Credentials

Ms. Debra Chanda possesses nearly two decades of North American start-up, SME, multinational and private equity experience in leadership roles spanning operations, marketing and sales. For over six years she managed a $12M P&L as a Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and drove an average year-over-year (yoy) growth rate of 56% and expanded market share from an initial 6 units to over 100.

She has managed teams of 15 direct and indirect (sales agents) headcount for a equipment distribution business. Hired at a multi-national subsidiary to spearhead a market share turnaround of ~ 25 points over a 5 year period. Achieved a 10 point increase over 20 + months; meeting or exceeding the annual goal each and every year which contributed in receiving a training award at Medtronic. Instrumental in multiple contracts, $9M over 3 years in forecastable revenue with hospitals and GPO’s.

Ms. Chanda raised $1M ($250k debt, $750k equity) for a business, whereby she set up operations, resulting in cash flow positive within 3 months.

She is adept at commercializing technologies into markets by securing early adopters (led first Customer acquisition in start-ups focused in selling technology to the agriculture, manufacturing and healthcare sectors). She is former Director of Marketing for a private equity firm, Fountainhead Ventures (Managing Director early board of advisors WebMD and worked with founders of Home Depot); led SBIR Phase 2 (NIH) commercialization plan with a MD, PhD, PEngs at Advance Technology Development Center, Georgia Institute of Technology; and one of the first interactive/digital marketers in mid ‘90s when the Internet was becoming commercialized: led a content licensing deal with CNN Interactive.

Debra is degree candidate pursuing a part-time Masters of Liberal Arts, with a concentration in Finance at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the Western University in London, Ontario and a Post-Degree-Diploma in Business from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario. Debra is a former Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Georgia Institute of Technology, and former Communications Manager at the Standing Committee of Agriculture and Agri-food at House of Commons of Canada. Debra grew up on a farm in southwestern Ontario.

Currently Singularity University’s Global Ambassador, GLOBAL: http://singularityu.org/su-ambassadors/ Singularity University was jointly founded by Dr. Peter H. Diamandis and Dr. Ray Kurzweil. The concept of the university is to leverage the power of exponential technologies to solve humanity’s grand challenges. It is financially backed by the top multinational corporations and world thought/doers leaders.

SU Associated companies: Nokia, Google, NASA, Kauffman Foundation, ePlanet Ventures, Steelcase, Autodesk, Medicare, Celgene, Intuitive Surgical (to name a few).  

SU Associated speakers:
Ray Kurzweil (co-founder, author, inventor, futurist)
Peter Diamandis (co-founder, X-Prize founder, author)
Vint Cerf (Father of the Internet)
Martin Cooper (Inventor of the mobile phone)
Dean Kaman (Inventor of the Segway, FIRST, etc)
Bob Metcalf (Inventor of the Ethernet)
David Ewing Duncan (author)

Formerly a member of the Board of Directors of: Southeastern Internet Society (SERIS), USA and Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA), USA