The NEXUS Team

Based in New York City, The NEXUS HQ team is dedicated to supporting the work of our members globally. The team is in charge of hosting our USA and Global Summits, hosting Salons, connecting members, and promoting collaboration and supporting our incredible initiatives.


CEO & Co-Founder

Rachel Gerrol

Rachel Gerrol is Co-Founder & CEO of NEXUS. She is widely recognized for her work on millennial philanthropy & community building and has been featured in The NY Times, The Financial Times, The Atlantic, Forbes, Vanity Fair and more.

Rachel helped organize the “White House Conference on Next Gen Philanthropy & Impact Investing” for the Obama Administration and worked closely with Vice President Biden to develop the “It’s On Us” campaign to address sexual assault on campus, which she continues to be an Advisor to today.

Rachel was received with the “Beacon Award” from the Ellis Island Honors society in 2019, was honored with the Jewish Women’s Archive “Making Change/Making History” Award, and was named in the “Top 99 Foreign Policy Leader Under 33” by the Diplomatic Courier.

Rachel Co-Chaired the G8 Young Summit in 2013, Co-Founded the IMPACTHAUS program at the Sundance Film Festival and was Founding Executive Director of PVBLIC Foundation, where she organized the “Media for Social Impact Summit” at the UN for several years.

Rachel previously spent eight years as Special Assistant to Ambassador Nancy Rubin, U.S. Representative to the U.N. Human Rights Commission and was Director of Young Adult Initiatives for the Schusterman Foundation. In 2012 Rachel founded The Survivor Initiative, to raise awareness, funds and government aid for US Holocaust survivors living in poverty, which has now catalyzed over $15 million dollars for the cause.

Rachel has testified before the Israeli Knesset and sits on the Board of Directors of the Birthright Israel Foundation and of Abrahamic House. She also serves on the Next Gen Council of the USC Shoah Foundation, on the Governing Committee of Lifestyles Magazine and the Advisory Council of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.

She previously served as a judge for Bloomberg’s Genesis Generation Challenge, and as an official Advisor to Invisible Children, Girl Up (UN Foundation), Charity Miles, the Classy Awards, Semester at Sea and BeeSpace.

Rachel is an alumna of the National Young Leadership Cabinet of the Jewish Federations of North America and of the Wexner Heritage Fellowship. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Chief Operating Officer; Chair of NEXUS Working Group on Animal Welfare and Biodiversity Conservation

Liza Heavener

Liza Heavener has wide-ranging experience working nearly ten years in federal politics, grassroots and campaign strategy and with the United States Congress. Liza was a healthcare lobbyist for a large membership organization, running their national advocacy program to engage hundreds of thousands of advocates across the country. She was also a founding member of an organization dedicated to stopping deforestation in Borneo, Indonesia and assisted in building an orangutan rehabilitation center in the rainforests of Borneo.

Liza chairs the NEXUS Working Group on Animal Welfare and Biodiversity Conservation which is dedicated to educating, empowering and connecting Next-Gen impact investors, philanthropists, and social entrepreneurs. She also serves as an Advisor to the Millennial Action Project and as a Vice Chair of the Alumni Council for Eastern Mennonite University. Liza had a feature role in the internationally-acclaimed documentary and tv series, “Rise of the Eco-Warrior,” and has spoken at conferences across the country including a keynote presentation at Microsoft’s ISTE conference.

Director of Impact Initiatives

David Dietz

David serves as NEXUS Ambassador to New York City. David founded Modavanti in 2013 out of a desire to fuse social good and fashion. Since launching, Modavanti has been named a top Ethical Fashion site by Instyle Magazine, one of the coolest fashion startups of 2016 by the Huffington Post, and Honoree for Best for NYC by B Corp and the City.

David serves as a board member of Georgetown University’s Entrepreneurship Alliance and previously served as co-chair of the NEXUS Global Ethical Fashion Lab. Additionally, David is a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post. Prior to Modavanti, David served as a conflict journalist in the Middle East where he reported on the Arab Spring. During his two years in the region, David contributed to, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and Al Jazeera.

He Holds degree in Arabic studies with minors in Government and Economics from Georgetown University. In his free time you can find him on the tennis courts, the ski slopes or watching the Premiere League on Saturday mornings.

Global Events Director

Eboné Gaskins

Eboné Gaskins is a “Catalyst at Large”, working at the intersection of community building and social entrepreneurship on a global scale. At NEXUS she oversees production for summits at the United Nations, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and across the world.

Eboné has over a decade of experience in education, corporate partnerships, fundraising initiatives and community service. She served in a key role organizing the G8 Young Summit and has facilitated multiple community service trips in the US and abroad. Eboné has long served as a mentor and has a deep commitment to the fields of mental health and gender equity.

President & Co-Founder

Jonah Wittkamper

Jonah Wittkamper has organized global networks of young philanthropists for nearly a decade, inspiring new charitable activity from many wealthy families. Prior to co-founding NEXUS, Jonah served as the US Director of Search for Common Ground and was part of Distributive Networks Inc., where he helped to build the text messaging technology used by the Obama campaign.

In 2000, Jonah co-founded the Global Youth Action Network (GYAN) to strengthen youth participation in global decision-making. He ran the South American Regional Office from Sao Paulo until 2006. As the organization grew it merged with TakingITGlobal ( to form the largest site on the Internet dedicated to empowering young leaders. It receives nearly 2 million hits per day.

Earlier in his career, Jonah led an award winning student computing organization, founded two internet startups, and created a corporate social responsibility initiative in one of the world’s largest corporations. He has served as a co-founder, board member, or advisor to a number of organizations including Pioneers of Change, the ManyOne Foundation, the L. A. Jonas Foundation, the Shift Foundation, WISE (Wealthy Individuals – Social Entrepreneurs), and many others.

In 2015 he served on the Emerging Forms of Philanthropy Advisory Committee of the Council on Foundations. An alumnus of Williams College and Camp Rising Sun, he lives in the Washington, DC area.

Director of Global Community Strategy

Lana Fern

Lana Fern has over a decade of experience in social entrepreneurship, philanthropic advising, and community building. Lana founded White Light Strategies, a philanthropic advising practice that worked with the most innovative philanthropists to accelerate change. She helped clients develop, implement, and evaluate their giving strategies. Prior to WLS, Lana was Executive Director of Giving Circles Fund, an organization that inspires a lifelong habit of philanthropy by empowering communities to give together.

Lana has been involved with her family’s foundation for 12 years and has been a NEXUS member and speaker since the inaugural summit in 2011. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of Slingshot and The Unfunded List, sits on the Issues Committee for the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and is a member of World Economic Forum Global Shapers, Summit Series, Reboot, Thousand Network, and the ROI Community. Lana also takes her work on the road, speaking at conferences, events, and universities about Millennial giving.

System Strategist

Carlina Conrad

Carlina Conrad grew up in Duesseldorf, Germany and moved to New York 5 years ago. After finishing her B.Sc in Neuroscience, she went on to do her Masters specializing in Social Neuroscience at NYU. There she studied the neural correlates underlying racial and gender bias. She then gained extensive consumer behavior knowledge within industry through her work at Chanel, SuperPhone and SPARK Neuro. Simultaneously she co-founded OneWonder a non-profit focussing on middle school education and career development specifically for underserviced communities. This fall she will start her PhD in Organizational Behavior.

Technical Strategy Manager

Dominick DeFazio

As a developer and technical architect, I am in constant pursuance of order and intelligence in the face of the unending chaos and challenges that underlie the adoption of business technology. I leverage an education in Business and Political Economy and experience in sales and customer service to provide results that allow companies like NEXUS to continue and improve the great work they do. It is my dream to utilize data and technology to aid humanity in our current and future struggles. To further this goal, much of my free time is spent teaching coding to anyone willing to learn. When not teaching, I enjoy rock climbing, running, cycling, playing my flute, and exploring the vastness of NYC.

Events Coordinator

Olivia Stoker

Olivia Stoker began her career in theater and film as a producer, writer, and actor. She has worked on films that have screened at the prestigious SXSW Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Palm Beach International Film Festival, among others. Her theater work in New York includes Drama Desk nominated Flea Theater and Obie Award winning Ensemble Studio Theatre, among others. Olivia graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Italian plus minors in music and theater. She currently splits her time between Brooklyn and LA.

Program & Curation Coordinator

Taylor Smith

Taylor joins NEXUS to oversee content curation for the USA and Global Summits, ensuring the participation of a wide-range of diverse, high-quality speakers and coverage of timely topics that the NEXUS community wishes to elevate. She supports NEXUS programming through speaker engagement and management and acts as a liaison and coordinator for key events. In addition, she actively collects feedback, recommendations and input from the community in order to ensure that NEXUS is continuously serving its Member’s needs and amplifying their impact.

Previously Taylor worked as a Program Associate for Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) where she supported the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through managing a Working Group on country level costing frameworks in order to help governments, development banks, and foundations better understand how much ongoing spending is needed to achieve development targets and ensure prosperity and well-being for all citizens.

Before SDSN Taylor was a Consultant at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) in the Division for Sustainable Development Goals, where she was at the center of UN promotion of the 2030 Agenda, particularly on SDG7 which is to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Taylor managed the Powering the Future We Want program, which provided a $1million grant to organizations providing innovative and renewable off-grid energy services in developing countries.

Taylor holds an MA in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School and a BA in International Affairs from Trinity Washington University, where she graduated summa cum laude. Taylor is now an active member of Celebration Spiritual Center in Brooklyn and in her spare time loves to garden, explore museums, botanical gardens and art exhibitions, and catch live music.

Executive Assistant

Michelle Tabares

Michelle brings 20+ years of administrative experience. She is a highly motivated and organized professional that strives to bring peace of mind, ease of operations and positive reinforcement to all teams and projects she participates in. Michelle has spent a majority of her career working for purpose-driven start-ups such as Hive Global and Magic Agency which are aligned with both her professional and personal values and passion help make earth a world where all people, creatures and nature can co-exist.

Data & Systems Manager

Alexis Henry

Alexis is a NY native who began her career as a public school teacher and community organizer. She later transitioned into tech after being exposed to product management while volunteering in Peru. She has a decade of experience in nonprofits, education and tech working at organizations that include Civic Hall, Citizens’ Committee for Children and Educators 4 Excellence. She is a graduate of Dickinson College and Brown University.

Alexis has never met a beach she doesn’t like and will happily talk with you at length about retirement and financial planning (or great places to relocate as she’s traveled to over 16 countries and lived in 3!)

Regional Leaders

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Regional Director of NEXUS Africa

Funke Shonekan

Funke Shonekan is the Founder of Young Adult Professionals and Entrepreneurs (YAP&E), FunKey Events and FunKey Events Training Academy (FETA). She is also a Certified International Social Etiquette Consultant and a Graduate from the University of Surrey, UK and has a degree in (Bsc) International Hospitality & Tourism Management.

NEXUS Nigeria Outreach Ambassador

Tutu Adebiyi

Tutu Adebiyi is a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, with a passion for African Development. Her goal is to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor,  by providing opportunities and empowering disadvantaged segments of Nigeria to contribute to economic development of their country. With a particular dedication to youth empowerment programs, she is the Founder of KIA Foundation, focused on the rehabilitation of young Internally Displaced Persons’ into the Nigerian society through education primarily and healthcare and mentorship.

She holds a BA in International Relations with an MSc in Development at School of Oriental and African Studies and has previous experience working at the African Union. She hopes to be an agent of change by becoming more involved in how wealth owners can invest strategically in social development but also doing further research and work in international development programs.

NEXUS Tanzania Outreach Ambassador

Mariam Ndabagenga

Mariam Ndabagenga is a civil servant with 7 years’ experience in Marketing and Events. Currently working at UONGOZI Institute as an Event Coordinator, Mariam oversees organization and management of platforms for leadership development through Trainings, Policy Forums and Dialogues.

Moreover, she is a Social Entrepreneur who uses Fashion and Entertainment for realizing Social Change, specifically on Girls’ Education. Among successful projects are Girls’ Dormitories initiative with Tanzania Education Authority (Ambassador), TAI Tanzania Sanitary pads for Girls students (Mentor and Fundraiser), A Desk for Every Child with the Hassan Maajar Trust Fund (Digital Influencer), Dada2Dada Mentorship programme (Initiator).

Currently, Mariam works with the Ndaba Family as a co-Founder of the Ndaba Foundation which aims at providing financial and moral support to underprivileged children to attain their Primary, Secondary and University education in Tanzania.

As a personal challenge, Mariam is working with the Tanzanian local authorities to find ways of building Girls’ dormitories in each Village, for both Primary and Secondary school girls. This project is in the initial stage and every idea, suggestion and partnership is welcome and appreciated.

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Regional Director of NEXUS Asia

Abbie Jung-Harada

Abbie Jung is the co-founder of Synergy Social Ventures, a nonprofit that supports social entrepreneurship in Asia through financial and non-financial support. She also advises individuals and institutions on philanthropic investment in Asia and promotes philanthropic engagement in young people. Her perspective on social entrepreneurship as a means to sustainable development is shaped by her experiences living and working in under-served parts of Asia, Europe and North America with organizations such as Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders, PSI, Save the Children, World Bank and World Health Organization.

In 2009, as one of the early key staff at a Hong Kong-based venture philanthropy foundation, Abbie was at the forefront of the budding social entrepreneurship and social investment sectors in Asia.

She co-founded Synergy in 2011 to address critical capacity building and financing gaps for early stage social ventures in the region. Abbie serves as advisor or director to many social initiatives/organizations such as the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, iBoP Asia, iOnPoverty, Philanthropy in Asia Summit and Asian Social Entrepreneurs Summit.

She is passionate about developing the culture and practice of innovative and strategic philanthropy in Asia to support both traditional and new social change models (like social entrepreneurship) as a means to creating a more just and sustainable world.

NEXUS Philippines Outreach Ambassador

Carlo Delantar

Carlo Delantar is an award-winning social entrepreneur working at the nexus of environmental opportunities and challenges in the Philippines. As Co-Founder of Altum, a sustainable manufacturer of furniture and interior decor built on circular economy principles, Carlo collaborates with hotels, retailers and brands to bring designs from concept to form. Carlo is also the Country Director of Waves For Water (W4W), a global non-profit providing access to clean water.

The aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan inspired Carlo to become involved in humanitarian efforts and through W4W, Carlo has helped 80,000 individuals in remote communities across the Philippines set up rainwater storage and filtration systems.

Awarded with the Development Award (second highest distinction for civilians) and the Bayanihan Award from President Duterte, Carlo is also recognized as a Top 30 under 30 innovator by publications including Scout, and Meg Magazine. Carlo was named a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum and attended the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos in 2017 as the youngest male attendee. Carlo is a free-diver, passionate about using art and storytelling to highlight nature.

NEXUS China Country Director

Cat Wang

Cat Wang has been interested social issues and has wanted to help others since childhood but only took her first independent steps in philanthropy after joining NEXUS China in 2014. She started by visiting rural areas of Henan Province and bringing supplies to local communities. She then donated winter clothing to a Tibetan primary school with more than 300 students. She is now exploring ways to develop a sustainable initiative to provide free eye exams and free prescription eyeglasses to students in low-income communities in China. Since 2014, she has been deeply involved in building the NEXUS China community and has served as NEXUS China Country Director since 2015.

NEXUS Korea Outreach Ambassador

Kyungsun Chung

Kyungsun Chung is Founder & CEO of Root Impact as well as founding member and co-representative of HubandCompany. Root Impact is non-profit organization focused on philanthropic advisory services and building the capacity of the social innovation sector in Korea. Kyungsun focuses on persuading various stake-holders among different sectors to actively participate and lead collaborative efforts for the public good. Root Impact helped to launch Ashoka Korea, a leading global organization of changemakers.

In addition, Root Impact established a partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Prior to founding Root Impact, Kyungsun was director of the Non-Profit Business Team at the Asan Nanum Foundation, a private foundation in Korea founded by the 2nd generation of the Hyundai conglomerate family.

Kyungsun’s main role was designing capacity building systems for non-profit professionals and organizations in Korea. During college, Kyungsun founded Creative Share, a nonprofit organization that empowered college students and young professionals to share their abilities and create value. One major outcome was support for a public advertising campaign with Innocean Worldwide, one of the largest advertising companies in Korea. In 2012 Kyungsun received a B.A. from Korean University, where he studied business administration.

NEXUS Indonesia Outreach Ambassador

Michella Irawan

Michella has always been passionate in doing social work but only knew the traditional way of donation & volunteering.Only when she was introduced to NEXUS Singapore Summit did she learn about different social change tools, especially related to sustainability, and committed to start her own social impact journey. She studied in Singapore and the UK before going back to Indonesia in 2009 to manage her family’s fishing business, PT Etmieco Sarana Laut.

She has a joint venture for her katsuobushi manufacturing plant with Yamaki Co.,Ltd, the biggest katsuobushi manufacturer in Japan. Presently, she is trying to convert her family business to adapt the sustainable practices. She is also working on building a green space dedicated to marine conservation in Manado, North Sulawesi. She hopes to create an ecosystem for all marine & ocean lovers while bridging her family business with her love for the ocean.

Using her resources and network, she is mapping out the stakeholders and work on sustainable fisheries, sustainable tourism, waste solutions, restructuring mindset through awareness, coral reef restoration & conservation programmes. In Dec 2014, Michella became a part of the NEXUS Indonesia leadership team and has been working to bring together likeminded young leaders in Indonesia who has intentions & resources to bring positive change and social impact.

NEXUS Thailand Co-Director

Nophol Techaphangam (Naps)

Naps is currently the Vice Managing Director of Somphol Bedding and Mattress Industry Co., Ltd. (SPB), his family’s mattress and bedding firm based in Bangkok, Thailand. Carrying on the legacy of his grandfather, who founded the modern mattress and bedding industry in Thailand over 50 years ago, he has since 2005 led the company’s expansion into the AEC and beyond. He has also made sure the company makes a positive impact on every community in which it operates. For example, SPB regularly donates its products to those in need and provides relief to the unfortunate during times of natural disasters.

In addition to his main responsibility, Naps is also the Sponsorship Manager of the Bangkok Charity Orchestra (BCO), Thailand’s first and only orchestra dedicated to raising funds for charities; a Director of the Thai Young Philanthropist Network (TYPN), a group of over 2,300 young, highly educated professionals in Thailand whose aim is to be a key development agent for the country; and the Secretary of the Boss Association, a group of over 3,000 leading Thai executives whose objective is to make a positive impact on Thailand.

Naps, a Cambridge-Thai Foundation Scholar, holds a Post Dip in Economics from Downing College, the University of Cambridge, and a BSc (Hons) in Physics with Theoretical Physics from the University of Manchester. He was given the Model Business Person of the Year Award (Household and Office Goods Sector) from the Foundation of Science and Technology Council of Thailand in 2012.

NEXUS Singapore Co-Director

Rebekah Lin

Rebekah is Co-Founder of The Social Co., and since 2014, has successfully launched the 50 For 50 SG, Pledge It Forward Singapore and Samsung’s #PowerToProgress campaigns. The team brought together more than 100 individuals, 90 corporations and more than 250 partners to raise awareness and $5 million for more than 80 lesser-known charities in Singapore. The Social Co. has since decided to focus on serving

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the ageing sector in Singapore.

In February 2018, Rebekah hosted and interviewed several practitioners and experts in the healthcare space in a documentary on the state of healthcare in Singapore, screened on Channel News Asia.

Rebekah was on the committee of the Yellow Ribbon Fund from 2011-2015 and served as a main committee member of Community Chest of Singapore for 2 years before moving to London where she has now taken on an ambassadorial role. She has also been running her family foundation, Jia Foundation since 2013. She was selected to be a Leader of Tomorrow at the 2015 St. Gallen Symposium and was also recently selected as 1 of 18 Young Societal Leaders by the SMU Institute for Societal Leadership and Temasek Connects for the Singapore Summit.

Rebekah graduated from Nanyang Technological University with an honours degree in Business Administration and has completed an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck College, University of London. She is currently pursuing her MSc in Gerontology at King’s College London, has been nominated as an Ambassador for the King’s Global Health Institute and was a speaker at the TedX KCL conference in November 2018. She has also completed the Executive Education program at Singularity University in November 2017. 

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NEXUS Singapore Co-Director

Sumitra Aswani

Sumitra Aswani is a fourth generation family business member who recently assumed the role of executive director at her family foundation, the Ishk Tolaram Foundation. The newly incorporated foundation focuses on issues related to education, skills training and financial independence in vulnerable groups in Indonesia and Nigeria. Prior to her current appointment, Sumitra trained as a medical doctor in Singapore, where she held both clinical and policy-related positions with an interest in family and community medicine.

Nexus Thailand Co-Country Director

Viria Vichit-Vadakan

Viria Vichit-Vadakan serves as the Director of New Business Development for Learn Education—a leading Education Technology social enterprise in Asia. She leads the company’s new business unit—serving as a research and innovation arm to create learning products for K-12 students in all types of schools throughout Thailand and the region. Prior to Learn Education, Viria help established the Bachelor of Arts program in Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship (GSSE) and a social innovation lab “G-Lab” at the School of Global Studies, Thammasat University, Thailand (

As a founder of G-Lab, she managed social impact projects including: working with an EdTech startup to scale its technology to reach 20,000 students and implemented an accelerator for 100 emerging social entrepreneurs to scale their social enterprises in areas of education, health, agriculture, and community based tourism in partnership with JP Morgan Global Philanthropy. Prior to G-Lab, she worked at Ashoka and Viria received graduate training in human-centered design from the Stanford Design Institute (

At Stanford she was a teaching assistant for 2 years for the social entrepreneurship course. Viria was named Global Shapers by the World Economic Forum in 2015, selected as a Curator in 2016, and in 2017 represented the global shapers community as a speaker on the topic of Social Entrepreneurs: Agents of Systems Change at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

In addition to her work, she is an Advisory Board Member for the Arts and Humanities Research Council for Service Design & Social Innovation, Asia-Pacific and a Program Advisor, Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership program for the UN University of Peace, Faculty Council at School of Global Studies, Thammasat University, and Co-Country Director of Nexus Thailand. She is interested in working with organizations, both public and private, to greater their social impact/ innovation, and improving the quality of education in Thailand and the region at large. \


Hiroyoshi Koizumi

Hiroyoshi Koizumi is a fourth generation of his family business, a conglomerate consisting of retails, apparel, restaurants, security guard agency as well as safari parks. After having a few experiences in start-ups during his university, he begun his career as a venture capitalist. After several years, he moved to a global pharmaceutical company as a new business development manager in Shanghai.

Since 2014, Hiro works as Director of his family businesses firm. Hiro has been been a passionate incubator of the social entrepreneurs in Japan for over a decade. He has been a partner of Social Venture Partners Tokyo since 2008, and appointed as a board member for 2011-2012. Utilizing the knowledge and experiences in business as well as the social sectors, he is now transforming his businesses to generate social impact throughout.

NEXUS Japan Outreach Ambassador and Co-Chair, NEXUS Lab on Sports for Good

Yohei Fujimoto

Yohei Fujimoto is a student at Keio University in Tokyo where he is majoring in sports and business. Fluent in Japanese and English he is dedicated to uniting cultures and communities. As a student he spearheaded a project to bring his baseball team from Tokyo to Bradenton, Florida, United States to visit and train at the IMG Academy, a world-renowned academic and athletic training facility. He also helped to convene a summit for top athletes. At a personal level Yohei is focused on the meaning of the word “love” and its role in developing different communities and cultures around the world. Finally, Yohei is proud to serve as an Outreach Ambassador for the emerging program of NEXUS Japan to help bridge communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship. He also serves as a Co-Chair of the NNEXUS Lab on Sports for Good.

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NEXUS Australia Regional Director Co-Chair

Rachel English

Rachel English has worked on many sides of the social, in fundraising, service delivery and granting. She now works in Philanthropy at Mutual Trust, assisting families with their giving and strategies. Whilst at the same time formulating her own strategies as a trustee of the English Family Foundation which focuses on driving transformational change through partnerships with early stage social enterprises in Australia and South East Asia. Rachel is also member of Philanthropy Australia’s New Gen program and Chair of NEXUS Australia.

NEXUS Australia Regional Director Co-Chair

Lucy Steggles

Lucy is passionate about philanthropy and social change, contributing her time and skills in various capacities. Lucy has been an active member of Philanthropy Australia’s Next Generation of Giving Program since 2014, and is also involved in her families philanthropic giving. For several years, Lucy headed up the charitable giving arm of a prominent law firm in Australia, however has recently moved in to the not-for-profit sector now working in partnerships and fundraising for a preventative youth mental health charity, batyr. Lucy has been on the NEXUS Australia Steering Committee since 2015, and in 2019 has been elected in to the Co-Chair role.

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NEXUS Caribbean Chair

Richard M. Powell

Richard M. Powell is the Chairman of The RMP Group, and oversees the strategic vision for the firm’s diverse business and philanthropic interests. He is also the Co-Founder of APC Holdings, whose current and prior portfolio companies generate over US $2.5 billion in revenues and employ over 12,000 people in 25 countries. A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Powell has been involved in over 15 successful enterprises. He is a member of YPO, and is a Young Global Leader (via the WEF). He is recognized a rising star of global finance, and was featured on CNBC. Mr. Powell graduated from Harvard University.


Chairman of NEXUS Europe

Stef van Dongen

Stef van Dongen is Founder/President of the Rotterdam based social enterprise Enviu. He started the company in 2002 from the belief that entrepreneurs can play a major role in solving the world’s biggest challenges. Over the years Stef co-founded more than a dozen social enterprises and innovation programs in the domains of Financial and Economic Inclusion, Food Systems and Circular Economy.

Next to Enviu, Stef engages with organisations (e.g. The Vatican) and families to build partnerships that leverage private and public assets to realise societal impact. Stef was awarded the lifetime achievement award “Radical Innovators” from Vrij Nederland Magazine. He is a distinguished alumni of the Rotterdam School of Management, where he did his MBA with a focus on Global Business Society Management. Stef is a passionate board member and advisor of several social companies, philanthropists and innovation networks.

NEXUS United Kingdom Outreach Ambassador

Lorraine Grace

Lorraine is a Consumer Goods Equity Analyst at Close Brothers Asset Management in London, and currently a 2017 Level III candidate in the CFA Program. Lorraine was born and raised in New York and graduated from the University of Southern California with undergraduate degrees in Fine Arts, Business and Entrepreneurship. Lorraine’s main interests in philanthropy are focused on children’s education, women in conflict areas, the arts, and entrepreneurship.

In 2008, she founded a charity called the My World Project. The My World Project has connected and taught peaceful conflict resolution techniques and photography skills to children around the world, in the Middle East, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Switzerland, New York and Los Angeles.

Lorraine is a member of the Wise Foundation NewGen Council, YPO Next Generation, Women for Women International Junior Leadership Circle, and a board member of the USC Alumni Association of London. Lorraine is also a junior board member of the Middle East Children’s Institute. Her other areas of interest are art, photography, yoga and music including the guitar and song writing. Lorraine’s family’s philanthropies are focused on education for refugee women and children victims of war in the Middle East, and genetics and cancer research.

NEXUS Switzerland Outreach Ambassador

Keyvan Ghavami

Keyvan Ghavami earned his BA in Political Science from the University of Lausanne and his MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He has a background in project management, philanthropy and HNW investor relations. He has worked both within the non-profit and for-profit sectors, with a particular interest in emerging markets and youth engagement. His former professional experience includes positions with Human Rights Watch and the impact investment fund Impact Finance.

He currently, serves as the President and Co-Founder of Act On Your Future, a non-profit foundation that works to strengthen and foster civic engagement among the next generation of socially active youth. He is a member of the Human Rights Watch Geneva Youth Committee and a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum.

NEXUS Germany Outreach Ambassador

Julia von Poschinger-Bray (née Hieber)

Julia has over a decade of experience in social entrepreneurship, impact investment and family business sectors globally. A graduate of Oxford University, Cambridge University and Sciences Po Paris, she currently lives and works in Munich, Germany.

NEXUS Eastern Europe and Central Asia Outreach Ambassador

Victor Philippenko

Victor was born in Russia, grew up in Germany and as a true global citizen lived and worked across the globe. As an advocate for next generation philanthropy he is very passionate about spreading the word about giving back mentality in former Soviet Union countries including Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and others. As a family office advisor and philanthropist he supports educational, environmental and scientific initiatives. He is a chairman and founder of the G20 Foundation, a millennial driven think tank on G20 and Global Governance.

As a governance innovator and facilitator of “outreach dialogue” he significantly contributed to the integration of major stakeholders from business, academia, public institutions, and youth organizations within the G20 process. As a eco-system builder he co-founded Next B2B Forum in order to position Frankfurt as a leading B2B start-up hub in Europe as well as Green Growth Forum, which was highly supported by major corporations and German federal government.

Professionally he gathered hands-on venture capital experience as investment manager and member of the investment committee of a venture capital fund focusing on clean-tech sector investments and trusted advisor for family offices. His recent speaking engagements include lectures and key notes at London School of Economics and Political Science, University of Bologna Alma Graduate School, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Chicago Graduate School of Business, Goethe University and major international conferences. He is a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum and was the Founding Curator of Global Shapers Hub in Frankfurt am Main.

NEXUS Turkey Outreach Ambassador

Baris Zafer Öner

Barış Zafer Öner has been an entrepreneur and international business consultant for 20 years. He is co-founder of the G20 Foundation. He started his commercial career in the foreign trade field when he was 21 years old.
He created nationwide sub-distribution trade channels in 26 regions and 67 cities at an early age. He worked with Australian, Israeli, Chinese, Korean, American and European companies in different fields for years. Barış Zafer has been invited to Governmental, Institutional Commercial projects specialized in Public-Private- Partnerships for various sectors.

He has consulted with Swiss multinationals about Public Private Partnerships since 2004. He consults on diverse issues and organizes A-Z strategic guidance. Barış Zafer is the founder and an active leader of the Sectoral Leadership and Entreprenuership Movement and a 2013 delegate of the G8 Young Leaders Summit. He is also a consultant member of the Turkish Health Tourism Organization (TUHETO).

He has joined many national and international leadership and youth chamber congresses, seminars, conferences and certification programs. He is an active member of Izmir Chamber of Commerce. Barış Zafer graduated from Business Administration, Management Faculty and also studied System Engineering, Tour Operating Management. He graduated from Kuleli Military College and studied 2 years in the Land Force War Academy.

NEXUS Netherlands Outreach Ambassador

Tamar Guttmann

Tamar Guttmann has been actively involved in the impact investing space as a social impact advisor to family offices, foundations, and social enterprises. She graduated summa cum laude from New York University, where she studied Social Entrepreneurship (Stern School of Business) and Entertainment Producing (Tisch School of the Arts). While in New York, Tamar was the Co-Chair of Friends of Yunus Social Business NY. Tamar is passionate about bridging the arts and impact (investing) and has produced several films that all touched upon social issues, the last of which was Thin Ice, a short film addressing the increasing fear of terrorism in the Netherlands. Thin Ice won a number of awards and screened at international festivals around the globe, including the Oscar-qualifying Atlanta Film Festival, The Hamptons Film Festival, and the Netherlands Film Festival. She is currently working to help set up a Dutch foundation focused on supporting innovative talent in film, theater, and music. She also serves as the Netherlands Outreach Ambassador for NEXUS, a global network connecting social entrepreneurs and changemakers to next-gen philanthropists and impact investors. Tamar is an Advisory Board member of Proof of Impact, a global marketplace that enables impact investors and funders to support the causes they care about most by linking financial investment directly to proven results, and a Senior Fellow of Humanity in Action.

NEXUS Monaco Outreach Ambassador

Michael Pellman Rowland

Michael is a partner and co-head of impact investments at Alpenrose Wealth Management. Key components of his work include helping maximize the benefits of sustainable investing and multi-generational planning. He is a frequent public speaker (Milken, NEXUS, etc) and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Financial Times, and Institutional Investor. He was selected for the Investment News 40 Under 40 top wealth advisors list and included in Forbes’ inaugural listing of America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors. Recently, he was named as a founding member of the Forbes Impact Investing Community. He also have a column on Forbes.com, covering the business of food from a sustainability perspective.

NEXUS India Leadership

Curator of NEXUS India

Raj-Ann Rekhi Gill

Raj-Ann Rekhi Gill has dedicated her entire career to nonprofit fundraising and program development. With degrees in International Relations from Syracuse University (BA) and the London School of Economics (MSc), she brings a diverse and culturally-savvy perspective to her work. She has been passionate about the power of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship since she was a student and has consistently aligned herself with organizations and individuals advancing this work.

She loves bringing people together and has coordinated meaningful events ranging from panel discussions, policy briefings, private art collection salons, artist studio visits, donor trips, and conferences for organizations such as The Asia Society and Museum and American India Foundation in New York as well as San Jose Museum of Art and India Community Center in Silicon Valley.

She has been privileged to set foot on all seven continents and considers traveling a crucial part of lifelong education and an effective way to harness empathy for diversity and disparity. A Bay Area native who is currently based in New York, she can often be found hiking along some hilltop ridge or otherwise finding a way to be active outside.

Founding Chair of NEXUS India, Founding Chair of NEXUS New Zealand & Pasifika

Tara Singh

A lifelong advocate for sustainability leadership in business, Tara actively supports local, grassroots and social entrepreneurs and visionaries. She has a MBA in Finance (Derivatives) and has worked in financial risk management for the FDIC, as well as in Healthcare Administration dealing with Marketing and Quality strategies. She holds a post-graduate degree in Environmental Policy, specializing in Sustainable Business Development. T

ara’s work and research with respect to India include partnering with organizations including Nike, Inc., Gokaldas Exports, Asia Society and The Henry Luce Foundation. She has worked to educate and empower underprivileged women and children in both rural and urban locations, teach environmental education and foster environmental stewardship, as well as facilitate a global corporate and governmental conference aiming to increase US corporate investment in India.

A longtime student of both medical botany and ethno pharmacy, she is honored to have been granted entrée to both H.H. Dalai Lama’s Tibetan Medical and Astro. Institute and its archives and the global Ayurveda authority, The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy, in order to conduct research on Traditional Tibetan Medicine and Ayurveda.

Tara is Founder and CEO of Terra Tara Organics (TTO) Inc., in Napa, California. Tara is deeply honored to serve our returning and long returned veteran heroes’ during reintegration into civilian society as President of the Board of Oakland, California’s Operation Dignity, a non profit homeless veteran organization directly addressing issues including housing, job skills, PTS, addiction, and sexual trauma to provide wrap-around healing programs.

Tara also serves on the Board of the Ik Onkar Peace Foundation, a United Religions Initiative Cooperation Circle, aiming to promote peaceful conflict resolution without the use of unnecessary violence, encourage economic and social justice while preserving planetary beauty and resources. Board Member and the Auckland Representative for UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand National Committee.

NEXUS Israel Leadership

mother, writer, educator and a leading social entrepreneur

Narkis Alon

Narkis Alon is a mother, writer, educator and a leading social entrepreneur from Israel, that has spent the last decade building educational platforms as a tool for bridging socio-economic gaps. In her social enterprises, she is exploring questions such as; What kind of workplace culture is needed for female leadership to thrive? What is the role of women leaders in creating our next civilization? And how can people from all socio-economical backgrounds make a decent living and fulfill themselves?

She co founded Double You, an international network of female leaders, Elevation academy-one of israels leading tech academies, and ze-ze- a platform that creates social businesses led by youth.
Her work has received global recognition: She was named as one of the 100 Visionary Leaders by Real Leaders magazine, one of Israel’s leading change makers by Calcalist and by Forbes under 30. She was invited to share her work forums such as :the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum at Davos, the Israel summit in Harvard University and the Board Member Institute in Kellogg University. !

NEXUS Latin America leadership

NEXUS LATAM Regional Leader

Michelle Arévalo-Carpenter

Michelle is a social entrepreneur and human rights lawyer. After working as a refugee adjudicator, she founded the Ecuadorian offices of Asylum Access, a non-profit legal aid clinic focused on ensuring the rights of refugees from neighbouring Colombia. She later became the first global director of Asylum Access and managed its three international offices from Geneva as it provided services to refugees in Asia, Africa and Latin America. 

As a consultant, she has focused on increasing the impact of grassroots organizations, including an association of families of disappeared children in El Salvador and communities at risk of development-induced displacement in Thailand, Cambodia and India. She was manager for TECHO Ecuador, Latin America’s largest housing-focused NGO, and Latin America-lead for HURIDOCS, a human rights and technology NGO.

She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and the World Economic Forum Agenda and cares about human rights, entrepreneurship and the role of the private sector in creating a better world. She is currently the CEO of IMPAQTO, a coworking space and business incubator in Ecuador with a mission to create a vibrant impact entrepreneurship ecosystem in Latin America.

NEXUS Latin America Advisor & Chair Emeritus

Talita Montiel

Talita Montiel is a consultant to social development projects with a special focus on innovation, technology, and building networks. Her latest projects are related to corporate social responsibility and highly networked individuals embracing social causes. Previously, she worked at the Telefonica Foundation as a senior project analyst, where her responsibilities included coordinating a network focused on children and public policies, forming partnerships, and bridging non-profits with local government through new technologies.

Earlier in her career, Talita worked at the Global Youth Action Network, strengthening youth leadership by building collaborative networks around international events. Previously, through Instituto Fonte, she studied planning, management, and evaluation techniques of social projects. Her experience as a learning-process-facilitator for the third sector in Brazil was developed through participation in many diverse groups from an early age. Talita majored in History at the University of Sao Paulo.

NEXUS Mexico Outreach Ambassador

Sebastian Carducci

Sebastian Carducci is a founding member of the Giordano Bruno University, where he serves as a Member of the Board and Executive Vice-President of Business Development. With a rich cross-cultural background, he has developed a solid expertise in international development as an executive, consultant and serial entrepreneur, in diverse industries such as hospitality, advertising, finance, equipment, education and services.

In the past he has managed distributors and subsidiaries for an innovation-driven multinational, negotiated several distribution agreements for consulting clients in Mexico, developed successful sales strategies for equipment companies, designed and researched investment strategies for an international private banking firm, and restored a healthy working environment and re-engineered operations while optimizing the bottom line of the largest hostel in Latin America.

He has been involved in distinct business ventures as a founder, co-founder or investor, including a hotel, an event and lighting company, and a governmental and business consulting company. One of his favorite early experiences was becoming -by serendipity- part of a team that produced an award winning series about the Mexican Caribbean aired on Discovery Networks. Sebastian has a BA in Languages and International Business from the University of Savoie and a Master’s Degree in International Business from the Grenoble Graduate School of Business, where he actively participated as VP of the Alumni Association, helping create the foundations of a global network for trans-cultural alumni cooperation.

A great passion for innovation has pushed him to constantly study creative and disruptive ideas and apply them towards new ventures. He is passionate about understanding the relationships that can be established between education, impact investing and social enterprise to build a more sustainable and humane world.

NEXUS Costa Rica Outreach Ambassador

Pablo Jenkins

Pablo Jenkins is Co-Founder and President of Ideas en Acción, a donor-advised fund and co-creation platform that implements regionally scalable projects combining technology, social innovation, and youth leadership. He is also an active investor focusing on sustainable development through impact investing in wellbeing, education and technology. Pablo has served as an advisor to four Ministers of Science and Technology of Costa Rica on topics related to broadband and innovation policy.

He was Intel Capital’s youngest strategic investment manager, Director of International Expansion for Endeavor Global during its expansion into the Middle East and Asia, and the co-creator of the Sustainable Investments Group in Brazil, with leading local family offices. Pablo has been co-organizer of TEDxPuraVidaJoven since 2011 and the first Do Lectures in Latin America.

Pablo graduated with a B.A. from Princeton University and an MBA and an MPA from Harvard University. Pablo is part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network –selected as a fellow in the third class of the Central America Leadership Initiative– and a 2015 Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum. He is on the board of directors of Estrategia Siglo XXI, Fundación Gente, Cenfotec University, and President of the Harvard Club of Costa Rica.

NEXUS Colombia Outreach Ambassador

Carolina Gomez

Carolina is the Executive Director of Transforming Philanthropy Initiative (Filantropia Transformadora), a project of Give To Colombia that facilitates collaborative and strategic social investments amongst Colombia’s leading families and economic groups. Based in Bogotá, she is responsible for the day to day operations.

Carolina has 10 years of work experience in social development, across multiple countries: Colombia, USA, and Europe. Carolina grew up in Cali, has a bachelor´s degree in Economics from The University of Chicago and a master’s degree in Social Policy and Development from The London School of Economics.

Prior to joining the Transforming Philanthropy Initiative, Carolina was Programs Officer at Fundacion Corona, where she was responsible for the design, execution and evaluation of various education projects. She has also worked in the public, private and multilateral sector, both at the national and international level: Agencia Colombiana para la Reintegracion (Bogota), UNICEF (Geneva), IFC – World Bank (Bogota), AlvarAlice Foundation (New York), and Morgan Stanley Investment Bank (New York).

NEXUS Argentina Outreach Ambassador

Delfina Lopez Freijido

Delfina Lopez Freijido is a policy maker and entrepreneur specialized in sustainable investment. She currently serves as Manager for Investor Assistance at the Argentine Investment and Trade Promotion Agency. She is Strategic Advisor to Greendemia, a company builder focusing on developing businesses with scalable social and environmental impact.

Prior to this, she co-funded Acrux Partners Ltd., an advisory firm promoting impact investment in Argentina. As advisor to the Buenos Aires City Government, she worked to mainstream impact investment into local policy. Among other initiatives, she led the development of the first local social impact bond.

Delfina has engaged in the fields of renewable energy, waste management, housing, apparel, and sugar through various projects in Nairobi, Chennai, New York, Uberaba, and Buenos Aires. Delfina holds a dual-degree Masters in Public Administration with Columbia University and the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and a B.A. in International Relations from Torcuato Di Tella University.

NEXUS Brazil Outreach Ambassador

Duda Alcântara

Activist, entrepreneur, architect and urban planner. Coming from a family that has been on the real estate and construction business for more than four decades, Duda understands how the housing business works and how it could be a little better. Her greatest desire is to develop social transformation through urban planning and affordable housing for those who need the most.

Having such goal in mind, she got involved with politics, especially youth movements for change in the Brazilian political system, where Duda is having the chance to feel up close the strength of Democracy and to confirm something she has always known deep inside of her: we are the power for change and transformation, it’s up to us to do something… the time is now!

NEXUS Brazil Outreach Ambassador

Álison Klener

Álison is a Social Entrepreneur since his childhood. He accumulated experience in the more than 16 organizations that acted in Brazil (AIESEC, Global Shapers, Global NEXUS, Ceiling). He fought prejudice against Gypsies in Europe, where he went through 10 countries. Álison founded the educational lever, a Social Business that intersects education, technology and self-knowledge for low-income youngsters. This initiative was recognized by the Nobel Peace Prize Prof. Muhammed Yunus as one of the projects that can change education in the world.

He worked with social innovation in the government in the Amazon, also working in social projects with riparian, indigenous and former detainees, bringing a new perspective to the Amazon. Álison represented Brazil in the delegation of the World Summit of Nobel peace laureates, event promoted by the Cumbre World Peace, to oversee the peace process of the Colombian people with the FARC.

He is part of the Paulista movement of security in traffic of the São Paulo government, to reach the UN goal of 50% reduction in the number of deaths by traffic accidents in the state. He represented the Brazilian delegation at the UN, in the 2017 NEXUS Global Summit, speaking for a new social economy that guarantees a more sustainable, inclusive and collaborative society. Álison is currently a public policy consultant in the government to reduce social inequalities in Brazil.

NEXUS Middle East North Africa

(MENA) Leadership

Director Emeritus of NEXUS MENA & Arab Diasporas

Lynn Zovighian

Lynn serves as the Director of Middle East North Africa (MENA) and Arab Diasporas at NEXUS. She is a businesswoman by trade and a philanthropist at heart, using her learnings from the corporate and investments world to drive her problem-solving style in human emergencies and social dysfunctionalities. Co-founder of The Zovighian Partnership alongside her father, Lynn has built up a team of social innovation architects that design, incubate, and manage meaningful philanthropic interests of emerging next-generation leaders in the Middle East. The firm also services the Zovighian family’s philanthropic ambitions, through its in-house lab, focused on deploying early-stage philanthropic action in conflict zones in the Middle East and building data in high-risk environments in the region. Lynn is gearing up to formally launch her family’s foundation, the Peace Collection.

It will house all prototypes that achieve proof of concept in the firm’s in-house lab, and will help expand Lynn’s personal inter-faith and minority group activism in the region. Lynn also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Ibtissam, a philanthropic commitment under the patronage of the KSA royal family to dismantle slavery marketplaces in the region. She is the Regional Ambassador for Youth of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, an initiative of the UN Foundation. She serves as an advisory board member of the Global Family Office Community in the UK. She has just completed a ten-year term on the Board of Governors at the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon.

Prior to founding The Zovighian Partnership, Lynn spent her career in financial services and management consulting, working at Barclays Wealth & Investment Management in Saudi Arabia, Pictet & Cie in Geneva, and The Boston Consulting Group in the GCC. Throughout this time, she worked closely with her father in his construction trading business, Sehnaoui Plant Group of Companies. During her free time, Lynn enjoys spending quality time with her loved ones, painting, reading, and jogging long distances. She is a former soprano lyrical opera singer and soloist. Lynn holds an MBA in Finance from London Business School and a BA and double minor in Political Studies, American Studies, and Islamic History.

Co-Director of MENA & Arab Diasporas

Mutassem Daaboul

Mutassem Daaboul is an active second generation Board Member of Daaboul Holding, and the Managing Director of Canex Aluminm one of the main operational companies in the group. In addition to the commitment in his family’s enterprise, Mutassem Daaboul gave lectures during several international conferences. He often spoke to the community on different cultural and religious topics while he lived in the diaspora. Mutassem holds diplomas of business from Mohawk College, Canada, and a bachelor’s degree in specialized honours marketing from York University, Canada. In 2010, he completed his MBA with honours at Coles College of Business at KSU, USA. He is married and father of three beautiful daughters and one son.

Co-Director of MENA & Arab Diasporas

Aida Murad

Aida Murad is a social entrepreneur, artist and community builder. Today she is creating a venture studio that will provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to build their businesses holistically doing both the internal and external work of being human. Additionally, Aida advises numerous start-ups and foundations, writes for Thrive Global and serves as Co-Director for NEXUS MENA & Arab Diasporas.

She has worked for over a decade building social enterprises in the education, fashion, food, health and technology industries as well as managed $300 million in governmental and development funds for the public and private sectors. Aida is the recipient of the 2017 FHI 360 Impact Award for Woman Leadership, 2017 Most Voted RAW Artist, 2017 Inaugural artist for GoARTful and 2016 FHI Emerging Leaders. Most importantly, Aida is a life long learner and believes love is the single most powerful and beautiful force in the world.

Egyptian Country Ambassador

Dayna Bahig

Dayna Bahig is very passionate about education, particularly among underprivileged communities and for the transformative effect it can have on economies. Her goal at NEXUS is to collaborate on how to build a sustainable platform to connect the talents of social entrepreneurs with the capital of impact investors; and assist in the development of a vibrant ecosystem that encourages learning, personal growth and one that can capitalize from the opportunities within our network. She would also like to help redefine some of the assumptions of what impact investing is, and what it can do for the communities and people it touches, as well as the Egyptian economy as a whole.

Six years ago, she helped establish a summer school scholarship programme within the top international schools in Alexandria, successfully graduating over 700 students from humble backgrounds. Dayna is also a founding member of the Entrepreneurs Organisation in Egypt, an honorary ambassador of the Alexandria Trust Foundation based in London, UK and is a board member of the Cosmopolitan Club of Alexandria.

Dayna is currently based in Alexandria where she is a partner and the operations manager of her family business which operates in the oil & gas services sector. Outside of work and not for profit obligations, she is a keen traveler, and loves to explore new cultures and cities. She gained her undergraduate degree at Boston College in economics and international studies. As part of her passion for continuing education, she is currently undertaking a global executive programme to obtain a master’s degree in management at the London School of Economics.

Systems Development Manager of NEXUS MENA & Arab Diasporas

Ali Amhaz

A believer in the potential of social entrepreneurship to shift mindsets and capabilities of both entrepreneurs and communities, Ali has dedicated his early career to strategy, research, and supporting youth-led ventures. He is an active member of NEXUS MENA & Arab Diasporas, working on the region’s leadership team to expand their strategic mandate across the Middle East and North Africa.

An Analyst at The Zovighian Partnership, Ali focuses on the social and organizational elements that shape the capacities and performances of impact enterprises, as well as the experiences of community and governmental stakeholders.

He has also served thirteen socially-conscious organizations in a consultative and leadership capacity. Ali founded the Beirut Art Salon, a social enterprise that offers a creative space for emerging artists to display, teach, and speak through art, inviting them to cross-pollinate and forge partnerships together. He is also currently establishing a youth-led institute in the American University of Beirut to push a curriculum of leadership and organizational development for students.

Ali has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy from the American University of Beirut. During his time as a student, Ali led over 650 students by serving on seven club cabinets and was elected into the highest house of student government. Upon graduation, Ali was awarded the Penrose Award, the most prestigious of awards on campus.

Ali will begin pursuing his MSc in Organizational and Social Psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Studies in September, where he will be focusing on the intersection of emerging impact-oriented organizations, trends in impact investing, disruptive technologies, and the psychological set-ups necessary for new kinds of organizations to thrive and engage with their communities.

Anthropologist and Serial Entrepreneur

Soraya Hosni

Soraya Hosni is an anthropologist and serial entrepreneur. Her polyglotism combined with a journey from Parisian suburbs, to remote pacific islands or conflict zones allows a unique societal understanding that she brings into the most innovative problem solving. After an active executive and academic career she decided to repatriate to Tunisia, and work from within to preserve culture and advance impact in Business.
Her latest ventures include The New Medina, an initiative to build heritage centered models for urban development, starting with her ancestral home and the UNESCO World Heritage Medina of Sousse in Tunisia.

NEXUS North America City Ambassadors

NEXUS Atlanta City Ambassador

Savannah Miller

Savannah Miller is the Program Strategist for Exposure Labs, helping design organizing models where film can accelerate local climate action.
Prior, Savannah worked with the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to help build their urban agriculture brand strategy and associated community outreach campaigns. Savannah holds an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s Earth Institute and School of International and Public Affairs.

NEXUS Atlanta City Ambassador

Anna Cable

Anna leads business development and investment sourcing for Gray Matters Capital’s coLABS, a global impact investing portfolio for bold, early-stage, and innovative social enterprises with the potential to dramatically improve the lives of women and girls around the world. Anna’s role includes partnership outreach, business development, and supporting entrepreneurs with pilot seed investment capital and strategic advisory support.

She invests in early-stage companies from any sector and any country working to tackle the most critical barriers destabilizing women and perpetuating the cycle of poverty. Her portfolio currently has investments in Pakistan, Uganda, Colombia, Ghana, and the U.S., spanning health, technology, political representation, and solar energy.

Anna has a diverse background in youth development, international education, U.S.-Japan relations, global health, and cross-sector diplomacy; the one common thread is a passion for helping people. Anna was a Fulbright Fellow to Japan and has experience in Mexico, South Korea, South Africa, Uganda, Nicaragua, India, and Indonesia. She has a Masters of Public Health specializing in global health practice from the University of South Florida and a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Centre College.

NEXUS Washington DC City Ambassador

Andrea Lee-Zucker

Andrea Lee-Zucker is NEXUS Washington, DC City Ambassador. She is also a writer, activist, social entrepreneur, and manager of Antigravity Ventures, an impact fund at The InterTech Group, Inc. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Andrea was shaped by early experiences in community activism through her parents’ community leadership and through her work with Youth Service Charleston, Operation Understanding, and The Coastal Community Foundation. She is a board member of South Carolina’s Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network (WREN) and of Foundation For Inclusion, and she serves as an advisor of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE). Andrea is the proud mother of three children and wife of a tech entrepreneur who is helping her discover the potential of our exponential future.

NEXUS Boston City Ambassador

Christian Bailey

Christian Bailey is the Founder of Curated Innovation, an MIT-fueled invention lab. Curated invents technologies and builds prototypes as impact investments, backed by philanthropists who are passionate about fields like skin cancer, breast cancer, the human brain and human-carrying multicopters. Christian has invested in applied-science spinouts from MIT and Harvard; founded two technology companies, including Lincoln Group, which was acquired by GPI; and volunteered as a coach with United Way Youth Venture and Junior Achievement. He holds a BA and MA in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford, and has completed studies in molecular biology and materials science as a Fellow at MIT. At his core, Christian is dedicated to solving technology challenges that impact humanity.

NEXUS Los Angeles City Ambassador

Clint Misamore

Clinton Misamore is the Co-Founder & Director of Partnerships for GoGood, a social impact venture that’s creating the best way to give. Previously, Misamore worked for Global Giving and the Milken Institute–where he was responsible for establishing and executing key initiatives in emerging markets, most notably the Access to Global Capital Initiative and Africa Programs. Misamore has co-founded and advised three successful international NGOs, including: Y-Generation Against Poverty, Sanejo, and Entrepreneur Impact Day.

Throughout his career, Misamore has advised and cultivated deep global relationships with senior executives from multinational corporations; financial service, institutional investment, private equity, and venture capital firms; nonprofit organizations; high net worth individuals; multilateral agencies; and government officials.

Misamore holds extensive international qualifications having worked, studied, and lived in over twenty-five countries. He holds a B.S. from Purdue University and M.A in International Relations from The Maxwell School at Syracuse University where he focused on global development, international markets, and Africa.

NEXUS New York City Ambassador

David Homan

David Homan is a nonprofit executive, composer, and connector. Over the 13 years he has led the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, he has directly impacted the lives of 6,500 artists whose work has reached millions worldwide. He is the founder of Orchestrated Connecting which brings together connectors to maximize social impact and opportunities, co-runs the 11-year-old dance company Ariel Rivka Dance, and serves on the Board of the Arthur Miller Foundation, and as an NYC City Ambassador for NEXUS, among other activities.

NEXUS Atlanta City Ambassador Emeritus

Erin Bernhardt

Erin Bernhardt is a creative activist. She works through film, journalism and events to inspire and motivate people to rally behind important issues and causes. Erin is currently on tour with her first independent documentary feature film, Imba Means Sing, a story about music, education, and poverty alleviation told through the eyes of young members from the Grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir. The film will release in December 2015 in over 100 countries. Erin is also excited to be consulting as the Director of the Art Farm at Serenbe and the Impact Producer for Rock Your World, a free curriculum developed by the UN and Creative Visions Foundation for middle and high school students to explore human rights by creating art and media together. A former CNN writer/producer and Peace Corp Volunteer, Erin now works to bring media and development together. She is grateful to have won several awards for her work, including an Emmy and two Peabody’s.

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Erin has a heart for her city and the developing world. Locally, she is part of LEAD Atlanta, the Beltline’s Young Advisory Council, and now also committed to building the NEXUS community in her hometown!

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NEXUS San Francisco City Ambassador

Winston Ibrahim

Winston Ibrahim is Co-Founder & CEO of Hydros. The company is dedicated to providing sustainable high quality consumer hard goods as well as to fighting the global water crisis. Ibrahim is also Co-Founder of the Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Project in the Middle East, a pioneering effort to develop a generation of U.S. leaders sensitive to inter-cultural understanding.

He also serves on the Board of the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), an organization that works to engage religious diversity by building interfaith cooperation on college and university campuses. Winston is also a founding member of the NationSwell Council, a media company with the mission to tell the story of American Renewal.

Prior to Hydros, Ibrahim worked as an investment banking analyst at Janney Montgomery Scott in Philadelphia. He received his Bachelor of Art degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University in 2009. While a student he served on the executive board of the Jewish fraternity AEPI.

NEXUS Seattle City Ambassador

Glen Stewart

Glen Stewart is a world-renowned executive coach known for his work with brands such as Starbucks, Microsoft, Apple, REI, Expedia, and Seattle Children’s Hospital. For more than 20 years, Glen has specialized in showing companies and their leaders how to uncover their purpose and make a profound and lasting impact in the world. As a compelling storyteller and master facilitator, Glen also leads workshops globally on strategic decision-making and critical skill development for CEOs, world leaders and more. He sits on several boards, gives numerous keynote speeches annually, and is a Hudson Institute Certified Executive Coach.

NEXUS Toronto City Ambassador

Aneil Gokhale

Aneil Gokhale is Director, Philanthropy at Toronto Foundation where he leads Fund development efforts with individuals, families, professional advisors, companies and other organizations who are looking to become more strategic with their philanthropy. Aneil has been at Toronto Foundation for nearly 5 years and loves the role because his focus on clients and their philanthropic intent because Toronto Foundation acts as a neutral partner to connect the philanthropists with causes/issues. Before that, worked in corporate fundraising at United Way Toronto for 5 years and in sales with GE Healthcare for 4 years.

Aneil spends a lot of time mentoring through various organizations like CAGP (Canadian Association of Gift Planners), AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) and TRIEC (Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council). In his personal life, Aneil is a husband and father of two young children who loves spending quality family time exploring every corner of the city he loves, getting involved in his local community and coaching his kids sports teams.

NY City Ambassador

Lana Fern

Lana Fern has over a decade of experience in social entrepreneurship, philanthropic advising, and community building. Lana founded White Light Strategies, a philanthropic advising practice that worked with the most innovative philanthropists to accelerate change. She helped clients develop, implement, and evaluate their giving strategies. Prior to WLS, Lana was Executive Director of Giving Circles Fund, an organization that inspires a lifelong habit of philanthropy by empowering communities to give together.

Lana has been involved with her family’s foundation for 12 years and has been a NEXUS member and speaker since the inaugural summit in 2011. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of Slingshot and The Unfunded List, sits on the Issues Committee for the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and is a member of World Economic Forum Global Shapers, Summit Series, Reboot, Thousand Network, and the ROI Community. Lana also takes her work on the road, speaking at conferences, events, and universities about Millennial giving.

NEXUS DC City Ambassador

Lindsey R. Marcus

Lindsey is passionate about compassionate prosecution. As a career prosecutor at the state and federal level, Lindsey believes in protecting communities and justly punishing individuals for the crimes they have committed, without giving up on them.

Since joining NEXUS in 2015, Lindsey has had the opportunity to work with amazing community members on Equal Justice and Juvenile Justice Reform. During law school, Lindsey clerked for the Honorable Judge Fausto Pocar of Italy in the appellate division of the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague. Following law school, Lindsey worked as an Assistant State Attorney in Palm Beach County serving her last two years in felony major crimes as the Special Assigned Arson and Bomb prosecutor. Lindsey joined the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington D.C. in August of 2015, where she focused on violent crimes prosecutions. Lindsey is currently a trial attorney for The United States Department of Justice.

Working Group and Lab Leaders

NEXUS Working Group Leadership

Co-Chair of NEXUS Working Group on Animal Welfare and Biodiversity

Aimee Gilbreath

Aimee Gilbreath is the Executive Director of the Michelson Found Animals Foundation, a Los Angeles based nonprofit focused on animal welfare. She joined Found Animals in 2008 as its first full-time employee and has been responsible for launching the Foundation’s wide range of innovative programs which include traditional and prize-driven venture philanthropy fueling science and technology research; social enterprise-based start-up businesses offering innovative products and services; and education initiatives, awareness events, and conferences ushering state and local policy into the 21st Century.

Under her leadership the Foundation has grown has grown from an idealistic start-up with a single employee to a global social enterprise with proprietary technologies, scientific funding, and research grants that today span more than 400 B2B clients, 1 million B2C customers nationwide, 90 grant recipients and 30 strategic partners worldwide. Found Animals now has 70 staff members and over 700 active volunteers who will contribute over 50,000 hours of service in 2016.

Prior to Found Animals, Ms. Gilbreath served as a Principal with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) leading projects and teams to help Fortune 500 companies solve complex business challenges. She also co-launched a biotechnology research and development program as part of Motorola, Inc.’s Life Sciences Division. Aimee holds a B.S. in Molecular Biology and an MBA from Stanford University. She frequently speaks to industry groups and serves on committees and boards for Los Angeles organizations dedicated to animal welfare, social enterprise, and executive leadership.

NEXUS Working Group Co-Chair for Animal Welfare

Frohman Anderson

Frohman is Co-Chair of the Animal Welfare and Biodiversity Conservation working group. As an impact investor, social entrepreneur and environmental and animal rights advocate, Frohman is passionate about illuminating the externalities of raising animals for food on the natural world, public health, economies and animal welfare. As a senior in high schoolFrohman co-founded Pure Haven Essentials, a brand of non-toxic and organic personal care products, to spread awareness of the human and environmental health effects of common everyday products.

While operating Pure Haven, Frohman graduated from Dartmouth College in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and a focus on Sustainable Development. Frohman continued to operate Pure Haven until its acquisition in 2016. He then launched EverHope Capital, a private venture capital fund investing in innovative alternatives to animal-based products. In addition to managing EverHope, Frohman is an associate with New Crop Capital, which invests with the complimentary thesis that ‘conventional animal agriculture is an antiquated and inefficient production system with serious vulnerabilities’.

Chief Operating Officer; Chair of NEXUS Working Group on Animal Welfare and Biodiversity Conservation

Liza Heavener

Liza Heavener has wide-ranging experience working nearly ten years in federal politics, grassroots and campaign strategy and with the United States Congress. Liza was a healthcare lobbyist for a large membership organization, running their national advocacy program to engage hundreds of thousands of advocates across the country. She was also a founding member of an organization dedicated to stopping deforestation in Borneo, Indonesia and assisted in building an orangutan rehabilitation center in the rainforests of Borneo.

Liza chairs the NEXUS Working Group on Animal Welfare and Biodiversity Conservation which is dedicated to educating, empowering and connecting Next-Gen impact investors, philanthropists, and social entrepreneurs. She also serves as an Advisor to the Millennial Action Project and as a Vice Chair of the Alumni Council for Eastern Mennonite University. Liza had a feature role in the internationally-acclaimed documentary and tv series, “Rise of the Eco-Warrior,” and has spoken at conferences across the country including a keynote presentation at Microsoft’s ISTE conference.

Co-Chair of NEXUS Working Group on Energy Innovation & Environment

Aaron Berger

Aaron Berger is a research scientist specializing in pattern recognition, domestic and foreign current events, and technology trends under the lens of existential risk. A core belief of his is that there is always a solution. He serves as a strategic advisor to individuals and organizations interested in finding important solutions to their difficult problems. In his effort to help others see a more systemic perspective, his research methods break down problems into their foundational elements; analysis of which yields new angles and novel solutions. Currently, he is a Co-Chair for the NEXUS Working Group on Energy Innovation & Environment, and International Advisor for US Climate Plan.

NEXUS Working Group Co-Chair for Energy Innovation and the Environment

Katie Hoffman

Katie Hoffman is a financial innovator, development strategist and entrepreneur. She is co-founder and CEO of Resco, LLC, a firm that accelerates impactful investment opportunities. Prior to founding Resco, Katie played an integral role in passing policies that influenced the University of California, CalPERs and CalSTRs to shift billions of dollars toward sustainable investment.

Katie was managing partner at Etho Capital, where she helped scale sustainable ETF products, and an Entrepreneur in Residence at the California Clean Energy Fund, where she explored investment strategies to transition to 100% clean energy.

Katie currently serves as strategic director with the Lela Goren Group, where she focuses on building alternative financial models to scale adaptive real estate projects. She is also co-chair of the NEXUS Global Energy and Environment group, a trustee of the American Renewable Energy Institute, and an executive advisor to the Layden-Schimberg Fund for Ethics and Leadership.

Chair of NEXUS Working Group Toward Equal Justice

Christina Hollenback

Christina spent the first 13 years of her career in politics building the unprecedented coalitions to win on the DREAM Act, healthcare and higher education access, expanding workforce development programs, and women’s health issues. Winner of the prestigious POLLY award at just 27 from her work at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Christina then became one of the youngest Executive Directors in US national politics organizing her generation from the Capitol to the Whitehouse to the streetcorner.

In 2014, she transitioned into Impact Investing and began working with those same frontline communities to build sustainable solutions as a core part of their strategies organizing for justice from Baltimore to Standing Rock. She currently is helping lead Solve at MIT’s inaugural work with the Oceti Sakowin to build sovereign energy, food, and water systems and launching, VIGILINT Ventures, a first of it’s kind Investment Fund that grows visionary alternatives to the Criminal Justice system.

Christina is a featured speaker and presenter from conferences to classrooms and is the Founding Chair of the NEXUS Network’s Working Group Toward Equal Justice, where she works with their 4,000 global network of young philanthropists, impact investors, and social entrepreneurs to align their full breadth of Capital—social, political, and economic/business and investments— toward Equal Justice.

Christina is from Syracuse thru and thru and is a classicly trained vocalist who has traveled the world as a performer. In 2014, she began directing, most recently with the US Premiere of Apple itune’s first issue based album for the People’s Climate March, The album HOME, featuring NE-YO, Common, Elle Varner, and produced by 6 time Grammy Award winner Malik Yusef. Her debut album drops in 2019.

NEXUS Working Group Co-Chair on Equal Justice

Dayo Okewale

Dayo Okewale works in the UK government at the House of Lords and is also part of the UNESCO Human Rights Global Integration forum alumni and leadership program, having published articles and essays on children’s human rights and child poverty and an international sports trainer working with the International Sports and Culture Association and hosting international sports training projects for the British Council and EU.

He is the Founder and Managing Director of Who’s Got Game Basketball, the organisation specialises in using sport as a tool for social change and development. Former professional basketball player, Dayo believe is an underused medium for teaching and instilling life and social skills, he is passionate with the in promoting the use of sport as a tool for education and change.

NEXUS Working Group Co-Chair for Film Media and Story

Christie Marchese

Christie Marchese is the founder and CEO of Picture Motion, the leading marketing and advocacy firm for issue driven films. Since its launched in 2012, Picture Motion has run grassroots marketing and social impact campaigns for over 30 films and launched offices in NYC, LA and DC. Their films include Fed Up, Bully, American Promise, and Fruitvale Station. During her time at Participant Media, Christie led digital strategy for the social action team and worked on the films Waiting for “Superman”, Food Inc, and The Cove among many others.

Prior to a career with documentary film media, Christie ran digital stategy for Norman Lear’s youth civic participation nonprofit, Declare Yourself, and spent time at Human Rights Watch and the International Rescue Committee. Christie has spoken around the world – from Sundance and SXSW, to the Peruvian Government and activist groups in Pakistan – on using connective technology and storytelling to promote democracy and create social change. Christie received her BA from SDSU International Security and Conflict Resolution (ISCOR) and Comparative Religions, with a concentration in Arabic and the Middle East.

NEXUS Working Group Co-Chair for Film Media and Story

Farhoud Meybodi

Founder of Cadre, and Co-Owner of Wayfarer Entertainment, Farhoud Meybodi is a writer, director, and executive producer focused on “disruptively inspirational” storytelling content across scripted, unscripted, and branded distribution channels.

Unlike many creatives in the entertainment business, Farhoud started his career in law, and spent his mid-twenties climbing up the corporate ladder as a sales and marketing Executive for a global luxury brand. This non-traditional background gave Farhoud a marketers mindset — something he draws upon frequently when helping brands, TV networks, non-profits, studios and NGO’s connect with audiences through the magic of empathy and human connection. Farhoud is also a firm believer in the power of “anti-branded content,” a term he coined that represents innovative branded integration’s rooted in universal brand values rather than forced sales conversations. At his core, Farhoud is passionate about creative content that entertains, educates and inspires.

Mostly recently, Farhoud directed and executive produced Season Four of My Last Days, an award-winning documentary series about life told by courageous people living with a terminal illness, for the CW Network. He developed, and executive produced Chefs Without Borders, a documentary series featuring celebrity Chef, Curtis Stone, and Actress/Model, Lindsay Price, as they journey from Los Angeles to Tanzania to live with, and learn from three Indigenous tribes, each representing a unique perspective on food insecurity.

Farhoud also developed, executive produced and wrote Man Enough, a dinner conversation series featuring Scooter Braun, Anderson Silva, Justin Baldoni, Matt McGorry, Javier Munoz, Prince EA, Derek Hough, Tony Porter, Aydian Dowling and Jamey Heath that explores the heart of traditional masculinity in America. Farhoud created, developed and executive produced Project Upgrade, an unscripted series for Google featuring YouTube stars, The Merrell Twins, as they set out to design and build a new consumer product with the help of successful, female mentors from Google, Space X, NASA, and Disney.

Farhoud has also developed and directed national campaigns for Subaru, Kellogg’s, MetroPCS, and The Ad Council, and sold several scripted pitches to major studios and television networks.

NEXUS Working Group Vice-Chair for Film Media and Story

Will Jenkins

Will Jenkins has more than a decade of communications and policy experience at the White House, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Congress and international nonprofit organizations. Over the years, he has also worked with many filmmakers and other media makers on stories that engage public policy and social issues. During his time in the federal government, Will served as a spokesperson to news outlets on a wide range of issues, including criminal justice reform, drug policy, immigration, public health, national security and education.

At the White House, he helped plan interviews and events with President Obama and senior officials for documentaries airing on PBS/Frontline, MTV, Showtime and other outlets. He has overseen high profile events and policy announcements featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA TODAY and The Washington Post, including a successful year-long campaign for $1 billion in new funding for addiction treatment. He has managed appearances for government officials on Meet the Press, Morning Joe, 60 Minutes and The Colbert Report. As a legislative aide in Congress, he guided from introduction to enactment the first legislation to protect American military members from the health effects of toxic burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, which has been called this generation’s Agent Orange.

Will has trained or advised hundreds of filmmakers and other media makers on impact strategies through the Sundance Institute, South by Southwest, the Tribeca Film Institute, the Fledgling Fund, Good Pitch, Picture Motion, and other organizations. He was Policy Director for the Impact Film Festival at the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions, where he coordinated screening discussions with politicians, filmmakers, celebrities and reporters. In 2013, he developed the American Film Institute’s first Political Bootcamp for Filmmakers. He is co-author of a report series on films and policymaking published through American University (

NEXUS Futurism Working Group Co-Chair

Adam Schlenger

Adam Schlenger is a marine climate scientist studying ecosystem resiliency to climate change. His research aims to bridge the gap between science, economics, and policy to create global environmental solutions. As a surfer, backpacker, and general outdoor enthusiast, AJ’s passion lies in preserving the natural world. He now uses his expertise to strategize mechanisms that transform the current mindset of individual sustainability and create a positive global impact through conscious living. He is a co-chair for NEXUS Futurism Lab, co-founder of Covalence LLC, and currently developing an adaptive education startup focusing on big data analyses for sustainable initiatives.

NEXUS Futurism Working Group Co-Chair

Christina Berkley

In her professional life, Christina is an international Executive Coach and Speaker. She works with leaders who are on missions to better the outcome of humanity as a whole. Her clients collaborate with former heads of state, world leaders, and influencers who are positioned themselves to have massive impact in their fields. She is a trusted advisor because she is able to see what nobody sees and say what nobody else will say. She helps her clients realize how their genius can hold them back, connects them to their full range of power, and shows them how to succeed in all areas of their lives.

NEXUS Futurism Working Group Co-Chair

Nathan Walworth

Dr. Nathan Walworth (PhD) is a computational climate scientist who investigates the intersection of big-data, genome science, and global climate simulations with an additional focus in adaptive big-data educational approaches. He is co-chair of the NEXUS Futurism Lab and has experience in future-facing content creation and moderating cross-disciplinary technology panels. Nathan co-owns a regenerative lifestyle company, CoValence, with a team of designers and architects that creates products, services, and immersive experiences that encourage mindful living and sustainable practice.

Chair of NEXUS Working Group for Indigienous Peoples

Isaac Kinney

Isaac S. Kinney (Yurok) is a Yurok Tribal Citizen from village of Weych-pues at the confluence of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers in what is now known as Northwest California. He received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Native American Studies with a minor in Community & Regional Development from the University of California, Davis. Isaac has worked for his nation in the Transportation and Planning Departments, Inter-Tribal organizations and in philanthropy. Isaac utilizes his specialized skills set of analysis and technical expertise on issues related to tribal courts, land use, economic development, community organizing and infrastructure improvement.

His extensive experience working with indigenous communities and tribal governments have helped him become effective in his advocacy efforts in working with international, domestic and local governments, philanthropists and grass-roots organizations. He currently resides in his village of Weych-pues with his wife Priscella and three children Kee-poon Hoogech, Pectah Ike, and Tseeyaba.

NEXUS Working Group Co-Chair on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Diana Mao

Diana Mao is the Co-Founder and President of Nomi Network, a nonprofit that creates economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics/Accounting and Chinese at the University of California Santa Barbara and a Masters in Public Administration, specializing in International Management at Wagner, New York University. She has expertise in governmental consulting, domestic and international economic development, social entrepreneurship, micro-finance, and launching awareness raising campaigns.

Her passion for ending modern day slavery stems from her favorite bible verse “to whom much is given, much is required.” Diana is a blogger for the Huffington Post and occasionally the United States Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center. Diana also serves on the Advisory Board of Malaysian Schools and is a Presidential Leadership Scholar. She loves her vibrant Nomi laptop case because it makes working fun!

NEXUS Futurism Working Group Co-Chair

Orian Marx

Orian Marx is an entrepreneur, web developer, personal development educator, and futurist. He was a founder of multiple startups developing software to help knowledge workers more effectively utilize the blogosphere and Twitter, and later was the Developer Advocate for – a San Francisco startup that garnered significant attention for building a social network that would never be funded by advertising dollars. He is currently focused on developing an online personal development program, growing the NEXUS Futurism Working Group, and pursuing his travel, photography, and swing dance hobbies. He resides in NYC, where he was born and raised.

NEXUS Working Group Co-Chair on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Melissa Jane Kronfeld

Melissa Jane Kronfeld received her B.A. in International Relations from George Washington University, as well as a M.S. in Global Affairs from both New York University and Rutgers University. Melissa has been featured as a journalist and editorialist on national television, print and online media for over a decade.

In 2013 she was named one of the “36 Under 36” by The Jewish Week and in 2014 she was awarded the Walter F. Weiker scholarship celebrating individuals who possess academic excellence and a commitment to exceptional extracurricular activities or contributions to society. Melissa is engaged in numerous community endeavors, is a member of over a dozen non-profit advisory boards and associations, and is an investor in or advisor to a wide range of socially conscious start-up businesses.

For her efforts she was nominated for a Jewish People’s Choice Award in the category of “Making A Difference.” After more than five years working in the philanthropic world, she launched Party For A Purpose in 2014 and PFAP Consulting in 2015, a full service social impact event management, fundraising, advocacy and development agency. In 2016, Melissa will be awarded a PhD in Global Affairs from Rutgers University.

NEXUS Working Group Co-Chair on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Patrick Gage

Patrick Gage is a rising sophomore at Georgetown University in the School of Foreign Service. He is active in political and social causes, particularly those concerning human rights. He runs two political blogs, The Elephant in the Corner and The Right Way, serves as the Georgetown University College Republicans’ Director of Publications, and co-chairs NEXUS’ Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Working Group. As a fourth generation member of the Curtis L. Carlson family (Radisson Hotels, Carlson Wagonlit Travel), philanthropy has been part of Patrick’s life since the day he was born. He and his family are especially interested in fighting human trafficking, one of the fastest-growing criminal industries in the world. With a focus on domestic and international sex trafficking, Patrick hopes to use his knowledge to inform those around him and ensure this issue is addressed.

NEXUS Working Group Co-Chair on Impact Investing

Tharald Nustad

Tharald Nustad is a tech entrepreneur and investor focusing on impact business. He is the founder of Nordic Impact, a company that incubates and invests in impact tech startups and impact funds. Tharald has been part of starting Katapult Future Fest, an event focusing on technology and impact investing, and Katapult Accelerator, a leading accelerator for impact tech startups. He is engaged in building the impact investing ecosystem in the Nordics. Tharald works with Ashoka helping social entrepreneurs, and is an active member of Toniic. He also leads Mallin, a family office focusing on Impact real estate developments.

Co-Chair of NEXUS LAB on Systems Change

Vanessa Grellet

Vanessa Grellet is a Global Executive with 15 years of expertise in the Financial Services and Exchange industry. She currently works in PwC’s Asset Management division, serving as a key member of the firm’s global wealth management and private banking capabilities. She chairs the NEXUS Working Group on Impact Investing, dedicated to educating, empowering, and connecting Next-Gen impact investors, philanthropists, and social entrepreneurs. She is a Partner at Acumen and the Co-Founder of Coda, an innovation and cross-cultural exchange platform for innovators, located in emerging countries. Mrs. Grellet graduated Cum Laude from Law School (Paris II Assas) and Business School (HEC) in France and is fluent in French, Italian, and Spanish. She is a Milken Institute Young Leader (MIYL) and a Young Leader Board member of the Off the Record lectures series (OTR) affiliated with the Foreign Policy Association.

Chair of Invest In Yourself (IY)

Claudia Welss

Claudia Welss is Chairman of the Board at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), founded by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, and Founding Chair of Invest in Yourself (IY) at NEXUS Global Youth Summit and Network, bridging practical consciousness research with philanthropy and social innovation. As a citizen scientist, entrepreneur, donor, and impact investor, she advises and funds inventive projects with the potential to accelerate large-scale change like World Future Coin, HeartMath’s Global Coherence Initiative and Flow Genome Project’s Flow Dojo.

Her mission of increasing coherence across domains ranges from scaling grassroots subtle activism to investing in quantum energy healing technologies. Previously, Claudia pioneered the concept of collaboration labs by founding NextNow Collaboratory, once described by the director of MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence as a “new kind of collective intelligence.”

For 7 years, she was director of the University of California, Berkeley Haas School’s center delivering strategic learning programs for global corporations while initiating social responsibility and sustainability curriculum. This experience led her to explore consciousness as the most powerful leverage point for inspiring a regenerative culture.

NEXUS Working Group Vice-Chair for Invest in Yourself

Raquel Wong

Raquel has lived, worked and traveled in over 50 countries, and draws from these experiences to facilitate breakthroughs and transformation for individuals and organizations. Her Chinese, Indian, Spanish and African heritage epitomizes the global community she serves. Raquel was born and raised in Jamaica and is from a family of entrepreneurs. She has successfully launched ventures in industries including Global Import/Export, Tourism, Media, and others. However, her passion is the intersection of wellness, life coaching and the sacred feminine.

Most recently, prior to pursing her passion full time, she was the Chief of Staff for the Global Head of Sales at Amadeus, SA, a multi-billion dollar IT service provider. As a life coach, her current and past clients include highly accomplished entrepreneurs, executives, doctors, and attorneys from companies and organizations such as Visa, Miami Children’s Hospital, University of Miami, Young Global Leaders (YGL), and Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Her reach is international as her clients are located on several continents around the globe.

Raquel earned a BA from Williams College, where she was a Bagwell Scholar, and an MBA from Duke University, where she was a Keller Scholar. She is a Forte Foundation fellow, sponsored by a consortium of major corporations and top business schools to direct talented women into fulfilling and significant roles in business. Raquel is passionate about giving back, and working with non-profit organizations such as the Nexus Global Youth Network. She is currently based in Florida.

Raquel is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC). She attended Coaches Training Institute (CTI), a program accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), which sets the accepted “gold standard” for professional credentials within the coaching industry. In addition to being a CPCC, Raquel is a certified Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master (through the Spanish Reiki Federation). Over the past 15 years, she has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in best in class products and services to refine her unique approach. She has attended course and workshops with some of the most renowned leaders and institutes such as:

 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Techniques (Duke Centre for Integrative Medicine)
 Neuro-Linguistic Programming (Dr. Richard Bandler, NLP founder)
 High Impact Leadership (Stop at Nothing, Inc.)
 Business Mastery, Ultimate Relationships, Date with Destiny (Anthony Robbins Companies)
 Strategic Intervention (Robbins Madanes Training Institute)
 Ayurveda (Atmasantulana Ayurvedic Centre, India)
 Inner Engineering, Isha Institute of Inner Sciences (Sadhguru)
 Women’s Integral Life Practice, Shamanic Healing (Omega Institute)
 Feminine Power (Claire Zammit)
 Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts (Regina Thomashauer)

Vice-Chair of Invest In Yourself (IY)

Dr. Scott Sherr

Dr. Scott is board certified internal medicine physician specializing in Health Optimization Medicine (HOMe) and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). He is the Chief Operating HOMe–USA, a new paradigm of wellness medicine drawn from the current specialties of anti-aging medicine, nutritional medicine, longevity medicine, regenerative medicine, age management medicine, sports medicine, and rejuvenative medicine. Allopathic Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Alternative Medicine, Complementary Medicine, and Functional Medicine are all “Illness Medicine” practices. They all diagnose and treat disease. HOMe, on the other hand, simply detects and corrects imbalances.

Dr. Scott also believes that HBOT–the administration of 100% oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure — is one of the most powerful ways to decrease inflammation, accelerate wound healing, and optimize both physical and cognitive performance. He is one of the few HBOT providers in the country that creates personalized treatment plans for patients that include HOMe, cutting edge & dynamic HBOT protocols as well as adjunctive technologies. He also has a large network of practitioners in various health fields (movement, performance coaching, meditation, cannabis, neurofeedback, and many more) that he will often leverage for a patient’s optimal outcome.

Dr. Scott lives in the Bay Area, California with his wife, 4 children, and endeavors to make every day an amazing one, full of wonder, love, and healing!

Co-Chair of NEXUS Working Group on Refugees & Forced Displacement

Christine Leviseur Mendonça

Christine LeViseur Mendonça is the CEO and co-founder of Humans on the Move, a social impact advisory focused on connecting private, philanthropic and public sectors to rethink the response to the refugee and migration crisis. Humans on the Move is 1 of 9 firms that has been given special accreditation by the United Nations to join the Global Compact for Migration and worked on President Obama’s Call for Private Sector Engagement in 2016 as well. She has over 15 years private sector experience working for both corporations and as a consultant.

Co-Chair of NEXUS Working Group on Refugees & Forced Displacement

Negar Tayyar

Negar Tayyar is a philanthropic advisor to ‘The Global Whole Being Fund – Caring for Humanity on the Move.’ She manages its efforts to assist ‘people on the move’ to find meaning and belonging in transit and destination countries. She manages the fund’s grants and capacity development to social entrepreneurs and efforts to create strategic alliances across the globe. Negar has experienced different shades of forced displacement and worked in international development for several governments and the United Nations on related issues for the last ten years. She is also working as a co-active coach enabling passionate and committed individuals to connect to and live out their life purpose.

NEXUS Labs Leadership

NEXUS Ethical Fashion Lab Co-Chair

Christian Birky

Christian Birky is the founder of Lazlo, a luxury menswear brand that fuses sustainable innovation with traditional skills and materials. Christian started Lazlo after graduating from Princeton in 2013, where a stint tutoring at a prison led to a thesis on prison policy. Based in Detroit, he is working to create training programs and employment opportunities for returning citizens. Christian has a background in social innovation spanning from youth-led grantmaking to a pony-powered, emissions-free lawn service he started at age 11. Christian is a co-chair of the NEXUS Ethical Fashion Lab as well as the NEXUS Detroit City Liaison.

NEXUS Ethical Fashion Lab Co-Chair, Co-Chair of NEXUS Working Group on Impact Investing

Steph Cordes

Steph Cordes is Vice Chair of the Cordes Foundation, working to advance the Foundation’s ethical fashion and sustainable supply chain initiatives. Prior to joining the Foundation, Steph held positions at Conde Nast and luxury fashion brands Alberta Ferretti and Maiyet. She serves on the Board of Directors for Indego Africa, an innovative social enterprise that lifts artisans and their families out of poverty, and the Advisory Board for Soko, a Kenyan-based ethical fashion brand. Steph is an active member of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle and the NEXUS Impact Investing Steering Committee and Ethical Fashion Lab.

NEXUS Education & Entrepreneurship Lab Co-Chair

Leslie Falconer

Leslie Falconer, M.S. is the President and CEO of the Experience Early Learning Co., publisher of early childhood books, music and early learning curriculum. She has published several child development tools including the Mother Goose Time preschool curriculum and co-produced over 300 children’s songs featured in the Teacher’s Choice award-winning program Dance ’n Beats. Falconer has authored articles appearing in both early childhood education and philanthropy journals.

As an international speaker and trainer, she has presented on topics related to education, innovation and next generation philanthropy. Leslie Falconer is co-founder and trustee of the Alabaster Fund, a private family foundation, throughout which she researches and invests in international development programs that support increased access to education and social entrepreneurship initiatives worldwide. On her downtime, Leslie loves to be outside hiking and enjoying beautiful Traverse City, Michigan with her husband three active daughters.

NEXUS Education & Entrepreneurship Lab Co-Chair

Felipe Amaral

Felipe Amaral is the chairman and a founding partner of Semente. In the last seven years Felipe has founded four enterprises:

1) Eureka, an educational program to help young students build their own careers;
2) Net Impact Porto Alegre, the first Brazilian chapter of Net Impact, an international network of impact-driven businesses and professionals;
3) Estaleiro Liberdade, an (un)school for aspiring entrepreneurs to create businesses with purpose; and
4) Semente, a company that designs and delivers innovative industry-focused entrepreneurship development programs in Latin America and then invests in the best “graduated” ventures. These enterprises have collectively impacted and inspired more than 10.000 entrepreneurs. Felipe has dedicated his career to the goal of scaling this kind of impact throughout the world.

NEXUS Music Lab Co-Chair

Abby O’Neill

Abby O’Neill has worked in the music business for over 20 years in LA, NY, and now D.C, where she oversees strategy for NPR Music and is a key member of the Senior Leadership committee. She graduated from Emerson College with a BA Music Production & Business, worked in the hip-hop community, and executed marketing campaigns for prominent indie and major labels. Post-college, she had positions at various labels including Dreamworks, Rawkus Records, JCOR Records, and subsequently ran a management company specializing in producer and writer representation. During those years, she cultivated relationships with artists and executives, furnished a co-publishing venture with EA Sports, was an A&R on over 20 of their titles, and secured hundreds of deals for her clients in music, film, television, advertising and video games.

She developed and managed producer duo, The Outfit, who have composed over 600 episodes of television, won 8 BMI Awards, and have worked on myriad blockbuster films. Abby was an Account Executive in Music for Film/TV at Universal Music Publishing, helped establish the Guild of Music Supervisors and was also a SVP of Business Development & A&R for Format Entertainment (Avengers, Pitch Perfect, Straight Outta Compton, Empire, etc).

NEXUS Music Lab Co-Chair

Christen Lien

Christen Lien’s provocative compositions, hypnotic performance style, and entrepreneurial business approach all reflect her passion for challenging the status quo. Through her art she seeks to support her fans to process the complex and oftentimes dark emotions that oppress individual potential and hold back collective power. Entertainers, activists, scholars and entrepreneurial leaders have responded enthusiastically to Christen’s work and she is often invited to present her music, story and ideas to events and productions looking to compliment narratives of determination and fortitude.

In 2016 she will released ELPIS, a 12-track instrumental album with accompanying visual artwork and written storytelling that explores the dark side of Hope. Lien incorporates the use of guitar effect processors and looping pedals with her instruments (which also include viola, bass guitar, harmonica, Moog synthesizer, drums and kalimba), creating hybrid, melodic music and haunting, evocative performance art.

Founding Co-Chair NEXUS Purpose Lab

David Chang

David Chang has served as a founding member and Partnerships Advisor to NEXUS. He was also co-founder of the NEXUS Invest in Yourself Working Group is currently founding co-chair of the NEXUS Lab on Purpose. The Lab enhances the decision-making capacity of the rising generation of leaders and influencers to navigate an increasingly complex global landscape. David is committed to supporting the social and emotional well-being of all NEXUS members, as he perceives the powerful intersection they find themselves in, between tradition and new futures, resources and impact, and “business as usual” and “what the world needs now.”

He often refers to his service in the network as supporting the largest intergenerational wealth transfer in human history to also become a transfer and exchange of wisdom. A central guiding question is, “What shall we do with what we have been given?” David has been invited to present on the subjects of purpose, regenerative culture, and intergenerational collaboration at numerous advisory conferences convened by diverse groups such as: Family Office Exchange, Purposeful Planning Institute, Ojai Foundation, Family Office Association, the United Nations, and Harvard Divinity School. David received leadership training from the Coaches Training Institute, Working from the Heart, and the Life Purpose Institute. He is a graduate of the Wharton School with a concentration in social entrepreneurship and was involved in the NET IMPACT community.

David also considers “unlearning” various forms of social conditioning to be an important part of a lifelong educational process. David’s experience in events include his own creations, as well as events with: State of the World Forum, Pachamama Alliance Leadership Summit, Evolving Men’s Conference, Parliament of World Religions, the UN Millennium Summit for Religious and Spiritual Leaders, and the Global Peace Initiative of Women.

While Partnerships Director at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, he co-founded the PartnerShift Alliance, where 50 leaders across multiple sectors (consciousness, spirituality, ecology, lifestyles of wellness, and sustainability) met to deepen relationships and collaborate towards a more awakened, sustainable and regenerative future.

Co-Chair of NEXUS Lab on Purpose

Jordan Luftig

What a riveting time to be alive! The tech-enabled global human family is in a race between consciousness and catastrophe. Visionary, heart-centered leaders get it. They are shaping the future of money, bringing revolutions in health and longevity, disrupting industry and creating the next wave of culture and a new political-economy. Justice and care animate their ideas, decisions, and ventures. They are committed to awakening and evolving, and to stewarding their multiform wealth with love and wisdom.

Jordan partners and plays with these leaders, co-creating special projects that invite transformative learning and unlock human potential to hospice old systems and midwife new ones. Jordan draws on a combined 12 years of experience as a whole-person educator, integral philosopher and futurist, and change strategist, having taught graduate courses in multiple disciplines (philosophy, politics, psychology), published articles on diverse topics (business, creativity, social movements), directed a multi-issue grantmaking program, and organized global convenings — all from an integral-mystical worldview and horizon of possibility.

NEXUS Lab on Regenerative Culture Co-Chair, NEXUS Partnerships Advisor

Brian Weinberg

Brian believes we are dynamic human processes whose value is too often reduced to a list of achievements or the size of one’s rolodex. During university, Brian was exposed to extreme poverty for the first time while backpacking 3,000+ miles across South America on a mission to learn Spanish. Troubled by the images he had seen (most particularly a trip into the shanty towns of Lima, Peru), he came home to Texas with a sense of responsibility to take action. There he immersed himself in the concepts of microfinance; writing an honors thesis and partnering with his university president and Dallas business leaders to create the Recycle to Eradicate Poverty program (recycling used cell phones to fund microfinance loans to the poor).

He knew impact at scale would mean finding ways to leverage the capital market for good and so he joined the investment team at a commercial impact investing private equity fund called MicroVest; investing about $100 million in debt/equity transactions into microfinance banks throughout South America (some in those same shanty towns in Peru). To complement the due diligence rigor and investment chops, Brian launched The GAMECHANGERS podcast series showcased cutting edge conversations on “growing the good economy” with thought leaders for all to learn and a resource center that mapped the emerging industry. It supported the questions he was hearing (with lists of job boards, accelerators, conferences, etc) while scaling VC Sean Foote’s MBA Berkeley simulcast to 75 universities around the world. During his travels, he began to see how the working class in these emerging markets began to follow the footsteps of US consumption habits. The planet could not sustain this.

Now passionate about conscious consumption, he launched (a “mary kay for social good” marketplace for socially conscious products). This work lasted several years but somehow never felt right. Selling millions of sustainable headphones wouldn’t actually solve the problem he set out to work on. Conscious consumption is really about behavior change. It is really about leadership to change a flawed system. These questions led him to become NEXUS Global Operations Director, positioning the organization for sustained growth by developing infrastructure on several fronts; new governance operating system, core financial footing, and harnessing member led impact with the creation of working groups, labs, and city ambassador programs. Today, Brian’s focus is at the intersection personal/spiritual growth and global regeneration. More @Weinberg or Awards & Honors: Stagen Integral Leadership Program Black Belt, Summa Cum Laude honors in Finance (BBA) and Spanish (BA) from University of North Texas, Ashoka Youth Venture Ambassadorship, Clinton Global Initiative U Grantee, Starting Bloc Fellowship (Boston 2010), Sandbox Fellowship, Opportunity Collaboration Cordes Fellowship, UNT’s Rhodes Scholarship nomination, and Finance Student of the Year. 

NEXUS Lab on Regenerative Culture Co-Chair

Rosie Von Lila

Rosie is a communications specialist, faciliator and author of the Von Lila Framework. Best described as a force of nature positively impacting the lives of awake souls the world over who are ready for more, Rosie is a passionate and powerful voice of hope and reason. She speaks around the world on how to increase citizen/participant/human engagement.

Based in Manhattan, and working frequently in Washington, D.C. and California, Rosie is a communications professional, author of The Von Lila Framework, and Co-Founder / Director, Marketing and Investor Relations of Lumera, a private equity and project finance firm focused on infrastructure investment in the United States. Prior to founding Lumera, she coached and consulted leaders based on her proprietary leadership models that drive participation and loyalty from their organizations’ stakeholders. Rosie transforms “executives”, “teams”, “stakeholders” and “customers” into community members.

Her research and experience support her philosophy that the most impactful businesses and organizations draw contribution from and deliver benefit to community members.

Rosie has been contracted and engaged by myriad organizations to improve their member participation, loyalty and shared value: including Burning Man, U.S. National Defense University, Eisenhower School, United Nations, Harvard Divinity School and many others.