Chance, an 18 year old high school senior, is the Founder of WGI. He is also Chairman and CEO, leading WGI's operations across seven countries. Chance juggles a busy career with enjoying life as your average teenager.
A visionary wise beyond his years, Chance built WGI from nothing into a thriving international organization. He has assembled impressive teams of corporate leaders to assist him in ending illiteracy. With Chance at the helm, WGI has touched lives and inspired many along the way.
Outside of WGI, Chance is your normal high school student. He resides in Baton Rouge, LA.
Clifford Wan joins WGI as Chief Academic Officer, where he will provide global leadership over all education and instruction. This includes curricular development, academic standards, instructional quality, etc.
Clifford brings a wealth of experience in education. This includes serving as the founder and Chief Educational Officer of Babington Education, an English language tuition centre for children in Hong Kong. As of 2018, there are 11 Babington schools across Hong Kong teaching children English as a secondary language.
Clifford holds a Master’s degree in Education and has over 13 years of experience in teaching English as a secondary language, of which 8 years have been in educational management and leadership.
Clifford specialises in teaching, curriculum development, pedagogy, educational
management and leadership and hopes to use his skill sets and the assets of his
company to help eradicate illiteracy around the world.
A powerhouse in the communications industry, Deanne Yamamoto knows how to keep companies relevant. This makes her the perfect fit for our Global Advisory Board. Deanne uses her 20+ years of experience to help WGI stay engaged in this digital world.
Deanne is a Managing Director at Golin, a PR giant with 50 offices around the world. She runs the Los Angeles office of Golin, which houses about 100 employees. Deanne, a graduate of USC, previously worked at Ketchum for over ten years.
Peter is an accomplished entrepreneur and business leader. At only 34 years old, he leads a multinational digital agency based in Asia. He helps companies and brands find their place in this increasingly internet based world.
Peter has lived in Europe, the United States, and Asia. He is truly a global citizen; with perspectives that are invaluable to our Global Advisory Board.
Warren’s love for design, technology and entrepreneurship began in his teenage years. At the age of 20, he convinced his conservative parents to allow him a gap year from his Computer Science degree, despite their concerns that he should complete his education.
In January 2013, Warren founded VLT. In two years, VLT’s core digital agency business grew to over 80 employees –winning clients including Astro, BMW, Sony and Tesco. Warren's successes have made him keen to pay it forward by helping others.
Naveed is a life insurance expert with over two decades of industry experience. A Canadian hailing from Montreal, Naveed has a track record of innovation and success. This includes transforming the Singapore subsidiary of insurance giant Manulife.
Naveed was recently appointed Head, North America Legacy Business for Manulife. He was also appointed to the company's Executive Committee. This promotion sees him returning home to Canada after years in Asia. Naveed is married with two sons.
A native of Ohio, Gary began his career as a college marketing rep at Sony Music; working in various positions across the New York, mid-Atlantic and Los Angeles regions.
Gary eventually joined Interscope Geffen A&M Records in April 2010 as Head of Sales. Gary was then promoted to Head of Revenue & Digital and ultimately rose to his current position as Executive Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer. In this position, he leads the revenue, digital marketing and production departments at Interscope Records.
Retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness has a lifelong record of providing dedicated service to the nation. He made the decision at 17 years old to enlist in the United States Air Force and serve his country.
Over the next 32 years, Rob would build a decorated military career that would see him command bomber squadrons in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, serve as a nuclear operations officer in The Pentagon, and lead thousands of airmen as Commander of the 377th Air Base Wing.
Rob retired from active duty service in 2011 and went on to work as an executive at a Fortune 500 energy before founding the Iron Liberty Group.