About Global Resolve

GlobalResolve was established at ASU in 2006 as a social entrepreneurship program designed to enhance the educational experience for interested and qualified ASU students by involving them in semester-long projects that directly improve the lives of underprivileged people, and/or those in under-developed nations throughout the world.

Through GlobalResolve, ASU students and faculty collaborate with international universities, residents of rural villages, local governments, financial institutions, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to develop and disseminate no-tech, low-tech, and high-tech solutions that address pressing public health or environmental needs of a developing-world population.

Because solutions developed by GlobalResolve are designed to be replicable locally, regionally, and internationally, the solutions also create the potential for profitable new business ventures that generate sustainable income streams for impacted populations.




Mark Henderson--Executive Director
Dr. Mark Henderson is Professor of Engineering, Co-director of a program for trans-disciplinary product development and entrepreneurship called InnovationSpace, and Associate Director of the Advanced Technology Innovation Collaboratory, a product development center at Arizona State University (ASU). Dr. Henderson has been instrumental in launching several global programs including the Nomadic Design Academy, the Global Product Development Teams, and GlobalResolve.

Brad Rogers--Director of Research and Development
Dr. Brad Rogers is an associate professor in the Engineering Technology department within the College of Technology and Innovation at ASU’s Polytechnic campus. With GlobalResolve partners, Dr. Rogers teaches classes in product design at the Base of the Pyramid, and manages student teams through product and enterprise development processes in the developing world, including the Gelfuel system in Domeabra, Ghana, and the twig light system for clean off-grid electric lighting.

John Takamura--Director of Design
John Takamura is an assistant professor of Industrial Design in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at the Tempe campus. Professor Takamura in partnership with GlobalResolve is focused on branding and product design for the Base of the Pyramid (Gelfuel Stove and Twig Light systems) and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on human-centered design and design research.

Dan O'Neill--Director of Entrepreneurship

Mark Kerrigan--Chairman of the Board
Mark Kerrigan has over twenty-five years of experience in energy, environmental and information management issues. For over fifteen years, he has held senior management roles in the Federal Government and at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Mr. Kerrigan started his career at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in 1979, where he oversaw the funding and management issues associated with energy research and nuclear regulation. In 1987, he joined SAIC as a manager of business development. From 1989 to 1992, he served in the Bush Administration as Deputy Undersecretary for Policy at the Department of Energy where he oversaw development of the National Energy Strategy. This strategy led to the Energy Policy Act of 1992, which began the restructuring of the $300B US electric power industry. In 1992, after two years in the Bush Administration, he became Manager of the Energy and Information Services Operation. Mr. Kerrigan has served on various boards, including as the Chairman of the Research and Development Solutions LLC, a joint venture between SAIC, EG&G and Parsons Corporation. He is a member of the Board of Visitors at Indiana University, where he also received the Alumni of the Year Award at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2005.


  • Michael Ankuma
  • Jennifer Bekki
  • Sam Dufu
  • Jim Hershauer
  • David Jacobson
  • Ben Ruddell
  • Rajiv Sinha
  • John Woolschlager