Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Daniella Russo

Adjunct Professor

Daniella Dimitrova Russo is the CEO and Founder of Think Beyond Plastictm, an innovation accelerator with focus on plastic pollution. Daniella Russo believes that intractable global challenges can be addressed by harnessing the forces of innovation and entrepreneurship, and the power of the markets to do good. Since 2009, she has led the development of an innovation eco-system to reduce the impact of plastic pollution on the environment and public health, with special focus on ocean plastic. Daniella Russo is a serial entrepreneur: Her experience includes executive management of businesses from start-up phase through an IPO, as well as within Fortune-500 companies such as Frame Technology, Infoseek, Sun Microsystems, and Xerox PARC. Daniella Russo is a member of the Founders Board of Advisors at StartX Standford Student Startup Accelerator: She is an Adjunct Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies Graduate Program in International Policy and Management. Daniella Russo co-founded and led Plastic Pollution Coalition to become world's largest NGO dedicated uniquely to ending plastic pollution. She serves on the Board of numerous NGOs and Businesses.

  • Marine plastics and pollution
  • Entrepreneurship for waste management solutions
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