MEET THE TEAM
As of January 2014, Adiba Barney is the new CEO of SVForum - Silicon Valley´s largest and oldest non-profit organization, dedicated to educating and creating relationships within the technology and startup community. She was prior to that the Executive Director of Silicon Vikings, a non-profit business networking organization connecting the Nordic´s innovation and startup ecosystem to Silicon Valley. Prior to Silicon Vikings, Adiba initiated, developed, and launched Innovative Sweden, a world tour exhibition promoting Sweden as an innovative country by showcasing a new generation of Swedish innovations. That is what brought her from Sweden to Silicon Valley in early 2011. Prior to the Innovative Sweden project, Adiba worked for 13 years within the Swedish innovation ecosystem (science parks, incubators, regional and government development agencies) where she focused on creating sustainable networking platforms, developing/executing high-profile PR projects, and coaching hundreds of startup entrepreneurs in international marketing, business development, market entry, communication, PR and branding. Adiba holds a BA in International Marketing and Business from Mälardalen University in Västerås, Sweden as well as studies in Branding, PR, Media and Communication from Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm, Sweden.
Charlene joined SVForum in December, 2013. As the interim senior program manager, Charlene is responsible for developing and managing engaging conferences and business event for the SVForum community. Charlene brings a wealth of experience in marketing, training management, and business development across multiple industries, including enterprise software and consumer web. Since college, she has organized and managed events with some of the world's most inspiring leaders, visionaries, and innovators. Charlene holds a B.S. in Biology from University of Maryland and Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Denyse is responsible for managing the organization’s financial and accounting operations as well as providing and implementing policy in the Human Resource and Administrative areas. She has more than 20 years of finance and accounting experience and has held senior positions in the private sector. She has been an active volunteer and advocate for several non-profit charitable organizations within the fields of arts and health awareness.
As SVForum’s Programs & Events Coordinator, Rhinehart is responsible for helping to develop programming and coordinate logistics for SVForum’s many conferences and business events. In her free time, Rhinehart is a ferocious fan of the SF Giants and 49ers, enjoys smothering her 2 dogs, seeks great food, and is currently training for her first half-marathon with Team in Training (http://
Micaela is SVForum's social media and web manager, and is responsible for updating the various social media fronts (Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook), as well as posting company press releases. She also sends out the weekly newsletters, invitations, and conference announcements. Additionally, Micaela works closely with IT to maintain and improve SVForum's website. She holds a BA in English from San Jose State University, and she's pretty sure she can be a royal if she tries hard enough.