David is the Founder of The Plastic Bank and winner of Entrepreneur Organization’s Global Citizen of the Year. This award is given to one member of E.O. each year that uses their entrepreneurial skills to make a positive change in the world. David Katz was recently recognized as #4 in Salt Magazine’s list of The World’s Top 100 Compassionate Business Leaders between Dr. Muhammad Yunus and Elon Musk.
After ten successful years of business, David sold his GPS tracking technology company to focus on the growth of The Plastic Bank. David also founded The Core Values Institute, which is a global thought leadership platform and consultancy that helps entrepreneurs uncover, and live in line with the values that drive their success. He has consulted globally with hundreds of businesses about the use and implementation of values-based leadership, business process, mobile workforce management and social responsibility.
David’s combination of business and sustainability expertise has earned him massive global media attention. He is a dynamic, inspirational speaker described by many as “the best in the sustainability industry.” David has presented globally including recent keynotes for Sustainable Brands, World Forum for Circular Economy, and the Entrepreneurs Organization.
Shaun is the co-founder of The Plastic Bank. He is commonly known as a modern strategy guy and growth hacker. He was the recipient of the Eric C. Douglass award for philanthropic entrepreneurship and was named as an Ashoka Emerging Innovator.
Shaun has made a career out of creating unique strategies that generate exponential results. He created the brand strategies to introduce Social Plastic® to the world, resulting in over 1 million supporters and 300 media features. He currently leads The Plastic Bank’s strategic partnerships and blockchain platform development.
He previously created another million person social good “Problem Solvers” movement as an advisor and growth hacker for HeroX, the official spin-off of XPRIZE. As the previous Vice President of Nero Global Tracking, Shaun specialized in creating scalable turn-key systems and business processes.
Shaun performed at TEDx Stanley Park 2017 and is a high demand international speaker. He is an activist for responsible consumerism and performs various strategy centered keynotes and workshops. He, along with David Katz, has appeared in a full-feature documentary called A Plastic Ocean, and a popular reality TV show called Dragons’ Den.
Séphora is a social entrepreneur whose nonprofit, FormatAide, delivers business training to small-medium sized business entrepreneurs in Haiti so that they may grow their businesses. She has worked with USAid, the UN Development Program, Womens Initiative as well as a manager for sales and marketing teams in the for-profit sector.
Séphora is responsible for managing the growth of The Plastic Bank’s network and partnerships in Haiti. She designs and implement projects aimed at improving the lives of the most disadvantaged Haitians. She leads a small team of local Haitians who run the day to day operations in country.
She earned her MBA from Mills College in Oakland, California, a Masters in Project Management from Quisqueya University, a bachelor degree in computerized management from Ecole Superieure d’Infotronique d’Haiti as well as a degree in Psychology from the Tele University of Quebec in Montreal. Séphora speaks French, English, Creole and Spanish.
Sean found his path while working in the largest slums in Africa with a Micro-Finance Institution. He saw first hand the positive impact that entrepreneurs can create when given the right tools.
Upon finishing his degree at the University of Edinburgh Sean set out to see the daily reality for those at the bottom of the pyramid; backpacking through dozens of developing countries. After years of running his own business and a stint in a tech start-up Sean is now supporting The Plastic Bank team in all areas of the business.
He is an avid runner, treker, snowboarder, travel photographer and firm believer that social innovation is the way forward.