Mobile Innovation Specialist
Maja is interested in the potential of entrepreneurship and human ingenuity to contribute to economic, environmental and social development. She has spent over 12 years connecting these fields, including as product manager in a web-technology startup, lead researcher at the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and counselor for Canada for the World Bank Group. Since 2009, she has worked to expand infoDev’s mobile innovation program, including by extending our offering to better serve women founders of tech startups in emerging and frontier markets. Maja is pursuing a doctorate at the University of Oxford under Professor Bill Dutton, with a focus on innovation ecosystems and with support from Oxford University Press. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Analyst - EPIC
Rick is a consultant for the Mobile Innovation Project (MIP) for the Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) program. He designed and developed the business plan for the MIP and will be assisting in the implementation of the project. This includes leading workshops with local stakeholders, developing partnerships, researching and incorporating best practices from innovation communities across the globe, and assisting in future fundraising.
Previously, Rick has consulted on numerous ICT4D projects including with Vital Wave Consulting in which he focused on mHealth. He completed his masters from UC-San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) with a focus in International Development and Management. Before IR/PS, he worked in business development for a software company based in San Francisco. He completed his undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Washington, where he was a two year letterman on the UW Men’s Golf team.
Mobile Innovation Specialist
Toni Eliasz is working as a Task Manager and deals with activities that accelerate the commercialization of mobile innovations in developing countries, particularly the establishment of mobile applications laboratories (mLabs). Toni has gained several years of experience in business modelling and feasibility analysis for innovative and relevant high technology concepts and solutions, specifically targeting the Base of the Pyramid markets and under-served communities. He has also written and edited publications related to appropriate mobile applications within the emerging markets context. Before joining the World Bank, Toni co-founded and headed two successful organisations in South Africa, an ICT enterprise and business model catalyst Ungana-Afrika, as well as MoMoJoburg, the first African chapter of Mobile Monday, which is a global networking platform for key mobile industry visionaries and professionals. Before his years in Africa, he held various management positions with Finnish software industry and holds an M.Sc. from the University of Helsinki.
ICT4D & Mobile Innovation Associate
Nicolas is a consultant for infoDev's Mobile Innovation for Development and ICT Policy & Regulation programs. He helps to coordinate and analyze infoDev's global mobile incubation and entrepreneurship network of mLabs and mHubs. He has supported activities for innovation and talent sourcing, such as an online competition for mobile application developers. Nicolas is also involved with infoDev's research agenda on mobiles for development and ICTs for post-conflict reconstruction, as well as its ICT Regulation and Broadband Strategies Toolkit.
Nicolas continues to be active as an ICT researcher. He has authored academic publications in the fields of broadband economics and policy, social online behavior, and knowledge management. He was a Fulbright scholar at Michigan State University, where he received a Master’s degree in Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media. He also holds a Diplom (equivalent to Master's) in Media Studies and Media Management from the University of Cologne.
Mobile Innovation Associate
Prior to attending Columbia Business school where he focused on impact investing and social enterprise, Hanook (Hahn Wook) had worked as a project officer at the Korean Sharing Movement, an NGO that provides humanitarian and development aid to North Korea, and was closely involved in setting up the Korea branch of The Climate Project, a global non-profit organization which aims to raise awareness of climate change issues around the world. Before Hanook’s non-profit endeavors, he started out his career in finance as a fixed income trader at Deutsche Asset Management and went on to manage a large mandated fixed income fund, specializing in treasuries, monetary stabilization bonds and futures. Hanook has served over two years in the military surveillance and & security division of the Korean army before earning his bachelor’s degree in business management from the Hankook University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), enjoys freshwater lure fishing and playing guitar.
Mobile Innovation Associate
After graduating with her MBA in May 2013 from Georgetown University, Zoe joined infoDev as a Mobile Innovation Associate. Her work centers around projects that support the launch and growth of ICT and mobile startups in emerging markets. These projects include acceleration programs, facilitating mentorship, promoting women's entrepreneurship, and analyzing ICT and mobile environments in West and Southern Africa. Prior to receiving her MBA and shifting her career to path to enabling private sector development in emerging and frontier markets, she worked as an Account Executive for a metro-Detroit advertising firm specializing in digital and online marketing. She has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Zoe's personal interests include crossfit, running and learning to surf.