Speakers

Keith Hopper – Founding Trustee, The Awesome Foundation

Keith Hopper is a Founding Trustee of The Awesome Foundation, a revolutionary micro-philanthropy. When not forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe, Keith is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Olin College of Engineering and a Product Mentor at Techstars, a global startup accelerator. Prior to this, Keith worked in public radio for many years, most recently as Director of Product Strategy & Development for NPR. Keith is an E ’92 graduate of Tufts University, where he received a BS in Engineering Psychology. He can be found online at keithhopper.com.

Luis Aguirre-Torres - CEO, GreenMomentum Inc.

Luis Aguirre-Torres is President and CEO of GreenMomentum Inc., a cleantech market intelligence firm focused on the development, implementation and financing of clean technology. In 2012 he was recognized by US President Barack Obama as “Champion of Change: Connecting the Americas” for his role in developing a new socially-responsible entrepreneurial culture in Mexico and Latin America . He is the President of the USAID-sponsored competitiveness program Cleantech Challenge Mexico, recognized as the top green business accelerator in Mexico. He is a co-chair of the Mexico-US Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) and a member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He is co-author of several books on entrepreneurship, social responsibility and innovation, and a regular contributor to Forbes Mexico.

Anjali Sastry – Senior Lecturer in System Dynamics, MIT Sloan School of Management

Anjali Sastry is a Senior Lecturer in System Dynamics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Sastry investigates organizational and managerial effectiveness in practical domains where the challenges are complex and the needs are pressing. Her expertise lies in three areas: system dynamics—particularly applied to organizational change and evolution, global health, and action learning. Sastry’s training in system dynamics informs her current research on business models and management systems for improving the delivery of healthcare in resource-limited settings. With collaborators from the Global Health Delivery Project, she designs and carries out field research and develops cases for teaching and research. A particular interest lies in applying system dynamics lenses to the study of programs and enterprises in order to generate new explanations for sustainability and scale in healthcare delivery.

James Close, Manager – Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility

James Close, a UK national, joined PPIAF as Program Manager in June 2013. He brings over 25 years experience in the field of private infrastructure and PPPs. During his career in the professional services industry with Ernst & Young and Deloitte, he has provided technical assistance to a range of public and private sector clients at all stages of the infrastructure investment cycle. He has a detailed understanding of governments' needs in developing PPPs and how technical assistance can be designed to meet these requirements. He has also undertaken a 2-year secondment as Head of Corporate and Private Finance at the UK Treasury Department where he gained a unique perspective on the challenges facing central governments in trying to establish a suitable enabling environment for PPPs.

Bhaskar Chakravorti – Senior Associate Dean for Intl Finance & Business at the Fletcher School, Executive Director of IBGC

Bhaskar Chakravorti is the executive director of Fletcher's innovative Institute for Business in the Global Context and Council on Emerging Market Enterprises (CEME) and a professor of practice in International Business. Dean Chakravorti brings to Fletcher extensive experience in academia, strategy consulting, industry, and high-tech R&D. Prior to Fletcher, he was a Partner of McKinsey & Company and a Distinguished Scholar at MIT's Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship. He also served on the faculty of the Harvard Business School and the Harvard University Center for the Environment. Over his 20+ year career as consultant and educator, he has advised Fortune 500 companies, policy-makers, investors and entrepreneurs.

Tim McLellan - Interim President and CEO, Technoserve

Tim McLellan is responsible for TechnoServe's programmatic work, promoting consistent quality in design, implementation and achievement of results in alignment with TechnoServe's mission. Tim joined TechnoServe in 2009 after 15 years with Population Services International (PSI) running large-scale social marketing programs that promoted family planning and the prevention of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other illnesses.

Addie Chamberlain, Director of Partnerships – New Profit Inc.

Addie works at the intersection of guiding the strategic direction and designing the implementation of New Profit’s corporate partnerships. In 2013, New Profit concepted and launched a $3.1M probono partnership with Deloitte Consulting, which will involved Deloitte providing strategic services to New Profit and its grantees. In 2014, Addie is leading efforts to strengthen and expand that partnership, while also pursuing high-level collaboration with other leading corporations. Addie is a graduate of The Fletcher School at Tufts and the University of Colorado, and serves on the leadership team of Acumen’s Boston chapter

Marie Leznicki – Vice President of Marketing and Brand Strategy, Bridge International Academies

Marie Leznicki leads Bridge International Academies’ marketing and brand strategy group, developing and implementing tactics that have allowed Bridge to become the largest chain of nursery and primary schools in Africa. The first Bridge International Academy opened in 2009. In January 2014, the company will have more than 250 academies serving 80,000 pupils and employing 3,000 people. By 2025, Bridge plans to call 10,000,000 children their pupils.

Mark Thirman – Vice President, Vodafone

Mark Thirman has over 25 years of experience in executive, business development, and sales roles gathered in a broad range of telephony, infrastructure, networking, and computer companies. Currently at Vodafone, the world's leading mobile operator, Mark works on key partnerships and venture capital investments. The partnerships focus on M2M and connecting things. At mobile platform provider, Illume Software as VP BusDev, he evangelized mobile safety issues with telcos, software providers, government and trade groups, and corporations.

Stephen Goodman, Senior Vice President for Global Marketing and Business Development, Continuum

Stephen is the senior vice president for global marketing and business development at Continuum. He closely collaborates with the team across the globe to uncover and share insights, stories and expertise. With an external perspective, he has the pulse of what is next and how it is relevant to clients. Prior to joining Continuum, Stephen was a partner and director of the Cambridge office of Nexus Partners, a lean innovation consultancy based in Silicon Valley, CA. Stephen was head of strategy within corporate marketing at Sun Microsystems, where he built and pioneered a new function to increase brand, demand generation and new business. Leadership service includes the Global Social Benefit Institute, the Bay Area Council and is a judge for MassChallenge. Stephen earned his graduate degree in international business and economics at The Fletcher School at Tufts University where he completed research on emerging technology models at MIT.

Ben Pelcyger – Operations Development Manager, Freewheel

FreeWheel gives enterprise-level media companies the infrastructure they need to create scaled, profitable content businesses in the new media landscape. As the Operations Development Manager, Ben builds education and training materials for internal users and clients.



Ramon Scott – Director, Innovareg

Mr. Scott is distinguished by his passion for business, his focus on collaborative team-building, and his commitment to increase SMEs competitiveness. His contagious enthusiasm instills him and his team members with extraordinary energy and dedication in an environment where creativity and innovation are encouraged. During his time at the Ministry of Economy In Mexico as Innovation Director he was in charge of promoting the innovation ecosystem and driving the entrepreneur culture through innovation. He supported Mexico’s efforts in increasing 22 positions in WEF’s Competitiveness Index. As Fund Manager of FINNOVA (Mexican Federal Fund for Innovation) he granted financial resources to 328 beneficiaries, and in the last 2 years positively increased in 80% Funds in Private Capital. He also developed and implemented the Venture and Seed Capital Funds through the Mexico Ventures I.


Kim Wilson – Lecturer, The Fletcher School

Kim WilsonKim Wilson is a lecturer at The Fletcher School and a Fellow with the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises and the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University. Spending time in India beginning in 2001 through 2005, Professor Wilson worked closely with savings groups, connecting them to banks with a particular focus on tribal areas. She has worked for Catholic Relief Services heading their Microfinance Unit, and in that tenure, spearheaded CRS' shift from focusing on credit to the poor to savings of the poor. Professor Wilson has consulted for many international agencies in savings and credit. Previously, she was in the private sector, occupying senior management positions in finance and franchising. 

Sung Park – President and Founder, Umagination Labs LLC

Sung Park is the President and Founder of Umagination Labs LLC. Umagination Labs is a Joint Venture between IDEO, one of the world’s leading design and innovation firms and WPP, one of the top global marketing agencies. The company creates new brands, invents, patents, market researches and designs innovative, proprietary platforms for growth for large branded manufacturers and retailers. He is a named inventor on over 100 patents and applications. Sung was the CEO and founder of Custom Clothing Technology Corp which was the basis of the Levi’s Custom Fitted Blue Jean program. He was also the CEO and founder of a business model innovation company called Perpetual Motion Ventures, which created new business models in telecom/wireless, travel, financial services, software and media. He has a broad background of over 20 years of experience in technology and as a general partner in venture capital. He has also worked at IDEO as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence. He has also served on the boards of and/or was often the first investor or advisor in companies such as: Frictionless Commerce (sold to SAP), Entitlenet (sold to BEA), Passkey, PlanetAll (sold to Amazon), Thinq (sold to Saba), Rational Investors (sold to McGraw Hill), Constant Contact (IPO) Koko Fitness, Dimensional Insight, Velti N.A.(IPO), Myomo, Brand X and Fashion Playtes.He is a catalyst at the MIT Deshpande Center and served on the Board of Trustees of The Chestnut Hill School. He is also on the board of Overseers for the Museum of Science. He is a graduate of Tufts University and has a B.A. in Classical Studies.

Prem Ramaswami – Product Manager, Google

Prem Ramaswami has been a Product Manager at Google since 2006 and worked on a range of products such as Google Checkout, the Internet Bus Project in India, Network Infrastructure (launched Google Public DNS), Google.org's Crisis Response team (launched Public Alerts), and most recently has been working on making Health related queries better on Google Search. He took two years of educational leave to get an MBA from Harvard Business School and also currently teaches a course on Product Management at Harvard.

Jenny Aker – Assistant Professor of Economics – The Fletcher School

Jenny C. Aker is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Fletcher School and Department of Economics at Tufts University. She is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development , a member of the Advisory Board for Frontline SMS and the Boston Network for International Development (BNID) . She also serves as the Deputy Director of the Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs.

After working for Catholic Relief Services as Deputy Regional Director in West and Central Africa between 1998 and 2003, Jenny returned to complete her PhD in agricultural economics at the University of California-Berkeley. Jenny works on economic development in Africa, with a primary focus on the impact of information and information technology on development outcomes, particularly in the areas of agriculture, agricultural marketing and education; the relationship between shocks and agricultural markets; the determinants of agricultural and environmental technology adoption; and impact evaluations in the area of social protection (cash transfers and vouchers). Jenny has conducted field work in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, DRC, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone and southern Sudan, as well as Haiti and Guatemala.


Ravi Shankar Chaturvedi – Research Fellow, Institute of Business In The Global Context

A Fletcher graduate class of 2012, and now a Research Fellow with IBGC’s “Innovation and Change” initiative, where he is currently leading a program to create an index to map the rate and state of global digital readiness that is due for launch in the first week of April, Ravi Shankar Chaturvedi has a managed partnerships across the spectrum from NGOs to private sector players and the government sector, for organizations such as Standard Chartered Bank and American Express for a decade in the Middle East, North Africa, India and other parts of Asia.

Prior to coming to Fletcher in 2010, Ravi was the Head of Products, Portfolio, and Partnerships for American Express in the Middle East and North Africa region, and a frequent columnist and speaker on customer-centric innovation in financial services.