BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR
Ellen is founder and director of Friends of Tilonia, Inc. which takes its name from Tilonia, a small village in Rajasthan, India that is home of the Barefoot College. For more than 40 years, the Barefoot College has worked to improve the lives of the rural poor who earn less than $1 a day. Working with a “Barefoot” team in Tilonia, Ellen has developed Tilonia.com to sell handcrafted textiles produced by more than 800 rural artisans in India. Ellen has over 25 years experience in developing new businesses and online financial information services delivered to major financial firms. She has managed relationships with technology and business partners as well as led project teams designing real-time financial information services and systems for financial and investment professionals globally. Ellen is an active member of the angel network Investors’ Circle and mentors social enterprise start-ups through Investors’ Circle’s partnership with the Hitachi Foundation’s Young Entrepreneurs Program. She is a graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business and the University of Minnesota.
SCOTT ELBERGER, MD, MPH
Scott serves as President of CHISPA Global and as an emergency physician who has been working in his field for over 30 years. While working as the Vice Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, NY, he met Carlos Montoya, MD, Jen Chao, MD and Claudia Thomas, MD. They had founded a group called Pediatricians for Central America’s Children (now known as CHISPA Global) that worked in El Salvador and the Dominican Republic to help provide poor children free medical care. Scott joined the group in 1992 and has been going on missions with the group every since. For the last 4 years he served as Vice President of the group and is now the newly elected president. Having gotten an MPH from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2005, Scott has helped focus the group’s work on community health, medical and health education and community health research. He is active in the International Emergency Medicine section of the American College of Emergency Physicians and is an adjunct professor at NYIT’s Global Health program.
APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY ADVISOR
Iana is the Director of Programs for Engineering for Change, LLC (E4C) in New York City, a global alliance of engineering organizations and community of 1,000,000+ individuals dedicated to promoting sustainable and accessible technology-based solutions for underserved communities. She is focused on the design and development of new products and programming in emerging markets, social innovation and sustainable design. In this role, she has guided the development of business strategy, digital platforms and partnerships with organizations involved in developing and deploying essential technologies.
Iana has over 10 years of experience in academic, research and nonprofit sectors focusing on the intersection of engineering design, business development and social responsibility. Her unique professional background has enabled her to be a knowledge broker and global connector with networks extending across science, technology, education, and global development sectors. Iana is an active agent for social change, with a proven record of creative problem solving, bridging diverse communities and employing lean business methods to advance social justice.
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN ADVISOR
Berlin-based, Régis is an industrial designer with degrees in Humanitarian Design and Sustainable Living and is a founding partnerof A&Re Design based in Toulouse, London, and Berlin. He is a workshop facilitator and design teacher at Betahaus Berlin and has worked with the Mobile Maker Lab in Milan, Wonderland in Austria, and has given lectures in Newcastle Culture Lab and the Musee De Beaux Arts of Agen. Most recently, he was at Staten Island MakerSpace for a stop on his workshop tour around the world visiting makerspaces in Portland, Seattle, Philadelphia, New York, London, Singapore, Yogyakarta, Shanghai, and Berlin. Régis’ goal is to make design and production readily understandable and keep it local in order to give people the ability to address their specific needs away from mass market dynamics, empower local communities and reduce transport of goods.
SCOTT VAN CAMPEN
Scott Van Campen is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Staten Island MakerSpace, a non-profit, community workspace for artists and entrepreneurs. Scott is also a metalworker and a sculptor. He received a BFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in 1993. His most recent sculpture project was a 100 ft tall pendulum suspended over 140,000 lbs of road salt exhibited as part of the 2014 Lumen Festival on Staten Island. Van Campen is the founding owner of New York Custom Fabricators, an architectural metalwork company that specializes in residential and commercial metal fabrication. His work is part of the Museum of the Chinese in the Americas, the University Club, Cartier, Vitra, Stella McArtney SOHO, Daniel Boulud’s DBGB Restaurant, and the Library of Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.