John is an entrepreneur and consultant specializing in product and business strategy. He founded Jhana (a B2B SaaS company helping new managers) and Duron (a solar energy company in India), and previously worked at McKinsey and NASA. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics from Caltech.
Kiah Williams is co-founder of SIRUM, a 501(c)3 social venture that connects surplus medicine with the needs of community clinics. Like a “Match.com” for medicine, SIRUM’s peer-to-peer platform has helped redistribute over two million units of medicine. With almost $4 million of medicine redistributed across 15 sites in 4 states, SIRUM is expanding nationally.
Prior to SIRUM, Kiah led negotiations on behalf of the William J. Clinton Foundation to create the Alliance Healthcare Initiative, a healthcare industry collaboration to reduce childhood obesity. Over two years, Kiah developed public-private partnerships with Fortune 500 companies like Aetna and PepsiCo, expanding access to over 2 million children through 50,000 providers.
On behalf of SIRUM, Kiah is honored to have been recognized in Forbes’ 2015 30 Under 30, as a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur, a Steve and Anita Westly Social Innovator, and as a Visiting Social Entrepreneur at the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University.
Kiah began her career as a Tom Ford Fellow in Philanthropy after earning both her bachelors and masters degrees from Stanford University, where she was also the president of the NAACP. Kiah proudly hails from West Philadelphia and is passionate about health equity in underserved communities.
Ricketts is a long-time journalist and storyteller for major brands and causes. Currently, she is Editor at First Round Capital, an early-stage venture firm in San Francisco that backs Square, Uber and other tech startups.
Previously, she shaped content strategy for microfinance nonprofit Kiva and managed public relations for electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors.
Prior to Kiva, she worked as a journalist, covering green technology for VentureBeat, and culture and lifestyle for The Wall Street Journal in London and New York. She holds a BA in women’s history from Stanford University, where she served as Editor in Chief of The Stanford Daily.
Mark Arnoldy is the CEO of Possible. He leads overall strategy, focuses on building a remarkable team, develops partnerships, and makes sure we never lose sight that everything is impossible until it isn’t. Prior to Possible, Mark worked closely with a Nepali social entrepreneur for three years to create an innovative way to treat malnourished children, and he helped create two U.S. businesses that fund nutrition programs in Nepal. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder, completed Harvard’s Global Health Effectiveness Program, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Nepal. Mark is an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, 2014 Rainer Arnhold Fellow, Cordes Fellow, and Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellow. In 2014, Mark was named one of Forbes Magazine’s top 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs.
Chris is the Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Cisco Meraki. He joined Cisco with the Meraki acquisition in 2012 and became VP, COO in 2014. Chris oversees the overall operations teams, strategy and analytics, channel and customer enablement, business operations, facilities, and is responsible for maintaining Meraki’s overall operations and profitability. Chris and the leadership team have globalized the Meraki portfolio, bringing simplified IT to more than 145 countries around the world while adding an average of more than 200 new customers a day.
Prior to joining Cisco, Chris worked at McKinsey & Company where he led projects helping U.S. companies enter developing international markets, deploying clean technologies and renewable energy, and on climate change. Prior to his tenure at McKinsey he was a practicing engineer leading the planning, design, and construction of public infrastructure projects.
Joe Song is an independent engineering consultant, focused on efforts related to project due diligence, underwriting, and acting as owner’s agent for solar PV assets. He has also been involved with the DOE SunShot Initiative by performing independent analysis of start up companies and technologies.
Joe began his extensive solar PV engineering career with New Vision Technologies (NVT) in 2004. In 2006, SunEdison acquired NVT. At SunEdison, Joe held the position of Director of Design and Engineering. In this role, he led efforts to build the engineering department and was responsible for both distributed generation and utility scale projects. This included developing scalable design processes, technical specifications, and building design tools to standardize system design efforts and expanding the engineering team to over 30 members across 8 offices. During his time at SunEdison, Joe was oversaw the design and installation of over 500 solar PV projects, representing over 150MWs.
Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University.
Richard Hansen is President and Founder of Soluz, Inc., a company that introduced PV for rural electrification in Latin America. Soluz provides consulting services globally, and delivers PV products through Soluz Honduras in Central America. In 1984, Hansen pioneered the use of PV for rural electrification in the Dominican Republic with small systems installed by local PV enterprises combined with microfinance, a breakthrough that made PV systems affordable for rural families. In 1989, Hansen also introduced PV for rural electrification in Honduras, where he continues to lead efforts as President of Soluz Honduras.
Hansen has provided advisory services to energy access efforts around the world that have delivered electricity for the first time to millions of people. Among the numerous assignments, in 1996, under contract to the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), Hansen traveled to Bangladesh to advise the Grameen Bank on a PV business plan for a new entity, Grameen Shakti. This initial $750,000 IFC loan helped launch an operation that recently announced its millionth PV customer. He presently assists the UN Foundation’s energy access practitioner network aimed at advancing the UN Sustainable Energy for All Initiative.
Mr. Hansen has received numerous awards for his pioneering work in developing sustainable models for renewable energy commercialization. Hansen holds a BSME from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Boston University.
Matthew Tolliver currently leads Business Development at ThinkEco, a NYC-based technology company focused on creating next generation solutions for energy efficiency and demand response applications. In this role, Matthew works closely with utilities, retail energy providers and partner technology firms to create solutions that both engage customers and optimize energy consumption.
Prior to joining ThinkEco, Matthew was a Recovery Act Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy, helping oversee more than $35 billion in ARRA investment that went to projects in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Prior to working at the DOE, he served as a United States diplomat, representing the U.S. government in Mexico from 2004 – 2006 and in Saudi Arabia from 2007-2008. In these roles, Matthew worked on a range of leading U.S. foreign policy efforts, including issues of economic development and energy market access.
Matthew has a BA from the University of Florida and an MBA from Harvard Business School.