An accomplished business leader, Martin has extensive experience with corporate and strategic initiatives working at companies such as General Electric, LinkedIn, and most recently AssetMark where he has delivered transformative changes in the areas of sales operations and compensation.
Martin earned his M.B.A. with honors from Columbia Business School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University with a degree in Economics & International Studies.
Ed Austin is President of Austin Industrial Solutions, an engineering and advisory service firm providing expertise to industrial companies in the pharmaceutical, consumer product, food and beverage, water treatment and energy sectors.
Throughout his career, Ed has built and led teams of engineers, manufacturing operations leaders, operators, maintenance and construction personnel in collaborative projects providing value through process improvements, increased output, safety improvements and energy savings.
Ed has founded two engineering services companies and was an owner/partner of an engineering design firm. Ed received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his MBA from Columbia Business School.
Jack McGourty, Ph.D.
Jack McGourty Ph.D. is Director of Community and Global Entrepreneurship at the Columbia Business School and a faculty member teaching course entrepreneurship; venture creation, and product innovation.
Over the past 16 years, Jack has been an active member of the University's entrepreneurial community, establishing an undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship and innovation, teaching core and advanced courses in entrepreneurship, and launching the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center. Jack is the driving force behind Venture for All®, a program designed to educate aspiring entrepreneurs and build capacity for high potential startup ventures in emerging markets.
Daniel McQuade, President of McQuade Marketing, a marketing and business development company, with expertise in providing branding and marketing services across many business verticals. Due to his strength in marketing and business development, Daniel has founded companies that have been thought leaders and pioneers in developing change in old industries such as the first to market a nationally branded and certified Natural Light Beef Company, founded a for-profit supermarket cooperative company, and led a seafood start-up to become the largest processor of its type in the US in seven years.
Throughout the course of his career, Daniel has worked with and volunteered at many non-profit organizations in capacities ranging from being a founder, president, executive board member and trustee along with providing over $5M in grants to a wide range of non-profits institutions focusing on education, and health and wellness programs. Daniel has been a noted speaker and marketing counselor for the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center and continues to present workshops on marketing and branding to new business entrepreneurs and expanding small business ventures at Columbia Business School.
Manoj Pooleery is the Founder and CEO of M-Phi Innovators, a specialized technology services company that provides full range of innovation services to businesses. He provides end-to-end technology and business strategy definition and implementation to both startups and established businesses. He has helped many companies get started, out of the Columbia Business School as well as outside.
He specializes in Entrepreneurship, multi-year Strategy development, Budgeting, Technology direction and Project Proposals. His current areas of specialization are Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, Big Data projects and Internet of Things (IoT) projects. He is also well versed in Enterprise Application and Information Integration, SaaS implementation and Product development.
Manoj’s unique blend of deep technology skills and management capabilities positions him well to make his clients successful. In addition to guest lecturing at Columbia, Manoj speaks frequently at both management as well as technology courses, both within and outside U.S. He has a Masters in Technology Management from Columbia University, Masters in Computer Applications and a Bachelors in Physics and from Calicut University, India.
Paul Shih, a philanthropist at heart, has started donating to the less fortunate since he was five- years old. He is now Columbia Business School Venture For All's Representative and Instructor for APAC, and an interviewer for both Columbia University and Columbia Business School. Paul founded a Delaware based non-profit, working with Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Columbia Business School, Stanford Summer College, Stanford School of Medicine, and Berklee College of Music, to provide short-term Programs catering to high achieving high school and university students, while donating the profit to financially challenged students.
Prior to his educational career years, Paul worked at General Electric as the top 1% of the ECLP Program, and has served various strategic positions at Corporate, Finance, and Healthcare. He has also assisted the Founder of Trend Micro, Mr. Steve Chang, in identifying a USD$300 million opportunity in social enterprise across Southeast Asia, enabling the building of houses, hospitals, and schools.
Paul received his MBA from Columbia University and his BA in Psychology from The Johns Hopkins University.
Tatsuhito Sugaoi has started supporting startups across the globe who are interested in launching their businesses in the Japanese market. His first support is to one of the startups from Thailand, which sells fully customized flip flops and bags. He also started Venture For All Program® in Japan in the Japanese language including the program for working professionals. He is an instructor for Japan.
Greg Van Kirk
Greg Van Kirk is the co-founder of Community Enterprise Solutions, Social Entrepreneur Corps and NDS Consulting. He also recently assumed the role as Director of Social Venture at Smart Vision Labs. He is an Ashoka Lemelson Fellow, Ashoka Globalizer and was recently recognized as Schwab Foundation "Social Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012 (Latin America)" at the World Economic Forum. These are all ventures whose mission is to design and implement social innovation responses to long-standing development challenges.