Abhinav Gautam

Coming from a technical background, Abhinav believes that technology and entrepreneurship is the best method to bring change. His experience builds upon him running two startups while studying at Carnegie Mellon University. Abhinav is interested in consumer tech based companies and social enterprises with focus on education and healthcare. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and photography.

Amarit Charoenphan

Amarit Charoenphan is the CEO and Cofounder of Thailand’s first and largest coworking space and community called HUBBA. Listed as 2016 Forbes’ 30 under 30 for his great achievements, Amarit’s entrepreneurial journey started as the Cofounder at HUBBA in 2012 which boasts its service to 12,000+ members by the end of 2016. He is also an Edmund Hillary Fellow in New Zealand and is helping to build a community of world-leading entrepreneurs and investors, and helping them bring their purpose-driven ventures to life. Amarit has also organized, as the Cofounder of Techsauce, Techsauce Global Summit, Southeast Asia's 1st Global Scale conference that was attended by 6,000 attendees. Techsauce Global Summit has quickly become one of the best conferences in all of Asia. His passion and life's work is to create a better world where people work with passion, meaning, and purpose while actively supported by an inspiring community and ecosystem.

Andre Kwok K.

Andre is a believer in networking and entrepreneurship in emerging markets, with his first mind-blowing gap year journey in Southeast Asia, first startup in Cambodia and lots of loves and hates, alma mater being The University of Hong Kong(International Relations).

Andre has also been involving in development project and investment in emerging markets such as Cambodia and Bangladesh, with experience in United Nations Development Program, Food and Agriculture Organisation and other self-initiated projects. He is currently founder of Future City Summit and learning tons from private investors and family businesses in Hong Kong.

Christopher Benavides

Chris is a dual-citizen of Brazil & the USA, trilingual in English, Spanish & Portuguese. He is a recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award, on behalf of Barack Obama & The White House. He served as a Delegate, Entrepreneur, on behalf of the USA, at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit of 2016, held at Stanford University in Silicon Valley, hosted by the US Department of State, for Elio Technologies. Chris served as the Chief Strategy Officer for Elio Technologies, a precision agriculture startup, founded at MIT's Inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in 2014. Chris and his team won third place at MIT’s Demo Day in 2014 for Elio.

In 2017, Chris was invited to MIT’s Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory to the 1st summer school on Cognitive Robotics & Artificial Intelligence on a fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Boeing, and NASA, where he worked extensively on MIT-developed RMPL planning language and both motion & trajectory planning. Chris has also served on the Board of Directors of both for-profit and not-for-profit firms and mentors startups for MIT Launch, while he is completing his MBA at Asia School of Business in collaboration with MIT Sloan, a joint program between MIT & The Central Bank of Malaysia, on a full-fellowship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This past summer of 2017, he worked as a Summer Associate at Morgan Stanley in the USA. He is passionate about empowering the underprivileged and advancing modern society through sustainable, technological innovation.

Djamila Youcef-Khodja

Djamila Youcef-Khodja is the Director of the SOLVE BUSINESS SCHOOL (SBS) and Teacher of Sociology of Entrepreneurship, Time Management, Communication (Meta Model).

She has studied at the Harvard Business School (HBS), Harvard Medical School (HMS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT GEB) where she and her team were awarded (3rd place-2016) and in French Universities and Business Schools like ESCP-Europe.She is graduated in Litterature, Sociology, Psychology, Management, Finance and is now finishing a program in Biochemistry. She is also certified in Personal Development (Hypnosis and NLP).

She considers knowledge as a tool to leverage the world we live in, in order to improve conditions of humanity, more specifically excluded populations.

Djamila Youcef-Khodja has always been an entrepreneur, she has found in the MIT network the resources required to take the entrepreneurial experience to a higher level. The creation of the SBS is an opportunity to share this passion for Entrepreneurship with the next generations of Entrepreneurs from any background, from any part of the world.Besides, she is an Expert Judge for several Institutions like the MassChallenge (Mexico), a mentor for the MIT Launchclub Program and an advisor in strategy for several companies.

Htet Arkar Soe

Htet Arkar Soe studied Bachelor of Commerce at University of Newcastle, Australia and moved back to Yangon in 2013. He is currently working in the dynamic and exciting world of startups helping number of aspiring entrepreneurs validate and launch their ideas into real businesses. Passionate about tech and startup, he is currently working as Accelerator Manager with Phandeeyar Accelerator and organized for Myanmar’s Biggest Startup Challenge, First Myanmar Game Dev Challenge and First Cohort of Founder Institute Yangon Chapter during his time at Phandeeyar.

James Hopkins

James Hopkins is a 24 year old mature Stamford International University student. Alongside his current study he founded and operates QV-Marketing, a Digital Marketing agency providing services and assistance to Local Business Owners across the UK. From the age of 22, James developed a passion for online business and has always dreamed of building a remotely operated enterprise that can be operated from anywhere in the world. Since February 2017, his dreams are finally in his sights as his business and personal goals, but having found recent success in his current venture is excited to share with you some secrets to how he has made it happen so quickly. QV-Marketing has seen an increase in monthly revenue of over 1000%. There is still a very long way to go before James reaches his business and personal goals, but having found recent success in his current venture is excited to share with you some secrets to how he has made it happen so quickly.

Joseph Jeong

Joseph is a Wall Street veteran, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Mentor, Educator and father of 2. He currently serves as Advisor and Mentor at the X-Lab in China's top university, Tsinghua and Oya Opportunities. He also serves as a mentor and resident Fintech expert at Chinaccelerator. Joseph received his Entrepreneurship Teaching Certificate from MIT, Leadership training from Hive and Exponential Technologies training from Singularity University. He has given lectures on the topics of entrepreneurship, the future of education and FinTech at many of the top universities including HEC, CDTM, Tsinghua, PolyU HK, HKU, and HKUST. He and his partner's new Education startup is focused on developing an entrepreneurial mindset in the 99.9% of our youth that don't know they can be entrepreneurs...yet!

From the alleyways of China, to the streets of NY, Joseph immigrated to the United States from China with nothing. He started working at age 9 and by age 14 he had found his passion in investing and trading. He went on to teach himself the art of investing and got his first internship at a brokerage at age 17. He graduated UCLA and went on to have a successful career at UBS, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank. He also helped co-found a successful Asian hedge fund and co-founded an institutional brokerage in the middle of the Global Financial Crisis. That firm was later sold to India's second largest financial services firm and remains their Asia unit to this day.

Joseph is devoting his life to helping our youth find their passions early, as he did when he was 14 and help kindle their brilliant entrepreneurial minds.

Komal Parakh

Komal Parakh, a passionate entrepreneur and founder of UpCycle Enterprises, a startup venture, based out of Mumbai, aiming to provide alternatives to waste management of textile, metal and other solid waste through the creation of sustainable line of products, is currently in the early stages of the fundraising cycle for her startup in Cambridge Massachusetts.

A staunch believer in the power of writing and spoken words, she has served as a correspondent for the Times of India and LinkedInn Press, having published articles spanning a wide array of topics on pressing contemporary issues from the relevance of Barter in the contemporary to ideals of a flotsam and jetsam economy.

A zealous speaker, she recently chaired the Indian International MUN Conference in United Nations headquarters, New York as the vice chair on ECOSOC, discussing post Brexit ramifications while pushing for agenda for India’s permanent seat in the Security Council and was awarded 1st prize along with her team, in the presentation of Sustainable Business model at National University of Singapore’ in 2015.

Also a student of Media, Gender and Culture, the ideals of gender equality and rights of minorities form the core of her startup venture that focusses on changing many a social perceptions through generation of fair wage employment and vocational skill training to, at risk and disenfranchised communities such as Racial and Ethnic minorities, Sex workers and homeless people etc in Mumbai, Boston and other major cities in india.

Currently she is also on the board of a very niche student body called Harvard College Impact Investing Group, which aims to educate students about the benefits of investments made in organizations, generating measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return.

Kotchakorn Voraakhom

Kotchakorn Voraakhom is the founder and CEO of Porous City Network, a landscape social enterprise working to increase urban resilience in Southeast Asian cities. Kotch's passion is solving urban ecological problems through landscape architectural design. Kotch is founder and lead designer for the award-winning landscape architecture and urban design firm Landprocess, focused on improving Thailand's green public space. She has worked on notable projects including a major urban ecological park and innovative public spaces in Bangkok. Kotch is a 2016 Asia Foundation Development Fellow and 2017 Echoing Green Climate Fellow. She received her master's in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University.

Dr. Mir Dost

Dr. Mir Dost is a PhD in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Thailand. Dr. Dost is serving an Assistant professor, Director for the office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) and Head of the Department of Finance and Management Sciences (F&MS) at Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences (LUAWMS) Uthal-Pakistan. His empirical research focuses on the areas of entrepreneurship, knowledge management, innovation management and process innovation generation and adoption. His research papers are published in the international journals i.e., Journal of Intellectual Capital, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management and others. Dr. Dost has presented his work in the top tier conferences i.e., International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) in March 2017 at Toronto Canada. Academy of Management (AOM) in 2016 in USA.

Shadman Sadab

Shadman Sadab is a Bangladeshi Entrepreneurship Enthusiast based in Dhaka. He is President of Bangladesh Youth Entrepreneurship Forum(BYEF), an initiative of Junction Ventures. BYEF is a platform for undergrads who are geeky in entrepreneurship and a proven startup enthusiast. BYEF gives drive to kick a sustainable entrepreneurship culture across campuses. BYEF organizes monthly events in campuses and is working to empower the youths with digital knowledge hub.

He is working as a country coordinator of GEB. He is also Bangladesh chapter head of Future City Summit, University of Hong Kong.

Shadman is one of the ambassadors (in tainting) of UN SDSN Youth's Global Schools Ambassadors Program.


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