Ginu is the Founder and Chairman of TalenTrade. She has over 10 years of management consulting and international development experience working for organisations including Aon Hewitt, Positive PlaNet, Accenture, and Dalberg. She has advised corporate, non-profit and government clients across four continents in over a dozen countries in areas such as growth strategy, learning and development, impact evaluation, organisation design, and advocacy. Ginu believes that the most effective solutions to both business and social challenges are developed when people with diverse perspectives and experience get talking. She has worked on a range of innovative cross-sector partnerships, and looks forward to bringing this experience to TalenTrade’s programming.
Ginu has a B.Comm from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and holds an MBA from the University of Oxford’s Said Business School. She loves classical music and studied opera singing for over 12 years. She has also recently taken up hip hop dance.
Julia is an investment officer with 10 years of experience in banking, finance and the non-profit sector, and has a passion for using finance to drive social innovation and change. Her experience spans investing in and managing a portfolio of financial institutions that provide credit to small businesses at the World Bank’s private sector arm, IFC, in both Latin America and Africa; to providing capital advisory to social entrepreneurs at Agora Partnerships accelerator in Nicaragua; to working at one of Canada’s top banks in financial analysis, forecasting and acquisitions. Julia is excited to bring her investment and finance experience to TalenTrade as a board member and adviser.
She holds a B.Comm from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, an MBA from HEC Paris and is a CFA charterholder. She loves running, yoga and learning more about coffee and sustainable coffee growing across Latin America.
Mark is a Venture Architect Principal with BCG Digital Ventures, focused on digital business model innovation, especially within Financial Services. Previously, Mark was a Principal with the Boston Consulting Group, and brings a wealth of strategic and operational insight to the TalenTrade team.
Mark received a Juris Doctorate and an MBA from the University of Toronto (Faculty of Law and Rotman School of Management), where he received the Gerald W. Schwartz Gold Medal and the Roger N. Wolff Prize. Previously, Mark received a BASc in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto. Mark is a ‘foodie’ and can always be found scoping out the newest/best food joints wherever his travels take him.
Robyn is Director of Insights and Strategy at one of Canada’s largest marketing agencies specializing in Shopper Marketing, Experiential and Digital Marketing. Robyn’s portfolio includes a diverse range of clients such as ABI InBev, Tim Horton’s, General Mills, Samsung, Metro, Johnson and Johnson and Hershey. Prior to joining the Strategy Team, Robyn honed her Training and Change Management skills working as a consultant for Accenture. There, she led both Training and Rollout & Implementation Teams for a number of large private and public sector clients including Shoppers Drug Mart, Canada Post and Metro Links.
Robyn won Gold in 2015 at the International Women in Business Awards in NYC and has been the recipient of a number of industry awards including a Gold Stevie Award for Marketing Campaign of the Year for her work with Labatt Breweries.
Yacoob is a tech entrepreneur with more than a decade’s experience delivering enterprise data analytics applications for businesses small and large. He notably led the project that earned Aon a spot on the 2012 InformationWeek 500 list of top technology innovators. Currently the Chief Technology Officer at Elliptic Enterprises, he is looking forward to sharing technical, operational, and strategic insights with the TalenTrade team.
Yacoob has an MA in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, and holds an MBA from the University of Oxford. He enjoys traveling, motorsport, and loves racing go-karts. He will also dance to anything with a good beat.
Dr. Valerie Noel
Valerie is a postdoctoral research associate with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. Her postdoctoral research focuses on supported employment and recovery in youth and adults with severe mental illness.
She completed her doctoral degree (PhD) at Memorial University of Newfoundland in experimental psychology. She has training in both quantitative research methods including structural modeling, and qualitative research methods including interviewing, observation, and ethnography. Valerie is excited to contribute her expertise in research and impact evaluation to TalenTrade’s programmes. In her spare time, you might find Valerie practicing tennis, figure skating, or doing creative DIY projects around the house.
Chris is the Founder and CEO of Hello Sunday Morning (HSM) – an organisation that helps people to change their relationship with alcohol. Hello Sunday Morning was started after one particularly bad hangover when Chris was 22 years-old when he decided to take a year off alcohol and share his journey online through a blog. Six years later, thanks to the support of corporate foundations as well as governments, the HSM team of 15 has grown to support the largest online community in the world, now sitting at over 120,000 people.
Chris’s career mission is focused on building scalable technology that changes the way the world uses drugs. He sits on a number of boards and advisory boards to support this mission and speaks internationally on the subject.
Jim van Spengen
Jim is a Manager, Corporate Development at VolkerWessels, a Dutch infrastructure and construction services company. There, he oversees programs in areas including mergers and acquisitions, internal organisational strategy, and operational improvements. Previously, Jim worked for Mckinsey & Company in the Netherlands where he worked primarily on strategic and operational projects for a variety of companies. Jim brings his expertise in competitive analysis, organizational design, and growth strategy to the TalenTrade team.
Jim completed his Bachelors and Masters in Engineering at Delft University, and holds an MBA degree from the University of Oxford. In his free time, Jim is an avid cyclist, plays the saxophone and spends time with his twin daughters.