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Gina is a passionate advocate for the adoption of the Circular Economy and consults corporations, NGO’s, and start-ups on how to create true sustainable impact.  She has over a decade of experience working in  Innovation, Corporate Social Responsibility,  and Social Impact with organizations including the  Aspen Institute, STANCE, Echoing Green, and the LA Cleantech Incubator.  She believes strongly in the power of collaboration to create systematic solutions.  

Gina has a BA in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia Business School.  







Entrepreneur and innovation promoter, Amir Banifatemi has a passion for entrepreneurship, education, and active mentorship. Amir’s career spans more than 28 years in Europe and the United States in the development and growth of high technology ventures. He is an active angel investor, board member of the Tech Coast Angels , and the founding member of K5 Ventures. With a constant focus on identifying and developing future and emerging technologies that can impact society, he got inspired by TED conferences where he found that the intersection of ideas, innovation, and community that TED and the TEDx program offer to be a compelling experience and a driver to further actions and engagement.