is a dynamic intrapreneur & project leader of French and Spanish descent, passionate by the future of people in a world where technology and science are ever more powerful. After her Masters in Management where she specialized in strategic communication and innovation processes, she worked for major global corporations in different industries such as L'Oréal (CPG Cosmetics), the Rothschild Group (Banking), Lesieur (CPG Nutrition), UFG (Real Estate). Interested by human capital strategies she decided to join the Rothschild Foundations as Head of the Education department and contributed launching venture philanthropy in Europe and the Global South to innovative research and investments. In parallel, she capitalized on her learnings by launching the first service learning project for the youth in France with the support of the Minister of Education and allowed for more than 2000 children to benefit from empathy based learning to date. Convinced that technology and business can be amazing tools to make social innovation more sustainable and scalable, she then became the lead for the digital transition of the ESSEC Business School. She was also selected to head a new interdisciplinary research department on complex systems and decision making. For two years, she focused on analyzing and envisioning the future of learning which led her to create the first hackathon focused on the digital divide in Paris, supported by the Minister of Economy. 


Léa is now a second year MBA student at MIT. She is the co-president of the Leadership Club at Sloan and founder of the Future of People, a new initiative focusing on democratizing future thinking so more people can unlock their unconventional potential and participate actively in the digital economy. She has been working with Blippar to leverage AR for building more interactive learning environments and is currently working with Steelcase to rethink talent strategies and workspace design. 


Léa co-created the FastForward methodology to facilitate future-thinking processes for people and organizations. She aims at helping the digital transition from a people perspective and therefore will focus her work on human potential and creative future planning. 

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"86","name":"Ella Peinovich","firstName":"Ella","lastName":"Peinovich","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/peinovich_ella_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/peinovich_ella.jpg","shortDescription":"Founder, Soko","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\n

Ella is a venture-backed serial social entrepreneur. She is a graduate of MIT with over 8 years of experience leading teams and projects working at the intersection of design, technology, and international development. Her work in retail supply chain innovation has been celebrated and awarded for its novel approach and measurably high social and economic impact.


Ella is Founder and CEO of Soko, an ethical fast-fashion brand that connects fashion consumers & retailers to artisan makers in the developing world. Since graduating from MIT, Ella relocated to Nairobi to fulfill her role as CEO of Soko. Ella leverages her knowledge of system design and entrepreneurship to co-found the fashion-tech company Soko, that connects emerging market artisan entrepreneurs to global market demand. As the ideator and driving entrepreneurial force behind Soko, Ella leverages her knowledge of systems design and social entrepreneurship to develop and manage the company’s innovative supply chain solution and emerging markets business development. In addition to her work on the ground, Ella oversees the company’s global relations, generating & communicating value in cross-cultural trade, and strategic partnership development necessary to make Soko a sustainable success.


Ella has worked within social enterprises in informal economies for the past 8 years. Ella has been honored as an emerging global entrepreneur from the World Bank, DEMO, Vodafone and USAID. She is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at INSEAD, MIT Inclusive Innovation Competition finalist in 2016 & 2017 Solver, and Ashoka Fellow. Her work has been featured in Fast Company, CNN, Forbes, and the Huffington Post.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"125","name":"Julia Peloso-Barnes","firstName":"Julia","lastName":"Peloso-Barnes","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/pelosobarnes_julia_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/pelosobarnes_julia.jpg","shortDescription":"Wealth Advisor, First Vice President, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Julia founded The Peloso-Barnes Group at Morgan Stanley in order to provide competence, comfort and continuity for clients. Her team is one of the most diverse at Morgan Stanley, she has appeared at the Barrons Top Advisory Teams Summit, and her team has been profiled in Bloomberg Businessweek, Fortune and Money. Julia has also been recognized as a Five Star Wealth Advisor for three consecutive years. Julia has a love of teaching and a passion for breaking things down in order to understand how they work. Over her career she has observed that many things that can not be measured and analyzed with statistical models have been ignored and/or dismissed. Her experiences have solidified her conviction that people’s behavior cannot be accurately predicted with algorithms and statistical models. Julia earned an M.B.A. at NYU, and has earned and maintains multiple professional accreditations, including CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® and Certified Portfolio Manager®. She taught in the CFP program at Pace University for ten years. Julia lives in Bronxville, NY with her wife Patty. As avid N.Y. Liberty fans they never miss a home game.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"22","name":"Gustavo Pierini","firstName":"Gustavo","lastName":"Pierini","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/pierini_gustavo_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/pierini_gustavo.jpg","shortDescription":"President & Founder, Gradus Management Consultants","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\n

Mr. Pierini is President and Founder of Gradus Management Consultants, headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Gradus was established in 1996 to assist managers of companies in turnaround processes, efficiency improvement efforts, supply chain and process redesign as well as post merger integration.


After earning a Master of Science in Management degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Mr. Pierini joined McKinsey & Company, where he became a Partner. He worked at the Firm’s São Paulo, Lisbon, Madrid and Boston offices.


In 1995, Mr. Pierini left McKinsey to become an Officer with GP Investments, the largest private equity firm in Latin America. In 1996 he founded Gradus with the intent of serving companies in the GP portfolio and third party companies as long as they are not competitive of GP companies.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"63","name":"Ebony Pope","firstName":"Ebony","lastName":"Pope","title":"Ebony Pope","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/pope_ebony.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/pope_ebony.jpg","shortDescription":"Senior Manager, US Ventures, Village Capital","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Ebony is the Senior Manager of US Ventures at Village Capital. In her previous role at the firm, she managed the Education: US 2016 venture development program. She graduated with her MBA from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in 2015, focusing on strategy and entrepreneurship. While at Ross, she traveled to Tanzania, where she developed and taught a business curriculum for agriculture technology entrepreneurs as an Enterprise Consultant for Land O'Lakes. Additionally, she was Education Circle Director for the Social Venture Fund. Prior to Ross, Ebony worked at New Urban Learning, a charter education management company focused on preparing Detroit students to successfully graduate from four year colleges and universities. A non-profit organization, operated like a start-up, New Urban Learning allowed her to oversee a range of responsibilities including hiring, governance, marketing, student recruitment, and external relations. Before her work in education, she lived in the Bay Area, where she was an Account Strategist for Online Sales at Google. Ebony holds a B.B.A in Finance from Howard University.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"139","name":"Sridhar Prasad","firstName":"Sridhar","lastName":"Prasad","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/prasad_sridhar_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/prasad_sridhar.jpg","shortDescription":"Manager, The Bridgespan Group","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Sridhar is a manager in Bridgespan's Boston office, having joined in 2013. At Bridgespan, Sridhar has worked with nonprofits in a number of sectors, including global development, education, mental health, and early childhood development.


Sridhar has co-authored \"Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy,\" (Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2016) and \"Lessons for Nonprofits Seeking to Grow a Promising Program,\" (Bridgespan.org).


Prior to Bridgespan, Sridhar worked as a project leader at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in San Francisco, working across a range of practice areas, including health care, education, and technology, media, and telecom. Before BCG, Sridhar served as a program analyst for the Federal Communications Commission's National Broadband Task Force. He also has worked for the Clinton Foundation's HIV/AIDS Initiative (now the Clinton Health Access Initiative) in Delhi, India, as well as for the Sewalanka Foundation, a local Sri Lankan nonprofit focused on issues of economic empowerment and community mobilization. Sridhar started his career as an associate at Katzenbach Partners LLC (now part of Booz & Co.).


Sridhar holds a BA in history from Columbia University, a JD from the Harvard Law School, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"65","name":"Nasir Qadree","firstName":"Nasir","lastName":"Qadree","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/qadree-nasir_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/qadree-nasir.jpg","shortDescription":"Associate Director, Social Investments, AT&T","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Nasir serves as the Associate Director of Social Investments at AT&T, focusing on education and employment technology investments and philanthropy that empowers students, workers success and career readiness.

Prior to AT&T, Nasir lead Village Capital's Economic Opportunity portfolio, enabling investors, foundations, and corporations alike to engage with high growth businesses around the world solving pressing challenges in Education, Health, and Financial Services. Nasir spent two years at Village Capital as Head of their Education practice, responsible for helping cohorts scale their businesses, connect with mentors and advisers, and gain exposure to investors and customers.

Nasir began his career as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs and later worked as an Associate at State Street Corporation. Subsequently, in 2013, Nasir joined U.S. Senator and former Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s special run for Senate campaign on his Innovation Committee as co-chairman.

Nasir was later appointed as the Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Education at the Connecticut State Department of Education and Education Pioneer Fellow, focusing on improving digital learning and infrastructure to empower teachers and school leaders to improve persistently low-performing schools.

Nasir remains personally engaged in the education space serving on the boards of Center City Public Charter School and Center Point Education Solutions in Washington, D.C. He’s also committed to completing 51 full marathons, in all 50 states and D.C., having already completed 15 to raise $1 million in scholarship funding for first-generation college students. The Atlanta native holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Hampton University.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"77","name":"Tomás Quiñonez-Riegos","firstName":"Tomás","lastName":"Quiñonez-Riegos","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/quinonez-riegos_tomas_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/quinonez-riegos_tomas.jpg","shortDescription":"Communications and Strategy Manager, The Workers Lab","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Tomás supports The Workers Lab by in a number of capacities including storytelling, strategy and relationship management. He works directly with the CEO to execute programmatic priorities.

While at The Business Innovation Factory, Tomás spearheaded the growth of a new business in civic innovation consulting. By developing an understanding of key partnerships, he led the efforts to develop relationships with key influencers while building community online for the firm.

Tomás received his B.A. in Development Studies from Brown University where he completed a thesis on workforce inclusion for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the US and abroad.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"64","name":"Melinda Rolfs","firstName":"Melinda","lastName":"Rolfs","title":"Melinda Rolfs","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/rolfs_melinda_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/rolfs_melinda.jpg","shortDescription":"Senior Director, Data and Analytics, MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Melinda Rolfs is Senior Director, Data & Analytics at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. She leads the data philanthropy program which leverages Mastercard data and expertise to promote inclusive growth.  Prior to joining the Center, she was with Mastercard Advisors where she spearheaded the successful launch of Mastercard Sector Insights™, a data-driven report for financial institutions and merchants, which provides weekly insights on consumer spending by sector. More recently she launched the Center’s first data offering, Donation Insights, the winning concept for the 2015 Advanced Analytics Innovation Forum. Donation Insights is an open source report and dataset on trends in individual giving. Prior to joining Mastercard, Melinda spent fourteen years as an equity research analyst responsible for investment recommendations for various consumer related sectors. She has been a guest speaker for graduate and undergraduate finance classes and holds a B.S. in Marketing from Juniata College in Pennsylvania, as well as a Certified Public Accountant title.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"90","name":"Michaela Rose","firstName":"Michaela","lastName":"Rose","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/rose_michaela_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/rose_michaela.jpg","shortDescription":"Senior Sustainability Advisor, Forum for the Future","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\t\t

Michaela Rose, Senior Sustainability Advisor at the Forum for the Future, manages Forum’s tech catalyst, a work-stream exploring how technologies and digital services can accelerate a more sustainable future. She has managed multinational partners such as 3M and Telefonica O2 and has been involved in projects i.e. Open Eco Rating. the Additive Manufacturing Toolkit and the Circular Business Model toolkit. She graduated with an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London. Her previous roles include; Innovation and Environment strategist at business consultancy Kjaer Global, and Strategic Planning Assistant at communication agency TBWA. She studied a Masters in Innovation Management and received an undergraduate degree in Strategic Planning and Communication from the University of Arts Berlin.

\n\t\n"},{"id":"140","name":"Ann Rosenberg","firstName":"Ann","lastName":"Rosenberg","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/rosenberg_ann_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/rosenberg_ann.jpg","shortDescription":"Vice President and Global Head, SAP Next-Gen","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Ann Rosenberg drives exponential innovation with purpose tied to the UN 17 Global Goals as Vice President and Global Head of SAP Next-Gen, an innovation community for SAP Leonardo.


Ann leads a global SAP Next-Gen innovation network supporting SAP’s 350,000+ customers across 25 industries in 180+ countries. SAP Next-Gen enables customers and partners to connect with academic thought leaders and researchers, students, startups, tech community partners, venture firms, purpose driven partners, and SAP experts to reimagine the future of industries with SAP Leonardo, seed in disruptive innovation with startups, and build skills for digital futures. SAP Next-Gen drives innovation with purpose supporting SAP’s commitment to the 17 UN Global Goals for sustainable development. Learn more at http://www.sap.com/next-gen.


SAP Next-Gen is an extension of SAP University Alliances, a program which enables faculty to bring SAP software and SAP University Alliances curriculum into classrooms and academic research, to better prepare the next generation designers, developers, data scientists, makers, entrepreneurs and business leaders for the intelligent enterprise. Through a network of 3,200+ educational institutions including 96% of top universities across 111 countries worldwide, SAP University Alliances aims to develop critical skills for digital futures among academics, university students and young thinkers. Learn more at https://www.sap.com/training-certification/university-alliances.html.


In New York, Ann is a frequent speaker in the “Silicon Alley” academic and startup/tech community where she has for example inspired students at Columbia University’s Data Science Institute about SAP’s approach to innovating with next generation data scientists on topics such as Machine Learning; facilitated industry connections to the startup accelerators at Columbia, NYU and Cornell Tech; and strengthened research and innovation ties among the Silicon Valleys of the world which are seeking to build partnerships in New York for example with the German Center for Research and Innovation.


In Silicon Valley, Ann collaborates with Stanford University’s Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME) including sponsoring the Women in Data Science (WiDS) conference both at Stanford and at SAP locations and universities linked to the Silicon Valleys of the world. She also facilitates industries connecting with the Stanford Center for Design Research (CDR) as well as the Berkeley Roundtable on Applied Innovation and Design (BRAID) at the University of California, Berkeley. She is very active on social media @rosenbergann where she highlights how SAP Leonardo is a digital innovation system which integrates breakthrough technologies and runs them seamlessly in the cloud. 


Ann holds an Honorary Doctorate from Delaware State University in recognition for her leadership with Project Propel, a strategic collaboration among SAP, the Americas’ SAP Users’ Group, and Delaware State University supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities to empower students with knowledge of the latest SAP technologies to enhance their academic and career outcomes.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"78","name":"Ryan Ross","firstName":"Ryan","lastName":"Ross","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/ross_ryan_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/ross_ryan.jpg","shortDescription":"Program Director, Halcyon Incubator","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Ryan is passionate about applying innovative ways of thinking to solve social problems. In his role as Program Director for the Halcyon Incubator, Ryan supports the development of the fellows' ventures and establishes collaborative relationships and partnerships in support of the Incubator, contributing to the creation, growth and sustainability of the program.


Prior to joining the Halcyon Incubator, he was the Director of Business Development for  Democracy.com, the first social platform for politics. Ryan's past experience includes work at the Aspen Institute’s Impact Economy Initiative, Jefferson Government Relations, and Americans Elect, a national start-up with a mission of re-imagining the U.S. presidential primary system. He holds a Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of Florida.


Ryan is an avid board game enthusiast and is currently exploring a long-dormant love for cooking.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"57","name":"Jonathan Ruane","firstName":"Jonathan","lastName":"Ruane","title":"Jonathan Ruane","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/ruane_jonathan_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/ruane_jonathan.jpg","shortDescription":"Lecturer, MIT Sloan","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Jonathan is a Lecturer in the Global Economics and Management group at MIT Sloan and a researcher at the Initiative on the Digital Economy. He co-founded MIT's Global business of AI and Robotics course. He is a Fulbright recipient and former Sloan Fellow at MIT. He was CEO of Eventovate, a VC backed SAAS startup that he co-founded and subsequently sold. Jonathan was a lecturer in Entrepreneurship at University College Dublin and serves on the advisory board of the Cantillon Centre for Entrepreneurship research. Jonathan previously worked in brand management with Procter & Gamble Europe.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"27","name":"Augusto Ruiz-Tagle","firstName":"Augusto","lastName":"Ruiz-Tagle","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/ruiz-tagle_augusto_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/ruiz-tagle_augusto.jpg","shortDescription":"Co-Founder, Destacame","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Augusto is Co-founder of Destácame, the first behavior-based credit score in Latin America that aggregates utility and other alternative data to give access to credit to the unbanked.


He has worked in both the financial and real world. First, he structured derivatives to decrease financial risk of public companies. Then, he was director of international sales at the biggest Chilean forestry company and worked as management consultant advising companies in several industries in Latin America. He has led different social programs ranging from education to building schools and houses in remote villages in Chile.


Augusto holds a BS in Civil Engineering at Universidad Católica in 2007 and a MBA degree from Sloan MIT. He is happily married and father of 2 daughters.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"150","name":"Patrick Sagisi","firstName":"Patrick","lastName":"Sagisi","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/sagisi_patrick_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/sagisi_patrick.jpg","shortDescription":"Associate, DBL Partners","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Patrick is an Asso­ciate at DBL Part­ners and a Kauff­man Fel­low. Pre­vi­ously Patrick was an Asso­ciate at DBL Investors, which he joined in 2011. Patrick sources and per­forms dili­gence on invest­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties, advises port­fo­lio com­pany man­age­ment, and helps port­fo­lio com­pa­nies imple­ment their dou­ble bot­tom line prac­tices. Patrick is a board observer at DBL port­fo­lio com­pa­nies Map­box, Kateeva, Urban­sit­ter, Siva Power, Yer­dle and Bright­source Energy, and was pre­vi­ously a board observer at Pow­er­genix and OPX Biotech­nolo­gies. He also works closely with View, The Real­Real, Planet Labs, and SpaceX.

Patrick has over 15 years of global expe­ri­ence in prod­uct man­age­ment, new prod­uct devel­op­ment, mar­ket­ing, strat­egy, oper­a­tions, and sales. Prior to DBL, Patrick was at Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics in Seoul, South Korea. As a Direc­tor in Samsung’s Cor­po­rate Audit Team, and ear­lier as a mem­ber of the Sam­sung Global Strat­egy Group, he cham­pi­oned growth oppor­tu­ni­ties in advanced dis­plays, mobile, and energy sec­tors. Prior to Sam­sung, Patrick held roles in cor­po­rate strat­egy, busi­ness devel­op­ment, mar­ket­ing, and prod­uct man­age­ment at Ven­tana Med­ical Sys­tems. Prior to Ven­tana, Patrick led the devel­op­ment of an early web-​​based dig­i­tal photo-​​sharing ecosys­tem as a prod­uct man­ager at Adobe Sys­tems. Prior to Adobe, Patrick helped spin out Xerox Mobile Solu­tions, a mobile enter­prise data startup, from Xerox PARC. Patrick began his career as a prod­uct engi­neer at Dal­las Semiconductor.

Patrick received his MBA and MS-​​Engineering degrees from Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, and has a BS dual-​​degree in Elec­tri­cal Engineering/​Computer Sci­ence and Mate­ri­als Sci­ence from UC Berke­ley. Patrick is a three-​​time Olympian in swim­ming, and was Guam’s Open­ing Cer­e­monies Flag-​​bearer in the 1996 Atlanta Sum­mer Games.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"141","name":"Melissa Sandgren","firstName":"Melissa","lastName":"Sandgren","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judge_g1","image":"image/judges/sandgren_melissa_940.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/sandgren_melissa.jpg","shortDescription":"Senior Program Manager, Yahoo","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Melissa specializes in research relating to intersectional feminism, gender equality and public policy. She works at Yahoo as a Senior Program Manager on projects within the Office of Inclusive Diversity and Yahoo for Good (social impact). She holds a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and previously worked for: UN Women, The World Health Organization, The Global Fund for Women and the Women’s Foundation of California. Her research and writing includes pieces for the Harvard Kennedy School Review, the World Economic Forum Gender Parity Program, Women 2.0 and the Huffington Post.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"108","name":"Christopher Schroeder","firstName":"Christopher","lastName":"Schroeder","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/schroeder_christopher_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/schroeder_christopher.jpg","shortDescription":"Venture Investor, Author \"Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East\"","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Christopher M. Schroeder is an American entrepreneur, advisor and investor in interactive technologies and social communications. He is author of the recent best seller, and first book on startups in the Arab World, Startup Rising -- The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East  -- with a forward by Marc Andreessen.  


Schroeder was the CEO and Publisher of washingtonpost.newsweek interactive and co-founder of the Silicon Valley venture capital backed startup HealthCentral.com, sold in 2012. He is an investor in disruptive enterprises including Vox Media, Skift, iBotta, Zignal Labs, and emerging growth market fin tech enterprise Segovia among others, and as a limited partner in leading Silicon Valley venture capital funds.  


Schroeder serves on the board of advisers of the American University of Cairo School of Business, American University School of International Service, and the boards of directors of the American University of Beirut, The German Marshall Fund and the American Council on Germany. He is on the Investment Committee of The Wamda Fund, one of the largest venture capital funds in the Middle East. He has co-led the Economic Recovery and Revitalization working group of the Atlantic Council's Middle East Strategy Task Force, co-chaired by Madeleine Albright and Steve Hadley. 


He has written and speaks extensively on startups and innovation as well as emerging growth markets and the Middle East for The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Fast Company, TechCrunch, Pando Daily, Business Insider among many others, and has been featured on Charlie Rose and Fareed Zakaria's 360. He was named one of LinkedIn's first 50 Influencers.  He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School. 

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"49","name":"Peter Schulmeyer","firstName":"Peter","lastName":"Schulmeyer","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/schulmeyer_peter.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/schulmeyer_peter.jpg","shortDescription":"Director, Strategy, Automotive Microcontrollers & Processors, NXP Semiconductors","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Peter Schulmeyer is Director of Strategy for NXP’s Automotive Microcontrollers and Processors business. NXP is the world’s leading supplier of semiconductors to the automotive industry. Peter and his team are responsible for both business and technology strategy. Prior to his role of heading the strategy team, Peter held management positions in marketing, technology strategy and system engineering at Freescale Semiconductor and Motorola in the United States and Germany. Peter received his doctorate in physics at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and holds a master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"126","name":"Linda Smith","firstName":"Linda","lastName":"Smith","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/smith_linda_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/smith_linda.jpg","shortDescription":"Sierra Angels, Lake Tahoe Nevada, ","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Linda Smith has had a distinguished public and private career as well as being an active Angel investor and advocate.


Her public career included serving three US Presidents, two Congressmen, one mayor and a Governor. She spent twelve years in Washington, D.C., including working as Director of Administration in the White House’s Office of Management and Budget and for two Congressional Committees on Capitol Hill.  Upon moving to Hawaii she became the Director of Finance for the City and County of Honolulu, responsible for a budget exceeding $900 million serving over 800,000 residents and visitors to Honolulu.


Ms. Smith was Managing Director of Pacific Allied Products, Ltd. for 13 years, a diversified plastics manufacturing company specializing in compression molding, blow molding and injection molding products for the South Pacific region. The firm entered into a joint venture to develop and patent cutting edge technologies for the plastics industry and the Smiths successfully sold the firm in 2003.


Ms. Smith then became the Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor of Hawaii where she was actively involved in tax policies that encourage angel investing.


Ms Smith has made investments through the Hawaii Angels and has been an active member of the Sierra Angels since moving to Lake Tahoe, Nevada with her husband in late 2011. She has served on a number of Boards, including the American Red Cross, Hawaii Chapter.  


Ms Smith has extensive experience testifying before governmental bodies and has published articles about tax policy, finance, and economic development. She was recently recognized as the Outstanding Alumni from her alma mater, the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"142","name":"Milton Speid","firstName":"Milton","lastName":"Speid","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/speid_milton_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/speid_milton.jpg","shortDescription":"VP, Development, Epic Foundation","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Milton D. Speid is an experienced Business Development and Corporate Social Responsibility professional with extensive experience developing global corporate philanthropy programs, and creating strategic partnerships across a range of objectives.


Currently, Milton is the Head of Donor Engagement & Vice President of Business Development for North America at Epic Foundation, a global NGO that’s improving the way individuals give back to charitable causes. Prior to joining Epic, he worked for TED Talks, Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Bank of America Charitable Foundation.


While at TED, Milton helped fortune 500 companies share their best ideas with the world. During his tenure at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, he advised companies on their philanthropic strategies including SAP, Dolby, SanDisk, LinkedIn, Texas Instrument, Stub Hub, and Intuit to name a few. At Bank of America Charitable Foundation, he was responsible for crafting and executing the community and employee engagement strategy for the San Francisco Bay Area.


As the son of Jamaican immigrants, Milton has a personal commitment to poverty alleviation and developing partnerships that maximize resources and achieve greater impact. Milton holds a Psychology Degree from The University of Hartford where he captained the Men’s Soccer Team (2000 – 2002). He sits on several advisory boards including the Madison Council, a volunteer arm of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"98","name":"Jodi Starkman","firstName":"Jodi","lastName":"Starkman","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/starkman_jodi_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/starkman_jodi.jpg","shortDescription":"Executive Director, Innovation Resource Center for Human Resources","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Jodi Starkman is executive director of Innovation Resource Center for Human Resources (IRC4HR), a private foundation established by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in 1926 and dedicated to making organizations successful through innovative people management practices. Prior to her role at IRC4HR, Jodi was the EVP and COO for Global Consulting at ORC Worldwide (now Mercer). She has worked in workforce strategy and organization change at PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM, leading large-scale business and HR transformation programs across multiple industries. Ms. Starkman earned her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania and her master’s from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. In addition to her work at IRC4HR, Jodi is an organization development/effectiveness consultant and certified coach, partnering with businesses, non-profits, and individuals to improve organizational health and team/individual performance.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"81","name":"Beth Steinberg","firstName":"Beth","lastName":"Steinberg","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/steinberg_beth_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/steinberg_beth.jpg","shortDescription":"Founder, Mensch Ventures","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Beth Steinberg has over eighteen years of experience in organization development, talent strategy, and leadership development. Beth’s focus has been partnering with companies and leaders to help them scale for successful outcomes. In addition to her work at Mensch Ventures, Beth is an advisor to Felicis Ventures and Jhana Education. Beth has previously advised Rypple (acquired by Salesforce NYSE: CRM), Hackbright Academy (acquired by Capella Education NASDAQ: CPLA), WorkLife (acquired by Cisco Systems NASDAQ: CSCO), Puppet (formerly Puppet Labs) and Reddit. She has held numerous executive positions, including Senior Vice President of People at BrightRoll (acquired by Yahoo), Vice President of People and Talent at Sunrun (IPO), Vice President of Human Resources, Facebook (IPO) and Vice President of Human Resources at Electronic Arts, as well as HR posts at Nike, HewlettPackard and Nordstrom. Beth is very involved in bringing equal education and opportunity to women around the globe and is part of the TechWomen program, started by the U.S. State Department.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"87","name":"Jason Stockwood","firstName":"Jason","lastName":"Stockwood","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/stockwood_jason_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/stockwood_jason.jpg","shortDescription":"Group CEO, Simply Business","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\n

Jason Stockwood is responsible for developing Simply Business (UK's largest small business insurance provider, now launched in US) and, as CEO, challenging the traditional world of insurance through technology and data science. He joined Simply Business from the global dating website, Match.com, where he was International Managing Director. Prior to this, he spent time working in the travel industry as managing director at Travelocity Business, and in commercial roles at Trailfinders, and Lastminute.com. He has also held board positions with Skyscanner and The Drinkaware Trust. Simply Business was voted 'The Best Company to Work For' in The Sunday Times in both 2015 and 2016. Jason was also voted CEO of the Year in 2016 by the same publication, the first award he has received since his 20 metre swimming badge in 1981. 


Jason is originally from UK shipping town Grimsby but now lives in London with his wife and 2 children. He keeps his connection to the North of England alive with his unwavering love for second league Grimsby Town football club, Horse Racing and by correcting his children's pronunciation of the words 'bath' and 'grass'.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"53","name":"Sandra Stone","firstName":"Sandra","lastName":"Stone","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/stone_sandra.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/stone_sandra.jpg","shortDescription":"Chair Emeritus, Main Angels","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\n

Sandra Stone is Chair Emeritus at Maine Angels, Maine’s angel investment network in southern Maine with a growing subchapter in Bangor. Since 2003, Maine Angels has been a cooperative membership mechanism for accredited investors to collaboratively identify, vet & individually make investments in promising northern New England early-stage companies, through pooling of the group resources and expertise. The consolidated portfolio is now over $18M of investments in 67 New England companies. There are currently over 50 members, 8 of whom are women. In 2015 Maine Angels was recognized in the national Halo Report as the 3rd most active angel group in New England in Q2, and #7 most active Angel group nationally for # of deals for the entire year. Mainebiz, the statewide bi-weekly business magazine, recognized Sandra as a 2013 Woman to Watch.


Sandra is President of the Board of Trustees of a private out-of-state grant-making foundation, where she has been an active Trustee since 1990. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of CEI Ventures, Inc, a Maine socially responsible venture capital fund. She is also Principal of Sea Cove Solutions, enhancing connections and creating linkages in innovation and the ecosystem with an intentional focus on female entrepreneurship.


Sandra grew up near Chicago, IL, and came to Maine to attend Bowdoin College where she earned her BA in Economics & Political Science Magna Cum Laude in 1977. She resides in Cumberland Foreside, ME.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"50","name":"Justin Strasburger","firstName":"Justin","lastName":"Strasburger","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/strasburger_justin_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/strasburger_justin.jpg","shortDescription":"Executive Director, Bottom Line","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Justin Strasburger is the Massachusetts Executive Director for Bottom Line, a nationally-recognized college access and success organization. Justin joined Bottom Line in 2009 as a College Counselor, after working for two years at the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City. Since then, he has held a variety of leadership roles within the organization including stints managing the Worcester satellite office and overseeing strategic planning, new initiatives and program development for the college success program nationally. He is passionate about nonprofit management and leadership.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"79","name":"Jessica Straus","firstName":"Jessica","lastName":"Straus","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/straus_jessica_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/straus_jessica.jpg","shortDescription":"VP, Development, National Venture Capital Association","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Jessica Straus has a decade of experience at the intersection of venture capital, technology, public policy and social impact to drive critical shifts for the U.S. innovation ecosystem.

As the Vice President of Development for the National Venture Capital Association, Jessica works with venture capital investors to help them achieve greater results through partnerships, business development, programmatic initiatives, marketing and communications. Jessica collaborated with the NVCA Board of Directors to launch the NVCA Diversity Task Force, the first national initiative focused on supporting women and minority venture capital investors, managing its governance structure, partnership agreements, research, and events. In 2016, Jessica, her colleagues at NVCA, and Deloitte published the NVCA-Deloitte Human Capital Survey, an survey of venture capital firm demographics and talent management practices. She is passionate about developing new platforms to enable diverse fund managers and entrepreneurs to access the capital, talent and resources necessary to achieve success.

Her role at NVCA brings together her policy, social impact and technology background. She led communications for a venture-backed enterprise software company SocialFlow. She worked with Kalu Yala, a sustainable real estate development and incubator for social impact entrepreneurs in Panama. In 2012, she helped to launch The Millennial Trains Project, a transcontinental train journey and incubator for global entrepreneurs.

Jessica started her career working in the U.S. Congress as Speechwriter to the former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Congressman Michael Burgess. Jessica had the opportunity to shape policies impacting the innovation ecosystem, including the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (2012), landmark law expanding access to capital for startups, the America Invents Act (2011) which made significant changes to the U.S. patent system and the reauthorization of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (2010).

Jessica serves on the Young Advisory Board of the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco, is an active member of the Women's Association of Venture & Equity, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Clifton Foundation, a division of Gallup.

Jessica earned her B.A. in English from Davidson College in North Carolina and she is originally from Dallas, Texas.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"103","name":"Noor Sweid","firstName":"Noor","lastName":"Sweid","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/sweid_noor_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/sweid_noor.jpg","shortDescription":"Investments, The Dubai Future Foundation","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Noor Sweid leads investments at The Dubai Future Foundation, focusing on technology and innovation. Prior to this position, Noor was a Managing Partner at Leap Ventures, a growth-stage venture capital firm based out of Dubai and Beirut. With experience as a biotechnology and pharmaceutical strategy consultant in the US, and moving back to the MENA region in 2005, Noor joined her family business, Depa. Implementing best-practice corporate governance and enabling the scaling of the business tenfold in three years, Noor then led the IPO for the company in 2008, on the NASDAQ Dubai and the London Stock Exchange. In her eight year tenure at Depa, Noor’s involvement ranged from the strategic and growth planning and implementation, to application of corporate governance, the execution of a private placement and an IPO, cross-border acquisitions, regulatory compliance, and investor relations.


During this time, Noor also founded ZenYoga, the first yoga and pilates studio in MENA. ZenYoga grew to become the largest chain of wellness studios in the Middle East, providing space and instruction for over a thousand students to practice yoga weekly, as well as facilities providing international teacher training and qualification, leading to improved health and wellness in the region. Noor exited ZenYoga in early 2014 through sale to a private equity firm.


The combined experiences have led Noor to focus in spaces of corporate governance and entrepreneurship. She is a Director-in-Residence for the Corporate Governance department at INSEAD where she teaches in the Value Creation for Owners and Directors program. She also serves as a Director for Endeavor UAE, Collegiate American School in Dubai, Sisters Lounges, Ellevate, the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan-Arab, and Nabbesh.


Noor has been named in the Arabian Business 100 Most Powerful Arab Women list three times, and has been profiled on the covers of Forbes Middle East, Entrepreneur Middle East, and Arabian Business magazines. Noor holds bachelors’ degrees in Finance and Economics from Boston College as well as an MBA from MIT Sloan.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"59","name":"Abhishek Syal","firstName":"Abhishek","lastName":"Syal","title":"Abhishek Syal","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/syal_abhishek.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/syal_abhishek.jpg","shortDescription":"Research Analyst, Dell EMC","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Abhishek Syal is Sr. Research Analyst, Next Gen Platforms Strategy at Corporate Strategy and Planning at Dell EMC based in Global Headquarters in Hopkinton, US. At Dell EMC, he forecasts future technologies and billion $ markets, and develops Go To Market Strategies for Executive Leadership, typically for the CEO office, CTO office and Business Units heads.

Abhishek is also the founder of ARISE Impact, a non-profit for self-learning for visually challenged. These self-learning resources were developed through 3-year field research on SPECIAL methodology, which ARISE Impact invented. Today, ARISE Impact has enabled personalized self-learning for 1000+ visually challenged. For this work, Abhishek has been recognized nationally and internationally as 2007 KYPY Fellow, 2008 IET PATW Fellow, 2012 StartingBloc Fellow, USA, 2012 NCPEDP Universal Design Awardee, lauded by Hon’ble Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India; 2013 Startup Leadership Fellow, 2013 MIT TR 35 Under 35 India Innovator, 2014 eNGO Awards, , 2015 MIT Demeter Fellow and Recognized Speaker at Classy Awards and Collaborative international Conference 2016 in Boston, USA.

He holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, under Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. Prior to MIT, he worked on inventing patented Predictive Analytics simulator for Hydro-power plants in BHEL Corporate R&D. Based on his team’s research, BHEL launched a new product line of Hydro power plant simulators. Abhishek also holds a Bachelors (Hons.) in Electronics and Instrumentation from BITS, Pilani.

His interests include poetry, philosophy, civic causes around design, and sudoku.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"83","name":"Allan Tate","firstName":"Allan","lastName":"Tate","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/tate_allan_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/tate_allan.jpg","shortDescription":"Marketing Team Chair, MIT Sloan CIO Symposium","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Allan R. Tate provides strategic vision and leadership for Digital Enterprises. He is an independent consultant for organizations looking to thrive in the digital economy. Leveraging extensive knowledge of business development, organizational change, software development and data analytics, he works with clients transform a digital product vision into a successful deployment.


An accomplished leader with over 20 years of experience in digital technology consulting and development, Allan has worked as an IT Architect, IT Specialist, Software Developer and Automation Researcher. In addition to technical roles, he has engaged with CIOs and CTOs while managing sales of integrated technology services, including strategy and architecture, cloud, mobile, communications and cybersecurity for one of IBM’s business units in New England.


As part of his consulting practice, Allan remains engaged with business and technical communities. He is on the organizing team of the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, is a judge for the MIT IDE Inclusive Innovation Challenge, and is a member of the MIT Enterprise Forum and the Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network.


Allan received a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University. His areas of focus were system dynamics, controls, and robotics. He was a research fellow at The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, where he completed his master’s thesis. Most recently, he earned a Data Science Certificate from the Microsoft Professional Program. Allan and his wife have three children and live in Bedford, Massachusetts.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"143","name":"Clint Taylor","firstName":"Clint","lastName":"Taylor","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/taylor_clint_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/taylor_clint.jpg","shortDescription":"Senior Vice President and Strategic Technologist, Sentient Decision Science","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Clint Taylor is Senior Vice President and Strategic Technologist at Sentient Decision Science, a leading market research firm specializing in quantifying the nonconscious drivers of consumer behavior. Clint is also the co-creator and strategist of Sentient Prime, the world's only globally scaled and device agnostic implicit research technology SaaS platform which measures emotion on any computer, tablet or smartphone worldwide.

Prior to Sentient, Clint was brought in as Director of DNS at Dyn, where he set the stage for their flagship product's technology team innovation, scale and integration during a period of rapid company growth and capital investment. Dyn was acquired by Oracle in 2016 for an estimated $600 million.

Clint speaks about and demonstrates technology's potential in advancing consumer behavioral research worldwide, and holds a BA from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"104","name":"Rajiv Tiwari","firstName":"Rajiv","lastName":"Tiwari","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/tiwari_raj_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/tiwari_raj.jpg","shortDescription":"Global Transformation & Innovation Leader and Digital Disruptor, Johnson & Johnson","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Rajiv Tiwari (Raj) is a world’s Leading Digital Innovator and Transformation leader. Raj is Passionate About “Re-Inventing and revolutionized the world” via Digital Innovation and transformation. He is contributing his keen insights and expertise to more than 20 countries across six continents. Raj has also shared his experiences and helped several Fortune 100 Companies in last 22 years.


Raj is working with world’s one of the largest company Johnson & Johnson. Raj is serving numerous world’s leading professional associations and holding multiple prestigious positions and contributing to many industries. He has been Vice Chair (PACE-NJC) of IEEE, the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation.


For four consecutive years, Raj was nominated as a Board of Directors member and also elected as Vice-President (PSJC) of APICS, the leading professional association since 1957 for supply chain and operations management. 


Raj’s contributions doesn’t limited to helping industry level, After helping industries Mr. Raj went to next level to help nation and Raj’s dedication and passion for helping the America through its innovation made him start the initiative “Reinventing America Today” and its unique concept of merging Digital Technology with Innovation is becoming increasingly popular as it benefits both individuals and organizations across the globe.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"144","name":"Anuj Todi","firstName":"Anuj","lastName":"Todi","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/todi_anuj_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/todi_anuj.jpg","shortDescription":"Global Head for Commercial Branding, LafargeHolcim","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Anuj is leading the development & implementation of global digital retail projects covering e-commerce, e-logistics solutions and online services for individual home owners. Based in Paris office of LafargeHolcim, he is also the Global Head for Commercial Branding.


He is tasked to understand customer needs, anticipate retail and digital trends to be ahead of the curve to transform the retailing of construction materials. With pilots ongoing in LatAm, Middle East Africa and Asia Pacific, he is helping the LH Group to significantly change the way they will reach and serve their customers tomorrow. On the other hand, he is also providing strategic direction to countries on how to use brands to connect emotionally with their target audiences.


In the early days of his career he co-founded chemb.com, a chemicals marketplace. In his career spanning 19 years he has worked primarily in Marketing, Strategy & Finance.


Anuj is an MBA in Finance & Leadership from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He is also a Chartered Accountant. He lives in the beautiful city of Paris with his wife and 2 children.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"24","name":"Bill Triant","firstName":"Bill","lastName":"Triant","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/triant_bill.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/triant_bill.jpg","shortDescription":"Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Investments, Pearson","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\n

Bill Triant is Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Investments at Pearson. He has been in education for his whole career - first as a teacher in the Boston Public Schools, and later working at two private equity firms focused on education investments, Leeds Weld and Hart Capital, before joining Pearson. In the Boston schools, he taught a work-based learning program that placed high school students in jobs at local firms. Opportunities in education that excite him include: finding ways to make the US job training system more like the apprenticeship system in Germany, developing new credentials that signal workers’ talents and capabilities better than traditional higher education credentials, and creating a high-quality universal pre-K system.


Bill attended Harvard College and Stanford Graduate Schools of Business and Education, and taught a course on enterprise in education at the Yale School of Management.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"25","name":"Catherine Tucker","firstName":"Catherine","lastName":"Tucker","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/tucker_catherine_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/tucker_catherine.jpg","shortDescription":"Sloan Distinguished Professor of Management Science and Professor of Marketing, MIT Sloan","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\n

Catherine Tucker is the Sloan Distinguished Professor of Management Science and Professor of Marketing at MIT Sloan. She is also Chair of the MIT Sloan PhD Program.


Her research interests lie in how technology allows firms to use digital data to improve their operations and marketing, and in the challenges this poses for regulations designed to promote innovation. She has particular expertise in online advertising, digital health, social media, and electronic privacy. Generally, most of her research lies in the interface between marketing, economics, and law.


She has received an NSF CAREER Award for her work on digital privacy, the Erin Anderson Award for Emerging Marketing Scholar and Mentor, the Paul E. Green Award for contributions to the practice of Marketing Research and a Garfield Award for her work on electronic medical records.


Tucker is Co-Editor of Quantitative Marketing and Economics and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She teaches MIT Sloan's course on Pricing and the EMBA course, \"Marketing Management for the Senior Executive.\" She has received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching as well as being voted \"Teacher of the Year\" at MIT Sloan.


She holds a PhD in economics from Stanford University, and a BA from the University of Oxford.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"44","name":"Jeff Vockrodt","firstName":"Jeff","lastName":"Vockrodt","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/vockrodt_jeff.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/vockrodt_jeff.jpg","shortDescription":"Senior Executive Director for Board Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, YMCA of Greater New York","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\n

Jeff Vockrodt is Senior Executive Director for Board Engagement and Strategic Partnerships at the YMCA of Greater New York. Jeff oversees the Y’s current Strategic Planning Initiative and other organization-wide strategic initiatives, works closely with the board of directors, and engages with foundations, think tanks and others on innovative ways to build stronger, more connected communities.


Before coming to the Y, Jeff served in the Obama administration as a senior policy official at the U.S. Department of Labor, where he led the policy innovation team. He also practiced law for several years with James & Hoffman, a Washington, DC, firm, and has held a number of other legal, policy and campaign positions.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"32","name":"Richard Wang","firstName":"Richard","lastName":"Wang","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/wang-richard.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/wang-richard.jpg","shortDescription":"CEO, Coding Dojo","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\t\t

Richard Wang currently serves as the CEO of Coding Dojo, a technology education company aiming to transform people's lives through programming literacy. He is a managing partner at Village88 Innovation Studios.


Richard also serves as a member of the board of the Washington State Technology Alliance, a statewide, not-for-profit organization of leaders from Washington’s technology-based businesses and research institutions united by a vision for a vibrant innovation economy that benefits all of the state's citizens.


Under Richard’s leadership, Coding Dojo has been recognized by GeekWire as one of the Seattle 10, a list of Seattle's hottest entrepreneurial ventures, and included in GeekWire’s list of the 200 most prominent up-and-coming startup companies in the Pacific Northwest.


Coding Dojo also received the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy Inclusive Innovation Award, while 425 Business magazine included Richard on its 30 Under 30 list, which recognizes the most talented professionals on the Eastside who are under 30.


Previously, Richard was the founder of Mentor 2.0, and before that, worked at The Boeing Company as part of the global supply chain management organization. While at Boeing, he served as the chief of staff and chief strategy analyst in rotational assignments for the executive managing director of Asia, helping strategy and policy initiatives related to China, India and Korea. He also served as a product manager, supporting the execution of Boeing’s supply chain predictive analytics systems.


As the first in his family to go to college, Richard attended Central Washington University to pursue a B.A. in Business Administration, specializing in supply chain and marketing management. In 2010, he received an executive certificate in international marketing strategy from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. In 2015, he completed the executive education program from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.


Richard grew up in Dalian, China and at the age of 13, was the first member of his family to immigrate to the United States, without knowing a word of English. While in China, he witnessed firsthand how English literacy could create economic mobility for an individual. With a passion for disruptive education technologies, Richard similarly believes programming literacy could offer the same economic lift for those in the U.S. and strives to create opportunities for those who hope to transform their lives.

\n\t\n"},{"id":"54","name":"Kathleen Warner","firstName":"Kathleen","lastName":"Warner","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/warner_kathleen_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/warner_kathleen.jpg","shortDescription":"Executive Vice President and Managing Director, New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Center for Economic Transformation","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Kathleen D. Warner is the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Center for Economic Transformation. CET works hand in hand with industry leaders to address the needs of NYC's legacy and emerging businesses by analyzing current economic trends; developing innovative strategies and implementing transformative programs that help businesses thrive and grow. Highly networked, mission-driven and results-oriented, with extensive experience across both the private and public sectors, Kathleen has a tremendous track record of working at the intersection of technology, innovation, and public service. As COO to and member of the founding team of the Startup America Partnership, Kathleen was instrumental in creating Startup America's national brand, engagement and growth strategy, leading the relationships with founding sponsors, the Case Foundation & the Kauffman Foundation, its all-entrepreneur board and with its key public partner, the White House. Kathleen also launched Startup America’s community of regional Champions and worked closely with its corporate sponsors and key business partners in co-creating opportunities to further Startup America's mission of supporting high growth companies & inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems.


Earlier in her career, Kathleen developed leadership expertise in both the public and private sectors, primarily in law & financial services and also acted as advisor to established corporations, growth ventures, entrepreneurial organizations & early stage founders for her expertise on business development and strategic partnerships, entrepreneurial ecosystems and alliances, and innovative, inclusive leadership.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"95","name":"Anna Warrington","firstName":"Anna","lastName":"Warrington","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/warrington_anna_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/warrington_anna.jpg","shortDescription":"Director, Forum for the Future India","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Anna leads Forum's work in India as part of our global mission to work in partnership with business, government and other organizations to solve complex sustainability challenges.

Her speciality focuses on Sustainable Innovation in Business and the energy system - working with organizations to foster game changing ideas, build practical yet ambitious pipelines, prototype the future we want to see. She is an expert at applying Futures techniques to enable innovation and in developing policy, strategy and organizational design that fosters sustainable innovation.

Anna has had the privilege of working with many of the pioneering organisations in sustainability such as Tata Group, Aditya Birla Group, Ecover and Method, AkzoNobel, Bupa, Alliance Boots, BASF, Marks & Spencer, Kimberly-Clark, Kingfisher and Unilever.

Anna joined Forum in 2007, coming from an Argentine charity that worked to embed reforestation in the school curriculum. She has an MA in Sustainable Business from Leeds University and a BSc (Hons) Business Administration from the University of Bath.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"80","name":"Rick Wartzman","firstName":"Rick","lastName":"Wartzman","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/wartzman_rick_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/wartzman_rick.jpg","shortDescription":"Senior Advisor, Drucker Institute","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Rick Wartzman is Senior Advisor at the Drucker Institute, a social enterprise based at Claremont Graduate University. He also writes regularly about work for Fortune magazine online. His new book, The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America, is set to be published by PublicAffairs in spring 2017. 


Before joining the Drucker Institute in 2007 as its founding executive director—a position he held for nearly nine years—Rick worked for two decades as a reporter, editor and columnist at The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. While business editor of The Times, he helped shape a three-part series on Wal-Mart’s impact on the economy and society, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.


Rick is the author of two acclaimed books of narrative history—The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire (PublicAffairs, 2003) and Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath (PublicAffairs, 2008). A collection of his magazine columns, What Would Drucker Do Now?, has also been published (McGraw-Hill, 2011).


Rick serves on the boards of several civic organizations, including the National Human Services Assembly, a Washington-based association of leading nonprofits, and Capital & Main, a publication that focuses on income inequality and related issues.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"101","name":"Mark Weber","firstName":"Mark","lastName":"Weber","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/weber_mark_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/weber_mark.jpg","shortDescription":"Legatum Fellow and Project Manager, MIT Media Lab's Digital Currency Initiative","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Mark Weber (@markrweber) is a Legatum Fellow and project manager at the MIT Media Lab's Digital Currency Initiative, a research group focused on decentralizing trust and disrupting power structures with cryptographic peer-to-peer exchange and distributed systems. Mark leads the DCI's research on blockchain-based asset registries with a focus on financial inclusion and de-risking of derivatives markets. Mark also manages DCI's student working groups, cross-functional teams of students from across MIT hacking on pressing issues connected to cryptocurrencies and related technologies.

Prior to MIT, Mark co-produced the critically acclaimed documentary, \"Poverty, Inc.\" (available on Netflix), which has earned over 50 international film festival honors, the $100,000 Templeton Freedom award, TV broadcast deals in 12 countries, and praise across the political spectrum, from Michael Moore to Nobel laureate Angus Deaton. Drawing on over 200 interviews from 20 countries, the film critiques the neo-colonialist machinations of the Western development establishment and its tendency to undermine local markets, cultures, and governance. Learn more and see Mark's post-screening Q&A's at www.povertyinc.org.

Mark has served as a guest speaker at over 100 organizations including Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, Stanford University, NYU (hosted by Bill Easterly), Cornell School of Management, Copenhagen Business School, Entrepreneurs Without Borders Annual Leadership Summit, Global Health Corps (hosted by Barbara Bush), IBM Watson Research Headquarters, MIT and MIT Tech Review.

Mark is a graduate of the “Great Books” program at the University of Notre Dame, an intensive curriculum heavy in philosophy and theology, history, economics, science, and literature. His recreational joy is ultra marathon mountain running. He is now pursuing a MBA degree in finance at the MIT Sloan.

Email Mark at mrweber@mit.edu and follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @markrweber.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"37","name":"George Westerman","firstName":"George","lastName":"Westerman","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/westerman_george.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/westerman_george.jpg","shortDescription":"Principal Research Scientist, MIT Sloan Initiative on the Digital Economy","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\n

George Westerman is an award-winning author and a Principal Research Scientist with the MIT Sloan Initiative on the Digital Economy. A leading voice on how to drive strategic value from technology, his portfolio of research focuses on digital leadership and innovation.


His most recent book, Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation, helps CEOs and other senior executives to drive digital transformation in their organizations. It was named one of the ten best books of 2014 by Business Digest and silver medalist at the 2015 Axiom Business Book Awards. George is also the author of two other critically acclaimed books, including The Real Business of IT: How CIOs Create and Communicate Value, which was named the #1 book of the year in its field. He has contributed articles to publications such as Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, and academic research journals.


Prior to earning a doctorate from Harvard Business School, Westerman spent more than a dozen years in product development and technology leadership roles. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Technology Business Management Council, co-chairs the MIT Sloan CIO Leadership awards, and advises senior executive teams around the world.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"127","name":"Jennifer Westpfahl","firstName":"Jennifer","lastName":"Westpfahl","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/westpfahl_jennifer_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/westpfahl_jennifer.jpg","shortDescription":"Executive Director, Morgan Stanley","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\t\t

Jennifer Westpfahl is an Executive Director of Morgan Stanley and Head of FAA Sourcing and Selection. Formerly, Jennifer was the Divisional Business Service Officer for the Eastern Division.  She is Chair of the Women’s Employee Networking Group, a member of the National Diversity Council and most recently named a Maker@Morgan Stanley. Jennifer started her career as a sales assistant with Lincoln Investment in Charlottesville, Virginia. After working at New York Life as a Compliance Analyst in New York City, she joined Smith Barney’s Compliance Department in 2004. Jennifer was later promoted to Regional Control Administrator in Los Angeles where she also held the roles of Regional Risk Officer and Regional Business Service Officer. 


Jennifer holds her Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Central Arkansas and her Executive MBA from Pepperdine University, where she was awarded the George Award for Outstanding Executive MBA Student. Jennifer served as the Chair of the Advisory Board for Back on My Feet’s Los Angeles Chapter, an organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness. Among other organizations, Jennifer is an advocate of the Yosemite Conservancy and 22Kills, an organization to increase awareness of Veteran suicide. 

\n\t\n"},{"id":"28","name":"Catherine Friend White","firstName":"Catherine Friend","lastName":"White","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/white_catherine.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/white_catherine.jpg","shortDescription":"Managing Director, Golden Seeds","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\n

Catherine is a member of Goldens where she leads deal flow for the New England area. She founded and was president of FinArc, LLC www.finarc.com a money management firm specializing in socially responsible investments. Her career in investment management spans three decades. Previously she was on the start-up team for International Heritage where she was a portfolio manager and limited partner of a growth and income mutual fund. White is a director of FinArc Investments, Inc. and the Cutler Center for Investments and Finance at Babson College. She was a director of BostonFed Bancorp (BFD: American Exchange), Babson College Graduate School of Business, and other institutions.


She has an MBA from the F. W. Olin Graduate School of Management at Babson College.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"39","name":"William Wickey","firstName":"William","lastName":"Wickey","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/wickey_william_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/wickey_william.jpg","shortDescription":"Content & Media Strategy, LeadGenius","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

William Wickey leads content and media strategy at LeadGenius. He is an expert in marketing, branding, and public relations.

LeadGenius is an enterprise platform for high-quality lead generation and go-to-market-insights. LeadGenius uses a unique combination of machine learning and real human researchers to maximize the efficiency of any B2B marketing or sales team with quality-assured contact and account data.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"107","name":"Susan Winterberg","firstName":"Susan","lastName":"Winterberg","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/winterberg_susan_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/winterberg_susan.jpg","shortDescription":"Associate Director, Inclusive Economy, Business for Social Responsibility","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Susan Winterberg is the Associate Director, Inclusive Economy at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), a global non-profit membership organization of sustainability departments of more than 250 multinational companies. Susan leads BSR’s work on inclusion issues including helping companies set their goals and measurements for job quality and diversity and inclusion, serving low income and marginalized groups through their products and services, and supporting local communities throughout their global operations through their philanthropic and partnership platforms. Prior to BSR, she was a Research Associate at Harvard Business School, where she studied the social and business impacts of creating good jobs and how companies can best integrate social responsibility practices during restructurings, automation, recessions, factory closures, and offshoring. She has also conducted research at the Brookings Institution on the role higher education institutions can play in revitalizing regions undergoing deindustrialization.  Susan was previously the Practice Lead for Urban Planning & Development at CPCS, a Canadian infrastructure advisory firm that has implemented public-private partnership projects in more than 100 countries. Susan holds a Masters in Urban Planning from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Cincinnati. 

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"100","name":"Karen Wise","firstName":"Karen","lastName":"Wise","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"image/judges/wise_karen_900.jpg","thumbnail":"image/judges/wise_karen.jpg","shortDescription":"Cloud Product Strategist, Oracle Corporation","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Karen Wise has broad experience as a technologist leading software development and product management in both early stage start-up and Fortune 500 companies. She has held senior management positions in companies that have focused on multimedia delivery, mission-critical operational support systems, computer systems and networking, as well as IaaS/PaaS and cloud migration strategies.

Karen has a special interest in developing and guiding teams to focus on real-world problems and successfully address them through technology. She is a strong advocate for bringing technology education to underserved populations and is currently on the international advisory board for TechnovationChallenge, a world-wide technology entrepreneurship program for secondary school girls. As a mentor and curriculum advisor, she believes that empowering young women to develop and publicly communicate their ideas, accomplishments and visions is critical.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"26","name":"Irving Wladawsky-Berger","firstName":"Irving","lastName":"Wladawsky-Berger","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/Judges/wladawsky-berger_irving_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/Judges/wladawsky-berger_irving.jpg","shortDescription":"Digital Fellow, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\n

Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger retired from IBM in May of 2007 after a 37 year career with the company, where his primary focus was on innovation and technical strategy. He led a number of IBM’s companywide initiatives including the Internet and e-business, supercomputing and Linux. He’s been a Strategic Adviser on Digital Strategy and Innovation at Citigroup from March of 2008 to June of 2014, and at HBO from Septemberof 2014 to August of 2015. He’s currently affiliated with MasterCard Advisors.


Since 2005 Dr. Wladawsky-Berger has been writing a weekly blog, irvingwb.com, which has also been published in the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal since April of 2012.


He is Visiting Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and a Fellow of the\\nInitiative on the Digital Economy and of the Connection Science initiative; Adjunct Professor at the Imperial College Business School and member of the Advisory Board of its Data Science Institute; and Executive-in-Residence at NYU’s Center for Urban Science and\\nProgress. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Manhattanville College and of the Advisory Board of USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab.


Dr. Wladawsky-Berger received an M.S. and a Ph. D. in physics from the University of Chicago.

\n\n\t\n"},{"id":"151","name":"Jonathan Yee","firstName":"Jonathan","lastName":"Yee","title":"","type":"Core Judges","cms":"judges_g1","image":"/image/judges/yee_jonathan_900.jpg","thumbnail":"/image/judges/yee_jonathan.jpg","shortDescription":"CEO, Turnkey Marketing Inc.","longDescription":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Jonathan Yee has unique and deep experiences at the intersection of Digital, Customer data-driven focus, and Business Transformation. It is hard to believe he has been in digital since its nascent days, starting with Microsoft's Sidewalk.com, and Priceline.  He combines large company executional excellence with smaller company entrepreneurial spirit, and knows how to get the best from both worlds.  Most recently, he was the GM of Business Transformation and Insurance at a leading artificial intelligence and machine learning solution company. He brings relevant recent observations and methods, especially in consumer-facing businesses, healthcare, customer-centricity and in commercializing new technology through working with over 15 major, leading Digital transformation leaders and organizations as they build/scale their \"go digital\" strategies and plans. 


Previously as EVP and Head of Strategic Business Development for Prospx, an award-winning social media networking platform designed to better connect insurance companies with broker distribution, Jon articulated a new go-to-market strategy and accelerated revenue growth by 25% while doubling profits. Earlier, as SVP Global Sales and Customer Service for Ampex Inc, the #1 eRetailer in Gold/Silver ecommerce, he improved revenues by 35% and built strategic partnerships, drove VIP customer segmentation, and fostered new collaboration among internal partners.  


At AIG/Chartis, Jon served as Senior Vice President creating a new $2B direct to consumer book of business.  Authoring the strategic vision, he operationalized an idea from concept-to-reality, secured new funding, and led and built the entire organization.  During his 10 year tenure, Jon’s vision and P&L skills translated into product innovation with record growth, 9MM new customers, navigation of landmark marketing regulations, and was awarded 2 US Patents for acquisition of customers using technology, and a system for retaining customers.   Earlier in his career, Jon served as a SVP at Priceline’s Grocery start-up, as General Manager at Cendant leading Microsoft’s first ecommerce business, Sidewalk.com,  and as General Manager of United Bank Services, a loyalty marketing business.  He started his career at American Express where he spent 13 years and was recipient of 2 President’s Awards for “Outstanding Performance and Profit Contribution.”  


Jonathan earned his MBA in Finance from New York University's Stern School of Business, graduated Cum Laude from State University of New York at Albany, and sits as an Advisor on a number of Boards.  He is a Golfweek Top 100 Best Course Evaluator and is a proud father of three daughters.

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Nate Yohannes is an experienced professional in private equity/venture capital, high growth innovation, business development and regulatory/legal affairs. Currently, he is a Managing Director at Next Sector Capital, an impact investment firm.


Prior to joining Next Sector Capital, Mr. Yohannes was appointed by President Barack H. Obama to serve in his administration as the Senior Advisor to the Head of the Office of Investment and Innovation at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). As the Senior Advisor, Mr. Yohannes was a member of the leadership team managing the Small Business Investment Company, the world’s largest private equity/venture capital fund investing in the lower middle market. With over $25.2 billion in AUM and authorization to invest $4 billion annually. In addition, Mr. Yohannes assisted with the Small Business Innovation Research program, a $2.5 billion per year high growth technology grant for lower middle market businesses to engage in Federal Research and Development (R&D). Concurrently to Mr. Yohannes’ position at the SBA, he was a Team Leader for the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Institution Fund -- where he helped distribute over $180 million in financial assistance to funds investing in underrepresented communities across the United States.


The White House Office of Presidential Personal recognized Mr. Yohannes as a top leader and admitted him into the inaugural White House Economic Leadership class, a highly selective six- month program taught by U.S. Cabinet officials and private sector executives. Mr. Yohannes held a leadership position and played a pivotal role with the first ever White House Demo Day, where he helped lead the team that selected which entrepreneurs pitched their startup to President Obama at the White House.


Mr. Yohannes was a member of the White House Financial Technology Committee and the White House Business Council. In addition, Mr. Yohannes held a seat on President Obama’s Broadband Opportunity Council, a multi-agency team responsible for providing counsel to President Obama on how to advance the United States as the most broadband accessible country in the world. Mr. Yohannes regularly worked with staff at the Domestic Policy Council, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Innovation Cohort and National Economic Council on issues that directly affect high growth small businesses across the country.


Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Mr. Yohannes was the Vice President - Associate General Counsel at the Money Management Institute (MMI), where he represented $4 trillion dollars of the global wealth management industry. Earlier in his career he clerked for Chief


Justice Paula Feroleto - New York State Supreme Court 8th District. Mr. Yohannes received his JD from the University at Buffalo Law School where he was a Barbara and Thomas Wolfe Fellow for Human Rights and a BA from SUNY Geneseo (New York State’s Public Honors College) and is a member of the New York State Bar.


Mr. Yohannes was recently appointed to the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center’s Board of Advisors; serves on Industrial Bank’s Evolving Leaders Advisory Council; was the former Treasurer of the Washington Government Relations Group’s Foundation, and was a board member of the Western New York Law Center. Mr. Yohannes’ family arrived to the United States as refugees. Mr. Yohannes is a proud son of a political freedom fighter from Eritrea who survived war and revolution, tyranny and hardship.

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Jeff is a Managing Director at International Planning & Research (IPR), a management consultancy that serves many of the world's leading Information Technology companies. Prior to this, he led the North American Business Analysis and Planning team at Compaq Computer Corporation. He was instrumental in the founding of the U.S. Microcomputer Statistics Committee (USMSC), and served as the group's first Chairman. He currently oversees the Technology Market Analysis Group (TMAG), an association of 400+ Market Intelligence professionals from over 80 IT companies.

Jeff earned a B.S. in Economics from MIT and holds an MBA from Rice University.