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Shubhranshu Choudhary

Shubhranshu Choudhary is a Knight International Journalism Fellow and the Founder of CGNet Swara, an Indian mobile phone ser­vice that allows citizens to upload and listen to local reports in their own dialect without the need for a Smartphone or an internet connection. He won the 2014 Digital Activism Award from the U.K.-based charity organization Index on Censorship for his Central Gondwana Net Swara community radio, and also named one of Foreign Policy’s 2014 “100 Leading Global Thinkers”. Choudhary was a TV and radio producer for the BBC’s South Asia bureau for eight years, and a reporter for The Guardian’s South Asia bureau for two years. He also was a reporter for five years at the Hindi-language Daily Deshbandhu. He has served as a media trainer for the BBC World Service Trust, the United Nations and Indian universities. He produced the first television coverage of foreign militants operating in Indian Kashmir and conducted the first television interview with the chief commander of the Kashmiri militant organization.

Roya Mahboob

Roya Mahboob is an Afghan entrepreneur and philanthropist focused on building #DigitalLiteracy for women and children in developing countries. Roya is the Founder and CEO of Afghan Citadel Software Company (ACSC) , which is based in Afghanistan. Roya founded ACSC with the intention to facilitate more jobs for recent graduates, especially girls, and help them find opportunities in the new IT markets of Afghanistan. Roya’s personal goal for #Digital Literacy is to bridge the gap between developed and developing countries by offering practical online skills in her new company and platform EdyEdy for youth in developing countries. Roya Mahboob is also a Board Member and president of the Digital Citizen Fund " Formally Women's Annex Foundation", a non-profit organization focused on #DigitalLiteracy to empower women and children in developing countries , and sits on the Advisory Board of Forbes school of business of Ashford University , Resolution project and the Global Thinkers Forum organization. Roya was named to TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2013 for her work in building internet classrooms in high schools in Afghanistan. The TIME 100 essay was written by Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg who is also the author of “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead”. She is also a Member of the 2014 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards , Civic Innovators and Young Leader of World Economic Form

Jeremy Samide

Jeremy Samide is an industry-recognized cyber security expert with over 15 years of leading-edge private sector, government security consulting and research and development work. He is now the Lead Consultant to Stealthcare Labs, and fellow of Michael Dukakis Leadership Program at Boston Global Forum Jeremy advises an international client base on solutions from full service managed cyber security services to research and development on intelligent predictive analysis technology in recognizing cyber threats before they occur. Jeremy has expertise in the analytical, technical, advisory and tactical level on next generation security threats. Mr. Samide has advised many startups and was the CEO of E-merging Technologies Group, Inc., a professional services firm specializing in security, technical, cyber, intelligence, and policy support for the US Government, allied foreign governments, private sector markets and the UHNWF. Under Samide’s leadership, Inc. Magazine ranked E-merging Technologies Group in the top 20% of the fastest growing privately held small businesses in the United States for five years in a row (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008). Mr. Samide was also credited with putting ETG on the distinguished Washington list; Washington Technology Fast 50. This honor showcases the 50 fastest growing small businesses in the government market. Mr. Samide most recently, in conjunction with Federal law enforcement has consulted to both large and small businesses on the cyber security risks associated with organizations conducting business within the People’s Republic of China. Mr. Samide is a sought after cyber security expert speaker globally with recent talks in Rome, Hamburg, Madrid, London, Lausanne, Toronto and Dallas. Mr. Samide was also nominated as a Finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. The Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. Recognized globally, the award honors the most outstanding entrepreneur who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

Bill Ottman

Bill is the Founder and CEO of Minds.com, a free, open-source and encrypted social networking platform and mobile app. He administrates social media pages with millions of followers in the alternative news industry and is active in viral media research. He also is advisor of Code to Inspire, a nonprofit organization focusing on education of Afghan female students for better life, and has served as advisor in developing the open source network Word of Word Capital, a global macro investment company based in New York. Prior to that, he was Marketing Director at Gathering of the Vibes, an annual music and arts festival. He graduated from University of Vermont.

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