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.
Aditya is a Entrepreneur, Maker, Innovator who believes in taking technical innovations to the emerging landscapes through entrepreneurship. His startup ECOLABS thriving to achieve the same with a great user base currently. He currently works closely with the Startup Ecosystem of the City as Community Leader,Techstars , Founding Campus Director,Hult Prize. He is also founder of FermeTester, a social enterprise working with a goal of "for good,for profit".
While his startup have made it to top100 in Hult Prize Competiton, Aditya is a design thinking whiz. His core competency is working closely with IOT and Hardware based early stage startups to get them to prototype and product stages in the quick time. He has taken more than 50 workshops across the state in the emerging field of IOT and Electronics based products. He has also served as Technical Director at Indian Society for Technical Education, Nirma Unviersity.
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 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 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.
Anna Barchetti Durisch, PhD, mentor and public speaker, Founder and CEO of HELIOS LIFE and ANNA FOR LIFE; her main goal has been revolving around the concept of serving humanity; among others through coaching for wisdom, excellence and financial empowerment.
She has been conducting life empowerment seminars as well as lectures on the subject of money; mentoring, coaching and providing counseling services. Since 2011, whilst working in a consultative capacity with the United Nations ECOSOC, Anna has been conceptualizing and delivering public statements during UN Human Rights Council sessions; raising the subjects of education, poverty, corruption, freedom, money, human rights, happiness, power, love, and justice.
Educated as a Master of Business Administration, Anna completed her PhD in Metaphysical Science in 2009 and for the past fifteen years she has been dedicated to her pursuit of knowledge, wisdom and service toward humanity.
In 1998 Anna became a member of MENSA - The High IQ Society; an international society founded in Oxford in 1946 with its members representing the top 2% of human intelligence in the entire world. In 2000 she became a member of ISPE – The International Society for Philosophical Enquiry; a global scientific - philosophical society founded in 1974, dedicated to high achievement, advanced enquiry, original research and creative contributions.
Anna has been engaging, advising, interacting and working with leaders, organizations, representatives of civil society, religious leaders, educators, individuals and communities over the years; attempting to channel their strengths and energies towards meaning and connection.
An award-winning serial tech entrepreneur, Ash Ali was born and raised in inner-city Birmingham to working-class immigrant parents. He sold his first internet business at the age of just 19.
Ash was the First Marketing Director at Just Eat UK, the online food-ordering giant in 2007. During his time there, he used his commercial acumen and growth hacking skills, including launching its first TV campaign to grow it at breakneck speed. Just Eat went on to IPO for £1.5 Billion on the London Stock Exchange - making it one of the UK’s largest tech IPOs in the last decade.
He has consulted, advised and invested in hundreds of startups at various different stages, specialising in the lean startup methodology for early-stage startups. Having sat on both “sides of the table” - as a hands-on founder and also as an investor, he understands what it takes to raise funding and investment.
After Just Eat, he founded Fare Exchange - a bootstrapped performance voice-based lead-generation startup in transportation that generated more than £25 million in revenue.
He has been invited to speak at several top universities and technology expos about his story and business insights. As a sought-after startup mentor and speaker and happily provides pro-bono time to charities and social projects to increase opportunities for diversity and social mobility.
Ash has recently shared his concept of “The Unfair Advantage” at TEDx. His new book “The Unfair Advantage: Boost your Chances of Startup Success” is out in July 2018.
Bhanu’s Superhuman Abilities in doing complex mathematical calculations at unimaginable, amazing speed with 100% accuracy has earned him the nicknames "The Number Prodigy", “The Next Ramajunan” and “The Fastest Human Calculator in the World.” His brain processes numbers 10 times faster than an average human brain.
He holds 50 Limca Book Records and 4 World Records for being The Fastest Human Calculator. Bhanu is a 4 times TedX Speaker, Founder and CEO of 3 companies and has been invited by various global institutions in 17 countries to share and teach “how to amplify human brain’s efficiency” where he shares his secrets and tools that he developed.
He has been helping students, corporates and entrepreneurs in mental ability training, harnessing infinite potentials of human brain and mathematical thinking as a tool to increase brain’s efficiency. He regularly holds workshops, seminars and trainings for corporates and students on parallel thinking, partitioning thought, analytical and critical thinking.
Bhanu is hugely inspired by the great Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan and other Ancient Indian Mathematical Geniuses. He is carrying their work forward by teaching and inspiring youth to harness their brain’s infinite potentials by using mathematics as a tool.
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.
Buna Dahal, blind motivational speaker, has been spreading the philosophy of empowerment for 25 years.
Visionary philanthropist - noble leader Buna Dahal has led numerous multimillion dollar humanitarian programs globally. She has mastered the art of community philanthropy for social responsibility. To support such programs, Buna consistently achieves 100% success in fundraising. Her extraordinary achievements have been featured on Colorado Community Newspapers, Nepal Television, Kantipur Television, NBC, CBS, MSNBC… to name a few.
Buna is an entrepreneur who promotes vision leadership combining personal leadership through community outreach. The earthquake of April 2015 in Nepal created tremendous health and safety issues for more than eight million people. In response to this she coordinated efforts with the U.S. Congress to secure Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepalese living in the United States. This allowed them to travel home, and back, more easily so they could carry aid to family and friends.
Buna Dahal is recognized as a global leader. She is a published authority in employment and leadership. Working across cultural and economic boundaries Buna delivers competitive placement strategies which ensure success. By incorporating rigorous follow-up, reporting and analytics into her training products this female entrepreneur and philanthropist has instilled methods for consistent execution in organizations around the world. For the past 20 years these strategies have assured upward mobility for 95% of her clients.
As the appointed ambassador to the West Asia Region of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment, Buna -keynote speaker- is a beacon of inspiration.
Buna Dahal has addressed the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, the Colorado School of Mines, and Microsoft. She has shared the stage with world leaders, inventors, entrepreneurs, humanitarians as well as U.S. legislators. Buna Dahal is a disruptor!
A single hour with Buna will immerse your audience in the art of possibility, lift them through their own ah-Ha! moments and deliver a shared sense of noble living. Learn from a woman born blind how to develop and exercise vision. How to route-find your career, and how to inspire a desire for legacy.
Chit is an advocate for quality education and youth empowerment. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the University Of Computer Studies Yangon and her post-graduate diploma in Systems Analysis from the National University Of Singapore, chit also gained experience working in the technology sector of both Singapore and Myanmar.
Chit is now in Myanmar promoting education through technological means. Her goal is to provide education in areas that lack access to quality teaching and schools. She has started a CCEducare organization to enhance the learning experience in Myanmar by collaborating with international partners. Her mission is to reduce the limitation of quality education accessible using information technology. Her passion and stories have been written by the University of Oklahoma, USA with the article name “From Myanmar to OU”. Her organization CCEducare has been awarded “YSEALI Seeds for the Future 2018” and “Mekong Innovative Winner 2017”.
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.
Daniel de Gruijter is cofounder and CEO of Incitement; the next-generation social business - powered through inspirational talks-connecting brands with social causes with volunteers to tackle pressing global issues together.
When Daniel started Incitement late 2011, him and his business partner Zikry tried to raise funds for their startup, but quickly found that it was impossible to convince investors that a social business was worth their time and money. They decided to bootstrap.
Today, Incitement is widely considered to be one of South East Asia’s most influential social enterprises, with chapters in 46 countries, 100s of events and impact projects, 1000s of beneficiaries and volunteers, and on average 350% revenue growth yoy. Their clients include multinational organizations from the likes of Pepsico, Nestlé, Cummins, L’Oreal, the Malaysian Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Youth and Sports, and many more.
Daxeel Soni is an young software engineer and with the passion of startup product building using tech skills. He is a founder of Version Labs which focuses on chatbot/voicebots, blockchain solutions for the startups and enterprises.
He is a tech community enabler in India who develops and teaches technology to young students and professionals. He is a co-lead of Facebook Developers Circle, Ahmedabad and Co-Organizer at PyData Ahmedabad which is a local chapter of US based premier non-profit tech organization.
He is a technology educator, public speaker, maker and engineer invited to various institutes and events such as Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2017, IIM Ahmedabad, Startup Weekend Ahmedabad & Gandhinagar, Django Girls UK (Ahmedabad Chapter), Nirma University, Ahmedabad University, Various Google Developer Groups, Maker Fest 2017, Maker Mela 2017, Intel Make Tomorrow 2017, Facebook events and many more.
He is a creator of world's first open source Blockchain learning interface - Blockshell, having 1300+ stars and 6 global contributors on github which is used of Blockchain at Berkeley group in University of California, Berkeley to teach fundamentals of Blockchain.
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.
Donald is Director, International for Circles.life, a regional digital telco based in Singapore, and focuses on overseas partnerships and expansion. Previously, he was the Chief Operating Officer and part of the founding team at Clifford Capital, an infrastructure and asset-backed finance company, and before that he worked in investments and corporates across the Asia-Pacific region.
Prof. Datuk Dr. Hajjah Bibi Florina Abdullah is the Pro-Chancellor of Lincoln University College, Malaysia.
Lincoln University College was founded in the year in 2002 as Lincoln College and in 2011 Lincoln College was upgraded to Lincoln University College. Lincoln University College is a private institution that provides higher education, approved by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA, National Accreditation Board) and the Ministry of Higher Education. Situated in the cosmopolitan town of Petaling Jaya, the university college is close to the capital city, Kuala Lumpur. At present Lincoln University College has two campuses in Petaling Jaya, along with its clinical campus at Kota Bharu.
Lincoln University College has been offering courses on Medicine and Health Sciences, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Business and Accounting, Hospitality, Computer Science and Multimedia, Engineering, Science, Social Science, Arts and Humanities. The college has recently been forwarding its steps in entrepreneurial education. It is co-organizing the fourth edition of Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp (GEB) as per its plan to excel in the sector of entrepreneurial education.
Goris Mustaqim was born in Garut, Indonesia in 1983. He graduated from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in 2006, majoring in Civil Engineering.
While in campus, he was the co-founder of ITB Entrepreneurship Challenge (IEC). IEC has been supporting thousands of students to become entrepreneurs from 2006 until 2014; it was currently acknowledged as Indonesia’s leading student’s Business Plan Competition, broadcasted by a national TV channel in 2011-2013 and supported by US Embassy to send its winner to Silicon Valley. Since then, He is also active as jury, mentor, and advisor in several entrepreneurship competitions.
In 2007-2012, Goris co-founded PT Resultan Nusantara, an IT Company which deliver RFID-based automation solutions. As the director, he led the business strategy, marketing, and investor relation.
He dedicated his passion in social entrepreneurship by being active as the President and Founder of ASGAR MUDA Foundation, a youth leading social enterprise concerns on Youth Education, Community Development (microfinance, cooperatives), as well as Youth Entrepreneurship in his hometown, Garut. The work of ASGAR MUDA has been depicted in his book, titled “Pemuda Membangun Bangsa dari Desa”, inspiring youth to contribute to their nation’s development from their hometown. The foundation latest initiative is Rumah Sehat Garut, who aim to saving mother lives using the data ( https://savingnextgen.com/ ). It will be replicated in 14 cities-provinces by Dompet Dhuafa on 2018. Rumah Sehat Garut named as one of Asean Social Impact Awards by Ashoka, National University of Singapore, & Asia Philantropic Circle in March of 2018
Goris was chosen by the Business Week Magazine as one of Asia’s under 30 Best Young Entrepreneurs nominee in 2010. He was awarded as British Council’s Community Entrepreneur in 2009, Gatra Magazine People of the Year in 2010, several fellowships from reputable organizations or universities including Asia Foundation Development Fellows in 2014, and Service Award on Global Peace Festival Convention in Seoul 2011, on his effort to raise people’s welfare.
Goris had attended various international events since 2008, including World Economic Forum, World Islamic Economic Forum, etc. His best experience was when he talked to President Obama during Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington, D.C. in April 2010, when he served as the youngest panelist on “Catalyzing Youth Entrepreneurship” session.
In 2012, Goris led the Indonesia Young Changemaker Summit, which successfully gathered more than 200 young Indonesian changemakers in Bandung to share and inspire common visions, learnings and experiences. He is also a part of the Global Shapers under the World Economic Forum.
Since 2015, Goris has been serving as consultant for companies to transform their CSR activities into more sustainable, impactful, and measurable model. It has been his vision to empower more population from rural areas in Remote Island of beautiful archipelago Indonesia to urban communities who still witness disparity in one of fastest growing economy in the world. Semut Nusantara Consulting ( http://semutnusa.com/) strives to deliver social progress in Indonesia through its services including: CSR assessment & program management, capacity building for local people, impact matchmaking, and impact measurement.
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 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.
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 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.
Juliana Roth is Associate Director of MBA Program at Asia School of Business. A global minded professional with focus on executive education, hybrid/distance learning, and technology, Juliana has more than 16 years of experience in the field of management education. Prior to ASB, she was with Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, United States as Associate Director for Goizueta Business School’s Master of Science in Business Analytics program and Associate Director/Instruction Content Developer, MBA for Executives. Juliana has a Juris Master and Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Emory University.
Dr. KK Singh is the Founder & Chairman of International Youth Committee. He is an iconic multi-humanitarian award winner, a youth crusader, an author and also a World Traveller. He is serving more than 1 million youth from over 170 countries to empower them by providing educational resources, leadership opportunities, and a global network to the next generation of world leaders. He had transformed more than 600 drug addicted youths to body builder, saved over 600 girls from human trafficking, established numerous village libraries, currently working to provide free education, food, basic healthcare and vocational training to over 3,000 arm victims children affected by arm conflicts in India as his biggest mission and dream of life
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 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.
"Indonesia has a shortage of minimum 1 million bags of packed red blood cell annually. In 2013, the shortage reached 2,4 million."
To answer the pressing issue, Leo founded her startup called Reblood on January 2015. It is an app that aims to provide solutions to increase awareness and promoting blood donation to help save more people's lives.
Graduated from Information Systems major, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember Surabaya, Leo started her entrepreneurship journey after her participation in the MITx Global Entrepreneurship Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2014.
Reblood then joined Start Surabaya, a tech-incubator program initiated by KIBAR, Suara Surabaya, Spazio, and Enciety to empower the up-and-coming tech entrepreneurs in Surabaya. This program has been supported extensively by Tri Rismaharini, the current Mayor.
Start Surabaya helps Reblood in many different aspects, including providing space for work, mentoring sessions by industry experts, as well as opening up doors to partnership with the right parties, such as the Red Cross. In 2016, Leo was listed on Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 for Healthcare and Science category.
Marvin Kolibonso is a social entrepreneur in agriculture and education area. He founded Baku (baku.global) and co founded Sayurbox (sayurbox.com), both are startups that improve livelihood of farmers by leveraging the use of technology. Moreover, he also co founded a startup Incubator Jarvis (jarvisindo.com), with the aim to promote entrepreneurship mindset to university student. Throughout his career, Marvin has acquired a level of experience and international exposure that provides him with a comprehensive understanding of supply chain and agro business. As a Supply Chain Analyst in HeidelbergCement, as a Supply Network Operations Leader at Procter & Gamble, Country Operations Manager at Clinton Foundation CGEP, and later as consultant at World Bank, he has been involved in various strategic and technical projects. In 2018 he received Australia Awards from Australian government for his contribution in agriculture sector.
After graduating in electronic engineering, Matthieu worked two years as a software engineer for a big company. Looking for an unconventional lifestyle, he quit his job to travel the world and find his purpose. After visiting different countries and continents such as Europe, South East Asia, South pacific and Australia, he ended up in Malaysia where he met the founders of the Biji-biji Initiative. Seduced by the concepts and the values they were promoting, he joined the project in 2013. Since then he has been growing the technology department by building interactive art installations, managing CSR projects and developing a signature product: The Energy playground. Passionate about Sustainable and accessible Energy, his focus today is to further develop the Energy Playground as well as promote and develop Microgrid systems in Malaysia.
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 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.
Kiron is the honary of the "Forbes 30 under 30" and the Founder & President of the Physically-challenged Development Foundation- PDF. In Bangladesh, he has engaged more than 5000 volunteers in his movement to unlock the potential of the youth with disabilities. He is an enthusiastic public speaker and Ph.D. candidates at the University of Illinois at Chicago-UIC.
He also worked as a Training and Grant specialist, Community Options, Inc. Princeton, New Jersey, USA and at BRAC as a consultant for the BRAC Youth Project. He was a fellow of Atlas Corps Inc. and the Asia-Europ Foundation
Muhammad Sumon Molla Selim is a tech entrepreneur, coding evangelist and problem solver based in Bangladesh. He is the founder and CEO of Lets Learn Coding - an educational platform built to empower the youth with coding and related soft skills to battle the youth's biggest problems - unemployment, lack of skills. Previously he had been the technical head for some successful startups such as Panacea Live, SmartKompare.com, Oi Khali, Muv.asia and so on. He is also a One Young World Ambassador and Yunus&Youth fellow.
Mr. Nandan Hari Sharma is the CEO of National Investment and Capital Market Ltd, Nepal. Sharma completed his M. Sc in Financial Studies from Strathclyde University and MBA from Tribhuwan University and has experience of over 35 years in managerial level in different Institutions, attending different trainings and seminars both in and out of the country.
Having worked for over 15 years in different posts in officer level in Nepal Stock Exchange (NePSe), Sharma helped establish NePSe by involving in activities ranging from promotion of Stock Market at the initial phase in Nepal to the operation of Securities Trading. Later he went on to establish Citizen Investment Trust (CIT) in which he served a total of 17 years including 11 years as its CEO, developing the system and regulation of CIT and expanding the trust from $240 thousand to $1 billion. Then he was involved in Himalaya Finance Limited, Nepal Share Market and Finance Limited and National Investment and Capital Market at the executive level
Mr. Nguyen Quang Huy has had 10 years as Lecturer/ Researcher of the Foreign Trade University (Vietnam), and 5 years as Director of External Relations and Recruitment of the Executive MBA in Vietnam, University of Hawaii (U.S). Huy has mentored many Vietnamese student teams to win international business/ startup competitions, such as ICAEW Southeast Asia Regional Business Challenge, Mekong Business Plan Challenge, Global Social Venture Competition. Huy is an inspiring initiator and advisor for Vietnam Social Innovation Competition since 2012. Prior to that, he experienced positions with Citibank, UNDP and KPMG Vietnam.
Huy got the Bachelor of Economics and International Business from the Foreign Trade University (Vietnam), and the Master of Public Affairs, Certificate of Social Entrepreneurship and Certificate of Fund Development for Nonprofits from the Indiana University (U.S). He also got several professional development grants for his community initiatives and leadership.
Octa previously have a professional background in the media industry and have a big passion in education. Having an experience in building an education startup have led him to be involved in building the startup tech ecosystem in Indonesia. Currently his day to day activity is in startup incubator and lecturing once a week at LSPR.
Ponce Ernest Samaniego is currently Senior Program Manager for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center of Asia School of Business (ASB), a new premier business school established in 2015 by MIT Sloan School of Management and Malaysia’s central bank. In this role, he is responsible for the design, coordination, and delivery of innovation and entrepreneurship courses for graduate students and corporate clients such as AirAsia, UOB, and United Nations Development Programme. Previously, he was a consultant for Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN–HABITAT) on knowledge sharing and capacity-building.
Having joined ADB as a consultant in 2012 at 22 years of age, Ponce is often acknowledged as ADB’s youngest consultant in the organization’s history. Since 2014, he has become ADB’s youngest Team Leader managing a program that promotes inclusive development through increased stakeholder participation in ADB’s operations across 15 countries in Asia in urban development, environment, water and sanitation, and climate change. Previously, he was a consultant for ADB’s Water Sector Group and a researcher on ADB financing small-scale rural infrastructure project.
As an active community leader, he is an adviser to the UNEP Tunza Southeast Asia Youth Environment Network, an alumnus of the programs - British Council Global Changemakers, World Economic Forum Global Shapers, New Media Consortium Emerging Leader, and World Innovation Summit for Education Learners’ Voice.
Under a full scholarship award, Ponce obtained his Master of Business Administration degree as part of the inaugural batch of ASB in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Upon graduation, he received ASB President’s Leadership Award and the Best Action Learning Project. In 2012, he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of the Philippines where he received the Student Achievement Award. In 2009, Ponce was awarded an Erasmus Mundus scholarship through which he spent a semester in the University of Warsaw’s International Business Program.
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.
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
Prof. Rajesh Nair is an inventor, product designer, and entrepreneur with more than 25 years experience in multiple startups in Boston area. He is Professor of Practice in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Asia School of Business, a new school started by MIT-Sloan in Kuala Lumpur where he heads the ASB-Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center. He is also a Visiting Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
His research is in developing ways to catalyze innovators and entrepreneurs in communities from the ground up and to build local entrepreneurship ecosystems. He has conducted transformational workshops on Making, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in India, USA, Malaysia, East Timor, and Vietnam. His work has catalyzed more than 50 student startups.
Rajesh is a teacher and practitioner of Design Thinking process. He founded three product manufacturing companies in the US. He is also the founder of a nonprofit organization, TechTop Trust that promotes innovators & entrepreneurs among Indian youth since 2006.
He holds 13 US patents. He received Master degrees in Engineering & Management (MIT), Manufacturing Engineering (UMass, Amherst) and Electronic Product Design (IISc, Bangalore). He holds Bachelor degrees in Physics and Electronics & Communications Engineering.
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”
Renard Siew is part of the World Economic Forum Expert Network Group focusing on Sustainable Development in Asia. He is also involved in implementing the environmental agenda for Sime Darby, a multinational conglomerate based in Kuala Lumpur with operations across key growth industry sectors including Plantation, Property, Industrial, Motors, Energy and Utilities as well as Healthcare. Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral fellow with the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM). He continues to serve as a Stakeholder Council Member for the Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) Foundation, a Global Advisory Board Member of Economists Without Borders (EWB) and is the Curator (Head) of Global Shapers Kuala Lumpur, a not-for-profit organization focusing on creating sustainable impacts in Malaysia. He actively participates and contributes in various stakeholder platforms including the ‘Water for Growth’ initiative and the Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) task force seeking to develop a National Level Water Transformation Roadmap for Malaysia. He is a Climate Reality Leader trained by Al-Gore, former Vice President of the USA in Pittsburgh. Renard is a graduate of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Cambridge University.
Ryosuke ISHII is a Japanese researcher, entrepreneur and project manager, connecting and applying academic finding into the real world.
He is a founder of Japan Institute of Cognitive Science, board member of ZENTech Inc., and also a Senior manager of JEPLAN. Inc., and a former president Entrepreneurship Club, National University of Singapore.
He was born in Kobe, Japan. He received the B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tokyo (2009) and received an excellent students’ award for his graduation thesis.
He has been in charge of process innovation throughout his academic and business career in many areas. Such as started an educational company that makes children’s learning capability increased (2008), started a new consumer-centred recycling project which aims to create 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games’ medals by collecting and recycling old mobile phones (approved by Japan Olympic Committee in 2017, currently the project collect 3 million mobile phones).
He also invented “Therapeutic tool and therapeutic apparatus for psychiatric disorder" (Patent pending: WO2018/073974, applied in 2016), which is used for reducing anxiety and depression, increasing employee’s productivity.
His talent also underlies explaining complicated things as simple way: He wrote a book "The mildest happiness training method —for the troubled hearts" by explaining how his invention/patent works. The book is ranked No.1 in the Mental Health category and ranked No.12 in whole 3 million Japanese Books in Amazon Japan (2018). He made a lot of lectures and presentations for university students, business persons, business executives, children and for academic conferences.
Currently, he is researching “Team Psychological Safety” at ZENTech Inc., as a Chief Scientific Officer and helping companies enhance their team productivity.
Sanny Gaddafi (SaGad) is a technopreneur since in the University. He developed the first local Social Networking site called FUPEI (Friends Uniting Program Especially Indonesian) which boasts 200.000+ local members. From that experience, he ventured several social networking sites such as Social Networking for Beauty Enthusiast called Beautiplan.com and a Social Networking for Bottom of the Pyramid called 8villages.com.
#YouthAmbassador of World Summit Award. One of the Initiator of #StartupLokal community, mentor at Jakarta Founder Institute. Named "Top 100 young influencers in Indonesia" by Marketeers magazine. A Google's product strategy expert.
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.
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.
Professor Takeshi Miyazaki currently teaches social studies education at the Soka University in Tokyo, Japan. He teaches and researches social studies education, service learning, and teacher education. His past experiences include teaching social studies in numerous high schools in Tokyo for 23 years, and visiting Indiana University as a research scholar in 2011. He established SAGE(Student for Advancement of the Global Entrepreneurship) Japan with his students in 2013. Miyazaki is also one of the co-authors of three official social studies textbooks used in Japanese high schools since 2013. His other publications include “The Effectiveness of Service Learning Practice for Teacher Education in Japan: For the Support of a New Subject Called, Houshi, for a High School in Tokyo” introduced in the Journal of International Social Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2012, 91- 99.“The Intersection of Border and Place-based Pedagogies: Lenses for Studying Conflict in Japanese Classrooms” in the Journal of International Social studies, Vol 6, No 1, 2016, 53-73."The Influence of Service-Learning on the Civic Attitudes and Skills of Japanese Teacher Education Candidates"in the Journal of The International Journal of Research on Service-Learning in Teacher Education (IJRSLTE),Vol 5,2017,1-10.
Tal is the undoubted Accelerators Guru, founded 10 accelerators programs in Israel and several globally. Tal is also a renowned Keynote Speaker sharing his toolbox of knowhow with entrepreneurial ecosystems worldwide. Tal serves as advisory board and chairman in a variety of companies and technology startups. His experience enables him to establish and enhance entire startup ecosystems. Tal’s active involvement with startups, accelerators, innovation hub and major players in the entrepreneurial ecosystems stretches from Israel to Austria, Italy, Romania,Russia, Ukraine, Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, India and China. Tal brainstorms with municipalities, government offices and financial leaders to format the right recipe that would serve as a wakeup call and motivation boost, to get the ecosystem engine running.
Raw Chef Yin is Malaysia’s very own raw vegan celebrity chef with a book, a cooking show and countless demos and workshops under her belt. She trained at the world’s leading raw & plant-based culinary academy and now dedicates her time to helping others make beautiful, delicious raw vegan cuisine.
As a Certified Raw Food Teacher, she is constantly sought after to conduct fun and interactive sessions across Asia including Bali, Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Malaysia. She was seen recently presenting at TEDxUSMNibongTebal 2018 where she spoke on “The Transformative Power of Raw Vegan Food”.
Raw Chef Yin was selected to represent Malaysia at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Beyond Food Bootcamp, where she became part of the MIT innovation community that is working towards solving the world’s food challenges focusing on key areas of sustainability, transparency and health.
Watch her on VELICIOUS with Raw Chef Yin, Malaysia’s very first (un)cooking show or buy her book - Raw Vegan Delights: Asian Edition or attend one of her pop-up dining experiences.
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