Judging Panel

Bal Agrawal, CEO, LifeWorx, Inc.

Bal Agrawal, CEO, LifeWorx, Inc; founded the company where trust and skill in domestic help is assured. From his own experiences and life challenges, he recognized that help at home is random and does not need to be such! LifeWorx provide Nannies, Chefs, Housekeepers, Eldercare and other in-home services to make client’s life simple and home relaxing. Building exceptional organization, target Marketing, investing in technology and growing LifeWorx is Bal’s key focus.

Previously, Bal worked for Praxair for 24 years in Marketing, Sales, Business Development, Strategy and General Management. Bal graduated from IIT, Mumbai with Distinction in Engineering. He received Sc.D from MIT in Material Science with minor in Finance.

 


Ellen Carey, Manager, Global Impact Investing Network

Ellen is responsible for developing IRIS, the catalog of generally accepted metrics used to measure social, environmental, and financial performance of organizations. Prior to joining the GIIN, Ellen worked as an international development consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers focusing on impact measurement and developing the private sector in emerging economies. She's worked on a variety of projects ranging from global challenge funds focused on supporting inclusive businesses to investment climate programs in conflict affected countries. She has on-the-ground experience working with entrepreneurs, investors, and governments in a variety of countries including Tanzania, Afghanistan, and Haiti. Ellen holds a BA in Applied Math and Economics and a MSc in Economics, both from Johns Hopkins University.

 


Mary Howard, Principal, designtechnologies

Mary Howard is founder of Design Technologies creater and manager of the ELab NYC program, a competitive entry business training program for research scientists and engineers in life sciences field. Design Technologies also created the TechLaunch training program for the state of NJ for software and mobile app startups and Clean Energy Association's SBIR training program for federally funded startups working to achieve Phase II funding awards. Mary is founder of startups in imaging and CAD software, event promotion software, food service and product design. She is a surfcaster and spends her free time on the water.

 

 

 


Anna Khan, Venture Capitalist, Bessemer Venture Partners

 Anna Khan is a venture capitalist at Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), a $1.6B fund that invests in seed and growth stage companies. Prior to BVP, Anna was Chief of Staff at 4INFO, a mobile advertising startup where she focused on product and business development. Anna also co-founded Palindrome Advisors, a nonprofit advisory firm focused on startup mentorship, board matching, and nonprofit education for tech executives. Anna has previously worked at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley and holds a BA with honors in Political Science, English Literature, and Science, Technology and Society from Stanford University. She is a lifetime member of the Cap & Gown Academic Honor Society and was President of Stanford Women in Business, one of the largest student groups at Stanford. Currently, Anna serves on the Social Investment Council of Echoing Green and maintains a blog at www.annakhan.com