Joost Bonsen (MIT)
Joost Bonsen is a Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Joost joined the Advisory Board of Educate Lanka in 2011 when he advised its founder to become a finalist of MIT $100K Elevator Pitch Contest through his course – Development Ventures – at the Media Lab. Joost studies innovation everywhere, from invention in research labs through action in entrepreneurial startups and innovation ecosystems generally. He most recently finished the Management of Technology program at MIT Sloan with his thesis The Innovation Institute: From Creative Inquiry Through Real-World Impact at MIT.
Prior to MIT Sloan, Joost ran the MIT Founders Project which
quantified the economic impact of MIT-related entrepreneurs,
findings ultimately published by BankBoston as MIT: Impact of
Innovation. Formerly an entrant, mentor, judge, and Lead
Organizer of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, he was
instrumental in the growth of and recent doubling of the prize
fund to include a Development and Social Impact Track. He is
co-founder of the Howtoons Project which distributes educational
cartoons showing kids everywhere "How To" build things using
everyday materials and tools. He is co-founder of the MIT
Innovation Club, TechLink and numerous entrepreneurial events and
gatherings, including the MIT Chairman’s Salons. Joost was
co-creator and founding Teaching Assistant or instructor of
several MIT classes and seminars, including the IAP Nuts &
Bolts of Business Plans with Joe Hadzima and Developmental
Entrepreneurship and Digital Innovations with Sandy Pentland, and
most recently Neurotechnology Ventures with Ed Boyden &
Bhaskar Chakravorti (The Fletcher School | McKinsey)
Chakravorti joined The Fletcher School at Tufts University in
2011 as the Senior Associate Dean for International Business and
Finance and Executive Director of Fletcher’s Institute for
Business in the Global Context and the Center for Emerging
Markets Enterprises (CEME). He also serves on the Fletcher
faculty as Professor of Practice in International Business.
Professor Chakravorti joined the Advisory Board of Educate Lanka
in 2012 when its founder was a student of his at the Fletcher
John Hammock (The Fletcher School | Oxford | ACCION)
Professor John Hammock is a Professor of Public Policy at the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Research Fellow at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University. He is the co-founder of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative established to build a multidimensional economic framework for reducing poverty. Professor Hammock joined the Advisory Board of Educate Lanka in 2012 when its founder was a student of his course – Understanding and Managing International NGOs: Ethics and Practice – at Fletcher that used Educate Lanka as a case study.
He was founder and Director of the Tufts University Feinstein
Center that undertakes research and technical assistance in
humanitarian emergencies. He was President of Oxfam America for
eleven years and served as Executive Director of ACCION
International that provides credit to micro-enterprises. He was
the Managing Director of Global Equity Initiative at Harvard. His
work centers around human development and values, with particular
focus on policy issues and implementation. Professor Hammock
co-authored Practical Idealists: Changing the World and Getting
Paid. He is Chair and Acting Executive Director of Episcopalians
for Global Reconciliation. He holds a doctoral degree in
International Relations from Tufts University and an Honorary
Doctor of Laws degree from Denison University. He was born in
Cuba. He has two daughters and two grandchildren.
Raj Melville (Deshpande Foundation | MIT)
Melville is an Executive Director at the Deshpande Foundation
where he develops overall strategy and channels the Foundation’s
efforts to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation. Raj joined
the Advisory Board of Educate Lanka in 2011 when he mentored the
Educate Lanka team to finals at MassChallenge 2011.
Patrick MendisProfessor Patrick Mendis is a distinguished senior fellow in the School of Public Policy and an affiliate professor of public and international affairs, both at George Mason University. He serves as the founding chair of the Board of Advisors at Educate Lanka.
A former American diplomat and a military professor in the NATO and Pacific Commands during the Clinton and Bush administrations, professor Mendis served as the vice president of academic affairs at the Osgood Center for International Studies and a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University’s Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. In 2012, American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appointed him as a commissioner to the US National Commission for UNESCO. He is the author of several books, including Commercial Providence, Trade for Peace, and Glocalization, and more than 100 articles.
Dr. Mendis earned his PhD in geography/applied economics from the University of Minnesota, MA in international development and foreign affairs from the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and BS in business administration and economics (first class honors) from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. An alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School, Professor Mendis is a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.
He is the founder of the Tsunami Leadership Caring “TLC” Foundation. He has established a number of tsunami scholarships, the Sarvodaya Peace Prize, and two annual awards at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Professor Mendis has also funded over 100 Kiva micro-loan projects in more than 35 countries and established the annual Edward Burdick Legislative Award at the University of Minnesota. He has traveled to and worked in more than 100 countries and visited all 50 states in the United States. He and his family live in the Washington, DC, area.
Perera is Adjunct Professor of Law and International Research
Scholar in Residence at the Washington College of Law of the
American University in Washington DC. He retired in 2010 as the
Chief Counsel at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
(MIGA) of the World Bank Group after serving there for 21 years.
He is one of the Founding Board of Advisors of Educate Lanka and
has been a personal mentor to its founders.
Fernando Reimers (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
Professor Fernando M. Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of
International Education and the Founding Director of the
International Education Policy Program at the Graduate School of
Education and an Affiliated Professor at the Law School at
Harvard University. Professor Reimers joined the Advisory Board
of Educate Lanka in 2011 when its founder was a student of his
course - Educational Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship in
Comparative Perspective – that examines the role of entrepreneurs
and of public private partnerships to generate and sustain
Kim Wilson (The Fletcher School)
Kim Wilson is a Lecturer at the Fletcher School at Tufts
University and a Fellow with Feinstein International Center,
Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University. Kim joined the
Advisory Board of Educate Lanka in 2012 when she advised the
founder on his thesis on Educate Lanka – “From Educate Lanka to
Educate World: Tackling Development through Innovative
Educational Solutions, One Nation at a Time”
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