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25 March 2017
25 March 2017
Programming Board Chair
Wasim is a marketing/entrepreneur with extensive experience with B2B and B2C startups in San Francisco, New York and London. Currently heads up marketing for Welcome, a startup helping retailers and brands make the shopping experience better and faster.
Vice Chair & Chief Women’s Programs Officer
Danielle is a co-founder of Akimbo, a startup connecting diverse talent to work. She is also a freelance web and UX designer. Danielle is passionate about mentoring ambitious entrepreneurs from underserved communities, including women, formerly incarcerated individuals, and LGBT youth.
In her current role as the Director of eCommerce, Digital Marketing and CRM for Giorgio Armani Beauty at L’Oreal, Alexandra is in charge of crafting the brand’s eCommerce and interactive strategy across the US. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Alexandra is now proud to call NYC her home.
Andy is the Director of Operations for the NY Tech Alliance, a non-profit organization that runs the largest Meetup group in the world with over 53,000 members with a mission to build a more sustainable and diverse technology industry for all New Yorkers. He is also Director of Operations at Livecube, a software development company that provides an event engagement and networking app with gamification; he organizes the Queer Tech Meetup NYC and advocates for diversity and inclusion in tech. He’s a lover of coffee, food, spirits and the connections that happen over them.
Ashton Theodore Randle is the Managing Director, Partnerships and Product lead at GovPredict, a political tech company developing revolutionary technology fostering efficiency and effectiveness in the way stakeholders and elected officials operate at all levels of government. He has an extensive background in the public policy and political arena. Previously held positions on Capitol Hill and other political organizations.
Genesis is the National Sales Manager for Richmond Events, a UK based agency that hosts strategic business forums around the globe. She has also held roles at the Bank of New York Mellon and Euromoney Institutional Investor. In her spare time, she has enjoyed leading partnership and community service initiatives in organizations such as Open Finance and BNYM. A native New Yorker from the Bronx, she is still holding out for the Yankees next world series win.
Luke is an investor and advisor to fast growth media companies. He was most recently the market lead for McKinsey’s fast growth tech practice serving consumer clients on a variety of growth and operational strategies. As an engagement manager he has experience leading digital strategy and transformation projects for consumer finance, media and telecom clients. Prior to McKinsey, Luke ran the digital media division of a Hollywood literary agency, consulting on digital video content, organization and advertising strategy for publishers and television networks in addition to representing IP for film/TV.
Michael is a senior strategy consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he works with clients at all stages- from startups to global enterprises- tackling initiatives around strategy, innovation and technology investment, and building new businesses to fuel growth and unlock new opportunities. He also volunteers in LGBTQ crisis and suicide prevention for The Trevor Project and is passionate about entrepreneurship, media, technology, and big dogs.
Oytun is a co-founder of MotaWord, the world’s fastest human translation platform. His previous ventures include ecology, tourism and social design. He loves exploring collaborative business models.
Vitali is the co-founder and CEO of Kuoll Inc., a startup providing conversion monitoring and error analytics services to e-commerce businesses. Prior to Kuoll, Vitali spent 12 years at Goldman Sachs, most recently in the Management & Strategy Group in the Investment Banking Division, and earlier in the Technology, Media & Telecom Group, and the Financial Sponsors Group. Vitali earned a BA degree in Genetics & Development from Cornell University.