Maria Konizeski is a Business Strategist specializing in consulting for social ventures and digital initiatives brings a wealth of insight into both the competitive advantages and challenges of the social start-up and the current state of the digital market. Her experience as an equity analyst with a top socially responsible investment firm has prepared her to rigorously analyze markets and the firm’s finances. Maria’s focus is on business models, marketing strategy and financial planning. Maria is passionate about leveraging the market to create a better world. She holds a MBA from Simmons School of Management at Simmons College and is the recipient of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Award in Accounting.
Kristofer Gryte, is the Founder and CEO of Emaji. Kris is a philosopher, scientist, and all-around techie. Having a voracious thirst for knowledge, he was not content studying only one, or even two subjects, for his first degree: he majored in three (physics, mathematics, philosophy) and tacked on a minor (biology) for good measure. While attempting to uncover the ultimate truths of reality, he also embraced social activism, participating in programs to aid the urban homeless, teaching in Kenya, and running a student leadership program. Currently a DPhil candidate at Oxford University mining data and using statistical analysis to study DNA-protein dynamics, his research is at the forefront in understanding fundamental biological processes underpinning gene regulation. In between late nights spent performing experiments, he has developed an integrated software package for robust, automated data analysis. Outside of his research, he helps consult a Kenyan MFI on improving operations and optimizing their portfolio and is currently designing their website.
Gabe Scelta is the Innovation Director at Ethicodes. A fellow at the Emerge Venture Lab, Gabe previously managed the creation, deployment and maintenance of medium to large-scale websites for clients such as Goodwill Industries and Six Apart. Gabe’s deep knowledge of the technology industry, combined with his creativity keep Ethicodes pushing the frontiers of the fair trade industry. Gabe’s focus is on prioritizing and managing the core structure of the program. He holds a master’s degree from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and a bachelor’s degree from Boston University.
Jack Dentith is the Social Impact Director at Ethicodes. A fellow at the Emerge Venture Lab, Jack has worked in research and development at several London based charities including the Facial Surgery Research Foundation. Rigorously committed to social justice, Jack’s focus is on planning for and monitoring the potential social and environmental costs and benefits of the company. He holds a master’s degree from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cambridge.