Serena Agnoletto Ending her studies in the Intercultural domain with a Master’s degree in Conference Interpreting and following 2 years in International Events management, Serena entered into the Contact Center Business with a 3 year mission to implement and manage an In-house International Contact Center across 10 countries as well as an outsourced team in Moldova.
Serena joined Teleperformance Group in 2013 as part of the Employee Experience & Engagement team. As International Project Manager, she is particularly focused on CSR matters, more specifically the United Nation Global Compact (UNGC). She is also member of the Teleperformance Global CSR Committee, a governance body responsible for creating and overseeing the worldwide Group CSR strategy, including developing the necessary policies and ensuring compliance.
Serena is SA 8000, ISO 26000 and ISO 14001 Leader Implementer certified and has pursued her continuous training with a Human Rights and Sustainable Development Diploma delivered by the Human Rights Center at University for Peace (UN mandated).
Judy Arteche-Carr is the CEO and Managing Director of Arteche Global Group. She is a strategic advisor to global companies, CXOs and governments focused on business strategies, global sourcing and emerging technologies. Judy has worked with management teams in the transformation of organizations and business alignment to information technology. Previously, she worked at Children’s Television Workshop (Sesame Street), Salomon Brothers (Citigroup), JP Morgan (JPM Chase), Electronic Data Systems (HP) and Unisys.
She serves on the Boards of the Society for Information Management (SIM) New York Metro and the Management Council of SIM International, Womensphere, CIO Without Borders, Philippine BPO/IT Council and the Holy Infant College International Alumni. A member of the Women’s Bond Club, SIM Women and the Global Sourcing Council Women’s Empowerment Group, she mentors emerging young leaders. Judy has received several awards for leadership, notably one of the Fifty Outstanding Asian Americans in Business and 100 Most influential Filipina Women in the US and 100 Global.
Judy is periodic adjunct professor at Fordham University’s Business School and a frequent speaker at global conferences. She has participated in The Performance Theater, a CEO leadership forum based in Europe with focused dialogues on climate change and the environment.
John Bree is a financial industry professional with a proven track record in developing and managing AML/CTF, KYC, Anti-Fraud and Vendor & Third Party Risk Management programs. Held senior positions in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and London for Citi and Deutsche Bank covering corporate, investment, commercial and consumer banking operations. Proficiency developing and implementing analysis, operations, monitoring and investigation systems and processes involving transaction accounts, credit cards, debit cards and online banking.
Managed global staffs and corresponding budgets in multiple locations and delivered cost efficient and operationally effective programs ensuring compliance with local and global regulatory requirements. Through interaction with Internal Audit and regulatory agencies including FRB, OCC, ECB, UK-FSA, MAS and Japan-FSA resolved MRIAs, MRAs and Findings on time and without penalty.
Anna Cable leads GMC’s new ADD Ventures initiative, developing and overseeing new pilots from conception to execution in two areas—field-building support for the broader impact investing ecosystem and new investment opportunities in underserved markets. She has a diverse background in youth development, international education, U.S.-Japan relations, global health, and cross-sector diplomacy; the one common thread is a passion for helping people.
She was previously the Program Manager for the U.S.-Japan Council in Washington, DC and has experience in Japan, South Africa, Uganda, Nicaragua, India, and Indonesia. She recently co-founded an international philanthropy consulting firm to support faith-based organizations and philanthropists in translating good ‘intentions’ to global ‘impact’.
In 2007, Anna was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct cross-cultural sociological research regarding the U.S. military in Japan. She has a Masters of Public Health specializing in global health practice from the University of South Florida and a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Centre College.
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.
David Hearn has been leading procurement organizations for the past 25 years. He has led both manufacturing and indirect teams at Sun Microsystems, Kaiser Permanente, and most recently Juniper Networks.
In all three companies, he drove the change management of major ERP system replacements (Oracle, SAP, Ariba, Coupa), as well as the business process innovations to become world class in their management of the Source-to-Pay processes. David is now providing advisory services to CPO’s, procurement professionals, and suppliers to help them maximize their mutual value-add.
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.
Mark C. Pollack
Mark Pollack is an innovative, dynamic, and highly focused leader with a track record of achievement. He has proven success as a strategic business partner developing human capital, while meeting critical organizational requirements. He has a strong emphasis on talent management, performance management, succession planning, and communications.
He is a superior coach, customer service provider, and relationship builder who is able to work effectively with employees and clients of varied responsibilities and skill sets, including C-level executives. He has the ability to function effectively at the strategic and tactical level, managing multiple projects while using exceptional influencing and facilitation skills to achieve results.
Mark’s professional career ranges from multi-million dollar commercial real estate investment sales, high volume advertising and marketing creation & placement, veterinary hospital ownership, operational development and enhancement, consulting and executive leadership.
Mark holds a Masters of Management graduate degree, and is certified under Korn Ferry’s Leadership Architect, Korn Ferry’s 360 Assessment Facilitation and Interpretation, Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership, Stephan Covey’s Speed of Trust, University of Phoenix’s Executive Development Program and is a graduate of Sandler’s Sales Institute, Outsell Consulting and Innovators Accelerator.
Personally, Mark enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, sailing, and playing tennis & golf.
Gayle Jennings O’Byrne
Gayle Jennings O’Byrne is CEO of The Prometheus Exchange, a collective of social change makers, and principal of Maya Ventures Partners, seeking to build a diversity-based venture capital ecosystem. She previously worked for JP Morgan Chase since 1998, as Vice President of Global Philanthropy, Vice President of International Government Relations, and as a mergers and acquisitions banker.
Jennings O’Byrne also worked in media relations for Sun Microsystems. She serves on advisory boards for Ghetto Film School, Cinema High School, Eagle Academy Foundation, the Scholastic Family and Community Engagement Advisory Council, and ClimateDonor.org. She has a regular column in Investments & Wealth Monitor Magazine and speaks widely about impact investing, philanthropy, and social change.
Luis Robbio is the CEO of Belatrix Software, one of the leading software development and innovation companies from Latin America.
Janet C Salazar
Janet Salazar helps influential women maximize their leadership skills for impact, and coaches and advises men in leadership positions on how to handle gender-related, female-focused communications challenges in the business environment, to thrive in today’s increasingly diverse workplace. She is a sought-after global thought leader and speaker on inclusive, collaborative leadership solutions. Janet is a confidential advisor and sounding board to top executives, CEOs, government leaders, diplomats, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and emerging leaders globally.
Janet is the creator of the innovative dialogue series, Conversations With Men™, the pioneering and groundbreaking executive forum with the mission of engaging men in leadership roles to accelerate women’s leadership at the top, and achieving gender equality. Janet also created Conversations With Men™ One on One: Navigating Gender Dialogue in a Woman’s World, an intensive executive coaching platform where she advises male leaders on how to effectively handle gender-related challenges in the business environment, and thrive in today’s increasingly diverse workplace.
As CEO and Co-Founder of IMPACT Leadership 21, Janet works with her team to provide global leadership solutions that drive change towards building inclusive economies. Since 2006, Janet serves as the Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Permanent Observer at ECOSOC at Foundation for the Support of the United Nations, an international non-governmental organization accredited with the United Nations.
As a Certified Executive and Master Coach Trainer, she trains senior executives maximize their abilities to coach and unleash the potential of emerging leaders. Through RESORT, a proven success model framework she developed, she helps her clients focus on what is genuinely important to them – personally and professionally.
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.
Mahrinah von Schlegel
Mahrinah von Schlegel’s passions lie at the intersection of technology, finance, and policy, as the necessary trifecta enabling the advancement of human potential. Mahrinah is currently the Executive Director of Embassy 2.0, an NGO providing policy advisement on emerging technologies and facilitating global opportunities for entrepreneurs. I also serve as a Mentor and an international public speaker.
Mahrinah is have built digital projects and communities since 2001 and developed nearly $1B in real estate, predominantly in Southern California. A Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholar who was named “America’s Promising Youth Leader” by Secretary of State Colin Powell, Mahrinah have had extensive involvement serving on boards and committees for organizations supporting the STEM/ITC sectors, Latinos, Jewish Leadership, and Sustainability such as the United States Greenbuild Council, Urban Land Institute, American Planning Association – Latino, and AJC ACCESS – Chicago.
In 2012, Mahrinah founded Cíbola, the first diversity-focused technology incubator in the MidWest working with groups ranging from The White House, The United States Department of State, Google, Microsoft, Groupon and EchoNest.
In 2013, Mahrinah was a finalist for Chicago Innovation Awards, the Revolucionario Award at SXSW and YWCA’s Impact Award. As an Economic Growth Fellow for World Business Chicago, Mahrinah worked to implement strategies of Mayor Emanuel’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs on Neighborhoods, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
In 2014, Mahrinah completed a Fellowship with the New Leaders Council, MENA Fellows via the US Dept of State, the University of Michigan and United Nations Global Entrepreneurship Program (Pro Fellows), and World Learning’s YTYA Fellowship in Turkey sponsored by the US Dept of State and US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.
Amit Sharma has engaged in a myriad of roles that intersect financial markets, risk management, international security, social enterprise, and development. He is co-founder
of Empowerment Capital, an investment management and strategic advisory company focusing on income-generative, scalable social enterprise and assisting corporate entities in the engagement of, and support to, market-viable anti-poverty and development initiatives. The firm’s approach marries underlying investment and corporate strategy with risk
management to identify market opportunities to grow commercially scalable social enterprise, enhance brand value and engage institutional capital in service of pressing
development challenges. He has also been working on the development of a financial services platform to service the financially under served (un-/under- banked) and financially
excluded (de-risked/high compliance entities), the credit invisible, and low/moderate income client segments, which leverages risk and compliance management assets, data
Analytic and essential fin-/reg- tech capabilities.
Prior, Mr. Sharma was an Executive Director for RANE—Risk Assistance Network and Exchange, an information services platform that provides access to and collaboration with
credentialed experts in enterprise-wide risk management across 200+ risk categories. He was also the Head of Operations and Strategy for Command Global Services, where he
managed a team of investigators, financial forensic experts, analysts and legal professionals in the recovery of stolen sovereign assets and strengthening of financial regulatory systems. Prior to CGS, he served as Chief of Staff and Head of New Products for Mitsubishi UFJ Securities, USA, and also as Head of Project Management to the firm’s International Business Unit. In this capacity, he assisted in the growth of the U.S. branch’s primary/corporate finance and secondary sales and trading operations, as well as the firm’s product capability with its sister institutional bank, the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi. Internationally, Mr. Sharma served as the primary front office global liaison and project management lead with Mitsubishi’s CEOs across its Asia, EMEA and Americas divisions.
In Washington DC, Mr. Sharma served as Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary Robert Kimmitt and a member of Secretary Henry Paulson’s senior staff. He first joined the Department at the establishment of its post-9/11 Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, where he worked to develop and implement the US Government’s core enforcement and regulatory instruments to address transnational threats such as terrorism, rogue regimes and financial
crimes broadly. His portfolio included the development and expansion of international anti- money laundering / counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT) regimes, alternative remittance systems, such as hawalas, international illicit financial flows, combating international financial crime and rogue regimes (e.g. North Korea) and the application of targeted financial and economic sanctions.
Mr. Sharma has served on several working groups, advisory councils or boards, including: the Center for Global Development (CGD), FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance
(CSIL), the Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL) at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact. He
teaches regularly on issues related to social enterprise and impact investing, international security policy, illicit finance, and risk, and is an adjunct professor at both Georgetown
University and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS). He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia, and makes Guilford, Vermont his home where he enjoys
farming and making hard cider. Mr. Sharma holds an MBA and MA from MIIS and a BA from the University of Virginia.
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
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).
Bobby Varanasi is one of the acknowledged Top 25 Globalization Leaders in the global sourcing space and the Founder of Matryzel Consulting – an independent New York headquartered advisory firm that has been acknowledged as one of the World’s Top 20 “Best Outsourcing Advisory Firms” three years in a row (2013, 2014 & 2015). He brings with him two decades of experience in consulting and management across Technology, Business Services and building global operations. He advises federal governments on ICT sector development with particular emphasis on policy transformation, and industry-government partnerships aimed at creating domestic resilience through increasing productive (and inclusive) faculties of entrepreneurs. Bobby also advises Fortune 500 customer organizations and emerging market entrepreneurs on strategy, growth, sourcing and expansions.
Bobby is the author of a book titled “Humanomics – Making Sense of Socio-economic Impacts of Global Sourcing”. Further, he is a recipient of many awards: Top 25 Globalization Powerhouse Leaders (by Globalization Today, US); Excellence in Leadership & Outsourcing (2016, 2015 and 2014, by Asia Outsourcing Congress, India); Golden Globe Tiger Awards for Leadership & Outsourcing (2015, by World CSR Day, APAC); Member of the Year (2012, by IAOP, USA).
Bobby holds a Diploma in Sustainable Development from Columbia University, USA; and two Masters Degrees (one each in Solid State Physics and Management) from Berhampur University, India. He is one of the world’s first Certified Outsourcing Professionals (COP). An avid technical OC scuba diver and basketball player, he currently splits his time between Newark, DE, USA and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with his wife and two sons.
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.