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Raj Melville

Executive Director, Deshpande Foundation

Raj Melville - Executive Director, Deshpande Foundation As Executive Director at the Deshpande Foundation, Raj develops overall strategy, and channels the Foundation’s efforts to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation. Raj works closely with EforAll by leading the team and driving the overall strategy. Previously as Principal at Ambient Engines, Raj Melville provided marketing and strategy consulting to emerging social entrepreneurs. He founded the annual Forum for Social Entrepreneurs, organized and moderated numerous panels and workshops on social entrepreneurship, and currently mentors several startups focused on addressing key social issues. Raj has over 25 years of product management, marketing and consulting experience including managing overall product strategy and features as Vice President, Product Management for nTAG Interactive, a spin off from the MIT Media Lab. As V.P. Product Management and Marketing, and later V.P Client Services, at mobile software vendor Vaultus, another MIT spinoff, (now part of Antenna Software) he provided marketing, product management and client services direction. Prior to that he was Sr. Director, Product Management at Be Free Inc. (now Valueclick), a market leading affiliate marketing ad server and e-commerce solution. Earlier he managed the launch of two high-end Internet server products at Electronic Book Technologies (later acquired by Inso). His early career included working at Microsoft Corp., Digital Equipment Corporation, and Booz Allen & Hamilton.

He is an active member of TiE Boston and the India Society of Worcester and co-founded the TIE Social Entrepreneurship Group. He has been a mentor and judge for several entrepreneurial competitions such as MassChallenge, MIT 100K, and the MIT IDEAS competition. Raj has a Doctor of Science in engineering from MIT focusing on optimizing the operation of computerized manufacturing systems; a Master’s from MIT’s Sloan School; and a Bachelor’s from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay


David Parker

Executive Director, EforAll

David Parker - EforAll Executive Director As the Executive Director for Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll), David is working with a broad cross-section of community members in different mid-sized cities to identify entrepreneurs, encourage them to propose their ideas, and then help them improve their business and non-profit organizations. EforAll was founded to work with entrepreneurs in the cities of Lowell and Lawrence, MA; in December 2014 the organization announced it is adding a new region, the South Coast area of MA (encompassing the cities of New Bedford and Fall River). EforAll is looking to expand to more mid-sized cities and regions.

Prior to joining EforAll in early 2013, David spent 15 years working on six entrepreneurial ventures, in some cases as part of the initial team and in others as the founder or co-founder. Four of these companies achieved significant success: Viaweb was sold to Yahoo, Direct Hit was acquired by Ask Jeeves, TripAdvisor continues today as a standalone public company (NASDAQ: TRIP), and SoundBite Communications went public and then was acquired by Genesys.

Prior to his time with Internet startups, David worked in the publishing industry for a variety of magazine and newspaper companies, including International Data Group, Time Magazine, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. David has an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and a B.A. with honors from Harvard College. He lives in Boston, MA, with his wife, Janet Tiampo; David and Janet have two children: As of 2015, Anna is a senior at Middlebury College, and Noah is a sophomore at UC Santa Barbara.


Janin Duran

Program Manager, Student Projects & Spanish Program 

Janin Duran - EforAll Program Manager, Student Projects & Spanish Program Janin has been with EforAll since 2011. She works closely with student and youth to turn their entrepreneurial ideas into a reality. Prior to joining MVS, Janin worked as the Multicultural Specialist at Middlesex Community College. At the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Janin worked in the Office of Student Activities and Multicultural Affairs as a Program Coordinator where she coordinated events while working closely with students, faculty/staff and the Lowell community. Born in the Dominican Republic, Janin grew up in the city of Lawrence and lived in Lowell for seven years. She has been actively engaged in both cities through many local organizations. Janin obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, Bachelor’s of Arts in Criminal Justice and Master’s of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.


Emil Kuruvilla

Senior Marketing Manager

Emil Kuruvilla - EforAll Senior Marketing Manager Emil joined EforAll in July 2011. Emil creates and implements EforAll’s marketing and press strategy. He also documents the work of EforAll through photography and video. Between 2009-11, Emil was the Media Fellow for the Deshpande Foundation in Hubli, India. He developed both commercials and short documentaries for the Foundation and its NGO partners including the AME Foundation, Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, and the Sikshana Foundation. Between 2006-07, he was a Fellow at the Coro Foundation in Los Angeles, CA. His work placements included SEIU United Long Term Care Workers, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Re-election Campaign, the Orange County Business Council and the City of Los Angeles. In 2006., Emil graduated with honors from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A in International Studies, and a minor in Management.


Eduardo Crespo
Mentorship Program Manager

Eduardo Crespo - EforAll Mentorship Program Manager

Eduardo joined EforAll in July 2014 to create and manage a Mentorship Program to support Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs. He assesses the needs of the participants and finds mentors that will guide and motivate aspiring entrepreneurs.

Eduardo is the founder and CEO of Hispanic Market Solution, a Methuen based company that specializes in helping companies Understand, Reach and Service (“URS” methodology) the US Hispanic market. Eduardo is a bilingual/bicultural entrepreneur with proven marketing, advertising, PR and business development experience. Increasing awareness about the opportunity of the Hispanic market and providing strategic marketing direction, generating new business, creating “out of the box” solutions, crafting compelling campaigns, and connecting brands are his core strengths.

Eduardo received his AA degree with Honors in Liberal Arts from Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA, where he was named one of the 40 “most successful graduates” at the college’s 40 year anniversary. He graduated Cum Laude in Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and studied at Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Business (Boston). In 2001, he became certified as an Exports Promotions Consultant in the European Union through a collaborative program sponsored by CORPEI, the organization in charge of promoting exports and investments in Ecuador, CBI in Amsterdam and the World Bank. Eduardo is a ’04 alumnus from the Emerging Leaders Program, a Greater Boston’s premiere executive development program sponsored by the Center for Collaborative Leadership at UMass Boston.


Trish Fleming
Mentorship Program Manager

Trish Fleming - EforAll Mentorship Program Manager

Trish joined EforAll in July 2014 to recruit and manage mentors for the EforAll Accelerator Program. She most recently was the Executive Director of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge. She worked closely with the Forum’s Board and 100+ volunteers to provide quality programs and services that allow science- and technology-based entrepreneurs to learn from other entrepreneurs, connect with resources, and grow their companies. Her 25 years experience in non-profit management and administration encompass educational, government, and social service organizations in the greater Boston area, and has included fund-raising, program development and management, marketing, events planning, volunteer management, strategy, and general administration. She knows how to organize companies, teams, and individuals so that their goals advance. She is a mentor for the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, BU Kindle Program, and EforAll. She has been a judge for the MIT $100K Development/Emerging Markets track and the MIT-Portugal BGI Competition. She was named a 2008 All-Star by Mass High Tech and served as the co-chair of Mass High Tech’s and BBJ’s Women to Watch Advisory Committee. Other organizations she has worked for include the Mass. Government Land Bank, the Cambridge YWCA, and the Future of the Automobile Program I at MIT. Her philosophy is “Never settle into your comfort zone – you stop learning and you stop taking risks. And where’s the joy in that?” She holds both an M.B.A. and a B.A. from Simmons College.