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TEDxPresidio - Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez

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Uploaded on Apr 7, 2011

Alex Velez & Nikhil Arora
Co-Founders
Back to the Roots

Nikhil Arora: A Phi Beta Kappa scholar, Nikhil is a May 2009 summa cum laude graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, from the Haas School of Business and Department of Political Science. Prior to founding Back to the Roots in 2009, Nikhil spent time involved in business development and operations advisory. He also spent nearly six months in 2007 studying and working at the University of Ghana, Legon to setup a campus-wide recycling program for the 30,000-person campus. Since co-founding Back to the Roots, Nikhil has been named one of BusinessWeek's Top 25 Entrepreneurs under 25, one of the Top 25 Social Entrepreneurs in America, UCLA's Opportunity Green Top 25 Green Company Leaders, 2010 Social Venture Network Social Innovation winners, and 2010 Hitachi Young Entrepreneur Winners. Nikhil also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Sage Mentorship Project.


Alejandro Velez: In addition to founding a 1000+ member non-profit & largest student-run organization at CAL, The Sage Mentorship Project, Inc. (www.sagementors.org), being awarded the Chancellor's 2009 Public Service Award and being named the 2009 UC Berkeley Alumni Association Undergraduate of the Year, Alejandro Velez spent time in investment banking and business development with Morgan Stanley and Qualcomm. Alex is a May 2009 summa cum laude graduate of UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business with a degree in business administration and a minor in education. Alex has also been named 2010 PODER Magazine's 20 Influential Hispanics Under 40, one of BusinessWeek's Top 25 Entrepreneurs under 25, one of BusinessWeek's Top 25 Social Entrepreneurs in America, UCLA's Opportunity Green Top 25 Green Company Leaders, 2010 Social Venture Network Social Innovation winners, and 2010 Hitachi Young Entrepreneur Winners . Alex is originally from Medellin, Colombia and is also a proud Hodgkin's Lymphoma cancer survivor.

Recorded Live at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre April 2, 2011.

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