Keynote Speaker - Sri Raj Bhowmik

An enlightened mystic whose aura transcends classification, Sri Raj Bhowmik is a powerful orator & a philosopher with an unfathomable insight. The key figure of Soulbath Peace Foundation and a versatile personality, he is a personal coach, a spiritual guide, a talented author, a painter, a poet, a musician, an effective leader and a friend, all rolled into one. Sri Raj Bhowmik is the author of CORPORitual Values Of Living. He is also the world's most expensive life coach. RBGCD (The Raj Bhowmik Global Compassion Day), is an annual day dedicated in his name and celebrated every year by volunteers and disciples around the world. In 2016 RBGCD touched more than 10 Million lives in 55 Countries, and is poised to grow more each year. 


Bruno Sergi:

Bruno Sergi


Bruno Sergi is an Associate of Harvard University Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. His area of expertise is the economics of Emerging markets. He is a member of the Balkan Economic Forum’s Advisory Board and since 2009 he has coached two networks of trade-union economic experts: the SEE TUs Economic Experts’ Network and the NIS TUs Economic Experts’ Network, both of which are under the framework of the Pan-European Regional Council of the International Trade Union Confederation. He has done research at the IMF and at a number of national central banks’ research departments in Western and Eastern Europe. He has been a fellow at the Contemporary Europe Research Centre, Honorary Fellow of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne as well as a Marie Curie Actions’ Senior Research Fellow.



Nadine Tournois:



Nadine Tournois is a former Vice-President of University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and the former vice-chancellor of the Academy. Currently, she is professor at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in France, and the Dean of the IAE Nice Graduate School of Business. She served as the chair of several international conferences, and has developped many international collaborations with universities from all over the world, where she uses to teach and to give conferences.Before becoming a Professor, she has been working at Texas-Instruments and IBM and consultant for french and foreign banks. She is Chevalier of the Order of the Legion of Honour, and is involved in humanitarian activities.




Lisa Miller:

Lisa Miller

Dr. Lisa Miller is a Professor of Health Sciences with 20 years of research, teaching, and service focused on developing altruistic leadership for improving health and well-being.  She has an expertise in teaching and designing online courses with a passion for collaboration on innovative education projects, such as the HarvardX initiative. She received a Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Management with a Specialization in Counseling and Sport Psychology from Ohio State University, a Master of Labor and Human Resources degree from The Fisher College of Business with a Specialization in Training and Development, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Wright State University as a tennis scholar athlete, a Certification in Positive Psychology Coaching from Martin Seligman at The University of Pennsylvania, and a Graduate Concentration in Religious Studies and Education from Harvard University.  Dr. Miller also provides consulting to various individuals and organizations fostering leadership self-awareness and optimizing leadership potential.



Pavel Krapivin:

Pavel Krapivin

Pavel Krapivin, is the Founder and CEO of VelvetJobs, the career matchmaking service used by over 15 Million people.  Founded in 2014, VelvetJobs is the leading innovator in career transition and outplacement services. Most recently, VelvetJobs has been featured by Forbes magazine as one of the key companies leading the transformation of the $5 Billion career transition market. Prior to VelvetJobs, Pavel served as Vice President of Warner Bros. Entertainment and prior to that served Director of Strategy of NBC Universal.  Pavel Krapivin is a graduate of Harvard Business School and has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT.


Dennis Benzan:


Dennis A. Benzan was born and raised in Cambridge and the son of immigrants from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. He was elected to the Cambridge City Council in 2013, as the first Latino ever elected to the Cambridge City Council.  On Inauguration Day, Dennis was unanimously elected as Vice Mayor of the City of Cambridge and focused much of his work on Affordable Housing, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) workforce training, and the Opioid drug crisis.  Dennis is a graduate of Howard University and Roger Williams University School of Law.  Dennis is currently a senior associate at Altman and Altman, LLP and the co-owner of La Fabrica Central in Central Sq., a new Spanish Caribbean jazz restaurant in Central sq., Cambridge, MA.



Irina Paradnaya

Irina Paradnaya

Irina served as the executive producer at the Bolshoi Theater of Russia. The Bolshoi Ballet and Bolshoi Opera are amongst the oldest and most renowned ballet and opera companies in the world. It is one of the world’s biggest ballet companies, having more than 200 dancers. While with the Bolshoi, she produced a number of projects, including 15 ballet and opera premieres, two international tours, an international ballet festival and the Grand Re-Opening Concert of the Historical Stage of the Bolshoi Theater. During this time she worked with world-famous organizations such as Paris Opera, Israeli Opera, New York City Ballet, and The George Balanchine Trust. Irina now manages two large missions - IJ Summer Ballet Intensive and an international theater festival, ArtsLand - aimed at expanding the horizons of performing arts and providing opportunities for professionals to work with the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet.


Harold Kent Heredia:


Harold is a United Nations General Assembly Adviser for the Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations in New York. He covers international development issues ranging from human rights to social development within the work of the UN on behalf of the Philippine Government.  Before starting his career in multilateral diplomacy, Harold previously held equity research analyst and proprietary trading roles in Asia. He finished his ALM in Finance from the Extension School in 2015 and his AB in Economics from the University of Asia and the Pacific in the Philippines in 2008. Harold is a passionate student of history, the financial markets, and international affairs. 


Andrey Grigoriev:

Andrey Grigoriev

Andrey is a Russian film director and alumni of the Ekaterinburg Theatre Institute. He is the author of the movie: "Balkan Star" - a film about the Serbian film director Emir Kusturica; "At the end of the earth" - a film about the children of Kosovo and Metohija (postwar reality); "Vasenin" - a film about a veteran of the Second War World, Chevalier of the Order of the Legion of Honor of the French: Nikolai Maksimovich Vasenina. Andrey is one of the youngest artists who are on the list of the world's cultural heritage of "UNESCO"  and  "Memory of the World". Andrey was nominated for All-Russian National Award "Laurel Branch".



Pavel Koshkin:

Pavel Koshkin

Pavel Koshkin is the Editor-in-Chief of Russia Direct. He has contributed to numerous publications, including Kommersant, the Moscow bureau of BBC and Russia Profile, specializing in politics, society, education and international affairs. His articles have also been republished by Russia In Global Affairs and the Carnegie Moscow Center. Before joining Russia Direct, Koshkin worked as Executive Web Editor for the English-language media outlet, Russia Beyond The Headlines (RBTH). In 2011-2012, he participated in the Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum (SURF), which brings together leading Russian and U.S. pundits with enthusiastic students who want to improve bilateral relations between Russia and the U.S. Koshkin has a Ph.D. in international journalism from Lomonosov Moscow State University. His dissertation focused on the ways in which American columnists covered U.S.-China and U.S.-Russian relations between 2008 and 2013.


Abigail Ogilvy:


Abigail Ogilvy opened a contemporary art gallery in her name in October 2015. Located in Boston’s SoWa Art & Design District, Abigail Ogilvy Gallery features emerging and mid-career artists, with a focus on the long-term career development of each artist. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Art History, and later continuing her arts studies at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York City, Ogilvy works to educate and activate Boston’s arts community. She has been recognized by Mayor Martin J. Walsh as an emerging leader in Boston under his SPARK council. She also serves on the Board of Directors at Artists for Humanity, and is currently on the Steering Committee at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Ogilvy got her start at contemporary art gallery, Galleria Tornabuoni, in Florence, Italy, and prior to opening Abigail Ogilvy Gallery she spent time at local technology start-ups Wayfair and Moontoast. 




Andrej Rusakov:

Andrej Rusakov

Andrej is the co-founding partner and seed investor in Data Capital Management - a systematic hedge fund built on novel big data technologies, real-time data feeds and artificial intelligence computer science.  Andrej previously founded Open Capital, a global holding and investment company with assets and portfolio companies in the USA, Europe, and Russia.  Prior to that, he worked for Apax Partners where he was involved in $1 billion worth of buy-outs worldwide.  He started his career in the Mergers & Acquisitions team of Morgan Stanley in London. Andrej holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MSc. in Mathematics from Moscow State University.




Alexander Prosviryakov:

Alexander Prosviryakov

Alexander Prosviryakov is the founder of Whitestone Capital. Alexander has spent most of his professional career working at international investment banks trading in currency, interest rate, commodities and fixed income financial products (UBS Investment Bank, Citigroup, Standard Bank). Alexander was involved in structuring and executing the first financial derivative transactions on the Russian market in 2000. He holds MBA degrees from the Stern School of Business at New York University, the London School of Economics, and the HEC School of Management / HEC Paris. He also earned a Master’s degree with honors from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.


Kirill Makharinsky:


Kirill Makharinsky is the cofounder of technology companies which together have raised over $100M in capital, have annual revenues of over $40M and employ over 400 people. Kirill learnt the ropes of building internet products as an early employee at Slide which had 150M users and was acquired by Google for $180M. He then cofounded Quid, a software product to augment corporate strategy and research used by clients like Microsoft, Samsung, BCG and many other blue chip firms. In 2010 Kirill cofounded Ostrovok, the leading online travel agency by revenues in Russia and the CIS. Since 2015 he has been the founder and CEO of Enki, a platform for software developers and technical teams to upgrade their skills. 


Aslan Kagiev:


Aslan Kagiev is the President of the Student Union of the Ural Federal University, and Rector's advisor. Ministry of education and science of Russian Federation in 2016 recognized The Student Union of the Ural Federal University as the best student organization in Russia.  Student Union created his own endowment to support student activities in UrFU. Aslan is a lead organizers at UrFU for The World Festival of Youth



Dolly Amaya:

Dolly Amaya

Dolly Amaya, Founder of Harvard Extension Entrepreneurship Association and former Vice-President of the Harvard Graduate Council also served concurrently as the Chair of several Harvard Leadership Conferences. Dolly operates two successful enterprises: A Financial Learning Center as a World Financial Group Financial Agent with TransAmerica and a social enterprise established for the purpose of stabilizing and revitalizing communities through the vehicle of financial literacy while providing youth leaders entrepreneurship opportunities in entrepreneurship.



Antwan Steele:

Antwan Steele

Antwan Steele is the author of "Single To Single," a book which focuses on embracing and maximizing in your season of singleness. He is also an entrepreneur, speaker and founder of NLD Group, an organization that is geared towards discipleship and fellowship for the millennial generation. He is from Cleveland, OH where he was born and raised, and comes from a family of five, including his mother, father and two sisters. He earned his bachelors degree of Business Administration from Cleveland State Univeristy in 2011. Antwan also worked for the world renowned hospital, Cleveland Clinic as a program manager for lung and teen cancer before resigning after four years with the purpose of completing his first book and pursuing his entrepreneurial endeavors. He is well known for bringing people in the city together. His most impactful event to date is called "Our Cookout," a summer cookout, which attracts a few thousand people to attend each year. The objectives are to create awareness, build unity and give back. In his spare time, Antwan loves to read, hang out with family/friends and travel.