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Ask an Expert: Advisor Consultations

February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sign up required! Only scheduled appointments will be honored.

Big Ideas finalist Bay Area teams are required to attend in person, but Skype appointments are available for other campuses. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis. Given the high demand for our advisors, we ask that finalists only sign up if you can absolutely commit to the appointment, and limit your team to two sign ups initially.

Advisor List

Arielle Moinester, Program Strategist, Women’s Earth Alliance – Food Systems; Food Businesses; Sustainable Value Chains; International Agricultural Development; Training & Capacity Building

Darren Sabo, Principal, Strategy & Development, Orange – Strategic Partnerships; Consumer Insights; Market Opportunity Assessment; International Business Development

Morgan Hillenbrand, Director of Communications, Blum Center for Developing Economies – Strategic communications; Branding/Marketing; Grant Development; Behavior Change; Storytelling; International Development

Reid Dabney, Managing Director at Aaron Capital – Business Model Development; Financial Modeling; Pitch Development; Financing/Fundraising

Rhonda Shrader, Executive Director at Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship – Startup Advice; Business Planning & Modeling; Strategy; Leadership; Marketing; Management

Ryan Shaening Pokrasso, Founder at SPZ Legal – Social Enterprises & Law; Legal Entity Formation; Social Venture Financing; Startup Employment; Intellectual Property; Data Privacy

Zoe Bezpalko, Impact & Design Lead, Autodesk – Design Thinking; Impact Assessment; Sustainable Design; Product development; Environmental Engineering

Adrienne Chuck, Program Manager, Big Ideas Contest – Big Ideas Proposal Development; Social Impact Metrics; Public Policy; International Development

Francis Gonzales, Network Manager, Big Ideas Contest – Big Ideas Proposal Development; ICT for Development; Global Health; Social Entrepreneurship; Scale Up


February 21
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


B100 Blum Hall
UC Berkeley Campus


Big Ideas Contest