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.

Andrew Ngui

Andrew is the Senior Program Manager, MIT Bootcamps. His focus is on marketing and alumni engagement. With over 20 years of experience in design, he builds creative experiences that empower and engage Bootcampers throughout their innovation journey.

An alumnus of the flagship MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, he co-founded Global Entrepreneurs, a social enterprise with a mission to engage aspiring entrepreneurs worldwide and equip them with the tools to bring about economic change and growth. This work is now part of MIT Bootcamps.

Andrew is a graduate of Stanford d.school’s, Design Thinking Bootcamp and holds a Specialized Honors in Design from York University and Sheridan College; a highly specialized design program that blends creativity, innovation, academic rigor and interdisciplinary collaboration.

During his time in academia at York University, he developed a mentoring program for international students. This led to a 5x increase in enrollment and engagement in student life activities. For this achievement, Andrew was awarded the York International award for internationalizing education.

Prior to joining MIT, Andrew worked with stakeholders in governments and corporate innovation teams to create scalable wayfinding systems that help people find their way, most notably in one of North America’s largest transit systems.

Bharat Monteiro

Bharat Monteiro is a passionate and seasoned Business Leader with experience through business cycles, across geographies, and various industries.

He built his career with a strong focus on Quality & Operations, transitioned into Solutions development & Productization, and has led business in North America, Europe and Asia.

Bharat is passionate about building businesses, growing teams and driving financial results to ultimately impact & enhance the end-customer experience.

He has worked with Fortune 500 corporations like General Electric & Invensys, and has worked in multiple business models including Manufacturing with Economic Value Added focus, Outsourcing, Consulting, and Direct & In-direct product sales. Bharat’s experience spans healthcare, automotive, food & beverage equipment manufacturing and electronics industries, in the United States, Mexico, Europe and India.

Currently, Bharat serves as the Director for South Asia for Masimo Corporation, with full P&L responsibility for Masimo’s businesses in the Indian Sub-continent, Singapore and ASEAN. He built the business in India, top-graded the team in Singapore & ASEAN, overhauled the in-direct sales channel and has delivered 20-30% growth year over year consistently for the last 5 years, with increasing margins, and reducing operational costs.

Bharat is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, has been a Lean Manufacturing practitioner for over 15 years, and has a Master’s degree in Operations Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, USA. After spending 12 years in the United States and 5 years in Europe, Bharat re-located to Asia, to help improve the healthcare ecosystem through his role at Masimo.

Bharat enjoys cooking, traveling, and yoga, and currently shuttles between Bangalore and Singapore.

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.

Jitesh Surendran

Mr. Jitesh Surendran is a Capital Market Professional with 15 Years Experience in Management & Capital Markets in various countries under various roles starting his early career as a Derivative/CFD Broker in India, early 2000 to currently holding position as Chief Executive Officer of Mercantile Exchange Nepal Limited since August 2008. MEX Nepal is a Premier Commodity Exchange of Nepal, whose growth is often linked to the Spearheading captaincy of Mr. Jitesh Surendran to make it a very successful Commodity Exchange of Nepal. He has been successful in introducing very innovative products to the Nepalese commodity market including Agro delivery, Bullion delivery & Options. He has got vast Market Development and Research experience.

He has done his graduation from Loyola College, Chennai. He holds a Dual Executive MBA, Specialized in International Business Management & International Finance management, IMSR, Mumbai. Mr. Jitesh Surendran was elected as the Vice Chairman of South Asian Federation of Exchanges (SAFE), Islamabad, Pakistan for 2017-2019.

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.

Kemal Abdela

Kemal Abdela, a diligent young leader, founder and president of O-YES Foundation based in Thailand, which aims to empower youth through seeking/providing opportunities for the youth at all levels in collaboration with local communities, government, NGOs, individuals and any other entities that have similar vision and passionate about empowering youth.

He is teacher at Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat University, and graduate student at Khon Kean University, Khon Kean, Thailand. He is also a member of Political Science Association of Kasetsart University.

Kemal is passionate and strive to help the disadvantages, cooperate and share his experience, skills and abilities with others, especially with youth. He is eager to make a difference in the society through empowering young generation.

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.

Megan Christensen

After graduating from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, Megan Christensen spent a year in Mexico as part of the Fulbright-Garcia Robles Binational Business internship where she worked as Venture Coordinator at Ashoka, a global organization that supports social entrepreneurs. She has also worked at Point Loma Nazarene University where she assisted International Ministries team to coordinate a total of 700+ university students' summer service trips and internships in 15+ international locations. Currently, Megan is the Vice President at Watson University, an incubator and school for student social entrepreneurs. Watson University offers a semester program along with a full degree track that allows students to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Entrepreneurship in addition to helping them launch their ventures.

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.

Prakash Neupane

Prakash Neupane is the Entrepreneur turned from social evangelist, experimenting on consumer focus tech venture and social enterprise. He has experience of working on value driven enterprise with stake holder collaboration to create the social sharing economy. He is cofounder of Sarathi Cab, Online cab booking platform in Nepal and Nepflights, Online domestic flight booking platform in Nepal. He has strength of team lead, planning, evaluation and monitoring of business. Prakash and his partner Ravi has recently raised the angel investment for Sarathi(Record making Investment).

Prakash has won the Best ICT Startup last year and Top 100 Asian companies on 2015 for NepFlights.

Rahuel Stone

With over 17 years of experience in Sales and Management, Rahuel has an in-depth knowledge of working in cross- functional domains like E-Commerce, Logistics, International Trade, Banking & Consulting. He has led the regional businesses of large MNC logistics and consulting companies like FedEx and Dun & Bradstreet. Rahuel has been instrumental in translating his extensive experience to drive the vision and business growth at Tenovia and IGTC (Indo Global Trade Connectors).

Rahuel heads Marketing at Strategy at Tenovia Solutions which is a leading eCommerce and Digital solutions company based in India. Rahuel is also the founder of ‘Indo Global Trade connectors’ where he sees himself as its "Chief Connector", connecting small business owners and entrepreneurs with resources to develop and grow their business.

Rahuel thoroughly enjoys the art of networking and building authentic relationships to benefit all. He is also an active member of several industry associations including CII- Young Indians, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE), & Madras

Ravi Singhal

Ravi Singhal is an entrepreneur working in Nepal’s tech and marketing industry since the year 2009. Ravi promotes and believes in best utilization of technology to grow any business and has been contributing to different communities with his time and expertise.

He is the CEO of “Social Aves” – Nepal’s leading Digital Marketing company and Co-Founder of “Sarathi Cab” – An emerging cab booking company of Nepal. Ravi has prosperously founded three companies and all of them have been exhibiting great results. Emanating from technology background Ravi has grown in to more of a technology entrepreneur and his roles are more in managing the company then developing a product/service. Ravi expertise on Business Development Strategy, Customer Acquisition, Sales Funnel Creation, Digital Marketing, Branding and has a great art of team work.

Ravi has won the first ever Global Student Entrepreneurs Award from Nepal in the year 2014 for his company Social Aves.

He is a vigorous believer of “Dreaming, Believing & Achieving”

Rukmagat Kaphle

Mr. Kaphle, a professional pecuniary analyst, has been involving in financial sector over the last two decades. Leading Nepal International Financial Center (NIFC) as the founder directorial chairman, Mr. Kaphle has become a prominent figure in global capital market. Analogously, he has already presented myriads of international papers, and articles in conferences relating to capital market. Holding a Ph.D in Financial Market Regulation, Mr. Kaphle has associated at National Level Micro Finance as Director and several other international organizations as a consultant. He has already partaken as key speakers in different conclaves and seminars. Well known across Nepal as depth analyst of Nepalese Capital Market, he has also been edifying students about monetary analysis at undergraduate and graduate programs as faculty member since last five year at different universities and colleges.

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.

Subash Pandey

Well organised Chartered Certified Accountants from United Kingdom, Mr. Pandey is an analytical and experienced audit coordinator/financial analyst professional with more than 4 years of experience leading a broad range of auditing, accounting and controlling responsibilities. Mr. Pandey is currently working in NIBL capital market as a corporate advisor. Mr. Pandey offers expertise that would be of benefit to budding startups. With a proven record in building solid audit engagement plan and improvisation, he has been constantly involved in improving accounting and reporting procedures, and providing sound financial analysis.

Troyevan Saragih

Troyevan Saragih is a Motivational Personal-Power Coach in Indonesia, a personal development platform that helps young people to startup their business with their own personal-powers. Troyevan Saragih is also a small businesses owner and sales & marketing coach for small and medium enterprises. The founder of UTINDO CreativeWorks. - a nationwide below the line business that serves events, promotion and MICE since 2009. Previously, Troyevan Saragih worked as a Head of Event & Promotion Department for Media Company. He is actively invited as a public speaker, motivator or trainer for schools, university and also companies in Indonesia. His education background includes a master study in Economics and he is passionate about entrepreneurship for millennials. Troyevan Saragih has just startup new business line in fashion since 2015 with the brand of TROYEEBAGS and now he is developing it into retail fashion business.


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