Board of Directors

MICHAEL POTTER

Michael Potter

  • Michael serves as Vice Chairman of the Manna Energy Foundation and is focused on creating the greatest impact by utilizing both Manna Energy resources and the GEEKS talent team.
  • Michael spent 10 years building a pan-European for profit telecommunications network (ESPRIT TELECOM).

 

 

JOHN MORRIS

John Morris

  • John’s background is in law, banking and as a telecommunications entrepreneur.
  • Current interests include fintec, software development and a children’s educational charity focussed on developing well-being techniques in schools.

 

CHRIS STOTT

Chris Stott

  • Chris is a founding Director, and formerly Chairman of the Board of the Manna Energy Foundation, and brings with him experience managing international business activities coupled with prior international NGO field and managerial experience from his work with Life Education Trust International.
  • Chris is President and CEO of ManSat Ltd, which negotiates geostationary orbits and associated radio frequencies for commercial space ventures.

 

 

NIELS ZIBRANDTSEN

Niels Zibrandtsen

  • Niels is the founder and primary owner – with his family – of GlobalConnect through ZS Holding A / S. He is also the founder of Zone Systems and Butler Networks.
  • Niels Zibrandtsen has worked for Brüel & Kjaer, NCR, ABB, Dataco, and Radiometer International before he started his own business.
  • Assisted in the start-up of Aplus, Fyns Optical Network, GigaContent, Zibra Wireless, and BornFiber.

 

RON GARAN

Ron Garan

  • Ron is a retired NASA astronaut, social entrepreneur, author and speaker.
  • He is currently the Chief Pilot for World View Enterprises, a pioneering high altitude and space company bringing communications technology, sensors and passengers to the edge of space.
  • Ron is also the founder of the Manna Energy Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

NICOLE STOTT

Nicole Stott

  • Nicole is an artist, STEAM education advocate, and retired NASA astronaut.
  • She is also a NASA Aquanaut who holds the Women’s World Record for saturation diving from her 18 day mission with the NEEMO-9 crew on the Aquarius undersea habitat.

 

 

Board of Advisers

BEN SCHWEGLER, PH.D., M.ASCE

Ben Schwegler, Ph.D., M.ASCE

  • Ben is Chief Scientist at Engie Research China.
  • He Is also a Consulting Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University.
  • He was the recipient of the 2002 Henry R. Michel Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Cara Santa Maria

  • Cara Santa Maria is a science communicator, journalist, producer, television host, and podcaster.
  • Cara hosts the weekly science podcast “Talk Nerdy” as well as co-hosts “The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe.”
  • She is also a correspondent on the Netflix original series “Bill Nye Saves the World.”

Carol S. Goldstein

  • Carol is a Strategic, Financing, Legal Advisor, Banker for Morgan Stanley
  • For over 25 years, she has been providing strategic and financing advice in the telecommunications, satellite and space sectors.

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Schroeder

  • Entrepreneur, Investor, and Internet/Media CEO, Christopher is a leading expert in emerging markets and the Middle East.
  • Christopher is author of “Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East.”
  • He co-founded HealthCentral.com, backed by top Silicon Valley investors.
  • Christopher was previously CEO and Publisher of The Washington Post, Newsweek Interactive, and LegiSlate.com.

 

 

DAVE STRITZINGER

Dave Stritzinger

  • Dave is President/CEO Consensus Corporation.
  • Experience in wireless retail services, logistics and supply chain solutions, start-up veteran, regional education and global operations and management.

EMMA NICHOLSON, BARONESS OF WINTERBOURNE

Emma Nicholson, Baroness of Winterbourne

  • Emma is the Executive Chairman of AMAR. She is also a sitting Peer in the House of Lords.
  • She is the Founder President of the Caine Prize for African Writing, and a Founder Member of the Booker Prize Foundation and of the Booker Prize for Russian Fiction. She is also aWorld Health Organisation Envoy for Health as a Tool for Peace and Development.

Gary Fowlie

  • Gary Fowlie is an Economist, specializing in technology and behavior and has worked in both the private and public sectors.
  • He most recently led an effort at the United Nations to have the importance of information and communications technology reflected in the ‘UN Sustainable Development Goals’, which is the first agreed development agenda for the developed and the developing world.

 

 

Jason Silva

  • Jason Silva is an Emmy-nominated and world-renowned TV personality, storyteller, and filmmaker.
  • He hosted 5 seasons of the Emmy-nominated, global hit TV series “Brain Games” featured on NATGEO.
  • Jason’s inspirational videos, “Shots of Awe,” have accumulated over 100 million views across social platforms.

 

 

 

Jennifer Manner

  • Jennifer is the Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at EchoStar
  • She holds experience in corporation communications policy and regulation, international law and negotiation, radiocommunications spectrum management, telecommunications policy, satellite and wireless communication and broadband communications with a speciality on new technologies and strategy.

 

 

M. Aya Kiy

M. Aya Kiy

  • An attorney by training, Aya works on the Government Affairs team of Cognizant Technology Solutions in Washington, D.C.
  • Aya has a background in development and educational work including youth teaching and mentoring organizations including Street Law, Year Up, Habitat for Humanity, and ICARE.
  • She is a registered federal lobbyist with nearly a decade of public policy and advocacy experience in the technology industry.

Niall Murphy

  •  Niall is a successful technology entrepreneur and investor. He is founder & CEO of internet of things venture EVRYTHNG, and is principal of Kubu Ventures Sarl.
  • He is a member of UK telecoms regulator Ofcom’s spectrum advisory board.
  • Niall was founder of The Cloud, Europe’s largest public WiFi network, acquired by British Sky Broadcasting in January 2011.
  • A computer scientist by training, Niall worked on telecoms policy for an ANC think tank in the early 90s before founding one of the first ISPs in Africa.

 

VICTORIA ALONSOPEREZ

Victoria Alonsoperez

  • Victoria, a telecommunications and electronics engineer, is the International Outreach Advisor for GEEKS Without Frontiers.
  • In 2012 she invented Chipsafer, a patented platform that can track cattle remotely and autonomously and was winner of the ITU Young Innovators Competition.
  • She is the special adviser to the International Aeronautical Federation President.
  • Teaching Associate of the Space Engineering Department at the International Space University´s Space Studies Program.

 

 

Geeks’ leadership is located in Denmark, the UK, and the US. The Geeks’ Board of Directors and international Board of Advisers have access to the developers of leading edge technologies and innovations as well as social enterprise models that have the potential for meaningful global impact.