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Monica Kurpiewski

Strategy and Partnership Consultant

Monica is currently the Director of Partnerships for Humanitas Global Development, a Washington, DC based organization that designs informed, integrated and sustainable initiates that drive health, social and economic progress in underserved communities worldwide.  She is also the founder of her own firm, MK Strategic Consulting, where she advises both for profit and not for profit organizations in strategy development, fundraising and board management.  Prior to her consulting career, Monica Kurpiewski was the Chief Development Officer for One Mind For Research, a brain disease research organization, where she was a member of the senior leadership start up team.

She started her non profit career as the Director of Business Development for the New York Academy of Sciences, where she was responsible for all corporate partnerships.  She redesigned the corporate partnership program to more actively engage corporations to become involved with and invest in science based initiatives conceived to drive sector conversations and inspire change, in areas such as nutrition and translational medicine.  Before the Academy, she was with UK Trade and Investment, an arm of the British Foreign Office, as the Vice Consul of Research and Development. In this role, she was responsible for the origination of R&D investment by US companies into the UK in the East Coast market as well as facilitating partnerships with US and UK universities.

Monica has a diverse educational background which led to her experience across many scientific disciplines. She received her BS in Photographic and Imaging Science from RIT focusing in optics, lasers and physics. After six years in industry, she continued her studies at Hunter College in the life sciences, concentrating in organic chemistry and biochemistry. She completed her academic career at Columbia University with an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy concentrating in alternative energy, oil policy and economics.