Meet Our GLS Business Case Competition Judges
1st Round Judges
Brian Chan founded Liferay in 2000 to provide non-profit organizations with an open source solution to facilitate collaboration on the Internet. As Liferay’s Chief Software Architect, he is a sought after speaker at major industry events such as JavaOne, JAX Asia and Europe. With 800+ employees across 20+ offices around the world, Liferay never took a dime of venture capital in becoming a worldwide leader in innovative open source enterprise solutions. Brian holds a dual B.S. degree in Economics and Computer Science from the University of Chicago.
Calvin C. is currently a group marketing manager at a Fortune 500 medical technology company. A college mission trip to Central Asia opened his eyes to the possibility of business as a means of outreach and relationship building. After beginning his career as a management consultant at Bain & Company, Calvin joined REDF, a US venture philanthropy fund that invests in and grows domestic social enterprises. Later in graduate school he discovered a passion for medical technology. Calvin received his AB in Economics from Harvard University and MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Carol C. is the co-founder and CEO of an innovative materials company focused on developing new product applications using sustainable materials. Its sponsored project with a Hong Kong research institute won the Gold Medal at the Geneva Invention Convention. Carol was named Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 by Forbes China. Carol graduated from Harvard Kennedy School’s Masters in Public Administration/International Development (MPA/ID) program and the University of Pennsylvania’s Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business (BS/BA).
Matt C. works in supply chain analytics at a Fortune 100 company. He developed a passion for workplace ministry during his 8 years serving in Asia as a market-entry consultant and an operations manager for a U.S. Fortune 500 company. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from UC San Diego. He won first place in an international business competition during his MBA studies at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Pui C. was born in Asia but grew up in California. He earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University where he double majored in Economics and International Relations. He subsequently received a JD from NYU Law and began his career practicing commercial litigation in New York, first with Shearman & Sterling LLP and later with Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett LLP. In 2006, he returned to Asia and worked with his family in managing personal investments both in the private and public markets. In conjunction with this role, he has advised and sat on many boards of both start-ups and mature companies in diverse industries.
Patrick Fisher is the Founder and Managing Partner of Creation Investments Capital Management, LLC, a leading emerging market private equity fund manager focusing on financial institutions founded in 2007. Mr. Fisher is also a Partner of Promus Holdings, LLC, a multi-family office with over $1.2 billion in assets under management. He spent the majority of his career working in the financial services industry, most notably for JPMorgan Chase. His work experience includes years of service in International Banking and Global Treasury, primarily working in Hong Kong, Beijing and covering Latin America. Mr. Fisher is a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he received a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and Marketing. He also received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, at the University of Notre Dame.
Gary Ginter is the CEO & Chairman of VAST Power Systems. Gary has been an entrepreneur for over 30 years. He helped build two significant options trading firms. Both had worldwide operations, traded only proprietary capital and were world leaders in significant market niches. His international experience gained through helping found, finance, and liquidate over 20 startups in communities of need among unreached people groups. Gary has mentored Christian MBA students from the University of Chicago’s Booth School as well as undergrads at Wheaton College, IL. Gary received his education from University of Southern California, Wheaton & Multnomah Bible College.
Karen L. is currently a director of Holding Limited and an advisor for investment and philanthropy projects. She is a founding board member and former managing director of a social enterprise based in Shanghai, which encourages, supports and advises individuals, families, businesses and foundations to give effectively to Chinese charities and nonprofit projects. She was previously executive director of a Chinese private equity investment firm and vice president of strategy and business development for a green building technology company in China. Karen L holds a BS degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a MBA degree from the Yale School of Management.
Brian Ng serves as Director of Finance and Senior Director of City and Global Ministries for Holy Trinity Church in Chicago. He also serves as Associate Director of Economic Development for Together Chicago, a collaborative Christian non-profit focused on holistic community transformation. He received his M. Div. recently from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and has been interested in work and faith integration, stewardship and social entrepreneurship. Prior to seminary, he worked in finance and investments for 12 years in Chicago, New York and Hong Kong. He has a BS in Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Jimmy Quach’s passion is the alleviation of global poverty through market-driven businesses, and he is the founder and CEO of Good Paper. As the world’s leading fair trade greeting card company, Good Paper employs survivors of human trafficking in the production of its handcrafted cards, which can be found at retailers such as Whole Foods Market, Paper Source, and West Elm. Prior to this, Jimmy held positions in the nonprofit sector and in software product management. Jimmy holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and a BA in Applied Math from Harvard. He serves as a Trustee for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA
Chris W. is the Executive Vice President of a private equity firm focused on educational technology companies in the K-12 and corporate learning sectors for Greater China. Chris works closely with each portfolio company’s management team to pursue breakthrough market entry, strategic alliances, new product development, and sales growth initiatives. He graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master’s degree in Information Systems and Bachelor degrees in Geomatic Engineering and Information Systems.
LZ is Vice President of Sales for a U.S. Fortune 500 company in China. His team is responsible for sales, commercial operations and applications engineering with staff located in four cities. His previous roles in the company include strategy and business development, product line management, market intelligence, and M&A integration. LZ previously worked as a management consultant for Bain & Company in Boston and New York. He holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Boston University and a MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
2nd round judge
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3rd round judges
Prof. John Mulford of Regent University -- Dr. John Mulford is Director of the Regent University Center for Entrepreneurship (RCE) and Professor in the School of Business and Leadership. John has trained, consulted, and lectured on business and economic development with groups of business, education and government leaders in many countries, including Rwanda, Zambia, Burundi, Cameroon, South Africa, Guatemala, Bolivia, Mexico, Spain, Morocco, Indonesia and Ukraine. He has been active researching and furthering Business as Mission movement, serving on boards of FCCI, C12, NPIM, and launching seven business development centers in Africa & India.
Prof. Marlene Reed of Baylor University -- Marlene M. Reed, DBA, is presently Entrepreneur-in- Residence at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University and Professor Emeritus at Samford University. She has published over 80 articles and cases in academic journals and textbooks, received the Award as Alabama Professor of the year from the Carnegie Foundation in 1995, and was twice honored with the Outstanding Teacher Award and Outstanding Professor Award at Baylor. She is Past President of North American Case Research Association and the Southwest Case Research Association. And has taught internationally throughout Europe. She is active in her church and teaches a couples Bible Study class on Sunday mornings.
Prof. Steve Rundle of Biola University -- Dr. Steve Rundle is professor of economics and international business at Biola University. He received his B.A. in economics from California State University, Northridge, and his Ph.D. in economics from Claremont Graduate University. His teaching and research interests are focused on the intersection between international economics and faith-based social entrepreneurship. He has authored many journal articles and book chapters on this subject, as well as two books – Great Commission Companies: The Emerging Role of Business in Missions (now in its second edition) and Economic Justice in a Flat World: Christian Perspectives on Globalization. In addition to teaching and writing, he assists and consults organizations that aim to see faith-based social enterprises prosper in less-developed countries.
Final Round Judges
Annie Moon is Executive Director, Global Skincare Marketing at The Estee Lauder Companies. Annie previously served as an Asia-Pacific regional marketer in Singapore and held progressive brand marketing roles at various CPG companies (Estee Lauder, Coty, and Johnson & Johnson). In 2014, Annie started AMP consulting that provides strategy and branding thought leadership to early stage start-ups and nonprofits. She holds degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Prof. Steve Rundle *
Jeremy Showalter started traveling around the world as a child and has had short and long-term experiences in India, Ecuador, Canada, Costa Rica, and Ireland before earning degrees in business from the University of Chicago, science and technology public policy from George Washington University, and engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He is responsible for global programs for Microsoft Philanthropies Technology for Social Impact Group and recently served as the Microsoft Vietnam COO/CMO. Jeremy previously held roles in marketing, sales, product management, and corporate finance.
* These judges serve in multiple rounds