Louise Guido, Chief Executive Officer
Louise has established ChangeCorp throughout the world as a leader in innovative mobile services in emerging markets. Working directly with telecom operators, multinational corporations and local partners, Ms. Guido understands the intersection of commercial value and social impact for the betterment of people’s lives.
Ms. Guido also is the founder of the Foundation for Social Change – a not-for-profit organization that focuses on teaching women and girls life and business skills training. Each year the Foundation hosts the Global Conference for Social Change with the United Nations.
Ms. Guido launched a successful Internet publishing company called, LivingAbroad.com. As a guide for expatriate executives, Living Abroad.com, features day-to-day living details in 185 countries including the culture, housing, education, taxes, insurance, etc, Over 100 multinational corporations subscribe to LivingAbroad.com. Ms. Guido was graduated from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Communication Arts. She lives and works in New York City.
Eunice Namirembe, Digital Editor
Eunice Gnay Namirembe is currently working with Change Corp as the Digital Editor. She has also previously worked as a Program Management Director at The Medical Concierge Group (www.tmcg.co.ug). TMCG is a social enterprise using new media via call centre, mobile technology (Voice and SMS) as well as building technology platforms that enhance health systems in Uganda, Kenya and Nigeria. She was also previously the Country Director at Text to Change for 5 years a mobile for development organization. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in ICT technologies and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Statistics from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda and has over 10 years of experience in formulating, program management and implementing ICT for Development programs in Uganda and Africa.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Ran Makavy, EVP, Lyft
Ran has been a leader and pioneer in mobile products and emerging markets for the past 10 years. He was the founder and CEO of Snaptu, which was acquired by Facebook in 2011. Snaptu enables low-end phones to run mobile apps with great user experience, thereby, removing a major barrier in Internet adoption in emerging markets. At Facebook, Ran grew Snaptu to over 100 million active users, and is now responsible for building Facebook’s international user base, focusing on removing the financial and accessibility barriers blocking Internet adoption. He currently resides in San Francisco. Before Facebook, Ran lived and worked in Israel, London, Australia and the US working at Odigo (acquired by Comverse) and Followap (acquired by NeuStar). Ran holds a computer science degree and MBA.
Johanna Zeilstra, Executive Director, Signature Program
Strategic and results-oriented leader with experience in leading teams in both start-ups and in large, global corporations. Over the past two decades, has helped launch several consumer-facing businesses as well as worked as a senior executive at PricewaterhouseCoopers and JPMorgan, and with over a dozen client corporations, including Delta Air Lines, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Philips, Lucent, Bank of America, Chase Manhattan, and Occidental Petroleum. Johanna’s career has led her to work in Canada, China, Indonesia, France, The Netherlands, Mexico and across the USA. She continues to coach senior executives and their top teams and has a passion for supporting personal change in making large business changes stick. As the Executive Director of the Signature Program, Johanna develops top senior women talent of Fortune 200 corporations.
Prior to the Signature Program, Johanna co-founded GiveBack, an innovative platform that makes it easy for companies to build authentic and impactful cause marketing, workplace giving and other social responsibility initiatives. GiveBack was launched on the Oprah Winfrey Show in April, 2011.
Johanna is originally from the Netherlands, was educated in Canada where she earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a Masters degree in Business Administration.
Riley McDonough, CEO, RM Media Advisors
Riley McDonough has had a distinguished career in the consumer media industry, most recently as the senior vice president and general manager of the Americas and Head of Global Sales for the consumer publishing division of Thomson Reuters. His responsibilities included the sales, marketing and development of the Company’s multimedia news and information products, which are distributed through multiple digital media platforms, including Reuters.com, mobile applications, and digital out-of –home.
Prior to joining Reuters, Mr. McDonough was the senior vice president of consumer markets at WebMD Health, where he led the sales and marketing efforts across all non-pharmaceutical and wellness categories. In addition to leading the national sales team focused on building strategic online advertising and marketing partnerships, he played a key leadership role in helping to direct future product and Internet strategies for WebMD in the consumer marketplace.
Mr. McDonough was a founding Board Member and Secretary of the Online Publisher’s Association, Board Member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, and is currently a member of the Legal Board of Trustees of Iona College, where we received a BA in Communications.
Brian Waluchio, CEO, Oxygen 8 East Africa
Since 2011, Brian has been the head of the East Africa office of Oxygen8 Group, a global provider of integrated mobile solutions with offices in ten countries, operations in over 20 countries and a turnover in excess of £90million. Working in partnership with its clients, Oxygen8 enables businesses to drive new revenue streams, improve customer communication, build brand awareness and increase customer loyalty.
Brian has built the East Africa office to $12 million in revenues, and grown his office staff from four to over 70. He is responsible for launching new products and services that drive additional revenue to Oxygen8 working directly with many telecom operators in the region, including Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.
Sharon Melnick, Ph.D. is a leading authority on Confident Leadership and Stress Resilience for women. Her practical tools
are informed by 10 years of research at Harvard Medical School and field tested by over 12,000 training participants. An
internationally sought after speaker, her presentations on Resilience (Success under Stress) and Confidence receive highest
ratings and multiple repeat invites from organizations such as Procter and Gamble, NY Life, Novartis, MetLife, GE, Sodexo,
Merck, Moody’s, OmniCom, AIG, and many others. Many of these Fortune 500 companies participate in her recently launched worldwide Confidence Revolution for Women, resulting in women employees who speak up, take risks, and lead boldly.
Jill R. Kickul joined New York University Stern School of Business as the Director of their social entrepreneurship program in July 2008. She teaches courses in entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship and is the Faculty Chair and Academic Advisor for the 30-course MBA specialization in Social Innovation and Impact. Prior to joining NYU Stern, Professor Kickul was the Richard A. Forsythe Chair in Entrepreneurship in the Thomas C. Page Center for Entrepreneurship at Miami University, Ohio, and a professor in the management department in the University’s Farmer School of Business. Prior to joining the Miami University faculty, she was the Elizabeth J. McCandless Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Simmons School of Management in Boston.
Professor Kickul received her B.B.A. from the University of St. Francis in Illinois, her M.B.A. from DePaul University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Northern Illinois University.