Kim Patel currently serves as Director, Global Corporate Strategy for VICE Media. She leads company-wide initiatives across VICE’s digital, cable, production, and global agency businesses, and is a strategic partner to the executive team.  

Prior to joining VICE, Kim was a Deputy Chief of Staff with AOL, focusing on strategy and operations for the global media portfolio and AOL / Yahoo merger. Kim has built a wealth of experience within content and digital media space for some of the largest digital media brands such as Yahoo!, Huffington Post and NBC News brands, starting her career in the industry covering media companies as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan. When she is not leading strategy at VICE, she can be found working with early stage founders on product marketing, business development and fundraising strategy. She is also an active mentor and community activist across non-profit and social impact initiatives in NYC. She has received industry recognition for her work including being named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list and considered an “Indian-American Trailblazer” for her work within the Asian American community in media.

When she is not working, Kim enjoys running, learning new Indian recipes, traveling to eat and photograph landscapes. She also an advocate for diversity in media and tech and spends time mentoring future leaders at #BUILTBYGIRLS and Asian Americans in Media.

Kim holds a B.A. from New York University in Economics, History and Politics.


Afiya Bediako is a Senior Manager at American Express in their Global Client Group where she focuses on Strategy and Industry development for U.S. travel space. Afiya is also the co-founder, Harlem Handbook, a digital guidebook to Harlem providing an intimate perspective on the neighborhood by connecting readers with the changemakers fueling Harlem’s New Renaissance.

She received her B.A. from Amherst College majoring in Black Studies and leading the campus' Big Brother Big Sisters program. After she finished at Amherst, Afiya went on to work at Goldman Sachs for 5 years in their Operations Division. Departing Goldman as an Associate, Afiya attended NYU Stern School of Business where she completed her MBA specializing in Strategy and Global Business. She was awarded a full-tuition Consortium fellowship. During her time at Stern Afiya, was Co-President of the Association of Hispanic and Black Business Students and a Vice President of Stern’s Luxury and Retail Club. She spent her summer between her first and second year in the Bay Area interning at Tesla.

Outside of work, Afiya is on the Board of Citizens Against Recidivism, a non-profit organization that helps formerly incarcerated individuals not return to prison and honors those who have served their communities. For fun, Afiya enjoys Yoga, traveling, and cooking.