FELLOWS



Meet our 2017 Fellows

BAILLIE AARON

Bio

Baillie is the founder and CEO of Spark Inside, a London-based charity pioneering the use of professional coaching in prisons to promote rehabilitation and desistance from crime. Spark Inside has coached over 400 participants through its two programmes, The Hero’s Journey and systems coaching. In 2016, it was shortlisted for the Charity Times Awards Best New Charity. Previously, Baillie founded the US non-profit Venturing Out, providing entrepreneurship education to people in prison. Baillie holds a BA from Harvard College and M.Phil from the University of Cambridge. She is a UK Ministry of Justice Policy Fellow "At Large," TEDx speaker, and member of the World Economic Forum community of Global Shapers.

GUILHERME BRAGA

Diana Spencer Fellow

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Guilherme Braga graduated with a degree in law from PUCRS and with an MBA from FGV (Fundação Getúlio Vargas). Guilherme worked at the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) as commercial coordinator and was responsible for the trainee program. He left AmCham to work at Perto S/A as an export account manager and was responsible for opening new markets outside of Brazil. In that role, Guilherme gained experience with clients from Uruguay, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela, India, Germany, South Africa and the USA. Guilherme left Perto S/A in 2009 to found Egalitê where he is the CEO. Egalite is a company that specializes in the recruitment of persons with disabilities (PWD). In Brazil there is a law that requires companies over 100 employees to include 2 - 5% of PWD in their workforces. To accomplish this inclusion requirement, Egalite prepares, recruits and evaluates PWD candidates. The preparation occurs through free online courses adapted to PWD. The evaluation takes place through a behavioral profile test. With this assessment, Egalitê syncs the best job for the applicant with the appropriate job opportunity. An algorithm calculates the best opportunity for each candidate, based on geo-location, education, salary requirements, practice area and behavioral profile.

CHARLENE BROWN, MD, MPH

Diana Spencer Fellow

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Charlene, the CEO of ReciproCare, knows first-hand the importance of in-home care in preventing adverse outcomes for seniors. Recognizing both the unmet needs in home care and the underemployment within the aging caregiver workforce, Charlene founded ReciproCare as a natural extension of her preventive medicine career. Her public health mindset combined with the personal and compelling experiences of her loved ones working in home care inspired her to make a difference. She strives to build bridges between home care agencies and caregivers tosupport the increased access to employment opportunities. Charlene is a graduate of Princeton University, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health. She is Board-certified in the medical specialty of public health and general preventive medicine and has more than fifteen years of experience addressing public health problems faced by people living in resource-poor settings.  She served as a Medical Officer at USAID and as the Deputy Commissioner at the Baltimore City Health Department.

SARAH BURGAUD

Diana Spencer Fellow

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As Chief Operating Officer of CALSO, Sarah leads the development of CALSO’s programs in the U.S. In 2014, Sarah moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to launch CALSO Community, Inc. with Nicolas Hazard. Prior to her work with CALSO,Sarah worked at Le Comptoir de l'Innovation, a social enterprise supporting the new generation of entrepreneurs through impact investing and accelerator programs. She was an investment officer and then moved to an international business development position, developing projects in North Africa, North America and India. Prior to her work in the social entrepreneurship sector, Sarah worked as a microfinance investment officer in France and as an Export and Project Finance Analyst in India for BNP Paribas Group. She has an education in Politics, Economics and Finance. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics, Economics and Social Sciences and a Master’s degree in Finance and Strategic Management from Sciences Po, Paris (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris).

BRITTANY DEJEAN

Johnson & Johnson Health Fellow

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Brittany Déjean is founder and executive director of AbleThrive, a social enterprise featuring a one-stop platform of curated and customized resources for living well with a disability. Brittany's dad was paralyzed in a car accident when she was 12 years old and after seeing it's possible to live well with a disability, she has dedicated her life to making it possible for others and spreading a message of empathy that bridges between people with and without disabilities. A 2008 Harvard University graduate, Brittany has also worked with disability communities in five countries, giving her a sense of the common challenges faced globally. She specializes in building allies for people with disabilities by debunking misconceptions associated with disability to foster a more inclusive society.

ANDREA ESCOBAR-HOYAS

Johnson & Johnson Health Fellow

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Andrea was born in Manizales, a small town in the coffee zone of Central Columbia.  She studied architecture and later moved to Bogota, where she studied planning and development management. She has dedicated her life to the social sector with specific focus on the creation of youth leadership organizations.  In 2008, she co-founded Soydoy with the intention of developing sustainable projects to improve the nutritional well-being of children in Colombia.

FRANCESCA FEDELI

Johnson & Johnson Health Fellow

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Francesca been a Senior MarCom professional for more than 15 years, with experiences in highly competitive environments, from FMCG to Premium Financial Services and Online Banking. Following her baby’s birth, she became a social activist and self-described "brain enthusiast." This newfound passion led to her creation of Fight The Stroke, which focuses on supporting causes related to young stroke survivors. She has been a successful TedX speaker, a proud Eisenhower Fellow on Innovation (2014), the First Ashoka Fellow (2015) and has served as a TEDMED Ambassador since 2014. Se describes herself as perpetually curious, , highly committed, energetic, and dedicated to thinking critically about solutions to social and health problems that leverage innovative technology-based resources.

RYAN GERSAVA

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Ryan is a 23-year old youth leader and aspiring social entrepreneur. He is the founder of Go2, a social enterprise based in The Philippines that trains and employs people who are victims of employment discrimination because of their health condition (Hepatitis B, Autoimmune, and Congenital Disease), disabilities (orthopedic, visually impaired), or former life conditions (former drug addicts and sex workers). In these cases, GO2 serves as a launchpad for disadvantaged people who are now able to become remote "GO2" staff for NGOs and SMEs who need a dedicated assistant, back-office, and customer service support. GO2 has taken advantage of the power of the internet and the growing outsourcing industry in the Philippines in order to fulfill their mission of promoting inclusive and sustainable employment, decent and productive work for all, and a workplace that treats everyone as an equal.

SAMIR GOEL

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Samir is a social entrepreneur, writer, and connector committed to bridging the public and private sectors by bringing together diverse communities to solve the globes biggest challenges. In 2015, Samir Co-Founded Esusu, a platform that leverages community-based savings to empower users to better save their income, access larger amounts of capital, and build credit when denied financial access. Prior to Esusu, Samir co-founded and remains the Chair of Transfernation, a nationally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit which uses technology to ensure excess food from events goes toward underserved communities across New York City. To date, Transfernation has rescued over 40,000 thousand pounds of food and impacted 25,000 lives. In addition to his work as a social entrepreneur, Samir is a Business Leadership Associate at LinkedIn where he spends his time creating economy opportunity for underserved communities. During his time at LinkedIn, Samir has spent time working in Customer Success, Talent Acquisition, Customer Operations, and is in transition to a new role in Dublin as part of the Sales Operations Team focused on Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Previously Samir worked at The United Nations, Venture for America, and consulted for various small non-profits and startups. In addition, Samir is an avid writer, who frequently contributes for LinkedIn, The Muse, Startup Grind, Mogul, and Quartz on social justice, career search, and entrepreneurship. In the future, Samir plans to continue finding ways to bridge the global opportunity gap and create equitable systems.

ZAK KAUFMAN

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Zak is Co-Founder and CEO of Vera Solutions, a social enterprise helping nonprofits around the world use cloud and mobile technology to better track impact and streamline operations. Since 2010, Vera has worked with over 190 organizations in 45 countries. Zak has worked at the intersection of the social sector and technology for 10 years, leading health program evaluations in Latin America and Southern Africa and architecting data systems for dozens of funders and implementers. Zak holds a PhD and MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College. He has been recognized as a Marshall Scholar, Harry S. Truman Scholar, Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, and Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellow. Vera has additionally been recognized through Echoing Green and Rainer Arnhold Fellowships as well as the Entrepreneur Magazine Top 30 Startups to Watch.

TOM McDOUGALL

Diana Spencer Fellow

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Tom was born and raised in the mid-Hudson Valley of New York State.  He grew to love the rolling country, and learned to question the suburban sprawl that took over one cow pasture after another around his childhood home.  After moving to DC and reading one too many Michael Pollan books, he found himself on a life-changing path of working towards food systems change.  He is the founder of 4P Foods, a benefit corporation that works with over 100 local farms, delivering their sustainably produced food to customers in and around DC. The goal is to use food as a tool to create a more equitable, socially just and sustainable food system of tomorrow. Tom is a fierce advocate for True Cost Accounting as a resource to change the conversation around what, ultimately, is the true purpose of business. His personal favorite vegetable?  Kohlrabi.

PHIL MICHAELS

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Phil Michaels has a dual MBA / MS in Marketing and currently sits on the Leadership Board at Harvard University. He is the co-founder and CEO of Tembo Education and was recently published in Forbes magazine among the top 30 Social Entrepreneurs Under the age of 30. His social enterprise, Tembo, educates 0-6 year old children around the world, via text messages. Out of 22,000 teams, Tembo was one of six finalists in Bill Clinton's $1 million Hult Prize. They were the only finalist from the USA and defeated all eight Ivy League universities. Recently, the owner of the Boston Red Sox recently presented Tembo with the Social Impact Award because they are now launching in developed nations and soon to launch in Mexico. Tembo believes education is the most powerful weapon to change the world and they will do so by making a quality early-childhood education more accessible and affordable to millions of children worldwide.

ABHISHEK MISHRA

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Abhishek Mishra is the co-founder of Nabet India, an NGO that works for the empowerment of visually impaired, disabled, and/or underprivileged individuals in India.  He has developed a unique employment linked training program in the IT sector that has resulted in a regular source of livelihood for them. This technology based training program is in demand both in the industry and amongst the beneficiaries. He has mastered the use and application screen reader software programs for training his blind beneficiaries.  This knowledge has helped him to better understand the needs and difficulties of the blind in delivering IT enabled tasks. He conceptualized and created a self-sustaining model of employment generation, that has led to regular jobs for hundreds of visually impaired people.  IT companies also benefit from this program as they get a regular source of trained manpower in an attrition afflicted industry. Today, the program serves premium clients in the Telecom, Automobile, E-commerce sectors.  Buoyed by this success, Abhishek now wishes to take this program to various parts of India that will help a very large number of such untapped human resources.  An electronic and communication engineer by profession, Abhishek earlier worked for Alcatel Lucent and carried out various communication related infrastructural development project both in Delhi and across India.

CYNTHIA NDUBUISI

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Cynthia is a serial social entrepreneur. At age 26, Cynthia’s ambitious start-up record includes: EverGlow, a successful liquid soap company that filled the niche for a non-toxic, plant-derived and biodegradable dish soap in Nigeria; Kadosh Production Company (KPC), a cassava processing plant that has the potential to revolutionize the cassava industry in Nigeriaby yielding about 30 percent more food per unit for human consumption, while improving the livelihood of women farmers through processing and packaging of cassava finished products and recycling the waste peels as a sustainable and inexpensive source of animal feed. Her third venture recently started in 2016, known as Inspire Africa, is a Pan-African Institution established to deliver high impact entrepreneurship and leadership education to African youths. Cynthia has a Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Science and Polymer Technology at Ahmadu Bello University. She has received awards and accolades from an impressive list of international organizations, including her recognition as a Mandela Washington Fellow for Young African Leaders, United States African Development Funds Award, Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Award, LEAP Africa (Social Innovators Program), Global Student Entrepreneurs Award, Innovation Prize for Africans Post Prize Awards, and Global Innovation through Science and Technology Awards.

LILY YEH

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Lily Yeh lives in Northern Virginia with her husband Jeff and two daughters. As a mother of two young toddlers, Lily wanted to teach her children the importance of giving back, but she found opportunities were very limited for young children to help with charities. So she decided to created Little Loving Hands to give kids a hands-on way to get involved through monthly craft activities. Lily is a graduate of the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business and has an MBA from The George Washington University. After business school, she spent over a decade working in the corporate world for large companies including Monster Worldwide, AOL, and Blackboard, always in innovation, strategy and new product development.  In her limited free time she enjoys vacationing and eating out with her friends, snowboarding, cheering on the Indianapolis Colts, and playing poker.