The Global Social Enterprise Summit was created by the strategic insight group’s Founder + CEO, Tai Esteban Sunnanon, who wanted to make more of a global impact in social entrepreneurship.
Tai has spent 25 years as a leader, instructor and author on social entrepreneurship. He is the founder of 3 nonprofits in the education and health sectors in the U.S., Pacific Islands and Philippines.
Previously, Tai was an instructor at Harvard University and was also a visiting scholar at American University, UC Berkeley, and Vanderbilt University. He also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Palau, working to support Pacific Island economies. In 2019, Tai will commission as a command officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
Tai speaks 7 languages and is the recipient of several national innovation awards, including: Presidential Scholar, Ash Fellowship in Innovations, and U.S. Military Community Service Award. He completed his doctoral coursework at Harvard University, where he also earned his MPP and EdM degrees, and holds a BA from UCLA.
Karina is a passionate advocate for social change. Most recently, Karina served as Program Director at FXB USA, an international organization working to uplift the most vulnerable communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Previously, she was a Program Associate at the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., where she provided capacity-building services to Junior Leagues to strengthen their community impact programs.
From 2008 to 2012, she lived in Mexico and held leadership positions in diverse social change organizations dedicated to alleviating poverty. Karina holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. She serves on the Board of Mixteca, a social service agency serving Mexican and Latin American immigrants in Brooklyn, and is an alumnus of the We Are All Brooklyn Fellowship and a Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations BluePrint Fellowship.