Premal co-founded Kiva.org in 2005, which now loans microfinance to 2.4 million people in 83 countries, in total of over 984 million dollars as of 2017. Repayment rate is 97.1 %. Premal’s inspiration for Kiva came during a 2-month volunteer trip he took to India in 2004. During his trip he worked with low-income women to help them sell handcrafts online. While the project had mixed results, it strengthened his belief that the right combination of technology, business and love can create access to opportunity for those who need it most.
Prior to Kiva, Premal worked at PayPal for 6 years as Principal Product Manager during the company’s early years. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and to FORTUNE magazine’s ‘Top 40 under 40’ list for his work as a social entrepreneur and co-founder of Kiva. He is a graduate of Stanford University.
Gurmukh is the co-founder of Golden Bridge, the premier center for the study and practice of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan. For more than four decades students in Los Angeles and around the world have sought out her classes in Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, and Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga. Since being baptized more than 40 years ago with the spiritual name that means, "One who helps thousands across the world ocean," Gurmukh has dedicated her life to fulfilling her namesake. As two of the world`s leading Kundalini Yoga teachers, she and her husband Gurushabd travel worldwide, bringing this vast Technology and Teachers' Training Programs to students globally in the U.S.A., Mexico, Europe, Russia, India, and South Africa. She is the creator and pioneer of The Khalsa Way Prenatal Teachers' Training Immersion. Gurmukh`s book, The Eight Human Talents, has been a long-time yoga best-seller along with her many DVDs. Gurmukh founded Seva Corp., a nonprofit organization that supports schools and orphanages in India. Her Spiritual Teacher Yogi Bhajan taught, "We have come to create teachers, not to have students." She has dedicated her life to the Teachings of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
Tara is a philanthropist, activist, educator and practitioner of yoga for nearly 40 years, Tara Lynda Guber is author of Contact Yoga, the acclaimed guide for utilizing yoga to strengthen relationships, romantic and familial, which earned several awards including a gold Independent Publisher Book Award and a Nautilus Book Award. Tara has been a prominent health and wellness advocate for decades, and regularly traveled to teach at education facilities such as Kripalu Center, the Esalen Institute, and Omega, along with yoga conferences across the U.S., Canada and Europe. A former elementary school teacher, in 2001 she founded YogaEd, one of the first full-time yoga programs to be integrated in a public school, designed to help children explore body, mind and self, and improve their mental focus, academic achievement and relationships. Prior to founding YogaEd, she co-founded Education First!, which successfully produced television programming including a two-hour educational special ,“Back To School” for CBS. With her husband Peter Guber, CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group, they are owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB) and Golden State Warriors (NBA), with Tara serving on the board of the Golden State Warriors Foundation, which works to promote sports and health via youth programs. Also a member of the UCLA Health board and the Joyful Heart Foundation board, she is a founding member of the board of directors of The Accelerated School, the charter school in South Central Los Angeles named “Elementary School of the Year” by Time magazine. Tara Guber resides in Los Angeles.
Mallika Chopra is a mom, media entrepreneur, public speaker and published author. Her most recent book, Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy, was published in April 2015.
Mallika is the founder of Intent.com, a website and app focused on personal, social and global wellness. Her intent is to harness the power of social media to connect people from around the world to improve their own lives, their communities and the planet.
Professor Braun is Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Women & Technology, one of ten globally networked centres focusing on mainstreaming women in the knowledge economy, and Adjunct Professor with the Collaborative Research Network at the University of Ballarat in Victoria, Australia. Patrice holds a PhD in regional network development underpinned by information and communication technologies (ICT) and a Masters by Research on the use of the Internet for community informatics. A globally engaged action researcher, her work in sustainable regional development and social enterprise focuses on women’s empowerment and inclusive entrepreneurship. Patrice consults with government, NFPs and industry both in Australia and abroad on gender and SME policy, networks, collaboration and ICT for Development (ICTD) processes for regional resilience and community well-being.
Suzy is a free-lance business consultant specializing in the yoga and wellness industry. She began her career in advertising running major accounts such as Hyundai, Disney and Mattel. Most recently she managed the Los Angeles studio Maha Yoga for nearly 12 years. Suzy has consulted with 5 Point Yoga in Malibu, Yoga Matt Studio in Silverlake, Black Sheet Yoga in Oceanside, Unplug Meditation in West Los Angeles and Electric Soul Yoga in Studio City. Suzy has studied yoga philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, the Sivananda Yoga Center and the New Dwarka Temple. She completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance yoga teacher training with Travis Eliot and Rudy Mettia. A dedicated volunteer, Suzy has given her time to causes such as the Downtown Women’s Center in Skid Row Los Angeles, KCRW Radio Station and the City of Santa Monica. She is currently a volunteer with Reading Partners helping to unlock skills of students who struggle with reading.
Susan created the global brand yogitoes® after slipping on her yoga mat recognizing an unmet need, and followed an unknown path of designing a patented yoga towel which then revolutionized the industry, making a yoga towel a ubiquitous tool in the marketplace. Her leadership at yogitoes® was deeply rooted in sustainability for change, and the company was honored the 2013 Sustainable Quality Award Grand Prize in Santa Monica from the State of California for Excellence in Sustainable Economic Development, Social Responsibility, and Stewardship of the Environment.
Siva began her path to healing in neuroscience, and this sparked her interest in the mind-body connection. In Medical School (Cornell University Weill Medical College) and during her Public Health Masters (UC Berkeley), she focused her studies on an extension of the mind-body relationship: the effects of community, development, and culture on health behavior.
Melvyn Carlile is the CEO of the legendary Mind Body Spirit Festival, a global brand that for the past 37 years has stood as a catalyst for personal transformation, change, health and wellbeing. Melvyn has a large network of well-connected shakers and movers all dedicated to bringing about real change and empowerment. “I’m no Yogi but most of my good friends and brothers are so I guess I’m a little bit yogic by association”
Melvyn’s other skills involve marketing, documentary production and visual communications.
Lucy Billingsley is known for her enthusiasm for microfinance as a business solution to poverty, and her energetic involvement in Chiapas, Mexico. In just four years, she raised more than four million dollars for the Latin America initiative, specifically to finance micro loans for her Chiapas Project. Lucy serves on Grameen Foundation's Board and Development Committee. Lucy has more than 25 years of experience in real estate with expertise in development and property management. She is also an avid yoga practitioner with teacher Randy Justis at BKS Iyengar yoga Studio of Dallas.
Raj was the President of TiE Silicon Valley from 2005 to 2008, the world largest nonprofit dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship. TiE was founded by successful Indian entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley in 1992, which now operates in 12 countries with 11, 000memers. Raj received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Raj and wife Kalpana have charitable interests through the Jaswa Charitable Foundation, whose primary beneficiaries include El Camino Hospital SAHC, India Community Center, the Blind Foundation for India, Chinmaya Mission, and Bidada Medical Camp. Raj studies Yoga diligently with Arkady Shirin and Sherry Han.
Retired after 25 years of non-profit fund raising, Wilson is now consulting with organizations that work in areas of poverty alleviation, mostly focused around healthcare and education for women and girls as a means of social change. In previous roles she worked with Grameen Foundation and Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Laureate for his pioneering work in micro finance, to bring awareness and resources to the lack of status and opportunity for poor women.