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Baiju solanki

Founder: Enspirit Global

UK

Based in the United Kingdom, Baiju Solanki is the Founder and CEO of EnSpirit Global: a platform that serves to awaken, instill and enhance the entrepreneurial spirit in all of those who wish to live their best life.

As a former businessman of the year, his experience extends beyond the realm of enterprise: a trained psychologist, lecturer, speaker and author, he nudges people into realising their power.

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Mariam Braimah

Product Designer at Netflix

Founder: The Kimoyo Fellowship

USA

A product designer at Netflix helping shape the global non member user experience to drive customer growth & acquisition. She’s currently a design lead for the company's mobile & desktop sign up efforts. Mariam also founded The Kimoyo Fellowship, an immersive learning program aimed at facilitating the cross-pollination of knowledge, ideas and shared experiences between leading tech industry professionals across the African diaspora. 

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Nicaila Matthews Okome

Founder: Side Hustle Pro

USA

Nicaila Matthews Okome is the Founder of Side Hustle Pro, LLC, a podcasting and marketing company that shines a light on untold narratives.

Born in Jamaica and raised in the Bronx, her professional experience spans digital marketing, ad sales and social media strategy for NPR, Google, MTV Networks and more. Nicaila's Side Hustle Pro is the first and only podcast to spotlight bold, black women entrepreneurs who have scaled from side hustle to profitable business.

The podcast has been named “the perfect entrepreneurship podcast” by Mashable, earned over half a million downloads.

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sian morson

Founder: Kollective Mobile

USA

Sian studied film at NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, and eventually plunged into technology, working in the world of advertising, producing large websites and online media for the likes of MGM, Coca Cola, and Audi. After earning her Master’s at London’s Middlesex University, Sian went on to manage the mobile division of the #1 Independent Digital healthcare company Eveo in 2008. There, she managed a team creating apps for clients that included Genentech, Novartis and Pfizer.

Sian founded Kollective Mobile which specializes in native mobile development and works with a range of agencies, startups and organizations to realize their mobile needs.

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Muoyo Okome

Founder: App Magic

USA

A former IBM & Microsoft staffer, Muoyo is a mobile Entrepreneur and author. He Built & published a portfolio of 100+ mobile apps which have been downloaded over 12 million times worldwide including several achieving coveted Top-10 and Top-100 status. He is an expert in mobile app publishing, marketing, monetization and author of “The 7 Steps to App Success.”

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Laura Teclemariam

Senior Product Manager: Electronic Arts

USA

Laura Wright Teclemariam is a Senior Product Manager, at Electronic Arts, one of the world’s largest Game Publishers. She leads EA’s Engagement, Targeting and Adverting suite of enterprise products, where her team builds core technologies for all games.

 

Prior to EA, Laura led the developer tools efforts for a 100 Million-dollar mobile advertising tech company, Tapjoy.

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Neysha Soodeen

Founder: Toute Bagai Publishing

Barbados

Neysha Soodeen is a well known personality throughout the Caribbean. She has hosted numerous travel shows on The Travel Chanel, Caribbean Passport and other TV productions promoting the islands and all that they have to offer. Neysha is mostly known for launching the Caribbean's top magazine publishing house Toute Bagai Publishing, producing a number of internationally awarded periodicals such as MACO Caribbean Living, Destinations and Sandals Style.
Neysha herself has been awarded for her contribution to promoting the Caribbean receiving the Marcella Martinez award in 2014 in New York.

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niel Harper

Founder: Octave Consulting

Barbados

Niel Harper he been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, been selected by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper, and chosen by the Internet Society as a Next Generation Leader. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow to the OECD Technology Foresight Forum, a Chartered Fellow to the British Computer Society, and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

As the Founder & Managing Director of Octave Consulting Group, a management consulting firm, Niel that assists organizations in combating online threats and safeguarding digital assets and effectively managing the full spectrum of cyber risks in a manner that adds business value and creates market opportunities. 

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Mariah Lichtenstern

Founder: DiverseCity Ventures

USA

Mariah Lichtenstern is the founder of DiverseCity Ventures, CINESHARES.club, and Managing Director of the Founder Institute-Sacramento. She's a frequent speaker, advisor, mentor, and judge and alumna of UC Berkeley, UCLA, and USC. Mariah serves on the Tech Advisory Committee for California Clean Energy Fund’s CalSEED fund, and is a member of UCLA Ventures. Driven to empower founders and filmmakers of all backgrounds.

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mark hassell

Biz Dev Lead:  Eric Hassell Shipping

Barbados

Mark has worked in business development, strategic partnerships and corporate development in New York, San Francisco, and Barbados. He currently leads Sales and Business Development for Eric Hassell Shipping. Previously he was responsible for Corporate Development and Strategic Partnerships at Govini, a venture-backed B2B SaaS Big Data company (backed by Salesforce Ventures and Accel Partners) and was also the CEO and Director of Product at Pricehub, a seed stage B2C analytics company. He is also an angel investor, startup mentor, and executive coach. 

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Paul scott

Founder: Trona Capital

South Africa

Paul is founder of Trona, a digitisation and big data optimisation company which specializes in ICO, Blockchain and Fintech technologies to create meaningful bridges between technology and strategy. He is also leader at the Block Chain Advisory Council LLC Johannesburg area, South Africa.

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lianne

mcnaughton

Founder:  Youth Can Do I.T.

Jamaica

Lianne McNaughton is a PMI-Agile Certified Practioner, Gallup Strengths Coach and the Founder of Youth Can Do I.T. (YCDI) a youth empowerment organization that uses technology and strengths-based initiatives to develop and empower the youth. Lianne has worked with startups to government agencies and her work centres around 3 things - youth empowerment, talent and people development.

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ROGER HENNIS

Senior Manager: Deloitte

Barbados

Roger is a technology and business leader with strong record of success in managing C-Level relationships with customers, consultative selling and building critical vendor relationships. Strong management experience in leading and motivating high performance sales teams. Proven ability in helping customers bring the benefits of IT to solve business issues while managing costs and risks, opening up new strategic sales opportunities at C-levels, and driving new business and product development solutions.

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Navroop K. Sahadev

Connection Science Fellow: MIT

USA

Navroop is a Fellow at MIT Connection Science and holds a host of leadership roles in the DLT space, both as a practitioner as well as a researcher. An economist by training, Navroop is currently building a FinTech company that seeks to leverage blockchain technology. She is also a Research Associate at the Centre for Blockchain Technologies (CBT) at University College London and holds three masters in IP Management, Economics of Innovation and Applied Economics.

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Peter thompson

Programming & Projects: TEN Habitat

Barbados

Peter Thompson spent the first 20 years of his career in Canada as an entrepreneur (Hurricane Engineering, Synaptic Communications Inc., Denis & Muntener Advertising, boatbuilding.com, NationLogic Inc.) and the next 15 years as a non-profit executive (Two Rivers Gallery Ltd., Social Enterprise Boost Initiative). He is back in Barbados after 40+ years to help use social entrepreneurship as an economic and social development tool.

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Renee coppin

Founder: Infinity on the Beach

Barbados

Renee is a diverse business executive and entrepreneur in the tourism and hospitality industry. She owns and operates two hotels in Barbados, Pirate's Inn and Infinity on the Beach.

She is passionate about empowering young women to reach for their goals and go after what they want in life.

indra rudder

Singer Songwriter & Entrepreneur

Barbados

Indra helps Vocalists and Speakers fine-tune their voice inLife & onLine, and started "Celebrate A Sister" series that highlights women who shine. Songwriting on the charts: #1 MTV Africa, #1 German reggae charts, #1 BBC 1Xtra, #5 U.K reggae charts, #5 David Rodigan's "Hot Hits," and #7 Billboard reggae.

Indra has participated at M.I.D.E.M, W.S.I.S, S.X.S.W, W.O.M.E.X, C.M.E/U.N.E.S.C.O, and C.O.S.C.A.P's "Women In Music," and had songs placed in films, "Once Upon A Time In Ichirouganaim" and "A Caribbean Dream." She enjoys coaching entrepreneurs on shaping a thriving career through their gifted creativity.

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Selwyn cambridge

Founder: TEN Habitat & Caribbean Startup Summit

Barbados

Selwyn is a serial entrepreneur and has been working with startups for more than 10 years. He founded TEN Habitat which focuses on developing investor-ready ventures and helping to create a nurturing enviroment for the growth of entrepreneurs. He is also the founder of the Caribbean Startup Summit, working to empower regional startups.

Currently, Selwyn manages Ethnic Vision Inc, a Caribbean brand development and marketing company he founded and serves as the Executive Director for TEN Habitat.

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israel mallett

Founder: IDS Creative

Barbados

Israel Mallett is the Chief Creative of IDS Creative Inc., a digital media creative consultancy based in Barbados and a part-time tutor in design at the Barbados Community College. He has worked with businesses and agencies to develop creative linkages, projects and strategies to promote innovation and growth around the region and enjoys sharing his industry and life experience to shape the next generation of visual and creative communicators. In his spare time he can be found sketching, singing or songwriting while learning to play a new instrument.

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candace mitchell

Founder: Techturize

USA

Candace V. Mitchell is a technology powerhouse and visionary entrepreneur. As co-founder and CEO of Techturized, Inc., a high tech hair care company based in Atlanta, GA, she used her passion for beauty and technology to create Myavana, a personalized hair care service that recommends products and regimens based on scientific analysis of your hair.

Candace graduated in 2011 from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Computer Science.Her company has been featured nationally on CNN, Headline News, BuzzFeed, The REAL daytime talk show, Marie Claire Magazine, ESSENCE, Black Enterprise, and Business Insider, to name a few.

She shares her knowledge and insight with other entrepreneurs as an author of The Shift , her first book that details her personal and entrepreneurial growth.

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