HDC Board

Ale Brown MBA, CIPT, CIPM, CIPP LinkedIn

Ale started her career as an IT professional working for large corporations such as Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson. She also ventured into the entrepreneurial world working for boutique consulting firms when she moved to Vancouver. Her current area of expertise is operationalizing Privacy Programs in order for organizations to achieve compliance with the Privacy and Data Protection Regulations that they need to comply with. Ale founded Kirke Management Consulting in 2014. 

Darlene Gering 

Darlene Gering works at the intersection of business and social impact. Darlene started her career at Dun & Bradstreet in Toronto. Following her desire to live and work in Latin America, she founded D&R International S.A. in Costa Rica which became Dun and Bradstreet’s fastest growing agency in Latin America. Darlene led Thriving Generations Employment Agency, a social enterprise helping moms in poverty transition back to work. She has recently founded Sociatek to create economic empowerment for women in Latin America.

Carissa Kazyss MNRM, MA

Carissa Kazyss co-designs ParTecK, HDC’s annual flagship event, with Rochelle Fairfield. She is also a steward of the emerging ParTecK community, drawing on her background in network coordination and community development. Carissa is inspired by the possibility of tech design that integrates principles from nature (digitalnaturalness.com). 

Greg McMullen

Greg McMullen is a lawyer and internet activist based in Vancouver, BC. From 2015-19, Greg lived in Berlin and was active in its thriving blockchain community. He was Chief Policy Officer of ascribe.io and BigchainDB, a founding member of the Bundesblock (Germany’s blockchain lobby group), co-authored papers on blockchain governance, identity, privacy, and intellectual property, and spoke at conferences around the world

Scott Nelson

Scott Nelson is a tech entrepreneur and investor. His passions include consciousness, blockchain, decentralized digital currencies, and open source and standards.  He’s a digital footprint minimalist, cyclist, and integral psychonaut.