Belinda Fleischmann is the Founder of ZYNYA Consulting, which focuses on building strategic alliances between the commercial, the philanthropic and the NGO communities. She specializes in the fields of water, health, education and clean energy. Her experience ranges from setting up a children's shelter in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with the Aziza Foundation (2007-8), conducting research for the report "Water for Growth and Development in Africa" published by the World Water Council (2008), designing donor travel for philanthropists with Elevate Destinations (2009), and launching the online publication The Global Urabanist (2009-11).
Kay Koplovitz is founder and former Chairman & CEO of USA Networks, including USA Network, Sci-Fi Channel and USA Networks International, today a multi-billion dollar television company. Ms. Koplovitz ran the company for 21 years before stepping down in 1998. She is presently a principal in Koplovitz & Company LLC, a media advisory and investment firm. She is co-founder of Springboard Enterprises, an organization that has fostered the investment of more than $6.2 Billion in women-led firms, and co-founder of BoldCap Ventures, a venture capital fund. She is a frequent speaker on media, venture capital and corporate governance.
Laura Peterson is the Founder and Executive Director of HHI. With an MA in Counseling, Laura has been the Clinical Director for a non-profit serving children with severe mental health issues, a Wilderness Therapist for troubled teens, and a faculty member in the College of Public Health at Oregon State University. She created "Wood Chicks," a wilderness empowerment program for women who were victims of sexual violence. She is committed to the health of women and children globally. Laura served on UNESCO Asia's Early Childhood Care and Education Advisory Committee ('11-'13). In recognition of her successful creation of HHI Laura received Wisdom University's 2006 "Ordinary People, Extraordinary Outcomes Award", the '07 –'08 "Making a Difference for Women Award" from Soroptimist International of the NW Americas, and E-Town's E-chievement Award in 2011.
Dr. J. A. Rueda is an entrepreneur and educator. He has over 20 years of experience in R&D and commercialization, particularly in interactive and data networking products and services. As an entrepreneur and scientist he focuses on technology applications and venture development in the communications, media and entertainment industries. He was chief executive producer for the Hong Kong teams that produced console, online, and mobile games products for the global market. He has served on the Board of Canada’s Advanced Networking Organization for Research Industry & Education with a budget of half a billion Canadian dollars, the Ensis Investment Venture Capital Fund Advisory Committee, International Standards Organization Technical Committee for Nano Technology, and other listed and private companies and not-for-profit organizations. Dr. Rueda was the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce’s Director of the Year 2005, and nominated as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. For 8 years, he was Director of Data Networking, Operations & Research at the TRLabs in Canada, a consortium of industry, university and government. He has specialized in video games over the last few years and has mentored over 200 designers and developers, many of them with successful private practices. He holds a PhD (1996) & MSc in electrical & computer engineering, MBA, registered Professional Engineer (Canada); over 70 publications & patents, including contributions to the Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He has served as a Judge at the Stuart Clark International MBA Competition and various other entrepreneurship competitions. He has held full-time academic appointments in design and engineering universities in Hong Kong and Canada and has spoken around the world.
Michael Smolens is the Founder & Chairman of Dotsub and a Collector of Puzzle Pieces. A serial entrepreneur launching global manufacturing facilities in emerging economies, Michael has created more than 20,000 jobs supporting the livelihood of over a hundred thousand people in Haiti, Mexico, Hungary, Romania, Turkey, Pakistan, India, Egypt, Jordan, Russia and Azerbaijan. From 30 years of international experience, he developed a practical understanding of differences in the world's cultures and language roadblocks to cross-cultural understanding. Dotsub is the leading browser based, one-stop, self contained system for creating and viewing subtitles for videos in multiple languages across all platforms. For his vision in founding Dotsub as a solution, he is a recognized leader in the language services and technology industries.
Lori Thicke has worked in languages for over 20 years. In 1986 she founded the Paris-based Lexcelera, the first translation company in France to receive ISO 9001:2000 quality certification. In 1993 she co-founded Traducteurs sans frontières to provide pro bono translations to support global aid work. In 2010, Lori founded Translators without Borders, now the world's largest community of humanitarian translators. As a U.S.-based 501 (c) 3 non-profit association, Translators without Borders supports global aid organizations by donating millions of words of professional translations each year. With the creation of its translator training centre in Nairobi, Kenya, Translators without Borders is actively taking down language barriers to knowledge for some of the world's most disadvantaged people.