During her junior year at Wheaton, Aria spent eight months in various regions of South Africa where she studied the psychological effects of living in the post-apartheid society. Upon graduation from Wheaton, Aria spent three years working in the fundraising department of Repair the World, a social justice organization in New York, where she raised funds to create volunteer opportunities for young adults.
Aria then spent several years as an integral member of the Special Events department at NYU Langone Medical Center, helping plan and execute the hospital’s and School of Medicine’s annual fundraising galas. Currently, Aria is applying her MBA in the Learning and Development division of PwC, developing business plans and internal trainings and curricula.
Aria is passionate about making the world a better place and helping others. She has served as a Junior Board member for Harlem Educational Activities Fund, volunteered with NY Cares, and supported multiple do-gooder campaigns nationwide. In her free time, Aria enjoys cooking, exploring new restaurants in her area, and is eternally searching for the East Coast’s best burrito.
Professionally, Mr. Krafft is a Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of M&A Media Group, LLC; Founder and Chairman of Global Center for Economic Enabling Environments; and a Managing Partner of M&A Capital Partners, Inc., M&A Capital Partners Fund I, L.P., and Emerging Market Capital Partners.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Krafft has built deep relationships with leading strategic and institutional investors, private equity funds, funds of funds, hedge funds and venture capital firms. His expertise and network has enabled local growing companies to directly obtain capital, strategic direction and sound financial principles.
Mr. Krafft has led 50+ joint venture agreements, mergers and acquisitions across the media and communications sector. In 1992, under the direction of Peter Gerwe, he established unprecedented avenues and growth with StoryFirst in the former Soviet Union. As an executive at Metromedia, he helped create global cluster strategies in Asia, Latin America, the CEE, the former Soviet Union, and Central Asia. He spent eight years in global assignments prior to his appointment as Vice President, Corporate Development for TIW and was based in Prague directing new venture development. He serves as a Director of 7th Level Entertainment Group, Inc., M&A Media Group, LLC and (as noted above, for the) Foundation for Sustainable Development.
Mr. Krafft was also a board member of the Russian National Orchestra. He holds a BA degree from DePaul University and Master of Business Administration degree in International Finance from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
As a former radio personality with world-wide listeners, Ms. Herring’s weekly broadcast focused on highlighting global “difference makers,” building the capacity of small businesses and entrepreneurs, bridging cultural and racial communication gaps, and being a vital resource for marginalized populations in Southern California.
Through her volunteerism and social connectedness (forming nonprofits, coaching and training), she has helped foster hospitals in Pakistan and Belize; restore forest and wetland ecosystems along the US Gulf Coast; reduce inmate tensions and improve communications through a comedy-based prison program; build water towers in the Philippines; serve orphans in Southeast Asia; worked with an entrepreneur to cure malaria, reduce brain concussions and aid veterans; and helped another entrepreneur to reduce youth suicide.
Through her own Kreative Images Foundation, she has helped secure millions of dollars in funding and developed hundreds of agencies that are operating in nearly 20 countries.
She has been featured in publications with First Lady Michelle Obama; honored with the acclaimed R&B singer Chaka Khan and U.S. Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Diane Watson; and highlighted in Women of Color magazine with Coretta Scott King and Maya Angelou.