Board of Advisors
Karen Louise Boothe
Karen lends her years of experience at the nexus of Journalism, Strategic Communications, Civil Society Engagement/Action. She has lived, travelled, worked and/or reported from nearly 60 countries in every region of the world. Her international development experience with USAID, EU, World Bank, DfID, MCC has taken her to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Moldova, Malaysia, Serbia, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, S. Africa, Namibia, Boswana and many more. She is an award-winning journalist, Sr. Political/Government Reporter and a founding producer of MPR’s WorldView International Affairs program which launched the PRI syndicated program “The World.” She has also filed for: BBC, NPR, Christian Science Monitor Radio, CBC, Common Ground Radio in U.S. and various publications. She is based in Washington D.C. (Check out her Linkedin Profile HERE.)
Mentor considers himself as a compassionate and enthusiastic social entrepreneur that wants to see everyone live in harmony with themselves and others. With a systemic impact focus, he is never content with just giving a person a fish, nor teaching them how to fish, he says that he “will not stop until the fishing industry is changed”. As a system changer he has started many initiatives, including Prosperity Initiative in Kosovo NGO, Two Dollar Challenge at ASU, #KaArdheKoha movement, #Pertemiren and many others. Mentor currently works at Ashoka, the organization that pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship and has the largest network of social system changing entrepreneurs in the world. He is based in Washington D.C., and his role at Ashoka is to advance a collective mindset shift so that young people are nurtured to be Changemakers. (Check out his LinkedIN profile HERE)
Jorge Alejandro “Alex” Muñoz Mendieta
J. Alejandro “Alex” Muñoz Mendieta is an experienced strategy and corporate developer, who has worked for Bloomberg and J.P. Morgan. Lastly he has worked for the Embassy of Mexico, focusing on NAFTA and trade. Alex also serves as an Advisory Board Member for The University of Texas at El Paso. He is finishing his MBA at Harvard Business School and has previously completed his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting at The University of Texas at El Paso. His goal is to become a financial technology executive and serve developing communities. He stays connected to the border through Project Paz, a nonprofit that supports at-risk children, and as an active UTEP alumni member. (Check out his profile HERE). Alex is located in Boston and is from Mexico.
Danica is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she majored in International Business and Marketing. Currently, she leads a multinational team who work with businesses to help improve company culture while empowering employees to innovate and grow. Previously, she served as a project manager for a variety of clients including both Fortune 100s and non-profits. Danica lives in Chicago. (Check out her profile HERE.)
Saloua Lahlou is a technology strategist, social entrepreneur, and the founder of Crafting Love and Hope. She grew up in Morocco and completed her studies in the United States, earning a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering in Health Systems from Georgia Institute of Technology. Saloua was inspired to start Crafting Love and Hope by her mother’s use of crafts to support her family and enable her children to create a better life for themselves through education. Saloua believes that technology has the power to improve people’s lives and wanted to pass those skills to youth to empower them to discover opportunities for themselves across the globe. Saloua lives in Washington D.C. Check out Saloua’s LinkedIn profile HERE.