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PAUL BRAGIEL        
CHAIRMAN

Paul is managing partner and co-founder of i/o Ventures, an early-stage startup accelerator based in San Francisco. He is also co-founder of three investment funds focusing on early-stage technology startups: Golden Gate Ventures in Singapore, Savannah Fund in Kenya, and GameFounders in Estonia. In addition, he is an investor or advisor to over 30 companies. He also advises governments on best practices to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation. Previously, Paul co-founded and served as the CEO of three technology companies: Lefora, a product bringing forums into the 21st century; Meetro, one of the first location-based social networks; and Paragon Five, a game development studio specializing in console and mobile content. Paul has a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.


MANI KHAMVONGSA    
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mani is an attorney with experience in litigation, transactions, intellectual property, and public policy. She was general counsel for i/o Ventures where she advised companies on corporate issues and Internet policies. She also performed due diligence on potential investments and established safeguards against premises liability for the company's commercial property. Prior to that, she defended civil liberties through her work with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union. In addition, she has conducted operational and financial audits throughout the country. Mani has a BA in Politics and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

MBWANA ALLIY    
TREASURER & SECRETARY

Mbwana is co-founder and managing partner of the Savannah Fund, an accelerator and investment fund for early-stage startups in sub-Saharan Africa. He was founder of the first East African online travel portal, Yellowmasai, and an advisor to the Dar es Salaam Teknohama Business Incubator through the Office of the Tanzanian President. He was also accepted to the Kauffman Foundation Global Partners program. Previously, he was an aerospace systems engineer and software developer at QinetiQ, and a product manager in the Microsoft Office and Business Intelligence Group. Mbwana has a BS in Electrical and Communications Engineering from the University of Bristol and an MBA from Stanford University.