MEET THE B1G1 TEAM

These are the people behind the B1G1 initiative, working to serve all B1G1 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 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.
JUN KIAT TAN
PRODUCT MANAGER
Jun Kiat manages the B1G1 system that we know and love, ensuring that it runs smoothly with continuous innovation. Dedicated to making your journey with B1G1 better every day, Jun Kiat is always there to fix any glitch in the system. Smart yet humble and down-to-earth, Jun Kiat brings laughter to the team with his light-hearted jokes and easy-going attitude.
JACK BLENKINSOPP
Partnerships Manager SME (AMER & EMEA)
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
ENTERPRISE 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
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 scene, Elvin makes sure all your contributions and payments  are managed properly and B1G1 team embers 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.
KIMBERLY KOUNTUR
PARTNERSHIPS associate
Kimberly, or Kim as she prefers to be called, joined the team in search of a more purposeful role. To Kim, there is no greater joy than to see someone smiling because of the difference she was able to make in their life. As the first person members meet whenever they need support in her unofficial role as ‘Guardian of the Team Inbox’, Kim lives everyday with joy and purpose.
Joemar estrera
MARKETING associate
Joemar manages some of the marketing activities at B1G1, ensuring there are meaningful social media contents and stories to share with our audience all the time. Also a designer at heart, Joemar's creative touch adds to the B1G1 message. A loving father of three young children, Joemar has so much love and empathy to share with 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.
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.
board of directors
Gabriela Styf Sjöman
independent board member
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
independent board member
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.
calvin ng
independent board member
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.
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.
OUR ADVISORS
Paul polman
Advisor to ceo
Paul Polman is the legendary former CEO of Unilever. He is widely regarded as the business Godfather of the Global Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals that guide the world with 17 Goals and 169 Targets to achieve collectively 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 guiding and advising B1G1 leadership makes that so much more possible.
See what Paul Polman 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.
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 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.  Paul is now based in Portland, Oregon. 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.

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