Senior Advisory Council
A business entrepreneur turned social entrepreneur, Geoff is the founder of Unitus Equity Fund – the first privately-funded microfinance venture equity fund – and former CEO of Unitus Capital. Geoff has been involved in 11 start-ups, including dot-coms, microfinance institutions and commodity trading. He currently serves as CEO of White Hat Ventures. Davis has a master’s degree in public policy and development economics from Harvard University, and is the recipient of numerous awards such as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Stanford University’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leader awards.
Frank Levinson, Ph.D., is a technologist with experience in fiber optic components, communication networks, optical sensing, and various parts of “clean tech”. He serves on a number of corporate boards and is an active venture investor. Frank was the inventor on more than 40 patents in the areas of networking, optical communications and optical components. Today, he is managing director of Small World Group, which invests in start up companies and non-profit ventures. Before this, he founded Finisar Corporation, which today is the largest fiber optic component and subsystem supplier in the world. Over the past decade, Frank has worked philanthropically with a number of scientific groups including the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, SETI Institute, University of Virginia, Butler University and Grace College.
Sanjiv is currently Managing Director at Phoenix Advisers, a boutique advisory and principal investing firm. Prior to this he spent 11 years at Citigroup, where he was, variously, Head of the Asia Pacific Corporate Bank (APCB), Investment Banking and Head of Equity Capital Markets from 1997 until 2008. Sanjiv also spent over ten years in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs, in New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He holds a BA in economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, a post-graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, and a Master of Management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Misra is a member of the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University and the National University Health System.
Dr. Nicholls is a professor at the University of Oxford Said Business School, where he lectures on social entrepreneurship within the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Alex is a member of the advisory group for the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Social Enterprise
Capacity building cluster. Alex previously served in academic positions at Aston University, University of Surrey, and Leeds Metropolitan University. He holds a BA (Hons), MA and PhD in English Language and Literature from King’s College, London, and an MBA from Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.
Kalpana Raina is the managing partner of 252 Solutions, LLC, an advisory firm. Formerly, Ms. Raina was an Executive Vice President with The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. During her eighteen-year career at the bank, she held a variety of leadership positions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She has expertise in finance, creating alliances and partnerships, extending operations globally, and cross-cultural management. Ms. Raina has a Master’s degree from McMaster University, Canada and undergraduate and graduate degrees from Punjab University, India. She currently serves on the board of directors of RealNetworks, Inc. (NASDAQ- RNWK), John Wiley & Sons (NYSE-JWA), Information Services Group (NASDAQ-III), and The World Policy Institute (WPI). She also serves on several Advisory Boards. She is a member of The National Association of Corporate Directors, a Co-Chair for Asia for Women Corporate Directors and a past member of The US-India Business Council.
Mona serves on the Board of Trustees of Smith College, representing Smith in the Asia Pacific region. Mona began her professional career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, followed by a marketing career at P&G and Unilever, during which she restructured the Asia Pacific operations of Elizabeth Arden. Most recently, she worked on a project for Goldman Sachs Asia on the development of Asian leadership. In New York, she served as a Trustee to All Souls School and Girls Learn International, is a patron of the Science and Nature Program at the American Museum of Natural History and a founding member of Family Benefit at the Asia Society. She is also an Advisory Director to Breakthrough, a human rights organization based in the US and India. She holds a BA magna cum laude from Smith College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa; and an MBA (Beta Gamma Sigma) from Columbia University.