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Program Information and Speaker Biographies
Please join the Global Social Venture Competition and our session co-sponsors Gray Ghost Ventures and Omidyar Network for a panel featuring entrepreneurs who are leveraging the power of mobile technology to support new innovative programs in emerging markets. Both Omidyar Network and Gray Ghost Ventures have invested in entrepreneurs who are on the cutting edge of leveraging technology for social impact in emerging markets. Session attendees will hear from several entrepreneurs from these portfolio companies about their startups, including their successes and challenges with launching and scaling mobile enterprises in the developing world.
Gray Ghost Ventures
Since 2005, Brian has been instrumental in establishing Gray Ghost’s team focused on investing in early-stage impact ventures, assisting with fund raising, as well as building, managing and monitoring the investment portfolio.
Brian previously worked with best-of-class firms, KPMG and CARE. He was also an early employee with startup, Benevolink. He began his career as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan, Central Asia. Brian has the distinction of being a Kauffman Fellow.
Josh Nesbit is the CEO of Medic Mobile, a nonprofit company using mobile technology to improve health in underserved communities. Josh also created Hope Phones, a recycling campaign designed to engage millions of Americans in global health efforts. Medic Mobile has active projects in 20 countries in Africa, Asia, South America, and North America, supporting frontline health workers, families, and patients in a wide range of programs - from infectious disease surveillance in rural Malawi to emergency response after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Josh is an Ashoka Fellow, PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, Echoing Green Fellow, Rainer Arnhold Fellow, Strauss Scholar, and Haas Public Service Fellow. Josh was selected by Devex as one of 40 Under 40 Leaders in International Development, received the Truman Award for Innovation from the Society for International Development, and was named by Forbes in 2011 as one of the world’s 30 top social entrepreneurs.
Faith Sedlin is the COO of Range Networks, the world’s leading provider of open-source cellular systems. Range Network’s mission is to bring cellular service to the 2.5 billion that cannot be served profitably with conventional approaches.
A serial entrepreneur, Faith seeks to work with technologies that can “change the world.” She has built several companies from the back of a napkin to something much larger. Most recently, she launched Siri leading to its acquisition by Apple. Faith co-founded Oodle and grew the service to 15 million users. As the GM for Communication Products at Excite@Home, she built some of the Web’s first VoIP and email products. Faith was the first product manager at eBay (there were eight employees at the time) and earlier in her career worked as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group.
Nathan Sigworth is a social entrepreneur who has worked to increase access to quality healthcare in India and other emerging markets since he graduated Dartmouth College and cofounded PharmaSecure in 2007. Prior to PharmaSecure, Sigworth was a founder of Gyro-Precession Stability Systems.
Sigworth has been recognized by Inc. Magazines as one of the “30 under 30” leading entrepreneurs. Fast Company designated his company one of the “10 Most Innovative Companies in Health Care.” He is the winner of a Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award and is a Poptech and Echoing Green fellow. Nathan is from Hamden, Connecticut in the United States.
The program begins with a networking hour at 6:30 PM with complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the Bank of America Forum at the Haas School of Business.
Registration is required. Click here for online pre-registration. Online pre-registration ends at 5 pm Tuesday, March 19 and all registrations after this time must be completed on site at the event. If you are unfamiliar with the UC Berkeley campus, check out the campus map to locate the Haas School on the east (uphill) side of campus.
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