Colleen is the Director for Partnerships at the Global Entrepreneurship Network. She works on all of GEN's flagship programs to identify and develop opportunities for strategic engagement across a wide range of sectors, industries, and countries.
Prior to GEN, she was the National Director of StartupBus, a hackathon-on-wheels that bridges emerging entrepreneurs across socioeconomic, gender, and racial divides in North America. She has also worn multiple hats with startups, social enterprises, think tanks, and corporate social responsibility programs including research, communications, business development, and strategy for IBM Blockchain, JP Morgan Chase, ConsenSys, SAP Next-Gen, Mercy Corps, Amnesty International, New America, Techstars, Ascena Retail Group, Johnson & Johnson, and ViiV Healthcare. She actively mentors founders across the global startup ecosystem and hopes to raise capital for an early-stage fund and venture studio in Southeast Asia.
A first-generation Burmese American, she is passionate about emerging markets and social innovation. With a unique interdisciplinary background in neuroscience, comparative religion, and social science research, she is insatiably curious and always seeking to uncover data-informed, actionable insights. She believes in harnessing the power of holistic storytelling, inclusive strategy, and stakeholder engagement to steer private and public sector organizations towards socially conscious values and practices.
Her areas of interest include sustainable market development, ICT4D, human centered design, corporate social responsibility, inclusive entrepreneurship, impact investing, and blockchain.