Christopher Cox, Consultant
Following completion of his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech he joined the Marine Corps, serving for approximately 10 ½ years as a Data Systems and Communication Command and Control Officer. Beyond his military experience, Chris has held several career enhancing positions to include Computer Systems Engineer, Global Hosting Manager, Senior Environmental Educator, Wildlife Caretaker and Rehabilitator, Science Teacher, Computer Systems Trainer, Disaster Recovery Specialist, Youth Development Specialist, Sustainability Manager, and Strategic Environmental Management Systems Consultant. In addition to his current consulting work he is pursuing a master’s degree from Wake Forest University in Sustainability. He has a bachelor in Accounting with and Accounting Information Systems Option from Virginia Tech, and extensive Masters and PhD work at UNC Charlotte in Earth Science and Urban Regional Analysis respectively, with research concentrations in watershed scale hydro-ecological modeling and modeling human/natural environment interactions through the combined application of informatics, complex systems, sustainability and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Dr. Krista Singleton-Cambage, Consultant
Krista has 20 years experience in international law and negotiations, diplomacy, policy and strategy development in climate change adaptation, ocean and coastal management, conservation, and sustainable development. In her consultancy practice, she advises UN agencies, global non-profit organizations, and governments on increasing the effectiveness and global reach of their programs, through new partnerships and engagement in international processes. She focuses also on building capacity to increase resilience and reduce vulnerability for communities through inclusive development planning, including for persons with disabilities, and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. She worked for The Nature Conservancy for several years in the Asia Pacific region and in the United States. She led the organization’s strategy to create global leadership opportunities for governments and partners to integrate nature into social development and infrastructure planning, also related to the “blue economy”. Previously, Krista worked for the Australian Government on climate change, public-private environmental partnerships, ocean governance and law of the sea. She has a Ph.D. in international environmental law (focusing on climate change and sustainable development) from the University of Queensland and a B.A. (Honors Distinction) in political science (specializing in international relations) from the University of Alberta.
Aditya Nagaraj, Consultant
Aditya has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and a Masters Degree in Physics from Louisiana Tech University. He has worked extensively in the U.S. Healthcare and Pharmaceutical industry in Strategy, Marketing, Product Management, and Analytics roles. He has worked with numerous healthcare and pharmaceutical datasets and has the unique ability to analyze large data sets using mathematical/statistical methods to provide valuable insights to Managed Markets, Account Management, Field Sales, and Brand Marketing. Most recently he was a Senior Manager in a consulting firm supporting large pharmaceutical clients. He has experience in data mining, statistical analysis, and predictive analytics projects and is a Six Sigma Green Belt with training in project management, lean and continuous improvement methodologies.
Greg Jackson, Consultant
Greg Jackson was a rapper and a sous chef when the September protests began in Charlotte. He showed up with others to protest the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department at its headquarters the day after the shooting. But a crucial conversation that day changed his trajectory – After creating his non profit Heal Charlotte, he partnered with CMPD to train officers how to communicate with the community in volatile situations, and has created an after-school camp for at-risk youth in his northeast Charlotte neighborhood.
Blair Thompson, Intern and Project Leader
Blair Thompson has a B.S degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating in 2015, she served as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Togo, West Africa. As an Environment and Food Security volunteer, she worked with small farmers on increasing yield, raising livestock, agroforestry and also led several reforestation initiatives. She worked on a variety of health initiatives including malaria prevention and child malnutrition rehabilitation. Blair is currently getting her Masters in Management at Wake Forest University and hopes to go into business consulting.
Emma Rose, Intern and Project Leader
Emma, a South Florida native, received a B.A degree in Political Science and Global Studies from Gardner-Webb University in 2017. After traveling in Eastern Africa working with Fields of Growth International volunteering at their primary school in Southern Uganda, and travel in South Asia after graduation she decided to pursue a Masters in Sustainability from Wake Forrest University. Emma will graduate with her MAS in August of 2018, and hopes to pursue a career in economic and social development.
YingYing Chu, Intern: Upward Mobility Project
Yingying, originally came from Wuxi, China, received a B.S degree in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2016. She has been studying in the United States for almost seven years since 2010. After graduation, she had an internship with Thomson Reuters Tax and Accounting and provided accounting product technical support to CPA firms for four months. Yingying is currently pursuing an M.S degree in Business Analytics at Wake Forest University and will be graduating May 2018.
Ruyi Shi, Intern: Upward Mobility Project
Ruyi Shi came from Shanghai, China. She received a B.S degree in both Accounting and Business Analytics & Information Technology from Rutgers University in New Jersey in May, 2017. During undergraduate, Ruyi worked as an assurance intern in PWC. She also designed an automated inventory system for the help desk office in Rutgers Business School. Right now, Ruyi is getting her M.S in Business Analytics at Wake Forest University and pursues careers in data analytics after graduation.
Kathy Sun, Intern: Upward Mobility Project
Kathy, born in Tokyo, raised in Shanghai, has studied abroad in London School of Economics, University of Wisconsin – Madison where she received her B.A. degree in Economics and Mathematics. Currently she is pursuing her M.S. degree in Business Analytics at Wake Forest University. Prior to her master program, she has interned in various companies across different fields including financial services, banking and consulting. With her academic background and internship experiences, she hopes to go into the business where she can convert data into insights