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The SAM Global Conference

SAM Conferences in association with Jeppiaar Engineering College

SAM Global Conference


13th Sep 2014

Jeppiaar Engineering College Auditorium, Chennai

“ONEFLUENCER” is the topic of the SAM Global Conference 2014 It features the lives of remarkable people who have not only influenced the human race by their deeds, but also helped and mentored people to achieve great successes. They share their journeys and learnings.

Disclaimer : Speakers, performances and demos may change or be dropped at the last minute due to unforeseen eventualities.


Innovator ,Former CEO Baxter

Amir A. Dossal

ED of the UNO for Global Partnerships


Producer- Life Coach-Educationist

Gertjan Meeuws

CEO PlantLab

Amy Robinson

CD EyeWire

Saira Mohan

Super model-Actress-Activist

Ben Kaplan

Founder PR Hacker


Founder ,Chick meets Geek


Founder Academy for Global Citizenship


HARRY M. JANSEN KRAEMER, JR. is an executive partner with Madison Dearborn, a private equity firm based in Chicago and also a clinical professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Illinois. He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc., a $9 billion global healthcare company. He became Baxter's chief executive officer in January 1999, and assumed the additional responsibility of chairman of Baxter's board of directors in January 2000.

Mr. Kraemer joined Baxter in 1982 as director of corporate development. His twenty two year career at Baxter included senior positions in both domestic and international operations. In 1993, he was named senior vice president and chief financial officer, responsible for financial operations, business development, global communications, and European operations. Over the next several years, he assumed additional responsibility for Baxter’s Renal and Medication Delivery businesses. In April 1997, Mr. Kraemer was named president of Baxter International Inc.

Before joining Baxter, Mr. Kraemer worked for Bank of America in corporate banking and for Northwest Industries in planning and business development.

Mr. Kraemer is active in business, education and civic affairs. He serves on the board of directors of Science Applications International Corporation and Sirona Dental Systems GmbH, and on the board of trustees of Lawrence University, Northwestern University, the Conference Board and Evanston Northwestern Healthcare.

He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, the Dean’s Advisory Board of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Advisory Board of LEK Consulting. He is a member of the Business Council, the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Executives Club of Chicago and the Economics Club of Chicago. He is a past member of the Business Roundtable and the Healthcare Leadership Council.

Mr. Kraemer graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence University of Wisconsin in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics. He received an MBA degree in finance and accounting from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 1979. He is a certified public accountant. For his outstanding leadership and service, he received the 1996 Schaffner Award from the Kellogg School of Management.

Harry enjoys jogging, tennis, skiing and reading, especially world civilization. Harry, his wife Julie, and their five children live in Wilmette, Illinois.

Amir A. Dossal

Amir Dossal is Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships and as such is the United Nations representative for public/private partnerships. He guides the development of strategic alliances with corporations, foundations and philanthropists in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Amir is the UN's Chief Liaison for Ted Turner's $1 billion donation for UN causes, which involves over 450 programmes and projects in children’s health; women and population; climate change; and biodiversity. This includes "investments" of over $560 million from other donors and partners (such as the American Red Cross, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Coca-Cola Company, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Rotary International, Vodafone, etc.).

He also oversees management of the UN Democracy Fund, which he established in 2005, to strengthen democratic institutions and enhance democratic governance in new or restored democracies.

Amir has engaged the United Nations in numerous partnerships, including with the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, Commonwealth Business Council, Dow Chemical, European Foundation Centre, Google.org, LTB Foundation, The Synergos Institute, US Chamber of Commerce, Wal-Mart, and others. He has also spearheaded the UN's engagement in new areas in the technology sector working with Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Microsoft and Vodafone.

Since joining the United Nations in 1985, Amir has led a number of new initiatives:

1997 :Set-up the Management Policy Office to oversee reform within the United Nations

1999 :Established the UN Fund for International Partnerships, which serves as the interface for media mogul Ted Turner's $1 billion contribution through the UN Foundation.

2005 :Established the UN Democracy Fund, to strengthen democratic institutions and enhance democratic governance in new or restored democracies.

2006 :Set-up the first ever Peacebuilding Support Office to help bridge development gaps in post-conflict countries.

2007 :Created a Business Advisory Council for the Greater Tumen Region to attract foreign direct investment in North East Asia, in the energy, environment, transport and tourism sectors. This unique public-private partnership involves business and government from five countries: People's Republic of China; Mongolia; Democratic People's Republic of Korea; Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation.

Amir is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) having qualified from Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, London in 1975. Prior to joining the United Nations, he worked in the business community for over 15 years. Amir has lived and worked in Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, and North America. He is married with one son.


Kunal Sood is a Top Level Producer and Executive Coach. Over the past decade he has driven innovation in design, entertainment and technology focused on global health, and international development. He was the Executive Producer of TEDxUNPlaza at the United Nations in New York in 2013 and currently is a Producing Fellow at the American Film Institute. Kunal was Woxsen School of Business’s Founding Associate Dean, where his charge was to lead the release of brilliance heading the international arm of the school, developing a revolutionary approach to higher education, and reimagining the way in which tomorrows innovators and entrepreneurs create value in the market place in India and around the world. His leadership has won him acclaim as a Fellow at Stanford as part of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and at Singularity University.

He is deeply committed to serve and promote philanthropy in emerging economies like India. Kunal is an agent of change shaping the future and focused on solving humanities grand challenges.

Gertjan Meeuws

Gertjan Meeuws is a pretty stubborn Dutch horticultural engineer, convinced that the way we are producing our food today, won't be a sustainable solution for feeding the world of tomorrow.

Born in The Netherlands in 1962, he finished the University of Applied Sciences in 's-Hertogenbosch in 1983. Ever since, he has been involved in improving the performances of crops by combining his plant physiological knowledge with developing mathematical models and disrupting insights.

Gertjan says we are using too much land, too much water, too much pesticides and too much transportation to deliver fresh food.

He is managing partner of PlantLab, where he and his partners are not looking for improving the existing supply chain, but for creating a totally new and better one, based on their invention:

Amy Robinson

AMY ROBINSON, while at TED 2010, heard Sebastian Seung of MIT give the talk “I am my connectome” and knew she had to talk to him.Amy has always been curious about consciousness so she and Mr, Sueng chatted a bit about the brain at the conrerence. They kept in touch over email over the years.

Two years later, Amy—the organizer of TEDxHuntsville—saw on Twitter that Seung was launching something new: EyeWire, a game allowing citizen scientists around the world to map the 3D structure of neurons. Robinson sent Seung an email, casually suggesting some ways to get people excited to play.

Soon after, Robinson was hired as EyeWire’s Creative Director. EyeWire is a citizen science project aimed at mapping the neural connections of the retina. All you have to do is play a relaxing and absorbing game of coloring brain images! EyeWire a community of over 100,000 gamers from 135 countries who together are helping us decipher the mysteries of information processing in the brain.

Amy founded and curates the TEDx Music Project, a collection of the best live music from TEDx events around the world. She is a partner of HealthSterling, where she developed crowd-sourced population health programs that are now being deployed in Brasil. She previously organized TEDxHuntsville and is currently organizing TEDxMIT. Amy also works with MIT Media Lab building crowd-sourced tools for computer vision.

Saira Mohan

Saira began her career at age 13 after winning an Elite 'Look-Of-The-Year' contest at a mall in Los Angeles and began to work with photographers that include Steven Meisel, Diego Uchitel, Patrick Demarchelier, Albert Watson, Walter Chin and Dewey Nicks — and having walked the runway for designers such as Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein, Emmanuel Ungaro, Valentino and Victoria's Secret — she has been featured on magazine covers, interviewed, and in fashion spreads for many top publications such as Marie Claire, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Vogue, Elle, GQ, Maxim ("Top 100 Models"), Stuff, Allure, Amica, Vital, She, Shine, Company, Cosmopolitan.

Saira made a Bollywood film debut with the 'Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna', which was a huge success internationally. In the United States, it became the highest grossing Indian film of all time. Her second Bollywood film, 'Teen Patti', was released in February 2010 staring Amitabh Bachchan and Sir Ben Kingsley. Saira has also hosted television specials in the USA on the Fine Living Newtork and VH-1.

Saira has been the subject of several mainstream newspaper stories in publications such as India Today, The Telegraph (UK), The Sunday Times (UK), The Evening Standard (UK), Indian Express (USA), the Hindustan Times(India), and The Daily Mail (UK), in which Saira was named as one of the most beautiful women of the past 400 years by the National Portrait Gallery in London. She has been featured in 'Maxim Hot 100 Women' and Esquire Magazine's "Women We Love" issue. After Newsweek put her on their cover with the headline "The Perfect Face", she became involved endorsing products she loves.

Saira has been an invited speaker at several World Economic Forum events and has participated in the India Today Conclave in New Delhi and recently completed studies at the Graham School in business and entrepreneurship at The University of Chicago...and is currently engaged in several start-ups with curious people.

Ben Kaplan

Ben Kaplan has conducted PR and publicity campaigns for the world's largest consumer, financial, and education brands. He has obtained media coverage for his clients on more than 5,000 media outlets and has personally appeared on over 2,000 TV and radio programs, including interviews on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, Fox News, NPR, and the BBC.

Ben has written columns for leading global publications such as The New York Times, TIME, and U.S. News & World Report. His popular "Scholars & Dollars" education column was launched in The Oregonian (Portland's daily newspaper) in 2006.

Ben also served as the official pitch trainer for hundreds of start-up companies in the Start-Up Chile global accelerator. Known as "America's Scholarship Coach," his book, 'How to Go to College Almost for Free' (HarperCollins Publishers) is the best-selling scholarship book in the world with one million readers worldwide.

Graduating from Harvard in 1999 magna cum laude with a degree in economics, Kaplan conducted original academic research examining the timing of stock market IPOs. He is a recipient of the Morris Kronfeld Prize in Economics.


CAROL TRAN has been deeply involved with social entrepreneur projects.. She joined the San Francisco Opera’s Bravo Club as a Board of Directors in early 2009 in order to create a fun and social environment for young professionals to experience and learn more about opera. As a person who likes to shake things up, she wanted to create an event that had elements from her two groups of friends, the cultural influencers in the chic world and the intellectual techies in the geek community. Thus was born, “ChicMeetsGeek™,” which she founded in the process of helping rebrand the San Francisco Opera’s Bravo group to outreach to young professionals between the ages of 21 to 40. The launch of ChicMeetsGeek in November 2009 was a huge success.

The purpose is to gather two different groups in one room to inspire, share, and connect through a panel of geek and chic influential leaders to talk about their inspirational background. A nonprofit beneficiary is highlighted at every ChicMeetsGeek™ event. It is similar to a conference, but with a social atmosphere.

Carol Tran was born and raised in San Diego and loves anything related to law, science, tech, and art. She attended college at University of California, San Diego and obtained an education background in Theatre and Neuroscience. In high school and college, she worked at the Salk Institute and was mentored by Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule, and Joanne Chory, the well-respected and renowned plant geneticist. She was about to head off to medical school, but was given an opportunity to work in Washington, D.C. under the guidance of both political administrations, former Attorney Generals Janet Reno and John Ashcroft. After catching the legal bug, she moved to the Bay Area to pursue law school, she also picked up the business degree along the way by participating in the dual Juris Doctorate and Masters of Business Administration program. She has experience working in the legal sector at Elan Pharmaceuticals, Oracle Corp., Morgan Stanley, and Kyocera Wireless.

Prior to attending graduate school, she spent a year acting in Hollywood and appeared in several shows and commercials. In addition, she was trained professionally in competitive equestrian and marathon biking.

She served on the board for Women in Science, WeekendApps OpenSocial, American Cancer Society, and March of Dimes. Currently, she devotes her time as a Board of Director of the San Francisco Opera (Bravo).


SARAH ELIZABETH IPPEL's life mission is to broaden the world’s assumptions about the purpose of education. Since earning a Masters of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge in England, she has traveled to over 80 different countries across 6 continents, extensively immersing herself in educational philosophies and world languages, as well as creating international alliances that have informed the design and culture of the Academy for Global Citizenship.

When she was 23 years old, Sarah Elizabeth Ippel rode her bicycle to the Board of Education with a simple request: to reimagine what is possible in public education today. Three years later, in 2008, the Academy for Global Citizenship opened in a former dental tool factory on the city’s underserved Southwest side where Sarah Elizabeth serves as its Founder and Executive Director.

A Chicago Public Elementary School on a global mission, AGC is developing the next generation of critical thinkers and mindful leaders who take action to positively impact their communities and the world beyond. In less than five years, the Academy for Global Citizenship has become recognized across the globe for its model green school initiatives combined with unprecedented academic results, and is currently developing the first net-positive energy prototype campus to serve as a model for the world. As an international learning laboratory and incubator of scalable innovation AGC is dedicated to igniting an educational movement, with an unwavering vision to reach 20 million students by 2020.

During her five-year term as Vice President of Education on the governing board of the United Nations Association, Sarah Elizabeth fostered broader implementation of The Growing Connection, an organic gardening initiative established to cross-culturally connect children and educators across continents through technology.

Sarah Elizabeth was selected as a United States Delegate to Terra Madre in 2010, where she met with representatives from over 60 nations to discuss the sustainability of our local and global food systems. In 2011, she was named one of Monocle’s Top 20 International Pioneers in Education alongside Michelle Rhee.

In 2012 and 2013, Sarah Elizabeth was appointed as one of 100 Delegates from 20 countries across the globe who assembled for the G8 Young Global Leaders Summit. In 2013, Sarah Elizabeth was recognized by Forbes as one of the nation’s “top five game changers in education When she is not traveling around the world, giving TED talks and sharing the Academy for Global Citizenship’s vision for systemic change, Sarah Elizabeth enjoys working on her plans to build a net-positive energy home in Chicago.