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.
Dr. Soudeh Jamshidian is a social entrepreneur and environment expert. Soudeh’s professional life started at the age of 19 when she founded an environmental NGO in Iran. She has worked as a project manager, designer, and consultant for several United Nations agencies and International NGOs. Her journey has taken her to Iran, India, Afghanistan, Mali, and Canada to collaborate with local communities, policy makers, international organizations, and academics in various topics related to resource management. Working for the United Nations Environment Programme in Afghanistan inspired her to co-found Peace Geeks and create and moderate Vancouver Peace Talks since 2011. Soudeh’s passion for social justice, environmental management, and advancing peaceful technologies has inspired her collaboration with HDC. She sees technology as a cross-cutting issue that can make or break our modern society. She believes as the technology is transforming our societies, the society should have a say in building policies for managing Tech. Soudeh is the secretary of the HDC board.
Carissa Kazyss is co-chair of the HDC Board. She co-designs ParTecK, HDC’s annual flagship event and is a steward of the emerging ParTecK community, drawing on her background in network coordination and community development. Carissa has a MA in Integral Psychology and a Master’s in Natural Resources Management. She works at the nexus of personal and organizational development in her coaching and consulting work. Carissa is a contributor to a few emerging tech-related collaborations including the Digital Naturalness Project (digitalnaturalness.com).
Scott Nelson is co-chair of the HDC Board. He 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.