Our advisory Board
Ameera is the founder of Weyakum , a non profit social enterprise that equips UAE youth and young professionals with the skills necessary to realize their educational and professional aspirations. Her experience includes working on Wall Street, at Columbia University, the United Nations as well as the Abu Dhabi Government. Ameera is an avid supporter of women and youth empowerment, sustainable development, tech4good and is very passionate about promoting peace within all members of the society. As a member of the Abu Dhabi Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, she initiated and managed Understanding Ramadan a project aimed at promoting tolerance.
Ameera holds a Masters in International Affairs with a concentration in Sustainable Economic Development from Columbia University in New York. She currently serves as the President of the Columbia Alumni Association of the UAE.
Sarah has worked in the public and nonprofit sector for 25 years. She is a member of the faculty at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) where she teaches social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management. Her areas of interest are social enterprise start ups, K-12 education and education technology with a particular focus on urban and NYC efforts. She is a serial social entrepreneur and the co-founder of six ventures including EdTech start ups MOUSE.org and CSNYC.
Sarah is a member the Boards of the NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education (CSNYC), The Armory Foundation, Mission Restore. She is a former board member of The Institute of Play, LIFT Investments, the Ft. Tryon Park Trust, Friends of Public School 187 and the New York City Workforce Investment Board.
Sarah received a Bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from SIPA @ Columbia.
David Siegel is a digital media executive with over 18 years of experience leading organizations through innovative product development, rapid revenue growth and traffic acceleration. He is currently the CEO of Investopedia, the largest finance and investing education site. He most recently served as President, Seeking Alpha, a crowdsourced investment research business with over 4 Million registered users.
Prior to Seeking Alpha, he served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Everyday Health’s Local Division, which connects consumers to health care professionals, was Senior Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development for 1-800-Flowers.com and also served as GM, New Businesses at Duane Reade. David has worked as a strategy consultant for Deloitte Consulting and William M. Mercer and as the Director, Organizational Development for DoubleClick.
David holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and Pace University where he teaches courses in Strategic Planning & Entrepreneurship.
Michael brings 20 years of experience applying entrepreneurial approaches to addressing global social challenges. As Senior Director of the Social Ventures team at Mercy Corps, MacHarg leverages his experience launching early stage enterprises to help Mercy Corps identify, invest in, and accelerate impact-oriented, for-profit businesses.
Prior to Mercy Corps, Michael was Co-Founder of Simpa Networks, a venture-backed energy services company with a bold mission: to make modern energy simple, affordable, and accessible for everyone. Michael was on the founding team of the first nonprofit pharmaceutical company, the Institute for OneWorld Health, whose goal is clinical development and distribution of affordable new medicines for diseases of poverty in the developing world. Michael spent his early career with the Social Development Department of the World Bank.
Anita Ramachandran is the Director of MicroMentor at Mercy Corps. In her role, Anita is focused on team management, strategic planning, business development, partnerships, public relations, and thought leadership. She is also the General Manager/Board Chair of MicroMentor LATAM, a Mexico based social enterprise spun out of Mercy Corps to support Entrepreneurs in Latin America.
She is passionate about empowering entrepreneurs and professionals with access to knowledge and networks. She serves as a mentor to students from the local university business school. She brings with her an extensive corporate and nonprofit background. Prior to Mercy Corps, she managed Operations for Xerox’s eCommerce and North American channel marketing business. She is also the co-founder and held a leadership role for 15 years at a local non-profit, SAWERA that assisted South Asian women and children affected by domestic violence since 1997.