DDD is fortunate to have an active dedicated board as part of our governance framework. The diversity and depth of their experience bolsters our Impact Sourcing model. Board meetings are held at least twice a year, with the location rotating among our international offices.
The Board consists of the following members:
Irving Levin is a serial entrepreneur and Chairman of Genesis Financial Solutions, a consumer lending business located in Portland Oregon. He divides his time between Genesis, investing in and mentoring small independent companies, and a variety of non-profit activities. Before founding Genesis, he started and led Renaissance Holdings, a credit card business which grew to 1400 employees before he sold it to Household International (now HSBC) in 2000. Before that he started the first credit card bank in the U.S. for ITT Financial. Through his investment vehicle Fluffco LLC, he is an active angel investor with direct investments in a large number of entrepreneurial companies. He serves as an informal mentor to many CEOs, and serves on the Boards of Directors of several private companies. Mr. Levin is active in the non-profit world. He has served on the Providence St. Vincent Hospital’s and Portland State University’s Foundation Boards, SMART, The Children’s Institute and a number of Portland area institutions. He and his wife, Stephanie Fowler, are co-Trustees of The Renaissance Foundation which focuses on enhancing educational opportunities for first generation and financially needy students. Mr. Levin is an occasional speaker on entrepreneurial and philanthropic subjects. He has four children and was once a professional classical musician.
A co-founder and former Board Chair, Michael is Chief Development Officer for DDD. Previously, he served as Program Officer in the Global Development Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Michael has also worked as a consultant on philanthropy and international development to other private foundations and individual donors and was a Digital Vision Fellow at Stanford University. Michael was the co-founder and Managing Director of Global Catalyst Foundation, the philanthropy arm of a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, where he facilitated a seed grant to help launch DDD. Prior to this, he helped start the non-profit organization Schools Online to bring Internet access and training to more than 5,000 schools around the world. Michael holds a BA in Russian Studies from Yale University and an MBA and a Certificate in Public Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He's happy to be living in San Francisco again.
Dianne is the Director of the Western Regional Office of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC). She served as President and CEO of Doherty-Tzoumas Marketing, a full-service advertising and public relations firm based in Springfield from 1985 to1991. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of Downtown Springfield Marketing, an organization whose mission was to promote downtown Springfield. She has also served as New Business Director at a Hartford, Connecticut advertising agency. Active in civic affairs in the Greater Springfield area, she is a founder of the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, an endowment to support women and girls, based on the values of the International Women's Conference in Beijing. She is a trustee of Bay Path College and a member of the Development Committee of the Community Foundation of Western Mass. Dianne is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and holds an MBA from Western New England College.
Ambassador Walter Fust has spent his career in the public and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, Mr. Fust served as Head of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) for fifteen years until he retired in 2008. SDC is the agency responsible for delivering Switzerland's development activities, with the goal of reducing poverty by fostering economic self-reliance. While there, Mr. Fust also served as the Chairman of the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) and Chairman of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Council for the Development of Communication, among other mandates. Before assuming his role at SDC, Mr. Fust worked in several public administration capacities in Switzerland including Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior, Managing Director of the Swiss Office for Trade Promotion, and personal advisor to the President of the Swiss Confederation. He now serves on several nonprofit and foundation boards, where he shares his international development expertise in an advisory role. He is also a member of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission fostering the role of Information and Communication Technologies for Development. Mr. Fust graduated from St. Gallen University in Switzerland with a Master of Public Administration.
Jeremy Hockenstein is co-founder and CEO of Digital Divide Data (DDD), an award-winning social enterprise pioneering its field. DDD provides socially responsible IT outsourcing services to clients around the world while creating jobs and better futures for disadvantaged youth in those countries. For its business success and remarkable social impact, DDD and Jeremy have been recognized with the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship as well as awards from the World Bank Development Marketplace, the IFC Grassroots Business Initiative and the Global Knowledge Partnership. Among other media acclaim, Jeremy and DDD were profiled in Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat as his "favorite example" of a social entrepreneur's initiative. Prior to DDD, Jeremy worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and as an international nonprofit consultant. He graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in economics and earned an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management.
Deborah currently helps F500 and FTSE100 companies effectively design, implement, scale and manage new business delivery models through her consultancy, Sourcing Change (www.sourcingchange.com). Outsource Magazine, the leading publication in the sourcing industry, refers to Deborah Kops as “one of the most versatile and well-regarded figures in the global sourcing space (with) a 360-degree view of the industry.” Passionate about driving corporate performance by changing delivery strategy and adopting new technologies, Deborah founded and leads The Conference Board’s (www.conference-board.org) Global Business Services Council, the peer organization for top-table leaders focused on business model transformation. She also serves as program advisor to ACCA, the UK-based global accountancy organization (www.accaglobal.com), which has embarked on a two-year Research & Insights program for finance and accounting shared service and outsourced delivery. Deborah is also a columnist and member of the Editorial Advisory Board at Outsource Magazine; a Research Fellow for award-winning analyst firm HfS Research; a columnist on shared services change management for SSON; a weekly blogger on critical industry topics, and a member of the Global Advisory Boards of both the SSON and Sharedserviceslink. Previously, Deborah was Chief Marketing Officer for WNS Global Services. Her corporate experience includes a Managing Directorship at Deutsche Bank and a Managing Directorship at Fleet Boston Financial (later Bank of America). Deborah’s consulting experience includes partnerships at both PricewaterhouseCoopers and Arthur Andersen where she advised on the improvement of non-core corporate functions. At PwC, she was a founding partner of one of the industry’s first BPO businesses, responsible for the development of process offerings, and managing growth and delivery of its most profitable vertical.
Sari has been a lead investor in numerous start-ups and social ventures, and an entrepreneurial leader of large financial services companies. She was the first angel investor in LeapFrog Investments and Grassroots Business Fund, and serves on their Advisory Boards. LeapFrog and GBF are leading impact investment funds that support businesses providing economic opportunities to millions of people living at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Sari was also the first angel investor in Purpose Global, a company that builds movements to help propel large scale and purposeful action. She is a founder and member of the board of directors at Nexii, a company that is building the marketplace infrastructure for impact investing, including the world's first publicly regulated Impact Investment Stock Exchange. Sari was a founding investor in Switch & Data Facilities, which was acquired by Equinix in 2010 for $800+ million. She also led the team that sold another company to AIG, in which she was a Partner, an Executive Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, Sari founded a publicly traded insurance company that grew to hold assets in excess of $1 billion, serving on its Board of Directors and chairing the Executive and Investment Committees. Sari holds a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Wharton. She lives in New York City.
Anish is an investor-advisor in the digital marketing space. His company Free Ion Advisors, LLC incubates ventures in digital publishing and mobile commerce. His firm also serves as a strategic advisor to companies interested in exploiting commercial opportunities presented by the digital marketing revolution. Recently, he helped found Group FMG, a private equity backed New York based digital production agency with over 400 staff worldwide. Prior to Group FMG, Anish was one of the founding senior executives of WNS Global Services (NYSE:WNS), one of the first India-centric Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies. He helped build WNS' presence in North America from scratch, closing deals with Fortune 100 companies that represented over half a billion dollars in contract value. As CEO of WNS' Research & Analytics unit, he led a 1400 person business that provided marketing decision support services to global brands. Before WNS, Anish was a strategy consultant with Monitor Consulting and Mars & Co. Anish has a Bachelors Degree in Science and Economics from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in the New York City area with his wife and two children.
Howard, now retired, spent most of his career at Applied Materials where he served as Corporate Group Vice President in various general management and operations roles - including the role of president of two of its major subsidiary companies. Applied Materials develops, manufactures, markets, and services integrated circuit fabrication equipment for the worldwide semiconductor and flat panel display industries. Howard played a significant role in growing the company's international operations-in Asia among other places - enabling the company to become the industry leader with over $8 billion in revenue. Prior to his years at Applied Materials, he worked for Johnson & Johnson and Consolidated Aluminum Corporation. He holds an AB in Economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Seton Hall.
Koji Osawa, Ph.D. is a Co-founder and Managing Principal of Global Catalyst Partners an international, multistage, technology-oriented venture capital firm. GCP has invested in leading-edge technology companies in the U.S., China, Japan and Israel. He has extensive experience in investment and management of high-tech companies in Asia and the United States. Dr. Osawa was at Mitsubishi Corporation for 14 years, starting in 1985, and served as division manager, Mitsubishi International Corporation (Palo Alto office), 1993 through 1999. He was responsible for business development with Silicon Valley companies in the areas of semiconductors, communications, and software. During this period, he invested in several private companies and venture capital funds. He arranged a wide range of business agreements between these private companies and prominent Japanese and Asian companies, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars of business. In 2001, Dr. Osawa championed a seed investment to start Digital Divide Data from the Global Catalyst Foundation (The Global Catalyst Foundation is a private foundation established by the principals of Global Catalyst Partners. Its mission is to improve peoples' lives through the effective application of information technologies.) He subsequently visited DDD's Phnom Penh office when there was just 40 staff. He and Global Catalyst have helped DDD in a multitude of ways since then. Dr. Osawa received his BS in electronics from Keio University, Japan, and his Ph.D. in engineering from Tohoku University, Japan.
Jaeson Rosenfeld is one of DDD's founders and has a passion for international development and entrepreneurship. He is currently CEO of StatDNA, a company that provides statistics and advanced analytics on sport teams. He served as a consultant for McKinsey and Company for seven years and led several projects at the McKinsey Global Institute - McKinsey's economics research think tank - on issues such as foreign direct investment, offshoring and energy demand. Jaeson also has field experience in development: He started a non-profit organization to teach English in Sao Paulo, Brazil's favelas, and worked in the countryside of Mexico to help improve the operations of micro-lending institutions. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the London School of Economics.
Mai is COO of Phujila, a Vientiane, Laos based social enterprise. Previously she was Chief People Officer at DDD. She graduated from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, and was awarded her MBA in December 2002. She joined the management training in DDD Phnom Penh in July 2003 and returned to her native Laos to set up the new DDD office in December 2003. In July 2004 she participated in a mini-MBA program called Global Social Benefit Incubator that was organized by the Santa Clara University for humanitarian ventures. Her knowledge of business management and her leadership skills contributed to her great success in motivating and engaging staff in attaining their organizational goals.
Dina is a prominent entrepreneur and leader in the database industry and a member of the Board of Directors since January 2008. Dina brings a depth of experience in software and technology enterprises. She grew up in French Morocco and pursued a BS and MS in Computer Science from the Technion Institute in Israel. She then moved to the United States and got a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, meanwhile raising her two young children. Her career began in academia and she was one of Cornell University's first female professors in the College of Engineering. She later served as a visiting professor at Stanford University and it was there that she began her career in business. She attended DDD's 5-Year Anniversary celebrations in Cambodia in Fall 2006 and was so inspired by the impact she saw there that she decided to accept the invitation to join DDD's Board at the timing of her departure from SAP. Dina is looking forward to working with DDD on finding new business areas and is planning on applying her experience in software to guiding DDD towards newer revenue models and new projects that will be more profitable.