Douglas Lawrence

Managing Principal, 5 Stone Green Capital

Doug is Managing Principal and founder of 5 Stone Green Capital and has more than 27 years of distinguished real estate industry experience. Prior to forming 5 Stone Green Capital, Doug was the Co-Portfolio Manager of the green real estate Urban Renaissance Property Fund for JPMorgan Asset Management’s Real Estate Investment Group platform. While at JPMAM, he was a key member of the real estate marketing team serving as a trusted fiduciary to many large pension plans. His strength as a senior asset manager garnered nine international and national awards from BOMA, IREM and NAIOP. Over the course of his career, he managed a large portfolio of industrial, office, multi-family and retail assets totaling more than 5 million SF valued in excess of $1 billion while at JPMorgan. Prior to JPMorgan he spent seven years as a senior asset manager for TIAA-CREF’s real estate investment group; he also worked in the public sector as the Asset Manager for the City of Hartford. Earlier in his career, he was a residential developer in the U.S. Southwest. Doug is a frequent speaker on green building topics.

He is or has been a member of the Pension Real Estate Association, Urban Land Institute, National Association of Securities Professionals, National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers and U.S. Green Building Council.

Doug received his MBA from the University of Connecticut in International Business Finance and earned his BA from Yale University. Doug sits on the Investment Committee and Natural Resources Committee of the University of Connecticut Foundation, the Advisory Board of Rutgers Business School, and the Sustainability Advisory Board of the publication, the National Real Estate Investor. Doug holds NASD series 7 and 63 licenses.


Ned Breslin

CEO, Water for People

Ned Breslin joined the team at Water For People in 2006 after working on water and sanitation issues for 16 years in Africa. In 2011, thanks to his taking the lead on making innovative initiatives both scalable and sustainable, he was awarded the 2011 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Ned’s insights and experiences have been fundamentally enriched in partnership with his wife Lindsey, whose dedication to HIV/Aids, and women and children in difficult situations, has inspired him for over 2 decades. Ned is the proud father of two girls who were both born and raised in Africa and who, he told me, continue to guide him at least as much as he guides them.


Lina El Zein

Director, MENA Private Equity Association

The MENA Private Equity Association (MENA PEA) supports the development of a nascent private equity and venture capital industry in the MENA region, which has been growing steadily in the past few years after it had gone through some testing times during the recession followed by the Arab Spring. The MENA PEA hosts a number of events that bring together key industry players seeking investment opportunities; It issues industry annual reports, research and to further advance the interests of its members and wider industry players, the MENA PEA works closely with its Legal Task Force to observe the regulatory regimes across the MENA region and seek to petition regulators where necessary to bring about some key regulatory changes across the MENA region.
Its member firms include leading private equity and venture capital fund managers, service providers and other key stakeholders in the industry.


Kumardev Chatterjee

Founder and President, EYIF

Founder and president of the European Young Innovators Forum (EYIF), is a young innovator and equally, an experienced ICT industry professional. He is responsible for overall leadership of EYIF, setting the strategy, direction and objectives for the organisation. Engaged for more than a decade in the innovation and ICT space, from the age of 19 when he set up his first company (he setup his first social business at the age of 14), he is currently Senior Enterprise Architect and Programme Manager for European Research and Innovation at THALES, where he is employed since 2005, leading projects with major organisations like British Rail, NATO, European Commission, and EUROCONTROL.


Francisco Manrique

President, CONNECT Bogata Region

Francisco Manrique, President of Soluciones Inmobilarias, has 35 years of experience in real estate and construction. Under his leadership as President to the President's Forum, the development of Columbia's Alliance University has led to CONNECT Bogota Region, a public-private initiative of 23 universities and 25 private companies promoting Innovation in Science and Technology. Manrique holds a BS in Civil Engineering and a MS in Construction, both from Purdue University.


Maria A. Douglass

Acting Director, Technology Transfer & Innovation, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology

Maria A. Douglass is a seasoned practitioner of technology-driven economic development internationally, focusing on fostering robust innovation ecosystems. She currently serves as Acting Director of Technology Transfer & Innovation at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. Maria contributes policy and strategy to support KAUST’s economic development mission, in addition to managing the department and the commercialization of a diverse portfolio ranging from biomedical to computational sciences. Prior to moving to the Middle East, Maria worked for over a decade in Cooperative Threat Reduction in the former Soviet Union: first on the start-up executive team at the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) in Moscow, an intergovernmental nonproliferation organization; then, as Deputy Director for accelerated drug and vaccine development of the US Department of State’s BioIndustry Initiative, a capstone BW/CW expertise redirection program. Maria is also former Country Director and fund manager for a prominent American NGO, and program director at an MIT spin-off company running a contract research program on the Soviet Mir orbital platform. Maria continues to serve on the advisory boards of a number of start-up companies she fostered throughout her career and volunteers her time mentoring entrepreneurs in Africa and South East Asia. Maria holds a Masters of Sciences degree in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin. She has also earned post-graduate certificates in Business Model Innovation at the Base of the Economic Pyramid from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Clean Energy Ventures: Creating Innovative New Businesses Through Entrepreneurial Management from the Sloan School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She did her undergraduate degree at Colby College in Waterville, Maine (USA) and is fluent in Russian. She also served as the Founding President of the USA Girl Scouts Overseas Committee in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, and remains dedicated to the causes of girls’ education and women’s empowerment. She has been happily married to the love of her life for eighteen years, and is the mother of two teenage daughters. 


Nola Masterson

Managing Director, Science Futures Management Company, LLC

Nola Masterson is Managing Director of Science Futures Management Company, LLC.  Science Futures is a 30 year old investment and advisory firm.   Ms. Masterson is a biotechnology industry leader and forward thinker with more than 35 years of business experience in the life sciences industry and in venture capital investment.  From 2000 to 2005, she was a Venture Partner with TVM Capital GmbH, one of the first and largest venture capital firms in Germany. She sourced and invested in three companies and built out their San Francisco office.

She was a co-founder and President of Sequenom, Inc., a DNA sequencing company which went public on Nasdaq in 2000, and wrote the first business plans for IDEC and Insight Vision, as a consultant to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and for ReSound, with Dr. Rodney Perkins, the founder.  She was the first biotech analyst on Wall Street for Drexel Burnham and Merrill Lynch.  She was the creator of two important conferences, The BioTech Meeting in Laguna Nigel and The Biopharmaceutical Conference in Europe. She and Cynthia Robbins Roth started the publication BioVenture View, which became the first on line newsletter about biotechnology.

 Ms. Masterson is Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Repros Therapeutics Inc. (RPRX) and serve as Chair of the Compensation Committee, and on the Audit and Nominating, and Governance Committees. She recently left the Board of Directors of Omicia, Inc., an early-stage pharmaco-genomics company. She is Chairwoman Emeritus of the BayBio Institute, a non-profit organization serving the Northern California life sciences industry by focusing on best practices, entrepreneurship, workforce development and science education, and also serves on the Board of Advisors to Astia, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing women entrepreneurs. Nola is on the Board of Advisors of the Professional Women's Healthcare Alliance and of BioAgenda. She is a graduate of the Stanford Law School Board of Directors College course. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco in the School of Management and on the Advisory Board to the Chancellor of the California State University System.


Vivianne Gillman

Manager New York, The Swedish Trade & Invest Council

Vivianne has a background in management and strategy consulting from different sectors and industries, from energy & utilities, pharmaceuticals, retail, transport, telecommunications and non-profit, with focus on strategy development and execution, growth, market entry and sustainability.  Vivianne has a background in management and strategy consulting from different sectors and industries, from energy & utilities, pharmaceuticals, retail, transport, telecommunications and non-profit, with focus on strategy development and execution, growth, market entry and sustainability.

In her role as Head of the Swedish Trade Council in New York she advices Swedish companies across all industries, from start-ups to global giants, on how to establish themselves and grow in the U.S. Type of advice include market entry and growth strategies, business plans, venture funding, finding partners, as well as opening doors to governmental institutions and policy makers.


Fran Seegull

Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director, ImpactAssets

Fran leads the Investments team at ImpactAssets.  She oversees product development and manages the Impact Manager Strategies (IMS) platform.  She also heads investment management for The Giving Fund including  investment selection, monitoring and reporting.

Prior to joining ImpactAssets, Fran was manag

ing director, COO and venture partner at Funk Ventures, an early-stage venture capital and acceleration firm, targeting clean technology, sustainable living, health and wellness, and medical technologies. Fran has consulted to a range of purpose-driven organizations including National Geographic, NPR West and many family foundations and offices. She also served as vice president of business development at Novica United, a venture-backed social enterprise that retails and wholesales products made by artisans in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Fran has a Bachelor of Science in economics from Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She serves on the board of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and is Senior Advisor to the Social Financial Innovation group at Ashoka and Senior Fellow at the Society & Business Lab at University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. Fran lives in Santa Monica and is a ranked beach volleyball player.


Natalie Spilger

Community Development Director, Summit

Natalie is key to curating a diverse Summit community, and leads the team in incorporating wellness and spiritual integrity. A former professional soccer player, Natalie also founded the social Venture GreenLaces.

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Renee Kaplan

Chief Strategy Officer, Skoll Foundation

Renee Kaplan is Chief Strategy Officer and oversees programs at the Skoll Foundation. This role mobilizes foundation resources to: invest in innovations that demonstrate large scale change, cultivate a global community of innovators, and capture and communicate evidence of impact on the world’s most pressing problems.

Renee has more than 20 years of business experience in corporate, entrepreneurial and foundation sectors. Her professional background includes eight years at Microsoft in corporate and international marketing – working directly with executive leadership and spending considerable time in India, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East emerging markets. Following Microsoft, she was founder and CEO of an e-commerce start up, Future Workplace, Inc., which was eventually sold. As an entrepreneur, she was active in Young Entrepreneurs Organization (Y.E.O.) and was named to the“40 Under 40” list by the Puget Sound Business Journal recognizing the region’s next generation of visionary business leaders. After selling her business, she spent six years as Executive Vice President of the Casey Family Programs Foundation, executing a strategic reorganization of the foundation. She was most recently the principal of RKaplan Consulting, and partnered with clients such as The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Trusera Corporation (healthcare/social networking), Teris Corporation (legal and technology services), the Palo Alto Unified School District, the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civic Society, and Patty Stonesifer, Co-Chair of the White House Council on Community Solutions.

Renee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and International Studies from Washington State University and has a passion for advising social ventures, including the Foster Care Alumni of America in Washington, D.C. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two sons and is an avid soccer player.


Steve Blank

Author and Entrepeneur, http://steveblank.com/about/

A retired eight-time serial entrepreneur-turned-educator and author, Steve Blank has changed how startups are built and how entrepreneurship is taught around the globe. He is author of the bestselling The Startup Owner’s Manual, and his earlier seminal work, The Four Steps to the Epiphany, credited with launching the Lean Startup movement. His May 2013 Harvard Business Review article on the Lean Startup defined the movement.

Steve is widely recognized as a thought leader on startups and innovation. His books and blog have redefined how to build successful startups; his Lean LaunchPad class at Stanford, Berkeley and Columbia has redefined how entrepreneurship is taught; and his Innovation Corps class for the National Science Foundation forever changed how the U.S. commercializes science. His articles regularly appear in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, The Atlantic and Huffington Post.

Blank’s first book, The Four Steps to the Epiphany (2003), offered the insight that startups are not small versions of large companies – large companies execute business models, but startups search for them – and led him to realize that startups need their own tools, different from those used to manage existing companies. The book described a Customer Development methodology to guide a startup’s search for a scalable business model, launching the Lean Startup movement in the process.

His second book, The Startup Owner’s Manual, published in March 2012, is a step-­‐by-­‐step guide to building a successful company that incorporates the best practices, lessons and tips that have swept the startup world since The Four Steps was published.

His essays on his blog, http://www.steveblank.com, and his two books are considered required reading among entrepreneurs, investors and established companies throughout the world.

In 2011, Blank developed the Lean LaunchPad, a hands-­‐on class that integrates Business Model design and Customer Development into practice through rapid, real-­‐world customer interaction and business model iteration. In 2011, the National Science Foundation adopted Blank’s class for its Innovation Corps (I-­‐Corps), training teams of the nation’s top scientists and engineers to take their ideas out of the university lab and into the commercial marketplace. To date, more than 400 handpicked teams of scientists and engineers have participated in I-Corps.

Blank also offers a free online version of Lean LaunchPad through Udacity.com; more than 100,000 people have signed up for the class, which is also the centerpiece of Startup Weekend NEXT, a global entrepreneurship training program launched in fall 2012.
Steve is a prolific writer, speaker and teacher. In  2009, he earned the Stanford University Undergraduate Teaching Award in Management Science and Engineering. In 2010, he earned the Earl F. Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award at U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business. The San Jose Mercury News listed him as one of the 10 Influencers in Silicon Valley. Harvard Business Review named him one of 12 Masters of Innovation.  Despite these accolades and many others, Steve says he might well have been voted “least likely to succeed” in his New York City high school class.
Eight startups in 21 years
After repairing fighter plane electronics in Thailand during the Vietnam War, Steve arrived in Silicon Valley in 1978, as boom times began. He joined his first of eight startups including two semiconductor companies, Zilog and MIPS Computers; Convergent Technologies; a consulting stint for Pixar; a supercomputer firm, Ardent; peripheral supplier, SuperMac; a military intelligence systems supplier, ESL; Rocket Science Games. Steve co-founded startup No. 8, E.piphany, in his living room in 1996. In sum: two significant craters, one massive “dot-­‐com bubble” home run, several “base hits,” and immense learning that resulted in The Four Steps to the Epiphany.

An avid reader in history, technology, and entrepreneurship, Steve has followed his curiosity about why entrepreneurship blossomed in Silicon Valley while stillborn elsewhere. It has made him an unofficial expert and frequent speaker on “The Secret History of Silicon Valley.”

Steve served as a Commissioner of the California Coastal Commission, the public body that regulates land use and public access on the California coast. He is on the board of the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV); is a past board member of Audubon California, the Peninsula Open Space Land Trust (POST); and was a trustee of U.C. Santa Cruz.

Steve’s proudest startups are daughters Katie and Sarah, co-­‐developed with wife Alison Elliott. They split their time between Pescadero and Silicon Valley.


Ann Badillo

Executive Coaching, Life Coaching, Mid Life & Career Transitions & Renewal, Ann Badillo Coaching

Ann has been a leading business strategist and acceleration coach to Silicon Valley executives and entreprenuers for more than 20 years. She is an expert in guiding leaders to create momentum, credibility and influence across organizations. She delivers powerful business acceleration programs that produce true innovation and creativity.

Ann has previously served in leadership roles with early round start ups and professional services firms in the bay area. She has been involved in executive education with Stanford, UC Berkeley, Cisco Systems, SGI and Hewlett Packard.

Ann lives in Palo Alto with her husband, Stephen Pond and two daughters, Mia and Perri. In her spare time she rows, skis and gardens. She is a board member of Amigos de las Americas.


Ade Mobogunje, Ph.D.

Co-Creator of Rainforest Architects and Advisor, T2 Venture Creation

Ade Mabogunje is a senior research scientist in the School of Engineering at Stanford University and is part of Stanford’s Center for Design Research. He studies the engineering design process with a view to developing performance metrics for creative multi-disciplinary design teams in innovation ecosystem cultures. He is currently investigating ways by which principles and practices from psychology, science, art and finance can be turned into useful design theories to guide the building of sustainable and scalable ventures in less industrialized economies.

Ade builds things such as mechatronics systems and human design teams, and studies how they are conceived and built. He is interested in the different ways and the similar conditions in which ants, spiders, and human designers are motivated to build artifacts and adapt to their environment. He has focused on the development and research of innovation ecosystems in regions such as India, Africa, and South America where the rate of economic growth is either unsustainable or misaligned with the needs of the population.

Ade received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.


Janet Crawford


Janet Crawford, M.A., has over 15 years of experience working with executives in Fortune 500 companies and high potential start-ups.

As Principal of Cascadance, Janet primes leaders and organizations for productivity, innovation and collaboration in the 21st Century. Her approach combines traditional leadership development and coaching with cutting-edge insights from neuroscience.

Janet is expert at identifying the key changes in leadership behavior and corporate culture that lead to cascading positive movement throughout organizations. Her vision is a world where innovation, engagement, health, caring and accountability are common denominators in business.

A pioneer in the application of neuroscience research findings to leadership and organization culture, Janet Crawford has consulted in the Hi-tech, Bio-tech/ Pharmaceutical, Financial Services, Education, and Non-profit sectors. Her work enables clients to:

  • Cultivate mindsets that make strategic thinking the organizational norm
  • Design gatherings that bring forth the best possible thinking of the organization
  • Build time management practices to clear distractions and enable focus on the work that matters
  • Deepen emotional literacy and understand the role of emotion in influence and decision-making
  • Champion the health practices which support optimal brain function and well-being, and,
  • Enhance their leadership presence by leveraging the non-verbal language of the brain

A polished public speaker, Janet has presented extensively on neuroscience-informed leadership and its relevance for generating corporate cultures designed to adeptly respond to modern business challenges. Known for her engaging style, she possesses a rare ability to translate complex scientific ideas into accessible, thought-provoking and immediately useful practices.

Her client list includes Adobe Systems, Abbott Vascular, Amyris Technologies, BioMarin, Cisco Systems, Intel Corporation, Yahoo! Inc., Oracle Corporation, Flextronics, National Semiconductor, Network Appliance, Ricoh Silicon Valley, BD Biosciences, Hewlett Packard, Scios Inc. (J&J subsidiary), Sun Microsystems, THX, Wells Fargo, Rheem Manufacturing, Virgin America and Stanford University.

Prior to embarking on her current career, Janet spent a decade as an environmental scientist and leader in technical environments. She holds a Masters from Stanford University and a BA from UC Berkeley, as well as Master Practitioner Certification in Neuro-linguistic Programming. She is former adjunct faculty at the JFK University Graduate School of Psychology.


Greg Horowitt

Co-Founder and Managing Director, T2 Venture Creation

Kauffman Fellow

Co-Founder, Global CONNECT, University of California, San Diego

Greg is the co-founder and Managing Director of T2 Venture Capital, a seed and early stage venture fund and advisory services firm focused on high impact innovation in the technology and healthcare sectors. He has lead T2’s involvement in portfolio companies; Somark Innovations, Biomatrica, Independa, GroundMetrics, and AutoPoint Software (sold to SRS Solutions). 

He is also the co-author of the bestselling book, ‘the Rainforest: the Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley’ which examines the dynamics and drivers of innovation ecosystems; drawn from hands-on experience and insights gathered while architecting the innovation ecosystems of more than a dozen countries around the world.  He is a co-founder of the Global Innovation Summit, co-founder of the Rainforest Architects Program, and a co-developer of the Rainforest Index.  Greg is a Kauffman Fellow, a member of a select program to groom leaders of the venture capital industry.  He is an adviser, speaker, and consultant to development organizations including the World Bank, US State Department, OECD, USAID, Aspen Institute, and the National Academies of Science in addition to his work advising governments around the world on topics of economic development, venture capital formation, and innovation policy.  He is currently engaged in designing unique, breakthrough models for measuring the health of innovation systems based on dynamic flows of talent, capital, and knowledge.  

Mr. Horowitt is also the co-founder of Global CONNECT, a think tank based at the University of California, San Diego, focused on the development and growth of innovation clusters worldwide.   Under his leadership, Global CONNECT has grown to encompass one of the world’s largest networks of innovation hubs including more than 40 programs in 20 countries, all focused on accelerating global technology commercialization, and the Global CONNECT Summit, the annual gathering of best practice innovation organizations from around the world.  In addition, he is the principal architect of several key innovative business management, leadership development, and entrepreneurship mentorship programs still in use today around the world, including Global Bridge and the Rainforest Architects Program.  Mr. Horowitt’s many media references include the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, WIRED, Forbes, Fortune, New Scientist, and Entrepreneur Magazine. 

Greg was formerly the interim Managing Director of CONNECT, an organization which is generally credited with San Diego’s success as a technology leader and which helped launch over 300 companies that raised over $600 million in early-stage funding and achieved over $12 billion in market capitalization. Greg has personally advised and mentored more than 200 companies.

Prior to CONNECT, Greg’s life was as an entrepreneur and investor, having been involved with a number of Silicon Valley startups and venture capital, including serving as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for a Silicon Valley venture capital firm.  Prior to that, he was the President and CEO of the Praetorian Group, a venture-backed software and online media company, and for nearly 20 years before that, he was an executive with a Berkshire Hathaway operating company. 

Greg currently serves as a board member of CONNECT and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.  He serves as an adviser to the InvestChile (CORFO) and Working Capital (Italy) venture capital investment programs.in addition to being an international mentor for the IBM Global Entrepreneur (SmartCamp) program.   He is also an adviser to the UCSD Rady School of Management Venture Fund program and serves on their high tech investment committee.     

He has been a reviewer for the NSF and DOE SBIR programs and served as an adviser and mentor to the University of California’s Discovery Fellows Program; and Senior Adviser to the Larta Institute.  In addition, he previously served as Chairman of Project Inform, one of the nation’s leading HIV treatment information and advocacy organizations. 

Greg is a Regents Scholar who holds a degree with high honors in Biochemistry and minors in Economics and Music Performance from the University of California, San Diego.


Alfred Watkins

Executive Chairman, Global Innovation Summit

Alfred Watkins is currently the Executive Chairman of the Global Innovation Summit sponsored by T2VC (innosummit.com) which will convene in Silicon Valley on July 16-18, 2012 and an STI policy advisor to a number of international organizations and emerging market governments.  

Prior to assuming these positions on September 1, 2011, he worked for more than 23 years in various positions at the World Bank and served for more than six years as the World Bank’s Science and Technology Program Coordinator and head of the World Bank’s Science, Technology and Innovation Global Expert Team.  In those capacities he was responsible for designing, developing and helping to implement the World Bank’s global STI capacity building programs and for helping to maintain the World Bank’s STI capacity building dialogue with G-8 governments, bilateral donors, foundations, NGOs, and various multilateral and UN agencies. 

Under his leadership, in December 2009 the World Bank convened a Global Forum on STI Capacity Building Partnerships for Sustainable Development and subsequently prepared an Action Plan (available at worldbank.org/sti) that discussed how the ideas discussed at the Forum could be converted into specific policies and programs that could be financed and implemented by the World Bank, in collaboration with other development partners. In February 2007, he organized the World Bank’s first Global Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation Capacity Building for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction.  (Presentations from both Global Forums as well as Proceedings from the February 2007 Global Forum are available online at worldbank.org/sti.) In February 2005, he organized a High Level Expert Seminar in Moscow, Russia that was co-chaired by the Prime Minister of Russia and the President of the World Bank. 

In addition to these broader corporate functions, Mr. Watkins helped to design and organize World Bank STI capacity building programs in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Mr. Watkins also led the World Bank team that designed and implemented an innovative World Bank non-commercial risk guarantee package for the Sea Launch Commercial Space Launch project in Russia and Ukraine.  

Prior to joining the Bank, Dr. Watkins was an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and served as an economic advisor to several Members of Congress.  

His recent Science and Technology publications include:

Moving Up the Value Chain in Malaysia’s Medical Device and Solar Industries (with Philip Schellekens, Travis Bradford and Mario Gobo). Technical Assistance report prepared for the Economic Planning Unit in the Prime Minister’s Office. (July 2011).

Global Forum Action Plan: STI Capacity Building Partnerships for Sustainable Development (with Joshua Mandell).  (World Bank, 2010) (available at worldbank.org/sti)

Science, Technology and Innovation:  Capacity Building for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction (with Michael Ehst).  Procedings of the World Bank Global Forum on STI Capacity Building (World Bank, 2008) (available at worldbank.org/sti)

Building Science, Technology and Innovation Capacity in Rwanda:  Developing Practical Solutions to Practical Problems (with Anubha Verma).  (World Bank, 2008) (available at worldbank.org/sti)

Creating a 21st Century National Innovation System for a 21st Century Latvian Economy (with Natalia Agapitova), Policy Research Working Paper No. 3457, November 2004 

From Knowledge to Wealth: Transforming Russian Science and Technology for a Modern Knowlege Economy, Policy Research Working Paper No. 2974, February 2003


Mark Newberg

Advisor, T2 Venture Creation

Mark Newberg is Managing Director of Impact Strategies for 5 Stone Green Capital, an emerging green real estate firm.  At 5 Stone, Mark leads the firm’s “layered impact” strategy, incorporating impact principles into each project, in ways that support bottom-line financial returns while producing tangible external benefits.  He also served as Chair of the Design Committee for the Inaugural Global Innovation Summit, a gathering of global thought leaders organized by T2 Venture Capital.  Mark was previously a Senior Policy Advisor at the US Small Business Administration, where he helped lead impact investing policy efforts and the Startup America: Reducing Barriers series as part of his high-growth entrepreneurship and innovation portfolio.  

Prior to his time at SBA, Mark was a post-Katrina Advisor to the New Orleans City Council, focusing on big picture policy issues in the recovery.  Currently based in Washington, DC, he has written occasional opinion pieces for various outlets, including the recent Spectrum of Impact in America, and advises several high-growth, high-impact startups.  Mark holds a BA from Tulane University, a JD from Tulane Law School, and was a Visiting Student at Harvard Law School.


Victor Hwang

CEO, Co-Founder and Managing Director, T2 Venture Creation

Victor W. Hwang is CEO, co-founder and Managing Director of T2 Venture Creation, a Silicon Valley firm that builds startup companies and designs the ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial innovation. T2VC mentors and invests in innovative companies with breakthrough technologies. But unlike any other firm of its kind, T2VC also leverages the practical know-how of company-building to design innovation ecosystems around the world. This expertise includes capital formation, innovation policy, and entrepreneurial development for partners such as the World Bank, USAID, and numerous governments and corporations.


Victor is Executive Director of the Global Innovation Summit, a conference on building innovation ecosystems that attracts delegates from nearly 50 countries.  Victor is past President of Larta Institute, a leading organization commercializing technology from key government agencies, such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Victor is co-founder of Liquidity Corporation, a water purification company with breakthrough technology for households worldwide. He was Chief Strategy Officer of Veatros, a video search company, where he led the company's acquisition by DivX. He is the Chief Strategy Officer of Blue Planet Strategies, a startup with technology that enhances copper mining yields. Victor is a Kauffman Fellow, a network of leaders in the venture capital industry. He has mentored hundreds of startup companies over the years. 

Victor is primary co-author of the book The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley (Regenwald, 2012), which explains how companies, communities, and countries can foster systemic innovation at large scale.  The book was awarded the "Book of the Year" Gold Medal by ForeWord Reviews in Business & Economics. The book has been praised as "an insightful, forward-thinking assessment of what makes Silicon Valley tick" (Kirkus Reviews) and "a detailed analysis of the power of environment on startup success" (Forbes).  Victor is author of the follow-up book, The Rainforest Blueprint: How to Design Your Own Silicon Valley (Regenwald, 2013), a concise, full-color, practical guide on catalyzing innovation ecosystems. Victor is also a contributing columnist to Forbes magazine, where he authors the blog Riffs from the Rainforest. He has also written for The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, and Entrepreneur.

Previously, Victor was a corporate attorney in technology matters with Irell & Manella and the international firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt. Victor practiced in a variety of legal areas, including negotiating venture capital investments, public and private equity and debt, and multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions. Victor has also counseled on a range of new technology issues, including software development, telecommunications, multimedia, intellectual property, and the Internet.

Victor graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. with Honors, studying Government plus additional studies in Computer Science, Computer Architecture, and Operating Systems Design. He graduated from the Law School of the University of Chicago with a J.D. He was appointed as a Law Clerk in the General Counsel’s office of the U.S. Agency for International Development in 1997 and served in national politics from 1995 to 1997. 

Victor serves on the International Science and Commercialization Board of the Republic of Kazakhstan.  Victor was appointed to the California Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology. Victor was awarded a Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a program for emerging trans-Atlantic leaders. Victor has reviewed grant investments in startups for the National Science Foundation and the State of California. He has testified on technology policy for both the California Senate and Assembly. His opinions have been cited in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. He served on the Steering Committee of the International Banking and Finance Committee of the American Bar Association. He is the co-author of “Selected Developments in Federal Securities Law and California Corporate Law,” Business Law Section of the State Bar of California; Hollywood Unstrung (Entertainment in a Wireless Age); Sand Dollar Report (An Analysis of Venture Investing); and numerous other publications.


Ander Dobo

Ander Dobo is a management, sales and strategy professional with over 8 years of experience in Telecommunications, ICT solution integration, Business Consulting and Call Centers. In line with his passion for business and technology, he has over his career undertaken at different times, executive, project management, consulting, sales, intrapreneurial and general management roles. Some companies he has worked with or for on a project or ongoing basis during his career are Orange, Dimension Data, Dalberg, SAP, PayPal, G2 Worldwide and Adobe.

As a proponent for innovation and entrepreneurship, while at Hult International Business School, Ander was a Co-president of the Hult Venture group, which organized a series of three highly successful and prominent entrepreneurship events (titled BUILD!, START! And JUMP!).

Ander holds an MBA from Hult International Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Minor in Computer Science from the University of Botswana. He is also an early member of the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals (ISSIP), having been among the first group of students to become certified in Service Thinking through a pioneering course at Hult in partnership with IBM.