Walter Tukahiirwa, Entrepreneur
Amolo Ngweno, East Africa Regional Director of Bankable Frontier Associates (BFA)
David Lehr, Lecturer in Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Innovations in Finance at UNC, Chapel Hill, and Hult International Business School
David’s career has spanned the public and private sectors focused on the intersection of business, technology, job creation, and poverty alleviation. Most recently he was the Senior Director, Strategy and Impact at TechSoup Global responsible for managing the team that develops and grows their corporate partnerships. David also consults to organizations leveraging market-based approaches to addressing poverty and is working closely with UNDP in Colombia. He also teaches and writes on entrepreneurship, social innovation in developing economies, and market-based approaches to addressing poverty.
David has worked on 6 continents for clients large and small including Impact Investors, Nonprofit Capacity Builders, Multinational Corporations, Development Banks, Social Enterprises, and Design Firms. Previously he was the Senior Advisor to Mercy Corps’ Social Innovation team, and held senior management roles at Adobe Systems where he led Adobe’s entry into China. David has also launched profitable businesses in India and Guatemala to serve low income customers in the health and agricultural markets.
David has post-graduate training at Stanford University, holds a M.A. in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego and a B.A. in Economics from the State University of New York. He is also a regular contributor to the Stanford Social Innovations Review.
Ramiro Lozano, Entrepreneur
Born in Colombia, raised in Canada, I am fortunate to have had two different but very valuable experiences throughout my youth. I studied Finance in the Jhon Molson School of Business in Montreal and then went to Le Cordon Bleu Paris for one year of culinary school that has proven to be very useful in my entrepreneurial career. After working in the financial sector for three years, I decided to work for my dream: build a company that leaves a mark in this world. This dream has lead me to found and lead different endeavors in various sectors, always keeping my goal of positive impact as a main objective.
John Simon, Partner at Total Impact Capital
Prior to starting TOTAL (formerly known as Total Impact Advisors), Ambassador Simon was a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development, where he co-authored More than Money, a report on impact investing as a development tool. Previously, he held a variety of posts in the US federal government, including serving most recently as the United States Ambassador to the African Union and the Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). At OPIC, Ambassador Simon championed the Agency’s involvement in the social impact investment marketplace, spearheading efforts to finance housing in Africa, small and medium businesses in Liberia, and a large scale renewable power plant in Liberia. Ambassador Simon led the Agency’s effort to develop a series of social development funds for Africa, which resulted in the creation of four private equity funds focused on achieving extraordinary social results as well as strong financial performance.
Ambassador Simon also served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Relief, Stabilization, and Development for the National Security Council (NSC) at the White House, the first to hold this post. During his tenure at the NSC, Ambassador Simon oversaw the implementation of groundbreaking development initiatives, including the Millennium Challenge Account, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative, and the President's Malaria Initiative. He was also responsible for the U.S. government response to international humanitarian disasters, such as the 2005 South Asia Earthquake.
From 2002 to 2003, Ambassador Simon was Deputy Assistant Administrator at the United States Agency for International Development, overseeing the agency’s development information and evaluation units. Earlier in his career, he served as Director of Business Finance and Strategic Planning at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office for Administration and Finance in several capacities, including Deputy Director for Research and Development.
Ambassador Simon received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University.
Peter Holt, CEO of The Joint Chiropractic
Peter D. Holt has been active in the franchise community helping iconic companies such as Mail Boxes Etc. (now The UPS Store), Tasti D Lite and Planet Smoothie manage their franchise systems in both domestic and overseas markets for more than 30 years. Most recently was appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Joint, the largest franchised network of Chiropractic clinics in the world with over 400 clinics system wide. The Joint is a publicly traded company on NASDAQ (JYNT) based in Scottsdale, AZ. Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer for Tasti D-Lite, LLC a Brentwood, Tennessee based company. While at Tasti D Lite he transformed the NYC based licensed outlets into a complete business format franchise system. Additionally he led the acquisition of Planet Smoothie by Tasti D Lite in 2011 and its integration into the Tasti D Lite business. In June 2015 the company was acquired by Kahala Brands.
Mr. Holt earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of London, and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Washington, where he graduated cum laude.
He has written and lectured extensively on the subject of franchising. He currently serves as an advisory board member for Stage Six, which builds and supports impactful and sustainable social businesses that are using the franchise model to rapidly and dramatically scale in emerging markets around the world. From 2014 to 2016 he served on the Board of Directors of PASMO, the Guatemalan board managed by the Washington DC based NGO offering health care services through franchising. He served on the IFA Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015. He served as Chairman on the International Affairs Network (IAN) of the IFA from 1998 to 2007 and was Chairman of the Global Marketing Group (GLOMAK) from 1998 to 2007, which advises IFA on all its international franchise activities.
Steve Chapman, Director of Evidence, Measurement & Evaluation of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)
Adrian Knight, Founder of Knight Franchises
Adrian Knight is a specialist in international franchise sales, helping major brands find and secure Master Franchisees, Area Developers and high performing single-unit franchisees across the globe.
For the past 10 years, I have helped professionals from across all industries and geographies, successful transition in to new and rewarding careers with some of the worlds most attractive brands.
I am an experienced search professional that is driven not only by finding market leading talent and introducing them to incredible opportunities, but by educating candidates on how to best manage their careers and create opportunities for themselves.
Having worked across and explored a number of industries, I discovered that my true passion lays within Franchising and Online Learning, two of the fastest growing industries in the world.
The globalisation of the economy has led to a number of middle management, senior management and executive roles being outsourced, resulting in an abundance of highly skilled employees and executives looking for new career opportunities. It is here that the vision for Knight Franchises was born.
I'm on a mission to change lives through franchising and online education, whether this be by introducing franchising as a career alternative to corporate professionals, or by educating professionals on how to best manage their careers and create opportunities for themselves.
I pride myself on the values that both I and my companies stand for; Passion, Adventure, Courage, Integrity and Authenticity.
Hachemi Aliouche, Director of Rosenberg International Franchise Center, Rosenberg Chair in Franchising, and Associate Professor, Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, University of New Hampshire
Dr. Aliouche has extensive managerial, entrepreneurial, consulting, and investment experience. Prior to transitioning to academia, he spent over twelve years in the corporate world, where he held senior level management positions (controller, chief financial officer, etc.) in strategic planning, corporate finance, and business development with leading global corporations such as AT&T and Lucent Technologies. Dr. Aliouche was also the co-founder of a successful startup company and has helped launch a number of startups. In addition to his current faculty responsibilities, Dr. Aliouche is the Director of the Rosenberg International Franchise Center, a global center of excellence for research, education, and outreach in franchising. Dr. Aliouche is currently the Rosenberg Chair in Franchising.
STEVEN BEDFORD, Chairman of Blupoint Ltd. and Wessex Social Ventures CIC
Steven has over thirty years’ general management experience at board level in retail and customer driven businesses, both in publicly quoted and private companies. He has experience both as a franchisor and franchisee.
He is currently the Chairman of BluPoint Limited and WSV Global CIC, which are both social impact businesses that have spun out of the University of Southampton, where he acts as an educator and mentor to students, developing social enterprises with a particular emphasis upon social franchising. He coached the 2015 Enactus World Cup winning team from Southampton.
In his corporate business career, he was Chief Operating Officer of Storehouse plc, a FTSE 250 company with a £1.5bn turnover and employed 30,000 people, he founded and managed and successfully exited Build-A-Bear Workshop in the UK, led a business value growth consultancy, chaired a £400m property company, chaired a £300m pension scheme, planned and executed business acquisitions and integrations, and was an award-winning HR Director.
Through his company Audley Consulting, he has acted as a strategic consultant to major clients such as Marks & Spencer, EDS, Bristol Myers Squibb. McCarthy & Stone and the UK Government. He has also assisted numerous start-up and unlisted companies to develop their strategies, raise finance and shape their Go to Market approaches.
In the social impact sector, Steven has been Chairman of the McCarthy & Stone Greater Life Advisory Board and was formerly the Chairman of the Retirement Transition Initiative, which is a social enterprise that prepares people to plan and build a new future after the end of their full time working life.
A former visiting lecturer in Leadership & Strategic Management at Cranfield School of Management, he is married with three daughters and is an alumnus of the University of Southampton with a degree in Environmental Science.
David Koch, Founding Partner of PlaveKoch Franchise Law
David Koch co-founded Plave Koch PLC in 2007 after many years of large-firm partnership. His practice focuses on franchising, licensing, and supply chain transactions. Projects include structuring franchise programs and license arrangements, private equity investments in franchising, corporate and commercial transactions, regulatory compliance, antitrust counseling, advertising and marketing, and international expansion.
He has worked with clients in foodservice, hotels, educational services, staffing, car rental, automotive, insurance, homeowner services, retail, and other industries. Before entering private practice, Dave served as an Attorney-Advisor to the Hon. Daniel Oliver, Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.
Dave is also an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Law School, his alma mater, and at NYU Law School. Each law school operates an International Transactions Clinic where Dave works with students and clients on microfranchising and branded network projects.
Patrick Mcallister, Co-founder of Coda Collective
Mr. McAllister has over 20 years’ experience in development management, specializing in microfinance, mortgage finance and housing markets. As the Asia Director for Habitat for Humanity’s housing finance and market development programs he led strategy, program development and operations of innovative housing approaches including creation of new corporate structures, investment vehicles, microfinance, savings and advisory services in South and Southeast Asia. Before joining Habitat for Humanity, he was the founder of a consulting firm advising clients on financial inclusion, consumer protection and market development. Previously, he worked at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, creating alternatives to foreclosure for low income borrowers and securitization of mortgage assets. Geographically, his experience includes Europe, Africa and Asia and the Americas. He speaks English and French and holds US and Irish citizenship. Mr. McAllister holds a certificate in International Housing Finance, Bonds and Securitization from the Wharton International Housing Finance Program; a master’s degree in Development Studies from University College, Dublin; and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.