Geoff Desa is an assistant professor of management in the College of Business at San Francisco State University. He is a member of the Sustainability Group within the College of Business and teaches business & society, strategic management, and social entrepreneurship. Geoff's research examines resource mobilization and venture development in the technology and social entrepreneurship sector. He earned his Ph.D. in business from the University of Washington in Seattle with emphases in technology entrepreneurship, strategic management, and public affairs. Prior to that, Geoff worked at Novera Optics and at Hewlett Packard as an optical engineer. He earned his M.S in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He is on the board of the Common Data Project, a technology social venture engaged in information technology privacy.
As a Executive Fellow, Dr. Hammond focused on the GSBI's strategy. He has published extensively in the scientific and policy research literature; has lectured widely; and has served as a consultant to the White House science office, to several U.S. federal agencies, to the United Nations, and to several private foundations. He is also on the senior leadership team of Ashoka, where he is focusing on health care and rural connectivity sector development. Dr. Hammond holds degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University in engineering and applied mathematics.
James L. Koch
Dr. James L. Koch is the Don C. Dodson Distinguished Service Professor of Management at Santa Clara University and Founder of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship (formerly Center for Science, Technology, and Society). Professor Koch’s research focuses on technology and business model innovation for social progress, with an emphasis on underserved markets. His scholarly work appears in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, California Management Review, and Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. Professor Koch served as Dean of the Leavey School of Business from 1990-96, leading a school-wide transition to mission-based AACSB accreditation, growth of MBA enrollments to 1200 students, and a national ranking of its MBA Program (11th among part-time programs) by U.S, News and World Report. He founded the Miller Center (formerly Center for Science, Technology, and Society) in 1997 and in 2001 co-founded the Tech Awards—Technology Benefiting Humanity, an internationally acclaimed awards program that celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2016. Since 2005 a total of 2590 MBA students have taken Professor Koch’s course, Leadership for Justice and Prosperity, in which they develop candidates for the Tech Awards by analyzing the technology and business model innovations needed to take venture concepts to scale. In 2003 Professor Koch co-founded the Global Social Benefit Incubator with Pat Guerra and Al Bruno and served as its Executive Director of the GSBI from 2004 when it became a permanent offering until 2007 when he took time out to serve as Acting Dean of the School of Engineering. He returned in 2008 to provide leadership with Al Hammond of the GSBI sector strategy with a focus on innovation clusters in safe water and off-grid energy as well as to provide early leadership support for Thane Kreiner’s interest in developing the GSBI network. His current work focuses on systems thinking and pedagogical resources for extending work in the Miller Center to the teaching of social entrepreneurship to MBA and undergraduate students. With co-author Eric Carlson, he is writing a forthcoming book—Building Successful Social Ventures—which argues for a “bottom-up” approach to social innovation and incorporates best practices from the GSBI.
Sangeeta is a social sector professional with deep policy research and programmatic experience in sustainable international development projects. She has worked as a project manager, policy researcher, and consultant for think tanks, nonprofit organizations, and academia in India and the US, and for clients ranging from the World Bank and United Nations Development Program to Coca Cola India and TechSoup Global. A socio-economist by training - Sangeeta has a PhD in Economics from the University of Mumbai, and she wrote her dissertation on environmentally sustainable development - she enjoys integrating multiple stakeholder perspectives into her programmatic work. Sangeeta has published and peer-reviewed articles on cross-sector sustainability issues, and is very excited about exploring impact opportunities in the social entrepreneur space at Miller Center.
Currently, Rob is a Managing Director, founder, and Leader of PwC’s Global Financial Services Innovation Center. Over his career, Rob has been a leader in the design, implementation, and operation of over 25 leading edge innovation incubators, accelerators, and venture operations for global organizations in the US, Europe, China, and Japan. Rob co-authored Making Innovation Work. The book is in its second publication, 13th printing, and has been translated into 10 languages. Rob co-edited a three-volume book, The Creative Enterprise that integrates insights from the fields of management, economics, technology, psychology, and sociology to cover the spectrum across individual and organizational innovation and change management. Rob sits on the Advisory Board of Points of Light Civic Accelerator, the first accelerator program in the country focused on civic ventures. Rob is co-founder of a leading cleantech incubator in Silicon Valley selected as Best Business Incubator and one of the Ten Top Incubators (Forbes). Rob was designated an Innovation Champion by the World Economic Forum and an invited speaker at Summer Davos, House of Commons, Stanford University, University of California, USC, MIT Media Labs, and Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley. Rob’s work has been highlighted in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Forbes Japan, Financial Times, strategy+business, CNN Financial News, Fast Company, Bloomberg Radio, and National Public Radio.
Tracy founded Active Ingredient in 1995. She has worked with over 100 social entrepreneurs, start-up clients, and large organizations to create long-lasting solutions and great companies. Her specialties include strategy, business modeling, market assessment, customer research, impact analysis and competitive analysis. Tracy works on a pro bono basis for numerous non-profits including Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship and holds an MBA and Public Management Program certificate from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Steve has been a GSBI mentor for eight years, working with more than 20 social entrepreneurs including Nazava a Tech Awards laureate and Eco-Fuel Africa winner of the Verizon Powerful Answers Award. Steve served as the GSBI Mentor Network Director from 2014 through 2016. He helped create the GSBI Boost program and enhanced the curriculum for the Online and Accelerator programs.
Prior to Miller Center, Steve was the CEO and member of the Board of Directors of Svaya Nanotechnologies, a venture-backed company developing nanostructured thin films and surface engineering solutions and an entrepreneur-in-residence at Sigma Partners. Steve founded 0-In Design Automation (pronounced “zero-in”) in 1996 and served as the company’s President and CEO and as a member of the Board of Directors. 0-In was acquired by Mentor Graphics in 2004. In 1987 Steve founded Logic Modeling and served as the company’s Vice President of Operations. The company grew rapidly and was purchased out of IPO registration by Synopsys in 1993. Steve joined Valid Logic Systems in 1982 and served as Vice President of Manufacturing. The company had a successful IPO in 1984.
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