Meet the Bloggers

Craig Barrett

Dr. Craig Barrett is the Retired CEO/Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation and a leading advocate for improving education in the U.S. and around the world. He is also a vocal spokesman for the value technology can provide in raising social and economic standards globally.

Dr. Barrett received his Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science from Stanford University. After graduation, he joined the faculty of Stanford University in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Barrett was a Fulbright Fellow at Danish Technical University in Denmark and a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Physical Laboratory in England. He joined Intel Corporation in 1974 and became Intel’s fourth president in May 1997, chief executive officer in 1998 and chairman of the Board on May 18, 2005. In May 2009, he stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation.

Revital Bitan

Revital Bitan is Intel’s Corporate Responsibility leader in EMEA region. She has worked at Intel in various capacities since 1987, including, marketing, communication and community relations roles. Before her current role, Revital served as Intel Israel’s CSR manager. She developed Intel Israel’s initial CSR strategy and worked across Intel and with local CSR organizations to spearhead the CSR concept. Throughout her career at Intel, Revital has driven numerous local community projects and national education programs to promote bridging the digital divide. Revital believes that women frequently serve as the catalysts for creating positive social change. She participated in Harvard University’s program ‘Women and Power – Leadership in the New World’. Revital holds MBA from the Haifa University, Israel.

Todd Brady

Todd Brady is the Global Environmental Manager for Intel Corporation. In this role, he directs Intel’s global environmental initiatives and strategy by leading corporate-wide environmental programs such as climate change, water conservation, waste minimization, sustainability and green design. Since joining Intel in 1995, Todd has led a wide range of environmental initiatives within the company, ranging from key public regulatory and policy engagements to design for environment programs at semiconductor and assembly test manufacturing sites. Prior to his existing role, he spent more than 5 years creating Intel’s product ecology strategy, establishing programs to develop environmentally friendly products and leading product-related initiatives such as lead-free development, energy efficiency, product stewardship and product recycling. During his 14 years at Intel, Todd has represented the company publicly and led industry-wide initiatives in many national and international environmental committees including: co-chair of the American Electronics Association (AEA) China RoHS Steering Committee, chair of the Semiconductor Research Council’s (SRC) EHS Nano-electronics Consultative Working Group, chair of the Electronic Industry Alliance (EIA) Material Declaration Committee and chair of the High Density Packaging User Group (HDPUG) Design for Environment Committee. Todd has authored and published more than 20 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings on a variety of environmental topics. In 2009, he was named by Scientific American as one of ten outstanding leaders involved in research, business or policy pursuits that have advanced science and technology.

Todd received his BS in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University and MS in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Russell Campbell

Russ Campbell is the Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for the APAC region. In this role, he drives the marketing and communications activities for Intel’s education, community, and environment programs across the region. He is passionate about Intel’s social responsibility programs and is thrilled with the opportunity to share the stories about how these programs have a positive impact on people’s lives and communities.

Prior to joining the Corporate Affairs Group, Russ held a variety of marketing and technical roles. He joined Intel in 1995 and relocated from the US to Thailand to assume his current role in Corporate Affairs in March of 2010.

Outside of work, Russ loves to travel and enjoys scuba diving anywhere there are beautiful beaches and coconut trees. He is enjoying the experience of living and working in Thailand and is learning to speak Thai. Russ grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, loves American football, and is a diehard Saints fan. (GEAUX SAINTS!!!) You can follow Russ on Twitter at @russinthailand.

Patricia Chico Escarre

Patricia Chico is the Latin America Community Engagement Manager based in Costa Rica. She joined Intel in 2001 managing the volunteering program and the community relations. She has been leading the Intel Involved program on the region representing the # 1 region in volunteering worldwide during 2010. Through her career at Intel she has been involved with different CSR initiatives and conferences having a special emphasis on volunteering. She has been involved with the deployment of several initiatives worldwide such as the volunteer matching grant program among others.

Patricia holds an MBA from the Universidad Latina in Costa Rica and based her career on communications with emphasis in Public Relations.

Phillip Davis

Phillip Davis is a senior writer and editor for Circuit News, Intel’s worldwide internal news and communications intranet site. Davis writes about Intel’s latest technology, competitive trends, and new products arriving in the market that have “Intel inside.” He arrived at Intel four years ago after a career as a correspondent for National Public Radio, the U.S. radio news network. He grew up in St. Louis Missouri, by the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. He says his Midwestern roots run deep, though he currently calls San Francisco home.

Shelly Esque

Shelly Esque is a Vice President at Intel Corporation, Global Director of the company’s Corporate Affairs Group, and President of the Intel Foundation. In this role, she oversees professionals in more than 35 countries working to enhance Intel’s reputation as the world’s leading technology brand and Corporate Citizen.

A 15-year Intel veteran, Shelly joined Intel as Arizona Public Affairs Manager, then managed U.S. Public Affairs and Global Public Affairs. Ultimately, she drove the creation of the Corporate Affairs Group, adding Intel’s $100 million per year education efforts to her existing portfolio managing Intel’s Corporate Social Responsibility, environmental sustainability, community, foundation, and government relations efforts worldwide.

Shelly has represented Intel at highly visible events including the Clinton Global Initiative, the World Economic Forum, World Bank and UNESCO education forums, the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future as well as international Corporate Responsibility conferences. She regularly interviews with media and meets with key government leaders around the world. Shelly’s group has won many notable awards, including the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy’s Chairman’s Award for Intel® Teach, a program which has now trained 10 million teachers around the world.

Shelly has a passion for coaching and mentoring women, attributing her success to guidance from women as she traversed her path from farm girl to college student (Arizona State University) to young professional and beyond. As an active participant in Intel’s Network of Executive Women she regularly mentors Intel female employees and is a sought-after speaker for Women at Intel Network (WIN) conferences as she travels the world.

Suzanne Fallender

Suzanne has more than 16 years of experience in the fields of corporate responsibility and corporate governance. Suzanne is currently Director of Intel’s Global Girls and Women Initiative, which includes a set of strategic programs, partnerships, and policy engagements designed to empower millions of girls and women around the world through quality education and technology. This includes Intel’s partnership on the Girl Rising film and social action campaign which highlights the critical importance of investing in educating girls to advance economic opportunity. Suzanne also leads Intel’s strategy around the concept of creating shared value, including engaging in research and partnerships to identify new opportunities to create both business value and social impact.

Prior to her current role, Suzanne spent six years leading Intel’s approach to CSR reporting and engagement with socially responsible investors, including publication of Intel’s annual CSR report. She also worked with business groups across the company to integrate CSR strategic planning, policies, external and internal communications, and employee engagement activities. Previously, Suzanne served as Vice President at Institutional Shareholder Services where she managed the firm’s socially responsible investing division. Outside Intel, Suzanne is a member of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship’s Executive Forum and Net Impact’s Corporate Advisory Council, and serves on the boards of directors of the Tempe Community Council and Arizona Businesses Advancing Sustainability. Suzanne holds an M.B.A. from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Follow Suzanne on Twitter at @sfallender.

Luke Filose

Luke Filose works for Intel’s Corporate Affairs Group and manages the Intel Education Service Corps, a skills-based volunteering program that supports NGOs and governments around the world deploying Intel technologies that address global challenges including Intel® Education Solutions. Luke has extensive experience marketing technology products and collaborating with NGOs in emerging markets. Luke was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mauritania and has a BA in Political Science and MBA, both from UC Berkeley. Follow Luke on Twitter @lfilose.

Jeanne Forbis

A twenty-one-year Intel veteran, Jeanne Forbis is currently the Global Corporate Affairs Communications Manager responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies on a variety of topics including education, stakeholder engagement, community relations and manufacturing.

Jeanne earned her BS degree in Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University and her Masters Degree in Communications Management from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

She is past chair and on the board of directors of Valley Forward, an organization which brings business and civic leaders together to improve the environment and quality of life in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. She also chairs the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation committee and sits on the programming committee for the Chandler Cultural Foundation.

Chelsea Hossaini

Chelsea Hossainiis the Northwest Region Communications Manager focused on driving communications, managing media relations and the promotion of national programs and events.

A graduate of the University of Portland with a degree in Communications Studies, Chelsea has worked with two public relations agencies and a variety of clients where she gained significant social media and media relations experience.  In addition, she worked at a radio station on a political campaign and is an active community volunteer.

Outside of the office, you can usually find Chelsea enjoying the great outdoors.  Whether it’s exploring Central Oregon, hiking through the Columbia River Gorge, or heading out to the Oregon Coast, she enjoys discovering new corners of the State.

Wendy Hawkins

Wendy Hawkins is Executive Director of the Intel Foundation. The Intel Foundation is active worldwide, awarding grants totaling approximately $40 million each year and focusing on STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), increasing opportunities for girls, women, and under-represented minorities, and supporting the philanthropic efforts of Intel’s employees in education, their communities, and in response to disasters around the world.

In addition to 20-plus years managing education philanthropy for Intel, she has developed and managed numerous global, national and local education programs, including The Intel® Teach Program, a global teacher professional development initiative which has helped more than 10 million teachers worldwide develop the technical skills and resources to eliminate the walls around their classrooms and bring the world to their students’ fingertips, giving them the skills they will need to thrive in the 21st century. She is responsible for the Intel Science Talent Search – the most prestigious high school science competition in the US, and the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair – the largest and most admired competition of its type in the world. She is frequently sought out as a speaker, writer, advisor, and consultant in education, philanthropy and corporate social responsibility.

Wendy holds a degree in Psychology and German Studies from Stanford University where she graduated with distinction. Prior to joining Intel, she managed residential education programs at Stanford, and was director of development and membership at the World Affairs Council of Oregon.

Wendy’s personal passions and interests have ranged from work as a stage actress and vocal performer, to starting and managing farmers’ markets, including the largest in both Illinois and Oregon. She has been active in public education funding reform and led three successful election campaigns. She was even a finalist to replace Ann Landers as advice columnist for the Chicago Sun Times!

Wendy is married to Tom, a physicist, and is mother of two adult sons, one a middle school teacher, the other a computer scientist.

Michael Jacobson

Michael Jacobson is director of Intel’s Corporate Responsibility Office. In this role, he is responsible for leading Intel’s corporate responsibility strategy with stakeholders across the company. He has an experienced team of experts in corporate social responsibility, strategic alliances, marketing and communications, stakeholder management and reporting who are committed to building upon Intel’s performance as a leading corporate citizen.

Prior to this position Michael managed Intel’s Corporate team in California and Texas where he was responsible for leading corporate responsibility programs, philanthropic investments and public policy. Michael also worked in Intel’s Corporate Real Estate and Site Development Group as a site selection manager. In this capacity, Michael was responsible for evaluating locations across the globe for potential Intel investment.

Jacobson came to Intel from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce where he was a director of business development. During his four-year tenure with the Chamber, Fort Worth ranked in the top ten in the United States for business recruitment. Intel was one of the companies that he helped recruit to Fort Worth.

Jacobson joined the Chamber after serving eight years in Washington D.C. He held positions as assistant to the deputy secretary for management planning and operations for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, special assistant to the Commissioner for the Social Security Administration and special assistant to the Administrator of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration.

Jacobson received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Baylor University in 1984.

Paige Johnson

Paige Johnson is developing and implementing holistic models to meet the needs of state and local governments as well as school systems in the United States. In the area of government, she supports transportation, health and human services, public safety as well as data center consolidation. In the education space, she is expert at guiding school systems along the technology adoption curve. These models recognize that such efforts demand more than simply providing students and educators with laptops. The work addresses the need for quantitative and qualitative results, visionary leadership, creative funding, rich digital content, ongoing professional development, all supported by a solid infrastructure. Additionally, she brings awareness to the need for advocacy around policies necessary for such systemic reform efforts to gain real traction (i.e., scale and sustainability).

For more than two decades, she has led education transformation as a focal point aligning experts from all fields towards continuous improvement for education. Paige created and scaled the Intel® Teach Program, an unparalleled professional development initiative with more than 9 million teachers trained in over 60 countries. Intel Teach helps K-12 educators engage students with project-based approaches and effective use of technology to prepare them for the global innovation economy.

Paige served on the National Assessment Governing Board on Technological Literacy Steering Committee, defining the new framework for the 2012 NAEP Technology Literacy assessment. She served on the ISTE advisory group for development of the NETs standards, which provides a global standard for ICT literacy. As the former Chair of the P21, Paige led a coalition that emerged as the leading advocacy organization focused on infusing 21st century skills into education. She was named EdNet’s Best for 2011 Leader to Watch.

Renee Wittemyer

Renee Wittemyer is the Director of Social Impact in Intel Corporation’s Corporate Responsibility Office. In her role she develops CSR strategy for Intel’s girls and women’s campaign, develops social innovation opportunities to create business and social value for Intel’s business units, and manages Intel’s relationships with strategic alliances such as USAID, NGOs, and UN Women. She has extensive experience conducting research on a range of technology and development topics in emerging economies as a research scientist in Intel Labs. Past experience includes projects in East Africa and India with the World Bank, United Nations Development Program, NGOs, and Microsoft Research. She has published over 20 papers in academic journals, edited books as well as more popular venues on topics such as gender/women’s empowerment and technology; technology and development, poverty, social entrepreneurship, and financial inclusion. . She holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley focused in development studies. She has a Masters degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School with a focus in international development and science and technology policy.

Fernando Martinez

With 17 years of experience in the IT Industry, Fernando Martínez is the Education Manager at Intel Mexico. As part of his duties, Fernando carries out efforts of Corporate Social Responsibility focused on the education sector, including professional development programs for K-12 teachers. Fernando works closely with universities to contribute in synchronizing technical curriculum with the needs of the IT industry and also to establish efforts that promote tech entrepreneurship in college students. Fernando Martínez holds a degree in Marketing from the Technological University of Mexico and holds a Master of Social Responsibility degree from the Anáhuac University in Mexico City.

Barbara McAllister

Barbara McAllister 2Barbara is the Director of Global Strategic Initiatives at the Intel Foundation. Barbara leads the Foundation’s  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), girls and women portfolios that advance innovation, math and science education. She is responsible for developing and driving specific grant initiatives that align with Corporate Affairs’ strategic objectives.  Prior to transitioning to the Intel’s philanthropy group, she spent 15 years in key leadership roles responsible for acquiring and integrating new facilities for Intel worldwide.

Barbara is a Certified Coach and Professional Faciliator and has more than 19 years of diverse professional experience in the fields of program and change management, communications, mergers/acquisitions and new startups. She has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of South Carolina. Follow her on Twitter @bhmcalli.

Rosangela Melatto

Rosangela Melatto is the Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for Latin America. She joined the company in 1997 as Marketing Communication Manager for the region, and has worked in various capacities since then, including marketing, communication and press relations, before joining the Corporate Affairs Group in 2004. She is currently responsible for all social responsibility actions implemented by Intel Latin America.

Rosangela has driven several community projects and believes that changes start with real actions. She received a Chemical and Electronics Engineering degree from Escola Superior de Química Oswaldo Cruz and Fundação Alvares Penteado in Brazil, a FAAP graduation in Corporate Communication.

Gary Niekerk

Gary Niekerk has spent over twenty-five years working with stakeholders, customers, and employees on sustainability and reputation issues; in his effort to protect and build the brands of some of the world’s leading high-tech companies. Gary has worked for Hewlett-Packard, Apple and Intel Corporation where he has spent the past eighteen years. Gary’s current position is Director, Corporate Citizenship working in Intel’s Office of Corporate Responsibility. While at Intel, Gary has held a variety of leadership positions, including: Regional Environmental Health & Safety manager and Environmental External Affairs Manager. Gary has a B.S. degree from Montana Tech – The University of Montana and a M.S. degree from Texas A&M University. Gary and his family live in Arizona.

Raluca Oltean

Raluca OlteanRaluca is part of the Corporate Affairs Europe team, coordinating Intel’s higher education programs across Europe in the fields of embedded applications, high performance computing, security and software. She works also with the EMEA communication team focused on Intel’s promotion on social media channels and internal communication.

Raluca has a dual master degree at Vienna University of Economics and CEMS (Global Alliance of Management Schools) with specialization on International Management. During her studies, she focused on cross-cultural business ventures between West and East Europe, as well as on projects aimed at sustainability and climate change. She was involved in a one year research project with United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) having as main topic of research the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

You can follow Raluca on Twitter at @IntelCSREurope.

Thomas Osburg

Dr. Thomas Osburg is Director Europe Corporate Affairs at Intel Corp. He is responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of all CSR programs for Intel Corp. in Europe, which is based on close collaboration with relevant stakeholders (EU Institutions, National Governments, NGO’s, etc.). A key focus is the strategic cooperation with all partners in order to achieve sustainable and measurable impacts for societies.

Thomas holds a Ph.D. (Dr.rer.pol.) degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Leibniz University of Hannover (Germany). After his graduation, he held several Management positions in the area of International Management and Marketing, CSR, Education and Research at Texas Instruments, Autodesk and Intel, living in France, the U.S. and Germany. Until 2005, Thomas was Director Education at Texas Instruments for the Pacific Markets and thus managing the expansion of CSR and Educational programs into China, Korea, Japan, Australia and South America.

In January 2009, Thomas got elected as Speaker for the member companies of the influential German CSR Organization “UPJ”, since November 2009 he is also Research Fellow of the Center for Corporate Citizenship, led by Prof. Dr. André Habisch at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. In October 2011, he was elected into the Board of Directors of the Academy of Business in Society (EABIS).

Thomas is also publishing and lecturing on Management, Marketing and CSR at leading universities, elected member of boards, such as foundations and Public Private Partnerships and a reviewer of Scientific Papers, i.e. for the European Marketing Academy. In particular, he is teaching a MBA Module at the University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.

Linda Qian

Linda joined Intel’s global Corporate Responsibility Office in 2011. She manages Corporate Social Responsibility communications including the annual Corporate Responsibility Report. Linda also works with our Corporate Marketing Group to drive engagement through Intel’s social media channels. She has a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley.

Follow Linda on Twitter at @lindalqian and @Intelinvolved.

Martina Roth

Dr. Martina Roth is Director of Intel’s Global Education Strategy, Research and Policy.

Dr. Roth joined Intel in 1997 as Program Manager for “Kids and Creativity” at Intel’s Content Group, managing Intel Software Developers throughout Europe and providing leading edge Education content to the school and after school market. From 1999 to 2002 she led the Intel Education Programs for Central Europe, especially Teacher Professional Development, Math Science and Higher Education. From 2002 to 2007 she was Director of the Intel® Education Group for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and responsible for the development and implementation of Intel’s Education Programs in the region, covering approximately 50 countries on three continents.

Prior to joining Intel Corporation, Dr. Roth was Methodic Director of the Management Training Center at Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH, Germany; Marketing and Multimedia Instructor at 3V Multimedia in Munich, Germany; Lecturer and Scientific Collaborator at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany.

Dr. Roth holds a M.A. in Pedagogy and a Ph.D. in Philology from the University of Jena, Germany. She received an additional qualification as Media-Didactic and Lecturer for Learning Systems in Munich, holds a Certificate for Market Strategy at INSEAD, Fontainebleau/France and Entrepreneurship from UC Berkeley/US.

Walden Kirsch

WaldenMug200x200Walden Kirsch is a journalist who has covered all aspects of Intel’s business worldwide for the last 14 years. For the previous 17 years he reported the news every night on-air for the NBC-TV affiliate in Portland, Oregon. He is also a photographer who has shot extensively across the Americas, Europe, North Africa and Asia. He did his undergraduate work at Reed College, and earned a Master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University.

Manisha Shah

Manisha Shah is a Global Marketing Manager focused on Intel’s Education programs that are transforming K12 education and developing innovation skills in students through entrepreneurship.

Since joining Intel in 1998, Manisha has held several marketing positions. Manisha has an MBA from Cornell University where she helped lead the Net Impact group. She also has a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Economics from UC Davis. She is passionate about entrepreneurial education models for public education such as charter schools as well as math and science education for girls. She enjoys being a mom and is an active volunteer in local schools.

Manav Subodh

Manav joined Intel in January 2005 and today works as a Global Manager -Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Higher Ed at the Corporate Affairs Group. He works with universities, schools, governments, foundations and multilaterals to drive innovation & entrepreneurship programs across various countries.

Before moving to the current global role, Manav was working as Head Corporate Affairs for South and West India in which he was responsible for managing government relations and driving strategic programs with the governments on Broadband, Education and Green IT. He has lead several public private partnerships (PPP) for Intel programs. Manav also worked as a Technical Advisor to the Intel India President in which he managed strategic relationships and devised an external engagement strategy for Intel India President’s office.

Manav is passionate about youth employability, creating solutions using technology for people in rural areas and developing sustainable business models.

Manav has over 12 years of experience in the IT, Software and Telecom sector. Prior to joining Intel Manav worked as a National marketing manager at Hughes and before that as a Business Manager at QAI. He is an engineer in electronics telecommunication and has done his master’s in business management.

Rachel Sutherland

Rachel serves as Communications and Media Relations Manager for Intel’s Chandler, Ariz. site. She is responsible for defining and implementing communications strategies to tell the story of Intel’s presence in Arizona. She also contributes media plans and storytelling on national projects that support Intel’s corporate responsibility initiatives. A graduate of Arizona State University, Rachel studied journalism and public relations at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Ariz

Lorie Wigle

Lorie Wigle is the General Manager of Intel’s Eco-Technology office, which is chartered to optimize the positive environmental impact of Intel’s products. This corporate function drives Intel’s market position across the full life cycle including energy efficient performance, design for the environment and product carbon footprint. Ms Wigle’s team is also driving new business opportunities from use of Intel technologies to address environmental challenges. She and her team work extensively with the industry and policy makers including playing leadership roles in the Climate Savers Computing Initiative and The Green Grid. Ms. Wigle speaks frequently on the topics of Information Technology’s use to reduce carbon emissions, Green IT, sustainability and the confluence of IT and the electricity industry. She has been with Intel for 27 years in a wide variety of marketing and technical roles and serves on the Oregon Green Jobs Council. She has an MBA from Portland State University and a BA degree from the University of Oregon. Ms Wigle was named one of the three most powerful women in smart grid by Smart Grid Newsletter and one of top 10 women in sustainability by PINK magazine. Recently she received the Sustainable Business Leadership Award from Sustainable Business Oregon.