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Atul Wad
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Atul has over thirty years of experience in sustainability, entrepreneurship, technology management, innovation, and business strategy. His career has spanned private sector, not-for-profits, academia, multilateral development banks (MDBs), international organizations such as UN, and the venture capital industry.


He has taught and extensively published on various disciplines including technology management, inclusive innovation, strategy and international business. He specializes in the different aspects of designing and implementing value added technology based ventures that build upon the competitive resources and that produce social and environmental returns in addition to private.


He has been involved in starting or building such ventures in various sectors, and has founded and grown numerous start-ups. His experience also includes advising early stage companies in technology strategy, management, marketing, and strategic alliance formation, raising financing at various stages in the growth of these companies.


Over his career, Dr. Wad has helped new ventures and academic institutes raise substantial funds from public and private sources.. Dr Wad has provided strategic advice to corporations and to governmental and international agencies in sustainability and technology areas, and led policy research on the issues involved in new business development in emerging markets. Dr. Wad has field experience in more than 25 countries.


Atul received his PhD and M.S. in Organizational Behavior and International Business at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.  Atul earned his Bachelor's of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India.  

Arnoldo K. Ventura  
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Dr. Ventura is an internationally recognized authority on the innovation trajectories, and application of science and technology for socio-economic development.  He has guided a number of African, Asian, Latin American and Caribbean Countries to re-examine, strengthen and apply their scientific and technological capabilities to evolving local and international demands, technological changes, social and political pressures, and economic forces.  Dr. Ventura has had over forty years experience in research and development, commercial application of research results, technological assessments and techno-economic evaluations, as well as the teaching of these topics at the tertiary levels. 


Dr. Ventura was the Science and Technology advisor to four Jamaican Prime Ministers from 1989 to 2009 and the instigator and drafter of Jamaica’s first science policies and strategic plans.  Dr Ventura has represented his country in many multilateral and bilateral fora and negotiated complex agreements. 


He began his research career as a virologist but soon became an avid student of the use of science to accelerate socio-economic development, especially in small countries.  He has been an advisor and has led numerous initiatives, including those at the UNDP, UNIDO, UNESCO, FAO and OAS.  Dr. Ventura was the first Caribbean professional to preside over the United Nations Commission on Science and technology for Development (UNCSTD), in Geneva; and the first person to head at the same time both the UNCSTD and the Inter-American Committee on Science and Technology (COMCYT) of the OAS, in Washington.  


Dr. Ventura was a founding member of a number of scientific and technological initiatives and institutions including the National Commission on Science and Technology at the Office of the Prime Minister in Jamaica, and the CARICOM Science and Technology Committee, headed by Prime Minister of Grenada.  He now serves as the Secretary and Chairman of the Implementation Committee of this regional body.  He also headed a number of Jamaican institutions including being the Executive Chairman of the Scientific Research Council ad Chairman of the Water Resources Authority.  


Dr. Ventura is a significant contributor to the world’s literature on the use of science and technology for development and a well known local and international speaker on the subject.  He has written books and contributed book chapters concerning science for development the best known books are the “Dilemma of Science” written in 2002 and Elements of the Scientific Research Method in 1993. 

 Dr. Ventura has also managed research and testing institutions, and has received many awards for his work.  He was awarded the National Medal for Science and Technology, the Silver Musgrave Medal, the Order of Distinction in Jamaica’s National Honors, the Wyndham Visionary Achievement Citation and the Centennial Medal of the Institute of Jamaica.


Dr. Ventura is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of the West Indies, and has lectured and conducted research in five Universities across the Americas.  He presently is the Chief Technology Officer at Tambourine Innovation Ventures, Washington DC.

Ravi Gupta
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Ravi is an innovation commercialization, Intellectual Property (IP), early stage entrepreneurial finance, and private sector development strategist with a focus on technology based economic development. He has 15+ years of solid experience comprising venture capital, technology commercialization, technology transfer & economic development policy, IP strategy and monetization, private equity, and innovation policy.


He had been responsible for strategic planning for regional local economic development programs in the US, particularly the mid-west. Through multilaterals such as World Bank, and Asian Development Bank, he has advised several governments in Eastern Europe, Latin American and the Caribbean, and Asia-Pacific on above-mentioned topics and led creation of innovation policies, and establishment of innovation infrastructure such as technology commercialization facilities, IP marketplace, and venture funds.


He is a member of Cornerstone Angels a Chicago based angel investment club, and mentor to several firms in emerging economies through the AAAS' (American Association of Advancement of Sciences) and US State Department's Global Entrepreneurship program. He serves as an advisor to Chicago-based Center for HealthCare Innovation, and independent, non-profit research and educational institute that bring the best and brightest healthcare leaders from all over the world together to share their ideas and expertise on topics related to innovation in healthcare.


His past experience includes working in tech transfer offices at US universities, and technology consulting. Ravi earned his Master's degree in Economic Policy from University of Chicago. In addition, he has an MBA in Finance with doctoral level coursework in economics, and a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering.

Advisory Council 
Howard Rush

Innovation Ecosystems

Professor at University of Brighton UK, Project leader for the UK Department of International Development exploring the Humanitarian Innovation Ecosystem, founding member and former Head of CENTRIM. 



Alistair Brett

Technology Commercialization

Partner Rainforest Strategies, LLP. Senior Technology Commercialization Advisor, World Bank.



James Gillespie

Healthcare and Biotech

President and Co-founder, Center for Healthcare Innovation 

Kurt Hoffman

Impact Investment

Director, Recipco Capacity Exchange Ltd.Former Director Shell Foundation, London 



Hunter Lovins

Sustainable Development

President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions co-creator of the “Natural Capitalism” concept 

Viji Sampath

International Food/Agribusiness and M&A

Managing Director, Keva Global PartnersFormer Senior Manager, Price Waterhouse Coopers

Oltac Unsal

Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital

Member, NexGen Angels, and MD, Smyrna Capital 

Charles Weiss

Energy and Cleantech

Visiting Scholar, AAAS, retired Distinguished Professor, science, technology and international affairs, Georgetown University

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