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  • Demand Solutions Adriana Tortajada
    Adriana Tortajada general manager of entrepreneurship programs, inadem - 2016
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    Adriana Tortajada

    General Manager of Entrepreneurship Programs, INADEM

    Adriana Tortajada is the General Manager of Entrepreneurship Programs and Financing at the National Institute of the Entrepreneur (INADEM) within the Mexican Ministry of Economy. In this capacity, Tortajada promotes young innovators, helps finance small businesses and manages over $280 million to support entrepreneurs. With experience in both the private and public sectors, she has been a leader in portfolio management and public fundraising while also working with policymakers to generate more innovative programs to foster the entrepreneurship ecosystem

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  • Demand Solutions Agustin Lopez Marquez
    Agustin Lopez Marquez founder & ceo sqz biotech - 2016
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    Agustin Lopez Marquez

    Founder & CEO SQZ Biotech

    Agustin is the Head of the newly created Commercial Innovation team at Shire Pharmaceuticals. His team is responsible for driving innovation across Shire’s commercial products in the areas of operational excellence, advanced analytics and design thinking.Agustin is also a co-founder of SQZ Biotech, a start-up out of MIT. SQZ Biotech is one of FierceBiotech's '2015 Fierce 15' companies and won the first prize in 2014 MassChallenge (out of 1,600+ applicants worldwide). Their technology, CellSqueeze, was selected as one of the ten world changing ideas by Scientific American in 2014. SQZ Biotech recently signed a $500M collaboration with Roche to develop cancer immunotherapies using the CellSqueeze technology. Agustin was SQZ Biotech's CEO and President, successfully completing both seed and series A funding rounds, and growing the company from 1 to 20 employees.

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  • Demand Solutions ARIEL ARRIETA
    ARIEL ARRIETA nxtplabs - 2016
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    ARIEL ARRIETA

    NXTPLabs

    Ariel is a marketer, serial entrepreneur and investor, cofounder & managing partner of NXTP Labs seed fund. He is a Kauffman Fellow class18, and a HBS OPM Class 41. NXTP Labs is the most active investor in Latin America. It invests in early stage companies with international growth potential in the field of technology, providing strong entrepreneurial support based on coaching, training, mentoring and networking. As fund NXTPLabs.com has +150 companies portfolios

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  • Demand Solutions BEN POWELL
    BEN POWELL agora accelerator - 2016
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    BEN POWELL

    Agora Accelerator

    Ben became convinced of the power of small business to transform poor communities in Mexico, where he co-founded CityGolf Puebla, a miniature golf course and family recreation center. After working as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Office of Management and Budget, he left to attend business school and launch Agora Partnerships. Since graduating in 2005, Ben has been named a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur, a BMW Foundation Young Leader, and an Ashoka Fellow.

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  • Demand Solutions Camila Lecaros
    Camila Lecaros managing director, masschallenge - 2016
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    Camila Lecaros

    Managing Director, MassChallenge

    Camila is the Managing Director of MassChallenge Mexico. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University, a BA in Industrial Engineering from Los Andes University and has over 10 years of experience and exposure in the entrepreneurial and investment scenes in Latin America. In 2013, she became Partner at Nazca Ventures in Bogota. During her tenure Camila fundraised for the USD$20MM local fund as well as creating the legal structure for investing in Colombia. Most recently, before joining MassChallenge, she was the entrepreneur in Residence at All Venture Partners in Mexico City, where she got acquainted with the Mexican entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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  • Demand Solutions Carlos Pereira
    Carlos Pereira founder & ceo,livox - 2016
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    Carlos Pereira

    Founder & CEO,Livox

    Carlos is a Computers Analyst. CEO of AEC a company, focused in creating innovative solutions for people with disabilities. He is changing the world by helping people with disabilities to be socially included by Livox, an app he created that is the evolution of alternative communication for people with disabilities. Livox adjusts itself according to the user's disability. Livox enables them to do much more than just speaking - through a tablet. Livox has already reached 10,000 people with disabilities in Brazil and are now ready to take it to Spanish and English spoken markets.

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  • Demand Solutions Consuelo Valverde
    Consuelo Valverde cco-founder & managing partner sv latam fund - 2016
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    Consuelo Valverde

    CCo-founder & managing partner SV LATAM Fund

    Consuelo is the co-founder and managing partner of SV LATAM Fund – the first VC fund born in Silicon Valley with a unique focus in Latin America, to invest in biotechnology, medical devices, robotics, new materials and software. She is also the co-founder of ZFunction University – Latin America’s tech entrepreneurship program in the heart of Silicon Valley. She is also the Co-Chair of the Science and Technology Commercialization Subcommittee of the “Mexico United States Entrepreneurship & Innovation Council.” And she is a Kauffman Fellow.

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  • Demand Solutions Don Loeb
    Don Loeb vp of portfolio development, techstars - 2016
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    Don Loeb

    VP of Portfolio Development, Techstars

    Don fosters relationships between corporations and startups at Techstars. Don has over 15 years of operational experience - developing, scaling, mentoring, acquiring, and selling technology companies. Prior to Techstars Don was the head of business development at Typekit (acquired by Adobe). Don also worked at Google where he was a product manager for iGoogle and other search offerings. Don has worked throughout Silicon Valley at FeedBurner (acquired by Google), Yahoo, and iSyndicate.

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  • Demand Solutions Douglas J. Kramer
    Douglas J. Kramer administrator of the u.s sba - 2016
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    Douglas J. Kramer

    Administrator of the U.S SBA

    Douglas J. Kramer was confirmed as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on June 11, 2015. He is responsible for managing the agency and ensuring the efficient operation of its programs. He works to make sure the Agency fulfills its promise to support U.S. Small Businesses. Before joining the SBA, Mr. Kramer served in numerous senior leadership positions within the Obama Administration and he was General Counsel of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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  • Demand Solutions Emiliano Kargieman
    Emiliano Kargieman founder & ceo, satellogic - 2016
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    Emiliano Kargieman

    Founder & CEO, Satellogic

    Emiliano Kargieman is bringing outer-space down to Earth. The 2010 launch of his company Satellogic has created a network of mass-produced, nano-satellites, providing high-resolution data of expansive areas at a low cost compared to traditional Earth Observation (EO) data streaming. Kargieman, Satellogic’s Founder and CEO, is a major player in the Argentinian tech ecosystem and a serial entrepreneur. He has taken time to analyze major obstacles to the emerging tech industry, and has dedicated himself to developing solutions.

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  • Demand Solutions Fermín Reygadas
    Fermín Reygadas founder & ceo cantaro azul - 2016
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    Fermín Reygadas

    Founder & CEO Cantaro Azul

    Fermín is the Executive Director of Cántaro Azul, an organization based in Mexico that develops and brings to scale safe water solutions, ranging from a collaboration-based water service in indigenous regions to a social franchise that empowers women entrepreneurs to establish a business delivering water at a fair price in their communities. Fermín is an Ashoka fellow and a member of the Tecnologico de Monterrey’s Public Entrepreneurs Society. Fermin has a PhD from UC Berkeley and his work has been recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Big Ideas Competition at Berkeley.

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  • Demand Solutions Gordon Swaby
    Gordon Swaby founder & ceo edufocal - 2016
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    Gordon Swaby

    Founder & CEO Edufocal

    Gordon is an internet entrepreneur based in Kingston, Jamaica. He is the CEO/Founder of EduFocal Limited an E-Learning web application for students at the CXC and GSAT level.He was also the founder of the now defunct website Advance-Gamers; a large gaming website in the Caribbean at the time. He is an inductee of the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship in the Caribbean

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  • Demand Solutions Guillermo Castelli
    Guillermo Castelli founder & ceo, quadminds - 2016
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    Guillermo Castelli

    Founder & CEO, Quadminds

    Guillermo graduated as an electronic and computer engineer and has extensive experience in the IT field. As an entrepreneur passionate about technology and business, he founded QuadMinds in 2010, to offer IoT services to companies and organizations. His company is known for understanding market needs by creating products, profitable business models and quality services, helping companies become more efficient. QuadMinds has been successful in recruiting talented people to develop smart solutions that make projects in the areas of smart cities, recycling, efficient fleet management among others.

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  • Demand Solutions Jay Nath
    Jay Nath chief innovation officer - 2016
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    Jay Nath

    Chief Innovation Officer

    As the Mayor’s Chief Innovation Officer and White House Champion of Change, Jay Nath works with the tech community and the public to help make government more transparent, efficient, and constituent- focused. Jay applies modern, agile thinking to government administration, focusing on “lean government” as a platform for innovation. Under his leadership, the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation launched the first of its kind Entrepreneurship in Residence program in collaboration with the White House, offering an on-premises incubator at City Hall, meant to apply startup ingenuity directly to pain points within government itself. Inspired by the Presidential Innovation Fellows, Nath created the Mayor’s Innovation Fellowship program where cross-sector leaders spend one year in City Hall working on high impact projects.

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  • Demand Solutions Laura Tyson
    Laura Tyson chair of the board of trustees, blum center for developing economies - 2016
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    Laura Tyson

    Chair of the Board of Trustees, Blum Center for Developing Economies

    Laura Tyson is a Professor and Director of the Institute for Business and Social Impact at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. She chairs the Board of Trustees for the Blum Center for Developing Economies. From 2002-2006, she served as Dean of London Business School and from 1998-2001 she served as Dean of Berkeley-Haas School of Business. Tyson was a member of the US Department of State Foreign Affairs Policy Board and a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. She served in the Clinton Administration as the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (1993-1995) and as Director of the National Economic Council (1995 – 1996). She is a member of the Board of Directors of, AT&T, CBRE Group Inc. and Silver Spring Networks. She was a member of the Board of Directors of Morgan Stanley from 1997 through May 2016.

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  • Demand Solutions Luis Alberto Moreno
    Luis Alberto Moreno president, inter-american development bank - 2016
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    Luis Alberto Moreno

    President, Inter-American Development Bank

    Luis Alberto Moreno assumed the presidency of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in October 2005. As President of the IDB, Moreno also chairs the Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) and the Donors’ Committee of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), both institutions of the IDB Group.

    Before joining the Bank, Moreno served as Colombia’s Ambassador to the United States for seven years. In his country, he served as Minister of Economic Development and President of the Instituto de Fomento Industrial. In the private sector, he served as advisor to major Colombian and foreign investors and was executive producer of a leading television news program.

    Moreno has received numerous distinctions awarded by governments and private entities, including the Grand Cross of the Order of Boyacá and the Clinton Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Public Service.

    Moreno holds a degree in Business Administration and Economics from Florida Atlantic University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He also pursued specialized studies at Harvard University under a Neiman Fellowship.

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  • Demand Solutions Maria Contreras-Sweet
    Maria Contreras-Sweet u.s. sba administrator - 2016
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    Maria Contreras-Sweet

    U.S. SBA Administrator

    Maria Contreras-Sweet became the 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet on April 7, 2014. She is a successful business executive, entrepreneur, and state cabinet official. Throughout her career, she has been a champion of diversity, access to capital and equal opportunity for all Americans.

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  • Demand Solutions Mariana Gonzalez
    Mariana Gonzalez founder, ilumexico - 2016
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    Mariana Gonzalez

    Founder, Ilumexico

    Mariana is cofounder of ILUMÉXICO, a social enterprise which provides solar home systems to off-grid communities in Mexico. In 2013 she was the first Mexican woman to be selected as participant in the Fortune/ U.S. Department Global Women Mentoring Partnership Progam, where she received mentoring from one of the top 10 Fortune's Most Powerful Women. She holds a Bachelor degree of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

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  • Demand Solutions Mariano Mayer
    Mariano Mayer secretary of entrepreneurs and small business enterprises - 2016
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    Mariano Mayer

    Secretary of Entrepreneurs and Small Business Enterprises

    Mariano is the Secretary of Entrepreneurs and Small Business Enterprises of Argentina. His professional career was centered in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital, both in startups and funds advising, as well as in collaboration with the main institutions which foster entrepreneurship in Argentina; such as Endeavor, IAE, EMPREAR and UTN, among others.

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  • Demand Solutions Nathalie Molina Niño
    Nathalie Molina Niño followed by q&a - 2016
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    Nathalie Molina Niño

    Followed by Q&A

    Nathalie is an impact investor focused on making a catalytic impact on women in the world. A technologist and coder by training, she's a consummate entrepreneur, and a storyteller at heart, passionate about telling the often untold stories of women change-makers. Keith Ferrazzi called her a “super-connector” in his updated best-selling classic, Never Eat Alone. Nathalie is the “fuel core of a network that makes it easy for her to tap the resources to get stuff done, and done quickly.”In 2015, Nathalie stepped in as interim Chief Revenue Officer of PowerToFly, a startup aimed at closing the gender gap in tech. In 2016 she stepped in to lead the launch of SELF MADE by Nely Galan, with the goal of enabling more women to become entrepreneurs. Nathalie launched her first tech startup at the age of 20, she later graduated with a degree in playwriting at Columbia University. In 2012, Molina Niño co-founded Entrepreneurship@Athena at the Athena Center for Leadership studies of Barnard College, with the mission of leveling the playing field for women entrepreneurs, where she remains a founding advisor.

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  • Demand Solutions Rebeca Hwang
    Rebeca Hwang andrea grobocopatel and gerardo martinez - 2016
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    Rebeca Hwang

    Andrea Grobocopatel and Gerardo Martinez

    Prior to co-founding Rivet Ventures, Rebeca Hwang co-founded YouNoodle, Cleantech Open, and Startup Nations Summit. Rebeca was educated at MIT and Stanford and has been recognized as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and as one of the top 35 under 35 Global Innovators by MIT Tech Review. Rebeca was born in Seoul, raised in Argentina and has worked closely with several countries on their national startup programs, including Malaysia, South Korea, Spain, Iceland, Chile, Peru and Mexico, where she is a co-chair of the Access to Capital subcommittee of the Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC). Rebeca is a Lecturer at Stanford University on Technology Entrepreneurship and at Tecnologico de Monterrey.

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  • Demand Solutions Rocio Fonseca
    Rocio Fonseca executive director, startup - 2016
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    Rocio Fonseca

    Executive Director, Startup

    Rocio is the Executive Director at Start-Up Chile one of the biggest and most diverse startup community in the world. She has a MS in Management at MIT, is a Master in innovation and entrepreneurship and Biotech Engineer. Her passion is to help people to transform their ideas into business.

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  • Demand Solutions SANTIAGO SUBOTOVSKY
    SANTIAGO SUBOTOVSKY puente labs - 2016
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    SANTIAGO SUBOTOVSKY

    Puente Labs

    Santiago is a General Partner at Emergence Capital. Prior to joining Emergence, Santi founded, AXG Tecnonexo, a SaaS e-learning company in Latin America. He expanded the company to 150+ employees with operations across Latin America and the US. Santi is also a founding board member of Puente Labs, an organization that finds and selects the best founders of high potential growth companies from Latin America and helps them scale their businesses globally. Santi currently serves on the Boards of Civitas Learning, CrunchBase, High Alpha, Quasar, Restorando, Tophat, Xapo and Zoom.

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  • Demand Solutions SUSANA GARCIA ROBLES
    SUSANA GARCIA ROBLES fomin - 2016
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    SUSANA GARCIA ROBLES

    FOMIN

    Susana is Chief Investment Officer at the Multilateral Investment Fund. She is convinced of the impact that entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems and the venture capital industry for development, so since 1999 she has worked on fostering them in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is a proud co- founder of WeXchange, and firmly believes in the benefits of supporting entrepreneurship led by women. Has a Masters in International Economic Policy from Columbia University (USA ) and a Master of Philosophy and Education of the Catholic University Argentina

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  • Demand Solutions Tania Zapata
    Tania Zapata bunny inc - 2016
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    Tania Zapata

    Bunny Inc

    Tania was born in Bogota and she migrated to the United States after completing her secondary education. In 2003, with her husband Alex Torrenegra, she invested her life savings to create Voice123, the first voice over marketplace in the world. Voice123 quickly became the industry leader and has provided professional voice overs for companies such as Pixar, Spotify, MTV, Pandora, Zynga, History Channel and Warner Brothers. Thanks to the success enjoyed with Voice123, Tania and Alex decided to launch other services in different industries and invest in other Latin American entrepreneurs. That is how Zapata Torrenegra Labs (better known as Torrenegra Labs) was born. Their incubator was chosen by Forbes Magazine as one of the most important start-ups founded by immigrants in the United States

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  • Demand Solutions Torsten Kolind
    Torsten Kolind open innovation and corporate innovation trends in latin america - 2016
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    Torsten Kolind

    Open Innovation and Corporate Innovation trends in Latin America

    Torsten is the CEO and co-founder of YouNoodle, a San Francisco-based software platform for global startup programs. YouNoodle powers programs at Cisco, Amazon, and Intel, and is also the engine behind Start-Up Chile. Torsten started his first company at age 16, while attending high school in Denmark. He has an engineering background, and is advisor for a handful of other startups. He has judged entrepreneurship competitions at Stanford, MIT, and Imperial College, and is a guest mentor for Wall Street Journal's The Accelerators Blog.

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  • Demand Solutions Victor W Hwang
    Victor W Hwang vice president of entrepreneurship, kauffman foundation - 2016
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    Victor W Hwang

    Vice President of Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation

    Victor is Vice President of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, the world’s leading foundation for entrepreneurs. Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Hwang was co-founder and CEO of Liquidity, a Silicon Valley venture-backed nanotech firm that makes filters for safe drinking water. He was CEO and co-founder of T2 Venture Creation, a venture firm that built startup companies and designed the ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial innovation in dozens of countries and cities.

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  • Demand Solutions Victoria Alonso Perez
    Victoria Alonso Perez founder & ceo, ieetech - 2016
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    Victoria Alonso Perez

    Founder & CEO, IEETECH

    Victoria is an Electronics, Telecommunication, and Electrical Engineer. Is the co-founder of IEETECH, a social enterprise that developed Chipsafer, a platform that can track cattle remotely and autonomously. She has been awarded by the International Telecommunications Union Young Innovators Competition, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Inter-American Development Bank the MIT Technology Review selected her as the Innovator of the Year - Argentina & Uruguay in 2014.

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  • Demand Solutions Beno Juárez
    Beno Juárez president, fab lab peru – the future of digital fabrication: to save the “amazon” the world’s lung - 2015
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    Beno Juárez

    President, FAB LAB Peru – The Future of Digital Fabrication: To Save the “Amazon” The World’s Lung

    Beno Juárez grew up in the Peruvian Amazon. When he was 9 years old he moved with his family to Lima due to terrorism. The juxtaposition between the freedom experienced in the Amazons and the challenges of the city, made him explore the fusion between innovation and inclusion. Today, as the director of Fab Lab Peru he works towards achieving technological democratization through regional projects just like the first Floating Fab Lab of the world. Beno along with his team, have created a Fab Lab that will navigate through the Amazon River seeking to integrate new technologies of digital fabrication with the cultural diversity of the Amazons.

    WebSite: http://amazon.fablat.org/en

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  • Demand Solutions Beth Noveck
    Beth Noveck using big, small and open data to improve urban experiences - 2015
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    Beth Noveck

    Using Big, Small and Open Data to Improve Urban Experiences

    A lawyer by training and a techie by inclination, Beth Noveck works to build data transparency into government. As the US's first Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Beth Noveck founded the White House Open Government Initiative, which developed administration policy on transparency, participation, and collaboration. Among other projects, she designed and built Peer-to-Patent, the U.S. government’s first expert network. She worked in the design for ORGPedia, a platform for mashing up and visualizing public and crowdsourced data about corporations. Beth is currently on leave from her position as professor of law and director of the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School.

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  • Demand Solutions Brayan Salazar
    Brayan Salazar social innovator – social innovation: fighting against all odds to create a better future - 2015
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    Brayan Salazar

    Social Innovator – Social Innovation: Fighting Against All Odds to Create a Better Future

    Brayan Salazar is originally from Choluteca, Honduras and even though he has not obtained a university degree yet, his inventiveness drove him to create a product based on wind energy to charge mobile phones in areas with no access to electricity.

    MIT Technology Review selected this project making Bryan one of the best social innovators in Central America and later on awarding him as the innovator of the year.

    Currently Brayan is pursuing his degree in Engineering and Computer Systems.

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  • Demand Solutions Camilo Anabalón
    Camilo Anabalón ceo of babybe – saving lives: a wearable device that connects premature babies with their mothers - 2015
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    Camilo Anabalón

    CEO of Babybe – Saving Lives: A Wearable Device that Connects Premature Babies with Their Mothers

    Camilo Anabalón is an industrial engineer from the University of Chile and has a Masters in Academic Innovation of state of the art from Stuttgart, Germany.

    Creator of Babybe, an emotional prosthesis that connects premature babies with their mother through a bionic mattress which replicates in real time the heartbeats, respiration and voice of the mother. Babybe, has received an international recognition when it was named one of the finalists in the Intel Make it Wearable Challenge 2014, it has the potential to reduce premature babies stay in the incubators.Through Babybe, Camilo explores the interaction between technology and the Human being, its emotions and its health, opening new perspectives for the enrichment of humans lives through an artificial medium of the interpersonal relations.

    Camilo Anabalon is not only the CEO of Babybe but is also a professor at the University of Chile where he teaches Bionics in the School of Design.

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  • Demand Solutions Chef Maria José Jordán
    Chef Maria José Jordán fine dining: innovative, yet traditional peruvian gastronomy and lifestyle - 2015
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    Chef Maria José Jordán

    Fine Dining: Innovative, yet Traditional Peruvian Gastronomy and Lifestyle

    Being only 25 years old, Maria Jose Jordan is the head chef of pastry at one of Pedro Miguel Schiaffino’s restaurants. Previously she gained professional experience in different restaurants in North America where she lived for 3 years. At the age of 20 she embarked on a trip to Canada where she worked with Peruvian chef Mario Navarrete Jr. and at the same time she would practice her skills with one of the best pastry chefs in Canada Patrice Demers. A year later she decides to continue with her discovery trip and moves to New York, where she began her professional career. She started off as an intern in 2 renowned restaurants, however, her career kicked off when she began working at WD-50. This was the first restaurant of Chef Wylie Dufrense, which closed to the public last year, after 11 years. She moves back to Lima and worked as a pastry assistant in Astrid&Gastón and afterwards in Pan de la Chola. This year she became part of the team of ámaZ and achieved second place in the international Young Chef San Pellegrino 2015 for one of her signature pastries.

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  • Demand Solutions Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura
    Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura fine dining: innovative, yet traditional peruvian gastronomy and lifestyle - 2015
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    Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura

    Fine Dining: Innovative, yet Traditional Peruvian Gastronomy and Lifestyle

    Micha, as everybody calls him, was born in Lima and since his childhood was very passionate about cooking. In September of 1998 he finished school and was admitted in Johnson & Wales University (Providence, RI – USA) where he studied the careers of Culinary Arts and Food and Beverage Management.After graduating, he decides to go to Osaka (Japan) to specialize in Japanese cuisine, where he worked in restaurants such as “Seto Sushi” and “Imo to Daikon”. Maido belongs to the list of 50 best restaurants in the world, winning the 44th place at the “The World's 50 Best”.

    In the same month he travels to Milan, as mentor, accompanying the Peruvian chef Maria Jose Jordana at the S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 event, obtaining the 3rd place among the best young chefs in the world.

    WebSite: http://www.maido.pe/en/

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  • Demand Solutions Daniel Antonio Monroy Gomez
    Daniel Antonio Monroy Gomez creator of mayan pitz – ancestral games: resurrecting the mayan heritage through an app - 2015
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    Daniel Antonio Monroy Gomez

    Creator of Mayan Pitz – Ancestral Games: Resurrecting the Mayan Heritage through an App

    Graphic designer, with knowledge in gaming and digital advertisement. He is from Guatemala and has collaborated for over 10 years in several digital projects. Two years ago he came up with the idea of designing a game called “Mayan Pitz”, meant to preserve cultural heritage that is being lost in Guatemala.

    Once this project was completed, Monroy realized that there is great potential in the use of entertainment to promote culture and education and transmit messages via games in a creative way. So far the project has reached some 18,000 people around the world. The company continues to work to improve it and reach even more people.

    WebSite: http://www.dplatam.com

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  • Demand Solutions Daniele Quercia
    Daniele Quercia the route to happiness - 2015
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    Daniele Quercia

    The Route to Happiness

    Daniele Quercia is a computer scientist, named one of Fortune Magazine's 2014 Data All-Stars. His research area is urban computing. Daniele was a Research Scientist at Yahoo! Labs, a Horizon senior researcher at The Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge, and Postdoctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his PhD from UC London. He was a Microsoft Research PhD Scholar and MBA Technology Fellow of London Business School, and he also interned at the National Research Council in Barcelona and at National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo. He studied at Politecnico di Torino, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and University of Illinois.

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  • Demand Solutions Elba Viviana Caro Hinojosa
    Elba Viviana Caro Hinojosa representative of the inter-american development bank in peru - 2015
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    Elba Viviana Caro Hinojosa

    Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank in Peru

    Viviana Caro is the representative of the Inter-American Development Bank in Peru since mid-May 2015. From 2010 to 2015 she was the Minister of Development Planning in Bolivia. She has been involved in the Bolivian government for many years. For over 10 years she was part of the Unity of Social and Economic Analysis (UDAPE) this entity is in charge of providing assistance to the executive branch. Caro has also been an avid researcher at CEDLA the Center for Agrarian Development and she also worked at the Group of Analysis for Development (GRADE) in Peru from 1990 to 1992.She studied Economics at the Catholic University of Lima, Peru and received a Master’s Degree in Agrarian Economy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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  • Demand Solutions Enrique Avogadro
    Enrique Avogadro deputy secretary of economy for the municipal govt. of buenos aires–creative cities - 2015
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    Enrique Avogadro

    Deputy Secretary of Economy for the Municipal Govt. of Buenos Aires–Creative Cities

    He is the Subsecretary of Creative Economy for the Government of the City of Buenos Aires. Enrique is also responsible for the Metropolitan Center for Design. The Subsecretariat of Creative Economy develops programs that support entrepreneurs, creative industries, science and technology in the City of Buenos Aires. He has a Bachelors in International Studies, Maters in Administration and Public Policy and is currently coursing a Masters in Content Development. He regularly participates in conferences and international events. He has also been a judge in prestigious international awards of design.

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  • Demand Solutions Gabriel Mayr
    Gabriel Mayr coordinator of “esporte e cultura para cegos” – playing in the darkness: soccer made easy for people with visual disabilities - 2015
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    Gabriel Mayr

    Coordinator of “Esporte e cultura para cegos” – Playing in the Darkness: Soccer Made Easy for People with Visual Disabilities

    Gabriel Mayr is a Physical Education teacher from Rio de Janeiro, and started to be involved with Paralympic sports in 2001 at his first year of university. Gabriel mastered in Adapted Physical Education.

    Gabriel worked for the English five-a-side national team for one year as assistant coach, as well as volunteering at the Royal National College for the Blind.

    After one year in England, he headed back to Brazil to become one of the founders of Urece Sports and Culture for the Blind.At Urece, his work was recognized by the UN, the CSR program of FIFA and task forces from UNICEF. Gabriel's role at Urece also played a part in establishing the Sports for Social Change and Streetfootball World networks. Gabriel was awarded young social entrepreneur in 2013 from the Rio de Janeiro Commercial association and has also been inducted into the Shell LiveWire.

    WebSite: http://urece.org.br/site/

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  • Demand Solutions Haas & Hahn
    Haas & Hahn founders of favela painting – painting peace: the art of transforming communities through their own true colors - 2015
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    Haas & Hahn

    Founders of Favela Painting – Painting Peace: The Art of Transforming Communities through Their Own True Colors

    Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn have a passion for urban transformation.

    Both grew up steeped in architectural theory and both have fathers or uncles who are noted urban planners in Holland. Yet this Dutch artist duo-who operate under the moniker Haas&Hahn-affect change not through books and discourse, but through exploring other cultures on the ground, whether it be in the streets of North Philadelphia, favelas of Rio de Janeiro or shantytowns in Haiti.

    Working in underserved communities, they mobilize locals to reinvent their own neighborhood through extraordinary art projects of massive scale. Their work in Brazil spawned sister projects worldwide and in 2011 the duo moved to North Philadelphia to revitalize a downtrodden commercial strip by mobilizing local youth to paint the facades of buildings a rainbow of riotous color.

    They have been invited to present their work at many occasions, ranging from a show at the United Nations Head Quarters to a recent talk for TED Global. As they work on a multitude of projects, they travel to paint and explore communities worldwide. A successful crowdfunding campaign enabled their recent return to Rio to continue their dream: to organize community members to paint an entire favela hill.

    WebSite: http://www.favelapainting.com/page/haashahn

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  • Demand Solutions Ismael Cala
    Ismael Cala founder of cala enterprises and cnn host – the power of listening to ignite innovation - 2015
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    Ismael Cala

    Founder of Cala Enterprises and CNN host – The Power of Listening to Ignite Innovation

    Ismael Cala is a Radio and TV presenter and producer, journalist, motivational author and speaker. He hosts the show Cala on CNN en Español, a prime-time intimate conversation with the world most powerful and relevant personalities: politicians, writers, philosophers, artists, celebrities, athletes and scientists.

    Cala is a regular contributor on Univision’s “Despierta America”; writes a syndicated column for more than 30 publications in Latin America and the U.S. and directs “Cala 3.0” a digital magazine and successful application for iPad, iPhone, Android and PC and is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers throughout the continent.

    He is the author of the best sellers “El poder de escuchar” (2013) and “Un buen hijo de P” (2014). Cala was born in Santiago of Cuba in 1969 and has a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the Universidad de Oriente, Cuba. He graduated with honors from the School of Communications of the University of York in Toronto and has a diploma in Seneca in Television Production.

    WebSite: ismaelcala.com/

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  • Demand Solutions Jaime Sotomayor
    Jaime Sotomayor co-founder and ceo, arcturus bio cloud & pablo larguía – ceo, red innova lab in the cloud: a path for science democratization - 2015
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    Jaime Sotomayor

    Co-founder and CEO, Arcturus Bio Cloud & PABLO LARGUÍA – Ceo, Red Innova Lab in the cloud: A Path For Science Democratization

    Jaime is a Peruvian entrepreneur and recipient of MIT Technology Review's Innovators Under 35 Awards Peru. He has studied at Singularity University and Universidad de Lima. At this moment, he is the CEO and Co-Founder of Arcturus BioCloud, a San Francisco-based startup that has created a Platform as a Service for rapid prototyping microorganisms using genetic engineering. The company’s mission is to enable people to do biotech in the cloud from anywhere in the world.

    WebSite: www.arcturus.io

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  • Demand Solutions Jan Gehl
    Jan Gehl designing cities for people - 2015
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    Jan Gehl

    Designing Cities for People

    Jan is an architect, Founding Partner of Gehl Architects, and former Professor and Researcher at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, from where he holds a Masters in Architecture. His career has focused on improving the quality of urban life by re-orienting city design towards the pedestrian and cyclist. Jan is known for turning Copenhagen into a walkable and biking city during the 70s-80s. Today, more than 50% of trips in Copenhagen are done by bicycle. He is also responsible for the design of New York’s democratization of public space strategy during Mayor Bloomberg’s administration, turning congested areas like Times Square into a walkable and enjoyable public space.

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  • Demand Solutions Janette Sadik-Khan
    Janette Sadik-Khan crafting the universal language of safer streets - 2015
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    Janette Sadik-Khan

    Crafting the Universal Language of Safer Streets

    Janette Sadik-Khan, Principal, Bloomberg Associates; Former Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation 2007-2013. Internationally recognized for her expertise in transportation issues, public policy development and innovative finance, Sadik-Khan implemented an ambitious program to improve safety, mobility and sustainability throughout NYC, and ensured a state of good repair on the city's roads, sidewalks and bridges. Sadik-Khan oversaw a series of innovative projects, including creating more pedestrian space in Times Square and along Broadway from Columbus Circle to Union Square, the planning and launch of seven Select Bus Service routes and the nation's largest bike share program, the addition of nearly 400 miles of bicycle lanes and the installation and design of more than 60 plazas citywide, and the publication of a Street Design Manual, which defined new standards for creating more durable and attractive streets. Sadik-Khan sits on the Board of Trustees of Occidental College, from which she holds a B.A. in Political Science, in addition to a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

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  • Demand Solutions Jeremy Alain Siegel
    Jeremy Alain Siegel adapting cities to climate change - 2015
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    Jeremy Alain Siegel

    Adapting Cities to Climate Change

    Jeremy Alain Siegel directed the BIG team in its winning proposal for the Rebuild by Design competition, and now leads urban design of the subsequent East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. He has been working with BIG since the establishment of the New York office in 2010, and has been involved in a wide range of masterplanning and conceptual design projects – including the Smithsonian Institution Masterplan in Washington D.C., Rose Rock International Financial Center in Tianjin, China, Chicago Southworks, and most recently Google’s master development and expansion plan in Mountain View, California. Jeremy brings a focus on issues of cities, landscape, and the complexities of large-scale building types, and has taught design as a Teaching Associate at Cornell University as well as at the Parsons School of Constructed Environments with Bjarke Ingels. He has lectured internationally on issues of resiliency, and currently co-teaches an urban design studio at the University of Pennsylvania. Jeremy has a B.A. in Architecture from Cornell University.

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  • Demand Solutions Jerry Sanders
    Jerry Sanders the future of city mobility - 2015
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    Jerry Sanders

    The Future of City Mobility

    Jerry Sanders is Chairman and CEO of SkyTran Inc., a NASA Space Act company, headquartered at the NASA Ames Research Center near Mountain View, California, consisting of a high-speed, low-cost, elevated Personal Rapid Transportation (PRT) system. A former Navy SEAL, Jerry is also the subject of a popular Harvard Business School case study on entrepreneurship (The Jerry Sanders Case), which has been taught at the graduate business schools of Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Virginia, Kellogg, Cornell, UC Irvine and MIT. Jerry is an honors graduate of Queens College and of The University of Texas Law School, and he holds postgraduate Certificates in German Socio-economics from The Goethe Institute of Bonn, Germany, and in Comparative Constitutional Law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

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  • Demand Solutions Jose Manuel Moller
    Jose Manuel Moller ceo of algramo-straight to the table: fresher and cheaper food just a click away - 2015
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    Jose Manuel Moller

    CEO of Algramo-Straight to the Table: Fresher and Cheaper Food Just a Click Away

    Jose Manuel Moller is a commercial engineer from the Catholic University of Chile. He has been developing and collecting information about a problem that is attacking Algramo. He was a member of the advising committee of the Public Policy center of the Catholic University. He worked at Un Techo for Chile. Among other things, José Manuel is a fellow of Ashoka which is the biggest network of leading social entrepreneurs ( https://www.ashoka.org/ ). On June of 2014 he was selected as a TED Fellow.

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  • Demand Solutions Marcelo Wilkorwsky
    Marcelo Wilkorwsky founder, oincs – intelligent citizens: technology at the service of the citizen - 2015
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    Marcelo Wilkorwsky

    Founder, Oincs – Intelligent citizens: technology at the service of the citizen

    Marcelo Wilkorwsky has advanced studies in Finance, Digital Marketing and Foreign Trade in universities in Spain and Uruguay.In 2011 Marcelo created a Twitter account with a simple mission: to work as a crossroads where people working together could stay up to date on what was happening out in Montevideo, in real time.

    In a matter of days the account went viral. Major news media quickly showed interest, which fueled the user community’s growth and helped the account consolidate itself as a go-to place for information on traffic and transit.

    Having demonstrated the usefulness of digital platforms to meet the need to travel more safely and without surprises, the next step was to create a mobile application that would resolve problems related to mobility and public safety around the world and this led to the birth of Oincs.

    Oincs is a platform designed to look after users and make them aware of what is happening out on the street. It works with the cooperation of the user community itself, which shares and updates information in real time to the benefit of all.

    Less than two years after its launch, Oincs has more than 110,000 registered users, making it the most frequently downloaded app in Uruguay. It reached the top three of the App Store in 11 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean and has won many distinctions and awards.

    WebSite: http://oincs.com/

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  • Demand Solutions Mariana Costa Checa
    Mariana Costa Checa founder of laboratoria – hacking inequality: female leadership in the digital world - 2015
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    Mariana Costa Checa

    Founder of Laboratoria – Hacking Inequality: Female Leadership in the Digital World

    Mariana began Laboratoria a year ago with the idea of providing opportunities for young women within the growing technological sector. Since then she has developed a social entrepreneurship program that trains young women who have no access to higher education to become web developers and connects them with different companies that are in need of their talent. The process has not been easy it has been full of challenges, learning experiences that have continuously contributed with the impact of the program. Previously, Mariana had a different initiative called Ayu, which is a software developing and digital innovation workshop in Lima. Mariana studied International Relations at London School of Economics and Public Administration at Columbia University in New York. She also worked for organizations such as the OAS, TechnoServe and the Earth Institute in social development projects in El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Peru and Kenya. She strongly believes that social entrepreneurship is the path to unite the best of both worlds.

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  • Demand Solutions Mariela Noriega
    Mariela Noriega directora de artes e industrias creativas en el ministerio de cultura de perú - 2015
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    Mariela Noriega

    Directora de Artes e Industrias Creativas en el Ministerio de Cultura de Perú

    Economist specialized on sustainable development and project management, has been leading the Peruvian inception in the creative economy since 2010 at the Ministry of Culture, where she performs as General Director of Cultural Industries and Arts.

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  • Demand Solutions Mohamed Hage
    Mohamed Hage feeding the world from city rooftops - 2015
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    Mohamed Hage

    Feeding the World from City Rooftops

    Mohamed Hage is the CEO and Founder of Lufa Farms, a company that designs and builds rooftop agricultural greenhouses. Mohamed conceived Lufa Farms in the early 2000's based on his childhood experiences with agriculture and fresh produce in a village just outside of Beirut. It was to provide fresh, local and responsible vegetables to Montréalais consumers that he created the first commercial rooftop greenhouse in the world in the winter of 2011. Mohamed´s present goal is to help this new agricultural model be progressively integrated into rooftops across major cities.

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  • Demand Solutions Mundano
    Mundano artist and activist founder of “pimp my carroça” – recycling with style: street art that improves lives - 2015
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    Mundano

    Artist and Activist Founder of “Pimp my carroça” – Recycling with Style: Street Art that Improves Lives

    Mundano is a Brazilian street artist and activist whose work makes people stop and think about the issues swirling around them everyday. In 2007, he began using his graffiti skills to paint "carroças," the wooden and metal carts used by the trash collectors throughout Brazil who haul off junk and recyclables. He painted 287 carroças and in the process made these invisible superheroes visible—not only in the streets, but also in the media. The effort led to "Pimp My Carroça," which made this initiative do-it-yourself, crowdfunded and global. It has brought in 355 trash collectors in cities around the world, teaming them up with 305 street artists and 1066 volunteers. It is quickly becoming a movement.

    WebSite: http://paredeviva.art.br/

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  • Demand Solutions Nicolás García Mayor
    Nicolás García Mayor cmax system, viviendas de emergencia - 2015
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    Nicolás García Mayor

    CMAX System, Viviendas de Emergencia

    Nicolás García Mayor is the founder of CMAX, an Emergency Shelter System Prototype that provides immediate housing for refugees. Nicolás created CMAX to improve the lives of people affected by natural catastrophes and other humanitarian crises. He is an Argentine industrial designer focused in humanitarian development and preservation of the environment. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the 2014 Outstanding Young Person of the World (TOYP) by the Junior Chamber International, and was nominated for the 2015 Business for Peace Award, given to business leaders whose actions and commitments constitute an exceptional contribution to the promotion of ethical behavior and peace. He is a consultant to the UN and conforms research groups with the CONICET in Argentina, Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi, Nifeg (Nigeria Energy Future Group), among others.

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  • Demand Solutions Nicolás Pimentel
    Nicolás Pimentel co founder and innovation director of +castro – experiential marketing: brand metamorphosis to become global - 2015
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    Nicolás Pimentel

    Co Founder and Innovation Director of +Castro – Experiential Marketing: Brand Metamorphosis to become Global

    Nicolas entered the publicity field when he was very young. Many years later, in 2001 he was one of the founders of the publicity agency BBDO Argentina. In 2007 he started working as the Integrated Communications Director for the agency and along with his team they were able to place themselves among the Top 100 innovators for the British editorial Cream and also named one of the Top 7 agencies in the world according to WonReport 2009.

    On June 2010 along with Pedro Saleh, Nicolas founded +Castro the first innovation house in the region. +Castro has been recognized as one of the top 3 agencies in the world according to Advertising Age the Small Agency Awards 2014.

    In 2012 Nicolas was framed as one of the eight “most creative of the world that you must meet”.

    He has been invited to speak at the Cannes Festival in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.Along with Mondalez Latin America they created an innovation incubator by the name of Fly Garage and currently works in projects of international outreach for brands such as Danone, Puma, Pepsi, Disney, and Google among others.

    WebSite: http://www.castroinnovation.com/#home

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  • Demand Solutions Paola Santana
    Paola Santana the revolution of last-mile logistics - 2015
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    Paola Santana

    The Revolution of Last-Mile Logistics

    Paola Santana is Co-Founder & COO of Matternet, a Silicon Valley startup creating the world’s next generation transportation system using networks of drones. Paola is a lawyer, entrepreneur and specialist in public administration, policy and procurement, having developed striking public-private partnerships and projects integrating exponentially advanced technologies. Paola is a graduate from Georgetown and George Washington University in Washington DC, and Singularity University, based in the NASA Ames Research Park of California. She is a Fulbright scholar, GoodxGlobal Tech Fellow, Gifted Citizen awardee and TEDx speaker.

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  • Demand Solutions Ryan Chin
    Ryan Chin innovative solutions to urban mobility - 2015
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    Ryan Chin

    Innovative Solutions to Urban Mobility

    Ryan Chin is the managing director of the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab where he conducts research on disruptive urban systems in the areas of urban mobility, live/work, building-integrated agriculture, and big data analytics. Ryan is creating Autonomous Mobility-on-Demand Systems, a network of self-driving, shared-use, lightweight electric vehicles for cities. He also developed the CityCar, a foldable, electric, two-passenger vehicle, named by Time Magazine the “Automotive Invention of the Year” in 2007. Ryan has won awards for his research including the Katerva Award for Transportation (2014) and the 100K Buckminster Fuller Challenge (2009). He received at MIT his Ph.D. and M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences and a M.Arch in Architecture.

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  • Demand Solutions Sten de Wit
    Sten de Wit the roads of the future - 2015
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    Sten de Wit

    The Roads of the Future

    Dr. M.S. Sten de Wit is an innovator and strategic business developer at TNO, a Dutch organization for applied scientific research. Sten’s passion is to develop innovative solutions and partnerships at the interface of infrastructure, energy and mobility, focusing on cutting CO2-emissions and boosting sustainable energy production. He supports leaders of industry and government with strategic advice on sustainable innovation. In 2010, Sten initiated SolaRoad, a Dutch public-private partnership, to develop roads that also function as solar panels. Sten has a MSc in Applied Physics from Eindhoven University of Technology, and a PhD in Technical Sciences from Delft University of Technology.

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  • Demand Solutions Vania Masias
    Vania Masias founder and president of d1 – dancing for a life: fighting crime through body language - 2015
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    Vania Masias

    Founder and President of D1 – Dancing for a Life: Fighting Crime through Body Language

    Born in Lima, Peru, Vania is a dancer and entrepreneur who graduated from Universidad del Pacifico. She was the lead Ballerina in the Peruvian National Ballet for seven years where she portrayed many main roles.

    Vania was also the first ballerina in the National Ballet of Ireland and was recruited by Cirque Du Soleil. She decides to go back to Peru and put together a cultural association under the name of D1 where she is now the director. With D1 Vania has put on different staging performances such as Mezcla, Coreografika, Tulima, Chasca, Mas mezclados, among many others.

    With this association she has won the prize Esteban Campodonico Figallo in 2012 for her community work and three other prizes for creative entrepreneurship and for the innovative methodology used in D1. She was also named by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014 and has participated in TEDx Puerto Madero and TEDx Lima.

    WebSite: http://www.d1-dance.com/

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  • Demand Solutions Yaniv Peer
    Yaniv Peer designing cities according to nature - 2015
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    Yaniv Peer

    Designing Cities According to Nature

    Yaniv, RIBA, FRSA, is an Associate at Exploration Architecture, a cutting edge practice leading the field of Biomimicry and its application in the architecture and design field. He trained at the Manchester School of Architecture after which he joined the world famous practice Future Systems, where he worked on several projects with Jan Kaplicky - including the Budvar Concert and Congress Centre. Since 2009 Yaniv has been collaborating with Michael Pawlyn at Exploration Architecture and joined the practice as Associate in 2011. Yaniv holds a Masters in Architecture and Urbanism from The University of Manchester.

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  • Demand Solutions Bedy Yang
    Bedy Yang managing partner at 500 startups - 2014
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    Bedy Yang

    Managing Partner at 500 Startups

    Bedy is Managing Partner at 500 Startups, a leading seed and incubator fund in Silicon Valley with vibrant spaces in Mountain View and San Francisco.It provides early-stage companies with funding and mentorship from over 200 experienced startup mentors. Bedy has invested in over 50 startups, not only in Brazil and Spanish-speaking countries, but also in Kenya and Russia.

    In addition to being a partner at 500 Startups, Bedy founded Brazil Innovators, an organization that became the epicenter and resource for Brazilian tech founders. Through her leadership, her work has been featured in leading media such as Exame, Veja, Folha de São Paulo, Estadão, Techcrunch, TNW, Washington Post and Globo.She was selected as America Quarterly Innovator and featured as women leader on Forbes. Bedy has been active speaker in conferences including Berkeley, Bloomberg Link,Dell Women Entrepreneur Network,Endeavor, Instituto de Empresas, FGV, Startup Chile. Before 500 Startups and Brazil Innovators, Bedy worked as management consultant specializing in distribution and go-to-market strategies for Fortune 500 companies in Brazil. She has also worked as social entrepreneur creating opportunities for women and indigenous tribes in Brazil and China.

    Bedy holds a BA from Fundação Getúlio Vargas and MLA (East Asian Studies) from University of Pennsylvania. She speaks Chinese, English, Portuguese and Spanish fluently. She is also a member of the Society of Kauffman Fellows and graduated with recognition for herleadership.

     

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  • Demand Solutions Brien Buckman
    Brien Buckman product manager for mastercard - 2014
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    Brien Buckman

    Product Manager for MasterCard

    Brien is a product manager for MasterCard, where he is responsible for developer engagement, API product commercialization, and platform enhancements. Previously, he was part of the strategic alliances group at MasterCard where he sought, evaluated, and executed various strategic partnership and investment opportunities for the company’s emerging payments division. Prior to MasterCard, Brien worked for Apple in education sales, founded an HR SaaS company that was acquired, and consulted for a university technology incubator working on nano-particle production. In his free time, Brien is a global facilitator and organizer for Startup Weekend and serves on his city’s legislative board, in addition to mentoring entrepreneurs around the world.

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  • Demand Solutions Carlos Belmonte
    Carlos Belmonte director of the sensory transduction and nociception research unit and full professor at university miguel hernandez - 2014
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    Carlos Belmonte

    Director of the Sensory Transduction and Nociception Research Unit and Full Professor at University Miguel Hernandez

    Carlos Belmonte is Emeritus Professor of Human Physiology at the Medical School, University Miguel Hernandez and senior researcher of the Neurosciences Institute of Alicante. Belmonte is a member of the Academia Europaea and of the National Academy of Sciences of Spain and Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Castilla la Mancha, Spain. He has been Director of the Department of Physiology and Vice-dean at the Medical School, University of Valladolid and served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and as Dean of the Medical School at the University of Alicante upon its foundation. He created and directed the Department of Physiology at the University of Alicante, and in 1990 the Institute of Neurosciences: a Joint Center of the National Research Council (CSIC) and the University Miguel Hernandez, that he directed continuously until its voluntary resignation in 2007. The Institute of Neurosciences is the largest neuroscience research center in Spain, declared as an Excellence Research Institution by the Government.

    Professor Belmonte has been Visiting Professor at the Universities of Harvard and Utah and the Eye Research Institute of the Retina Foundation and Visiting Scientist at the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute of New South Wales University in Australia. Amongst other prestigious research organizations, he has been President of the International Brain Research Organization, the International Society for Eye Research and the Spanish Society of Neurosciences. He has been awarded in Spain with the National Research Award “Rey Jaime I”, the National Prize for Biology and Biomedicine "Severo Ochoa" and the National Award in Medicine “Gregorio Marañón” among others and with the Endre Balazs Prize of the International Society for Eye Research, the European Vision Award of the European Vision Institute, the Antonio Gallego Prize in Medical Education, Special Honoree of the ARVO Foundation ‘for his outstanding contribution to vision and ophthalmology’ and the “Dr. Luis Federico Leloir Award” for his International Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation granted by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of Argentina.

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  • Demand Solutions Eric Gordon
    Eric Gordon director, engagement lab
    associate professor, emerson college - 2014
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    Eric Gordon

    Director, Engagement Lab
    Associate Professor, Emerson College

    Eric Gordon is a researcher and game designer who investigates how games and social media can enhance civic learning and local engagement. He is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and the director of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College, where he is an associate professor in the Department of Visual and Media Arts. He is the co-author (with Adriana de Souza e Silva) of the book Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World (2011) and the author of the Urban Spectator: American Concept-cities from Kodak to Google (2010).

    His game Participatory Chinatown was designed to engage people in Boston’s Chinatown in the city’s master planning process. It was named “best direct impact” game in 2011 by the organization Games for Change. More recently, his game Community PlanIt, which is a mission-based game platform for local community planning, has been played in a dozen cities in the US and Europe, and has involved thousands of players. Eric has made games and served as an advisor for the UN Development Program and the Red Cross / Red Crescent, as well as municipal governments throughout the United States.

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  • Demand Solutions Gabriela Frias
    Gabriela Frias business anchor for cnn in spanish - 2014
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    Gabriela Frias

    Business anchor for CNN in Spanish

    Gabriela Frias is co-anchor of CNN Dinero, CNN en Español’s show that delivers the fast-paced global business world news in a simple, intelligent, and knowledgeable fashion. For more than 13 years, Frias has presented financial news from Latin America and the world for CNN, interviewing world leaders, reporting on the global financial crisis, and travel to high profile events such as the G-20 in Mexico and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. She is recognized as a leader in business journalism in Latin America.

    Frias began on CNN in 2000 as a producer and collaborator of the business program of CNN in Spanish nightly show, but moved quickly to anchor her own personal finance program En Efectivo which launched in 2001 and had a period of ten years. In 2010, she also moderated Mexico 2020, a major CNN en Español/ CNNMexico.com televised initiative aiming to look at the future of this country from various angles, including innovation, safety and sports.

    In late 2010, Frias took her experience in business journalism to CNN en Español’s Primetime, joining Xavier Serbia for the launch of CNN Dinero, a program designed to provide viewers with the fast paced world of business in a simple, smart and knowledgeable way.

    Among the many personalities she has interviewed are: current Managing Director for International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde as well as former Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn during the financial crisis, and an exclusive interview with Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunnus.

    Frias is devoted to business in Latin America and contributes frequently to moderate and participate in economic and education forums across the region, also writes and presents for CNN International Business coverage in Latin America, including segments on World Business Today and Global Change.

    Frias’s contributions to CNN are not limited to business only. She anchored the coverage of the terrorist attacks of September 11 in the United States and the war in Iraq. She also traveled to Arizona to report on immigration reform.

    Previously, Frias worked as a business reporter for Reforma, one of the largest newspapers in Mexico, since 1997. In 1998, Frias twice occupied by co-anchor and reporter from Business Mexico, a joint venture between Reforma and CNN in Español.

    Frias graduated with honors from Carlos Septíen School of Journalism in Mexico City. She speaks English, Spanish and French.

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  • Demand Solutions Germano Guimarães
    Germano Guimarães director and co-founder of the instituto tellus - 2014
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    Germano Guimarães

    Director and Co-founder of the Instituto Tellus

    Germano Guimarães holds a degree in Public Administration from the Fundação Getulio Vargas in Sao Paulo and attended the Global Competitiveness Leadership Program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He served as advisor to the Secretary in the Department of Social Development of the State of Sao Paulo. In the Federal Government, he worked for the Administrative Council for Economic Defense in Brasilia. He was advisor to the chief of staff in the Department of Education of the State of Sao Paulo. He worked at the Instituto Endeavor, which teaches entrepreneurship. Also, he is the former president of Georgetown University – GCL Alumni, and co-founder of the Big Bang, a meeting of young leaders and entrepreneurs in Latin America. He is currently the director and co-founder of the Instituto Tellus. In 2010, he won two awards, in the categories of Innovation and Excellence in Public Management, from the Mario Covas Awards. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Instituto Natural and a member of Global Shapers, part of the World Economic Forum.

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  • Demand Solutions Ilana Sod
    Ilana Sod journalist, producer, and television personality. - 2014
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    Ilana Sod

    Journalist, producer, and television personality.

    Ilana Sod is an Emmy-nominated Mexican broadcast journalist, producer, and television personality.

    She introduced pop culture, sustainability and innovation stories on MTV news in Latin America during her tenure as editor-in-chief.

    In 2013, she produced the multi-awarded news special “Hecho en America” for NBC’s Mun2 channel about the inspiring stories of creative Latinos achieving the American dream. Ilana Sod became one of the top young anchors in the Mexican TV and radio stations, reporting many events including the War in Iraq based in Israel, international music and film festivals such as Cannes on the coast of France, and young technologist competitions worldwide -from Microsoft Imagine Cup in South Korea to iGem Jamboree at the M.I.T.

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  • Demand Solutions Juan Nicolás Pinzón Guevara
    Juan Nicolás Pinzón Guevara founder of alloo, clog, medical store and petroservices - 2014
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    Juan Nicolás Pinzón Guevara

    Founder of Alloo, Clog, Medical Store and Petroservices

    Juan Nicolás is a Colombian entrepreneur, who was chosen among 18.2 million people around the world to work with Sir. Richard Branson after winning the contest “Mission Branson” in New York. In 2012, he was nominated as one of the most important entrepreneurs on the B-Team in New York, a global nonprofit initiative co-founded by Jochen Zeitz and Richard Branson that brings together international CEOs and business leaders.

    Juan Nicolás worked as a premier relationship manager at HSBC Bank, and in the same year he arrived, he won “One Big Month”—the bank’s most valuable award—a regional campaign in Latin America that only allows the very best to compete. Juan Nicolás set a company record by consecutively winning this prestigious award twice.

    He was invited as a keynote speaker on Campus Party, where he talked about“Simple Life”, a talk that helped entrepreneurs to get motivated and know how tokeep moving forward in this busy world.

    Juan Nicolás established Petroservices as one of the best oil companies in the south of Colombia, co-created a bacteria that could eat oil spilled on rocks or grass and founded “Medical Store” to transform health services’, improve quality of life for people and to sell more affordable and better medicine.

    He also developed two apps, one called “Alloo” that changes how people communicate with others by breaking language barriers, and the other one named “Clog” that shows another alternative for transportation in big cities.

    Currently, he’s focusing his time on “Alloo” and “Clog” and has been creating a demand before the product is ready for the market. In two months, he is expecting to launch “Clog” in Colombia, Peru, Chile, Brazil, and Mexico.

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  • Demand Solutions Luis Alberto Moreno
    Luis Alberto Moreno president, idb - 2014
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    Luis Alberto Moreno

    President, IDB

    Luis Alberto Moreno assumed the presidency of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in October 2005. As President of the IDB, Moreno also chairs the Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) and the Donors’ Committee of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), both institutions of the IDB Group.

    Before joining the Bank, Moreno served as Colombia’s Ambassador to the United States for seven years. In his country, he served as Minister of Economic Development and President of the Instituto de Fomento Industrial. In the private sector, he served as advisor to major Colombian and foreign investors and was executive producer of a leading television news program.

    Moreno has received numerous distinctions awarded by governments and private entities, including the Grand Cross of the Order of Boyacá and the Clinton Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Public Service.

    Moreno holds a degree in Business Administration and Economics from Florida Atlantic University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He also pursued specialized studies at Harvard University under a Neiman Fellowship.

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  • Demand Solutions Madeleine K. Albright
    Madeleine K. Albright 64th u.s. secretary of state, chair, albright stonebridge group and albright capital management - 2014
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    Madeleine K. Albright

    64th U.S. Secretary of State, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group and Albright Capital Management

    Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, and Chair of Albright Capital Management, an affiliated investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets.

    She was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 2012, Dr. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Obama.

    In 1997, Dr. Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Dr. Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor, and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet.

    Prior to her service in the Clinton Administration, she served as President of the Center for National Policy; was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council and White House staff; and served as Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Edmund Muskie.

    Dr. Albright is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. She serves on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, a group tasked with providing the Secretary of Defense with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy. Dr. Albright also serves on the Boards ofthe Aspen Institute and the Center for American Progress. In 2009, Dr. Albright was asked by NATO Secretary General Anders Fog Rasmussen to Chair a Group of Experts focused on developing NATO’s New Strategic Concept.

    Dr. Albright is the author of five New York Times bestsellers: her autobiography, Madam Secretary: A Memoir (2003); The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs (2006); Memo to the President: How We Can Restore America’s Reputation and Leadership (2008); Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box (2009); and Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 (2012).

    Dr. Albright received a B.A. with Honors from Wellesley College, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Columbia University’s Department of Public Law and Government, as well as a Certificate from its Russian Institute

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  • Demand Solutions Manav Subodh
    Manav Subodh global manager, corporate affairs at intel and co-founder of 1m1b - 2014
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    Manav Subodh

    Global Manager, Corporate Affairs at Intel and Co-Founder of 1M1B

    Manav Subodh, Co-founder A Million for a Billion (1M1B) and Global Manager, Corporate Affairs group at INTEL, is playing a pivotal role in creating employabilityinitiatives, accelerating innovation and facilitating start ups in over 30 countries. Working with Intel CEO's office, Manav lead mentoring and incubation at Intel's first Make it Wearable initiative, one of the largest corporate innovation, product design and lean product accelerator for makers and innovators to launch their next generation of wearable products into the market.

    Manav is passionate about empowering people to activate their ideas and get them to market, a topic on which he also gave a talk at TED at Intel. In this regard, he has conducted innovation workshops in Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Ireland, Jordan and US. To accelerate youth entrepreneurship globally, he led the team that created The Power of E animated video, which has now been seen and translated worldwide. He also serves on the Advisory Board for UC Berkeley’s Global Social Venture Competition, which draws aspiring entrepreneurs from five continents. Under his leadership Intel became the first large corporation to support the Lean startup framework.

    Manav has been with Intel since 2005, doing various roles in corporate and government affairs. He was also the technical adviser (TA) to the Intel India President. Prior to Intel, Manav has worked in product marketing, advertising and business development for other organizations like Hughes, a leader in satellite communication and QAI, a software consulting firm.

    Manav Subodh is now setting up 1M1B, a global initiative to empower a million people to create jobs and enterprises for a billion people ( www.activate1M1B.org ). With this context he is launching Changeships, a first of its kind immersive and change the world internship program for youth. He is an MBA from Amity Business School, India and an engineering graduate from University of Mumbai, India.

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  • Demand Solutions Mark Gates
    Mark Gates global business director of 3m traffic safety and security division - 2014
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    Mark Gates

    Global Business Director of 3M Traffic Safety and Security Division

    Mark is a high-energy leader with over 26 years of experience in sales, marketing, six sigma, new business development and general management. Proven performer in brand management, revenue growth, financial management and driving operational excellence. Champion for customer relations, loyalty and retention. Adept people manager with a proven ability to develop high performing teams, improve employee engagement, and increase productivity.

     

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  • Demand Solutions Pablo Larguia
    Pablo Larguia founder & ceo of red innova - 2014
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    Pablo Larguia

    Founder & CEO of Red Innova

    Pablo participated in the Graduate Studied Program at Singularity University at NASA Campus in Mountain View, California. Pablo is the Founder & CEO of Red Innova, the community of innovation, internet and entrepreneurship, where Latin America shares their experiences, ideas and projects with the world. Red Innova organizes various meetings for its community around the world, the first ones having been held in Madrid, Sao Paulo, Punta del Este, New York and Buenos Aires. Red Innova is supported by Telefónica, BBVA, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, the City Council of Madrid, the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Innovation of the Spanish government.

    Prior to these activities he was involved in the production of films, television and theater, managing three theaters in Madrid and participating in exhibitions and productions such as Art, Closer, Stomp, Tricicle and Joaquin Cortés. His productions have won numerous awards at film festivals such as the San Sebastián International Film Festival and the Spanish Academy’s Goya Awards.

    Bachelor in Business Economics from the University Di Tella and the University of Illinois, Pablo began his professional life as co-founder of Bumeran, the leading employment and human resources portal in Latin America.

    Pablo is a board member of the Economic and Social Council of the University Torcuato di Tella.

    He has been recognized by the JCI (Junior Chamber International, JCI.CC) with the TOYP award (The Outstanding Young Person), and by the city of Madrid, in the program ”Ambassadors of the City of Madrid”.

    Pablo works actively with the Junior Achievement Foundation and the Endeavor Foundation. Pablo practices Bikram Yoga and highly recommends you try it in the Bikram center in your city.

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  • Demand Solutions Pedro Moneo
    Pedro Moneo founder and ceo of opinno and publisher of mit technology review in spanish - 2014
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    Pedro Moneo

    Founder and CEO of Opinno and Publisher of MIT Technology Review in Spanish

    Pedro is the CEO and founder of Opinno, an international open innovation network that connects entrepreneurs, investors and technology specialists across innovation hubs around the world to build new hi-tech startups.

    As background, Pedro holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and a nuclear engineering degree from the French Atomic Energy Commission. Pedro began his career as a researcher in advanced reactors at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago.

    He was also a consultant with the Corporate Finance and Strategy branch at Accenture. After, Pedro functioned as Director Deputy General of FEDIT Technology Centers of Spain, the largest private R&D Center network in the country, before founding Opinno in 2008.

    Concurrently, Pedro manages Opinno while simultaneously taking on the role as Publisher of MIT’s Technology Review, Spanish & Portuguese Editions, Publisher (Online) for Harvard Business Review in Spanish, acting as an angel investor through Entrepreneur Capital and a philanthropist through opinno.org. Pedro is also member of the Young Presidents Organization and a Eisenhower Foundation Innovation Fellow.

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  • Demand Solutions Reina Cabezas
    Reina Cabezas chief learning officer at sleek geek/ engineering teacher - 2014
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    Reina Cabezas

    Chief Learning Officer at Sleek Geek/ Engineering Teacher

    Reina S. Cabezas is a graduate of the University of San Francisco. She was a bilingual advocate for survivors of domestic violence for 10 years before becoming an elementary and middle school teacher. Reina received a multiple subject credential and her Master's in Science with an option in Educational Technology Leadership from Cal State University, East Bay all while teaching 4th grade and raising two of her own little leaders. Currently, she is a Technology teacher for students K-5 and co-teacher of 6th grade Engineering and Technology Gateway to Technology class at Lazear Charter Academy in Oakland's Fruitvale district. She is an active participant in the Strategic Vision and Planning for Education for Change, and continues to advocate for building teacher capacity and collaboration in the sound pedagogical integration of technology at the site and organization level.

    To that end, Reina is also a teacherprenuer giving voice to the needs of teachers in the edutech startup space. She incorporated sleek-geek inc. with a teacher colleague and is currently working on the content and marketing for the award-winning reading fluency app Read With Me App on both the web and the iTunes store. Most recently, Reina and sleek-geek inc. are working hard to push out Yoop.ly, a digitized student conduct management system where administrators, teachers, students, and parents can follow student conduct in real time.

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  • Demand Solutions Richard Blum
    Richard Blum chairman, blum capital partners & founder and trustee, blum center for developing economies - 2014
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    Richard Blum

    CHAIRMAN, BLUM CAPITAL PARTNERS & FOUNDER AND TRUSTEE, BLUM CENTER FOR DEVELOPING ECONOMIES

    Richard C. Blum is Chairman and President of Richard C. Blum & Associates, Inc., the general partner of Blum Capital Partners, L.P., a long-term strategic equity investment management firm which acts as general partner for various investment partnerships and provides investment advisory services.

    Mr. Blum currently serves on the board of CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc., a global market leader in real estate services. He is also a director of Pacific Alliance Group Holdings, Ltd. and Fairmont Raffles Holding International. Mr. Blum is former Chairman of the University of California Board of Regents, where he continues to serve as a Regent. He also serves as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank Economic Advisory Council, President Obama’s Global Development Council and the National Democratic Institute’s Board of Directors.

    Mr. Blum founded the American Himalayan Foundation and Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the Honorary Consul of Nepal. Additionally, Mr. Blum serves on the board of trustees of the following not-for-profits: The American Cancer Foundation, The Brookings Institution, California Academy of Sciences, The Carter Center, Glide Foundation, The Wilderness Society and Central European University. Mr. Blum earned both his B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2006 he received an honorary doctoral degree from the University of San Francisco’s McLaren College of Business. Most recently, he was awarded the Haas School of Business’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

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  • Demand Solutions Silvina Moschini
    Silvina Moschini founder and ceo of yandiki, creative talent in the cloud - 2014
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    Silvina Moschini

    Founder and CEO of Yandiki, Creative Talent in the Cloud

    Silvina Moschini is an international entrepreneur, an expert in digital innovationand a constant contributor to CNN en Español, where she co-hosts “Opinion2.0”,the weekly segment which discusses the latest Internet trends, broadcast duringthe program “Encuentro”. Her columns have been published in more than 150 media channels throughout the world.

    Silvina is a co-founder of Yandiki, a latest-generation company which aims to revolutionize cloud-basedwork by facilitating the exporting of talent and creative services from Latin America throughout the world.

    In addition, she is the CEO of Intuic | The Social Media Agency and the president of Transparent Business, a web-based application which is revamping the virtual workplace. Transparent Business haswon the PC World award for “Best Cloud Computing Solution for Enterprise”. Previously, Silvina wasvice-president of companies such as Visa, Patagon.com and Compaq Computer Corporation.

     

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  • Demand Solutions Susan Fonseca
    Susan Fonseca founder and ceo of women@thefrontier and a founding member of singularity university - 2014
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    Susan Fonseca

    Founder and CEO of Women@TheFrontier and a Founding Member of Singularity University

    Susan Fonseca is the Founder and CEO of Women@TheFrontier (W@F) a convergence of female innovators from around the world unleashing exponential impact through cutting-edge science, technology, policy, and entrepreneurship!

    Her focus is to Find-Fuel-Fund thenext generation offemale pioneersand Game-Changers that shift mindset, empower a region, and inspire new globalleadership.

    Susan is also a Founding Member of Singularity University (SU) anaccelerator of global entrepreneurs and future leaders launching impact driven start-ups. Described by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil as the Heart of Singularity U, she is titled “Founding Architect” for her role in building the initial DNA that is SU today.

    An anthropologist and lawyer prior to SU and W@F, Susan helped negotiate international and diplomatic agreements between Central American Presidents, Ambassadors, U.S. State Officials, Private Industry and NGOs that culminated in the successful vote and passage of a multinational Trade Agreement called DR-CAFTA (United States–Dominican Republic–Central American Free Trade Agreement).

    Raised in Honduras, Central America to Peace Corps parents, Susan is passionate about igniting a global 10^9+ mindset to solve the world’s biggest challenges and activate today's female disruptors!

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  • Demand Solutions Tallis Gomes
    Tallis Gomes ceo and founder of easy taxi - 2014
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    Tallis Gomes

    CEO and Founder of Easy Taxi

    Tallis Gomes started his first business in 2001 at the age of 14. He created a physical marketplace selling cellphones that he bought from an online marketplace platform.

    Tallis studied in the most prominent marketing school in Brazil in 2005, but he dropped out 2 years later to fully dedicate his time to his second business, the E-Spartan, which was a social media agency focused on gamefication. Tallis has also worked in national and multinational companies, such as Unilever. Previously, he created his third business, called Techsamurai, a cloud software agency, where he hired developers in many parts of the world to improve the efficiency and price of projects.

    In 2001, Tallis founded Easy Taxi during a contest (Startup Weekend) and he became one of the first in the world to create such business model.

    He was listed by Forbes Brazil as one of the top 30 young Brazilians who is transforming the country and one of the top 25 most influential people in the Brazilian internet by Galileu (biggest scientific Brazilian magazine). Tallis Gomes leads the biggest mobile service company in history, operating in 35 countries, 4 continents and more than 180 cities.

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  • Demand Solutions Torsten Kolind
    Torsten Kolind co-founder and ceo of younoodle - 2014
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    Torsten Kolind

    Co-founder and CEO of YouNoodle

    Torsten Kolind is the co-founder and CEO of YouNoodle, the San Francisco-based startup which focuses on helping companies and governments engage with communities of entrepreneurs and innovators.

    YouNoodle, founded in 2010 by Kolind and Rebeca Hwang, helps emerging companies get advice, prizes, and opportunities through startup competitions, and helps entrepreneurs connect with advisors and investors. YouNoodle’s clients include NASA, the governments of Chile, Malaysia and South Korea, and such companies as Amazon, Microsoft and Intel.

    Prior to YouNoodle, Kolind was CEO of Venture Cup, the largest entrepreneurship competition in Denmark.

    He holds a master of science in biotechnology from the Technical University of Denmark, and has spent time at University College London, Southern Methodist University (Texas) and Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria (Chile) as part of his studies.

    Kolind has judged entrepreneurship competitions at Stanford, MIT, and Imperial College London, among others.

    Most recently, Kolind and Hwang were involved in the shaping of Startup Chile, the government-supported startup accelerator program that calls itself “the biggest startup community in the world.”

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  • Demand Solutions William Hoyle
    William Hoyle founding chief executive of techfortrade - 2014
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    William Hoyle

    Founding Chief Executive of Techfortrade

    William joined techfortrade as founding Chief Executive in February 2011. Prior to his appointment, he spent 7 years as Chief Executive of Technology Trust, a UK based social enterprise and charity. His previous career includes over 25 years in senior roles in the Financial Services and technology sectors, including payments services and mobile and fixed line telecoms businesses. He is also Chair of trustees of a London Youth Enterprise Charity and a board member of Warsaw based Fundacja TechSoup. Together with Australian academic Thomas Birtchnell William has recently written “3D Printing for Development in the Global South’” which has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

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  • Demand Solutions ALEX DEHGAN
    ALEX DEHGAN - Science & Technology Adviser to the Administrator, USAID - 2013

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    ALEX DEHGAN

    Science & Technology Adviser to the Administrator, USAID

    Alex Dehgan is the science and technology adviser to the Administrator at USAID and he heads the Office of Science and Technology. As USAID’s chief scientist, Dehgan is the key focal point for implementing the Administrator’s vision to ensure that USAID is the global leader on employing science, technology and creativity to help solve development challenges. Dehgan is working to elevate the role of science and technology in shaping development strategies; identify and coordinate novel science-based initiatives to better advance the Agency’s mission; support and help advance existing technical personnel at USAID and bring in new specialized expertise; and develop novel relationships with nontraditional partners in academia, the private sector and U.S. government technical agencies.

    Prior to coming to USAID, Dehgan worked at the Department of State, most recently as a senior scientist and policy adviser to the Secretary of State’s science adviser to the. Dehgan was also a senior adviser to the special adviser for the Gulf and South West Asia, where he developed a science diplomacy engagement strategy with Iran, advised on internal political dynamics, and served as the liaison to the Office of the Special Representative to the President for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Dehgan’s other positions at the Department of State include serving as a member of the Secretary of State’s policy planning staff focused on the Middle East, as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) diplomacy fellow in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), and as the special advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority for Nonproliferation in Iraq.

    Dehgan was the founding Afghanistan country director for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Afghanistan Biodiversity Conservation Program. During his tenure there, Dehgan led the first comprehensive biological surveys of the country in 30 years, wrote many of Afghanistan’s biodiversity conservation legislation and policies, and assisted in the development of Afghanistan’s national park system. Dehgan holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. from The University of Chicago’s Committee on Evolutionary Biology, a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and B.S. in Zoology and Political Science from Duke University. He was chosen as an “Icon of Science” by Seed Magazine in 2005 and received the World Technology Award for Policy in 2011.
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  • Demand Solutions AMY SMITH
    AMY SMITH - SENIOR LECTURER & FOUNDER, D-LAB, MIT - 2013

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    AMY SMITH

    SENIOR LECTURER & FOUNDER, D-LAB, MIT

    Amy Smith is a senior lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Smith is also the principal investigator for the MIT-led International Development Innovation Network (IDIN), USAID-sponsored program. She served in the US Peace Corps in Botswana and has also done field work in Senegal, South Africa, Nepal, Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador, Brazil, Uganda, Ghana and Zambia. As a graduate student at MIT, she won the BF Goodrich Collegiate Inventor's Award and the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for Invention for her work in creating technologies to improve the lives of people living in poverty. In 2002, she founded the D-Lab program at MIT which focuses on the development, design and dissemination of appropriate technologies for international development. She also founded the International Development Initiative at MIT, the Innovations in International Health program and the International Development Design Summit. She was selected as a 2004 MacArthur Fellow, recognizing her work in this area and was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2010 for the work she is doing to promote local innovation and technology creation. Her current projects are in the areas of medical diagnostics; water testing, treatment and storage; agricultural processing and alternative energy.
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  • Demand Solutions Ana Paula Padrão
    Ana Paula Padrão - Founder, Tempo de Mulher & Brazilian TV journalist - 2013

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    Ana Paula Padrão

    Founder, Tempo de Mulher & Brazilian TV journalist

    Ana Paula Padrão, Tempo de Mulher Project founder, is a Brazilian TV journalist.

    With a career that spans almost three decades, Padrão is one of the most awarded and respected news anchors in the country with a sound experience in international affairs.

    In 2007, she founded Touareg, a content agency, specialized in developing content and new formats for television. The agency creates corporate videos, corporate TVs, documentaries, TV programs and events.

    In August 2011, Padrão launched Tempo de Mulher, a multimedia communication platform dedicated to women’s issues that comprises a website (www.tempodemulher.com.br), an event production agency and an intelligence database, all focused on understanding the new Brazilian woman.

    Tempo de Mulher Forums are recognized for the excellence of their guest speakers. Earlier editions have had the presence of luminaries such as Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, Geena Davis, actress and founder of The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Fawzia Koofi, Afghanistan’s first woman pre-presidential candidate, Mina Ahadi, Iranian human rights activist, Maman Marie, a women’s rights activist in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luis Alberto Moreno, IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) president, among other speakers.
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  • Demand Solutions Andrés Barreto
    Andrés Barreto - Founder, Onswipe, Grooveshark, PulsoSocial and Socialtom Group - 2013

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    Andrés Barreto

    Founder, Onswipe, Grooveshark, PulsoSocial and Socialtom Group

    Andrés Barreto is a serial entrepreneur originally from Colombia. He is President and co-founder of Onswipe, a platform for tablet publishing and advertising. He previously co-founded Grooveshark, a leading music streaming service. In Latin America, he founded Socialatom Group, a Tech and PR agency that promotes entrepreneurship, and Pulsosocial, the premier entrepreneurship and tech blog in the region.

    Barreto is a frequent speaker on the topics of entrepreneurship and developing nations and has been speaker in multiple conferences in United States and throughout Latin America.

    The Spanish telecom company Telefónica España recognized him as one of the 20 great thinkers in the Iberoamerican entrepreneurship. This year Barreto was one of the winners in the Top 30 Young Entrepreneurs and was also recognized by MIT’s Technology Review magazine as one of the Top 10 entrepreneurs under 35 from Colombia.
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  • Demand Solutions ANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER
    ANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER - PRESIDENT AND CEO, NEW AMERICA FOUNDATION - 2013

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    ANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER

    PRESIDENT AND CEO, NEW AMERICA FOUNDATION

    Anne-Marie Slaughter is the president and CEO of the New America Foundation, a public policy institute and idea incubator based in Washington and New York. She is also the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University.

    From 2009–2011she served as the director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Prior to her government service, Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994–2002.

    Slaughter has written or edited six books, including “A New World Order” and “The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World”, and is a frequent contributor to a number of publications, including The Atlantic and Project Syndicate. In 2012, she published “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” in The Atlantic, which quickly became the most read article in the history of the magazine and helped spark a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality.

    She is married to Professor Andrew Moravcsik; they live in Princeton with their two sons.
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  • Demand Solutions Anshul Aggarwal
    Anshul Aggarwal - Chief Operating Officer, Design for Change - 2013

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    Anshul Aggarwal

    Chief Operating Officer, Design for Change

    Anshul Aggarwal is the Global Catalyst at Design for Change, a movement of children designing solutions to problems that bother them.

    After completing his bachelors in Mechatronics Engineering at Manipal Institute of Technology, one of the premier institutes of the country, he chose to take a radical departure from his career path to explore his interest in education and social change through Design for Change (DFC).

    Since joining, he has been responsible for adding width and depth to the movement by designing curriculum for schools, connecting global partners of DFC and activating platforms for sharing the stories of change. He has been conducting several design thinking and storytelling workshops for Design for Change across the country and internationally.

    Currently he is working on the vision of Design for Change in 2014.
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  • Demand Solutions Anton Falkeis
    Anton Falkeis - Head, Institute Arts and Society, University of Applied Arts, Vienna - 2013

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    Anton Falkeis

    Head, Institute Arts and Society, University of Applied Arts, Vienna

    Anton Falkeis studied architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where he graduated in 1986. He is a licensed architect in Austria and Liechtenstein. Together with Cornelia Falkeis-Senn he is co-founder of falkeis I architects . vienna (1988) and falkeis I architect . vaduz (2011). The architectural work has been widely published and it was exhibited at Venice Biennale, Kuala Lumpur, New York, and Vienna.

    Falkeis started his academic career as a guest researcher at the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1992 and has been teaching and lecturing at several universities such as Royal College of Art, London; ELISAVA, Barcelona; ESAG, Paris; Denmark’s Design School, Copenhagen, and at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where he was Vice-Dean of the School of Architecture from 1999 to 2003. Since 2000 he is Head of Department and Professor for Special Topics in Architecture. In 2012 he was guest professor at Nanjing University of Art China, conducting the experimental studio. Since 2012 he is Head of Department Social Design and Head of Programme of the Master Programme Social Design – Arts as Urban Innovation. Since 2013 he is Head of the Institute Arts and Society at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He is visiting critic at University of Liechtenstein and ETH Zürich, and he is JSPS fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

    Falkeis has published theoretical papers such as ”Featureless City”, “Western Style and Eastern Mind”, ”Film as Preview”, and “Urbanizing the world”.
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  • Demand Solutions Arturo Condo
    Arturo Condo - President, INCAE - 2013

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    Arturo Condo

    President, INCAE

    Arturo Condo is the president of INCAE, Latin America’s leading business school, as well as a professor, researcher, innovator, husband and father.

    Ecuadoran by birth and Latin American through and through, Condo has been the president at INCAE Business School since 2007, leading a team a professors and researchers to create and launch new versions of the MBA and Executive MBA programs. Operating from INCAE, Condo and his team work with public- and private-sector leaders to strengthen competitive clusters and promote sustainable development.

    Condo is a founding member of the Central American Private Sector Initiative (CAPSI), a group of regional leaders focusing on improving living standards in Central America through regional action. He has taught in the masters and executive masters programs at the business school and is the author or co-author of more than a dozen articles, books and case studies on strategy, international business, competitiveness and sustainable development. He received a doctorate from Harvard Business School in business strategy and competitiveness and was recognized as a “distinguished scholar” while doing his MBA at INCAE. Condo also works as a senior associate at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School. He has worked as a consultant in strategic planning and global strategy for companies and organizations in Latin America and Asia. In 2006, he was among the first graduating class from the Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI), a fellowship sponsored by the Aspen Institute.

    In 2008, he was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader (YGL), an honor bestowed in order to “acknowledge the most extraordinary leaders of the world under the age of 40.” As a member of the YGL community and founding member of the board of the Global Business Oath Project, Condo became the driving force behind INCAE’s MBA Oath Club in 2011. Its goal is to instil awareness among INCAE students and graduates of the importance of personal ethics and sustainability’s values in the business world. Condo’s work is also centered on gender equality, as he is a co-leader of the Women’s Leadership Center at INCAE.

    Condo is a passionate believer in higher education and in Latin America’s growing role in the world. He is also a strong advocate of how the power of youth can change the world. He is a founding member of the Global Shapers community in San José, Costa Rica, an organization that is part of the World Economic Forum.

    Condo lives in Costa Rica, is married and has three children.
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  • Demand Solutions Ben Powell
    Ben Powell - CEO, AGORA PARTNERSHIPS - 2013

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    Ben Powell

    CEO, AGORA PARTNERSHIPS

    Ben Powell became convinced of the power of small business to transform poor communities in Mexico, where he co-founded CityGolf Puebla, a miniature golf course and family recreation center.

    After working as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Office of Management and Budget, he left to attend business school and launch Agora Partnerships. Since graduating in 2005, Ben has been named a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur, a BMW Foundation Young Leader, and an Ashoka Fellow. He was a Social Venture Network Innovation Award honoree in 2009 and named one of 2010's top 40 under 40 development leaders in Washington, DC.

    Powell earned an MBA from Columbia University, where he was awarded the inaugural alumni social innovation award, and an MSFS with distinction from Georgetown University. He has a BA with high honors from Haverford College, where he co-founded Tres Nacos Quesadillas Delivery and the Lighted Fools improv troupe.
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  • Demand Solutions Blanca Treviño
    Blanca Treviño - President and CEO, Softtek - 2013

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    Blanca Treviño

    President and CEO, Softtek

    Blanca Treviño is President and CEO of Softtek, a company which she has led to become the leading information technology services company in Latin America.

    She has positioned Softtek as an essential tool for Mexico to open its doors to the United States as a provider of IT services, shaping what is now known as Near Shore®, Softtek's trademarked delivery model. The term is widely used in the industry to refer to outsourcing services provided by countries that are close to each other.

    Over the course of a more than 25-year career, Treviño has garnered international recognition as a driver of the IT services industry in and from emerging countries. For this reason she has worked with various governments to define strategies aimed at boosting the participation of Latin America in the information technology field.

    Since 2006 Treviño has sat on the Board of Directors of Walmart Mexico, and she was recently appointed a board member of Goldcorp. She is also a board member at several universities and nonprofit organizations.

    Treviño has established herself as a frequent speaker at national and international forums related to entrepreneurship, information technology and women's role in business. She has taken part in forums at the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Kellogg School of Management, the Harvard Business School and the London Business School. Aside from her status in the IT industry, she has been named in the market and by several news outlets as one of the most influential executives in Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America.

    Her experience and contributions as a business woman have been honored by Endeavor, an organization present in 12 countries and which promote the emergence and development of new entrepreneurs. In their Gala 2011, they recognized her for her experience as an entrepreneur. That same year she became the first woman to be welcomed into the IAOP (International Association of Outsourcing Providers) Outsourcing Hall of Fame. She has also been named by The Latin Business Chronicle as one of the Top 25 Businesswomen, and cited as a Rising Star on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in business.

    Treviño hails from the Mexican city of Monterrey, and studied computer science at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.
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  • Demand Solutions Brian Scassellati
    Brian Scassellati - Professor of Computer Science, Yale University - 2013

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    Brian Scassellati

    Professor of Computer Science, Yale University

    Brian Scassellati builds human-like robots to investigate models of human development. Many scientists have used computer simulations to model complex interactions of neural function, sensory processing, and motor control. Scassellati believes that robotics offers a new kind of tool in investigating human behavior. By building robotic systems based on models of human intelligence, the full complexity of real world environments can be used in evaluating these models. This research integrates work from artificial intelligence, machine vision, classical robotics, psychology, cognitive science, and human-machine interfaces.

    One of the major focuses of Scassellati's work has been on how children develop social skills and an understanding of other people. Children gradually acquire many skills that allow them to learn from their interactions with adults, such as responding to pointing gestures, recognizing what someone else is looking at, and representing that other people have beliefs, goals, and desires that differ from those of the child. These abilities have often been called a "theory of mind" and are believed to be critical for language acquisition, for self-recognition, and in the development of imaginative play. Computational models of these skills are being developed, implemented, and tested on robotic platforms currently under construction. His previous robots have performed tasks such as imitating human arm gestures, distinguishing animate from inanimate stimuli based on self-propelled motion criteria, and learning to reach for visual targets.

    By building machines with social skills, we can not only begin to model human development but also construct machines with more natural interfaces. Machines that can engage in the same social dynamics that people use with each other will be easier to use, will be usable in a wider range of situations, and will not require the user to learn arbitrary commands.

    One of Scassellati's current projects is to develop robotic systems that aid in the diagnosis of autism by autonomously classifying social interactions. He is also currently building a new robotic system that will help teach social skills to autistic children. Additional projects focus on how children build a representation of objects as entities that exist through space and time, how animate stimuli are distinguished from inanimate objects, how sensation and motor control coordination are achieved in simple arm movements, and how children and animals distinguish themselves from others.
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  • Demand Solutions Chris Spence
    Chris Spence - Chief Technology Officer, National Democratic Institute (NDI) - 2013

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    Chris Spence

    Chief Technology Officer, National Democratic Institute (NDI)

    Chris Spence is Chief Technology Officer at the National Democratic Institute (NDI). He leads the technology initiatives for the Institute and its programs to promote and strengthen democracy around the world. He joined NDI in 1996 to specialize in the area of information and communications technology (ICT) and has since built NDI’s technology programs team and is now responsible for the Institute’s overall technology initiatives.

    Spence has conducted NDI technology programs assisting partner organizations in dozens of countries around the world with particular expertise in Africa. Areas of specialization include ICT and e-governance projects and assisting organizations with IT strategic planning. Spence has worked with a large number of legislatures, governments, election monitoring organizations, political parties and civil society organizations in developing countries and emerging democracies.

    Spence’s technology career started in Silicon Valley with several companies including Oracle Corporation, Netscape Communications and Triad Systems.
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  • Demand Solutions Clara Irazabal
    Clara Irazabal - DIRECTOR, LATIN LAB, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY - 2013

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    Clara Irazabal

    DIRECTOR, LATIN LAB, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

    Clara Irazábal is the Latin Lab Director and Assistant Professor of Urban Planning in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, New York City.

    She received a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, and has two Masters in Architecture and Urban Design and Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and the Universidad Central de Venezuela, respectively.

    In her research and teaching, she explores the interactions of culture, politics, and placemaking, and their impact on community development and socio-spatial justice. She primarily focuses on Latin American cities and Latino communities in the US. Irazábal has worked as consultant, researcher, and/or professor in Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Germany, Spain, Vietnam, and the United States; and has lectured in many other countries.

    She is the author of Urban Governance and City Making in the Americas: Curitiba and Portland (Ashgate, 2005) and the editor of Transbordering Latin Americanisms: Liminal Places, Cultures, and Power (T) Here (Routledge 2013) and Ordinary Places, Extraordinary Events: Citizenship, Democracy, and Public Space in Latin America (Routledge 2008). Irazábal has published academic articles in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
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  • Demand Solutions CRISTINA ZUBILLAGA
    CRISTINA ZUBILLAGA - DEPUTY DIRECTOR, AGESIC - 2013

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    CRISTINA ZUBILLAGA

    DEPUTY DIRECTOR, AGESIC

    Cristina Zubillaga (Uruguay) is the Deputy Director of AGESIC, the Presidential Agency that has the role both of articulating the country's digital policy, and of leading e-Government strategies and key projects. She leads the Innovation Program, and coordinates the Digital Agenda for Uruguay and AGESIC's project portfolio.

    She graduated from the University of the Republic with a degree in Computing Engineer and received a master in IT from ORT University, a specialization in e-Health from Rio de Janeiro University and a specialization in e-Government from the National University of Singapore.

    Zubillaga worked as professor and consultant for several national and international organizations. Her main interests are innovation, public sector, strategic planning, and portfolio management.

    She is also member of the Board at the National Agency for Public Procurement -ACCE.
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  • Demand Solutions DANIEL A. FLETCHER
    DANIEL A. FLETCHER - Professor of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley - 2013

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    DANIEL A. FLETCHER

    Professor of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley

    Daniel A. Fletcher, Ph.D., is the Purnendu Chatterjee Professor of Bioengineering and Biophysics at UC Berkeley, where he and his research group develop biomedical technologies and study the cell biology of disease.

    Fletcher’s laboratory developed the CellScope mobile microscope technology, which is being used to provide disease screening and diagnosis in resource poor regions, and he is a co-founder of the startup company CellScope, Inc.

    Fletcher received a B.S.E. from Princeton University and a D.Phil. from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He received a Ph.D. from Stanford University as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Stanford University School of Medicine. Recently, he served as a White House Fellow in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, DC.

    Fletcher is currently the Associate Chair of the Bioengineering Department at UC Berkeley and Deputy Director of the Physical Biosciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
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  • Demand Solutions DANIEL CARCHIDI
    DANIEL CARCHIDI - Director, Special Projects in Digital Learning, MIT - 2013

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    DANIEL CARCHIDI

    Director, Special Projects in Digital Learning, MIT

    Daniel Carchidi is currently Director of Special Projects and Program Manager within MIT's Office of Digital Learning where he leads the overall development effort for MITx and manages the MITx Fellows Program.

    Previously, he led the Instructional Development Center at the University of New Hampshire where he was responsible for promoting and supporting the campus-wide use of instructional technology for online and face-to-face courses. He was also an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the UNH Department of Education. Carchidi has served as the Publication Director at MIT OpenCourseWare where he was responsible for the overall budget, schedule, quality, and team management of the OpenCourseWare publication, which included over 2000 courses from MIT’s 33 academic departments as well as MIT's Highlights for High School web site. He has held management positions at GE Corporate and GE Capital, where he developed knowledge systems and other e-learning applications. A former infantry officer with the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), he served as a company executive officer for a multinational peacekeeping mission in the Sinai Peninsula.

    He holds a PhD from the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education.
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  • Demand Solutions David W. Yang
    David W. Yang - Director, Center for Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, USAID - 2013

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    David W. Yang

    Director, Center for Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, USAID

    David Yang has been involved in the human rights and democratic governance community for the past three decades. An appointee of the Obama Administration, he currently serves as Director of USAID’s new Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG). The Center is located in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance and replaced the former Office of Democracy and Governance. The Center’s mission is to elevate and integrate DRG programs within USAID, particularly through increasing the evidence base of this sector. Yang is also currently Co-Chair of the donor community’s main DRG network—the Governance Network of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee.

    Previously, he was Senior Advisor in UNDP’s Washington office. He represented UNDP to the U.S. Government, U.S. NGOs and Washington-based inter-governmental organizations on issues of democratic governance. He also coordinated the UNDP Washington Roundtable, a series of policy forums on international development; and he served as UNDP’s strategic advisor to the Community of Democracies during the chairs of Chile and Mali.

    In the Clinton Administration, Yang served as the State Department’s Senior Coordinator for Democracy Promotion in the DRL Bureau, as a speechwriter (on the Policy Planning Staff) for Secretaries of State Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright, and as a democratic-governance advisor in USAID’s Bureau for Asia and the Near East. In his position at DRL, Yang served as a deputy to Assistant Secretaries John Shattuck and Harold Hongju Koh on all democratic-governance issues, and was the bureau’s liaison to USAID. He also worked closely with the INL Bureau on ROL issues, particularly on cooperation with the Colombian Government on “Plan Colombia.”

    During 2001-2002, Yang founded the Institute for Global Democracy and served as its executive director. He was a member of the board of directors of the Council for a Community of Democracies; and a member of the advisory board of the “U.S. in the World” Initiative.

    Yang received a B.A. in Politics from the University of California (Santa Cruz) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.
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  • Demand Solutions DEAN KAMEN
    DEAN KAMEN - Founder, DEKA Research and Development - 2013

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    DEAN KAMEN

    Founder, DEKA Research and Development

    Dean Kamen is the founder and president of DEKA Research & Development Corporation. Examples of technologies developed by DEKA include the HomeChoice™ portable dialysis machine, the iBOT™ Mobility System, the Segway™ Human Transporter, a DARPA-funded robotic arm, a new and improved Stirling engine, and the Slingshot water purifier.

    Kamen has received many awards for his efforts, including the National Medal of Technology in 2000 and the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2002. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2005 and has been a member of the National Academy of Engineering since 1997.

    Among Kamen’s proudest accomplishments is founding FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use and enjoy science and technology.
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  • Demand Solutions Dianne Feinstein
    Dianne Feinstein - United States Senator for California - 2013

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    Dianne Feinstein

    United States Senator for California

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  • Demand Solutions ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD
    ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD - President and CEO, OPIC - 2013

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    ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD

    President and CEO, OPIC

    Elizabeth L. Littlefield was appointed by President Obama as the President and CEO of OPIC, the US Government’s Development Finance Institution. Operating in 105 countries, OPIC manages a $16 billion portfolio of financing and insurance to support private investment in sustainable economic development, especially in the world’s poorest countries. Under Littlefield’s leadership, OPIC’s annual commitments to renewable resources projects grew ten-fold in three years to $1.5 billion, while generating increasing income for the federal budget. She has also instituted major reforms of the agency’s policies, systems and processes and introduced new financial innovations to augment the agency’s development impact.

    From 2000 until 2010 Ms. Littlefield was Chief Executive Officer of CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), a policy and research center dedicated to advancing poor people’s access to financial services. Housed at the World Bank, CGAP develops innovative solutions, promotes industry standards, provides market intelligence and data, and advises governments, financial institutions and investors. During that time Ms. Littlefield also served as a Director for the World Bank’s Financial & Private Sector Division.
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  • Demand Solutions Enrico Dini
    Enrico Dini - Inventor, D–shape & Chairman, Monolite UNITED KINGDOM - 2013

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    Enrico Dini

    Inventor, D–shape & Chairman, Monolite UNITED KINGDOM

    Enrico Dini is an Italian civil engineer who spent most of his career in automation and robotics for the footwear industry.

    Since the late 90's Enrico came into contact with rapid prototyping techniques used to facilitate the design of the shoes. In 2003, while he was 3D printing a shoe sole, Enrico had a vision of this technique applied on a large scale and imagined a new free form architecture.

    Enrico decided to return to its original skill enriched by his experience in robotics and since then has devoted his life to developing a new construction technique based on the principles of stereolitograpy.

    In 2007 helped from his trusted brother Riccardo, Enrico tested successfully his large scale D–Shape printer prototype and the following year he printed the Radiolaria, the first free–form building structure ever.

    Today Enrico Dini is immersed in developing D–Shape, 3D Printing Building technology to bring innovation to the architecture and construction industries.
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  • Demand Solutions Eric Hö</font>weler
    Eric Höweler - Co-founder Höweler + Yoon Architecture - 2013

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    Eric Höweler

    Co-founder Höweler + Yoon Architecture

    Eric Höweler, AIA, LEED AP (b. Cali, Colombia) is an architect and educator. He received a Bachelor of Architecture and a Masters of Architecture from Cornell University and completed his high school education at the International School Bangkok.

    He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and principal of Höweler + Yoon Architecture LLP, an interdisciplinary design practice working across scales: from architecture and urban design to public space design and art structures. Their work focuses on the instrumentality of the built environment to encourage innovation, create community, and engage audiences.

    Their award winning projects include: Chengdu Skycourts Exhibition Hall, a 65,000 square foot exhibition and event venue and recipient of the Annual Design Review Awards 2012; BSA Space, the Boston Society of Architects headquarters in Boston; the Boswash:Shareway 2030, winner of the Audi Urban Future Award 2012; and White Noise White Light, internationally awarded for the Athens 2004 Olympics.

    Prior to forming Höweler + Yoon Architecture Eric was a Senior Designer at Diller + Scofidio and an Associate Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. He is the co-author of Expanded Practice, Höweler + Yoon Architecture / MY Studio (Princeton Architectural Press 2009) and author of Skyscraper: Vertical Now (Rizzoli/Universe Publishers in 2003).
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  • Demand Solutions GINA DIEZ BARROSO
    GINA DIEZ BARROSO - CEO, Grupo Diarq and Founder, Universidad Centro in Mexico - 2013

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    GINA DIEZ BARROSO

    CEO, Grupo Diarq and Founder, Universidad Centro in Mexico

    Gina Diez Barroso has been a pioneer in the fields of arts and education for over 20 years beginning in 1990, the year in which she created and launched Grupo Diarq, a holding company with eight subsidiaries currently employing over 1,000 people.

    One of the most prestigious real estate development and design firms in Latin America, Diarq has completed more than 650 residential and hospitality projects to date.

    In 2004, Diez Barroso founded CENTRO; the first university in Mexico City specialized in creative studies. CENTRO currently offers seven undergraduate degrees and one master´s program, as well as a broad range of continuing education courses in related disciplines. In just 8 years since opening, the university has grown rapidly to its present student enrollment of 2,500 and is recognized as Mexico´s best university in its field. Diez Barroso has given lectures in business schools in the United States, Mexico and Qatar.

    In 1992, she founded Fundación Diarq, a non-profit organization that works toward eradicating domestic violence and preventing bullying in schools. In 2004, she founded Fundación Pro-Educación Centro, a non-profit organization granting merit-based scholarships to deserving students pursuing degrees in creative studies.

    Diez Barroso sits on several international boards and is one of the only two Mexicans belonging to C200 (200 Women Business Leaders of the World).
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  • Demand Solutions Gonzalo Iglesias
    Gonzalo Iglesias - DEPUTY DIRECTOR, GCBA - 2013

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    Gonzalo Iglesias

    DEPUTY DIRECTOR, GCBA

    Gonzalo Iglesias is Deputy Director of the Open Government Office of the Buenos Aires' City Government (GCBA). He holds a BA in Political Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires and a Master’s degree on Public Management from the Victoria University of Wellington.

    Before joining the Buenos Aires' City Government, Gonzalo worked as professor and consultant for many national and international organizations, including the National Communications Office, the House of Representatives, UNDP, IDB and Transparency International, among others. He currently runs the city's Government Lab, a space designed to accelerate the ideas that will serve as a basis for the next generation of public policies and service delivery strategies.
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  • Demand Solutions Jack Andraka
    Jack Andraka - Founder and President, Andraka Technologies - 2013

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    Jack Andraka

    Founder and President, Andraka Technologies

    Jack Andraka is a Maryland high school sophomore who at age 15 invented an inexpensive and sensitive dipstick–like sensor for the rapid and early detection of pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancers. After a close family friend died of pancreatic cancer, Jack (then a ninth grader) became interested in finding a better early–detection diagnostic test. He learned that the lack of a rapid, low–cost early screening method contributed to the poor survival rate among individuals with pancreatic cancer. After thinking further about the problem, he came up with a plan and a budget to put his ideas in motion.

    He contacted about 200 research professionals at Johns Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health about his plan. He got 199 rejection letters and then finally got an acceptance from Dr. Anirban Maitra, Professor of Pathology, Oncology and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, who became his mentor. It was at Dr. Maitra's lab where Jack developed his test.

    The diagnostic method he developed is more than 90 percent accurate in detecting the presence of pancreatic cancer's biomarker protein called mesothelin, and earned him the grand prize $75,000 Gordon E. Moore Award - named for Intel's co–founder - after competing with 1,500 other young scientists from 70 countries. He also won other prizes in smaller individual categories for a total award of $100,500, which he will use towards college. He has formed a company and has applied for both national and international patents.

    Since then Jack has won the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Youth Award and has spoken at the Clinton Global Initiative, FutureMed,Chicago Ideas Week, Singularity U, TEDx MidAtlantic, TEDx Redmond, TEDx Orange Coast, TED New York Talent Search, TED Salon London and soon at TED @Long Beach. He has been featured in several documentaries including Morgan Spurlock's Sundance Film Festival entry "You don't know Jack", Linda Peters' award winning film "Just Jack" as well on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CNN, BBC, Fox, Rede Record de Televisão and many radio, newspaper and magazine articles around the world.

    Jack is a member of the National Junior Wildwater Kayak team, a Life Scout and has won numerous awards in national and international math competitions.
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  • Demand Solutions JEFF BROWN
    JEFF BROWN - Division Chief, Development Innovation Ventures, USAID - 2013

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    JEFF BROWN

    Division Chief, Development Innovation Ventures, USAID

    Jeff Brown is the Division Chief of USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures (DIV), a new initiative that is helping to identify, test, and scale development solutions that can drastically improve outcomes and at a lower cost. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University.

    Before joining DIV at the beginning of 2011, Brown held positions at the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, where his portfolio focused on evaluation and oversight of the development efforts of each of these institutions. He has also conducted domestic economic research at the Federal Reserve and at Dartmouth College.

    Brown has a MA in International Development from Harvard University, a MA in Economics from Brown University, and a BA in Economics from Colby College.
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  • Demand Solutions Jim Scott
    Jim Scott - Business Development, DEKA Research & Development - 2013

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    Jim Scott

    Business Development, DEKA Research & Development

    Jim Scott is responsible for business development at DEKA R&D Corp., a company led by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen. DEKA develops radically new products that address a diverse set of user needs (e.g., medical, energy, and consumer products).

    Before coming to DEKA in 2004, Scott worked for Northbridge Environmental, a consulting firm that specializes in the financing of environmental infrastructure.

    Scott has a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and an MBA from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
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  • Demand Solutions JOEY ADLER
    JOEY ADLER - President and CEO Diesel Canada Inc. - 2013

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    JOEY ADLER

    President and CEO Diesel Canada Inc.

    Joey Adler is a visionary entrepreneur and humanitarian, seeking to reinvent the business of philanthropy through ground breaking sustainable models.

    Today, as President and CEO of Diesel Canada Inc., Joey's keen entrepreneurial savvy has helped grow the brand into one of the most recognizable and desired fashion labels in the country.

    A passionate philanthropist, Joey founded the ONEXONE Foundation in 2005 with the philosophy that every single life is precious and that individuals can make profound changes in the lives of others, one by one. ONEXONE's mission is to improve the lives of children in Canada, the US, and around the world with programs dedicated to water, health, education, play, and food.

    Joey is also a founding partner and key thought leader behind Industrial Revolution II (IRII), a new sustainable and environmentally responsible business model for the 21st century. The first such business will be a state–of–the–art apparel manufacturing facility in Haiti.

    In 2011, Joey was honoured in the "Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100TM" awards.
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  • Demand Solutions Jorge E. Odó</font>n
    Jorge E. Odón - Inventor, The Odon Device - 2013

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    Jorge E. Odón

    Inventor, The Odon Device

    Ernesto Jorge Odón, was born in Colón, Buenos Aires province, in 1954. At four years of age he moved with his family to Lanús, where he has operated the El Rayel S.A. automobile alignment and wheel balancing service center for more than 30 years.

    Always seeking to improve his professional services, Odón patented several products relating to mechanics. Then, one night in July 2006, he had an idea for facilitating child births after seeing his employees playing a game of pulling corks out of an empty bottle.

    Odón received support from family and friends in developing the new device and for more than four years has also been supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), which has featured the innovation in international medical events. Odón has won recognition for his invention that includes finalist in the First WHO Forum on Medical Devices in Thailand (October 2009); winner of one of the 19 awards in the international contest Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development, in Washington (July 2011); recognition at world congresses and athenaeums in gynecology and obstetrics; first prize from INNOVAR 2011, and the gold medal from IMPI as best inventor of 2012.

    To date Odon's device has been successfully used for 23 births in the Center for Medical Education and Clinical Research "Norberto Quirno."
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  • Demand Solutions JOSÉ ZAGLUL
    JOSÉ ZAGLUL - PRESIDENT, EARTH UNIVERSITY - 2013

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    JOSÉ ZAGLUL

    PRESIDENT, EARTH UNIVERSITY

    José Zaglul is President of EARTH University, an international, private, not-for-profit institution in Costa Rica, dedicated to preparing leaders with ethical values to contribute to the sustainable development of the tropics and to construct a prosperous and just society. As President (since 1989) he has provided vision and leadership to EARTH and its unique educational environment that encourages the development of responsible leadership based on values, social commitment, environmental consciousness, academic excellence and an entrepreneurial spirit.

    Zaglul is a current executive committee member of the Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture (GCHERA), a member of the AdAstra Rocket Company Board of Directors, and a Trustee of the American University of Beirut. He holds a Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Florida and two master’s degrees in Food Science and Human Nutrition and Animal Science.
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  • Demand Solutions Julie T. Katzman
    Julie T. Katzman - Executive Vice-President, IDB - 2013

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    Julie T. Katzman

    Executive Vice-President, IDB

    Julie T. Katzman a U.S. citizen is the Executive Vice–President and Chief Operating Officer of the Inter–American Development Bank (the "IDB").

    After over 15 years as an Investment Banker, primarily in private equity, Ms. Katzman joined the IDB Group in 2009 as General Manager of the Multilateral Investment Fund (the "MIF"). The MIF is the largest provider of development oriented grant financing in Latin America and the Caribbean. Approximately 18 months later, Ms. Katzman was appointed Executive Vice President of the IDB.

    Under Ms. Katzman's leadership, the MIF refined its strategic approach and developed an evaluation framework to catalyze change by focusing its grant resources strategically in three areas – Access to Finance, Basic Services and Markets and Capabilities.

    Ms. Katzman is currently responsible for managing the overall operations of the IDB. She is particularly focused on furthering the IDB's emphasis on results and improving access and availability of these results through innovative tools as a way to bring the Bank's achievements to a larger audience and strengthen the case for development (such as the recently launched MapAmericas, a georeferenced visual representation of the IDB's results).

    Ms. Katzman has served on a number of corporate and not for profit boards. Currently, she serves on the Board of Advisors of Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, the MacArthur Foundation Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors of the International Center for Research on Women ("ICRW").

    Ms. Katzman graduated summa cum laude from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and earned her Master's in Management with Distinction from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. Ms. Katzman also attended American University in Cairo and the Hebrew University.
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  • Demand Solutions Kate Stone
    Kate Stone - Founder, Novalia - 2013

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    Kate Stone

    Founder, Novalia

    As a child I was fascinated with putting electronics into objects around us. After this dream faded away I spent several years travelling around Asia and Australia, acquiring some of my greatest lessons in resourcefulness and making the most of the path and people in front of me.

    My desire to learn more about electronics resurfaced so I returned to the UK to study for a degree followed quickly by a Ph.D. in physics at Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratory, where I moved electrons around one by one. It was electronics at its most simple level!

    After spending four years in a Cambridge startup I began my new adventure with a company of my own. It has recently become obvious that the work of my team and myself is the realization of my childhood fascinations, we put electronics into paper, and paper is all around us.
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  • Demand Solutions Ken Goldberg
    Ken Goldberg - Director, CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative, UC Berkeley - 2013

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    Ken Goldberg

    Director, CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative, UC Berkeley

    Ken Goldberg is craigslist Distinguished Professor of New Media at UC Berkeley, where he and his students investigate robotics, art, and social media. Goldberg directs the Automation Sciences Research lab and is Faculty Director of the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative. Goldberg earned dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (1984) and MS and PhD degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (1990). He joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1995 where he is Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR), with secondary appointments in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science (EECS), Art Practice, the School of Information, and in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the UCSF Medical School.

    Goldberg has published over 170 peer-reviewed technical papers on algorithms for robotics, automation, and social information filtering; his inventions have been awarded eight US Patents. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), Co-Founder of the African Robotics Network (AFRON), Co-Founder of the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM), Co-Founder and CTO of Hybrid Wisdom Labs, Co-Founder of the Moxie Institute, and Founding Director of UC Berkeley's Art, Technology, and Culture Lecture Series.

    Goldberg's art installations are related to his research and have been exhibited at venues such as the Whitney Biennial, Berkeley Art Museum, SF Contemporary Jewish Museum, Pompidou Center, Buenos Aires Biennial, and the ICC in Tokyo. Goldberg co-wrote three award-winning Sundance documentary films, "The Tribe", "Yelp", and "Connected: An Autoblogography of Love, Death, and Technology." His artwork is represented by the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco.

    Goldberg was awarded the Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1995 by President Clinton, the National Science Foundation Faculty Fellowship in 1994, the Joseph Engelberger Robotics Award in 2000, and elected IEEE Fellow in 2005. Goldberg lives in the Bay Area with his daughters and wife, filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain.
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  • Demand Solutions Laura Stachel
    Laura Stachel - CO-FOUNDER, WE CARE SOLAR - 2013

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    Laura Stachel

    CO-FOUNDER, WE CARE SOLAR

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  • Demand Solutions Luis Alberto Moreno
    Luis Alberto Moreno - President, IDB - 2013

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    Luis Alberto Moreno

    President, IDB

    Luis Alberto Moreno was elected president of the Inter–American Development Bank in July, 2005, and took office in October of the same year.

    Prior to joining the IDB, Moreno served as Colombia's Ambassador to the United States for seven years. As ambassador he led the effort to build strong bipartisan support in the United States Congress for passage of more than US$4 billion in U.S. assistance programs for Colombia, and was instrumental in the renewal of the Andean Trade Preferences Act and negotiations leading towards a Colombia–U.S. Free Trade Agreement.

    Previously Moreno served as representative for the Andean Region of WestSphere Capital, a private equity firm, and as senior advisor to the Luis Carlos Sarmiento Organization, a leading financial group in Colombia.

    Moreno held several senior positions in the administration of Colombian President César Gaviria starting in 1991, including President of the Instituto de Fomento Industrial, the Colombian government's industrial finance corporation, and Minister of Economic Development.

    Moreno has published widely on Colombian and international politics and economics. He holds bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Economics from Florida Atlantic University and an MBA from Thunderbird University. In 2012, he received the Clinton Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Public Service.
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  • Demand Solutions Lynne O’Brien
    Lynne O’Brien - Associate Vice Provost for Digital and Online Education Initiatives, Duke University - 2013

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    Lynne O’Brien

    Associate Vice Provost for Digital and Online Education Initiatives, Duke University

    Lynne O'Brien is Associate Vice Provost for Digital and Online Education Initiatives at Duke University. She works with faculty and university leaders to plan experiments with new online teaching and learning strategies and encourages their appropriate integration into campus teaching.

    Currently, she is leading Duke’s activities in developing Massive Open Online Courses and exploring ways to use online activities to improve campus courses. O’Brien was the founder and director of Duke’s Center for Instructional Technology.

    Formerly a faculty member at Brown University, O’Brien has organized conferences on academic computing, taught courses in educational software design, planned technology-enhanced classrooms, reviewed proposals for the National Institutes of Health and served on accreditation teams for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

    O’Brien’s interests include strategic planning for academic technology and for libraries, open access and open source educational materials and mobile learning. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Delaware.
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  • Demand Solutions MARITTA KOCK-WESER
    MARITTA KOCK-WESER - FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, EARTH3000 - 2013

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    MARITTA KOCK-WESER

    FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, EARTH3000

    Maritta Koch-Weser has a distinguished career in international development, as anthropologist and environmentalist. Her field experience in international development and environment spans the regions of Latin America, South & East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, parts of the Middle East, Eastern Europe & countries of the Former Soviet Union. In her earlier career, Dr. Koch-Weser worked for some 20 years at the World Bank, where she was closely associated as social scientist with instituting environmental and social policies. She subsequently served as Director General of IUCN -The World Conservation Union, the foremost global environmental umbrella organization.

    She is Founder and President of Earth3000, an international non-profit organization based in Germany since 2001, which supports strategic innovations in governance for environment and development, combining academic, advisory, and board engagements. Earth3000 is linked to various sustainability oriented academic programs and advisory and supervisory boards in Germany and abroad. In this context Dr. Koch-Weser has chaired the Global Exchange for Social Investment for a number of years. A major thrust in her current work program is the build-up of a new program on Contemporary History of Amazonia at the Institute of Advanced Studies, at the University of São Paulo, and the establishment of a globally oriented first Rainforest Business School.

    Dr. Koch-Weser holds a 1975 Ph.D. from the Universities of Bonn and Cologne, and a 2010 Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University. During her early post-doctoral career, she taught Anthropology and Latin American Studies at George Washington University in Washington D.C., and carried out extensive field work in Brazil.
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  • Demand Solutions MARLA LINO
    MARLA LINO - OPERATIONS DIRECTOR, PRO SALUD - 2013

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    MARLA LINO

    OPERATIONS DIRECTOR, PRO SALUD

    Marla Lino is Operations Director of Fronteras Unidas Pro Salud, A.C., (Pro Salud), a non-profit organization that provides medical and educational services in holistic, sexual and reproductive health in Baja California, México.

    Lino has a degree in Clinical Psychology and diplomas in Family Violence, Sex Education, Gender and Public Policy. She teaches human sexuality, gender violence, and sexual diversity in schools and universities in the city of Tijuana.

    Lino boasts vast experience in working with women and youth in activities that encourage them to develop their skills and potential. She promotes dialogue that guides women and youth to identify their needs, the acquisition of skills and gender-oriented alternatives for change.

    She was co-chair of the Binational HIV-AIDS Committee and ITS San Diego-Tijuana. She is now president-elect of the Psychology Association of Baja California.

    Her main interest is to work toward the prevention of social problems and thus contribute to the holistic development of women, men and youth in Tijuana. She has been widely praised for her 15 years of work with Pro Salud.
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  • Demand Solutions Maxim Kamanin
    Maxim Kamanin - Founder and CEO, Displair - 2013

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    Maxim Kamanin

    Founder and CEO, Displair

    Maxim Kamanin is the visionary leader and the inventor of Displair. He has been managing the company and affiliated startups for over three years. Kamanin has experience in the management of public organizations; has a higher education degree in IT, and an extensive professional IT experience.

    The origins of the idea and examination of theoretic base dates back to the end of 2009. During the period of scientific research the developer of the gadget studied natural optical phenomena: mirage, fog. Finally the choice was made in favor of substation close to clouds. The first operating prototype was constructed in June 2010 and introduced to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev in the framework of the Seliger forum.

    In August of the same year, Displair company was created and the project transformed into Startup, from the IT sphere due to the fact that it implied creation and development of Computer appliance. In 2011 the optical multi-touch system was created for Displair that enabled users to move objects despite the fact that the device is screenless and penetrable. An enhanced sample of Displair won the majority of competitions dedicated to the sphere of innovations and became well known abroad.
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  • Demand Solutions Megan Smith
    Megan Smith - Vice President, Google [x] - 2013

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    Megan Smith

    Vice President, Google [x]

    Megan Smith is an entrepreneur, tech evangelist, engineer, and connector. At Google[x], Smith works on a range of projects including co-creating/hosting SolveForX to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and collaboration.

    For nine years prior she led Google's New Business Development team managing early-stage partnerships, pilot explorations, and technology licensing for Google's global engineering and product teams. She led the acquisitions of Keyhole (Google Earth), Where2Tech (Google Maps) and Picasa, and also led the Google.org team transition to add more engineering with Google Crisis Response, GoogleforNonprofits, Earth Outreach/Engine and increased employee engagement.

    Prior to joining Google, Megan was CEO and, earlier, COO of PlanetOut, the leading LGBT online community, where the team broke through many barriers and partnered closely with AOL, Yahoo!, MSN and other major web players. Over the years, Smith has contributed to a wide range of engineering projects, including an award-winning bicycle lock, space station construction program, solar cookstoves and was a member of the MIT student team who designed, built and raced a solar car 2.000 miles across the Australian outback.

    Smith holds a bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she now serves on the board. She completed her master's thesis work at the MIT Media Lab.
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  • Demand Solutions Michael A. Rodriguez
    Michael A. Rodriguez - Director, UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America - 2013

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    Michael A. Rodriguez

    Director, UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America

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  • Demand Solutions MICHAEL W. MARINE
    MICHAEL W. MARINE - AMBASSADOR (RET.) AND CEO, SABIN VACCINE INSTITUTE - 2013

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    MICHAEL W. MARINE

    AMBASSADOR (RET.) AND CEO, SABIN VACCINE INSTITUTE

    Michael W. Marine, former U.S. Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, was appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Sabin Vaccine Institute on April 28, 2010.

    Marine joined Sabin's leadership team in December 2009 after serving eight months on the Joint Action Committee of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, an advocacy and resource mobilization initiative of Sabin. He was a member of the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service for 32 years and served as Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam from September 2004 to August 2007. Earlier in his Foreign Service career, Marine was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassies in Beijing, China, Nairobi, Kenya and Suva, Fiji. He also served in program direction positions in U.S. diplomatic posts in Moscow, Russia, Bonn, Germany and Guangzhou, China.

    Marine enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1967 and completed his service with the rank of Captain in 1971. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1974 with a degree in Asian Studies. He entered the Foreign Service in 1975. His early assignments were as a consular officer in Martinique, French West Indies and London, England, and as a political officer in Hong Kong. He received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award six times.
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  • Demand Solutions Panmela Castro
    Panmela Castro - Graffiti Fine Artist, Brazil - 2013

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    Panmela Castro

    Graffiti Fine Artist, Brazil

    Panmela Castro is an activist artist whose social policy work, primarily focused on gender equality, provides the core inspiration for the content of her provocative paintings. With her work, Panmela challenges patriarchal notions of public space as related to sexism, sexuality, subjectivity, and power relations. Using graffiti as a vehicle for cultural transformation, Panmela has brought many successful projects promoting women's rights to fruition.

    Panmela has a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the School of Fine Arts at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and is currently in the Master of Arts program at the State University of Rio de Janeiro. She has received numerous awards including the Prize Hutúz graffiti Artist of the decade, the DVF Awards and the Vital Voices Global Leadership Award for human rights.

    In 2012 she was nominated, together with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, one of the 150 women that are shaking the world by Newsweek magazine. With years of experience writing graffiti and fighting for women's rights, Panmela has been invited to paint in cities across the globe, including but not limited to: Berlin, Paris, Istambul, Prague, Johannesburg, New York, Toronto, and Washington D.C. Panmela has also worked with major organizations such as the Organization Of American States (OAS), the German Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, and the Brazilian Academy of Letters.

    Panmela is the Founder and President of Rede Nami, a feminist urban arts network. Rede Nami seeks to promote human rights whilst, and by, strengthening the artistic, intellectual, and professional skills of women living in favelas.
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  • Demand Solutions Pedro Peracio
    Pedro Peracio - Chief Digital Officer, Rio de Janeiro City Hall - 2013

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    Pedro Peracio

    Chief Digital Officer, Rio de Janeiro City Hall

    Chief Digital Officer of Rio de Janeiro City Hall.Although Rio de Janeiro City Hall's initial focus was floods, the scope of Rio Operations Center expanded considerably. Beyond managing all emergency response situations, it's also the city's information management center. It monitors transportation, water, weather and energy 24/7, 365 days a year.

    The Center is part of the Smarter Cities initiative that IBM has been promoting since 2007. The group, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in June, has launched similar projects in cities such as New York City or Gauteng in South Africa. However, Rio is its most ambitious initiative to date, as part of the major transformations the city is going through ahead of the World Cup and Olympics.

    The Center itself is a paradise for data geeks: the amount of information displayed on its 300 screens is impressive, starting with the images streamed from 200 traffic cameras (soon to be 400). According to the Center's Systems Coordinator, Dario Bizzo Marques, visitors from Google were also impressed by the heavy and innovative use his team makes of Google Earth. The several layers of real–time data come in particularly handy to manage crowd–intensive events such as Paul McCartney's recent show, the Carnival or New Year's Eve.
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  • Demand Solutions Peter A. Singer
    Peter A. Singer - CEO, Grand Challenges Canada - 2013

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    Peter A. Singer

    CEO, Grand Challenges Canada

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  • Demand Solutions Rajiv Shah
    Rajiv Shah - Administrator, USAID - 2013

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    Rajiv Shah

    Administrator, USAID

    Dr. Rajiv Shah serves as the 16th Administrator of USAID and leads the efforts of more than 9,600 professionals in 80 missions around the world.

    Since being sworn in on Dec. 31, 2009, Shah managed the U.S. Government's response to the devastating 2010 earthquake in Port–au–Prince, Haiti; co–chaired the State Department's first review of American diplomacy and development operations; and now spearheads President Barack Obama's landmark Feed the Future food security initiative. He is also leading "USAID Forward," an extensive set of reforms to USAID's business model focusing on seven key areas, including procurement, science and technology, and monitoring and evaluation.

    Before becoming USAID's Administrator, Shah served as undersecretary for research, education and economics, and as chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At USDA, he launched the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which significantly elevated the status and funding of agricultural research.

    Prior to joining the Obama administration, Shah served for seven years with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, including as director of agricultural development in the Global Development Program, and as director of strategic opportunities.

    Originally from Detroit, Shah earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and his master's in health economics from the Wharton School of Business. He attended the London School of Economics and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

    Shah is married to Shivam Mallick Shah and is the father of three children. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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  • Demand Solutions Rebeca Hwang
    Rebeca Hwang - Co–founder and CEO, YouNoodle - 2013

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    Rebeca Hwang

    Co–founder and CEO, YouNoodle

    Rebeca Hwang is a Co–founder and CEO of the San Francisco–based startup, YouNoodle, which focuses on helping companies and governments engage with communities of entrepreneurs and innovators for open innovation and co–creation processes. Currently, YouNoodle's technology platform, Podium, helps power entrepreneurship initiatives by the governments of Chile, Malaysia and Korea as well as by NASA and 7 out of the top 10 universities in the world. YouNoodle is also working with companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Intel to facilitate their engagement with entrepreneurs and to help strengthen their communities.

    Recently listed by Forbes as one of their 20 inspiring young female founders to follow on Twitter and recognized by the World Economic Forum as a recipient of the Young Global Leaders award. Rebeca also serves on the Global Board of Kauffman Foundation's Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), which gathers 10 million entrepreneurs every november in 100 countries.

    Rebeca has had an impressive background in entrepreneurship, science, and social initiatives. Born in Korea, and raised in Argentina; Rebeca was educated in the US, receiving both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT in Chemical and Environmental Engineering. Like many entrepreneurs Rebeca is a natural inventor. With a background in chemical and civil and environmental engineering, her work has garnered three U.S. patents, and since then she has added 7 pending patent applications to her portfolio. Many of her early projects, which focused on clean water initiatives, received numerous accolades, including the MIT Ideas Prize, the Lemelson award and recognition as a finalist in MIT 100K.

    She went on to pursue a PhD on Social Network Theory at Stanford University. During this time, she co–founded the Cleantech Open (CTO), now the largest cleantech competition in the US; the graduates of CTO's programs have raised over $600 million and have created over 2000 jobs. Rebeca was also the lead organizer of Stanford's BASES Social E–Challenge Competition for four years; she now serves as a board member of BASES and is a member of the Board of Advisors to the Imagine H2O water competition. Additionally, she is a member of the mentorship team that advises the top Israeli startups selected by the UpWest Labs incubation program in Silicon Valley and the cofounder of TIM's Garage, an accelerator for MIT startups in Silicon Valley. Rebeca also serves on the Board of Advisors of The Global Innovation Summit and several promising global startups. In these roles, she saw the value of entrepreneurship programs in helping to identify and reward great entrepreneurs and ideas throughout the world.

    Rebeca eventually took a leave of absence from her PhD program to co–found YouNoodle in 2007; initially using her research to help design YouNoodle's St
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  • Demand Solutions Richard Blum
    Richard Blum - Chairman, Blum Capital Partners & Founder and Trustee, Blum Center for Developing Economies - 2013

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    Richard Blum

    Chairman, Blum Capital Partners & Founder and Trustee, Blum Center for Developing Economies

    Richard C. Blum is Chairman of Blum Capital Partners, L.P. and Co–Chairman of Newbridge Capital, LLC. Mr. Blum earned his B.A. and M.B.A degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He was the recipient of UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business Alumnus of the Year Award in 1994 and is a member of the Advisory Board of the School.

    Mr. Blum serves as a director on a number of boards, including Playtex Products, Glenborough Realty Trust and is Chairman of CB Richard Ellis. He also serves as Co–Chairman of the World Conference on Religion and Peace and is Founder and Chairman of the American Himalayan Foundation and is a board member of the World Wildlife Fund and the Wilderness Society. He is also a trustee and a member of the executive committee of The Carter Center, founded by former President Jimmy Carter.

    Mr. Blum was appointed as a Regent in 2002 by Governor Davis to a 12–year term.
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  • Demand Solutions Richard Blum
    Richard Blum - Chairman, Blum Capital Partners & Founder and Trustee, Blum Center for Developing Economies - 2013

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    Richard Blum

    Chairman, Blum Capital Partners & Founder and Trustee, Blum Center for Developing Economies

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  • Demand Solutions RICHARD BURNS
    RICHARD BURNS - CHAIRMAN, LATIN TRADE GROUP - 2013

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    RICHARD BURNS

    CHAIRMAN, LATIN TRADE GROUP

    Richard Burns, is chairman of Latin Trade Group, which publishes Latin Trade magazine and digital news provider Latin Business Chronicle. The group also produces the BRAVO Business Awards, the Trade Américas Conference & Expo and the CFO Forum series. The company also recently invested in Datarisk, a Buenos Aires-based provider of risk mitigation and commercial assurance solutions for companies operating regionally in Latin America.

    Burns is also general partner at Isis Venture Partners, the owner of Latin Trade Group, a private equity firm he co-founded in 2002. Isis Venture Partners’ holdings include Miami Media and Manhattan Media, publisher of Avenue magazine and specialty publications in New York City and the Hamptons. Burns previously served as president and CEO of Thomson Financial Media, a division of Thomson Corporation. Before joining Thomson, he was president and CEO of Euromoney Publications America, where he served as CEO and publisher of Institutional Investor as well as president and editor-in-chief of Latin Finance.

    He has served as a director on several corporate boards, including 24/7 Real Media and Interaudi Bank, and since 2007 has been an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees of the American Museum of Natural History. Burns was educated at St. John’s College, Oxford, the Ludwig- Maximilians Institute at the University of Munich and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
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  • Demand Solutions ROBERT MOSBACHER, JR
    ROBERT MOSBACHER, JR - FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN AND CEO, BIZCORPS - 2013

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    ROBERT MOSBACHER, JR

    FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN AND CEO, BIZCORPS

    Mr. Mosbacher is Chairman of Mosbacher Energy Company, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company in Houston, Texas. From 1986 to 2005, he was President and CEO of MEC. He was also Vice Chairman of Mosbacher Power Group, an independent electric power developer, which began in 1995, and was sold in 2003.

    Mr. Mosbacher was sworn in as the ninth President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in October, 2005, following confirmation by the United States Senate. OPIC is a self-funding, independent agency of the United States Government that supports private capital investment in emerging markets around the world. OPIC currently operates in over 100 countries and has over $14 billion in commitments. He stepped down from his position at OPIC in January of 2009.

    In 2009, Mr. Mosbacher joined the Board of Calpine Corporation, the largest independent power company in the United States, with over 28,000 MWs of generating capacity. He also rejoined the Board of Devon Energy Company, a large, independent gas and oil producer. He is Chairman of the Boards of the Initiatives for Global Development, and Global Communities (formerly CHF International), and serves on the Boards of the Americas Society and the Center for Global Development.

    Robert Mosbacher, Jr., is founder, Chairman, and CEO of BizCorps, a Washington-based nonprofit organization that places graduates of top American business schools with SME entrepreneurs in emerging markets. These graduates work with the entrepreneurs to develop business plans and other strategies for growth. BizCorps is currently operating in Colombia and Kenya.

    Mr. Mosbacher was Chairman of the Board of the Greater Houston Partnership in 2004, a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the city’s chamber of commerce.

    Mr. Mosbacher has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Methodist Hospital, the Salvation Army, and the Greater Houston Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, all in Houston. He is founder and former co-Chairman of Rebuilding Together Houston (formerly PSI HomeSavers), which organizes volunteers to deliver free exterior home repairs and has resulted in the repair of over 6,000 houses for qualified low-income elderly or disabled Houstonians. He also served on the Board of South Texas College of Law.

    Earlier in his career, Mr. Mosbacher worked for US Senator Howard Baker for over seven years. He helped launch the Reagan Administration’s Private Sector Initiatives Program, and was appointed by President Reagan to three successive Presidential Task Forces on Private Sector Initiatives during the 1980s.

    Mr. Mosbacher received a law degree in 1977 from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in 1973.
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  • Demand Solutions S. Shankar Sastry
    S. Shankar Sastry - Dean, College of Engineering, University of California Berkeley - 2013

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    S. Shankar Sastry

    Dean, College of Engineering, University of California Berkeley

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  • Demand Solutions Toni Garrido
    Toni Garrido - Radio and Television Presenter, Spain - 2013

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    Toni Garrido

    Radio and Television Presenter, Spain

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  • Demand Solutions Wendy Taylor
    Wendy Taylor - Director, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, USAID - 2013

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    Wendy Taylor

    Director, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, USAID

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