NormanMacrae.net TeachforSDGs.com Economistpoor.com Abedmooc.com 2025report.com
Navaid AbidiSerial Entrepreneur
Daniel AustinArchitect Paypal
Daniel Austin is Chief Architect at Paypal, where he is focused on large-scale payment systems. In a past life, he's worked for organizations such as CERN, NASA, Sun, Yahoo! in pursuit of making the Internet faster and smarter.
Bill BrownCo-founder of Palmer Labs, LLC, and 8 Rivers Capital, LLC. 8 Rivers Capital
Bill is a Professor at Duke University School of Law, where he designs and teaches finance-related courses. He helped develop the new curriculum for the Law and Entrepreneurship LLM degree. Outside of Duke, Bill, Miles Palmer and the teams at Palmer Labs, LLC, and 8 Rivers Capital, LLC. develop and commercialize new technologies relating to energy, transportation, internet and investing.
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JOSB vol 2(1) pp26-43 -paper health and microfinance- leveraging the 2 sectors to alleviate poverty -by shieila leathermanU North Carlina Chapel Hill, Marcia Metcalfe Freedom From Hunger Davis CA et al
Freedom From Hunger and 5 MFIs - Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, India, Phillippines -tested whether mfis could sustainably offer health-related services with positive health and social impact for client. Health services ranged through education, health financing (loans, savings and microinsurance) to linkages with health providers and health products. We find that mfis offer large and growing distribution networks that can provide services to improve health and financial security accuing to multiple stakeholders. Relatively modest investments to support integration of health and financial services can yield substantial financial and non-financial benefits.
Jeff ClarkCo-founder of Palmer Labs, LLC, and 8 Rivers Capital, LLC. 8 Rivers Capital
Jeff Clark co-founded The Aurora Funds with Scott Albert in 1994. He works primarily with Aurora's life sciences poHrtfolio. He pulls from his strategic planning and operational experience to help these companies create or refine business plans, build solid management teams, develop strategic partnerships and secure key customers.
Naila ChowdhuryChairman/CEO TeleConsult Group
Naila was in charge of the Village phone Project of Grameen Bank on behalf of Grameen Phone Ltd for 2001 & mid 2004, where she worked to provide low-cost telephone service to more than 3 million subscribers. Through her work with Grameen Phone, Naila had the honor of working beside Noble Laureate and Grameen bank founder Prof Md. Yunus.
Todd CohenPresident, Philanthropy North Carolina
Todd is a veteran news reporter who has worked with the Raleigh News and Observer reporting on government and non profits as well as serving as the business editor. In 1999, he joined the A.J. Fletcher Foundation to develop the online Philanthropy Journal, where he serves as chief editor and publisher. Todd has also taught nonprofit reporting and media relations at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke, and regularly speaks at workshops, seminars, meetings and conferences on the topics of nonprofit communications and trends in the charitable world.
Mark ColodnyManaging Director, Technology, Media and Telecommunications Warburg Pincus
Mark serves as a Managing Director at Warburg Pincus LLC where he focuses on technology, media and telecommunications. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus in 1991, Mark worked as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at PRIMEDIA Inc., where he ran the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. Mark currently serves as a director at A Place for Mom, the Better Advertising Project and is also the Chairman of ProPublica's Business Advisory Board. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and an A.B. degree from Harvard University.
Scott DaughertyNorth Carolina Small Business Commissioner and Executive Director SBTDC
Scott currently serves as Director of the SBTDC and pursuant to an agreement between The University, The Community College System and the NC Department of Commerce. Scott also serves as North Carolina's first Commissioner for Small Business, with previous experience as a corporate attorney and senior manager with two larger rural economic development corporations.
Ramzan DhanjiFounder and CEO Imagineering, Inc
Ramzan Dhanji is a successful businessman who has established and grown a number of companies over the past 25 years. In 1985, Mr. Dhanji founded Imagineering, Inc., which today is a well recognized provider of fast turn prototype printed circuit boards and assemblies. In 1987, he founded Q-Image Corp., which he later sold in 1992. In 1999, Mr. Dhanji founded Accutrace, Inc., an engineering firm currently operating in California. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Dhanji was a member of the Board of Directors of Gold Coast Bank. In 2010, Mr. Dhanji co-founded Luckpatti Investment Group. Ramzan is on the Board of Trustees for Zindagi Trust, a non-profit whose mission is to provide education to children living in poverty in Pakistan. In the past 5 years, the Trust has provided education to 5,300 children and funded 28 schools throughout Pakistan. He is also on the Board of Directors for Apna Ghar, which provides culturally appropriate, multilingual services, including emergency shelter, to survivors of domestic abuse with a primary focus on the South Asian and other immigrant communities. Mr. Dhanji received BS in Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1979 and his MBA from University of Chicago in 1985.
Ronald J. Garan Jr.Astronaut, NASA's Open Innovation Program
Ron is a former NASA atronaut and a co-founder and director of Manna Energy Ltd., a U.K. based social enterprise designed to leverage the $120B/year Carbon Market to finance humanitarian projects in developing countries. Manna developed, under contract with partner organization Vestergaard-Frandsen, the largest water treatment intervention conducted by a private organization - a four million person program operating in Kenya and funded by carbon credits. Ron is also the founder/director of the non-profit Manna Energy Foundation which is a social enterprise incubator designed to assist in the alleviation of poverty through the sustainable provision of renewable energy and water purification technologies in developing countries.
Carmel M. GaranChief of Staff Manna Energy Ltd
Carmel is a founding member of the Manna Energy Foundation and Manna Energy Limited. She manages and oversees Manna Energy Limited's day-to-day operations, coordinating efforts between US, Isle of Man and Rwandan operations.
Chris GergenFounding Executive Director, Bull City Forward
Christopher Gergen is founding Executive Director of Bull City Forward, a non-profit focused on catalyzing sustainable enterprise in Durham, NC. Chris also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Duke University's Terry Sanford School of Public Policy. Christopher's entrepreneurial credentials include co-founding SMARTHINKING which became the leading online tutoring provider in the United States???serving over 200,000 students from more than 1,000 universities, colleges, and high schools ??? before being acquired by Pearson Education. Christopher received a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Duke University, a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the George Washington University, and his M.B.A. from Georgetown University.
Dan GerlachPresident Golden Leaf Foundation
Dan Gerlach has served as President of the Golden Leaf Foundation since October 2008. Prior to that, he served seven years as Senior Fiscal Advisor to N.C. Governor Mike Easley and served as Founding Director of the N.C. Budget and Tax Center.
Chris HeivlyManaging Director Triangle Startup Factory
Chris Heivly is a Managing Director at Triangle StartUp Factory, publisher of triangletechtalk.com and the Big Top job fair. Chris has held CEO, COO and marketing/business development roles in a variety of technology-focused companies including Ultimus, randmcnally.com, Accenture, Agular Systems and MapQuest
Bobby HelmedagDirector Rex Health Ventures
Dr. Anita JacksonPresident Greater Carolina ENT
Allen H. Johnson IIIEditorial Page Editor Greensboro News & Record
Chris MacraeSocial Business Champion
My father's lifetime work "Entrepreneurial Revolution" and the Net Generation at The Economist converges with Dr Yunus as they both define the core purpose of economics as investing in next generation's productivity out of every community. Foundation projects include helping Adam Smith scholars edit Journal of Social Business and celebrating
Bonny MoellenbrockExecutive Director Investors’ Circle and SJF Institute
Bonny is the Executive Director of SJF Institute and Investors' Circle. She has extensive entrepreneurial, venture capital, sustainable business, and nonprofit management experience. Bonny serves as a member of the GIIRS Developed Markets Standards Advisory Council and the Board of Directors of Bull City Forward and the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South. She holds an MBA, a Master of Regional Planning, and a BA in Environmental Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute.
Abdul RasheedCEO North Carolina Community Development Initiative
Mark RostickDirector Intel Capital
Mark joined Intel in 1997 in Silicon Valley and relocated to the Research Triangle, NC area in 2001. Before joining Intel, Mark marketed Turner Broadcasting's cable networks in South America, practiced law as trial and litigation counsel for Haynsworth, Sinkler & Boyd in Charleston, SC and was an analyst at Bank of America. Mark's investment portfolio includes AppIQ (acquired by HP), DeNovo, Enpirion, Groove Networks (acquired by MSFT), mFormation, Motricity (NASDAQ: MOTR), PowerPrecise (acquired by TI), Relativity (acquired by MicroFocus), Sandburst (acquired by BRCM), Skycross, VirtualIron (acquired by Oracle) and Virtustream. Mark has a BS in Accounting/Finance, a JD and an International MBA from the University of South Carolina.
Mikki SagerVice President The Conservation Fund
Communities Program (RCP) for The Conservation Fund which helps North Carolina's rural communities address persistent poverty by tapping natural resources to create jobs and strengthen economies. Sager and her team train community leaders and foster peer-to-peer learning to help communities create new economies that work on the so-called "triple bottom line"-environmental, economic and social returns on investment.
Rajan ShamdasaniCEO American Uniform
Rajan Shamdasani has been in the manufacturing, distribution and sales of public safety uniforms for the past 35 years and in the real estate development business for over 25 years. A visionary, he is talented in discovering the needs of the market place and finding ways to satisfy those needs. A world traveler and always on the go, he still finds time to serve his community where he has lived for the past 41 years. He has served on the Fayetteville Regional Airport Commission, Fayetteville Arts Council, Fayetteville Symphony, Center for Entrepreneurship, Fayetteville State University besides various other civic organizations. He is a very active member of his church and volunteers substantial amount of time to it.
Mark A. ThorntonPrincipal The Thornton Group
Mark Thornton is the former Chief Operating Officer for JPMorgan Private Bank in London. Since 2004, Thornton has dedicated his life to creating the world’s first management consul¬tancy that does one thing: teach Leadership and ethical reflective practices to elite business schools and corporate leaders. The result is MBA, EMBA and Executive Education graduates with less stress, increased productivity, improved health and stronger ethical foundation.
He teaches Leadership Insight to global business schools, MBA's, EMBA's and Executive Education programs at Harvard Law School, the Program on Negotiation, Wharton Business School, the Leadership Development Program McGill International Executive Institute for Executive Education and numerous other elite institutions.
He has appeared on national TV shows including Fox Business News, ABC TV, CNBC, MTV as well as more than 60 national and regional radio shows.
Clay B. ThorpHatteras Venture Partners
Clay B. Thorp is an entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. Since 1995, Clay has co-founded four companies in the life science arena and co-founded Hatteras in 2001. As part of his work with Hatteras, Clay was a co-founder and served as CEO and Chairman of Synthematix Inc., a chemistry informatics company that was acquired in April 2005 by Symyx Technologies (SMMX) for $13 million in cash. Prior to Hatteras, clay was the co-founder and head of corporate development for Novalon Pharmaceutical Corporation, where he led financing efforts and was head of business development from inception until Novalon's sale to Karo Bio for $106.7 million in May of 2000. Clay also serves as Lead Director of the Board for Pathfinder.
Colin WahlTIE Carolina President
Colin has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, marketing consultant, senior marketing executive and college lecturer at The University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School. Prior to his work at UNC, Mr. Wahl founded Client Opinions, Inc. a market research firm that helps senior management teams conduct client, employee and market research. The firm's clients include Standard & Poor's, The Vanguard Group, The University of North Carolina and Clarkston Consulting.
Patrick Woodie Vice President NC Rural Economic Development Center
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USA's first 3 community franchised social business solutions -created atlanta competition fall 2011