EPIC 2017 finalists

Neha Goel is currently a PhD student in Health Informatics at Johns Hopkins University. She is also a cofounder at Intelehealth, a technology non-profit, that develops mobile solutions for improving access to primary health care for underserved communities.

Stuart Yasgur leads Ashoka’s Social Financial Services (SFS) globally. Earlier in his career, Stuart was Managing Partner of a New York-based consultancy and has taught at New York University and the London School of Economics. 

Jim Chu founded DloHaiti in 2013 in partnership with the IFC (World Bank Group) and other funders. Jim has been an active entrepreneur and investor since 1994 and has been involved in humanitarian aid and development since 2004.

Lorna Solis is the Founder and CEO of Blue 

Rose Compass. Previously, she was Director of Latin America and Africa at Institutional Investor. She is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School's Global Leadership & Public Policy Executive Program.

Dr. Mark Lung is the CEO of ECO2LIBRIUM. Mark has worked in Kenya for 20 years, using business solutions for social and environmental changes. He is a former professor of natural and environmental sciences. 

Emily Young is a Cofounder of the Okoa Project, and an MIT senior studying mechanical engineering with a concentration in Global Product Design. She leads the design of the attachment and manufacturing process as well as helps with general design decisions.

Al Hollingsworth is the founder and CEO of the Aldelano Corporation and Aldelano Solar Cold Chain Solutions. He founded Aldelano in 1968. Today, Aldelano is an industry leader in solar technologies including Solar Power and Water Generation, and Solar Refrigeration.

Elizabeth Stodolski plans, implements, and oversees all marketing efforts at St. Mary's. She is active in several organizational-wide initiatives, and serves as a member of the Assets and Liabilities Committee.

Erin Glabets is head of marketing at Pepperlane. Erin started her career as a journalist, and spent four years in marketing at the mobile app company Runkeeper as its user community grew from 12 million to 50 million users.

Dr. Ferdando Fernandes has founded four startup ventures focused on crucial areas of health management policy in Brazil. In 2011, he cofounded Sautil. 

Dorris Walker is the Director of Events for Thistle Farms. Their mission is to support women victims of prostitution, addiction, and trafficking via employment, counseling, and housing services. 

Satyan Mishra is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Drishtee.  Satyan holds an MBA in International Business from the University of Delhi – Delhi School of Economics. 

Manal Kahi is a Co-Founder and the CEO of Eat Offbeat in NYC. Eat Offbeat delivers authentic ethnic meals prepared by refugees. She holds a degree from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.

Jason Kass is founder and president of Toilets for People (TfP). Created in 2012, they design and manufacture 

composting toilets. Jason, an environmental engineer by trade, has 15 years experience in water, sanitation and environmental cleanup. 

Chad Berry is the Academic Vice President and Dean of the Faculty at Berea College. He has authored, edited, or co-edited four books. The East Tennessee Historical Society awarded him its Teaching Excellence Award. 

Yanki Tshering is the Founder and Executive Director of the Business Center for New Americans, developing economic development programs in New York City with refugee and immigrant populations. She is a board member at Credit Builders Alliance.

"business adoption"

roundtable speakers

Reid Lohr transitioned his skills to the international development and business arena, after a rewarding career as a corporate executive for a multinational franchising firm.  He worked on behalf of the U.S. Government, serving as an Economic Development Advisor and Emerging Market Strategist. He currently serves as the Managing Director of the Economic Development Initiatives Group.

Dr. Anita Tam is a Co-founder & Partner of the EDI Advisory Group.  Dr. Tam is a scientist-practitioner with 20-plus years of experience. Dr. Tam continues to direct various research projects in both the private and non-profit sectors, and is a full-time Psychology Professor. Dr. Tam is a member of the World Affairs Council and serves on the Board of Directors for Ten Thousand Villages. 

Dawn Wivell founded Firebrand International LLC, a New Hampshire-based firm which focuses on developing and implementing international business strategies. Previously, Dawn spent 21 years as the International Trade Director for the State of New Hampshire. She also established  the NH International Trade Resource Center, which was recognized as a national model.

Tom Timberman, the President of The Metisien Group, Inc. (TMG) is an attorney, former senior Foreign Service officer, professor and author. For the past 15 years, he and TMG have been involved in socio-political- economic development in the 3rd World - four of them warzones. He views poverty as a fundamental cause of internal conflict, and its alleviation as the basic seed for resolution.

C. David Esch has worked internationally over 30-years for non- profits, for-profits, and USAID as a pro-poor/economic development strategist with a focus on building sustainable civil societies. He currently works with Design Thinkers Group, and was a guest at USAID’s Global Initiative Conference focusing on technological advances improving livelihoods through enterprise and education.

"business challenge"

roundtable speakers

Non-Profit Ownership of For-Profits: Supporting Sustainability

David A. Levitt holds a B.A., with distinction, from Cornell University, a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is the Technical Editor of the Environmental Law Journal. He is admitted to the Bar in California and New York.

The Last Mile: Microfranchising The Missing Link for Sustainability

Gabe Itoka III is a founding member of Icarus International provides analytical services to clients in Liberia. He designed the Recycle Liberia Project. Gabriel is a highly motivated leader, businessman and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer ('13-'15). 

Camille Jackson is a highly accomplished foreign policy professional serving nearly a decade at the U.S. Department of State Bureau of African Affairs. Camille served in advisory roles for the implementation of the U.S. National Security Strategy and the U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Challenges of Raising Early Stage Capital and Scaling

Inshan Meahjohn has nearly two decades of success in entrepreneurship, executive management and finance. He has consulted and invested in institutions in the areas of technology, finance, innovation, entrepreneurship, banking,  and leadership. 

epic 2018

key note speakers

Stuart L. Hart is one of the world's top authorities on the 

implications of environment and poverty for business 

strategy.  According to Bloomberg Businessweek, he is 

“one of the  founding fathers of the ‘base of the pyramid’ 

economic theory.”  

Dr. Paul Polak is the Founder and CEO of Windhorse International and Polak Enterprises. Dr. Polak has been recognized by Scientific America as one of the world's leading 50 contributors to science. He was named Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year for the Western States, and received the Florence Monito Del Giardino award for environmental preservation in 2008.

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