The Grassroot Soccer Global Board of Directors represents a diverse group of leaders from the health, education, business, and nonprofit sectors who are dedicated to our mission to use the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV.
Tom serves as chair for Grassroot Soccer Global Board of Directors. Tom joined Battery Ventures in 1989 and is responsible for managing all investment and operational aspects of the firm with a primary focus on the communications and e-commerce sectors. Tom is actively involved in the venture industry and is a board member of the National Venture Capital Association and an Emeritus Trustee of the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA), which brings together business, university and government leaders in a public/private partnership to build the state’s technology economy. Tom began his venture capital career in 1986 when he joined Abacus Ventures, a partnership focused on communications investments. He has been in the technology business since 1980, holding positions with IBM’s mainframe and minicomputer businesses. Tom received a BA in Business from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Seb Bishop is the CEO of goop, a digital media and e-commerce company. Goop provides curated content to a global audience on a wide variety of lifestyle subjects including food, travel, fashion, beauty and wellness along with access to exclusive limited-edition collaborations. Prior to goop, Seb was the International CEO of (RED), the for-benefit brand that marries the private sector with the buying power of consumers to generate a sustainable flow of private sector funds to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. In 2000 at the age of 25, Seb founded Espotting, thus pioneering search marketing and pay-per-click advertising in Europe. He expanded the business across continental Europe, powering Yahoo!, Ask, Lycos, Alta Vista and many more, before selling to US-based FindWhat.com in June 2004. He then led the global rebrand of the combined company under the MIVA name. Following the merger, Seb became President of MIVA. Seb started his career in advertising and at 19 joined Publicis as an art director. During his advertising agency years, Seb created the award-winning campaign that launched Coca-Cola in Russia as well as campaigns for some of the world’s most famous brands, including Virgin, Diet Coke, HP, Renault and Nintendo. Seb is also Chairman of Steak, a global digital marketing agency (sold to Dentsu in 2011), an independent non-executive director at Future Publishing plc, a Governor of the School of Communication Arts and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders.
Cynthia Carroll recently served as Chief Executive of Anglo American plc from March 2007 – April 2013. Anglo American plc is a leader in the global mining industry, employing approximately 150,000 people and ranking in the top 20 companies on the London Stock Exchange’s FTSE 100 Index. The company’s mining operations and extensive pipeline of growth projects are located in southern Africa, South America, Australia, North America and Asia. Cynthia is a geologist by training, with a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of Kansas and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She began her career working for Amoco as a petroleum geologist in oil exploration. She spent 18 years at Alcan Inc before joining Anglo American as Chief Executive in 2007. She held various leadership positions throughout the world during her time with Alcan, eventually being responsible for 54 wholly- or partly-owned operations in more than 20 countries.
Cynthia is a former director of Sara Lee Corporation. She is a nonexecutive director of BP plc and is a member of BP’s Safety, Ethics and Environmental Assurance Committee of the Board. She was also the Chair of Anglo American Platinum Limited for almost 3 years and in October 2012 was appointed Chair of De Beers. Cynthia was Chair of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Stop Organised Abuse Board and is a Fellow of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. She holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from the University of Limerick, the University of Exeter, and Skidmore College, was inducted into the University of Kansas’ Women’s Hall of Fame, and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Forbes Magazine ranked Cynthia the 4th most powerful woman in the world.
Tommy Clark is a pediatrician and former professional soccer player. Tommy conceived the idea for Grassroot Soccer after living and playing soccer in Zimbabwe. Tommy was born in Scotland and moved to Zimbabwe at age fourteen where his father Bobby Clark was coach of the Highlanders Football Club. He attended Dartmouth College where he was captain of the soccer team. Following graduation, Tommy returned to Zimbabwe to teach English and play professional soccer. Tommy attended Dartmouth Medical School and completed residency in pediatrics at the University of New Mexico where he was twice named the Resident Teacher of the Year. Following residency, Tommy was a research fellow at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California at San Francisco. Tommy has been awarded the American Academy of Pediatrics Annie Dyson Child Advocacy Award, the Dartmouth College Martin Luther King Junior award, the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care Nkosi Johnson Award and the Peach Abbey Courage of Conscience Award.
Jennifer is the President of the Diamond Family Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that develops unique methods to improve and increase access to education and healthcare by supporting those who fall outside traditional, government-sponsored assistance programs. As president, Jennifer helps determine the direction and mission of the organization, sets the strategy for how to best tackle issues most important to the foundation, reviews results from past projects, and continually seeks compelling new philanthropic opportunities to explore.Under Jennifer’s leadership since its establishment in 1997, the Diamond Family Foundation has supported a range of projects that particularly emphasize educational development as a vehicle for poverty reduction. Examples of missions the Foundation has funded include research projects aimed at developing gifted and talented primary school programs in the USA, financial literacy training programs in the UK, and campaigns supporting HIV education and awareness in the USA and sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to her role with the Diamond Family Foundation, Jennifer serves as a trustee on a number of boards, she is a US-UK Fulbright Commissioner and she is a partner in Cobble House LLC, a multimedia development company. She began her career working as an engineer in the pharmaceutical industry.
Peter is co-founder and Chairman of the board of directors of Cordia Bancorp Inc. In 2009, he stepped down from a highly successful 25-year career as a managing director of Goldman Sachs to help found Cordia to roll up community banks in Virginia in need of capital and management. Their first purchase is The Bank of Virginia as their platform bank. Peter is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served as a Marine infantry officer, and holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he most recently served on the Board of Overseers. He sits on the Investment Committees of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and the Boston Museum of Science, where he is also an Overseer. Peter is Honorary President and co-owner of Bantu Rovers FC, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Jonathan is co-founder and CEO of Getty Images, Inc. a leading digital media company powering the communications of businesses around the world. Jonathan drove Getty Images’ successful entry into news, sports and entertainment imagery, as well as video, music, digital asset management, rights services and assignment photography. Jonathan is the recipient of numerous media and philanthropic awards, such as The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s award for “Business Excellence for Innovation.” Under his stewardship, the International Center of Photography awarded its Trustee’s Award to Getty Images for commitment to the field of photography. Jonathan was also recognized by Fast Company, in its “Fast 50,” as a business leader who “will change the way we work and live over the next ten years” and named number one on American Photo’s list of the “100 Most Important People in Photography.” Jonathan has been a longtime board member of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and currently acts as its Chairman. He also presently serves on the Board of Directors of The Committee to Protect Journalists; and the Board of Trustees of the Groton School. Jonathan is on the Boards of Directors of Getty Images, Etsy, Daylife, Squarespace and Getty Investments. Before founding Getty Images, Jonathan led the media industry group for the London-based investment bank, Hambros Bank Limited. A native of South Africa, Jonathan spent much of his life in England.
Gregg is head of Mergers & Acquisitions for EMEA and Asia Pacific at Goldman Sachs. He serves as co-chair of the Firmwide Commitments Committee and is a member of both the Partnership Committee and the Investment Banking Division Operation Committee. Prior to assuming his current role, Gregg was global co-head of the Technology, Median and Telecom Group. He had previously served as chief operation officer for the Investment Banking Division. Before that, Gregg was co-head of Global Healthcare Investment Banking and of High Technology Mergers & Acquisitions. He joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department in 1992. Gregg was named managing director in 2001 and partner in 2002. Gregg has advised on more than 100 transactions during his career at Goldman Sachs and has spent significant time with clients in healthcare, technology, media and telecom globally while working in offices in Europe and in the United States. Gregg earned a BA in government and economics from Dartmouth College in 1991.
George Lightbody has had a varied career in multiple sectors. For ten years, he was involved in non-profits, and raised major gifts for Columbia and then Harvard. For the next ten years, he worked in the telecommunications industry in Seattle, WA, principally in the financial and capital markets areas. He served as CEO of two companies and CFO of three, and played an active investing and advising role in more. If you have ever sent a text message, purchased a ring tone, played an on-line game on your phone or used On-Star, you have probably used bits and pieces of these companies.
After 9/11, Mr. Lightbody moved back east and joined Lyme Properties, a ground-up real estate development firm. Lyme developed and sold almost four million square feet of properties, and was for many years the largest corporate taxpayer in Cambridge, MA. One mixed-use project was awarded the Phoenix Award as the most outstanding brownfields redevelopment of the year, and another building earned the first LEED Platinum certification.
Over the course of his career, he has been involved with, and led the vast majority of, almost $3 billion dollars of debt and equity transactions. George holds an A.B. in math and computer science from Harvard and a MA in international business from Columbia.
Originally from Zambia, Angela joined UBS Private Wealth Management in 2008 and possesses over 10 years of experience in advising clients on sophisticated investment strategies with implementation focused on managing risk, liquidity and, where appropriate, implementing high performing, values-based (or socially responsible) investments. Prior to joining UBS, Angela was a Private Banker at Lehman Brothers Private Investment Management and J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Angela serves on the Advisory Boards of Johnson, the Graduate School of Management of Cornell University and Entrepreneurship@Cornell. She also serves on the Boards of the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Angela is one of the founding members of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneur Council. In addition, she is a member of the Social Investment Forum and the Economic Club of New York. Angela received an MBA from Johnson, the Graduate School of Management of Cornell University and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Konstanz, Germany.
Matt is a Managing Director of Borealis Ventures, where he is responsible for internet services and mobile content opportunities. He is currently a director on the board of Borealis’s portfolio companies including go2 Media, Flurry and Handmark, on the board of Foodbuzz, and an observer on the Makeover Solutions board. Prior to Borealis, Matt spent a decade building internet companies in the Silicon Valley. Matt was COO of Efficient Frontier, a venture-funded marketing services company that applies portfolio optimization techniques from financial markets to the marketplace of online advertising. Matt began his internet career as an early member of the team at Yahoo!, which he joined in 1995 when the company was still pre-revenue. Over the next seven years, he held a variety of product development and business development positions and played a critical role as the company grew to 4,000 employees and more than $1 billion in annual revenue. Matt earned his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where he received the Julia Stell Award for leadership. He also received his BS in industrial engineering from Stanford University.
Michel Sidibé is the Executive Director of UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. In this position, he is the global advocate for the AIDS response and supports countries’ efforts to reach universal access goals towards HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. A native of Mali, Mr. Sidibé has spent more than 25 years in public service, including 14 years at UNICEF in multiple African countries. Among his commendations, in 2010 he received the Emerging Leader Award from the UN Foundation and the United Nations Association of the USA in recognition of his leadership in advancing UN causes and in 2007 he was awarded an honorary professorship at Stellenbosch University of South Africa. Michel was named one of the 50 personalities of the year from the fields of science, politics, economics and civil society in 2009 by the newspaper Le Monde. He is a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour of France, an Officer of the National Order of Mali and was awarded an Order of Saint-Charles by Monaco. He earned two Post-Master’s Diplomas in Social Planning and Demography as well as in Development and Political Economy from the University of Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand. He holds a Masters Degree in Economics.