We are deeply grateful for the ongoing support of NEXUS’s Advisors who lend their names, time, and expertise in ways that amplify the work we must do.
Born & raised in Toronto, Canada, Daniel founded, E2 Global, a boutique advisory firm that develops and implements value strategies on behalf of corporations, governments and high net worth individuals. Prior to founding E2 Global, Daniel ran the human capital operations at Lifestyles Magazine, the premier platform perpetuating the culture of high philanthropy. He focused on building and maintaining relationships between the publication and their extensive network of Ultra-High Net Worth philanthropists. Today Daniel spearheads the relationship between NEXUS and Lifestyles, finding creative ways to profile more next gen philanthropists in the publication. Daniel sits on several philanthropic boards and committees including: Federal Law Enforcement Family Support (FDAF), The Prostate Cancer Foundation, as well as a number of cultural not for profits around the world. Daniel speaks 4 languages and holds a B.A. in Political Science from York University and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Daniel is married to his wife Haley, who is also a proud NEXUS member.
graduated from Stanford University, class of 2012 with an International Relations Honors Degree, having also read International Development at Oxford University. During her time as a student, Jenna interned at: the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR); the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society; the Siebel Foundation; Global Health Corps and Business for Social Responsibility in Beijing. She was on the Board of the Stanford Haas Center for Public Service, and the Judging Chair of the Business Association for Stanford Entrepreneurial Students Social Entrepreneurship Competition. In 2011, Jenna co-founded a social enterprise, Phoenix Global Impact, which is dedicated to promoting strategic philanthropy and impact investing in China. Currently Jenna is the Executive Assistant for Wayne Silby, Chairman of Calvert Special Equities in Washington, DC. Jenna is also the Senior Vice-President, Social Capital for Gridshare, a renewable energy finance platform.
Jennifer Smorgon is a Vedic meditation teacher, speaker, and mentor for the NEXUS Global Summit community. She is joining the NEXUS Impact Society as a Scholar in Residence cultivating an awareness of conscious leadership skills for its members. She is passionate about innovative approaches to health, the mind, and the role of technology in humanity. In the United States, she is a founding member of The Chopra Foundation’s Self-Directed Biological Transformation Initiative. She is also the past Vice Chair of the Chopra Foundation Board and a current advisor. In Israel, Jennifer serves on the board of the Mem Foundation supporting an array of social impact and community projects. Jennifer is a mentor to individuals, family offices, and global communities. Jennifer lives in San Francisco along with her husband and their five children.
is Co-Founder of Eirene, a group building purpose driven, radically scalable businesses in the education, water, food, and base of pyramid sectors. John also directs the Digital Safety and Citizenship program at the EastWest Institute, an international, non-partisan, non-profit policy organization, whose mission is to devise innovative solutions to pressing security concerns and mobilize networks of individuals, institutions and nations to implement these solutions. Though his focus has been primarily on cybersecurity, climate and energy resilience, and international space policy, he is also working on integrating gaming, social networks, and music as alternative solutions to peacemaking.
Prior to joining EWI, John was the Projects Coordinator and Legislative Liaison for Rock and Wrap It Up , an anti-poverty think tank, where he piloted a federal food recovery program at the Library of Congress, and spearheaded the drafting and lobbying efforts of the Federal Food Donation Act of 2008. John served as an advisor to the Ambassador of the Central African Republic before joining the EastWest Institute in December of 2008. A graduate of Columbia University, he holds a B.A. in American Studies. John serves on UNICEFs Next Generation Steering Committee and recently joined the Board of Advisors of award-winning special effects and animation company Digital Domain. He is the author of the book John Kluge: Stories, published by Columbia University Press and is currently producing two documentary feature-length films, The Power of Peace, about the futility of war in the 21st century, staring His Holiness the Dalai Lama & Columbia University professor Robert Thurman.
got his first taste of business in his work in radio as the youngest Assistant Program Director in the country at Hot 97.1 FM in New York City. From there he rocketed through his Bachelors in Business Entertainment at Indiana University, while maintaining his successful international DJ career. His knack for entrepreneurship has lead to his partnership status with Dale & Thomas, the largest gourmet popcorn company in the country. Most recently Joshua has partnered with Edward Jamele to birth crowdMGMT, a Creative Experiential Marketing & Media Agency satisfying the needs of clients ranging from popular venues & hotels to leading accessories brands. At this pace, Joshua Thomas has no plans of slowing down any time soon.
is a philanthropist, venture capitalist, public health specialist and active advocate for social change. Both her professional and philanthropic work focus on the intersection of design, technology and social entrepreneurship. In addition to her work with NEXUS, Khaliya is a patron of the TED conference. An avid art collector, she is on the Young Acquisitions Council for the Guggenheim, the Whitney Contemporaries and the Metropolitan Museum’s Apollo Circle. Khaliya also runs an art gallery which features innovative, socially-conscious artists and artisans. She received her Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University, her Bachelor’s degree in European Studies and International Affairs from New York University, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria from 1999 to 2001. She also studied Computer Science at New York University and Film at the New York Film Academy.
currently serves as the Executive Director and Vice-Chair of the Tecovas Foundation. The Tecovas Foundation funds social innovation and entrepreneurship by focusing on leveraging new service models and sustainable economic development both locally and internationally. A member of the board of trustees since 2000, Mary has led Tecovas to develop a concrete vision to increase the foundation’s capacity and effectiveness. Recently the foundation has added impact investing and PRI work to their portfolio. Through her leadership of the Tecovas Foundation, Mary also serves as strategic stakeholder consultant to several non-profit entities.
By focusing on appreciative inquiry, and experiential learning, she helps non-profits move from objective-oriented to relationship-oriented strategies, thereby empowering those the nonprofits serve to be a partner in the problem solving process. Previously, Mary worked for Grassroots.org as the Director of Development and Strategy. Grassroots.org is a non-profit organization that aids fellow nonprofit organizations build their capacity through free technology and business services. With experience as both a grant maker and grant seeker, Mary became inspired by the interactions between philanthropy and the ever-evolving social entrepreneurship space. Mary serves as the Chair of the Family Philanthropy Committee at the Council on Foundations. She also serves as the Vice-Chair of the StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellowship Program. She serves on the board of Directors of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, and the City Club of Cleveland Endowment Foundation. She has spoken on the issues of generational transition and leadership cultivation in philanthropy and the nonprofit space at many venues, including the Council on Foundations, Advisors in Philanthropy, and The Youth Summit on Social Innovation and Philanthropy at the United Nations. She has also been a frequent contributor to WNYCâ€™s The Takeaway on supporting military families during deployment. She is a 2008 Startingbloc Social Innovation Fellow. She was a participant in the Next Generation Leaders summit at the White House in 2010, and the NEXUS Youth Summit in 2011. She is the Curator of the World Economic Forumâ€™s Global Shapers Washington, D.C. Hub. She and her husband currently live in Washington, D.C.
is a serial entrepreneur, business executive, philanthropist and author with over 15 years working in executive roles with numerous early stage companies in the consumer industry. Having founded and led a number of successful for-profit companies globally, Ruma has advised or provided venture capital to over 100 consumer-related companies in the US, Europe, India and China. She has been a member of the Young President’s Organization and continues to offer the benefits of her experience to various foundations and not-for-profit organizations as an active Board member and philanthropist. Ruma serves as a mentor for the US State Department’s Program to Propel Women’s Entrepreneurship in Pakistan and in 2011 she founded the Pars Fortuna Institute to teach entrepreneurship and leadership skills to women in the developing world.
Ruma co-authored the bestselling book “Mother Teresa, CEO” that demonstrates the management and leadership principles of Mother Teresa, for which Ruma spent time working alongside Mother Teresa herself. Ruma has delivered addresses to Heads of States, CEO’s and executive teams of multinational companies and regularly speaks on themes of entrepreneurship and philanthropy at conferences around the world. Ruma has been featured in The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Financial Chronicle, Investor’s Business Daily and Smart Company and was named a “2011 Next Generation Change Maker in Philanthropy” by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Perspectives in Philanthropy. Ruma is passionate about mentoring, teaching and providing resources and opportunities for young people and under-served communities around the world. She has an MBA from Dalhousie University in Canada, has lived in and traveled to over 50 countries, and currently lives in New York City.
NEXUS Advisor on Faith-based and Interreligious Innovation, is an entrepreneur, writer, and network curator. The White House has spotlighted Shawn’s work as co-founder & CEO of Jumpstart, a research & development laboratory that the Jerusalem Post says has “changed the global conversation about Jewish innovation”, and the Forward has named him to its list of the 50 most influential American Jewish leaders. Jumpstart supports visionary philanthropic & nonprofit leaders of Jewish & interreligious causes with the perspective & connections they need to achieve impact, build stronger communities, and transform the world.
A member of the inaugural class of Ariane de Rothschild Fellows, Shawn has more than two decades of experience leading, convening, and writing about interreligious engagement, including evangelical-, Catholic-, and Muslim-Jewish dialogue, as well as international education projects funded by the U.S. State Department. He sits on the Investors Advisory Board for The Mother Company, which creates social & emotional learning products for 3- to 6-year olds, and he is a Founding Member of and early investor in HUB LA, a local co-working event space & global network of social enterprise changemakers. He has been delighted to help catalyze multi-faith philanthropic creativity through designing and facilitating encounters and conversations at NEXUS London, the 2012 NEXUS Summit, and beyond.
began his career in Hollywood as a screenwriter and later as a director. He wrote and directed the social impact feature film “Making Change” which stars Steve Guttenberg, Ed Begley Jr, and Cam Gigandet. Wesley worked for the University of Southern California School of Cinema and Television where he consulted graduate students on their thesis projects. Wesley is also passionate about building communities. He cut his teeth in the 500 acre community of Koinonia which is known for being the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity. As a 21st century social engineer he currently turns online activism into off line communities believing that a rural setting in nature allows for more meaningful relationships and purposeful existence. He specializes in closed looped systems of renewable energy, water purification and permaculture. Wesley graduated from Bowdoin College with a bachelor of science.
is a Senior Vice President at GLG – a global platform for on-demand professional learning – where he leads strategy, service and operations for the private equity and venture capital business. He also launched the company’s social impact initiatives, to help high-growth social entrepreneurs accelerate their decision-making and scale. Zecki has extensive experience working across sectors, and has helped developed GLG’s business with a number of corporations, strategy consulting firms, start-ups and non-profit organizations. He was previously responsible for managing the global research team for the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) practice.
He joined the firm in 2002 as a Research Analyst, responsible for recruiting and development of GLG’s global TMT network. Zecki earned a BA in Economics from Columbia University, after initially starting undergraduate work at Johns Hopkins, and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School. He serves on the boards of United Hatzalah, the Columbia College Young Leadership Council, The Resolution Project, the Global Partnerships Forum, and the junior board of CITYArts. He is also an Advisory Board Member of the Columbia University Center for Sustainability Policy & Management.
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.
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.
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 App.net – 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.
Cara Peek is a Yawuru/Bunuba woman, a lawyer, social innovator and entrepreneur strongly committed to fostering access and opportunity for rural, remote and regional communities. Cara’s speciality is place based, people-centred solutions with global reach. She has worked in the government, non-profit and corporate sectors before co-founding The Cultural Intelligence Project and founding non-profit Saltwater Country with a focus on empowering First Nations people to improve their social, emotional and economic well-being. She believes the success of Indigenous Australians is the success of all Australians. Cara’s recent awards include 2019 Churchill Fellow, 2019 AMP Tomorrow Maker, 2020 Agrifutures Rural Women Award WA. Based out of Broome, Western Australia.
Winston Ibrahim is Co-Founder & CEO of Hydros, the makers of fast flow filtering hydration products. The company is dedicated to providing sustainable high quality consumer hard goods as well as to fighting the global water crisis. He 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 several boards including Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), an organization that works to engage religious diversity by building interfaith cooperation on college and university campuses; and ThinkImpact, a leading social entrepreneurship education company.