Speaker and Panelist Bios for Corporate Social Investment Conclave

How corporations can empower consumers living in poverty and
with disabilities to join the mainstream

Location: Harvard Loeb House,  17 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, June 14, 2017--10:00 to 3:00 pm


Dr. Shyam Kamath, Dean of the Business school at California State University. 

Dr. Kamath has more than 35 years’ experience in international education, international development and management, sustainable enterprise formation, global business consulting and university teaching. He has built responsible businesses (Profits, People, Ethics, Equity, and Planet), worked with for-profit, non-profit, NGO, and government organizations, and co-created responsible businesses based on these principles globally.

Panel One

Richard Curtis - State Street Bank, VP Workforce Development

Richard Curtis is the Vice President Global Workforce Development at State Street Bank. He is a results-oriented professional who is motivated by success with experience in devising multiple strategies in branding a business to a diverse pipeline of qualified candidates. State Street has innovated wide-ranging programs that support and attract at-risk youth into the bank's internship pipeline. He has a particular emphasis on relationship management, strategy, and program development.

Peter Fay – IBM, Head of Accessibility Solutions

Peter Fay has 25 + years’ experience working in the technology industry, with the last 18 at IBM. He has worked in 3 divisions over the course of his IBM career: software, services, and currently in research. He has been involved in all aspects of channel development working with both small business partners and large Alliance partners. His current position in IBM Research is focused on developing new routes to market in the area of human ability and accessibility. Peter’s specialties are unified communications and collaboration, accessibility, mobile computing, and social collaboration software for business.

Mallika Srinivasan - Chairperson and CEO, Tractors and Farm Equipment Ltd.

Ms. Mallika Srinivasan heads Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE), India’s pioneering manufacturer of tractors and farm equipment. In a span of 25 years, she has steadily built this enterprise into becoming the world’s 3rd largest Tractor manufacturer, India’s largest exporter of tractors and the most profitable tractor manufacturer in the world. Her personal and organization’s contribution to social development in Tamil Nadu, through the establishment of schools, colleges, orphanages, community centers and wedding halls are noteworthy. A university gold-medalist in Econometrics from the University of Madras, Mallika Srinivasan graduated as a Member of the Dean’s Honor List, and Alpha Beta Gamma Society, from the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.

Arvind Thiagarajan - Founder & CEO of HD Medical Inc.

Arvind Thiagarajan is the Founder & CEO of HD Medical Inc. He is an inventor and serial-entrepreneur with a history of founding, advising, and building technology companies. He graduated from the College of Engineering, Guindy in India with an engineering degree in Electronics and Communications. The HD Medical ViScope® Visual Stethoscope, invented by Arvind, was used to screen 30,000 children as part of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) initiative in Kerala State in India to detect cardiac murmurs and defects. Arvind founded a charitable foundation called SAI Global Mission, which focuses on Societal Advancement Initiatives globally by offering free food/healthcare services; more than 500,000 people have benefitted from these service over the last 10 years. Arvind played a leading role in organizing the Science for Society (S4S) conferences in San Diego in 2015 and at Stanford University in 2016.

Panel Two

Kathe McKenna - Co Founder Haley House

Ms. Kathe McKenna is recognized as one of the foremost social entrepreneurs in the area of alleviating poverty in the Greater Boston area. Her work started quietly in the 1960's when she and John McKenna began taking in homeless people who needed emergency housing. Since that time, she built an innovative Boston-based social change organization called Haley House. Its foundation is a culture of inclusion and continuous learning that serves as a platform for first alleviating, and then in some places, eliminating poverty.  The organization has developed powerfully innovative models in the affordable housing, organic farming, and social enterprise and employment areas.

Reverend Raymond Rivera - Founder Latino Pastoral Action Center 

Reverend Raymond Rivera is recognized as one of the foremost social entrepreneurs and religious leaders in the New York area. Since 1964, he has built organizations and social justice movements, as in the housing, health, and education segments including the Sunset Park Re-development Housing Initiatives in Brooklyn, New York, the Latino Pastoral Action Center, and Family Life Academy Charter Schools where he currently acts as Chairman. His program methodology is centered on LPAC's Four Principles of Holistic Ministry--Liberation, Healing, Community, and Transformation. 

Richard Rowe - Executive Director, Open Learning Exchange 

Dr. Richard Rowe is Chairman and CEO of the Open Learning Exchange, Inc. He received his B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, an M.A. in Psychology of Religion from Boston University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University in Clinical Psychology. A licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts, he has served as Associate Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, as Director of Harvard’s interfaculty Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and Public Practice, and as Chair of the Harvard Center for Studies in Education and Development. Dr. Rowe served as the Director of the Test Development and Research Office of the West African Examinations Council and has served as a member of the Massachusetts State Board of Education, Chair of the Statewide Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Office for Children, as Chair of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education and as President of the ‘One Laptop Per Child’ Foundation. He is on the Board of the Small Planet Institute and is the Publisher of the Small Planet Media.

Ravi Pillay - Singapore Sai Health

Dr. Ravi Pillay is a prominent physician from Singapore. He has been instrumental in bringing together a group of like-minded individuals who care about reducing global inequities, and has spearheaded several community and social entrepreneurial ventures in many parts of the world, particularly in Singapore and India.

Kevin Sheehan - Executive Director and Founder Hope Collaborative

Kevin Sheehan is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Hope Collaborative, a global education network for providing outstanding leadership development to kids living in poverty. He is also one of the founders of LeaderYou LLC that produces and distributes the first leadership development mobile platform for a broad corporate audience. Kevin has successfully built businesses in the retail, software, education, and real estate segments. He is best known for creating Hear Music—an innovative music retail company, acquired by Starbucks. He received his MBA from the Harvard Business School where he was named “Entrepreneur of the Year”, and received his BA from Yale University.  The Ben Franklin awards said that his book A Leader Becomes A Leader: Inspirational Stories of Leadership for a New Generation “should be in every library."

Open Discussion

Ethan Lyle – Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder Hope Collaborative

Ethan Lyle is the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Hope Collaborative. Ethan's responsibilities include organizational management, high-level strategic planning, and the creation and execution of analytics and assessment tools. Ethan has extensive experience running high-profile education programs and conferences for thousands of high school and college students across the globe. He also has a distinguished background in civil service, having previously worked at FEMA within the Department of Homeland Security, as well as in the White House for the Obama Administration. Most recently, he worked in the New York City office of Ropes & Gray LLP, contributing to business development and analysis projects for the firm's U.S. and international practices. Ethan graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government.