I am very excited to introduce to you another incredible set of mentors for post-game EVOKATION development. Please join me in welcoming Sebastian Barajas, Paul Gabie, Vis Naidoo, and Bill Purves to the EVOKE network. This group of mentors spans four continents and brings with them a wealth of experience in converting innovative and creative ideas into viable products and services!
Sebastian Barajas founded Learningworks in 2001. Learningworks is a consulting firm in Individual and organizational learning and change management processes for large companies. Learningworks has few but significant clients such as La Caixa (large financial institution in Spain), Deutsche Bank, Bankinter (a medium size but very innovative and profitable Bank) and Endesa (Largest electric Utility in Spain).
Sebastian is also a partner at SEISA (Servicios Económicos Internacionales). Seisa ia a small specialized firm in corporate finance. Their projects span from mergers and acquisitions to project finance and financial planning to companies in the Spanish middle market (from 10 to 100 million €).
Intelectium is his most recent initiative which develops two types of projects. On one hand they advise new ventures in the process of Investment Readiness, helping companies to find the funds (equity or debt) to finance their expansion and growth. On the other hand they have systematized the processes that allow a company to manage innovation.
Paul Gabie is a Senior Vice President and the head of education investing at Orient Global, a Singapore-based multi-billion dollar private investment organisation. In this role, he is responsible for Orient’s work to enhance the quality and availability of education in the developing world. For the past two years, Paul has led the incubation and early growth of India’s first chain of truly affordable private schools.
Prior to joining Orient, Paul practiced law at Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York. In his practice, Paul represented clients on project financings and mergers & acquisitions in a range of developing economies. He is an emerging markets and development specialist with experience in Latin America, the Middle East, West Africa and South Asia.
Vis Naidoo is currently the Citizenship Lead at Microsoft South Africa. This is Microsoft’s corporate social investment arm that is focused on supporting education, skills development and innovation in South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho.
Vis was previously the CEO of Mindset Network, a non-profit organisation that creates, sources and distributes educational content on a mass scale across Southern Africa using satellite and broadcast technology.
For five years prior to joining Mindset, Vis was based in Vancouver, Canada working at the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), an inter-governmental agency focused on promoting the use of distance education and ICTs to support education and socio-economic development.
Vis Naidoo is well known both in Southern Africa and internationally. Vis has vast experience in the management of not-for-profit development organisations, government and management of projects implemented at local, national and regional levels.
Bill Purves is a Professor Emeritus of Biology as well as founder and former Chair of the Department of Biology at Harvey Mudd College. His undergraduate work was at Caltech, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are from Yale University.
A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Bill has served as Head of the Life Sciences Group at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and as Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara, where he won the Harold J. Plous Award for teaching excellence. His research interests focused on the hormonal regulation of plant growth.
Bill was a co-founder and Scientific Director of The Mona Group LLC, which made multimedia products for science education. He has consulted on education and training for Motorola, Edvotek, Sinauer Associates and other companies, as well as for Socratic Arts and Engines for Education. Most recently he has participated in the development of grandparentgames.com and the Virtual International Science and Technology Academy (VISTA).