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Ayisi Makatiani


Ayisi is a Managing Partner and CEO of Fanisi Capital Ltd.He has accumulated extensive management experience and operational knowledge on African Markets. Ayisi co founded Africa Online Holdings Ltd. and served as its Chief Executive Officer. He has been a Director of Kenya Airways Ltd. since August 2005.Ayisi has been voted among the leading top 15 CEOs in East Africa three years in a row in the Annual PwC Nation Media Group survey of the top Chief Executive Officer's in Kenya Uganda Tanzania and Rwanda.Previously he served as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of African Management Services Company Managing Partner of Gallium Partners Investments and Non Executive Chairman of MCI/UUNET Africa Non Executive Director of Barclays Bank of Kenya Ltd. since June 26 2002 and Non Executive Director of African Lakes Corporation Plc until October 18 2002.He holds a Bsc. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Edson Rigonatti


Edson is a parter at Astella Investimentos and sits on the board of Portal Educacao Navegg HelpSaude Dualtec Imobox tryoop! Smartkids and benCorp. Prior to this he has been a Partner at Cicerone Capital and VP at Lucent Technologies. He has also worked since early age on his family's retail business.

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Brian Bonwoong Koo


Brian Koo is a founding member of Formation 8. He currently serves on the boards of AKAStudy Illumio (observer) Kidaptive and Learnsprout. He was previously a board observer for Oculus.Prior to Formation 8 Brian established InnovationHub which helped LS Group his family business manage relationships and find investment opportunities in energy and technology sectors specifically in the areas of smart grids electric vehicles and next generation wireless technologies. Prior to InnovationHub Brian co founded and served as a managing partner of Harbor Pacific Capital and advised a number of companies in the online education and media space before that. Brian began his entrepreneurial career with a start up venture that involved a wireless technology and social networking service.Brian received a B.A. with honors in Economics from Stanford University and received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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George William Bakka


George William Bakka is a passionate Afrocentric entrepreneur who over the last five years has led initiatives geared towards providing finance and business development support to small and medium enterprises in East Africa. Currently George is the chief executive officer at Angels Initiatives an enterprise finance firm that raises capital to provide flexible financing to small and growing businesses in Africa. He focuses on fundraising strategy and providing leadership to the company team. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Bakka plans to further expand Angels Initiatives work in providing flexible financing to small and medium enterprises in East Africa. His vision is to build the most impactful finance house in the region.

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Stephan Reckie


Stephan Reckie is a seasoned executive leader with 25 years of experience in cutting edge technology companies ranging in size from a Fortune 500 company (where he began his career) to a sole proprietorship. Other ventures included a 15 person overseas startup and a 200 person Silicon Valley re startup which was subsequently acquired by a Fortune 500 multinational organization. He has a Masters and a Bachelors' of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University.

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Rami Kalish


Rami Kalish is a Managing General Partner and Co Founder at Pitango.Prior to founding Pitango he held sales and marketing positions at IBM and senior executive roles at Orbotech.He currently serves on the Board of Directors of ForeScout Technologies YCD Multimedia WeFi and Revizer.Previously he served on the Board of Directors of several portfolio companies that went public on NASDAQ including ITXC CardGuard VocalTec Retalix Optibase RADWARE and on the Board ot Optonol (acquired by Alcon) Red Bend Software (acquired by Harman) and RocketPlay (acquired by American Gaming System AGS). Rami is a member of the advisory boards of the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) Yazamut Bronica Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center The Merage Foundation for U.S. Israel Trade and The educational Center for Tolerance and Peace of the Hebrew Reali School in Haifa.He earned a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Information Science from the Technion Institute of Technology.

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Noubar Afeyan


Noubar Afeyan is founder senior managing partner and CEO of Flagship Pioneering. He also leads the firm s VentureLabs unit that invents and launches transformative startups. He has been a senior lecturer at MIT s Sloan School of Management where he has taught courses on technology entrepreneurship innovation and leadership since 2000. Noubar has authored numerous scientific publications and patents since earning his Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from MIT in 1987. He lectures widely in the United States and internationally on diverse topics ranging from entrepreneurship innovation and venture capital to biological engineering drug discovery medical technologies and renewable energy.During his 28 year career as inventor entrepreneur CEO and venture capitalist Noubar has co founded and helped build over 35 successful life science and technology startups. He was founder and CEO of PerSeptive Biosystems a leader in the bio instrumentation field that grew to over $100M in annual sales within six years from its first sales. After PerSeptive s acquisition by Perkin Elmer/Applera Corporation in 1998 he was senior vice president and chief business officer of Applera where he initiated and oversaw the creation of Celera Genomics.Currently Noubar serves on a number of public and private company boards including Codiak Biosciences Evelo BioSciences Kaleido BioSciences Moderna Therapeutics Axcella Health and Seres Therapeutics. Previously he was a member of the founding team director and investor in several highly successful ventures including Chemgenics Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Millennium Pharmaceuticals) Color Kinetics (acquired by Philips) Adnexus Therapeutics (acquired by Bristol Myers Squibb) and Affinnova (acquired by AC Nielsen).Noubar received a Technology Pioneer 2012 award from the World Economic Forum (WEF). He has served as chairman of the WEF s Global Agenda Council on Chemicals Advanced Materials and Biotechnology and as a member of the WEF s Meta Council on Emerging Technologies.Noubar is a member of the corporation (board of trustees) of MIT and a member of the board of overseers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He also serves on the boards of the Armenian General Benevolent Union the IDeA Foundation and the UWC Dilijan International School. Previously he was a co founder and board member of the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia a private public partnership dedicated to promoting economic development in the former Soviet Republic of Armenia. In 2008 he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor an award granted to outstanding Americans who have distinguished themselves as United States citizens and who have enabled their ancestry groups to maintain their identities while becoming integral parts of American life. He was a Great Immigrant honoree of the Carnegie Corporation in 2016.Noubar is engaged in a number of philanthropic initiatives. In 2015 he co founded the 100 LIVES Initiative which commemorated the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian genocide and created a remembrance project to locate and preserve stories of both survivors and rescuers from the genocide. In 2016 100 LIVES inaugurated the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity an annual award given to an individual who has faced personal risk to enable others to survive. The prize includes $100000 for the winner and $1 million for an organization that inspired his or her work. American actor George Clooney and Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel served as co chairs of the prize committee. The 2016 prize was awarded to Marguerite Barankitse of Maison Shalom and REMA Hospital in Burundi who saved thousands of children and cared for orphans and refugees during the Burundi civil war.

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Nat Goldhaber


Nat Goldhaber is a co founder of Claremont Creek Ventures. Nat brings more than 30 years of information technology experience across Internet networking energy healthcare and transportation sectors as a successful investor and entrepreneur.Nat has a strong record investing in technology startups across broad impact industries. Nat has represented CCV on the boards of Clean Power Finance Building Robotics EcoFactor RidePal and DNAnexus. He also served as Director at Adura Technologies (acquired by Acuity Brands).Prior to co founding Claremont Creek Ventures Nat was founder and CEO of Cybergold and founding CEO of the multimedia joint venture between IBM and Apple Kaleida Labs. Nat was also the founder and CEO of Centram Systems West developer of the first IBM/Macintosh local area network (TOPS) and acquired by Sun Microsystems where Nat served as Vice President. Nat was the President of the venture fund Cole Gilburne Goldhaber and Ariyoshi. His prior investments include Ask Jeeves Shiva and Macromedia and InterTrust. Previously Nat served as Special Assistant to Pennsylvania s Lt. Governor William Scranton III and ran Pennsylvania's Energy Agency as its Interim Director. Nat holds Masters and PhD (hc) degrees in Education and is an emeritus member of the Executive Board of the College of Letters and Science at UC Berkeley. He is an Advisory Board member of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and advisor to the Center For Entrepreneurship and Technology (CET) at UC Berkeley. He serves as a member of the US Secret Service Electronics Crime Taskforce and is an Emeritus Board Member and Advisor to the Federation of American Scientists.

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Kunal Upadhyay


Kunal conceptualized and leads INFUSE. He brings several years of incubation investment entrepreneurial and consulting experience. Since 2007 he has been leading IIM Ahmedabad's Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship where he set up the incubator and seed fund leading incubation of and investment in over 25 early stage ventures across the technology sectors including a dozen focused on the cleantech sector. Kunal was a co founder at Sarvajal (www.sarvajal.com) a cleantech enterprise targeting the drinking water sector. Briefly Kunal also bootstrapped a campus social network and recruitment start up. Kunal is an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and B.Tech from IIT Madras and has strategic and operational consulting experience across Citigroup and American Express.

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Sasha Mirchandani


Sasha Mirchandani is Managing Director and Founder of Kae Capital and Co founder Mumbai Angels. Previously he was at Blue Run Ventures as Managing Director for the India operations. Before joining Blue Run Ventures he was CEO and Founder of Imercius Technologies a BPO focused on the healthcare space. Earlier he was at Mirc Electronics (Onida) where he was Head of Corporate Affairs and new business. His investments include Fractal Analytics Inmobi Healthkart Myntra Greendust Cloudbyte Canvera and Mettl. Sasha sits on the Boards of Hathway Cable and Datacom Limited Ador Welding and Mumbai Angels Venture Mentors among others. Sasha completed his Business Administration from Strayer University and MMDP program at IIM Ahmedabad. He is a Charter Member at TiE Mumbai. He is also Past President of Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) Mumbai and is a member of the Mumbai Chapter of the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO). He is also on the Board of Governors of the Universal Business School

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