Meet the B1G1 Team

These are the people behind the B1G1 initiative, working to serve all our Members and create a world full of giving.
MASAMI SATO
FOUNDER & CEO
Masami is the epitome of ‘the power of small’ – she may be petite but she is passionate and power-packed. She is the guiding light behind almost every project at B1G1, from product design to member events to our team culture. Having lived in and traveled to over 30 countries across 5 continents, Masami’s experiences have given her a unique perspective on life and giving. It’s no wonder that she’s so loved and admired in the B1G1 community. You can find Masami's profile here.
PAUL DUNN
CO-FOUNDER
B1G1’s Co-Founder and the biggest cheerleader, Paul is a hugely respected and admired business leader who has helped make B1G1 what it is today. He’s a four-time TEDx speaker and frequently travels around the world, educating businesses about B1G1 and sharing inspiring business insights. Paul is also a member of one of the world’s leading think-tanks and has been honored with a Lifetime Service Award to the Accounting Profession in the UK (though he’s definitely NOT an accountant!). You can find Paul's profile here.
JEFFREY TEO
OPERATIONS and DATA MANAGER
Jeffrey is behind most of the management and operational tasks at B1G1, ensuring that we act in compliance with local laws and regulations. Being a spreadsheets guru, he also adds a strategic edge to every element of our operations. On top of that, he manages our company’s finances and sustainability, ensuring that we’ll be here to grow with you in the long run. Outside of work, Jeffrey loves travelling and absolutely LOVES food.
BRONTë WESTCOTT
MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Brontë oversees the Marketing and Member Experience areas of B1G1. She brings to the task a lightness that simultaneously has amazing depth, an ability to make the complex clear and a level of joy that people love being around. Her South African heritage and her love of swimming and running give her an inner strength that lets her see the (often) hidden potential of exploring new ways of doing great things.
JACK BLENKINSOPP
Partnerships Manager
Jack first joined B1G1 at the Singapore headquarters in 2016. He is now based in Belfast and manages the partnerships in Europe and the Americas (read: that's HUGE). He loves connecting with B1G1 members and businesses who are keen to learn more about the B1G1 movement. Jack has an amazing ability to build connections and friendships with people from all walks of life. He also loves coffee. A lot.
rakhee shah
PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER
Rakhee loves connecting with people and building relationships. Outgoing and friendly, she’s always full of big smiles. Rakhee is passionate about working with businesses and helping them maximise their impacts. When she’s not talking about B1G1, you can usually find her spending time with her family and friends, at a Bollywood dance class or on a nature trail somewhere!
ELVIN MONICA
FINANCE AND OPERATIONS MANAGER
B1G1's longest serving team member, Elvin has seen the journey of B1G1 since the very beginning. She has grown together with B1G1 and has since become a mother of two children too. Behind the scenes, Elvin makes sure all your contributions and payments  are managed properly and B1G1 team members are taken care of. Secretly though, she is a creative talent who produced many of the inspiring B1G1 videos in the early days.
SOPHIA LIM
cause engagement manager
Sophia works with our B1G1 Worthy Causes to ensure that each project is well represented and supported in their goals to make big impacts all over the world. She loves sharing stories of the amazing impacts being made, and also supports the marketing team in events and outreach campaigns. Outside of work, Sophia loves catching up with friends, being with her dog, and night-time strolls.
Stephanie Ching
member experience and team development MANAGER
Stephanie (Steph) is the strength in the backbone of B1G1's systems, processes and culture. She thinks and acts at a truly dazzling speed but does it calmly without chaos. Her Chemical Engineering background lets her see things that others may miss. She has a deep commitment to living and operating sustainably and is a champion of diversity, inclusion and equality.
fritzei sarin
account associate
Fritzei is the super supporter in the B1G1 Giving's Worthy Cause program as well as the contribution management area of B1G1. An accounting executive, she understands the power of finance. But what she is most excited about in B1G1 is the power of the micro contributions our members are making to support great projects around the world.
ren cabaraban
member support associate
A lovely new addition to the B1G1 Team, Ren is excited to serve the community of B1G1 Members and Partners around the world. When you request support from the B1G1 HelpCenter or write into the team inbox, you will often hear from Ren and you may even get to have a nice conversation with her when you need some help to get your giving going.

Our advisors

Paul Petruccelli
President of B1G1 Giving, Inc.
Paul Petruccelli first heard of B1G1 in 2010 when he was based in Singapore as the Vice President-Asia Pacific Legal for KraftFoods. After the first meeting with Masami, Paul began serving on the Board of B1G1 Giving and has contributed to the creation of B1G1’s unique Worthy Cause program and its methodology of the impact-based project listing model.  And since 2018, he has been the President of B1G1 Giving, Inc. in the US, spearheading the set up of the new US charity arm of B1G1.

LINDA SADDLEMIRE
TREASURER of B1G1 Giving, Inc.
Linda is a recently retired principal with over 36 years of experience in public accounting. She has managed hundreds of K-12 audits and overseen investigations of government fraud and public corruption.

Beyond her professional expertise, she is deeply passionate about Corporate Social Responsibility and has been the heart of the B1G1 Community for many years.
DEANNE FIRTH
BOARD MEMBER of B1G1 Giving, Inc.
Deanne is the director of Tactical Super, a chartered accounting firm in Australia specializing in audit and helping clients understand superannuation and tax legislation. She is also extremely committed to giving back.
Her company is also a B1G1 Business which means that she truly understands the aspirations of other business owners and she leads some of the regional activities together with other B1G1 Members.
calvin ng
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BUY1GIVE1 PTE LTD
Calvin Ng is a Co-founder and Managing Director of Aura Group, a fund management firm based in Singapore, Australia and Vietnam. He has extensive global experience as an entrepreneur, senior manager, board representative, corporate advisor and fund manager across both private and public markets. Calvin is also the Co-founder and Executive Director of Finsure Group, one of Australia’s largest mortgage aggregation groups. Calvin is also the Chairman of IBuyNew Group Limited and a Non-Executive Director and Audit & Risk Committee Member of Catapult Group International Limited.
Gabriela Styf Sjöman
Advisor
Gabriela Styf Sjöman is a multinational global executive in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) industry. She currently serves as Board Member of TDC Net, the leading Danish Network Service Provider. Gabriela’s most recent position was as Chief Strategy Officer and member of the Executive Leadership Team at Nokia (Finland). Prior to that, she held executive positions at Telia Company in Sweden, Telecom Italia, Ericsson in Sweden, US, Netherlands, Spain, Germany and China, and numerous start-ups and private organizations in Sweden.
Yves Daccord
Advisor
Yves Daccord is a renowned humanitarian leader, international strategist, influencer and change-maker. Yves is currently developing and leading the first-ever Harvard’s Pop-Up Institute – the Edgelands Institute. From 2010 to March 2020, Yves was Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a global humanitarian organization with 20,000 staff. His ICRC career spanned more than two decades in a variety of posts and challenging contexts – including Israel and the Occupied Territories, Sudan, Yemen, Chechnya and Georgia.
Paul polman
Advisor to ceo
Paul Polman is the legendary former CEO of Unilever. He is widely regarded as the Godfather of the Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs) that guide the world with 17 Goals and 169 Targets to achieve by 2030. On the opening page of his new book - Net Positive, Paul asks this question: “Is the world better off because your business is in it?” It’s a question we want all B1G1 members to be able to answer with a resounding ‘YES!’ Paul’s presence advising B1G1 leadership makes that so much more possible. See what Paul says about B1G1.
Jayesh Parekh
Advisor to CEO
Jayesh is one of the Founders of Sony Entertainment Television, a major television network launched in 1995 in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment, a division of Sony Japan. He is a board member of Asvathaa (gaming & animation), Game Ventures (online gaming) and eBus (TV commercial digital distribution). Jayesh is based in Singapore and is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD and an advisor to the National University of Singapore’s NUS Enterprise initiative.
our advisors
Paul Petruccelli
Advisor to the Board and President of B1G1 Giving, Inc.
Paul Petruccelli first heard of B1G1 in 2010 when he was based in Singapore as the Vice President-Asia Pacific Legal for KraftFoods. After the first meeting with Masami, Paul began serving on the Board ofB1G1 Giving and has contributed to the creation of B1G1’s unique Worthy Cause program and its methodology of the impact-based project listing model.  Paul is now based in Portland, Oregon. And since 2018, he has been thePresident of B1G1 Giving, Inc. in the US, spearheading the set up of the new US charity arm of B1G1.

calvin ng
Advisor to CEO
Calvin Ng is a co-founder and Managing Director of Aura Group, a Fund Management Firm based in Singapore, Australia and Vietnam. He has extensive global experience as an entrepreneur, senior manager, board representative, corporate advisor and fund manager across both private and public markets. Calvin is also co-founder and Executive Director of Finsure Group, one of Australia’s largest mortgage aggregation groups. Calvin is also the Chairman of IBuyNew Group Limited and a Non-Executive Director and Audit & Risk Committee Member of Catapult Group International Limited.
Jayesh Parekh
Advisor to CEO
Jayesh is one of the Founders of Sony EntertainmentTelevision, a major television network launched in 1995 in collaboration withSony Pictures Entertainment, a division of Sony Japan. He is a board member of Asvathaa (gaming &animation), Game Ventures (online gaming) and eBus (TV commercial digital distribution). Jayesh is based in Singapore and is an Entrepreneur-in-Residenceat INSEAD and an advisor to the National University of Singapore’s NUS Enterprise initiative. He brings to B1G1 a depth of knowledge and speed of making things happen in both the Entrepreneurial and Investment space.

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