Shain is a Gen X with a career, two children, a husband and an aging mother. She forms part of the sandwich generation. While trying to be a super mum and a loving daughter the stress of doing so around a busy business is great. In 2014 her mother who is a widow but who was both financially and physically independent fell ill. Despite the best healthcare, the support or rehab care offered to the Seniors was inadequate. Shain being a Physiotherapist by profession took on the task of developing a variety of solutions to support herself, her family and her mother. Having been through this process, she became the “go to” person for advice and help. By building the right community and support system, Shain and her mum have found a positive way to navigate the challenges of aging. In 2016, Shain attended the Stanford Executive Program where she worked on a prototype of Thrive and tested it in the UAE market before building the product and launching it for the USA and Canadian markets in January 2019.
Kruti has more than six years of experience in sectors such as multilateral agency, academics, banking and private sector business. In her previous engagement with RICS India Pvt Ltd, she was involved in research, financial forecasting and financial analysis assignments in the infrastructure sector. She was also teaching financial modeling to postgraduate students and has published a research paper. Kruti started her career with Axis Bank Ltd managing various verticals under branch banking. Subsequently she joined Asian Development Bank as a consultant in Public Private Partnership unit at New Delhi. She was also involved in launching the first Infrastructure Development Fund (IDF) in India IIFCL Asset Management Company Ltd.
Kruti has completed her Master’s in Business Administration and Bachelor of Engineering. She is passionate about personal finance and enjoys spending time reading books and blogs.
Noorissa is a graduate of Bowdoin College where she studied Economics and Math. In the past two years she has spent her time working in Shanghai, Beijing, and now Dubai. In China, her focus was on business development, specifically, performing market research and developing and executing go-to-market strategies. Currently, she works as a Product Manager at Mastercard where she is involved in the execution of strategy for core products. In addition, she looks closely at ways to enhance customer experiences and to streamline processes. In her spare time, Noorissa is an avid boxer and loves dancing, cooking, and globe trotting around the world.
Cheryl is the Executive Director of The Lewis Institute and The Babson Social Innovation Lab, and is responsible for leading a critical aspect of the strategy for Babson by promoting broad support for Babson's work in integrating social innovation, social responsibility and social relevance into its curriculum and co-curricular activities.
She is a recognized leader in corporate social responsibility and social innovation. She led the design of The MBA Intensity Track in Business and Social Innovation, Designed and teaches an MBA Elective in Creating Social Value. Cheryl co- designed and teaches one of BabsonX’s online offerings, From Corporate Social Responsibility to Social Innovation
Cheryl is also the co-creator of Food Sol an “action tank” at Babson’s Social Innovation Lab dedicated to using entrepreneurship to redesign the food system.
Diksha is Indian by birth, Canadian by nationality, was brought up in Saudi Arabia and has over 15 years of leadership experience spanning the United States, Canada, India, Japan and UAE. This has given her a unique understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the diverse MEA region.
With her current research interest in gerontology and over a decade of volunteering experience in retirement homes, palliative care centers and on hospice floors, she has a level of exposure that has helped her understand not only patient experiences but also caregiver needs. One of the key areas of focus in the research is to assess products and services needed within education, entertainment, leisure and travel that deliver on intergenerational engagement opportunities through online and offline communities.
With a BA in International Relations/Japanese and an MA in Human Security and Peace Building, Diksha is committed to delivering value to all participants and stakeholders.
Elizabeth is also Co-Founder and CEO, SeniorEntrepreneurshipWorks.org; Co-Founder, eProvStudio.com; Founder, SavvySeniorsWork.com; Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at Babson College; Associate Fellow in Global Economics and Finance, Chatham House: The Royal Institute of International Affairs; Fellow, MetLife Foundation's Journalists in Aging and one of PBS NextAvenue.org's Top 50 Influencers in Aging.
She launched her life as an award-winning, serial entrepreneur after a 30+ year distinguished career as an editor and author and as a philanthropic leader—first at the Great Bay Foundation in Maine and then at The Philanthropy Roundtable in Washington, DC. She has both created and funded high impact enterprises that have galvanized cross-sector community support to solve some of today's most challenging social, economic and environmental challenges.
Elizabeth is considered an expert in the field and is continually quoted in the media and publications such as the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, PBS, NPR and is invited to speak on the topic of senior entrepreneurship at major government, private, philanthropic, academic, and nonprofit positive aging and economic convenings.
Karim Khoja, Chief Executive Officer of Roshan, has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including starting and managing extremely successful GSM companies in Pakistan, Poland, Croatia, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.
Under his leadership, Roshan has grown to be Afghanistan’s market leader, with more than six and a half million customers. Mr. Khoja started his GSM career as CEO for Mobilink in Pakistan, and then launched Era GSM in Poland. He then went on to spin out the mobile company, T Mobile, from the incumbent Croatia Telecom.
Over the course of the last eleven years, Mr. Khoja has dedicated his time to the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) to bring competition and best practices to the telecommunication industry in Afghanistan and Tajikistan. He has focused not only on financial results, but also on how technology can be used to change lives.
Mr. Khoja serves on the board of IPS West Africa and T Cell in Tajikistan. He is the Chairman of the Afghan Investment Climate facility(Harakat), a £30m fund to encourage private enterprise, an advisor to the GSMA Development Fund and until a year ago a Associate Board Member of the Legatum Center at MIT.
As president of Cambia Health Foundation, Peggy works with a wide range of stakeholders to drive healthcare transformation that results in better experiences for people and families. Sojourns™, the Foundation’s signature program, promotes palliative care to improve the care of people with serious illness and support their loved ones.
Under Peggy’s leadership, the Foundation has evolved from a regional grant-making organization to purposeful investor in solutions that advance palliative care access and support family caregivers. Peggy was personally recognized by Portland Monthly magazine as an Extraordinary Board Member in 2017 for her leadership of the Cambia Health Foundation.
Peggy was honored by Dress for Success Oregon with its Athena Award in 2016, by the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington as a Woman of Distinction in 2015, and by the Portland Business Journal as a Woman of Influence in 2014.
She received her bachelor's degree in philosophy and anthropology from Lawrence University and her law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. She has also completed the Stanford Executive Program and is a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Association.
Scott is the founder and managing partner of the Jigsaw Group, an investment vehicle dedicated to developing innovative ecosystems and supporting social ventures. Prior to the Jigsaw Group, Scott was the GM for Smart City Australia, where his team coordinated $25M+ in investments, developed technology parks, fostered regional business incubators, piloted ‘clusters’, and showcased Australian innovations. Scott started his career with Unisys Corp. spending over 14 years working in various positions: CFO for the South Pacific, Director for Consulting Asia Pacific, Finance Director for Japan Operations and industrial engineer in a semiconductor fab. Scott has BSc and MBA plus certified Licensing Professional (2008-2017), numerous board and advisory panel roles, and a continuous stream of coaching and mentoring engagements.