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Valentino Achak Deng
Co-Founder and Director, VAD Foundation, Minister of Education, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan
Valentino Achak Deng was born in South Sudan, in the village of Marial Bai. He fled in the late 1980s during the second Sudanese civil war. He spent nine years in refugee camps, where he worked for the UNHCR as a social advocate and reproductive health educator. Deng shares his experience as a refugee and his collaboration with author Dave Eggers on "What Is the What," the novelized account of Deng’s life to advocate for the universal right to education. In 2015, he was appointed the Minister of Education for Northern Bahr el Ghazal, and currently oversees all state run schools. Additionally, he runs the Valentino Achak Deng (VAD) Foundation's private secondary school, which was created and is operated through the generosity of donors around the world. It has become a flagship model for holistic education in the region by incorporating sustainability, vocational training, and gender equality into every aspect of the curriculum.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is currently the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Prior to this he served as Minister of Health.
One of his key contributions to this field was a study of malaria incidence among children living near dams in northern Ethiopia which was published in the British Medical Journal in 1999. This seminal contribution earned him the distinction of ‘Young Investigator of the Year’ from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. In 2003, the Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA) also recognized his important research work through its prestigious “Young Public Health Researcher Award”. Dr. Tedros is also the first non-American recipient of the “Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award” in 2011. In March 2012 he received the 2012 Honorary Fellowship from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Dr. Tedros holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Community Health from the University of Nottingham (UK), a Master of Science degree in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the University of London (UK), and completed his undergraduate studies in Biology at Asmara University.
Chief Wellbeing and Public Health Officer, Bupa
Fiona Adshead is Bupa’s Chief Wellbeing and Public Health Officer. She is responsible for leading work on prevention, behavior change, workplace health, partnerships, and improving the health of the world by creating pathways to make people healthier in a commercially sustainable and globally recognized way.
Before joining Bupa, Adshead was Director of Chronic Disease & Health Promotion at the World Health Organization, with five years of experience as Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director General in the UK Government, responsible for health improvement and health inequalities. This included responsibility for tobacco control, obesity, diet, physical activity, behavior change, and social marketing in relationship to health behaviors. Adshead has also worked as a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in their health and sustainability teams.
She is a high profile public health leader with a track record of developing innovative policy and programs at the heart of government and business.
National Coordinator and Country Manager, Kiribati Climate Action Network and Live & Learn Environmental Education
Hailing from Kiribati’s Banaba Island, Pelenise Alofa (also known as Maike Pilitati) is the national coordinator of the Kiribati Climate Action Network, or KiriCAN, a network of 20+ organizations active on climate change. She is also country manager for Live & Learn Environmental Education, an NGO partner to KiriCAN, as well as the in-country coordinator for the European Union/Global Climate Change Alliance project at the University of the South Pacific’s Pacific Centre of Sustainable Development, which aims to help low-lying countries adapt to climate change. Alofa founded the Banaban Elders & Landowners Association, based in Suva, Fiji and works closely with the Kiribati government on climate change programs. Her strength lies in climate change advocacy, project development, program facilitation, capacity building, and strategic management.
Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity officer, Sodexo
As Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer for Sodexo, Rohini Anand oversees the strategy, implementation and business alignment of the company’s integrated global diversity and inclusion initiatives, as well as Sodexo USA’s sustainable development, wellness and corporate responsibility strategies. Under her leadership, Sodexo received the 2012 Catalyst Award and was the only company to be ranked first or second on the DiversityInc index of Top Companies for Diversity and Inclusion for five consecutive years. The Human Rights Campaign has given Sodexo a 100 percent rating on its Corporate Equality Index for seven years and Sodexo was named Global Sustainability Industry Leader for the 10th year in a row by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. A commitment to sustainability resulted in a ranking for eight consecutive years as the best-performing company for Economic, Social and Environmental performance in the benchmark RobecoSAM ‘Sustainability Yearbook 2015’ as Industry Leader and Gold Class.
Ambassador at Large, The Hellenic Republic
Gianna Angelopoulos is a best-selling author, Olympic Organizer, Ambassador at Large of the Hellenic Republic, lawyer, and former Member of Greek Parliament.
In 2000, when slow progress and gridlocked bureaucracy put Athens in danger of losing the Olympic Games, she was asked to assume the presidency of the ATHENS 2004 Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games. Under her leadership, Athens made up for lost time and gave the world what International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge called: “an unforgettable, dream Games.”
In 2013, she published the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling memoir “My Greek Drama: Life, Love, and One Woman’s Olympic Effort to Bring Glory to Her Country.”
Today, Ambassador Angelopoulos is a Convening Sponsor of the Clinton Global Initiative. She serves as Vice-Chairman of the Dean’s Council for Harvard’s John. F. Kennedy School of Government.
President and CEO, International Medical Corps
Nancy Aossey is President and CEO of Los Angeles-based International Medical Corps, a global first responder delivering emergency relief and training on the frontlines of war, natural disaster, and disease. Aossey was the organization’s startup chief executive officer in 1986, scaling it up from three employees to more than 8,000, and delivering over $2 billion in assistance and training to millions of people in 70 countries. Under Aossey’s leadership, the organization has responded to every major disaster of the last 30 years, including the Philippines typhoon, Haiti and Nepal earthquakes, Japan earthquake and tsunami, Indian Ocean tsunami, genocide in Rwanda, and conflicts in Syria, Darfur, Afghanistan, and the Balkans, and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Aossey has testified before Congress, briefed the White House, appears in major media, including PBS Newshour, CNN, ABC, NBC, Fox, NPR, The New York Times, LA Times and Wall Street Journal and serves on numerous boards.
Senior Vice President of Industry, Box, Founder, Box.org
Karen Appleton is Senior Vice President of Industry and founder of Box.org. She leads Box’s vertical industry go-to-market team and is responsible for aligning ecosystems of customers and partners to create transformational solutions for enterprises. Appleton has delivered Box to thousands of non-profits globally to make technology tools accessible and available. Prior to her current role, Appleton was Senior Vice President of Global Alliances and Vice President of Business Development at Box. Previously, she was an executive at Prosper, and she served as Head of Business Development at Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe. Appleton is on the board of trustees for the Computer History Museum, is a General Partner with AccelepriseSF, and is a founding advisor of the global innovation forum for the Information Technology Innovation Council.
Appleton earned her master’s degree in organizational development from Johns Hopkins University and her bachelor’s degree in international business from Towson University.
Supisra Arayaphong is the founder of FarmerDo. She is currently working on a personal project to promote and educate local farmers and consumers on sustainable agriculture, particularly rice cropping and organic production, under FarmerDo, which is based in Thailand. She completed her second master’s degree in sustainable development from Uppsala University, Sweden. Her most recent publication is “Weekend Farmer puts Climate-Smart Farming Practices to the Test in Thailand” with the Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative. Arayaphong’s research specialty is economics, social problems, sustainable agriculture, and environmental issues, including social impact assessment, project evaluation, and cost-benefit analysis.
Young Leader, Ghana, Women Deliver Commitment to Action
Oko Armah is a young leader at Women Deliver. He is currently studying communications as an undergraduate student at the African University College of Communications in Accra and is a Project Officer at Curious Minds Ghana. He has worked extensively with global organizations, including Marie Stopes International, Ipas, and DKT International, under the Reducing Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Project (R3M). He has served in various capacities as a peer educator, facilitator, communications officer, youth ambassador, and youth counselor for sexual and reproductive services. He strongly believes in using the media as a tool for development and is actively involved in radio and TV broadcasts at Curious Minds Ghana. Armah is also currently serving as the country coordinator at the International Youth Alliance on Family Planning (IYAFP).
School Founder and Writing Support Teacher, Center for Teaching and Learning
An English teacher since 1975, Nancie Atwell is the school founder and writing support teacher for the Center for Teaching and Learning. She is the inaugural recipient of the Global Teacher Prize and has donated the $1 million award to the Center for Teaching and Learning, the K-8 non-profit demonstration school she founded in Edgecomb, Maine, in 1990. She is the first classroom teacher to receive the major U.S. research awards in the language arts: the M.L.A. Mina Shaughnessy Prize and the National Council of Teachers of English (N.C.T.E.) David H. Russell Award. She was honored as the N.C.T.E. Outstanding Middle School English Teacher and River of Words Poetry Teacher of the Year. Atwell is the author of the classic text for English teachers, “In the Middle,” as well as “Side by Side: Essays on Teaching to Learn,” “Lessons That Change Writers,” “Naming the World: A Year of Poems and Lessons,” “The Reading Zone,” and “Systems to Transform Your Classroom and School.”
TEALS Alumni, Microsoft
Justin Austin is an alumni of Microsoft’s TEALS program. He is currently a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying computer science and philosophy. He grew up in the city of Beattyville, a very small town in Eastern Kentucky and participated in the Microsoft's Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program. This program gave him the opportunity to learn computer science, to meet current computer science professionals, and to gain the confidence to apply to his dream colleges.
President, Center for Digital Inclusion
Rodrigo Baggio is Founder and President of the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI), an organization that transforms lives and strengthens low-income communities by empowering people with information and communication technology in 15 countries, impacting over 1,6 million people. Winner of the Entrepreneur for the World Award in 2014 (World Entrepreneurship Forum), Baggio and CDI have won more than 60 awards from organizations including UNICEF, UNESCO, the Technology Museum, Time, Fortune, CNN, and the World Economic Forum. Baggio is also Senior Vice President of Ashoka, organization leader in Social Entrepreneurship, and is also recognized by Ashoka, Avina, Skoll and Schwabb Foundations, the 4 main organizations which support Social Entrepreneurship. He holds the honorary title of Doctor in Humane Letters from the School of Computer Science of DePaul University.
Chef and Philanthropist, Mario Batali Foundation
Mario Batali counts 25 restaurants, ten cookbooks, numerous television shows, and three Eataly marketplaces among his ever-expanding empire of deliciousness. In 2015, Batali opened Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca, his first Boston project. The 8,700 square foot restaurant, featuring wood-fired pizza, pasta, gelato, and more, is located on Beantown’s famed Fan Pier waterfront district. He also opened the most well-received Eataly yet in Sao Paulo, Brazil in May 2015. Batali’s cookbooks include the James Beard Award Winning “Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes” His newest cookbook, “America Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers” was released in October 2014. This book pays homage to farmers, the true rock stars of the food world. Batali appears daily on ABC’s “The Chew,” a daytime talk show on ABC that celebrates and explores life through food. He and his co-hosts won their first Emmy as Best Talk Show Hosts this year.
Founder and CEO, littleBits
Ayah Bdeir is the founder and CEO of littleBits, an award-winning educational platform of electronic building blocks that empowers everyone to create inventions, large and small. Bdeir’s career has centered on democratizing hardware to make education and innovation more accessible to people around the world. She is a co-founder of the Open Hardware Summit, a TED Senior Fellow, and an alumna of the MIT Media Lab. Bdeir has been named under Inc. Magazine’s 35 under 35, NY Business Journal’s Women of Influence, Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, Popular Mechanics’ 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream, Entrepreneur’s 10 Leaders to Watch, the CNBC Next List, and MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators under 35. Originally from Lebanon and Canada, Bdeir now lives in New York City.
Chief Executive Officer, New Course
Jamie Bechtel is the Co-founder and CEO of New Course and is a highly regarded leader in international conservation. Her work has led to strategic advances in the fields of gender mainstreaming, conservation, development, and sustainable finance.
Before founding New Course, Bechtel worked at Conservation International. Her work took her to over 30 countries including diverse places such as Ecuador, Madagascar, Indonesia, South Africa, Rwanda, and Papua New Guinea, among many others.
Bechtel is an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and was recently honored in Fast Company Magazine as 1 of 60 women heroes. She is a lecturer at University of Washington’s School of Law and holds a doctorate degree from Boston University and a law degree from Boston College. She lives in Seattle with her one husband, two children, one dog, and seven chickens (not necessarily listed in order of importance).
Founder and CEO, Rock Creek
Afsaneh M. Beschloss is Founder and CEO of Rock Creek, a global investment and advisory firm. Previously, she was Managing Director and Partner at the Carlyle Group. Prior to that, she was Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of the World Bank, responsible for the investment of the World Bank and external assets and financial advisory work for central banks and policy makers. Beschloss founded the World Bank’s Natural Gas Group, which invested in gas and power projects to replace coal. She led the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Group and was responsible for energy policy and investing in oil, gas, renewable energy, and power to reduce carbon emissions.
She is currently a Director of the Institute of Advanced Study, the Public Broadcasting Service, the American Red Cross, the Urban Institute and the World Resources Institute, where she is Chair of the Global Advisory Council.
Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sangeeta Bhatia is a cancer researcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor, and biotech entrepreneur, working to adapt technologies developed in the computer industry for medical innovation. Trained as both a physician and engineer, Bhatia’s laboratory leverages ‘tiny technologies’ of miniaturization tools used in semiconductor manufacturing to yield inventions with applications in tissue regeneration, stem cell differentiation, medical diagnostics, and drug delivery. Bhatia received degrees from Brown University, MIT, and Harvard, and published over 160 manuscripts that are cited over 15,000 times. She and her trainees have over 40 issued or pending patents and launched 10 biotechnology companies with over 70 commercial products. She consults for industry, government and academic organizations, and advocates for diversity in science and engineering. Bhatia received multiple honors including the Lemelson-MIT Prize and the Heinz Award, is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Science.
Ambassador to the "Then Who Will" Campaign, WomanCare Global
Jessica Biel has starred in numerous films, including “Hitchcock,” “The Illusionist,” “The A-Team,” “Total Recall,” and “Valentine’s Day.”
In 2010, Biel joined a determined group of climbers to the top of Mr. Kilimanjaro in order to raise awareness about the need for clean water worldwide. This climb was a part of the Summit on the Summit expedition along with members of the United Nations Foundation. Biel was also honored with an "Impact Award" at VARIETY'S Power of Women ceremony for highlighting how clean water directly affects the lives of mothers and daughters in villages throughout Africa and its direct link to education for women. She’s now teaming up with activist Saundra Pelletier, Founding Chief Executive Officer of WomanCare Global, to launch a new initiative to help educate women and girls on menses, sex, contraception, and the female body. The pair will release a series of videos on behalf of WomanCare Global and the Then Who Will campaign.
Chief Executive Officer, Qlik
Lars Björk leads Qlik as chief executive officer and is a member of the company’s board of directors. He oversaw the company’s initial public offering (IPO) on the NASDAQ, recognized as one of the top tech IPOs in 2010. Björk is a recognized authority on driving company culture through an accessible management style, with articles appearing in the New York Times, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review, as well as speaking engagements at conferences, including the CEO2CEO Leadership Summit. He was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and was named Technology CEO of the Year at the 2015 PACT Annual Enterprise Awards. He was recently nominated to participate in Startup America, a White House initiative to accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship. Before Qlik, Björk held positions as chief financial officer at ScandStick and Resurs Finance. He has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Lund, Sweden and an engineering degree from the Technical College in Helsingborg.
Executive Director, Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP)
Conor Bohan is the executive director of the Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP). He lived and worked in Haiti from 1996 to 2008. Under his leadership, HELP has grown from a single student to the largest university scholarship program in Haiti. In addition to growing HELP, Bohan was a volunteer teacher, Deputy Director of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Haiti, and Director of Haiti Programs for the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Bohan has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Brown University and was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2014.
Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University
Jason Bordoff serves as Founding Director of Columbia’s Center on Global Energy Policy. Previously he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change at the National Security Council, as well as holding senior policy positions on the White House’s National Economic Council and Council on Environmental Quality. He is a frequent media commentator, being interviewed by Bloomberg, BBC, and the Colbert Report. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Petroleum Council, and serves on the boards of Winrock International and the New York Energy Forum. During the Clinton Administration, Bordoff served as an advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department. Bordoff graduated from Harvard Law School and also holds a Master of Literature from Oxford University, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar, and a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University.
Sir Richard Branson
Founder, Virgin Group and Virgin Unite
Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world's most recognised and respected brands. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors including mobile telephony, travel & transportation, financial services, leisure & entertainment and health & wellness. Richard has challenged himself with many record-breaking adventures from balloon flights to ocean crossings, and described Virgin Galactic as being “the greatest adventure of all.”
Since starting youth culture magazine “Student” at aged 16, Richard has found entrepreneurial ways to drive positive change in the world. In 2004 he established Virgin Unite, the entrepreneurial foundation of the Virgin Group. Most of his time is spent building businesses that will make a positive difference in the world, and working with Virgin Unite and organisations it has incubated. He also serves on the Global Commission on Drug Policy and supports ocean conservation with the Ocean Elders.
President, West Elm
James (Jim) Brett is the president of West Elm. Under his leadership, West Elm has delivered 21 consecutive quarters of record earnings, and now has more than 70 stores around the world. An advocate for global handicraft, Brett expanded West Elm’s offering by collaborating with craft workers around the world, making dual-purpose investments designed to deliver financial return and measureable social impact. Brett also pioneered the launch of Fair Trade beyond the agricultural sector. In 2013, he undertook the brand’s Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action: a two-year, $35 million handcraft purchasing plan. The same year he launched West Elm LOCAL, differentiating the brand with regional assortments. Brett came to West Elm with two decades of retail experience, most recently as Chief Merchandising Officer at Urban Outfitters, Inc.
Brett, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University, was the largest individual fundraiser for the AIDS Walk NYC in 2015.
Chief Executive Officer, Westrock Coffee International
As Chief Executive Officer of Westrock Coffee International, Todd Brogdon leads Westrock's coffee trading and export operations in Europe and East Africa. Prior to helping start Westrock Coffee in 2009, Brogdon worked for Opportunity International and was on the team that launched Urwego Opportunity Bank in Rwanda, serving as its CEO and CFO. Before moving with his family to Rwanda, Brogdon served as the Chief Financial Officer for Diamond State Ventures, a venture capital fund. Brogdon began his career with KPMG and has past experience in telecommunications, real estate development, and tax credit financing. He received his bachelor's degree in accounting and his Masters of Accountancy degree from Baylor University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media and Women in the World
Tina Brown is an award-winning journalist, editor, author, and the founder and CEO of Tina Brown Live Media. Formerly, she was editor-in-chief of Tatler, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker. She also authored the 2007 best-selling biography of the Princess of Wales, “The Diana Chronicles.” In 2000, she was awarded the honor of Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth for her services to journalism. In 2008, Brown launched and edited the digital news site The Daily Beast, which won the news website of the year award in 2012 and 2013. In 2010, she launched the annual Women in the World Summit, which convenes extraordinary leaders such as Meryl Streep, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, and Christine Lagarde. The 2014 Summit featured Hillary Clinton, Christine Lagarde, Queen Rania, and Pussy Riot. Brown is married to editor, publisher, and historian Sir Harold Evans and lives in New York City.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Corporation
Burns is chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation. She helped the company transform from a global leader in document technology to the world’s most diversified business services company aiding enterprises and governments of all sizes. Burns joined Xerox as an intern in 1980 and held leadership posts spanning corporate services, manufacturing and product development. Burns became president in 2007, CEO in 2009 and chairman in 2010. Burns regularly appears on Fortune’s and Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful women. She is a board director of the American Express Corporation, Exxon Mobil Corporation and the Ford Foundation. In 2009, Burns lead the White House national program on STEM, and was appointed chair of the President’s Export Council in 2015 after service as vice chair since 2010. She also provides leadership counsel to several community, educational, and non-profit organizations. Burns holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees.
President and CEO, United Nations Foundation
Kathy Calvin is President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation, which was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift. Calvin is a passionate advocate for multi-sector problem-solving, U.S. leadership on global issues, and the inclusion of women at all levels and in all sectors. Before joining the UN Foundation as Chief Operating Officer in 2003, she served as President of the AOL Time Warner Foundation. She previously served in senior positions at AOL, Hill and Knowlton, and U.S. News & World Report. From 1976 through 1984 she was Senator Gary Hart’s press secretary. Calvin was named one of Newsweek’s "150 Women Who Rock the World" in 2011 and listed in Fast Company’s "League of Extraordinary Women" in 2012. Her innovative work in philanthropy and international development has been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post. She graduated from Purdue University.
Program Officer for Haiti, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Alix Cantave is a program officer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. He is responsible for identifying and nurturing positive, systemic change within communities, executing programming efforts aligned with the strategic programming functions of the overall foundation and implementing a micro regional strategy in Haiti.
Previously, Cantave served as associate director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, economic development program officer for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in Boston, founding director of the Haitian Studies Association/Haitian Studies Project at the University of Massachusetts, and research associate for the Harvard University Immigration Projects at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Cantave holds a doctorate in public policy from the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Science in city and regional planning from the Pratt Institute, and a Bachelor of Arts in environmental design from State University of New York in Buffalo.
Founder and Executive Director, BYkids - Their World, Their Films
Holly Carter is the Founder and Director of BYkids- Their World, Their Films. She began her career as a writer and editor at The New York Times and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Since then, she has lived in Korea as a Henry Luce scholar and print and television journalist and produced the award-winning documentary “Margaret Sanger.” She also co-founded North Carolina's Full Frame Festival, served as a consultant for The After-School Corporation, and produced the PBS series “Media Matters.” Before founding BYkids, Carter was Executive Director of The Global Film Initiative.
Governor, Banque de la République d'Haïti (BRH) - Central Bank of Haïti
Charles Castel has been Governor of Haïti’s Central Bank, Banque de la République d’Haïti , since 2007. Prior to that, he was Member of the Board and General Manager from 2004. Born in 1963, he studied both in Haïti and abroad. Castel holds two bachelor degrees in law and in management from the Université d’Etat d’Haïti, a Master of Arts in Economics and Finance from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, and a Master of Laws (LLM) from Columbia University Law School.
Executive Chairman of the Board, Cisco
John Chambers is the Executive Chairman of the Board for Cisco. Chambers helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined Cisco in January 1991, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to $47 billion in FY15.
He has received numerous awards for his leadership, including Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” and one of BusinessWeek’s “Top 25 Executives Worldwide.”
Chambers has been widely recognized for his philanthropic leadership, including receiving the US State Department’s top corporate social responsibility award (ACE) twice, from both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2010 and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2005. He also received the first-ever Clinton Global Citizen Award from former US President Bill Clinton, and has been awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship.
He has served two American presidents, most recently as Vice Chairman of the President George W. Bush National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC).
Ann Mei Chang
Executive Director, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID
Ann Mei Chang is the Executive Director of the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID. Prior to USAID, Chang was the Chief Innovation Officer at Mercy Corps. She also served as the Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues at the U.S. Department of State. There, she developed partnerships, influenced policy, and became a public voice on leveraging technology to improve the lives of women and girls in developing countries. She conceived and launched the Alliance for Affordable Internet, a public-private partnership which aims to expand Internet access to the next billion.
Chang has over 20 years of engineering and leadership experience in Silicon Valley. She served as a Senior Engineering Director at Google for 8 years, where she led worldwide engineering for Google's mobile applications and services. Chang has held leadership roles at several other leading companies, including Apple, Intuit, SGI, and various startups.
Trustee, Nandos Foundation
Sherwin Charles currently serves as a Trustee of Not Just a Foundation, a Nandos philanthropy foundation. He has spent the last 9 years as a Director in the Nandos Group, fulfilling various financial roles. Charles is co-founder and CEO of Goodbye Malaria, an African initiative to eliminate malaria in southern Africa. A pilot is currently underway to prove an innovative and sustainable model for malaria elimination that is completely scalable. Charles also sits on the board of Rollback Malaria, and is a trustee on both The Relate Trust and Citadel Health Trust. He is a partner of United Against Malaria, an official cause of the 2010 World Cup and currently of the Confederation of African Football. Charles is a charted accountant by profession and has spent many years in banking and investments in South Africa and Nigeria.
Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research, Microsoft Research
Jennifer Tour Chayes is Distinguished Scientist, Managing Director, and Co-founder of Microsoft Research New England and Microsoft Research New York City. Before joining Microsoft, Chayes was Professor of Mathematics at UCLA. Chayes is the author of over 130 academic papers and the inventor of over 30 patents. Her research areas include phase transitions in discrete mathematics and computer science, structural and dynamical properties of self-engineered networks, graph theory, and computational biology.
Chayes is a graduate of Wesleyan and Princeton. She is the recipient of an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, a Sloan Fellowship, the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, and the ABI Women of Leadership Vision Award. Chayes is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Fields Institute, the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Mathematical Society, and an Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the winner of the 2015 John von Neumann Lecture Award.
Co-Founder and Principal, Dalberg’s Design Impact Group
Ravi Chhatpar is Co-Founder and Pincipal of Dalberg’s Design Impact Group (DIG), where he brings human-centered design and systems thinking to clients looking for creative approaches to breakthrough innovation in social impact and development. Before Dalberg, Chhatpar led frog design’s emerging markets business, including 2 years in Uganda and South Africa building frog’s innovation offering in Africa and 6+ years in China as Founder of frog Shanghai. He regularly shares his passion, perspectives, and projects at major conferences worldwide, business schools, corporate workshops, and in media. His client portfolio includes experience with global multinationals, foundations, start-ups, and non-profits across sectors, including financial inclusion and financial services, agriculture, public health, social innovation, mobile and technology for development, education, and media.
Chairman and CEO, Wesley K. Clark and Associates
Wesley K. Clark is Chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates. He is also Co-Chairman of Growth Energy, senior fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations, Strategic Advisor for Vital Capital, and Advisor at the Blackstone Group.
Clark retired as a four star general after 38 years in the United States Army. He graduated from West Point and completed bachelor and master degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. While serving in Vietnam, he commanded an infantry company in combat, where he was severely wounded and evacuated home. He later served as the Director Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5). He led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force as Supreme Allied Commander Europe, saving 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing.
His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, silver star, bronze star, purple heart, honorary knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments, and Commander of the Legion of Honor (France).
President Bill Clinton
Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States
Elected president of the United States in 1992 and 1996, President Bill Clinton was the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice. Under his leadership, the United States enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest economic expansion in its history. His administration resulted in moving the nation from record deficits to record surpluses; the creation of over 22 million jobs; low levels of unemployment, poverty and crime; and the highest home ownership and college enrollment rates in history. He also increased investment in education, expanded access to technology, encouraged investment in underserved communities, protected the environment, and countered the threat of terrorism while promoting peace and strengthening democracy around the world. After leaving the White House, President Clinton founded the Clinton Foundation with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people in the U.S. and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.
Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
Chelsea Clinton’s work at the Clinton Foundation emphasizes improving global and domestic health, creating service opportunities, and empowering the next generation of leaders. Chelsea focuses especially on the Foundation’s health programs, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which strengthens health care and access to lifesaving services in the developing world; the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which fights childhood obesity in the United States; and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, which addresses preventable disease in the United States. She also established — and continues to lead — the Clinton Foundation Day of Action program, which identifies and organizes meaningful service opportunities for Foundation staff, friends, and partners and for the wider Foundation community. To help advance the full participation of women and girls around the world, Chelsea and Secretary Clinton, co-lead the Foundation’s newest initiative, No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project. As one of the strongest champions of the Clinton Global Initiative University, Chelsea works to empower the next generation of change makers to take action on some of the world’s most urgent challenges. In addition to her Foundation work, Chelsea is a special correspondent for NBC News. She previously worked at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital. Chelsea also serves on the boards of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the School of American Ballet, Common Sense Media, the Africa Center and the Weill Cornell Medical College. She is the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Of Many Institute at NYU. Chelsea holds a B.A. from Stanford, a MPhil from Oxford, a MPH from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, and a Doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University. She and her husband, Marc, live in New York City.
Executive Director, UN-Habitat
Joan Clos is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-Habitat. Born in Barcelona, Clos is a medical doctor with a distinguished career in public service and diplomacy. He was twice elected Mayor of Barcelona during the years 1997-2006. He was also the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade of Spain from 2006-2008. Prior to joining the United Nations in 2010, he served as Spanish ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan.
Executive Vice President and President of Global Health and Development, Becton, Dickinson and Company
Gary Cohen is Executive Vice President and President of Global Health and Development at Becton, Dickinson & Co, a global medical technology company operating in 50 countries. He is also acting Chief Executive Officer of GBCHealth, a coalition of companies dedicated to improving the health of workforces and communities, Vice Chair and board director of the US Fund for UNICEF, and a board director of the CDC Foundation, Perrigo Company, and Accordia Global Health Foundation. He further serves as a Vice Chair of the UN Special Envoy’s Office for Financing the Health-Related Millennium Development Goals and recently served on the UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children. He frequently serves as an advisor, advocate, and speaker on topics associated with advancing health and human rights among under-resourced and vulnerable populations. Cohen is the founder of Together for Girls, a partnership of five UN agencies led by UNICEF, the CDC, U.S. Department of State-PEPFAR and USAID, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada and others to end violence against children, particularly sexual violence against girls.
Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom Limited
Robert Collymore is the chief executive officer of Safaricom Limited, a leading communications company in Africa and pioneer of M-PESA, the world’s most developed mobile payment system. His work experience spans across diverse countries such as Japan, South Africa and the United Kingdom where he’s held senior roles in marketing, purchasing, retail and corporate affairs. Collymore has over 30 years of commercial experience working in the telecommunications sector and is passionate about how businesses can be catalysts in transforming communities. He is committed to environmental sustainability and anti-corruption, and has worked to address the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 on maternal health and child mortality. In recognition of these commitments, Collymore was appointed to the United Nations Global Compact Board. Collymore also served as a Commissioner on the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for women and children.
President and CEO, NRG Energy, Inc.
David Crane is President and CEO of NRG Energy, Inc. Under Crane, NRG joined the Fortune 200, leading next-generation clean energy technology development for a low-carbon, clean energy future. After 12 years, he has propelled NRG to the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy.
Crane is a leading voice on climate change and the energy sector’s role in reducing greenhouse gases through the next wave of new power generation while meeting our growing energy needs. He has been outspoken on the need to advance climate legislation and support clean energy resources and technologies critical to our transition to a sustainable tomorrow.
Crane’s vision has guided NRG to pioneer development of cleaner and smarter energy choices that deliver power to more than 42M US households through 52,000 MW.
Executive Director, Gardens for Health International
Jessie Cronan has served as the Executive Director of Gardens for Health since June 2012. Prior to joining the Gardens for Health team, Cronan was the Strategy and Business Development Coordinator for TechnoServe, an organization based in Swaziland. She has also worked for New Profit Inc. and the Tanzanian Children’s Fund. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 2007, and a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2011.
Minister of Health, Republic of Liberia
Bernice Dahn has over 19 years of experience as a public health physician, administrator, policy-maker, and educator. Prior to her appointment as Minister, she was the Deputy Minister and Chief Medical Officer for the Republic of Liberia for 8 years, with direct oversight of about 150 million USD projects. She also led the establishment of a post graduate medical education for surgeons and physicians.
Actor, Member of the Board of Directors, Oceana
Ted Danson is known for TV and movie acting roles, but for those in the conservation movement, he is much more famous for his work as an ocean advocate and Oceana spokesman. Despite growing up in landlocked Flagstaff, Arizona, Danson’s call to action came when he lived in Santa Monica during his tenure as Sam Malone on "Cheers," and saw a sign at the beach reading, "water polluted, no swimming." Shortly thereafter, Danson met environmental lawyer Bob Sulnick and become involved in a movement to prevent digging for oil wells in Santa Monica. After this victory, Danson helped create the American Oceans Campaign in 1987, which eventually became Oceana in 2001. Danson’s acting career is complimented by his staunch ocean advocacy, appearing in public service announcements, appealing to donors, and testifying to the government on the condition of our oceans. He currently sits on Oceana’s Board of Directors where he and his wife, actress Mary Steenburgen, continue to fight on our oceans’ behalf.
Economics Writer, The New York Times
Adam Davidson is economics writer for The New York Times Magazine and co-founder of National Public Radio's Planet Money.
Founder and CEO, Save the Elephants
Iain Douglas-Hamilton, CBE, is an authority on elephant behavior and conservation. His work in the 1960s paved the way for much of today’s understanding of elephants and current conservation practices. During the mid 1970s, he investigated the status of elephants throughout Africa, instituted a Pan African Elephant survey with a network of scientists and conservationists across the continent, and started the IUCN African Elephant Specialist Group. He chronicled the rapid diminution of Africa’s elephant population between 1979 and 1989, alerting the world to the ivory poaching crisis, and was instrumental in bringing about the world ivory trade ban. In 2013 he co-founded the Elephant Crisis Fund (a joint initiative between Save the Elephants and San Francisco based NGO Wildlife Conservation Network) to confront the threat to elephants by supporting the most urgent, important, and catalytic projects across the world to stop the killing, stop the trafficking, and end the demand for ivory.
Founder and CEO, Knōd
Graham Doxey is Founder and CEO of Knōd.
Following 17 years in senior positions in financial services, Doxey has spent the last 14 years addressing the employability gap between higher education and industry. Doxey’s innovative solutions achieved exemplary results: greater than 90% placement rates during varied economic cycles and starting salaries for graduates 20-30% above the averages at traditional universities. These results have been consistent across academic disciplines and on two different continents. This success was achieved through engaging employers early in the education process, implementing experiential learning pedagogies, and mapping regulator required learning outcomes with industry required skills.
Currently, Doxey and his team are building Knōd, a scalable solution to the global education to employment gap that connects the global emerging middle class with employers through the innovative experiential learning model that has successfully prepared thousands of graduates not just for jobs, but for lifelong learning and livelihoods.
Founder and Chairman, The Sylvia Earle Alliance
Sylvia Earle is Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society, Founder of the Sylvia Earle Alliance (S.E.A.)/Mission Blue, Founder of DOER Inc., Chair of the Advisory Council for the Harte Research Institute, and former Chief Scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Author of 200+ publications, leader of 100+ expeditions, with over 7,000 hours underwater, she graduated from Florida State University with master’s and doctorate degrees from Duke University and 27 honorary doctorates. She researches the ecology and conservation of marine ecosystems and development of technology for access to the deep sea. She is the subject of the 2014 Netflix film “Mission Blue” and recipient of over 100 honors and awards, including Time Magazine’s first Hero for the Planet, a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, Netherlands Order of the Golden Ark, winner of the 2009 TED Prize, the Walter Cronkite Award, 2014 UNEP Champion of the Earth, Glamour Magazine’s 2014 Woman of the Year, the 1996 Explorers Club Medal, Royal Geographic Society 2011 Patron’s Medal, and the National Geographic 2013 Hubbard Medal.
Corporate Vice President, Novo Nordisk A/S
Charlotte Ersbøll is Corporate Vice President of Corporate Stakeholder Engagement in Novo Nordisk, a Danish-based pharmaceutical company leading the fight against diabetes.
Ersbøll is responsible for corporate sustainability, corporate public affairs, government affairs, and trade policy in Novo Nordisk. Since joining Novo Nordisk in January 2005, she has been responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s global Changing Diabetes® and Changing Possibilities in Haemophilia® leadership initiatives.
Ersbøll is actively involved in initiatives promoting social change, in collaboration with organizations such as the World Economic Forum, the UN Global Compact, the UN Foundation’s Every Woman Every Child initiative, Unicef, the International Diabetes Federation, and the World Diabetes Foundation. She is a member of the Novo Nordisk Haemophilia Foundation, and has served as a faculty member on the Cambridge Sustainability Leadership Programme.
Previously, Ersbøll was a senior executive in leading global Public Relations and Public Affairs consultancies advising global healthcare industry and non-governmental organizations.
Global Chief Executive Officer, Opportunity International
Vicki Escarra is Global Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity International, where she sets strategic priorities, facilitates relationships with global partners, and leads the organization's efforts to empower people to work their way out of poverty. She has led several major initiatives to expand the organization’s work, including strengthening partnerships with Caterpillar, The MasterCard Foundation, and MetLife as part of the organization’s plan to help clients create 20 million jobs by 2020, impacting 100 million people through life-changing loans, savings programs, and other financial services and training. Escarra began her career at Delta Air Lines, where she rose to chief marketing officer and was one of the highest-ranking women in the aviation industry, overseeing $15 billion in revenue and leading a workforce of 52,000. She also served as president and CEO of Feeding America, where she quadrupled the revenue and doubled the number of people the organization serves.
Co-Founder and Principal, Dalberg’s Design Impact Group
Robert Fabricant is Co-Founder and Principal of Dalberg's Design Impact Group (DIG), where he brings human-centered design and innovation services to clients looking for creative approaches to breakthrough innovation and expanded collaborations in the field of social impact and international development. His client portfolio at Dalberg includes work for the Gates Foundation, Mastercard, GE Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, GSMA, and the World Bank on topics ranging from innovation strategy to financial inclusion to public health. Fabricant joined Dalberg from a long career at the forefront of Human Centered Design (HCD) as Vice President of Creative for frog design where he developed frog’s practices in design research and experience strategy. He also incubated and led frog’s “Design for Social Impact” practice working with key partners in public health, financial inclusion, mobile technology, and disaster response. Fabricant holds an MPS in Design and Technology from NYU and a BA from Yale University.
Senior Pastor and Advisory Board Member, Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church; The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative, Gilead Inc. and NAACP Commitment to Action
Pastor John R. Faison, Sr. is the Senior Pastor of Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, TN, affectionately known as "The Grove." A native of Boykins, Virginia, Faison earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Virginia State University and a master of arts in practical theology from Regent University. Since his arrival at The Grove in 2012, the congregation has quadrupled to over 1300 members. Faison is a passionate advocate for community transformation and development, as seen in his work as an HIV/AIDS National Ambassador with the NAACP, mentor in public school districts, advisor to several community organizations, and member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. Faison currently serves as a board member of the Dismas House, as well as a founding director of the South Nashville Fellowship Community Development Corporation. Faison previously served as an officer in the US Army.
President and CEO, Heifer International
Pierre Ferrari was born in the Belgian Congo and is president and CEO of Heifer International. He joined Heifer International in 2010, bringing more than 40 years of business experience from working at organizations ranging from Coca-Cola to socially-oriented organizations like CARE. Ferrari is a current board member of InterAction, an alliance organization of 180 NGOs united by a commitment to work with the world’s poor and vulnerable, Global Impact, an organization that raises resources and partnerships that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and other services, Fair Trade USA, and the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund, which provides equity financing to small and medium enterprises in developing countries and emerging markets. Ferrari is also a former chair and current board member of Ben and Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream. Ferrari holds a master’s degree in Economics from The University of Cambridge and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
José María Figueres
President, Carbon War Room
After a successful business career, José María Figueres Olsen served as Minister of State and was later elected President of Costa Rica (1994-1998) at the age of 39. As President he created a comprehensive national development strategy based on the tenets of sustainability: sound economics, investment in human development, and a strong alliance with nature.
Figueres pioneered the linkage between sustainable development and technology, which he continued after government by helping create and then leading the United Nations ICT Task Force as its first Chairperson.
He was the first CEO of the World Economic Forum, where he strengthened global corporate ties to social and governmental sectors. Later he was named CEO of Concordia 21, dedicated to supporting organizations that promote development and democratic values around the world.
Figueres joined the Carbon War Room in 2009, currently serving as its President. The organization accelerates the adoption of business solutions that reduce carbon emissions at gigaton scale and advance the low-carbon economy.
In 2013 Figueres helped launch the Global Ocean Commission to formulate politically and technically feasible recommendations that address key issues facing the high seas. He serves as co-Chair.
Figueres holds an Engineering Degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Founder and Chairwoman, Eileen Fisher, Inc.
Eileen Fisher is the Founder and Chairwoman of Eileen Fisher, Inc., the clothing company known for its simple shapes and beautiful fabrics. Fisher ventured into clothing design in 1984. Her original concept pieces that work together to help women get dressed easily still define the company’s collections, which are sold at 65 Eileen Fisher stores as well as department and specialty stores across the US, UK, and Canada. Fisher attributes the company’s vision and success to an emphasis on collaboration, community, and connection.
The company recently launched VISION2020, a bold sustainability initiative that includes a pledge to use only organic cotton and organic linen by 2020. Supply chain transparency, water, carbon, responsible dyeing, fair wages and benefits, and conscious business practices are key components. In keeping with Fisher's belief in collaboration, VISION2020 calls for partnering with other brands to shift the fashion industry.
Assistant Managing Editor and Economics Columnist, Global Economic Analyst, TIME, CNN
Rana Foroohar is an assistant managing editor and economics columnist at TIME. She is also CNN’s Global Economic Analyst, and an economic contributor to New York’s public radio station, WNYC. She is a frequent commentator on CBS, ABC, NBC, and the BBC.
Prior to coming to TIME, Foroohar spent 13 years at Newsweek, as an economic and foreign affairs editor and a foreign correspondent covering Europe and the Middle East. During that time, she was awarded the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Prize for transatlantic reporting. She has also received awards and fellowships from institutions such as the Johns Hopkins School of International Affairs and the East West Center. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her book, “Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business,” will be published by Crown in May of 2016.
Foroohar graduated in 1992 from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Founder and President, Code to Inspire
Fereshteh Forough is the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Code to Inspire. Forough is from Herat, Afghanistan. She received her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Herat University and a master’s degree from the Technical University of Berlin in Germany. She taught as a professor in the Computer Science Faculty of Herat University for three years. Forough was a 2013 TED Talk speaker on digital literacy and communication without borders.
Polyphony brings young Arabs and Jews in Israel together through music. With roots in Nazareth, Polyphony provides multi-tiered programing in several cities and towns. Starting in kindergarten, students move from beginner to professional performer through classes, explained concerts, seminars, conservatories, orchestras, and tours.
Students encounter increasingly-mixed ethnic groups as they advance, learning to understand and appreciate music as they learn to understand and appreciate one another. As a model for global cooperation based on cultural exchange, Polyphony creates channels for communication essential to sustaining a diverse and peaceful society.
Polyphony programs reach 10,000 students providing employment for 100 musicians and teachers around the country. Co-founded in 2011 by Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar, who serves as Artistic Director, and Deborah and Craig Cogut, who is Founder, Chairman and President of NYC’s Pegasus Capital Advisors, Polyphony works to bridge the divide in Israel with support from the Polyphony Foundation, a US 501(c)(3).
Chairman and CEO, Merck & Co., Inc.
Kenneth C. Frazier is Chairman and CEO of Merck & Co., Inc., a global biopharmaceutical leader operating in more than 140 countries, improving and saving lives through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and animal health products.
Frazier has held a range of senior management positions at the company, including president of Global Human Health, Merck Manufacturing and Merck Research Laboratories, and general counsel, overseeing Merck’s legal and public affairs functions and The Merck Foundation.
Frazier sits on boards including PhRMA, Weill Cornell Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and Exxon Mobil Corporation. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the President’s Export Council, The Business Council, the Council of the American Law Institute, and the American Bar Association. Frazier received his bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and holds a law degree from Harvard Law School.
Chief Executive Officer, Learn Fresh
Khalil Fuller is a social entrepreneur with a passion for driving positive change in education. He is Chief Executive Officer of Learn Fresh, an organization that makes math fun for kids and keeps them engaged in school through its NBA Math Hoops program, which has reached over 44,000 students nationwide. Fuller is an African American National Merit Scholar and an Echoing Green Fellow, the latter of which is a global nonprofit that provides seed funding and technical assistance to emerging social entrepreneurs with ideas for social change. He is the youngest fellow in the organization’s 25 year history. Forbes Magazine selected Fuller to their “30 Under 30” List for Social Entrepreneurship. Khalil attended Brown University, where he studied Education and Social Innovation. He was President of the Entrepreneurship Program, Captain of the Club Hockey team, and a member of the Varsity Rugby Team.
President, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
Lisa Gable is the President of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO-led initiative aimed at helping to reduce obesity in America.
Gable serves as a National Trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, is a member of the National Academy of Medicine Roundtable on Obesity Solutions, serves on the editorial board of the Diplomatic Courier, and is a member of Women Corporate Directors. President George W. Bush appointed Gable as U.S. Commissioner General to the 2005 World Exposition, in Aichi, Japan.
Her background includes tenure as: Global Brand Identity Manager, INTEL Corporation; Partner, The Brand Group; Trustee, Thunderbird School of Global Management; Board Member, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute; Board Member, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities; Vice Chairman, U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services; Deputy Associate Director, Office of Presidential Personnel, the White House.
Gable is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Georgetown University’s National Security Studies program.
Chief Science & Exploration Officer, National Geographic Society
Terry Garcia is chief science and exploration officer for the National Geographic Society. He also is responsible for the Society’s core mission programs. He oversees the Society’s Explorers-in-Residence, Fellows, and Emerging Explorers programs; National Geographic Museum and exhibitions; live events; and location-based entertainment.
He is chairman of the advisory board for the Scottish government’s Saltire Challenge Prize for marine renewable energy. He also serves on NOAA’s Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council. He is a member of the boards of directors of The Jason Project, Mystic Aquarium, and the Amazonian Center for Environmental Education and Research, and the advisory board of the Harte Research Institute of Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University. Garcia also has served on the U.S. National Committee for the Census of Marine Life, the board of trustees of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation as well as panels convened by the NOAA, National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Public Administration.
Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Vice President, Medtronic Philanthropy
Jacob A. Gayle is Vice President of Medtronic Philanthropy, leading the philanthropic programs of Medtronic, Inc. since he joined the company in August 2011.
Gayle's distinguished career in international public health and diplomacy has spanned three decades and several of the world’s leading health, development, and philanthropic institutions, including Deputy Vice President of the Ford Foundation, Senior Public Health Officer for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and various health and social development roles with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations, World Bank, and Carter Center.
A lifelong devotee to academia, Gayle completed his doctorate in international/community health (health education) at The Ohio State University. He received tenure as Associate Professor of Community Health at Kent State University before joining CDC in 1989. Currently, Gayle is a member of the Institute of Medicine Board on Global Health.
Senior Director of Education and Training, Planned Parenthood of Maryland
Vanessa Geffrard is Senior Director of Education and Training for Planned Parenthood of Maryland (PPM). She trains and educates adults, parents, and community groups around sexual health topics such as consent, sexually transmitted infection prevention, contraceptive methods, teen pregnancy, abortion stigma, healthy relationships, and LGBTQ inclusion.
At PPM, she created the Clippers and Curlers initiative, established to educate and empower African American clients and staff of Baltimore-based hair salons and barbershops on topics of sexual health, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV. The project’s goal is to provide sexual health education, reduce stigma related to HIV/STIs, and link participants to health care services.
Geffrard was recently chosen as a Global Youth Ambassador for Planned Parenthood Global, where she worked in Nigeria and Kenya.
Geffrard earned a Bachelor of Science in community health from University of Maryland, College Park and a Master of Public Health from Morgan State University.
Policy Fellow, The ONE Campaign
Michael Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in the Washington Post and in nearly 100 other newspapers. He is the author of "Heroic Conservatism" (HarperOne, 2007) and coauthor of "City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era" (Moody, 2010). He appears regularly on the PBS NewsHour, Face the Nation, and other programs. Gerson serves as Senior Advisor at ONE, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. Until 2006, Gerson was a top aide to President George W. Bush as Assistant to the President for Policy and Strategic Planning. Prior to that appointment, he served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President, Director of Presidential Speechwriting, Assistant to the President for Speechwriting, and Policy Advisor.
Founder, MENA Ventures
Fadi Ghandour is the Founder of MENA Ventures. MENA Venture Investments (MVI) is an angel fund that invests in early stage startups with strong growth potential in the Middle East and North Africa Region and beyond. Ghandour is Founder and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of ARAMEX and has served for 30 years as the company’s CEO. Aramex is one of the leading global logistics and transportation companies in emerging markets. Ghandour is also a member of the Board of Abraaj Capital, and the Chairman of Wamda, a platform designed to empower entrepreneurs in the MENA region. Ghandour’s other titles include Board Member of Endeavor Global and the American University of Beirut, and Founding Partner of Maktoob.com.
Former Prime Minister, Australia
Julia Gillard served as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia from 2010-13.
Gillard was central to the successful management of Australia’s economy, the world’s 12th largest, during the Global Financial Crisis and positioned Australia to seize the benefits of Asia’s rise. Gillard delivered nation-changing policies across education, climate change, health, and broadband.
Ms Gillard strengthened Australia’s alliance with the United States, secured stronger architecture for the relationship with China, upgraded Australia’s ties with India, and deepened ties with Japan, Indonesia and South Korea. Ms Gillard is the first woman to serve as Australia’s Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister. In October 2012, Ms Gillard received worldwide attention for her speech in Parliament on the treatment of women in professional and public life.
Gillard is a Distinguished Fellow with the Center for Universal Education at Brookings. Gillard is Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, dedicated to expanding access and quality education worldwide.
Gillard is Chancellor of Dūcere, Australia’s leading education provider for business and management courses including a world’s first MBA program.
Deputy Executive Director for Progamme, United Nations Population Fund
Kate Gilmore is Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of Programme for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She has longstanding strategic leadership experience, having worked on human rights issues in government and non-government organizations.
From 1986-1996, she worked on violence against women, law reform, and women’s health more broadly as a senior manager at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne Australia. From 1992-1993, she was seconded to be Chief Executive Officer of Melbourne’s Broadmeadows Community Health Service, then Australia's largest Community Health Service.
In 1996, Gilmore joined Amnesty International Australia as National Director and in 2000 she was appointed Executive Deputy Secretary General of Amnesty International, based in London. Having joined UNFPA in April 2012, Gilmore – as one of two deputies to the Executive Director - carries overall responsibility for UNFPA programs at country, regional, and global levels.
Chief Executive Officer, Amref Health Africa
Githinji Gitahi joined Amref Health Africa on June 1, 2015 as chief executive officer. Until his appointment at Amref Health Africa, Gitahi was the Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, Smile Train International, where he successfully established partnerships for long-term sustainability with various African governments. Prior to that, Gitahi worked with Nation Media Group, the largest media company in East and Central Africa, where he was the Managing Director for Monitor Publications in Uganda as well as General Manager for Marketing and Circulation in East Africa. He was previously with GlaxoSmithKline in progressively senior positions and began his career as a medical doctor practicing in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Gitahi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery and a Master’s in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing.
Chairman and CEO, Nanobiosym Diagnostics
Anita Goel is Chairman and CEO of Nanobiosym Diagnostics. She is a world-renowned nanotechnology expert and global entrepreneur. A Stanford-Harvard-MIT trained physicist-physician and inventor, she was named by MIT’s Technology Review “World’s Top 35 Science and Technology Innovators” and by Scientific American “World’s Most Influential Visionaries in Biotech.” She won the first X Prize for healthcare and the Galactic Award for her Gene-RADAR®: the world’s first mobile tricorder device that can diagnose any disease at point-of-care with gold standard accuracy. Goel drives Nanobiosym Diagnostics product strategy, R&D, manufacturing scale-up, and commercialization of its disruptive Gene-RADAR® platform into global markets. Her mission is to bring world class healthcare to over 4 billion people who lack access to centralized diagnostics. She has forged landmark public-private partnerships with governments and has built a global ecosystem of world experts and business leaders who are partnering with her in this mission.
María José González
Executive Director, Mesoamerican Reef Fund - MAR Fund
María José González, Executive Director of the Mesoamerican Reef Fund since 2005, is a wildlife biologist. She was advisor to the National Council for Protected Areas of Guatemala, developing several wildlife regulation processes, including the design of the hunting law, system, and calendar and the first Red Lists for vertebrates. She headed a Guatemalan research NGO and was a research fellow for Wildlife Conservation Society and coordinator of a vertebrate ecology project in Tikal National Park. From 1996 to early 2004, she directed FCG, a Guatemalan private environmental fund. She participated in the design and establishment of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Environmental Funds (RedLAC), was a member of the first RedLAC Executive Committee. Additional activities include having chaired the Committee for the GEF Small Grants Program in Guatemala. She is currently a LightHawk board member.
Director, Institute for Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy, UCSF Global Health Sciences
Eric Goosby is a Professor of Medicine and the Director of Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy, Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Previously, he served in the Obama Administration as Ambassador-at-Large and US Global AIDS Coordinator. As former Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer of Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, Goosby helped develop and implement HIV/AIDS national treatment scale-up plans in South Africa, Rwanda, China, and Ukraine. During the Clinton Administration, Goosby was Director of the Ryan White Care Act at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and later served as Deputy Director of the White House National AIDS Policy Office and Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy. In 2015, Goosby was appointed as the UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis (TB), promoting the adoption, financing, and implementation of the WHO’s global End TB Strategy after 2015, and its international targets for tuberculosis prevention, care, and control.
Executive Vice President and COO, Interface, Inc.
Jay Gould is Executive Vice President and COO of Interface, Inc. Most recently Chief Executive Officer of American Standard Brands, Gould oversees global operations, marketing, and organizational development for the manufacturing company that is a recognized leader in sustainability worldwide.
Before joining Interface, Gould was Chief Executive Officer of American Standard Brands, where he re-energized the 138-year-old brand in terms of profitability, innovation, and brand stewardship.
Gould has worked internationally for over 20 years and spent several years living in Japan. He helped globalize brands such as Minute Maid, Dasani, Graco, and Rubbermaid and successfully built new business platforms in Europe and Asia. While at Newell Rubbermaid, he managed international businesses in over 100 countries and generated revenues exceeding $500 million. He also built a global innovation system at Coca-Cola that included development centers on all six major continents.
Gould graduated from the University of Dayton and holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Chairman and CEO, Monsanto
Hugh Grant is chairman and CEO of Monsanto Company, a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy – increasingly critical goals as the world’s population is projected to increase by one-third by 2050.
Grant joined Monsanto in 1981 and has since served in a variety of positions on three continents. In 2012, he became chairman and CEO.
Born in Larkhall, Scotland, Grant earned a bachelor of science degree in agricultural zoology with honors at Glasgow University. He also earned a post-graduate degree in agriculture at Edinburgh University, and a master’s of business administration at the International Management Centre in Buckingham, United Kingdom.
Chair, Promundo Board of Directors
Margaret Greene is the Chair of the Promundo Board of Directors. Margaret has worked for nearly 20 years on the social and cultural determinants of health, development policy, and gender. She is widely known for her research and advocacy on the conditions faced by girls in poor countries and on engaging men and boys for gender equality. In addition to directing GreeneWorks, a consulting group working to promote social change for health and development, Margaret is Chair of the Board of Promundo and Secretary of the Coalition for Adolescent Girls. Margaret has worked extensively to call global attention to child marriage and to highlight its linkages with education, health, and human rights. During the past 10 years, she has co-authored two volumes in the Girls Count series, and has conducted research on adolescent sexual and reproductive health for the World Bank, WHO, and USAID. Margaret received MA and PhD degrees in demography from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in linguistics from Yale University.
Vice Chair, MDG Health Alliance
Leith Greenslade is a Vice Chair at the MDG Health Alliance, a special initiative of the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals, where she leads efforts to accelerate achievement of MDG 4 in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Every Woman, Every Child movement. Greenslade served on the US Board of Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, and is an investor in several non-profit organizations working to empower the most disadvantaged women and children. Greenslade has served in several positions with the Australian Government, including Policy Advisor and Speechwriter to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health, Economic Adviser to the Leader of the Opposition, and Chief of Staff to the Shadow Minister for Social Security and the Status of Women. Leith holds a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Master of Business Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Chief Executive Officer, CA Technologies
Mike Gregoire is chief executive officer of CA Technologies, a $4.5 billion global software company. During Gregoire’s tenure as CEO, CA Technologies has strengthened its community engagement and emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning for underserved youth. Previously, Gregoire was executive vice president of PeopleSoft’s Global Services Group, after starting his career as an architect and technical project leader at Electronic Data Systems Corporation. Gregoire is a member of the World Economic Forum’s IT Governors Steering Committee, the Business Roundtable’s Information and Technology Committee, and the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council. He also serves on the Executive Council of TechNet and sits on the Board of Directors of Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Additionally, Gregoire is on the boards of NPower and Change the Equation.
Gregoire holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and computing from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Business Administration degree from California Coast University.
Chief Executive Officer, The Freedom Fund
Nick Grono is the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Freedom Fund. The Fund is an ambitious effort to mobilize the capital and knowledge needed to end modern slavery and human trafficking. It was announced by President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2013.
Previously, Grono was the Chief Executive Officer of the Walk Free Foundation, a leading international actor in the fight against modern slavery. Before that, he was the Deputy President and Chief Operating Officer of the International Crisis Group, the world’s leading conflict prevention NGO.
Grono is a lawyer by background and worked as Chief of Staff and National Security Adviser to the Australian Attorney-General from 1999-2001.
Senior Vice President, Brand Strategy and Sourcing, West Elm
Doug Guiley is the Senior Vice President for Strategy and Supply Chain for Brooklyn-based home retailer West Elm, a member of the Williams Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands. Guiley brings more than 20 years of experience in sourcing and product development to West Elm. Prior to joining West Elm in 2010, he worked with leading retailers including Victoria’s Secret, Banana Republic, and Macy’s. He is proud to lead West Elm Consciousness Initiatives, which include the company’s commitment to handcraft, supply chain transparency, and sustainability.
CEO, Project Concern International
George Guimaraes is the President and CEO of Project Concern International (PCI). PCI is a $65 million integrated health and development organization serving 8 million people annually in 16 countries. Its mission is to prevent disease, improve community health, and promote sustainable development. Since Guimaraes joined PCI in 2003, the organization has more than tripled its financial support and has expanded in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, fueled by its food and livelihood security, HIV/AIDS, and humanitarian assistance programming. In 2011, PCI celebrated 50 years of Positive Community Impact.
Prior to joining PCI, Guimaraes was Vice President of Global Marketing for Save the Children. Before working in the non-profit sector, he held executive positions for global communications companies, including President and CEO of Campbell, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Bloom NY, Vice Chairman and Regional Director of Young & Rubicam, and President of Ketchum Advertising. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Instiglio
Avnish Gungadurdoss is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Instiglio, a non-profit organization that is leading the results-based financing movement in international development. Gungadurdoss has developed and now leads the performance management practice at Instiglio, which currently supports service providers in achieving social impact in DIBs and RBF projects. He has spent years in the field working for the Poverty Action Lab, evaluating social programs through rigorous RCT techniques. He has also focused his experience on improving accountability and tightening feedback loops in social spending with the World Bank and as a consultant to a DFID challenge fund. Gungadurdoss holds a Master’s in Public Administration in international development from the Harvard Kennedy School, a diploma in performance management for non-profits from the Harvard Business School, and a bachelor’s degree in economics and math from Dartmouth College.
General Manager for Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft
Lori Forte Harnick is Microsoft’s General Manager for Citizenship & Public Affairs. In this role, she leads Microsoft’s global work on corporate social responsibility and service to communities as well as the company’s public relations of all legal and public policy issues. In its most recent fiscal year, Microsoft donated nearly $1 billion in cash and software to non-profit organizations around the world. It also advanced its policies and practices in the areas of supply chain management and environmental sustainability and took principled stances on critical legal topics, such as IP rights and immigration.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Harnick was a Managing Director at Burson-Marsteller and the Global Public Affairs Director at the Business Software Alliance. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Connecticut and her Master of Business Administration degree from The George Washington University.
Chief Executive Officer, Aclima
Davida Herzl is the chief executive officer of Aclima. Under her direction, Aclima develops and applies a multi-disciplinary approach to creating new technology products and companies that deliver bottom-line value in combination with systemic social and environmental change. Herzl leads a team of strategists, scientists, engineers, and designers who are committed to serving humanity with innovation for a better world. Under her leadership, Aclima is defining Sensory Science, manufacturing and deploying cutting-edge sensing hardware, and delivering data that enables transformative ROI for customers.
Head of Environmental Security, INTERPOL
David Higgins is the Head of the INTERPOL Environmental Security Sub-Directorate. The team works on global compliance and enforcement issues across three main themes: environmental quality (pollution), biodiversity, and natural resources. It provides a platform for transnational multi-disciplinary operations and investigations, bringing together police, environmental law enforcement agencies, customs, and other specialized departments. Furthermore, a strong focus is placed on information exchange and analysis across INTERPOL’s 190 member countries, developing capacity within its membership and maintaining global networks in fisheries, pollution, and wildlife enforcement.
Before commencing in this role, Higgins worked at the Australian Government Department of the Environment as Assistant Director in charge of marine species and protected area investigations and international investigative liaison. Higgins has also worked for the Australian Customs Service, Maddox Jolie Pitt Project in Cambodia, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, and the Tasmania Police Service.
Corporate Vice President, Global Government and Public Affairs, McDonald's Corporation
Steve Hilton is Corporate Vice President of Global Government and Public Affairs for McDonald’s. Hilton’s global portfolio includes public policy, sustainability, influencer engagement, issues management, and an increased focus on scientific, evidenced-based research in the areas of food, nutrition, and health. Previously, Hilton was a successful Washington, D.C. based lobbyist and attorney.
Hilton has worked closely with senior government leadership, including President Obama’s transition team in 2008, and serving as Deputy Assistant to the President/Chief of Staff in the White House Office of Public Liaison under President Clinton. He also served as a Senior Legislative Assistant and Judiciary Committee Chief Counsel for Senator Arlen Specter.
Hilton achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and was appointed by President Clinton as a Commissioner of the American Battle Monument Commission. Hilton is a graduate of Princeton University and the Army’s Command & General Staff College. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law School.
Founder and CEO, Theranos
Elizabeth Holmes is Founder and CEO of Theranos. She founded Theranos in 2003 to make actionable health information accessible to people at the time it matters, enabling early detection and prevention of disease, and empowering individuals with information to own their health.
Theranos is reinventing diagnostic testing through advancements that have made it possible to quickly process a full range of laboratory tests, often from a few drops of blood, at 50-80% off Medicare reimbursement rates. Theranos is leading industry transparency, including committing to FDA review of all its tests.
Holmes worked with leaders in Arizona to pass the first law allowing individuals access to laboratory tests without first justifying a health concern or relying on insurance eligibility. She serves as a U.S. Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, and is a member of the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows. She was named one of the 2015 TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Dean and President, National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Sabin Vaccine Institute
Peter Hotez is the founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and professor of the Departments of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, and the Baker Institute Fellow in Disease and Poverty at Rice University. Hotez previously served as president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and is the founding editor-in-chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. He has served in membership and leadership roles with a multitude of professional organizations, including the National Academy of Medicine (previously the Institute of Medicine). In 2006 at the Clinton Global Initiative, he co-founded the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases to provide access to essential medicines for more than 450 million people. In 2015 the White House appointed Hotez as US Science Envoy.
Tin Ma Ma Htet
Teacher and Storyteller, Monastic Education Development Group, Myanmar Storytellers
Tin Ma Ma Htet or "Tess" is a teacher and storyteller from Myanmar. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree in English, she volunteered as a primary teacher at the free monastic school where she had previously studied. She took on a leadership role as a teacher-trainer responsible for professional development and introducing student-centered learning concepts at monastic schools across Myanmar. After 7 years working on monastic education development projects, she decided to further her own studies and is now pursuing a Master of Teaching in Australia. Teaching is her passion and storytelling is part of her life. Since 2009, Miss Htet has also been telling stories in Myanmar with a youth group who shares this passion and a belief in the importance of preserving and passing on these traditional stories. She loves using stories as a tool to promote moral values, peace, critical thinking and academic skills in her classroom and trainings.
Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Mohamed (Mo) Ibrahim is Founder and Chairmain of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation which he established in 2006 to support good governance and exceptional leadership on the African continent.
Sudanese-born, Ibrahim has a distinguished business career. In 1989, he founded Mobile Systems International (MSI), a world leading cellular consulting and software provider and in 1998, Celtel International, one of Africa’s leading mobile telephone companies which pioneered mobile services in Africa.
He is also Founding Chairman of Satya Capital Limited, a private equity fund focused on Africa. Ibrahim is a member of The Giving Pledge, B-team, Global Philanthropist Circle (Synergos), and Mercy Corps Global Leadership Council, as well as a member of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s panel of Eminent Persons.
Mary Ellen Iskenderian
President and CEO, Women's World Banking
Mary Ellen Iskenderian is President and CEO of Women’s World Banking, the global nonprofit devoted to giving more low-income women access to the financial tools and resources. Iskenderian leads the Women’s World Banking global team and also serves as a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to Women’s World Banking, Iskenderian worked at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank. Before that, she worked for the investment bank Lehman Brothers. Iskenderian is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Women’s Forum of New York. She serves as an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, is a judge for the annual Financial Times/International Finance Corporation Sustainable Banking Awards, and sits on the Board of Directors of Fair Trade USA. Iskenderian holds a Master of Business Administration from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in international economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Pearson
Kate James is the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Pearson. Formerly, James served as chief communications officer at the Gates Foundation, senior communications advisor for the Foundation, and was a member of the Management Committee. She oversaw internal and external communications for the Foundation, partnering with the advocacy and policy teams in Global Development, Global Health, and United States programs to complement and advance the foundation’s strategies and efforts.
Prior to joining the Foundation, James worked in the financial services industry, where she most recently served as Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Communications for Citibank. She has held senior leadership roles at Standard Chartered Bank and GlaxoSmithKline in the areas of communications, international government relations, strategy, and sustainability. James is also an active leader in the non-profit community, serving as a trustee of Trade plus Aid.
Chief Executive Officer, Silicor Materials, Inc.
Theresa Jester is the Chief Executive Officer of Silicor Materials, Inc. She is a 36-year veteran of the solar industry and joined Silicor Materials in 2010 following her active involvement in the company as Entrepreneur in Residence at Hudson Clean Energy. She has extensive experience in the manufacturing and engineering of photovoltaics and led efforts to ramp up manufacturing operations to full production for a variety of photovoltaic technologies including silicon cell-based photovoltaics. Jester has managed large solar operations and held engineering positions at SoloPower, SunPower, SolarWorld, Siemens, Arco, and Shell.
She holds a degree in mechanical engineering from California State University Northridge and several patents and awards in the PV space.
She was identified as one of the "15 Women Changing the World in 2015" by the World Economic Forum.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President, Republic of Liberia
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is President of Liberia, Africa’s first democratically elected female Head of State, and a 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Her presidency has attracted investment of over $16 billion in Liberia’s mining, agriculture, forestry, and off-shore oil exploration sectors, resulted in more than $4 billion in debt relief, and led to the lifting of UN trade sanctions and the construction of more than 800 miles of roads.
President Sirleaf is Chairperson of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance and Goodwill Ambassador for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Africa. She served as Chairperson of the Mano River Union; was a founding member of the International Institute for Women in Political Leadership; and was selected by UNIFEM to report on the effect of conflict on women and women’s roles in peace-building.
She has received the FAO CERES Medal, the Crisis Group Fred Cuny Award for the Prevention of Deadly Crisis, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Newsweek magazine listed her as one of the ten best leaders in the world; Time placed her among the top ten female leaders; and the Economist called her “the best President the country has ever had.”
Ambassador, Population Services International
Ashley Judd is a celebrated American actress, humanitarian, and ambassador for Population Services International.
Judd has visited the slums, brothels, schools, and clinics that PSI programs target in Thailand, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Nicaragua, Rwanda, and South Africa.
During her travels, Judd has met with diplomats, heads of state, and religious and political leaders to promote humanitarian causes on a political level. She recently joined lawmakers in Washington, D.C., to support the passing of the International Violence Against Women Act, which calls on the Secretary of State and U.S. Agency of International Development to create and implement a 5-year plan to address the issue of violence against women in nations with the highest incidence rates.
Judd has worked to bring PSI and complementary partners together to approach complex public health issues that affect women and other vulnerable populations around the world.
Senior Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Charles "Chuck" Kane is a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Throughout his career, he has been involved in developing and executing sophisticated financial strategies in globalizing corporations and mergers and acquisitions.
Kane has occupied senior board positions at Applix, which was later acquired by IBM, Borland Software, and Netezza Corp. He has also had numerous senior positions including roles as the chief financial officer of RSA Security, chief financial officer of Aspen Technology, President and CEO of Corechange, Inc., and chief financial officer of Informix Software.
Kane currently serves as Chairman of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides technology to enhance education in less developed countries. OLPC has delivered 3 million computers to children in the developing world, an achievement that Kane calls the single proudest utilization of his business knowledge and execution skills. Kane was previously a board member of the Hult Prize Foundation.
Chairman and Managing Director, Srei Infrastructure Finance Limited
Hemant Kanoria is Chairman and Managing Director of Srei Infrastructure Finance Ltd. Srei offers financing of infrastructure equipment and projects, project advisory, fund management, investment banking, and project development and management. Srei’s shares are listed on all major stock exchanges in India and London. Srei’s equipment financing business is a joint venture with BNP Paribas. Srei’s telecom tower infrastructure business, the world’s largest independent telecom tower company, is a joint venture with the Tata Group of India. Sahaj e-Village, the largest rural IT infrastructure company, has a mandate of setting up over 28,000 centres catering to around 300 million people. Kanoria is an Honorary Board Member of the Centre for Global Dialogue and Cooperation (CGDC) Vienna, and a Council Member of Indo-German Chamber of Commerce. Kanoria has been Chairman of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry National Committee on Infrastructure. He has also been on the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC), a Member of Regional Direct Taxes Advisory Committee, Government of India, and President of Calcutta Chamber of Commerce.
Founder and CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group
Erika Karp is the Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc. The mission of the firm is to apply the principles of sustainable finance across the capital markets, enhancing transparency and collaboration. Cornerstone works with corporations and financial institutions, driving new research in ESG analysis and facilitating capital introductions for companies engaged in sustainable business practices. Prior to founding Cornerstone, Karp was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank where she chaired the UBS Global Investment Review Committee. She is a founding Board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital, and an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative’s Market-based Approaches track. Karp has been named among the "Top 50 Women in Wealth" by AdvisorOne, the “GOOD 100,” the “Purpose Economy 100” and one of 50 “Conscious Capitalists” who are “Transforming Wall Street” in 2015.
Chair, National Bank of Greece
Louka Katseli is Chair of the Board of the National Bank of Greece and Chair of the Hellenic Banking Association. She has served as Greece’s Minister of Labor and Social Security, Minister of Economy for Competitiveness and Shipping, and member of the Hellenic Parliament. She has also been director of the OECD Development Centre in Paris. She was formerly Director General of the Center of Planning and Economic Research and Economic Advisor to the Greek Prime Minister. She holds a doctorate in economics from Princeton University, a Master of Public Administration from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, a Master of Arts in economics from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Smith College. She is Professor of Economics at the University of Athens and has served as Professor of Economics at Yale University. Katseli has published extensively in the areas of development economics, migration, investment and trade, exchange rate policy, and institution-building.
Jim Yong Kim
President, World Bank Group
Jim Yong Kim is the 12th President of the World Bank Group. Soon after he assumed his position in July 2012, the organization established goals to end extreme poverty by 2030 and to boost shared prosperity for the bottom 40 percent of the population in developing countries. Before the Bank Group, Kim, a physician and anthropologist, served as President of Dartmouth College and held professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. From 2003-2005, as Director of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS Department, he led the “3 by 5” initiative, the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment. In 1987, Kim co-founded Partners In Health, a non-profit medical organization now working in poor communities on four continents. He has received a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and has been recognized as one of America’s “25 Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report.
Senior Advisor on Innovation to the Executive Director, UNICEF, Co-founder and Co-lead, UNICEF Innovation
Erica Kochi is the Senior Advisor on Innovation to the Executive Director at UNICEF, as well as the co-founder and co-lead of UNICEF’s Innovation Unit. This group is tasked with identifying, prototyping, and scaling technologies and practices that improve UNICEF's work on the ground. Working with partners in private sector and academia, the Innovation Unit supports UNICEF’s 135+ country offices in the practical application of design and technology to strengthen international development outcomes.
Kochi was named to the TIME 100 “World’s Most Influential People” List in 2013. UNICEF Innovation has accolades in innovative design of international development solutions including the Digital Drum, recognized by Time Magazine as one of the Top 50 inventions of 2011; gold and silver International Design Excellence (IDSA) Awards; a Red Hat prize; and the award-winning RapidSMS system that uses basic mobile phones and SMS to communicate with front-line workers to improve the speed and quality of data collection and health and education services.
Chairman, Sun Media Group and Sun Culture Foundation
Yang Lan, the Chairperson of Sun Media Group and Sun Culture Foundation, is a leading broadcast journalist and media entrepreneur. Yang graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University and Columbia University. Since 1999, her signature show "Yang Lan One on One” has become China’s longest-running talk show. In 2005, Yang created “Her Village”, a TV talk show geared towards a Chinese urban female audience, which developed into a multimedia community to empower women. She was chosen to represent China as the ambassador for Beijing’s bid for the 2008 Olympic Games, and named as Goodwill Ambassador for 2010 Shanghai Expo. She is the Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics Movement and the first Chinese UNICEF Ambassador, the Co-Chair of Lincoln Center China Advisory Council, and the Vice-Chairman of China Charity Alliance. Yang’s awards include Columbia University SIPA’s “Global Leadership Award”, the “National Philanthropy Award”, the Paley Center For Media “Makers” award. In 2013 she was named one of ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ by Forbes.
Executive Chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies
William P. Lauder is executive chairman of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., a global leader in prestige beauty. Since joining the company in 1986, he has been instrumental in expanding the company’s brand portfolio, distribution channels, and international presence. He is a member of the Boards of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and The Trinity School in New York City, his alma maters, and chairman of the board for the Fresh Air Fund. Additional board memberships include the Jarden Corporation, The 92nd Street Y, and Zelnick Media. He is the son of Leonard A. Lauder and Evelyn H. Lauder, and the grandson of company founder, Estée Lauder.
Mayor, City of San José
Mayor Sam Liccardo became San José's 65th Mayor in January of 2015.
After his education at San José's Bellarmine Prep, Georgetown University, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Law School, Liccardo began his public service prosecuting crimes of sexual assault and child exploitation in the DA’s office in San José. In his service as a San José Councilmember and Mayor, Liccardo’s leadership has been instrumental in revitalizing the downtown area, bringing BART to San José, securing expansions of leading tech companies, boosting funding for affordable housing, achieving important pension and fiscal reforms, preserving San José's hillsides and open spaces from development, and finding jobs for hundreds of at-risk teens.
Group CEO, Swiss Reinsurance Company
Swiss Re's Group Chief Executive Officer, Michel M. Liès, joined the company in 1978. In this time he has held a number of senior positions, including the role of Chairman of Global Partnerships, instigated in 2011. Here he focused on building and deepening long-term relationships with public sector stakeholders, governments, and NGOs, with a particular focus on emerging markets, in order to strengthen country risk resilience. Through his various roles with the company, which include Head of Europe Division and Head of Latin America Division, he has built up a wealth of experience in the areas of life and non-life reinsurance over many years. Having worked in various countries in Europe and Latin America, Liès is fluent in French, English, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. He is a citizen of Luxemburg.
Chief Executive Officer, Appleseeds Academy
Dafna Lifshitz has been the chief executive officer of Appleseeds Academy since 2002. She holds degrees in English literature, linguistics, and law. Lifshitz began her career as an educator, teaching English both in Japan and Israel. In 1991, she retrained in law and co-founded her own law firm, which specialized in corporate and labor law. In 2000, Lifshitz joined Cuckierman Investment House—a leading European investment company.
Appleseeds Academy was established in 2000 as a business sector initiative. It works to bridge social and economic gaps in Israeli and Africa by diminishing the digital divide and imparting technological skills to disadvantaged populations. On account of her work with Appleseeds Academy, Lifshitz was one of the recipients of the 2012 World of Difference Award, sponsored by The International Alliance for Women, the Prime Minister Award for social innovation, and the Presidential Award for voluntarism. Dafna has been a member of the Clinton Global Initiative since 2012.
President and CEO, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
Lavinia Limón has more than 40 years of experience working on behalf of refugees and immigrants and currently serves as President and CEO of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). USCRI has 125 community-based partners and one overseas office providing refugee resettlement, immigration, and other services, and works worldwide to defend the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and displaced persons. Limón’s work began in 1975 when the first refugees from Southeast Asia were sent to Camp Pendleton, California. She has worked in various capacities in overseas refugee camps located in Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Costa Rica, and Saudi Arabia. She was the Executive Director of the International Institute of Los Angeles for six years and during the Clinton Administration served as the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Department of Health and Human Services while simultaneously serving as the Director of the Office of Family Assistance.
Director of Special Projects, Blum Center for Developing Economies, UC Berkeley
Heather Lofthouse is Director of Special Projects at the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley. She supports the Center’s operation and growth, including the USAID-funded Development Impact Lab and the Center’s expansion to all 10 University of California campuses. She focuses on incentivizing research around the adoption and scale-up of promising innovations at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Lofthouse recently served as the founding Managing Director for Inequality Media, a new non-profit founded by Former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich. Previously, she developed health and education programs for children in the US and Latin America as Managing Director of Absolute Return for Kids US. She also managed and contributed to a body of research on franchising healthcare delivery microentrepreneurs in Africa and South Asia while serving as the Private Sector Program Manager at UC San Francisco’s Global Health Group. She has a Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Health from UC Berkeley.
Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute
Physicist Amory B. Lovins is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute. A former Oxford don, honorary US architect, and Swedish engineering academician, he has written 530 papers and 31 books, taught at ten universities, redesigned numerous buildings, vehicles, and factories, and advised industry and governments for 40+ years in 60+ countries. As a US National Petroleum Council member, he advises the Chief of Naval Operations. He received the “Alternative Nobel,” Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, as well as MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, 12 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, National Design, and World Technology Awards. Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people and Foreign Policy named him one of 100 top global thinkers.
Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group
Jack Ma is the lead founder of Alibaba Group and, since May 2013, has served as the company’s executive chairman. From the Group’s founding in 1999 until May 2013, Ma served as the chairman and chief executive officer. Ma currently serves on the board of SoftBank Corp., one of the major shareholders and a Japanese corporation listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. He is also a director of Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, an entertainment group in China listed on The Shenzhen Stock Exchange, as well as chair of The Nature Conservancy's China board of directors and a director of its global board of directors. In September 2013, he joined the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation as a director. He is also a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum.
Ma graduated from Hangzhou Teacher's Institute with a major in English language education.
Senior Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company
Anu Madgavkar is a senior fellow with the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm. Anu joined MGI in 2011 and leads teams based in India, working on global as well as India-focused research.
Anu’s recent research has focused on labor markets, skills, gender economics, economic development and poverty alleviation, and applying technology to solving development challenges. She has co-authored several MGI reports including, "The power of parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth".
Previously, Anu was a partner of McKinsey based in Mumbai, where she co-led McKinsey’s Financial Institutions practice in India. She advises business and government leaders on economic development and frequently contributes to policy debates through policy-making committees, consultative sessions, articles and conference presentations. Currently she serves on the National Economic Growth and Investments Council of the Confederation of Industry in India.
Chief Executive Officer, Wetlands International
Jane Madgwick has been Chief Executive Officer of Wetlands International since 2004. Madgwick is a graduate of York (Bachelors in Human and Environmental Biology) and University College London (Masters in Conservation). She leads an international team through a network of 18 offices operating in over 100 countries. Wetlands International builds knowledge and facilitates action to safeguard and restore wetlands for biodiversity conservation, water security, disaster risk reduction, climate resilience, and livelihoods. This is achieved by working with a broad range of partners, including governments, business and industry, and civil society organizations. Madgwick’s position in Wetlands International follows 7 years working on freshwater and wetlands for WWF in Europe, Australia, and globally, plus 10 years as Conservation Director of The Broads, a multiple-use wetlands, in the UK. Earlier she was an ecological researcher working in Somalia, Belize, Yemen, and Australia. She has particular expertise in ecological restoration of wetlands and on water resource management policy and practice.
Uganda Program Leader, HarvestPlus
Ms. Magezi, who grew up on a farm in western Uganda, holds an M.Sc in Applied Human Nutrition and B.Sc in Food Science and Technology. Before joining HarvestPlus, she worked as a research officer monitoring food and nutrition security projects funded by the U.S.-based non-profit ACDI/VOCA. Prior to that, she worked with UNICEF as a nutrition consultant involved in supporting micronutrient programs – vitamin A supplementation and salt ionization – in collaboration with the Ugandan Ministry of Health.
Partner, Collaborative Fund
Kanyi Maqubela is a Partner at Collaborative Fund, an early stage venture capital firm focused on the intersection of for-good and for-profit. Founded in 2010, the firm has backed over three dozen companies, including Kickstarter, Inventure, Buffer, Lyft, AngelList, and CodeAcademy. Maqubela serves as adviser to the Africa Angels Network and Cortex Hub in South Africa, and has been a contributor for Atlantic, Fast Company, HBR, and CNBC. Maqubela was a staff member for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. He is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, and currently lives in New York City with his wife.
John McFarlane is Chairman of Barclays plc. He is a senior figure in global banking and financial services circles and is in his 40th year in the sector, including 20 years as a main-board director, 10 years as CEO, and most recently as Chairman of Barclays.
McFarlane is also a non-executive director of Westfield Holdings and Old Oak Holdings. He is Chairman of TheCityUK and is a member of the Financial Services Trade and Investment Board and the European Financial Roundtable.
McFarlane was formerly Chairman of Aviva plc, where he oversaw a transformation of the company, the board, and management, making Aviva one of the UK’s best-performing financial institutions. For a brief period, he was also Chairman of FirstGroup plc.
Founder and Executive Director, SCALEAfrica
Erinn McGurn is a licensed architect and the Founder and Executive Director of SCALEAfrica, a non-profit organization designing and building green school infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa. Through culturally-responsive, sustainable architecture, SCALEAfrica leverages the power of design to increase access to education, boost local economies, and preserve the natural environment. McGurn is also the Owner of the architecture firm SCALEStudio in New York City. She was a 2014 recipient of Architectural Record's inaugural Women In Architecture Award, honoring an architect using her skills to design for social change, affect the public realm, or perform pro bono work. SCALEAfrica was named to "The Good List" by Architectural Record as one of the best non-profits "building for social change" and the "Public Interest Design 100" for working at the intersection of design and service. She received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.
Executive Director, Mama Cash
Nicky McIntyre became the Executive Director of Mama Cash in June 2008, having formerly served as its Director of Development and Communications. Prior to this, she served for one decade as the Vice President of Development and Communications at the Global Fund for Women. She is a native of Scotland with a master’s degree in urban affairs and planning from the City University of New York, Hunter College, and a bachelor’s degree in history and French from Oxford University, United Kingdom. McIntyre served on the Board of the Global Greengrants Foundation from 1998 to 2002. She was a Board member of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission from 2001-2004, serving as its Chair from 2002-2004, of Gender Action from 2007-2009, and the Women’s Funding Network from 2010-2012. McIntyre currently serves on the Governing Council of the European Foundation Centre and on the Board of the International Network of Women’s Funds.
Senior Writer, Global Health, The Wall Street Journal
Betsy McKay is senior writer on global public health at The Wall Street Journal.
President, Walmart Foundation, Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Walmart
Kathleen McLaughlin is president of the Walmart Foundation, where she leads the company’s charitable giving efforts. Last year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation together surpassed more than $1.4 billion in giving worldwide, including nearly $1 billion of food donations. McLaughlin also has responsibility for the company’s global sustainability and women’s economic empowerment initiatives as Senior Vice President of Sustainability. Together, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation use their strengths to create economic opportunity for individuals and foster economic growth; enhance the sustainability of food, apparel and general merchandise supply chains; and strengthen the resilience and cohesion of local communities. McLaughlin joined Walmart in October 2013. Before that, she spent more than 20 years with the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company. McLaughlin earned a Bachelor of Science from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
Founder, Open Road Alliance
Laurie Michaels is an individual philanthropist based in Aspen, CO and founder of the Open Road Alliance. Prior to Open Road’s founding in 2012, Michaels maintained a practice in clinical psychology. Michaels is an advocate for change in the philanthropic sector, and seeks to create a dialogue about the need for better risk management and contingency planning to foster greater transparency between donors and NGOs. She is a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Philanthropy and a guest speaker at forums such as Fail Forward, National Center for Family Philanthropy, and WA Women’s Foundation. Michaels served on the board of the Aspen Community Foundation for 12 years and was Board Chair for four years ending in 2013. During that time, she oversaw a collective impact initiative in the greater Roaring Fork Valley. Michaels earned a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University.
President, The Republic of Seychelles
President James Alix Michel is serving his second term in office as President of Seychelles. He is concurrently Minister for Defense, Legal Affairs, Information and Hydrocarbons.
President Michel was responsible for the democratization of the islands’ education system in the early 1980s. Today, all Seychellois children have access to a minimum 14 years of non-fee paying education and equal opportunities to learning. President Michel created the University of Seychelles in 2009.
In January 2013, he was presented the Sustainable Development Leadership Award 2013 at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, for his visionary and strong leadership in the implementation of sustainable environmental programs.
He co-chairs the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and has mobilized political support for the Blue Economy and marine protected areas within island regions of the world.
He was born on 16 August, 1944 in Mahé, Seychelles.
President and CEO, Save the Children
Carolyn Miles is President and CEO of Save the Children, an organization that gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. Miles joined the organization in 1998, was COO from 2004-2011, and became President and CEO in September 2011. Under her senior leadership, the organization has more than doubled the number of children it reaches with nutrition, health, education, and other programs. Resources were just under $700 million in 2014. Miles' signature issues include hunger, learning outcomes, and ending preventable child deaths.
Miles has served on numerous boards, including Blackbaud, InterAction, USGLC, MFAN, Academy of Education, Arts and Sciences, and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, where she received her MBA. In 2015, Miles was named one of the 50 World's Greatest Leaders by Fortune magazine.
Global Ambassador, International Medical Corps
Sienna Miller is an actress, activist and has served as Global Ambassador for International Medical Corps since 2009. She has visited International Medical Corps field programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Ethiopia, and Lebanon, to highlight the plight of the displaced and those most vulnerable in crisis and conflict zones. Due to her tireless advocacy with refugees, International Medical Corps honored her with its Global Activist Award in 2011.
Le Luong Minh
Le Luong Minh is the Secretary-General of ASEAN.
Previously, Minh was Vietnam’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs.
From 2004 to 2011, Minh was Vietnam’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative to the United Nations. During this time, he was concurrently Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Minh was appointed Deputy Director-General for International Organizations in 1993 and was later appointed as Ambassador – Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN at Headquarters.
Between 1999 and 2002, Minh was Deputy Director-General, then Acting Director-General for International Organizations in the Foreign Ministry. He became Acting Director-General, then Director-General for Multilateral Economic Cooperation in the Foreign Ministry.
Minh studied diplomacy at the University of Foreign Affairs (now the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam), Hanoi, Vietnam, and studied linguistics and English literature at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He is a native of Thanh Hoa, Vietnam.
Women and Children’s Rights Advocate, MenEngage Alliance and Promundo Commitment to Action
Oswaldo Montoya the Global Networks Manager for the MenEngage Alliance. Montoya is one of the founders of the Men´s Group against Violence in Managua, one of the first men’s groups of this kind in Central America. For over twenty years he has served as an educator, activist, program officer, researcher, college professor, consultant, and counselor working with men and boys for gender equality.
A former Fulbright grantee, he holds a master´s degree in educational and developmental psychology from Boston College. Montoya has worked with Puntos de Encuentro, a Nicaraguan feminist organization, EMERGE, a domestic violence program in the US, and Save the Children, promoting children´s rights. He currently works in the Global Secretariat of the MenEngage Alliance.
Luis Alberto Moreno
President, Inter-American Development Bank
Luis Alberto Moreno is President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He also chairs the Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) and the Donors’ Committee of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF). Before joining the Bank, he was Colombia’s Ambassador to the United States. Diplomatic relations between Washington and Bogotá strengthened notably during his tenure, leading to substantial bilateral assistance programs. In his country, Moreno served as Minister of Economic Development, President of the Instituto de Fomento Industrial, and manager of social investment policies. In the private sector, he advised major Colombian companies and foreign investors, and was executive producer of a leading television news program. Moreno has received Colombia's highest honor, the Grand Cross of the Order of Boyacá, and the Clinton Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Public Service. Harvard University awarded him a Neiman Fellowship in 1990. Moreno is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
Mona Mourshed is a senior partner with the Washington, DC McKinsey & Company office. She leads McKinsey & Company’s Global Education Practice and was previously based in Dubai for over ten years. She supports public, private, and social sector institutions to achieve school system improvement and education to employment outcomes around the world. Mourshed serves as the Board of Directors’ Vice President of the McKinsey Social Initiative, an independent non-profit. She leads its first effort, Generation, which supports one million young people to achieve jobs and skills across five countries in five years. Mourshed was selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s ’40 under 40’, serves on the Board of Governors of Junior Achievement Worldwide, and serves on the Board of Governors of the International Baccalaureate Organization. She has a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a doctorate from MIT.
Author and Advocate, What to Expect and the What to Expect Foundation
Heidi Murkoff is the creator of What to Expect, the world's best-known and best-loved pregnancy and parenting brand. The internationally bestselling “What to Expect” series began with the iconic “What To Expect When You're Expecting,” and WhatToExpect.com is home to a community of 11 million moms and the world's most popular pregnancy app. Murkoff’s passionate commitment to moms and babies led to the creation of the What to Expect Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to helping every mom expect a healthier pregnancy and a healthier, happier baby through its Baby Basics program. She also serves as a First Responder with International Medical Corps and has partnered with them on this year’s CGI commitment to promote healthy pregnancies and improve maternal child health around the world. Other nonprofit partners include the United Service Organizations, which supports expectant military moms through its “Special Delivery” program, and 1,000 Days, a global organization dedicated to nourishing babies from conception to the second birthday.
Chief Executive Officer, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
Radha Muthiah is the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation. Since joining the Alliance in 2011, Muthiah has put the Alliance ahead of target for reaching the goal of 100 million households adopting clean cookstoves and fuels by 2020. Muthiah has made a deep personal and professional commitment to the promotion of global health and sustainable development. Before joining the Alliance, she served as the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Alliances at CARE International, USA. Muthiah first joined CARE as the Assistant Country Director in India. She has also worked at ICF International, the American Red Cross, Mercer Management Consulting, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a bachelor’s and a master's degree in economics from Tufts University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University.
Group Managing Director and CEO, Equity Group Holdings Limited
James Mwangi is the CEO and Managing Director of Equity Bank Group and the Executive Chairman of Equity Group Foundation. Mwangi has been honored with two Presidential national awards and was vested the First Class Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear national decoration - the highest presidential award to a civilian. He was also named the World Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2012, and the Forbes Africa Person of the Year in 2012. He is currently the Chairman of Kenya’s Vision 2030 Delivery Board, charged with ensuring Kenya becomes a middle income country by the year 2030. He is a Board Member of the Africa Leadership Academy in South Africa and the Global Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, and is the Chancellor of Meru University College of Science and Technology. Mwangi holds five honorary doctorate degrees, a bachelor of commerce degree, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
James I. Mwangi
Executive Director, Dalberg Group
James I. Mwangi is Executive Director of the Dalberg Group and a Partner with Dalberg Global Development Advisors. He has served a wide range of clients drawn from national governments, multi-lateral institutions, private foundations, investors, and corporations across the continent. He has worked across Dalberg’s practice areas, including serving as an Advisor to multiple energy assignments. He established Dalberg’s presence in Africa and helped launch the firm’s first office in New York. Prior to joining Dalberg, Mwangi was a consultant at McKinsey & Company where he served clients in the financial services sector and helped develop the business plan and launch strategy for a start-up e-learning venture. He also worked as an investment banking analyst with Salomon Smith Barney, now part of Citigroup, in their Global Energy Practice. Mwangi holds a degree in economics from Harvard University. He is a 2009 Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow and a 2013 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
CEO and Founder, Village Health Works
An American citizen, Deogratias "Deo" Niyizonkiza was born in rural Burundi where he attended grade school and part of medical school. After surviving a massacre at a Burundian hospital, Niyizonkiza fled to New York in 1994. He eventually received a bachelors in biochemistry and philosophy from Columbia University, and attended the Harvard School of Public Health, where he met Dr. Paul Farmer and began working at Partners In Health before completing his medical education at Dartmouth University. In 2005, Niyizonkiza traveled back to Burundi to establish Village Health Works. With community-donated land and an army of committed volunteers, the health center opened in December 2007. Niyizonkiza’s extraordinary story is told in Tracy Kidder’s most recent work, "Strength in What Remains," a New York Times best seller named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune.
Managing Director, Discovery Learning Alliance
Tamela Noboa serves as Managing Director of Discovery Learning Alliance (DLA). Established by Discovery Communications, DLA brings together Discovery’s resources and expertise with those of other public and private sector partners to extend the power of media to transform education and improve lives in underserved communities around the world.
She was instrumental in the formation of the Global Business Coalition for Education, a platform for deepening private sector engagement in global education efforts to reach the 59 million youth still without access to education. Noboa created and is currently leading a unique $38MM public/private partnership between Discovery and the UK Department for International Development to improve learning and life outcomes for marginalized girls in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria. She serves on the Millions Learning International Advisory Panel chaired by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard. She also leads DLA’s work in support of the No Ceilings Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls’ Education (CHARGE).
Prior to Discovery, Noboa worked in Public Affairs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce. After that, she pursued her interest in international development working from a hospital ship in Benin, West Africa.
Actor, Activist, Co-Founder, CrowdRise
Edward Norton is an actor, activist and the Co-Founder of CrowdRise. He has starred in, produced, written, or directed over 30 films and has been nominated for three Academy Awards.
In 2004, Norton was a founding partner of Baswood Corporation, a provider of technologically disruptive industrial and municipal scale wastewater digestion systems. Baswood was recently named by Forbes as one of the most promising water technology startups.
In 2010, Norton and three partners founded and launched CrowdRise, a modern crowdfunding platform that, within three years, grew into one of the largest charitable crowdfunding platforms in the world with over $300 million donated to charities through the site.
Norton is currently the United Nations Ambassador for Biodiversity. His work on development of sustainable, natural, capital-based revenue streams for poor rural communities with the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust has been awarded the UNDP Equator Prize and the UNEP Champions of the Earth Prize.
Founder and CEO, Acumen
Jacqueline Novogratz is the Founder and CEO of Acumen. Under Novogratz’s leadership, Acumen has invested over $88M in 82 companies in South Asia and Africa focused on delivering healthcare, water, housing, education, and energy to the poor. These companies have created and supported 60,000 jobs, bringing basic services to over 123M people. Before Acumen, Novogratz founded and directed the Rockefeller Foundation’s The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs, co-founded Duterimbere, a micro-finance institution in Rwanda, and began her career in international banking with Chase Manhattan Bank. She has been featured on the cover of Forbes magazine and sits on several advisory councils and boards, including the Aspen Institute and IDEO.org. Her best-selling memoir “The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World” chronicles her quest to understand poverty and challenges readers to grant dignity to the poor. She is a graduate of Stanford and the University of Virginia.
President & CEO, CARE
Michelle Nunn is president and CEO of CARE USA, a global poverty-fighting organization that works in 90 countries and reached more than 72 million people in 2014. Nunn has spent 25 years in civic and public service as a social entrepreneur, a nonprofit CEO, and a US Senate candidate for Georgia. She co-founded Hands On Atlanta before engineering its merger with Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. The NonProfit Times has named Nunn to its annual “Power and Influence Top 50” list of change agents from the nonprofit sector, Georgia Trend magazine named her one of its “100 Most Influential Georgians,” and the Anti-Defamation League awarded her its 2005 Touch of Liberty. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia, Nunn received a Kellogg Fellowship to study in over 12 countries, from Peru to Namibia to Jordan. Nunn earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she received the prestigious Public Service Fellowship.
Young Leader, Women Deliver, Deputy Director, Dandelion Kenya
Catherine Nyambura is a Women Deliver Young Leader and the Deputy Director of Dandelion Kenya, a grassroots organization based in Nakuru, Kenya that focuses on implementing comprehensive sexuality education programs, working with young advocates to ensure that the voices of young women and girls are heard, and advocating for access to safe abortion across rural Kenya. As part of her role at Dandelion Kenya, Nyambura chairs the Women Global Network for Reproductive Rights Alliance Kenya (WAK), a network of organizations throughout Kenya working to advocate for safe abortions. Nyambura has engaged with various policy processes, including the ICPD Beyond 2014 review, Beijing+20 review, and the post-2015 development agenda. She sits on the interim steering committee of the African CSO Coalition on Population and Development (ACCPD) and is part of the African Youth Taskforce on Post-2015, championing African youth priorities within the post-2015 development agenda.
Nyambura holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Science and Technology.
President and CEO, AmeriCares Foundation
Michael J. Nyenhuis joined AmeriCares in 2014 as its President and CEO. In this role, he leads a global organization with partners in 90 countries and an annual budget of approximately $500 million. He oversees offices in the U.S., India, Haiti, Japan, and Sri Lanka, along with a network of free health clinics in the AmeriCares home state of Connecticut and the AmeriCares Family Clinic in El Salvador. Previously, Nyenhuis was with global nonprofit MAP International since 1995, serving as its President and CEO from 2000 to 2014. A native of Minnesota, Nyenhuis holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and a Master of Business Administration from Emory University.
Denis O'Brien is Chairman and principal shareholder of the Digicel Group, one of the fastest growing communications providers in the world. O’Brien founded Digicel in 2001, and it has since extended its operations to 32 markets with over 1.4 million subscribers in the Caribbean, Central America, and Asia Pacific regions, including Jamaica, Haiti, and Papua New Guinea.
O’Brien also founded the Esat Telecom Group plc.
He is a Director on the US Board of Concern Worldwide, a member of the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development, and chair of the Clinton Global Initiative Haiti Action Network. In addition, he is Chairman and Co-Founder of Frontline, the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders.
In 2000, he established The Iris O’Brien Foundation to identify and assist projects in Ireland and internationally which aim to alleviate disadvantaged communities.
O’Brien holds a bachelor degree from University College Dublin and a Master’s of Business Administration from Boston College.
Distinguished Teaching Fellow, University of California at Berkeley
Maura O'Neill is a Distinguished Teaching Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley. Through her work in the public, private, and academic sectors, O’Neill has created entrepreneurial and public policy solutions for some of the toughest domestic and global problems. She has founded four companies, served as Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate and as the first Chief Innovation Officer of the U.S. Agency for International Development. She co-led USAID Forward, the Agency's major reform initiative, as well as created ground-breaking public-private partnerships in supply chain sourcing, mobile money, gender equity, entrepreneurship, and new models for sourcing and scaling development interventions. On the faculty at the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at UC Berkeley, she has also taught at Stanford and Columbia Universities.
Executive Director and Founder, Alive Medical Services
Pasquine Ogunsanya founded Alive Medical Services in Kampala, Uganda over a decade ago with her husband, Adebiyi. They saw a need in the community and what began as a medical project providing free HIV/AIDS treatment and care has grown to its current work serving 12,000 clients. Ogunsanya is a specialist in Public Health with vast experience in tropical medicine and comprehensive HIV/AIDS care for adults and children. In recognition of her efforts in HIV/AIDS, women’s empowerment, and social development, she has received several awards including a Certificate of Recognition by Makere University Medical School for training students in Community Based Education and Services and has been recognized by Uganda’s Ministry of Health for outstanding performance in HIV/AIDS response in Uganda.
Chair-Elect, GAVI; Former Finance Minister of Nigeria
Co-Founder and CEO, Social Finance
Tracy Palandjian is Co-founder and CEO of Social Finance, a nonprofit organization which is leading the development of Social Impact Bonds, a recent innovation in the impact investing field. Previously, she was a Managing Director at The Parthenon Group, where she established and led the Nonprofit Practice. Palandjian also worked at Wellington Management Co. and McKinsey & Co. She is co-author of “Investing for Impact: Case Studies Across Asset Classes” and serves as Co-Chair of the U.S. National Advisory Board to the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force. She is a member of the Board of Overseers at Harvard University and a Director of Affiliated Managers Group. She also serves on the boards of the Surdna Foundation and Facing History and Ourselves. Palandjian is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar.
Chairman, The Parker Foundation
Sean Parker is the chairman of The Parker Foundation, which focuses on three areas: Life Sciences, Global Public Health, and Civic Engagement. He is a philanthropist and entrepreneur with a record of launching genre-defining companies.
Parker was the co-founder of Napster at age 19 and Plaxo at 21. In 2004, he joined with Mark Zuckerberg to develop the online social network Facebook and served as Facebook's founding president. In 2007, Parker co-founded Causes on Facebook, which registered 180 million people to donate money and take action via Facebook. In 2014, he announced his backing of a new initiative called Brigade, an online platform for civic engagement.
Chief Executive Officer, Gap Inc.
Art Peck is Gap Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer. He joined Gap Inc. in 2005 as executive vice president of Strategy & Operations, and launched the company’s first franchise business.
From 2012 to January 2015, Peck served as President of the company’s Growth, Innovation and Digital (GID) division, with responsibility for the digital strategy of Gap’s e-commerce business across the 80 countries where the company serves customers online.
In previous roles at Gap Inc., Peck served as president of Gap North America (February 2011 to November 2012), and led the Outlet division (2008-2011).
Peck has been a trustee on the board of Gap Foundation since 2008, and is a long-time advocate for corporate social responsibility.
Prior to joining Gap Inc., Peck spent 20 years with The Boston Consulting Group, an international strategy and management consul.
Enrique Peña Nieto
President, United Mexican States
Enrique Peña Nieto is the President of Mexico.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Universidad Panamericana and a Master of Business Administration from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM).
President Nieto joined public service at an early age, occupying several positions in the government of the State of Mexico. From 2000 to 2002, he was Secretary of Administration and from 2003 to 2004, he was elected Representative of the 13th District in the 65th Session of the State of Mexico, where he was Coordinator of the Parliamentary Group of the Institutional Revolutionary Party.
In 2005, he ran a successful campaign for the governorship of the State of Mexico.
During his term as governor, Nieto achieved significant progress in infrastructure and public services, particularly in health. He restructured finances in the State of Mexico, reducing public debt and increasing expenditure targeting works and programs, without the need to increase taxes.
Social Humanoid Robot, Aldebaran and SoftBank
Pepper, launched in June 2014 in collaboration with SoftBank, is the first humanoid robot in the world capable of recognizing universal emotions (such as joy, surprise, anger, doubt, and sadness), exploring and reacting to his environment and proactively sparking interactions. As an engaging and friendly social robot, Pepper is equipped with many features for communicating naturally with those around him through the most intuitive interface we know: voice, touch, and emotions. Pepper analyzes users’ expressions, body language, and voice tones with the latest advances in voice and emotion recognition to adapt his behavior to better suit their mood. As you continue to interact with him, Pepper will start to recognize you and learn about your tastes. He will soon be able to search for new applications to surprise and entertain you! Today, Pepper welcomes, entertains, and informs visitors in SoftBank retail stores and is available to the public in Japan.
Chief Sustainability Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
Beatriz Perez is Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) of The Coca-Cola Company. Perez created and now drives a global sustainability strategy that is growing the business while making a positive difference for people, communities, and the environment. This strategy is helping Coca-Cola to economically empower 5 million women and to replenish 100% of the water it uses.
Prior to becoming Coca-Cola’s first CSO, Perez served as the Chief Marketing Officer for the company’s North American Division.
Perez is a member of the American Advertising Hall of Achievement and the Sports Business Journal’s Hall of Fame. She was named one of Hispanic Executive magazine’s Top 10 Leaders, one of the “10 Most Powerful Women in Sustainability” by Green Building & Design magazine, and “Conservation Trailblazer” by The Trust for the Public Land. She is also featured as one of the 25 Most Powerful Latinas on CNN En Espanol and in People en Español.
Founder and President, Public Architecture
John Peterson, architect, educator, and social entrepreneur, is the founder and president of Public Architecture, a nonprofit organization that brings design services to underserved communities. He is also the Curator of the Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Public Architecture’s 1+ program challenges architecture and design firms to pledge 1% of their working hours to pro bono services towards nonprofits in need and has attracted participation from over 1,400 firms nationwide, mobilizing over $350 million in pro bono design services. Peterson also led the architectural practice Peterson Architects, and has taught at the California College of the Arts and the University of Texas at Austin. A recipient of numerous design and social innovation awards, Peterson has played an important part in defining the concept of “public interest design.” He holds degrees in fine arts and architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and was a Loeb Fellow in 2006.
Head, Goldman Sachs Social Impact Fund
Andi Phillips is a Vice President in the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, where she leads the Goldman Sachs (GS) Social Impact Fund, social impact bond, and economic development investing. She previously developed the Access to Capital program as part of the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative.
Phillips led the first two social impact bond transactions in the US, helping pioneer the innovative financing structure that links social outcomes with financial return, leverages private capital to address policy priorities, and increases the efficiency of government spending. She has applied the approach to early childhood education, recidivism reduction, and job creation.
Previously, Phillips developed small business, workforce, and community development programs. Most recently, Phillips served as President of Seedco Financial, a Community Development Financial Institution which provides affordable capital to small businesses and non-profits in underserved communities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts and a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Wedu Rising Star/Undergraduate Student, Wedu
Barang Phuk is a Wedu Rising Star from Siem Reap, Cambodia. Rising Stars demonstrate strong leadership potential and a commitment to improving their community, and are selected by Wedu for the Leadership Development Program. Phuk attended Jay Pritzker Academy, an American-based curriculum school, from 2007 to 2013. Now, she is pursuing her bachelor degrees in Political Science and International Business at Elon University in North Carolina, hoping to go to law school after graduation. After law school, Phuk wants to go back and work in Cambodia to help improve the education system, human rights, and women leadership.
Global Ambassador and Producer, Girl Rising
Freida Pinto became an international film star after she garnered attention for her debut role in the critically and commercially acclaimed film "Slumdog Millionaire" in 2009. She also starred in other films including "Miral," "Rise of The Planet of The Apes," and "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," among others. Pinto is a Global Ambassador and producer for Girl Rising India, and a Global Ambassador for Plan International.
Chief Executive Officer, Unilever
Paul Polman is the Chief Executive Officer of Unilever. Unilever has an ambitious vision to fully decouple its growth from overall environmental footprint and increase its positive social impact through the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. Polman is Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, member of the B Team, and Board member of the UN Global Compact and the Consumer Goods Forum, where he co-chairs the Sustainability Committee. Polman has been closely involved in global discussions on action to tackle climate change and the post-2015 development agenda. He served on the International Council of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, under former Mexican President Felipe Calderon. At the invitation of the UN Secretary-General, Polman also served on the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
President of Ukraine
Petro Poroshenko is the fifth and current President of Ukraine. He was elected president on May 25, 2014, capturing more than 54% of the vote in the first round, thereby winning outright and avoiding a run-off. President Poroshenko leads Ukraine in one of the most defining moments in its history, overseeing Ukraine’s effort to counter Russian aggression and the process of comprehensive reforms in the aftermath of the Euromaidan Revolution.
President Poroshenko was born in the city of Bolhrad, Odesa region, on September 26, 1965. He served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2010, and as the Minister of Trade and Economic Development in 2012. From 2007 until 2012, he headed the Council of Ukraine's National Bank. Outside government, President Poroshenko has been a prominent businessman. He is a graduate of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
Executive Director, DataKind
Jake Porway is the founder and executive director of DataKind, a nonprofit that harnesses the power of data science in the service of humanity. He is an alumni of the New York Times R&D Lab, and has worked at Google and Bell Labs. A recognized leader in the Data for Good Movement, he has spoken at IBM, Microsoft, Google, and the White House. He is also a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Columbia University and a Master of Science and doctorate in statistics from the University of California Los Angeles.
Chief Executive Officer, International Development Enterprises
Timothy Prewitt is Chief Executive Officer of International Development Enterprises, a 32-year old non-profit organization leveraging the power of business to fight poverty. Through technology such as water filters, drip irrigation kits, latrines, and water pumps, as well as business systems to solve “last mile” challenges of the developing world, iDE helped more than 23 million people increase their income or livelihood. Prior to iDE, Prewitt led one of the most ambitious USAID-funded agricultural business efforts in Africa working with Heineken, Chevron, and Olam to increase productivity for more than one million farmers. He served as the head of the Private Sector Practice for Chemonics International, is a Fulbright Scholar, and lived for more than a decade in Africa and Asia. Since joining iDE in late 2012, Prewitt has grown and positioned the organization to reach “20 Million More” people living at the base of the pyramid.
Arup Fellow | Chairman Americas Region, Arup
Mahadev Raman is an Arup Fellow, a Director of Arup Group Limited, Chairman of Arup Americas, and member of Arup’s Management Board and Arup’s Global Sustainability Director. With 90 offices in 35 countries, Arup is the creative force of many of the world’s most prominent projects.
Selected projects of his include the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York; the United Nations Capital Master Plan; the European Court of Human Rights in France; Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan; The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA; and the Jubilee Church in Rome, Italy.
A mechanical engineer by profession, Raman is faculty at Princeton University’s School of Architecture and a member of the Advisory Board for the Architectural Engineering Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. He serves on the board of BritishAmerican Business, is President of American Friends of Cecily’s Fund, and is a member of The Partnership for New York City.
Chief of Staff and Sherpa, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Gabriela Ramos is the OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20.
Ramos launched and oversees the OECD’s “New Approaches to Economic Challenges” a whole of house reflection to distil the lessons from the economic crisis, leading to the development of the OECD’s Inclusive Growth initiative. She has also developed targeted policy advice through the “Better Policies series” and helps steer the advancement of the OECD’s gender initiative.
Previously, she served as Head of the OECD Office in Mexico and Latin America, and held several positions in the Mexican government, notably as Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director of OECD Affairs. She has also held positions as Professor of International Economy at the Universidad Iberoamericana and at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Ramos holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University, and was a Fulbright and Ford MacArthur fellow.
Student, Malala Fund
Shazia is a 16 year old Pakistani female. Shazia, a friend of Malala, was shot during the Taliban attack on Malala in Mingora, Pakistan on October 12, 2012. As they rode their school bus home that day, Taliban gunmen stopped the bus and asked "Who is Malala?" Malala was shot in the head and Shazia in the shoulder and hand. After Shazia recovered from her wounds, U.N. Education Envoy Gordon Brown helped her to obtain a scholarship to attend a boarding school in the United Kingdom, UWC Atlantic College, where she is one year into her studies.
Chief Executive Officer, The LEGO Foundation
Hanne Rasmussen joined the LEGO Foundation on March 1 2015 as chief executive officer and has more than 20 years of experience with humanitarian and development work. She comes from a position as Chief Operating Officer (COO) in SOS Children’s Villages International – a global organization with 30,000 employees and programs covering as many as 2 million people. Here Rasmussen’s main responsibility has been the global program network – children’s development, SOS Children’s villages, schools, social centers, and emergency relief. Her previous work experience includes the Danish Refugee Council and UNICEF Denmark. Rasmussen holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Henley Business School.
President, The Rockefeller Foundation
Judith Rodin has been president of The Rockefeller Foundation since 2005. She was previously president of the University of Pennsylvania and the provost of Yale University. She is the first woman to head The Rockefeller Foundation, and the first woman named to lead an Ivy League Institution. An internationally recognized leader in academia, science, and global development, she was a pioneer in behavioral medicine and health psychology movements. Rodin co-chaired the 2014 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, and the 2012 NYS 2100 Commission on long-term resilience following Superstorm Sandy. Rodin has authored over 250 academic articles and has written or co-written 15 books, including her two most recent, The Power of Impact Investing and The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong. She is recognized as one of Forbes Magazine’s World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Rodin is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned her doctorate in Psychology from Columbia University.
Editor, Foreign Affairs
Gideon Rose has been the editor of Foreign Affairs since 2010. He served as managing editor of the magazine from 2000 to 2010. Prior to this, he was the Olin senior fellow and deputy director of national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. From 1994 to 1995, Rose served as associate director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. He received his bachelor’s degree in classics from Yale and his doctorate in government from Harvard, and has taught American foreign policy at Princeton and Columbia. He is author of “How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle” (Simon & Schuster, 2010) and numerous other publications.
CEO and Co-Founder, St. Bernard Project
Zack Rosenburg is the CEO and Co-Founder of St. Bernard Project (SBP), a national disaster resilience and recovery leader. Founded following Hurricane Katrina, SBP ensures that communities understand and mitigate risks prior to disasters, and that homeowners are able to rebuild in a prompt, efficient, and predictable manner. SBP programs include Good Work/Good Pay, a construction training program for returned war veterans, under/unemployed local citizens, and citizens recently released from jail; Opportunity Housing, an innovative blight eradicating/affordable housing program; and Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lab. Rosenburg has been recognized as New Orleanian of the Year and the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project Champion of Justice. He has received the Manhattan Institute Social Innovation Award and an honorary doctorate from Muhlenberg College.
Formerly, Rosenburg was an E. Barrett Prettyman Teaching Fellow at Georgetown and he ran an indigent criminal defense practice in Washington, DC, where he freed a man who served 23 years for a murder that he did not commit.
Executive Director, Ushahidi
Juliana Rotich is the Executive Director of Ushahidi. She is also a technologist, strategic advisor, MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow, and TED senior Fellow. Rotich is Co-founder of BRCK Inc., a hardware company based in Kenya that makes BRCK and other devices. BRCK is a self-powered mobile WiFi router that has on-board battery, storage, and a backup generator for the internet. She is an internationally sought after keynote speaker as well as strategic advisor to the councils of BASF, Microsoft 4Afrika, and Columbia Global Innovation centers. She is also a trustee of The iHub in Kenya and Bankinter Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Spain.
Founder and CEO, Simplon Romania
Roxana Rugina is the CEO and Founder of Simplon Romania. She is a technologist and communication expert engaged in social and disruptive innovation who is passionate about future technologies, entrepreneurship, and innovation in education.
Founder and CEO, Arogya World
Nalini Saligram is Founder & CEO of Arogya World, a global health non-profit committed to changing the course of chronic disease.
Arogya World designs and implements scalable, science-based diabetes prevention programs in Indian schools, workplaces, and the community. After completing mDiabetes, the groundbreaking 1-million-person diabetes prevention mHealth program, the team is working hard to get 100 companies to become Healthy Workplaces. Key for 2015 is myArogya, a mobile App for chronic disease prevention.
Arogya World has made three Clinton Global Initiative Commitments and a United Nations Every Woman Every Child Commitment. It was also a finalist for the Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation in 2014.
Saligram has lived and worked at Merck in Philadelphia, Merial in Atlanta, Glaxo Wellcome in London, and Hill & Knowlton in Hong Kong.
She holds a doctorate in biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and serves on the Dean’s Council at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.
Country Director of Internship Program, NetHope Academy
Marlène Sam is the Country Director of the Internship Program for NetHope Academy. She was born in Haïti, grew up in Africa and studied Political Science in Italy (Liberà Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali) and France (Science Po, Paris-Sorbonne and IEP Aix-en-Provence). Sam worked for business associations upon her return to Haïti in 1994, including the Manufacturers’ Association (ADIH), AmCham Haiti, and the ICT Association (AHTIC), encouraging institutional involvement in activities aimed at boosting capacity building and corporate social responsibility. She helped establish Haïti Tec, a technical school, and the AGERCA alliance for disaster management and business continuity. Since 2007, she has worked in projects focusing on the inclusion of targeted groups (youth, students, women) and assisted the ICT Task Force to develop a strategic plan. Sam joined the Ecole Supérieure d’Infotronique (ESIH) team in 2010 as International Cooperation and Partnerships Director, and institute and her first project was the NetHope Academy Program.
Chef-Owner, Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny's Supper Club, Streetbird Rotisserie, Marcus Samuelsson Group
Marcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club, and Streetbird Rotisserie. A committed philanthropist, and the youngest person to ever receive a three-star review from The New York Times, Samuelsson has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards including Best Chef: New York City, and was tasked with planning and executing the Obama Administration’s first State dinner. Samuelsson was also crowned champion of television shows “Top Chef Masters” and “Chopped All Stars,” and served as a mentor on ABC’s “The Taste.” Samuelsson co-produced Harlem EatUp!, a food and culture festival coming to Harlem, New York. He is the author of The New York Times bestselling memoir “Yes, Chef,” the young adult version, “Make It Messy,” and his newest cookbook, “Marcus Off Duty.”
Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
President, Republic of Colombia
Juan Manuel Santos has been President of the Republic of Colombia since 2010, when he obtained the highest amount of votes of any candidate in the history of Colombian democracy. Previously, President Santos was Chief of the Colombian delegation before the International Coffee Organization and was most recently Designate to the Presidency and Colombia’s first Foreign Trade Minister. He created the Good Government Foundation (Fundación Buen Gobierno) and founded Colombia’s largest political party, Partido de la U. President Santos was awarded the King of Spain Prize and was president of the Freedom of Expression Commission for the Inter American Press Association (IAPA). He has published several books, including “The Third Way,” co-written with the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and “Check on Terror” (Jaque al Terror). President Santos is a graduate of the London School of Economics, Harvard University, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Kailash Satyarthi is Chair of the Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation. He and the grassroots movement founded by him, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement), have liberated more than 84,000 children from exploitation and developed a successful model for their education and rehabilitation. Satyarthi has been the architect of the single largest civil society network for the most exploited children, the Global March Against Child Labour, whose mobilization of unions, civil society and most importantly, children, led to the adoption of International Labour Organization Convention 182 on the worst forms of child labour in 1999. He is also the founding president of the Global Campaign for Education, an exemplar civil society movement working to end the global education crisis, and GoodWeave International, which encourages consumer awareness and positive action in the carpet industry. In 2014, Satyarthi was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Co-Founder and Board Member, GOOD Magazine
Max Schorr is co-founder and Board Member of GOOD Magazine. He is also a fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center, where he researches social action and mindfulness in the digital age. As founding editor and publisher of GOOD, he helped develop the editorial vision for GOOD Magazine and the Choose GOOD Campaign. From 2009 to 2012, Schorr co-founded GOODcorps. Recognized as a Next Generation Leader by the American Cancer Society, a member of the Japan Society's Innovators Network, and a First Mover Fellow at the Aspen Institute, he has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR.
Director of Research and Analysis, Direct Relief
Andrew Schroeder is the director and founder of the Research and Analysis department at Direct Relief. He specializes in the application of geographic information systems (GIS) for humanitarian assistance and global health. Direct Relief has received numerous awards and recognition for this work during Schroeder's tenure at Direct Relief, including the President's Award and Special Achievement in GIS awards from Esri. Direct Relief was also named to Fast Company magazine's list of the 10 most innovative non-profits in 2015. Schroeder is also a member of the core organizing group for UAViators, the humanitarian UAV network. He received his doctorate in social and cultural analysis from New York University and his Masters in Public Policy from the Ford School at the University of Michigan.
Executive Director, Upaya Social Ventures
Sachi Shenoy is the Executive Director of Upaya Social Ventures, an organization dedicated to investing in small business and creating sustainable jobs for India’s ultra poor. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Upaya and on the Advisory Board of the Chicago Booth Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI). Her work has been featured in Forbes, Wall Street Journal – India, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. In 2014, she was named to the Puget Sound Business Journal's "40 Under 40" list of dynamic business leaders. Prior to co-founding Upaya, Shenoy spent 15 years in financial services working at JP Morgan Chase, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Unitus, and SKS Microfinance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.
CEO and Founder, SCOPEinsight
Lucas Simons is founder and CEO of three companies committed and leading in sustainable market transformation: NewForesight Consultancy, SCOPEinsight, and Explorement.
In 2011 Simons was honored as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for his commitment and accomplishments in the field of sustainable trade, agriculture, and rural development. In 2013 he became the second Dutch Ashoka Fellow for his pioneering role as social entrepreneur and change maker. In February 2015, he was announced as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Simons started his career as a consultant at KPMG Sustainability followed by a position at TNO-Strategy, Technology & Policy. From 2002-2008, he was Director of UTZ CERTIFIED and responsible for setting up the coffee, cocoa, and tea certification programs and traceability programs. Simons holds an Master’s of Science in Environmental Hygiene from Wageningen University and an Master’s of Business Administration from Tias-Nimbas Graduate School of Management.
Executive Director, DocuSign Impact
Amy Skeeters-Behrens serves as Executive Director of DocuSign Impact, DocuSign’s corporate citizenship initiative comprising employee volunteerism, DocuSign for Nonprofits, and the DocuSign Impact Foundation.
Prior to DocuSign, Skeeters-Behrens spent 10 years at eBay where she held various leadership positions in the company’s philanthropic units. Most recently, she served as Chief Operating Officer of Reputation for eBay Marketplaces. Before this, she worked as Director of Marketing and Social Innovation. She also served as General Manager for eBay Giving Works, eBay’s award-winning fundraising platform, and began her career at the company as General Manager for half.com, a specialty site for physical media products.
Skeeters-Behrens currently serves on the board of Greater San Francisco’s Habitat for Humanity and was a founding board member of the PayPal Giving Fund. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University, and was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Spain.
President and CEO, New America
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the President and CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009-2011 she served as the first female director of Policy Planning for the US Department of State. Prior to this, Slaughter was Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School. She has written or edited six books, including “A New World Order” and “The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World,” and is a frequent contributor to a number of publications, including The Atlantic and Project Syndicate. In 2012, she published “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” which helped spark a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality. She and her husband, Professor Andrew Moravcsik, live in Princeton with their two sons.
Founder and CEO, VICE Media
Shane Smith is the founder and CEO of VICE, the leading global youth media brand. Smith is also a critically acclaimed journalist, and the host and executive producer for the Emmy winning news series, VICE, on HBO.
VICE, launched in 1994 as a punk magazine, now operates an international network of digital channels, a television production studio, a record label, an in-house creative services agency, a book-publishing house, and a feature film division.
Smith has reported from the world's most isolated and difficult places, including North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Liberia, and Greenland.
Smith has received the 2014 Knight Innovation Award and the Environmental Media Award. VICE has also won awards, including an Emmy Award for Best Information Series or Special, the Peabody Award, the PEN Center 2014 Award of Honor, and the Television Academy Honors for socially conscious programming.
Smith graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and political science.
Founder and Chairman,Soros Fund Management, Founder and Chairman, Open Society Foundations
George Soros is founder and chairman of Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Foundations. Born in Budapest in 1930, he survived the Nazi occupation during World War II and fled communist-dominated Hungary in 1947 for England, where he graduated from the London School of Economics. He then settled in the United States, where he founded and managed his international investment fund.
Soros has been an active philanthropist since 1979, when he began providing funds to help black students attend Cape Town University in apartheid South Africa. The Open Society Foundations now operate in more than 100 countries, with annual expenditures that reached $835 million in 2011, working to promote the values of open society, human rights, and transparency.
Soros is the author of over a dozen books, including “The Tragedy of the European Union” (2014). His articles and essays on politics, society, and economics regularly appear in major newspapers and magazines around the world.
Chairman and CEO, Cheniere Energy, Inc.
Charif Souki is the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cheniere Energy, Inc. Cheniere is the first mover in the development of U.S. LNG exports, with two liquefaction projects currently progressing. Sabine Pass Liquefaction, under construction in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, will be the first large-scale LNG export facility in North America. Cheniere is also constructing a second liquefaction facility on a site near Corpus Christi, Texas. Upon completion of these projects, Cheniere will be a significant supplier to the global LNG market and one of the largest buyers of domestic gas in the U.S. Prior to founding Cheniere, Souki was an independent investment banker specializing in financing for small capitalization companies with an emphasis on the oil and gas industry. Souki received a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University.
President and CEO, Helen Keller International
Kathy Spahn serves as President and CEO of Helen Keller International, an international NGO dedicated to the prevention of blindness and malnutrition. Prior to this, she served as CEO of Orbis International, an INGO dedicated to the prevention and treatment of blindness in the developing world, and Executive Director of God’s Love We Deliver, a New York-based AIDS service organization dedicated to combating malnutrition and hunger among people living with HIV/AIDS.
Ms. Spahn is a member of the boards of directors of InterAction (where she served as Chair in the past), International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), and The Bernadotte Foundation for Children’s Eyecare. She is a Founding Board member of the Association of Nutrition Services Agencies, and a founding partner of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Disease Control. She serves on two councils of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI): the 2020 and Strategic Advisory Council, and IFPRI’s Leadership Council Compact of 2025.
Executive Director, South Asia Women's Fund
Tulika Srivastava, the Executive Director of South Asia Women’s Fund (SAWF) and Co-chair of International Network of Women’s Fund (INWF) is a renowned lawyer, with much expertise on CEDAW. She started her practice as an Advocate before the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad in 1989, and has undertaken cases for women's rights even as a part of social justice organizations. Her journey in the women’s rights movement began in 1993 when she joined Mahila Samakhya (in India), with whom she worked till 1995. She is an expert trainer on Law, Rights and Gender; Human Rights-based approach to programming and implementation; and her strengths also include strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, documentation and research, advocacy at local, national and international levels.
Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme
Achim Steiner is Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme.
Previously, he was also Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi, Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams. He has worked in India, Pakistan, Germany, Zimbabwe, USA, Vietnam, South Africa, Switzerland, and Kenya. Steiner serves as the International Vice Chair of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. He has received the Tallberg Foundation’s Award for Principled Pragmatism and the Steiger Award. In 2009, His Serene Highness, Prince Albert of Monaco conferred upon Steiner the decoration of Officer of the Order of Saint Charles.
Steiner is a German and Brazilian national with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oxford as well as a Master of Arts from the University of London. He also studied at the German Development Institute in Berlin and the Harvard Business School.
Professor, Columbia University
Joseph E. Stiglitz is University Professor at Columbia University, the winner of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, and a lead author of the 1995 IPCC report, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He was chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton and chief economist and senior vice president of the World Bank for 1997-2000. Stiglitz received the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded annually to the American economist under 40 who has made the most significant contribution to the subject. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University, held the Drummond Professorship at All Souls College Oxford, and has also taught at M.I.T., Yale, Stanford, and Princeton. He is the author most recently of ‘The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them’ and with Bruce Greenwald, ‘Creating a Learning Society: A New Approach to Growth, Development and Social Progress’.
Elizabeth Hausler Strand
Founder and CEO, Build Change
Elizabeth Hausler Strand is the Founder and CEO of Build Change, an international, nonprofit social enterprise that saves lives in earthquakes and windstorms in emerging nations by working with people to build houses and schools that don’t collapse on them. Build Change operates in Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Nepal, and the Philippines. Hausler Strand was inducted into the University of California Berkeley Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 2014. She is the 2011 Schwab Foundation US Social Entrepreneur of the Year, winner of the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability, a 2009 Ashoka-Lemelson Fellow, 2006 Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, 2004 Echoing Green Fellow, and a Fulbright scholar to India in 2002-2003. Hausler Strand is a skilled brick, block, and stone mason with a master's of science and doctorate in civil engineering from UC Berkeley.
Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
Lawrence H. Summers is the Charles W. Eliot University Professor of Harvard University. His career includes a series of senior policy positions in Washington, D.C., including the 71st Secretary of the Treasury for President Clinton and Chief Economist of the World Bank. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and was awarded a doctorate from Harvard in 1982. In 1983, he became one of the youngest individuals to be named as a tenured member of the Harvard University faculty. In 1987, Mr. Summers became the first social scientist ever to receive the annual Alan T. Waterman Award of the National Science Foundation. He and his wife Elisa New, a professor of English at Harvard, reside in Brookline with their six children.
Director, Border Green Energy Team (BGET) Foundation
Salinee Tavaranan the director of Border Green Energy Team (BGET) Foundation. She is an engineer and a social entrepreneur. After graduating with a master’s degree in solar energy engineering from University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2005, she returned to Thailand to lead the (BGET) as the Director. BGET provides renewable energy technology to underprivileged communities along the Thailand-Burma border. In 2013, she founded SunSawang, a social enterprise that offers solar-powered products and services for rural villages. Tavaranan continues to volunteer at BGET, heading the Grace Garden Sustainable Living and Learning Center, which is dedicated to promoting sustainable livelihoods for orphaned refugees. In addition, Tavaranan is a 2010 Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow, a member and commitment maker of the Clinton Global Initiative from 2011-2015, a 2014 Asia Foundation Development Fellow, and a BBC 100 Women 2014. Tavaranan is an avid runner and also enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, making homemade soap, and playing soccer with friends.
Founder, Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project; United Nations Messenger of Peace
South African born Charlize Theron is one of the most celebrated actresses of our time, captivating audiences with her ability to embody a range of characters. Over the years, Theron has appeared in numerous films including North Country, Hancock, Young Adult, Snow White and the Huntsman, Mad Max: Fury Road, and critically acclaimed Monster for which she earned an Academy Award. In addition to Theron’s acting success and principal involvement with her production company Denver & Delilah, she also serves as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP). CTAOP’s mission is to empower and support African youth to keep themselves safe from HIV. Through its support of on the ground, community-engaged organizations, CTAOP has reached over 200,000 adolescents with direct services and an additional 500,000+ through the CTAOP-supported HIVSA mobile phone app, “CHOMA”.
Senior Advisor, Analysis Group
Sue Tierney, a Senior Advisor at Analysis Group, is an expert on energy economics, regulation, and policy, particularly in the electric and gas industries. She served as the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the US Department of Energy during the Clinton Administration, was Secretary of Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts, and Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. She chairs the External Advisory Council of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the board of ClimateWorks Foundation. She is a director of the World Resources Institute, the Alliance to Save Energy, Resources for the Future, and the Energy Foundation. She is a member of the Electricity Advisory Committee at the Department of Energy, and of the China Sustainable Energy Program’s Policy Advisory Council. She has taught at MIT and the University of California at Irvine, and earned her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in regional planning at Cornell University.
Girl Leader, Let Girls Lead
Tisungeni is 13 years old and lives in Malawi. Tisungeni has overcome tremendous challenges in her young life to become a powerful advocate for girls. In 2015, Tisungeni joined Let Girls Lead's Girls' Voices Initiative where she learned about advocacy and began to raise her voice for girls' rights. Tisugeni continues to advocate on behalf of girls in Malawi while she works part time in order to pay for secondary school.
Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation
Lila Tretikov is the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides equal access to knowledge through services like Wikipedia, the world's largest encyclopedia, available in 285 languages and the fifth most popular website in the world. Tretikov has been a leader in the technology space for almost 15 years. Prior to Wikimedia, she served as the Chief Product Officer for the open-source, cloud-based software vendor SugarCRM. Tretikov studied computer science and art at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds patents for intelligent data mapping, dynamic language applications, and other technology innovations. In 2012, she received a Stevie Award for Women in Business. In 2014, Tretikov was named to Forbes' list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" and was on the San Francisco Chronicle's "21 Most Powerful Women in Bay Area Technology."
Prime Minister, The Hellenic Republic
Alexis Tsipras is the Prime Minister of The Hellenic Republic. He studied civil engineering at the National Technical University of Athens and holds a graduate degree in urban and regional planning.
He was Secretary of the youth wing of the “Coalition of the Left — Movements and Ecology” from 1999 to 2003. In 2006, he was elected Councilman of Athens. In 2008, he was elected party President during the 5th Congress of the “Coalition of the Left,” and then re-elected during the 6th Congress in June 2010. He has served as President of SYRIZA from the founding party congress in July 2013.
Since December 2012, he has served as Vice President of the “European Left” party (EL). In December 2013, he was nominated EL’s candidate for President of the European Commission.
On January 26, 2015, he was sworn in as Prime Minister of Greece. He was reelected Prime Minister, and was sworn in on September 21, 2015.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History. He earned his bachelor’s in physics from Harvard and his doctorate in astrophysics from Columbia.
In 2009, Tyson identified professional standup comedians to assist his effort in bringing science to commercial radio with the NSF-funded program “StarTalk,” which targets people who never thought they would, or could, like science.
Tyson has received 19 honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. The International Astronomical Union officially recognized his contributions by naming asteroid 13123 Tyson. On the lighter side, Tyson was voted Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive by People Magazine in 2000.
Tyson’s recent books include “Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries,” “The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet," and “Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier.”
Recently, Tyson served as executive editor and on-camera host & narrator for the award-winning series “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey.”
Managing Director, Heineken Caribbean and Americas Export
Eugene Ubalijoro is the managing director of Heineken Caribbean and Americas Export. He is a native of Rwanda who obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University in 1986 and his Master of Business Administration from Université de Sherbrooke in Canada in 1989. He was hired by Heineken in 1990 as the company's first African international trainee. He has since worked in various capacities in Rwanda, the US, The Netherlands, and the island of La Réunion, where he headed a Heineken subsidiary which also happens to be a Coca-Cola bottler. Ubalijoro is married to Pascale from Lyon, France and they have 3 children: a 17 year old Harvard-bound daughter who is doing a gap year, a 15 year old son, and a 12 year old daughter. Ubalijoro has a passion for African business, politics, history, and music. He enjoys traveling around the Caribbean and Latin America and is a keen jogger who likes to stay fit.
Founder and CEO, Chobani
Marieke van Schaik
Managing Director, Dutch Postcode Lottery
Marieke van Schaik is managing director of the Dutch Charity Lotteries (Dutch Postcode Lottery, BankGiro Lottery, FriendsLottery). The Lotteries’ mission is to raise funds for charities. Fifty percent of the proceeds go to more than 200 charitable organizations. In 2014, an amount of 425 million euros was donated for people and planet, culture, health, and wellbeing. The Postcode Lottery format is also implemented in Sweden and Great Britain. United, they are the world’s third largest private donor.
Van Schaik has initiated and led international initiatives that include the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, the largest annual worldwide competition for sustainable start-ups, and the Dream Fund, which enables courageous, groundbreaking new projects with potentially high impact. She has a degree in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam.
Senior Vice President, U.S. Trust Bank of America
Jackie VanderBrug is responsible for the strategy and support of impact investing at U.S. Trust. A member of the chief information officer’s thought leadership team and co-chair of the Impact Investing Council, VanderBrug brings a broad array of experiences including entrepreneur, analyst, and strategy consultant. She led the development of the emerging field of gender lens investing as a founder of the Women Effect Investments initiative. As Managing Director at Criterion Ventures, she was instrumental in the establishment of the pioneering social investing fund, Good Capital. She led Business Development at iBasis, growing the global VOiP firm through a successful IPO and co-founded WORK IN PROGRESS, a non-profit social enterprise. Her understanding of the interrelated aspects of social change was first formed as a domestic policy analyst for the U.S. Congress and she formed her strategy skills while as a management consultant for CSC Index.
J. Craig Venter
Co-Founder, CEO, and Chairman, Human Longevity, Inc.
J. Craig Venter, a biologist renowned for his contributions in sequencing the first draft human genome in 2001, is co-founder, executive chairman, and CEO of Human Longevity, Inc. He is also founder, executive chairman, and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute and a co-founder, chairman, and co-chief scientist of Synthetic Genomics Inc. Venter is a recipient of the 2008 National Medal of Science and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Vice President - Program Innovation & Performance, International Medical Corps
Dennis Walto is Vice President – Program Innovation & Performance at International Medical Corps, a global, first responder, humanitarian relief organization that has delivered more than $2 billion in lifesaving medical care and training to tens of millions of people across 70 countries since 1984. Walto has more than 25 years of experience in executive leadership, fundraising, and management of program operations in the United States and across the globe and has lived and worked in many of the world’s most complex emergency settings, including Angola, Burundi, Ethiopia, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Lesotho, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. He has also served in a myriad of leadership roles at prestigious international non-profits, implementing health and development programs that have benefited tens of millions of children, youth, and families. Walto holds a master’s in leading innovation and change through York St. John University and lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his family.
Executive Director, Frankfurt Zoological Society – U.S.
Peyton West is the Executive Director of Frankfurt Zoological Society – U.S., the American arm of Germany's oldest conservation organization, and leads efforts to build US support for FZS's global conservation program. An ecologist by training, she conducted field research in Tanzania and Kenya and her publications include the first scientific analysis of the function of the lion's mane. Prior to joining FZS, she worked at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)'s Center of Science, Policy and Society. She obtained her doctorate at the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Art from Yale University.
Founder and Chief Visionary, Dermalogica
Jane Wurwand is founder, owner, and chief visionary of Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute.
In 2011, Wurwand launched Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship (FITE) as part of the Dermalogica Foundation. FITE is a global women’s entrepreneurial initiative that has assisted more than 50,000 women by providing access to small loans, education programs, and leadership training. FITE recently announced a new salon program under Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Job One initiative.
Wurwand is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative’s Women and Girls Action Committee. Her expertise has been highlighted on Bloomberg, MSNBC, Inc’s “The Playbook,” Entrepreneur magazine’s “Trep Talk,” and she was named 2012’s CEO/Business Owner of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Wurwand serves on the Board for the Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA Anderson.
Working closely with the United Nations Foundation as a special advisor on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Wurwand is also a leading private sector partner with UN Women.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Chairman, Yunus Social Business Global Initiatives
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of microcredit, the father of social business, the founder of Grameen Bank, and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise, Fortune Magazine named Professor Yunus in March 2012 as "one of 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time."
Yunus has received several other national and international honors. He received the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2010. In 2008, he was rated #2 in Foreign Policy magazine's list of the 'Top 100 Global Thinkers'.
Distinguished Fellow, Atlantic Council
Heather Zichal is a distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council. Previously President Barack Obama’s top White House Adviser on energy and climate change, Zichal coordinated policy development and implementation on these issues across the administration from 2009-2013. Prior, Zichal served as a Policy Director to the Obama campaign, where she crafted the 2008 energy platform. She previously served as the Legislative Director to Senator John Kerry after managing energy and environmental issues in the 2004 presidential campaign. She has also served as Legislative Director for U.S Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and U.S Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ). During her time in the federal government, Zichal has been a strong and steady voice for policies that reduce United States’ dependence on foreign oil, protect public health and environment, and address global climate change. She currently serves on the corporate boards of Abengoa Bioenergy and Cheniere. Zichal is a graduate of Rutgers University.
Senior Manager of Sustainability, Kohler Co.
Robert Zimmerman is the Senior Manager of Sustainability at Kohler Co. He is actively involved in developing and implementing Kohler’s corporate sustainability and social responsibility programs across all business units. Some of his responsibilities include developing and overseeing communication of Kohler’s external-facing environmental sustainability message globally, and establishing and growing relationships with key corporate partners and non-governmental organizations that advocate for water efficiency, environmental education, and sustainability.
Zimmerman is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, and of the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance (a chapter of the US Green Building Council), and currently serves as its President. He is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Zimmerman holds a bachelor’s of science in chemical engineering from Purdue University, and a master’s of science in engineering management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.