Founder and Executive Director
Committee for Democracy in Information Technology (CDI)
Social entrepreneur Rodrigo Baggio has gained international recognition for combining digital and civic education.
Mr. Baggio was a technology consultant in 1995, who dreamt about poor children using computers to discuss their
realities and solve their problems. He founded CDI and opened its first technology school to realize his dream. Today,
CDI is a network of 840 schools in eight countries—Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Uruguay,
and South Africa—and its programs have served more than 600,000 people. Empowered by technology, CDI students
have found better jobs, opened small businesses, and transformed their communities. Mr. Baggio was named by the
World Economic Forum one of 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow, and by Time magazine as one of the 50 leaders in
Latin America who will make a difference in the third millennium. Mr. Baggio and CDI, profiled in FORTUNE and
the Financial Times, have received numerous grants and awards.
Senior Vice President
Reema Bahnasy brings 12 years of Silicon Valley and international communications and public relations experience
and provides executive council, industry perspective, and creative media relations expertise to OutCast clients. At
OutCast, Ms. Bahnasy has advised technology companies of all sizes, from startups that include Facebook, JotSpot,
and Orb, to established powerhouses that include Dell, NVIDIA, and Yahoo! Ms. Bahnasy is experienced in driving
corporate communications programs that incorporate messaging and positioning, global media strategy, crisis
communications and issues management, corporate reputation matters, and product launches and events. She has
provided CEO and spokesperson training in the U.S. and Asia for companies such as Aliph, Facebook, Nokia, Ooma,
Oracle, VMware, and Yahoo!
Zoë Baird is president of the Markle Foundation, a private philanthropy that focuses on using information and
communications technologies to address critical public needs, particularly in the areas of health care and national
security. Ms. Baird’s career spans business, government, and academia. She was senior vice president and general
counsel of Aetna, Inc.; a senior visiting scholar at Yale Law School; counselor and staff executive at General Electric;
and a partner in the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers. She was associate general counsel to President Carter and
an attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel of the Department of Justice. She served on President Clinton’s Foreign
Intelligence Advisory Board from 1993 to 2001 and on the International Competition Policy advisory committee to
the attorney general. Ms. Baird co-chairs the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age and
serves on numerous nonprofit and corporate boards.
Vice President, Engineering and Manufacturing
Convia, Inc. / A Herman Miller Company
Matt Banach, who joined Convia, Inc., a Herman Miller subsidiary, in 2006, is technical lead for the entity and
responsible for product development—from inception, design, and development through manufacturing, logistics,
and delivery. Mr. Banach joined Convia with more than 12 years of product development experience. He brings
a unique skill set to the Convia leadership team, with a background that includes electrical engineering, ASIC
design, product R&D, multidisciplined engineering project management, and product management and marketing
experience. Before joining Convia, Mr. Banach was assigned the lead role of managing a custom engineering group
within Zebra Technologies, which grew into a cross-corporate custom product business unit with $30 million in sales
revenue, from $2 million in sales revenue, in less than three years.