Rania Ajami is the founder and director of Jumping Pages, spearheading the productions of the company’s first two critically acclaimed children’s book apps: “David and Goliath for the Ipad” and “The House that Went on Strike.” She has been featured recently on Appolicious, Wired and Women 2.0 for the visionary approach to her work. In addition, Rania is an award-winning film writer and director, garnering awards for her full-length feature “Asylum Seekers”, documentary “Qaddafi’s Female Bodyguards”, and short-film “Katalog”. She has been selected by Filmmaker Magazine as one of ’25 New Faces of Indie Film’; Rania and her film work have been cited in the The New York Times, Anderson Cooper’s 360, and Variety. Rania is a graduate of Princeton University, and received her MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she held a Global Fellowship in the Performing Arts and a Film Program Fellowship.
Creative Producer, Marilys Ernst’ background as a media artist includes a 2002 Obie Award for her videography work in the theatrical production of “Talk.” Her theatrical project work has been commissioned for productions at the UN, Symphony Space and the Smithsonian Institute. She produced a short film that premiered at Outfest Film Festival in LA, 2006 and was included the Short Film Corner at Le Marche du Film, the Festival de Cannes. Ernst is the owner of MI Artbox, a post production design and animation studio based in Manhattan and co-owner of Open Sesame Productions, Inc.
Walter Krudop is interested in telling stories through pictures. A New York City based artist, he works with motion and animation, creating pictures that tell stories for commercial and entertainment projects. In addition, his work includes over a dozen published children’s books.
Karl Scholz is a graduate of NYU Gallatin. He is a programmer, musician and visual artist that has been living and working in New York City for the past 8 years. In his spare time, he plays in a band called ATTN: and makes apps for the Droid. One of his recent apps is called Springle for his company Bolasol.
David Majzlin’s film credits include Stille, (Winner – Best Score – Avignon Film Festival), Being Reel, (Winner – Grand Prize – Project Greenlight / Coca-Cola® Refreshing Filmmaker Competition), Herb and Dorothy, (Winner – Audience Award – Silverdocs, Hamptons Film Fest), Virgin Larry (Winner – Coen Brothers Audience Award – Brooklyn International Film Festival), Youth Knows No Pain (HBO Films), and Sins Of My Father (Sundance FF., HBO Films).
Olga Geroulanos-Votis is currently Chairman of Teaching Matters, a non-for Profit organization dedicated to technology and innovation in New York’s Public Schools. She serves as an advisor to the 92nd Street Y music programmes, where she served as Director of Music Programming, from 2003 – 2009 and established comprehensive music education programs for various age groups. In New York, she serves on the Education/Programming Committee of the New York Public Library. Prior to this, OGV was a director in numerous European cultural organizations, including the Bibliothèque National de France and the Philharmonia Orchestra. She is a board member of the Paris Opera House, the Philharmonia Foundation, the Miller Theatre at Columbia University, where she focuses on the furthering and the curating of new music. She has recently joined the board of FAPE, using the Arts as a diplomatic tool in US embassies.
Rami is a corporate finance professional and entrepreneur with 7 years of international experience in advising and establishing businesses in a wide range of geographies and markets. Rami has worked with City Capital Corporation a London based boutique investment bank and Strata Capital UK LLP, a corporate finance group that has led several successful projects to IPO. Rami is a graduate of Princeton University with an MBA from INSEAD. Rami sits on the Board of several technology start-ups.
Roderick Thomson serves as Co-Chairman and Managing Director of ePlanet Ventures He is an international financier, venture capitalist, and philanthropist who has provided seed venture capital to numerous companies in the information technology, biotechnology, oil & gas, and real estate sectors. Mr. Thomson has been a Founder of, and made numerous notable venture capital investments including Instinet, Skype and Baidu. He has over 40 years of international business experience and relationships with international corporations and governments in the US, Europe, and Asia.
Mona Lisa Mouallem began her career in journalism 10 years ago. She began as a reporter with Lebanon’s The Daily Star. She then made her way into the world of television, beginning at NBC and then as a producer at CNN, where she worked for Anderson Cooper 360 and Fareed Zakaria GPS. Both shows have been nominated multiple times for Emmys and she earned a Peabody award for her work at GPS. Since leaving CNN in 2011 she has been pursuing doing creative and business development for Jumping Pages.
Yutaro Kojima is an award wining international creative director with 13 years of experiences with global agencies such as Y&R New York, Saatchi & Saatchi UK, and Dentsu Y&R Tokyo. He holds an MBA from the University of Cambridge. Currently, Yutaro is also a creative strategist with Facebook
Michael serves as an educational advisor at Tucker Capital where among other things he assesses capital investment funds supporting new educational initiatives as well as coordinating new educational publishing ventures from angel investment stages through full-funding initiatives. Michael is also a managing director at OnlyInsight which works with clients to accelerate their sales through research, technology and a boots-on-the ground sales effort. Michael is currently a consultant at Catapult Learning where he serves as an instructional coach and professional development expert. He has extensive experience in the educational field where he started out as a Curriculum Director of Social Studies from K-12.