Irving Levin is a serial entrepreneur. He founded what became Renaissance Holdings in his basement in 1991, and sold it to Household International (now HSBC) in 2000, as the company grew to a staff of 1,400.
He now spends his time investing in and mentoring entrepreneurial management teams and non-profit organizations. He sits on the boards of a number of private companies and is currently the chairman of Genesis Financial Solutions, a business he founded in 2001. Mr. Levin is a trustee of The Renaissance Foundation and Portland State University.
He holds a bachelor of arts degree and an MBA from the University of Chicago, and worked his way through college as a professional musician.
Sari Miller has been a lead investor in numerous start-ups and social ventures, and an entrepreneurial leader of large financial services companies.
She was the first angel investor in Impact Republic, LeapFrog Investments, and Grassroots Business Fund, and serves on their advisory boards. LeapFrog and Grassroots Business Fund are leading impact investment funds that support businesses providing economic opportunities to millions of people living at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Ms. Miller was also the first angel investor in Purpose Global, a company that builds movements to help propel large scale and purposeful action and is a member of their board of directors. She is a Partner and Advisor on Gigawatt Global, a Dutch renewables company specializing in solar field development. She is a founder of Nexii, which created the world's first publicly regulated Impact Investment Stock Exchange. Sari was a founding investor in Switch & Data Facilities, which went public and was acquired by Equinix in 2010.
Ms. Miller holds a bachelor of arts degree from Barnard College, Columbia University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Anish Nanavaty is an investor-advisor in the digital marketing space. His company Free Ion Advisors, LLC incubates ventures in digital publishing and mobile commerce.
His firm also serves as a strategic advisor to companies interested in exploiting commercial opportunities presented by the digital marketing revolution. Recently, he helped found Group FMG, a private equity backed New York based digital production agency with over 400 staff worldwide. Prior to Group FMG, Mr. Nanavaty was one of the founding senior executives of WNS Global Services, one of the first India-centric business process outsourcing (BPO) companies. He helped build WNS' presence in North America from scratch, closing deals with Fortune 100 companies that represented over half a billion dollars in contract value. As CEO of WNS' Research & Analytics unit, he led a 1,400 person business that provided marketing decision support services to global brands.
Mr. Nanavaty has a bachelor’s degree in science and economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Koji Osawa, Ph.D., is a co-founder and Managing Principal of Global Catalyst Partners (GCP), an international, multi-stage, technology-oriented venture capital firm that has invested in leading-edge technology companies in the U.S., China, Japan, and Israel.
He has extensive experience in investment and management of high-tech companies in Asia and the U.S. Dr. Osawa was at Mitsubishi Corporation for 14 years and served as division manager, where he was responsible for business development with Silicon Valley companies in the areas of semiconductors, communications, and software. During this period, he invested in several private companies and venture capital funds. He arranged a wide range of business agreements between these private companies and prominent Japanese and Asian companies, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars of business. In 2001, Dr. Osawa championed a seed investment to start DDD from the Global Catalyst Foundation, a private foundation with a mission to improve people's' lives through the effective application of information technologies.
Dr. Osawa received his bachelor of science degree in electronics from Keio University, Japan, and his Ph.D. in engineering from Tohoku University, Japan.
Jaeson Rosenfeld is one of DDD's founders and has a passion for international development and entrepreneurship.
He is currently CEO of StatDNA, a company that provides statistics and advanced analytics on sport teams. He served as a consultant for McKinsey & Company for seven years and led several projects at the McKinsey Global Institute (McKinsey's economics research think tank) on issues such as foreign direct investment, offshoring, and energy demand. Jaeson also has field experience in development, having started a non-profit organization to teach English in Sao Paulo, Brazil's favelas, and worked in the countryside of Mexico to help improve the operations of micro-lending institutions.
He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the London School of Economics.
Dhiren Rawal is a Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal Business Consulting in New York.
With more than 20 years of experience in financial services, Mr. Rawal brings operations and technology consulting competencies focused on delivering business transformation. His assignments have spanned interim leadership roles, strategy development, business process design/re-engineering, IT transformation, IT and business process outsourcing. Mr. Rawal served as interim technology lead for a $1 billion non-profit, where he led various work streams to formulate a strategy and implement a transformation program to align with changing business requirements.
Prior to joining Alvarez & Marshal, Mr. Rawal held leadership roles at Accenture and various financial technology companies.
Michael Chertok is co-founder, former Board Chair, and Board Member at DDD. Previously, he served as Program Officer in the Global Development Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Mr. Chertok has also worked as a consultant on philanthropy and international development to other private foundations and individual donors and was a Digital Vision Fellow at Stanford University. Mr. Chertok was the co-founder and Managing Director of Global Catalyst Foundation, the philanthropic arm of a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, where he facilitated a seed grant to help launch DDD. Prior to this, he helped start the non-profit organization Schools Online to bring internet access and training to more than 5,000 schools around the world.
Mr. Chertok earned a bachelor of arts in Russian Studies from Yale University and an MBA and a Certificate in Public Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Stefan Kappeler is the Chief Operating Officer at Elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization.
Stefan completed his master of science at the University of Zurich where he studied Geography. After his graduation he worked for Esri Switzerland Ltd., both in Eastern Africa and in Europe. From 2006 until 2009 and in collaboration with a local university, he built up an office in Kigali and a flourishing business in Rwanda.
Stefan holds an MBA from the University of St. Gallen (HSG).
Sarah Martin has served as senior communications executive for KPMG, BearingPoint and Computer Science Corporation (CSC).
She currently works with corporate and non-profit organizations to develop and execute communication programs engaging key stakeholders in mission and strategy. She has extensive transformation, change management and strategic communications experience in professional services, consulting and technology industries, and has served as senior communications strategist and advisor to CEOs and executive teams on corporate, reputation, employee and financial matters. Ms. Martin serves on the Board of Directors for The Campagna Center, a non-profit dedicated to early childhood education. She is communications advisor to the Veterans Staffing Network, which works to find meaningful, long-term employment for veterans.
Ms. Martin holds both a bachelor and master of arts in international relations a from Boston University.
Robert Shultz is a retired Vice President of Hewlett-Packard Company with nearly 30 years in the tech industry. As Vice President of Strategy & Transformation for HP Enterprise Services, Mr. Schultz managed the team in charge of moving the organization from the traditional outsourcing services to a cloud, apps, and security driven model. As Chief Internal Auditor, he greatly expanded coverage and interaction with global compliance and the HP executive team to assure sufficient internal controls were in place.
Mr. Schultz has also served as the General Manager of the HP Business Process Outsourcing unit and Global Business, which experienced great success with over $250 million contracts signed in its first year. In 2012, he received the Distinguished Service Award for his work with Financial Executives International. Today Mr. Schultz is an investor and an advisor to the management board of an early stage SaaS startup.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lehigh University and an MBA from Penn State.
Ambassador Walter Fust has spent his career in the public and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, Mr. Fust served as head of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) for fifteen years until he retired in 2008. SDC is the agency responsible for delivering Switzerland's development activities with the goal of reducing poverty by fostering economic self-reliance. While at SDC, Mr. Fust also served as the chairman of the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) and chairman of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Council for the Development of Communication, among other mandates.
Before assuming his role at SDC, Mr. Fust worked in several public administration capacities in Switzerland including Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior, Managing Director of the Swiss Office for Trade Promotion, and personal advisor to the President of the Swiss Confederation. He now serves on several nonprofit and foundation boards, where he shares his international development expertise in an advisory role.
Mr. Fust graduated from St. Gallen University in Switzerland with a Master of Public Administration.
Dianne is the Director of the Western Regional Office of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC). She served as President and CEO of Doherty-Tzoumas Marketing, a full-service advertising and public relations firm based in Springfield from 1985 to1991. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of Downtown Springfield Marketing, an organization whose mission was to promote downtown Springfield. She has also served as New Business Director at a Hartford, Connecticut advertising agency. Active in civic affairs in the Greater Springfield area, she is a founder of the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, an endowment to support women and girls, based on the values of the International Women's Conference in Beijing. She is a trustee of Bay Path College and a member of the Development Committee of the Community Foundation of Western Mass. Dianne is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and holds an MBA from Western New England College.
Howard, now retired, spent most of his career at Applied Materials where he served as Corporate Group Vice President in various general management and operations roles - including the role of president of two of its major subsidiary companies. Applied Materials develops, manufactures, markets, and services integrated circuit fabrication equipment for the worldwide semiconductor and flat panel display industries. Howard played a significant role in growing the company's international operations-in Asia among other places - enabling the company to become the industry leader with over $8 billion in revenue. Prior to his years at Applied Materials, he worked for Johnson & Johnson and Consolidated Aluminum Corporation. He holds an AB in Economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Seton Hall.
Dina is a prominent entrepreneur and leader in the database industry. Dina brings a depth of experience in software and technology enterprises. She grew up in French Morocco and pursued a BS and MS in Computer Science from the Technion Institute in Israel. She then moved to the United States and got a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, meanwhile raising her two young children. Her career began in academia and she was one of Cornell University's first female professors in the College of Engineering. She later served as a visiting professor at Stanford University and it was there that she began her career in business. She attended DDD's 5-Year Anniversary celebrations in Cambodia in Fall 2006 and was so inspired by the impact she saw there that she decided to accept the invitation to join DDD's Board at the timing of her departure from SAP.
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