Kay Sides, Vice President
Ms. Sides is a fashion innovator fueled by her passion of fashion, art, and philanthropy. Over the last 30 years, she has fueled her passion through HATCh Showroom, a progressive and multi-dimensional environment that includes contemporary jewelry, fine jewelry, footwear, and large commercial projects based in Los Angeles, NYC, and Dallas.
Branding and innovation is Ms. Sides’ forté. Through HATCh, she has had the great privilege of launching, building, and managing brands like James Perse, Rick Owens, Katayone Adeli, Victoria Beckham, Giles and Brother, Kelly Wearstler, Lacoste, Alexander McQueen MCQ, Yohji Yamamoto – Coming Soon, Aviator Nation, Madeworn, Woolrich, JRB, PRPS, to name a few.
Similarly, Ms. Sides’ passion for a better and safer world has included significant contributions to clean water development around the world, in addition to funding annual events to lift the spirits of children diagnosed with life-threatening diseases. Her steadfast belief in equal rights for all, including access to safe water, food, and accountability anchors her commitment to PEJ.
Jennifer Busch, Treasurer
Ms. Busch is a certified public accountant licensed in Hawaii and the principal of her own firm offering business advisory and accounting services to a broad range of industries. Highlights of her 25 years of accounting experience include serving as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for the restaurant division of Craft Brew Alliance, Controller of Kona Brewing Company, Internal Audit Manager for the Information Technology Audit Group at Tosco Corporation and as Audit Manager for the Entrepreneurial Services Group at Ernst & Young LLP in Phoenix, Arizona. Clients at Ernst & Young included a broad range of industries such as high-tech, financial services, health care and school districts. Ms. Busch has prior non-profit experience working with Hawaii Montessori Schools and volunteering with a number of philanthropic organizations.
Padmini Pandya, Secretary
Ms. Pandya sits at the intersection of organisational psychology, business strategy, and digital transformation.
She holds four degrees marrying her experience as a corporate strategist, management consultant, and entrepreneur with organizational behaviour, industrial psychology, corporate innovation, M&A, post-merger integration, change management, partnership building, and strategic expansion of multinational corporations.
Ms. Pandya has spoken at South by Southwest and regularly speaks at regional conferences, professional events, and universities regarding digital and organizational transformation, business strategy, talent development, and organizational design.
In her free time, she mentors start-ups in Singapore, works with Female Founders to promote female entrepreneurship and funding, is a Talent Trust charity advisor, a member of Singapore Women in Media, Marketing and Advertising (SWIMMA), Lean In Singapore | Women in Tech, INSEAD, and Boston University alumni organizations.
Mr. Allen has over 30 years of sales and marketing experience, including Sales Vice-President of a Fortune 100 Company. A chemist by schooling, he successfully developed two patents. Mr. Allen shares a personal interest and is strongly motivated towards upholding human rights and supporting accountability.
Ravic Huso, U.S. Ambassador (Retired)
Retired Ambassador Huso served most recently as the U.S. Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, directing all aspects of the U.S.-Lao bilateral relations. Prior to his service in Laos, he was the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. Ambassador Huso’s previous assignments were to the U.S. Embassies in Burkina Faso, Burundi, Malaysia, and Niger. He also served as the State Department’s Deputy Director and then Director for Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam Affairs.