Meet the Board

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Jane Horan (Singapore)

Jane is the founder of the Horan Group, accelerating women leaders, innovation and learning. Previously, she was a Director for Kraft Foods Asia in Singapore, Executive Director of Organizational Development for The Walt Disney Company based in Hong Kong. Jane holds an Educational Doctorate from Bristol University on Asian Women Leaders, focusing on Transformational Asian Women Leaders, a Masters in Organization Design and Effectiveness from The Fielding Institute in California and a BA in Social Ecology and Spanish from the University of California at Irvine. Jane holds a board position as First Vice President with PrimeTime.

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Ankur Shah (UAE)

Ankur leads overall sector strategy of Acumen’s investments in New York, with direct responsibility for the Education portfolio. Prior to Acumen, he helped to set up WaterHealth India and managed a project for Robin Hood Foundation. Ankur started his career with McKinsey & Co. He has an Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Masters in International Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School, where he was a Reynolds and a Soros Fellow. Ankur is also an Advisory Board member for the Centre for Civil Society, an independent non-profit research and education organization in Delhi.

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Jocelyn Wyatt (USA)

Jocelyn is the Co-Lead and Executive Director of IDEO.org. Jocelyn received an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Grinnell College in Iowa. She has taught social enterprise and human-centered design at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and Thunderbird. She is an advisory board member to Clinton Global Initiative, Fenix International and Hattery, an Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow,and one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top Global Thinkers.

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William Mayer (USA)

William worked for The First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse), a major investment bank, for 23 years. During his career at First Boston, Mr. Mayer held numerous management positions including President and Chief Executive Officer.

William is currently a board member of the following public companies: BlackRock Kelso, DynaVox, Premier and Lee Enterprises, and a member of the Boards of Trustees of Columbia Group of Mutual Funds. He was Chairman of the Aspen Institute from 2000 to 2008 and is currently on its Executive Committee. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of Miller Buckfire and a board member of Acumen and the Atlantic Council. He is also a member of the Board of Governors at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Vietnam Dialogue Group, and Vice Chairman of the Middle East Investment Initiative.

Board of Directors (UK)

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Mari Sawai

Co-founder of Wedu, Mari acts as an adviser to Wedu. Mari brings her passion in women’s issues, particularly education; experience working with disadvantaged youth in Peru and the U.K.; and a background in communications and partnership development.

She holds a Masters from the LSE in Political Economy of Late Development and a BA in French and Hispanic Studies from the University of Bristol.

 

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Mario Ferro

Co-founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Wedu, Mario brings innovation and experience in social entrepreneurship. He is a former Senior Advisor for Energy Investments for Greenpeace and a former Senior Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Advisory as well as Acumen Fellow.

Previously he worked on in the post-disaster relief effort after the earthquake on January 2010 in Haiti and trade promotion from small medium enterprises working in China. He holds a Master in Economics and Management from University La Sapienza and a MSc in Development Management, from the LSE.

He has studied and worked in Italy, Finland, Ireland, United Kingdom, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Haiti, India, United States, Cambodia and Thailand.

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Audrey Mandela

Audrey Mandela is an entrepreneur, consultant, and angel investor. She chairs Informilo, a technology news site that links business with innovation; and Women in Telecoms & Technology, a networking group. Audrey runs Mandela Associates, which provides consulting services for clients in the telecom, internet and geographical information sectors.

She was Co-Founder of Multimap, one of the world’s leading online mapping providers(Multimap was sold to Microsoft in December 2007). Audrey was also Senior Vice President, International, for the Yankee Group, a leading IT research firm.

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Long Zhao

Long joined Allen & Overy’s Hong Kong office in 2014 as a Registered Foreign Lawyer-Senior Associate. He works on mergers and acquisitions and his international experience expands through the UK, China and Australia.

He holds a Bachelors in Law from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. Long brings to Wedu his legal knowledge and keen interest in social impact.

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Grace Maa

Grace is a serial entrepreneur and award-winning innovator who believes in the power of new ideas to solve societal issues. Since 2001, she’s launched several ventures across tech, art, and finance. As part of the Wedu Board of Directors, Grace is motivated to help make financing possible for all women seeking higher education. She completed her MBA at London Business School and AB at Princeton University.

Board of Directors (Thailand)

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Mario Ferro

Co-founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Wedu, Mario brings innovation and experience in social entrepreneurship. He is a former Senior Advisor for Energy Investments for Greenpeace and a former Senior Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Advisory as well as Acumen Fellow. Previously he worked on in the post-disaster relief effort after the earthquake on January 2010 in Haiti and trade promotion from small medium enterprises working in China. He holds a Master in Economics and Management from University La Sapienza and a MSc in Development Management, from the LSE. He has studied and worked in Italy, Finland, Ireland, United Kingdom, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Haiti, India, United States, Cambodia and Thailand.

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Napawong Snidvongs

Napawong is Director at Ceres Private Wealth and Project Manager of A Square Athakravi Co. Ltd. She currently chairs the London School of Economics alumni association in Thailand. She holds an MSc in Politics and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.

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Natthanicha Aneksomboonphon

Natthanicha worked with the European Commission Delegation to Thailand as a political analyst, overseeing the Thai political situation and co-advising the Trade Counsellor on legal issues. At the Delegation, she was also a trade analyst, with a focus on speculative economic policies. Natthanicha also oversaw contracts as an in-house lawyer at Windprospect in Bristol, England. She holds an LLB and an LLM in European Legal Studies from University of Bristol.

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Jacqueline Novogratz

Jacqueline is currently the CEO of Acumen, a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of poverty. Prior to Acumen, Jacqueline founded and directed The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs at the Rockefeller Foundation. She also co-founded Duterimbere, a micro-finance institution in Rwanda. She began her career in international banking with Chase Manhattan Bank. Jacqueline currently sits on the advisory boards of Sonen Capital and the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative. She serves on the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees and the board of IDEO.org, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Sustainable Development.

Reese Fernandez

Reese Fernandez-Ruiz 

Reese is the President and Founding Partner of Rags2Riches, Inc., an eco-ethical lifestyle brand based in the Philippines that creates urban artisanal home and fashion masterpieces made by the community of artisans who are empowered through their craft to lift their families out of poverty. Rags2Riches is now considered one of the most successful and pioneering social enterprises in the Philippines and in Asia and has been recognized internationally through the Business In Development Challenge Award, Ecouterre, Fast Company, Sundance Channel, and many others. Reese has been recognized as one of five Rolex Young Laureates for 2010, the youngest recipient in history of The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service for 2010, Young Entrepreneur Awardee of the World Entrepreneurship Forum 2011, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum 2012, one of the top 20 of MEGA Magazine’s Global Filipinos, one of ten of People Asia’s Women of Style and Substance, Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2013, and Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 for 2015. She holds a BS in Management (with Honors) from Ateneo de Manila University.