Who We Are: iFEST Principals
Mike Snyder, President & co-Founder
Mike Snyder is a social entrepreneur and an international economist
based in Washington DC and Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the chief
evangelist and principal co-Founder of iFEST. He has most recently
served as a senior international manager at the American Chemical
Society, handling all cooperative programs for Asia. He has also worked
for the US Secretary of Education on science and math education reform
at the Department of Education, and has managed international life
sciences cooperation at the Fogarty International Center of NIH in
Bethesda, Maryland. As an entrepreneur, Mike started Asia-Pacific
programs from scratch at the American Association for the Advancement
of Science (AAAS) in 1996 with over $1 million in grant funding from
the US National Science Foundation, the John D. Evans Foundation, the
Japan-US Friendship Commission, the Korea-US Science Cooperation
Center, and other sources. Mike also served over 3 years researching
science and technology policy issues for congressional leaders as an
analyst at the congressional Office of Technology Assessment.
Mike earned his baccalaureate and then his MA in Economics from the
University of Utah, where he graduated cum laude and was inducted into
Phi Beta Kappa. He has lived and worked extensively in Asia, and
studied economics and finance for one year at Kyoto University and
Doshisha University in Japan as a Rotary Foundation International
Graduate Fellow. He is fluent in Japanese. Mike has published numerous
articles and presented at numerous conferences on innovation,
entrepreneurship, international science cooperation, education policy,
and related topics. He has over 15 years of experience leading
analytical and program teams to develop and implement landmark
scientific, technological, educational, and economic cooperation
programs between the US, Asia, and Europe.
Sundeep Dugar, Counselor & co-Founder
Dugar is co-Founder and Counselor for iFEST, based on very early
discussions with Mike Snyder that started in India in 2005. iFEST
programs would not be what they are without Sundeep’s guidance. He has
also been heavily involved with several life science start-ups, most
recently as President and Chief Scientific Officer of Sai Advantium
Pharma Ltd., a Chemistry CRO based in India focused on drug discovery
and development collaborations. He has also been Senior Partner and
Founder of Advantium LLC, (US) and Advantium Pharma Pvt. Ltd., (India),
and Vice President for Chemistry at Johnson&Johnson Pharmaceutical
after the buy-out of Scios Inc. in 2002. As the Director of Medicinal
Chemistry at Scios, Sundeep was responsible for all drug discovery and
development - - he established the small molecule Drug Discovery and
Development Program at Scios Inc. laboratories, with 2 clinical and 3
development candidates in 3 years, before acquisition by J&J.
Sundeep was also Group Leader at Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical
Research Institute and Senior Principal Scientist at Schering-Plough
Sundeep is best known as the co-Inventor of ZETIA® and VYTORIN®, two
well known anti-cholesterol blockbuster drugs. Prior to his stellar
career in industry, Sundeep was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell
University under Prof. J. McMurry, and earned a Postdoctoral Fellowship
at ETH-Zurich, in Switzerland under Prof. A. Eschenmoser.
Sundeep earned his PhD from the University of California at Davis in
1984, with his Dissertation entitled "Synthetic Approaches to the
6H-Pyrido-[4,3-b]carbazole Alkaloids" under the mentorship of Prof.
Bryan Miller. He also earned a Master’s of Science in Chemistry from
Delhi University in 1980. Sundeep has received numerous awards and
- Commencement speaker, University of California at Davis, Graduate School Commencement, 2007
- US National Inventor of the Year Award, 2005
- American Chemical Society, Heroes of Chemistry Award, 2004
- New Jersey R&D Council’s Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award, 2002
- Schering-Plough Research Institute President's Award, 1995.
- Schering Plough Research Institute Excellence Award, 1996 and 1994.
- University of California, Dept. of Chemistry, Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. 1984.
- Raychem Corporation Graduate Merit Award. 1983
- University of California Distinguished Scholars Fellowship. 1983
- Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society. 1983
- University of California Graduate Research Award. 1981
He is also serving on the Advisory Board of the One World Health
Institute, and he has co-authored over 60 publications and
presentations, and is named as co-inventor on over 60 issued and
Yuan Youxin, Counselor & co-Founder
Youxin is a thought leader and co-Founder of iFEST, and has been
particularly instrumental in guiding our vision and program development
in relation to China. He is currently serving as the Director-General
of the Center for International Exchange of National Natural Science
Foundation of China (NSFC). His work includes organizing international
research and academic exchange activities of NSFC, such as
international conferences, professional training programs, and
scientific tours and visits in and outside China. In this position he
has extensive relationships with key research communities in China.
Youxin worked at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., from 1996 to
1999, where he was the principal Secretary in charge of information
technology and telecommunication issues. Other responsibilities at the
Office of Science and Technology included basic sciences, intellectual
property rights protection, science and technology policy, and science
and technology information exchange. During his service in Washington,
he established an unusually wide range of cooperative relationships
with public and private sectors in the USA and China.
Before coming to the US, Mr. Yuan was the Deputy Division Chief for
American, Pacific and East European Affairs in the Bureau of
International Cooperation of NSFC. There he was in charge of NSFC’s
international cooperation programs with foreign science funding
agencies and organizations in those three continents. He worked at the
NSFC from 1992 to June 1996.
Since 1983, Youxin was a research scientist at the Beijing Institute of
Aerodynamics in Beijing, China. His research was mainly in the fields
of theoretical analysis of aerodynamic characteristics of aircraft, and
application of computational fluid dynamics to control surfaces and
aircraft configurations, in addition to the studies of high-speed
aerodynamics. From 1989 to 1991, he was a visiting scientist at the
University of Tennessee Space Institute in the field of computational
Mr. Yuan graduated with B.Sc. degree (Honors) in Aeronautical
Engineering from Imperial College of Science and Technology in London,
England in 1983. He is the recipient of the Government Special Subsidy
awarded by the State Council of China for his outstanding contributions
to the cause of science and technology of China. Three times, he
received the Award for Science and Technology Progress of the Ministry
of Aerospace of China (two in second class, and one in third class) for
his research in aerodynamics.
Youxin was born in Beijing in June 1959. He is married to Wang
Huaiting, and they now live in Beijing with their daughter, Xiaolei. He
loves Ping-Pong, badminton, and other sports. Youxin also enjoys
reading, and playing Weiqi, an ancient Chinese board game.
Sunil Paul, Counselor
Paul brings to iFEST his successful work as an entrepreneur and
investor in clean energy and transportation companies combined with his
years of experience in business, technology, and policy. He was the
first investor in companies such as Advent Solar, nanoSolar, and Oorja
Protonics. As an entrepreneur he's founded and sold two internet
companies: Brightmail, the leading anti-spam company that serves over
300 million email addresses and was sold to Symantec in 2004 for $370M,
and FreeLoader, the first open “push” service, sold for $38M in 1996.
Sunil was also an advisor and board member for City Carshare. He
founded "Power Lunch," a group of over 100 San Francisco Bay Area
entrepreneurs, investors, and technologists engaged in clean or
alternative energy. His early career included three years as a policy
analyst at the congressional Office of Technology Assessment working on
nanotechnology and information technology and work on NASA Space
Station information systems. Sunil was very active in the 2004 election
as a fundraiser and also as founder of a 527 organization, iCanvas.org
which leveraged the Internet to better engage voters on progressive
causes. He lives in the Cole Valley neighborhood of San Francisco with
his six year old twins.
Robert Chernow, Counselor
Chernow shares his wealth of knowledge about entrepreneurship and
innovation with iFEST, as well as his extensive global resources and
contacts. At present, Rob serves as the Vice Provost for
Entrepreneurship at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY,
a position he assumed in January of 2006. One year earlier, Rob was
awarded an “Atlantic Fellowship” by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in
the United Kingdom (Gordon Brown at that time), to develop
recommendations to help the UK become a more enterprising or
entrepreneurial nation. During his year of Fellowship service, he
traveled extensively throughout the UK and Europe.
Before going to London, Rob was the Senior Vice President of
Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation - - the largest foundation
in the world dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship - - where he was
responsible for directing all entrepreneurship programs. Rob has
consulted with more than fifty colleges and universities (including
directly with 18 college presidents) on entrepreneurship both here and
abroad, as well as with the OECD and the United Nations.
Rob has over thirty years of entrepreneurial and business related
experience, both in the domestic and international arenas. Prior to
joining Kauffman, he was the founder and president of two health care
IT companies, one domestic and one international (Corporate Health
Strategies and World Specialists Online); President of two major health
care companies (MetLife’s Managed Care Group and The New York
Presbyterian Health Care System, the largest hospital system at the
time in the nation). Later, he was a Partner for
PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he directed their international health
care operations, many in developing countries and Latin America. Rob
was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Brazil.
Rob did his undergraduate work at Colgate University; his Master’s at
the University of California, Berkeley; and his doctorate work at Yale
University in Epidemiology and Public Health.
Richard Dasher, Counselor
Dasher is a leading advisor who brings to iFEST his deep network of
contacts and extensive experience in Silicon Valley and in Asia. Based
at Stanford University, Richard has been Director of the US-Asia
Technology Management Center since 1994, and Executive Director of the
Center for Integrated Systems since 1998 in a concurrent appointment.
He also holds Consulting Professor appointments at Stanford in the
Department of Electrical Engineering (technology management),
Department of Asian Languages (Japanese business), and the Asia-Pacific
Research Center. From 2004, Richard became the first non-Japanese
person ever asked to join the senior governance of a Japanese national
university, serving a term on the Board of Directors of Tohoku
University. He continues on the Management Council of Tohoku University
and as Special Advisor to the Tohoku University president. He is on the
Program Review Committee for the Japanese Ministry of Education’s World
Premier International Research Center initiative and has served on the
International Advisory Committee to the Japanese Minister of State for
Science and Technology Policy. Richard is an outside board director of
ZyCube Inc. in Tokyo, Japan, and advisor to several start-up companies
in the US and China.
During 1990-93, Richard was a salaried board director of two Japanese
companies in Tokyo, at which he developed new business in international
licensing of media rights packages and other intellectual properties.
From 1986-90, he was Director of the US State Department’s Foreign
Service Institute advanced training centers in Japan and Korea, which
provide full-time curricula to US and select Commonwealth country
diplomats assigned to those countries. Richard received his MA and PhD
degrees in Linguistics from Stanford University and is co-author of the
book Regularity in Semantic Change (Cambridge University Press, 2002).
Having received the Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet and orchestra
conducting in 1977 from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where
he served on the faculty from 1978-85.
Jack Fensterstock, Counselor
Fensterstock is a key advisor for iFEST based on his unique overseas
experience and depth of knowledge about innovation policy. Jack has
extensive international background in the global science and technology
sector, starting in the 1970’s as project manager for India’s software
development and informatics centers; and, in China since 1978 when he
was invited to assess the state of Chinese science and technology and
management processes as a prelude to the entry of international
multilateral institutions such as the World Bank and other UN agencies.
He led the first of such programs and over the past 29 years he has had
extensive experience in conducting policy studies for key units of the
Chinese Government and conducting technical assistance projects. His
experience is unique in relation to China, as an independent outside
expert trusted by the top economic and technology policy leaders in
Beijing. Jack is regularly consulted for his advice on emerging issues
of key importance to China’s economic reform program.
He has advised on and structured joint ventures and other forms of
cooperation between Chinese and foreign firms. Most recently he has
served as President of the China Capital Corporation, a seed and
venture capital investment vehicle. Activities have included the
conduct of market entry and feasibility studies, identification of
potential joint venture partners, screening and matchmaking, deal
structuring, and negotiations assistance.
Although in semi-retirement, Jack continues to work closely with the
Ministry of Science and Technology on the development of China’s
Venture Capital industry. This initiative evolved from a major study he
managed for the Ministry on the reform of the science and technology
sector and especially how to commercialize R&D results. He has held
corporate positions at the Founder, President, and Chairman levels for
several US-based and China-based entities. He is author of numerous
policy and scholarly papers, and has presented at numerous conferences.
Sadiq Ahamed, Counselor
Sadiq Ahamed is the youngest Counselor of iFEST, but he has enjoyed several early years of very successful computer engineering and technology entrepreneurship in the United States and India. Currently, Sadiq serves as a Director and Product Architect for Incture Technologies. In this role at Incture in India, he drives the Products Development and Engineering functions. Before that he co-founded the start-up Shunya Inc. with several mates from his college days, which he ran for more than a year before successfully merging with Incture. He was awarded the "Dr. Dayananda Sagar Young Entrepreneur Award" in 2008.
Prior to that, Sadiq was an engineer with Dell for four years where he was the lead on four US patents along with ten other inventions. While at Dell, he won numerous awards including the "Inventor of the year," "Extra Mile Award," and others. He has also presented research papers in various international conferences. Sadiq worked closely with the Office of the CTO at Dell on Disk Data Format Standardization, along with Bill Dawkins who was the founder of the group. Sadiq is graduate of National Institute of Technology-Warangal and is now based in Bangalore, India.
Gordon Flake, Counselor
Flake has been a significant senior advisor and contributor to iFEST
programs since 2006. Gordon currently serves as Executive Director of
the Mike and Maureen Mansfield Foundation, having been appointed in
February 1999. Prior to joining the Mansfield Foundation, he was a
Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Program on Conflict
Resolution at The Atlantic Council of the United States. Before moving
to The Atlantic Council, he served as Director for Research and
Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute of America.
Mr. Flake travels frequently to Japan, Korea, China and other countries
in Asia as a conference participant and lecturer. He is a regular
contributor on Korea issues in the U.S. and Asian press, and he has
traveled to North Korea on four occasions. Gordon has published
extensively on policy issues in Asia. His most recent publication,
entitled Paved with Good Intentions: The NGO Experience in North Korea,
examines the impact of NGO and UN humanitarian relief efforts in North
Korea after 1995.
Gordon is a native of Rehoboth, New Mexico. He received his BA degree
in Korean with a minor in international relations from Brigham Young
University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. He completed his MA at the David M.
Kennedy Center for International and Area Studies, also at BYU. His
master's thesis was on economic reforms in Laos. He lived in Korea for
a number of years and speaks both fluent Korean and Laotian. He has
seven young children and is married to Pakayvanh Sisoutham of
Mariana Bozesan, Counselor
are very fortunate to have Mariana Bozesan working with us as part of
iFEST. As a social and serial entrepreneur with more than 25 years of
experience, Mariana is an internationally recognized authority on the
psychology of Consciousness Leadership and peak performance. In
addition to being a trained computer scientist and psychologist,
Bozesan is an inspiring public speaker and futurist who has also been a
high-tech and clean-tech investor since 1995. She is also a
humanitarian, philanthropist, and successful author of the first
integral diet books and program entitled Diet for a New Life
Through her Consciousness Leadership Model based on Ken Wilber’s
integral map of consciousness, Mariana advocates ecologically
sustainable human development, socially responsible business practices,
and conscious capitalism that bridges personal fulfillment with global
sustainability for the benefit of all humanity.
As a social entrepreneur, Mariana is the Co-founder and President of
SageEra Institute, a Silicon Valley based socially-conscious and
philanthropy-driven integral health company that currently supports
more than 38 humanitarian organizations worldwide www.sageera.com.
Furthermore, she is founder of Infobahn Romania SRL and Infobahn
International GmbH. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Bozesan served
Oracle Corporation and Digital Equipment in various executive functions
worldwide. As a humanitarian, she served as a board member of The
International Museum of Women in San Francisco, California. Mariana is
a member of the Founders Council of The Chopra Foundation, advisory
board member of The Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence
(SAIV), and the President and Founder of the Bozesan Foundation. The
Bozesan Foundation is a privately held philanthropic organization,
which contributes to the education of young people in Africa, China,
India, and in former communist countries.
Educated at Stanford University and Karlsruhe University, Germany,
Mariana holds a MS degree (Diplom Informatikerin) in Artificial
Intelligence and Computer Science from Karlsruhe University. A native
born Romanian, she is fluent in five languages and is currently
enrolled in a PhD Program at the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology
in Palo Alto California, from which she also received a Masters degree
Harvey Scott, Counselor
Scott brings to iFEST his extensive international venture experience,
as well as his current leadership role as Vice President of Corporate
Ventures for Rolls-Royce Plc. In this highly autonomous role he works
closely with the Rolls-Royce Board and Top Management at Rolls-Royce,
as well as US and European Private Equity/Venture/Angel funds. He also
works closely with government development agencies on executing new
Harvey has broad international experience and has expertise in
Corporate Venture Capital, Supply-Chain Management, Cross-Functional
Team Integration, Negotiations, and Risk Management. He also has
experience in M&A, non-profit management, and macro- and
micro-economic development policy.
In addition, Harvey currently serves on several boards and councils
including: the European Council on Innovation, the Market Development
Board for the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC), and the
Business Innovation Council for the University of Leicester.
Harvey earned a B.Sc. in Business Management and Finance with a minor
in Mandarin Chinese from Southern Virginia University. He also earned
Masters Degrees from Cornell University in Organizational Management
and an MPA in International Development and Economics. Harvey currently
resides with his family in Griffydam, Leicestershire in the United
Susan Sclafani, Counselor
Sclafani is currently serving as Managing Director of Chartwell
Education Group in Washington DC. Susan recently retired as Assistant
Secretary of Education and Counselor to the US Secretary of Education,
where she worked with Mike Snyder. She brings a wealth of domestic and
global experience and relationships as an advisor to iFEST. At the US
Department of Education, Susan was the US representative to the
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC). Her passion for the
task of promoting and ensuring the highest standards in education was
well demonstrated during her tenure at the United States Department of
Education. Among the highlights of her term at the Department was her
leadership in the creation of the Mathematics and Science Initiative
(MSI). The MSI focused attention on the importance of mathematics and
science in the education of all students, emphasizing the need for
knowledgeable math and science teachers at every level of schooling and
the importance of further research in both areas.
Susan’s global work led to her leadership of the joint E-Language
Learning System with the Chinese Ministry of Education. She also led
the Department’s High School Initiative to better prepare students for
21st Century education, training, and the workplace. Prior to serving
at the Department, Dr. Sclafani was Chief Academic Officer for Houston,
Texas - - one of the nation’s largest urban school districts - - and in
that capacity perfected her diverse skills focusing on technology,
curriculum development, and construction management. She also has
extensive state education and business experience.
Guillermo Söhnlein, Counselor
Söhnlein is committed to the iFEST vision of encouraging transnational
technology entrepreneurship, particularly for young people. He has
spent ten years in leadership roles with various technology startups in
the Washington DC area as well as Silicon Valley. Guillermo’s recent
East Coast ventures include an online service helping commuters to
share rides, a mobile games distribution platform, and a Web-based
communication suite for small and mid-sized businesses. Previously, he
was co-founder of a San Francisco-based speech recognition application
development firm that was acquired in 2001.
Guillermo co-founded the International Association of Space
Entrepreneurs, a membership trade association promoting global
entrepreneurship in the space industry, as well as Space Angels
Network, a virtual network of angel investors focused on early stage
space ventures. He currently serves as Chairman of the Executive
Advisory Board for The Center for Social Leadership and as an Advisor
to The Entrepreneur Center for the Northern Virginia Technology
Council. He previously served on active duty in the US Marine Corps as
a Judge Advocate, volunteered as a mentor and judge for the National
Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and developed and taught
graduate-level courses in entrepreneurship at Stratford University.
Guillermo earned an AB in Economics from the University of California
at Berkeley and a JD from the University of California Hastings College
of the Law. He currently resides in Leesburg, Virginia, with his wife,
Julie, and their three young children, Rebecca, Daniel, and Caleb.
Andrew Hargadon, Advisor & Lead Seminar Instructor
Hargadon is an Associate Professor of Technology Management at the
Graduate School of Management, and Director of the Center for
Entrepreneurship at the University of California at Davis. Prior to his
academic appointment, he worked as a product designer at IDEO and Apple
Computer and taught in the Product Design program at Stanford
University. Professor Hargadon's research focuses on the effective
management of innovation, and he has written extensively on knowledge
and technology brokering, the role of learning and knowledge management
in innovation, and the strategic role of design in managing technology
His research has been used to develop or guide new innovation programs
in organizations as diverse as the Canadian Health Services, Silicon
Valley start-ups, Hewlett-Packard and the US Navy. He has published
numerous articles and chapters in leading scholarly and applied
publications. He teaches corporate executive programs and serves on the
advisory boards of several start-up companies.
Andrew Hargadon received his Ph.D. from the Management Science and
Engineering Department in Stanford University's School of Engineering,
where he was named Boeing Fellow and Sloan Foundation Future Professor
of Manufacturing. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Stanford
University's Product Design Program in the Mechanical Engineering
Department. Additional information and articles by Andrew can be found
Rao Buddhavarapu, Counselor & Seminar Manager
Rao Buddhavarapu brings to iFEST over 15 years of experience (5 years
in engineering) in wireless and internet services, enterprise
application integration, enterprise collaboration, product knowledge
management, and computer systems. He worked many years in the Silicon
Valley start-up community in companies such as Holomage, InfoSpace,
Saraide, Tibco Software, and HaL Computer Systems. Rao established “TIB
University” Tibco’s training department, from scratch and developed it
into a profit making business unit. He currently works as an
independent consultant and investor, as well as technical advisor and
seminar manager for iFEST.
Rao also serves as CEO of ObjectOne Information Systems Ltd., parent company of popular ethnic portal www.teluguone.com and edutainment portal www.kidsone.in,
based in Hyderabad."
Rao completed the Executive MBA program at Santa Clara University,
California. He received his MS degree in Electrical Engineering
(Computer Networking and Operating Systems) from Clemson University,
South Carolina, and his BE degree in Electrical Engineering from
Osmania University, India. He lives in Hyderabad (nicknamed Cyberabad),
India, with his wife Lalitha Sista, a scientist in organic chemistry,
and two daughters Thulasi and Thanmayi.
Ann Korando, Advisor
Ann Korando is a nationally recognized leader with over twelve years of
fund raising, program development, hands-on program management in the
science and engineering education philanthropic sector. She is known
for her ability to create partnerships and alliances, nationally and
internationally - - lending her expertise and contacts to iFEST as a
trusted fundraising advisor. Ann is highly regarded among a significant
list of high-level colleagues in Education, Government, and Industry.
She is recognized as a visionary with the ability of moving an
organization toward reachable goals and objectives.
Ann is the founding principal of BBF&K Consulting, a newly formed
consulting practice in the areas of Fund Raising, Public Relations,
Program Development and Management, Outreach and Marketing. Ann is
perhaps best known for her leadership at Science Service in Washington,
D.C. where she served as Director of Development and Public Relations.
She was responsible for raising over $100 million in sponsorships for
existing and new educational programs over a twelve-year period. She
secured new title sponsorship from Intel Corporation for the former
Westinghouse Science Talent Search (STS) the premier US national
science competition that has existed for 57 years. Sponsorship funding
was increased from $600,000 per year under Westinghouse to $1.2 million
in the first year thanks to Ann’s leadership with Intel as a partner,
and the sponsorship continues to this day. She secured first ever
National Sponsorships for the International Science and Engineering
Fair (ISEF), which had existed for 46 years by securing Intel as the
title sponsor for this program as well. This sponsorship has resulted
in $15 million of sponsorship dollars over the past nine years. To
enhance the ISEF program, Ann created and secured funding for the
Distinguished Scientist Panel, a group of Nobel laureates and Medal of
Science and Technology winners. Ann created and secured funding for the
International Exchange Night as an additional enhancement to ISEF. She
also created and secured title sponsor for the Discovery Channel Young
Scientist Challenge, receiving $6.3 million in sponsorship over seven
years. Her other corporate accomplishments include:
- Created national program for NEC Foundation of Americas Tenth Anniversary.
- Created outreach program for Shell Oil Company.
- Created national program for Unisys Corporation.
- Secured financial support for National Children’s Magazine, Science News for Kids.
- Secured financial support for National Conference on Engineering
Education, known as SEEK-16 (Science Engineering, Education K-16)
Ann graduated from Vanderbilt University, with a BS in Human Development in 1985
Scott May, Advisor
Scott May advises iFEST on a number of education and program
development issues. He currently serves as Vice President for Systems
and Curriculum at the Biotechnology Institute in Arlington, Virginia.
He oversees an initiative that promotes interest in biotechnology
education, state by state, at the school system level. Scott previously
served with Mike Snyder and Susan Sclafani at the US Department of
Education on the Mathematics and Science Initiative. He also managed
the Education Department’s response to the needs of community colleges
in Louisiana and Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Prior to that, he was Executive Director of Project 2061 Professional
Development Programs of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science, and director of strategic initiatives and partnerships at the
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Scott holds an MBA from
Texas A&M University, a BA in Economics from Austin College, and is
fluent in Spanish. He serves on the Presidential Advisory Board of Ana
G. Mendez University System, the Board of Directors of the Triangle
Coalition, and Legacy Direct.
Ryan Wilson, Advisor
Wilson is a gifted young advisor bringing a decade of experience in
international alliance building, branding, marketing, and business
development to iFEST. He is presently working at the X PRIZE Foundation
in Santa Monica, California. During his career, Ryan has served Fortune
100 clients as an Account Executive for Ha-Lo Industries, one of the
largest promotional advertising agency in the world. He also served as
one of the initial stakeholders of Marketworks Inc, a global technology
and marketing services company that currently supports more than 4,000
businesses in 37 countries. Ryan has worked as a marketing and business
intelligence consultant for some of the world's top brands in
industries such as financial services, sporting goods, health &
fitness, and consumer technology.
As Director of Global Alliances for X PRIZE Foundation, Ryan focuses on
worldwide strategic alliance program design for individual and
institutional partners who support the Foundation's ongoing operations
and prize initiatives. Wilson received his BA from Emory University in
Atlanta and his MBA from Thunderbird's School of Global Management in