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ACTAI Global is a unique combination of athletes, conservationists, technologists, artists and innovators that all share the same values.

John Dill

Designer, Artist, DJ

John Dill was raised in the Caribbean and now calls New York City his home. He has been an artist for over 20 years, with disciplines in Marketing & Graphic Design. This skill set has taken him all over the world and exposed him to many facets of culture. He has run his freelance design studio for the last 12.5 years focusing on identity and brand building. Working with a diverse range of industry clients in fields including finance, tech, music, fashion, hospitality and medicine has given John a unique perspective on business and marketing. His DJ career, unique way of documenting life through photography, and design expertise make him a creative force. Check out his creative work at: www.sliceofdill.com

Veronica Serra

Founding Partner of Pacific Investments and Innova Capital Fund

Veronica Allende Serra is the Founding Partner of Pacific Investments and Innova Capital Fund with 20 years of experience making private and growth equity investments in a variety of sectors in the US and throughout Latin America. Innova Capital was established in 2009 to focus on innovation and has as its key backers leading families who invest globally. Early investments included leading anti-fraud platform Clearsale and cable company Blue Interactive (sold to Net/Grupo Claro). Veronica has exited numerous investments in the past years such as leading email marketing company Virid (sold to Experian), Digital Ad agency Fbiz (sold to WPP), data company Zipcode (TransUnion), shopper marketing Epigram (WPP), E-Smart (B2W), mobile distributor Allied (Advent), tech platform KeepTrue (Avalara), Snapchat (IPO) and Editas Medicine (Nasdaq: EDIT). Some of the current investments of Innova are Accera (supply chain software), Movile – the leading mobile content and services company in the Latam interacting with 120M people every month. Movile owns Playkids, Ifood (largest food delivery business in the Latam), Maplink, IngressoRapido, Sympla, Rapiddo among others. Veronica is also an investor in Vitta, Bloomlife, Yogome, Jampp, Brex and Pagedraw.


Veronica is active in entrepreneurship as a mentor and helped establish numerous companies, including Patagon.com in Brazil (sold to Banco Santander). From 1998-2001, Veronica headed investments for Latin America of IRR LLC, and prior was an assistant to the CEO of Leucadia National Corporation and worked at Goldman Sachs. Veronica was an early investor and director of Mercado Libre from 2007-2016 (NASDAQ: MELI). In addition to being board member of her portfolio companies, Veronica sits on the nonprofit boards of Instituto Sidarta (education), Endeavor Global, Harvard Business School’s Latin American Advisory Board and the HBS Alumni Board. She collaborates with Fundação Estudar, where she was a director for 3 years and helped start its endowment. Veronica was also a Board Member of iSmart Foundation (education) from 2009-2014. She is a member of the Group of 50 (http://www.g-50.org), of the YPO, co-founder of the Latin American Start up Challenge, judge and member of the XTC Advisory Council http://extremetechchallenge.com. In 2015, Veronica was elected one of the top 25 businesswomen in LatAm by LatinTrade Magazine.

Veronica received her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997, was funded by a full scholarship through the Organization of American States and by Fundação Estudar. Veronica graduated in Law from the University of São Paulo and Art and Advertising from Escola Panamericana de Arte. Veronica was born in Chile, grew up in the US and Brazil, and is fluent in Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, and conversant in German.

Michelle Dickinson

Co-Founder and CTO, Nanogirl Labs Ltd

Michelle is a nanotechnologist and fracture mechanics engineer who has been working in the tech sector for two decades.
Formally trained in breaking materials she is now dedicated to breaking stereotypes through her social enterprise Nanogirl Labs designed to empower, inspire and educate though STEM.
Michelle is passionate about creating unique solutions to ensure that the next generation become creators not just consumers of technology.

Awsa Bergstrøm

Singer/Songwriter

Åse Bergstrøm (Awsa) is a singer and published songwriter who has sung and/or toured the world with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Emile Sande and The Osmonds, to mention just a few. She is currently involved with Mycelia – the Blockchain related music project & tour with Grammy Award winner Imogen Heap. Funding a music production company through private investment, Åse learnt that good people are hard to find – and the right people harder still. A conversation with Bill Tai on a beach in Jamaica led to an invitation to participate in MaiTai Music Hamptons. Six months later she facilitated and organised the first MaiTai Norway (2016) with OBR and Start Up Lab, now XTC/Norway Expedition. She also sits on the Development Board for Park Theatre, helping to raise money for this soon four year old theatre in North London. Her new human start up, Nora, surprised it’s founder with closing its first seed round prior to MaiTai last year with an emergency exit just before Christmas. Åse likes to help and knows a lot of people. Ask her anything.

Jesse Richman

Extreme Athlete

In all aspects of life, Jesse Richman want’s to send it. He see’s the world as a radical place full of opportunity, and he want’s to take us all along for the ride. Last year Jesse partnered with sports technology firm Lufelive to help bring his dream of evolving the world of kiteboarding and philanthropy to life. The partnership will bring together some of the greatest minds in sports, technology and kiteboarding in a collaborative effort to provide the next generation of kiters with the tools and resources they need to succeed in the world of kiting. The web platform will strive to provide its community with front seat access to tips, tricks, training tools and some of the most innovative gear in the industry all provided via the driver’s seat of Jesse and some of the top male and female riders and industry professionals around the globe.

As for Jesse if he is not in the gym training, barreling in a 60ft wave, traveling the world competing in major events, launching off the world’s largest snow caped mountains or crushing the trails at the Whistler bike park, you may find him behind the scenes of his next film, working in LA on his new technology project or sharing a sunset kiting session with the likes of Richard Branson. Wherever he goes, he takes his stoke and passes it out at will, and he is always seeking to take the rest of us along with him for the ride.

Paul Herz

Executive and Activist

Paul currently leads manufacturing operations at Building 8 and Oculus AR/VR, Facebook’s hardware divisions focused on creating products to build community and make positive impact for the 2 billion humans on the platform ecosystems.  He is passionate about helping startups get off the ground and enabling technologies that advance the human condition.

Paul is also a member of the London-based Design & Art Direction Council, working to promote their mission to stimulate, enable, and award creative excellence in design and advertising.  He holds an Adjunct Professor position within the faculty of business and law at Curtin University Perth, with the goal to foster and develop entrepreneurship opportunities and technology initiatives within Australia and internationally.

Prior to Facebook, Paul led new product introduction at Apple focused on Asia Pacific operations, bringing several hundred million devices into the hands of others to empower and change their lives.

Paul was born in South Africa and has unbridled enthusiasm for both kitesurfing and riding motorcycles.  He completed his undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley in Engineering Physics and received his doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kristen Ulmer

Athlete

Kristen Ulmer is a thought leader on fear who draws from her tenure as the best woman extreme skier in the world for 12 years, from studying Zen for 15 years, and from facilitating thousands of clients on the subject of fear. Her industry shaking work has been featured in such media as NPR, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, Outside Magazineand many more.

Kristen is the author of: The Art of Fear: Why Conquering Fear Won’t Work and What to Do Instead (HarperWave, June 13, 2017), and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Larry O’Connor

Founder and CEO of Other World Computing

Leading manufacturer of data storage solutions, solid state, memory, and a broad range of upgrade/enhancement products that enable greater usability, lifespan, and capability from the technology we depend on. Our data storage is broadly used in Audio/Music, Video production/ingest/vfx, photography and general purpose. Our solid state drives, memory, and computer performance solutions are the solution that allow even decade old systems to stay useful today and away from landfills and unnecessary recycling. We further provide alternatives with even the latest computers that give greater performance and/or options that exceed original factory capabilities. All of this is an overall embracing of conservational principles which extend into our LEED Platinum certified headquarters and our onsite Solar and Wind power by which we produce more power than our facilities consume across the country. We don’t just talk it, we walk it and it’s a focus on quality and maximization of all resources. I am father to three girls and one boy and further responsible for the over two hundred souls that enable me in making Other World Computing what it is today and becoming for tomorrow.

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