Amir Alexander Hasson

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Amir is a serial social entrepreneur with expertise in international business, strategy, finance, IT, mobile applications, telecom, and distribution. He has started four companies, raised funding from a variety of investors, and built businesses impacting the lives of millions of people in the USA, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

He was born in Chicago and completed his Bachelor’s with Honors from the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University. He worked in marketing and production at leading new media companies in New York City during the “.com boom” and started the Web's first search engine for holistic health, webreathe.com. He then received his Master's in the Management of Technology from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

During the course of his study at MIT, Amir co-conceived and patented DakNet, a store-and-forward "drive-by" WiFi technology for rural connectivity. He worked with engineers at the MIT Media Lab to lead the development and deployment of WiFi networks in rural India, while managing business development for Media Lab Asia, an R&D lab started by MIT.

Based on this MIT research, Amir spun-out First Mile Solutions, which developed and implemented wireless Internet solutions for public and private organizations in developing countries. Amir led First Mile Solutions to profitability, managing product development and projects for NGOs, telcos, and multilateral institutions such as the United Nations Development Program in countries such as Cambodia, Rwanda, and Paraguay.

Amir then founded United Villages, Inc. (UV), a VC-funded company that later acquired First Mile Solutions and operates rural India's first mobile phone supply chain, enabling thousands of village retailers to procure and manage their inventory of products and services through UV's proprietary mobile platform. UV has been recognized as one of Top 20 Most Impactful Companies by Investors' Circle.

Amir has published several papers and has spoken at over 30 events internationally. He is the inventor of two issued and two pending patents and has been interviewed and cited by major media organizations including CNN, the BBC, the New York Times, and Le Monde. Amir was featured as one of the Top 25 [Entrepreneurs] Under 35 by Red Herring Magazine and one of the Top Young Innovators (the "TR35") by MIT Technology Review. He has participated in several Aspen Institute and Aspen Institute India "roundtables" and was sponsored as a Fellow in the inaugural 2009-10 Aspen Institute First Movers program.

Based in Cambridge, MA, Amir now serves as the Chief Happiness Officer of Oxigen USA, Inc, the US partner of India's largest payment solutions provider, Oxigen Services India (P) Ltd, which took over UV in 2012.

Amir also serves as an Entrepreneur In Residence for the MIT Trust Center for Entrepreneurship, as a Mentor for the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, as a Mentor for the Harvard University iLab, as a Reviewer for IEEE Communications Magazine, an Advisory Board Member for Wesleyan University's Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and as a Charter Member of TiE Boston.