Alejandro Juárez Crawford
Alejandro’s mission is to expand the pool of people equipped to make solutions real. He is a senior consultant at Acceleration Group, where he helps ventures and nonprofits innovate and grow to generate sustainable impact and stimulate inclusive economic development. He is the professor of entrepreneurship for Bard’s MBA in Sustainability, teaches digital innovation at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch, and has launched change-makers and innovators across half dozen universities and an array of client firms. He is also a co-founder of the Mountaintop Program, which challenges high school students to imagine solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, in a dynamic exchange with individuals who have created such solutions in practice. He earned his BA from Cornell University and his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Nevaris is a designer, entrepreneur, consultant, media producer/performer, and brand strategist from New York City. He is a stakeholder in Tangible Creative and Acceleration Group and co-founder of Nolej Studios and the Uncomun Festival. Nevaris teaches entrepreneurship at FIT and previously taught E-Business at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. He studied Fine Art at Bard College and has a degree in Design and Technology from the Parsons School of Design. As a producer/performer has worked with artists such as Grammy winner Bill Laswell, and late Hall of Fame keyboardist Bernie Worrell among many others.
Bill is a leader in Acceleration Group’s work in social innovation, business case and impact case due diligence, and organizational transformation. He adapts deep experience in strategy, investments and innovation for the high tech industry to the challenges of furthering scalable models for sustainability and social justice. He was previously vice president of strategy and technology at Motorola, where he positioned the firm for growth in emerging new market segments, and Senior Vice President of operations and engineering at Magnolia Broadband. He has an MBA from Fordham and a B.S. from R.I.T., holds three US patents, and is currently chair of the entrepreneurship department at SUNY’s Fashion Institute of Technology. A native New Yorker, William brings both a local and a global perspective to his work enabling rapidly growing ventures and organizations achieving innovation, transformation and impact.
Sonia Maria Ganess
Sonia is a writer and researcher, information architect, user experience (UX) designer, and business analyst. She has accumulated this skillset through her work, academic and travel experience. She recently completed a summer design internship at the NYU Incubator, learning information architecture and UX research and design. Prior to this, she completed the UBS Graduate Training Program, where her last role was as Trade Capture Analyst in the Global Equity Derivatives team at UBS Investment Bank. She graduated from NYU Tandon School of Engineering with a BSc in Business and Technology Management (Finance Concentration). During her last year at NYU, she studied in London and completed intensive research projects, including: an IPO Analysis of Coty, Inc. and an Investment Thesis of CrowdGather, Inc. at NYU Stern School of Business. She now aims to utilize this skillset at Acceleration Group to fulfill her mission of elevating the impoverished and providing access to information for those in need. Her work focuses on building products and processes that promote education, information, and understanding through systems thinking, ergonomic design, and creative writing.