Mr. Baxter is an independent procurement/planning consultant to public and private sector institutions, development banks and agencies globally. Although focused on PPPs, he also advises institutions in North America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia implement sustainable planning, procurement, and implementation project best practices; and navigate the challenges that complex procurements face, thereby resulting in client tenders that are transparent, competitive, resilient and market tested. As the chair of WAPPP’s North America’s Chapter he works with my counterparts in Mexico and Canada to build transnational alliances. At the Institute for Public-Private Partnerships (IP3) he was responsible for building a global network of PPP practitioners that allowed IP3’s parent company to penetrate the PPP market.
Mr. Braiker brings over 25 years of experience in the fields of capital raising, Acquisitions & Consolidations, Business Reengineering and Mobile & Media Strategies. Mr. Braiker has a track record of transforming start-ups into industry leaders. He has built three companies from inception to IPO, and his most recent company, HIPCRICKET INC, became a leading mobile marketing firm with 400k+ campaigns, proprietary SAAS technology, servicing 29 Fortune 100 clients and 250 Fortune 500 clients. In addition, having led many companies from early stages to dynamic growth, Mr. Braiker knows the importance of the right pre-IPO processes, as he raised $18 Million in an IPO for HIPCRICKET INC in its early stages of development in the London Stock Exchange. Mr. Braiker holds a B.A in international Relations from the American University at Washington, DC.
Mr. Gandara is a business development strategist with close to three decades of global experience including senior positions at Moneytree and DB Squared. Mr. Gandara guides paradigm-shifting companies through access to new markets, strategic joint ventures, and key customer introductions. He prefers a hands-on approach to assist extraordinary entrepreneurs to transform their vision into reality and/or guide high growth companies to take advantage of unique market opportunities in the US and abroad. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business and co-founder of the Ernest I.J. Aguilar Scholarship Endowment.
Mr. Sobieski is the Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of TerreStar Network, which successfully integrated the core components of an emerging 4G network. Doug was a key original architectural member of what later became XO Communications. Doug served in various senior management positions at Broadband Wireless. Prior to his XO tenure, Doug was Director of Telecommunications at Questar Corporation in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he developed a business unit that became the foundation for Nextel. Most recently, he managed Tahoe Consulting, a company that facilitates network service expansion and policy implementation in South America.
Mr. Kramer is an international keynote speaker (including TED), a bestselling author, executive coach and marketing strategist consulting Fortune 500 clients such as Harvard, IBM, Cisco, TED, MasterCard, Dell, NASA, NFL, Pitney Bowes and many more. He also sits on several advisory boards including Mutual Mind, Raynforest, HealthPure and SpiderQube. Mr. Kramer is also a Forbes contributor. As president/CEO of Purematter—his digital marketing agency in San Jose, CA— his leadership steered one of the fastest growing private companies in Silicon Valley and a recognition as one of the publication’s “Top Who’s Who.”
Mr. McMahon spent more than 30 years helping global leaders in the financial services industry create significant value and enhanced customer impact through the creative use of data, analytics, and insights. As General Partner of the Rosemark Capital Group, Mr. McMahon invested in intellectual property-centered firms and oversaw the North American Financial Services consulting group at Cap Gemini, a $12 Billion revenue global services company. He has held positions as Executive Vice President for the Atlantic Region at HSBC; Partner at Booz, Allen Hamilton leading their global financial services practice; and he was CEO of Toronto Dominion Bank, USA. In addition to his work with large organizations, in 1999 Mr. McMahon co-founded and later sold his interest in Novantas, a data services and consulting firm that continues to flourish today.
George Gosieski MCR, CSM, GHG-IQ
Mr. Gosieski has over 27 years of corporate domestic and international experience, including 19 years with Boeing, 8 years with Capital One, and four years as a partner at Business EcoSystems. He has experience across the building lifecycle, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility. George also serves as a U.S. State Department appointed expert to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, as chair of the National Institute of Building Sciences Council on Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate Board of Direction, and is a member of the Sustainability Consortium. He has also served as an expert advisor to the UN Environmental Program’s Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative and on numerous working groups including World Resources Institute’s Scope 3 development taskforce, ASTM, and CSA.
Prof. John Kunz, Ph.D.
Prof. Kunz is Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering at Stanford University and has a teaching appointment in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford University. He also serves on the advisory board of Alice Technologies, introducing Artificial Intelligence to Construction and Engineering. Prior to joining Stanford, he was Chief Knowledge Systems Engineer at IntelliCorp, which developed commercial applications of Artificial Intelligence methods in many areas of engineering, manufacturing, and business. In the 1970s, he led development of the first application of Artificial Intelligence ever used in practice, the PUFF system for pulmonary function diagnosis, whose descendants remain in wide use globally.