Dana Smirin

Cancer Conqueror and Serial Entrepreneur re-enliven (South Africa/USA)

Dana Smirin cut her teeth in the Sustainable Business sector in 1989 in London at Friends of the Earth spinning out regional recycling businesses. Once she met her hero, Nelson Mandela on his first trip the USA, she became actively involved in the US-SA Bi-National Commission facilitating technology transfer representing multiple stakeholders in both countries, across sectors. This was the inception of her work with impact investing. In 1996 Smirin moved to California to participate in the deregulation of the first US electricity market.Over a decade she represented various Companies, Funds and Organizations getting Clean Tech to Market. In 2004 she won the McCloy Fellowship from the American Council on Germany to Accelerate bringing Clean Technologies to market. She spent the early 2000’s between South Africa, US and Germany and in 2007 she took a post at UC Berkeley that was cut short by a cancer diagnosis in 2009. Smirin reached remission after 7 years using an Integrative medicine approach she designed with many parties, resources and technologies on 3 continents. During this time she became Co-Director of the Syringa Integrative Heath Clinic forging joint ventures for its Cancer Care wing. During her treatment years she has helped spur investment and initiation of many integrative medical and health related endeavors and recently began interviewing Integrative Medical Practitioners for www.re-enliven.com, a post treatment resource for cancer conquerors.