Antonio is a 2014 MBA graduate of MIT Sloan, where he focused on entrepreneurship and venture capital in emerging markets. He is currently a managing partner at Capital Invent, a Mexican-based VC firm focused on investing in tech startups. He is also an active angel investor and is part of the Fabrice Grinda and Jose Marin Investments group.
He has experience in finance, corporate law and economic development. Prior to Sloan, he worked for 4 years as senior analyst at Sabino Capital, a Mexican-based hedge fund. He also worked as a consultant in the Public Office of the President and before, as a legal intern at Barrera, Siquieros y Torres Landa, a renowned Mexican law firm. He graduated with honors from ITAM University, where he studied Economics and Law.
While pursuing her MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Aminata Kane launched Fula&Style in Senegal, West Africa as a response to the lack of local, high quality and fashionable clothing for Senegalese professionals. Her company works hand in hand with talented tailors and artisans to offer unique pieces of African inspiration with modern cuts, at an affordable price. The collections are designed to be a great fit for African women’s body shape, to be culturally appropriate, and to boost women's confidence in the workplace. Fula&Style's goal is to bring Senegal’s rich traditions into the international fashion stage while sourcing and producing locally in Africa and improving the lives of the far-reaching community of local tailors.
Originally from Senegal, Aminata is fueled by her passion for entrepreneurship and incorporating different cultures through extensive travels around the world. Before enrolling at MIT, Aminata worked at McKinsey & Company France, designing strategies and operations for consumer goods manufacturers, telecommunication providers, and banks in Europe and West Africa. She also gained experience interning at Goldman Sachs and at the French Business Confederation (MEDEF). Aminata holds a Bachelors and Master degree in Management from HEC Paris.
Bijal Shah is the founder and CEO of lallitara. lallitara is an apparel and accessories brand that aims to fuel social change through fashion. Previously, Bijal worked at IDEO, a design and innovation consulting firm. Her role as a Business Designer allowed her to blend her strategic and creative interests. Prior to IDEO, Bijal worked at Visa, Inc., the largest payment network in the world. She was a key member of the Global Corporate Strategy team, which helped Visa reposition post IPO by implementing an organizational restructuring and re-pricing. In addition, Bijal worked at ZS Associates a leading player in using data analytics to solve marketing and sales challenges. While at ZS, Bijal managed a number of initiatives for one of the largest players in the California pharmaceutical industry.
Bijal is also a former American India Foundation - Clinton Fellow. As a fellow, Bijal had the opportunity to live and work in India at Saath, a non-governmental organization that aims to provide holistic services to slum dwellers. While in India, Bijal worked on various projects that allowed her to create and implement plans to make Saath a self-sustaining enterprise.
Bijal has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Daniel is COO of Demeter and Co-founder and CEO of Bureh, an ethical fashion company based in Sierra Leone. He was recently named one of YPIA’s 35 foreigners under 35 working in Africa, is a Legatum Fellow at MIT’s Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship and is on a leave of absence from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. After graduating from Columbia University with a degree in Mathematics and Economics, Daniel moved to Sierra Leone to work for MIT’s Poverty Action Lab. There he designed and implemented a new micro-credit product in 40 communities. While in Sierra Leone, Daniel founded Bureh.
Juliet Asante is an award-winning filmmaker, entrepreneur, and activist. Her awards include the ‘Hollywood Reporter’s’ next generation award (2009), the ʻWorld of Difference 100ʼ by the International Alliance for Women (TIAW) (2009), Ghanaʼs Association of Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders (2009), and Best Actress award in Ghana (2001). She is the founder of Eagle Productions, Ltd, a production, communications, and consulting company. Her experience in business and network across the continent of Africa for over a decade makes her a much-sought after consultant for both international and local interests. Juliet has been invited to speak in her various capacities, including presentations on closing the gender gap at the World Economic Forum on Africa and on women's contribution to global security at the Global Security Forum in Denmark.
Juliet organized the Voice Off Africa Forum, aimed at closing the gaps between media entrepreneurs and investors and is an active participant in the Africa Media Initiative. She also served on the World Economic Council’s Global Agenda Council on Entertainment for two years. Juliet is the founder and President of Save Our Women International and the past President of the Eagle Women Empowerment Club (EWEC). Juliet has worked on movies like Deadly Voyage (an HBO movie starring Omar Epps) and Tinsel for M-Net. She has written and directed some of the longest running shows on Ghana Television. Juliet is an avid blogger for the Huffington Post, an Aspen Global Leadership Fellow, a Legatum Institute Fellow, an alumnus of the Fortune/State Department mentoring program and Vital Voices Global Leaders Forum. She has an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Born to a mixed Kenyan and Ugandan heritage, Mercy Wakweika spent a considerable time between both countries. After completion of her undergraduate degree, Mercy and her partner started Envy, which helps manufacturers worldwide get rid of their excess inventory by selling the balance in their flagship store in Kampala, Uganda with several pop up stores in Nairobi, Kenya and Kigali, Rwanda. She also has experience in Investment Banking after working with Deutsche Bank in New York and in Retail Strategy Consulting with Endeavour Partners in Cambridge, MA. Mercy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from MIT Sloan
Mustafa Khalifeh, is an experienced consultant and serial entrepreneur from Jordan who has founded three startups in the Middle East. Early in his career, Khalifeh worked as a financial consultant for Ernst & Young in Amman, Jordan. During his tenure with the firm he worked on valuations, feasibility studies and due diligence projects in diverse sectors.
After leaving Ernst & Young, Mustafa embarked on an entrepreneurial career, co-founding three different start-ups. He co-founded the first facilities management company in Jordan via a joint venture with an internationally recognized firm. Today, the company is expanding through the Middle East. He also co-founded an educational entertainment company that focuses on bridging the culture gap between Western and Middle Eastern societies. The company has been recognized by several leading global institutions including the US State Department and the TED Global Conference.
Lastly, Mustafa co-founded a development consultancy firm in Jordan in partnership with former IFC and World Bank officials. The company’s mission is to help foster Small Medium Enterprise (SME) growth by providing firms with equity/debt investment, technical partnerships and business consultancy services. The company has helped implement projects throughout the Middle East, and is led by a seasoned former IFC official.
Mustafa received his BA in Economics from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and is also a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) candidate. He recently graduated with an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Upon graduation, Khalifeh co-founded Bluelight, a startup with colleagues from MIT and Harvard that focuses on financial inclusion in the Arab and developing world. They won $50,000 at the 2013 Harvard Business School New Venture competition and launched out of his home country, Jordan, in June 2013.
Vimala Palaniswamy is a Co-founder and CEO of Demeter and Jamela. Jamela is a "more-than-fair trade" skin care company that focuses on capturing more value for the people and communities where its ingredients are sourced. Vimala has worked in education technology, microfinance, transportation, infrastructure, scientific research, and health and has over 10 years' experience working with entrepreneurs and in Asia, Africa, and Central America. She has also worked as a "business bootcamp" coach for undergraduates and first year attorneys through The Fullbridge Program. Vimala has an MBA from MIT Sloan and an MPH in Global Health from Emory University. Her undergraduate degrees in Microbiology and Biology are from the University of Georgia and Simon’s Rock College of Bard.