THE LAUNCH TEAM
Rupesh is an experienced business & product leader with leadership and management experience in a variety of different domains including corporate, social enterprise, nonprofit, and as a CSR leader. Prior to SecondMuse, Rupesh led Simpa Energy’s end-to-end customer experience including the Product, Technology, Marketing, & Customer Service functions. During his two and a half years at Simpa, the company grew from 200 to nearly 15,000 customers, achieved unit and branch level profitability, and is on the verge of more aggressive expansion.
Director of Program
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.
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.
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.
LAUNCH Nordic Lead
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.
LAUNCH Nordic Operations
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.
Director of Storytelling
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.
Megan has worked as a researcher, trainer, facilitator and event planner for organizations such as Apple, Microsoft, Booz Allen & Hamilton, The White House, NOAA and the International Maritime Organization, a specialized agency of the UN in London. In her spare time, she enjoys humanitarian relief work and has completed projects in Haiti, Cambodia, Nepal, Guatemala and Mexico. Her greatest joy comes from working on teams and finding creative solutions where none seemed possible. Megan received her B.A. in Government from Smith College.
Lauren is a geographer and social scientist by training with interests and experience in social and environmental impact and innovation. She has previously worked for the USAID Securing Water for Food (SWFF) Program, the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and World Learning. She has an MA in Geography from George Washington University (GWU) and a Joint MA in Global Studies from the London School of Economics (LSE) and the University of Leipzig.
Eleanor works on the communications team for LAUNCH and SecondMuse, where she has co-created a storytelling toolkit. Prior to joining these teams, Eleanor interned in digital communications in multiple fields including nonprofit, public media, and government, and was the editor-in-chief of AWOL Magazine. She is the 2013 recipient of the Margery Kraus Scholarship for the study of global communications and public affairs and is a member of Kappa Tau Alpha national journalism honors society. She holds a BA in journalism from American University.
Kate is an accomplished designer with over 15 years experience in print, digital, social media, packaging and exhibition design. She has a wealth of client experience encompassing the arts, professional services and large international brands such as Cunard, Royal Mail, World Gold Council, Procter and Gamble and Unilever. Kate started her career in one of London's top design agencies and now runs her own boutique design agency. She has a BA in Design and Media. In her spare time she loves to travel and discover new places and people to meet.
Casper brings more than 15 years of expertise in solving design and technical problems, from marketing strategy and research to conceptual and visual design, web design, web development, user interface design, web analytics, computer modeling and web applications development. His blend of skills and insights have helped organizations and companies build their marketing presence. Casper has worked for Fortune 500 companies, public radio stations, non-profits & aid agencies, SMBs, health care IT firms and foreign clients including EU-funded research organizations. He holds a B.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University.