William Bila was born in New York to Czechoslovak refugees fleeing the Soviet invasion of the Prague Spring. As the product of a multicultural American upbringing, he has always been proud and curious about his roots. He has been engaged with several organizations over the years supporting Romani culture, education, history, and rights themes such as, President of La Voix des Rroms, Board Member of Roma Education Fund, Roma Education Support Trust and the Center for Intersectional Justice. He also took part in the first and second ever European LGBTIQ Roma conferences in Prague (2015 & 2016). (BSc Finance, Stern School of Business at NYU; MBA Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago).