Dr. Jack McGourty
Jack McGourty, Director, Venture for all, Columbia Business School teaches courses in entrepreneurship, venture creation, and product innovation. Prior to joining the Columbia Business School, Jack was Vice Dean for Columbia’s Engineering School. Over the past 17 years, Jack has been an active member of the University’s entrepreneurial community, establishing an undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship, teaching core and advanced courses in new venture creation & growth, and launching the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center. Jack is the driving force behind Venture for All® designed to educate aspiring entrepreneurs and build capacity for high potential startup ventures in emerging markets. Read more
Prof. Daniel McQuade
Daniel McQuade Daniel, Director, Venture for all, Columbia Business School, is a specialist in Branding and Marketing. He is a marketing counselor for the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center on marketing and branding to new business entrepreneurs and expanding small business ventures at Columbia Business School. Read more
Latika Kohli has been with Columbia Business School’s Global Initiative since the onset in 2012 spearheading VFA global expansion. She is known for her work in academia for strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship and has over 20 years of experience as an active consultant performing business, and financial consulting services globally to aspiring entrepreneurs, industry and governments, mentoring start-ups though their entrepreneurial journey from product viability to investor pitch. Born in Budapest, fluent in English, Hindi and Spanish, studied in four continents, The Limca Book of records named her the youngest person to officially represent a country; She has been Guatemala’s Honorary Ambassador for eleven years and a Presidential Awardee.
After years in the corporate realm as a managing editor and program director, Sarah founded and runs her own health and wellness business. Her Body Wisdom™ products and services guide clients in overcoming self-imposed limitations, building on inherent strengths, and helping them become the best versions of themselves. Her programs are delivered both online and in-person retreats. Sarah also serves as Director of Content and Programming at Yoga Anytime, an online yoga platform. Read more
Prof. Manoj Pooleery
Manoj Pooleery is the Founder and CEO of M-Phi Innovators, a specialized technology services company that provides full range of innovation services to businesses. He provides end-to-end technology and business strategy definition and implementation to both startups and established businesses. He has helped many companies get started, out of the Columbia Business School as well as outside. He specializes in Entrepreneurship, multi-year Strategy development, Budgeting, Technology direction and Project Proposals. He has a Masters in Technology Management from Columbia University, Masters in Computer Applications and Bachelors in Physics and from Calicut University, India. Read more
Ben Maldonado has been teaching in private and international schools for over fifteen years and across three continents. Over this time, he has thankfully had the opportunity to work with and learn from an astonishingly diverse collection of students and faculty. For near a decade, Ben has specifically worked as an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program teacher, helping students set and achieve goals as they move towards university.
Increasingly concerned with how best to serve his students in this changing world, Ben is currently studying at Columbia University Teachers College for his MA in Psychology with the Spirituality Mind Body Institute.
A New York City native, fluent in three languages, Ben loves cities and appreciates difference. Living and working in Istanbul, Turkey for the last eight years has been a dream come true. He is excited to work with new students and explore how better to serve his current local community.
An accomplished business leader, Martin has extensive experience with corporate and strategic initiatives working at companies such as General Electric, LinkedIn, and most recently AssetMark where he has delivered transformative changes in the areas of sales operations and compensation. Read more
Ed Austin is President of Austin Industrial Solutions, an engineering and advisory service firm providing expertise to industrial companies in the pharmaceutical, consumer product, food and beverage, water treatment and energy sectors. Read more
Elan Babchuck is the Director of Innovation at Clal, a think-tank focused on the future of faith in America. In that capacity he is the Founding Director of Glean Incubator, a partnership with Columbia Business School that provides training, mentorship, coaching, and venture funding for spiritual entrepreneurs who are building new models of faith in action. Read more
Joseph Gerard Rios
Joseph is a highly qualified educator with extensive experience teaching both children and adults. He has designed curriculum in science, social science and math that integrate the learning of content with the acquisition of English as a Second Language and Language Arts. For 12 years as Education Director he oversaw the training and curriculum development for 400 elementary and middle school teachers in a district that included over 1,000 mainland Chinese families. Read more
Paul Shih, a philanthropist at heart, has started donating to the less fortunate since he was five- years old. He is now Columbia Business School Venture For All’s Representative and Instructor for APAC, and an interviewer for both Columbia University and Columbia Business School. Paul founded a Delaware based non-profit, working with Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Columbia Business School, Stanford Summer College, Stanford School of Medicine, and Berklee College of Music, to provide short-term Programs catering to high achieving high school and university students, while donating the profit to financially challenged students. Read more
Tatsuhito Sugaoi launched Venture For All® Program in Japan in the local language in 2016 including the program for working professionals. More than 100 graduates from this Japanese version of the program exist and they are taking advantage of the extensive alumni network. Tat also develops corporate training programs as well as delivers trainings as an instructor to the Forture100 class global companies. In addition, Tat works as an independent consultant where he helps companies develop and run their own leadership programs to create internal entrepreneurs. Read more
Greg Van Kirk
Greg Van Kirk is the co-founder of Community Enterprise Solutions, Social Entrepreneur Corps and NDS Consulting. He also recently assumed the role as Director of Social Venture at Smart Vision Labs. He is an Ashoka Lemelson Fellow, Ashoka Globalizer and was recently recognized as Schwab Foundation “Social Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012 (Latin America)” at the World Economic Forum. These are all ventures whose mission is to design and implement social innovation responses to long-standing development challenges. Read more
Ashley is the Director of the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School. In this capacity, Ashley is responsible for shaping the strategic priorities of the Center, and implementing the Center’s portfolio of programming for students and alumni. Read more