Innovation Board

The Innovation Board is a group of philanthropists actively engaged with Foundation Leadership on strategic topics such as defining our annual Grand Challenges and areas of focus for the Board of Trustees' Visioneering. The Innovation Board also works closely with the Foundation to identify strategic partners and opportunities. To find out how you can help support XPRIZE by becoming an Innovation Board member, please email alliances@xprize.org.

Emilio Diez Barroso is the Chairman and Founder of NALA Investments, LLC, a private investment holding company with operations across various industries including communications, transportation, energy, media and technology. The company manages a portfolio comprised of multiple investment asset classes primarily in the United States and Latin America.

Emilio has held senior level positions and sat on the board of most NALA owned businesses. He was named 1 of the 10 most powerful Latinos by PODER Magazine and The Hollywood Reporter and has been recognized with multiple awards in Latin America. Emilio is a member of the XPRIZE Innovation Board, and sits on the client council for U.S. Trust Bank of America. He is on the board of Saber Es Poder, the leading provider of comprehensive and practical educational solutions for Spanish-dominant Latinos in the United States. He chairs the board of The World is Just a Book Away, a non-profit organization created to bring books and education to children in developing countries.

Emilio studied Economics and Finance at Harvard, I.T.A.M. and Boston University and has an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica with an emphasis on Consciousness Health and Healing.

Emilio Diez Barroso

Emilio Diez Barroso is the Chairman and Founder of NALA Investments, LLC, a private investment holding company with operations across various industries including communications, transportation, energy, media and technology. The company manages a portfolio comprised of multiple investment asset classes primarily in the United States and Latin America.

Emilio has held senior level positions and sat on the board of most NALA owned businesses. He was named 1 of the 10 most powerful Latinos by PODER Magazine and The Hollywood Reporter and has been recognized with multiple awards in Latin America. Emilio is a member of the XPRIZE Innovation Board, and sits on the client council for U.S. Trust Bank of America. He is on the board of Saber Es Poder, the leading provider of comprehensive and practical educational solutions for Spanish-dominant Latinos in the United States. He chairs the board of The World is Just a Book Away, a non-profit organization created to bring books and education to children in developing countries.

Emilio studied Economics and Finance at Harvard, I.T.A.M. and Boston University and has an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica with an emphasis on Consciousness Health and Healing.

Brendon Burchard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Millionaire Messenger and The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives that Make You Feel Alive. He is also founder of High Performance Academy, the legendary personal development program for achievers, and Experts Academy, the world's most comprehensive marketing training for aspiring authors, speakers, coaches, and online thought leaders. For these works, Brendon is regularly recognized as "one of the top business and motivation trainers in the world." (Inc. magazine, AndersonCooper.com, ABC, and more). Brendon's books, videos, newsletters, products, and appearances now inspire two million people a month worldwide. His books have been #1 bestsellers on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon.com bestseller lists. Brendon's recent online marketing campaigns have set records in publishing, online product launches, and live video broadcast revenue. He has become the go-to marketing advisor for many of the most successful companies and celebrities in the world.

Brendon Burchard

Brendon Burchard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Millionaire Messenger and The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives that Make You Feel Alive. He is also founder of High Performance Academy, the legendary personal development program for achievers, and Experts Academy, the world's most comprehensive marketing training for aspiring authors, speakers, coaches, and online thought leaders. For these works, Brendon is regularly recognized as "one of the top business and motivation trainers in the world." (Inc. magazine, AndersonCooper.com, ABC, and more). Brendon's books, videos, newsletters, products, and appearances now inspire two million people a month worldwide. His books have been #1 bestsellers on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon.com bestseller lists. Brendon's recent online marketing campaigns have set records in publishing, online product launches, and live video broadcast revenue. He has become the go-to marketing advisor for many of the most successful companies and celebrities in the world.

Mr. Chernyak has 20 years of private equity and investment banking background. He served as a managing director at A1 group during 2004-2011 and as a principal in Texas Pacific Group in 1999-2003. Prior to this, he served as equity research analyst in Merrill Lynch London and ING Barings Moscow in 1994-1998. Dmitry served as a member of board of directors of AFM Cinemas, Diageo Distribution, Vladpivo, Syabar, Avianova, Systematica, Belmarket, Patra, Nitol Solar, Alfa Carbon, Kronverk Cinemas. Dmitry is an investor in several early stage technology companies.

Dmitry Chernyak

Mr. Chernyak has 20 years of private equity and investment banking background. He served as a managing director at A1 group during 2004-2011 and as a principal in Texas Pacific Group in 1999-2003. Prior to this, he served as equity research analyst in Merrill Lynch London and ING Barings Moscow in 1994-1998. Dmitry served as a member of board of directors of AFM Cinemas, Diageo Distribution, Vladpivo, Syabar, Avianova, Systematica, Belmarket, Patra, Nitol Solar, Alfa Carbon, Kronverk Cinemas. Dmitry is an investor in several early stage technology companies.

Robert is a former partner of Accenture where he led the strategy practice in SE Asia and the Communications and High Tech industry practice in Singapore. Since his retirement in 2007, he has remained active in the infocomm industry as a partner in Stream Global, a tech angel investor and incubator. He is a member of the Singapore Computer Society’s Exco, Information Technology Standards Committee, Singapore Standards Council and the Technology Committee of the Singapore Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry. He is currently a Director of Alexandra Health System Pte Ltd, Integrated Health Information Systems Pte Ltd, OpenNet Pte Ltd and Pteris Global Ltd. He also serves on the boards of non-profit organizations - Dover Park Hospice, Singapore Hospice Council, Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, TOUCH Community Services, and the National Council of Social Service.

Robert Chew

Robert is a former partner of Accenture where he led the strategy practice in SE Asia and the Communications and High Tech industry practice in Singapore. Since his retirement in 2007, he has remained active in the infocomm industry as a partner in Stream Global, a tech angel investor and incubator. He is a member of the Singapore Computer Society’s Exco, Information Technology Standards Committee, Singapore Standards Council and the Technology Committee of the Singapore Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry. He is currently a Director of Alexandra Health System Pte Ltd, Integrated Health Information Systems Pte Ltd, OpenNet Pte Ltd and Pteris Global Ltd. He also serves on the boards of non-profit organizations - Dover Park Hospice, Singapore Hospice Council, Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, TOUCH Community Services, and the National Council of Social Service.

Stanley Doobin - Owner, President, and CEO of Harvard Maintenance, Inc.

Nathalie Doobin - Owner, President, and CEO of Harvard Services, Inc.

Stan is the owner and president of Harvard Maintenance and Harvard Protection Services. He grew his family business into one of the largest building service contractor company in the industry, while remaining privately-held. For his efforts, he was awarded the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award in 2004. Since 2012, he has been representing the US on the World Federation of Building Service Contractors. Stan graduated from Washington & Lee University, he is a CPA and he received his MBA from Emory University. Stan was the President of BSCAI in 2009, is a member of Vistage, the US Green Building Council, and a number of other professional associations.

Nathalie is the owner and CEO of Harvard Enterprise Risk Solutions offering strategic consultative security services that help reduce vulnerabilities that can adversely impact a business, a brand and critical infrastructure environments. She also owns Harvard Services Group, a 100% woman-owned, green and sustainable janitorial business.

Nathalie was awarded 2013 Enterprising Women of the Year, Best 50 Women in Business in NJ, Top 25 Women Entrepreneur & Business Owner in NJ, Top 500 Women-Owned Business in The US, Top 500 Diversity Business in the US, as well as Top 50 Women-Owned Business in NJ. Nathalie graduated from Hautes Etudes Commerciales and holds an Executive MBA from University of Quebec in Montreal. She is on the Board of Directors for New Destiny Housing and is a Luminary Circle Member for the Step Up Women’s Network, a member of Women’s President Organization (WPO), and many other professional associations.

Stanley & Nathalie Doobin

Stanley Doobin - Owner, President, and CEO of Harvard Maintenance, Inc.

Nathalie Doobin - Owner, President, and CEO of Harvard Services, Inc.

Stan is the owner and president of Harvard Maintenance and Harvard Protection Services. He grew his family business into one of the largest building service contractor company in the industry, while remaining privately-held. For his efforts, he was awarded the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award in 2004. Since 2012, he has been representing the US on the World Federation of Building Service Contractors. Stan graduated from Washington & Lee University, he is a CPA and he received his MBA from Emory University. Stan was the President of BSCAI in 2009, is a member of Vistage, the US Green Building Council, and a number of other professional associations.

Nathalie is the owner and CEO of Harvard Enterprise Risk Solutions offering strategic consultative security services that help reduce vulnerabilities that can adversely impact a business, a brand and critical infrastructure environments. She also owns Harvard Services Group, a 100% woman-owned, green and sustainable janitorial business.

Nathalie was awarded 2013 Enterprising Women of the Year, Best 50 Women in Business in NJ, Top 25 Women Entrepreneur & Business Owner in NJ, Top 500 Women-Owned Business in The US, Top 500 Diversity Business in the US, as well as Top 50 Women-Owned Business in NJ. Nathalie graduated from Hautes Etudes Commerciales and holds an Executive MBA from University of Quebec in Montreal. She is on the Board of Directors for New Destiny Housing and is a Luminary Circle Member for the Step Up Women’s Network, a member of Women’s President Organization (WPO), and many other professional associations.

CEO, Funk Holdings Limited

Dr. Steven Christopher Funk is a Canadian entrepreneur, venture capitalist, private equity investor, and philanthropist with Masters and Doctorate degrees, a private pilot’s licence, with a Baja 1000 and two East African Safari Rally finishes in his pocket. He is a recurring partner with the Clinton Global Initiative, recipient of the Kaufman Foundation Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award from his rural Iowa hometown.

Funk has built five operating interests in three countries and owns a 100,000-acre rainforest eco-estate in Central America. The Funk Holdings' investment interests span the globe. Funk chaired the Advisory Board of the Microcredit Summit. He founded the Race4Change model in support of women’s empowerment in East Africa, and is also a founding director and financial underwriter of the Unitus Sustainable Investment Banking Model.

Steven Funk

CEO, Funk Holdings Limited

Dr. Steven Christopher Funk is a Canadian entrepreneur, venture capitalist, private equity investor, and philanthropist with Masters and Doctorate degrees, a private pilot’s licence, with a Baja 1000 and two East African Safari Rally finishes in his pocket. He is a recurring partner with the Clinton Global Initiative, recipient of the Kaufman Foundation Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award from his rural Iowa hometown.

Funk has built five operating interests in three countries and owns a 100,000-acre rainforest eco-estate in Central America. The Funk Holdings' investment interests span the globe. Funk chaired the Advisory Board of the Microcredit Summit. He founded the Race4Change model in support of women’s empowerment in East Africa, and is also a founding director and financial underwriter of the Unitus Sustainable Investment Banking Model.

Dr. Paul E. Jacobs is executive chairman of Qualcomm Incorporated, where he is responsible for helping guide the development of new technologies and Qualcomm’s long-term opportunities.

A leader in the field of mobile communications for more than 25 years and a key architect of Qualcomm’s strategic vision, Dr. Jacobs spearheaded Qualcomm’s efforts to develop and commercialize mobile technology breakthroughs that have significantly contributed to the growth of both the Company and the industry. Important developments which began under Dr. Jacobs include: the first smartphone based on Palm OS®; inclusion of GPS capabilities in mobile phones (which led to the acquisition of SnapTrack™ and Qualcomm's development of gpsOne™ position-location technology); the Brew® system, which enables over-the-air downloading of applications; QChat, a Voice over IP, push-to-talk system; mirasol®, a novel reflective display technology; and the Toq Smartwatch.

Following the completion of his Ph.D. in 1989 and a year as a post-doctoral researcher at a French government lab in Toulouse, Dr. Jacobs joined the Company fulltime in 1990 as a development engineer leading the mobile phone digital signal processor software team. Five years later, Dr. Jacobs became vice president and general manager of the combined handset and integrated circuit division, which was subsequently divided into Qualcomm Consumer Products and QCT, respectively. Dr. Jacobs served as CEO from July 2005 to March 2014 and was appointed chairman in 2009.

As an innovative leader of a broad range of technical teams within Qualcomm, Dr. Jacobs has been granted more than 50 patents for his inventions in the areas of wireless technology and devices. Dr. Jacobs is chairman of the U.S.-Korea Business Council and of the Advisory Board of the University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering; vice chairman and co-owner of the NBA Sacramento Kings; Global eHealth Foundation Ambassador; a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum; a member of the US-India CEO Forum; and serves on the Board of Directors for FIRST®.

Dr. Jacobs received his bachelor's (1984) and master's (1986) degrees, as well as his doctorate (1989) in electrical engineering, from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Paul E. Jacobs

Dr. Paul E. Jacobs is executive chairman of Qualcomm Incorporated, where he is responsible for helping guide the development of new technologies and Qualcomm’s long-term opportunities.

A leader in the field of mobile communications for more than 25 years and a key architect of Qualcomm’s strategic vision, Dr. Jacobs spearheaded Qualcomm’s efforts to develop and commercialize mobile technology breakthroughs that have significantly contributed to the growth of both the Company and the industry. Important developments which began under Dr. Jacobs include: the first smartphone based on Palm OS®; inclusion of GPS capabilities in mobile phones (which led to the acquisition of SnapTrack™ and Qualcomm's development of gpsOne™ position-location technology); the Brew® system, which enables over-the-air downloading of applications; QChat, a Voice over IP, push-to-talk system; mirasol®, a novel reflective display technology; and the Toq Smartwatch.

Following the completion of his Ph.D. in 1989 and a year as a post-doctoral researcher at a French government lab in Toulouse, Dr. Jacobs joined the Company fulltime in 1990 as a development engineer leading the mobile phone digital signal processor software team. Five years later, Dr. Jacobs became vice president and general manager of the combined handset and integrated circuit division, which was subsequently divided into Qualcomm Consumer Products and QCT, respectively. Dr. Jacobs served as CEO from July 2005 to March 2014 and was appointed chairman in 2009.

As an innovative leader of a broad range of technical teams within Qualcomm, Dr. Jacobs has been granted more than 50 patents for his inventions in the areas of wireless technology and devices. Dr. Jacobs is chairman of the U.S.-Korea Business Council and of the Advisory Board of the University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering; vice chairman and co-owner of the NBA Sacramento Kings; Global eHealth Foundation Ambassador; a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum; a member of the US-India CEO Forum; and serves on the Board of Directors for FIRST®.

Dr. Jacobs received his bachelor's (1984) and master's (1986) degrees, as well as his doctorate (1989) in electrical engineering, from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ankur Jain is the CEO of Humin.

Ankur Jain

Ankur Jain is the CEO of Humin.

Bryan Johnson is a serial entrepreneur and investor. In 2007 Johnson founded Braintree, an online and mobile payments provider. He and his team aimed to build an exceptional company, one that they and their customers loved, and one worthy of frequent love letters. Their passion and commitment to excellence attracted many of the world's most discerning merchants, and Braintree became a critical component to the infrastructure of some of the world’s fastest-growing tech-enabled services (e.g. Airbnb, GitHub, OpenTable, Uber). Inc. Magazine included Braintree in its “Fastest Growing Private Companies” list in 2011 & 2012. Braintree was profitably bootstrapped for its first four years and was later purchased by PayPal/eBay in 2013 for $800 million.

Today Johnson is an investor in technological advancements that promise to reinvent the operating systems of life. He is an investor and director at Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI). Founded by Dr. Craig Venter, who sequenced the first human genome and created the world’s first synthetic organism, HLI is assembling the world's largest genotype/phenotype database (combining microbiome, metabolome and clinical data) to extend healthy life. Johnson is also an investor in Vicarious, which aims to replicate the visual cortex and create a thinking machine; and Planetary Resources, which will explore space and mine asteroids of precious materials. Johnson earned an MBA from The University of Chicago and a BA in international studies from Brigham Young University.

Bryan Johnson

Bryan Johnson is a serial entrepreneur and investor. In 2007 Johnson founded Braintree, an online and mobile payments provider. He and his team aimed to build an exceptional company, one that they and their customers loved, and one worthy of frequent love letters. Their passion and commitment to excellence attracted many of the world's most discerning merchants, and Braintree became a critical component to the infrastructure of some of the world’s fastest-growing tech-enabled services (e.g. Airbnb, GitHub, OpenTable, Uber). Inc. Magazine included Braintree in its “Fastest Growing Private Companies” list in 2011 & 2012. Braintree was profitably bootstrapped for its first four years and was later purchased by PayPal/eBay in 2013 for $800 million.

Today Johnson is an investor in technological advancements that promise to reinvent the operating systems of life. He is an investor and director at Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI). Founded by Dr. Craig Venter, who sequenced the first human genome and created the world’s first synthetic organism, HLI is assembling the world's largest genotype/phenotype database (combining microbiome, metabolome and clinical data) to extend healthy life. Johnson is also an investor in Vicarious, which aims to replicate the visual cortex and create a thinking machine; and Planetary Resources, which will explore space and mine asteroids of precious materials. Johnson earned an MBA from The University of Chicago and a BA in international studies from Brigham Young University.

Founder and CEO of Mindvalley, Vishen leads a dedicated team of over 100+ brilliant minds focused on building disruptive systems to bring innovation to education under their goal of "pushing humanity forward".

Vishen invests in and builds education companies. The company’s goal is to help spread enlightened ideas to 1 billion people by 2050; ideas that you won’t get from traditional education systems.

Vishen's projects include apps that promote healthy behavior, like Omvana.com which is rapidly becoming one of the highest grossing health and fitness apps for iPhone and online learning platforms such as the Mindvalley Academy which serves some 250,000 students and 1.3 million subscribers and is focused on mindfulness, health and wellness education.

In Asia, Vishen's goal is to culture hack the behavior of young entrepreneurs to turn his home city of Kuala Lumpur into one of the top 20 cities in the world to launch a startup. Through Project Renaissance, he funds and provides free entrepreneurial education to tens of thousands of young people looking to make a difference.

Vishen is also the founder of Mindvalley Technology, which builds mobile and web education businesses, Awesomeness Fest, the annual entrepreneurial festival, and the Mindvalley Foundation, which supports causes around the world that are working to push humanity forward.

Mindvalley is known for it's stellar success rate in launching new businesses - almost 90% are profitable within 10 months with little outside funding. It's also know as one of the #1 places in the world to work and attracts brilliant minds from around the world to move to Malaysia to work on Vishen's team.

Vishen Lakhiani

Founder and CEO of Mindvalley, Vishen leads a dedicated team of over 100+ brilliant minds focused on building disruptive systems to bring innovation to education under their goal of "pushing humanity forward".

Vishen invests in and builds education companies. The company’s goal is to help spread enlightened ideas to 1 billion people by 2050; ideas that you won’t get from traditional education systems.

Vishen's projects include apps that promote healthy behavior, like Omvana.com which is rapidly becoming one of the highest grossing health and fitness apps for iPhone and online learning platforms such as the Mindvalley Academy which serves some 250,000 students and 1.3 million subscribers and is focused on mindfulness, health and wellness education.

In Asia, Vishen's goal is to culture hack the behavior of young entrepreneurs to turn his home city of Kuala Lumpur into one of the top 20 cities in the world to launch a startup. Through Project Renaissance, he funds and provides free entrepreneurial education to tens of thousands of young people looking to make a difference.

Vishen is also the founder of Mindvalley Technology, which builds mobile and web education businesses, Awesomeness Fest, the annual entrepreneurial festival, and the Mindvalley Foundation, which supports causes around the world that are working to push humanity forward.

Mindvalley is known for it's stellar success rate in launching new businesses - almost 90% are profitable within 10 months with little outside funding. It's also know as one of the #1 places in the world to work and attracts brilliant minds from around the world to move to Malaysia to work on Vishen's team.

Ken Neumann combines an extensive engineering and business background, with his unique ability to envision bold new opportunities and design streamlined strategic paths to achieve them. He assembles, enables, and leads teams to achieve the vision while focusing and energizing the people to achieve excellent, win-win results that enhance their lives. As owner, CEO, and/or partner of several firms within a variety of industries, Ken’s leadership and passion for greatness has driven revenue numbers from start-up to over $500 million in annual revenue. Ken has invested and developed businesses ranging from pharmaceutical manufacturing, energy technology, information technology, team development, office building development and operations, land development, and commercial and residential construction. He has completed over $4 billion of real estate development and construction with his own firm while achieving over a dozen national awards. Ken's passion is to create, design and build win-win, bold, new opportunities that enable great results for everyone.

Ken Neumann

Ken Neumann combines an extensive engineering and business background, with his unique ability to envision bold new opportunities and design streamlined strategic paths to achieve them. He assembles, enables, and leads teams to achieve the vision while focusing and energizing the people to achieve excellent, win-win results that enhance their lives. As owner, CEO, and/or partner of several firms within a variety of industries, Ken’s leadership and passion for greatness has driven revenue numbers from start-up to over $500 million in annual revenue. Ken has invested and developed businesses ranging from pharmaceutical manufacturing, energy technology, information technology, team development, office building development and operations, land development, and commercial and residential construction. He has completed over $4 billion of real estate development and construction with his own firm while achieving over a dozen national awards. Ken's passion is to create, design and build win-win, bold, new opportunities that enable great results for everyone.

Andrew Nikou, 35, is an investor and philanthropist. As founder, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of OpenGate Capital, LLC, he leads the firm’s expanding bench of professionals in the acquisition and operation of businesses throughout the world. Andrew is guided by a clear and disciplined investment strategy: acquire stranded, underperforming or non-core businesses that are divisions of Fortune 1000 companies, infuse each with the human and financial capital necessary to rejuvenate the business, and improve the overall value.

Andrew Nikou

Andrew Nikou, 35, is an investor and philanthropist. As founder, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of OpenGate Capital, LLC, he leads the firm’s expanding bench of professionals in the acquisition and operation of businesses throughout the world. Andrew is guided by a clear and disciplined investment strategy: acquire stranded, underperforming or non-core businesses that are divisions of Fortune 1000 companies, infuse each with the human and financial capital necessary to rejuvenate the business, and improve the overall value.

David Ormesher provides leadership and direction for closerlook, inc., a digital marketing agency serving the pharmaceutical industry. As founder and CEO, Ormesher has taken closerlook from a small, creative media boutique and grown it into a recognized leader in creating innovative relationship-marketing solutions that help pharmaceutical brands build and maintain meaningful relationships with their most valuable healthcare professionals. David Ormesher provides leadership and direction for closerlook, inc., a digital marketing agency serving the pharmaceutical industry. As founder and CEO, Ormesher has taken closerlook from a small, creative media boutique and grown it into a recognized leader in creating innovative relationship-marketing solutions that help pharmaceutical brands build and maintain meaningful relationships with their most valuable healthcare professionals. David Ormesher provides leadership and direction for closerlook, inc., a digital marketing agency serving the pharmaceutical industry. Ormesher is a frequent speaker at marketing conferences and is a recognized thought leader in the areas of interactive and relationship-marketing for healthcare.

David Ormesher

David Ormesher provides leadership and direction for closerlook, inc., a digital marketing agency serving the pharmaceutical industry. As founder and CEO, Ormesher has taken closerlook from a small, creative media boutique and grown it into a recognized leader in creating innovative relationship-marketing solutions that help pharmaceutical brands build and maintain meaningful relationships with their most valuable healthcare professionals. David Ormesher provides leadership and direction for closerlook, inc., a digital marketing agency serving the pharmaceutical industry. As founder and CEO, Ormesher has taken closerlook from a small, creative media boutique and grown it into a recognized leader in creating innovative relationship-marketing solutions that help pharmaceutical brands build and maintain meaningful relationships with their most valuable healthcare professionals. David Ormesher provides leadership and direction for closerlook, inc., a digital marketing agency serving the pharmaceutical industry. Ormesher is a frequent speaker at marketing conferences and is a recognized thought leader in the areas of interactive and relationship-marketing for healthcare.

Mr. Pulier is recognized as among the leading and most successful entrepreneurs in government and enterprise technology. The best-known venture capital groups in the world have financed companies that Mr. Pulier has founded or co-founded. These include rich media presentation (MediaPlatform), Enterprise Professional Services (US Interactive), virtual desktops (Desktone), and service oriented infrastructure (SOA Software). Named one of 30 e-Visionaries by VAR Business, Mr. Pulier is a popular public speaker at premier technology conferences around the globe. Pulier is member of Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative, and is the Executive Director of the Enterprise Leadership Council.

Eric Pulier

Mr. Pulier is recognized as among the leading and most successful entrepreneurs in government and enterprise technology. The best-known venture capital groups in the world have financed companies that Mr. Pulier has founded or co-founded. These include rich media presentation (MediaPlatform), Enterprise Professional Services (US Interactive), virtual desktops (Desktone), and service oriented infrastructure (SOA Software). Named one of 30 e-Visionaries by VAR Business, Mr. Pulier is a popular public speaker at premier technology conferences around the globe. Pulier is member of Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative, and is the Executive Director of the Enterprise Leadership Council.

Avi Reichental has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) since September 2003. Under Avi's leadership, 3D Systems emerged as a global 3D content-to-print leader that is redefining and shaping how we design, produce, consume and live our lives. Through his passion to democratize the ideation-to- production process, the company has evolved and expanded its business model from a supplier of 3D printers to a provider of end-to-end solutions that are transforming entire industries by empowering professionals and consumer worldwide to create and make.

Prior to joining 3D Systems, for more than twenty-two years, Avi served in various senior executive positions with Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE) a leading provider of food safety and security, facility hygiene, and product protection solutions worldwide, most recently as Corporate Officer, Vice President and General Manager of Sealed Air's Shrink Packaging business.

Avi is a passionate maker and community service leader. recipient of the regional 2011 E&Y entrepreneur of the year award, two Innovator Awards and holds 25 U.S. patents. His activities include several non-profit board memberships. Avi currently serves as faculty co-chair of the Additive Manufacturing Program at Singularity University.

Avi Reichental

Avi Reichental has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) since September 2003. Under Avi's leadership, 3D Systems emerged as a global 3D content-to-print leader that is redefining and shaping how we design, produce, consume and live our lives. Through his passion to democratize the ideation-to- production process, the company has evolved and expanded its business model from a supplier of 3D printers to a provider of end-to-end solutions that are transforming entire industries by empowering professionals and consumer worldwide to create and make.

Prior to joining 3D Systems, for more than twenty-two years, Avi served in various senior executive positions with Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE) a leading provider of food safety and security, facility hygiene, and product protection solutions worldwide, most recently as Corporate Officer, Vice President and General Manager of Sealed Air's Shrink Packaging business.

Avi is a passionate maker and community service leader. recipient of the regional 2011 E&Y entrepreneur of the year award, two Innovator Awards and holds 25 U.S. patents. His activities include several non-profit board memberships. Avi currently serves as faculty co-chair of the Additive Manufacturing Program at Singularity University.

Steven Sawalich, senior executive director of Starkey Hearing Foundation, merges a devotion to humanitarian aid with artistic determination to capture key global human experiences on film. The core of his work is about opening avenues of understanding among people around the world.

As senior executive director of the Foundation, Sawalich has traveled the globe on hearing missions countless times. He and his teams conduct on-the-ground work fitting those in need with hearing aids. The Foundation fits upwards of 100,000 children and adults a year with free hearing devices and provides one-to-one hearing education.

As a filmmaker, Sawalich formed Articulus Entertainment, Inc. which gives artistic expression to the conviction that individuals can make a difference in our world. His signature film, Music Within, illuminates the journey of Richard Pimentel. At present, he is producing a television documentary series event that forges new ground, bringing grassroots international aid experiences to a wide audience in an entirely new cinematic format.

Sawalich holds a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University and currently resides in Manhattan Beach, CA with his wife and 2 children.

Steven Sawalich

Steven Sawalich, senior executive director of Starkey Hearing Foundation, merges a devotion to humanitarian aid with artistic determination to capture key global human experiences on film. The core of his work is about opening avenues of understanding among people around the world.

As senior executive director of the Foundation, Sawalich has traveled the globe on hearing missions countless times. He and his teams conduct on-the-ground work fitting those in need with hearing aids. The Foundation fits upwards of 100,000 children and adults a year with free hearing devices and provides one-to-one hearing education.

As a filmmaker, Sawalich formed Articulus Entertainment, Inc. which gives artistic expression to the conviction that individuals can make a difference in our world. His signature film, Music Within, illuminates the journey of Richard Pimentel. At present, he is producing a television documentary series event that forges new ground, bringing grassroots international aid experiences to a wide audience in an entirely new cinematic format.

Sawalich holds a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University and currently resides in Manhattan Beach, CA with his wife and 2 children.

Jeff Skoll is a philanthropist and social entrepreneur, working to bring life to his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity.

As the first full-time employee and President of eBay, Jeff developed the company’s inaugural business plan and helped lead its successful initial public offering and the creation of the eBay Foundation.

Over the last 15 years, Jeff has created an innovative portfolio of philanthropic and commercial enterprises, each a distinctive social catalyst. Together, these organizations galvanize public will and mobilize critical resources to accelerate large-scale social impact. His approach is unique: driving social impact by investing in a range of efforts that integrate powerful stories and data with entrepreneurial approaches.

The Jeff Skoll Group supports his organizations, which include the Skoll Foundation, the Capricorn Investment Group, Participant Media and the Skoll Global Threats Fund.

Jeff created the Skoll Foundation in 1999 to pursue his vision of a more peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. The Foundation drives large-scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Capricorn Investment Group was created in 2000 to demonstrate that it is possible to invest profitably while driving sustainable, positive change. Today Capricorn manages the assets for Jeff Skoll, the Skoll Foundation and others who strive for extraordinary investment results by leveraging market forces to accelerate impact.
Jeff founded Participant Media in 2004 with the belief that a story well told has the power to inspire and accelerate social change. Participant’s 49 films to date have collectively received a total of 7 Academy Awards® and 35 nominations, and include The Help, Contagion, Lincoln, Good Night, and Good Luck, Syriana, An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for ‘Superman’, and Food, Inc. In 2008, Participant launched its digital hub TakePart.com, a leading source of socially relevant news, opinion and entertainment. In August 2013, Participant expanded into television with its new network, Pivot, targeting the millennial audience, available to around 42 million U.S. households. For each of its films and TV shows, Participant creates a unique social action campaign designed to give audiences specific actions they can take on the issue illuminated in the project.

He founded the Skoll Global Threats Fund in 2009, whose initial focus is on five global issues that, if unchecked, could bring the world to its knees: climate change, water security, pandemics, nuclear proliferation, and Middle East conflict.

Jeff holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012. Jeff’s other recent honors include a career tribute at the Gotham Independent Film Awards (2012) and the John W. Gardner Leadership Award (2012).

Jeff Skoll

Jeff Skoll is a philanthropist and social entrepreneur, working to bring life to his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity.

As the first full-time employee and President of eBay, Jeff developed the company’s inaugural business plan and helped lead its successful initial public offering and the creation of the eBay Foundation.

Over the last 15 years, Jeff has created an innovative portfolio of philanthropic and commercial enterprises, each a distinctive social catalyst. Together, these organizations galvanize public will and mobilize critical resources to accelerate large-scale social impact. His approach is unique: driving social impact by investing in a range of efforts that integrate powerful stories and data with entrepreneurial approaches.

The Jeff Skoll Group supports his organizations, which include the Skoll Foundation, the Capricorn Investment Group, Participant Media and the Skoll Global Threats Fund.

Jeff created the Skoll Foundation in 1999 to pursue his vision of a more peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. The Foundation drives large-scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Capricorn Investment Group was created in 2000 to demonstrate that it is possible to invest profitably while driving sustainable, positive change. Today Capricorn manages the assets for Jeff Skoll, the Skoll Foundation and others who strive for extraordinary investment results by leveraging market forces to accelerate impact.
Jeff founded Participant Media in 2004 with the belief that a story well told has the power to inspire and accelerate social change. Participant’s 49 films to date have collectively received a total of 7 Academy Awards® and 35 nominations, and include The Help, Contagion, Lincoln, Good Night, and Good Luck, Syriana, An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for ‘Superman’, and Food, Inc. In 2008, Participant launched its digital hub TakePart.com, a leading source of socially relevant news, opinion and entertainment. In August 2013, Participant expanded into television with its new network, Pivot, targeting the millennial audience, available to around 42 million U.S. households. For each of its films and TV shows, Participant creates a unique social action campaign designed to give audiences specific actions they can take on the issue illuminated in the project.

He founded the Skoll Global Threats Fund in 2009, whose initial focus is on five global issues that, if unchecked, could bring the world to its knees: climate change, water security, pandemics, nuclear proliferation, and Middle East conflict.

Jeff holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012. Jeff’s other recent honors include a career tribute at the Gotham Independent Film Awards (2012) and the John W. Gardner Leadership Award (2012).

Rodrigo Veloso, a serial entrepreneur and investor, believes in responsible industry leadership which translates to creating profitable growth in harmony with environmental sustainability and a peaceful society. Rodrigo is the founder of O.N.E. Coconut Water, one of the original three ready-to-drink Coconut Water beverage companies. As the CEO of O.N.E., Rodrigo built the O.N.E. brand into a multi-million dollar business with distribution in over 25,000 retail stores in the US and Canada. Rodrigo established partnerships and a supply network of Coconut Water in Brazil, The Philippines and Indonesia, which generated nearly 2,000 jobs around the globe. He also secured strategic and Private Equity investors – PepsiCo, Inc. and Catterton Partners, respectively. PepsiCo purchased O.N.E. Coconut Water in 2012.

Currently, Rodrigo is Co-founder and CEO of Roosevelt Roads Redevelopment, LLC, a company that aims to redevelop a former US Navy base in Puerto Rico in order to create an 8,000 acre, fully sustainable entertainment city in the Caribbean.

He is also the Principle of Unik Capital, a boutique investment firm he founded in 2013 with investments in technology, consumer goods and housing. The fund currently operates in the US and Brazil.

Rodrigo is a Board Member of Segurar.com, Brazil’s first and largest online insurance company and a company he co-founded in 2012. He is also the co-founder of BRIC Chamber, an organization established to encourage people from around the world to meet and talk about the development and advancement of programs and services in the fields of investment, entrepreneurship and innovation in BRIC and other emerging countries.

Rodrigo Veloso

Rodrigo Veloso, a serial entrepreneur and investor, believes in responsible industry leadership which translates to creating profitable growth in harmony with environmental sustainability and a peaceful society. Rodrigo is the founder of O.N.E. Coconut Water, one of the original three ready-to-drink Coconut Water beverage companies. As the CEO of O.N.E., Rodrigo built the O.N.E. brand into a multi-million dollar business with distribution in over 25,000 retail stores in the US and Canada. Rodrigo established partnerships and a supply network of Coconut Water in Brazil, The Philippines and Indonesia, which generated nearly 2,000 jobs around the globe. He also secured strategic and Private Equity investors – PepsiCo, Inc. and Catterton Partners, respectively. PepsiCo purchased O.N.E. Coconut Water in 2012.

Currently, Rodrigo is Co-founder and CEO of Roosevelt Roads Redevelopment, LLC, a company that aims to redevelop a former US Navy base in Puerto Rico in order to create an 8,000 acre, fully sustainable entertainment city in the Caribbean.

He is also the Principle of Unik Capital, a boutique investment firm he founded in 2013 with investments in technology, consumer goods and housing. The fund currently operates in the US and Brazil.

Rodrigo is a Board Member of Segurar.com, Brazil’s first and largest online insurance company and a company he co-founded in 2012. He is also the co-founder of BRIC Chamber, an organization established to encourage people from around the world to meet and talk about the development and advancement of programs and services in the fields of investment, entrepreneurship and innovation in BRIC and other emerging countries.

Ajay Verma studied zoology at the University of Maryland and received his MD and PhD from The Johns Hopkins University. His neuroscience training was in the laboratory of Dr. Soloman Snyder. His neurology training was at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he was a staff Neurologist for 11 years. He was also a tenured Professor in Neurology, Neuroscience, Anesthesiology and Pathology at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences, the US Military’s Medical School. Since leaving the Army as a Lt. Colonel in 2006, he has worked at Merck & Co., Inc. and Novartis Pharmaceuticals. He is currently a Vice President at Biogen Idec for Neurodegenerative drug development and Translational Neurology.

Ajay Verma

Ajay Verma studied zoology at the University of Maryland and received his MD and PhD from The Johns Hopkins University. His neuroscience training was in the laboratory of Dr. Soloman Snyder. His neurology training was at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he was a staff Neurologist for 11 years. He was also a tenured Professor in Neurology, Neuroscience, Anesthesiology and Pathology at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences, the US Military’s Medical School. Since leaving the Army as a Lt. Colonel in 2006, he has worked at Merck & Co., Inc. and Novartis Pharmaceuticals. He is currently a Vice President at Biogen Idec for Neurodegenerative drug development and Translational Neurology.

Kevin Wall is a producer, digital entrepreneur and environmentalist who creates and produces global events often viewed by a billion or more people. Recent events include the Opening Kickoff Concert for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, a Decade of Difference Concert celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Clinton Foundation and the first ever U.S. version of the Secret Policeman's Ball for Amnesty International. Mr. Wall is also the Managing Partner of Craton Equity Partners and an active investor in early stage technology startups. He is married to Dr. Susan Smalley, PhD, and has 3 grown children. They live in Beverly Hills, CA.

Kevin Wall

Kevin Wall is a producer, digital entrepreneur and environmentalist who creates and produces global events often viewed by a billion or more people. Recent events include the Opening Kickoff Concert for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, a Decade of Difference Concert celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Clinton Foundation and the first ever U.S. version of the Secret Policeman's Ball for Amnesty International. Mr. Wall is also the Managing Partner of Craton Equity Partners and an active investor in early stage technology startups. He is married to Dr. Susan Smalley, PhD, and has 3 grown children. They live in Beverly Hills, CA.

David Wyler is founder and CFO/COO of HUMIN.

Wyler previously worked as the youngest global managing director for Granaria Holdings BV. Granaria group is a global century old family investment company with offices in the Netherlands, UK, and the USA. As a global MD, Wyler managed investments and operations for the firm’s holdings in the commodity, hotel, real estate, farmland, medical, apparel, and money management industries. While at Granaria, he also founded its US Venture Capital Arm, Daking Ventures.

Prior to Granaria, Wyler worked at H2 equity partners, an independent private equity firm based in Amsterdam. Here, he focused on investments in mid-sized companies in Europe.

Wyler is also the founder and Vice-Chairman of the board of the Kairos Society. The Kairos Society is a global organization of young entrepreneurs working to create billion-dollar solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.

In 2010 David Wyler was selected as one of 80 students worldwide to participate in the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program, an interdisciplinary program based at the NASA Ames campus in Silicon Valley. Singularity University brings together leaders in business, science, and technology to facilitate the development of technologies that address humanity’s greatest challenges. He has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Foresight Forum and the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, as well as a Leader del Futuro by the Ambrosetti Forum.

Wyler graduated from the University of Amsterdam majoring in European Studies and Economics.

David Wyler

David Wyler is founder and CFO/COO of HUMIN.

Wyler previously worked as the youngest global managing director for Granaria Holdings BV. Granaria group is a global century old family investment company with offices in the Netherlands, UK, and the USA. As a global MD, Wyler managed investments and operations for the firm’s holdings in the commodity, hotel, real estate, farmland, medical, apparel, and money management industries. While at Granaria, he also founded its US Venture Capital Arm, Daking Ventures.

Prior to Granaria, Wyler worked at H2 equity partners, an independent private equity firm based in Amsterdam. Here, he focused on investments in mid-sized companies in Europe.

Wyler is also the founder and Vice-Chairman of the board of the Kairos Society. The Kairos Society is a global organization of young entrepreneurs working to create billion-dollar solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.

In 2010 David Wyler was selected as one of 80 students worldwide to participate in the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program, an interdisciplinary program based at the NASA Ames campus in Silicon Valley. Singularity University brings together leaders in business, science, and technology to facilitate the development of technologies that address humanity’s greatest challenges. He has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Foresight Forum and the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, as well as a Leader del Futuro by the Ambrosetti Forum.

Wyler graduated from the University of Amsterdam majoring in European Studies and Economics.

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