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Claudio V. Greco

Born in Milan, Italy, in 1960, graduated at Classical Lyceum, bachelor in Political Sciences (International Affairs), working experience in communication for NGOs conceiving rural development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, in industrial associations and in DuPont company. In DuPont, he had assignments in Public Affairs, corporate and marketing communication and he is currently Public Relations manager for Europe Middle East and Africa for DuPont Building Innovations, a division managing high tech-surfaces and materials for interior design, architecture, building and construction (best known brands: Corian® and Tyvek®). Has a German partner, a four year old son, loves motorbikes (has two), jogging, reading books and listening to most music.


Kelvin Han Yee

About KELVIN HAN YEE - Southern California, USA
Actor/director/humanitarian Kelvin Han Yee is one of Hollywood's most familiar faces in films like Milk, Born To Be A Star, Lucky You, The Island, True Crime, Copycat, So I Married An Ax Murderer, A Great Wall (first American feature shot in China); and on TV in Chuck, Entourage, Crash, Accidentally On Purpose and Curb Your Enthusiasm to name a few. He has acted on stage at American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Boston's Huntington Theater, San Jose Stage, Los Angeles' East West Players, Los Angeles Theater Center, Asian American Theater Co., Lodestone Ensemble and was the first Asian American actor in Ashland's Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
A committed humanitarian, Yee has mentored with the "each one reach one organization", a non-profit that diverts incarcerated youth from a life in prison to productive community members through the arts.
He lives with his wife and English bulldog "Louie" in Southern California.


Masa Inoue

Born in Tokyo in 1956, after obtaining a degree in Tokyo University of Art and Design, he joined leading Japanese media Kyodo News as a staff reporter.
After leaving Kyodo News, he has specialized as a freelance journalist focusing on sustainable design and architecture.
Inoue also lectures at Aoyama Gakuin University and is a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Housing and Living Foundation in Tokyo.
Inoue is also the author of several books, and his articles covering environmental issues, green architecture, sustainable city and eco products are published in many magazines and websites.


Melisa Lasell

About MELISA LASELL - Durham, California, USA
Melisa Lasell established bt-media press agency in the 90's and has promoted in Europe and in other global regions prestigious brands and names such as Asics, BMW, Corian®, FOC, Missoni, Jean Nouvel, Karim Rashid, Janne Kyttanen and countless others. Since early 2000, she has focused on brands working within a context of sustainability.
In November 2010, she founded (together with a small group of forward-thinking women) California Dream Week, a program that would give a voice to teens and let them experience first-hand how their ideas and dreams could have a positive impact on the world. It is within this venue of international cultural awareness that Melisa hopes to see seeds of unity and sustainability planted to help build bridges of friendship throughout local and extended communities globally.


Paolo Mondini

Paolo is a materials engineer, specialist in the field of polymer conductors, author of several internationally published papers, and has conducted research collaborations with various universities. In addition to academic research, he has also worked in the R&D departments of various well-known multinationals active in the manufacturing sector.
Following his university research and manufacturing experience, Mondini was chosen to lead spin-off companies from a public research institute and is currently the manager of a company which offers consulting services in the field of design, product engineering and specialist training. He has published 8 scientific papers and is owner of 15 different patents.


Ping Fu

Honored by Inc. Magazine as "The Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2005, Ping Fu describes herself as an artist and a scientist whose chosen expression is business. In 1997 Ping co-founded Geomagic, a leading US software company which pioneers 3D technologies that fundamentally change the way products are designed and manufactured around the world. Ping was recently recognized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as an Outstanding American By Choice and in 2012 has presented at TED and SXSW events. Since 2010, Ping has been serving on the NACIE (National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship) board at the White House and is a member of NCWIT (National Council on Women in Technology). Before co-founding Geomagic, Ping Fu was Director of Visualization at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, where she initiated and managed the NCSA Mosaic software project that led to Netscape and Internet Explorer. She has more than 20 years of software industry experience in database, networking, geometry processing, and computer graphics.


Steve Gonsalves

About STEVE GONSALVES - Chico, California, USA
Vice President and CFO of Nichols, Melburg & Rossetto Architects and Engineers, a 60-person design firm with three offices in Northern California. Steve graduated with honors from California State University, Chico in 1981 with a Bachelors in Civil Engineering and was named a CSU, Chico Distinguished Alumnus in 2004. He is a licensed Structural Engineer and a Registered Architect in California.
Active in the California North state community, Steve serves as Chairman of CSU, Chico College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management Advisory Board; a member and past president of Chico Rotary Club; honored as 2007 Business Advocate of the Year by Chico Chamber of Commerce; founding director and chairman of Asset and Liability Management Committee of Northern California National Bank; director and CFO of Mid Valley Title & Escrow Company, a subsidiary of First American Financial Corporation.

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