Leadership

The people behind the platform.

Scott T. Massey

CHAIRMAN & CEO

Scott T. Massey, Ph.D. is Founding Chairman and CEO of
Global Action Platform, the leading university-business alliance
advancing scalable, sustainable solutions for abundant food, health, and
prosperity.  Headquartered in Nashville, Global Action Platform is the operating NGO and convener for oneC1TY, a 20-acre
innovation park designed to incubate sustainable urban solutions to meet the nutrition, health, and economic needs of growing urban regions and to accelerate university-business engagement in the region's innovation economy. In addition to his leadership role at Global Action Platform, Dr. Massey is Managing Partner for Global Partnership for Sustainable Solutions, an international development organization focused on comprehensive rural development strategies.  Dr. Massey serves as Professor of Strategy and Competitiveness, Massey School of Business, Belmont University, where he is a member of Michael Porter’s Microeconomics of Competitiveness global network.
A published author, speaker, university advisor, atrategy consultant, and Emmy-Award nominated television documentary producer, Dr. Massey works on initiatives that connect academic, business, and government sectors, principally in innovation economic development.

Dr. Jeffrey Balser

Strategic Health Advisor

Jeffrey R. Balser, Dean, School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Vanderbilt University, served as Associate Dean for Physician Scientists at Vanderbilt and was appointed the Gwathmey Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology. Under his leadership, Vanderbilt’s clinical services supporting surgery and intensive care medicine grew by 25%. In 2004, he became the Chief Research Officer for the Vanderbilt Medical Center, heading a period of significant expansion that moved Vanderbilt into 10th place among U.S. medical schools in National Institutes of Health funding. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and has chaired the NIH Director’s Pioneer Awards Committee. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. His clinical work has primarily involved the care of postoperative cardiac surgery patients in ICU settings.

Chris Purifoy

Chief TECHNOLOGY Officer

Chris Purifoy is a digital architect, serial entrepreneur and author. He is a partner at StartupCoin Ventures, a digital agency that builds technologies for state and national government agencies. He is also the founder of #Library, a big data platform dedicated to unifying thinkers, doers and research to hyperdrive global solutions.

He got his start in Nashville working in music management and building startups that solve music problems, where he co-founded the Restoring Music Foundation, a research organization that provided education and resources for music companies transitioning their business models into the twenty-first century.

Chris sat on councils at TEDxNashville and also on the Music Education Policy Roundtable, a national government lobbyist group dedicated to higher education standards.

Chris Purifoy advocates in global forums about the benefits and dangers of big data, the Internet of things and artificial intelligence, and their roles in solving global problems.

Dr. Edmon Begoli

Strategic Technology Advisor

Edmon Begoli Ph.D. is Chief Data Architect at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and previously served as Chief Technology Officer at PYA Analytics, LLC, where he had primary responsibility for technology vision, strategy and research, and development of advanced analytic products and solutions. Dr. Begoli is also a Chief Data Officer and research scientist with Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS), a leadership academic research and computing facility at Oak Ridge, Tennessee managed jointly by University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  

Dr. Begoli has been a technical architect for more than 18 years, serving in various technology leadership roles at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Y-12 National Security Complex, Laboratory Corporation of America, and Lucent Technologies.  His work on large scale analytic has been published in numerous international professional and research publications.  Edmon holds a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Christian Ketels

Strategic Economics Advisor

Dr. Christian H.K. Ketels, faculty member, Harvard Business School, leads Prof. Michael E. Porter’s research team at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. Dr. Ketels has led cluster and competitiveness projects in many countries and advised governments and international organizations on economic policy issues. Christian is President of TCI, Honorary Professor at the European Business School, Wiesbaden (Germany), and is the chair of the academic advisory board of ORKESTRA The Basque Competitiveness Institute. He currently serves on the advisory boards of The Baltic Development Forum, the Center for Strategy and Competitiveness at the Universidad de los Andes, the Center for Competitiveness at the University Fribourg, and is a special advisor to the Asia Competitiveness Institute. Dr. Ketels is a member of the selection committee for the Spitzencluster-Initiative (Germany) and served on the European Commission's European Cluster Policy Group.

Dr. Roger Beachy

Strategic Food Advisor

Dr. Roger Beachy is Executive Director of the World Food Center at the University of California, Davis. He is also Professor of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2013 he was Founding Executive Director and CEO of the Global Institute for Food Security at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Beachy was appointed by President Obama to serve as Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, from October, 2009 through May, 2011; and was Chief scientist of the USDA in 2010. Dr. Beachy was previously founding president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO, and headed the Division of Plant Biology at The Scripps Research Institute, and Professor in the Biology Department and  Director of the Center for Plant Science and Biotechnology from 1978-1991 Washington University in St. Louis. In 1986 Beachy and colleagues developed the first genetically modified food crop, a tomato modified for resistance to virus disease. Dr. Beachy is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and was awarded the Wolf Prize in Agriculture (2001), and is a fellow of other national and international academies and science societies and has received multiple awards.

Cheryl E. Harrison

DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS

Cheryl E. Harrison is Executive Board Chair of the Vivia Foundation, where she develops innovative initiatives and facilitates sustainability programs in food and health, to benefit the livelihoods of regions in the USA, European Union, India, Asia and other regions around the world.  Ms. Harrison’s leadership experience with businesses, universities, organizations and new ventures incorporate her keen ability to visualize and implement strategic goals, create solutions, build cross-channel communications, advocate, launch and implement new ventures. Ms. Harrison worked closely with the Global Action Platform and Summit since its inception in 2012. 

Harrison has lead innovative multinational branding and marketing initiatives for Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations and NGOs. She is proficient in creating innovative and integrated brand programs – ranging from market assessment and research to creative direction and program initiation. Throughout her career, Ms. Harrison founded and supported food, health, social and creative arts companies and initiatives, cultivating relationships among numerous philanthropies and foundations and corporations. She works as a Director for Harrison Design Group and for PopPack LLC, creating sustainable solutions for the consumer packaging industry.  

Over the past 20 years, she served as a leader and advisor to the University of California, Davis, a Trustee for the UC Davis Foundation and as a chairperson for the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Advisory Council, where she received the Award of Distinction for the College, and was recognized with the UC Davis Alumni Service Award.  She is a member of the California Institute for Food and Agricultural Research and member of the Food Valley NL at Wageningen in the Netherlands. In San Francisco, she actively participated on various executive boards of non-profit academic, arts, education and civic organizations where she was honored with San Francisco’s Woman Entrepreneur Award. Ms. Harrison is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with academic degrees in both Applied Behavioral Sciences and Environmental Design.

Ana C. Rold

Strategic Communication Advisor

Ana C. Rold is the Founder, Publisher and the Editor-in-Chief of the Diplomatic Courier. Rold is also one of the founders of corporate publishing firm, Medauras Global LLC, which produces special publications, ebook, and reports. Since 2009 Rold has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the annual commemorative publications of the G8, G20, and APEC Summits. She has covered and managed the production of these publications for the summits in Italy, Canada, South Korea, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom as well as the G8/ NATO Summits in the United States, the G20 in Mexico, and the APEC Summits in the United States, Russia, and Indonesia. In 2010, Rold edited and produced a commemorative special edition for the World Expo in Shanghai, China.

In tandem with her publishing and editorial work, Rold teaches Comparative Politics at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies. At Northeastern, she has also served as Director of the Cyprus Program and Dialogue for Northeastern's Dialogue of Civilizations program. In Washington, DC, Rold has worked with a number of organizations including the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). She received a Masters in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, with a focus on the negotiation of Peace Treaties and Alternative Dispute Resolution at American University and a Bachelor's Degree in International Affairs at Northeastern University. Rold is a member of the National Press Club (NPC) in Washington, DC and a Council Member of the Women's Democracy Network (WDN).

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