President & Executive Director, SNV USA
Neil Ghosh is founder and chairman of Global Youth Initiative. Mr. Ghosh is also President and Executive Director of SNV USA, having more than 20 years of experience leading strategic operations of sustainable and economic development organizations to advance diplomacy, defense and development goals globally. Neil joined SNV Netherlands Development Organization in 2007 to open the US office in Washington DC. Since then he has been convening and catalyzing corporate executives, US/foreign government decision makers, and world leaders to shape the agenda on trade, capacity building, youth, poverty, impact investing, and inclusive business. He has launched partnerships with USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Master Card Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and IADB. With his intrapreneurial drive Neil is most known for creating high-performing organizations that grow in scale and impact through providing access to networks and capital across 25 countries and building synergistic relationships across professions and political divides. He founded GlobeTrade Network, a management consultancy, and has consulted for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Deloitte, Citibank and others. Passionate about international trade and development, Neil increased exports and investment into Eastern India for the Australian Trade Commission and created strategic partnerships with The World Bank & the UN on behalf of the Australian Embassy. Neil holds an MBA in International Business, an MS in Management Information Systems and is a Certified Management Consultant. He has been featured in print, broadcast and online media in the U.S. and abroad including CNN, Huffington Post and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Dr. Tessie San Martin
CEO of PLAN International USA
Tessie San Martin, President and CEO of PLAN INTERNATIOANAL USA, is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years’ experience helping to address gaps in education, economic growth, capacity-building, corporate governance, political reform and labor policy globally. Her work has taken her to Egypt, India, Mexico, Bosnia, and Indonesia, among other countries, where professional initiatives have involved supporting disenfranchised populations, a significant number of which are women and young girls. Dr. San Martin holds a Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard University, a Master’s in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a B.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Her career includes work in public and private sectors, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, and academia – as well as a wide variety of international development roles. Prior to joining Plan International USA as CEO and President, Dr. San Martin served as Vice President for International Development at Abt Associates, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based consulting company providing research and technical assistance expertise on a wide range of social, economic, and technological policy issues in the US and overseas. While at Abt Associates, she helped grow the company’s international development business to nearly $200 million a year, almost tripling the portfolio in less than three years. Under her leadership, Abt was tapped by the UK government to implement the ambitious $200 million PATHS2 program in Nigeria, designed to improve that country’s healthcare system. The USAID-funded projects in her portfolio spanned a broad range of activities – from improving the efficiency and quality of obstetrics and newborn care in Jordan and Peru, to helping increase farmer income and food security in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Mali, and Mozambique. Dr. San Martin previously worked as the Director for the Operations Group of the World Bank’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), where she was responsible for a group of 45 professionals involved in the Agency’s political risk insurance and technical assistance programs. In this role, she facilitated the integration of the agency’s $1.2 billion underwriting operations with other risk mitigation products in the World Bank, oversaw development of the agency’s new strategic framework, as well as increased significantly MIGA’s trust funds to support an expanded technical assistance portfolio focused on enhancing developing country access to foreign investment.
Before joining MIGA, Dr. San Martin was a Partner in IBM Consulting Services, where she was responsible for building a $100 million portfolio in international development spanning more than 40 countries. The portfolio included privatization projects in Egypt, Bosnia, and Indonesia; capital markets and corporate governance strengthening projects in the former Soviet Union and India; pension reform programs in Mexico and Poland; and competitiveness and workforce development projects in Egypt. Previously she was an adjunct professor at Florida International University in Miami; president of a consulting company in Washington, DC that specialized in strategic planning; and senior faculty advisor for a management institute in the Dominican Republic. Dr. San Martin lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and two teenage daughters. She is on the road frequently, traveling between Plan’s offices in the U.S. and abroad. But she always finds time to go running, and as time permits enjoys tennis and baking (and eating) bread.
CEO, International Youth Foundation
Bill Reese was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Youth Foundation in 2005, having joined IYF in May 1998 as its Chief Operating Officer. He was President and CEO of Partners of the Americas for twelve years. Previously, he served with the Peace Corps for ten years, first as a volunteer in Salvador, Brazil, then as director of Brazil operations, and in Washington as deputy director of the Latin American and Caribbean region. He currently sits on the board of The Prince's Youth Business International as well as InterAction, where he served previously as Chair. Mr. Reese has also joined the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation Board and serves as a board member of two organizations committed to certifying best practices in global supply chains in the apparel and toy industries: W.R.A.P. and ICTI Care Foundation. Reflecting his interest in promoting international volunteerism, he has joined the board of Global Citizen Year. Mr. Reese received his BA in Political Science from Stanford University and is a 1995 graduate of the Business School’s Executive Program.
Vice President, QED Group and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Society for International Development (SID)/Washington DC
Byron Radcliffe is the Vice President for Business Development at The QED Group LLC. In this capacity he focuses on building bridges among all sectors in development drawing on 30 years of development and financial experience in for- and non-profits. Prior to joining The QED Group, he held several senior levels positions with development organizations leading their strategic business planning and cost departments. He has been actively involved in project implementation around the world and responsible for overseeing regional offices in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has worked in education, health, energy, transportation and defense sectors. He is on the Society for International Development’s Board of Directors in Washington, D.C. and the InsideNGO Advisory Council. He has a master’s in international affairs from Washington University and a bachelor’s in finance from Central Missouri State University.
President & CEO, NexGen Systems Corporation
Asok Motayed has over 40 years of experience as a civil engineer, international development specialist, entrepreneur and corporate executive. For over 20 years, he was the CEO of an International Consulting Engineering organization directing development projects in the areas of water supply, irrigation, energy, roads and rural development in over 30 countries in Asia, Africa, South America and Middle East. For the last 10 years until September 2014, he has been a consultant to US Department of Energy, supporting their clean coal initiative. Mr. Motayed is active in a number of charitable and service organizations including the Rotary International; he started and mentors a charitable organization: Kolkata Sahajpaath, in Kolkata, India.