Pamela Nathenson is the Executive Director of World Connect. Prior to joining the organization she was Director of Program and Resource Development at the Fund for Public Health in New York, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the work of the New York City Health Department. As its first hire, Pamela was integrally involved in all aspects of the Fund’s start-up, development and growth.
She worked closely with leading scientists at the NYC Health Department to position innovative initiatives for funding, pursue new business opportunities, and develop relationship strategies and partnerships, while defining and implementing organizational policy decisions and directions. During her eight years with the Fund, she helped raise more than $250 million in public and private sector funds to support Health Department priorities. Prior to joining the Fund, Pamela was the Director of Programs at the REACH Community Health Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Northern Berkshire Health Systems in Massachusetts. Pamela earned her Bachelor’s Degree in the Philosophy of Medicine from Boston University’s University Professors Program and her Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in International Health from Boston University’s School of Public Health.
Patrick Higdon is the Program Manager at World Connect. In this role he manages World Connect’s growing portfolio of international projects, seeing each project through from design to implementation to evaluation. He also leads World Connect’s youth engagement work in the United States, connecting with schools and students who are interested in creating change around the world.
Prior to becoming Program Manager, Patrick spent 2+ years as the Program Coordinator for World Connect’s Kids to Kids Program. Patrick earned his Bachelor’s in Anthropology and Development from the University of Tennessee’s College Scholars Program and his Master’s in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University.
Liz Smith is the Office Manager at World Connect. In this role she is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the organization. Liz brings a combination of business and financial expertise as well as experience in teaching and the arts. Liz also has extensive international work and travel experience. Prior to joining World Connect, Liz was a high school teacher in the Massachusetts Public Schools system for 10 years.
Liz completed her Masters in Communication and Performing Arts and Professional Teaching Certificate and was founder and director of a non-profit arts organization PS Theatre Works, which was dedicated to opening up the world of theatre and performance to Massachusetts elementary and middle school students. Originally from Aberdeen, Scotland she worked in accounting and finance first in Aberdeen then in London where she rose from accounting clerk to European financial analyst for U.S. based software companies including Cullinet and Lotus Software. Liz holds an MA in modern history from Aberdeen and has lived and worked in Aberdeen, London, and Singapore and now, after 16 years, calls Boston home.
George Biddle is the Executive Vice President of the International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian organization that responds to the world’s worst crises and helps people survive, recover and rebuild their lives. He served as Acting President from May to July 2002. Prior to joining the IRC in 2000, George was the Vice President of the International Crisis Group, an organization that works through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict.
He was also President of the Institute for Central American Studies, an organization he founded in 1989 to assist post-cold war Central America in its transition from violent conflict to peace and democracy. George serves on several non-profit boards, including as chairman of World Connect, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds an A.B. degree from Harvard and an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins.
An inventor and entrepreneur, Bill Haney started his first company as a college freshman, designing and building air pollution control systems for power plants. Since then he has started or helped start more than a dozen technology companies, with a strong focus on addressing environmental issues. Bill is the Founder of the non-profit World Connect, which works to improve the health and well-being of women and children in underserved and under-resourced communities worldwide.
Blu Homes, with its emphasis on using advanced technology to improve the health, economics, design experience and environmental effect of housing for American families, and to do it in a fun and collaborative way, came out of an idea Bill developed with the Rhode Island School of Design, and is exactly what he wants to be doing right now! Bill is also the co-founder and Partner of Uncommon Productions, a documentary and feature film production company with offices in Boston and Los Angeles. He helped start the national environmental advisory board for the Environmental Protection Agency and serves or has served on boards for Harvard, MIT, State and Federal Governments, the World Wildlife Fund, the World Resources Institute, the NRDC and a number of private companies.
James Hunt, Managing Director, is a Portfolio Manager at Tocqueville Asset Management L.P. James joined Tocqueville in 2000 and is a member of the Multi Cap Equity Investment Committee and is the lead Portfolio Manager of the International Multi Cap Equity strategy and Portfolio Manager of the Tocqueville International Value Fund. He is also the lead Portfolio Manager of Tocqueville Global Partners. James was Director of Research at Tocqueville from 2000 to 2006.
Prior to joining Tocqueville, he formed Hunt Asset Management in 1999. Prior to forming Hunt Asset Management, he spent eight years with Lehman Brothers and two years with Warburg Dillon Read as an executive in their respective investment banking departments. He began his career in 1984 as an Equity Analyst with Delafield Asset Management. James earned a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Yale University’s School of Management.
Marcie Tyre Berkley is a Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center. Her research and writing focuses on feminist mothering and the cultural issues affecting mothers in America. From 1988-1999, Marcie taught Management of Technology at MIT’s Sloan School, where she was named the J. Richard Standish Career Development Professor of Management. Her teaching at Sloan focused on product and process innovation, and her research examined the introduction and use of new process technologies.
Marcie also taught Production and Operations Management at Harvard Business School, where she earned the Doctor of Business Administration (1988) and the MBA (1982). At HBS she was named both a Dean’s Doctoral Fellow and a Baker Scholar. Marcie was a Henry Luce Fellow in 1984-5, teaching business school in Jakarta, Indonesia. Marcie earned her BA in economics from Wellesley College, and before that attended Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia.
Half French, half American, Stephanie was educated in Europe and in the US where she majored in History at Harvard. She worked for JPMorgan in New York and London for seven years and then became a literary agent in London and spent nine years at the William Morris Agency- London, the last five as Managing Director where she built a list of international bestselling and prize-winning authors. She moved back to the States in 2005, joined The Gernert Company. She spends her weekends working on a family dairy farm with her husband and four children.
Robert Hecht is a Managing Director at Results for Development. He manages a growing portfolio of projects analyzing policy barriers and solutions related to AIDS and health financing, and improving R&D and access to new health technologies in developing countries. Previously he spent four years as Vice President for Policy and Advocacy at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. Prior to this, he enjoyed a 20 year tenure at the World Bank, where he occupied a number of senior posts.
His posts at the World Bank include Manager of the Bank’s central unit for Health, Nutrition, and Population, Chief of Operations for the Human Development Network, and Principal Economist for the Latin America region. He was a lead author of the 1993 World Development Report, “Investing in Health,” and from 1987 to 1996 he was responsible for World Bank sponsored studies and projects in health in Africa and Latin America, most notably in Zimbabwe and Argentina. Robert served as a director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) from 1998 to 2001, where he managed technical units based in South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, and Thailand, as well as in Geneva. He led UNAIDS efforts to portray AIDS as a development and poverty issue impacting a wide range of social and economic goals, and published a number of papers advancing this view. Robert is the author of more than 30 articles and other publications. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale and his doctorate from Cambridge University.
Maura McCarthy is the Co-founder and Vice President of Strategic Development for Blu Homes, an organization that designs and builds beautiful green homes suitable for a wide range of buyers. Maura co-founded Blu after several years experience as a venture capital investor at Ironwood Equity, including experience as an investor in the prefab homes industry. Prior to her work at Ironwood, she worked for Harvard’s Michael Porter at ICIC and at the Federal Reserve Bank.
Ms. McCarthy is a board member of The Capital Network, a nonprofit focused on providing mentorship and financing help to startup entrepreneurs. Maura holds a BA from Georgetown University.
JJ Ramberg is the host of MSNBC’s Your Business, the only television show dedicated to issues affecting small business owners. She is also author of the upcoming book It’s Your Business – 183 Essential Tips that Will Transform Your Small Business. With her brother, JJ co-founded GoodSearch.com, a company that transforms every day actions into opportunities to support a favorite cause. Her business career began after JJ received her MBA while she was the Director of Marketing and Business Development and one of the first employees at Los Angeles-based Cooking.com.
Before joining MSNBC, JJ was a reporter at CNN where she covered a wide range of topics, ranging from breaking news to profiles of the country’s top business leaders.
JJ has been awarded Self Magazine’s “Women Doing Good” award, Jewish Women International’s “Women to Watch,” and the New York Enterprise Report’s Small Business Advocate among other recognition.
JJ graduated cum laude from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and received her MBA from Stanford Business School