MOCI & FORBES MAGAZINE Entrepreneurs Exchange 2013 Business Summit

On Wednesday October 30, 2013 at 8am at the Monrovia City Hall, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry is hosting the Entrepreneurial Exchange 2013 Business Summit in partnership with Forbes Magazine. We are requesting your sponsorship of this event, which will bring 10 social entrepreneurs, impact investors and philanthropist from the US for an exchange with over 400 Liberian entrepreneurs. It will be featured in an edition of Forbes Magazine.

You may contact Jesse Dann at or call +231(0) 775 567 557 for more information.



Liberia MoCI/Forbes Entrepreneurial Exchange

2013 Business Summit Participants' List


BRIDGITT ARNOLDBRIDGITT ARNOLD manages communications and media relations for Bill Gates' private office. Previously, Bridgitt directed global consumer public relations for Microsoft from 1999 - 2011. During that time, she also managed crisis and executive communications as well as global product launches. Bridgitt graduated with honors from Duke University, including specific coursework completed at the Paris - Sorbonne University. Bridgitt lives in Seattle with her husband and their two children and enjoys coaching youth soccer and tutoring at-risk elementary students. Her specific interests in philanthropy focus on programs and investments in health and education for women and girls.  



MOISES COSIOMOISES COSIO is a Mexican-born businessman, contemporary art collector and patron of the arts. Through his Foundation, he supports progressive endeavors related to contemporary art, film, media and social issues. His interests in philanthropy and social projects were inspired in part by a family tradition of supporting social causes. He is a member of a prominent Mexican family with a long history in the banking sector. His grandfather, Don Manuel Espinosa Yglesias, was the majority owner of Bancomer, as head of the group he transformed it into one of the leading financial institutions in Mexico. He also sparked a revolution in the workplace by paying for his employees’ education and ensuring that pregnant women could not be fired by their employers.  Mr. Cosio’s mother, Ms. Guadalupe Espinosa Rugarcia, runs Monte Fenix, a rehabilitation center.  He lives in Mexico City with his wife, Nelly, and their two children.



CHARLIE JOHNSTONCHARLIE JOHNSTON has been in the retail brokerage and wealth management business for 33 years. He started as a financial advisor in Chicago, and through a series of promotions, eventually became President and CEO of Smith Barney in late 2004. When the historic merger of Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley’s wealth management business was announced in January of 2009, Charlie was named President and COO of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. His leadership was instrumental in laying the groundwork for what is now, by most measures, the largest wealth management firm in the world. In his role at Smith Barney, he was also a member of Citigroup’s Management Committee. At Morgan Stanley, he was a member of both their Management Committee as well as their Operating Committee. He is a past board member of the SIA (Securities Industry Association, now known as SIFMA) and has been a regular speaker and participant at many industry functions including those sponsored by Barron’s and SIFMA among others. 


He retired from the wealth management business in January of 2012 and since then, has been involved in a number of entrepreneurial pursuits. In addition, he has partnered with RJ Shook in the Philanthropic Research Institute, which is dedicated to showcasing the efforts of some of the world’s leading philanthropists, in an effort to encourage others to become more involved in philanthropy.  He and his wife Linda have been married for 31 years and now reside in Key Largo Florida.



JENNIFER CAROLYN KINGJENNIFER CAROLYN KING is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about inspiring healthy, adventuresome, soulful living. She is the founder of BioSpace, Inc. and the co-founder of Rugged Elegance, LLC, the soulful network of social entrepreneurs & philanthropists, and, the mobile gratitude platform. A seed investor in Baidu (BIDU), Jennifer became a philanthropist in 1999. She is the President of the Rugged Elegance Foundation.  She is the co-creator of The Thrive House, a beautiful, safe learning haven for underserved youth in San Francisco, and Asante Sana, an Africa-inspired Maine retreat for Rugged Elegance members. Ms. King is an avid cyclist.  The mother of two daughters with diabetes, every year Jennifer rides 100 miles in one day to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association.  Jennifer is the proud daughter of Robert & Dorothy King, the co-founders of Stanford's Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED).   Passionate about Africa, this is her third trip to the continent.



RANDALL LANERANDALL LANE is the Editor of Forbes magazine. Most recently, Mr. Lane was Editor-at-Large at Newsweek and The Daily Beast.  Previously, he was a media entrepreneur, co-founding a half-dozen magazines, including P.O.V., Trader Monthly, and Dealmaker. Lane began his career at Forbes where he served as a reporter, writer, and Washington bureau chief. He sits on the University of Pennsylvania’s Communications Committee and on the board of the Nora Magid Mentorship Prize.




FRANCINE LEFRAKFRANCINE LEFRAK is an award winning producer, a successful social entrepreneur and a distinguished philanthropist. Her achievements in production have been recognized with multiple Tony, Emmy, and Peabody Awards. In 2008, Francine founded SAME SKY, a trade-not-aid jewelry initiative that provides employment to HIV+ survivors of the Rwandan genocide. SAME SKY offers a hand-up, not a handout to women artisans by providing them with the dignity of work and the tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty.


She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Manhattanville College in New York. Francine is the Chair of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard’s Kennedy School, a body of influential leaders that advances issues related to women throughout the world.


Today Francine is fully dedicated to eradicating poverty and creating jobs by training and employing women in need.



OLIVIA LELANDOLIVIA LELAND is Director of Giving Partnerships at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Giving Partnerships team supports Bill, Melinda and Warren to encourage giving in the United States and internationally, with two primary areas of focus: 1) Management of the Giving Pledge, an effort to engage with and encourage U.S. billionaires to commit the majority of their wealth to philanthropy; and 2) Encouragement of philanthropy internationally, with a focus on identifying and supporting emerging global philanthropic leaders. Before coming to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Olivia worked at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government agency focused on reducing poverty through economic growth. Previously, she worked as an independent consultant focusing on microfinance and private sector development and as a strategy consultant at Monitor Group. Olivia received her AB in Social Studies from Harvard University and MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Olivia lives in Seattle with her husband and their three small children. 



R.J. SHOOKR.J. SHOOK is the founder and former president of The Winner's Circle, which he sold to News Corp. in 2008. This research organization has been featured in dozens of cover stories in magazines across the country, including over 20 cover stories in Barron's magazine. The organization, the only one of its kind, focuses on financial advisors, and is best known for its research, industry leading conferences, and an invitation-based subscriber web site for industry professionals. R.J. is currently pursuing his philanthropic passion as founder of Philanthropic Research Institute. PRI researches the world's biggest givers, and its findings will be the subject of a cover story in Forbes magazine in late 2013.The organization's media campaign and a series of philanthropic events are intended to raise philanthropic awareness, propagate ideas, passions and ultimately elevate the levels of giving and participation in the world of philanthropy.  A native of Columbus, Ohio, R.J. is a graduate of Babson College and lives in Boca Raton, FL with his wife and three children.



CLAUDIA WALTERS CLAUDIA WALTERS is Founder and President of Chelsea Investor Relations, an international public relation firm. Chelsea works with growing companies to increase their international business and to help raise money for their expansion. Claudia Walters was an advisory board member of Commonwealth Associates, an investment and merchant bank that raises money for medium sized companies. She reported to the President and CEO of Commonwealth Associates. Walters was responsible for all foreign  investments, specifically in Latin America and Europe. She held this position from 2003 until 2010. A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, she is fluent in five languages: Spanish, French, English, Portuguese, and Italian.


She has a JD summa cum laude and a PhD in International Law, both from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). Walters is a member of the Argentinean School of Lawyers. Currently residing in New York City, she is a member of the Council of the Americas, which is the premier forum dedicated to education, debate, and dialogue in the Americas. She is an active member with the Silver Shield Foundation of New York, a charity dedicated to helping the widows and children of police officers and firefighters who were killed in the line of duty. Silver Shield Foundation provides educational services, tutoring, and health exams. She is married and the mother of four children.

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