Vision Circle

XPRIZE is fortunate to have a group of courageous visionaries who support our ongoing efforts and growth. Vision Circle members are our largest contributors, fueling our capacity to add prize competitions and enhance educational outreach. Vision Circle members are our core shareholders and their input is vital to our long-term focus and success. To find out how you can help support the XPRIZE Foundation click here

An inventor and serial entrepreneur, Amir Ansari brings more than 16 years of experience to Prodea Systems, where he serves as Chief Technology Officer. Prior to co-founding Prodea Systems, Amir served in the intelligent IP division of Sonus Networks(Nasdaq: SONS), a provider of IP-based voice infrastructure products. There he was responsible for providing technical guidance and direction in deploying one of the industry's first soft switches in a carrier network.

Amir joined Sonus via its acquisition of Telecom Technologies, Inc., where he was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer. There Amir led efforts to design and deploy the INtelligentIP (INIP) Softswitch, the most robust and scalable product of its type. Telecom Technologies' client list consisted of Fortune 500 companies such as WorldCom, Qwest Communications, Hewlett-Packard, Sprint, and AT&T. Under Amir's stewardship as Chief Technology Officer, Telecom Technologies earned recognition as one of Inc. Magazine's 500 fastest-growing companies and Deloitte & Touche's Fast 500 technology companies.

Amir is a member of the XPRIZE Foundation's Vision Circle and its Board of Trustees. Together with his family, he was a title sponsor for the Ansari XPRIZE, a $10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks.

Amir is actively involved with several non-profit organizations that strive for social development. He has co-authored numerous technical papers and filed several U.S. patents in the areas of voice over IP and multimedia services. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from George Mason University.

Anousheh Ansari brings more than two decades as a successful serial entrepreneur to Prodea Systems, where she serves as chairman. Anousheh captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. She earned a place in history as the fourth private explorer to visit space, and the first astronaut of Iranian descent.

An active proponent of world-changing technologies, Anousheh has dreamed of space exploration since childhood. Her family provided the title sponsorship for the Ansari XPRIZE, a $10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. This feat was accomplished in 2004 by legendary aerospace designer Burt Rutan in 2004.

Prior to founding Prodea Systems, Anousheh served as co-founder, chief executive officer and chairman of the board for Telecom Technologies, Inc. After earning three key U.S. patents and growing the company to 250 employees with 100 percent sequential growth year over year since inception, the company successfully merged with Sonus Networks, Inc., a provider of IP-based voice infrastructure products.

A living example of the American dream, Anousheh emigrated to the United States as a teenager who did not speak English. She immersed herself in education, earning a bachelor's degree in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University, followed by a master's degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University. She is currently working toward a master's degree in astronomy from Swinburne University.

Anousheh is a member of the XPRIZE Foundation's Vision Circle, as well as its Board of Trustees. She has received multiple honors, including the Working Woman's National Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, George Mason University's Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, George Washington University's Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Southwest Region. While under her leadership, Telecom Technologies earned recognition as one of Inc. Magazine's 500 fastest-growing companies and Deloitte & Touche's Fast 500 technology companies.

In addition to her business achievements, Anousheh actively pursues ways to enable social entrepreneurs to bring about radical change globally. She has served on the boards of directors for Make-a-Wish Foundation of North Texas and Collin County Children's Advocacy Center. She works with a number of other non-profit organizations, including the Ashoka Foundation in its support of social entrepreneurs.

Hamid Ansari is President and Co-Founder and brings more than 25 years of entrepreneurial experience building and deploying technology products and services worldwide. His expertise in strategic positioning, mergers and acquisitions has resulted in several successful business transactions with values ranging from tens of millions to more than a billion dollars.

Prior to co-founding Prodea Systems, Hamid co-founded telecom technologies, inc., where he managed a professional services organization and oversaw the creation and worldwide deployment of four carrier-class products. Hamid served as the company’s President until its successful merger with Sonus Networks (Nasdaq: SONS) in 2001.

Hamid launched his career at MCI, where he was part of a small group of pioneers in the world of telecommunications divestitures. As part of the advanced engineering group, his contributions led to the development and implementation of new products and services and resulted in one of the most technically advanced telecommunications networks in the world. Later, Hamid headed the advanced data communications network division of an international consulting company in support of World Bank projects in Africa and the Middle East.

Hamid has completed advanced credits towards a doctorate of communications. He earned a master’s degree in computer science and telecommunications from George Washington University.

The Ansari Family

An inventor and serial entrepreneur, Amir Ansari brings more than 16 years of experience to Prodea Systems, where he serves as Chief Technology Officer. Prior to co-founding Prodea Systems, Amir served in the intelligent IP division of Sonus Networks(Nasdaq: SONS), a provider of IP-based voice infrastructure products. There he was responsible for providing technical guidance and direction in deploying one of the industry's first soft switches in a carrier network.

Amir joined Sonus via its acquisition of Telecom Technologies, Inc., where he was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer. There Amir led efforts to design and deploy the INtelligentIP (INIP) Softswitch, the most robust and scalable product of its type. Telecom Technologies' client list consisted of Fortune 500 companies such as WorldCom, Qwest Communications, Hewlett-Packard, Sprint, and AT&T. Under Amir's stewardship as Chief Technology Officer, Telecom Technologies earned recognition as one of Inc. Magazine's 500 fastest-growing companies and Deloitte & Touche's Fast 500 technology companies.

Amir is a member of the XPRIZE Foundation's Vision Circle and its Board of Trustees. Together with his family, he was a title sponsor for the Ansari XPRIZE, a $10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks.

Amir is actively involved with several non-profit organizations that strive for social development. He has co-authored numerous technical papers and filed several U.S. patents in the areas of voice over IP and multimedia services. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from George Mason University.

Anousheh Ansari brings more than two decades as a successful serial entrepreneur to Prodea Systems, where she serves as chairman. Anousheh captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. She earned a place in history as the fourth private explorer to visit space, and the first astronaut of Iranian descent.

An active proponent of world-changing technologies, Anousheh has dreamed of space exploration since childhood. Her family provided the title sponsorship for the Ansari XPRIZE, a $10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. This feat was accomplished in 2004 by legendary aerospace designer Burt Rutan in 2004.

Prior to founding Prodea Systems, Anousheh served as co-founder, chief executive officer and chairman of the board for Telecom Technologies, Inc. After earning three key U.S. patents and growing the company to 250 employees with 100 percent sequential growth year over year since inception, the company successfully merged with Sonus Networks, Inc., a provider of IP-based voice infrastructure products.

A living example of the American dream, Anousheh emigrated to the United States as a teenager who did not speak English. She immersed herself in education, earning a bachelor's degree in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University, followed by a master's degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University. She is currently working toward a master's degree in astronomy from Swinburne University.

Anousheh is a member of the XPRIZE Foundation's Vision Circle, as well as its Board of Trustees. She has received multiple honors, including the Working Woman's National Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, George Mason University's Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, George Washington University's Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Southwest Region. While under her leadership, Telecom Technologies earned recognition as one of Inc. Magazine's 500 fastest-growing companies and Deloitte & Touche's Fast 500 technology companies.

In addition to her business achievements, Anousheh actively pursues ways to enable social entrepreneurs to bring about radical change globally. She has served on the boards of directors for Make-a-Wish Foundation of North Texas and Collin County Children's Advocacy Center. She works with a number of other non-profit organizations, including the Ashoka Foundation in its support of social entrepreneurs.

Hamid Ansari is President and Co-Founder and brings more than 25 years of entrepreneurial experience building and deploying technology products and services worldwide. His expertise in strategic positioning, mergers and acquisitions has resulted in several successful business transactions with values ranging from tens of millions to more than a billion dollars.

Prior to co-founding Prodea Systems, Hamid co-founded telecom technologies, inc., where he managed a professional services organization and oversaw the creation and worldwide deployment of four carrier-class products. Hamid served as the company’s President until its successful merger with Sonus Networks (Nasdaq: SONS) in 2001.

Hamid launched his career at MCI, where he was part of a small group of pioneers in the world of telecommunications divestitures. As part of the advanced engineering group, his contributions led to the development and implementation of new products and services and resulted in one of the most technically advanced telecommunications networks in the world. Later, Hamid headed the advanced data communications network division of an international consulting company in support of World Bank projects in Africa and the Middle East.

Hamid has completed advanced credits towards a doctorate of communications. He earned a master’s degree in computer science and telecommunications from George Washington University.

Born in Vancouver, Dr. Blusson completed his science degree at the University of British Columbia and received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1964.

He married Marilyn in 1980. She shares his enthusiasm for the wilderness and the stimulation of discovery, and together they planned to explore broad horizons. In 1981, he left the Geological Survey to explore the modes of formation of mineral deposits from Mexico to the Arctic, piloting his own plane and helicopter over vast areas. He discovered a number of important occurrences of gold, copper and other metals in Canada and the US; a gold mine was developed from one of these discoveries in Manitoba by Pioneer Metals Corporation.

His authoritative knowledge of Canadian and global geology led him to conclude that conditions for the occurrence of diamonds in Canada were favorable, and accordingly, he developed an exploration plan using highly refined scientific methods. By following the trails left when the glaciers melted 10,000 years ago, a diamond-bearing kimberlite pipe was discovered in 1991 in the Lac Gras area north of Yellowknife.

Dr. Blusson continues to conduct arduous scientific field work in the mountains of northern and western Canada and in the Canadian Shield. Energetic, determined and innovative, he quietly pursues dreams of new discoveries.

Dr. Stewart and Marilyn Blusson

Born in Vancouver, Dr. Blusson completed his science degree at the University of British Columbia and received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1964.

He married Marilyn in 1980. She shares his enthusiasm for the wilderness and the stimulation of discovery, and together they planned to explore broad horizons. In 1981, he left the Geological Survey to explore the modes of formation of mineral deposits from Mexico to the Arctic, piloting his own plane and helicopter over vast areas. He discovered a number of important occurrences of gold, copper and other metals in Canada and the US; a gold mine was developed from one of these discoveries in Manitoba by Pioneer Metals Corporation.

His authoritative knowledge of Canadian and global geology led him to conclude that conditions for the occurrence of diamonds in Canada were favorable, and accordingly, he developed an exploration plan using highly refined scientific methods. By following the trails left when the glaciers melted 10,000 years ago, a diamond-bearing kimberlite pipe was discovered in 1991 in the Lac Gras area north of Yellowknife.

Dr. Blusson continues to conduct arduous scientific field work in the mountains of northern and western Canada and in the Canadian Shield. Energetic, determined and innovative, he quietly pursues dreams of new discoveries.

Sergey Brin, a native of Moscow, received a bachelor of science degree with honors in mathematics and computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is currently on leave from the Ph.D. program in computer science at Stanford University, where he received his master's degree. Sergey is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship as well as an honorary MBA from Instituto de Empresa. It was at Stanford where he met Larry Page and worked on the project that became Google. Together they founded Google Inc. in 1998, and Sergey continues to share responsibility for day-to-day operations with Larry Page and Eric Schmidt.

Anne Wojcicki is co-founder of 23andMe a personal genome service company. She has a 10-year background in healthcare investing, focused primarily on biotechnology companies. Anne left the investing world with the hope that she could have a positive impact on research and medicine through 23andMe. From her vantage point, Anne saw a need for creating a way to generate more information - especially more personalized information - so that commercial and academic researchers could better understand and develop new drugs and diagnostics. By encouraging individuals to access and learn about their own genetic information, 23andMe will create a common, standardized resource that has the potential to accelerate drug discovery and bring personalized medicine to the public. Anne graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in biology.

Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki

Sergey Brin, a native of Moscow, received a bachelor of science degree with honors in mathematics and computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is currently on leave from the Ph.D. program in computer science at Stanford University, where he received his master's degree. Sergey is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship as well as an honorary MBA from Instituto de Empresa. It was at Stanford where he met Larry Page and worked on the project that became Google. Together they founded Google Inc. in 1998, and Sergey continues to share responsibility for day-to-day operations with Larry Page and Eric Schmidt.

Anne Wojcicki is co-founder of 23andMe a personal genome service company. She has a 10-year background in healthcare investing, focused primarily on biotechnology companies. Anne left the investing world with the hope that she could have a positive impact on research and medicine through 23andMe. From her vantage point, Anne saw a need for creating a way to generate more information - especially more personalized information - so that commercial and academic researchers could better understand and develop new drugs and diagnostics. By encouraging individuals to access and learn about their own genetic information, 23andMe will create a common, standardized resource that has the potential to accelerate drug discovery and bring personalized medicine to the public. Anne graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in biology.

Bita Daryabari embodies the spirit of humanist philanthropy. She received her Master’s degree at Golden Gate University in California, where she was awarded Alumni of the Year in 2008. Upon graduation, she joined GammmaLink, Inc., one of the early pioneers in the field of telecommunications. She later moved to MCI Communications where, more than once, she received distinguished awards and recognition for her work. On a personal level, Ms. Daryabari has had a long-standing passion for increasing knowledge of her native Iranian culture, as well as improving the lives of people from Iran and beyond.

Her work in her field of expertise has always been accompanied by her interest in the world of ideas and literature; particularly, the poetry and prose of her native Iran. In 2008, she created the Bita Daryabari Endowment in Persian Letters at Stanford University, enabling the university to not only hire visiting and full-time professors of Persian literature, but also providing the necessary funds for the Iranian Studies Program to organize conferences, teach more courses in Persian language for all levels of proficiency, and offer the annual Bita Award in Persian Letters.

Her charitable work, primarily focused through the Unique Zan Foundation, is not limited to Iran and its literature, or Asia and its women. Ms. Daryabari is working with a number of charitable organizations, including The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), founded by Sakeena Yacoobi, an internationally known women’s human rights activist. Their latest collaboration includes the building of an all-girls school in Kabul. In her next project, Ms. Daryabari is enabling the training of Afghan women by providing micro-financing through organizations such as AIL and Creating Hope International. In 2008, Ms. Daryabari joined forces with Relief International and the Skoll Foundation, to build a women’s center in West Bank Palestinian Territory. Other philanthropic endeavors include: a recent donation to the British Museum and Iran Heritage Foundation for the Shah Abbas Exhibition; funding Iranian Artists through Venice Biennale to display their work for the first time after 30 years of solitude in 2009; and contributions to the UCSF Mission Bay Neuroscience Research Building, which will open in 2011. Ms. Daryabari also serves as a Visionary Circle Member of the XPRIZE Foundation.

Bita Daryabari

Bita Daryabari embodies the spirit of humanist philanthropy. She received her Master’s degree at Golden Gate University in California, where she was awarded Alumni of the Year in 2008. Upon graduation, she joined GammmaLink, Inc., one of the early pioneers in the field of telecommunications. She later moved to MCI Communications where, more than once, she received distinguished awards and recognition for her work. On a personal level, Ms. Daryabari has had a long-standing passion for increasing knowledge of her native Iranian culture, as well as improving the lives of people from Iran and beyond.

Her work in her field of expertise has always been accompanied by her interest in the world of ideas and literature; particularly, the poetry and prose of her native Iran. In 2008, she created the Bita Daryabari Endowment in Persian Letters at Stanford University, enabling the university to not only hire visiting and full-time professors of Persian literature, but also providing the necessary funds for the Iranian Studies Program to organize conferences, teach more courses in Persian language for all levels of proficiency, and offer the annual Bita Award in Persian Letters.

Her charitable work, primarily focused through the Unique Zan Foundation, is not limited to Iran and its literature, or Asia and its women. Ms. Daryabari is working with a number of charitable organizations, including The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), founded by Sakeena Yacoobi, an internationally known women’s human rights activist. Their latest collaboration includes the building of an all-girls school in Kabul. In her next project, Ms. Daryabari is enabling the training of Afghan women by providing micro-financing through organizations such as AIL and Creating Hope International. In 2008, Ms. Daryabari joined forces with Relief International and the Skoll Foundation, to build a women’s center in West Bank Palestinian Territory. Other philanthropic endeavors include: a recent donation to the British Museum and Iran Heritage Foundation for the Shah Abbas Exhibition; funding Iranian Artists through Venice Biennale to display their work for the first time after 30 years of solitude in 2009; and contributions to the UCSF Mission Bay Neuroscience Research Building, which will open in 2011. Ms. Daryabari also serves as a Visionary Circle Member of the XPRIZE Foundation.

Gil Elbaz is an accomplished entrepreneur and pioneer of natural language technology. After gaining experience working and consulting at IBM, Sybase, and SGI, Elbaz co-founded Applied Semantics Inc. (ASI) which broke new ground in the realm of natural language technologies. ASI helped to define and build new addressable markets with its AdSense platform and other contextual advertising products.

After Google acquired ASI in 2003, Gil was appointed Engineering Director for Google Santa Monica where he focused on building up the local office, and continued to work on AdSense and other products. AdSense helped establish Google's place as a leader in the field of online advertising and in 2005, Gil was presented with the prestigious Founders' Award. Since leaving in 2007, true to his entrepreneurial bent, Gil has founded a new company whose technology will soon be revealed.

Elyssa Elbaz is a Special Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles where she is a member of the Violent and Organized Crime division. Prior to working as a prosecutor, she worked for the law firm of O'Melveny and Myers and clerked for a federal judge. She serves on the UCLA Law Alumni Board, the CMC Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights, and is a member of Los Angeles Social Venture Partners.

Elyssa & Gil manage the Elbaz Family Foundation, which supports environmental and educational causes, and are involved in Los Angeles Social Ventures Partners. Committed to the open information arena, Elbaz supports organizations such as public.resource.org, and is president and founder of the CommonCrawl Foundation, dedicated to helping democratize access to web information.

Gil and Elyssa Elbaz

Gil Elbaz is an accomplished entrepreneur and pioneer of natural language technology. After gaining experience working and consulting at IBM, Sybase, and SGI, Elbaz co-founded Applied Semantics Inc. (ASI) which broke new ground in the realm of natural language technologies. ASI helped to define and build new addressable markets with its AdSense platform and other contextual advertising products.

After Google acquired ASI in 2003, Gil was appointed Engineering Director for Google Santa Monica where he focused on building up the local office, and continued to work on AdSense and other products. AdSense helped establish Google's place as a leader in the field of online advertising and in 2005, Gil was presented with the prestigious Founders' Award. Since leaving in 2007, true to his entrepreneurial bent, Gil has founded a new company whose technology will soon be revealed.

Elyssa Elbaz is a Special Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles where she is a member of the Violent and Organized Crime division. Prior to working as a prosecutor, she worked for the law firm of O'Melveny and Myers and clerked for a federal judge. She serves on the UCLA Law Alumni Board, the CMC Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights, and is a member of Los Angeles Social Venture Partners.

Elyssa & Gil manage the Elbaz Family Foundation, which supports environmental and educational causes, and are involved in Los Angeles Social Ventures Partners. Committed to the open information arena, Elbaz supports organizations such as public.resource.org, and is president and founder of the CommonCrawl Foundation, dedicated to helping democratize access to web information.

Ventus Ventures Foundation was set up relatively recently with the aim of supporting development of new pioneering technologies, science, research and innovation for a more sustainable world. Ventus Ventures believes that science and technology are the universal drivers, together with education and investment, of economic development and progress. The Foundation also understands that innovation is not just an important driver of economic growth, but that it also brings about the kind of development which is more sustainable and which has a positive impact on the economic, social and environmental well-being of various nations. By joining the Vision Circle, the Foundation hopes to contribute to further realization of unprecedented advances in science and technology. The Foundation aims to expand its support to various inspirational initiatives around the world.

Ventus Ventures Foundation

Ventus Ventures Foundation was set up relatively recently with the aim of supporting development of new pioneering technologies, science, research and innovation for a more sustainable world. Ventus Ventures believes that science and technology are the universal drivers, together with education and investment, of economic development and progress. The Foundation also understands that innovation is not just an important driver of economic growth, but that it also brings about the kind of development which is more sustainable and which has a positive impact on the economic, social and environmental well-being of various nations. By joining the Vision Circle, the Foundation hopes to contribute to further realization of unprecedented advances in science and technology. The Foundation aims to expand its support to various inspirational initiatives around the world.

“I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big success. I am for those tiny, invisible loving human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of the water, which, if given time, will rend the hardest monuments of pride.”

- William James (1842 – 1910)
From the Mission Statement of the William James Foundation.

(Represented by The Silverstein Family)

Barry Silverstein is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and passionate patron of emerging sciences. After earning a law degree from Yale in 1957, he began his professional career, which has spanned five decades and included such diverse roles as law professor, pioneer in the cable television industry, and Chairman of the Board of a NYSE company. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of a publicly-traded REIT (where he is a member of the compensation and audit committees).

Barry was an early supporter and benefactor for the rapidly maturing science of nanotechnology, and Roger Fisher's Harvard Negotiation Project. He has a deep and abiding interest in the work of the Mind and Life Institute, which seeks to bridge mindfulness meditation with the discoveries and exploration of modern science. He has supported the Institute and its projects, including a seminal series of conferences involving His Holiness the Dalai Lama and leading scientific researchers.

Barry’s funding of the William James Foundation has equipped it to support a broad range of projects to benefit both individuals and communities, with a special interest in promoting social entrepreneurship.

Trudy Silverstein is the Chairman and President of the William James Foundation. The WJF supports a diverse range of programs for social entrepreneurs, children's education, conflict resolution, mindfulness meditation, and is committed to helping improve lives and communities through a broad-based support of a variety of philanthropic endeavors.

Trudy and Barry home-schooled their two children, Jake and Molly. In their search for a positive environment for educational activities, Trudy and Barry found Florida Studio Theater, a critically acclaimed regional theater in Sarasota, Florida. The studio’s Children’s Theatre program allowed Jake and Molly to practice the performing arts in an environment that emphasized empathy, honesty and respect for oneself and others. The WJF has established an endowment for Florida Studio Theatre’s children’s programs, which have nurtured and fostered creativity, emotional self-awareness, and a deep understanding of the complexity of the human experience for thousands of children.

In addition to her roles as wife and mother, Trudy is an artist who works in the media of photography, jewelry design, collage, and forest gardening. She has been recognized for her work in collage and journal-art. She attended New College in Sarasota, Florida, where she studied anthropology.

Jake Silverstein, (Board Member, William James Foundation) is the founder of E'lir, a multi-strategy investment firm focused on technology, natural resources, and real estate. Previously, Jake served as Vice President of Investments for Sentinel Management, a multi-family office, where he led the firm’s venture capital and growth equity investments. Prior to joining Sentinel, Jake was the first employee of Prodea Systems, a connected-home technology company founded by the Ansari family, where he defined many of the company's early strategies and worldwide deployment scenarios. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, and received his BA in Mathematics from New College, the honors college of Florida, at age 19.

The William James Foundation

“I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big success. I am for those tiny, invisible loving human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of the water, which, if given time, will rend the hardest monuments of pride.”

- William James (1842 – 1910)
From the Mission Statement of the William James Foundation.

(Represented by The Silverstein Family)

Barry Silverstein is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and passionate patron of emerging sciences. After earning a law degree from Yale in 1957, he began his professional career, which has spanned five decades and included such diverse roles as law professor, pioneer in the cable television industry, and Chairman of the Board of a NYSE company. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of a publicly-traded REIT (where he is a member of the compensation and audit committees).

Barry was an early supporter and benefactor for the rapidly maturing science of nanotechnology, and Roger Fisher's Harvard Negotiation Project. He has a deep and abiding interest in the work of the Mind and Life Institute, which seeks to bridge mindfulness meditation with the discoveries and exploration of modern science. He has supported the Institute and its projects, including a seminal series of conferences involving His Holiness the Dalai Lama and leading scientific researchers.

Barry’s funding of the William James Foundation has equipped it to support a broad range of projects to benefit both individuals and communities, with a special interest in promoting social entrepreneurship.

Trudy Silverstein is the Chairman and President of the William James Foundation. The WJF supports a diverse range of programs for social entrepreneurs, children's education, conflict resolution, mindfulness meditation, and is committed to helping improve lives and communities through a broad-based support of a variety of philanthropic endeavors.

Trudy and Barry home-schooled their two children, Jake and Molly. In their search for a positive environment for educational activities, Trudy and Barry found Florida Studio Theater, a critically acclaimed regional theater in Sarasota, Florida. The studio’s Children’s Theatre program allowed Jake and Molly to practice the performing arts in an environment that emphasized empathy, honesty and respect for oneself and others. The WJF has established an endowment for Florida Studio Theatre’s children’s programs, which have nurtured and fostered creativity, emotional self-awareness, and a deep understanding of the complexity of the human experience for thousands of children.

In addition to her roles as wife and mother, Trudy is an artist who works in the media of photography, jewelry design, collage, and forest gardening. She has been recognized for her work in collage and journal-art. She attended New College in Sarasota, Florida, where she studied anthropology.

Jake Silverstein, (Board Member, William James Foundation) is the founder of E'lir, a multi-strategy investment firm focused on technology, natural resources, and real estate. Previously, Jake served as Vice President of Investments for Sentinel Management, a multi-family office, where he led the firm’s venture capital and growth equity investments. Prior to joining Sentinel, Jake was the first employee of Prodea Systems, a connected-home technology company founded by the Ansari family, where he defined many of the company's early strategies and worldwide deployment scenarios. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, and received his BA in Mathematics from New College, the honors college of Florida, at age 19.

(Represented by Barnaby Marsh, D. Phil.)

Senior Vice President, Management and Strategic Initiatives & Managing Director, Philanthropic Leadership Network

Barnaby Marsh oversees the grants, programs, and communications departments of the John Templeton Foundation. He also works to develop innovative practices in philanthropy. At the request of the late Sir John Templeton, Marsh created the Templeton Philanthropic Leadership Network, a group of international leaders in business and philanthropy who are seeking novel ways to address philanthropic challenges.

Before joining the Foundation, Marsh held a range of private-sector positions in management consulting, investment banking, and risk assessment. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Cornell University and attended Magdalen College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. Marsh earned his D.Phil for a thesis on the economic, psychological, and biological aspects of risk-taking, and has held academic fellowships at the Hebrew University, the Smithsonian Institution, the Max Planck Institute, and New College, Oxford

John Templeton Foundation

(Represented by Barnaby Marsh, D. Phil.)

Senior Vice President, Management and Strategic Initiatives & Managing Director, Philanthropic Leadership Network

Barnaby Marsh oversees the grants, programs, and communications departments of the John Templeton Foundation. He also works to develop innovative practices in philanthropy. At the request of the late Sir John Templeton, Marsh created the Templeton Philanthropic Leadership Network, a group of international leaders in business and philanthropy who are seeking novel ways to address philanthropic challenges.

Before joining the Foundation, Marsh held a range of private-sector positions in management consulting, investment banking, and risk assessment. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Cornell University and attended Magdalen College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. Marsh earned his D.Phil for a thesis on the economic, psychological, and biological aspects of risk-taking, and has held academic fellowships at the Hebrew University, the Smithsonian Institution, the Max Planck Institute, and New College, Oxford

Chairman, BPG Motors

Paresh Ghelani is an avid entrepreneur who believes in solving problems through innovations and entrepreneurship. Paresh’s current concentration is to invest in an early stage and emerging companies.

As a chairman of BPG Motors, Paresh is looking to introduce a whole new breed of off-road vehicles for the sports enthusiastic and the military.

With the vision of addressing grand challenges of the world trough innovative approaches and make a difference in the humanity in a large scale, Paresh is a believer of achieving peace trough prosperity. Paresh is currently working with the world’s best visionary group to shape the strategy to expand highly successful X Prize platform to India and globally.

In the past career, Paresh was CEO and Founder of 2020 Company, LLC. 2020 Company was successfully acquired by a large private equity group. With expertise in management strategy and vision, Paresh and 2020 have won numerous awards for their growth and leadership. 2020 Company worked with the United States Government to provide solutions in the areas of Healthcare IT, Education and Science.

Prior to successfully building 2020 company from grounds up, Paresh has build and sold two other businesses in technology field.

Paresh Ghelani

Chairman, BPG Motors

Paresh Ghelani is an avid entrepreneur who believes in solving problems through innovations and entrepreneurship. Paresh’s current concentration is to invest in an early stage and emerging companies.

As a chairman of BPG Motors, Paresh is looking to introduce a whole new breed of off-road vehicles for the sports enthusiastic and the military.

With the vision of addressing grand challenges of the world trough innovative approaches and make a difference in the humanity in a large scale, Paresh is a believer of achieving peace trough prosperity. Paresh is currently working with the world’s best visionary group to shape the strategy to expand highly successful X Prize platform to India and globally.

In the past career, Paresh was CEO and Founder of 2020 Company, LLC. 2020 Company was successfully acquired by a large private equity group. With expertise in management strategy and vision, Paresh and 2020 have won numerous awards for their growth and leadership. 2020 Company worked with the United States Government to provide solutions in the areas of Healthcare IT, Education and Science.

Prior to successfully building 2020 company from grounds up, Paresh has build and sold two other businesses in technology field.

George M. Marcus is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Marcus & Millichap Company. Founded in 1971, Marcus & Millichap Company is the parent company of a diversified group of real estate service, investment, and development firms including Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, the largest commercial investment real estate brokerage firm in the nation, and SummerHill Homes, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most successful home builders. Also falling under the Marcus & Millichap family of companies are Pacific Urban Residential, SummerHill Apartment Communities and Meridian Property Company. Mr. Marcus is also Chairman of Essex Property Trust, a publicly traded company. Essex was recently inducted into the Real Estate Investment Trust Hall of Fame for having the highest return to shareholders of all multifamily Real Estate Investment Trusts over the last 15 years. His professional memberships include the Real Estate Roundtable, Urban Land Institute and the University of California Berkeley Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, as well as numerous other professional and community organizations, including International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), United Religions Initiative (URI), Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), Fuse Corps, and California State University Foundation Board of Governors. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the University of California San Francisco Foundation, is an Emeritus Board Member of the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums (COFAM) where he served on the development committee that built the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and is a Regent Emeritus of the University of California.

Mr. Marcus graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from San Francisco State University in 1965 and was honored as Alumnus of the Millennium in 1999. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Presidents Management Program and the Georgetown University Leadership Program.

George M. Marcus

George M. Marcus is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Marcus & Millichap Company. Founded in 1971, Marcus & Millichap Company is the parent company of a diversified group of real estate service, investment, and development firms including Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, the largest commercial investment real estate brokerage firm in the nation, and SummerHill Homes, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most successful home builders. Also falling under the Marcus & Millichap family of companies are Pacific Urban Residential, SummerHill Apartment Communities and Meridian Property Company. Mr. Marcus is also Chairman of Essex Property Trust, a publicly traded company. Essex was recently inducted into the Real Estate Investment Trust Hall of Fame for having the highest return to shareholders of all multifamily Real Estate Investment Trusts over the last 15 years. His professional memberships include the Real Estate Roundtable, Urban Land Institute and the University of California Berkeley Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, as well as numerous other professional and community organizations, including International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), United Religions Initiative (URI), Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), Fuse Corps, and California State University Foundation Board of Governors. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the University of California San Francisco Foundation, is an Emeritus Board Member of the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums (COFAM) where he served on the development committee that built the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and is a Regent Emeritus of the University of California.

Mr. Marcus graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from San Francisco State University in 1965 and was honored as Alumnus of the Millennium in 1999. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Presidents Management Program and the Georgetown University Leadership Program.

Rob McEwen followed his father into the investment industry and developed a passion for gold. In 1990, Rob jumped into the mining industry, where he transformed Goldcorp from a collection of small companies into a mining powerhouse. From 1993, when Rob started restructuring Goldcorp to the time he stepped down in 2006, Goldcorp's market capitalization had grown from US$50 million to $8.5 billion and its share price had increased at a 31% compound annual growth rate.

Rob McEwen is currently the Chief Owner, CEO and largest shareholder of McEwen Mining Inc.

In 2007, Rob was appointed to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour.

Rob McEwen

Rob McEwen followed his father into the investment industry and developed a passion for gold. In 1990, Rob jumped into the mining industry, where he transformed Goldcorp from a collection of small companies into a mining powerhouse. From 1993, when Rob started restructuring Goldcorp to the time he stepped down in 2006, Goldcorp's market capitalization had grown from US$50 million to $8.5 billion and its share price had increased at a 31% compound annual growth rate.

Rob McEwen is currently the Chief Owner, CEO and largest shareholder of McEwen Mining Inc.

In 2007, Rob was appointed to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour.

Richard Merkin, has been the CEO and founder of the Heritage Group since 1979. Under his stewardship, the Heritage Group has become the largest, physician-owned and operated integrated delivery system in the United States with over 50 related healthcare companies. The Heritage Group encompasses numerous patent, venture capital, private equity, and insurance companies. Dr. Merkin serves on the Board of the California Institute of Technology and the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He is the Co-founder of Fastercures. He has established the Richard Merkin Foundation for Stem Cell Research at the Broad Institute at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Richard Merkin Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Brain Sciences Institute, and the Richard Merkin Foundation for Neural Regeneration at UCLA. He is on the board of the California Nano Systems Institute and serves on many other boards that focus on science, healthcare and finance. Inspired by the X-Prize Foundation, Dr. Merkin launched the Heritage Health Prize, a $3 million global incentivized competition seeking to achieve a fundamental breakthrough in our ability to predict future hospitalization.

Dr. Richard Merkin M.D.

Richard Merkin, has been the CEO and founder of the Heritage Group since 1979. Under his stewardship, the Heritage Group has become the largest, physician-owned and operated integrated delivery system in the United States with over 50 related healthcare companies. The Heritage Group encompasses numerous patent, venture capital, private equity, and insurance companies. Dr. Merkin serves on the Board of the California Institute of Technology and the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He is the Co-founder of Fastercures. He has established the Richard Merkin Foundation for Stem Cell Research at the Broad Institute at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Richard Merkin Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Brain Sciences Institute, and the Richard Merkin Foundation for Neural Regeneration at UCLA. He is on the board of the California Nano Systems Institute and serves on many other boards that focus on science, healthcare and finance. Inspired by the X-Prize Foundation, Dr. Merkin launched the Heritage Health Prize, a $3 million global incentivized competition seeking to achieve a fundamental breakthrough in our ability to predict future hospitalization.

Dustin Moskovitz is the co-founder of Asana and Facebook. At Facebook, he was a key leader within the technical staff, first in the position of CTO and then later as VP of Engineering. Dustin attended Harvard University as an Economics major for two years before moving to Palo Alto, California to work full-time at Facebook.

Dustin Moskovitz

Dustin Moskovitz is the co-founder of Asana and Facebook. At Facebook, he was a key leader within the technical staff, first in the position of CTO and then later as VP of Engineering. Dustin attended Harvard University as an Economics major for two years before moving to Palo Alto, California to work full-time at Facebook.

Larry Page was Google's founding CEO and grew the company to more than 200 employees and profitability before moving into his role as President, Products in April 2001. He continues to share responsibility for Google's day-to-day operations with Eric Schmidt and Sergey Brin.

The son of Michigan State University computer science professor Dr. Carl Victor Page, Page's love of computers began at age six. While following in his father's footsteps in academics, Page became an honors graduate from the University of Michigan, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering, with a concentration on computer engineering. During his time in Ann Arbor, Page served as President of the University's Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society and built a programmable plotter and inkjet printer out of Legos.

While in the Ph.D. program in computer science at Stanford University, Page met Sergey Brin and together they developed and ran Google, which began operating in 1998. Page went on leave from Stanford after earning his master's degree. He was granted an honorary MBA by Instituto de Empresa and was the first recipient of the University of Michigan Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award.

Page has been a speaker at such forums as the Technology, Entertainment and Design Conference, The Wall Street Journal Technology Summit, the World Economic Forum and the Commonwealth Club. He was named a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow in 2002 as well as a "Young Innovator Who Will Create the Future" by MIT's Technology Review magazine. Page is a member of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) for the University of Michigan College of Engineering, has been recognized as Research and Development Magazine's Innovator of the Year and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004.

"I think it is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams. Since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition. In fact, there are so few people this crazy that I feel like I know them all by first name." - Larry Page

Larry Page

Larry Page was Google's founding CEO and grew the company to more than 200 employees and profitability before moving into his role as President, Products in April 2001. He continues to share responsibility for Google's day-to-day operations with Eric Schmidt and Sergey Brin.

The son of Michigan State University computer science professor Dr. Carl Victor Page, Page's love of computers began at age six. While following in his father's footsteps in academics, Page became an honors graduate from the University of Michigan, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering, with a concentration on computer engineering. During his time in Ann Arbor, Page served as President of the University's Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society and built a programmable plotter and inkjet printer out of Legos.

While in the Ph.D. program in computer science at Stanford University, Page met Sergey Brin and together they developed and ran Google, which began operating in 1998. Page went on leave from Stanford after earning his master's degree. He was granted an honorary MBA by Instituto de Empresa and was the first recipient of the University of Michigan Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award.

Page has been a speaker at such forums as the Technology, Entertainment and Design Conference, The Wall Street Journal Technology Summit, the World Economic Forum and the Commonwealth Club. He was named a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow in 2002 as well as a "Young Innovator Who Will Create the Future" by MIT's Technology Review magazine. Page is a member of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) for the University of Michigan College of Engineering, has been recognized as Research and Development Magazine's Innovator of the Year and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004.

"I think it is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams. Since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition. In fact, there are so few people this crazy that I feel like I know them all by first name." - Larry Page

Ricardo B. Salinas is one of Latin America’s leading entrepreneurs, convinced of the great potential of Mexico and other Latin American countries, spurred by the strength of its most valuable resource, the talent of its people. Today Grupo Salinas employs over 90,000 people in ten different countries and has business divisions in telecommunications, television, retail, and financial services. Ricardo Salinas’s pioneering vision has been recognized by some of the most important business organizations. In several forums, he has spoken about globalization, corporate governance, and the opportunities at the base of the pyramid. Since 1997, he has maintained a strong social commitment. For that purpuse, he created Fundación Azteca to improve health, nutrition, education and the environment of the communities in which Grupo Salinas operates. Fundación Azteca has presence in the United States, El Salvador, Guatemala and Peru. Mr. Salinas sponsors more than 30 different social initiatives.

Ricardo B. Salinas

Ricardo B. Salinas is one of Latin America’s leading entrepreneurs, convinced of the great potential of Mexico and other Latin American countries, spurred by the strength of its most valuable resource, the talent of its people. Today Grupo Salinas employs over 90,000 people in ten different countries and has business divisions in telecommunications, television, retail, and financial services. Ricardo Salinas’s pioneering vision has been recognized by some of the most important business organizations. In several forums, he has spoken about globalization, corporate governance, and the opportunities at the base of the pyramid. Since 1997, he has maintained a strong social commitment. For that purpuse, he created Fundación Azteca to improve health, nutrition, education and the environment of the communities in which Grupo Salinas operates. Fundación Azteca has presence in the United States, El Salvador, Guatemala and Peru. Mr. Salinas sponsors more than 30 different social initiatives.

Richard F. Schaden, founder of Beyond The Edge, is an aeronautical engineer, active ATP pilot, businessman, and highly experienced trial lawyer. He is also a founding partner of Consumer Capital Partners, a nationally recognized private investment, concept development, strategic advisory, and causal marketing firm. In addition, he was the founding partner of Schaden, Katzman, Lampert and McClune, a prominent international aviation and public interest law firm.

With over 40 years of successful litigation experience, Mr. Schaden has won many multimillion-dollar courtroom verdicts and hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements, along with the respect of both the legal and technological communities. He has tried jury cases involving general aviation, common carrier aviation, and military aviation. He is widely published in the field of aviation law and design liability, including his book Product Design Liability, contributions to the American Jurisprudence Series “Trial,” and many papers and articles for legal journals and magazines.

A former officer of Quiznos and related companies, Mr. Schaden, along with his son Rick, continues to be a majority shareholder of the company. He is a leading philanthropist in the areas of family homelessness, oceanic preservation, and public interest law. Mr. Schaden and his family actively support initiatives focused on ending world poverty through Millennium Promise, CARE, and UNICEF. He contributes to domestic family homelessness and related issues through America’s Road Home, a 501 (c)(3) started by Mr. Schaden, Rick Schaden, and Rick’s wife Cheryl. He was also instrumental in facilitating the making of the recent eco-thriller The Cove, winner of 46 film festival awards including the Audience Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and nominated for an Oscar.

Finally, Mr. Schaden is known as a visionary in the development of ground-breaking public/private partnership in the area of legal philanthropy. His ongoing support of the University of Colorado’s School of Law has helped numerous students obtain real world legal experiences through trial advocacy competitions and clinical programs, as well as bringing legal representation to those who might otherwise have fallen through the cracks of the traditional legal system due to a lack of access to quality representation through the Schaden experiential learning program.

Richard F. Schaden

Richard F. Schaden, founder of Beyond The Edge, is an aeronautical engineer, active ATP pilot, businessman, and highly experienced trial lawyer. He is also a founding partner of Consumer Capital Partners, a nationally recognized private investment, concept development, strategic advisory, and causal marketing firm. In addition, he was the founding partner of Schaden, Katzman, Lampert and McClune, a prominent international aviation and public interest law firm.

With over 40 years of successful litigation experience, Mr. Schaden has won many multimillion-dollar courtroom verdicts and hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements, along with the respect of both the legal and technological communities. He has tried jury cases involving general aviation, common carrier aviation, and military aviation. He is widely published in the field of aviation law and design liability, including his book Product Design Liability, contributions to the American Jurisprudence Series “Trial,” and many papers and articles for legal journals and magazines.

A former officer of Quiznos and related companies, Mr. Schaden, along with his son Rick, continues to be a majority shareholder of the company. He is a leading philanthropist in the areas of family homelessness, oceanic preservation, and public interest law. Mr. Schaden and his family actively support initiatives focused on ending world poverty through Millennium Promise, CARE, and UNICEF. He contributes to domestic family homelessness and related issues through America’s Road Home, a 501 (c)(3) started by Mr. Schaden, Rick Schaden, and Rick’s wife Cheryl. He was also instrumental in facilitating the making of the recent eco-thriller The Cove, winner of 46 film festival awards including the Audience Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and nominated for an Oscar.

Finally, Mr. Schaden is known as a visionary in the development of ground-breaking public/private partnership in the area of legal philanthropy. His ongoing support of the University of Colorado’s School of Law has helped numerous students obtain real world legal experiences through trial advocacy competitions and clinical programs, as well as bringing legal representation to those who might otherwise have fallen through the cracks of the traditional legal system due to a lack of access to quality representation through the Schaden experiential learning program.

In 2001, Larry Page and Sergey Brin recruited Eric Schmidt to lead Google from Novell, where he led that company's strategic planning, management and technology development as chairman and CEO. As CEO of Google, Eric has focused on building the corporate infrastructure needed to maintain Google's rapid growth as a company and on ensuring that quality remains high while product development cycle times are kept to a minimum.

Along with Larry and Sergey, Eric shares responsibility for Google's day-to-day operations. With over twenty years achievement as an Internet strategist, entrepreneur and developer of great technologies, Eric’s well-seasoned perspective perfectly complements Google's needs as a young and rapidly growing search engine with a unique corporate culture.

Eric has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University, and a master's and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2006, Eric was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, which recognized his work on "the development of strategies for the world's most successful Internet search engine company." Eric was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a Fellow in 2007. He is also chairman of the board of directors for the New America Foundation.

Wendy Schmidt is President of The Schmidt Family Foundation that works to advance the development of clean energy and support the wiser use of natural resources. She is founder of the Foundation’s 11th Hour Project and of Climate Central. Her other work, at ReMain Nantucket, focuses on generating a model for smart community downtown development on the island.

With her husband, Eric, Wendy created the Schmidt Ocean Institute in 2009 to provide future opportunities aboard research vessels for urgent ocean studies. She serves on the boards of GRIST, The Nantucket Dreamland Foundation, The Natural Resources Defense Council, The California Academy of Sciences, and The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

Wendy earned an M.A. in Journalism from The University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. magna cum laude from Smith College.

Dr. Eric and Wendy Schmidt

In 2001, Larry Page and Sergey Brin recruited Eric Schmidt to lead Google from Novell, where he led that company's strategic planning, management and technology development as chairman and CEO. As CEO of Google, Eric has focused on building the corporate infrastructure needed to maintain Google's rapid growth as a company and on ensuring that quality remains high while product development cycle times are kept to a minimum.

Along with Larry and Sergey, Eric shares responsibility for Google's day-to-day operations. With over twenty years achievement as an Internet strategist, entrepreneur and developer of great technologies, Eric’s well-seasoned perspective perfectly complements Google's needs as a young and rapidly growing search engine with a unique corporate culture.

Eric has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University, and a master's and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2006, Eric was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, which recognized his work on "the development of strategies for the world's most successful Internet search engine company." Eric was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a Fellow in 2007. He is also chairman of the board of directors for the New America Foundation.

Wendy Schmidt is President of The Schmidt Family Foundation that works to advance the development of clean energy and support the wiser use of natural resources. She is founder of the Foundation’s 11th Hour Project and of Climate Central. Her other work, at ReMain Nantucket, focuses on generating a model for smart community downtown development on the island.

With her husband, Eric, Wendy created the Schmidt Ocean Institute in 2009 to provide future opportunities aboard research vessels for urgent ocean studies. She serves on the boards of GRIST, The Nantucket Dreamland Foundation, The Natural Resources Defense Council, The California Academy of Sciences, and The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

Wendy earned an M.A. in Journalism from The University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. magna cum laude from Smith College.

Jeffrey L. Shames is currently an Executive in Residence at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
He is the retired Chairman of MFS Investment Management® and the boards of trustees of the MFS Funds.

He joined MFS in 1983 as an Industry Analyst and was named a Portfolio Manager in 1985, Chief Equity Officer in 1987, President and a member of the board in 1993 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1998. In September 2002 he retired as CEO and retained the Chairman title until his retirement in February 2004.

He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1977 and Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management in 1983. In between college and graduate school he served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Fiji and with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Berklee College of Music, the XPRIZE Foundation, City Year, a national service organization, Co-Founder and Trustee of Hurricane Voices, a breast cancer foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the Elan Corporation. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Leadership Center.

Jeffrey L. Shames

Jeffrey L. Shames is currently an Executive in Residence at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
He is the retired Chairman of MFS Investment Management® and the boards of trustees of the MFS Funds.

He joined MFS in 1983 as an Industry Analyst and was named a Portfolio Manager in 1985, Chief Equity Officer in 1987, President and a member of the board in 1993 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1998. In September 2002 he retired as CEO and retained the Chairman title until his retirement in February 2004.

He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1977 and Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management in 1983. In between college and graduate school he served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Fiji and with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Berklee College of Music, the XPRIZE Foundation, City Year, a national service organization, Co-Founder and Trustee of Hurricane Voices, a breast cancer foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the Elan Corporation. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Leadership Center.

Ray Sidney is an XPRIZE Foundation Vision Circle member. He is a principal of Big George Ventures, LLC, Carson Valley's premier eco-friendly real estate developer. Prior to co-founding Big George Ventures, Ray worked in the fields of software and cryptography for Google, RSA Laboratories, and D.E.Shaw & Co, among others. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. from MIT, both in Mathematics.

Dr. Ray Sidney

Ray Sidney is an XPRIZE Foundation Vision Circle member. He is a principal of Big George Ventures, LLC, Carson Valley's premier eco-friendly real estate developer. Prior to co-founding Big George Ventures, Ray worked in the fields of software and cryptography for Google, RSA Laboratories, and D.E.Shaw & Co, among others. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. from MIT, both in Mathematics.

Heading the Tata Group since 1991, Ratan Tata is the Chairman of Tata Sons, holding company of the Tata Group and major Group companies including Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power and more. He is also Chairman of two of the largest private sector promoted philanthropic trusts in India. During his tenure, the Group has further expanded its global reach, with its revenues growing over eleven-fold to around USD$70 billion, after the most recent acquisition of Jaguar Land Rover. Mr. Tata joined the Tata Group in December 1962. After serving in various companies, he was appointed the Director-in-Charge of the National Radio & Electronics Company Limited (Nelco) in 1971. In 1981, he was named Chairman of Tata Industries, the Group's other holding company, which he was responsible for transforming into the Group's strategy think-tank and a promoter of new ventures in high-technology businesses. He is associated with many organizations in India and abroad in varying capacities, some of which are the government of India’s Investment Commission, the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry, South Africa’s International Investment Council, several prestigious universities and several philanthropies. Mr. Tata received a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from Cornell University in 1962, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1975. The government of India honored Mr. Tata with one of its highest civilian awards, the Padma Vibhushan, this year.

Ratan Tata

Heading the Tata Group since 1991, Ratan Tata is the Chairman of Tata Sons, holding company of the Tata Group and major Group companies including Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power and more. He is also Chairman of two of the largest private sector promoted philanthropic trusts in India. During his tenure, the Group has further expanded its global reach, with its revenues growing over eleven-fold to around USD$70 billion, after the most recent acquisition of Jaguar Land Rover. Mr. Tata joined the Tata Group in December 1962. After serving in various companies, he was appointed the Director-in-Charge of the National Radio & Electronics Company Limited (Nelco) in 1971. In 1981, he was named Chairman of Tata Industries, the Group's other holding company, which he was responsible for transforming into the Group's strategy think-tank and a promoter of new ventures in high-technology businesses. He is associated with many organizations in India and abroad in varying capacities, some of which are the government of India’s Investment Commission, the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry, South Africa’s International Investment Council, several prestigious universities and several philanthropies. Mr. Tata received a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from Cornell University in 1962, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1975. The government of India honored Mr. Tata with one of its highest civilian awards, the Padma Vibhushan, this year.

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