Advisory Board

Ike Eze

Founder & CEO, Centrro Inc.

Ike Eze serves as CEO and chairman of Centrro Inc., a financial search engine that shows consumers what personal finance products they would be approved for before they ever apply — see: http://www.knowbeforeyouapply.com.

Prior to its sale, he was CEO of GPlay Inc. a subscription-based online entertainment company. He also founded and served as CEO of QSpace Inc., an Internet finance company that was sold to Experian (the world’s largest credit reporting agency).

Ike has worked for The Boston Consulting Group advising financial and pharmaceutical clients, and Bechtel Inc. in business development for its Advanced Systems group on global telecommunications, aerospace and defense projects. He holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School in Finance and Strategic Management and is a graduate (Osberg Scholar) of San Francisco State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

A.J. Patel

TiE Founder & Chairman Mara Wildlife Conservation

AJ is a US citizen who grew up in Uganda and was a part of the Idi Amin Exodus in 1972. After graduating from Sardar Patel University in India, He immigrated to the US in 1978. From 1981 he worked for a packaging company which he acquired in 1989 and named it Odyssey Enterprise, Inc., He sold the business in 2004 to be fully involved in charitable organizations. In 1992 he was one of the key founders of TiE. It has 45 chapters in 10 countries. He served as global director from 2001 to 2004. Since 1994 he has been taking friends to Africa on safari and introducing them to the wildlife paradise on earth. He has a passion for wildlife conservation. Currently he is the chairman of the Board of Hasla – Mara Wildlife Conservation Foundation.

Theogene Rudasingwa, MD, PhD (Honorary)

Vice President for Global Affairs, Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation

Theogene Rudasingwa is Vice President, Global Affairs and Global Projects Specialist for Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation. In this role, Dr. Rudasingwa is responsible for establishing and developing Pangaea’s global partnerships with organizations engaged in large scale HIV/AIDS treatment delivery. He also serves as a key member of Pangaea project teams, working with in-country partners to maximize the effectiveness of HIV/AIDS treatment programs and provides leadership to Pangaea’s fundraising and development efforts, while managing the organization’s external relations.
Dr. Rudasingwa graduated from the School of Medicine at Makerere University in Kampala Uganda in 1990. He was a leader in the Rwandese Patriotic Front from 1990 to 1996, working to stop the genocide and save lives and then playing a key role in the establishment of the new government. From 1996 to 1999, he was the first Ambassador to the United States in post-genocide Rwanda, helping to shape the country’s new relationship with the U.S.

Dr. Rudasingwa was Chief of Staff for the Office of the Vice President of Rwanda in 1999, before becoming Chief of Staff to the Office of the President of Rwanda from 2000 to 2004. In this position he worked closely with senior Rwandan government official to develop and implement a strategic vision for Rwanda and its people. He was responsible for the establishment a new Office of the President, including infrastructure, staffing, processes and protocols for innovative government.

Dr. Rudasingwa earned a Masters of Arts in International Affairs at Tufts University in 2006. From 2004 to 2006, he was also a lecturer and visiting scholar with the Haas Business School at UC Berkeley where he was Director of Bridging the Divide, an initiative to support sustainable development in the developing world.
Dr. Rudasingwa received an honorary Ph.D. from Trinity College in 1999 for his leadership and contribution to the positive changes that have taken place in Rwanda. He also received the “Global Leader for Tomorrow Award” from the World Economic Forum in 2001, honoring him for “leadership in difficult times and his contribution to peace and prosperity for all humanity.”