DR. COURTNEY D. COGBURN^^Assistant Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and faculty of the Columbia Population Research Center

Dr. Courtney D. Cogburn is an assistant professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and faculty of the Columbia Population Research Center. She employs a transdisciplinary research strategy to improve the characterization and measurement of racism and in examining the role of racism in the production of racial inequities in health. Dr. Cogburn’s work also explores the potential of media and technology in eradicating racism and eliminating racial inequities in health. She is the lead creator of 1000 Cut Journey, an immersive virtual reality experience of racism that premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Dr. Cogburn completed postdoctoral training at Harvard University in the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar Program and at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in Education and Psychology, and MSW from the University of Michigan and her BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia.

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JOE HERITAGE^‘17SIPA^Design Lead at Columbia Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Design

Joseph Heritage ‘17SIPA is the Design Lead at Columbia Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Design.  He is an agricultural development specialist and human centered designer with over nine years of project design and project management experience. He has worked on agrarian-based social enterprises, agribusiness value-chain development, IDP post-conflict resettlement, entrepreneurship accelerator training, human centered design, sustainable finance, and market access with a regional focus in East Africa and Southeast Asia. He co-founded and managed Freedom Global, a Kenyan social enterprise that employs and educates Internally Displaced Persons working in staple, livestock, and commodity crop value chains, through out-grower schemes with lead firms such as KenChic, providing access to finance through partnerships with Kiva and M-Pesa. He managed a 30-acre farm with over 25+ employees and worked with Amiran, an Israeli ag. tech company to install 10 greenhouses and 5 acres of drip irrigation on his farm. He grew lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pumpkins, peppers, reared pigs and chickens, and sold them to high-value end markets in Nairobi.

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BEN SHAWAVP^^of Open Innovation and CRM Lead

Ben manages the Rise FinTech Platform for the Barclays Group Innovation Office. In the last few months he has been responsible for delivering the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars – a 13-week intensive program for early stage growth driven companies, aimed at bringing new technologies into the bank. Currently he is recruiting for the next New York cohort of the Barclays Accelerator whilst growing out the physical presence of the Rise Studio space in the Flatiron district and directly innovating on the technology that powers Barclays Innovation Initiatives.

With a degree in Computing Science and Business Management from the University of Glasgow, Ben joined Barclays in 2014 after working for a semantic technology business in Darmstadt, Germany. As a developer at Barclays Ben built out a frontend framework for design components. He then joined innovation through which he’s been involved in over 25 projects having worked for the global bank in Glasgow, London, Northampton, Frankfurt and New York.

There’s various ways you can get involved with Rise, created by Barclays; as an serial entrepreneur, an angel investor, a founder or mid-sized to larger corporate. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Ben directly.

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HEEJIN (IRENE)^KOOʼ20^CCCORE President 2018-19

Heejin (Irene) Koo is a second year student in CC, studying computer science and economics, honored to serve as CORE's 2018-2019 president. She has a wide range of interests, from entrepreneurship and environmental science to economics and social ventures. 

As a part of Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs (CORE), Irene has led tech treks to Barcelona and Tel Aviv, organized faculty dinners, and spearheaded the fall high school social entrepreneurship conference and 6-week course in partnership with Columbia Double Discovery Center. On campus, she is also a part of TAMID, One for the World, and conducts research with the Earth Institute. In her free time, she coaches for Woodbridge High School's Academic Decathlon team. 

She looks forward to contributing to CORE and making entrepreneurship accessible for the greater community. 

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JULIE YUFE^‘98CC^Vice President of Global Marketing, Core Brands at AB-InBev

Julie Yufe ‘98CC is Vice President of Global Marketing, Core Brands at AB-InBev. She had previously served as ABI’s Global Innovation Director for 4 years. Prior to joining ABI, Julie spent 8 years at Unilever in various global and local brand development and brand building roles. She is a Brand Innovator "40 Under 40" recipient.  Prior to Unilever, Julie held innovation marketing roles at Revlon and Mars. She received her BA History and Art History from Columbia and her MBA from the Yale School of Management

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