OUR LEADERSHIP

We are a group of professionals committed to driving social change.

Global ManagementAdvisors

Jordan Wolken

Global President

Jordan is passionate about socially innovative technologies that improve living standards in low-income communities. A graduate of the Business and Political Economy (BPE) program at the NYU Stern School of Business, Jordan was one of two Stern graduates to receive the Dean Blount Social Impact Award for his commitment to the social impact space. While at NYU, he co-founded the university’s only international development club, worked for his local congressman on Capitol Hill, consulted for a social enterprise in rural Ghana, and interned for 2019 Hult Prize Finalist Proteen, a Ugandan sustainable agriculture startup. Upon graduation, Jordan worked for a think tank covering U.S.-Africa relations and a venture capital firm investing in African tech startups. Curious about the world, Jordan has studied in London, Shanghai, and Paris and interned in New York, Tel Aviv, and Washington D.C. in both the public and private sectors. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at HEC Paris in the Sustainability and Social Innovation program.

Jordan joined BfE in 2017 and founded and led the New York Chapter from 2018 until May 2020. He successfully grew BfE New York from 2 people to a full-fledged chapter with over 40 students working across four teams. As Global President, he is responsible for leading the global management team, developing and executing strategic objectives and representing BfE to external parties.

Vanessa Bauer

Global Incubation Head

Vanessa joined BfE in 2017 as a Global Manager of Incubation. Since 2019, she has been co-heading BfE’s global incubation division, supporting BfE Chapters in maintaining a high quality incubation programme. 

Vanessa holds a B.A. in Intercultural Communication from the University of Milan-Bicocca as well as an M.St. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. Having lived, worked and studied in Europe, Latin America and Asia, Vanessa has developed a strong intercultural competence and a passion for sustainable development, social entrepreneurship and innovation. Currently, she works as a Junior Advisor at GIZ’s Emerging Markets Sustainability Dialogues, supporting change agents from public, private and financial sectors to advance the global debate on sustainable infrastructure and to scale up innovative sustainable infrastructure solutions. Prior to that, Vanessa gained professional experience as a Carlo Schmid Fellow at UN Environment, as public sector advisor at PwC Luxembourg and as a communications consultant at the Italian SME imaginary srl.

Kristen Yang

Global Incubation Head

Kristen joined BfE in 2016 as a university fresher at Cambridge University, and was the VP of the BfE Incubation Programme in 2017-2018. She joined the Global Team upon graduation and is now co-heading the Global Incubation Team.

Kristen is a graduate of economics from Cambridge University. After graduation, she worked as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman London until July 2020. She is now pursuing a Master’s degree as a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Xiao Yen Thean

Global Partnerships Head

Xiao Yen currently leads BfE’s partnership outreach efforts, aiming to form strong and sustainable relationships with organisations across the globe. Aiming to add value to the BfE programme and ecosystem, she hopes to form more meaningful and strategic partnerships with organisations within the social enterprise ecosystem. Please do get in touch with her if you are an organisation looking to work with BfE in any capacity!

Xiao Yen graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Geography with Management Studies. With an interest in startups and international development, she first joined BfE Cambridge as a Consulting Associate in 2017 and led the Consulting team as a Director in 2018. Since leading the Cambridge chapter as President in 2019, she has also taken up the role of Global Startup Outreach Manager in 2020. Xiao Yen is now based in Kuala Lumpur, currently working at Strategy& Southeast Asia. Prior to this role, she has worked with Sunway iLabs Ventures and Creador.

Jeson Ng

Global Operations Head

Jeson oversees the operational flow of the BfE Incubation Programme. He is primarily responsible for assessing whether BfE is best placed to support social enterprises that apply to the Programme and subsequently matching the startups’ interests and needs with the expertise of student teams and professionals across the BfE Network.

An Arabist by training, Jeson has lived, studied and volunteered across the Middle East and has a strong interest in bridging the resource gap in developing parts of the world in sustainable ways. Jeson was a founding member of BfE in 2015 and led startup recruitment efforts in Cambridge before becoming the Chapter’s Vice President in 2017. He is now pursuing a PhD in Arabic literature at the University of Chicago.

Annie Wang

Global Strategy Head

As Global Strategy Head, Annie oversees the formulation of BfE’s organisational strategic priorities and vision. She is primarily responsible for crafting BfE’s annual and long-term strategic goals and creating action plans to address emerging challenges within the organisation. Annie joined BfE New York in Fall 2019 on the Finance Advisory Team, served as Director of the Finance Advisory Team in Spring 2020, and eventually led the New York Chapter as Chapter President from Fall 2020-Spring 2021. During her tenure, she collaborated with her leadership team to oversee sustainable organizational growth across 8 student teams and 60 students. 

Annie graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Political Economy, writing her senior thesis on the time poverty of water collection in sub-Saharan Africa. She is passionate about putting local voices at the center of economic development and bringing a demand-centric approach to poverty alleviation. Her industry interests mainly lie in fostering shared prosperity amongst rural women in the Global South. Annie has experience working in social sector consulting, internal strategy for an INGO, and impact investing. Starting in Fall 2021, Annie will begin work in PwC’s Advisory practice, crafting financial institutions’ risk management strategies around U.S. Federal Reserve stress testing and emerging ESG and climate risks.

Kevin Huang

Global Technology Head

Kevin manages technology strategies and data infrastructure at BfE. He is passionate about technology for social goods, which in BfE’s context translates to developing technological solutions for both internal work at BfE and our entrepreneurs across the globe. Kevin joined BfE in 2016, led the Cambridge Chapter in 2018, and became part of the global leadership team in 2019. He was involved in setting up the Data Analytics and Technical Advisory teams and subsequently building the Technology Division.

Having obtained his BA in Mathematics and Master of Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, Kevin is currently pursuing a PhD degree in theoretical machine learning at Gatsby Unit, University College London with a full scholarship under the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. His research focuses on interpretability of machine learning models via the lens of statistical and probabilistic theories. Kevin also has a broad range of experience in real-life software applications, in areas including but not limited to business data analysis, web application development, mathematical imaging and natural language processing.

Brenda Hnin Azali Yang

Global Technology Head

Brenda co-heads BfE Technology Division, and manages technology products, projects, events and initiatives at BfE. She joined BfE in 2021 as Global Product Manager, overseeing the product lifecycle of BfE’s new internal members’ portal. Brenda is passionate about the idea of “empowerment” through “connecting” people, organisations and communities to opportunities and possibilities, which leads to her deep interest in creating social benefit through the huge “connectivity” power of technology. Given her excitement for entrepreneurial experiences as well as her background from Myanmar, BfE’s cause for empowering social innovators in the developing world greatly resonates with her interests. 

Brenda is currently based in Singapore and is completing her undergraduate studies in Information Systems and Economics double degree at National University of Singapore. She came to Singapore from Myanmar at the age of 14 as one of the 4 recipients of Singapore MOE ASEAN scholarship and has since spent her time in diverse community of passionate youths, leading to her love for “multidisciplinary” and “interdisciplinary” natures. Her fields of study further inspire her to create cross-discipline societal and business impacts through designing, implementing and managing IT. Prior to BfE, Brenda has founded STEPS youth volunteering organisation in Myanmar, a pioneering digital empowerment overseas community involvement project in NUS and the first official Myanmar Community at NUS. She also served as the first Chapter Manager, supporting the 10 ASEAN chapters of The Young SEAkers which seeks to connect audacious youths from ASEAN-China region to regional opportunities and expertise.

Fareeha Mahmood

Global Impact Research Head

As Global Impact Research Head, Fareeha works with the Impact Research team to measure, evaluate, and communicate BfE’s impact. The Division leverages various tools, including BfE’s very own impact framework that is designed to capture the unique characteristics of our social enterprises, mentors, and chapter members. The Division’s work is driven by stakeholder feedback and engagement, which highlight the various ways in which BfE can expand its impact. Fareeha joined BfE New York in Spring 2021 on the Consulting Team and joined the Impact Research Division as a Global Manager upon completing her undergrad. 

Fareeha graduated from New York University in 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Public Policy. Growing up in Dhaka, Jakarta, and Dubai prior to moving to New York, has shaped her global worldview and sparked her passion for creating positive, meaningful change. In 2020, New Degree Press published Fareeha’s debut non-fiction book, The Impact Mind, in which she shares inspiring stories of trailblazers in the social impact sphere that demonstrate how we can all become more socially conscious individuals. Fareeha’s experience has spanned across nonprofits, local government, and financial services. She is currently a Credit Risk Analyst at Morgan Stanley.

Shaun Teo

BfE Founder and Bridges Initiative Trustee

Shaun is deeply passionate about bridging the gap between career success and making a difference in the world. He founded BfE in 2015 after spending a summer in Tanzania developing an entrepreneurship programme, where he saw how professional skill-sets could be used to empower local social entrepreneurs in developing countries. Shaun currently works in the real estate private equity sector in London, and has past experiences in buy-side investments and investment banking at Deutsche Bank and HSBC. At age 18, he co-founded a non-profit organisation that promotes youth empowerment in Singapore and has mentored several youth initiated community projects through his work as a council member at Singapore National Youth Council’s “Young Changemakers” programme. Shaun graduated from the University of Cambridge with a B.A Hons in Economics and Management. 

Tanya Chiaranussati

BfE Founder and Bridges Initiative Trustee

Tanya is passionate about finding sustainable ways to alleviate poverty. Her interests in development work stemmed from multiple trips to developing countries from a young age and her internship with VisionFund Cambodia in their microlending programme. Tanya is particularly passionate about matching capital to social enterprises and charities with high impact potential. She worked in Credit Suisse’s investment banking division helping companies raise money through the equity markets and now works for a buy-side equity investment fund helping its stakeholders find good investment opportunities. Tanya graduated from the University of Cambridge with a B.A Hons in Economics.

Eric Golden

Managing Director at Fortress Investments Group

Eric Golden is a Managing Director of Fortress Investment Group (Japan) focused on real estate private equity in Japan and Asia. Prior to joining Fortress in 2008, Mr. Golden worked at Credit Suisse / Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette for nine years investing in real estate in the US, Japan, and China. Eric is also on the board of Room to Read Japan, a charity supporting education in Asia and Africa, and Second Harvest Japan, the first food bank in Japan. Eric graduated from Brown University in 1999 with a B.A. in Mathematical Economics.

Irina Scarlete

Founder and CEO of AMNIe.org

Irina has over 12 years of Management Consulting and Strategy and Operations experience at Accenture. While there, she formed and launched the Clean Innovation Community Practice, which matured to over 45 practitioners in under 6 months.

Irina also helped launch two Strategy practices, multiple products and services and the Accenture Vancouver Innovation Hub. She brings over 10 years of programme management experience, having overseen over $600 million in projects.

She now is the CEO of AMNIe.org where she helps organisations establish sustainable end-to-end strategies and scale opportunities for impact across economic, environmental and social outcomes. She also works extensively with entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs with a focus on sustainable development and collective action. 

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Irina holds a joint MBA from IE/Brown Universities, was a certified Program Manager for 10 years, and holds an undergraduate degree in Finance and International Business from McGill University.

Agostine Ndung’u

Business Development Consultant

Agostine Ndungu is a management professional with over 8 years of experience in the African social enterprise and impact investing space, working with leading organisations such as Ashoka, Impact Hub, Intellecap (Sankalp Forum) and Endeavor. A life-long learner and Pan-Africanist, Agostine is passionate about the role of interpersonal communication skills in transcending cross-cultural and cross-generational barriers. He graduated from Amherst College in the US, with a duo-degree in Black Studies and Political Science. He is the author of, “Coming to Black; a Journey Through Time, Space and Race” and currently lives with his family in Nairobi, Kenya.

Aparupa Chakravarti

Director at Botho Emerging Markets Group

Aparupa Chakravarti serves as Director at Botho Emerging Markets Group – a strategy consulting and investment advisory firm. She has spent close to a decade spearheading private sector development in Sub-Saharan Africa, advising governments, NGOs, startups, SMEs, and corporations. With a particular focus on South-South and emerging market relations, Aparupa has worked in 10+ markets across 4 continents in an array of sectors and industries – ranging from education to healthcare to agriculture to technology. Aparupa holds Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and French from Brown University and a Master’s in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.

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