David Kirk, Co-Founder
David is the co-founder of Jobmigo, where he oversees business operations and career advising services. He specializes in helping students and young professionals learn how to conduct a job search, how to build their own professional network, and how to think about longer-term career development strategies – all with the aim of finding employment that matches their skills and interests, and therefore is likely to help lead them to a happy professional life. He has advised thousands of students and young professionals, and has been a featured speaker on job strategy at a number of institutions including: Georgetown University, Syracuse University, American University, Rutgers University, Franklin University Switzerland, the Sidwell Friends School, the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, the Foreign Policy Association, and many more.
David also advises nonprofit organizations on strategy, communications, and fundraising, through his role as an advisor to the Eliasson Group. He also stays up to date on world affairs through his work as an editor of Metro UN, a bi-weekly publication focused on issues pertaining to the United Nations.
Prior to starting his own business, David conceptualized, created and served as executive producer of a reality television show in India and Pakistan that featured young entrepreneurs pitching startup business ideas to a cross-border panel of investors. As part of this effort, he successfully raised funding, recruited talent, built a trilateral partnership, and negotiated broadcast deals with CNBC India, India’s most viewed English language business network, and GEO TV, Pakistan’s then-leading cable entertainment network.
From 2009-2014, David served as the Director of the Young Atlanticist program at the Atlantic Council (now called the Millennium Fellowship Program) – where he was named the youngest Director in the Council’s 50+ year history. In that role he raised over $3.5 million in seed funding and launched large scale initiatives to help young professionals around the world develop their careers. In this role he worked closely with many partners, including the State Department, NATO, European Union, and others.
Prior to joining the Council David worked as the Communications Director on five political campaigns, including work on statewide electoral races in two key battleground states. His last position in electoral politics was working in political outreach at the 2008 Presidential Inaugural Committee, which oversaw the first inauguration of President Barack Obama.
David is a Washington, D.C. native, and received a BA in International Relations from Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland, and a MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies.
Shubhanan Deshpande, Co-Founder
Shubhanan is our tech guru, strategist, and CTO. He oversees Jobmigo’s technology operations, including strategy, innovation, design planning, and implementation. He has over 15 years of experience in building and managing technology solutions for a wide variety of applications. His work has ranged from startup projects to massive solutions servicing over one million users. He has delivered scalable B2B, B2C and white-label solutions, native Android, iPhone, and hybrid mobile applications, and a wide range of other software solutions in the startup, e-commerce, healthcare, real estate, manufacturing, education, and defense sectors.
Prior to starting YourCTO, Shubhanan founded Beacon Tech Labs, which provided innovative technology solutions and strategic consulting to a wide range of corporate clients, primarily in the education and e-commerce spaces.
Before starting Beacon, Shubhanan worked at the Ohio State University Medical Center, where he designed a reusable technology solution to help aid the work of cancer researchers. Before joining Ohio State, he worked as a part of the Yahoo! Search team, where he helped with monetized solutions facing over a million users. He has also worked as part of the Stem Network initiative undertaken by BHEF (a group of Fortune 500 leaders) and Raytheon, Inc.
Shubhanan is adept at global team management, strategic planning and roadmaps and overall technology architecture and delivery. He has built and managed technology teams for a diverse set of organizations, and has managed teams of 25+ members across functions and geographies. He has helped a variety of startups in their concept-to-product journey, and knows very well the challenges that early stage entrepreneurs are faced with.
Shubhanan is a proud Buckeye; he did his dissertation on Knowledge-based Cyberinfrastructures and received his Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Computer Science at The Ohio State University (Columbus OH). Prior to that, he received his Bachelors in Computer Science from College of Engineering, Pune. Shubhanan enjoys brainstorming and exploring new possibilities to make people’s lives easier. He is passionate about helping people realize their career goals.
Derek Wilkinson, Adviser
Derek Wilkinson is a Partner in Odgers Berndtson’s Washington D.C. office and Head of the International Development Practice. He has over 20 years’ of executive search experience with a particular focus on the international development community including clients in the for-profit, non-profit and public sectors, as well as multilaterals, NGOs, associations and affinity groups, and educational institutions. He specializes in recruitment from the Board level to general management and specialized functional areas.
With experience from two other global search firms, a boutique search firm, and the largest private provider of consultant technology talent, Derek has expertise in organizational dynamics and manages multi-layered relationships within the international development community.
Derek is a graduate of Franklin University Switzerland, where he received a B.A. in International Relations.