THE LAUNCH TEAM
Jeff is an expert in collaborative innovation and is fascinated with open innovation, systems collaborations and the intersection between the two. Jeff has spent 20 years building partnerships around the world working with many organizations to understand the strategies, technologies, financial tools and narratives to effectively get groups of people to design together, invest together and work together. Jeff is a Co-Founder of LAUNCH and sits on a number of boards focusing on access to technology (Techsoup Global), education and youth development. He also loves to surf.
Monica Price Cohen
Monica brings together a passion for systems thinking, facilitating collective impact and building community. She has worked with clients in many industries including energy, humanitarian aid, and education. She enjoys the process of helping others solve complex business and people challenges and has a long time passion for helping individuals and groups develop shared purpose and build capacity. Prior to SecondMuse, Monica worked for many years in the tech industry at Cisco Systems and has a strong analytical background with experience in data, design, and analysis.
Todd is a pioneer in systems innovation based on biological models. In this context, he has studied and applied systems theory to organizational innovation, developing systems in industries ranging from medicine to entertainment. His interests lie in creating collaborative frameworks where the incentive structure, technology and human resource development initiatives align to enable innovation across hierarchy. At SecondMuse he has founded initiatives such as RHoK and LAUNCH.
Before joining SecondMuse, Dr. Gill worked at the World Bank pioneering cutting-edge initiatives, including the 21st-century crowd-sourced damage assessment of Haiti; co-founding RHoK; and leading a disruptive start-up that sought to transform Disaster Risk Management and Climate Adaptation through science and technology. Prior to joining the World Bank, Stuart taught and researched in the Department of Astrophysics at Columbia University. Stuart sits on several advisory boards and has worked in over a dozen countries around the world.
Sofus is leading the Nordic expansion of the LAUNCH platform incl. partner mobilization, industry engagement, events and communication. Sofus is an experienced sustainability and innovation executive having worked with global companies, governments and startups.
Jeremy’s expertise is in designing and managing open innovation programs and convening complex systems to identify and implement solutions to hard challenges. Jeremy’s portfolio spans both private and public clients, including launching the Solar Decathlon program in China with for Applied Materials, developing early education markets in the US with the Kellogg and Packard Foundations, working with PEMEX to reduce emissions from flaring and venting and working with Nike, USAID, the Dept of State and NASA on SecondMuse's LAUNCH program. Jeremy also sits on the board of Included.org, an international non-profit that builds more inclusive communities for migrants in China, Nepal and Bangladesh through community centers, education and advocacy.
Davar leads systems storytelling at LAUNCH and SecondMuse. Davar sees the future of sustainability storytelling in virtual reality, a tool with the potential to transform hearts and minds and disrupt media. Most recently, she was the Senior Producer and Social Media Strategist for NPR’s Identity and Culture Unit, producing live and digital events nationwide on critical issues, including voting rights, education and immigration. Her real-time campaigns garnered millions of impressions on Twitter across the globe. In May 2014, she was the recipient of an Ellis Island Medal of Honor for individual achievement and for promoting cultural unity.
Rachel is an innovation facilitator with expertise convening systems of stakeholders around complex challenges. Rachel came to SecondMuse from FURTHER by Design, and has supported LAUNCH since 2010. She started her career as a research analyst in the social enterprise space before joining the British government, where she served as Vice Consul (Trade & Investment). She has spent over a decade supporting organizations with business development and new market strategies. Rachel received her B.S. in Psychology from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.
Neisan is an international strategy consultant with a passion for values in business and the development of collaborative initiatives in the developing world. His areas of focus include shared value, value chain management and civic engagement. Neisan is fluent in German, Chinese, English, and Spanish and has experience in over 20 countries. He was a key implementer of the Sino-German CSR Project, prominent bilateral project on CSR in China by the German Agency for International Cooperation GIZ. Co-creator of projects with the World Bank around the use of new technologies.
Toke is heading Nordic operations including challenge condensation as well as innovator mobilization, review and acceleration. Toke is an experienced sustainability and innovation expert having worked with global companies, governments and startups.