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Global Advisory Board (GAB)

The SAGE GAB is comprised of service providers, academics, entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, community leaders, and public officials. Each GAB member considers it a priority that that entrepreneurship education in the classroom and the field needs to be accelerated and extended.

SAGE’s goals for youth to become self-reliant and better skilled to succeed in life and the communities in which they reside benefit directly because the youth become self-reliant and better skilled.

Members of SAGE GAB confer at their discretion periodically by e-mail about:

  • possible collaborations in the classroom, domestically and abroad;
  • possible collaborations in the field, domestically and abroad;
  • possible collaborations on grant proposals, domestically and abroad;
  • possible collaborations on sponsorship solicitations, domestically and abroad;
  • possible collaborations on publicizing the need for youth entrepreneurship, domestically and abroad;
  • possible collaborations on publicizing the need for youth social entrepreneurship.

When members believe that collaboration would better serve the interests of youth and the communities in which the youth reside, the members, each at her or his discretion, progress to a discussion of the details of collaboration. Below is a list of current BAB members, followed by their biographies.

Board Members (Alphabetically, by Last Name)

  1. Mrs. Modupe A. Adelaja, Director, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency (SMEDAN), Nigeria
  2. Ms. Poonam Ahluwalia, Executive Director, YES (Youth Employment Summit), Newton, MA
  3. Mr. Andreg Azarova, Business Leader, Odessa, Ukraine
  4. Mr. Nick Railston-Brown, Country Director, TechnoServe/Ghana
  5. Mr. Rhett Butler, Owner, Mongabay.com
  6. Mr. Franklin Cudjoe, Director, Imani Educational Foundation, Ghana
  7. Mr. Jean-Francoise de Lavison, bioMérieux, Marcy l’Etoile, France
  8. Mr. Quentin Eister, Businessman, Bloemfontein, South Africa
  9. Dr. Robert Galindez, CEO, St. Roberts Academy, Philippines
  10. Mr. Klaus Haftendorn, International Labor Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
  11. Dr. David Harrison, CEO, loveLife, Johannesburg, South Africa
  12. Mr. David Hauser, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, GotVMail, Newton, Massachusetts
  13. Mr. Matt Hinson, Echostar Satellite – Enterprise eCommerce
  14. Mr. Leszek Izdebski, Founder, Green Fields Media
  15. Dr Kalu Idika Kalu, former  Minister of Finance, Nigeria
  16. Ms. Raissa Kaziyeva, Director of Professional Development Center in Almaty Economic University (AEU), Almaty, Kazakhstan
  17. Dr. Ruben Martinez, Interim Chair, Criminal Justice, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
  18. Ms. Michelle E. Messina, CEO Explora International, Silicon Valley, CA
  19. Dr. Abdu Mukhtar, Managing Director/CEO of Abuja Investments Company Limited, Abuja, Nigeria
  20. Ms. Esther Nguyen, Managing Director, EVIZI, Silicon Valley, CA
  21. Mr. Emeka Okafor, Founder, Timbuktu Chronicles, New York, NY
  22. Mr. Kenneth Pasternak, Principal, Chestnut Ridge Capital (former CEO of Knight Capital, Inc.), Woodcliff Lake, NJ
  23. Mr. Cody Sisco, Associate, Business for Social Responsibility, San Francisco, CA
  24. Ms. Malgorzata (Gosia) Smigielska, Poland SAGE Country Coordinator, Poznan, Poland
  25. Mr. Charles Toney, Retired, NUMMI (a joint venture of Toyota/GM), Chico, CA. (Charles is also CEO of SAGEGLOBAL)
  26. Mrs. Ufi Umenyi, Director General, Consumer Protection Council, Abuja, Nigeria
  27. Mr. Bill Whitaker, CBS News Correspondent (based in Los Angeles)
  28. Ms. Margaret Wong, Founder and CEO, McWong International, Sacramento, CA and Hong Kong, China