Jessica Berlin, FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR

Jessica Berlin, FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR

Jessica Berlin is a strategy consultant and political economist with a knack for turning ideas into reality. She has ten years experience working with public, private, academic, and nonprofit organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Jessica founded CoStruct to forge new approaches to sustainable business and development, and to scale business solutions to pressing global challenges. She holds a Master of Science in Political Economy of Emerging Markets from King's College London and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University.

nitin dahad, senior advisor

nitin dahad, senior advisor

With a foundation in the technology industry, Nitin Dahad works with industry and governments globally as an advisor, marketing and growth strategist, and thought leader. For over 30 years, he's evangelized new technologies that have become mainstream, advised on the impact of tech and entrepreneurship on economic development, and worked with governments on international trade and inward investment. He specializes on anything underpinned by technology from chips, mobile, and IoT to smart cities, logistics, pharmaceuticals, and tech-based economic development.

Dr. Nicolas friederici, innovation advisor

Dr. Nicolas friederici, innovation advisor

Dr. Nicolas Friederici is an expert on digital entrepreneurship and innovation hubs in emerging markets. He has done consulting, research, and analysis for the Oxford Internet Institute and the World Bank, covering cities from Lagos through Yerevan to Dhaka, and wrote his doctoral dissertation on technology innovation hubs in Africa . Nicolas holds a PhD from Oxford University, a Master of Arts from Michigan State, and a Diplom from the University of Cologne. He is a Clarendon and Fulbright Scholar.

 
FELIX HAaS, Myanmar Country representative

FELIX HAaS, Myanmar Country representative

Felix Haas is an industrial policy and private sector development specialist. Based in Myanmar, he works with the public and private sector to build partnerships between entrepreneurs, policymakers, investors, and researchers that promote sustainable, commercially viable business innovation. He holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technische Universität Berlin, and studied management at Toulouse Business School.

wadzi motsi-khatai, programs advisor

wadzi motsi-khatai, programs advisor

Wadzi Motsi-Khatai is a management, policy, and development professional. She has broad experience working with policy makers, having managed a public health programs portfolio in Southern Africa. As a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, she also supported governance and civil society organizations in Asia, Europe, North and West Africa on program development. Wadzi has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Grinnell College. 

Cheng Yu, china portfolio manager

Cheng Yu, china portfolio manager

Cheng Yu builds bridges between European and Chinese technology companies, and is a social enterprise expert with ten years' experience. As German Chancellor Fellow, she was a visiting scholar at Social Impact GmbH in Berlin. Previously, Cheng helped shape the nascent social entrepreneurship ecosystem in China through her work with major foundations in Beijing. Cheng is a registered social worker and holds a Masters of Social Science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 

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