Our Training Faculty

Frontier Market Scouts faculty are leaders in their field.

Ross Baird

Executive Director, Village Capital

Expertise: 

Ross developed the Village Capital concept in 2009, and has led the development of programs worldwide. Before launching Village Capital, he worked with First Light Ventures, a seed fund focused on impact investments. Prior to First Light, Ross worked on the development of four education-related start-up ventures: the Indian School Finance Company in Hyderabad, India; the National College Advising Corps in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and two ventures using technology to promote civic participation.

Paul Breloff

Founder and Managing Director, Accion Venture Lab

Expertise: 

Paul Breloff founded and manages Venture Lab, an accion-sponsored seed stage investment initiative focused on the world’s most innovative financial inclusion startups.

He conceived, built and lead all facets of global seed investment and portfolio management activities for Venture Lab, having sourced, analyzed and negotiated investments in India, Kenya, Mexico, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and the U.S. Has has also secured funding partnerships from Rockefeller Foundation, Gates Foundation, and CGAP, and advisory relationships with a range of other leaders in the financial inclusion space.

Simon Desjardins

Program Manager, Shell Foundation

Email: simon.desjardins@shell.com
Phone: 831.647.4155

Expertise: 

Simon runs Shell Foundation’s Access to Energy Program, which has the goal of helping to provide access to modern energy services for the poor. Before joining the Shell Foundation in 2008 Simon worked globally in a broad range of business and development roles, with experience in start-ups, multinationals and NGOs.

Ian Fisk

Executive Director, The William James Foundation

Email: ian.fisk@williamjamesfoundation.org

Expertise: 

Ian is the executive director of the William James Foundation. He earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia. He is the founder and head of ITF Consulting, a professional services consulting firm. He is the former co-chair of DC's Professional Net Impact Chapter and the secretary of the Washington Area Business Alliance for Sustainability. He has extensive experience in the non-profit, for-profit, political campaign, and government sectors.

Ravi Kurani

Co-Founder, ImpactSpace

Expertise: 

Specialties: Fluent in spoken Gujarati and Hindi, Fluent in spoken and written Spanish, Advanced skills with MS Office, SolidWorks, MatLab and some PSpice, Managerial Economics, International OB, Financial Accounting, Business Statistics, Marketing Management, Financial Management, Managerial Accounting, Operations Management, Statics, Dynamics, Engineering Circuit Analysis, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Linear Systems and Controls, Heat Transfer, Machine Design, Transport Phenomena

Amit Sharma

Social Entrepreneur and Co-Developer of Risk Assisstance Network and Exchange (RANE)

Expertise: 

Mr. Sharma is currently engaged in several global initiatives that bring together his efforts in markets, comprehensive risk management and international development.  He is leading the formulation of a new investment vehicle, Empowerment Capital, focused on income generative scalable enterprise for the global poor—leveraging the power of institutional capital to support market-viable poverty alleviative commercial solutions.  

Yuwei Shi

Dean, Graduate School of International Policy and Management

Expertise: 

Dr. Yuwei Shi is Dean and Professor of Strategic Management His research focuses on competitive strategy, high-tech venture and business model development and evaluation.  He has published over three dozen papers in peer-reviewed journals and a number of books and chapters.  Dr. Shi has taught MBA and doctoral programs in nearly a dozen universities across the globe, in addition to having won the Excellence in Teaching Award at the Monterey Institute in 2008, and the Allen Griffith Teaching Award in 2009.

Previous FMS Trainers Include:

Victoria Fram, Village Capital, Director of Operations

Victoria Fram is the Director of Operations at Village Capital, responsible for managing internal operations, program implementation and the Village Capital Fund. Most recently, she worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on the Program Related Investments team, analyzing investment opportunities in the fields of global health and global development. Prior to that, she was an Investment Associate at Metropolitan, a global private equity real estate fund-of-funds.

David Kyle, The Calvert Foundation, COO 

David Kyle was named in December 2011 to the newly-established position of Chief Operating Officer, responsible for loan origination, sales, human resources, systems, and customer service. David came to Calvert Foundation with a long and well-traveled history of success in helping organizations get to the next stage of growth.

Jason Fairbourne, Fairbourne Consulting

Jason Fairbourne holds MSC in Development Management, London School of Economics and is a graduate from Utah Valley University.

He is a pioneer in the field of micro franchising, the founder of the Fairbourne Consulting Group, and is currently the Peery Fellow at the Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance at Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management. He is the author of MicroFranchising: Creating Wealth at the Bottom of the Pyramid, as well as many other articles and publications.

Dr. Peter Robertson, Human Insight

Peter is a founding partner of Human Insight Ltd, a thought leader, business ecologist and specialist in leadership issues. He has written widely on this subject and has developed the AEM-cube, ACT-cube and RPA set of organizational assessment tools.

Peter has delivered key note speeches on the principles of business ecology around the world as both guest and resident speaker at many academic and management institutions. He is also a high level business consultant who specializes in strategy facilitation and leadership support and development. Assignments range from executive team coaching to board alignment to small- and large-scale strategy and culture development interventions.

Sara Olsen, SVT Founder, CEO
Sara is the co-founder of the Global Social Venture Competition, author with SocialEdge, and a globally recognized public speaker. With SVT she has designed systems that today reveal the impact of over $9Bn in over 23 countries. These systems recognize the cross cutting relationships between impact and financial performance in industries including clean technology, housing, public health, the arts, agriculture, social media, and finance.

Sara attended Dartmouth College for her undergraduate work and received an MBA and MSW degrees from UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago. Sara considers her most valuable education, however, to come from teaching public high school in Mississippi and helping start a social enterprise at Shorebank Corporation in inner-city Chicago.