July 2015: Battery Ventures Human-Centered Design Award – www.Asili.net (DRC)
August 2014: Change Maker Award Winner (ARC) – Coding Schools for Refugees
September 2013: Selected by Clinton Global Initiative – DRC Action Committee
January 2010: Delivered 48 tons of life saving supplies for Haiti Earthquake Victims
May 2010, 2011, 2012: NetSuite Partner of Year Award (net new $10MM licenses)
June 2009: Minority Business Owner Award winner in the Twin Cities
March 2009: World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader Fellowship
August 2007: US-China Relations Committee, Young Leader Fellowship
May 2007: Authored leading business book “Sustainable Disruption”
June 2006: Finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
May 2004: Top 40 under 40 business executives in the Twin Cities
UN Women January 2016 - Present
Advising UN leadership on business models to enable women empowerment in developing countries
Enabling women-owned clean energy sector businesses in Bolivia, Myanmar, Senegal
Creating open-source platform for supply-chain and mobile money integration
Deploying global crowd-sourcing / crowd-funding platform focused on women financial resilience
Founder / Investor
BanQu – Economic Identity Solution For Ending Extreme Poverty January 2015 - Present
Patent pending Blockchain application enabling the under-banked / un-banked in extreme poverty zones
Build a trust identity network for unbanked and under-banked across the globe
Enable a mobile banking experience for the poorest
Enable a true and reliable credit history allowing for access to capital
Local supply chain for products and service that create profitable micro enterprises
Big data platform providing deep analytics and decision support on aid delivery
CEO – probono
Asili – Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo June 2013 - June 2015
Leading private-public partnership to reduce U5MR and improve maternal health in Eastern DRC.
Building a market-based approach “economic zone” to deliver primary healthcare, nutrition, clean water, agriculture and mobile-money in a way that is actively delivering the following results in a conflict zone:
Job creation for local mothers to own water and mobile phone kiosks.
Job creation for local mothers to work in the economic zone to be nurses, receptionists, inventory managers, store operators etc.
Providing affordable primary care for children under 5 to prevent malnutrition, malaria, pneumonia
Increasing farmer crop production and livelihood by connecting cash crops to global supply chain.The operation is run on cloud-based application built on NetSuite platform and operates on/off grid in way that provides a 360-degree view of all stakeholders and their related transactions.
Global Cloud Evangelist / CEO
RSM / Forward Hindsight Inc. March 2004 – November 2015
Big 5 firm focused on mid-market delivering consulting, tax / audit and advisory services.
Current role was designed as part of the Forward Hindsight acquisition and includes the following:
Lead NetSuite business strategy and expand client base
Keynote major conferences and roundtable to highlight benefits of the cloud
Advise on key clients and overall product development
As a result of the acquisition McGladrey has been the NetSuite Worldwide Partner award recipient 3 years running 2013, 2014, 2015
Built $20MM annual NetSuite practice
Forward Hindsight – US, India (Acquired by RSM in 2012)
Leading business advisory services & cloud ERP / applications firm
Top NetSuite implementation partner 3 years in a row (2010-2012)
Brand and Strategy alignment to create sustainable growth models
Information Security solutions
Global business expansion and execution
Integrated Risk Management
Integrated Supply Chain management solutions and sourcing
Business outsourcing – metrics and management
Cloud- computing analysis and consulting
Achieved positive cash flow within 6 months of operations
$5MM business acquired by $1.5B firm global firm (RSM)
Built client base in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia
Sample clients: Accenture, ShopNBC, LandOLakes, Fastenal, 3M, Trax Technologies, Best Buy, Capella University, Caribou Coffee, AccuWeld, Hosted Solutions, Northwest Airlines, AirTran Airways, Xerox, BUCA, XATA, Gander Mountain, Navarre, H B Fuller, Titan Machinery and Novartis
CEO / Founder
KOOZALA – USA, India (Acquired by investors) March 2008 – October 2011
Leading mobile (SaaS) healthcare platform focused on:
Primary care diagnostics using facial recognition
Light-EMR for rapid consultations
Family health history and diagnostics
Early prevention analytics for chronic diseases
Fourth Generation, USA (Acquired by Harbinger Technologies) March 2003 – February 2004
Brought in to turnaround and grow 18 year old legacy IT services organization. Responsible for all aspects of business including – finance, marketing, sales, human capital and strategy.
Created strategic vision and execution roadmap for the turnaround.
Implemented Lean IT organization.
Introduced new practice areas for strategic business – Sarbanes-Oxley and Business Architecture.
Executed a pragmatic marketing strategy that resulted in new partnerships and sales.
Created offshore development presence.
Firm was at 30% of revenue for the year by end of January 2004.Sample clients: Memories, Retek, WellsFargo, Travelers Express, Carlson Companies, RSM McGladery and MetCouncil.
Director Software Development and Operations
Plato Learning – Minnesota May 2002 – March 2003
Brought in to architect and design next generation products to increase profitability.
Partnered with CEO and COO to create a roadmap to sunset legacy business systems and processes. Used a Business Architecture approach to identify weakness in existing operations strategy and create future state execution plan.
Improved customer web experience that led to a 50% increase in adoption rates over six months.
Implemented “Lean” customer requirements process to gain speed-to-market.
Integrated West Coast based acquisition by aligning products and business strategy.
Partnered with sales teams to help close multi-million dollar e-learning projects. Instrumental in enabling multi million dollar sale to State of Kentucky.
Managed offshore and onshore development teams to create leading edge student curriculum portal that meets the Federal Government’s No Child Left Behind program guidelines.
Director Solutions Integration
United Health Group – Hartford, Minneapolis (USA) September 2001 – May 2003
Brought in to be the “relationship manager” between multiple billion-dollar businesses to realize e-billing benefits across the enterprise.
Led team of over 30 team members in the US and Ireland to create online billing and processing system and related workflows. Efforts resulted in majority of Fortune 1000 firms converting from paper based processing to electronic processing. Estimated cost savings per year were approximately $50 million.
Partnered with business unit CIOs and COOs to understand and integrate their respective strategic goals and operational plans.
Negotiated call center contracts and workflows with IBM Global Services to streamline and reduce cost of calls by 30%.
Implemented “Lean” business processes for billing operations.
Created virtual supply chain to manage disparate business processes that enabled improved business intelligence.
CEO / Founder
NonStopWireless –Minneapolis, USA (Sold IP) June 1999 – September 2001
Founded this product firm to help sales forces access and update enterprise data from wireless devices.
Envisioned product scope and architecture. Hands on development of core product.
Raised capital for initial product release.
Gained beta site contracts in US and Canada.
Director Technology Effectiveness
Personnel Decisions International – Minneapolis, USA January 1996 – July 2001
TIES – USA December 1994 – January 1996
Colonial Management (Fidelity) – Boston, USA August 1994 – December 1994
Sr. Project Manager
Unisys De Colombia – Bogotá, Colombia July 1993 – July 1994
Tata Unisys – Bombay July 1991 – July 1993
Sr. Systems Analyst
Data General India – Bombay July 1990 – July 1991
DuPont India – Bombay September 1989 – July 1990
BS – Systems Analysis – Bombay University
MBA – Finance and Marketing – University of Minnesota Carlson School
Harvard – Executive Education – Global Leadership and Public Policy