Best-of-breed executives from across multiple functions and disciplines have given their time, insights and experience to guide and direct the development and deployment of innovative initiatives that will strengthen UNICEF’s impact in addressing the needs of the developing world.
He’s been sharing his work online through ecological and economic forums since 1990, and his own websites since 1993. In 2006, he introduced the Reconomy strategy as the Birdshot Global Initiative, at the first International Disaster Reduction Conference, in Davos, Switzerland, where it was the only strategy offered (and still is) for communities to prepare for and respond to global economic disaster.
Over the past 10 years, Kevin has spent half his time in India and Central America, and traveling in the USA, to supplement his continuous online study and organizational work with hand’s on training and experience on the ground. His personal website is www.kevinparcell.net. His lifelong dream is to volunteer at UNICEF.
Thomas White looks beyond the obvious to find the extraordinary. His strength is creating leading-edge companies that employ innovative use of technology, coupled with unique business models that deliver strong shareholder return. He knows the key to success is people. He creates cultures where people love what they do, work at their best, and produce extraordinary results. As a corporate consigliere he inspires CEOs to successfully weather continuously changing business environments so that their companies exceed the expectations of their stakeholders.
Notably, Haisler helped design and launch one of the first government open innovation programs in the United States in 2010, which received global recognition as a new model of citizen engagement and innovation. Among other first-in-nation innovations, Haisler architected a Crowdsourcing Master Land Use Plan (Harford County, MD) and patented a crowd-based business process (Crowd-as-a-Service). Named a Government Technology Top 25 Doer, Dreamer and Driver in 2009, his work has been featured in Wired, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, Inc. and the Today Show on NBC. An in-demand speaker, he has given two TEDx speeches – one on Disrupting Government (TEDxAustin) and the other on Disrupting Education (TEDxLivermore).
As Chief Innovation Officer at e.Republic, Haisler has a strategic role to help shape the company’s products, services, and future direction. Primarily, he leads e.Republic Labs, a market connector created as an ecosystem to educate, accelerate and ultimately scale technology innovation within the public sector.
Paul is the Global Ambassador for the TMForum, with responsibility for Big Data Analytics and Customer Experience. He is also currently the Head of the Data Analytics Group at TM Forum. In 2010 he was awarded a Professorship by the School of Mathematics and Computing at Liverpool John Moores University for work surrounding University technology spin-out companies. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and considered a Global expert within the Data Analytics, OSS, SaaS and Computer Security. Paul works closely with VC's and PE Groups to identify and exploit opportunities in these markets.
In 2000, Mpule was appointed as the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Youth and HIV/AIDS by the UN’s Population Fund, UNFPA. In this capacity, she has addressed members of the United States Congress, the UN Least Developed Countries conference, the UN World Youth Summit, the World Summit on Sustainable Development and the UN General Assembly. In addition, she participated in numerous policy forums in Washington DC and lobbied European donor governments on behalf of the United Nations Population Fund. In 2003, Mpule was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, which also selected her as a Young Global Leader in 2006. She was awarded the highest honor by the Lions Club International in 2001 during Lions Day at the United Nations for her work as a member of the Leo Club (junior Lions) in Lobatse, Botswana. Mpule had previously been honored by the Lions Club UK and the Lions Club Botswana in 1997. Mpule holds Freedom of the City Keys to Gaborone (Botswana), Port-Of-Spain (Trinidad & Tobago) and Asuncion (Paraguay).
Ceasar is now delighted to be lending his wisdom and expertise to his role as president of the Interaction Institute for Social Change where the work is about designing and facilitating for positive social change. IISC is unique among collaborative capacity builders for viewing collaboration through three essential lenses: power, equity and inclusion; networks as the unit of action for social change; and love as a force for social transformation. IISC is now seeking to apply its expertise to addressing the challenges presented by the increasing demographic complexity of cities across the world.
In recent years, Shashi has worked with the UN's Peacekeeping Department to restructure global operations, with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to launch large-scale agricultural development programs in Africa and Asia, with the US government on post-conflict development in Afghanistan, with several multinational corporations to improve their social responsibility agendas, and dozens of NGOs fighting for human rights, health, education, and economic empowerment. Shashi also teaches International Development at UC Berkeley, and is currently writing a textbook on the topic.
He holds a Ph.D. in Robotics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an MBA from the Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Before his career in Global Development, Shashi taught at Northwestern University, and was an Associate Partner at the consulting firm, McKinsey. Beyond his professional interests, Shashi spent a decade competing on the Indian national rowing team, and recently made a critically acclaimed documentary film about the India-Pakistan conflict. Shashi was born and raised in India, and has traveled to about 70 countries.
Presently, Ashwani Bhasin is the Senior Vice President for Tech Mahindra responsible for Technology, Media and Entertainment, and Healthcare Payer Business Units. Earlier, Ashwani was the SVP & Chief Client officer for NESS Technology where he was directly accountable to the Board of Directors for establishing and executing a global sales and solutions strategy for NESS-SES. Prior to that, Ashwani was the General Manager at UST Global, Inc. as well as Business Head of UST Global’s Latin America business. Throughout his career, Ashwani has established C level Relationship with Fortune 1000 clients.
Ashwani holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Sales and Marketing).
Recognized by The Economist as one of the Top 25 Social Business Leaders and by Forbes as one of the Top 50 marketers and BtoB Magazine as one of the World's Best Marketers. Work has been profiled in books on marketing; including John Ellett’s "The CMO Manifesto", Dr Dave Chaffey's "E-Marketing Excellence. Chair of Portland State University School of Business and a member of the CMO Council CauseTech and MyPlanet Advisory Boards.
Pieter holds a Masters degree in electronics engineering from the University of Stellenbosch, where he specialized in machine learning and artificial intelligence as applied to speech recognition. As a Sloan Fellow, he gained an MBA from MIT, pursuing his interest in mobile technology and emerging markets with funding from the Legatum Center and Mastercard Foundation. Pieter is a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
He spends his free time as a licensed pilot, yacht skipper, scuba diver and mountain rescue volunteer.
Paul also helped develop the Kenya Climate Innovation Center (CIC) Business Plan, sponsored by infoDev, UKaid, and the World Bank. Paul helped in preparing the business plan by engaging Kenyan stakeholders in conducting an assessment of the climate innovation landscape and thereby examining the feasibility of a CIC as a mechanism to maximize innovation in Kenya. By analyzing current capacity and market gaps, Paul’s business plan outlines the focus, implementation strategy, investment requirements and impact of a CIC in Kenya. Paul also served as an advisory board member for The Resolution Project, a global non-profit fostering youth leadership development through collaborative social entrepreneurship.
Paul holds an MPA (Columbia University, NY), a BSc (Durham University, UK) and as a geographer can name most capital cities and color maps really well!.
He has played a pivotal role in the Survey Analytics journey. In 2008, Survey Analytics made Inc. magazine's list of the fastest-growing private companies, ranking 172nd overall and 25th among business-service providers.
Vivek is also the Executive Chairman of IdeaScale, CauseTech’s platform provider and the leading innovation management software platform for the enterprise, government, and education.
Vivek completed his primary education in India before moving to Russia and then US. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Brigham Young University, Utah.
Jeppe’s 20-year career spans most continents and more than a handful of individual mobile payments and mobile banking deployments. Most recently, Jeppe served as Vice President of Transaction Services at Rogers Communications, heading up transactional technology, product and business strategy. He was responsible for the negotiations, which led to the first commercial agreement between a wireless operator and a bank in Canada, and operated product portfolios in the area of mobile wallets, mobile identity, mobile point of sale and authentication infrastructure.
Prior to joining Rogers Communications, Jeppe held senior executive roles including Vice President, Product, Strategy & Innovation with Mobile Money Ventures (A CitiGroup & SK Telecom Joint Venture); Senior Vice President, Mobile Transaction Services - Clickatell, where he was responsible for the company's mobile payments division; and Head of Product Development at EnStream (a Rogers, Bell and TELUS Joint Venture). Earlier, he was the Founder & CTO of Secure Wireless Transfers where he developed the award-winning KushCash platform, one of the first mobile payment deployments in North America.
Jeppe is a recognized global thought leader in mobile payments and financial inclusion globally and advises several companies in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He is a member of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council, and an advisor to Mobile Money Africa and the African Center for Financial Inclusion. He also serves on the board of CauseTech.Net, a private sector innovation ecosystem designed to crowdsource breakthrough ideas, inventions, products, and emerging technologies that can advance the work done by the UNICEF in 190 countries. Jeppe has been a presenter at leading industry events including Mobile World Congress, Money2020, GMIC, AITEC, Payments Compliance Summit, Finovate and Cartes. He speaks five languages and is a graduate of the Copenhagen Business School.
Mindy’s business experience includes creative staffing and artist liaison roles at Hallmark Cards and financial operations work at Morgan Stanley. She has enjoyed mentoring young women as a Girl Scout leader for the past 18 years, and regularly volunteers as a Kansas Supreme Court-approved mediator to help resolve cases in small claims court.
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Anne earned her MBA with distinction from University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, and focused on social innovation, entrepreneurship and emerging markets. She also studied Sustainability, Entrepreneurial Finance and Open Innovation at Esade Business School. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in International Development from UCLA.
Anne has served as a board member in multiple non-profits across Africa. In 2011, she joined the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Swaziland to lead operational reporting and Information Management strategy for a national HIV program run in partnership with the Ministry of Health.
Anne stays busy competing in half marathons and triathlons and is a passionate supporter of youth, women and entrepreneurs.
DeKoven’s experience is diverse but focused on urban design. He describes himself as an urbanophile – someone who specializes in articulating what makes space have a sense of ‘place.’ As such, he has positioned thrdPlace to disrupt community outreach so that the City can serve as a digital platform for community engagement.
Prior to founding thrdPlace, DeKoven worked in federal and municipal policy, built environment design and community organization. He was a first-responder on the ground in post-Katrina New Orleans. While there, he witnessed the difficulty of the City to bring diverse community stakeholders together to build their shared communities. He brings those insights to thrdPlace.
DeKoven is a graduate of Tulane University and received his master’s degree in urban planning from University of California, Los Angeles. He is a serial entrepreneur, an Advisor to Non Profits like Net Impact Los Angeles and a Founding Member of HUB Los Angeles.
DeKoven may work for a digital company but his passion is in boots-on-the-ground development. As he would say: “I believe in the ‘[Digital] City as Platform.’ But we are all local. So we are all designers, too.”
Learn more about DeKoven here: www.linkedin.com/in/dekoven/
DeKoven’s experience is diverse but focused on urban design. He describes himself as an Dr. Bhatia’s experience with Tata Group, especially with Tata International and Tata HRD Network, Standard Chartered Bank and Ernst & Young in senior positions won him recognition amongst CEOs, HR Heads and Marketing Professionals. After leaving as Director with Ernst & Young, he set up the Centre for Change Management (now called Fun and Joy at Work). Fun and Joy at Work caters to corporate houses in Indian and a few Asian countries in HR Design and Structure, Change Management Processes, Performance Management Systems, Job Evaluations, Assessment Centers, Training and Management Development, etc. Dr. Bhatia pioneered in bringing Emotional Intelligence to India. He has presented Who Moved My Cheese, Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Present and The Leadership Pill. He has conceived a Theatrical Performance titled Sleeping with Success.
Dr. R. L. Bhatia is passionate about writing. He is the author of a multitude of books on Management, many of which are best sellers. In the past, he has written for Economic Times Crème De La Crème & Times of India’s Ascent. He has been featured in almost all the business magazines and newspapers of prestige and significance, including Business India, Business World, Business Today, The Indian Express, The Hindu Business Line, Dainik Bhaskar, DNA, MidDay, Hindustan Times and Financial Express. He is also an internationally acclaimed speaker and can be found at conferences across the globe. And if that weren’t enough, he has also produced and directed a number of management films, which have been screen in several countries in the Middle East and Asia.
Audrey’s most recent passion in business is for Open innovation as Great minds think outside. RIIS has an agreement with NineSigma, the world’s largest Open Innovation platform, to bring the concept and tools of Open Innovation to South Africa. Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Business Sustainability are Audrey's primary focus areas in business. She has been an adjudicator at various innovation competitions. Innovation projects include strategy, audits, surveys, consulting, implementations, research, and training. She has also published a number of articles and conference papers on innovation as a business process.
Lisa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two daughters. Lisa holds a B.A. with Honors from Swarthmore College and a Graduate Certificate in Mandarin Chinese from National Taiwan Normal University.
Alvin has served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for HardwareStreet.com, a premier Internet reseller of computer hardware and software. While there, he authored three Internet e-commerce patents. Prior to that, Alvin was Director of Research and Development at Cirrus Logic, plus numerous Silicon Valley start-ups. Alvin has an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University and a B. S. with honors in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida.