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Tech@State: Civil Society 2.0

Adam Bly
Founder and CEO, Seed
Adam Bly is the founder and CEO of Seed, a media and technology company committed to helping advance science and its potential to improve the state of the world. He began his career at the age of 16 as the youngest researcher at the National Research Council of Canada, where he spent three years conducting biomedical research. Following his time in the lab, he set out to launch Seed, a new type of science magazine for our times with the mission of raising scientific literacy. Under his leadership, Seed received two National Magazine Award nominations, for Best Design and General Excellence, the magazine industry’s highest honor. The magazine’s mission has since led to the development of new brands, platforms – from software to data visualization – and markets – from Europe to Brazil. In 2007, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is a recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and his achievements have been highlighted by former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. He has served on the nominating committees and juries of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, the Earth Award, and the TED Prize, and sits on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum, the American Committee of Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, the Communications Advisory Board of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Innovation.

Brian Cayce
Principal, Gray Ghost Ventures
As Principal, Brian Cayce has led the formation and creation of the portfolio as well as the investment model for GGV. A returned Peace Corps Volunteer, his career includes a meaningful balance of start-up, private and public sector roles in both developed and developing market environments. He has the distinction of being a Kauffman Fellow.

Shanta Devarajan
Chief Economist, World Bank Africa Region
Since joining the World Bank in 1991, Shanta Devarajan has been a Principal Economist and Research Manager for Public Economics in the Development Research Group, and the Chief Economist of the Human Development Network, and of the South Asia Region. He was the director of the World Development Report 2004, Making Services Work for Poor People. Before 1991, he was on the faculty of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. The author or co-author of over 100 publications, Mr. Devarajan’s research covers public economics, trade policy, natural resources and the environment, and general equilibrium modeling of developing countries. Born in Sri Lanka, he received his B.A. in mathematics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Stacy Donohue
Director, Investments, Omidyar Network
Stacy Donohue brings broad technology, strategy, and financial expertise to ON’s Media, Markets & Transparency initiative, leading the Government Transparency investment area. In this role, she works to encourage accountability and effectiveness in government by increasing people’s access to credible information about government activities and money in politics. Her portfolio includes Code for America, Global Integrity, Herdict, NewsTrust, Project On Government Oversight (POGO), and the Sunlight Foundation. She is a board member for Global Integrity and Herdict, and is a board observer for POGO and the Sunlight Foundation. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, she spent nine years at Hewlett-Packard in senior roles spanning strategy, corporate development, and merger and acquisition transactions. Previously, she was a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group, where she provided analysis and consulting for clients across multiple industries from health care to financial services. She began her career as an Associate in Corporate Finance at JPMorgan Chase & Co. She received an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School, an M.A. in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. from Yale University, where she graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Brian A. Gallagher
President and CEO, United Way Worldwide

Brian Gallagher became President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of America in 2002 and then of United Way Worldwide in 2009. In 2002, he immediately took on the challenge of leading the transformation of the organization to focus on community impact. A career veteran of the United Way system, he has raised the bar on the accountability, governance and transparency standards adopted as a requirement of membership for all United Ways. Mr. Gallagher was born in Chicago and grew up in Hobart, Indiana. He received his bachelor’s degree in social work from Ball State University in 1981 and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Emory University in Atlanta in 1992. In May 2003 Gallagher received an honorary Doctor of Humanities from his alma mater, Ball State University.

Bob Greenberg
CEO and Founder of G&H International Services
Bob Greenberg is founder and CEO of G&H International Services Inc., a Washington, DC, consulting firm that provides services to enhance the safety and security of communities across the nation. In particular he works with the federal government to develop and implement initiatives and programs to assist the local, state and federal emergency services community as well as the critical infrastructure and key resource sectors. His current focus is to assist government agencies in using innovative technologies to establish a more collaborative government. In particular he is working with the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to implement the Virtual USA initiative as well as the First Responder Communities of Practice. Both of these initiatives are designed to create a technical and cultural shift in the way in which the emergency services community collaborates and shares information.

Darian Rodriguez Heyman
Managing Partner, CODE Green Agency

Darian Rodriguez Heyman is managing partner of Code Green Agency, which provides strategy, messaging, and fundraising consulting for the green economy. Since launching the consultancy, Mr. Heyman has worked with the UN Environmental Programme, facilitating their annual North American youth leadership summit, and was worked on a comprehensive and integrated sustainable development plan for California. He had earlier served as Executive Director of Craigslist Foundation (2004 – 2008), where he worked to advance not just one cause or organization, but rather the effectiveness and efficiency of the entire nonprofit sector. He recently finished teaching “The Economics of Philanthropy” at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and finished writing his first book, Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals. Dubbed “Professor Internet” by Adweek Magazine, Mr. Heyman is a former dot com entrepreneur with a strong history of building organizations and facilitating community development. His career began when he co-founded the digital advertising agency Beyond Interactive. Previously appointed as a San Francisco Commissioner for the Environment by Mayor Gavin Newsom, and currently serving the United Nations as Chair of their Green Tech Summit and as a Senior Advisor to the Global Alliance for ICT & Development, Heyman also focuses on civic leadership, sustainability, and collaboration in his interactive talks.

Mark Horvath
Mark Horvath started his executive career running worldwide distribution of Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Married with Children, 21 Jump Street, plus many other syndicated shows. He has over 30 years of leadership, management and marketing experience with the last 14 years being in the nonprofit sector. Currently he has developed to tell the stories of the homeless, something he knows all too well as he once lived among them.

Iñigo Jodra
President of U.S. Operations and Director of International Development BANCA CIVICA GROUP

In his current position, Iñigo Jodra is responsible for the international expansion of the Spanish bank Banca Civica and for operations in the Unite States, the bank's first market outside Spain in which its goal is to implement its proprietary and innovative business model, Civic Banking. He started his career in strategy consulting and worked in projects in Europe and the Americas at The Boston Consulting Group and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Subsequently, he served in management and board positions in the industrial, telecom and energy sectors, leading several strategic and organizational transformation projects. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration from Deusto University (Spain) and a Master in Business Administration degree from Insead (France).

Sima Kanaan
Manager, World Bank Institute Fragile State Practice

Sima Kanaan is currently leading the World Bank Institute’s Fragility and Conflict Practice. Before moving to WBI in September 2009, she was working with the Bank’s central policy department focusing on issues of fragility and conflict. She played a lead role in revising the Bank’s policy on emergency response. Before she moved to Washington, DC, Ms. Kanaan spent almost 6 years working at the World Bank’s Country Office in Jerusalem as country manager and as coordinator for human development programs in Israel. In that capacity, she was responsible for managing Bank operations in the areas of social protection, emergency response and support to NGO service delivery. Before joining the World Bank, she worked for 10 years with the United Nations Development Program where her last position was that of Deputy Resident Representative in the UNDP Office in Tbilisi, Georgia. She holds a masters degree in international affairs/social development from the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC.

Tim Kane
Senior fellow in Research and Policy, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Tim Kane is co-author of the Kauffman Foundation’s blog that covers growth research and policy. Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, he was a director and research fellow for The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, where he was the lead author and editor of the Heritage/Wall Street Journal Index of Economic Freedom. In addition, he wrote and published several opinion pieces, research papers, and essays, including two in the New York Times and three in USA Today. He also appeared more than 50 times as an economic analyst for CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, FOX, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and NBC. Earlier, he was a senior economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. Previously, he was a visiting assistant professor at Occidental College, where he developed a course on entrepreneurial economics. He also lectured at UC San Diego and San Diego State University. In 2002, he was a candidate for U.S. Congress. In addition, he co-founded, an Internet firm that was recognized as San Diego’s 1999 software startup of the year. He was also the founder and chairman of Neocor Tech LLC. Previously, he served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force. He earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science from the United States Air Force Academy. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Beth Kanter
CEO, Zoetica
Beth Kanter is the author of Beth’s Blog (, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits and co-author of the highly acclaimed book, The Networked Nonprofit, published by J. Wiley in 2010. She is also the CEO of Zoetica, a company that serves nonprofits and socially conscious companies with top-tier, online marketing services. In 2009, she was named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the most influential women in technology and one of Business Week’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media.” She is currently the Visiting Scholar for Social Media and Nonprofits for the Packard Foundation. She is 2010 Society of New Communications Research Fellow for 2010.

Clare Lockhart
Co-founder and Director of the Institute for State Effectiveness, The Aspen Institute
Clare Lockhart is a specialist in law and public administration trained at Oxford and Harvard. After working as an investment banker and barrister in London, she managed a program on state transition at the World Bank. She was then recruited as a UN advisor in Afghanistan during the Bonn process and advisor to the Government of Afghanistan during the Transitional Administration, designing and managing a series of national initiatives. While still in Afghanistan, she began to codify this learning and advising high-level policy-makers in other transitional states. She is also co-author of Fixing Failed States: A Framework for Rebuilding a Fractured World.

Maura O'Neill
Senior Counselor to the Administrator and Chief Innovation Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development
In the public, private, and academic sectors, Dr. O’Neill has focused on creating entrepreneurial and public policy solutions for some of the toughest problems in the fields of energy, education, infrastructure financing, and business development. Before coming to USAID, she served as a Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor for Energy and Climate at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and before that as Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA). Dr. O’Neill has started four companies in the field of energy, digital education, and high technology. She was named the Greater Seattle Business Person of the Year in 1989. Dr. O’Neill has received MBAs from Columbia University and University of California at Berkeley and currently serves on the faculty of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UC Berkeley. She earned her PhD at the University of Washington, where her pioneering research focused on how narrowmindedness occurs and the errors it leads to in science, medicine, business, and political decision making.

Tim O'Reilly
Founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media
Tim O'Reilly is an activist for open source, open standards, and sensible intellectual property laws. His namesake company is thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. Mr. O'Reilly and his company published The Whole Internet User's Guide & Catalog, the first popular book about the internet; created O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator site, the first web portal and the first true commercial site on the World Wide Web; and were seminal in promoting terms like "open source" and "Web 2.0" in the technology sphere. Mr. O'Reilly has served on the board of trustees for both the Internet Society and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was on the board of Macromedia until its merger with Adobe. He is currently on the board of CollabNet. Mr. O'Reilly graduated from Harvard College in 1975 with a B.A. cum laude in Classics.

Kathryn Peters
Democracy Works
Kathryn Peters is co-founder of Democracy Works and the information architect for TurboVote, an online service to simplify voting by mail. Her previous experience includes rural campaign organizing, information management for the UN Department of Safety and Security, and political rights monitoring with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. She is in her second year of a Master in Public Policy program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Emma Phillips
World Bank

Emma Phillips is a consultant for Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery Labs at the World Bank. She works primarily on developing the Understanding Risk community, an on-line network of risk experts and technologists showcasing innovation in disaster risk assessment. In addition, Ms. Phillips works on developing nontraditional partnerships and engaging the volunteer technical community. Earlier, she worked on the Latin America and Caribbean Region Disaster Risk Management team and supported programs in Costa Rica, Colombia and Guatemala. Before joining the World Bank, she worked as a Researcher and Asset Manager for National Geographic’s Expeditions Council. A South African national, she has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.

Shaifali Puri
Executive Director, Scientists Without BordersSM
Shaifali Puri is the executive director of Scientists Without Borders, a global partnership that aims to improve the quality of life in the developing world by linking, mobilizing, and coordinating science-based activities, initiatives, and resources. Prior to that position, Ms. Puri was the senior advisor to the president and COO of the Empire State Development Corporation, the economic and development arm of the State of New York. She helped to supervise the operations of the 550-employee agency with a $50-million annual operating budget and $500-million program and capital budget, to devise and direct strategy for major development projects in the state, and to negotiate significant deals and investments with major corporations across New York. Prior to joining the Empire State Development Corporation, she was an Assistant Solicitor General for the State of New York. Earlier in her career, she was a journalist at Fortune magazine. She received her AB with honors from Princeton University and her law degree with distinction from Stanford Law School. She is a former law clerk to the Hon. Amalya L. Kearse of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Andrew Rasiej
Founder, Personal Democracy Forum
Andrew Rasiej is a futurist, social entrepreneur, and founder of the Personal Democracy Forum, an annual conference and website about the intersection of politics and technology. He is also the co-Founder of, an award-winning blog that covers how the Obama administration is using the web, and how technology is empowering new levels of citizen engagement throughout the United States. Since 1999, he has advised senators, congressmen and political leaders on the use of Internet. In 2004 he served as Chairman of the Howard Dean Technology Advisory Committee. He is also the founder a not-for-profit organization called focused on 21st century public education; co-founder of, which translates Arabic and Farsi news and opinion pieces into English; and serves as senior technology advisor to the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington, DC, group focused on using technology to help make government more transparent.

Simon Rosenberg
President and Founder, NDN

Simon Rosenberg is a veteran of two presidential campaigns, including the 1992 Clinton War Room, but got his start as a writer and producer in network television. He is a leading political thinker and commentator with a unique ability to identify important trends and decipher changes transforming American politics well before others. Mr. Rosenberg designed new programs to communicate effectively in the digital age and was one of the first major political operatives to understand and embrace new technologies and media. He saw how the strident ideological politics of the Baby Boomers are yielding to a Millennial Generation – the largest and most progressive U.S. generation ever. He understood that together, these changes are creating a new electoral map. He has built NDN into one of Washington’s most forward-thinking policy shops.

Alec Ross
Senior Adviser for Innovation in the Office of the Secretary of State
Alec Ross serves as Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In this role, he is tasked with maximizing the potential of technology in service of America’s diplomatic and development goals. Prior to his service at the State Department, he worked on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team and served as Convener for Obama for America's Technology, Media & Telecommunications Policy Committee. In 2000, Mr. Ross and three colleagues co-founded One Economy, a global nonprofit that uses innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information about education, jobs, health care and other vital issues to low-income people. Mr. Ross started his career as a sixth-grade teacher in inner-city Baltimore through Teach for America. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Cameron Sinclair
Architecture for Humanity
Cameron Sinclair is the co-founder and "eternal optimist" at Architecture for Humanity, a charitable organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis and brings professional design services to communities in need. Over the past 10 years the organization has worked in 26 countries on projects ranging from school, health clinics, affordable housing and long term sustainable reconstruction. He serves on advisory boards of the Acumen Fund, Detroit Collaborative Design Center and the Institute for State Effectiveness. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2006 TED prize and the 2005 RISD/Target Emerging Designer of the Year. Recently he was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Nigel Snoad
Microsoft, ICT4Peace foundation, Institute for State Effectiveness
Nigel Snoad is currently a Technical Evangelist and Product Manager with the Microsoft Public Safety Initiative (aka Microsoft Vine). Formerly with Microsoft Humanitarian Systems working in Afghanistan and elsewhere on new crisis collaboration concepts. Mr. Snoad is an advisor to the ICT4Peace foundation, the Institute for State Effectiveness and part of the advisory board for Kopernik, a technology NGO startup. Before joining Microsoft, he was with the United Nations, most recently as a global Pandemic contingency planner for the UN System and before that with the UN Joint Logistics Center where he was deployed to Iraq, the 2004 Tsunami in Indonesia, the Sudan and elsewhere. At UNJLC he managed the mapping and information management teams and led logistics coordination in the field for major emergencies. He has a Ph.D. in Complex Adaptive Systems, has worked as a researcher and lobbyist, founded tech startups, and jumped off way too many cliffs over the years.

Susan Swart
Chief Information Officer at the State Department
Susan Swart was appointed as the Chief Information Officer for the Department of State in February 2008. As CIO, she is responsible for the Department’s information resources and technology initiatives and provides core information, knowledge management, and technology services to the Department and its 260 overseas missions. A member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, she is directly responsible for the Information Resource Management (IRM) Bureau's budget of $310 million, and oversees State’s total IT/ knowledge management budget of approximately one billion dollars. She has served in a number of prominent positions in the Department, including the Dean of the School of Applied Information Technology (SAIT) at the Foreign Service Institute. Prior to her SAIT assignment she served as Information Management Officer in Cairo, Egypt; Office Director for Customer Service in IRM; Deputy Executive Director in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs (EAP); and Special Assistant in the Bureau of Administration (A). Her overseas assignments have included Cairo, Caracas, and Lima.

Tomicah Tillemann
Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies at U.S. Department of State
Tomicah Tillemann serves as the Senior Advisor for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Prior to assuming that position, he worked as speechwriter to the Secretary and assisted her in framing and articulating the policies of the United States. Before coming to the State Department, he spent four years on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as the principal advisor on European and Eurasian affairs to former Senator Joseph Biden. He also facilitated the work of the Senate's Subcommittee on European Affairs. His other professional experience includes work with the House Subcommittee on International Organizations, Security, and Human Rights, the White House Office of Media Affairs, and four U.S. Senate and Congressional campaigns. He also worked as a reporter with Reuters New Media and hosted a commercial radio program in Denver, Colorado. He is a co-holder of four patents on advanced clean technologies and a co-founder of IRIS Engines. He has helped to found and lead numerous civil society groups and served on the board of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University. He holds a Ph.D. with distinction from the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) and served as a graduate level instructor in American foreign policy at SAIS. He has lectured at Yale and Williams College, and testified before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. His academic awards include a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship and a Mellon Research Grant.

Aleem Walji
Practice Manager, Innovation, World Bank
Aleem Walji joined the World Bank Institute as Practice Manager for Innovation in November 2009. Previously, he was head of Global Development Initiatives at and CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation in Syria. Mr. Walji was trained as a social anthropologist and urban planner at Emory University and MIT. For fun, Aleem flies kites with his 3-year-old, plays tennis, and finds cool apps for his iPhone.

Adele Waugaman
Senior Director, UN Foundation and Vodafone Foundation Technology Partnership
Adele Waugaman leads the $30-million partnership between the United Nations Foundation and Vodafone Foundation that invests in the use of mobile technologies to advance UN health and disaster relief programs. She also directs communications for the mHealth Alliance, an umbrella organization using mobile technology to meet global health goals. Her prior experience includes work with technology companies during the new media boom, and as a communications and advocacy strategist for groups including Human Rights Watch and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court. She also has worked as a journalist and editor covering U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Ethnic Studies from Bard College, and an M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

David Weinberger
Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School
David Weinberger writes about the effect of technology on ideas. He is that author of "Small Pieces Loosely Joined" and "Everything Is Miscellaneous," and is the co-author of "The Cluetrain Manaifesto." He is currently working on a book, tentatively titled "Too Big to Know" about the Internet's effect on how and what we know. He is a senior researcher at the Berkman Center. He is also co-director of the Harvard Law School Library Lab, and is a Franklin Fellow at the United States Department of State. He has doctorate in philosophy.

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