IIX Advisory Board
Paul Brest is Former Dean and Professor Emeritus (active), at Stanford Law School, a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and co-director of the Stanford Law and Policy Lab. He was president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation from 2000-2012. He is co-author of Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy (2008), Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment (2010),and articles on constitutional law, philanthropy, and impact investing. His current courses include Problem Solving for Public Policy and Social Change, and Advanced Topics in Philanthropy and Impact Investing. He is also the creator of the open and free online interactive course Essentials of Program Strategy and Evaluation, and the instructor in an online course, Essentials of Nonprofit Strategy, offered by Philanthropy University.
Antony Bugg-Levine is CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, one of the nation’s leading community development financial institutions. He is also the founding board chair of the Global Impact Investing Network, and convened the 2007 meeting that coined the phrase “impact investing.” He was previously Managing Director at the Rockefeller Foundation, and co-led the Foundation’s program work focused on impact investing. Prior to joining Rockefeller, he served as the Country Director of TechnoServe in Nairobi, Kenya where he helped to design and implement business solutions to rural poverty. As a former consultant with McKinsey, he advised Fortune 100 clients in the financial services and health care sectors, and helped develop new frameworks for incorporating social dynamics into corporate strategy. He is an associate adjunct professor in the Social Enterprise Program at the Columbia Business School. He is also a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Antony received his BA from Yale University and MA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Serge Devieux has been Co-Head of IFC Financial Institutions Group Funds at IFC Asset Management Company, LLC., since 2014. He joined AMC in 2014 as Co-Head of the IFC Financial Institutions Group Funds. Prior to joining AMC, he served as the IFC Director for South Asia Region and previously as Director Private Equity, Financial Markets Asia. He joined IFC in 2000, initially executing microfinance and banking investments in Latin America and the Caribbean. Subsequently, he served as a Portfolio Manager for financial institution investments and also led IFC’s business development and client services in the Andean Region as the Regional Manager. Prior to joining IFC, he pursued an extensive career in engineering and finance that culminated in the position of Chief Executive Officer of Unibank. He holds a Master of Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
George Green is currently Founder and Investment Professional at Pluribus Capital Management, which focuses on acquiring and managing industry leading media properties with high growth potential. He is a Member of the Advisory Council at Lumia Capital, as well as Co-Chair of the Yale School of Management Council of Global Advisors. Previously, George served as both President and CEO of Hearst Magazines International (HMI) at Hearst Magazines Corporation. George also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of New Yorker Magazine, with a 22-year career that encompassed nearly every phase of the magazines operations. George was the 1998 recipient of The Henry Johnson Fisher Award, which is the publishing community’s highest accolade and honors a magazine leader for significant and long-standing contributions to the publishing industry. In 1999, he was the recipient of The ACE International Publishing Personality of the Year Award and, in 2004, the Marco Polo Award from the U.S.-China Foundation for International Exchanges in China. Mr. Green earned his BA at Yale University.
Karim Habibullah is the founder and CEO of Technohaven Co. Ltd., an IT solutions provider since 1986. Karim represented the software industry as a full member of the Bangladesh Prime Minister’s ICT Task Force between 2001 and 2003. He also helped found the Bangladesh Association of Software & Information Services, where he served as founding secretary general, and was elected as president twice. Karim was the Convener of the Working Group of the national ICT Policy Review Committee, and is the principal author of the Bangladesh ICT Policy 2009. His paper on impact of ICTs on the Bangladesh trade and economy was published in the Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book 2006. He is also a columnist for the Daily Star and the Financial Express. He also co-authored a book titled “Going Digital – Realizing The Dreams Of A Digital Bangladesh For All” which was published by the University Press Ltd in 2011. Karim has a BSEE degree from Yale University.
Edward Hartman is Co-founder and President of Attorney Services at LegalZoom, a technology platform that provides online legal solutions for families and small businesses. Eddie has been named a “Global 20” mentor by Founder Institute, the world’s largest entrepreneur training program. He is a Fellow of Stanford’s Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX), and is founding Fellow of the Center for Legal Innovation at the Vermont College of Law, where he is currently writing a book on legal innovation with Professor Oliver Goodenough. He is a past director of the Project Management Institute (Los Angeles Chapter) and is a current board member of the Brent Shapiro Foundation. Eddie is an Adjunct Lecturer at Yale Law School and Stanford Law School. He received a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Anthropology from Yale University. He also received an MBA through the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Program for Executives, where he was designated a Palmer Scholar. He is a member of the California Bar.
Omar Ishrak has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medtronic since June 2011. Medtronic is the world’s leading medical technology company, with $29 billion in annual revenue, and operations reaching more than 160 countries worldwide. Omar joined Medtronic from General Electric Company, where he spent 16 years, most recently as President and CEO of GE Healthcare Systems, a $12 billion division of GE Healthcare, with a broad portfolio of diagnostic, imaging, patient monitoring and life support systems. Omar also served as an Officer and a Senior Vice President of GE. Earlier in his career, Omar amassed 13 years of technology development and business management experience, holding leadership positions at Diasonics/Vingmed, and various product development and engineering positions at Philips Ultrasound. Omar currently serves as co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Health and Healthcare Community. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Intel, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Asia Society, and a member of the Minnesota Public Radio Board of Trustees. He grew up in Bangladesh, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of London, King’s College.
Alex Nicholls is Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and was the first staff member of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship in 2004. His research interests range across several key areas within social entrepreneurship and social innovation, including: social finance and social impact investing; the nexus of relationships between accounting, accountability and governance; public and social policy contexts; and Fair Trade. To date Nicholls has published more than eighty papers, working papers, book chapters and articles and six books. Most appear in a wide range of peer reviewed journals and books, including five papers in Financial Times Top 30 journals (with two others under review and resubmit). He is the General Editor of the Skoll Working Papers series and the Editor of the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship. Before his appointment at Saïd Business School in 2004, he served as a Lecturer in Marketing at Aston University. He has also held positions at the University of Surrey; Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of Toronto. Prior to academic life, he held senior management positions at the John Lewis Partnership, the largest mutual retailer in Europe. Alex holds a BA (Hons), MA and PhD in English Language and Literature from King’s College, London and an MBA from Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.
Kalpana Raina is Managing Partner of 252 Solutions, LLC, an advisory firm that specializes in strategic development and implementation. Her current focus is the Social Enterprise sector in Asia with co-investments in selected transactions. A banker for twenty years, she has considerable industry experience in both traditional and digital media, information and entertainment services, telecommunications and the financial services industry. She was previously Executive Vice President and Head of European Country Management and Corporate Banking at The Bank of New York. Kalpana’s board tenures have all involved dynamic strategic shifts to new technologies, content creation and delivery systems, as old business models have been disrupted. Kalpana holds director positions at John Wiley & Son, Yellow Pages Limited, Information Services Group Inc., The World Policy Institute (WPI) and STA Consulting. She is also currently a member of the International Advisory Board of ODX, Women Corporate Directors and The National Association of Corporate Directors. She holds a B.A. degree Honors degree from the Panjab University, India and an M.A. degree in English Literature from McMaster University.
Ruby Shang was a Senior Manager at the Clinton Foundation from 2003 through 2012. As the Foundation’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia, she established the Clinton Health Access Initiative in 7 countries. Later in 2008, she assumed additional responsibility for the Clinton Climate Initiative, implementing sustainable Energy Efficiency Programs and Forestry Programs in 11 cities across China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. Her last position was Senior Advisor to the Foundation.
Ms. Shang is currently a member of the Brown University President’s Leadership Council, and during the 2016 US Presidential campaign, she served on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Asian American Pacific Island Council. She currently serves on the Board of the Asian Cultural Council, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and the Asia Pacific Leaders’ Malaria Alliance. Formerly, Ms. Shang was Chair of the New York State Council of the Arts Dance Panel and a member of the Board of Governors of the New York Foundation for the Arts and the American Chamber of Commerce in Hanoi. She received a BA from Brown University.
Joseph T. Yurcik is currently COO & CFO at TheaterMania.com (“TM”). TM operates online media businesses in both the US and UK covering the theater industry. Additionally, through Ovation-Tix , TM provides primary online ticketing software through a Software as a Service (“SaaS”) platform to venues and event producers. Prior to joining TM, Joe was CFO at eHealth Made EASY, a SaaS based provider of Health IT. Joe has over 30 years of experience in advising and raising capital for both emerging and large companies engaged in transformational technologies. Joe was a founding partner of Groton Partners, a merchant bank; a Managing Director and Head of Transaction Execution at Wasserstein Perella; and a senior member of the TMT and Merger and Acquisition Groups at Lehman Brothers. Joe holds a BS and an MBA from New York University.