Micheal Ighodaro, Program and Policy Assistant, AVAC
Alexandre Mars, Founder and CEO, Epic Foundation
Rebecca Rosen, Associate Director for Data Resources and Data Strategy at the Center for Urban Science and Progress, New York University
Matthew Slutsky, Managing Director of Partnerships, Change.org
Angela Brown Burke, Mayor of Kingston, Jamaica
James Nxumalo, Mayor of Durban, South Africa
WITH Alex Wagner, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
Angela Brown Burke
Angela Brown Burke’s advocacy and leadership skills began to take shape while attending Wolmer’s School for Girls in the 1970s. There she actively advocated for student's rights and participated in the debating club, the Girls Brigade and several other school organizations. Her political activities are an outgrowth of her love for community service which began in her early days on Oxford Street in West Kingston. At the age of 16 she moved to the coastal town of Yallahs, St. Thomas, where she served as Secretary of the Yallahs Community Council.
Micheal Ighodaro joined AVAC in the fall of 2014 as a Program and Policy Assistant. He supports AVAC’s program activities including maintaining contact with grantees and providing technical and administrative support for special projects and strategic initiatives. Micheal Ighodaro is a passionate advocate for LGBTI rights and HIV prevention. Originally from Nigeria, Micheal had to flee his country after he was attacked due to his sexual orientation and work.
Alexandre is a serial entrepreneur and engaged philanthropist who started his first venture at 17. Over the past 15 years, he successfully launched and sold several companies in Europe and the United States across sectors spanning business and technology. In 1996, he founded A2X - one of Europe’s first web agencies - at age 21. He ran his own venture fund, Mars Capital, from 1998-2001. In 2001, he founded the mobile marketing firm Phonevalley and within a few years, the company became the largest mobile marketing agency in Europe and was acquired by Publicis Groupe in 2007. He sold ScrOOn - a social media management system he launched in 2006 - to Blackberry in 2013.
James Nxumalo is Mayor of Durban, South Africa.
Dr. Rosen is the Associate Director for Data Resources and Data Strategy at CUSP. She is also a product manager with the new Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS), a university consortium using new data approaches to document and improve the value of university research.
Matthew Slutsky is Managing Director of Partnerships for change.org.