Mara Abrams, Co-Founder, The Flow Collective
Mara is a social innovator and entrepreneur. Her latest venture, The Flow Collective, builds and strengthens innovation ecosystems across the globe through collaborative workspaces, incubators, workshops, and curriculum. FlowCo is re-imagining startup culture to be more mindful, diverse, inclusive, and centered around solving pressing global and local problems. Incubate is its inaugural project bringing this vision to life.
Mara additionally serves as a consultant and mentor-in-residence at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator, supporting startups positioned to define the future of connected, clean, and smart cars. She previously served as Global Partnerships Manager of the Nike Foundation, leading large-scale initiatives designing new business models to deliver massive resources to girls in poverty. Prior to joining Nike, she co-founded an organization teaching documentary filmmaking and digital journalism to citizens in conflict, post-conflict, and underreported regions. She is a Bloomberg Businessweek Innovation Fellow and founding member of The Hub LA.
Marcelino J. Alvarez, CEO, Uncorked Studios
Marcelino J. Alvarez is founder and CEO of Uncorked Studios, a product design company focused on the intersection between people and the physical environments in which they use their products. His responsibilities include shaping the company’s vision and strategy, business development, and community outreach.
Uncorked envisions a world where innovation applies to entrepreneurs, non-profits, and the world’s largest brands in equal measure. They help teams build products with purpose through their shared expertise, space, and financial resources. They are not bound by history, politics, platforms, or place.
Marcelino attended Duke University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, minored in Spanish Literature, and a received a certificate in Film & Video Production. He is a recipient of the Portland Business Journal’s 2016 Forty Under 40 award.
Mickey Bergman, Fringe Diplomacy; Executive Director of Global Alliance Program, Aspen Institute; VP, Richardson Center for Global Engagement
Michael "Mickey" Bergman works in Fringe Diplomacy, a discipline exploring the space just beyond the boundaries of States and Governments’ capacity and authority in international relations. He is co-founder and President of Capsoole Inc.; Executive Director of the Global Alliances Program at the Aspen Institute; Senior Advisor to Governor Richardson Center for Global Engagement; consultant to the Clinton Global Initiative; and Founder and President of Solel Strategic Group. Mickey also teaches at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. At the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, Mickey manages private diplomacy efforts in N. Korea, Cuba, Myanmar, Middle East, Africa, and efforts to negotiate release of political prisoners. At Aspen, Mickey directs partnerships engaging both public and private sectors in the Middle East, Latin America and South East Asia. Mickey has published numerous articles and opinion pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, Policy Online, and Huffington Post.
David Ewald, Chief Creative Officer, Uncorked Studios
A founding member of the Uncorked, David leads the team to pursue design excellence across every project. His tenacity for user-centered design remains the core belief that inspires our team to build products that make life designed.
David has helped shape the strategy and design vision for Uncorked’s clients including LEGO, Samsung, Adidas, Intel, and Google. Additionally, David provided his branding expertise to Safecast, an organization co-founded by Uncorked Studios following the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. His previous work for Target, Cartoon Network, Nike, HP and Matador Records built a foundation for his unique blend of entrepreneurship, interaction design, and social good.
David is an accomplished photographer, and spends his spare time seeking opportunities to document narratives in and around the Pacific Northwest. He is originally from the Wisconsin and lives in Forest Grove, Oregon, with his wife and son.
Camilo A. Ferro, Partner, Renew Packaging and Toss Group
Camilo A. Ferro is Managing partner of Renew Packaging and Co-Founder of Toss Group. Camilo is a passionate entrepreneur and environmentalist, believing in the potential of social enterprise Camilo strives to bring awareness to sustainability issues through innovative products and zero waste initiatives. Currently both organizations focus on the use of compostable products to develop and grow composting infrastructure at a local and national level.
Camilo has a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University of Chicago. Camilo currently lives in Chicago and is everyday cyclist who enjoys spending time with his dog, Deniro, and the local music scene.
Rehan Hasan, Co-Founder, The Flow Collective
As an attorney and strategic advisor Rehan has a corporate transactional/tax practice that focuses on social impact, entrepreneurship, and the innovation economy. His work includes projects with the Unreasonable Group and the Nike Foundation designing and serving as attorney in residence for the Girl Effect Accelerator and Go Code Colorado, which is a public/private partnership platform for entrepreneurship around public data and building community across the state of Colorado. As an entrepreneur Rehan has successfully founded and launched multiple companies, including Galvanize and its code school component, gSchool which is one of the largest and most dynamic co working space and platforms for entrepreneurship and education in the country. Rehan's latest venture -- a community, co-working space, and educational platform promoting mindfulness, human-centered design and diversity in the workplace. In addition, Rehan serves on the executive committee of the National Board of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and its National Board of Directors.
Nick Parish, President, Americas, Contagious
An award-winning writer and observer of creative culture, Nick Parish’s writing has been published in the New York Post, New York magazine, Advertising Age, Creativity, Flaunt, Slam, Comstock's, Mashable and the Globe & Mail. He leads Contagious’ efforts to inspire and equip companies across the globe to achieve the top 1% of creative ideas in the Americas. His first book, Cool Code Bro: Brogrammers, Geek Anxiety and the New Tech Elite is out now exclusively on Amazon Kindle. He resides in Portland, Oregon and enjoys fly-fishing, dystopian fiction and any music that sounds like it could have come from Detroit.
Mariana Somma, Entrepreneur, Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley
Mariana is an experience designer, strategist, and consultant passionate about helping companies and organizations incorporate Human Centered Design strategies in meeting their business goals. She currently is collaborating on launching a management consulting firm focused on employer branding, recruiting, and experience design, and lectures in design-thinking and innovation at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. Previously, she facilitated design-led business solutions for companies including Turner Broadcasting, and Nike Foundation. Before that she was a designer with architecture firm Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM). Mariana holds an MS in Industrial Design from ArtCenter College of Design, and an MBA from Claremont University.