Speakers

Steven Koltai created and ran the Global Entrepreneurship Program for Secretary of
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.

Nancy has over 20 years experience in non-profit and for profit management, in the
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.

Adam White is a designer, entrepreneur, researcher, and technologists. His design organization, Groupshot, works with partners to develop projects, tools, and businesses at the intersection of social enterprise, technology, international development and informal systems. Adam works with different projects, from developing new products for small start-ups in Kenya to identifying technology systems for the UN to evolve World Food Program models and processes. He is currently working with global teams to identify opportunies for improving Urban Transport in developing world cities, and researching how big and small data interface with the informal economy. Adam hold a master’s degree in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics, and an engineering degree from Tufts University. He has led student groups from Tufts and EMPOWER to research how context and design shape the development of new social enterprise. Adam is also the co-founder of an international travel organization called Atlas Workshops that exposes students to global research and innovation.

Manjula Dissanayake is the founding president of Educate Lanka Foundation, a 501-c-3 non-profit social venture that invests in the education of promising students from underprivileged backgrounds through high impact micro-scholarships and mentoring. He was a winner of the Tufts 100K Business Plan Competition and a finalist at MIT 100K and MassChallenge. Last year, Educate Lanka was named one of the top ten most innovative ideas by IGNITEgood Millennial Challenge and Huffington Post. His previous work experience includes five years in corporate banking and consulting positions with the International Finance Corporation at the World Bank. Manjula holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Maryland and a master’s in international development and social entrepreneurship from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Manjula was a panelist at the inaugural Global Diaspora Forum at the U.S. State Department in 2011. He was awarded the Global Diaspora Volunteer Award and a finalist for the UN Volunteer of the Year Award. Recently, he conducted a session on “How to Raise Money for Your Commitment” at the Clinton Global Initiative University in St Louis. With the backing from a seed grant from MasterCard Foundation, Manjula is now focusing full-time to scale Educate Lanka’s impact within Sri Lanka while replicating its successful model in other developing countries.

Shaun Paul has spent his life building lasting solutions to protect and restore nature in
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
American University.

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.

Elizabeth guides DtM’s process creating new products and services for the poor
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
venues.

Will is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (2010), where he received a
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.

Christopher (Rusty) Tunnard is Professor of the Practice of International Business

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
Management.

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
from Harvard.

As Executive Director at the Deshpande Foundation, Raj develops overall strategy,
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
social issues.

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.

Nina Vasan is a social entrepreneur, student at Harvard Medical School, and co-author of the new book Do Good Well: Your Guide to Leadership, Action, and Social Innovation, which was praised by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus as “the primer for social innovation.” Nina grew up in West Virginia in a family and community committed to social responsibility. In high school she worked with the American Cancer Society to launch ACS Teens, an online network and incubator for social change that trained, mentored, mobilized, and united student volunteers, empowering them to lead projects aimed at improving health in their communities. For her leadership as a young social entrepreneur, Nina was recognized as one of ‘America’s top 10 youth volunteers’ by Prudential’s Spirit of the Community Awards, a Young Adult Winner of the National Caring Award, a Girl Scouts National Young Women of Distinction, and an Olympic Torchbearer. She studied Government at Harvard, graduating as one of Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 College Women. During the 2008 Presidential Election, she served as Co-Leader of Battleground State Outreach for Barack Obama’s Health Policy Advisory Committee and internationally, she worked at the World Health Organization in the Office of Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan. Nina will graduate from Harvard Medical School this summer and start working as a Psychiatry Resident at Stanford University, where she hopes to continue applying the methods of innovation and entrepreneurship to improving health, building community, and advancing opportunity.

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