Our Board

Liudmila Mecajeva


Liudmila Mecajeva is a founding board member and President of Social Innovations Global and also the founder and managing director of the Lithuania-based nonprofit organization, Social Innovation Fund (SIF), which she started in 1994. Liudmila has participated as a coordinator or national manager in more than 50 projects funded by the European Commission involving partnerships with NGOs from practically all European countries. In 1996, Mrs. Mecajeva was selected to participate in a 5-week study visit to the US focusing on NGO capacity building. Liudmila was a co-founder of the Lithuanian NGOs Coalition for Protection of Women’s Human Rights. Liudmila is also one of the founders and an active member of the Lithuanian Women’s Lobby, which is a member organization of the European Women’s Lobby. Mrs. Mecajeva was selected by the European Commission as an independent expert during the assessment of European project proposals. She has participated in 25 such sessions. Mrs. Mecajeva was a software engineer at the Measuring Equipment Research and Development Institute and led the computerization department at the Television Equipment Research and Development Institute in Kaunas, Lithuania. Mrs. Mecajeva speaks four languages including Russian, Lithuanian, English, and Polish. She has a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania and a MS in Computer Science from the Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania.

Jill Hansen

Executive Director

Jill Hansen is a founding board member and executive director of Social Innovations Global. Ms Hansen is an associate of VentureQuest and the Director of Business Development and Global Projects. She works with entrepreneurs, small businesses, corporations, universities, national federal laboratories, and government agencies to identify and develop innovations to launch new enterprises and create new jobs. She developed an intensive, weeklong program for international businesses to craft market entry strategies into the US. Ms Hansen also has experience working with companies, government agencies, and universities to develop multinational business acumen, including international market entry strategies and intercultural management skills for the global marketplace. She has also worked with social entrepreneurs to assess new growth opportunities and develop marketing strategies. She also helped develop a university course for graduate students focusing on intercultural awareness and management. Ms Hansen has lived in both Great Britain and Australia. Jill has a Bachelor of Science from Bucknell University and an International MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

Alex Gabbano


Alex Gabbano is a founding board member and Treasurer of Social Innovations Global. For the past twelve years, Mr. Gabbano has been the President of Midtown Express Transportation Services Inc, a Colorado-based company specializing in a variety of transportation services for underprivileged and under-served members of society. The company helps improve their clients’ quality of life by eliminating their most serious problem, a lack of transportation and mobility within their community. Midtown Express Transportation Services works closely with US federal programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. Mr. Gabbano has successfully grown the company into providing several hundred trips per day. Mr. Gabbano previously worked for Marriott International in various positions including hotel management, customer service, quality control, and worked on several international pilot tests for new services. Throughout the years, Mr. Gabbano has developed a keen interest in understanding and gaining knowledge of current global social problems. Alex Gabbano, originally from the former Soviet Union, immigrated to the United States at the age of eighteen. He earned a BAcc from the University of Denver.


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