In alphabetical order:

Dr. Heinrich Heindl is an Executive of Deutsche Telekom AG, Vivento, responsible for restructuring the Group’s German Fixedline-, Mobile- and IT-Businesses, Reskilling of Employees and Business Development.  Dr. Heindl received a PhD in Business Economics for his Research on Market Entry strategies for Internet Startups. He is an Alumni of Schumpeter School of Business and Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.


Jane Mason is currently Vice President, Commercial Services, at Cambridge Trust Company and is based at the Cambridge Innovation Center. Jane holds an MBA from Simmons School of Management and has over 25 years of experience in entrepreneurial, consulting, small business, and large corporate environments. Her experience includes a position as vice president of an international consulting firm, founder of Boston Business Ventures, corporate financial analyst for a multi-national consumer electronics conglomerate, and controller of a publicly-traded (NASDAQ) manufacturing company. Jane’s career focus has been in corporate finance, strategic planning, M&A, turnaround and workout assignments. She has served on various boards and is currently a member of the Board of Incorporators for the Boston Local Development Corporation, member of the SBANE Women’s Business Committee, Advisor to Innovation Nights, Director of WEST, and has volunteered time and resources to the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and other non-profits.

Tadao Otsuki founded Otsuki Consulting International, a Tokyo-based management consulting firm. Recently he was CEO of Aderans (Japan), CEO of Novations Group, Inc. (Boston), a human resources corporation.  Earlier in his career he was President of Drake Beam Morin-Japan, Inc., a human resources and talent development firm, growing the sales from $11MM revenue in 1997 to $123 MM in 2003.  Previously he was CEO at Pepsi-Cola Japan, increasing sales revenue 14% annually.  Tadao holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Yokohama Municipal University.

John Henry Silva is a social entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in academia, business and government. Silva’s career in government began at The White House, where he served as a Yankee White US Marine operating on Global White House Travel during the Clinton and Bush Administrations. He was directly responsible for leading teams of US Marines supporting the US Secret Service on Presidential Trips, and was a recipient of the Presidential Service Badge. After government service, Silva worked for start-up ventures in technology and philanthropy, including Boston Life English School, Otsuki Consulting International in Japan, the Bolshoi Academy in Russia, Aga Khan University in Pakistan, and Planetary Emissions Management in Cambridge, MA. Silva’s academic research and teaching includes researching corporate philanthropy at Harvard Business School, human-robot team interaction at iRobot, and serving as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University. Silva is a graduate of Harvard University, graduating cum laude in Classics. He actively advises organizations working in the domain of civic engagement, veterans’ affairs and diplomatic organizations.

Jeff Steele, Esq. practices securities and general corporate law, focusing on start-ups and developing companies in high technology industries, including telecommunications, medical devices, software and biotechnology. He has extensive experience representing start-ups, developing companies and investment and venture capital firms in connection with private placements, seed and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property licensing, initial and secondary public offerings, public company compliance work, and executive employment matters. Before joining Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, Jeff was an associate with Bingham Dana, LLP, Boston. Jeff graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder, earned an A.M. in history from Brown University and graduated from Cornell Law School.

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