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ZEMBABA AYALEW completed her Masters of International Affairs degree at Columbia
University. In 2005, she received her Master of Business Administration degree from John
Hopkins University. Zembaba is dedicated to the social empowerment of marginalized
societies and has volunteered in public organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters,
international organizations such as Amnesty International, and has also traveled and
volunteered in Guatemala. She has previously traveled to El Salvador to research the
economic, political, and social situation of women in post-war El Salvador. She has a
particular interest in the economic empowerment of women. Zembaba believes that
through microfinance; especially in developing countries women who have been left out
of the mainstream economy will achieve financial and social success. Thus, in the summer
of 2004, she traveled to the Philippines to assess the credit and social programs of a
microfinance organization. Zembaba was born and raised in Ethiopia. In addition to her
native Amharic, she speaks English, French and Spanish.

FRANK COHN. Frank is the founder and Executive Director of Globalhood, Inc. He holds
his MSW from Columbia University, specializing in International Social Development and
Social Enterprise Administration, and also works part-time as the Associate Director of
Bushwick IMPACT, a family resource center in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Vancouver,
Canada, he has worked extensively in the field with marginalized youth, women's groups,
and communities, including a post as Field Director for an NGO in Central America and
with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in Social Policy and
Development. In 2005-6 he was the Co-Founder and President of the Columbia University
Partnership for International Development (CUPID), an organization with over 1250
current members from across 12 graduate school disciplines. He brings 10 years of
managerial and supervisory experience with Community Service and Development
programs, and regularly conducts trainings for human service staff on Communication,
Stress Management, and Team Building. He has work experience in 12 countries in Asia
and the Americas, and speaks fluent French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and
intermediate Hindi. Contact: frank at

MARTIN DE JONG. Assistant Professor of Marketing, RSM Erasmus University (The
Netherlands). He obtained his Master of Science in econometrics at Erasmus University
(summa cum laude), and his Ph.D. in marketing at Tilburg University (summa cum laude).
He received Tilburg University's 2006-2007 dissertation prize. A jury report by a Wharton
professor said: "In my ten years as a professor at the Wharton School, having supervised
tens of doctoral students and seen many more, I have never seen a dissertation as
impressive as Martijn's." Other awards include the Erasmus fellowship (awarded to the
four most talented scholars at the university), and a Niels Stensen traveling stipend. He is
currently spending a year in New York at Columbia University's graduate school of
business, and at NYU (Leonard Stern School of Business). His research primarily addresses
issues in cross-cultural marketing and consumer behavior, using rigorous statistical
methods and large-scale empirical data sets. His work has been published in the most
prestigious and leading American marketing journals, such as Marketing Science, the
Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Consumer Research. Martijn's consulting
experience includes projects for GfK, Taylor Nelson Sofres, and Swarovski.