Meet The Disruptive Factory
Insights & Technology Team


The Disruptive Factory Insights & Technology Team is diverse, experienced and committed to disruptive excellence. 

Backgrounds touch on a wide range of industries and creative endeavors with execution depth and innovation.  At our core, we focus on empowering our team and clients to create a more sustainable world with the avenues and tools for citizens, organizations, entrepreneurs, and companies to thrive, engage and contribute.

Cynthia A. Phillips, Founder 

Cynthia A. Phillips is the Founder & CEO of The Disruptive Factory. Phillips is an economist/agricultural economist as well as a business consultant to for-profit and social enterprises with over 25 years of experience in the areas of strategic planning, marketing, branding, analytics, big data, business development, and global expansion. Former Director of International Marketing & Risk Management at American Express and consults with technology companies and start-ups such as Cisco Systems, BioSerie, and Riverbed. She currently serves as the interim CMO for Ascalon, LLC, a disruptive consumer and commercial bio-based products company. Phillips sits on several nonprofit boards and advisory boards of start-ups including OROECO and accelerators such as Think Beyond Plastic.  Phillips is a champion of the 17 UN SDGs and supports nonprofit organizations as well as companies of any scale to integrate the SDGs into their business planning, Business Intelligence, ESG, and CSR. She is the founder of GlobalShiftTV, G Media Partners, as well as a co-founder. A writer and producer, she has several projects in development including a feature on the life and legacy of Florence Nightingale.

References and endorsements for Phillips’ work can be found on LinkedIn.

Paulette DesCouteaux

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Gordy Fairchild

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Robin OConnor

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Narek Sahakyan 

Narek Sahakyan is Director of Data & Analytics at The Disruptive Factory. Narek is an Economist and recent USC graduate of International Public Policy and Management. Originally from Armenia, he has a background in both economics and more than 8 years of working experience as a business consultant and project coordinator.

While in Armenia, Narek Sahakyan has been involved in more than 30 research projects commissioned by famous international organizations such as World Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), World Vision, etc. His main areas of expertise include business and investment planning, strategic planning, market research, analytics, as well as program implementation and evaluation.

Brian Winkler

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