James Norris

All his life, James has been searching for the best ways to change himself and change the world. He started as an entrepreneur at age 6 and since has co-founded or helped build 9 businesses and 16 organizations, including the premier conference for the effective altruism movement, the world’s first global lifehacking event series, Southeast Asia’s first social innovation hackathon series, and a university for today’s Leonardo da Vincis. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin as a triple major/quadruple minor. He’s spent 20+ years unsystematically upgrading himself.


Dicky Gunawan

Dicky is a Designer at heart and an Engineer by training. For the past 12 years he has designed and developed over 100+ digital products, 5 physical products, and 3 non-profit organizations. For the past 3 years he focused on designing effective ways of delivering education to children born in poverty with the power of design, internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence.


Michelle Raffanti

Michelle has built growth strategies for all manner of start-ups, nonprofits, and social enterprises spread across many different industries and locations. Throughout her career, she has worked with a targeted focus on women and indigenous populations. She holds a BA in International Relations from DePaul University in Chicago and an MA in Sustainable Development from The New School in New York. Originally from Chicago, she has lived in the UK, Colombia, China, and now resides in Mexico City.


Susi Mashanafi

Susi is a “Jane of all trades, master of some”. She’s skilled in marketing, public relations, human resource management, organizational management, corporate social responsibility, and public speaking. She’s also experienced in first aid, disaster relief management, and search & rescue. She served many years with the Indonesian Red Cross Society and other humanitarian NGOs. She earned a degree in International Business Administration from Universitas Sam Ratulangi and currently lives in Bali.


Renz Ladroma

Renz is a multifaceted professional who has a 4+ year career background in the tech industry, writes tech articles, and was elected for a government position at age 15. She has dedicated herself to lifelong learning and mindful living. She earned a B.S. in Information Technology with specialization in Web and Mobile Applications from Far Eastern University – Institute of Technology in 2016. She lives in Manila.


UP Network

We build tailored UP Teams from our advisory network of experts, depending on the specific needs of the client. These UP Teams are generally composed of 2-15 people and may include a coach, executive assistant, psychotherapist, physician, exercise physiologist, registered dietitian, financial advisor, publicist, and personal stylist, among others. Some operate for short periods and some for longer.