David Ferguson – Chair

Managing Director – Ferguson Strategic Technology Services, LLC

David Ferguson runs a boutique consultancy that operates at the intersection of international development, creating evidence of what works, and building partnerships to support innovative, collaborative programs to solve complex challenges. He was the Director of the Center for Development Innovation in the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID from its inception until 2018. He was one of the leaders of institutional change at USAID. The Center for Development Innovation created both directed and open innovation approaches, many involving a consortium of donors, to sourcing and accelerating solutions that have the potential to be transformative in bettering the lives of millions of people. As a leader of the International Development Innovation Alliance, an alliance of the heads of innovation at a dozen large donors and foundations, he facilitated partnerships that accomplished more than would have been possible otherwise.

Before joining USAID, he worked on international development at the nexus of development, technology, and the private sector. His first career was 27 years at AT&T where he created and ran AT&T’s Professional Services Division, developing it into a US$200M profitable entity. He was based in Hong Kong for seven years and focused on the developing markets of China, India, and Indonesia, for telecommunications investment opportunities. He built seven joint ventures during this period. He began his career with AT&T at Bell Labs as a member of technical staff.

Mr. Ferguson holds a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

 

Dr. Paul Kim – Treasurer

Associate Dean and Chief Technology Officer for Stanford University Graduate School of Education

Dr. Paul Kim is the Associate Dean and Chief Technology Officer for Stanford University Graduate School of Education. Kim is also the founder of Seeds of Empowerment, SMILE (Stanford Mobile Inquiry-based Learning Environment), 1001 Stories Project, and Halo-Fi STEM education program. Kim leads initiatives involving the design of learning technologies, educational research, and community development.

Kim is also working with numerous international organizations to develop mobile empowerment solutions for extremely underserved communities in developing regions. In his expeditions to Latin America, Africa, and India, he investigated the effects of highly programmable open-source mobile learning platforms on education programs for literacy, numeracy, and entrepreneurship (e.g., math games, storytelling, and entrepreneurship simulations). Kim launched a Massive open online course(MOOC) titled “Designing A New Learning Environment,” inviting over 20,000 students from 170 countries to work in teams to lead education reform globally.

He is currently advising Asian Development Bank, Lumos Capital Group – edtech investment firm, and Riiid – AI backed learning analytics company.

 

Alexis Bonnell – Member 

Senior Business Executive and the Emerging Technology Evangelist for Public Sector at Google 

Alexis Bonnell is a Senior Business Executive and the Emerging Technology Evangelist for Public Sector at Google. Government is navigating unprecedented times, unprecedented opportunity and can leverage unprecedented technology to solve our nations and the world’s most pressing challenges. More than ever, Public Servants are leading the charge to create a better, more equitable, and empowered experience for citizens.

As the Chief Innovation Officer of USAID and the Director of Engagement and Communications at the U.S. Global Development Lab, she had the privilege of working with thousands of innovators, inside and outside of USAID who are changing the world and helping millions of people become self reliant. In 2018, USAID received a 10/10 in Innovation in the “Results for America” study of Federal Agencies.

She previously served as the Chief of Applied Innovation & Acceleration in the U.S. Global Development Lab, of USAID, one of the premier Innovation Labs in the development industry, that she helped create in 2014.

With more than 24 years of experience in management and communications, Bonnell has worked with: Wall Street and “dot.coms,” and on projects such as the Middle East Peace Plan, Afghan and Iraqi elections, tsunami response, Pakistan and Haiti earthquakes, construction projects, and major logistics operations.

After years overseas, Bonnell returned to the USA with USAID as the Senior Advisor on Business Transformation and KM, and then the Chief of Engagement for the Office of Education.

Prior to her career in development, Bonnell worked as Director of Marketing for the Internet Trade Association (Association for Interactive Media), where she helped Wall Street and the corporate world understand the impact that the Internet, innovation and technology would have on business, customers and society. She is co-author of the book “Get your Dream Job.”

Bonnell has multiple degrees, masters degrees and professional certifications from Pepperdine, NYU, Stanford, Kellogg Northwestern and other institutions.