Monica Smith has spent 20 + years in progressively responsible roles in the financial services industry, spanning the management of high-impact IT implementations, the execution of marketing strategies for Latin American pension systems, and most recently defining and executing the business model to conduct enterprise outsourcing in India and China.
Monica's last 17 years in financial services management was at Fidelity Investments in Boston and Bangalore where Monica spent three years as an expat. In 2011, Monica established Fidelity's IT Business in Dalian, China. At this time, Monica initiated a transition of her interests for global outreach toward goals beyond the private sector. In order to launch this new direction, she attended The Fletcher School from 2012 to 2013 and earned a Global Master's of Arts degree, where she was fortunate to meet Irene Kirika.
While defining her strategy for her next career move, Monica is honored to join the existing board members and to lend her skills to further the commendable objectives of InABLE.
Robby Gulri brings over 20 years of technology, management, and strategy experience in the telecommunications, security and internet applications sector.
He joined Echoworx as Head of Global Alliances and then moved to Head of Client Services. In his current role as Vice President Products, Robby is responsible for Echoworx’ product strategy and roadmap to meet market expectations and requirements. Over his career, he has worked in various strategy, sales, and product management roles at companies such as Digex, BellSouth, Yahoo and Portal Software. Robby Gulri also resides on a number of advisory and active boards of a number of start-up and more mature companies in the mobile technology space.
Rashard Green is an investment professional with the Carlyle Group, focused on U.S. buyout opportunities in the technology and business services sectors.
In his current role he is focused on principal investments in leading technology companies. Rashard previously worked for Barclays Capital in the Investment Banking Division, where he focused mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions.
Rashard Green a B.A., in Public Policy, from UNC-Chapel Hill and graduated with high distinction
Dipendra Manocha (Advisor)
Dipendra Manocha works with the DAISY Consortium which is working in the area of providing publications in accessible formats to persons who cannot read normal print. He is the lead of training and technical support and coordinates DAISY Consortium’s projects in developing countries. (www.daisy.org)
He is member of the Executive Committee of the World Blind Union and is managing trustee of Saksham. (www.saksham.org). He is the president of the DAISY Forum of India which is a network of 92 organisations in India serving the persons with blindness and low vision (www.daisyindia.org).
Since 1993, he has been working for the mission of providing technology solutions to limit the limitations of persons with blindness. Key areas of his contribution include computer training to open new areas in education and employment, Indian Language braille translation and screen reading software, DAISY standards for production and distribution of digital talking, braille and e-text books in South Asian Countries
Dr. Bernard Mogesa, PhD (Advisor)
Currently working as the Head of Public Education and Training at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, a national institution established by the Constitution of Kenya 2010.
A renowned Special Needs Education Specialist with over 20 years of experience, having worked in Kenya, Mali, Burkina Faso, Lesotho, Liberia, Ethiopia, Mozambique and United Kingdom providing professional services in Education, advocacy, Human Rights and Training.
Bernard served as Inclusive Education Advisor for the African Union of the Blind projects in Niger and Swaziland (2009 to 2011). Worked with the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) as the first Regional Coordinator for Africa (2009-2011) and as Education Services Manager at the Kenya Society for the Blind (2007-2009). Member of the Governing Council, Kenya Society for the Blind (2012-2015). Member of the Executive Committee, Elimu Yetu Coalition (the coalition comprises 100 civil society organizations Jan 2009-June 2012). Technical Advisor on Special Needs Education to the National Task Force realigning the Education sector in Kenya within the New Constitutional dispensation representing civil society (2010/2011). Member of the Education, Science and Technology Sector Working Group for the Second Medium Term Plan of vision 2030 Kenya: October 2012 to June 2013. He also acted as Commission Secretary/CEO, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights from 5/9/12 to 5/12/12.
Bernard has continued to provide support to inABLE since it commenced its operations in Kenya, providing a link with government and other institutions.
Sanda Ojiambo (Advisor)
Sanda Ojiambo is a development practitioner with Master’s Degree specializations in Development Economics and Public Policy Analysis. She has completed trainings in Strategic Management, Programme Development and Development Planning.
Sanda is currently working as the Head of Corporate Responsibility at Safaricom, where she manages the Safaricom Foundation and other corporate responsibility activities.
She previously worked as the Director of Programs at the Africa Regional Office of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, where she provided technical and strategic leadership for the development and implementation of reproductive health in over 40 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Sanda has also worked at CARE International, UNDP Somalia and Planned Parenthood Federation of America- International; where she has managed a range of development projects including community based health and education interventions; NGO capacity building, women’s empowerment and sexual and reproductive health.
Sanda is an incorrigible optimist, believing that the best solutions for development come from individuals and communities themselves
Derreck Kayongo (Advisor)
An executive and development expert, Derreck Kayongo has more than 15 years experience developing strategic social campaigns within organizations for cause-related advocacy, public policy, issue management, and community organizing.
His work has made a profound contribution in raising awareness aimed at realizing permanent solutions to global poverty.