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Our Team

Meet our team of diverse professionals who share a passion for helping tech entrepreneurs make the digital leap.

 
  Eddy Perez  - Founder  Eddy Perez is the founder and CEO of ProjectBinario, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed in 2017 with the goal of supporting entrepreneurs from non-traditional tech destinations, notably the Caribbean and Latin America. After starting his career and spending nearly a decade in the world of international development, he switched gears to the fast-thinking, startup culture of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, where he worked for various teams at Salesforce. Eddy is now part of the Developer Relations team at Akamai Technologies where he is growing community engagement around developer and admin users. He is a graduate of Florida State University ('99) and has a Masters degree in International Communication from American University ('03).

Eddy Perez - Founder

Eddy Perez is the founder and CEO of ProjectBinario, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed in 2017 with the goal of supporting entrepreneurs from non-traditional tech destinations, notably the Caribbean and Latin America. After starting his career and spending nearly a decade in the world of international development, he switched gears to the fast-thinking, startup culture of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, where he worked for various teams at Salesforce. Eddy is now part of the Developer Relations team at Akamai Technologies where he is growing community engagement around developer and admin users. He is a graduate of Florida State University ('99) and has a Masters degree in International Communication from American University ('03).

  Susan Ozawa Perez, Ph.D.  - Co-founder / Economic Advisor  Susan is an economist specialized in economic development and finance. She lends her expertise to Project Binario’s portfolios on academic engagement and social impact. Susan has been an independent investment advisor and wealth manager focused on socially responsible investments and has a diverse background in the non-profit sector on issues ranging from human, women’s and workers’ rights, to disaster relief, environmental justice and equitable economic development. She is an alum of UC Santa Cruz ('99) and received her doctorate in Economics from The New School for Social Research ('13).

Susan Ozawa Perez, Ph.D. - Co-founder / Economic Advisor

Susan is an economist specialized in economic development and finance. She lends her expertise to Project Binario’s portfolios on academic engagement and social impact. Susan has been an independent investment advisor and wealth manager focused on socially responsible investments and has a diverse background in the non-profit sector on issues ranging from human, women’s and workers’ rights, to disaster relief, environmental justice and equitable economic development. She is an alum of UC Santa Cruz ('99) and received her doctorate in Economics from The New School for Social Research ('13).

  Meghan Stevenson-Krausz  - Co-founder  Meghan studied International Relations at the University of St Andrews ('12) and has a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics ('13). She is very excited to be helping to create Project Binario, as she believes strongly in the power of entrepreneurs to create sustainable change in their communities. She enjoys bringing friends together over food and films to discuss matters of the heart and mind, especially relating to women’s issues. By day she works at a VC focused on FinTech. By night she is finding more ways to help democratize access to the resources so prevalent in the Valley, such as through ProjectBinario and in her role as Vice Curator of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers San Francisco Hub. Don't stress her out, or you might just find yourself with some of her coveted banana bread in one hand and a mug of home-brewed chai in the other. 

Meghan Stevenson-Krausz - Co-founder

Meghan studied International Relations at the University of St Andrews ('12) and has a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics ('13). She is very excited to be helping to create Project Binario, as she believes strongly in the power of entrepreneurs to create sustainable change in their communities. She enjoys bringing friends together over food and films to discuss matters of the heart and mind, especially relating to women’s issues. By day she works at a VC focused on FinTech. By night she is finding more ways to help democratize access to the resources so prevalent in the Valley, such as through ProjectBinario and in her role as Vice Curator of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers San Francisco Hub. Don't stress her out, or you might just find yourself with some of her coveted banana bread in one hand and a mug of home-brewed chai in the other. 

  Nikola Pavesic , Advisor - Innovation, Fintech and Blockchain  Born and raised in Croatia, studied in Italy, Switzerland and the UK, matured in Tanzania and Japan. In order of appearance: fisherman, lawyer, lecturer, internationally capped rugby player, analyst, founder, consultant. Feminist, futurist and teaching himself AI - please don’t ask the why to any of those. Grew up on westerns, local radio and later-on countless re-runs of Seinfeld. Once got 103 likes on an instagram post. Currently based in Tokyo doing amazing things.

Nikola Pavesic, Advisor - Innovation, Fintech and Blockchain

Born and raised in Croatia, studied in Italy, Switzerland and the UK, matured in Tanzania and Japan. In order of appearance: fisherman, lawyer, lecturer, internationally capped rugby player, analyst, founder, consultant. Feminist, futurist and teaching himself AI - please don’t ask the why to any of those. Grew up on westerns, local radio and later-on countless re-runs of Seinfeld. Once got 103 likes on an instagram post. Currently based in Tokyo doing amazing things.

  Marianne Vila  - Advisor  Originally from France and Finland, Marianne has a diverse personal and professional background that has taken her to many places throughout Europe, Cuba, Mexico, and now San Francisco. She graduated with a Postgraduate Degree in Spanish Philology from Toulouse University (France) in 2003 and has held professorship and educational leadership positions in France and the US since then. She has also been strongly involved with social and cultural non-profits managing communication, programs and fundraising. As Program Manager at INSEEC U. in San Francisco, Marianne designs and delivers business innovation and entrepreneurship programs for Francophone students and executives eager to discover the Silicon Valley ecosystem. She is passionate about arts, Latin America, politics and languages.

Marianne Vila - Advisor

Originally from France and Finland, Marianne has a diverse personal and professional background that has taken her to many places throughout Europe, Cuba, Mexico, and now San Francisco. She graduated with a Postgraduate Degree in Spanish Philology from Toulouse University (France) in 2003 and has held professorship and educational leadership positions in France and the US since then. She has also been strongly involved with social and cultural non-profits managing communication, programs and fundraising. As Program Manager at INSEEC U. in San Francisco, Marianne designs and delivers business innovation and entrepreneurship programs for Francophone students and executives eager to discover the Silicon Valley ecosystem. She is passionate about arts, Latin America, politics and languages.

  Carlos Busquets , Advisor - Policy & Governance  Carlos is a global public policy executive specialized in business advocacy and public/private cooperation. He has provided strategic policy advice and guidance to Fortune 500 companies operating internationally, helping them understand, manage and shape international regulatory environments. Carlos recently launched  Americas Club  to promote entrepreneurship across the Western Hemisphere. Carlos is a graduate of the University of South Florida ('97) and has a Masters degree in Public Policy from American University ('98).

Carlos Busquets, Advisor - Policy & Governance

Carlos is a global public policy executive specialized in business advocacy and public/private cooperation. He has provided strategic policy advice and guidance to Fortune 500 companies operating internationally, helping them understand, manage and shape international regulatory environments. Carlos recently launched Americas Club to promote entrepreneurship across the Western Hemisphere. Carlos is a graduate of the University of South Florida ('97) and has a Masters degree in Public Policy from American University ('98).

  Prof. Rolando Rodriguez , Advisor - Technology Ecosystem Development   A Cuban academic professor and a scientist with ample spectrum of expertise, connecting our interdisciplinary programs in technology, science and economy with social projects in a large network. Rolando is a born strategist with a sharp vision, have been involved in coaching and mentoring startups in Cuba and other countries at different levels. His knowledge of the Cuban regulatory system and the dynamic of the country entrepreneurship arena is also helping ProjectBinario to identify and connect strategic partnerships.

Prof. Rolando Rodriguez, Advisor - Technology Ecosystem Development

A Cuban academic professor and a scientist with ample spectrum of expertise, connecting our interdisciplinary programs in technology, science and economy with social projects in a large network. Rolando is a born strategist with a sharp vision, have been involved in coaching and mentoring startups in Cuba and other countries at different levels. His knowledge of the Cuban regulatory system and the dynamic of the country entrepreneurship arena is also helping ProjectBinario to identify and connect strategic partnerships.