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The goals of the Board of Advisors is to:

  • bring in a fresh perspective to help evolve the organization and its members
  • provide guidance & advice on the direction the organization should follow
  • support the doc nc leaders in evolving their key skills and expanding their impact
  • be an advocate for doc nc

In 2024, we are hoping our DOC NC Advisors can help us with specific goals such as expanding on our ‘impact initiative’ and empowering DOC NC kids to take on new challenges through their expert guidance and mentorship!

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Akanksha Ray is a senior global manager for AI and Digital Trust in International
Government Affairs at Intel where she manages a global portfolio of public-private partnership programs for upskilling governments, workforce, and citizens on topics such as AI, trust/security, and more.

Akanksha is passionate about helping institutionalize tech equity by working with governments to uplevel skilling + training on critical technologies to provide access and visibility to all communities regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, or location. She is especially interested in how to empower those from rural backgrounds and gender-diverse backgrounds with access to tech skills, visibility, and funding.

Akanksha is an avid dancer, cook, reader, and runner. She loves travel and has worked abroad in Thailand, Kazakhstan, and Taiwan. Akanksha sits on the Board of Directors for Lakewood University in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She holds bachelor’s degrees in public policy and economics from Duke University.

Barron J. Damon has been a strategic leader in the non-profit sector for 20 plus years. Barron is currently the Managing Partner of the Business of Life Coaching and Consulting (BOLCC) a service and education company and a business partner with Survivor Friendly LLC, a Durable Medical Equipment Company for Breast Cancer Survivors.

Barron has extensive knowledge in volunteerism, recruitment, philanthropy, and partnership development and has trained thousands of volunteers during his professional career. He is the CEO of the BK Damon Foundation whose mission is to make a difference in the lives of young people and adults through philanthropic acts of kindness. The Foundation was established in 2020 by him and his wife Dr. Katrina Damon.

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As the CEO and Founder of Graytitude, Rajeev Jaswal leads a global company dedicated to reshaping the technology landscape, placing a strong emphasis on experience and outcome-driven solutions that empower individuals and organizations to reach unprecedented goals.

An impassioned advocate for innovation and cybersecurity, Rajeev considers
them integral for achieving and sustaining excellence. He is dedicated to
cultivating high-performing, diverse organizations where employees are fully
engaged and consistently deliver their best. Before establishing Graytitude,
Rajeev served as the CIO at Rapid7, a prominent Boston-based cybersecurity
company, and as Divisional CIO at Red Hat.

Rajeev holds an MBA from Duke Fuqua School of Business. Beyond his professional endeavors, he is an avid reader, disruptive thinker, and golfer.

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Samudra is an entrepreneur, based in the Triangle area, and founder of SAM IT Solutions and Sam Analytic Solutions. Samudra was trained as Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering in India. He earned his Doctorate in Engineering Systems with focus on Energy and Environment from MIT in 2005 under the tutelage of Nobel Laureate Prof Mario Molina. Samudra is a certified cybersecurity professional and currently works on creating innovative technology solutions using IOT and AI/ML under the brand name Varidx. Varidx has played a key role in building and deploying an award winning SmartCity solution for Connected Parks in Morrisville, NC. He enjoys music, travel, photography and creative writing in his free time.   

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Varun Prasad is a Managing Consultant at Bates White Economic Consulting in Washington, DC. In this role, he leads teams of economists to help both government and industry clients navigate Antitrust litigation. Before Bates White, Varun studied Economics at Duke University, where he conducted research on competition, housing inequality, and environmental economics.

Varun has also experience working in a nonprofit setting. In college, he was a Board Member of the Community Empowerment Fund in Durham, NC, a local organization that provides support services for community members who are in search of housing, employment, or other social services. In this role, he led partial-credit classes at Duke on topics such as wealth inequality, anti-racism, and trauma-informed care. He currently volunteers at the Common Good City Farm, a nonprofit focused on addressing food insecurity and providing environmental education in the Washington, DC-area.

Varun is a North Carolina native, originally from Chapel Hill.