University of Missouri-St. Louis
Dr. Lacity is Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Information Systems and an International Business Fellow at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has held visiting positions at the London School of Economics, Washington University, and Oxford University. She is a Certified Outsourcing Professional ®,Industry Advisor for the Everest Group, and Co-editor of the Palgrave Series: Work, Technology, and Globalization. Her research focuses on the delivery of business and IT services through global sourcing and automation. She has conducted case studies and surveys of hundreds of organizations on their outsourcing and management practices. She has given keynote speeches and executive seminars world-wide and has served as an expert witness for the US Congress. She was inducted into the IAOP’s Outsourcing Hall of Fame in 2014, one of only three academics to ever be inducted. She was the recipient of the 2008 Gateway to Innovation Award sponsored by the IT Coalition, Society for Information Management, and St. Louis RCGA and the 2000 World Outsourcing Achievement Award sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Michael Corbett and Associates. She has published 25 books, most recently Socially Responsible Outsourcing: Global Sourcing with Social Impact, (Palsgrave publishing 2016; co-editted and authored with Brian Nicholson, and Ron Babin) and Service Automation: Robots and the Future of Work (Brookes Publishing, 2016, UK, co-author Leslie Willcocks). Her publications have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, MIS Quarterly, MIS Quarterly Executive, IEEE Computer, Communications of the ACM, and many other academic and practitioner outlets.
Annie Chor is the Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships at Social Finance. Her focus is to design and oversee key aspects of the firm’s partnership strategy, to support Social Finance’s social investment, advisory, and thought leadership efforts. Annie works closely with foundations, family offices, and other potential funders.
Prior to joining Social Finance, Annie was the Director of Strategy and Distribution at Éclat Impact, an impact investing venture, focused on engaging impact investors and sourcing impactful companies seeking capital. Prior to joining Éclat Impact, Annie worked at the World Economic Forum in Strategic Partnerships, focusing on financial institutions. Previously, she worked at Barclay Capital in Capital Markets Global Distribution. Annie is dedicated to leveraging private capital for societal change and has worked in an advisory capacity with social enterprises across four continents.
Annie is a Fulbright scholar and holds a dual Master of Advanced Management and MBA degree from Yale School of Management and IE Business School. She graduated from Boston College receiving a BS in Finance and minors in International Development and Human Development.
Gabriel Thoumi has 15 years of experience managing and deploying frameworks to improve global capital markets sustainability through risk mitigation and return enhancement. Previously, for Calvert Investment Management, he valued global equity, index, and fixed income portfolios and their component positions in the utilities, energy, materials, chemicals, and financial sectors. He worked on quantitative index construction and asset allocation strategies. He engaged Fortune 500 CEOs on approaches to mitigating climate risk using financial risk management tools. He led initiatives to improve financial accounting of exchange-listed products and incorporated natural capital into financial tools. He co-wrote the winning Agriculture Supply Chain Adaptation Facility for the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance.
His research on capital markets has been cited by Forbes Magazine and the Guardian as key reasons why markets can improve our societies’ collective ability to mitigate climate change. He has co-authored numerous papers including a recent paper in Science on standardizing payments for ecosystem services.
Formerly, for the U.S. Government, as Senior Director Finance and Carbon Markets, he led a team analyzing Latin American REDD+ financial readiness. At Morgan Stanley’s climate change mitigation company, he conducted due diligence on carbon offset projects. At Wells Fargo, he was a financial institutions analyst assessing and managing trading, lending and regulatory risks.
He sits on various non-profit boards and on local and regional commissions. He has an MBA and MSc from the University of Michigan where he was a Consortium and Erb Institute fellow. He is a frequent lecturer at various universities. He also is a Certified Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America and LEED AP (BD+C) and LEED AP (O+M).
Kunal Sood is the Founder and CXO of X Fellows and Executive Chairman at NOVUS, an inter-generational impact network to support the United Nations 2030 Agenda using 17 UN Global Goals. Novus hosts an annual summit at the UN General Assembly Hall in partnership with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs during the UN High Level Political Forum to honor and recognize the work of iconic pioneers and young change makers around the world who embody the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Kunal also serves as the Director of Strategic Alliances at Halo Drop, a life saving drone company based out of NASA AMES Research Park in Silicon Valley, and as part of the founding team at X-Fly Systems, a company that manufactures X-Fold a state of the art UAV Drone for film as well as military search and rescue missions.
As a curator of the future, angel investor, and dynamic advocate for change, Kunal is deeply committed towards transforming the lives of a billion people worldwide over the next decade by being a catalyst for technological innovation and entrepreneurship. From working with UCSF and Harvard as a global health scientist in the slums of Mumbai in India, to collaborating with the United Nations in New York City to organize Summits that support the UN Global Goals, Kunal has an unwavering commitment to positively impacting humanity. As an Executive Coach and Curator, he has dedicated his life to helping others unlock their exponential potential and become transformational leaders. Kunal has made it his life’s calling to create the conditions for humanity to flourish by leveraging science, innovation, and exponential technologies in order to unite global citizens from all walks of life to transform our world.
Currently, Kunal serves on the Advisory Boards of EDCast, Impact Leadership 21, UNABH, and Women’s Entrepreneurship Day where he is chairman of the WED Fellows Accelerator which convenes annually at the United Nations. Kunal is the recipient of several impact honors and awards for his leadership for Social Impact in Media and Exponential Technology at the United Nations, TIECon NYC, and Singularity University. He has been a keynote and plenary speaker at the United Nations General Assembly, Google, Nexus Global Youth Summit, IPPA World Congress on Positive Psychology, KIN Global, SXSW, Tribeca Disruptors Innovation Awards, US Institute of Peace and the White House. Kunal serves on the Leadership Council for PVBLIC Foundation, Media for Social Impact Summit, and serves as an International Advisor for KIN Global Forum.
Kunal co-curated and served as the Executive Producer for TEDxUNPlaza and co-produced the End Polio Campaign with Rotary International in 2013. Kunal was a CCARE Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism, and was selected for the first-ever Field Exchange Fellowship at SociaLabs in Chile by Singularity University. He has a lifelong love for learning having earned five master’s degrees, and is a graduate of the highly coveted Global Solutions Program at Singularity University. Kunal lives his life embodying the virtues of moral courage, love, and compassion, and by being true to his favorite quote “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the judgment that something else, like love and compassion are more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious bystanders do not live at all.” – Meg Cabot
Pumela Salela is the Country Head for the United Kingdom (UK) under Brand South Africa, the custodian of the South Africa Country Brand. Her role is to market South Africa in the UK, attract foreign direct investment (fdi) into South Africa, mobilize Global South Africans (GSA) abroad and to manage the brand reputation of South Africa. Prior to serving in this role Pumela was the Chief Director for Economic Policy Development and Planning at the Department of Economic Development in South Africa.
Ms Salela is a Board member of the Global Sourcing Council, an Ambassador for Sustainable and Socially Responsible Outsourcing in Africa, and sits on the Executive Committee of the Tri-Sister City Alliance (TriSCA), the first Sister City Alliance between BRICS cities in order to create jobs for knowledge workers. She was appointed to be in the Advisory Council of the World BPO Forum, which is considered “the Davos of BPO”. Pumela also serves in the Advisory Board of the World Summit on Internet and Social Media (WSIM). She also sits in the Advisory Board of the Sable Accelerator LLC (SABLE) , a North American organization which is dedicated to helping South African entrepreneurs, new venture start-ups, academic institutions, and companies commercialize technology innovations, promote and protect intellectual property, fund new business concepts, finance growth, as well as expand into global markets. Pumela is also an advisor to a digital finance institution called Digifin. The Rockefeller Foundation acknowledged her contribution and innovation in formulating systems which address poverty by selecting Salela to be one the 18 global recipients of the foundation’s inaugural Global Fellowship on Social Innovation –an only South African to receive the honor.
Pumela has also worked as a BPO/ITeS Consultant for the World Bank, based at the organization’s United States headquarters in Washington D.C. and a Director: BPO and O (Business Process Outsourcing and Offshoring) and Information Communications Technology (ICT) Enabled Services at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), South Africa, where she was responsible for drafting strategies and policies to create an enabling environment for the BPO and ICT sectors in South Africa. The Director role was preceded by her position as Deputy Director for Investment Promotion at Trade and Investment South Africa (TISA – within the dti), where she was responsible for attracting and negotiating with potential foreign investors to set up BPO operations in South Africa. Pumela worked for a number of years in various marketing roles in FMCG multinationals and media organizations in South Africa and the United Kingdom before joining the public sector. She has also been a lecturer in Strategic Brand Management at VEGA, The School of Branding.
Salela studied to complete her MBA with distinction (cum laude) in England through a Nelson Mandela Scholarship. In her private capacity, Pumela is the Chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Scholarship Alumni Association and a Mentor to Graca Machel Scholars. She is featured in the 2013 issue of the book: South Africa’s Most Inspirational Women. She has also been featured in 2012 issue DESTINY magazine as one of South Africa’s Young and Powerful Achievers. In 2013 DESTINY magazine showcased her as one of the Top 40 young leaders, innovators and job creators in South Africa (2013). Ms Salela has served as an On-air Advisor to investors on an Entrepreneurship Television Show called Rize Mzansi (meaning Rise South Africa) aired in the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in 2014.
Rita was appointed as the CEO of NASSCOM Foundation in October 2010. As part of the social development arm of NASSCOM, Rita aims at strengthening the efforts of the IT Industry towards inclusive growth, building strategic relationships and establishing effective linkages between industry, non-profits & government; to contributing to the cause of social development.
With 18 years of experience in both the private and non-profit sectors, Rita started her professional journey with General Electric; moving from an engineering management training program, to the Corporate Audit Staff followed by operations and finance at NBC.
Prior to joining NASSCOM Foundation, she was the Country Head – Responsible Banking at YES BANK spearheading a pioneering business approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability and was part of the core team that offered innovative financial solutions to address a wide spectrum of issues regarding sustainable livelihoods, food security, public health, education & climate change.
In her career stint, Rita has also worked with the American India Foundation (AIF) heading Communications & Advocacy for the India operations.
Rita has a Master of International Affairs (MIA) degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in New York City and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with Honours from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Daniel A. Caselles
Mr. Daniel Caselles is the co-founder of AuthenWare Corporation and serves as its Chief Technology & Support Officer. Mr. Caselles served as Vice President of Research & Development at AuthenWare Corporation. Mr. Caselles is responsible for development and assurance of its world-class security technology, AuthenWare Technology. Mr. Caselles is an entrepreneur, international professor, science researcher, musician and promoter of social causes for sustainable development. During his career, Mr. Caselles has co-founded several software and IT corporations such as the Mendoza Software Factory S.A., and Mendoza Technology Cluster, and he was a Director at VALOS, a non-profit organization which promotes Corporate Social Responsibility practices. He is also a partner at the AVINA Foundation. As an Executive MBA Program university professor, Mr. Caselles has taught both IT and Project Management in more than 10 countries. He “Co-authored the books “The Management and the challenge of turbulence” and “Professional Project Management” both published by Prentice-Hall (Pearson), in 2009″. He has two MBAs and a European Science Researcher certification awarded by Universidad de Jaén, Spain. He is a PhD candidate and is conducting research in Corporate Social Responsibility for his Doctoral Dissertation at the Universidad de Jaén in Spain.
Karen Hitschke joined Apax Partners in October 1997 as a specialist in biotechnology. Karen received her MBA from INSEAD, where she graduated in 1997 with distinction. In addition, she holds a Masters Degree in Biology with a specialization in Cell Biology, Immunology and Biophysics. After finishing her studies in Constance (Germany) and Sussex (UK), she joined McKinsey & Company in Munich in 1994. During her time as a strategy consultant she focused on the food and chemical industry, where she performed studies on organizational restructuring and business process re-engineering. Karen is a board member of Cosmix, and was involved in several other transactions, including Metagen, BioImage and Wilex.
Karl Brown joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2006. As Associate Director of Applied Technology, Mr. Brown is focused on the intersection of information technology with the initiatives of the Foundation, and he works on exploring and nurturing imaginative uses of technology by Rockefeller grantees. Mr. Brown is the focal point for the Foundation’s work on eHealth as part of the Transforming Health Systems initiative. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Mr. Brown worked as the Chief Technical Officer of GNVC, an NGO that fostered entrepreneurship in Ghana. Previously, Mr. Brown was a technical team lead with Trilogy, where he developed and deployed enterprise systems and consumer-facing websites for Fortune 500 companies such as Ford and Nissan. Mr. Brown received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.