Press Release: 6th Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards


TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL AND DISRUPTOR FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE HONOREES FOR SIXTH ANNUAL DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION AWARDS *** Award collaboration with Harvard professor Clay Christensen to recognize leading disruptors of consequence including Airbnb, VICE Media, Rent The Runway, Girls Who Code, journalist Peter Greste, Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker, Formula E Racing and more *** Walter Isaacson’s “The Innovators” […]

David Earls – Co-Founder and Managing Partner, B.E. Capital Management

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David Earls serves as co-founder and managing partner of B.E. Capital Management, a micro cap distressed equity fund started in 2012. Prior to that, David ran individual giving for the Tribeca Film Institute for nine years. David began his career as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

Sarah Robb O’Hagan — President, Equinox

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Sarah Robb O’Hagan joined Equinox in September 2012 as President of the world’s premier fitness lifestyle company, comprising the Equinox, Soul Cycle, Blink Fitness and Pure Yoga brands. Under her leadership Equinox is undertaking an aggressive expansion strategy to grow its family of brands around the world and into additional lines of business, by leveraging […]

Donnetta Campbell – #SocialPR and Digital Disruptor in Residence


Donnetta Campbell is a Social Media & PR innovator for the “digital influencer” age. She understands the value of personal networks, content marketing, and how people can build strong personal/professional platforms, especially as it applies to expanding the digital influence of high-level executives and thought-leaders (think C-Suite, NGO directors, top academics). Donnetta is a consummate […]

Is TDIA Honoree and Fellow, Thomas Suarez About to Change the World?

From 3D Glasses to 3D Printing... Thomas and his dad Ralph Suarez in the audience at TDIA 2013.

By Craig Hatkoff The ORB 3D printer is intended to print 10x faster, has full modularity, a new coding language and, oh by the way, uses an open source architecture. Those who saw Thomas at our 2012 Awards when he was 12 might not be completely surprised that he has come up with all of this just […]

Florian Hoffmann – Founder and President, The DO School

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Florian Hoffmann is a social entrepreneur and innovator in the field of higher education. He is the Founder and President of the DO School, a social enterprise that educates, trains and mentors talented individuals to turn their ideas into action and empowers them to start their own impactful ventures – with a strong emphasis on doing. […]

Jim Pitofsky — Managing Director for Strategic Alliances at the John Templeton Foundation

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Jim Pitofsky serves as the Managing Director for Strategic Alliances for the $3B+ John Templeton Foundation.  Jim plays a vital role in the creation and management of new strategies for connecting and engaging with entrepreneurial philanthropic and business leaders. His primary goals are to increase enthusiasm and engagement among highly influential people in specific areas […]

Betsy Isaacson — Freelance Journalist

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Betsy Isaacson, a historian by training and a journalist by trade, never stops writing. She writes about technological and social boundary breakers for outlets like the Huffington Post and Newsweek. She writes interactive theater pieces that break boundaries between actor and audience to explore concepts like display, patience and intermediated communication. She is currently working on a large […]

Nicole Ticea — Student Inventor & HIV Researcher


If there are two things Nicole could credit for helping her develop the most cost-effective device for early HIV detection, she would say ‘passion’ and ‘youthful naïveté’. A teenage researcher from Vancouver, Canada, Nicole has spent the past two years building a team of co-collaborators and business partners at Simon Fraser University, a local institute, […]

Anthony D. Romero – Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

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Anthony D. Romero is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, the nation’s premier defender of liberty and individual freedom. He took the helm of the organization just seven days before the September 11, 2001 attacks. Shortly afterward, the ACLU launched its national Keep America Safe and Free campaign to protect basic freedoms […]

Mary Childs – Reporter, Bloomberg News


Mary Childs joined Bloomberg News in 2009 and reports on the world’s biggest asset managers, in print, on television, and on radio. She previously covered corporate bonds and derivatives, and in April 2012, she and a team were the first to break the story of the JPMorgan London Whale, a trader who lost the bank […]

Linda Scott, DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at University of Oxford

Linda Scott is DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Said Business School at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on women’s economic empowerment through market-based means. Professor Scott works with multinational companies on programs designed to help women economically, especially through entrepreneurship, but also through select consumer goods, such as mobile phones […]

Bryan Johnson – Founder, OS Fund

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Bryan Johnson is an entrepreneur, investor and adventurer. He is the Founder of the OS Fund and Braintree (PayPal/eBay). He launched the OS Fund in 2014 with $100 million of his personal capital to support inventors and scientists who aim to benefit humanity by rewriting the operating systems of life. He currently serves on the […]

Douglas Dicconson – Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Cinelan

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Douglas is a dynamic and driven media executive who has delivered award winning global communications campaigns including film, TV, digital, print, outdoor, event, original programming and mobile applications. His work has been honored by Clio Awards, Webby Awards, London International Advertising Awards, Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards and Cannes Lions. He has developed, produced and distributed […]

Colin Miles Campbell – Co-founder and CEO, Wikiburg


Serial entrepreneur, artist and community activist, Colin Miles Campbell is the founder and CEO of, a digital platform that allows individuals and non-profits to organize, launch and crowdfund community movements with real-time engagement and visualization. The idea for Wikiburg was seeded through Save Domino, the grassroots campaign he led to keep Brooklyn’s iconic pre-war sugar […]

Isabella Huffington – Artist


Isabella Huffington is an artist who lives in New York. She graduated from Yale in 2014 where she majored in art history. Her work can be found at

Karol Martesko-Fenster – Co-Founder, Cinelan

Karol is an Austrian-born American entrepreneur and media industry innovator with broad motion picture, broadcast, print, and Internet backgrounds. Karol co-founded FILMMAKER Magazine, RES Magazine,, Cinelan and He has produced multiple music television programs and films, and most recently collaborated on “Big Easy Express”, “Sing Your Song”, “Citizen Hearst”, and “In God We Trust”, and […]

Deirdre Bolton — Anchor and Fox Business Host, “Risk And Reward”

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  Deirdre Bolton covers innovation & strategy on her show at Fox Business and focuses on how technology is changing every field. Bolton provides a daily look at global money flows into hedge fund strategies, private equity, venture capital, angel investing, real estate and natural resources. PayPal Co-Founders, Peter Thiel and Max Levchin, are examples of recent […]

Cameron Sinclair

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Matthew Hiltzik – CEO and Founder, Hiltzik Strategies

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Carrie Walton Penner

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HRH Prince Fahad Al Saud — Founder & CEO, NA3M Games


Prince Fahad Al Saud’s dedication to youth and innovation has contributed to work and investment in education, job creation and social empowerment across his home region of the Middle East, the USA and in many parts of Africa. With a determined belief in the power of ‘artistic technology’, he is an active entrepreneur, and is Founder […]

Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne — Vice President of Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase

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                                              Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne, Vice President in JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy, is responsible for leveraging the firm’s global reach, expertise, relationships and access to capital to help communities address economic and social challenges. By […]

Georgia Dienst — Head of Solve for X, Google


                            A truly global citizen, Georgia has lived, worked and traveled to over 76 countries and is hoping to have seen the entire world by the time she is 107. Passionate about entrepreneurship, social change and technology, she has built a career […]

Jitendra Kavathekar — Managing Director, Accenture Open Innovation

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Jitendra Kavathekar leads Accenture Open Innovation at Accenture Technology Labs, transforming technology innovation into business results for Global 2000 companies. As Managing Director for Open Innovation, Jitendra leads an entrepreneurial team that engages in ecosystems of innovation globally. The goal is to help Accenture bring broad yet highly innovative and cutting-edge solutions to its clients. […]

Alyse Nelson – President & CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership


Alyse Nelson is president and chief executive officer of Vital Voices Global Partnership. A cofounder of Vital Voices, Alyse has worked for the organization for 17 years, serving as vice president and senior director of programs before assuming her current role in 2009. Alyse has worked with women leaders to develop training programs and international […]

Ellie Hirschhorn — former Chief Digital Officer, Simon & Schuster

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                                    Ellie Hirschhorn is an experienced media and technology leader possessing a combination of technical, business and creative skills and a track record of transforming, growing and scaling content businesses. She has built and led successful digital initiatives, […]

Dr. Stephen J. “Butch” Thomas

Butch Thomas is a cardiac anesthesiologist and has been since 1974. He took his residency, chief residency, and cardiac anesthesia fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and has worked there, at New York University and now at Weill Cornell.  He has been President of the American Board of Anesthesiology, Chairman of the Board […]

Mitch Cohen — Vice Chairman, PwC

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Mitch Cohen is vice chairman at PwC. During his thirty-four years at the firm, including more than twenty years as a partner, Cohen has held a variety of leadership roles in including being the leader of Strategy, Innovation, and Corporate Responsibility. Mitch has worked with numerous Fortune 500 clients during his tenure with the firm. He […]

Bob Roth — Executive Director, David Lynch Foundation


  Bob Roth is one of the most experienced meditation teachers in America. Over the past 40 years, Bob has taught Transcendental Meditation to many thousands of people and authored an authoritative book on the subject, fittingly entitled Transcendental Meditation, which has been translated into 20 languages. Bob currently serves as the Executive Director of the […]