State Hillary Clinton, a central element of President Obama’s strategy for changing the
relationship between the U.S. and Muslim communities around the world. He left the
State Department to continue the work of global entrepreneurship ecosystem building
via Koltai & Company.
Steven has over 30 years of business experience with several successful startups
under his belt, including SES, the world’s largest commercial TV satellite system, and
Event411, an online event management business which he founded, grew to over 250
employees, and sold in 2002. He has also served as Senior Vice President for Strategy
and Corporate Development at Warner Bros., as a strategic planning consultant at
McKinsey & Co., and as an investment banker at Salomon Bros. Steven is an active
angel investor and mentor to entrepreneurs around the world.
United States and overseas, including direct management and bottom-line responsibility.
Since January 2004, Ms. Wilson has served as Director and Associate Dean of Tufts’
Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. She is responsible
for the overall programming and management of this university-wide initiative to
engage students, faculty and alumni in a lifelong commitment to civic engagement.
Prior to coming to Tufts, Ms. Wilson served briefly as Executive Director of the Africa
Foundation, directing the implementation of a new organizational strategy. Before that,
she completed five years in an international management consulting firm, where she
became partner. She successfully started a new practice area in the firm, growing to
a profitable team of 30 consultants within 18 months, directed teams working across
all industries, and managed teams working across a wide range of consulting fields:
strategy, customer relationship management, supply chain, cost reduction, human
resources, change management and finance. Through her work in both the United
States and Africa, she has consulted to or managed culturally diverse work-groups, to
expand the contribution of historically under-represented groups.
areas of high biodiversity by teaming with poor communities in developing countries.
Mr. Paul has applied his entrepreneurial skills to establish several companies
providing technical support and financial services that promote human well-being and
environmental conservation with a focus and rural sustainable livelihoods in Latin
America furthered with innovative grants, loans and equity investments.
In 1993, Mr. Paul founded EcoLogic Development Fund. Under his almost 20 years of
leadership as the Executive Director, he was responsible for grantmaking and capacity
building for more than 500 low income and indigenous communities in Latin America,
the Caribbean and China, ensuring assistance vital to the protection of 5 million acres
of threatened habitats while building sustainable livelihoods for more than 5,000
people. This drew upon his expertise that includes early stage enterprise development,
sustainable agriculture, forestry, integrated watershed and coastal zone management,
and community environmental governance.
From 1999 to 2006, he guided the launch and incubation of EcoLogic Finance, an
international loan fund, which subsequently rebranded as Root Capital and has lent
US$430 million in credit to 320 small and growing rural businesses in Africa and Latin
America. Beginning in 2006 he led the formation of Pico Bonito Forests LLC in Honduras
where he served until 2012 as the board co-President of this commercial forestry
company employing up to 150 farmers to plant native hardwood trees around Pico
Bonito National Park while also innovating forestry carbon credits.
To achieve the foregoing, he led recruiting and organizing teams of outstanding talent,
strategic international partnership development, social enterprise planning, designing
and managing grant making strategies, as well as leading successful capital raises for
commercial and charitable initiatives. Designated as a Next Generation Leadership
Fellow by the Rockefeller Foundation, Mr. Paul has worked extensively internationally
with policymakers, indigenous leaders, business leaders, private foundations and
environmentalists to further social and environmental goals. He has spoken extensively
on community-based natural resource management, compensation for ecosystem
services, social enterprise and impact investment at United Nations, donor, investor
and practitioner conferences globally. He served as a founding board member of
EcoLogic Finance, Artcorps, the Carbon Concierge, and the Steering Committee of an
international public private partnership, White Water to Blue Water focused on the wider
Caribbean. He is currently a board member of International Funders for Indigenous
People, a member of the Social Venture Network, and nominator for the Goldman
International Environmental Prize. He received an M.A. in Development Economics
from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from the School of International Service at
He is now expanding his advisory support to individual and institutional donors
and impact investors furthering enterprise solutions at the nexus of environmental
stewardship, human well-being and culture. He recently accepted a partnership with
Good Capital to establish a private equity fund, People and Planet Holdings, to invest
in growth companies accelerating environmental and cultural resilience in the food, forests
and energy sectors along with serving as a Research Fellow at the Global Development and
Environment Institute at Tufts University. Shaun also provides consulting support to select
private investors, donors and entrepreneurs internationally addressing financial and
strategic planning, supply chain management, evaluation, as well as capital raises.
in developing countries. Using her engineering experience and design thinking
background, she leads an array of resources for DtM including students, professional
volunteers, and contractors to create designs with positive impact.
Prior to DtM, Elizabeth worked at IDEO for 8 years as a design engineer and project
lead. Her experience spans strategy to design for manufacturing. Elizabeth’s passion for
design for positive social impact has led her to facilitate many design thinking workshops
and engage in multiple speaking engagements across academic and professional
BFA in Industrial Design. While still a student, Will worked with freelance design clients,
leading to work in the medical, consumer goods, and furniture industries. In the past,
he has worked with multiple start ups, assisting with business development and design
management. Will is currently a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America
and a StartingBloc Fellow.
at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where he is also the Hitachi Fellow for
Technology and International Affairs and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Emerging
Market Enterprises. He is also a member of the International Business faculty at the
Hult International Business School and at HHL- The Leipzig Graduate School of
For many years, he was a Principal at Arthur D. Little (ADL) in their Travel and
Technology practice in Brussels and London. He is a recognized expert on technology-
led change in the international communications, travel, and financial service industries.
Prior to joining ADL, he directed world-wide strategy and technology partnerships for the
Travel Division of American Express TRS Co. He has also run his own consulting firm and
has owned and operated a hotel barge company in southern France.
At Fletcher, he teaches courses in management consulting and in social network analysis.
His doctoral dissertation focused on the use of technology in the formation of resistance
networks that eventually led to peaceful regime change in Serbia in the 1990s. His
current research examines the roles that social networks and social media can play
in building up institutions and civil society in post-revolutionary countries, and he is
developing analytical methods to examine public and private social networks and their
impact on organizations.
Dr. Tunnard holds MA, MALD and PhD degrees from Fletcher, and he received his AB
and channels the Foundation’s efforts to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation.
Previously as Principal at Ambient Engines, Raj Melville provided marketing and strategy
consulting to emerging social entrepreneurs. He founded the annual Forum for Social
Entrepreneurs, organized and moderated numerous panels and workshops on social
entrepreneurship, and currently mentors several startups focused on addressing key
Raj has over 25 years of product management, marketing and consulting experience
including managing overall product strategy and features as Vice President, Product
Management for nTAG Interactive, a spin off from the MIT Media Lab. As V.P. Product
Management and Marketing, and later V.P Client Services, at mobile software vendor
Vaultus, another MIT spinoff, (now part of Antenna Software) he provided marketing,
product management and client services direction. Prior to that he was Sr. Director,
Product Management at Be Free Inc. (now Valueclick), a market leading affiliate
marketing ad server and e-commerce solution. Earlier he managed the launch of two
high-end Internet server products at Electronic Book Technologies (later acquired
by Inso). His early career included working at Microsoft Corp., Digital Equipment
Corporation, and Booz Allen & Hamilton.
He is an active member of TiE Boston and the India Society of Worcester and co-
founded the TIE Social Entrepreneurship Group. He has been a mentor and judge for
several entrepreneurial competitions such as MassChallenge, MIT 100K, and the MIT
IDEAS competition. Raj has a Doctor of Science in engineering from MIT focusing on
optimizing the operation of computerized manufacturing systems; a Master’s from MIT’s
Sloan School; and a Bachelor’s from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.