Executive Director of Innovation Acceleration Group, UC Berkeley
Andre Marquis is currently the Executive Director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley as well as the Manager of the US National Science Foundation Innovation Corps San Francisco Bay Area Node. He is a serial entrepreneur with a long record of starting successful biotechnology and information technology ventures. He has a long record of successful startups with a particular focus on winning in markets where scalability is critical. Some of his notable startups include Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, Chorus at Eli Lilly (www.choruspharma.com), Internet Pictures Corp [NASDAQ: IPIX], Accept.com (acquired by Amazon) and CyberGold [NASDAQ: CGLD]. Andre was also a member of Boston based Common Angels and a founder of Incubator, LLC, a Berkeley-based business incubator. He holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and has received the Richard H. Holton Teaching Fellow award.
Managing Director of Innovation Acceleration Group, UC Berkeley
Mark Searle, Managing Director, Innovation Acceleration Group, UC Berkeley is an award-winning international serial entrepreneur and instructor. He is Senior Fellow for Global Programs UC Berkeley’s Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, and brings 20 years of experience as co-founder, CEO and COO of a number of early-stage and growth-stage technology startup companies. He has served as Founder and CEO of SenSage [acquired by NASDAQ: KEYW] and LogSavvy, CEO of Barcelona-based Kinamik Data Integrity, and as COO at Plynetics Corp., Cybergold [NASDAQ: CGLD] and Internet Pictures Corp. [NASDAQ: IPIX]. Companies under Mark’s leadership have won numerous awards including: “Top European ICT Startup” (Eurecan); “Innovate 100” most innovative startups, “Red Herring 100,” “AlwaysOn Global 250,” and others. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an AB cum laude from Princeton University and was a Distinguished Graduate Student Instructor at UC Berkeley.
Director of International Development at Innovation Acceleration Group and Executive Education, UC Berkeley and Co-Founder 1M1B Foundation
Manav Subodh serves as the Director of International Development, Innovation Acceleration and Executive Education at University of California Berkeley. He is also the Co-Founder of 1M1B (A Million for A Billion), a global initiative to activate a million young leaders, and entrepreneurs to create jobs to impact a billion people. Manav serves as a member of the National Advisory on Innovation, Incubation and Technology Entrepreneurship of the Government of India and was a Senior Advisor to Ernst & Young (EY) for Government of Chhattisgarh’s Policy formation for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He steered into entrepreneurship while he was the Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation Director at Intel Corporation where he managed 10 million US$ funding program.
Managing Director of US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), India
Nivedita Mehra is the Managing Director of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum and leads the Forum's operations in India. A lawyer by training, Nivedita has spent over a decade working in U.S.-India relations in locations ranging from Washington DC to India. Nivedita has been recognized many times over by both the U.S. and India governments for her significant work in supporting and growing the commercial and strategic partnership between the countries. She holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors in international relations and political economics from Clark University, as well as a Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) from Delhi University Law School. Nivedita is fluent in English, Hindi, Punjabi, and Bengali.
Program Director for the Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) at the Center for Social Sector Leadership at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business
Jill Erbland, Program Director for the Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) at the Center for Social Sector Leadership (CSSL) at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.In addition to managing GSVC, she serves as staff advisor to the Net Impact chapter and Haas Impact Investing Network. Prior to joining CSSL, Jill was Senior Program Manager at the Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program (formerly the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship). Jill has more than 20 years of experience in government, nonprofits, and higher education, with an emphasis in international programs and entrepreneurship. She spent 8 years in Washington, DC, where she worked for two Members of Congress from the Bay Area and the Association of International Educators. She was also a program coordinator for the Transnational Executive MBA Program at California State University, East Bay. Jill has a BA in International Relations and minor in Psychology from California State University, Chico, and is a 2012 graduate of the Leadership Development Program for UC Berkeley staff. When not at Haas, you can probably find her volunteering at the Cat Town Adoption Center in Oakland.
Adjunct Faculty at the Smart City Program and Director of Curriculum & Training for 1M1B Foundation
Ritu has over 15 years of experience in the development sector and has been responsible for development and deployment of entrepreneurship related content across multiple regions globally, over the last 7 years. She is a founding member of the 1M1B Foundation. Ritu holds a B.A. (Honours) degree in Psychology from Lady Sri Ram College, University of Delhi and a Master of Arts in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Senior Manager of US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), India
Gauri Datta is the Senior Manager, India. Based out of Delhi, Gauri focusses on advocacy efforts in Aerospace & Defence, Media & Entertainment, and Skill Development. With close to 4 years of experience, Gauri has worked extensively in the development sector. Before joining the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum, Gauri worked with U.S.-India Business Council leading policy advocacy in Skill Development in India. She has also worked with UNESCO in Paris in Education, on literacy, skill development, and global citizenship education. She has a Masters degree in International Development (with specialization in Emerging economies and Global economic policy) from the Institute d'études politiques de Paris (Paris School of International Affairs), SciencesPo, France, and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Hindu College, Delhi University.
Co-ordinator for the Smart Cities Program and Founding Member of the 1M1B Foundation
Saket is the founding member of the 1M1B (A Million for A Billion) Foundation and the Co-ordinator for the Smart Cities program - a joint initiative of 1M1B, UC Berkeley & US India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF). He is a global youth activist, community mobilizer and a strategist focusing on advocacy, partnership, campaign & communications. Saket has experience in facilitating inter-generational & inter-disciplinary dialogues and multicultural & multilingual partnerships to translate voices into policy and actions. A committed champion for gender rights, Saket currently serves as the UN Women’s Youth Champion for Gender Equality through the Office of the UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for UN Women. In addition to his work on gender rights, Saket is a passionate advocate for citizen engagement and serves as the Global Youth Advocate for the UN’s World We Want 2030 – the largest United Nations and civil society data visualization platform to engage the global population on the SDGs. He also represented the priorities and voices of global youth, on the invitation of the government of Germany and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the G20 Summit in June 2017. Additionally, he manages the ‘Youth ♥ Development’ Facebook group (25,000+ Members) and is a wannabe tech enthusiast, a feminist, voracious reader, foodie and cultural explorer.