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Following military service, Jack Faris was associate professor at Towson University in Baltimore, with tenure. He worked eleven years at Cole & Weber advertising, leading the agency’s largest account, Boeing, and serving as Executive Vice President and General Manager. He then joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as Director of Community Strategies. From 2000 to 2004, he was the University of Washington’s Vice President for University Relations. He served as President of the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association from 2005-2009. He was CEO of the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute from 2011 to 2012 and has also undertaken a variety of consulting roles and pro bono projects. Currently, Jack is a Senior Counselor with APCO Worldwide.
He earned a B.A. from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.
Chris Jochnick is a global land rights expert and social entrepreneur with decades of experience in international development. Chris joined Landesa as CEO in August 2015 after leading Oxfam America’s work on business and development including shareholder engagement, value chain assessments, and collaborative advocacy initiatives, such as the successful “Behind the Brands” campaign.
Jochnick is the co-founder and former director of two pioneering non-profit organizations: Center for Economic and Social Rights and the Ecuador-based Centros De Derechos Economicos y Sociales.
Jochnick spent seven years working in Latin America, devoting much of that time to addressing threats to indigenous peoples’ land rights. Prior to Oxfam, Jochnick worked as a corporate attorney with the Wall Street law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, on corporate governance and social responsibility issues.
Jochnick is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former fellow of the MacArthur Foundation and Echoing Green. He teaches a course on business and human rights at Harvard Law School.
He is Chair of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and on the Steering Committee of the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice. He is a member of the advisory council of the International Land and Forest Tenure Facility, and of the Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU Stern School of Business. He has published scholarly articles widely and has edited two books. Jochnick lives in Washington DC with his wife and four children.
He received his BA with honors in economics from Penn State University and his JD from University of Michigan School of Law and was a visiting student at Harvard Law School.
Before joining PATH in 2014, Dr. Fleming served as the director and health officer for Public Health—Seattle and King County (PHSKC), with a budget of more than $300 million, serving a resident population of 2 million. Prior to that, Dr. Fleming was director of Global Health Strategies at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, overseeing a grant portfolio of more than $1 billion in vaccine-preventable disease, nutrition, maternal and child health, leadership, emergency relief, community health programs, and human resources and health information. Dr. Fleming also served as deputy director at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Science and Public Health, and as deputy administrator of the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
Dr. Fleming currently serves on the boards of Global to Local Partnership and the Washington Global Health Alliance, both in Seattle, and the Trust for America’s Health in Washington, DC. He sits on the Advisory Committee to the director of the CDC and chairs the external advisory groups for the CDC’s Center for Global Health and its Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support. His former global health board service includes Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN); the Health Metrics Network; and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
Dr. Fleming is a clinical associate professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Oregon Health Services Center and his preventive medicine residency at the CDC.
Dayne Morkel is the Director of the Global Health Innovation Accelerator in Cape Town as well as an advisor to PATH in Seattle. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Thinta Diagnostics, a Cape Town based healthcare firm focused on non-invasive medical diagnostics.
Dayne has a strong financial background, having worked in Investment Banking for Morgan Stanley in New York, London, and Hong Kong, before returning to South Africa in 2011. He holds a Business Science (Finance) degree as well as an MBA, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Dayne is also passionate about healthcare and social finance and is a member of the Board of Directors of Jembi Health Systems and is completing his PhD in socially responsible investment and impact investment.
Mandar Apte is the Founder of Media Rise, a non-profit, social enterprise that promotes the creation and consumption of meaningful media to accelerate social change. Till Mar 2016, Mandar managed Shell’s GameChanger social innovation program and has deep expertise in impact investments that solve social and environmental challenges and create shared value – for business and society. Mandar is an acclaimed social intrapreneur and winner of the prestigious Ashoka League of Intrapreneurs award for his pioneering work to design and deliver a leadership program to nourish the innovation culture at Shell using meditation techniques. He has spoken at various global platforms on intrapreneurship, innovation and leadership including TEDx, Wharton, Oxford Said Business School, London Business School and has also been interviewed by Fast Co for his intrapreneurial work. For over a decade, Mandar has volunteered his time to teach leadership programs using meditation practices for the Art of Living Foundation and the International Association for Human Values – both non-profit, humanitarian NGO’s affiliated with the United Nations.
Mike Kollins is a principal at Pangolin Consulting LLC where he gives strategic advice to both non-profit and for-profit organizations.
Previous to this, Mike Kollins was the Chief Operating Officer at PATH, an international nonprofit organization that transforms global health through innovation. At PATH, he was responsible for a variety of business units to help ensure PATH was maximizing their impact on global health challenges worldwide.
Before joining PATH, Mike served as Chief Operating Officer for World Bicycle Relief (WBR), successfully managing its growth from a nascent non-profit organization into a thriving nonprofit social enterprise. Mike started working for WBR in Nairobi, managing the start-up of their East African operations.
Before his time with WBR, Mike spent the first part of his career in the financial services industry. During a 15-year career at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, he served in a variety of sales, product development, and management roles in Asia, Europe, and the United States, finishing his career in Hong Kong as the Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Stanley Investment Management Asia.
He earned a BS in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Portia Machancoses has worked for the United Nations since 2008. She currently works in the Executive Office at the United Nations Support Office for Somalia (UNSOS). UNSOS is the UN agency that delivers logistics and operations support to African Union troops in Somalia. It also supports the transitional governmental structures to implement a national security plan, train the Somali security forces, and assist in creating a secure environment for the delivery of humanitarian aid.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Portia was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley International in London where she worked for over 10 years. Her career spanned across Institutional Equities, Investment Management and as Executive Officer to the Chairman of Morgan Stanley International. She has also served as an Advisory Member on the Investment Board for St. Hilda’s College at the University of Oxford.
Portia completed both BA Hons and MA Hons in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from the University of Oxford, UK.
Saturnino Machancoses is the Managing Director of Symphony Technologies Ltd, a system integration company founded in 1979 and based in Nairobi, Kenya. With offices in Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi, Symphony provides IT infrastructure & software solutions and services to some of the largest corporate and government institutions across East Africa.
He also serves as a Director of the Institute of Advanced Technology (IAT) in Nairobi, Kenya. IAT is a leading technology training company with 8 different locations across Kenya, providing vital technology training to school leavers and corporate clients.
Prior to joining Symphony, Saturnino worked at the United Nations as Head of the Urban and Municipal Finance Branch of UN-Habitat based in Nairobi, Kenya. In his role, he was responsible for investment programmes seeking to make loans to broaden access to affordable housing and incremental housing improvement lending in countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Prior to joining UN-Habitat, Saturnino worked in Investment Banking for Morgan Stanley in London, working in both Mergers & Acquisitions and Debt Capital Markets. During his time at Morgan Stanley he worked on several transactions including the IPO of Inditex, the largest fashion group in the world. He also co-founded Spianata, an Italian bakery and eatery in London.
Saturnino is a graduate of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he received his Undergraduate and Masters degree in Economics and Management.
Siri Oswald is the Director of Research Partnerships at CRDF Global, focusing on programs that provide cooperative research opportunities through grants, fellowships or trainings that enable scientists and engineers to address critical, global development issues. The Research Partnerships division places a particular emphasis on areas of science of mutual importance to U.S. and international partners, such as biological and chemical safety, global health, alternative energy, and climate change.
Prior to joining CRDF Global, Ms. Oswald was a Senior Program Officer in the Global Libraries initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she explored partnership and funding opportunities with governments, non-profits, and the private sector to increase public access to information technology and promote public libraries as partners in national and international development efforts. In addition to her country-specific work in Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania, Ukraine and Vietnam, she served on the board of Beyond Access, a global community of public library advocates and practitioners who believe public libraries are an untapped resource in addressing the world’s most pressing development issues.
Ms. Oswald’s career started with Project Harmony (now PH International) implementing US-government funded programs in Russia and Ukraine designed to build capacity in the public health, law enforcement, and education sectors.
Ms. Oswald has a degree in International Studies and Russian Studies from Colby College, and a MA in Russian and East European Studies from Georgetown University. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Grassroot Project and Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia.
Thomas G. Dente was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of InsideNGO in March 2016. InsideNGO is a leading membership association whose mission is to strengthen the operational and management capacity of organizations in the global NGO community through effective collaboration, practical solutions, professional development, and advocacy. Currently, InsideNGO includes more than 330 international non-governmental organizations and sector experts in the international development and relief community working together to achieve global impact.
Dente has been integral in shaping InsideNGO’s strategy since joining the organization in 2011 as Chief Operating Officer. Since that time, InsideNGO has grown its membership by 20 percent, to 330 members; increased the number of development professionals served in workshops, trainings, and conferences; and become a leading advocate for the international development community on issues of importance to the sector.
Prior to joining InsideNGO, Dente had a 20+ year career as a management consultant, as a partner at both Bain & Company and A.T. Kearney, and working with the Criterion Institute and Price Waterhouse. He serves on the board of directors for PM4NGOs, a global nonprofit focusing on project management in development, and has served on the C-Suite Advisory Committee of Independent Sector. Dente holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. in economics from Dartmouth.
Jim Copacino is Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director of Copacino+Fujikado, an independent Seattle advertising agency with a client roster that includes Seattle Children’s, the Seattle Mariners, Holland America Line, Premera Blue Cross and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. The agency has a deep commitment to nonprofit and educational organizations, serving as a current or past marketing partner for the Seattle Aquarium, Goodwill Industries, The Wing Luke Museum, MOHAI, Washington State University, IslandWood and others.
A graduate of Ohio University, Jim has four decades’ experience in advertising, marketing and strategic planning with firms in New York and Seattle. In 2010 he received the Silver Medal from the American Advertising Federation for his contributions to the industry. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Seattle Repertory Theatre, sits on the Seattle Children’s Research Institute Advisory Board, and is a member of the regional advisory committee for the national Ad Council.
Mr. Judson was the Founding President and a Board Member of Nextel International, and of XO Communications and Eden Rock Communications. He was also the Founding President of a joint venture controlling the Unicom cellular franchise for Shanghai, China and was an Alternate Director of China Unicom. He was a member of Eagle River Investments, LLC, a Kirkland – based venture capital fund formed by Craig O. McCaw to focus on investment opportunities in communications.
Mr. Judson is a Board Member of: Garrett and Ring (compensation committee), Joshua Green Corporation (chair, nominating and governance Committee, audit committee), Airbiquity (chair of finance committee), Opanga Networks (owner, chairman), TUPL (chairman), GeoVisible, Spectrum Effect, CV6, and TSK America (board member).
Mr. Judson serves on the Boards of Trustees of the Pacific Science Center (Emeritus) Northwest Ballet (emeritus) and the Yosemite National Institutes (emeritus).
Mr. Judson attended Stanford University, B.A. cum laude 1966, and Stanford Law School, LLB. 1969 and was Executive Editor of the Stanford Law Review.
Monica Harrington is a public policy, marketing and communications strategist with a strong track record of success in technology and nonprofit environments. She currently serves as a public hospital district commissioner on San Juan Island in Washington State. In 2016, she was named a Woman of Courage by the University of Washington for her volunteer work on women’s health issues.
Harrington worked at Microsoft in key product marketing and business development roles in the Office and Consumer divisions before helping to launch two very successful technology startups, Valve and Picnik.
Valve is a multi-billion dollar video game developer and digital distribution company headquartered in Bellevue, WA. At Valve, Harringtonwas the original Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer. She managed marketing for the launch of Half-Life, a cornerstone franchise which won more than 50 Game of the Year honors and was named the Best Marketed Game Ever by PC Gamer, then the industry’s leading games magazine. Harrington also served as Chief Marketing Officer for Picnik, which became the world’s leading online photo-editing site before being acquired by Google in 2010.
Between startups, Harrington was a Senior Policy Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she managed the central communications team and served as media advisor to Bill and Melinda Gates. Harrington was also a founding board member of Code for America (www.codeforamerica.org), an innovative nonprofit which helps government deliver services more efficiently through the smart use of technology. For several years, Harrington provided pro bono strategic counsel to the Chairman and CEO of NetHope (www.nethope.org), which is a collaborative consortium of senior technical leaders (CIOs and CTOs) from the world’s largest NGOs, including Save the Children, Mercy Corps, Habitat for Humanity and the World Wildlife Fund. NetHope works with and is supported by leading technology companies, including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Cisco and Accenture. Its work is also supported by nonprofits including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
As a platform for live video interaction, uZoom gives people a more tangible, interactive and immersive connection to the World and the causes; places; and organizations that they care about. uZoom is committed to empowering connections of trust, respect and shared opportunity, and we believe that the more people see of their world, the more they interact with places and people, the more they understand what it means to be part of the global community.
With the guidance of the Greater Good Advisory Council and through collaborations with corporations, government’s and NGO’s, we believe that uZoom can have a profound impact on global development, global health and international philanthropy, but we can’t do it alone. We are fueled by this lofty vision and excited to work with anyone or any organization that shares this goal.