Passionate about sustainability in all its forms - social, environmental, governance, financial. Founded Shubio, a business to develop ecologically sustainable footwear. In this venture, conducted consumer insights research; studied sustainable materials, anatomy, 3D modeling, production technology; and developed business models and designs to reduce ecological footprint. Studied design and materials in Milan, Central Saint Martins in London, and FIT in New York. Completed a research fellowship in Sustainable Engineering at the Centre for SMART at Loughborough University (UK). Studied and conducted research in the Georgia Tech graduate Industrial Design program. LCA complete. Key sustainability certifications: GRI, TCFD, GHG Diploma in Carbon Management (in progress).
Extensive print, broadcast, and editorial experience. Served as a scriptwriter at CNNI and also as a producer on the #1 show, interviewing global luminaries in business, sports, arts, science, and politics, including: Amre Moussa, Andre Agassi, Amitabh Bachchan, Linus Torvalds, Jerry Yang, Andy Grove, Zaha Hadid, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Miriam Makeba, Angelique Kidjo, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Richard Goldstone, Giandomenico Picco, Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher, Phil Borges, Frank McCourt, Foday Sankoh, Olusegun Obasanjo, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Mikhail Gorbachev. Served as General Editor for the Journal of International Affairs. Print and video photojournalist while based in West Africa, wrote for The Baltimore Sun and The Star in South Africa and produced video for APTN. Conceived and shot footage for two documentaries, one on malaria treatment and one on gender issues.
Experience working in West & South Africa; Central, South & Southeast Asia; Western Europe and the U.S. Multilingual, studied more than a dozen languages.
Expertise in Strategy and Operations. Considerable experience coaching entrepreneurs around the world. As Intrapreneur / Sr. Executive at PepsiCo, developed business addressing malnutrition in India, South Africa, & Nigeria. At AT&T, specialized in change management. Founded Shubio to develop high-tech footwear. Founded House of Genius ATL.
MBA from Columbia Business School. Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Highly experienced in international development, with issues including economic development, entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment, malnutrition, education, food security, global heritage, sustainable enterprise development, and multi-stakeholder partnerships. Worked in post-conflict, post-disaster areas with business, government, and civil society entities. In Indonesia, served as the Local Economic Recovery Advisor for the U.S. Government and the local government in Banda Aceh following the 2004 Asian earthquake and tsunami. Served the United Nations in the Division for Sustainable Development, facilitating stakeholder engagement in intergovernmental processes. Served as COO for international tech nonprofit focused on SDG 11.4.
Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Vast experience working on partnerships internationally, including high-level Government-Business-NGO engagement. At PepsiCo, persuaded international aid agencies to offer funds and expertise. Led a partnership between the World Economic Forum and UNESCO, in collaboration with AMD, Satyam, Microsoft, Cisco, and Intel, serving as Lead Product Manager to develop a global knowledge management IT platform to further multi-stakeholder partnerships in education, presented in Davos. In Afghanistan, brought together twenty Afghan women-owned businesses to create a marketplace for new products and to collect consumer insights.