The Next 3B’s leadership of Management, Board Members, and Chief Mentors are a highly experienced and diverse team.

Management

Marie-Claude Guay
CEO
The Next 3B

Marie-Claude Guay has been a core strategic team member of The Next 3B global initiative since its inception while part of Tata Communications. She served as the project lead and partnership liaison, overseeing the development of the initial phases of the organization and the ongoing work with the Pilots. Her relentless commitment to top-tier results is a reflection of a career driven by entrepreneurship, partnership and innovation.

 

Prior to completing her MBA, Marie-Claude was an award-winning journalist who spent 14-years producing and telling stories from over 30 countries as a Radio-Canada reporter. She led multidisciplinary teams that generated new and replicable concepts for cross-platform shows . She produced an independent multimedia project documenting her family’s  year long around-the-world journey which appeared frequently in national broadcast and print media. Marie-Claude is a Grand Jury Member for the prestigious New York Festivals.

Board Members

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Rangu Salgame
Co-Founder & Non-Executive Chairman
The Next 3B

Rangu Salgame is the Chairman & CEO of Princeton Growth Ventures, a New York based technology buy-out firm backed by Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm.

 

Rangu has been a transformative growth leader throughout his career, having made market changing impacts at Tata Communications, Cisco Systems and Verizon Communications. He has turned company portfolios into high value outcomes, partnering with government and business leaders in diverse cultural environments in over 30 countries including China, India, Brazil and the Middle East as well as the US, Europe, and Japan.

 

Rangu serves as a Director on the boards of Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), a New York-based global public policy organization and TrickleUp, a nonprofit. He co-founded a worldwide initiative called The Next 3 Billion to accelerate and facilitate the social and economic change that comes from the mobile Internet in developing countries.

 

He holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as MS and BS degrees in Engineering.

Cherie Blair
Founder
Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, leading lawyer and committed campaigner for women’s rights, Cherie set up the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women in 2008 to help women build small and growing businesses in developing and emerging markets so that they can contribute to their economies and have a stronger voice in their societies.

 

Cherie is an active campaigner on equality and human rights issues. In addition to founding her own charity, Cherie remains closely involved with charities that have a special emphasis on women and children.

 

She is a member of the International Center for Research on Women’s Leadership Council, Ambassador for the GSMA mWomen Programme, Honorary Vice President of Barnados, President of the Loomba Foundation, Ambassador for Scope and Trustee of Africa Justice Foundation. Cherie is also Vice-Chair of the US Secretary of State’s International Council for Women’s Business Leadership and Honorary Chair of the World Justice Project.

 

Cherie was an Ambassador for London 2012, supporting the bid to host the Olympics in the UK and was awarded a CBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List for services to women’s issues and to charity in the UK and Overseas.

Kweilin Ellingrud
Partner
McKinsey & Company

Kweilin Ellingrud is a Partner at McKinsey & Company and was the first woman to lead the Minneapolis location from 2012 – 2016. Over the past 12+ years at McKinsey, Kweilin has led multiple global transformations, integrating both operations and strategy to empower employees and improve efficiency and effectiveness.

 

Kweilin is passionate about gender equality and leads McKinsey’s work on the “Power of Parity”, linking economic equality to social equality globally and in the U.S. She has worked with UN Women on the HeForShe campaign strategy and with a number of UN organizations, in addition to serving on the Board of College Possible and the Board of the YWCA of Minneapolis.

 

Prior to re-joining McKinsey in 2005, Ms. Ellingrud worked for two years at the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE), a nonprofit organization in Boston that helps women entrepreneurs start and grow businesses where she created a micro-loan program for low income women.

 

Kweilin Ellingrud has an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated with high honors from Harvard University where she majored in Economics and Political Science.

Jack D. Hidary
Co-Founder
The Next 3B

Jack D. Hidary is a successful serial tech entrepreneur, beginning in 1995 and shepherding them through investments, IPOs and acquisitions. Jack serves as Senior Advisor to Google X Labs, the advanced innovation lab of Alphabet/Google, focusing on marketplace scaling of innovations.

 

Jack is also the co-founder and Chairman of Samba Energy, a leading marketplace for commercial solar projects and financing that has driven down the cost of commercial solar energy, increasing ROI for marketplace solar programs.

 

Committed to community and philanthropic causes, Jack was recognized as a Global Leader of Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He is also a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), founded by Bill Clinton to bring together government, private sector, and nonprofit organizations to solve the big problems of our day.  He serves on several boards including the X Prize Foundation.

 

At Columbia University, Jack studied philosophy and neuroscience and was awarded a Stanley Fellowship in Clinical Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Jack is a regular guest on business and tech channels such as Bloomberg, CNBC and CNN.

Jaymin Patel
President & CEO
Brightstar Corporation

Jaymin Patel is the President & CEO of Brightstar Corporation, a leading provider of B2B services to mobile device manufacturers, operators, retailers, and enterprise. Brightstar is in the center of the wireless ecosystem with global revenues in excess of $12 billion serving more than 50,000 customers in 100 countries across six continents.

 

Jaymin serves on the Board of Directors of Brightstar Corporation and SoftBank Commerce & Service Corporation in Japan, a subsidiary of Brightstar.

 

Prior to Brightstar, Jaymin held a number of global leadership positions at publicly listed companies IGT plc, formerly GTECH S.p.A., and served on their Board. In his tenure spanning more than 20 years, Jaymin was the President & CEO (2008-2015) and President & COO (2007-2008) of GTECH Corporation.  He was appointed as the CFO of GTECH Holdings Corporation in 2000 and became the CFO of the Italian listed entity in 2006 after leading the sale of GTECH for ~$5 billion.

 

He was raised and educated in the UK and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. In addition, Jaymin is a Director of NASDAQ-listed Willis Towers Watson Group Holding plc.

Chief Mentors

Dominic Barton
Global Managing Partner
McKinsey & Company

Dominic Barton is the Global Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company. In his 31 years with the firm, Dominic has advised clients in a range of industries including banking, consumer goods, high tech and industrials. He has held executive leadership positions in Shanghai and Korea.

 

He is the Chair of the Canadian Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth and the Chair of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council. He is also a Trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council, and a member of the boards of Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

 

In addition, Dominic serves on the board of FCLT Global (Focusing Capital on the Long Term), a non-profit organization dedicated to developing practical tools and approaches that encourage long-term behaviors in business and investment decision-making.

 

In 2013 Dominic received the Order of Civil Merit (Peony Medal) from former President Lee of South Korea and he was awarded the Singaporean Public Service Star (Distinguished Friends of Singapore) in 2014.

 

Dominic is a Rhodes Trustee and an Honorary Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Ratan Naval Tata
Chairman
Tata Trusts

Ratan N. Tata holds the honorary title of Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, Tata Industries, Tata Motors, Tata Steel and Tata Chemicals.

 

From 1991 till his retirement in 2012, Mr. Tata was the Chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group, where he oversaw a diverse global $100 billion portfolio of the major Tata companies.

 

Mr. Tata serves on the Board of Directors of Alcoa and sits on the International Advisory Boards of Mitsubishi Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, Rolls-Royce, Temasek Holdings, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

 

He is a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry. and President of the Court of the Indian Institute of Science and Chairman of the Council of Management of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

 

Mr. Tata is the Chairman of the Sir Ratan Tata Trust and the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, two of the largest private-sector-promoted philanthropic trusts in India. In 2008, the Government of India honored Mr. Tata with its second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan.

 

He serves on the Board of Trustees of Cornell University and the University of Southern California. Mr. Tata received a B.Arch. degree from Cornell in 1962. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1975. He has also received honorary doctorates from several universities in India and overseas.

Professor Muhammad Yunus
Chairman
Yunus Centre

As Chairman of the Yunus Centre, Professor Yunus’ vision is to eradicate poverty by 2050 through social business. The Centre assists local and foreign entities to incubate and maintain their own initiatives while giving young entrepreneurs and students theoretical and practical training in social business by following the “learning by doing” method.

 

Professor Yunus has pioneered the field of microcredit for over 30 year by founding the Grameen Bank in 1976 in Bangladesh which brought credit to the poor and provides the headquarters for the Yunus Centre in Dhaka. This microfinance organization and community development bank makes small loans to the impoverished without requiring collateral where the overwhelming majority of borrowers are women (97%) and the repayment rate is approximately 99%. Grameen has offshoots locally and internationally that offer banking to the poor and unbanked.

 

Muhammad Yunus holds a BA and MA in Economics from Dhaka University, and a PhD in Economics from Vanderbilt University.

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