Team

Meet the NEXUS HQ Staff

Rachel web imageRachel Cohen Gerrol, Co-Founder and Global Director
Rachel Cohen Gerrol is widely recognized for her work on innovative philanthropy and she was named one of the “99 Most Influential Foreign Policy Leaders under 33” by the Diplomatic Courier. Her projects have been featured in The NY Times, The Financial Times, The Atlantic, Forbes, Vanity Fair, Barron’s, Inc. and The Huffington Post. Rachel helped organize the “White House Conference on Next Gen Philanthropy & Impact Investing” in 2014 and worked closely with the Obama/Biden Administration to launch the “It’s On Us” campaign to stop sexual assault on campus, which she continues to be an Advisor to today. She Co-Founded the IMPACTHAUS Social Impact Film Series at the Sundance Film Festival and was Founding Executive Director of PVBLIC Foundation where she organized the “Media for Social Impact Summit” at the U.N. for several years and Co-Chaired the G8 Young Summit in 2013. Show more…


jonah web imageJonah Wittkamper, Co-Founder and Global Director
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 (www.tigweb.org) to form the largest site on the Internet dedicated to empowering young leaders. Show more…


lhwebLiza Heavener, Chief Operating Officer; Chair of NEXUS Working Group on Animal Welfare and Biodiversity Conservation
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. Show more…


Kayla100x100Kayla Beardsley, Senior Events Manager
Kayla Beardsley has produced several corporate events, including summits at the United Nations, The White House, and The United States Institute of Peace. Before coming to NEXUS, she helped organize the Media for Social Impact Summit at the United Nations for PVBLIC Foundation and worked for NEXUS Co-Founder, Rachel Cohen Gerrol, as an Executive Assistant. Kayla writes a successful blog about parenting and has had articles featured in The Elephant Journal, Elite Daily, Top Mommy Blogs and other websites. When she’s not producing NEXUS events, she’s home producing tea parties with her daughter, Oakley.


Mikuak web imageMikuak Rai, Communications and Community Manager
Mikuak Rai is Co-Chair of the NEXUS Lab on Music and also a co-founder of Invest in Yourself @ NEXUS (IY@N). A self-described ‘creative catalyst’, Mikuak’s passion centers on the intersection of creative arts, planetary culture and transformative consciousness; he believes that every individual is, inherently, an artist who possesses something meaningful to express and contribute toward making the world a better place. Show more…


Youn-Jae OkYoun-Jae Ok, Director of Visual and Performing Arts
Youn-Jae joined NEXUS as Director of Visual and Performing Arts in 2016. He believes that emotions may not be tangible, but they are powerful. They influence other people, both consciously and subconsciously. “We often are expected to control or adjust them, and in response, we lock them away, unaware of our needs of self-expression and obsessed with the duties of meeting expectations. Without diving into a general discussion of the function of art, I suggest that creating sympathy through evocation and healing through expression could be subtle, yet meaningful functions that art is capable of providing.” Youn-Jae Ok completed Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music composition at University of Wisconsin–Madison (2015), and has studied with Stephen Dembski, with minor in photography. Show more…


100x100 AnaAna Carolina Roselli, Partnerships and Strategic Projects Manager
Ana Carolina Roselli has a bachelors degree in International Relations and a masters degree in Social Entrepreneurship. Growing up as a witness to inequality in Rio de Janeiro with exposure early on to poverty through volunteer experiences, Ana was destined to pursue a career in sustainability. In 2012 she assisted the Executive Director of the United Nations Summit for Sustainable Development (RIO+20), Brice Lalonde. Together with the Summit team, Ana was mentored by Surendra Shrestha, a UN Director deeply involved in the SDG’s. With experience in sales from her time working in the commercial department of a major e-commerce retailer, Ana got involved in a Dutch social business in Rio. The Good Hospitality Group works to build hotel chains in developing countries and reinvest profits into education and entrepreneurship. Show more…


wesw1Wesley Wittkamper, Strategic Partnerships & Social Alchemy Manager
Wesley Wittkamper 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.


GLGabriel Lopez, Technology and Information Systems Coordinator
Gabriel Lopez began his career as a sales consultant for brands in Whole Foods. He then moved into sales copywriting for other organic brands and entrepreneurs. Most recently, he transitioned into Facebook marketing and WordPress web design for holistic entrepreneurs and health practitioners. He joins NEXUS as the Technology & Information Systems Coordinator. He enjoys work that ensures what he is doing benefits everyone, and nothing less.


Brian Weinberg, Senior Strategy and Partnerships Advisor (Global Operations Director Emeritus)
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). Show more…



Meet the NEXUS Regional Team Leaders

Abbie Jung, Regional Director of NEXUS Asia
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. Show more…


richard powellRichard M. Powell, NEXUS Caribbean Outreach Ambassador
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.


Retu web imageRetu Jalhan, NEXUS Caribbean Outreach Ambassador
Retu Jalhan is an accomplished marketing professional with specialization in the financial services industry. Her account management and marketing skills are derived from over eight years of experience in the group insurance industry. At The Phoenix Group Miss Jalhan is responsible for the detailed financial analysis and valuation of acquisition opportunities, preparation of legal and marketing documents and assistance with due diligence items. In addition to the buy side activities Miss Jalhan has been leading efforts to work with impact investors in the Caribbean. Miss Jalhan is a former board member for ASAAP, the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention and was the Co-President for the Kesri youth organization. Miss Jalhan continues to involve herself in organizations recently started her own non-profit WAYS (We Are Your Sisters) aimed at eradicating human trafficking world wide.


leelab Leela Bhashyam, Director of NEXUS India and Diaspora Engagement
Leela Bhashyam is a global health activist, self-proclaimed techie, international development practitioner and social impact bridge builder. Her professional experiences cover a wide array of sectors as she is passionate about connecting ideas, shared passions and thought leaders from across the globe. A consummate traveler and student of the global human experience, she has volunteered for rural health clinics in India, consulted for fair trade fashion networks in Asia and researched international policy proposals at Oxford University. Her experiences are often guided by the saying, ” If a person wants to go fast, go alone; if they want to go far, go together.” She is a native New Yorker by way of London, Washington D.C. and her ancestral home of Hyderabad. Show more…


rajannrgRaj-Ann Rekhi Gill, Curator of NEXUS India
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.Sh e 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. Show more…


tara singhTara Singh, Founding Chair of NEXUS India
A NEXUS alum and volunteer, and advocate for sustainability leadership in business, Tara actively supports local, grass roots 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. Tara’s work and research with respect to India includes 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. Show more…


talitaTalita Montiel, NEXUS Latin America Strategy Advisor
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.


Lynn PicLynn Zovighian, Director of NEXUS Middle East North Africa (MENA) and Arab Diasporas
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. Show more…


Ibrahim AlHusseini, Ambassador for Arab Diasporas in the Americas, NEXUS MENA & Arab Diasporas
Ibrahim AlHusseini is a venture capitalist and philanthropist dedicated to financing companies that implement market readysolutions to our greatest social and environmental challenges. AlHusseini spent his early career as a sustainability-focused entrepreneur and investor, with significant experience in operations, sales, and finance. He is dedicated to addressing ourgrowing global waste crisis and founded FullCycle Energy LP to finance projects that convert our costly environmental problem into clean, valuable fuel to power communities around the world. AlHusseini concurrently manages his family office, The Husseini Group LLC, in Los Angeles, CA. The Husseini Group, has over a decade of funding ventures that embrace social enhancement and ecological sustainability with numerous notable holdings, including Infenera (NASDAQ:INFN), Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA), Bloom Energy, Ethical Electric, Zep Solar (acquired by Solar City (NASDAQ: SCTY), WTRMLN WTR, Thrive Market, Kevita, Ecosystem Integrity Funds, Renewal III and Therapy Sites (acquired by Internet Brands (NASDAQ: INET). Show more…



Meet the Country Leaders

Assaf Weisz for websiteAssaf Weisz, Director of NEXUS Canada
Assaf Weisz is co-founder and Managing Director of Purpose Capital, a North American impact investment advisory firm that helps leading financial institutions, foundations and families use capital to accelerate social progress. He has led Purpose Capital’s growth to becoming a recognized leader in impact investment, and on its initiatives to transform higher education, engage next-gen investors, and design funds for impact. Prior to this, he was a founder and Executive Director of the Young Social Entrepreneurs of Canada, a social network for social entrepreneurs that grew to become one of the nation’s largest entrepreneurship networks. Assaf is a writer and speaker on using business and finance to move society forward, having written for several publications, including Fast Company and The Globe & Mail. He taught a Master’s course on Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto in the Department of Applied Sciences & Engineering. Show more…


Carolina GomezCarolina Gomez, NEXUS Colombia Outreach Ambassador
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, Show more…


prince cedzaHRH Prince Cedza Dlamini, NEXUS South Africa Outreach Ambassador
HRH Prince Cedza Dlamini is an impassioned humanitarian, social entrepreneur and visionary. He founded the Ubuntu Institute for Young Social Entrepreneurs, which arms young African leaders with the leadership and professional skills they need to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in their communities. Since June 2004, he has also served as a youth activist and spokesperson for the MDGs, the UN’s eight-point strategy for eradicating poverty, hunger and disease in Africa and around the world within the next two decades. As a spokesman, he addresses audiences of all ages, especially youth on how they can be involved in the fight against poverty, HIV/AIDS, and illiteracy. In October 2003, Cedza was also appointed Co-chair for the World Youth Peace Summit (WYPS) in Africa, which aims to assemble youth leaders from across the globe to further this goal. Show more…


danielle henriquezDanielle Cohen Henriquez, NEXUS Belgium Outreach Ambassador
Danielle is a world resident who spends her time mostly between Belgium, the Netherlands and New York City. She is interested in ways to leverage private resources for public goals, particularly to find solutions to migration and development challenges. For this purpose she frequently engages with investors, NGO’s, policy circles and think tanks. She has written numerous articles and is currently authoring a book on Effective Altruism. She also serves as chair of the investment committee of her family’s social impact fund Railway. Railway’s mission is to support the environment and education in the Dutch Caribbean and Latin-America. Previously, Danielle worked for the Netherlands EU Presidency on asylum and migration. She holds an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics, with a specialization in Global Justice and Philanthropy. Show more…


Dean Delia, NEXUS Australia Outreach Ambassador
Dean is a social entrepreneur, strategist and storyteller with a passion for connecting our global community through education and inspiring others into action. Dean believes that the key to creating innovative, socially minded leaders is access to quality education, regardless of place of birth or social status. This belief has driven him to create action-focused learning opportunities through schools, non-profits and independent organisations in Australia and throughout the world. His dynamic speaking style and unique approach to facilitation has connected and inspired thousands of people across four continents. A talented trainer, program developer and strategist, Dean has led national and international organisations such as Me to We, Free the Children and High Resolves and is currently GM of Programs and Events at The Foundation for Young Australians. Show more…


Emmanuel web imageEmmanuel Marfo, NEXUS Ghana Outreach Ambassador
Emmanuel Marfo is a social entrepreneur and a philanthropist with a passionate commitment to helping empower youth and young innovators through education, leadership, social entrepreneurship and sustainable project development. He is a youth mentor and coach. He is the Founder of the Global Alliance for Development Foundation (GADeF), a youth philanthropy and social entrepreneurship network that supports innovative young people and community-driven development efforts and promotes sustainable community development through capacity building, network building, social investment and grant-making. He has been a workshop leader and mentor for UNEP’s TUNZA Children and Youth Conference and the coordinator at the 4th African Youth and Governance Conference. Show more…


FunkeSFunke Shonekan, NEXUS Nigeria Outreach Ambassador
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.


GKGrace Kim, NEXUS Korea Outreach Ambassador
Grace Kim began her philanthropic journey by founding a family-run scholarship fund for refugees from Russia and North Korea about ten years ago. Her family comes from a refugee background from North Korea, and they launched a foundation to provide for other refugees to pursue their own vocations. With experience in international relations and nonprofit management, she joined the State Department to initiate partnerships and awareness-building activities on transnational issues and to provide strategic direction for public diplomacy efforts. At the Office of the Secretary of State, she oversaw the Secretary’s outreach initiatives, connecting all of federal agencies to create inclusive and sustainable partnerships with local and international municipalities, such as providing translation and certification services to Somali populations in the City of Buffalo and partnering with General Electric to provide energy infrastructure to rural areas of India. Show more…


grant huGrant Hu, Director of NEXUS China
Grant Hu is also the co-founder of ICHI (internationalization of Intangible Cultural Heritage). Grant’s background is in post merger integration in M&A between China and Western companies. He has completed projects in the UK and Germany and has published in the Harvard Business Review in this field. Grant has been heavily involved in philanthropy since 2011. He has hosted charity events with the well-known Taiwanese basketball player Jeremy Lin, two-time Oscar winner documentary film maker Bill Guttentag and Tech Coast Angels co-founder Peter Cowen. Through his efforts in convening NEXUS China, Grant hopes to better bridge the future leaders of China to the knowledge and experience of their international peers. Show more…


100x100 JennyJenny Tchinnosian, NEXUS Argentina Outreach Ambassador
A native of Buenos Aires, Jenny Tchinnosian is the Founder & Director of SoulFire: a design & communications agency dedicated to giving a voice to social causes (www.soulfiremedia.com). SoulFire finds creative ways to reach audiences via web design, magazines, branding, video, social media marketing, and more. Jenny studied journalism at George Washington University and design at Parsons in New York, developing her career in the Associated Press (Rome), National Geographic (Washington DC), La Nación (Buenos Aires), Beaux Arts Magazine (Paris) and Intacto (Buenos Aires), where she led projects for Canon, JWT, IBM, Cisco, and Jack Morton, among others. Show more…


Keyvan Ghavami width=Keyvan Ghavami, NEXUS Switzerland Outreach Ambassador
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 ackground 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. Show more…


Kwasi 100x100 bwKwasi Asare, NEXUS Ghana Outreach Ambassador
Kwasi Asare is the Founder & CEO of FIGHTER INTERACTIVE. He was the New Media Director for Sean “Diddy” Combs’ burgeoning empire, simultaneously overseeing the development & marketing for Diddy’s brands, including: Ciroc, Sean John Fragrance, Sean John Clothing and Bad Boy Entertainment. While leading Bad Boy’s new media initiatives, Kwasi devised the communication and technology driven marketing strategies for a wide range of campaigns including: The Ciroc Vodka Launch,Diddy, Jay-Z & Mary J Blige’s Barack Obama Election Campaign (2008), NOTORIOUS BIG “Greatest Hits and NOTORIOUS Soundtrack, Diddy’s “Press Play”, Danity Kane’s “Welcome To The Dollhouse” , Yung Joc’s “New Joc City” album,Cassie (Various singles), Janelle Monae’s “Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase)”, the”Unforgivable” & “I Am King” launches, the “I Want to Work for Diddy” TV show,”Making The Band”, “A Raisin in The Sun”,The “Notorious” Movie and the “Bad Boys of Comedy”. Throughout his storied career he has executed global marketing campaigns for artists and brands such as: Ice Cube, Prince, Pharrell Williams, Wu Tang Clan, LL Cool J, Outkast, Gnarls Barkley, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Show more…


Kyungsun Chung BWKyungsun Chung, NEXUS Korea Outreach Ambassador
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.Show more…


lg-nexus-webLorraine Grace, NEXUS United Kingdom Outreach Ambassador
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. Show more…


Marie Louise Sunde BWMarie Louise Sunde, NEXUS Norway Director
Marie Louise Sunde used to dance at the royal ballet in Oslo. She is now a surgical resident, working on a PhD within colorectal surgery. Human rights and climate are issues of great concern to her. She believes an important element in Human rights is gender equality. In August 2015 she founded an organisation addressing unconscious gender bias through social media campaigns. In the first campaign the organization reached more than 1 million people and is now expanding to other Nordic countries. The goal is to receive full gender equality. Sunde says, “We owe it to ourselves, but more importantly to countries suffering from extreme gender inequality brutally violating human rights, to show that gender equality is possible and the only sustainable way.” Show more…


Narkis bio pic websiteNarkis Alon, NEXUS Israel Outreach Ambassador
Narkis Alon is the Co-Founder of Elevation Academy, a tech academy, specializing in teaching skills through transformational learning experiences. She is also the Co-founder of Ze-Ze, a platform for social enterprises led by youth. Recently named 30 under 30 by Forbes Israel, Narkis is a Schusterman fellow, and a member in the ROI community. As part of the Global Shapers network, she co-founded Table For Two Israel. Being a member of the steering committee for women empowerment of Tel-Aviv Municipality, founder of the Elevation W entrepreneurship program for women, and member of the advisory board at WMN, Narkis cares a lot about what she believes to be one of the most important needs of this era; bringing the feminine energy into the business sector. She served at Israel’s 8200 elite intelligence unit of IDF and as a mentor at 8200 accelerator for social entrepreneurs. She’s had speaking appearances at Davos, TEDx, Lift, and more. She studied Psychology and Film at TAU.


nooraniNoorani Sukardi, NEXUS Indonesia Outreach Ambassador
Noorani Sukardi is an investor, social entrepreneur, writer, and a philanthropist. She founded and acted as executive director to New Asia Enterprise, a shipping and trading company mainly trading in commodities and goods from Indonesia to various non profit organisations based in the Middle East. Her concern for the ecosystem and for Indonesia led her to take part as Regional Head of Fundraising and Communication Strategist for DeforestAction.org. Her activities in philanthropy started at age 21 when she took the role as Fund Coordinator for a non-profit organization providing free libraries for children in poor areas in Indonesia (Taman Baca or The Reading Garden). Show more…


nopholNophol Techaphangam (Naps), Director of NEXUS Thailand
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. Show more…


100x100pascalePascale Déau, NEXUS France Outreach Ambassador
Pascale Déau is a French national working in San Francisco with a focus on impact investing, supporting Sonen Capital and other groups. Previously she served as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) in New York, a non-profit organization that supports communities in Haiti through programs in education, healthcare and the arts. At APJ, Pascale developed an online store, produced fundraising events and managed the organization’s communications efforts. Prior to APJ, Pascale worked at the Clinton Global Initiative where she assisted the Deputy Director with his project management responsibilities and event production.


rashlin-websiteRashlin Bhachu, NEXUS Kenya Outreach Ambassador
Rashlin is a management consultant in London with FTSE 100 Company Capita, where she has delivered multi million pound saving initiatives for clients such as the Ministry of Defence and the NHS. Born and brought up in Kenya, Rashlin is passionate about building a bridge between wealth owners and tech initiatives focussed on development which allows Africa’s burgeoning youth population to reap opportunities. To that effect, Rashlin has founded a web based platform called Sisi ni moja, meaning we are one in Swahili, which aims to provide youth in Kenya with access to business professionals and job opportunities. The platform also aims to raise awareness on issues which cause social stigma, such as sexual abuse, by using technology to storyboard them in a way which will resonate with today’s technologically-adept youth. Show more…


SarahRRebekah Lin, NEXUS Singapore Outreach Ambassador
Rebekah Lin is the Co-Founder of The Social Co., a youth-led organization that aims to activate youths and businesses to leverage on their skills to give back to lesser-known charities in Singapore. Their first movement, 50 For 50, raised $4.5 million and heaps of awareness for more than 50 charities. Rebekah is also the Co-Founder of Chloros Solutions, a SPRING-seeded green consultancy boutique firm that provides a complete suite of solutions for Environmental Sustainability Design (ESD), energy consultancy and project implementation management services. To date, the company has been involved in over 150 projects of varying sizes. Show more…


SarahRSarah Reifschneider, NEXUS Israel Outreach Ambassador
Sarah Fenna Reifschneider is the co-founder of Elevation W, a feminine development program for women entrepreneurs, investors and community leaders. Her mission is to help unveil the powers of women, in business and home making, for a more unified and balanced reality. Sarah created different workshops world wide and facilitated across the cultural board from Myanmar to Switzerland through Expressive Arts Education. She specializes in trauma and developed alternative healing methods from PTSD in Israel. Sarah Received a Master at the European Graduate School, and a Master in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from Tel Aviv University. Her BA is from Sarah Lawrence College in Developmental Psychology and Theater. Show more…


sebastian carducciSebastian Carducci, NEXUS Mexico Outreach Ambassador
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. Show more…


sebastian-spainSebastian Fernandez de Cordova, NEXUS Spain Outreach Ambassador
Sebastian Fernandez de Cordova considers himself to be a global citizen, spending his time between London, Madrid, and New York pursuing his goal of increasing transcontinental cooperation in business and government while developing the next generation of “Woken Businessmen & Women.” With a background in finance and international relations, he has cultivated a new vision for transforming declining industries into robust and profitable ventures. To him “business growth and social equity are not mutually exclusive conditions.” Sebastian is currently working with multiple family offices and institutions to developing an “Ibero-American sphere of influence with global impact.”


Stef van DongenStef van Dongen, NEXUS Netherlands Outreach Ambassador
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.


TatianaTatiana Sartori, NEXUS Brazil Co-Director
Founder and Director of Instituto Geração, an organization dedicated to supporting privileged youth to engage in social change in Brazil. With a bachelor’s degree in business administration, experience as a musician and a mother of two boys, Tatiana Sartori has worked as a consultant in community, corporate and family philanthropy. She has also worked as a marketing manager at her family business. As of 2016, Instituto Geração represents NEXUS in Brazil. Tatiana believes the partnership will help to take the organization and its impact to a new level.


Thomas Ermacora BWThomas Ermacora, NEXUS Denmark Outreach Ambassador
Thomas Ermacora is a Danish-italian urbanist, futurist and technologist, author of Recoded City : Co-creating Urban futures for Routledge, founder of Clear Village regeneration agency, and the Limewharf / Machines Roomcultural innovation & Fablab complex in London. Advisor to numerous organisations and start-ups, he is a LEAD fellow at the Clinton Global Initiative, founding member of the Maker Mile and Fabcity initiative with the MIT Bits & Atoms Center, and advisor to the World Economic Forum ‘Shaping the Future of Urban Development and Services’ Initiative.


Ditte Lysgaard Vind BWDitte Lysgaard Vind, NEXUS Denmark Outreach Ambassador
Enable business and climate to be each other’s prerequisites, is the vision driving all Ditte’s work. For Ditte, the best way to achieve sustainable growth while mitigating climate change is trough circular economy. Thus, she decided to start the consultancy The Circular Way and the investment vehicle The Circular Way Invest. The mission of the consultancy is to help Danish and international business increase their value and competitive advantage through circular economy – focusing on how to couple profit and environment in a symbiotic relation. In The Circular Way Invest Ditte has built the investment strategy around circular economy seeing it as the tool to create financial return while mitigating climate change without compromising our global well-being. Ditte holds a Master’s Degree in Political Communication and has been specializing in sustainable leadership and impact investment from Cambridge University and Harvard Business School. Ditte is an active contributor to the public debate on sustainable development and has established the Network for Circular Economy in Denmark in 2015 together with former Minister for Environment and member of Danish Social Liberal Party, Ida Auken.


adebiyiTutu Adebiyi, NEXUS Nigeria Outreach Ambassador
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 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. Show more…


VanessaVanessa Zamberk, NEXUS Germany Outreach Ambassador
Vanessa studied for her doctorate at the University of St. Gallen specialising in the field of governance. As a research assistant, she coordinated governance workshops and seminars for directors of the board. Writing her dissertation: “New Family Office Governance” she was invited to be a Visiting Scholar by the Wharton Business School. Her company Workshop Dual counsels and accompanies clients during the design and establishment of a structured governance system covering strategy, defined communication channels, risk management and timely succession planning for the family and its business. Specific programmes prepare the next generation for their future challenges and responsibilities. Show more…


victor-webVictor Philippenko, NEXUS Eastern Europe and Central Asia Outreach Ambassador
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. Show more…


Victoria MensahVictoria Mensah, NEXUS Ghana Outreach Ambassador
As a Lecturer at the Christian Service University College, Kumasi, Ghana, Victoria has undertaken research relating to Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development, Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, and the Socio-Economic effects of climate change, from which she has four publications. She is very much interested in how proper training of women can impact society and contribute to sustainable development. Working as Executive Director for Community Philanthropy Foundations, Ghana, over 2000 women will be trained and empowered to start their own business, beginning in 2017. As an Ambassador for Global Shapers – Sunyani Hub, Victoria has been working with the youth and women to make an impact in society. Show more…


ying-nexusYing Yan, Nexus China Program Director
Ying Yan serves as the Program Director of NEXUS China. As the first full-time staff based in China, she organizes various events including summits, salons delegation and trips together with NEXUS members. Her passions are education for women, especially empowering them through fashion. Prior to joining NEXUS, Ying served for London Speaker Bureau as Representative of China for over 2 years. During the time of her service, she brought incredible speaker to Chinese audience such as former presidents, Nobel Prize winners, and number of other outstanding speakers from all over the world to share their brilliant ideas and to inspire to make changes to ever growing Chinese leadership.


Yohei FujimotoYohei Fujimoto, NEXUS Japan Outreach Ambassador and Co-Chair, NEXUS Lab on Sports for Good
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 Show more…



Meet Leaders of the Nexus Membership

aaron bergerAaron Berger, Co-Chair of NEXUS Working Group on Energy Innovation & Environment
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.


100x100Aimee Gilbreath, Co-Chair of NEXUS Working Group on Animal Welfare and Biodiversity Conservation
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. Show more…


amanda coleAmanda Cole, Co-Chair of NEXUS Working Group on Film, Media & Story
Inspired by the social activism work of her family, Amanda Cole has a deep understanding of the importance of making giving a lifestyle and believes that business can be a tool to enact substantial and meaningful change today. Amanda works to promote and practice those ideals through her role as Co-Chair of the Film, Media & Story program for the NEXUS Summit for Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Philanthropy. Amanda has also applied her creative passion for performing arts and storytelling to a sustainable business models in order to impact meaningful social change, and hopes to inspire others in her effort. Show more…


Christen Lien BWChristen Lien, Co-Chair of NEXUS Lab on Performing Arts
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. Show more…


Christian Bailey for webChristian Bailey, Boston City Ambassador of NEXUS
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.


Christina web imageChristina Hollenback, Chair of NEXUS Working Group Toward Equal Justice
Christina is the Chair of the NEXUS Working Group Toward Equal Justice, where she works with their 3,000+ global network of young philanthropists, impact investors, and social entrepreneurs to transform our world by aligning their full potential—social, political, business, and investments— toward Equal Justice. Christina spent 13 years in politics helping convene the “unusual suspect” coalitions to win on the DREAM Act, Affirmative Action, access to healthcare and higher education, workforce development programs, and major women’s health issues. Winner of the prestigious POLLY award at just 27, Christina then became one of the youngest Executive Directors in Washington at 29, and committed her time to not just winning on these major issues, but building the infrastructure to make power building sustainable for her generation and nurturing the growing the bench of talented young people from under-represented communities Show more…


claudia welssClaudia Welss, Chair of Invest In Yourself (IY)
Claudia’s belief that lasting social change requires personal transformation guided her to leave the University of California Berkeley working with corporations over a decade ago to focus on the nexus of consciousness, technology, and energy for advancing large-scale social change. She’s co-founder and chair of Invest in Yourself @ NEXUS (IY), on the board of directors for the Institute of Noetic Sciences (advising the IONS Innovation Lab, Science/Research and NexGen committees) where she is also external research faculty, and on the Foundation for Conscious Evolution board, the Global Coherence Initiative steering committee to scale personal coherence to social and global levels, the Gaiafield Council creating the field of “Subtle Activism,” and other emerging efforts. She’s a member of Evolutionary Leaders founded by the Chopra Center, and founded and directs NextNow Collaboratory, a collaboration lab and purposeful social network based in Silicon Valley that cultivates connective intelligence for wiser, more effective collective action, Show more…


Clint web imageClint Misamore, Los Angeles City Ambassador of NEXUS
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. Show more…


Daniela web imageDaniela Plattner, Outreach Ambassador of NEXUS
Daniela Plattner is a movement facilitator, community engagement strategist, and leadership coach. Her embodiment and play-based programs have activated thousands of minds and bodies around the world. She has facilitated solution-oriented events, innovation and team-building workshops, and marketing campaigns for leading mission-driven organizations, social enterprises, schools, and Fortune 100 companies. She holds a B.A in psychology, an M.A. in expressive arts consulting and coaching, and is a certified Holistic Health Coach (H.H.C) and teacher of 5Rhythms, a somatic movement practice she has been studying for fifteen years. Show more…


david changDavid Chang, NEXUS Partnerships Liaison
David Chang is a co-founder of Invest in Yourself @ NEXUS(IY@N), an initiative whose mission is to promote life purpose and balance, social-emotional well-being and personal coherence of individuals engaged in next-gen philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. David is a graduate of the Wharton School, the Life Purpose Institute, and Coaches Training Institute. He has worked for MTV, Choose or Lose, Rock the Vote, Omega Institute of Holistic Studies, the Institute of Noetic Sciences, the InterFaith Conference of Greater Washington, and the United Nations International Day of Peace. Show more…


ddDavid Dietz, New York City Ambassador of NEXUS
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 Mic.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and Al Jazeera. Show more…


Diana web imageDiana Mao, Co-Chair of NEXUS Working Group on Human Trafficking
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.” Show more…


Dillon Lanius BWDillon Ripley Lanius, Co-Chair of NEXUS Working Group on Energy Innovation & Environment
Dillon Lanius aspires to create a more delightful and inclusive world for all beings. His work intersects human development, climate and conservation challenges faced by governments, indigenous peoples, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and institutional investors. Cumulatively, Dillon has contributed to the climate risk, investment decision & portfolio management process for $4.8 trillion in assets, 2 GW in renewable energy power, and the structuring of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), & Reducing Emissions from Deforestation & Degradation (REDD+) projects that reduce 78 million tCO2e annually, cover 18+ million acres of high conservation value area, and benefit over 1 million people.


Emma Gage for webEmma Gage, Co-Chair of NEXUS Lab on Ethical Fashion
Emma Gage is a student at Marist College studying fashion design. As a sophomore she was awarded both the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund scholarship as well as the Kate Spade Foundation Endowed scholarship. She has interned with prominent designers, Betsey Johnson and Nicholas K. She has also played a role on her family foundation where she was inspired to pursue ethical and sustainable fashion while combating human trafficking and fighting for human rights.


Erika Binger for webErika Binger, Co-Chair of NEXUS Lab on Sports for Good
Erika Binger is a member of the McKnight Foundation Board of Directors (chair from 2005-2008), a former college athlete, world triathlete and aquathlete champion, author, and founder of several non-profits. She has served with such organizations as the Jack Cornelius Boys and Girls Club in Minneapolis, Bolder Options, USATriathlon, Impact Living Christian Center and Minnesota Coalition for Adolescent Females. She was recognized by the FBI for her community work with youth as well as Minnesota Sports for the V3 Youth Triathlon Team she founded in North Minneapolis. Binger enjoys travel, music, working with youth, the outdoors and has summited several 10,000+ peaks, including Kilimanjaro and Grand Teton. Show more…


Erin Bernhardt for webErin Bernhardt, Atlanta City Ambassador of NEXUS
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. Show more…


Felipe AmaralFelipe Amaral, Chair of NEXUS Lab on Entrepreneurship Education
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.


Jason KampfJason Kampf, Co-Chair of NEXUS Lab on Sports for Good
Kampf serves as Vice President & Director of Business Development for CoVant, a Private Equity Firm exclusive with Madison Dearborn Partners, in Chicago & Washington DC. He is on the Board of Directors for The Foundation For Ethnic Understanding, chaired by Russell Simmons. He works closely with, His Holiness The Dalai Lama & the Office of HHDL. He manages The Kampf Family Foundation, overseeing contributions. He works very closely with the Economics Dept., at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where his Father establish the University’s Entrepreneur Program. He sits on the board of LGS Innovations, Digital Global Systems, CoVant Mgmt., Partners, In A Perfect World Foundations & The #92 Chris Baker Foundation for Literacy. Show more…


Jody WeissJody Weiss, Co-Chair of NEXUS Lab on Sports for Good
Jody R. Weiss is a mass-consumer marketer, fund-raiser and media expert, with a special focus on the transformation of consciousness through the lens of human rights. Ms. Weiss launched PeaceKeeper™ Cause-Metics™ in 2002 and served as the company’s CEO. PeaceKeeper was the first cosmetics company to give donations to urgent human rights issues and sold in 500+ stores. Recently, Weiss worked with the World Bank on a gender equality campaign called WEvolve in India and Africa. Weiss is the Development Director for a global campaign called 1Future Presents Not Yet Free, which explores solutions for ending racism. Show more…


100x100 JosephJoseph Kuzelka, Minneapolis-St. Paul City Ambassador of NEXUS
Joseph Kuzelka was born and raised in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. He enjoys being identified as an “Average Joe” and “One of the people.” After running for office and being voted class president, he found his true passion: listening to and advocating for young people. Joseph works to give voice to those who are overlooked because of their age or lack of life experience. He believes that people “have two ears and one mouth for a reason”. He went to the University of Minnesota and majored in Youth Studies. With his degree, he moved to a ‘tough’ neighborhood in Saint Paul, became a part of the neighborhood, and pursued his passion for direct youth work. Joseph is developing a community radio program to give his generation and his neighorhood a voice. He recently worked for the Arlington and Wilder Community Centers of the City of St. Paul. Show more…


Jody WeissLeslie Falconer, Co-Chair of NEXUS Lab on Global Education
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.


Lina PicLina Constantinovici, Co-Chair of NEXUS Working Group in Impact Investing and Steering Committee Member, NEXUS Working Group on Climate Change
Lina Constantinovici, MBA is an applied economist who’s launched several organizations that contribute to building an economy that creates conditions conducive to life: as Founding Partner in BVC Fund – a early-stage impact investment fund, Founder of the Risk and Value Creation Institute – a think and do tank focused on aligning economic activity with our planetary systems, and StartupNectar – an incubator focused on commercializing biomimetic water, energy, and materials science technologies. StartupNectar was selected as a finalist in the NASA/SSV Showcase of Solutions for Planetary Sustainability in 2013. With over 20 years cross-sector experience, Lina has been a pioneer and thought leader in biomimetic innovation and commercialization as a key component of evolving to a more sustainable production and manufacturing system, sustainability strategy advising for global brands like W Hotels and Walmart, sustainability standards design for the EPA, strategic foresight advising on the future of healthcare and education, and legislation towards the city’s zero waste goals at the municipal level through San Francisco Department of Environment. Show more…


Maggie Kervick Pic Maggie Kervick, Co-Chair of NEXUS Lab on Ethical Fashion
Maggie Kervick works as the Director of Communication and Outreach at Glasgow Caledonian University New York (GCU New York), overseeing the Fair Fashion Center (FFC). The first of its kind, the FFC aims to prove the business case for sustainability in the apparel and accessories industry. Previously, Kervick worked on the Corporate Citizenship team at Kenneth Cole, helping to engage customers in the brands philanthropic work through product, digital activism, and in-store activations. Prior she worked for the Women’s Reaction footwear team, as an assistant designer. Show more…


Margot Brandenburg BWMargot Brandenburg, NEXUS Outreach Ambassador
Margot Brandenburg recently completed a Fellowship at the Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York City, where she oversaw the development and launch of several social enterprises. She served as Senior Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation until May 2013, where she helped develop and then led its impact investing initiative. She is co-author of the recent book “The Power of Impact Investing: Putting Markets to Work for Profit and Global Good”, is Adjunct Faculty at the Stern School of Business at NYU and serves as Board Chair of Brooklyn Cooperative Community Development Credit Union. Margot received her Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, and her BA in International Relations from Stanford University.


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MJ web imageMelissa Jane Kronfeld, Co-Chair of NEXUS Working Group on Human Trafficking
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. Show more…


patrick gagePatrick Gage, Co-Chair of NEXUS Working Group on Human Trafficking
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.


Samantha BWSamantha Elghanayan, NEXUS Outreach Ambassador
Sam Elghanayan has been working at the nexus of business, technology, and economic development for over ten years. She is determined to increase living standards at the bottom of the pyramid, and sees improving job opportunities and access to financial markets as key to that goal. Her experience in startups, finance, and development economics gives her a unique perspective with which to tackle this goal. Sam currently lives in Uganda where she works with Tugende, a social enterprise that helps motorcycle taxi drivers own their own motorcycles in 19 months or less (instead of renting indefinitely) via a fair, transparent lease to own model. Show more…


SJ web imageSarah Jane (SJ) Murray, Co-Chair of NEXUS Working Group on Film, Media & Story
Sarah Jane (SJ) Murray is an Irish-born writer and EMMY-nominated screenwriter and film-maker who lives and works in the United States. After living extensively in France, SJ earned her PhD in literature at Princeton, where she was the recipient of the Porter Ogden Jacobus Prize as outstanding student of the graduate school. She later studied screenwriting at UCLA and teaches regularly on story design, literature, leadership & creativity and film-making at Baylor University, where she is a tenured associate professor. A passionate abolitionist and avid salsa dancer, SJ has a passion for telling great stories that change the world — and empowering others in the film, startup, non-profit and for-profit communities to do the same.
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Sasha Siem BWSasha Siem, NEXUS Outreach Ambassador
Sasha Siem is a British-Norwegian singer-songwriter and composer. Sasha studied music and poetry at Cambridge University and Harvard University. By her early twenties she had written music for the London Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Opera House, Rambert Dance Company, Opera North, The Aldeburgh Festival, Caius Choir Cambridge, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, The London Sinfonietta, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2010, she became one of the youngest people to win a British Composer Award. She has also been awarded the Arthur Bliss Prize and the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize.


VG bwVanessa Grellet, Chair of NEXUS Working Group on Impact Investing
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.


Winston bwWinston Ibrahim, San Francisco City Ambassador of NEXUS
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. Show more…