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Gain deep insight into the expertise areas of best-in-class changemakers in different fields.

Becoming a Changemaker Today

Alex Budak, Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business

Exponential Technologies

Monique Giggy, VP SU Ventures, Singularity University


Xiaodan Wang, Director, Product Design, Facebook

The B Corp Movement

Andrew Kassoy,
Co-Founder B Lab

Urban Science

Anne Dodge, Executive Director, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, University of Chicago Institute for Urban Innovation, University of Chicago

Charities and Impact

Michael Thatcher, President and CEO, Charity Navigator

Developing a Smart City

Bernard Faustino Dy, Mayor of Cauayan City, Isabela

Conversations with

Our conversations with thought leadership is a podcast series that brings you global perspectives on contemporary social innovation issues today

Achieving Mobility for All

A Conversation with Paula Bisiau, Undersecretary of Sustainable and Safe Mobility, Government of the City of Buenos Aires 

Paula brings us through her journey in moving towards greater inclusivity and people-centricity in public transit planning for the city of Buenos Aires.  

Going Digital in the Automotive Industry

A Conversation with Ben Stanley, Global Automotive, Aerospace & Defense Research Lead, IBM Institute for Business Value

Ben shares his insights on how automotive companies can respond to the many demands of the future of mobility: new service models, declining traditional car sales, as well as autonomous and MaaS vehicles.

The Future’s in Freight

A Conversation with Adriel Lubarksy, Senior Director of Business Development, Udelv

Adriel invites us to take a look at another dimension of urban mobility – the transportation of goods, and how cities can gear up towards supporting autonomous delivery vehicles. 

Laying the Groundwork for New Mobility

A Conversation with Danielle Elkins, Executive Advisor to City of Minneapolis, FUSE Corps

Danielle shares her experiences of advising local governments in planning proactively to meet their citizen’s mobility needs and establishing the challenging but critical groundwork for new mobility initiatives to thrive.  

Unpacking the Mobility Toolbox

A Conversation with Mara Bullock, ITS and Technology Planning Lead, WSP Canada

Mara shares 3 things that cities need to get right for the successful implementation of technology solutions to address mobility challenges and upgrades: technology testing, regulation, and collaboration.  

Achieving Mobility for All

Paula Bisiau, Undersecretary of Sustainable and Safe Mobility, Buenos Aires City Government

Alex Budak

Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business

Alex Budak is a social entrepreneur and professional faculty member at Berkeley Haas. Budak created and teaches a transformative course called “Becoming a Changemaker,” and is Executive Director of the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program. He co-founded and now advises the social enterprise, which has helped over 1,000 changemakers in 50 countries raise over $10 Million USD.

Prior to joining Berkeley Haas, Budak ran Scandinavia’s leading incubator and helped raise $30M from impact investors. He’s written about leadership for FastCompany and The Guardian and lectured on social entrepreneurship in venues ranging from the White House to the World Bank to Cambodia to Ukraine to the Arctic Circle.

He has an MPP from Georgetown and a BA from UCLA, and also received UCLA’s 2017 Recent Alumnus of the Year award.

Monique Giggy

VP SU Ventures,
Singularity University

Monique Giggy founded Singularity University Ventures (SU Ventures) and has directly advised over 1,000 startups. SU Ventures is a program designed for entrepreneurs that are focussed on addressing global challenges surrounding water, food, disaster resilience, climate, health, and education, using exponential technologies.

Monique has also successfully deployed capital in more than 20 technology startups, and has built an ecosystem of over 21,000 founders, 2,500 active startups, and 600 experts to provide support for startups to thrive. She is an expert on topics covering the startup lifecycle, impact investing, and has mentored numerous entrepreneurs on building high-growth and sustainable global businesses with the aim of achieving large scale social impact.

Xiaodan Wang

Director, Product Design, Facebook

Xiaodan is current the Director of Product Design in Facebook. She has over 19 years of UX experience across multiple industries, multi-nationals, and unicorn start-ups including Yahoo, Microsoft, Didi, Thoughtworks, and Grab. Over the past decade, she has held senior management positions and led international design teams including multicultural and cross-disciplinary teams to drive innovative products and services. Beyond UX, she is also heavily skilled in visual design, user research, service and space design, industrial design, content strategy, UX engineering, and design project management.

Andrew Kassoy

Co-Founder B Lab

Andrew Kassoy is managing partner and also the co-founder of B Lab, which has certified over 1,300 B Corporations across 29 countries. Prior to B Lab, Andrew spent 16 years in the private equity business, including serving as the Managing Director in Credit Suisse First Boston’s Private Equity Department and as a founding partner of DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners. He is a Board Member of Echoing Green, on the US working group of the G8 Social impact Investing Taskforce, and on the Forbes Impact 30 list of leading social entrepreneurs. and LabShul.

Anne Dodge

Executive Director, Mansueto Institute
Anne Dodge is the Executive Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation. Before joining the Institute, Anne led UChicago Urban, where she was in charge of making the University’s urban research more transparent and accessible, while also guiding the the University’s civic programs and non-profit partnerships. Anne has also worked as an instructor at the Harris School of Public Policy’s Cultural Policy Centre, where she lectured on creative placemaking for graduates. She has worked extensively at the intersection of arts and economic development, including as the interim Executive Director of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance and the Oral History Project Director for the National Public Housing Museum.

Michael Thatcher

President and CEO,
Charity Navigator

Michael is the president and CEO of Charity Navigator, with the mission to make impactful philanthropy easier for all and providing donors and the charities they love with tools, ratings and information needed for informed decisions and investments. Prior to joining Charity Navigator, Michael spent more than fifteen years with Microsoft, the last ten of which, as their Public-Sector Chief Technology Officer responsible for technology policy initiatives and engagements with governments and academic leaders in Asia, the Middle-East and Africa.

Bernard Faustino Dy

Mayor of Cauayan City, Isabela

Mayor Bernard Faustino La Madrid Dy is in charge of Cauayan City in Isabela state of the Philippines, with an aim to make his city the Ideal City of the North. Under his care, Cauayan City has also been named as the first smart city in the Philippines in 2015 by the Department of Science and technology, sparking the national ‘Smart City’ movement. Mayor Bernard was awarded the Most Outstanding Mayor for two consecutive years, Youth Ambassador for Peace in 2014, and Manager of the Year, proving as one of the keystone leaders in his generation for the country.

Paula Bisiau

Undersecretary of Sustainable and Safe Mobility, Buenos Aires City Government

aula Bisiau is the Undersecretary of Sustainable and Safe Mobility in the Buenos Aires City Government. This department works on public policies regarding road safety, walkability and cycling promotion as a key urban mode of transport.

With a Human Scale city paradigm, she works to promote sustainable means of transportation adopting the vision-zero approach, which seeks to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries. To that end, she developed the first Road Safety Plan for the city, which encourages pedestrian priority, respect and coexistence in transit.

She is also in charge of the Gender and Transport agenda in the Secretariat of Transport, which aims to equalize job opportunities within the sector and improve women’s mobility conditions in relation to street harassment.

Ben Stanley

Research Leader
IBM Institute for Business Value

Ben Stanley leads the development of research and strategy for automotive in the Institute for Business Value (IBV). The IBV provides fact-based research and analysis on emerging industry and cross-industry business issues. Ben has authored several industry studies including “A New Relationship: People and cars“, Automotive 2025: Industry without borders”, and “Transforming Retail: Engaging customers through information, influencers and interactions.” From 2009 to 2014, Ben led the China Automotive Center of Excellence. His team provided strategic and business domain consulting for domestic and multinational automotive companies in the China market.

Prior to these roles, Ben was the Global Strategy Lead for the automotive practice in IBM Global Business Services. Ben has over thirty five years’ experience in the automotive Industry. He received his MA in Business Management and his BS in Industrial Education – both from Central Michigan University.

Adriel Lubarksy

Senior Director of Business Development, Udelv

Adriel Lubarsky is Senior Director of Business Development at Udelv, an autonomous delivery technology firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Adriel leads the commercialisation efforts of Udelv’s Autonomous Delivery Vehicles (ADVs) through engagements with retailers such as Draeger’s Market, a high-end grocery chain in the Bay Area, as well as strategic partnerships with household names including Walmart and Baidu. He is also responsible for crafting Udelv’s launch, implementation, and operations strategy, which has led to the successful completion of over 10,000 deliveries using Udelv’s truly autonomous delivery vehicles equipped with custom cargo space. He is an avid startup supporter and entrepreneur himself, having co-founded and invested in a number of startups.

Danielle Elkins

Executive Advisor to City of Minneapolis, FUSE Corps

Danielle Elkins is Executive Advisor for the City of Minneapolis under FUSE Corps, a national non-profit which partners with local government agencies in the United States across a wide-ranging set of issues, such as working with the City of Minneapolis Public Works department to support the implementation of the City’s Transportation Action Plan through the development of curriculum and engagement activities. She also develops partnerships with the private sector and research community to identify solutions which will support emerging mobility challenges in cities including data analysis/privacy, changing revenue models, curbside management, and equitable payment systems.

Mara Bullock

 ITS and Technology Planning Lead, WSP Canada

Mara Bullock is National Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and Technology Planning lead at WSP, a global consultancy firm focused on providing technical expertise and strategic advice to clients in the Built Environment and Transportation industries. At WSP, Mara works with public and private sector clients to identify and understand their challenges, and subsequently apply technology and alternative procurement approaches to address them. Her project areas have ranged from traffic management, traveler information, and transit management, to connected and automated vehicles, priced managed lanes and smart cities. Mara also sits on the board of ITS Canada, and leads the WSP Canada transportation innovation initiative. Prior to her role at WSP Canada, Mara gained extensive experience at the IBI Group where she served in a number of roles including Associate Director.