Premal Shah is president of Kiva.org, a website that connects Internet users with developing-world entrepreneurs
in need of a small loan. Called one of the 50 Best Websites by Time magazine, Kiva.org raises $1 million in $25
increments every ten days and has connected more than 300,000 Internet lenders to 50,000 entrepreneurs in 45
developing countries in its first three years. Before joining Kiva, Mr. Shah was a principal product manager at
PayPal (an eBay company), where he served six years building out the global payments service. He began his career
as a management consultant in New York. His work as a social entrepreneur has been featured in such media as
FORTUNE magazine and Al Jazeera; he has received speaking invitations from college campuses as well as the Clinton
Global Initiative. Mr. Shah graduated with a BA degree in economics from Stanford University.
Senior Vice President and Head of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT)
Eileen Sharpe assumed her position as ICT head in 2008. In this role, she focuses on convergence. Before assuming her
current position, she was based in IDA Ireland’s regional headquarters in Athlone, Ire., leading the company’s regional
development teams and its property portfolio. Ms. Sharpe served IDA Ireland as business development manager in the
Asia Pacific region for a number of years. She was also based in China for many years. In addition, she was with IDA’s
sister agency, Enterprise Ireland, in the Asia Pacific region. Before joining IDA Ireland, Ms. Sharpe was employed in
the health-care industry.
Frank X. Shaw
President, Microsoft Accounts Worldwide
Waggener Edstrom Worldwide
Frank Shaw leads the Microsoft team at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and is responsible for all global PR efforts
across the account. Previously he led the platforms team on the Microsoft account, where he was responsible for
PR related to Windows, Windows Server, and developer tools and evangelism. In 2001, he helped launch Windows
XP. Mr. Shaw was one of the leads on the Microsoft corporate team and worked closely with the Microsoft division
responsible for customer and partner relationships. He currently tracks the impact of new and social media on
corporate reputations, stock fluctuations, crisis situations, and product launches. He began writing a daily weblog for
Waggener Edstrom Worldwide employees in 2003 on topics related to public relations and the technology industry.
He earlier served as vice president of Insync Communications for two years, where he managed the agency’s Microsoft
work. He was also with Knoll & Co. Inc. and Gelman & Gray Communications.
Vice President, 50x15 Initiative
President, 50x15 Foundation
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD)
Dan Shine leads the 50x15 Initiative, launched by AMD in 2004 at the World Economic Forum. The 50x15 Initiative’s
mission is to develop new technology and solutions that will enable affordable Internet access and computing
capability for 50% of the world’s population by the year 2015. Mr. Shine is also president of the 50x15 Foundation,
which channels internal, external, and individual funds in support of the 50x15 global initiative and measures their
impact worldwide. Mr. Shine previously was director of marketing and communications for strategic initiatives
at Hewlett-Packard. Still earlier he served 3Com as senior director of business development and strategy for the
company’s consumer business. He also held positions at Motorola and Walt Disney Imagineering. Mr. Shine was
selected as a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum in 2007. He also serves on the steering committee
for that organization’s Global Education Initiative.