Our Training Faculty

Frontier Market Scouts faculty are leaders in their field.

Ross Baird

Executive Director, Village Capital

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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

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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.

Jorge Calderon

Experienced Entrepreneur, Management Consultant, and Investment Professional

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One of the best connected people within the Venture Capital industry, Jorge Calderon is a career entrepreneur, management consultant, and investment professional.  In addition to starting Impact Strategy Advisors, Jorge founded Springworks and architected the Sidecar Option Fund Model utilized within the Promise Capital platform.  Previously, he was the founding Director for the West Coast office of a small seed stage venture capital firm and has had roles in top tier management consulting, banking and technology companies. 

Simon Desjardins

Program Manager, Shell Foundation

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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 has 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

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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.

Victoria Fram

Director of Operations, Village Capital

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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.

Miguel Granier

Founder and Managing Director, Invested Development

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Miguel is the Founder and Managing Director of Invested Development which launched in July 2009. Before founding Invested Development, he was the founding Investment Manager for First Light Ventures, a seed-stage social impact investment fund affiliated with Gray Ghost Ventures in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lewis Hower

Executive Director, James Lee Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center

Expertise: 

Lewis Hower is the Executive Director of the Sorenson Global Impact Investing (SGII) Center at the University of Utah. The SGII Center is an industry-leading program that facilitates the growth of the impact investing space while educating the next generation of social and environmental leaders. The SGII's student associates collaborate with leading social venture funds, banks, foundations, consulting firms and social entrepreneurs to identify, fund, and grow businesses that have significant social and/or, environmental impact.

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.

James Lee Sorenson

Entrepreneur, Investor

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Jim helped develop several new industry categories in today's business world, including digital video compression software, mass-market videophones, video relay service for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals and environmental testing. Jim enjoys combining innovative and worthwhile ideas with talented management teams to produce growing new enterprises. This successful combination has produced thousands of new jobs and vibrant companies.

His philanthropic endeavors have been equally fruitful, helping establish highly impactful programs and organizations that improve the lives of the working poor, help build regional business communities and train the next generation of entrepreneurial and investment leaders.

Previous FMS Trainers Include:

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.